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Monday, 30 June 2008

New D+Q titles in stock!

LUCKY Volume 2, #2


The latest instalment of Gabrielle Bell's diary deals with internet addiction, pet bunnies, fishing and summer camp, and it has the prettiest pastel-coloured cover I've seen in a while, just in time for summer. I've been thinking about getting a tattoo in the shape of a seagull for years. Maybe Gabrielle would let me use one of the seagull outlines from the cover as a tattoo design...


BERLIN #16


Jason Lutes Berlin #16 is full of clashes, confrontations and controversy. For comic book collectors, it's a chance to finally read the wistful conclusion of the second part of this historical epic - and to add a hue to the Berlin section of their bookshelf (I'd never noticed that the Berlin covers were designed to create a blue to green fade until we displayed all the issues side by side here at the store). For book lovers, it means that the second book of the Berlin trilogy, City of Smoke (collecting issues nine through sixteen) will come out very soon...
Sunday, 29 June 2008

Put Your Eye In Your Mouth screening!

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain to come to the premiere screening of Zin Taylor's documentary film Put Your Eye In Your Mouth last night!



Saturday, 28 June 2008

*Reminder* Zin Taylor documentary screening tonight!


MET TON OEIL DANS TA BOUCHE/PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH
A Conversational Documentary Recording Martin Kippenberger's Metro-Net Station in Dawson City, Yukon
By Zin Taylor

Free Admission
Refreshments served

PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH is a video installation structured as a 22-minute broadcast-length documentary that explores the personalities that form a fantastic narrative of the public identity of Martin Kippenberger's Metro-net subway entrance/sculpture in the town of Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory.

Zin Taylor conducted an extensive interview with Reinald Nohal, German art patron, part-time Yukon resident, friend of Kippenberger's and the builder and designer of the Metro-net. Nohal's accounts of the conceptualization and construction of the Metro-net provided the basis for Taylor's series of dramatic re-enactments. PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH's cast of characters are based as much in reality as in imagination. The video is accompanied by a small book comprised of photographic documentation of the Metro-net and the material-debris found at the site. Taylor's elaborate project introduces audiences to a scenario that addresses the variables involved in constructing an identity for a subject.

This presentation is the first of a nameless, off-the-cuff and casual series organized by Pavilion Projects (http://www.pavilionprojects.com). It has been set in place to present medium length narrative video works for a captive audience within an amicable environment. Prior to its presentation with Pavilion Projects, PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH was presented at the Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, and YYZ artists' outlet, Toronto.

Toronto-based Zin Taylor's work addresses the role audience plays in constructing new meanings from the field of popular culture. His projects reflect on the cultural environment as a construction site where lateral and at times divergent narrative constructions are developed through an active and individual participation. Taylor is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.
Friday, 27 June 2008

D+Q ♥ Little Otsu

Last week, on an impromptu trip to San Francisco, I stopped by Little Otsu , where I met the lovely George and Yvonne Chen.


Yvonne runs the Little Otsu boutique and publishing company, whose notebooks and stationary we carry...


...and George told me about his record label, zum, which just released the debut album of Leah Hayes' band, Scary Mansion.


Fans of Leah's dark and twisted book, Funeral of the Heart (which I raved about back in April) will love her soft, haunting music.

At Little Otsu, I also picked up the second volume of Nicole Georges's Invincible Summer anthology, a comics diary in the same vein as Julie Doucet's 365 Days and Vanessa Davis' Spaniel Rage.


It's funny and heartfelt, a snappy read that got me through the many car, bus and plane rides that followed. We'll soon have both volumes of the Invincible Summer anthology at the store.

If you're ever in San Fran, don't forget to stop by Little Otsu!
Thursday, 26 June 2008

Diana Schutz event

I just came back from a trip to California (I'll tell you about some of the people I met along the way very soon) but I'm sad that I missed all the events that took place at the store while I was away.

Here are some pictures from last night's presentation by legendary Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz. Wish I'd been there...




Wednesday, 25 June 2008

*Reminder* come see Diana Schutz tonight!

I know we keep using this image to illustrate Diana Schutz. You think we could find another image that would work better, but actually, the repetition of this one is making you more keen to come out tonight- WHERE YOU CAN SEE HER IN PERSON.
7PM tonight! DIANA SCHUTZ presents her life in comics. Get the inside scoop from the editor for FRANK MILLER, WILL EISNER, STAN SAKAI, MATT WAGNER, MICHAEL CHABON, and NEIL GAIMAN. Want to break into mainstream comics? Schutz will be offering portfolio reviews! Diana Schutz is an award-winning editor who has worked in the comics industry since 1978. For the last eighteen of those thirty years, she has been at Dark Horse Comics, where she is now an executive editor. She is also an adjunct instructor of comics art history and criticism at Portland Community College. Schutz is Frank Miller's editor on SIN CITY and 300, Matt Wagner's editor on GRENDEL, Stan Sakai's editor on USAGI YOJIMBOU, and Paul Chadwick's editor on CONCRETE. She also regularly works with Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, and irregularly with Harlan Ellison. She was fortunate to be Will Eisner's Dark Horse editor until his death in 2005.

