If you know our bookstore, you know how much we love La Pasteque. Not only do they publish the French editions of our beloved Pascal Girard (La Collectionneuse being his newest) they are easily one of the absolute best French-language comics publishers around.
Started in 1998 by Frédéric Gauthier and Martin Brault, La Pastèque has been publishing gorgeous comics by such stellar talents as Zviane, Janice Nadeau, Michel Rabagliati, Pascal Blanchet, Isabelle Arsenault, ever since (to name only a few and all kept in stock here at 211 Bernard) and so we were so extremely proud to see their recent 15th anniversary celebrated with an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts!
A lot of us from the D+Q office and store were at the opening and let me tell you, good vibes and good wine were a-flowing...and the exhibition itself has to be seen to believed! Alongside works by the artists on their estimable roster you'll see layouts, covers and photographs which exemplify the creativity that this remarkable Quebecois publishing house has nurtured. Comics fans and lovers of illustration and design: this is must see!
The exhibit runs until March 30th, 2014 at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion - Level 3.