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Montreal, come celebrate our 25th anniversary!

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It's been my pleasure to help out on the steering committee of the Festival de BD de Montreal for the past year, as they transition from a lovely French-oriented festival into a fully-fledged bilingual show now also called the Montreal Comic Arts Festival.

I hope you'll consider joining us in Parc La Fontaine for a weekend of comics fun featuring special Drawn & Quarterly programming, book signings, and a retrospective exhibit. Or if not that, then at least to meet Seth, Marc Bell, Sylvie Rancourt, Julie Delporte, Pascal Girard, Diane Obomsawin, or my rad bosses Peggy Burns, Chris Oliveros, and Tom Devlin as all of the aforementioned will be in attendance at some point this weekend as part of this year's special focus on D+Q in honour of our 25th anniversary.

FBDM / MCAF takes place Friday May 29th (1 pm - 8 pm), Saturday May 30th (10 am - 6 pm), and Sunday May 31st (10 am - 5 pm) at the Parc La Fontaine's Espace La Fontaine (3933, avenue du Parc-La Fontaine). Signings will take place in the exhibitor tent at the Librairie D+Q stand (# 39 + 40). Admission is free and open to all!

Without further ado, here's our signing and programming schedule for the weekend:

FRIDAY MAY 29, 1 pm to 8 pm

6 pm to 7 pm: Panel discussion with Marc Bell, Julie Delporte, and Pascal Girard in Carrefour BD

Longtime D+Q translator Helge Dascher guides Marc Bell (Stroppy), Julie Delporte (Everywhere Antennas), and Pascal Girard (Petty Theft) in a lively discussion about how they tell stories.

7 pm to 8 pm: Marc Bell, Julie Delporte, and Pascal Girard sign at Librairie D+Q stand 39

SATURDAY MAY 30, 10 am to 6 pm

12 to 1 pm Seth signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
1 to 2 pm Marc Bell signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
2 to 3 pm Sylvie Rancourt and Diane Obomsawin sign at Librairie D+Q stand 39
3 to 4 pm Marc Bell and Pascal Girard sign at Librairie D+Q stand 39
3 to 4 pm Seth launches Palookaville 22 in Carrefour BD

Acclaimed cartoonist Seth (It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken) returns with a new volume of his one man cartooning anthology, Palookaville 22. Ethan Rilly (Pope Hats) interviews Seth about his ongoing serials, both autobiographical (Nothing Lasts) and fictional (Clyde Fans).

4 to 5 pm Seth signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
9 to 11 pm Seth's Dominion screening in Carrefour BD

SUNDAY MAY 31, 10 am to 5 pm

12 to 2 pm Seth signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
2 to 3 pm Marc Bell signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
2:30 to 3 pm Sylvie Rancourt launches Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer in Carrefour BD

Quebecoise author Sylvie Rancourt created one of the first autobiographical comics in Canada. In honour of the debut Drawn & Quarterly edition of these iconic comics from the 1980s, Julie Delporte will interview Rancourt about Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer.

3 to 4 pm Sylvie Rancourt signs at Librairie D+Q stand 39
3 to 4 pm D+Q 25 panel discussion with Peggy Burns, Tom Devlin, and Chris Oliveros in Carrefour BD

Drawn & Quarterly has grown from a single-issue magazine to an internationally renowned publisher of the world's best cartoonists. Joseph Rosen (The Walrus, Maisonneuve) leads a conversation with Drawn & Quarterly founder Chris Oliveros, publisher Peggy Burns, and executive editor Tom Devlin.

That may be all she wrote for programming and signings, BUT!

We'll also have a few extra special not-in-stores-yet books hot off the presses and available for purchase. Plus! Both authors are in town for the show, so be sure to take note of those signing schedules and get these beautiful new books signed:

Marc Bell's Stroppy

and Sylvie Rancourt's Melody: Story of a Nude Dancer

Guys, this is going to be one heck of a nice weekend! Come on down to Parc La Fontaine this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!