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CLYDE FANS & FRANK RITZA nominated for Doug Wright Awards

Updated April 11, 2005


Official press release:

I'm happy to announce details of the 2005 Doug Wright Awards for Canadian cartooning. Named for the prolific creator of the classic Canadian comic strip Doug Wright's Family, the award aims to recognise outstanding work published by Canadian cartoonists in 2004.



The inaugural edition of ŒThe Wrights‚ will feature two categories: Best Book and Best Emerging Talent ˆas well as inductees to a Hall of Fame dubbed "Giants of the North."

The Wrights will be decided on by a jury that includes Chester Brown (Louis Riel, Ed The Happy Clown), journalist/writer Robert Fulford, actor/director Don McKellar (Childstar, Last Night), Globe and Mail books reporter Rebecca Caldwell and director Jerry Ciccoritti (Trudeau, Lives of The Saints.)



Nominations are as follows:



BEST BOOK

Marc Bell WORN TUFF ELBOW #1 (Fantagraphics Books)

Genevieve Castree PAMPLEMOUSSI (L'Oie de Cravan)

David Collier THE FRANK RITZA PAPERS (Drawn and Quarterly Books)

Darwyn Cooke THE NEW FRONTIER VOL 1 (DC)

Seth CLYDE FANS BOOK ONE (Drawn and Quarterly Books)


The winners will be announced at the Toronto Comics Art Festival on May 28, 2005.



For more, check out or website at: http://www.time-cat.com/wrights.html


 

Featured artists

David Collier
Seth

           Featured products

Clyde Fans; Book One
The Frank Ritza Papers




  D+Q at Toronto's Word on the Street 9/26!

Updated September 24, 2004



This Sunday, September 26th at Toronto's WORD ON THE STREET FESTIVAL, Chester Brown and David Collier will both be at the D+Q booth in Queen's Park right next to the Beguiling. David Collier will be signing his brand new graphic novel THE FRANK RITZA PAPERS, Chester will be signing the third printing of LOUIS RIEL: A COMIC STRIP BIOGRAPHY, and we will be selling three new comics! Seth's PALOOKAVILLE 17, Kevin Huizenga's OR ELSE#1, and Ander Nilsen's DOGS & WATER!




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Featured artists

Chester Brown
David Collier

           Featured product

The Frank Ritza Papers




Quill & Quire Reviews THE FRANK RITZA PAPERS

Updated September 15, 2004


From the October 2004 issue:

The word most often used to describe comics artist David Collier's work is "quirky," but "odd" and "unique" better sum up his world view and his art. Collier draws realistically but with an almost self-consciously naive style and his objective essays, which often form the narrative backbone of his work, contain much autobiography. The Frank Ritza Papers, Collier's fourth book is made up of a 30-page autobiographical; comics essay entitled "Homme de le Bois" which explores among other things Collier's fascination with Frank Ritza, a successful artist who lived in rural Ontario.

The essay explains how Collier lived for long stretches in remoter communities without a regular job, and so spent a large part of his collecting wood for the stove to keep warm (homme de le bois is a French Canadian term for "woodsman"). The essay is meandering yet cohesive and engaging, and is interspersed among 150 pages of Collier's sketchbook drawings done at home and abroad. The sketches capture the same quiet, determined spirit Collier brings to his wood collecting. At the end of the essay, when Collier comes across Ritza's haunting paintings of a rural legion hall, the reader senses an instant kinship between the two artists and perhaps an instant understanding.

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Featured artist

David Collier

           Featured product

The Frank Ritza Papers




  Acme Datebook, Summer of Love, etc, reviewed in Hartford Advocate

Updated August 25, 2003


The Advocate, Hartford's leading weekly newspaper, reviews a bunch of D+Q books past and present in this week's edition:
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Featured artists

David Collier
Debbie Drechsler
Chris Ware

           Featured products

Hamilton Sketchbook
ACME Novelty Datebook Volume 1: 1986-1995




National Post: Collier & Lifestyles of the not-so-famous

Updated March 31, 2003


National Post, Saturday, March 29, 2003

Lifestyles of the not-so-famous
Be nice to David Collier. You may wind up in one of his comics
 
Amy Willard Cross

Anyone who comes into contact with David Collier could end up in one of his comics. Like the local librarian, for whom Collier wrote a kind of ode, published in the literary magazine Descant. Or the old pal who DJed a bit before before making alcohol his career: He inspired the comic Dennis Cote was Bad & Good. Collier's latest is a comic about a punk rocker named Brat X, and it recounts the time Collier and he spent on Toronto's boho scene in the 1980s.

Brat X is a comics homage to an English kid whose real name was something like Bradley Sandforth, and who died before his band, Rent Boys, even made a second record. The 24-page book tells a not-so linear story of Brat's life: his being kennelled at boarding school; his family's tradition of military service; his bleak outlook on a Cold War future; his work on zines, comics and music; and his friendship and mentoring of Collier. To this Collier adds period details such as the Ford Gremlin; erudite asides comparing his job pushing an ice-cream cart to the task of Sisyphus; historical forays -- in one strip, the scholar Sir John Plumb compares the emasculated Empire of America to 3rd-century Rome; and how Benjamin Franklin encouraged his workers to have more than beer for lunch.

The intricately drawn strips are almost hyperlinked, flitting wildly from observation to anecdote to flashback. An autodidact, Collier has a promiscuous curiosity; he's a hyperactive fact collector who likes to share. His mind may travel all over the place, but following its manic path is part of the fun.

 
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Featured artist

David Collier

           Featured products

Hamilton Sketchbook
Collier's Vol.2 #2
Collier's Vol.2 #1




Brat X--Remembering the 80s with Collier

Updated March 19, 2003


In his latest comic book, Coolier trips back to his early days hanging out on Queen St. W. in downtown Toronto, back when that part of the city was rundown, and not cluttered with trendy cafes and shoe shops.

Brat X was a hipster on the scene--but he didn''t make it. Twenty years later, Collier wonders why.

Featured artist

David Collier

           Featured product

Collier's Vol.2 #2





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