July 31, 2014
In the weekly Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week, the Montreal bookstore recommends several new works of fiction, art books, periodicals, and comics.
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by Various Authors
Last year, British artist Ryan Humphrey conceived of the most dynamic, bizarre crossover comic the world has ever seen: part Akira, part Bart Simpson. Humphrey’s pages inspired comic artist James Harvey to propose the recreation of every single page of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic Akira using characters from The Simpsons. Now Portland’s favourite comic book store/publishing house Floating World Comics has put out an exhibition book collecting 80 curated pages from the Bartkira project, with 8 mind-blowing colour spreads and featuring 27 artists.
The Luminaries (paperback)
by Eleanor Catton
What better time to pick up Eleanor Catton’s mammoth Man Booker Prize winner The Luminaries than now, with its recent paperback release? Praised for its masterful storytelling and impressive scope, Catton’s New Zealand epic is set during the gold rush, following prospector Walter Moody as he arrives in Hokitika to make his fortune just as tension builds over a series of unsolved crimes. Award winning, experimental, and astrologically inspired: what’s not to love?
by Seiichi Hayashi
The same sense of inundating gloom that radiates from Seiichi Hayashi’s Red Colored Elegy runs through Flowering Harbour, the gorgeous new translation published by Breakdown Press in the UK. Ryan Holmberg translates and edits the short piece, with cover and layout design by Joe Kessler and Alex Johns. Originally published in 1969 in the legendary Japanese manga magazine Garo, this riso printed English edition is a treasure of Japanese gekiga, hopefully allowing it to receive the attention all of Hayashi’s work deserves.
She of the Mountains
by Vivek Shraya
Toronto-based multimedia artist Vivek Shraya has already received recognition for his songwriting (the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter award), and His most recent film, What I LOVE about being QUEER, has expanded to include an online project and book with contributions from around the world. She of the Mountains is his first novel, and it is an incredible debut. An illustrated narrative that combines the story of young man’s romantic journey with Hindu mythology, She of the Mountains is a poignant, whimsical ode to epic love, both on the human and spiritual plane.
Scapegoat Issue #6: Mexico DF/Nafta
by Irmgard Emmelhainz, Jane Hutton, Marcin Kedzior (eds)
Scapegoat is an independent, not-for-profit bi-annual journal that aims to create a context for research and development regarding design practice, historical investigation, and theoretical inquiry. Its sixth issue (Winter/Spring 2014) features articles discussing various aspects of Mexico’s architecture, housing infrastructures, and communities. Each issue of Scapegoat has a completely different aesthetic, this issue looking completely unique with its barely-there margins and incredibly bold typesetting.
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