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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Have I mentioned how much I adore the Strand lately?

OK, let's just get this one over and done this, it's too exciting to save for later. Dan Clowes is the latest cartoonist to join the elite group of cartoonists (Spiegelman, Sikoryak, Seth, Tomine) who have done tote bags for the legendary store. Dan's bag is fabulous and is for sale now on their website, as well as in the store where Dan will be on Wednesday May 5th where he will be in conversation with the marvelous David Hajdu. How awesome is that?

Here's a close up of the art.

So as you may recall, D+Q sponsored the Strand tote bag contest a few months ago. Well, lo and behold, the store was swamped with over 800 entries.

A covert meeting was held in Manhattan between the judges Francoise Mouly, Art Spiegelman, Stephen Heller, Adrian Tomine and R. Sikoryak and they came up with a list of Grand, Second and Third prize winners and 20 finalists. So, without further ado...the winner is Zak Foster of Brooklyn.

Second prize winner was Domitille Collardey of Brooklyn

Third place winner is Tim Goldman of Queens

And check out the 20 finalists where you'll recognize such names as Lisa Hanawalt or Jef Czakaj, (who just had an event at the D+Q librairie this past Sunday.)

And until the next tote bag! Which if all goes as planned should be equally exciting as well!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:36 PM

Fortune 500

Does Chris Ware have the cover to the latest issue of Fortune? No, he does not. But here is his cover that didn't make the last minute cut. Be sure to click on the above for a much bigger version (may take hours to download) so you can read it.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 12:00 PM

One Week From Today! WILSON in stores on April 27th!

Oh yes, finally after months of talking and waiting, the arrival of WILSON is so imminent, that the books have or are shipping to stores as I type, as the release dates, folks, is one week from today, Tuesday, April 27th. In anticipation of Dan's headlining event at TCAF, Torontoist posted an advance review last week saying that "Wilson does not disappoint. It is a masterwork that distils the existential themes touched upon in almost all of Clowes' previous work...and it's Clowes' best work to date."

I should also take this time to say that at finer stores across the country will be offering the above promotional WILSON poster, as will D+Q at all of our conventions.

Mere days after the book's release, Dan hits the road in support of it.

05/07/10-05/09/10 TorontoTCAF
05/13/10San FranciscoTHE BOOKSMITH
05/14/10Los AngelesSKYLIGHT BOOKS
06/12/10- 06/13/10ChicagoPRINTERS ROW & QUIMBY'S

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:53 AM
Monday, April 19, 2010

Buried in those issues of Nancy!!

While working on the John Stanley Library and digging through the stacks of Nancy comics we have here, we kept coming across the occasional Peanuts strip. It had always been my understanding that these strips were not by Charles Schulz but looking at them and reading them it was clear that the artist in question did an excellent job of capturing the look and a pretty decent job of capturing the feel of Schulz' writing. Fortunately for us, Schulz' work is very well documented and it turns out that he actually did 37 pages of comics in those issues of Nancy and Tip-Top and Dell Four-Color. The rest were done by long-time Schulz friend Jim Sasseville. There's an excellent Sasseville interview and breakdown of who did what from Schulz-scholar Derrick Bang here. I highly recommend checking out this piece if you're a fan of Dell or Peanuts.

The following is a Sasseville story from Nancy #167. It's really got some of that great giddy kid spirit--a new discovery is the most important thing in the world and has to be shared with everyone.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 9:00 AM
Friday, April 16, 2010

Sturm in Seattle! With Peter Bagge!

Tomorrow night, Seattle-ites, you are in for a treat! Please join James Sturm and Peter Bagge for their respective new books at the Fantagraphics store, Saturday the 17th at 6:00 PM. The paper James co-founded, The Stranger, caught up with him this week, where Book Editor, Paul Constant, calls MARKET DAY a "sublime bit of cartooning...the book is a masterpiece of craftsmanship." I just got off the phone with James, as well, as it seems he's put together a little slide show about the early days of The Stranger. Should be a great event, especially considering James is off the internet, and Pete's new book, Other Lives, appears to be about the internet, somewhat. I have a feeling they will have A LOT to talk about.

