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We’re at a lotta festivals this weekend

Don’t forget, we’re in three cities this weekend! Find us at Brooklyn Book Festival in New York City, at Word on the Street in Toronto, and at Puces POP in Montreal. Our schedules for each show are available if you click through on the festival name.

And above are our festival debuts for Brooklyn Book Festival: Lynda Barry’s Syllabus, John Porcellino’s The Hospital Suite (he’ll be on hand to sign these for you!), and Aisha Franz’s Earthling, which comeswith a very special bookplate.

And if that’s not enough for you or if you somehow can’t make it to one of those festivals, make sure to check in on our events page, where we’ve listed a few other things, including the dates of John Porcellino’s ongoing epic tour for The Hospital Suite and the King Cat documentary Root Hog or Die.

See you out there in the real world!


Pretty Cute

Aw, trixie!

Come hang out with us and John Porcellino at Librairie D+Q tonight for the launch of The Hospital Suite! 7pm!

Lynda Barry's SYLLABUS!!!


Here is a picture of Professor Bootsy’s newest book, “Syllabus” published by Drawn and Quarterly debuting at SPX (Small Press Expo) in Washington DC on September 13th. Can you dig it?

Professor Bootsy (AKA Lynda Barry) knew that you could!

You folks don’t even know the half of how beautiful and inspiring this here book is. Come to booth W1-4! Full (and exciting) signing schedule for SPX on our website.


The Root Hog or Die DVD exists!  Buy it at SPX or out on the road when my tour comes through your town!  Mailorder info coming soon…

Wowowowow the dvd of Root Hog or Die looks real nice. Can’t wait to see this at his Montreal screening. Some of you folks may be seeing it before then though - here are those tour dates once again!


Full Moon Romp, Forest Romp, and Mooning the Birches. 

Lisa Hanawalt

These paintings and a few others will be displayed (and available for purchase) at this show this SATURDAY NIGHT in DOWNTOWN L.A.!

I’ll be there too. Come by the Hive Gallery and say hello!

Los Angelenos, go to this group art show and buy nice things from extra-nice (aka talented) cartoonist-animators Lisa Hanawalt and Matt Forsythe. It all goes down at The Hive Gallery (729 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014) from 8 to 11:30 pm on this Saturday, September 6th!


There are no glittering castles, no Prince Charmings, and no happy endings when you peer into Beautiful Darkness

Beautiful Darkness
by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët
Drawn & Quarterly
2014, 96 pages, 8.125 x 11 inches
$14 Buy a copy on Amazon

Beautiful Darkness begins at a lovely tea party with a Princess-like Aurora entertaining her would-be paramour, the dashing, princely Hector. She serves cakes and hot chocolate, aided by her friend and wannabe handmaiden, Plim. Everything is going swimmingly as the cooing couple lean in for their first kiss. Suddenly, the sky starts falling. Weeping, stinky pink goo begins to rain down all around and over them, into their cocoa, onto their heads. Soon they are struggling against drowning as the putrefaction fills the room. But as Aurora, now panicked and separated from the others, finally finds her opening to freedom, we realize that the thwarted tea party was inside the decaying corpse of a little girl in the woods. As the Lilliputian Aurora crawls from her nostril into the rainy darkness, a “wide shot” image shows dozens of other tiny people fleeing from every orifice of the decaying child. 

And then the story becomes seriously sick, twisted, and sad.

Beautiful Darkness, by French comics writer Fabien Vehlmann and husband and wife artist team Marie Pommepuy and Sébastien Cosset (known together as Kerascoët), perfectly embodies its title. It is an “anti-fairy tale,” beautifully rendered and breathtakingly dark. It takes all of the innocence and moral deliverables of whitewashed Grimm and other classic fairy tales and turns them on their head (and cavorts within their decaying innards). 

Aurora invites the forest animals to a lovely woodland gathering and they… well, they act like animals, eating everything; trashing the place. The sweet, frightened one-eyed girl (who’s also a new mother) is not accepted by the others, she’s brutalized by them. The giant-eyed dolly-like girl feeds on the maggots of the corpse from within a stockade of colored pencils taken from the dead girl’s book-bag. No one seems to have a working moral compass as the feral tribe of tiny people, led by the ever-chipper Aurora, goes into marooned survivor mode, forced to adjust to life outside of their previous corpse home. 

But I’ve already given away too much. The point is to accept the worst, because that’s what you’re going to get. The book is beautifully drawn and water-colored, well-paced, and the characters have real depth to them impressively developed over its short 96 pages. But it can be tough going. It’s so unrelentingly grim, it’s hard to imagine what the ultimate point is, other than to act as a bracing anecdote to every cookie-cutter happily-ever-after you’ve ever rolled your eyes at. – Gareth Branwyn

September 3, 2014