Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek showed us some real sweet works of animation. I loved their animated christmas greeting!
The authors' awesome and insightful presentation was followed by an equally awesome and insightful discussion. Thanks to everyone who participated!
PS: Can you spot the D+Q artist hidden in this shot? Hint: it's Matt Forsythe on the right hand side.
Posted by Julien at 9:28 AM
D+Q will be at ExpoZine this weekend, peddling our wares and and hosting signings by Pat Shewchuk + Marek Colek (Pohadky)and Pascal Girard, whose brand new Petit Livre, Nicolas, we just received. Our schedule for the weekend is as follows:
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
12 pm- Fair Opens
2-4 pm- Pat Shewchuk + Marek Colek signing
6 pm- Fair Closes
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
12 pm- Fair opens
1:30-3:00 pm- Pat + Marek signing
3:00-4:00- Pascal Girard signing
6:00 pm- Fair closes
So come visit us at 5035 St Dominique, in between St Joseph and Laurier. D+Q artists Matt Forsythe (Ojingogo) and Peter Thompson (The Chronicles of Lucky Ello) will also be there selling their own books, and I'm sure that they would sign copies of their D+Q published books if you asked them nicely.
If nothing else, come to say hi to Kit, Rebecca, Jamie Salomon and me, and try to stave off the early winter depression by buying cool stuff!
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Come see the work of these fine collaborators, at 211.
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The whole thing is an admirable affair, really; whether you're famous or a "nobody," for a nominal fee of 25 dollars you can set up shop for two whole days and peddle your goods to your fellow citizens at one of the sweetest small press fairs in Canada.
Want to be involved?? Well, I think all the spots are filled up for this year (there is a waiting list on their website), but why not prep for next year? 211 Bernard can help you out.
Watcha Mean, What's a Zine? is a great primer for entering the zine world. If you're a well seasoned zine-maker you probably won't need the technical advice but the contributions by a roster of great artists and writers are guaranteed to please novices and experts alike! If you're new to the craft or have a misguided cousin who needs some direction (kids these days), it's perfect. Sarah and Sonia of the Anchor Archive Regional Zine Project in Halifax use this book for their zine-making workshop with kids:
Contributors include: Paperrad, Ron Rege Jr., Allison Cole, Anders Nilsen and more! WOW!
Being into bookbinding/making for a while, I was excited for this to arrive:
It's wonderfully designed in a dada-collage kind of way and is inspiring even on just a visual level.
A whole section on accordion books! Be still, my heart.
Expozine is November 29-30 from 12pm-6pm at 5035 St. Dominique (and Laurier).
As a patron of the festival, you can expect to see all sorts of things ranging from zines, prints, drawings, posters, handmade stuff and of course, D+Q books! Come say hi to our folk and get a taste of our stock in a sweaty and cramped church basement.
Whether you're at Expozine selling or buying, get bookmaking! You've got one week.
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Launch of Pohadky by Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek
7 pm, Friday, November 28th
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Bernard Ouest, Montreal
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I've been tracking Sze's work for awhile now via her website and it was a delight to receive this comprehensive profile in print. Like many sculptors nowadays, Sze works with the kind of banal materials you might find at a Dollarama or Home Depot. It's as though she spends enough time playing with them that they become imbued with a sort of magic.
I've walked through her museum installations before and felt like I'd been transported to a fairy-land -- part of what makes this land so special is that its materials are stuff we're all familiar with: bottle caps, tape measures, ladders, paper cups, etc. The one at right is actually my favorite (materials: paper, lamps, car doors).
This book is packed with eye-candy plates that are so beautiful, they could pass as paintings.
Another artist making common materials into magic is Tom Friedman. He goes about it a little more conceptually, but no less playfully. Here's a 3-D portrait of himself--getting violently torn apart--made entirely of construction paper.
Posted by Matt Shane at 1:00 PM
1) Cat Getting Out Of The Bag - Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown unconditionally loves cats, even when (or maybe because?) they ruin his furniture, bother him to no end and puke fur all over the place. Therefore, his portrayal of life with a cute cat is so damn charming and weirdly familiar, crazy cat people will either melt in never-ending "awws" or scream their loudest "that's so true" and various other "omg Cuddlepuff does the exact same thing!". This book is our 10th best selling title of the month. Coincidence? I think not.
2) Dogs On Rocks - William Wegman
Can you guess what's in a book titled "Dogs on Rocks"? Yup, that's right, pictures of dogs laying (or standing) on rocks. Underneath that lovely shiny light blue satin cover you'll find beautiful, poetic and sometimes incongruous shots, but that's (almost) besides the point: you should get that precious item just for the sake of telling your friends about that one book you own that's all about dogs on rocks.
- Graham Roumieu & Graham Taylor
3) A Really Super Book About Squirrels
Speaking of books with awesome titles, this one is great. It may be about the bittersweet story of unrequited friendship between an awkward man and his neighbor, but trust me, the fact that the neighbor in question is a weird and indifferent (i.e. average) squirrel changes everything. This hilarious collection of a man's unilateral feelings of friendship for a squirrel obviously enchanted more than one of you guys, as it was our 9th best selling title of the month!
Posted by Julien at 5:31 PM
Jonathem Lethem has a great review here. There is nothing I love more than a) a boxed set and b) 800+ page novels that there's no way I have time to read. Yes!
Posted by Tom Devlin at 3:00 PM
Ever wondered what John Waters' domain looks like? Apparently he collects small plastic replicas of food, and also collages of kittens. As suspected, he and I are kindred spirits.
Each volume also features a small essay by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Amy Sedaris, and Michael Graves.
Volume 2, Home Studio Home surveys the creative spaces of the youth of Rhode Island. Ah, the lair of the art student! So much ironic flourescent macrame.
As Tom pointed out, Mat Brinkman (Teratoid Heights) is also featured in Volume 2!
Come check them out.
Posted by elif at 4:10 PM
2. Ojingogo -- Matt Forsythe -- *D&Q title*
8. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea -- Guy Delisle -- *D&Q title*
Posted by Matt Shane at 2:56 PM
Boy am I glad this hot pink cover (and my undying love for Tezuka's adult-oriented work) grabbed my attention! Not exactly knowing what I was getting into, I found myself sucked into this perfect blend of personal and political stories, gasping in awe at the author's dramatic narration and brilliant character writing. You won't drop it until you've read the very last page!
The story follows the two survivors of a disaster that killed the 800 innocent inhabitants of a small secluded Japanese island. The deadly MW gas that was mass-produced for the Vietnam War by Japan (in collaboration with 'Nation X') leaked and annihilated everyone on the island except teenage hoodlum Garai and young boy Michio Yuki, who were then luckily both in a cave up in a mountain where the gas didn't reach.
15 years later, the incident has irremediably changed the two men's fate: Garai has become a catholic priest while Yuki definitely didn't choose the same path. Although he did grow up to be an exceptionally intelligent man, he lost all sense of morality and consideration for other's feelings (and lives). In fact, he became an awfully dangerous man to be around, the kind that goes around committing intricately planned murders and lots of other bad stuff.
You can imagine that when Father Garai (who already has enough on his plate with his forbidden homosexual relationship with Yuki) gets involved in the boy's cold-blooded murders and plans to dismantle the powerful but corrupt government, things get cracking.
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