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Monday, 28 December 2009

Leif Goldberg Calendars

Leif Goldberg's eighth annual edition of Gear Worms comes as a run of 400 four-colour handscreened calendars. Psychedelic colours, rambling rhyming prose, and green monsters grace its pages. Comes with a one-year warranty to keep the dreary winter blues away.

Monday, 21 December 2009

New Drawn and Quarterly Title: The Box Man




So: unnamed man in goggles is on a moped with his sidekick (an unspecified species somewhere between a cat and a small bear) and a box with mysterious contents. They are racing through the night, dodging monstrous assailants and pesky cops, going up around and through creepy, decrepit, dirty streets and back alleys of the deserted city night-scape.

You have to read this book.

As soon as you open to the first page you will immediately fall into Imiri Sakabashira's sound-filled, nearly wordless, heart-gripping gekiga adventure...(and I haven't even mentioned the fights between busty, decked out super-heroines and gross alien-brain-headed-men....you'll just have to read to find out as you read).


Sunday, 20 December 2009

Last Minute Wishlist!

Being a bit of a procrastinator, I've only just started my own holiday purchasing binge. Here are some things that I love to recommend (or maybe just plain love).

Masterpiece Comics by R Sikoryak
There is not enough praise I can heap on this book. See more enthusiasm here. It is on its third printing in three months! Favourites? Action Camus (L'Etranger), "Good ol' Gregor Brown" (The Metamorphosis), and Gogo and Didi (Waiting for Godot).


Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman

Chuck Klosterman is intermittently brilliant. The rest of the time he is hilarious. Good for anyone who likes pop culture, and maybe even better for someone who disapproves of pop culture.

Blueberry Express by Misaki Kawai
Brightly coloured animals, scuba divers, and skiers grace the pages of this slim art book.


Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith writes about writing, writes about reading, writes about being. Everything she has to say, she says in perfectly chosen turns of phrase, using delightfully apt metaphors.

This American Life Seasons 1 and 2

If you've ever listened to the radio show and fallen a little bit in love with Ira Glass or public radio, this will further your crush, adding television to the many formats in which you can appreciate TAL's brilliant storytelling.

Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer
This is a diverse and beautiful collection of graphic scores - composers dissecting their own pieces graphically. Inspired by John Cage's Notations, Notations 21 features significant and noteworthy contributors like Karlheinz Stockhausen, Yuji Takahashi, and Earle Brown.


Pictorial Websters by John M. Carrera

This is exactly what it sounds like it would be: a visual dictionary of curiosities. Featuring a (giant?) squid on the cover doesn't hurt its appeal either.

Skateboard et Vahinés by Morgan Navarro
There is a dolphin. His name is Flipper, Flip to his friends. He's not in a kids show, although he is a teenager. Les contes de Flip sont comme les autres livres trouvés ici, a part que tous les personnages sont des animaux.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Psst.. Last minute arrivals might make very good gifts..


Footnotes In Gaza
By Joe Sacco

(It's in but not for sale until the 22nd, we are taking pre-orders)



Book Of Genesis Illustrated By R.Crumb

(Almost out of print but a few copies keep trickling in.)

Guy Delisle


Slide Show and signing with travel momerist Guy Delisle THURSDAY, 17th December 7pm-10pm 211 Bernard Ouest

For Pyongyang: a Journey in North Korea andShenzhen: a Travelogue from China, Delisle travelled by himself to North Korea and China as animator for a French company. In Burma Chronicles, Delisle travelled with his family to Myanmar, where he watched his young son while his wife worked for Doctors Without Borders. His "stranger in a strange land" is bleakly humorous as he subtly relates the realities of living under the watchful eyes of an oppressive government that the western world rarely gets to see.

Delisle has been nominated for two coveted Eisner Awards, for Best Writer/Artist and Best Reality-Based Graphic Novel. He is also the cartoonist of the wordless comics
Aline & The Others and Albert & The Others. In addition to Drawn & Quarterly, Delisle is published by Editions de L'Association, Editions Delcourt, and Editions Dargaud in France, and Editions de La Pastèque in Montreal. He now lives in the South of France with his wife and children. He is currently working on a sketchbook for D+Q on his family's recent year spent in Jerusalem.
Sunday, 13 December 2009

Monday: A Softer World Launch!


Monday night! 7 PM! Joey Comeau and Emily Horne from A Softer World will be gracing the Librairie with their presence!

They will be here to launch their second book, A Softer World: Second Best Isn't So Bad. Joey and Emily will present some of their favourite strips, and then Joey will read from Overqualified, a collection of hilarious cover letters.

Come in to say hello to the Official D+Q MoominTree, stay for the book launch!
Saturday, 12 December 2009

my non-denominational holiday list Part II



Are good-looking people always well-dressed? Or do well-dressed people just always look good-looking. I don't know. The Sartorialist offers plenty of food for thought about this in his book full of colorful snapshots of exceptional style from the streets of the world.




Intertextual drama. Alison Bechdel recreates this whole memoir around the story of her childhood with a closeted gay dad. It's the kind of book that pulls at your heart strings but also keeps you on your (literary) toes with its liberal use of references to classic literature.




In 1958 Swiss born Robert Frank drove across the United Stats of America with a camera and his family. This book collects a selection of the incredible black and white photos of the everyday he took along the way.




Marcel Dzama's c.v. is fourteen pages long. He's young. He's talented. And he's Canadian. The 28 prints in this "scrapbook" exemplify all the reasons Dzama's art is so neat.



