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Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Here's what I see.

We are not just a comic book store, and I am not just a comic store clerk. Look, we have all these art books and journals in our new Art section. Parkett takes on 3 artists each issue with a flood of essays in English and German. Unlike with some popular American Art journals, you won't finish with the feeling of having read a highbrow version of People.


Got these 2 sizeable compendiums in the other day. Got a birthday or wedding coming up? These books last forever.


Audubon's Birds of America features 482 full colour plates, and these are just his birds of America. How did this man fit so many paintings into 66 years of life? Did he have time to make mistakes, and if so, what do his rejects look like?

Next up, we've got a collection of vintage advertising posters that Tom picked up somewhere in the States. The methods of food presentation have dated to the point of being totally delicious again. They are each 27" X 24" and look amazing when framed.


And lastly, Moomin pezes. Smaller and cuter than regular pezes, each one takes only a half-pack. I think they speak for themselves. Look at the Snork-maiden! Just look at her..
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Julie Doucet exhibition prints


While she was writing and drawing her year-long diary, 365 Days, Julie Doucet was also working on a series of bold and striking linocut prints. The prints are currently on exhibit at the D+Q store on Bernard street in Montreal and are now on sale to the general public and to the world at large through our website. (If you live in Montreal you can also purchase the prints directly in person at our store to save shipping costs.)


Each print is signed by Doucet and comes already framed and for a very brief time we will be offering a free copy of 365 Days with each purchase. And, at the risk of sounding like a used car salesman: these will only be available through our website for another two weeks, so don't delay!




Wednesday, 23 January 2008

A handful of books I bought the other night

I was in the store the other night while the first silkscreening workshop was going on --mostly just in case I was needed for some reason. I had a chance to browse around and look at some of the books that Chris or I ordered in the middle of the night all bleary-eyed. Of course, I couldn't resist and I bought a few and thought I would share what I found here.


First up, The Inches Incident (Dark Horse) by Tony Millionaire. We have most of his books at home. Georgy loves when I read them although I can't imagine they make a lick of sense to a 2-1/2 year old. This came out last year and was a complete surprise to me. My initial thoughts are that it is even weirder than typical Millionaire what with the caved-in doll's head infested with ants and all.


This book has a simple elegant cover design that kept catching my eye when I'd drop by the store from time to time. Initially I thought it was just some sort of installation project like a collection of fake folk art but when I actually took a chance to read it I realized I was so far off-base. I've scanned a couple of pages (that appear larger if you click on them) as examples but basically the whole book is about "personal inventions" that modern Russian citizens have fashioned to take the place of ordinary houshold items that they can't get either due to lack of money or general shortages. It's a sort of fascinating look at a kind of common household ingenuity that makes everyone look like an inventor.







The next one is just an issue of McSweeneys (24) with yet another fantastic impossible wish-I-thought-of-it cover design. It folds out all crazy, has two spines, and is uncluttered by feminine writing. It's not like an issue of McSweeneys is ever a surprise, right? They are uniformly excellent.



I am generally pretty cut-off from pop culture these days and only found out about this next series about six months ago. When it was described I thought "where have you been all my life?" Then I read a couple and was less than enthusiastic about the results. Except I still kind of loved what I read. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the 33-1/3 series of books about single "classic" rock albums. As far as I can tell the writing is all over the map. But it doesn't even matter because we're talking rock and roll here and that makes total sense. In the end, even if I wasn't impressed with the writing I still loved reading the books because they were spirited and fannish and critical and even funny and only took a couple of hours to read. Next up: "If You're Feeling Sinister." I'm sure I'll love it.



Finally, one of my all-time favorite movies ("The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" directed by Paul Newmman) was originally a play (by Paul Zindel). The movie stars Joanne Woodward (and Eli Wallach's daughter and one of Newman's and Woodward's as well) as a self-centered abusive mom who terrorizes her two daughters. Rent the movie or buy the play, whichever. My dream is to make a puppet movie version someday. I'm not lying. Sample dialogue:

RUTH: Did he find out you took the wagon?

