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PAUL JOINS THE SCOUTS wins Doug Wright Award

Last weekend The Doug Wright awards, which recognizes the best in Canadian comics and graphic novels, celebrated it's 10th anniversary as part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. We're pleased to announce author Michel Rabagliati won an award for PAUL JOINS THE SCOUTS (9781894994699). Congratulations Michael and to all the nominees!

Paul Joins the ScoutsPRAISE:

"Rabagliati’s work short-circuits all expectations, using a familiar style to confront difficult subjects with candour and bracing innocence.” — Globe and Mail

“His European-style cartooning is clean and deceptively loose, but it remains deeply expressive without one line wasted. Paul’s coming-of-age story, along with the lovingly rendered scout-camp scenes, are sure to have wide appeal among adults and teen readers.” — Booklist

“The Paul series is destined for a larger audience beyond the graphic novel world.” — North Adams Transcript

For more on PAUL JOINS THE SCOUTS visit: http://www.conundrumpress.com/bdang/paul-joins-the-scouts/

 

Stocking Stuffer Guide!

It's that time of year again: making merry at holiday parties, trimming the tree, wearing the ugly Christmas sweater, listening to the dulcet crooning of Nat King Cole or the upbeat melodies of the Boney M Christmas album. Whether your an uber organizer with all the presents bought and wrapped, sitting snugly under the tree (give the rest of us a break, will you?), still scrambling to buy everyone presents (that's more like it), or the person who hasn't even started shopping yet (eeeek), chances are stocking stuffers are the last thing on the list and the last thing on your mind. So, to keep you a) stress free and b) from re-gifting last years sundry trinkets and hotel soaps, we here at Manda have created a rockin' Christmas guide to soothe your stocking stuffer blues. We have something for everyone!

The Hipster

Too cool for traditional stuffers? For even the TRENDIEST hipster: the Great Moustache Magnet Set (The Unemployed Philosophers Guild) is for anyone missing the funny facial hair that was rampant in 'Movember.'

The adorable Little Book of Vintage series carries horror, crime, combat, romance, love, sci-fi, and sauciness titles (Ilex). These authentic vintage comics and old print advertisements are hilarious, awesome, and come in miniature with a rockin' retro fridge magnet in the back!

And for good measure, why not throw in the small format book by Ryan Mecum, Dawn of Zombie Haiku (How Books, 1440312869). It's a short fiction narrative haiku that is ugly-cry in public funny. "Shall I compare thee to a luscious frontal lobe? If so, thou shall LOSE." Good to know zombie. Inspiring. Really.

The Sweet Grandma (Or Gran, Nonna, Oma, etc)

I don't know about your grandma, but mine really likes to knit. I'm planning on rolling up some of D&C's Simple Knits pattern booklets to put in the stocking opening. Cushions & Pillows has some really nice patterns.

Christmas Joy by Susan Branch (Little Brown, 0316106828) is a small book brimming with holiday spirit. It is everything Christmas, and a perfect reminder of what makes the season so special (there might also be a few delicious cookies that my Grandma is sure to want to add to her repertoire.)

A beautiful deck of cards always comes in handy, especially if your grandmother likes to invite friends over for bridge and Bellini nights! Pomegranate makes some beautiful decks, and these ones, modeled after Charley Harpers Under the Sweetgum Tree (9780764960277) are particularly delectable.

Throw in a beautiful art cube puzzle by Made in Museum and you are good to go. The Splendors of Portuguese Ceramics puzzle is really beautiful.

The Adorkable Darling

(aka nerd, gamer, pop-culture fanatic, perpetual child, 0r actual child)

Oh Doctor Who mug. What else can I say?

Oh wait... The tardis will dissappear and transport into deep space when this ingenious Unemployed Philosophers Guild mug has hot liquid in it? NO WAY. All it takes is a cup of coffee for you to become the next time traveling Doctor Who. Now the question is are you a Matt Smith or a David Tennant kind of Doctor?

If your stocking owner hasn't quite reached THAT level of nerd yet, then a great alternative is the Game of Thrones coffee mug that Dark Horse produces. Whether the dork in your family is a fan of the television show, the George R.R. Martin books it is adapted from, or both, the mug will be a big hit.

