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Friday, 17 April 2015

Recap - Tom Gauld's launch of Vous êtes tous jaloux de mon jetpack

On Wednesday, April 8th, the inimitable London-based cartoonist Tom Gauld paid a visit to Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. We were delighted to host him for the launch of Vous êtes tous jaloux de mon jetpack, the French translation of D+Q bestseller, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack. I'm happy to report that he was as funny and charming in person as his witty comics would lead you to believe!

Store staffer and fellow D+Q author Julie Delporte introduced Tom. They are actually old pals, having met previously at a comics festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Following Julie's intro, Tom took to the stage and pleased the crowd by speaking a little French, with just a *wee* Scottish-English accent!

Tom had prepared a great slideshow to accompany his presentation, featuring illustrations from some of his work for The Guardian, as well as panels from his books, and even some pages of his sketchbooks.

Here's a sketchbook image, showing the creative process behind a strip about J.G. Ballard's hypothetical kids books...

...and here's the finished product!

Here's a panel illustrating some of the many things that can interfere with writing a novel.

After the presentation, Tom graciously stuck around to sign copies of his books for the attendees.

We would like to thank Tom so much for making the long journey to Montreal to share his work. Another big thanks goes out to all of the lovely attendees who joined us, making the evening so enjoyable for everyone.

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