‘DOGS & WATER’ (2004) (ANDERS NILSEN) Man and his kind-of best friend in a post-apocalyptic dystopia; spare and haunting.
‘GEORGE SPROTT: 1894-1975’ (2009) (SETH) A stunning oversize fictional biography of a local television host, bore and boor who fancies himself a man of the world; by a D&Q hall of famer.
‘HARK! A VAGRANT’ (2011) (KATE BEATON) Ms. Beaton’s strips are a heady mix of history, literature and wicked wit. A few titles tell the tale: “Dude Watchin’ With the Brontës,” “Suffragettes in the City,” “WWII Hipster Battalion.”
‘I NEVER LIKED YOU’ (1994) (CHESTER BROWN) A tender memoir of adolescence, and an indispensable graphic novel.
‘THE JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY’ (STARTED 2009) Comics historians say John Stanley (1914-93) is one of the funniest and quirkiest creators. Check for yourself in collections of “Nancy,” “Thirteen (Going on Eighteen)” and more, in volumes lovingly designed by Seth.
‘KING-CAT CLASSIX’ (2007) (JOHN PORCELLINO) Stark. Unvarnished. Punk. This is an overview of the first 50 issues of Mr. Porcellino’s self-published King-Cat Comics and Stories.
‘MOOMIN: THE DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION’ (2014) (TOVE JANSSON) This treasury collects all of the 1950s “Moomin” comic strips by Ms. Jansson (1914-2001), a Finnish writer-illustrator. Her hippo-looking Moomin and his pals have proved to be an unexpected cash cow since the reprints started in 2006, selling over 250,000 copies.
‘MY NEW YORK DIARY’ (1999) (JULIE DOUCET) Ms. Doucet’s work here is so grunge — on sex, on drugs, on being an artist — that she and Kurt Cobain should have been a couple.
‘WHAT IT IS’ (2008) (LYNDA BARRY) This collage of a book about memory and making art revived Ms. Barry’s career. (D&Q is also publishing her complete works.)
‘DRAWN AND QUARTERLY: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF CONTEMPORARY CARTOONING, COMICS, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS’ (2015) (EDITED BY TOM DEVLIN) 776 pages of history, biography and, most important, memorable comics old, new and rare.
Except for Julie Doucet, the early pillars of Drawn & Quarterly were male cartoonists like Seth, Chester Brown and Joe Matt. But much of D&Q’s strength today is decidedly young and female, with Kate Beaton out in front. Here are five other female cartoonists who could define the publisher’s future.
JULIE DELPORTE Ms. Delporte’s “Everywhere Antennas” (2014) is a melancholy meditation on the toxicity of modern life, complemented by affecting drawings done in color pencil — over 25 different shades.
AISHA FRANZ In her first graphic novel, “Earthling” (2014), this Berlin cartoonist focuses on two sisters and their mother, each trying to cope with growing alienation. Ms. Franz’s smudgy, sometimes sludgy pencils are a perfect match for the women’s psyches as fantasy and reality blur.
LISA HANAWALT Ms. Hanawalt sets the off-kilter stakes high right away in her smart yet goofy collection “My Dirty Dumb Eyes” (2013). In the first piece, “What Do Dogs Want??,” the answers include “A house made out of old fish” and “A salt lick in the shape of human legs.” After that she’s off and bounding, often with drawings that look like perverse permutations of work by the children’s illustrator Richard Scarry.
JULIE MORSTAD Ms. Morstad’s elegant line in books like “Milk Teeth” (2007) and “The Wayside” (2012) shows that the possibilities for illustrated storytelling are limitless. Her fierce yet delicate work reminds us that traditional comics too often sell the medium short.
JILLIAN TAMAKI Ms. Tamaki’s “SuperMutant Magic Academy” (2015) is a raucous romp and mash-up of the X-Men, Harry Potter and Hollywood high school clichés, as the reader becomes privy to the secrets of a prep school for mutants and witches. There’s the usual unrequited crushes, sexual confusion and end-of-the-world crises.