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North America's pioneering comics publisher celebrates its quarter-century with new and rare archival comics; essays from Jonathan Lethem, Margaret Atwood, and more.

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels is an eight hundred-page thank-you letter to the cartoonists whose steadfast belief in a Canadian micro-publisher neve
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Hardcover, 776 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published May 26th 2015)
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Sam Quixote
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2015
Drawn and Quarterly may be my favourite comics publisher purely because they publish Seth. But they also have one of the richest catalogues of quality comics with a host of other incredible creators too. This year sees the Canadian indie publisher, headed up by founder Chris Oliveros, celebrate 25 years of great comics with this humongous hardcover anthology of essays, profiles, reprinted and new comics from so many creators.

This nearly 800-page beast opens with a 44 page essay covering D&Q’s c
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Andrew
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
D&Q is my favourite comic publisher. I often go to the book store and just pick up D&Q books up at random. I'm rarely disappointed. They're dedicated to interesting creators and beautiful books.

This book was full of amazing creators. Probably the only anthology I've read where I wasn't bored by any of the entries. It's also probably the largest anthology I've read.
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Emilia P
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Whoa! How has no one reviewed this on Goodreads yet? What is Goodreads coming to!? Well, here I am to lead the way. Drawn & Quarterly has an amazing legacy, some of the greatest artists, and most of my favorites, and lots of trailblazers and some great new names are featured in this comic -- also they've done some great stuff in translation and brought some old stuff back (Moomin, Pippi Longstocking comeeks?!) and so part of me utterly rejoices at this. The other part though is that I felt like ...more
Adan
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best book I read this year. An anthology full of new and reprinted comics (including the first new Joe Matt strips in over a decade!), a collection of appreciations, photographs, interviews, and critical essays, and a history of D+Q itself. I thought the 700-plus page count would be daunting, but this is actually an incredibly fun and quick read. Featuring never-before-seen art and comics by Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Tom Gauld, the aforementioned Joe Matt, Rutu Modan, Jillian ...more
Robert Boyd
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art-comics, comics
Publishers that manage to stick around like to publish this kind of thing--a celebration of making it for 25 years. These are necessarily uncritical, but I don't begrudge it. This is one of the best I've read. It's a brick, and is filled with comics, photos and prose about the history of this scrappy, great publisher. It's inspiring. Long live Drawn & Quarterly! ...more
George Marshall
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Big fat slab of talent- with lots of good stuff, though more of it is a reprint that I was led to expect in the publicity. Still a thrill for fan and, to be honest, a good anthology for anyone wanting and into to the best in comics.
Joe Crawford
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful mix of history, essays, and glorious cartooning!
Tristan
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clocking in at 775 pages, Drawn and Quarterly's mammoth publishing feat delivers precicely what it offers on the cover: a comprehensive overview of the independent publisher's impressive twenty-five year history. Needless to say, for the discerning afficionado of the comics medium, there is a veritable treasure trove to be found between its covers. For longtime D+Q readers, it is Walhalla.

