Stefan Blitz

Rick Geary’s MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY Has Critics Smiling

August 18, 2014 by  


Nominated as a 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens from The Young Adult Library Services Association of the ALA

“I really enjoy Rick Geary’s non-fiction comics about true crimes. His 2013 effort is the story of how architect Stanford White was shot in the face. Geary illustrates his books with maps, house cutaways, evidence shots, and explores every lead…even if such leads prove to be false, Geary explains their reason for not being possible/credible. Geary’s books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting out them in the pages of comics.”

– David Petersen (Mouseguard) naming Madison Square Tragedy to his Best of the Year list.

“Geary’s tale is a ripe one, and his evocation of an era where Victorian mores clashed with more modern ideas is wittily crafted..As is par for this series, Geary’s black-and-white art relishes period detail as it maintains a largely detached view on the people involved… As in other volumes in this magnificent graphic series, Geary’s interest is as much in the reactions to the horrendous crimes depicted as in the criminal acts themselves. In so doing, he tells us much about the Good Olde Days that it’d be best not to forget.”

Blog Critics

“Usual brilliant Geary art par excellance, needs no further description.  I’d read a phone book illustrated by the man!  My only complaint?  The long wait till Geary’s next book!”

It’s All Comic To Me

 

 

 


Margreet de Heer

True story

August 16, 2014 by  


This happened today.


Jim Benton

Bed Bugs

August 14, 2014 by  



NBM

NBM in October: Street View, a beautiful accordion book.

August 8, 2014 by  


Something unusual for October, a book you can fold-out all the way with a street scene, one side evolving by day, one by night. A visual treat!

Street View

STREET VIEW
Pascal Rabaté
A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, this unusual accordion book opens in two directions. One, a series of ten tableaux on a street scene as it evolves during the day. The next on 10 evening tableaux of the same view. A window may serve as a source of light and fresh air, but it also presents a view onto the life of a street and its many other windows, each a separate scene of its own, with its multitude of on-going stories developing before your eyes. Within those windows, you can witness the lives of single people, couples, families, stories of love, separation and possibly even… murder.
8×11, 48pp, full color accordion book, hc, $27.99 9781561639083

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Also this month:

NOIR THRILLER SET

NOIR THRILLER SET
The Broadcast and Family Ties
Two thrillers in one engrossing set!
In the Broadcast, on the day of the historic broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles which triggered panic in many places it sounded so real, a family in the countryside fears for its life and also has to deal with strangers and neighbors coming in for help. The tension brings to the surface long suppressed emotions and conflicts and a violent reckoning in a dark stormy night.
Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss in Family Ties looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, The Godfather meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss. 
6×9, 388pp., B&W set of 2 books, $28.99 
9781561639007

 Previews

Meanwhile, back at EUROTICA, fresh out of SIZZLE magazine:
PRECINCT 69

PRECINCT 69
Carlos Jimenez

The hot men and women detectives of Precinct 69 have some unusual methods of getting crimes solved! Their weapons aren’t just big guns but their own amazing assets… A tongue-in-cheek cross between action-packed police procedural and steamy sex.
8 ½ x 11, 48pp. full color paperback, $12.99 
9781561639205

ALL SOLICITED FOR IN COMICS STORES NOW!


Margreet de Heer

The Foundation of Political Thought

August 2, 2014 by  


The second part of our Oxford Experience, the deliciously enjoyable Summer school in Christ Church, Oxford’s biggest college, was devoted to the course The Foundation of Political Thought, by Dr. James Panton, who looks like a Scottish motorbike-riding construction worker and talks like Socrates.

It was an intense, fast-paced course in which we consecutively looked at the philosophers Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Hegel, Karl Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Instead of taking notes, I made cartoons, and this is the result:

A little of our previous course on The Beatles still lingered…:

Here’s one Yiri made:

Marx introduced the Capitalist figure of Mr. Moneybags in his writings – the same name that was given to the little Monopoly-guy not long after:

The course was very inspirational and has given me a lot to think about working on my next book, World Domination – a Discovery in Comics.

Intrigued by the Oxford Experience? Check out the program for next year – applications start in September.

Feel free to share these cartoons on the Net and in educational presentations – just don’t remove my name from them. Thanks!


Margreet de Heer

A Week in the Life…

July 26, 2014 by  


Last week, Yiri and I attended The Oxford Experience again – a Summer course in Christ Church, Oxford. For five days, we were immersed in an analysis of The Beatles, their music, lyrics and cultural significance. This course was taught by dr. Rikky Rooksby, a true Renaissance Man, who is both schooled as a lecturer on English Literature and an accomplished musician and composer.

Of course I could not help myself doodling – and here are some of the results of my experiments with a blue biro pen:

And here are a few sketches I did of our teacher, Rikky Rooksby:

(It was very hot all week)

(…so hot in fact, that our teacher took off his shoes, which inspired this Abbey Road reference:)

 

It was an awesome experience! A Splendid Time was guearanteed for all.

If you’d like to go on a bit of a special holiday next year, why not consider The Oxford Experience? It’s not cheap, but well worth the money, since you’ll come away with unique memories of staying at a centuries old college, enjoying three meals a day in the beautiful Hall, and being taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. As well as meeting many fellow students from all over the world. You might even meet me there, since I’ll definitely be back!


Stefan Blitz

JIM BENTON at SDCC!

July 25, 2014 by  


Jim signs a copy of Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. at Booth 1714 for a fan.


Stefan Blitz

RICK GEARY At SDCC!

July 24, 2014 by  


Rick shows off a copy of Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery at Booth 1714.


Jim Benton

The Fashion Writer

July 18, 2014 by  



Margreet de Heer

Dutch History part 3

July 18, 2014 by  


School’s out, but I’m continuing my history lessons to you folks: here’s the next scene in the thrilling life of William I, Holland’s first king. In a previous post, we saw him fleeing to England; now we take a look at his military career:

This panel and nine others are still on tour throughout The Netherlands. Check the site of Museum Meermanno to see if they come to a library near you.