In other Sturm news, James appeared on WNYC's The Takeaway yesterday to talk about his Slate.com column on giving up the internet. And Market Day was reviewed in the ONION's AV Club where they rave: "[Market Day is] also about the joys and pains of creation itself, and how that sometimes trumps the need to make money. A-"

Posted by Peggy Burns at 12:12 PM

Shiny New House

Chris Ware's "Gasoline Alley" Memorabilia from WBEZ on Vimeo.

Here's a great video showcasing Chris Ware's Gasoline Alley memorabilia on WBEZ and some choice gems on what Chris' daughter will do with her "inheritance". Also, here is a podcast where you can listen to WBEZ's Alison Cuddy talk to Frank Lipo, the Executive Director of The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest, the neighborhood where Chris lives.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:25 AM

Happy 100th Birthday Harry!

Harry Mayerovitch was born in Montreal a hundred years ago today, on April 16, 1910. How can anyone even begin to properly summarize Harry's life? He was an accomplished architect, a beloved teacher and lecturer, a Depression-era painter, political cartoonist, and lithographer, a WW2 anti-Nazi propaganda machine, a late-blooming romantic (he began his relationship with the love of his life, Betty Ann Affleck, when he was over 80), an actor in a highly-praised film, an eclectic nonagenarian zine publisher (he handed out copies of his self-published pamphlet of cartoons to guests at his 90th birthday party), and, overall, a lifelong aesthete and irrepressible bon-vivant.

His WW2 posters were featured in a large-size volume of Drawn & Quarterly a decade ago and his 2002-03 drawings on the subject of death were collected in a book, appropriately titled Way To Go, and launched just days before his 94th birthday. It was a big affair, with what seemed like over 200 people in attendance and two giant birthday cakes (courtesy of Cantors Bakery's Tony Medeiros) both featuring the cover of his latest book embedded in the icing. Sadly, Harry died in his sleep only two weeks later - on the morning of his actual 94th birthday.

For anyone living in or near Montreal, I'd recommend a visit to The McCord Museum where over a dozen of Harry's paintings, posters, and lithographs are currently on display (through May 2nd) as part of the Jewish Painters of Montreal exhibition.

Happy 100th birthday Harry, I really miss you.

Above: Harry at left with John Grierson at The National Film Board of Canada circa 1944.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 5:49 AM
Thursday, April 15, 2010


Check out BOOK BY ITS COVER'S report on last night's opening of the Garo Manga, 1964-1973 exhibition at the Center for Book Arts in NYC. The show is up until June 26th, and it's worth stopping by to see D+Q cartoonists Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Seiichi Hayashi's work in its original incarnation. Another D+Q/Garo contributor who should be mentioned here is Imiri Sakabashira, though his work appeared considerably later than what is being shown in this exhibition.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 9:56 AM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Men of MoCCA

I admit that seeing this car outside of the Armory on Saturday morning got me VERY excited and in a good mood. Tom says it belonged to Ben Marra.

Oh yes, I know if Jessica was writing this blog post, you would already be splitting your sides in laughter, but she's not here right now and Tom is on me to get my MoCCA report up. Special thanks to Randy of Bodega (who is taking a year off from cons) for keeping us fed, caffeinated and hydrated behind the booth.

I got to meet the marvelous Jacq Cohen of Fantagraphics. Jacq is pronounced Jack. All this time, I was pronouncing it like 227.

Here starts my photoblog of THE MEN OF MOCCA. How did I end up with 50 photos of men and very few of women? Does that say something about me? MoCCA? Comics? Anyway, this is Brian Heater of the Daily Crosshatch. This man worked very hard this weekend and it showed with thoughtful programming, an even temperament and always congenial. I must admit when I saw him escorting Gahan Wilson and Al Jaffee, I got "my fangirl on" {GROAN, I have been in comics too long! But I did, I must admit}

This is Mr. Wolk. I think he said he was there for pleasure. I'm not sure what that means.

I have known these boys, I mean, men for a long time now, and, yes, I feel like Bill and Austin's Mom, especially when I attend their dirty-art-boy-after-party-in-a-Brooklyn-loft. I kid, (sorta) I love you guys. Now go clean your room. And the living room. And the bathroom. And the kitchen. And the stairs.

