SDCC 2012 – D+Q to Publish Spiegelman & Deforge

Drawn & Quarterly has acquired North American and UK rights to CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, by legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman. To be released in Spring 2013, this expanded English version of the Flammarion bilingual edition will feature full-page reproductions of Spiegelman’s artwork, comics, and preliminary sketches. Spiegelman has been a leader of, and an inspiration for, alternative comics artists throughout the past three decades, and in CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, readers will be able to trace the evolution of this multifaceted artist throughout his storied career.

CO-MIX began as a museum retrospective detailing Spiegelman’s lifelong involvement with comics. The exhibit was in conjunction with his Angouleme Presidency and later traveled to Centre Pompidou in Paris. In late September the show will open in the Ludwig museum in Cologne, Germany, and 2013 the show will go to the Vancouver Art Gallery and then travel to the Jewish Museum in New York City. CO-MIX will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, in Canada by Raincoast Books, and in the UK by PGUK. Matthew Bloomgarden of the Wylie Agency represented Spiegelman in negotiations in coordination with Flammarion.

Born in Stockholm in 1948, Art Spiegelman was the first comics artist to win the Pulitzer Prize, which he received for his ground-breaking bestseller, Maus. He co-edited Raw and his comics have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Playboy, and Harper’s. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine, elected to the Art Director Club’s Hall of Fame, made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 2005 (promoted to Officier in 2012), and played himself on The Simpsons. In 2011, Spiegelman was elected President of the Angouleme International Comics Festival and awarded the Grand Prix of the Festival. He lives in New York City.

Drawn & Quarterly has also acquired world rights to Ant Colony by Doug Wright Award-winning cartoonist Michael DeForge. Ant Colony has been serialized biweekly since Fall 2011. With his brash, confident, undulating artwork, DeForge’s audacious entry into the North American independent comics scene is like no other cartoonist of his generation.

Ant Colony follows various members of an ant colony – a couple who are unexpectedly given custody of an orphaned baby red ant, a young ant who gains prophetic, apocalyptic visions after ingesting a mystical earthworm and a detective who becomes dissatisfied with his place in the colony. Various tragedies befall the group, including a series of murders, attacks from other insects, conflict with neighboring red ants, and the burning ray of a magnifying glass.

DeForge was born in 1987 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. After a few years of experimenting with short strips and zines, he created Lose #1, his first full-length comic, which won in the Best Emerging Talent category at the 2010 Doug Wright Awards. He has since published two more installments of Lose (all published by Koyama Press) and his comics have appeared in The Believer, Maissoneuve, Smoke Signal, Cold Heat and the Adventure Time comic book series. His website is http://kingtrash.com.