Sam Gas Can show pics!

Last night, Sam Gaskin (Gas Can) regaled a small and intimate crowd at the D&Q store with his wacky assortment of toys and noisemakers. Getting across the border with instruments was easier for him than for most bands. When asked what they were for, he said they were toys he was 'giving away to friends'. Bam! right under the the heat's radar! Nice play, Sam.

Sam's also got a new book out on Secret Acres called 'Fatal Faux-Pas'. See two posts below for the cover image. We're selling it here at the store for a mere 10 bones.
Sunday, 22 June 2008

We got this in the mail today..


One copy of 'Le Materialisme Dialectique', denuded of cover and annotated in French. What does this mean? Are the pinkos after us? Or simply making an offering. Or do they think we're the pinkos? Is the message 'We're onto you, commies', or simply, 'You're a bookstore.'?
Friday, 20 June 2008

Events next week!

TUESDAY, JUNE 24th, 7:00 PM

FATAL FAUX-PAS by SAM GAS CAN
Published by Secret Acres

Musical performance and book-signing

Samuel C. Gaskin's first book, FATAL FAUX-PAS, is a delirious mash-up of gags, strips and stories with playful, risque riffs on pop luminaries. FATAL FAUX-PAS is youthful exuberance for the adult reader.

Samuel C. Gaskin is from Worcester, MA where, besides drawing, he also spends time fusing a variety of objects together that really don't belong including action figures, stuffed animals, circuitry, and clothing. He is a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a recipient of the Xeric grant for self-publishing, and a volunteer at the Happy Birthday Mike Leslie Junk Shoppe. He lives with his parents.




WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25th, 7:00 PM

DARK HORSE editor DIANA SCHUTZ presents her life in comics

Get the inside scoop from the editor for FRANK MILLER, WILL EISNER, STAN SAKAI, MATT WAGNER, MICHAEL CHABON, and NEIL GAIMAN

Want to break into mainstream comics? Schutz will be offering portfolio reviews!

Diana Schutz is an award-winning editor who has worked in the comics industry since 1978. For the last eighteen of those thirty years, she has been at Dark Horse Comics, where she is now an executive editor. She is also an adjunct instructor of comics art history and criticism at Portland Community College.

Schutz is Frank Miller's editor on SIN CITY and 300, Matt Wagner's editor on GRENDEL, Stan Sakai's editor on USAGI YOJIMBOU, and Paul Chadwick's editor on CONCRETE. She also regularly works with Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, and irregularly with Harlan Ellison. She was fortunate to be Will Eisner's Dark Horse editor until his death in 2005.




SATURDAY, JUNE 28th, 7:00 PM

PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH:
A Conversational Documentary Recording Martin Kippenberger's Metro-Net Station in Dawson City, Yukon
By Zin Taylor

Free Admission
Refreshments served

PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH is a video installation structured as a 22-minute broadcast-length documentary that explores the personalities that form a fantastic narrative of the public identity of Martin Kippenberger's Metro-net subway entrance/sculpture in the town of Dawson City, in the Yukon Territory.

Zin Taylor conducted an extensive interview with Reinald Nohal, German art patron, part-time Yukon resident, friend of Kippenberger's and the builder and designer of the Metro-net. Nohal's accounts of the conceptualization and construction of the Metro-net provided the basis for Taylor's series of dramatic re-enactments. PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH's cast of characters are based as much in reality as in imagination. The video is accompanied by a small book comprised of photographic documentation of the Metro-net and the material-debris found at the site. Taylor's elaborate project introduces audiences to a scenario that addresses the variables involved in constructing an identity for a subject.

This presentation is the first of a nameless, off-the-cuff and casual series organized by Pavilion Projects (http://www.pavilionprojects.com). It has been set in place to present medium length narrative video works for a captive audience within an amicable environment. Prior to its presentation with Pavilion Projects, PUT YOUR EYE IN YOUR MOUTH was presented at the Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, and YYZ artists' outlet, Toronto.

Toronto-based Zin Taylor's work addresses the role audience plays in constructing new meanings from the field of popular culture. His projects reflect on the cultural environment as a construction site where lateral and at times divergent narrative constructions are developed through an active and individual participation. Taylor is represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Mcsweetness!

