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Affirmations For Pessimists Book by Chris Reccardi Jesse Jacobs - By This Shall You Know Him comic book Red Snow [hardcover] book- Susumu Katsumata
Jesse Jacobs - By This Shall You Know Him comic book
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Do You like ugly, silly drawings? Ever get annoyed by lame socially-acceptable sayings such as "...Don't take it personally" or "...You need to practice self-acceptance?" Ever feel guilty that you're just too lousy a person for real affirmations of love and kindness and prefer to just say something uncomfortably appropriate?
With "Affirmations for Pessimists", you get all of the above in award-winning cartoonist/fine artist Chris Reccardi's illustrated book of hideous drawings and delightful quotes that offer cynical (but true) alternatives to today's popular wisdom.
***Contains Adult Language: Not meant for your kid!***

Year: 2013
Size: 7.5" x 7.5"

Artist and illustrator Jesse Jacobs—whose book Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles—describes his new comic work, By This Shall You Know Him, as coming “out of the darkness of oblivion.” Within the book’s confines, Jacobs states that the reader will “bear witness to the limitless ambitions of a gang of celestial beings as they fiddle and fuss with all sorts of molecular arrangements, creating infinitely detailed patterns and strange new worlds brimming with bizarre life forms. Part art-book, part graphic novel, By This Shall You Know Him depicts all manner of beast running, crawling and slithering towards death’s cold embrace.”

Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in London, Ontario. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the country.

Red Snow

Susumu Katsumata

Red Snow continues D+Q's groundbreaking exploration of the fascinating world of Gekiga in this collection of short stories drawn with great delicacy and told with subtle nuance by legendary Japanese artist Susumu Katsumata. The setting is the pre-modern Japanese countryside of the author's youth, a slightly magical world where ancestral traditions hold sway over a people in the full vigor of life, struggling to survive the harsh seasons and the difficult life of manual laborers and farmers. While the world they inhabit has faded into memory and myth, the universal fundamental emotions of the human heart prevail at the center of these tender stories.

Susumu Katsumata began publishing comic strips in the legendary avant-garde magazine Garo (which also published his contemporaries Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Yoshiharu Tsuge) in 1965 while enrolled in the faculty of Science in Tokyo. He abandoned his studies in 1971 to become a professional comics artist, alternating the short humorous strips, upon which he built his reputation, with stories of a more personal nature in which he tenderly depicted the lives of peasants and farmers from his native region. In 2006, Susumu Katsumata won the 35th Japanese Cartoonists Association Award Grand prize for Red Snow.

Black and White/232 pages/6.25X8.5 inches
A Drifting Life [softcover]- Yoshihiro Tatsumi
A Drifting Life

Yoshihiro Tatsumi

April 2009

Edited and designed by Adrian Tomine

Acclaimed for his visionary short-story collections The Push Man and Other Stories, Abandon the Old in Tokyo, and Good-Bye—originally created nearly forty years ago, but just as resonant now as ever—the legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has come to be recognized in North America as a precursor of today’s graphic novel movement. A Drifting Life is his monumental memoir eleven years in the making, beginning with his experiences as a child in Osaka, growing up as part of a country burdened by the shadows of World War II.

Spanning fifteen years from August of 1945 to June of 1960, Tatsumi’s stand-in protagonist, Hiroshi, faces his father’s financial burdens and his parents’ failing marriage, his jealous brother’s deteriorating health, and the innumerable pitfalls that await him in the competitive manga market of mid-twentieth-century Japan. He dreams of following in the considerable footsteps of his idol, manga artist Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Apollo’s Song, Ode to Kirihito, Buddha)—with whom Tatsumi eventually became peers and, at times, stylistic rivals.

Praise for Yoshihiro Tatsumi:
“In the hands of a talent like Tatsumi…hidden worlds are excavated and dark corners of the human condition illuminated.”—Bookforum

“His nakedly personal work, created when the medium was predominantly impersonal, made Tatsumi unique in Japan and around the world.”—Print

Paperback, 840 pages, 6.125 x 8.25 inches, b/w.