If you were going to pick on an indie comics company as a scofflaw, Montreal’s ultra-civilized Drawn & Quarterly would be the last one you would suspect. But you would be wrong. In bi-lingual Canada, the award-winning publisher has been visited by the language police for failing to have a sign in both English and French.
The complainant alleged there was too much English on signs, but on a visit yesterday, all a reporter could find in English only was an antique, hand-drawn paper clock on the door of the storefront.
The offending item, about 12 centimetres in diameter, says Open, Come In.
On the other side, the hands of a makeshift clock can be set to indicate the time the shop reopens. It, too, is in English only.
Sporting the devil-may-care criminal attitude he’s known for, owner Chris Oliveros said he had found the sign in an antique store and just thought it was cool. But in the kind of turnaround we’d like to see more of in our justice system, he said the offensive sign will be tossed or a French equivalent sign will be added.
It is not the first time D&Q has exhibited criminal tendencies. Last year, someone complained that their website is English-only.