December 11, 2014
In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly is one of Montreal's premiere independent bookstores.
Pippi Won't Grow Up
by Astrid Lindgren
Everybody's favourite red-pigtailed, seafaring heroine is back in this third volume of comics, with shenanigans a-plenty! In keeping with her reputation as the strongest girl in the world, when she visits the tropical island where her father resides, she tangles with (and makes short work of) several fearesome beasts! When her friend Tommy is about to be eaten by a shark, she saves him by jumping into the sea and hoisting the hungry shark overhead. Being the kind-hearted soul that she is, she cries after the rescue, thinking of how the baby shark will get no breakfast that day. In another strip, Pippi uses her characteristic smarts to outwit a quiz-happy teacher bent on making kids stand in the corner when they answer incorrectly. In all of her many adventures, Pippi's compassion, cleverness and bravery shine through. Truly a delightful collection for kids, which adults will also adore.
New Comics #5
by Patrick Kyle
Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator Patrick Kyle is makes refreshingly strange comics, the latest of which are presented in New Comics #5. Kyle recently published the epic and excellent Distance Mover with Koyama Press. New Comics #5 introduces us to a lonely pumpkin, a magnificent suit, and a fungus-powered humanoid robot who "can make anything out of anything." Weird and compelling!
Becoming Richard Pryor
by Scott Saul
This new biography of American comic genius Richard Pryor promises a more intimate portrait of the man than we've yet seen, thanks to Scott Saul's extensive interviews with people who knew him. Saul traces Pryor's trajectory from his difficult childhood, through his early Bill-Cosby-esque stand-up, through stints in Greenwich Village and Berkeley, to the key point at which he emerges from Cosby's shadow to become the challenging and dangerous performer we remember.
This tribute anthology to Winsor McCay's hallowed creation comes to you in a gloriously large 16 by 21" tome! Locust Moon Press successfully used Kickstarter to bring together an impressive array of comic artists, all of whom contribute their own visions of Little Nemo's world. Each artists adds a new dream to Little Nemo's slumberscape, begun by McCay in 1905. Expect creative uses of space, and even some unexpected media like cut-outs, dolls, and sculpture!
Vapor is the latest English translation from award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max. Follow bird-faced man Nicodemos as his quest for the meaning of life causes him to flee the modern world, and brings him to a mysterious desert. Here, he encounters various helpful creatures, as well as a mysterious entity called Vapor, whose purpose remains an enigma. The relatively simple, stark black and white drawings belie a complex story dealing with existential and philosophical questions. Keep your eyes peeled for symbolism, as this book is brimming with it.
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