...Sara Varon (Robot Dreams, Bake Sale) and Cecil Castelluci (We Have Always Lived on Mars) have teamed up to create a strange and charming new graphic tale, Odd Duck!
Theodora is a truly independent duck. She has a daily routine, complete with swimming exercises and star-gazing, and has eccentric tastes for a duck (mango salsa!) At the same time, she is well-mannered, and follows the general rules of duck society so as not to stick out too much...
Theodora's pleasant routine is interrupted by the arrival of a new neighbour, Chad. Chad is also an eccentric duck, but to Theodora's horror and disdain, he is eccentric in a loud and unkempt way! How rude!
What happens when two odd ducks must coexist? Disaster? Everlasting friendship?
I can't possibly give it away, but I will say Odd Duck is beyond charming, and that everyone and their kids should read it!
On Friday, May 24th, at 7pm,we are happy to be hosting the launch for issue 7 of The Coming Envelope, BookThug Press’s journal of innovative prose, featuring new work by Masha Tupitsyn, Jesse Huisken, Kyle Buckley, Valerie Witte and Moez Surani.
Our special guest Oisin Curran has lived in Montreal for the past seven
years. He is the author of the amazing, little known, novel Mopus and
this will be his last reading in Montreal for awhile.
The evening will also feature a reading by writer and cultural critic
Masha Tupitsyn. She is the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film (ZerO
Books, 2011), Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based
stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007), and co-editor of the anthology Life
As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights, 2009). Most recently she is
the author of Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), an art book that is
part love manifesto, part philosophical notebook, part digital liturgy.
Local talent MeghanLands just dropped off her new comic, Shark Bite Capital of the World, and it's a steal at only three dollars. Get your copy now, before she's famous and the price goes up (or we run out)!
This tuesday, we were delighted to be host the launch of Chihoi and Julie
Delporte's books! Chihoi is a Hong Kong artist whose
books have been published in Chinese, Italian and French and he travelled here to celebrate the lauch of The Library, the first English-language edition of his work, published by Conundrum Press.
Julie Delporte is a Montreal cartoonist and the author of the children's book Je suis un raton laveur and several books published by Colosse. She was here to launch Journal, published by Koyama Press and also her first work in English.
Chihoi started off the night by showing us some of the Hong Kong comics that were popular when he was young: they were very violent, sometimes pornographic, and often associated with gangster culture, though the authors often sold millions of copies. By Chihoi's teen years, though, this style had diminished in popularity.
Chihoi also related a moving account of the relationships he formed with other artists in his youth, including a friend who passed away at an early age.
The next part of Chihoi's story was about his struggle as an aspiring comics artist -- work was hard to come by, and like many others, he had to support himself with part-time retail jobs and commercial illustration, including a gig writing children's comics, from which he says he learned a lot.
An indie comics scene did develop in Hong Kong, however, especially around the magazine Cockroach.
Finally, Chihoi took us through some scenes from his haunting, surreal new book, The Library. During the question period, he admitted that he may have a fixation on staircases.
Next, Julie Delporte took to the stage greeted by the cheers of a crowd of local friends and fans and gave us a very personal and intimate tour of her autobiographical comics.
Journal chronicles a difficult breakup, and the artist’s residency at The Center for Cartoon
Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. Revisting the events of her life was an emotional experience for her as well as for the audience, who were vocal in their support. The connection between Julie and her friends and fans was a warm and moving thing to witness. Love in the room!
Come on in and get your copy!
We have plenty of Chihoi`s The Library as well, many of them signed!
We had a great crowd!
And the signing table was mobbed!
Thanks again to everyone who came out! We had a great turnout, but despite the crowd, it was one of the more personal and intimate gatherings we`ve had in a long time. You can also look forward to a new book by Julie Delporte that will be published by Drawn & Quarterly next year! Julie is also the newest addition to our staff at 211, so come on in and say hi. If you ask nicely, she might autograph her book for you!
This May, Sprout Out Loud! would like to introduce and celebrate their newest issue #2 with the Montreal public: Occupy the Streets with Land Art & Guerilla Gardening, with Emily Rose Michaud.
Join us for a bilingual visual presentation on Guerilla Gardens and Land Art followed by hands-on planting!
Sprout Out Loud’s second issue is a collection of community submissions by engaged artists, citizens, activists and gardeners from Canada and beyond.
