Drawn and Quarterly

Drawn and Quarterly
Founded 1990
Founder Chris Oliveros
Country of origin Canada
Headquarters location Montreal, Quebec
Distribution Macmillan
Publication types Books, Comic books
Official website www.drawnandquarterly.com

Drawn and Quarterly is a publishing company based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, specializing in comics. It publishes primarily comic books, graphic novels and comic strip collections. The books it publishes are noted for their artistic content, as well as the quality of printing and design. The name of the company is a pun on "drawing", "quarterly", and the practice of hanging, drawing and quartering. Initially it specialized in underground and alternative comics, but has since expanded into classic reprints and translations of foreign works. Drawn and Quarterly was the company's flagship quarterly anthology during the 1990s.

It is currently the most successful and prominent comics publisher in Canada, publishing well-known comic artists such as Lynda Barry, Kate Beaton, Marc Bell, Chester Brown, Daniel Clowes, Guy Delisle, Julie Doucet, Mary Fleener, Joe Matt, Shigeru Mizuki, Rutu Modan, Joe Sacco, Seth, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Adrian Tomine, Michael DeForge and Chris Ware. In 2006, Drawn and Quarterly began publishing the Moomin comic strips of Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson, in book format, in the series Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip. Drawn & Quarterly has a strong reputation in the comics community[1] and its anthologies have won a number of Harvey Awards.[2]


Drawn and Quarterly has become one of the most influential alternative comics publishers,[3] along with Fantagraphics Books of Seattle, WA. The publisher has a reputation for the quality of the books it publishes, both in terms of content as well as the books' paper, binding and design. The publisher's owner, Chris Oliveros, has a hands-off relationship with the artists he publishes.


Drawn and Quarterly was founded in 1990 by Montrealer Chris Oliveros,[4] age 23 at the time.[5]

Oliveros was inspired by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly's Raw to publish an arts comics periodical.[6] He borrowed $2,000 from his father[7] to publish the first issue of the anthology magazine Drawn and Quarterly, which debuted in April 1990.[8] It was intended to be published four times a year, containing short arts comics. Soon, Oliveros realized there were arts comics which were too long to be contained in his magazine, and began publishing stand-alone comic books and graphic novels,[6] beginning with Julie Doucet's comic book Dirty Plotte.[8] Seth, Joe Matt, and Chester Brown,[9] Toronto-based cartoonists who soon became associated with the publisher. In the early 2000s, Brown had a surprise bestseller with Louis Riel.[6] In 2003, A Drawn and Quarterly Manifesto was released, describing to booksellers how to stock and sell graphic novels.

As graphic novels became more popular with the public, Oliveros found the need for a publicist. He asked Peggy Burns, who was doing such work at DC Comics, if she knew someone who could fill the job. Burns offered herself, and moved from New York City to Montreal. She was the company's third employee, and soon signed a distribution deal for the publisher with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, which greatly expanded the company's exposure, while giving it a literary air. Drawn and Quarterly reduced the number of serialized titles it published, focusing on book-form comics such as collections and graphic novels. Business expanded over the next decade to the extent that the publisher employed nine people.[7]

In 2015, the publisher produced a collection titled Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics and Graphic Novels, featuring of out-of-print work, remembrances, and essays by well-known writers such as Margaret Atwood. The same year, Oliveros stepped down as publisher to focus on his own cartooning, intending to self-publish the graphic novel The Envelope Manufacturer. In his place, Burns took over as publisher and creative director Tom Devlin became executive editor.[9]

Librarie Drawn & Quarterly

In 2008, Drawn and Quarterly opened an English-language bookshop on Bernard Street in Mile End, Montreal, selling mostly comics. The shop also hosts book launches and signings, and has a stage for live music.[7]


From 2003 to 2008, Drawn and Quarterly published Showcase, an anthology magazine which offered greater visibility to lesser known authors. The magazine presented up to 3 authors in each of its five issues.


in 2004, Drawn and Quarterly began an imprint for non-comics art books called Petit Livre. The publisher also has an imprint for children called Enfant, with which they have published the Moomin works of Tove Jansson and Pippi Longstocking comics by Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman.

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