BEATRICE: Did he find out? He came running down the street after me and started spanking me right on top of the wagon--not hard--but it was so embarassing--and I had one of those penny marshmallow ships in the back pocket of my overalls, and it got all squished. And you better believe I never did it again...
Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Minute Moments


Tuesday, January 29th, 8 pm
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly


Minute Moments is a monthly creative laboratory mixing artistic, political, social and philosophical ideas, an audiovisual playground that explores every creative possibility that film has to offers. From fiction to pure experimentation and visual poetry, anything goes. The challenge? To create short films of exactly 60 seconds flat.

Every month, a growing group of artists meets to share films inspired by a common theme. The event is free and open to all, and this month it takes place at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. Bring your QuickTime videos in DV-NTSC format on a USB key, iPod or external hard drive on the night of the event. The films will be screened and then be posted in Moment Factory's online gallery.

This month's theme: Illustrated Minute Moments

Come to share you work or simply to discover the work of others!

For more information: joa@momentfactory.com

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Mardi le 29 janvier 2008, 20:00
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly


Minute Moments est un laboratoire créatif mensuel alliant l’art, la politique, la communauté et la philosophie. C’est un terrain de jeu audiovisuel permettant aux artistes d’explorer les possibilités du court métrage. Fiction, animation, expérimentation, abstraction ou poésie visuelle : tout est permis. Votre défi : créer un court métrage d’exactement 60 secondes.

Chaque mois, un groupe d’artistes se réunit afin de partager leurs courts métrages inspirés d’un thème commun. L’événement est gratuit, ouvert à tous et, ce mois-ci, il se tiendra à la Libraire Drawn & Quarterly. Apportez vos courts métrages QuickTime en format DV-NTSC sur une clé USB, un iPod ou une mémoire externe le soir même de l’événement. Tous les films seront présentés sur grand écran puis affichés dans la galerie virtuelle de Moment Factory.

Thème de janvier: Moments Illustrés
Venez partager vos créations ou découvrir celles des autres!

Pour plus d’information: joa@momentfactory.com


http://blog.momentfactory.com/?p=280
www.momentfactory.com/
Monday, 21 January 2008

Spots still available for Kids Workshops


Starting this Saturday and Sunday!!

Drawing Workshop for Kids (ages 8-12)

January 27th and February 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Time: 11am-12:30am.

Fee: $20 per session. It is recommended that students attend all four weeks. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 4-week course via drawing games and experiments, students are re-introduced to pencil and paper and eraser. With an emphasis on exploration and discovery, happy accidents and unexpected results are the order of the day!

Instructors: Billy Mavreas is an artist working in a variety of forms and media, including comics, painting and collage. He has worked as an arts educator in high schools as well as a private tutor and workshop animator.

Ateliers de dessin pour enfants (8 à 12 ans)
Les dimanches 27 janvier, 3 février, 10 février, et 17 février de 11 h à 12:30 h.

Frais: 20$ par session. Il est recommandé de participer aux quatre sessions. Tout le matériel est inclu.

Description du cours: À travers des jeux et des exercices de dessin, les participants se re-familiariseront avec les outils de base du dessin. Ces ateliers mettront l'emphase sur l'exploration, la découverte et les résultats inattendus. À vos crayons!

Professeur: Billy Mavreas est un artiste multidisciplinaire particulièrement intéressé par la bande dessinée, la peinture et le collage. Il a enseigné l'art sous toutes ses formes au niveau secondaire, lors d'ateliers de groupes et en tant que tuteur privé.



Silkscreening workshop for kids (ages 10-14 recommended.)

January 26th and February 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Time: 10am-12noon.

Fee: $20 per session. It is recommended that students attend all four weeks. The fee covers supplies although students willl need to bring in a t-shirt on week 2.

