D+Q's winter 2017 list
Last week we announced Guy Delisle's Hostage and Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim's Poppies of Iraq, to be published in Spring and Fall of 2017 respectively. This week, we're going back a few months and celebrating our winter season.
Our winter list features two biographies of very different and very fascinating people (Peter Bagge's take on Zora Neale Hurston and Joe Ollmann's take on William Seabrook); a graphic-novel adaptation of the iTunes terms and conditions agreement by R Sikoryak; reprints of fantastic and iconic works by Vanessa Davis and Lynda Barry; a graphic novel that blends autobiography, biography, and hagiography by Michael DeForge; a literary work about urban burnout from Yeon-sik Hong; and of course, further entries in our Kitaro and Moomin series.
Let's delve into the list chronologically, shall we? Click through on any book title to read the complete book description and an excerpt from the book.
The Abominable Mr. Seabrook by Joe Ollmann
In stores January 24, 2017. $23.95 US & $26.95 CDN / 6" x 9" / 316 pages / two-color / paperback / 9781770462670
An utterly engrossing portrait of a fascinating and often horrifying figure. William Seabrook was early twentieth century America’s connection to other cultures, but behind his work lies a very troubled man who struggled with his demons. Joe Ollmann has spent years researching Seabrook and it pays off in this loving and very critical portrait of the twisted and complicated writer who popularized the term 'zombie.'
Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-sik Hong, translated by Hellen Jo
In stores February 14, 2017. $29.95 US & $32.95 CDN / 8" x 6.1" / 576 pages / black and white / paperback / 9781770462601
Two artists move out of Seoul to escape the stress and pollution of the big city. Uncomfortably Happily recounts their gradual adjustment to rural life from season to season. It's an eloquent and moody contemporary portrait of the struggle to live as an artist and the difference between the romantic ideal of country living and the practical realities.
Terms and Conditions by R. Sikoryak
In stores February 28, 2017. $16.95 US & $19.95 CDN / 9.5" x 6.6" / 108 pages / full color / paperback / 9781770462748
R. Sikoryak returns: this time instead of adapting classic literature (*cough* Masterpiece Comics is amazing *cough*), he's taken the iTunes Terms and Conditions agreement and drawn it out, complete with turtle-necked Steve Jobs avatars on every page. Calvin & Hobbes, Kate Beaton, Spongebob Squarepants, Peanuts, and Julie Doucet - no style is safe from a Jobs avatar spouting tech jargon.
Spaniel Rage by Vanessa Davis
In stores March 7, 2017. $16.95 US & $19.95 CDN / 9" x 6.8" / 124 pages / black and white / paperback / 9781770462564
This collection of Vanessa's early diary comics is frank, compelling, wry, self-aware, and visionary. Her pencil drawn stories are immediate and honest: detailing struggles with anxiety and conversations between friends. And just look at that gorgeous new cover!
Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story by Peter Bagge
In stores March 14, 2017. $21.95 US & $23.95 CDN / 6.5" x 8.8" / 104 pages / full color / hardcover / 9781770462694
Peter Bagge pens another quick-paced biography of a woman who was groundbreaking in almost every way. Legendary author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, anthropologist, leader of the Harlem Renaissance, first African-American woman to attend Barnard. This list goes on in this celebration of Hurston's life and work.
Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero by Michael DeForge
In stores March 21, 2017. $21.95 US & $24.95 CDN / 5.8" x 10.9" / 96 pages / two-color / hardcover / 9781770462700
In DeForge's trademark wry and surreal style, this is a metafictional account of the life of a former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist, with appearances by, ahem, journalist Michael DeForge and moose Lisa Hanawalt.
Kitaro and the Great Tanuki War by Shigeru Mizuki, translated by Zack Davisson
In stores April 4, 2017. $12.95 US & $14.95 CDN / 7.5" x 5" / 176 pages / black and white / paperback / 9781770462595
Our third volume in the Kitaro series has three longer stories, as well as an intro essay by series translator Zack Davisson. I for one cannot wait to see how Mizuki's tanuki stacks up against the ones I'm familiar with.
One! Hundred! Demons! by Lynda Barry
In stores April 11, 2017. $21.95 US & $24.95 CDN / 6" x 9.5" / 224 pages / full color / hardcover / 9781770462779
What is there to say about One! Hundred! Demons! that hasn't been said before? It's one of the defining graphic novels and every time I read it, it makes me bawl. We are honoured to be bringing out this new edition.
Moomin Begins a New Life by Tove Jansson
In stores April 25, 2017. $9.95 US & $12.50 CDN / 6" x 8.5" / 40 pages / full color / flexicover / 9781770462717
How do we find true happiness? When will we know when we have it? Funny and poignant, another classic Moomin story.