This zine and manifesto is a dedication to all those working to re-shape the future of our urban and rural ecologies. It offers reflections on re-membering landscape back into our lives as well as proposals for creative actions which aim to
-inspire people to dig in to the communities in which they find themselves;
-re-enchant citizens with the landscapes that surround them;
-engage with these spaces creatively;
-provoke dialogue about how these spaces are developed;
-empower others to plant similar ideas in their own environments where needed.
This second issue includes submissions by Sean Martindale, Sara Torrie, Norman Nawrocki, Anne Goldenberg, Dominique Ferraton, Andrew Mckay, Kimberley Mok, Bruce Cawdron, Kendra Besanger, Matthew Bennett, Scott Duncan.
This event is free & zines in both languages will be available for purchase.
SPROUT OUT LOUD! is a project led by artist/organizer Emily Rose Michaud. You can learn more about Emily's Land Art projects, installations, academic and community outreach, classes and workshops on her website.
Just in! Mike (Yeti Magazine) McGonigal's excellent new oral and visual history of Galaxie 500: Temperature's Rising.
One of the best bands to come out of the late-80s, Boston's Galaxie 500 has been receiving a lot of of retroactive praise in the couple of years and deservedly so. The logical next step after the Paisley Underground mini-musical-movement (similarly 60s-influenced bands like
the Dream Syndicate and Rain Parade released their defining efforts only
a few years before Galaxie 500's career began) and their records are
ones that I still revisit on a regular basis to this day (indeed, my
killer retrospective G500 mix may very well have been playing on the
store`s soundsystem on one of your visits to 211 Bernard). Critical darlings during their relatively brief existence, sure, but for awhile it seemed like singer Dean Wareham's post-G500 projects (Luna, Dean & Britta) threatened to overshadow his first (and best) band's considerable accomplishments.
Not that they were ever on their way to becoming major unit-shifters or anything but the band seemed to be relegated to the same status as their heroes the Velvet Underground as a band who boasted only a small fanbase who couldn`t provide much in the way of financial security and so, instead, ensured their place as legends by emulating them in bands of their own (Low, Flying Saucer Attack, the current 'dream pop' scene). Thankfully, some recent -and much appreciated- vinyl reissues have helped remedy this.
McGonigal's book features archival photos, gig posters, set lists and postcards as well as lots of commentary from, not only co-conspirators Wareham, Krukowski, and Yang, but also their producer Kramer and other movers and shakers who contributed to their short 'n sweet run. If you're a fan already -you gotta read it - and if you aren't, Temperature's Rising will serve as a fitting companion as you delve into their perfect trifecta of recorded classics: Today, On Fire, and This Is Our Music.
Melbourne based, self described 'writer with images', Bruce Mutard has had 5 books published, including the highly regarded graphic novels The Sacrifice and The Silence (Allen & Unwin), A Mind of Love (Black House Comics) and the short story collection, Stripshow (Milkshadow Books). He has had numerous short stories published in Overland, Meanjin, The Australian Book Review and the Tango
anthology among many others. He is also the holder of the Australian
Society of Authors comics and graphic novels portfolio. He has presented
papers at Oxford, the University of Arts, London, Loughborough
University, teaches, organises comics events and tours like this one,
and was recently awarded an Australia Council of Arts established
writers grant to work on his next graphic novel.
Since graduating from art school in South Australia, Mirranda Burton has
forged pathways in independent and commercial animation, drawing, and
printmaking. More recently she has devoted herself to the medium of
comics, drawing upon her own life experiences. Her stories depict a
myriad of moments, from the mountain peaks of Morocco to lettuce
invasions, to rare meetings with caterpillar psychiatrists and vacuum
cleaner genies. Her first book, Hidden, was published in 2011 by Black Pepper, for which she received an Aurealis Award for best graphic novel. Hidden is also scheduled to be published in France.
Scarlette Baccini is a comic book writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia. In 2007 she began writing a strip called Zombolette,
about a fat, obnoxious zombie and her giant mutant guinea pig
housemate. Milk Shadow Books published a 120-page anthology of this work
early in 2012. Scarlette is currently working on a graphic novel as
well as several shorter works, and is hoping to turn Zombolette into an animated series.
Patrick Alexander is known in Australia for his nationally published children’s comics, Pink Chickens and Tobias & Jube, and internationally for his webcomics, Raymondo Person and Hilarity Comics. Currently and irregularly he produces gag comics for the relaunched Dark Horse Presents, except for that Archie one with the weird cow sex, which he put on Tumblr instead. His work has been described as "p. funny".
