A new shipment of Drawn and Quarterly books has just arrived. Market Day, a new book by James Sturm, and Black Blizzard, the latest from Yoshihiro Tatsumi are both here and waiting for you to check them out.
An expectant father, Mendleman’s life goes through an upheaval when he discovers he can no longer earn a living doing the work that defines him— making well-crafted rugs by hand. A proud artisan, he takes his donkey-drawn cart to the market only to be turned away when the distinctive shop he once sold to now only stocks cheaply manufactured merchandise. As the realities of the market place sink in, Mendleman unravels. Sturm draws a quiet, reflective and beautiful portrait of eastern European in the early 1900s–bringing to life the hustle and bustle of an old-world market place on the brink of the Industrial Revolution. Market Day is a timeless tale of how economic and social forces can affect a single life.
Hardcover, 96 pages, 6 1/2 by 9 3/4 inches
Created in the late 1950s, BLACK BLIZZARD is Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s first full-length graphic novel and one of the first published examples of gekiga, Tatsumi documented this landmark genre of manga, and the creation of this graphic novel in his epic critically acclaimed 2009 autobiography A DRIFTING LIFE. With BLACK BLIZZARD, Yoshihiro Tatsumi returns to the dark underbelly of his working class heroes that made me him one of the most well known Japanese cartoonists in North America.
Susumu Yamaji, a 24-year-old pianist, is arrested for murder and ends up handcuffed to a career criminal on the train that will take them to prison. An avalanche derails the train and the criminal takes the opportunity to escape, dragging a reluctant Susumu with him into the blizzard raging outside. They flee into the mountains to an abandoned ranger station where they take shelter from the storm. As they sit around the fire they built, Susumu relates how love drove him to become a murderer. A cinematic adventure story, BLACK BLIZZARD uncovers an unlikely love story and an even unlikelier friendship.
Full-Color and Black and White, 144 pages, 6 1/4 by 8 1/2 inches