SDCC ’15: Indie Publisher Drawn And Quarterly Marks 25 Years With Anniversary Book

Julia Pohl-Miranda, Marketing Director, and Tracy Hurren, Managing Editor, along with creators Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Andres Nilsen (Big Questions, Rage of Poseidon) and Marc Bell (Stroppy, Pure Pajamas) gathered for a panel to present Drawn & Quarterly’s new anthology that commemorates 25 years as an independent publisher of comics.

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Their book is filled with essays and cartoons that celebrate the landmark books by the publisher over the years as well as contextualizing the comics in the larger comics history.

Each creator did a reading that can be found in the book. DeForge read “Development Hell” which is about a guy who wrote a comic that he submitted to Drawn & Quarterly. Bell read a piece that about a woman and her unusual adventure called “A Two-Page Story” because it was two pages in the book. And Nilsen read a piece that he had originally published with the New York Times, however the version in the anthology had additional content.

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Pohl-Miranda and Hurren asked the creators to share their favorite creators. Nilsen mentioned Chester Brown’s The Happy Clown because he thought it was an extremely engaging story. He liked that it started with one page strips and eventually evolves into a cohesive story that becomes disconnected from the creator. DeForge liked Bomb Scare from Optic Nerve because it taught him how to have restraint in his own art. And for Bell, he chose Seth Scrivers Stoogie Pile.

In the last part of the panel presentation, Pohl-Miranda and Hurren presented upcoming titles that will be coming out in the coming months and early next year.

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Event photos were taken by Michele Brittany.

Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company) as well as the forthcoming book Essays on Space Horror in Films, 1950s – 2000s. Read her reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage and space horror genres via her blogs at Spyfi & Superspies and Space Horror Films. Follow Michele on Twitter: @mcbrittany2014.