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Friday, 31 October 2008

Baby!



This book is another L'Association recommendation from our controller Mr. Jamie Salomon. Says he, "This is one of those good books that invariably get overlooked when people make their lists. Wordless, surreal, too hard to pigeonhole. But it's really fascinating."

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Campo di Baba












































New to the store's ever-growing french section, is a title deeply intertwined with D+Q.
I first became aware of her work via the new Drawn & Quarterly showcase and loved it immediately.
Campo di Baba which translates as "The Bun Field" will be published in English by Drawn & Quarterly sometime in the upcoming year.
Who could resist a book with talking animals and a driving bear "I'm hungry, are you hungry?" The bear states.
Also featuring: a bloody nose, I talking dog and an amazing scene with a tractor!








Just in time for Halloween....

The Fall Silkscreen workshops recently ended a few days ago, and I was totally amazed by the work that our fantastic facilitator Leyla Majeri and her students created. They made masks for Halloween and they turned out nothing short of stunning.

This example is from the youngest participant in the group, 14-yr-old Emma McAslan, whose mad art skills are already apparent. It literally makes me smile every time I look at it. I wish this was going to be part of my costume.....

Ducon!



Boy, is this book right up my alley. It would seem that this gentleman has reworked a Tubby comic or comics into some kind of trippy filthy narrative. I applaud you L'Association for continuing to publish such nuttiness!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Marc Bell Aht Show



Last night, through rain and snow, a dedicated bunch of Marc Bell fans trekked to 211 Bernard West to see what this man-machine has been thinking aloud about for the past few months.


Crowds were greeted by an extremely friendly band of D & Q staffers (only one of them was cut off by the end of the night.)

Mr. Marc Bell prepares to meet his fans. Please don't ask me about that sign and mock toilet in the background.

Marc's book Illusztraijuns will be very hard to come by if you didn't buy it last night. And if you got a signed copy, consider your kid's college tabs paid for (that is probably not true)..

And then of course the beer and wine is gone and we end up at the 24-hour greasy spoon eating poutine.

That's Amy Lockhart in a nutshell.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Tonight Marc Bell will grumble at you in person!


What?!! No, he's not a grump! It's a character! Tonight, Marc launches his D+Q art show. The walls are packed with artwork--I think there are more pieces up there than in any previous launch. Also, Marc will have a limited number of those above books to sell. Come by 211 Bernard at 7pm!
Monday, 27 October 2008

Book of the week (month, year, etc.)



I keep thinking Chris Ware is going to burn out and quit everything, but this one man factory keeps pumping out hits. Acme Novelty Library 19 is the latest of the Rusty Brown saga and it's a doozie. An emotional journey to outer space and back, without a lot of down time.



We once had a customer bring back an Acme Novelty issue on the grounds that it was too sad (that was a one-time deal- don't get any ideas). Anyway, this one's sadder, so don't buy it unless you want to cry. But you'll be so happy to cry. So much invention in here. I don't even know if you can call it a graphic novel anymore, it's a hybrid, and it's amazing. Just read it.
Sunday, 26 October 2008

Boy's Club 2 Now In Store!

About a year ago, I stumbled upon a few scans of Matt Furie's 6-panels treats online. I didn't know who they were by and where they came from, all I knew was that I wanted to know more.


Now with the 2nd volume of Boy's Club, Matt's collected comics in the store, I do know more! Needless to say it's been a fantastic read. It's just arrived, and we are already down to 3 copies left! Do not fret though, we'll make sure we get more Matt Furie goodness as soon as possible!

The two Boy's Club volumes are all about a group of 4 seemingly half-animal half-humans hanging out in a world of couches, pizza, TV, soda pop,video games and drugs. Furie's characters will show you how you can burp, fart, get high and puke all over the place, and still be hilarious.

"Marc" Your Calendar!!! This Tuesday!


