Part travelogue and memoir, part commentary on politics and culture, and part playful conversational ping pong match with his readers, this sketchbook-as-graphic-novel by Anders Nilsen pairs elegant, inventive drawing with a genuinely funny, raw, and unexpectedly moving take on contemporary life. This work is a selection of comics, illustrations and musings from Nilsen’s sketchbooks from roughly 2007-2014.
Enter the strange and wordplay-loving world of cartoonist and fine artist Marc Bell (Shrimpy and Paul, Hot Potatoe), where the All-Star Schnauzer Band runs things and tiny beings hold signs saying “It’s under control.” Densely detailed not-so-secret underground societies, little robots, and heavy weight humdingers leap off the page in full color.
Thursday July 16th, 7 pm
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This last year Drawn and Quarterly celebrated 25th year anniversary and launched this book: Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels is an eight hundred-page thank-you letter to the cartoonists whose steadfast belief in a Canadian micro-publisher never wavered. In 1989, a prescient Chris Oliveros created D+Q with a simple mandate to publish the world’s best cartoonists. Thanks to his taste-making visual acumen and the support of over fifty cartoonists from the past two decades, D+Q has grown from an annual stapled anthology into one of the world’s leading graphic novel publishers. Drawn and Quarterly’s catalog is distributed widely in Canada, the US and the UK, it’s headquartered in Montreal, where it also has a storefront.