Upcoming fun: Fifth Anniversary, Anouk Ricard, DeForge + Kyle, Expozine!

I'm not sure when November became so awesome, but, uh, guys! We have some great stuff in store (and out of it) for you this month! And a lot of it is comics and indie publishing related, so you should all KNOW.  And now, allow me to get down to brass tacks...

Fifth Anniversary Party with Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware
Ukrainian Federation, 5213 Rue Hutchison, doors at 6pm.

No big deal, just a couple of the world's best cartoonists, all in one room, for one night only! Charles Burns (Black Hole, The Hive, X'ed Out), Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage), and Chris Ware (Building StoriesJimmy Corrigan, the entire Acme Novelty Library) will be in conversation with Melissa Bull, writer-about-town at Maisonneuve, The Smoking Jacket, and Lemon Hound. All three (dare I say, all four!) are extremely thoughtful about the process of creating and realizing art, so I expect this to be a smart, insightful, and probably pretty funny talk about the world of comics. The evening will consist of the on-stage conversation, a moderated Q&A, and a signing.

If you're not familiar with one of these spectacular artists, you have exactly 8.5 days to get reading!

Tickets are $5, available in-store and online. The ticket can be redeemed against the cost of a book.

Kids' Night Out with Anouk Ricard

You guys, Anouk Ricard is kinda the best! It is a delight to have the celebrated French cartoonist in town. Anouk Ricard is the author of the Anna & Froga series, plus other great books about anthropomorphized animals like Couscous Bouzon and Commissaire Toumi.  The event will be completely bilingual, with readings from the French and English editions of A&F. It will also be a pizza party! C'mon out!

Michael DeForge + Patrick Kyle

The following night, Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle will be in store to launch Lose # 4 and the collected Black Mass, respectively. I'm sure it will be a fascinating evening - these young, up-and-coming Toronto cartoonists are some of the most prolific (and I'm guessing hard-working) fellows around, so I look forward to hearing them talk about their work and process. Check out their websites if you don't believe me!

And to cap off that whole week, there's the Expozine kickoff party, and Expozine itself, where D+Q will be exhibiting!

Expozine 2012 Kickoff: Cartoon College Film Preview + Roundtable Discussion

Kick off the 2012 edition of Expozine the right way! Join us for a screening of select scenes from the brand new documentary, Cartoon College! Each fall The Center for Cartoon Studies in nearby Vermont invites 20 aspiring cartoonists and graphic novelists for a no-holds-barred education in comics. Several Montrealers have completed the two-year program that aims to prepare them for the uncertainty of a career in one of the world's most labor-intensive, drudgery-inducing art forms. Some of these will be on hand to discuss their experiences before a screening of select scenes from the movie.

Learn what it takes to take charge of your own career in comics! Members of the Expozine organizing team will also be on hand to explain the benefits and challenges of self-publishing. Zines from the discussion's participants will be available for sale.

Expozine itself will take place November 17 and 18 from noon to 6, free admission, at 5035 St-Dominique, a few blocks south of the bookstore. Now in its 11th year, Expozine has become the largest small press fair in North America, bringing together over 275 creators of all kinds of publications -- from books to zines to graphic novels -- in both English and French. Visit www.expozine.ca for more information.

Phew! That was a long one, y'all! Hope to see you here!

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