With cartoonists that have been instrumental in defining the literary comics medium for the past twenty years and a willingness to experiment with formats and concepts, Drawn & Quarterly has become one of the most influential art and literary comics publishers in North America, if not the whole world.
Back in 1989, Chris Oliveros humbly went in search of artists to contribute to his yet-to-be-published magazine anthology named Drawn & Quarterly. Armed with a honed aesthetic, he advertised in different venues and approached promising artists. As a result, Oliveros assembled the most esteemed and distinct coterie of cartoonists since the days of Art Spiegelman’s RAW.
Oliveros’s visual acumen and astute production values coupled with the complete editorial and creative freedom offered to the cartoonists enabled D+Q to make an immediate mark in the world of comics. After several anthologies, comic book series and graphic novels, D+Q has established an elite and varied roster of cartoonists that includes Adrian Tomine, Seth, Chester Brown, Joe Matt, Julie Doucet, and James Sturm, who are considered to be some of the medium’s best and are synonymous with Drawn & Quarterly.