Well, we tried to enjoy Free Comic Book day, and struck out miserably. More than anything, I just wanted to get my hands on Drawn + Quarterly’s offering, Lynda Barry’s Activity Book, and of course, it was nowhere to be found in the Cleveland city limits. Neither was First Second’s offering by Eddie Campbell. (Even Mr. Campbell’s own local comic shop didn’t get it. “Once again the world of comics has reduced me to a disappointed and despondent state,” he says.) I did, however, manage to pick up the Unseen Peanuts by Fantagraphics, which is great. I saw Johnny Ryan’s Comic book Holocaust, but when I went to pick it up, some crazy-looking hick in jean shorts spat, “That’s my pile!”
Here’s Douglas Wolk, to rub it in:
Activity Book (Drawn & Quarterly)
Lynda Barry, the cartoonist behind “Ernie Pook’s Comeek,” teaches an unusual sort of writing workshop. This excerpt from a forthcoming book is basically her introductory lesson, and it’s a joy in its own right, deliciously drawn (with fragments of collage worked into each page), insightful and bubbling with delight in the process of artistic creation. A+
There’s hope yet, though: order something from Drawn + Quarterly this month, and you get it with your order! Also, in addition to the pages I’ve already posted and the one above, there’s this PDF excerpt from the D+Q site.