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D+Q 25 PR: D+Q to Publish Matthew Thurber's Art Comic

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Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to Art Comic, the new graphic novel by cartoonist Matthew Thurber. Art Comic sends up the modern art world by weaving together the stories of various characters along with moments from Thurber’s own life, all drawn in Thurber’s busy style that placed him on the map with 1-800-MICE and Infomaniacs. Art Comic is a hallucinated memoir of living in NYC in the 1990s-2000s in which Thurber explores what contemporary art means to its various constituents.  From the art student obsessed with Matthew Barney, to an artist being driven mad by the gallery system and everyone in between.

“Matthew Thurber is one of modern comics great satirists. His humor is loopy, gonzo, and most of all smart. His cartooning has a great quality in that it makes all the characters look simultaneously earnest and ridiculous,” said Tom Devlin Acquiring Editor. “Art Comic is a hilarious send-up of the gross shitstorm that is the modern artworld and all the self-delusional monsters that have helped make modern art about money and status and not at all about truth and life." 

Art Comic will be distributed in the United States by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, in Canada by Raincoast Books, and in the United Kingdom by Publishers Group UK. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency


Matthew Thurber is an artist and musician living in Brooklyn. He is the author of the graphic novels 1-800-MICE (2011) and Infomaniacs (2013). Thurber was the recipient of a NYFA fellowship in fiction in 2010 for 1-800-MICE, which The Paris Review called “the Gravity’s Rainbow–Sherlock Holmes–Professor Sutwell–Inspector Clouseau–Silent Spring of comics". Ambergris, his ongoing multi-media performance project, has performed its "Anti-Matter Cabaret" since 2003 at venues such as Issue Project Room, the Hammer Museum in L.A., and the Fumetto Festival in Switzerland. His full-length play "Mining the Moon" was produced at the Brick Theater in July 2014. He has shown his artwork at galleries such as Southfirst and Knowmoregames in New York, and Weird Things in Toronto.