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Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book Four (Bk. 4) Paperback – August 8, 2006
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“A visually stunning book.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book Three
“The anthology is a successful idea and important for comics' future. Giving young artists space to stretch out and develop in book form is necessary, and by taking a chance on new talent, Drawn & Quarterly again proves it's one of today's most adventurous and important comics publishers.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred reviewed) on Drawn & Quarterly Showcase: Book One
About the Author
Editor and publisher Chris Oliveros founded Drawn & Quarterly fourteen years ago as a comics magazine. He has been nominated for every industry award and received both the Harvey and Eisner awards.
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