QC – Why Art? Signing

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Eleanor Davis appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM to present her newest book, Why Art? A work of art unto itself, Why Art? is part pseudo-serious artistic philosophy and part surrealist narrative that seeks to illuminate the highest possible potential an artwork might hope to achieve.

What is “Art”? It’s widely accepted that art serves an important function in society. But the concept falls under such an absurdly large umbrella and can manifest in so many different ways. Art can be self indulgent, goofy, serious, altruistic, evil, or expressive, or any number of other things. But how can it truly make lasting, positive change? In Why Art?, acclaimed graphic novelist Eleanor Davis (How To Be Happy) leavens her exploration of these concepts with a sense of humour and a thirst for challenging preconceptions of art worthy of Magritte, instantly drawing the reader in as a willing accomplice in her quest.

Eleanor Davis has been honoured by the Eisner Awards and has won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Her works include How to Be Happy (Fantagraphics Books, 2014) and You & a Bike & a Road (Koyama Press, 2017), and she contributed a short piece to the acclaimed comics anthology NOW (Fantagraphics, 2017). She lives in Athens, GA with fellow cartoonist Drew Weing.

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QC – Ours: Brun Blanc Noir Signing

Author and illustrator Pascal Girard appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly for the launch of Ours: Brun, Blanc, Noir on Friday, February 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

Pascal Girard was born in 1981 in Jonquière, Québec. Dating back to his early days at school desks, he has been filling the margins of his notebooks with drawings. Since he couldn’t shake the habit, naturally he made it his career. Ours is his 5th book with La Pastèque.

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QC – Short Stories For Little Monsters Signing

Illustrator Marie-Louise Gay appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 AM to read and sign SHORT STORIES FOR LITTLE MONSTERS!

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211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
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QC – The Pink Umbrella Launch Party

Geneviève Godbout appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM for the Montreal launch party of THE PINK UMBRELLA!

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(514) 279-2221

QC – The Lie & How We Told It Signing

Tommi Parrish appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM to launch their brand-new book from Fantagraphics, THE LIE & HOW WE TOLD IT!

Tommi Parrish is a cartoonist, illustrator, and art editor based in Montreal, QC. They have previously published Perfect Hair (2dcloud, 2017), and a number of zines.

After a chance encounter, two formerly close friends try to salvage whatever is left of their decaying relationship. They are in for an awkward, painful night that leaves them feeling lonelier, more uncertain, and more estranged than ever before. Parrish’s first graphic novel for Fantagraphics is a visual tour de force, always in the service of the author’s ever-prevalent themes: navigating queer desire, masculinity, fear, and the ever-in-flux state of friendships.

Parrish makes emotionally loaded painted comics about everyday relationships, doubts, and anxieties. The psychological acuity in the work pairs perfectly to the graphic style. The Lie and How We Told It is a remarkably resonant work from an exciting new voice in contemporary graphic novels.

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211 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2K5
(514) 279-2221

QC – Boundless Release Party

Join award-winning cartoonist Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy, This One Summer) on Friday, May 26th at 7:00 PM for the launch of her new book: the inventive and incisive Boundless.

At once fantastical and realist, Boundless explores the intersection (and overlap) between the virtual and IRL worlds. From Jenny, who becomes obsessed with a strange “mirror Facebook,” which presents an alternate, possibly better, version of herself; to Helen, who finds her clothes growing baggy and her shoes looser as she shrinks away to nothingness, these evocative, strange, and magical stories showcase Tamaki’s skill as an artist and storyteller.

JILLIAN TAMAKI is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Toronto. She is the co-creator along with her cousin Mariko Tamaki of the graphic novel Skim, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Their second graphic novel This One Summer earned a Governor General’s Award and a Caldecott Honor. Tamaki’s first collection of her own comics was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award-winning SuperMutant Magic Academy.

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QC – Soupy Leaves Home Signing

Writer Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes, Odd Duck) Librairie Drawn and Quarterly on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM for the launch of SOUPY LEAVES HOME.

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QC – Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story Launch Party

Cartoonist Peter Bagge appears at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Monday, March 20th at 7:00 PM

The author of the New York Times-bestselling graphic novel “Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story” returns with another extraordinary account of a woman way ahead of her time. In his newest biography “Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story”, cartoonist Peter Bagge delves into the world of Zora Neale Hurston: the critically-acclaimed novelist and folklorist who challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. With a skilled cartooning hand, Bagge turns what could be a rote biography into a bold and dazzling graphic novel, creating a story as vibrant as the life itself.

PETER BAGGE is the Harvey Award-winning author of the acclaimed 1990s alternative comic series Hate starring slacker hero Buddy Bradley, and a regular contributor to Reason magazine. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he got his start in comics in the R. Crumb-edited magazine Weirdo. “Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story” is Bagge’s second book with Drawn & Quarterly after 2013’s “Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story”, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times, and appeared on the YALSA Great Graphic Novel For Teens list and the Amelia Bloomer Project list of the Best Feminist Books for Young Readers. Bagge lives in Seattle with his wife Joanne, daughter, and three cats.

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QC – Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero Launch Party

Join Michael DeForge for a live reading and book signing on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM as he introduces the world to Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero! Sticks has escaped her heritage for the refuge of the woods and through her story, DeForge delivers another deeply humane work, one that subtly questions the integrity of the political state and contemporary journalism, all while investigating our relationship to the natural world.

MICHAEL DEFORGE was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. His one-person anthology series Lose has been nominated for, or won, every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner awards. His previous graphic novels with Drawn & Quarterly are Ant Colony, Big Kids, and First Year Healthy. This March he releases Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero

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QC – The Abominable Mr. Seabrook Signing

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Cartoonist Joe Ollmann appears at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly on Friday January 27th at 7:00 PM as he discusses his latest graphic tour de force: The Abominable Mr. Seabrook.

In Seabrook, Ollmann chronicles the trials and tribulations of notorious journalist William Buehler Seabrook: famed member of the Lost Generation known for participating in voodoo ceremonies, riding camels cross the Sahara desert, communing with cannibals, and popularizing the term “zombie” in the West. Exposing both the highs and extreme lows of a turbulent life, Ollmann often weaves in Seabrook’s own words and those of his biographers. This biographical account, however, posits Seabrook the believer versus Seabrook the exploiter, leaving the reader to consider where one ends and the other begins.

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