D+Q 25 PR: D+Q to Reprint Blankets, Was She Pretty?, How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, and Spaniel Rage
Drawn & Quarterly has acquired rights to Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Leanne Shapton’s Was She Pretty, Sarah Glidden’s How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and Vanessa Davis’ Spaniel Rage. The four titles add to the company’s rich backlist of active titles that define the contemporary graphic novel golden age.
“In the past ten years we have seen our backlist explode via university course adoptions; consumers hungry for the medium’s history; and retailers happy to have a deep back stock of titles and not just Wednesday’s new releases,” said Tom Devlin Executive Editor. “So we sought to re-publish a handful of modern classics that like Hicksville and Berlin did not start out with D+Q. We are honored to announce that we are publishing Craig Thompson’s emotional tour-de-force Blankets, Leanne Shapton’s piercing Was She Pretty?, Sarah Glidden’s searching How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and Vanessa Davis’ wistful and sharp-tongued Spaniel Rage, to ensure that these contemporary classics are easy to find and beautifully presented for future generations.”
All four titles will be distributed in the United States by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books.
Blankets Craig Thompson Fall 2015
Paperback, 592 pp, $29.95, 7" x 9", black and white, 978-1-77046-218-2
Hardcover, 592 pp, 7" x 9", black and white, 978-1-77046-220-5
Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson’s poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence.
“Blankets is a great American novel.”—Time
Was She Pretty? Leanne Shapton Winter 2016
Paperback, 208 pp, $19.95. 5”x8” USD Two-Color , 978177046227
What’s left when a relationship ends? Where does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our lovers’ ex-lovers. Elegantly drawn and perfectly narrated, the pages of Was She Pretty? are a testimonial to the power of observation and misapprehension.
“A dreamy exploration of relationships and jealousy... pithy and deadpan... it's no self-help book.”—Salon
How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less Sarah Glidden Fall 2016
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Coinciding with D+Q’s release of Sarah Glidden’s highly anticipated original graphic novel Rolling Blackouts, the company will reprint her backlist classic. How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less explores what Glidden considers a simple “birthright” trip to Israel, a country whose policies and politics she thinks she has all figured out. A travelogue painted in gorgeous watercolors, the experience however is anything but straightforward and forces Glidden to question her own beliefs and politics.
“Glidden…went on an all-expense-paid "birthright" trip to Israel in an attempt to discover some grand truths at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. This graphic memoir tells the touching and often funny story of her utter failure to do so.”–Publishers Weekly
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In 2003, Vanessa Davis exploded on the indie comics scene with the minicomic Spaniel Rage. A diaristic, honest account of being a young woman in NYC, Davis’ sketchbook collects her various obsessions over hair, clothes and relationships. Davis approaches her stories with just enough distance and empathy for all her subjects to make these comics both humourous and illuminating. A classic graphic novel that takes on new meaning in the age of Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer and Mindy Kaling.
“Spaniel Rage is Sex and the City without movie stars and expensive designer shoes… a wonderful graphic novel that gives the reader hope that this writer/artist will have more to say in the future.”–Bookslut