Course Description: This 4-week course is designed to introduce kids to silkscreen printing and foster in them an interest in this exciting, accessible, and versatile print medium which has a long history in poster, t-shirt and DIY graphic design. Through building small screens in the first week which the kids can take home, to emulsing and exposing their own designs for printing on both paper and fabric, participants will gain valuable skills and abilities, while also creating works that they can keep.

Instructors: Morgan Charles & Karla Smith. Morgan and Karla both learned silkscreen printing while studying graphic design at Concordia. In 2004, they (along with another friend) started a small silkscreening company called Atelier Baraque, which specialized in designing and printing original bedlinens in various basement "studios." Morgan now works as a graphic designer and is pursuing her graduate degree in communications, while Karla works as a textile designer and product manager for a large housewares company. They both enjoy the hands-on quality of silkscreening as a remedy to the hours spent in front of the computer. Coincidentally, both of them have also spent summers as Arts & Crafts camp counselors. They hope this goes better.

To reserve a spot for course, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

Ateliers de sérigraphie pour jeunes (10 à 14 ans)
Les samedis 26 janvier et 2 février, 9 février, et 16 février, de 10 h à midi.

Frais: 20$ par session. Il est recommandé de participer aux quatre sessions. Le matériel est fourni mais les participants devront apporter un T-shirt à leur taille au deuxième atelier.

Description du cours: Ce cours de quatre semaines a pour but d'initier les jeunes à la sérigraphie, une technique d'impression passionnante et versatile souvent utilisée pour agrémenter T-shirts, affiches et objets d'artisanat. Les participants monteront de petits écrans de sérigraphie personnalisés et pourront rapporter à la maison leurs propres créations sur papier et tissu.

Professeures: Morgan Charles et Karla Smith sont toutes deux bachelières en design graphique et fondatrices d'une l'entreprise de sérigraphie spécialisée en impression artisanale de literie, Atelier Baraque. Elles sont d'avis que la sérigraphie est beaucoup plus amusante que des heures passées devant l'ordinateur!

Pour réserver votre place, veuillez envoyer un courriel à workshops@drawnandquarterly.com ou appeler le 514-279-2224
Thursday, 17 January 2008

Lino-cut/Wood-cut Workshop for Adults is full!

Our current session for the Lino-cut/Wood-cut Workshop for Adults is full. We will be starting a new session in a little over a month and we'll send out an email when the exact dates are settled.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Recommendations..

Well, if you're feeling defeated and just don't want to get better cause the outside is so cold, try some Shrigley. Here's one of two we've got in store.

Or maybe you're too busy listening to the radio. What with the internet these days, we can get radio from just about anywhere, like Chicago! Where Public Radio International's Ira Glass hosts This American Life. He just put out a book of excellent Nonfiction shorts:
Many memorable pieces: David Foster Wallace exposes the weird underworld of AM talk radio. Chuck Klosterman interviews Val Kilmer, and Bill Buford hangs out with a group of football hooligans. Come pick it up.
Monday, 14 January 2008

Silkscreen Workshop for Adults is full!

Our current session for the Silkscreen Workshop for Adults is full. We will be starting a new session in a little over a month and we'll send out an email when the exact dates are settled.

The other workshops still have openings, but Lino-cut/Wood-cut for Adults is almost full, so if you're mulling over taking that one you'd better get on the ball right now while spots last. {We've got three for the Lino portion and two for the Wood portion.}
Saturday, 12 January 2008

Breathtaking new books...

Yes, we are first and foremost a Drawn & Quarterly store, meaning that we carry every book published by D+Q that is available today (including some of the original quarterly magazines, which have become collectors items!) as well as a wide, eclectic assortment of graphic novels. But since many people who like D+Q also like non-comic art, we also have a great selection of art books, including many amazing new ones that have arrived in the last few days. Never before have I audibly gasped while opening boxes of new stock, but some of those books literally take my breath away! Whether you like Japanese contemporary art (Murakami, Nara, etc.), photography (Henry Wessel, Stephen Shore, found pictures), typography, foreign art journals (Parkett, Cabinet, Esopus), European design (Tord Boontje) or rock collectibles (Kim Gordon's Chronicles Vol. 1 and 2), we've got you covered!


