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D+Q acquires Lisa Hanawalt's Coyote Doggirl

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As announced today on the Hollywood Reporter, Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world English rights to Lisa Hanawalt’s original graphic novel Coyote Doggirl, to be published in fall 2018. The producer and production designer of Bojack Horseman returns with a raucous, funny, and fierce adventure story whose protagonist is a brazen, horse-loving doggirl. It is the cartoonist's third book for Drawn & Quarterly and her first full-length graphic novel.

    Publisher Peggy Burns noted, "Lisa is enormously talented at creating fantastical worlds that are gorgeously technicolored and rendered, and she has a very funny gift for the anthropomorphically absurd. Once you look a bit closer however, you can see Coyote Doggirl is not just a send-up of the Western genre, but a deeply personal story for Lisa. Watching it unfold across the desert landscape is thrilling."

    Coyote Doggirl is Hanawalt’s homage to and lampoon of Westerns like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, featuring a fiercely independent female protagonist who sews her own crop tops and has no patience for etiquette. A gifted equestrian, Coyote Doggirl is half dog, half coyote, and a whole lot of attitude. She and her steed Red are on the run from a trio of vengeful bad guys when Coyote gets clobbered by a few well-placed arrows. Her attackers, a clan of wolves, take her in and nurse her back to health so she can get back on the road, track down Red, and evade the men who are hunting her. By turns delightfully absurd and intensely emotional, Coyote Doggirl charts one weird woman's escape into the wild.

    Coyote Doggirl was acquired by Burns and will be co-edited with Senior Editor Tracy Hurren. It will be distributed in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. Meredith Kaffel Simonoff of DeFiore and Company represented Hanawalt in negotiations.


Lisa Hanawalt is the producer and production designer of the Netflix original series, Bojack Horseman, whose fourth season premieres on September 8, 2017. Hanawalt has worked on illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, murals, textile patterns, and exhibits her work in galleries. Her quarterly food column for Lucky Peach magazine won her a James Beard Award for humor. She co-hosts the podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller. Hanawalt’s first collection with Drawn & Quarterly was 2013’s critically acclaimed My Dirty Dumb Eyes. Her second book with D+Q, 2016’s Hot Dog Taste Test, won her the Ignatz Award, appearing on best of the year lists from the Washington Post, Guardian, NPR, and more.


“Hilarious and at times breathtakingly inventive.”—Wired

“One of the funniest observational artists working today.”—Washington Post Best of 2016

“Insouciant [and] irreverent.”—The Paris Review

Hot Dog Taste Test [is] Lisa Hanawalt’s ribald graphic skewering of foodie culture, which is funny, weird and definitely not one for the clean-eating brigade.”—Guardian, Best Graphic Books of 2016

“Lisa Hanawalt's lushly illustrated, stream-of-consciousness diary... overflows with colorful oddities.”—NPR

“A truly hard-to-classify book that combines—in full color with her loose, fanciful line—stories, food reporting, doodles, wacky lists, and illustrations of animal-people.”—Artforum