FINALLY! I met the man--Frankie Santoro. Retire from the con circuit for a few years to birth some babies and some tour de force of a personality makes the scene. Unfortunately, Frankie thinks I am some sort of Veruca Salt of comics, could be worse, I suppose, better than that gum smacking Violet Beauregarde.

Now here are some old pals of mine, Barry and Leon of Secret Acres. They are having a great year, congrats on the Eisner nom.

I spied Todd Hignite and Adrian Tomine shopping at the booth of the "competition" I'm looking forward to reading The Art of Jaime Hernandez and was extra excited to see Jaime making the scene. Who doesn't love seeing one of Los Bros.?

I think someone needs to tell Kim the definition of a "sketch".

This is Mike Lorah of Newsarama fame. Mike in person is just like Mike the comics writer, solid, steady and friendly.

Do you ever walk to into Jim Hanley's and marvel at the fact that they have every single D+Q book EVER including all issues that are in print of Underwater, well you have this man to thank, Mr. Tony Shenton, our special agent to the comic book market.

This is Mr. and Mrs. Nicole Rudick, with their adorable son, Grover. The last time I saw Nicole was when we got Grover and Dagwood together in Park Slope when they were tiny babies in 2007 and told them how they would one day RUN publishing. Thanks iPad for killing that dream.

Oh yes, this belongs in our comics as tattoo art series. Pretty awesome.

Now here's a meeting of the minds. Mr. Mazzucchelli, Mr. Madden, Mr. Sturm and introducing Jasper Abel-Madden. David was telling me how much he adores publicists.

Who is this clean cut J-Crew model you ask? Mr. Brendan Burford.

We had a new location this year, and we were very, very happy with it.

The new location helped us to sell out of ALL signing books. Adrian and Gabrielle sold out of their books in Saturday, Sturm by 1:00 PM on Sunday and Sikoryak's lasted right through his Sunday signing.

This is Karen Green graphic novel librarian extraordinaire with an equally exceptional fellow, Nick Pupura of Hanley's.

And how awesome is Sara Varon? She is a sweetie, and my kids adore her Robot Dreams book. Seriously, they really love it. Do you have this book? What is wrong with you? And apparently, Sara adores our Aya Books!

OK, here's the deal only the strongest and toughest can survive an interview with Paul Karasik. He acted out a page from every comic that James has ever created! Paul was great, and it was great for the audience, though I think when James saw the first slide of Down and Out Dawg, he was a wee bit nervous.

But I am being too hard on Paul, he was fabulous. I'm pretty sure James answered that comics did not help him get laid.

Don't tell the students of CCS, but I think recall James saying no. I KID! I KID! He actually said something very poignant, that I would only butcher when paraphrasing.

I do say that after spending two days in the Armory, the experience makes me miss windows and makes San Diego seem bright and airy. Though this is not a knock on MoCCA, the show was impeccably run this year and I have no complaints or sardonic remarks. You know, just that, well, I miss seeing the blue sky. Oh, and also, that you really lucked out if you are in the National Guard and you have Comic-con duty, cuz that is one cush job and you can easily take any one of the people who act up.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 2:40 PM

"YOW!" indeed

Here's a peek at our advance copies of YOW!: The John Stanley Library Grab-Bag, Drawn & Quarterly's Free Comic Book Day comic.

This year's free comic features an exciting assortment of stories written and (mostly) drawn by the stellar Stanley. They're all pretty great, but my favorite out of this bunch is a story from Choo-Choo Charlie #1 (and only!) Choo-Choo was the mascot for Good & Plenty licorice, and this story certainly IS plenty of good! But was Stanley responsible for drawing as well as writing this comic? Well, a side-by-side comparison of the alligator that hijacks Charlie's locomotive (seriously, it's a great story!) and Melvin's pet crocodile Cleopatra would certainly seem to confirm that these two critters were drawn by the same hand. What do you think, sharp-eyed Stanley fans?

Remember to visit your local comics retailer on May 1st to pick up this little gem and all the other free comics... and to pledge your solidarity with the workers of the comic book industry! Avanti popolo!