Speaking of art, those original Julie Doucet prints lining the store walls are for sale (at prices that would make international collectors green with envy)…

Friday, 11 January 2008

Comix and Cartooning for Adults workshop is full!

Our current session for the Comix and Cartooning for Adults is full. We will be starting a new session in a little over a month and we'll send out an email when the exact dates are settled.

The other workshops still have openings, but Silkscreening for Adults is almost full, so if you're mulling over taking that one you'd better get on the ball right now while spots last.

Nos ateliers seront bilingues!

Vous êtes intrigué par nos fascinants ateliers créatifs mais votre anglais est plutôt so so? Pas de problème! Nous avons ajouté les descriptions détaillées de chaque série d'ateliers offerte dans les prochains mois à la librairie juste un peu plus bas sur cette page. Tous les professeurs sont bilingues; tous les francos sont les bienvenus!
Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Comix and Cartooning for Adults (ages 15 and up)

Finally the last workshop in our initial run:

Comix and Cartooning for Adults (ages 15 and up)

January 24th and 31st, and February 7th and 14th (Thursday). Time: 6pm-8pm.

Fee: $20 for each session. It is recommended that students attend all four sessions. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 4-week course on comix and cartooning allows participants (of all skill levels) to work on comic art projects with an emphasis on personal expression and style. Tools and papers and standard cartooning techniques will be covered.

Instructor: Howard Chackowicz is a Montreal comic artist who has been published by Fantagraphics and Conundrum Press, amongst others. He taught comic art and cartooning for over a decade at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and at schools all over the city.

To reserve a spot for course, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

Ateliers de bande dessinée pour adultes (15 ans et plus)
Les jeudis 24 janvier, 31 janvier, 7 février et 14 février, de 18 h à 20 h.

Frais: 20$ par session. Il est recommandé de participer aux quatre sessions. Tout le matériel est fourni.

Description du cours: Ce cours de quatre semaines permettra aux participants de tous les niveaux de se familiariser avec la création de bande dessinée tout en développant leur sens artistique et leur style de dessin personnel. Les techniques de base ainsi que les outils essentiels du bédéiste seront explorés.

Professeur: Howard Chackowicz est un bédéiste montréalais dont les histoires ont été publiées par Fantagraphics et Conundrum Press. Il a enseigné l'art de la bande dessinée pendant plus de dix ans au Centre des Arts Saidye Bronfman ainsi qu'à plusieurs autres écoles aux quatre coins de Montréal.

Pour réserver votre place, veuillez envoyer un courriel à workshops@drawnandquarterly.com ou appeler le 514-279-2224

Lino-Cut and Woodcut Workshop for Adults (ages 15 and up)

Next up on our workshop schedule:

Lino-Cut and Woodcut Workshop for Adults (ages 15 and up)

January 25th and February 1st, 8th, and 15th (Friday). Time: 6pm-8pm.

Fee: $20 for each session. It is recommended that students attend all four sessions. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 4-week course relief printing course will be broken into two sections. The first two classes will present an introduction to basic relief print making using lino-cut and water-based inks. The second two classes will take that knowledge and apply it to wood cut print making. The course will be offered in a relaxed and open atmosphere to individuals wanting to pursue and develop their interest in relief print making.

Instructors: Kathryn Delaney is an artist with a passion for traditional print making processes. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Print Making from Concordia University. She is presently pursuing her artistic career in the arts and community art education.

To reserve a spot for course, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

Ateliers de lino-gravure et gravure sur bois pour adultes (15 ans et plus)
Les vendredis 25 janvier, 1ier février, 8 février et 15 février, de 18 h à 20 h.

Frais: 20$ par session. Il est recommandé de participer aux quatre sessions. Tout le matériel est fourni.

