“For seven years (and one miscounted eighth anniversary party) Highwater Books was snobby, high-concept, iconoclastic, poorly-business modeled publishing company that ran itself into the ground. Highwater published books late, promised them and never published them at all and even withheld its books from distributors on principle. The company asked its artists to fold mini-comics and stand behind convention tables and sell their wares to a public that did not know what to make of them. It hatched plans, plots and schemes, and it may have been the most important comic publisher of the early part of the century.”
Tom & Peggy’s kids Gigi & Woody are good friends with my daughter, Addie. Tom & Peggy are, respectively, the creative director and publicist for Drawn & Quarterly and happen to be two of the funniest, sweetest, and straight-up finest people I know. But this is not about that. This is about this: Tom once ran his own comic book company called Highwater Books and it seems there’s a retrospective coming up soon in Boston. Mark it on your calenders, my dear Boston readership, looks like it’s gonna put the ‘fun’ back in ‘defunct’.
Oh, and when in Montreal, the D&Q store is a NECESSARY stop:
Gorgeous. And bring some spending cash, because you’ll be sorry if you don’t.