D&Q has just announced their January releases, including a new edition of Jason Lutes’ Berlin, more Gasoline Alley, an exciting debut graphic novel from Nick Drnaso AND The Envelope Manufacturer, the book by former D&Q publisher Chris Oliveros, who has been quietly working on this book for years. The subject matter — the gradual erosion of a small business — echoes Seth’s Clyde Fans and maybe even the comics industry? We’ll find out!
In case you’re wondering about Jason Lutes long simmering epic, a new issue, the 18th, came out last May, and he’s slowly but surely working on completing it.
by Nick Drnaso
BEVERLY • Nick Drnaso • Paperback • 136 pages • 7.5″ x 9.5″ • full color • $21.95 USD/24.95 CAD • ISBN: 9781770462250
A darkly funny portrait of Middle America seen through the stunted minds of its children
DCD ITEM: NOV151333
The modern lost souls of Beverly struggle with sexual anxieties that are just barely repressed and social insecurities that undermine every word they speak. Time passes, bodies change sizes, realities blur with fantasies, truths disintegrate, childhood comforts turn uncomfortable. Again and again, the civilized façades of Nick Drnaso’s pitch-perfect suburban landscapes crack in the face of violence and quiet brutality. Drnaso’s debut graphic novel leaves you haunted and squirming and longing for more.
The Envelope Manufacturer
by Chris Oliveros
THE ENVELOPE MANUFACTURER • Chris Oliveros • Paperback • 104 pages • 6.25″ x 7.25″ • b&w • $16.95USD/$19.95CAD • ISBN: 9781770462298
An account of obsolete machinery and outmoded business planning.
DCD ITEM: NOV151334
The Envelope Manufacturer documents the hardships and gradual disintegration of an independent small business. The book begins as the head of the manufacturing company is already deep in financial straits: he struggles to deal with a series of late payments and dwindling orders. The pressures begin to affect him psychologically and it grows ever harder to distinguish between reality and his imaginings. Set in the mid twentieth century, just before globalization moved production of goods overseas, The Envelope Manufacturer chronicles the gradual demise of a small company as it struggles to adapt to a changing economic landscape.
BERLIN: CITY OF SMOKE
by Jason Lutes
BERLIN: CITY OF SMOKE (BOOK TWO) • paperback • 216 pages • 7″ x 10″ • b&w • $22.95USD/CAD • ISBN: 9781897299531
The second installment of the epic historical tragedy.
The second volume of Jason Lutes’s historical epic finds the people of Weimar Berlin searching for answers after the lethal May Day demonstration of 1929. Tension builds along with the dividing wall between communists and nationalists, Jews and gentiles, as the dawn of the Second World War draws closer. The lives of the characters within Lutes’s epic weave together to create a seamless portrait of this transitory city. Marthe Muller follows lover Kurt Severing as he interviews participants in the May Day demonstration, but moonlights in the city’s lesbian nightlife. Severing acts as a window through which the political shifts within the city and its participants can be seen. As withBerlin Book One: City of Stones, Lutes creates a sense of anxiety and imminent doom.
Note: An excellent companion to Berlin: City of Stones (Book One), offered again this month
WALT & SKEEZIX 1931-1932
by Jason Lutes
WALT AND SKEEZIX 1931-1932 • Frank King • hardcover • 352 pages • 9.5″ x 7″ • b&w and partial color • $49.95 CAD/$44.95 USD • ISBN: 9781770461789
“The loveliest rediscovery of the vintage-comic-strip renaissance…” —Washington Post
DCD ITEM: NOV151335
The Gasoline Alley gang enters a new decade with this volume: Skeezix moves from childhood to early adolescence and the high spirits of the 1920s give way to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Walt and Phyllis Wallet travel to England, an extended tour that echoes the real life journey taken by cartoonist Frank King and his family in the late 1920s. While his parents are away, Skeezix tries to solve the mystery of an arsonist. Now entering his teens, Skeezix comes to the fore of the strip as an adventurous boy surrounded by a gang of likeminded pals, and Gasoline Alley becomes an influential pillar of teenage-culture, soon to be widely imitated in Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland films as well as Archie comics.
Designed and edited by Chris Ware, this sixth volume of Walt & Skeezix is a celebration of and homage to American middle class life in the early twentieth century. An introductory essay from comics historian Jeet Heer historical appendices from City of Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson, and tons of extras make this book a Gasoline Alley fan’s dream come true.
Note: An excellent companion to other Walt & Skeezix titles, offered again this month.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.