Description du cours: Ce cours de quatre semaines traitant de l'impression à partir de gravures en bas relief comprendra deux parties. Les deux premiers ateliers seront consacrés aux techniques de base de l'impression à partir de lino-gravures et d'encre à base d'eau; les deux ateliers suivants permettront aux participants d'appliquer leurs nouvelles connaissances à l'impression à partir de gravures sur bois. Ce cours est ouvert à tous ceux qui désirent en apprendre d'avantage sur la gravure et l'impression. Aucune expérience n'est requise.

Professeure: Kathryn Delaney est une bachelière en arts de l'imprimerie passionnée par les techniques d'imprimerie traditionnelles. Elle oeuvre présentement dans le domaine de l'éducation communautaire des arts.

Pour réserver votre place, veuillez envoyer un courriel à workshops@drawnandquarterly.com ou appeler le 514-279-2224

Silkscreen Workshop for Adults (ages 15 and up)

Next up on our workshop schedule:

Silkscreen Workshop for Adults (ages 15 and up)

January 22nd, 29th and February 5th. Time: 6pm-8pm.

Fee: $100 for all three sessions. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 3-week course will go over the basics of silkscreening multiple color prints as well as a tutorial on how to build your own silkscreen studio at home.

Instructors: Leyla Majeri has been silkscreening and teaching silkscreening for what seems like forever. You likely have seen her work on the streets or in the galleries of Montreal.

To reserve a spot for course, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

Ateliers de sérigraphie pour adultes (15 ans et plus)
Les mardis 22 janvier, 29 janvier et 5 février, de 18 h à 20 h.

Frais: 100$ pour les trois sessions. Tout le matériel est inclu dans les frais.

Description du cours: Ce cours de trois semaines comprendra une introduction aux techniques de base de la sérigraphie à couleurs multiples ainsi que des directives permettant aux participants de monter leur propre studio de sérigraphie maison.

Professeure: Leyla Majeri est artiste et enseignante en sérigraphie depuis toujours, semble-t-il. Ses œuvres et affiches promotionnelles tapissent tant les rues que les galeries d'art de Montréal.

Pour réserver votre place, veuillez envoyer un courriel à workshops@drawnandquarterly.com ou appeler le 514-279-2224.
Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Drawing Workshop (ages 8-12)

Next up on our workshop schedule:

Drawing Workshop for Kids (ages 8-12)

January 20th, 27th and February 3rd and 10th. Time: 11am-12:30am.

Fee: $20 per session. It is recommended that students attend all four weeks. The fee covers supplies.

Course Description: This 4-week course via drawing games and experiments, students are re-introduced to pencil and paper and eraser. With an emphasis on exploration and discovery, happy accidents and unexpected results are the order of the day!

Instructors: Billy Mavreas is an artist working in a variety of forms and media, including comics, painting and collage. He has worked as an arts educator in high schools as well as a private tutor and workshop animator.

To reserve a spot for course, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

Ateliers de dessin pour enfants (8 à 12 ans)
Les dimanches 20 janvier, 27 janvier, 3 février et 10 février, de 11 h à 12:30 h.

Frais: 20$ par session. Il est recommandé de participer aux quatre sessions. Tout le matériel est inclu.

Description du cours: À travers des jeux et des exercices de dessin, les participants se re-familiariseront avec les outils de base du dessin. Ces ateliers mettront l'emphase sur l'exploration, la découverte et les résultats inattendus. À vos crayons!

Professeur: Billy Mavreas est un artiste multidisciplinaire particulièrement intéressé par la bande dessinée, la peinture et le collage. Il a enseigné l'art sous toutes ses formes au niveau secondaire, lors d'ateliers de groupes et en tant que tuteur privé.

Pour réserver votre place, veuillez envoyer un courriel à workshops@drawnandquarterly.com ou appeler le 514-279-2224
Monday, 7 January 2008

Silkscreening workshop (ages 10-14)

We have series of workshops starting up in the next few weeks so I'm going to post them here under separate headings for easy access:

First up:

Silkscreening workshop for kids (ages 10-14 recommended.)

