Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: D&Q, Hill & Wang’s fall plans
Believe it or not, it’s that time again already. Once again, the mail has brought me the latest catalog from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, whom, as you all no doubt know, handle the book distribution for Drawn and Quarterly, as well as own the nonfiction division Hill and Wang. Both publishers have some interesting plans for the second half of the year, so let’s take a look at what’s coming to a comic store near you come September, shall we?
Drawn and Quarterly
Masterpiece Comics by R. Sikoryak. Finally, a book that compiles all of Sikoryak’s great literary-comic mash-ups. If you’ve never seen these before, he takes classic novels like The Picture of Dorian Gray or Crime and Punishmen and adapts them to comics in the style of certain famed cartoonists, like Winsor McCay or Jerry Robinson. It’s really great stuff. 84 pages, $19.95.
Talking Lines by R. O. Blechman. For me, this quite possibly the most anticipated book of the fall. I’ve been a big fan of Blechman’s work for awhile now and feel his is one of the most unfairly ignored (by the industry anyway) cartoonists living today (I plan on doing a Collect This Now column on him in the near future). I believe this book collects mostly recent short stories. Hopefully D&Q will be publishing older works soon as well. You can get a feel for his work via this reacent Op-Ed piece he did for the NY Times. 272 pages, $27.95.
Red Snow by Susumu Katsumata. Gekiga seems to be doing well for D&Q, as they’re releasing this collection of short stories about ife in the premodern Japanese countryside. Katsumata had making manga since 1965 (he passed away in 2007) but was this is a recent work, for which he won the Japanese Cartoonists Association Award Grand Prize. 240 pages, $24.95.
The Fixer and Other Stories by Joe Sacco. Sacco’s story of life during the Bosnian War gets the softcover treatment. This edition also collects the material that was in War’s End. 216 pages, $19.95.
Thirteen Going on Eighteen by John Stanley. More hilarious John Stanley stories, this time about a surly teen-age girl and her friends. Seth handles the cover chores, as usual. 336 pages, $29.95.
Marc Bell’s Hot Potatoe by Marc Bell. Mixed media art, comics, paintings, drawings and a hodge-podge of related material by the Paul and Friends artist is crammed together into this 272 page book honoring a decade’s worth of material. $34.95
The Box Man by Imiri Sakabashira. More alt-manga, this time with a decidedly surreal and absurdist bent. I really don’t know anything about Sakabashira (real name Mochizuki Katsuhiro) but Bill Randell has written about him here. 128 pages, $19.95.
Map of My Heart by John Porcellino. Following on the heels of 2007′s King-Cat Classics, this massive volume collects (I’m assuming) some of the more recent stories from his still-going-after-20-years mini-comic. 304 pages, $29.95.
Hill and Wang
The Vietnam War: A Graphic History by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant. A chronolgical tour through one of the more divisive and contentious wars of the 2oth century. 160 pages, $19.95.
Trotsky: A Graphic Biography by Rick Geary. So I guess Geary is going to be doing this as part of an ongoing series now? His first H&W book looked at J. Edgar Hoover. This one tells the life story of one of the co-founders of the Soviet Union. 112 pages, $16.95.