This shelf belongs to...Tommi Parrish!

Each month, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly invites a local author or artist to curate a shelf in the store. This January, we bring you recommendations from Tommi Parrish!

Tommi Parrish was born in Melbourne Australia in 1989. They currently live in Montreal in a house with six humans and two sausage dogs. Tommi has comics in the permanent collection at the gallery of western Australia, has a second book coming out with 2dcloud, a recent release with Perfectly Acceptable Press, a new book coming out with Fantagraphics, and has had comics translated into Swedish and French. They spend most days painting comics at the kitchen table.

All of Tommi's picks will be 15% off for the month of January. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:

1. Frontier #11 by Eleanor Davis
A love song about desire and the constant give and take of power in kink. I love this comic: in just a few pages, Eleanor Davis manages to build a whole vulnerable and unexpected internal world for two characters. The drawings are amazing. Also it’s super gay.

2. Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore
This comic is a letter written by your black friend to you. It’s about black alienation, racism and attempted allyship within (often largely white) rad circles. Passmore’s writing is funny and clever and basically perfect; I’m constantly lending this book to friends and you should buy it so you can too.

3. Drifter by Anna Haifisch, Perfectly Acceptable Press
This big spiral-bound floppy by Haifisch is the the most beautiful book of 2017. I have it stuck to my wall and I change the display page every few weeks – they’re all perfect so it doesn’t really make much difference. Drifter is an extended poem about an illustrator, his dog, and death.

4. Hurt or Fuck by Eleanor Davis in Now: The New Comics Anthology #1

Hurt or Fuck is about the fraught nature of intimacy. This comic is more of a teasing out of a feeling then it is a story. "Do you want to hurt me? Do you want to fuck me? Then I don’t want you to touch me."

5. Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster Domino 
This collection was first born as a web comic years ago, fantastical hyper personal vignette’s that Koyama recently printed into a satisfying chunky book. Domino is an annoyingly good writer and I've never read anything of hers that didn’t make me want to steal all her ideas. You’ll probably feel the same.

6. Architecture of an Atom by Juliacks
This beautiful book is a painting about living. It's big and spooky and strange, just like life. I stayed in a house with Juliacks for a week once and the next time I saw her she had a baby.

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