 MiniMates are another fail proof option. Little kids, big kids, and kids at heart all love to play with these Lego-like figurines. Cult favourites include Spider man, Iron man, Thor, Captain America, the X-men, and even some feature characters from the video game Halo. Diamonds got both comic book aficionados and gamers covered.

 And an adorkable stocking would not be complete without the Marvel Star Wars Millennium Falcon bottle opener produced by Diamond Select Toys.

The Alcohol Enthusiast

Start the stocking off right with Jiggle Shots, a little book by Abrams Image that helps get the party started with delicious and hazardous recipes.

And for the connoisseur?

A 2013 Wine Calendar in extra small by Andrews McMeel Publishing that has a years worth of tips and facts about wine. 

 If you want to top your drinks off with the perfect garnish, try DC's Darth Vader, Batman, or Superman shaped ice cubes. Nothing says your drinking a Darth Vader cocktail like his ice cube likeness floating in your glass.

Last but not least, the hilarious pocket book 50 ways to Cure a Hangover (Octopus Publishing Group, 9781846014055) is the perfect stocking stuffer for the morning after the party is over. Written by Cara Frost-Sharatt and illustrated by Jason Ford this cute little book proves that a little laughter is always the best cure.

 

MY FRIEND DAHMER is killing it!

Congrats are in order for Derf Backderf, whose graphic novel My Friend Dahmer (Abrams ComicArts, 1-4197-0216-5) made it to number 4 on Time Entertainment's prestigious Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2012. It's highly unusual for a graphic novel to garner such buzz, but My Friend Dahmer is racking up quite the reader body count. In fact, Ibid Filmworks picked up the rights to make it into a movie! In this captivating autobiographical account of Backderf's middle and high school years, he pieces together an almost sympathetic portrait of Dahmer as a disturbed young man who devolved into a notorious serial killer.

Through his quirky cartoons, we are told Dahmer's haunting story in an unobtrusive way: we see him as a loner, as a victim of a troubled home, as a self-medicating alcoholic, as a budding sociopath in the indifferent world of 1970s suburbia. Backderf's unique vantage point elicits profound insight and some serious queries: Were the existence of Dahmer demons already an indication of an inevitable sinister outcome, or could this troubled youth's life have turned out differently if someone had noticed the red-flags and just reached out to help?

Deeply unsettling and frighteningly tragic!

 

Spider-Man Makes Guinness Book of World Records!

On October 18th at New York’s Comic-Con more than 2,707 Marvel fans signed a giant birthday card (8 feet wide and 6 feet tall!) for iconic super hero Spider-Man’s birthday, earning the Guinness World Records title for “Most Contributions to a Greeting Card.” The famous Spider-Man turned 50 years old and the New York City Mayor’s office celebrated the event by announcing that October 14th, his official birthday, would hereby be recognized as Spider-Man Day. We couldn’t be more proud!

The Avengers!!!

I hope everyone is really excited because The Avengers movie is coming out tomorrow!I bet you want a sneak preview don't you.

ISBN:  9781423154778 Publisher: Marvel Press CAD $4.50 Marvel, being the great guys that they are, have released an awesome kids book based on the major motion picture! It will fill you in on everything you need to know about The Avengers before anyone else.

Don't want to be caught reading a kids book? Well you won't find a sneak preview anywhere else, so I suggest you get in touch with your childish side!

EVENT ALERT: TORONTO

Event: Dr Sketchy's Toronto: Draw Kiki! 

Venue: The Pilot, 22 Cumberland Street, Toronto 

Date: Saturday, 5th May

Time: 6–7.30pm (doors open for drinks and food from 5.30pm)

Entry: $5

Dr. Sketchy's Toronto presents a very special Anti-Art class as part of Toronto Comic Arts Festival. They've teamed up with graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero and are stepping back in time to 1920s Paris for a special Sketchy's with themed poses, performances and prizes to celebrate the new graphic novel biography of Kiki's life by TCAF featured guests Catel & Bocquet.

