First of all, let us appreciate this book as a wondrous object in and of itself! The gorgeous cover and spine are drawn by none other than Tom Gauld. Excellently weird back cover drawing by Michael Deforge. Hardcover, full colour, with a handy orange ribbon bookmark (because although you will want to read this in one sitting, chances are you will need to take at least a few eating/sleeping/bathroom breaks). The layout work inside is, of course, exquisite.
The whole glorious package is edited by Tom Devlin, with Chris Oliveros, Peggy Burns, Tracy Hurren and Julia Pohl-Miranda; designed by Tom Devlin and Tracy Hurren; and produced by Marie-Jade Menni, Tracy Hurren, Kathleen Fraser, Alexandra Auger and Marcela Huerta, with translations by Helge Dascher. What a dream team!
|Title page by Dan Zettwoch|
Above is Chester Brown's deliciously deadpan comic history of D&Q, featuring founder, publishing-magician, and soon-to-be full-time cartoonist Chris Oliveros! If you didn't fully understand just how amazing Chris and his vision for Drawn & Quarterly are, this book will convince you. Each page showcases the unflagging dedication to contemporary comics that began with Chris and has grown and been shaped by the astounding roster of artists and staff, who have poured themselves into what has become one of the world's leading graphic novel publishers.
|Illustration by Seth|
|A photo of the very first of the mentioned dedicated artists! |
Adrian Tomine, Julie Doucet, Chester Brown, Seth, and Joe Matt.
|Lisa Hanawalt's whimsical (or realistic??) portrait of the Drawn & Quarterly publishing office: complete with meditation cube, hottub, trampoline, stage, and farm animals!|
Above is "@trubunny", a daring (!) comic by Jillian Tamaki (whose SuperMutant Magic Academy just came out!) about a D&Q intern who goes rogue with the help of The Internet. Some of us read it in the store and laughed uncontrollably and embarrassingly in front of various customers.
Michael Deforge's contribution, "Development Hell" (above), also brings the worlds of mainstream celebrity and D&Q comics uncomfortably close together. A celebrity successfully transitions to the world of comics but is continually rejected by a certain publisher...
Obom enters the world of Greek mythology with the story of the nymph Callisto. I for one am now hoping that Obom will do a whole book of Greek myth retellings! If this one's anything to go by, it would be amazing.
And what's this? New Drifting Life material from the late great Yoshihiro Tatsumi! (Translated from the Japanese by Zach Davisson.)
Miriam Katin's "A Particular Hunger" brings us back in time to a certain 1965 New York blackout, in which our intrepid narrator encounters the forces of evil in an unexpected place.
Rutu Modan explores the (rather macabre) forensic attempts to identify the real body of socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg in "The Rosa Luxemburg Mystery".
I got a real coup de coeur for Geneviève Castrées bed drawings! The above are just two of a series of eight published here.
We are lucky enough to get these beautiful colour pages from Japanese comics genius Shigeru Mizuki's 1992 Yōkai Encyclopedia! The page pictured above tells us about the non-human dwellers of the Iyadani-ji temple in Kagawa Prefecture.
The Librairie got its portrait drawn by Pascal Girard (who had some practice already from 2014's Petty Theft!). Montreal writer Heather O'Neill (The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, Daydreams of Angels) did a lovely write-up about us, too! Thanks for the love, Heather!
I could go on and on until this blog post was a mile long and froze your browser (or maybe that only happens if you, like me, have neglected technological upgrades for too long), but it would be best if you just came and had a look at this beauty IRL! See you soon!