The Near-Sighted Monkey
Above: a page from The Freddie Stories, from Drawn & Quarterly, the publisher Lynda Barry says saved her career. “The Freddie Stories” comes out this week.

LISTEN TO A GREAT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DRAWN & QUARTERLY 

In the early 1920’s, T. S. Eliot wrote that “Good literature is produced by a few queer people in odd corners.” 

Many years later, in the early 1990’s, one of those odd corners popped up in Montreal, in a second story flat on the corner of St.-Urbain and Bernard, where the rent was cheap and the neighbours were cool. 

Night after night, Chris Oliveros sat at his kitchen table with scissors, glue pots and pencils. And those ‘few queer people?’Cartoonists.Chris Oliveros wanted the comic strips that he and friends drew to find a larger audience. 

On that kitchen table, he put together the first issues of a little magazine he called ‘Drawn and Quarterly.’Now D and Q is one of hottest publishers of graphic novels on the planet. Some odd corner. 

While the future of the book is in question, and independent Canadian publishers struggle just to stay afloat, Drawn and Quarterly is thriving.

The documentary will be on CBC radio one across Canada on The Sunday Edition -and streamed at http://www.cbc.ca   And available as well at  http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition  and on Sirius Sat Radio 159
OR YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT NOW ….
Above: a page from The Freddie Stories, from Drawn & Quarterly, the publisher Lynda Barry says saved her career. “The Freddie Stories” comes out this week.

LISTEN TO A GREAT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DRAWN & QUARTERLY
In the early 1920’s, T. S. Eliot wrote that “Good literature is produced by a few queer people in odd corners.”

Many years later, in the early 1990’s, one of those odd corners popped up in Montreal, in a second story flat on the corner of St.-Urbain and Bernard, where the rent was cheap and the neighbours were cool.

Night after night, Chris Oliveros sat at his kitchen table with scissors, glue pots and pencils. And those ‘few queer people?’Cartoonists.Chris Oliveros wanted the comic strips that he and friends drew to find a larger audience.

On that kitchen table, he put together the first issues of a little magazine he called ‘Drawn and Quarterly.’Now D and Q is one of hottest publishers of graphic novels on the planet. Some odd corner.

While the future of the book is in question, and independent Canadian publishers struggle just to stay afloat, Drawn and Quarterly is thriving.
The documentary will be on CBC radio one across Canada on The Sunday Edition -and streamed at http://www.cbc.ca   And available as well at  http://www.cbc.ca/thesundayedition  and on Sirius Sat Radio 159

OR YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT NOW ….

Sketchbook pages from “What It Is” by Lynda Barry

When you’re drawing something or writing something there always comes a point when the image seems to stop and it makes you become unsure about what you’re doing and so you stop too.

When this happens it’s good to have a pad of paper right next to you so you can move your hand over to it and just make any kind of mark in order to keep your hand in motion.  Moving your hand can help the image start up again, even if all you are doing is slowly writing the alphabet or making a spiral.

Sometimes when the image stops, we go back over what we’ve done and we may try to start fixing something that isn’t broken. Keeping your hand in motion may help keep the work you’ve done intact and help you stay put through the worry until the image starts to flicker back up to you again.

If you use this pad of paper to keep your hand moving whenever you don’t know what to do next, the marks that accumulate start to become an odd and kind of effortless diary.

What year is it in your imagination? 
From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry
Published by Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal

What year is it in your imagination? 

From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry

Published by Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal

From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry. Published by Drawn & Quarterly

From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry. Published by Drawn & Quarterly

From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry. Published by Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal, Canada

From “What It Is” by Lynda Barry. Published by Drawn & Quarterly, Montreal, Canada