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Petty Theft

Pascal Girard

Pascal’s in a bad place. He’s out of work, he and his longtime girlfriend have just broken up, and when he goes out for a run to ease his frazzled nerves, he falls and injures his back so badly, he’s strictly forbidden from running. What’s an endorphin-loving cartoonist to do? In a bid to distract himself, Pascal throws himself into his other pleasure: reading. And while at the bookstore one day, he spies a young woman picking up his own book. But then she darts out of the shop without paying. Bemused, he decides to figure out why she did it.

Petty Theft is a comedy of errors, a laugh-out-loud account of a man on a mission, and a heavily fictionalized memoir about the addictiveness of book-ownership. Pascal Girard intermingles an all-too-true-to-life snapshot of contemporary relationships with slapstick trials and dryly funny tribulations in this delightfully readable book.

From the award-winning author of Reunion, Petty Theft is a deftly told, finely drawn contemporary romance that will keep book-lovers on the edge of their seat from the first page until the book’s denouement.

May 2014 / $19.95 / 5.875" x 8.25" / 104 pages / b+w / paperback with flaps

ISBN: 978-1770461529

$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

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Reunion

Pascal Girard

April 2011

Reunion is a semi-autobiographical book that recounts the events of the summer of 2009, when Pascal Girard received an invitation to attend his ten-year high school reunion. Initially dismissing the idea of attending, he quickly changes his mind when he receives an email from Lucie Cote, the girl he had a huge crush on in high school. She tells Pascal that she will be at the reunion and wonders if he would like to accompany her. Pascal becomes flustered with joy, except two problems remain: he must keep his almost uncontrollable infatuation a secret from his girlfriend, Julie, and he must do something about his weight. At 252 pounds, he frets that his weight will put him in the "loser" category among his former classmates, but most of all, he must do something to impress Lucie. He decides on a drastic plan of action: he takes up jogging every day until he reaches his goal of shedding fifty pounds. Three months pass as Pascal dutifully jogs and fantasizes about meeting Lucie, until finally he reaches his weight goal on the eve of the reunion. The now-slender Pascal arrives at the big event, full of fervent anticipation. However, one by one, his fantasies of moving into the "winner" category become cruelly deflated with each conversation he has with his former classmates.

Girard has quickly emerged as one of the best under-thirty cartoonists in North America. Having only started drawing comics 5 years ago (he worked in construction until recently), Girard's talent as both a writer and an artist has taken enormous strides with each new book he has created. Reunion is laugh-out-loud funny with wry self-deprecating humor, and Girard's cartooning is effortless in its fluidity.

Paperback, 6.25 x 8.75, black and white, 152 pages

ISBN: 9781770460379

$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

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Bigfoot

Pascal Girard

Jimmy is a teenager in a crummy little town. He's got a lousy best friend Simon, a porn habit and an uncle whose miserable existence is the embodiment of life stalled in its tracks. He's also got a tender soul, a pure-hearted crush and the makings of a budding artist. A horrible Youtube video of Jimmy dancing in his living room becomes viral, courtesy of Simon, and has made every sweet and hopeful thing about Jimmy seem utterly pathetic. Everyone from fellow classmates to the clerk at the corner store has seen the video, and Jimmy finds himself a celebrity in his town, just for the wrong reason. Unfortunately, the Youtube antics do not stop there.

As Pascal Girard illustrated in debut graphic novella NICOLAS, his second book again showcases his spare deceptively simple style that is but wonderfully expressive and pitch-perfect dialogue. Girard utilizes a drawn line full of tentative, exploratory and intuitive emotion, a line sure of the treasure it carries as the book's quiet hero.

ISBN: 9781770460294

$19.95 US / $20.95 CDN

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Nicolas

Pascal Girard

“A touching memoir that's as heartfelt as anything I've read.”–Jeffrey Brown, Cartoonist of Clumsy, Unlikely and Big Head.

“No trick layouts or dazzling technique get in the way of what [Girard] wants to tell you: What he has learned about coming to grips with loss, sometimes with selfishness and arrogance, and sometimes with silence and, finally, wisdom.”–Comic Book Galaxy

Nicolas is a moving debut work by Quebecois cartoonist Pascal Girard. The book is presented as a series of short autobiographical vignettes that take place after the childhood death of his younger brother, Nicolas, who passed away in 1990. Each episode taken from Girard's childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood offers a glimpse into his multifaceted and ongoing process of reckoning, as he struggles to reconcile the magnitude of this tragedy with the minutiae of his daily experience of loss. Deftly sidestepping the cloying sentimentality and abject self-pity that might seem endemic to such a personal project, Girard treats his subject with a spare line and a refreshingly matter-of-fact tone that prove to be all the more moving in their honest simplicity. Ultimately, Nicolas unfolds as a delicate portrait of the many faces of mourning, identified with surprising humor and pathos by an artist who knows them intimately.

Paperback, 5 x 8 inches, 64 pages, b/w.

ISBN: 9781897299715

$9.95 US / $11.95 CDN

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