Not only is the humble origin, slow expansion and enormous influence of the company thoroughly discussed (pe
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Michael
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
kind of meh. chester brown parts are good but joe matt is obviously the shining star of this collection. god love 'im. also, mimi pond meets tom waits? YES! ...more
Morgan
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Incredibly comprehensive, frequently redundant, occasionally tedious, periodically wonderful.
Marc
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It speaks volumes that I've read quite a handful of D&Q books without even being aware of D&Q itself. Their history consists of a dedication to the medium and its makers by playing the role of fierce, behind-the-scenes advocate. This huge volume is no different. Less than 100 pages walk you down the formal D&Q timeline from inception to sending this book to the printer. The other 600+ pages consist of contributor's work, staff and contributor appreciations of other contributors, and more art/car ...more
Amey Zhang
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
really useful sampling of many comic artists’s work. loved hearing how artists relate to and understand each other’s work - inspiration and personal relationships
Mark Schlatter
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new_book_area
When I started developing my comic book reading tastes as an adult (in the late eighties and early nineties), my touchstone was Fantagraphics Comics. There are many reasons for this, but probably the best was that Fantagraphics mirrored my expansion from superheroes to independent titles. After all, the publisher's magazine, The Comics Journal, still covered the superhero world for some time as it promoted independent comics, and Fantagraphics' flagship title, Love & Rockets, played with the adv ...more
Stewart Tame
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
The sheer size of this tome may frighten small children and housepets. And one dares not drop it for fear of it crashing right through the floor, the cellar, and all the way down to the Earth's core. Holes like that are expensive to fix. Drawn & Quarterly has managed to pack a lot of history in the last 25 years. I vaguely recall buying the first issue of the magazine from a comics shop in Livonia many many years ago. Who knew they'd slowly grow that magazine into one of the most highly-respecte ...more
Bonnie G.
This is like 750 pages of content! I actually say and read almost. Every single page- I treated this like a history class and studied and took notes and added many tomes to my Goodreads list! Can you beloved it's kind of not enough?! I kind of wished they had broken this down into 2 volumes and really paid homage--- some artists received several pages and some received an article and maybe a photo? Kinda odd. Not quite balanced book- but super impressive and gives a real idea of the philosophy o ...more
Tristy
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
This book is EXHAUSTING. It truly is a giant encyclopedia of all things Drawn & Quarterly and it feels like it was trying to do too many things at once. It is, of course, full of treasures and gems but navigating all the different artists' work on top of long written essays rambling on about history and meetings and Comic Cons was just too much. I'm still completely glad I got to explore its contents and discover new artists. ...more
Peter Hollo
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just unbelievably wonderful. Read it from cover to cover. Incredible number of great comics, incredible number of which are exclusive to the book. Fantastic selection of long quotes, interviews, essays on the publisher and their artists. From early examples of the medium through to some of the best new cartoonists, along with French, Swedish, Finnish and Japanese (at least!) in translation.
Must read.
Stephanie (aka WW)
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to confess that I didn't read most of the profiles in this doorstop of a book. But what I did read (including Margaret Atwood's commentary on Kate Beaton), was great. And the D&Q graphics/comics (is there a preferred phrase?) are a great sampling of some of the best in the genre. I prefer full stories, but that is not the idea here. ...more
Emily
Phenomenal. I've been a fan of D+Q since I started reading graphic novels and comics in my early twenties but I don't think I appreciated the scope of what they publish. Something I would love to own. ...more
Aharon
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars as a book, 5 stars as a doorstop.
Gary Sassaman
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing book ... part history, part anthology. Beautifully laid-out and printed. If you love comics (like the people at D&Q do), this book is for you.
Kenny
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tops, 2015
25 years of the best from Tatsumi to Kate Beaton.
A true alt comics embarassment of riches.
Reall sad that Tatsumi sensei and Mizuki sensei has passed on before I finished this awesome collection.
Kim
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
An amazing sampling of the artistic/literary comics published from Drawn and Quarterly.
Colin Murtagh
D&Q are one of my favourite publishers, in fact one of the very first books I added to Goodreads was a Chester Brown book. This is a real monster of a book, coming in at over 750 pages, yet came in at only £30. Given that most collections and GN a fraction of the size come in at about the same price this is a real bargain.
The book starts with a set of essays on the history and ethos of the publisher. From there its split between comics and appreciation essays. Every third or fourth artist is gi
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Garrett Zecker
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous and illuminating volume that’s big enough to kill a cat. This book explores the origins of Drawn and Quarterly through today. Starting in an apartment, and moving from apartment to apartment, and then even more apartments throughout Montreal, this bootstrap company started as little more than an idea and grew to become the most important publisher of illustration, stories, comics, and graphic novels of the twenty-first century, practically saving the medium as a whole. This amazing bo ...more
Leah Cameron
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There’s no denying D&Q’s excellent curation of comics works and creators. It’s probably the most exciting publisher of comics and graphic novels out right now! It was so interesting reading the history from the perspectives of the people behind it all and so inspiring! The only downside was maybe how long it would take to really sit down and read it all- I did end up mostly reading the comics because I borrowed it from my university’s library and I have my own artwork to worry about right now! B ...more
Joe Decie
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book! Drawn & Quarterly are amazing publishers, they have exquisite taste and put out beautiful books. This is their story and it features all your favourite artists. You know, Kate Beaton, Tom Gauld, Michael DeForge, Chester Brown, Jillian Tamaki etc etc.

It's very big and heavy though. Apparently there was a special edition at TCAF one year, but I feared my case was already overweight.

Anyway, you should buy this book.
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Rory Toohey
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
While I respect what the publisher Drawn & Quarterly has done for the comic art form, I did not find this a particularly enjoyable read. It is an 800 page, fawning, back-slapping awards show: guests come in to praise an artist, then there's a small clip of their work. It is useful if you want to try out new artists and then go find more of their work, but this collection in-and-of itself is unsatisfying. ...more
Paul Greer
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a monster. It took me so long, partly due to it’s physical weight (difficult to carry around) and because I was taking my time, often reading sections many times over. What a great celebration and a wonderful legacy.
Veronica
Admittedly, I didn't read the whole thing (skipped a lot of the text, read almost all of comics,) but to be fair, this book is like 800 pages long.

I got exactly what I wanted though. Found some new artists/comics I want to check out. Glad I (sorta) read it.
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