Montreal publisher Drawn & Quarterly has recently announced it’s Fall 2017 publishing slate. It’s a fantastic selection. There’s a new softcover edition of Tom Gauld’s Goliath and Lynda Barry’s The Good Times Are Killing Me. Speaking of Tom Gauld, a new collection of his comic strip will be published with Baking with Kafka. There’s also new work by Leslie Stein (Present) and John Porcellino (From Lone Mountain). R. Sikoryak’s now-infamous Unquotable Trump will get the over-sized hardcover treatment. There’s already a printed version of this comic floating around, but this appears to be a longer and more complete version of Sikoryak’s satirical work.
In particular interest for readers is Poppies of Iraq, the latest by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim. It’s a phenomenal book that was published in French in late 2016. It was nominated for the Angouleme Festival Grand Prize and rightly so. It’s a poignant portrait of Findakly’s childhood in Iraq and France. I had put it my “best of 2016” list on this very site.
In addition to those, D&Q continues their ongoing publishing of Tove Jansson’s Moomin and Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro with Moomin and the Brigands and Kitaro’s Strange Adventures. Leanne Shapton has a new board book for kids called Toys Talking, which looks like something my son will enjoy. And finally, Anouk Ricard’s fantastic kids comics Anna & Froga is getting a compendium in Anna & Frog: Completely Bubu.
It’s a very interesting lineup. I can’t get enough of the Moomin and Kitaro reprints and it’s always nice to see new work by Leslie Stein and John Porcellino. Poppies of Iraq is a strong contender for books of the year and should be on everyone’s buying list comes September. You can find more details and information on each books over at the Drawn and Quarterly website.
Philippe Leblanc is a Canadian comics journalist. In his regular life, he improves Canadian medical education, and is the co-host of the Ottawa Comic Book Club. He reads alternative, indie and art comics at night and write about them for the Comics Beat.