I know, I know worst pun ever. But don't miss the vernissage and launch of Marc Bell's ILLUSZTRAIJUNS FOR BRAIN POLICE this Tuesday. Did we mention that the book is limited edition, 150 copies ever, only sold through the D+Q store? Yup, yup and yup.
Saturday, 25 October 2008

Pistol Press launch last Tuesday night


The Pistol Press launched two new poetry books here at the store last Tuesday with a great turnout. Deanna Fong and J.P. King both read excerpts from their new works to an enthusiastic crowd.


Fong's Butcher's Block and King's We Will be Fish are now stocked here at 211 if you'd like to take a peek at the work of two emerging Canadian poets. I particularly enjoy the portraiture illustrations in Butcher's Block by Bilyana Ilievska, which utilize a nostalgic representational style to compliment the poems well. The cover illustration reminds me of Egon Schiele!

Each copy of either publication is 15 dollars, plus tax.
Visit http://pistolpress.com/ for more info regarding Pistol Press and their writers.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Kramers Ergot 7


We are taking Pre-orders for the new issue (7) of Kramers Ergot as the Kramers crew will be popping by Dec. 9 for a launch (more info to come regarding that!) Please note that pre-orders are available for pickup at the store only.
To reserve a copy write rory@drawnandquarterly.com In honor of this fine occasion we will be selling Kramers at 100$ (reg. 125, deposit required)
Kramers Ergot includes over 50 of the world’s greatest cartoon innovators such as Al Columbia, Carol Tyler, Chris Ware, Paper Rad, Jaime Hernandez, Blanquet, Daniel Clowes, Mat Brinkman, Kim Deitch, Anna Sommer, Anders Nilsen, C.F., Adrian Tomine, Joost Swarte and many others.
Thursday, 23 October 2008

Get Close!

In preparation of his soon-to-be-released career-spanning art book, D+Q artist Marc Bell is launching a limited edition (150 copies) of ILLUSZTRAIJUNS for Brain Police. The vernissage will be Tuesday Oct. 28th, 7pm. Last night, Marc came in to hang a handful of amazing pieces here at 211:



The details are incredible, you gotta get close to really inspect/read/de-scramble what is going on. In fact, if you were in this morning you would have witnessed D+Q accountant Jamie Salomon standing on a chair to getting a closer look!

As an appreciator, my favorite part of Marc's book is the lack of ISBN (only waffle).
As an employee of a book store it is also my least favorite! Only Waffle?!!

Et Voila! Brobee!


OK, so the colors are off, but you have to do with what Fabricville has.


Mark your calendars, Kit and I decided that the librairie will have an all-day Halloween party in 2009 since it falls on a Saturday!

I Swear It's Not Just Cause His Name is Kit

So another batch of carefully selected DVDs came into the store this week, and I am SO thrilled to say that wrapped up and laying amidst its fellow films was my favourite movie of all time, Badlands.

It's not great just because Sissy Spacek gives the performance of a lifetime, (and when she was only 24 or some such age) or because Martin Sheen plays a bad-ass character named Kit, but because it is simply put, in my mind, the most breathtaking work of cinema I have yet to see.

It is the original Natural Born Killers, but with an understated tension that is far more powerful than Stone's excess and ridiculousness, and instead with the aid of Tak Fujimoto, who is to cinematography what Bacon is to painting.

I can't really say more, because you just have to see this one to understand. And watch for that fish on the nightable!
Wednesday, 22 October 2008

My Name Is Gigi, I Like To Dance!


OK, so I never post on the 211 blog and when I do, I post a photo of my daughter. But, eagle eyed parents or DINKS or 20-somethings will know that Gigi is wearing a Brobee dress. (that I made myself, total DIY off nickjr.com!) Who is Brobee? ("he's the green one!) Only a character from the best kids television show since PeeWee's Playhouse....Yo Gabba Gabba, which the brand spanking new DVD just arrived at 211.