Catel & Bocquet – the award-winning French comics creators will be on hand to tell you a little about Kiki's life as the muse of photographer Man Ray and lead the way with the life drawing. In between sketching you'll get a chance to grab a drink and food and take in some great music. 

This isn't about being an amazing artist, as long as you can put pencil to paper and move it around that's good enough for us! Artists of all experience levels can enter to win cool prizes from the publisher SelfMadeHero. Bring your own pens, pencils or try our art supplies, courtesy of Midoco.ca

 So join Dr. Sketchy's for a fun evening of life drawing with one of Toronto's finest burlesque performers, two of France's finest comics creators and North America's newest graphic novel imprint, SelfMadeHero. Arrive early to secure the best tables!_______________________

Dr. Sketchy's Toronto is presented in association with North America's newest graphic novel imprint, SelfMadeHero and Toronto Comic Arts Festival. 

 Founded in 2005 by artist provocateur Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt.drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality. Found in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's has now spread to over 100 cities around the world.

 

Chico & Rita Gets an Oscar Nom!

After getting positive reviews all over Europe and North America, the movie Chico & Rita has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature! You can view a full list of nominees here. Many movies on the nominee list have been adapted from books, but Chico & Rita was made into a graphic novel based on the film. This book is coming out from Abrams Books on February 1st (ISBN 9781906838294) and would be a beautiful addition to any book lover's shelf.

This gorgeous book tells a love story between a piano player and a singer. Starting with the backdrop of Cuba, then moving to New York and Las Vegas, the couple fight and make up while giving amazing performances. This book will make you want to go dancing, guaranteed.

Happy Monday!

Since our blog has been kind of quiet, I thought I would take this opportunity to fill you in on what Manda's been up to in the new year! We've started off 2012 with lots of new catalogues and books rolling in, which is always exciting! You can view a full list of the wonderful publishers we represent and their latest catalogues here.

On my lunches I've been perusing The Walking Dead graphic novels from Diamond Book Distributors. These are a great holdover while I wait for Walking Dead season 2 to continue on TV. My bedtime reading currently consists of Paul Torday's The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers from Orion Publishing, a great read from the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.

Ellen Warwick has been anxiously preparing our exhibit at the CGTA for the end of January. She is currently reading Greyhound of a Girl, written by Roddy Doyle, from Abrams Books. This book is about a 12-year-old girl who is coping with her dying grandmother, a mystifying read for any adolescent who has lost a love one.

Mark Wilson is excited about the January release of The Knowland Retribution, a first in a series, it is available in Canada through Ingram Publisher Services. This book inspired a new Fox TV show, The Finder, which is a spinoff of the popular show Bones. The new show starts this Thursday (Jan 12th, 9pm on Global) so if you're one of those people that must read the book before seeing the movie/show - run out and get it now!

At Last!

The Someday Funnies is a long-awaited collection of comic strips created in the early 1970s by world-famous artists and writers. What started out as a special insert for Rolling Stone took on a life—and mythology—of its own as Montreal writer/editor Michel Choquette traveled across two continents, commissioning this visual chronicle of the 1960s, only to find himself without a publishing partner or the financial support to continue—until now! Abrams ComicArts has brought Choquette’s dream to life this month, publishing his tome of commissioned cartoonists and comic book luminaries such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Kurtzman, R.O. Blechman, Jack Kirby, Ralph Steadman and many more.  I’ve included a couple of samples below.

To learn more about Michel Choquette and his quest to get published, check out the following articles at Maclean’s and The Montreal Gazette.

The Someday Funnies, Edited by Michel Choquette / Foreword by Jeet Heer. Published  by Abrams ComicArts, November 2011, Can. $62.00, ISBN: 978-0-8109-9618-2

ANGRY BIRDS: BIG DOODLE BOOKS

Angry Birds fans can now indulge their creative side with the Angry Birds Big Doodle Books!

Each book features 100 unfinished drawings of the Angry Birds and their enemies, the Bad Piggies, and the young (and the young at heart) can complete the drawings then color them with crayons or markers. The Angry Birds: The Big Red Doodle Book has the Angry Birds and the Pigs in settings from the game, while the Angry Birds: The Big Green Doodle Book takes the Angry Birds and Pigs on vacation to a tropical destination! All of your favourite characters from the game are present, now it’s up to you to finish their adventures and color them in!

