Jillian Tamaki
 

DQ25

Jun 2nd, 2015

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The Drawn & Quarterly 25th anniversary book is out today! It’s massive and ostentatious. Girthy. A true coffeetable book–I’ve been revisiting it over and over again since I got a copy at TCAF and am still finding new things in it.

I’m really honoured to be this thing–it’s filled with lots of friends and heroes. I started making comics in 2003 when I moved to Edmonton, Alberta. It was my first time living alone, doing Real Adult Things. Plus, Edmonton is a fucking weird town. I wanted to say something about it! Comics seemed like a “doable” format for that.

Around the same time, Mariko and I had started on the first version of Skim, a small floppy. The task of doing a narrative comic seemed much more complicated than the arty-farty stream-of-consciousness things I had been doing on my own, so I figured I needed to some research. Namely, to read a lot of comics. So I trooped down to the library near Bonnie Doon Mall to check out the graphic novels. Many of the books I gravitated to were D+Q books:  I Never Liked You by Chester Brown, Paul Goes Fishing and Paul Has a Summer Job by Michel Ragabliati, New York Diary by Julie Doucet. I had been vaguely aware of “non-superhero” comics thanks to friends in college reading Dan Clowes, Adrian Tomine, and Bipolar by Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, but only when I started studying those books from the library did I realize there was a place for realism in comics.

(I also read some bad graphic novels, generally not Drawn & Quarterly books, that convinced me that if that pap deserved to be a book, I could make one too.)

Anyway. DQ25. I contributed a 8 page comic called @trubunny, which is about a D&Q intern who escapes her tedious job at an oppressive publishing house to a life of fame of fortune. BUT AT WHAT COST?