Drawn & Quarterly have three major new works arriving in shops in the month of March, heralding the return of spring with lively, deeply original, and no doubt highly entertaining books.
Those books are:
Terms and Conditions
R. Sikoryak’s full-color, hardcover Terms and Conditions arrives in stores on March 7th, rendering the massive legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions into comedic comic format. As if that basic premise isn’t enough, each page is presented in the style of a different classic comic strip style making it a tour-de-force of comic critique. If you were lucky enough to pick up the early pamphlet comics of this work at shows like MoCCA Fest, you’ll get an even bigger kick out of seeing this final volume fully realized.
R. Sikoryak tackles the monstrously and infamously dense legal document, iTunes Terms and Conditions, the contract everyone agrees to but no one reads. In a word for word adaptation, Sikoryak hilariously turns the agreement on its head – each page features an avatar of Apple cofounder and legendary visionary Steve Jobs juxtaposed with a different classic strip such as Mort Walker’s Beatle Bailey, or a contemporary graphic novel such as Craig Thompson’s Blankets or Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis.
Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero
Michael DeForge’s new work, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero arrives in shops on March 14th, and brings with it the strange world of an overachieving heroine who flees to the woods to escape scandal only to find a new and frustrating community of animals surrounds her. The hardback book runs to 96 pages in two-color presentation.
Sticks Angelica is, in her own words, “49 years old. Former: Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, Governor General, entrepreneur, line cook, headmistress, Mountie, columnist, libertarian, cellist.” After a high-profile family scandal, Sticks escapes to the woods to live in what would be relative isolation were it not for the many animals that surround and inevitably annoy her. Deforge’s witty dialogue and deadpan narration create a bizarre yet eerily familiar tale of how we build our own sense of self and how others carry on the roles we create for them in our own personal dramas.
Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story
Cartoonist Peter Bagge’s new volume is a biography of Zora Neale Hurston, a member of the Harlem Renaissance, challenger of the status quo in early 20th century racial and gender roles, and notable writer. This full-color hardback edition runs to 104 pages and promises to be bursting with life in the hands of Bagge’s energetic storytelling. The book arrives in shops on March 21st.
Peter Bagge’s biography of Zora Neale Hurston is bold and dazzling—a story as brilliant as the life itself. Hurston challenged the norms of what was expected of an African American woman in early 20th century society. She arrived in NYC at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, surrounded by peers such as Langston Hughes and Wallace Thurman. Hurston went on to become a noted folklorist and critically acclaimed novelist, including her most provocative work Their Eyes Were Watching God. With admiration and respect, Bagge reconstructs her vivid life in resounding full color.
Also shipping in March from Drawn and Quarterly are several works returning to shops by Lynda Barry, including Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, What It Is, and Picture This. On offer again are also other works by R. Sikoryak and Michael DeForge. Find out more about their catalogue here.