Lucky for you, we've got the new McSweeney's in and it looks great! In a continual effort to make one book feel like more than one, they slipped three in this slipcase. They are listed below:

1. Autophobia, by Art Spiegelman
a sketchbook of Spiegelman's scratchy daily doodles with all their accompanying humor, heartbreak, tragedy and self-defeat.
2. Lots of Things Like This by various artists
a nice little book which accompanies a show at NYC's Apexart gallery containing much humorous works of image and text by those you would expect to see (Pettibon, Shrigley) and those you might not (Goya, Magritte)
3. The literary supplement
with a long story by Stephen King, and a few others. When was the last time you read something by Stephen King? You should pick this up. I know I will.

Also, flying off the shelf this week is David Sedaris's "When You Are Engulfed In Flames", a collection of Sedarisly humored essays about all sorts of things. It's number one everywhere.
Come get it!
Friday, 13 June 2008

We love toys, ok...

...and we know you do too so don't try to pull that "I'm too old" excuse on us. You can never be too old for toys, especially if they're beautifully crafted vinyl figures of classic comics characters like Little Lulu, Nancy and their respective guy pals, Tubby and Sluggo!


We've also just received a limited edition figure of Gary Panter's Jimbo, one of a series of only 750.


It has fancy hairbrushing and comes in a super colourful psychedelic box with a sketch and Gary Panter's notes on the back. Did you know that "JIMBO is 6 head high" (actual spelling) and "more like Tubby than Conan"?

That's right, toys rule. Deal with it.
Sunday, 8 June 2008

The Fruit Hunters launch!

Here are pictures from last Thursday's launch of Adam Gollner's book, The Fruit Hunters. The event was a resounding success and probably the most fun I've ever had while working at the store.

The buzzing crowd feasted on apricot beer donated by Pop Montreal, rhubarb and citrus punch by Michelle from An Endless Banquet and key-lime cupcakes by Reema from Cocoa Locale...

...but from the moment that Adam got onstage to begin his presentation...

...the audience was spellbound.

As Adam regaled us with tales from his travels in search of exotic fruit, he showed us the bran muffin-shaped shells of paradise nuts...

The very rare and controversial coco-de-mer (also known as "the lady fruit")...

And a very ripe durian that filled the store with a strong stinky-sweet aroma.

What a great evening! Many thanks to everyone involved! All pictures by Raf Katigbak (Thanks, Tiny Raf!)

Don't forget to stop by the store to pick up your copy of The Fruit Hunters!
Thursday, 5 June 2008

Beyrouth 6db Underground pictures

It was a great week for events at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly!

Here are some pictures from Wednesday night's premiere of Beyrouth 6db Underground, a series of documentary shorts by local filmmakers Philippe Tremblay and Serge Abiaad about the underground music scene in Beirut...




The screening was followed by a live performance by Charbel Haber...


You'll soon be able to watch the films online at http://citoyen.onf.ca/beyrouth

Coming up, pictures from Thursday night's launch of Adam Gollner's book, The Fruit Hunters...
Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Krazy Katalogue


While we're on this exhibition tip, we just received the catalogue for the Vancouver Art Gallery's new exhibition Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art. Hmm.. really? stuffing all those worlds into one show? I'm flipping through and seeing Chester Brown panels, Lichtenstein paintings and... Grand Theft Auto screenshots? Ah, Spiegelmann and Seth look after the comics section. I'm taking this home tonight.


And don't forget, everyone, that there are Two (2) events this week. Tomorrow night:



Beyrouth 6 db Underground documentary screening at 7pm


and Thursday night:



Launch for The Fruit Hunters, by Adam Gollner, which has been getting tons of great press lately. 7pm.




Monday, 2 June 2008

Quebec Triennial exhibition catalogue

Julie Doucet is one of the 38 artists featured in the first Quebec Triennial, on view at Montreal's Contemporary Art Museum until September.


We've just received the fully illustrated, 216-page exhibition catalogue, Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.


Beside Doucet's work, the catalogue includes photographs, paintings, drawings, collages and installation views from local heavyweights like David Almedjt, Nicolas Beier, Isabelle Hayeur, Carlos & Jason Sanchez, and many emerging artists.

It's a beautiful, ecclectic coffeetable book and essential reading for Doucet collectors and supporters of the Quebec art scene.
Sunday, 1 June 2008

Have you met Rory?

I think I forgot to introduce him. Look what a good boy he is fixing stuff:


Rory is a general handyman, mathemagician and musical whizkid. Like most of Montreal's indie music scene, he migrated here from Victoria, BC a couple of years ago. He plays guitar in Shapes and Sizes and my old band, Magic Weapon, and was voted Montreal's Snaggiest Bachelor by the Best of Montreal Reader's poll. The title was subsequently taken from him when it was revealed that Rory is married (!) The iconoclasm of such a move should not be lost on Quebequers.

Good to have you around Ror!

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