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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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Waaaaay back in 2001, the chief (D+Q publisher and editor-in-chief Chris Oliveros) returned from the small press festival SPX with a stack of mini-comics by cartoonists who in five years would be lauded in the New York Times Book Review. Wanting to publish the cartoonists, but recognizing that a new comic book series was no longer the ideal format for launching new artists, the chief conceived of an annual anthology that would feature the work of new cartoonists. The editorial focus would tight spotlighting only 2-3 cartoonists each issue. The cartoonists would be able to use color and have the space, 20-40 pages, to show off their chops. The book would be well-designed and affordable. The series was born, The D+Q Showcase. There are four volumes to date, with the newest releasing this month. The roster of cartoonists include Kevin Huizenga, Nicolas Robel, Penti Otsamo, Jeffrey Brown, Erik de Graaf, Genevieve Castree, Sammy Harkham, Matt Broersma, Dan Zettwoch, Gabrielle Bell and Martin Cendreda.

The funny thing about a “new” cartoonist anthology is that it takes a year and a half for each volume to come out, the time period combined with the friendly competition creating a quarterly anthology two years later, with, rightfully so, a few of the same cartoonists, (I’m all in favor for as many companies as possible publishing good comics) made us revisit the direction of a “new” cartoonist anthology, so the next volume, Book Five, will be out in Winter 2008. It sounds far off, but believe me, it’s not. The cartoonists have already begun their stories.

In the meantime, you can devour BOOK FOUR which perfectly illustrates the very purpose of the anthology, to give “new” cartoonists the space to show off their storytelling skills. And do they. BOOK FOUR spotlights the longest self contained stories to date from Dan Zettwoch, Gabrielle Bell and Martin Cendreda. Martin and Dan will be signing at San Diego at our booth and the volume will be in better comic shops and astute book stores near you soon.

Waaaaay back in 2001, the chief (D+Q publisher and editor-in-chief Chris Oliveros) returned from the small press festival SPX with a stack of mini-comics by cartoonists who in five years would be lauded in the New York Times Book Review. Wanting to publish the cartoonists, but recognizing that a new comic book series was no longer the ideal format for launching new artists, the chief conceived of an annual anthology that would feature the work of new cartoonists. The editorial focus would tight spotlighting only 2-3 cartoonists each issue. The cartoonists would be able to use color and have the space, 20-40 pages, to show off their chops. The book would be well-designed and affordable. The series was born, The D+Q Showcase. There are four volumes to date, with the newest releasing this month. The roster of cartoonists include Kevin Huizenga, Nicolas Robel, Penti Otsamo, Jeffrey Brown, Erik de Graaf, Genevieve Castree, Sammy Harkham, Matt Broersma, Dan Zettwoch, Gabrielle Bell and Martin Cendreda.

The funny thing about a “new” cartoonist anthology is that it takes a year and a half for each volume to come out, the time period combined with the friendly competition creating a quarterly anthology two years later, with, rightfully so, a few of the same cartoonists, (I’m all in favor for as many companies as possible publishing good comics) made us revisit the direction of a “new” cartoonist anthology, so the next volume, Book Five, will be out in Winter 2008. It sounds far off, but believe me, it’s not. The cartoonists have already begun their stories.

In the meantime, you can devour BOOK FOUR which perfectly illustrates the very purpose of the anthology, to give “new” cartoonists the space to show off their storytelling skills. And do they. BOOK FOUR spotlights the longest self contained stories to date from Dan Zettwoch, Gabrielle Bell and Martin Cendreda. Martin and Dan will be signing at San Diego at our booth and the volume will be in better comic shops and astute book stores near you soon.

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