D&Q finally goes digital with Kobo Vox and Chester Brown

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Publisher of the Year candidate Drawn & Quarterly has finally broken the seal on literary comics going digital with a two book deal with Kobo Vox which will see Chester Brown’s LOUIS RIEL and PAYING FOR IT released. According to associate publisher Peggy Burns, the deal is non-exclusive, and next year will see more titles and platforms for D&Q.

Literary comics publishers Fantagraphics and D&Q are along the last holdouts among publishers going digital — partially due to their authors’ ambivalence (or dislike) of the platform — so even this tiny toe-dipping into the digital world represents a big step forward. In this case, Chester Brown actually encouraged the move — and it doesn’t hurt that Kobo is, like D&Q, a Canadian company.

New semi-autobiographical Gilbert Hernandez book due from D&Q

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A new Gilbert Hernandez GN is not astonishing news in and of itself — the guy is one of the most prolific geniuses out there. However, that it will be overtly semi-autobiographical and that it will be published by D&Q makes it even more newsworthy, as revealed this morning at The Comics Reporter.

MARBLE SEASON “follows a group of children and teenagers growing up in suburban southern California of the early 1960s, and tells the untold stories from the youth of an American comics legend. Pop culture references—TV shows, comic books, and music—saturate this evocative story, giving MARBLE SEASON the distinctive narrative depth and attention to detail fans have come to expect from the acclaimed cartoonist’s work.”
 
The book will be released this fall with a tour to follow.

Nice art: Lynda Barry's younger years

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Slate has a preview of the autobio material in the upcoming Lynda Barry collection Everything Vol. 1. More in link.

Coming Attractions, Fall 2011: Macmillan

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Okay… continuing on with Fall previews, we move to one of the Big Six pubishers. No, not comics, the mainstream Big Six, the ones which dominate American and English bookselling. Macmillan is part of of the Holtzbrinck Group, and includes such marques as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Henry Holt, St. Martin’s, Tor, Scientific American, and, of particular interest to comics fans, First Second Books.

Coming: Tons of great D&Q-related comics events in New York City this fall

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While we’re sitting overlooking the greenery of the last week of summer there’s already a tinge of fall in the air up here in Maine, and it will soon be time to stowaway the flip flops and dust off the leather jacket.

And not to boast, but if you live in New York City, call is going to be freaking awesome. Here’s an event list for their cartoonists courtesy of Drawn and Quarterly

The biggest news of the week: HARK! A VAGRANT cover

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D&Q has revealed the cover to Hark! a Vagrant their Kate Beaton collection. Just the other day, The Beat and another industry observer were chatting about this and that and we observed that no one does a comics author tour like D&Q. The fantastic response to the Chester Brown tour being an example of that. Fantagraphics is the only company that even comes close.

Kibbles 'n' Bits – 5/5/11 Chester Brown Edition

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A while back we predicted Chester Brown’s I-was-a-john memoir, PAYING FOR IT, would be one of the most talked about graphic novels of the years. Surprise! We called it!

The Star looks at the book in light of Brown’s run for Parliament on the Libertarian ticket

What the critics are saying about Paying For It

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Chester Brown’s PAYING FOR IT is destined to be one of the most talked about graphic novels of the year — we’d suspect it may be THE most talked about. It’s a great work of comics that is nonetheless problematic for the views it espouses about human relationships and commerce.

Just in case you aren’t sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for the book to come out, PAYING FOR IT is a memoir by Chester Brown about his experiences employing prostitutes. Brown’s previous works include such masterworks as I NEVER LIKED YOU, ED THE HAPPY CLOWN and the historical narrative LOUIS RIEL, which is considered an important political work in Brown’s native Canada. As one of the pioneers of the most successful schools of autobiographical comics, Brown is a major figure of the art comix era.

Coming Attractions: April 2011

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Wow! Lots of great books coming out this month!

WonderCon 11: D&Q debuts at show — #416

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This is exciting: Drawn and Quarterly is making their WonderCon debut with guests Seth and Vanessa Davis, and the debut of Shigeru Mizuki’s ONWARD TOWARDS OUR NOBLE DEATHS and Pascal Girard’s REUNION:

Chester Brown hits the road in May

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As the PR points out, Chester Brown isn’t a recluse but he doesn’t leave his home city of Toronto too much, so catching him on the road this year in support of PAYING FOR IT is a must. More dates to be announced, but the current schedule calls for Toronto, Chicago, NYC, Montreal, Vancouver and Seattle.

Nice art: Oji Suzuki

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Oji Suzuki is the latest in D&Q’s gekiga projects, and
Tom Devlin explains why:

Coming Attractions: February 2011

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February has only 28 days, but is jam-packed with lots of great graphic novels and related titles!

Warning… looking at what appears so far on BarnesAndNoble.com, the rest of 2011 is going to be just as amazing! Click this link to discover more! (Sweet Kirby Crackle! Corto Maltese, in English, from Rizzoli?!) Better start shopping for bookshelves now.

Coming Attactions: January 2011

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So, this month is a bit light. There are always some significant titles every month, so here’s the list for January.

Kate Beaton goes to D&Q

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The big news of the day: D&Q has picked up Kate Beaton and will publish her next collection, HARK! A VAGRANT.

Beaton’s current print outlet is the Topatoco edition of Never Learn Anything from History, which, every time we’ve seen Beaton at a show — is sold out. Grrrrrr. It isn’t clear from the PR if this is a new edition of that material or all new but the word “next” suggests the latter.

Nice Art: Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

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Coming from D&Q next year. Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber are Canadian art idols, and it’s easy to see why.