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Friday in Montréal was a busy day. I went down to the D+Q store to meet longtime zine-writer Jeff Miller (Ghost Pine), and pick up a few of his beautiful new books for the distro. We had coffee (or Limonata, in my case) and shot the breeze for a bit on a summery morning. Afterwards I met my Belgian cartoonist pal Max de Radiguès for lunch. Max and I keep following each other around North America-- This is the second time I've run into him unexpectedly in a different city. We got some health food, sat in a park watching a schoolful of kids playing, and talked about comics and politics. On the way down to the park we ran into Billy Mavreas, who informed me he was having an opening at his gallery/book/junkshop Monastiraki that evening, so I said I'd come by.
Then back to D+Q, where I met Tom Devlin. We picked up his daughter Gigi at school, had a quick bite to eat, and went down to Billy's shop.
Fish 'n' Chips at Comptoir 21 on Saint-Viateur. (Gigi and John in the funny mirror.)
Just some of the wares on display at Monastiraki.
Billy and Tom haggle over prices.
Some of Billy's brilliant drawings.
More zines and books.
Perro Verlag publications.
Afterwards Tom and I braved paradoxical Montréal roadsigns to pick Chester Brown up at the airport. He was doing a signing at the D+Q store the next day.
Chester's childhood home in Châteauguay, Québec, in the Montréal suburbs.
Saturday morning, Tom, Chester, Chris Oliveros, and I drove out to Châteauguay, the town where Chester grew up, and immortalized in such classic comics as The Playboy, The Little Man, and I Never Liked You.
(I highly recommend you check out Chris' great post about the trip, on the D+Q blog.)
I wonder what the people inside were thinking!
The great Chester Brown.
Chester, John, and Tom. (Photo by Chris O.)
Mr. Brown and his childhood school.
We had lunch at a funny little Resto in the same strip mall where Chester had purchased his very first Playboy, all those years ago. Then, on to the signing...
The SRO crowd waits in eager anticipation.
Julia, Chester, and Peggy Burns.
John P., Julie D., and Chester Brown. (Photo by Peggy.)
The next morning I had to get up at 5 AM in order to make it to Boston on time for an afternoon signing. It's hard to describe my feelings for Montréal. When I have to leave, it's almost physically painful. Ah, well... au revoir!
NEXT TIME: Walden Pond and home...
(Thanks to Chris Oliveros and Peggy Burns for some of the photos!)