by BK Munn
Montreal comics publisher La Pastèque has just moved into new offices and the space comes complete with an art gallery and bookstore featuring the work of the cartoonists they represent.  Known as the French-language publisher of Michel Rabagliati, Pascal Girard, Geneviève Castrée, and many others, for its 20th anniversary La Pastèque has shifted itself into appropriately beautiful digs in celebration. The new space, located at 102 Laurier Ouest, combines a tastefully-designed book & gift shop with a tiny gallery space on the first floor, capped with airy offices on the floor above.
According to co-publisher Martin Brault, who runs the imprint with co-founder Frédéric Gauthier, the store took shape quickly. “We thought about it for some time; we’ve been looking for a place since last year. Once we found the space, it took two months for the design and production of the furniture.”
The shop is open during office hours and staffed by the publishing team, but Brault has plans to hire staff for Thursday and Friday nights and Saturdays, and is looking for a curator to take care of gallery programming.
Currently, the gallery is featuring art from the “Tout Garni” series, with an upcoming exhibit of art from Geneviève Castrée’s last book, Une Bulle, scheduled to coincide with that book’s release.
At present, the “galerie-boutique” will only feature work published by La Pastèque and merch designed by their associated artists. At the very least, it is a chic and efficient way to store surplus backstock! Check it out here.