The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

March 30, 2016
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Lost Literature

Tom Gauld on lost literature for The Guardian. And in related news, Tom’s new book Mooncop will be published by Drawn & Quarterly in September. Can’t wait.  

June 29, 2015
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The Scientist’s Dilemma

In his latest cartoon for New Scientist magazine, Tom Gauld illustrates the temptations of science fiction: In related news, Drawn & Quarterly are going to publish Tom’s new book Mooncop next year. It looks amazing:

May 11, 2015
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25 Years of Drawn and Quarterly

This past weekend at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Montreal publisher Drawn and Quarterly celebrated their 25th anniversary. D+Q cartoonist Pascal Girard (Petty Theft, Reunion, Bigfoot) drew a history of the publisher for the National Post: While in a lengthy profile of the publisher by … Continue reading

August 30, 2013
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Art Spiegelman: Mixing Words and Pictures

Cartoonist Art Spiegelman interviewed at NEA Arts Magazine: It never occurred to me that comics were anything other than worthy. They were in fact among the most worthy endeavors I could imagine. They were how culture got introduced to me, … Continue reading

August 15, 2013
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Tom Gauld Totes

Tom Gauld drew this bookish astronaut to go on tote bags for his Canadian publisher Drawn & Quarterly. I’m reliably informed that the bags are available from D+Q at conventions and from their store in Montreal.

April 22, 2013
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Let’s Design a Book Cover!

Tom Gauld’s collection of cartoons, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack* has just been released in US and Canada. * For the sake of full disclosure, Tom’s new book is published by Drawn & Quarterly and distributed by my employer … Continue reading

November 9, 2012
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Chris Ware on Bookworm

Cartoonist Chris Ware discusses Building Stories with Michael Silverblatt on KCRW’s Bookworm: KCRW BOOKWORM: Chris Ware Building Stories mp3 Ware will be at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival tomorrow (November 10) and the Librairie D+Q fifth anniversary party with Charles Burns … Continue reading

April 3, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

Comics critic Paul Gravett profiles cartoonist and illustrator Luke Pearson. Coincidently, Pearson has created an amazing cover for a new Penguin edition of Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (pictured above). Desirable Comparisons — Part three of Mark Medley’s series on House of Anansi for … Continue reading

December 5, 2011
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Raincoast Spring Books

I was out west for the Raincoast Books spring 2012 sales conference last week. Sadly I didn’t get to see much of Vancouver or catch up with half the people I meant to, but I did get to hear about a … Continue reading

November 2, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

On Record — Rick Poynor at Design Obsever waxes all lyrical about Continuum’s 33 1/3 music series: The best 33 1/3 titles… have an urgent personal mission, even obsession, and they tunnel deep down into an album’s defining moment and milieu: … Continue reading

October 21, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Words and Pictures — An interview with cartoonist Tom Gauld at The Rumpus: Format, words and pictures all work together to make a good comic. I started at college doing pure illustration and only gradually got into making stories and … Continue reading

January 31, 2011
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Monday Miscellany

These are mostly links I was going to post on Friday, but with a long post on Mendelsund and a last minute WordPress fail (to add to all the usual pressures of part-time blogging) I thought I might as well … Continue reading

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