Booklist Reviews DQ Showcase #1

“Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: v. 1” / Booklist / Gordon Flagg / November 1, 2003

Huizenga, Kevin and Robel, Nicolas. Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: v. 1. 2003. 96p. illus. Drawn & Quarterly; dist. by Chronicle, paper, $14.95 (1-896597-62-9). 741.5.

Alternative-comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly's flagship title has been the annual bearing its name and spotlighting leading alternative-comics artists throughout the world. Now the company launches a more modest companion to showcase up-and-coming talents. The inaugural volume features two young artists presenting dissimilar but complementary stories. Mid-westerner Huizenga's two features depict suburbanite family man Glenn Ganges, whose mundane concerns spin off into subtly sinister fantasies; in a yarn loosely based on an Italian folktale, Ganges, in an effort to bring about his wife's pregnancy, undertakes a surreal quest to pluck a feather from a monstrous ogre. Whereas Huizenga's cartoony style derives from classic comic strips, the Swiss Rebel's work is artier. While inspecting a vacant apartment with her insensitive boyfriend, his vaguely Munchian protagonist is confronted by harrowing visions from her past, which Robel presents in a stark, bizarre style. Both these newcomers don't just show potential but talent that is already well developed. They have plenty to say and the chops to express it. -Gordon Flagg

Huizenga, Kevin and Robel, Nicolas. Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: v. 1. 2003. 96p. illus. Drawn & Quarterly; dist. by Chronicle, paper, $14.95 (1-896597-62-9). 741.5.
 

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