Day Old

Joe Ollmann


A toasted bagel isn’t a lot to ask for. Or is it?

A mother and her four children are at the end of a long, uncomfortable night spent in a hospital waiting room far from home. The children are hungry, so they all head to the bagel shop across the street.

The woman doesn’t have much money in her pocket, so when she finds a bag of reduced-price day-old bagels, it’s a relief. Now she just needs to get her bagels toasted so she can get the family back to the hospital. But even that turns out to be complicated and frustrating.

In Day Old, award-winning cartoonist Joe Ollmann uses his trademark brand of dry humour to explain an important truth: That when times get tough, sometimes all you need is for someone to care enough to toast your bagels.

About the Author

Joe Ollmann is a cartoonist living in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the winner of the Doug Wright Award for Best Book in 2007 and loser of the same award many other times. Author of seven books, Chewing on Tinfoil (Insomniac, 2001), The Big Book of Wag!(Conundrum, 2006), This Will All End in Tears (Insomniac, 2006, Winner of the 2007 Doug Wright Award for best book), MID-LIFE (Drawn and Quarterly, 2011), Science Fiction (Conundrum, 2013), Happy Stories About Well-Adjusted People (Conundrum, 2014) and The Abominable Mr. Seabrook (Drawn and Quarterly, 2017).

About Conundrum 25

CONUNDRUM 25, a landmark series of gem-like volumes, presents masters of the graphic short story form at work in a range of styles. From precious rediscoveries to gender-playful fictions, fabular futurism to uncanny imaginings, there are stories by a new generation of Conundrum artists alongside classics of the form. Bringing together past, present, and future in our 25th year and beyond, CONUNDRUM 25 is a celebratory compendium of collectable work.

Publication Details

ISBN: 978-177262-058-0
107 pages, 4.25 x 6.25 inches
b&w, trade paper
May 2021