Posted by Rebecca at 12:08 PM
Monday, April 12, 2010

Sturm Sells Out at MoCCA: NPR Likes MARKET DAY

Sturm blasted through his copies of Market Day at MoCCA this past weekend. And today, NPR's BOOKS WE LIKE spotlights Market Day, offering a nice lengthy overview, ending with "Sturm's prose is straightforward, his art spare and deceptively simple; together, however, his words and images achieve the quiet lyricism of the folktale, the fable."

Posted by Peggy Burns at 4:34 PM
Friday, April 09, 2010

MoCCA reminder!

Peggy and Jessica are in NYC for the MoCCA Arts Festival with some of your favorite D+Q authors. Please come down this weekend and say hey! It takes place this Saturday (11-6) and Sunday (10:30-6) at the 69th Regiment Armory (68 Lexington Avenue, New York City)

Jessica put together this handy map so you can find D+Q. And here is our signing and programming schedule, all signings take place at the D+Q table.

Saturday, April 10
12-2 Adrian Tomine
2-3 R. Sikoryak
3-4 James Sturm
4-5 Gabrielle Bell
5:15 Gabrielle Bell and R. Sikoryak programming "The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies"
5-6 James Sturm

Sunday, April 11
11:30 James Sturm programming "James Sturm and Paul Karasik in Conversation"
11:30-12:30 Gabrielle Bell signing
12:30-2:30 James Sturm signing
2:30-4:30 R. Sikoryak signing

Posted by Tom Devlin at 11:25 AM

Marc and Amy in FRANCE

What are you doing there, Mr. Marc Bell?
{Check out BD Spirit's photoset of Marc and Amy's appearance.}

Posted by Tom Devlin at 8:04 AM
Thursday, April 08, 2010

What we all only dream of! James Sturm Quits the Internet and speaks at the Strand Tonight.

Yes, what did we do before the internet? James Sturm on slate.com explains how being a cartoonist, editor, teacher, administrator and more took a toll and he had to swear off using the internet for a few months. And I thought giving up coffee was bad! Maybe we'll have another Market Day in a few months!

Event reminder***James will be speaking at the Strand tonight in NYC for Market Day, be sure to stop by if you are in Manhattan!

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:37 AM

John P in Houston

My old pal Robert Boyd makes a plea and tells us all about John P's recent visit to Domy Books.

Posted by Tom Devlin at 6:49 AM
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Melvin 2 in stores NOW

Is a giant egg-laying bunny not quite monstrous enough for you? Or maybe you're looking for somewhere to invest your Afikomen money? Either way, you're in luck! Melvin Monster 2, the second volume in our collection of this 1960s monster-themed kid's comic written and drawn by the brilliant John Stanley, hits shelves this week! Beautifully designed by Seth, the latest addition to D & Q's ongoing John Stanley Library series will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt like they just don't belong.

Here's a small taste of what you can expect from Melvin (click on the image to big it):

Posted by Rebecca at 10:01 AM
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

John P. more dates!!

John P is still touring the US. Tonight! Norman! Oklahoma!

Tuesday, April 6, 7 PM - NORMAN, OK
Atomik Pop! (918 W. Main, Norman, OK 73069; 405-329-9695)

Forthcoming dates:

Friday through Sunday, April 16-18 - DENVER, CO
Denver ComicFest

Saturday, May 1 - BOULDER, CO
Time Warp Comics
Free Comic Book Day (3105 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-443-4500)

Saturday, May 1 - WESTMINSTER, CO
I Want More Comics!
Free Comic Book Day (10355 Federal Blvd Unit C, Westminster, CO 80260; 303-460-7226)

Posted by Tom Devlin at 12:09 PM

Skibber Tattoo!

Ron Rege posted about this tattoo, the first one of his work he's stumbled across. Pretty cool! As far as comics-related tattoos go, it would definitely be a toss-up between this and some 300-inspired muscle definition tattoos.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 12:00 PM

Con Season Comes Early....MoCCA 2010!

So Jessica and I head down to NYC this week for a few events: Farrar, Straus & Giroux sales conference, James Sturm for Market Day at the Strand on Thursday the 8th and then for MoCCA at the Armory on Saturday And Sunday. We have Adrian Tomine, Gabrielle Bell, R. Sikoryak and James Sturm on hand for your signing pleasure.

Jessica put together this handy map so you can find D+Q. And here is our signing and programming schedule, all signings take place at the D+Q table.

