Publications

Stroppy
2015. Published by Drawn & Quarterly
8″ x 10″ — 64 pages — offset printed — hardcover
9781770462052

“…in Stroppy, Bell has employed his idiosyncratic arsenal of cartoon creations in the service of a cohesive long form narrative that opens with an incensed populist sentiment that ruthlessly ironizes the blatant inequities imposed by unbridled capitalism, ridiculing both those directing it and those in its thrall. As the narrative progresses, Bell navigates – and, somewhat surprisingly, mitigates – this antagonistic stance through a zany series of nuanced negotiations between Stroppy & Co. and the agents — and lackeys — of capitalism and popular culture, creating in the process a work that is very much in the spirit offered by the best of the underground comics era, evinced particularly by Bell’s supreme visual anarchy.” —Bill Boichel of Copacetic Comics

Where to buy:
D&Q, Copacetic Comics, Spit and a Half, Amazon


Pure Pajamas
2011. Published by Drawn & Quarterly
9.2″ x 11.6″ — 96 pages — offset printed — hardcover
9781770460546

“Pure Pajamas collects Marc Bell’s best material from his syndicated weekly comic strip for the Montreal Mirror and the Halifax Coast, as well as a host of anthologies such as Kramers Ergot, Expo, Maow Maow, and more, featuring his recurring characters Kevin, Ol’ Simp, Chia-Man, Mr. Socks, and Shrimpy and Paul. Throughout Pure Pajamas, Bell creates symbiotic relationships within his fantasy ecosystems, drawn in a rubbery big-foot style. Reminiscent of the sixties comics of R. Crumb but with a kind of bemused detachment in place of Crumb’s ire, Bell addresses the big issues of what it’s like to live in today’s world.” —goodreads.com

Where to buy:
D&Q, Copacetic Comics, Spit and a Half, Amazon


Hot Potatoe
2009. Published by Drawn & Quarterly
9.1″ x 11.7″ — 272 pages — offset printed — hardcover
9781897299890

“…Marc Bell’s work is constantly negotiating between disparate influences including comics, folk art, popular culture and Fine Art. Embedded in his drawings is complex and layered wordplay that allude to these influences while remaining deeply funny. Bell’s works vary from pen and ink drawings colored with subtle watercolors, to comics, to elaborate mixed media cardboard constructions, and, put all together for the first time in HOT POTATOE, provide a comprehensive portrait of a multi-talented and influential contemporary artist.” —fecalface.com

Where to buy:
Out of Print


The Stacks
2004. Published by Drawn & Quarterly
12″ x 8″ — 80 pages — offset printed — softcover
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“Mr. Bell’s zanily complicated fine-line ink drawings and paintings, like medieval manuscript pages with collage and sculptural elements sometimes added, don’t deal in logical narratives. The delight of his work is in the play of a free-associating and funny imagination.” —Ken Johnson, NY Times

Where to buy:
Out of Print


Shrimpy and Paul and Friends
2003. Published by Highwater Books
8.4″ x 5.8″ — 176 pages — offset printed — softcover
9780966536379

“For many years prolific Canadian underground cartoonist Marc Bell’s playful, circuitous “Shrimpy and Paul” comics have appeared in magazines, anthologies, and zines – venues that never did justice to the labyrinthine structure and lush density of Bell’s work. Here in his first collected work, Shrimpy and Paul and Friends, Bell is finally given the opportunity to show his work as it was intended to be seen. He has re-edited the bulk of the “Shrimpy and Paul” stories into three cohesive chapters, while still including supplementary pieces that explain peripheral characters.” —quillandquire.com.com

Where to buy:
Out of Print