This is one of those books you have to read and recommend to just about everyone you know. I'm not just saying that. It's a real pleasure to read because it's extremely well written (notice the Pulizer prize there on the cover...) AND its set in 1940's New York AND it's about the beginning of mass comic-book publishing AND it's based on a slew of real life comic creators.
But really, it's just a good book.

my hypothetical non-denominational holiday list Part I



Everyone knows non-denominational holiday season is the time for baking. Rapper Socalled's grandmother definitely knew this so she made up a cookie bookie with all her best receipes. Socalled quickly reproduced it in order to profit from her culinary savvy and in turn we all get to taste Grandma Socalled's delicious cookies.




This book is hilarious. Most people agree with me about this. The ones who don't have unfortunately been irretrievably lost to the realm of Maturity.



I like both these Maira Kalman books exactly the same (although technically I guess she really only illustrated the The elements of style).



An oldy but a goody, this book is essential cultural trivia. Biskind unveils all the the kooky random stories from the 'director's decade' in this chronicle of the 1970's Hollywood revolution.






Cassavetes. Criterion. Enough said.
Thursday, 10 December 2009

**Please Note our holiday hours


Dec 11-13 10-9
Dec 14-17 11-9
Dec 18-24 10-9
Closed the 25th

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Hypothetical Christmas List 2009

I was thinking about "Best Of Lists" and I find them to be a bit definitive and exclusive. So instead, I thought it would be better to make a Hypothetical Christmas list of books I will be giving, would like to get or will recommending as gifts. (Mom: if you're reading this we should talk first)

Hot Potatoe
By Marc Bell

Sure to please the comic appreciator on your list! AND it's massive!


Eating Animals
by Jonathan Safran Foer

Maybe a bit of a bummer this time of year when that organic turkey is calling your name, but Mr. Foer brings some important questions to the table (uhg, no pun intended.)


Zeitoun
By Dave Eggers


Asterios Polyp
By David Mazzucchelli

A recent Libriarie D+Q bestseller (and elsewhere as well I'm sure)

Manhood For Amateurs
By Michael Chabon

Invisible
Paul Auster (how could you resist that face?)



This is probably the coziest gift you could ever give
*Recommended for all ages

Wild Things

By Dave Eggers


Monumental memoir by a Gekiga master

Drifting Life
Yoshihiro Tatsumi


The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My
Tove Jansonn



George Sprott
By Seth


Heads On and We Shoot; The making of Where The Wilds Things Are
From the editors of McSweeny's


Book Of Cities
By Piero Ventura


Hold Onto Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992
By Tim Lawrence

I Want You
By Lisa Hanawalt
Monday, 7 December 2009

Wholphin 9 Launch!!


Looking for something to do on Thursday the 10th 7pm, 211 Bernard Ouest? Why not stop by and check out a few films from the the brand new Wholphin 9.

For those of you out of the loop; Wholphin is a compilation of unseen shorts edited by the folks at McSweeney's and The Believer Magazine

Join us for a screening of the recently released Wholphin No. 9, featuring a Maurice Sendak childhood memory acted out by Spike Jonze and Catherine Keener; the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "La Corona," about a high-stakes beauty pageant in a Colombian women’s prison; the Jury Prize-winning short from Cannes; Caveh Zahedi; meteorites; orgasms as acting lessons; and much more.


Changing My Mind

"The novels we know best have an architecture. Not only a door going in and another leading out, but rooms, hallways, stairs, little gardens front and back, trapdoors, hidden passageways, et cetera. It's a fortunate rereader who knows half a dozen novels this way in their lifetime. [...] When you enter a beloved novel many times, you can come to feel that you possess it, that nobody else has ever lived there. [...] Even the architect's claim on his creation seems secondary to your wonderful way of living in it."

With this perfect little parable, Zadie Smith opens an essay on Nabokov and Barthes, and the role of the author in a postmodern literary world.
Changing My Mind is the name of her latest offering, a collection of essays. The book is divided into five sections (Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering), and in each, Smith touches on a broad variety of topics with characteristically thoughtful, clear-headed, and open-minded analysis. Perhaps most importantly, as the book jacket notes, each essay's subject is explored through a personal lens, "creating a criticism that is scholarly but never solely academic, rigorous without turning dogmatic."

These are essays that will renew your faith in criticism and remind you why you love to read (fiction and non-fiction lovers alike).
Saturday, 5 December 2009

GoGo Monster!



The latest Taiyo Matsumoto book to be translated in english is now in store! GoGo Monster comes in hardcover, with a colorful slipcase and the pages died red on the side, it's beautiful.



The new story by the acclaimed author of Tekkon Kinkreet follows Yuki Tachibana, a nine-year-old weirdo who sees creatures from another world. They like to play innocent tricks on his classmates, but they are soon joined by another set of monsters that want to do more than just steal erasers. Is this paranormal scenario imagined by Yuki as a way of coping with a cruel and alienating system, or is the world in actual danger?



Click here to see a great preview of the Japanese edition by Same Hat's Ryan - you'll notice Viz got rid of the fancy bookmark tassel :-( The book's totally worth it though!
Friday, 4 December 2009

For the aspiring directors in your life..

Two big beautiful hardcover books on the making of Where The Wild Things Are and The Fantastic MR. Fox respectively. It's interesting that these movies based on books came out at the same time. Kind of reminds me of the There Will be Blood, No Country For Old Men Sinclair/McCarthy phenomenon of '07.

Yeah for books about the making of movies that are based on books!

Heads On And We Shoot The Making of Where The Wild Things Are from the editors of McSweeny's published by HCP

The Making Of Fantastic Mister Fox from Rizzoli

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