Both Angry Birds Books scheduled to ship in late November, just in time for the holidays.

BIG GREEN DOODLE BOOK: Diamond Book Distributors, ISBN: 978-952-276-003-6, CAN: $12.50

BIG RED DOODLE BOOK: Diamond Book Distributors, ISBN: 978-952-276-002-9, CAN: $12.50

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Wimpy Kid 6 Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6Get ready for an avalanche of Wimpy Kid excitement this fall! Amulet Books has announced the sixth volume in Jeff Kinney's bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will go on sale in November 2011. The author gives us a hint of what to expect:

"I'm very excited to be writing the sixth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, which features the Heffley family being snowed in," said Jeff Kinney. "Having just experienced an epic winter in New England, I've had plenty of inspiration to draw from."

Expect a blizzard of publicity beginning with a re-launch of the Wimpy Kid website next month. And if you REALLY can't wait to find out more, check out the trailer below for a preview of the Wimpy Wonderland island on Poptropica!

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MANDAtory Reading 01-13-11

Move over Lisbeth Salander, there’s a new Scandinavian crime thriller in town and it plans on sticking around for a while!  THREE SECONDS swiftly snagged the #9 spot on the NYT bestseller list this week after only a brief time in bookstores.  We have a feeling this early success is just the tip of the iceberg for Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström.  Read it people, you won’t be disappointed.

Jerry Robinson’s new coffee table tome  Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics was profiled on Sneakpeek and picked up by IMBD. If you’re a comics fan, you’ll know that Robinson is one of the living legends of American comics, and a member of the original Batman team.

The Montreal Gazette suggests the book YUCK! The Things People Eat may help folks lose a few pounds. Check out the article here and let us know what you think of this... um, unique weight-loss technique. 

For all of you Design-y types, guess who’s coming to Toronto for IDS11?  You’ll never guess so I’m just gonna spill it...Allegra Hicks!  Allegra will be on stage speaking with Amy Verner from the Globe and Mail at 4PM on Saturday, January 29th and signing copies of her new book Allegra Hicks: An Eye For Design directly after. Click here for more information.  If you weren’t planning on attending the show but are interested in Allegra’s spring decorating tips and learning more about the book, she is scheduled to be a guest on The Marilyn Denis Show Friday, January 28th.

Lastly, if you haven’t yet heard of Kris Carr, I would like to make the formal introduction now.  Kris is a Cancer survivor who has transformed the way she eats, lives and views the world and it all started with a low-glycemic, vegetarian diet.  Her program focuses on balancing the pH of the body with whole and raw foods, organic green drinks, and smoothies.  If this sounds complicated – trust me, she explains it much better than I ever could!  Her New Book Crazy Sexy Diet debunks diet myths, shares tips on how to detox safely, and even how to grocery shop!  It is witty, accessible, powerful, and beautifully illustrated.  Enough said.  See this month’s Best Health Magazine for a review.

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Kill Shakespeare

Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, along with the artist Andy B., presented their much anticipated graphic novel Kill Shakespeare at 918 last Tuesday evening, drawing a plethora of friends and fans in spite of the crackling thunder and pouring rain.  The crowd sipped cocktails, devoured samosas and mingled with the authors all whilst ogling Andy’s exquisite drawings from the novel. Photos below!

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Scott Pilgrim Autograph Session in Toronto!!!

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Box SetCalling all Scott Pilgrim Fans. To celebrate the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on DVD, HMV is hosting an exclusive meet & greet with Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, as well as director Edgar Wright and cast member Ellen Wong. Head down to 333 Yonge Street this Friday, November 5th at 12:30pm to meet the Scott Pilgrim crew and have them autograph one, two, or the whole series of graphic novels! The first 75 people in line will also receive a double pass to the Fan Screening and Q&A at Bloor Cinema.

For more info on all things Scott Pilgrim click HERE.

Scott Pilgrim HMV Signing

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