The Comics Beat Reviews You & A Bike & A Road

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog

The Comics Beat 
reviews Eleanor Davis’ trip along an “expansive bike path” You & A Bike & A Road.

“Davis’ diary is also about the physical side of emotional healing and the factor of endurance—really challenging yourself to do things that border on impossible—in that healing.” — John Seven, The Comics Beat

Check out the whole review here!

Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle and Noel Freibert On Tour!

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog

Connor Willumsen, Patrick Kyle and Noel Freibert are going on a six-city tour. All three artists are set to release brand new books with us that are the avant-garde of the alternative comics scene and they are taking them on the road in September!

Connor Willumsen’s Anti-Gone, a quixotic and trippy trip through a dreamscape, or altered state, where animals can talk and be pets, where drugs can give you deep emotional reactions to any stimuli, can make you remember or forget, or replicate a near death experience. Patrick Kyle returns with his third book with us, Everywhere Disappeared, which finds familiar icons like Dracula and Archie are put through the prismatic mind of Kyle. The singular Noel Freibert whose images linger, their deceptive simplicity, like all outsider art, seems to tap directly into the collective unconscious, drawing on pop culture and fine art, low and high brow, Old Ground is where the denizens of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse would bury bodies.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-51-1
8.5 x 11”, 120 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

Join an oneiric odyssey through a slacker second life.

Reality’s grip is loosened as Spyda and Lynxa explore a potentially constructed environment that shifts between dystopic future and constructed virtual present. Like a form of multistable perceptual phenomena, Anti-Gone exists in ambiguity.

Connor Willumsen is a Montreal-based artist originally from Calgary, AB, where he received a design degree at The Alberta College of Art. He began making comics while attending the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Since then, he has drawn stories for Marvel, DC and Dynamite and illustrated the covers for Criterion editions of David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. He has self-published a number of zines and comics and Breakdown Press published volumes one and two of his book Treasure Island in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-52-8
6.5 x 9”, 208 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

Collecting a cornucopia of short comics by one of the medium’s most inventive artists.

A keen observer of the absurd, Patrick Kyle’s stories defamiliarize the machinations of life, work and art with droll dialogue and his angular, humanely geometric drawing and sci-fi settings that recall set design more than satellite images. Kyle’s figures may be foreign, his settings strange, but his stories resonate deeply.

Patrick Kyle lives and works in Toronto, ON. He is the author of the graphic novels Black Mass (2012), Distance Mover (2014) and Don’t Come In Here (2016). At the 2016 Doug Wright Awards, he won the Pigskin Peters Award for New Comics #6 and 7.

ISBN: 978-1-927668-50-4
7 x 10”, 224 pages, b&w, trade paper
September 2017

Sam Beckett and Sam Raimi intersect in an outsider art graveyard.

A cemetery so old that the names on the graves have eroded into nothing and no one remembers the dead is razed to make room for a retirement home for folks who’ve also been forgotten. Ambience and slapstick combine as an absurd cast of characters inhabit and haunt the once hallowed ground.

Noel Freibert currently resides in Baltimore, MD. He is the editor of WEIRD Magazine and was a member of the influential comics group Closed Caption Comics. His work has been shown internationally and is featured in the book collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Eric Kostiuk Williams Interviewed by Lambda Literary

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog

Lambda Literary’s Cathy Camper interviews Eric Kostiuk Williams, author of the “uncanny, hallucinogenic, and coloured-saturated examination of urban gentrification” Condo Heartbreak Disco. Check it out here!

Annie Koyama is a Local Insider

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog

Annie Koyama is a local insider highlighting places to explore in Toronto’s entertainment district for Where Toronto. Check out her picks here!

Photo by Robin Nishio

Keiler Roberts Interviewed

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 in Blog

Smash Pages sits down with Keiler Roberts author of the “funny, relatable and horrifying” comics found in Sunburning. Read the whole review right here!

So Pretty / Very Rotten Reviewed

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog

Hyperallergic reviews Jane Mai and An Nguyen’s comics and essay exploration of Lolita, So Pretty / Very Rotten.

“Mai and Nguyen’s work is an invaluable resource for whoever wants to get acquainted with a culture that, underneath its frilly garments, is a paradoxical form of empowerment and self-assertion.” — Angelica Frey, Hyperallergic

Check out the whole review here!

You & A Bike & A Road Reviewed and Eleanor Interviewed

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in Blog

The New York Review
of Books reviews Eleanor Davis’ poignant self-propelled travelogue You & A Bike & A Road.

You & a Bike & a Road is a lovely, slow book about going a journey—not an epic, world-dominating circumnavigation, but something quieter and more intimate.“ — Jon Day, The New York Review of Books

Check out the whole review here!

Staying on the bike path, Smash Pages has an interview with Eleanor Davis here!

You & A Bike & A Road Reviewed

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 in Blog

Graphic Novel Resources reviews Eleanor Davis’ terrific travelogue You & A Bike & A Road.

You & A Bike & A Road is a deceptively simple looking book that actually delves into multiple, complex areas of life.” — Stergios Botzakis, Graphic Novel Resources

Check out the whole review right here!

A.V. Club Selects Crawl Space as a Favourite

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 in Blog

The A.V. Club selects their favourite comics of 2017 so far and Jesse Jacobs’ Crawl Space makes the list!

“A major part of the joy of reading comics is being pulled into the unique perspective of a singular artist, and Jesse Jacobs’ Crawl Space is a stunning example.” — Oliver Sava, The A.V. Club

Check out the whole list here!

Summer Reads!

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog

Our friend Saelan Twerdy is a wonderful art critic and academic, and a wonderful employee of Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, selects his summer reads for 2017 and Jesse Jacobs’ Crawl Space and Keiler Roberts’ Sunburning makes his list!

On Crawl Space

“Like Adventure Time, the result is irreverent and absurd, but also surprisingly deep, tinged with insight and tenderness.” — Saelan Twerdy, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

On Sunburning

“Keiler Roberts’ comics about bipolar disorder, depression, and parenting totally charmed me with their deadpan humour and singularly affectless drawing style.” — Saelan Twerdy, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

Check out the whole list here!