Remember MUSIC IS AWESOME!:


Hot Hot Heat


The Tings Tings


Biz's Beat of the Day

And Gigi's favorite-Smoosh, and Daddy's favorite-The Shins


Of course, this post is really just a distraction from me sewing Gigi's Brobee Halloween costume, "there's a party in my tummy!"
Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Tonight!!


Come to the store this Tuesday at 8pm, PistolPress authors Deanna Fong and Jp King are both launching their books! The night will consist of readings by both poets, book signings, and "everyone's favourite Korean courting tunes".


Butcher's Block is written by Deanna Fong and illustrated by Bilyana Ilievska. It "reflects on one's emotional connection to fixed locales. Using the age-old conflation of food and sex as a vehicle, this collection of poetry negotiates consumption with wry language and poetic deftness, remembering the trail of people left behind when one balances a domestic and nomadic way of life."


Jp King's We Will Be Fish "follows the travels of Leopold Canary as he searches for his missing wife through the tattered remnants of our own cities, at times operating as an appliance designer, rogue doctor, or collector of miscellaneous curios. Spanning a decade, this highly inventive collection of narrative poems reveals the life of an obsessive, emotionally hesitant recluse, nostalgic for a future that will not come to pass".
Monday, 20 October 2008

Something to Look Forward to in the Dead of Winter



Ok, so November 3rd isn't exactly the dead of winter, and deadlines aren't always things to look forward to, but I still wanted to entice all with words of enthusiasm for this exciting contest coming up for emerging writers of all shapes and sizes.

http://www.writersunion.ca/cn_shortprose.asp


Hosted by the Writers Union of Canada, this contest seems of particular note because of its flexible and open guidelines. In the spirit of creative enterprise, and of D+Q artists like Lynda Barry who would, I am sure, say, "go for it', the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly hopes that all of you budding artists put the pen to the paper or hands to keyboard, (or pen to keyboard, but that might prove more difficult) and get writing.
Sunday, 19 October 2008

Calendars, Charley, Cute puppies

So hey, I know it's only October, but why don't you make a mental note about the awesome new calendars we just received here at the store. Whether you're already looking forward to leaving this year behind, or you're dreading what to get for the dullard you'll ultimately be paired up with at that annual Secret Santa exchange, consider a sweet new calendar for ringing in the new year. It'll come sooner than you think!

This one by Rex Ray is pretty eye-catching:


Fast Food has put out a calendar for 2009 too....I think I might have to pick this one up just for the "60 FUN STICKERS" provided inside!


You can also expect to see some nice new stationary and agendas to arrive soon here at 211, not to mention more calendars (Charley Harper!!).

Speaking of Charles Harper, for all of you who are fans of this book:

...you can now take home a piece of Charles without your wallet crying crocodile tears!

This little hardcover number entitled Birds and Words is really beautiful, showcasing ornithology writings and drawings by Harper in a book that is a pleasure to flip through.


Lastly, please admire the most adorable puppy this fair city has ever seen:


Good evening!

Butcher's Block & We Will Be Fish - Double Book Launch this Tuesday


Come to the store this Tuesday at 8pm, PistolPress authors Deanna Fong and Jp King are both launching their books! The night will consist of readings by both poets, book signings, and "everyone's favourite Korean courting tunes".


Butcher's Block is written by Deanna Fong and illustrated by Bilyana Ilievska. It "reflects on one's emotional connection to fixed locales. Using the age-old conflation of food and sex as a vehicle, this collection of poetry negotiates consumption with wry language and poetic deftness, remembering the trail of people left behind when one balances a domestic and nomadic way of life."


Jp King's We Will Be Fish "follows the travels of Leopold Canary as he searches for his missing wife through the tattered remnants of our own cities, at times operating as an appliance designer, rogue doctor, or collector of miscellaneous curios. Spanning a decade, this highly inventive collection of narrative poems reveals the life of an obsessive, emotionally hesitant recluse, nostalgic for a future that will not come to pass".

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