Gregory Mackay is best known for his comic strip Francis Bear
as well as award-winning autobiographical comics, he makes award-winning
comics about a strange kind of every-day-ness that are both quietly
desperate and charmingly beautiful. Gregory is a regularly featured
artist in the French Turkey Comix anthology published by The Hoochie Coochie, who in 2010 released a collected Francis Bear book.
New to the Melbourne Comics scene, Marijka Gooding is a recent graduate from
Monash University Visual Communications with Honours, whose thesis is
the remarkable, beguiling, beautiful graphic novel, Strange Behaviour
(self-published, 2012). She considers herself an expert on 'strange',
considering spends a lot of her time sitting at a drawing board in a
dimly lit room, surrounded by empty take-away containers and
crusted-over cereal bowls, writing about the world in pictures.
Daniel Hayward graduated from Sydney Film School in 2005 where he produced and
directed the award winning short TROY, which has screened all over the
world. Over the past 7 years, Daniel has worked in the Australian film
and television industry in various capacities on commercials, television
series, music videos and feature films. He has shot and/or directed a
number of Behind The Scenes documentaries for feature films and television including Shane Warne – The Musical, Men’s Group & 33 Postcards starring Guy Pearce. In 2012, Daniel released his first feature length documentary as producer/director titled This Is Roller Derby under his production company AISLE 5 PICTURES.
We're very excited to be hosting the launch of Chihoi and Julie Delporte's books! Join us TONIGHT at 7 pm at the bookstore. Visit the Facebook event here.
Chihoi is a Hong Kong artist whose books have been published in Chinese, Italian and French. Join us in welcoming Chihoi to Montreal and celebrating the launch of The Library, the first English-language publication of his work, published by Conundrum Press.
The Library is the first work in English by the active Hong Kong artist Chihoi.
Reading the short stories included in this hardcover volume is like
reading someone else’s dreams. They they speak to regular hurt and
deprivation, strength in silence and loneliness in numbers. The Library is book of beautiful pencil lines, written to illustrate the tales we know in our heart but have never witnessed.
Julie Delporte is a Montreal cartoonist and the author of the children's book Je suis un raton laveur and several books published by Colosse. Join us in celebrating the launch of her book Journal, published by Koyama Press.
Journalis the first English translation of Montreal-based artist Julie Delporte’s autobiographical diary comics. Initially appearing online in French, Journal displays Delporte’s organic and immediate drawings that utilize an uncanny sense of colour and composition to illustrate their intimate, diarist narratives. Cataloguing an emotional breakup, an artist’s residency at The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont, and the anxieties and joys of everyday life between February 2011 and October 2012, Delporte’s elegant illuminated diary is a private life made public and poetic.
Supported by the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau,
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
We are delighted to welcome hilarious New York-based cartoonists Lisa
Hanawalt and Michael Kupperman to the bookstore next week. This is an evening not be missed!
Photo: Mindy Tuckers
Lisa Hanawalt is a renowned self-publisher and illustrator living in
Brooklyn, New York. Her comics work has won several awards, and she was
recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Humor for her piece, "The
Secret Lives of Chefs." Hanawalt’s illustration and comics clients
include The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, McSweeneys,
Chronicle Books, and Vanity Fair. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog and a
"Imagine a grown-up Richard Scarry turned absurdist social commentator."–Publishers Weekly Starred Review
"For years I've encountered Lisa Hanawalt's comics and illustrations piecemeal–in various magazines and periodicals. They're always a pleasant jolt. Now they've been assembled into one thick, blazing bludgeon. I envoy you getting walloped by them all for the first time. This is a Hanawalt assault. Succumb."–Patton Oswalt
Michael Kupperman is an American comic artist and humorist whose words and pictures have appeared everywhere from the New Yorker to Saturday Night Live. He has written four books and illustrated many more. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Muire and son Ulysses.
"The second funniest cartoonist worldwide, after me."–Tony Millionaire
"Imaginations come no wonkier, no
dafter than Kupperman’s. His idea of a crime-fighting, daring, dynamic
duo à la Bruce and Dick (Batman and Robin) is Twain and Einstein (Mark
and Albert)-that is, when it's not a snake and a strip of bacon." –Ray Olson (Booklist)