January 12, 19, 26 and February 2nd (we may start this a week later since this post is going up late.) Time: 10am-12noon.

Fee: $20 per session. It is recommended that students attend all four weeks. The fee covers supplies although students willl need to bring in a t-shirt on week 2.

Course Description: This 4-week course is designed to introduce kids to silkscreen printing and foster in them an interest in this exciting, accessible, and versatile print medium which has a long history in poster, t-shirt and DIY graphic design. Through building small screens in the first week which the kids can take home, to emulsing and exposing their own designs for printing on both paper and fabric, participants will gain valuable skills and abilities, while also creating works that they can keep.

Instructors: Morgan Charles & Karla Smith. Morgan and Karla both learned silkscreen printing while studying graphic design at Concordia. In 2004, they (along with another friend) started a small silkscreening company called Atelier Baraque, which specialized in designing and printing original bedlinens in various basement "studios." Morgan now works as a graphic designer and is pursuing her graduate degree in communications, while Karla works as a textile designer and product manager for a large housewares company. They both enjoy the hands-on quality of silkscreening as a remedy to the hours spent in front of the computer. Coincidentally, both of them have also spent summers as Arts & Crafts camp counselors. They hope this goes better.

To reserve a spot for course, email us at workshops@drawnandquarterly.com or call 514-279-2224.

Ateliers de sérigraphie pour jeunes (10 à 14 ans)
Les samedis 12 janvier, 19 janvier, 26 janvier et 2 février, de 10 h à midi.
(Il est possible que ces ateliers soit repoussés d'une semaine – informez-vous!)

Frais: 20$ par session. Il est recommandé de participer aux quatre sessions. Le matériel est fourni mais les participants devront apporter un T-shirt à leur taille au deuxième atelier.

Description du cours: Ce cours de quatre semaines a pour but d'initier les jeunes à la sérigraphie, une technique d'impression passionnante et versatile souvent utilisée pour agrémenter T-shirts, affiches et objets d'artisanat. Les participants monteront de petits écrans de sérigraphie personnalisés et pourront rapporter à la maison leurs propres créations sur papier et tissu.

Professeures: Morgan Charles et Karla Smith sont toutes deux bachelières en design graphique et fondatrices d'une l'entreprise de sérigraphie spécialisée en impression artisanale de literie, Atelier Baraque. Elles sont d'avis que la sérigraphie est beaucoup plus amusante que des heures passées devant l'ordinateur!

Pour réserver votre place, veuillez envoyer un courriel à workshops@drawnandquarterly.com ou appeler le 514-279-2224
Sunday, 6 January 2008

Here are the new store hours

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday -- 12 - 6
Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- 12 - 8
Come on by!
Saturday, 5 January 2008

Post-Holidays Tidbits

First of all, thanks to everyone who stopped by the store in the last few weeks and made our first holiday season a success. Now that the frenzy has passed, you may think you're headed for an inevitable case of the winter blahs. Wrong! There are a lot of things to get excited about these days at the D+Q store! Here are just a few...

As mentioned on the cover of this week's Hour, the award-winning animated feature film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis is coming out in Montreal next Friday (January 11th). Told in simple, evocative black and white, Persepolis is Satrapi's excellent memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran. Want to read the book before you see the movie? We have tons of copies of The Complete Persepolis (which includes Volume 1 and 2) in store right now!

On the fiction front, I just finished reading Etgar Keret's amazing collection of super-short stories, The Nimrod Flipout, and I've been raving about it to anyone who will listen. If you like pondering the weirdness of everyday life and don't feel like starting a long, tortuous novel right now, this could be just the thing to blow your mind and snap you back into the groove...

Last but not least, for all of you Moomin maniacs out there, two words: Moomin candy. They're sweet and delicious, and they come in adorable, reusable pink or yellow tins. Enough said. (picture coming soon...)

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