Saturday, April 10
12-2 Adrian Tomine
2-3 R. Sikoryak
3-4 James Sturm
4-5 Gabrielle Bell
5:15 Gabrielle Bell and R. Sikoryak programming "The MoCCA Live Strip Show: Actors Perform Indie Funnies"
5-6 James Sturm

Sunday, April 11
11:30 James Sturm programming "James Sturm and Paul Karasik in Conversation"
11:30-12:30 Gabrielle Bell signing
12:30-2:30 James Sturm signing
2:30-4:30 R. Sikoryak signing

Posted by Peggy Burns at 11:03 AM
Monday, April 05, 2010

Chris Ware comes full circle

Last September, while on a Walt & Skeezix research trip at the home of Frank King's granddaughter, Chris Ware came upon a fascinating discovery. "Imagine my surprise," he writes in the new, just-released volume, "while searching through material about Drewanna King's grandfather, that I should find out something about my own."

It turns out that Chris Ware's keen interest in the work of Frank King can be traced back at least three generations. As part of his role as Managing Editor for the Omaha World-Herald, Frederick Ware was in charge of overseeing the comics section. The elder Ware was, by all accounts, a comic strip enthusiast (apparently the Omaha World-Herald may have been one of the first papers to run Peanuts). In a separate email, Chris writes, "Throughout his managing editorship of the World-Herald (Frederick Ware) maintained fairly close contact with the various comic strip artists he hired, especially Bill Holman and Milton Caniff, to whom my mom remembers speaking on the telephone when she was a little girl. He loved Gasoline Alley, Peanuts, and Pogo, though I don't know of any direct occasion of him ever speaking to Frank King (though Gasoline Alley was always my mom's favorite strip as a kid)."

In the letter above, Frederick Ware seems to be referring to a short-lived policy of the syndicate which used popular comic strips of the day to advertise the then-new television medium. The letter was sent to the syndicate and was evidently at some point forwarded to Frank King himself, which in turn eventually became one of Drewanna King's possessions until it came, full circle, into Chris Ware's hands nearly 59 years later.

Aside from their shared admiration of King's work and their striking physical resemblance (that's Frederick Ware at far right), the similarities between Chris and his grandfather go even further: Frederick Ware "went to college ostensibly to study something respectable," Chris writes, "but secretly took art classes because he really wanted to be a cartoonist."

Chris Ware's impresssive lineage runs even deeper: his great-great uncle, Harvey Newbranch, also worked for the Omaha World-Herald and won a Pulitzer Prize for an anti-lynching essay in 1920; his mother, Doris Ann Ware, worked at the same paper both as a reporter and editor.

Above: drawing by Frederick Ware, circa 1915.

Posted by Chris Oliveros at 12:27 PM

Blechman for the NY Times!

Check out this R.O. Blechman illustrated article on the Large Hadron Collider. Apparently, also, we shouldn't be too worried about it creating a black hole that will absorb the earth.

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 11:42 AM
Thursday, April 01, 2010

Attn. Residents of the Upper Valley!

Please join the Center for Cartoon Studies and James Sturm, Friday April 2, 6 PM at CCS in White River Junction, VT for the official launch of Markey Day. On display will be original art work, and James will present a slide show and discussion on his work. Can't make it to WRJ? Listen to James be interviewed by Jane Lindholm of Vermont Edition on VPR. Jane and James have an interesting discussion about being an artist and having a family, as well as commerce versus art. Check out the weekly Seven Days to see a page from the book.

Posted by Peggy Burns at 10:05 PM

Oh yes, I like that.

Amazon selected only 8 books for it's best of the month special, and yes, WILSON is among them, they state "The gags are the sort that stick in your throat rather than go down easy, and together they add up to a life that's just barely open to the possibility of wresting oneself out of the repetitions of hostility and failure. It's an intriguing addition to the most thrilling career in comics."

Posted by Peggy Burns at 3:01 PM

while making my internet rounds...

During my personal google image searching, I came across this! R Sikoryak's "Dostoyevsky Comics" comes up as the fourth entry when you search for images of Dostoyevsky. Also, this was informative because I answered my question of whether or not Dostoyevsky was a babe. (the answer is no)

Posted by Jessica Campbell at 10:50 AM
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