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Highlights of Drawn & Quarterly’s stunning Fall 2011 catalog!

  • Anders Nilsen’s complete Big Questions, finally collected!
  • Daniel Clowes’ The Death-Ray 
  • Kate Beaton’s first-ever Hark! A Vagrant collection
  • Brian Ralph’s zombie apocalypse strip Daybreak

I’ve only peripherally paid attention to D+Q’s stuff in the past, but these recent releases (add to that Tomine’s Optical Nerve #12) have really caught my eye. Bought Big Questions today with money I don’t really have, but all is well - I was in dire need of a gorgeous book to get lost in. 

Optic Nerve #12 by Adrian Tomine

Optic Nerve #12 by Adrian Tomine

I will most certainly trade-wait for the sake of BKV shelf consistency but this has to be the best goddamn bit of comic-related news I have heard in a while. I am shaking with anticipation. While I still have to finish Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man remains one of my favorite series of all time and it’s about time Brian K. Vaugh came back to an ongoing series. The art looks stunning as well.

I will most certainly trade-wait for the sake of BKV shelf consistency but this has to be the best goddamn bit of comic-related news I have heard in a while. I am shaking with anticipation. While I still have to finish Ex Machina, Y: The Last Man remains one of my favorite series of all time and it’s about time Brian K. Vaugh came back to an ongoing series. The art looks stunning as well.

Haha, is that Marvel dissing DC? Well done, guys. Well done. [Context]

Haha, is that Marvel dissing DC? Well done, guys. Well done. [Context]

Funemployment! Vertiginous amount of good shit I got today for a mere 50$:

25$ worth of B.P.R.D. back issues and the wraparound incentive variant for Kirby #1, a pretty Zombie clamshell VHS, True Blood season 2, the Criterion edition of The Last Days of Disco, Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition and The Lord of the Rings trilogy - which I didn’t own in English, in not-all-that pretty, but nicely oversized Collins editions.

Everything was insanely cheap and I crushed every deal! Yard sales and used stores love me! Nothing rare, but all, mostly recent, stuff I needed! Too lazy to take a proper picture, forgive me!

Funemployment! Vertiginous amount of good shit I got today for a mere 50$:

25$ worth of B.P.R.D. back issues and the wraparound incentive variant for Kirby #1, a pretty Zombie clamshell VHS, True Blood season 2, the Criterion edition of The Last Days of Disco, Toy Story 10th Anniversary Edition and The Lord of the Rings trilogy - which I didn’t own in English, in not-all-that pretty, but nicely oversized Collins editions.

Everything was insanely cheap and I crushed every deal! Yard sales and used stores love me! Nothing rare, but all, mostly recent, stuff I needed! Too lazy to take a proper picture, forgive me!


Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá

I’m not there yet (I’m halfway through and my whole body is itching to get back to it) but I had to share this gorgeous frame of issue #9, that I happened to stumble upon. This book is fantastic. In fact, it is quite the masterpiece. One of the best books I’ve read in my life. Pick it up, you won’t regret it. The themes of mortality, friendship, family are explored with such finesse and talent and of course the artwork is beyond gorgeous. I am floored.

Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá

I’m not there yet (I’m halfway through and my whole body is itching to get back to it) but I had to share this gorgeous frame of issue #9, that I happened to stumble upon. This book is fantastic. In fact, it is quite the masterpiece. One of the best books I’ve read in my life. Pick it up, you won’t regret it. The themes of mortality, friendship, family are explored with such finesse and talent and of course the artwork is beyond gorgeous. I am floored.

Terry Moore doing horror? I have never been this excited about anything.

Terry Moore doing horror? I have never been this excited about anything.


Fear Itself #1 by Matt Fraction & Stuart Immonen

While this over-sized 50-page issue was an unexpectedly solid start to what should be another over-the-top Marvel event, this panel completely blew me away. Odin confronting his son and the Norse Gods leaving Earth was an extremely powerful moment. The villains seem to be made out of thin air and while I don’t care much, I like where this mix of universes (Avengers, Norse Gods & the Red Skull) is going so far. They managed to make this feel like a direct sequel to Siege, which was way too short and rather insignificant, so props for that as well. We’ll see how it goes from here.

Fear Itself #1 by Matt Fraction & Stuart Immonen

While this over-sized 50-page issue was an unexpectedly solid start to what should be another over-the-top Marvel event, this panel completely blew me away. Odin confronting his son and the Norse Gods leaving Earth was an extremely powerful moment. The villains seem to be made out of thin air and while I don’t care much, I like where this mix of universes (Avengers, Norse Gods & the Red Skull) is going so far. They managed to make this feel like a direct sequel to Siege, which was way too short and rather insignificant, so props for that as well. We’ll see how it goes from here.


S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by Jonathan Hickman & Dustin Weaver

I used to be completely lost as to what was happening in this series but rereading all of it in one sitting was mind-blowing. Leonardo Da Vinci in space. ’Nuff said.

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by Jonathan Hickman & Dustin Weaver

I used to be completely lost as to what was happening in this series but rereading all of it in one sitting was mind-blowing. Leonardo Da Vinci in space. ’Nuff said.