Library Journal on Networked

“This fast-paced, engrossing read should appeal to teens and up while pushing them to grasp ominous possibilities associated with social networking, cellphones and such. Carabella is such an engaging action herione that she holds interest and empathy. With loose, enthusiastic color art.”

So says Library Journal about Networked.

Sean, back from the US and A.

I was just in the USA again, at a convention held in Minneapolis College of Art and Design – a good little academic style con, with cosplay fun thrown in. I made a talk about ‘Ax and Gekiga: maturer style manga’, to a full house and a good reception – thank you all. and thanks to ‘Big Brain comics’ in Minneapolis, that hosted an after party for me on sunday night. and NICE! to the ‘Brit Bar’ there, who gave me a chance to eat ‘Flake’ and ‘Curly wurly’ chocolate bars from Britain! The ‘Ax: alternative manga’ book continues to get very positive critical and public reaction… plus my Kodansha book ‘Hagakure’ sold well among the manga fans at the con. But now I came back to Japan – my adopted home!

THE STORY OF LEE, my book with NBM is out now in diamond’s October PREVIEWS catalogu, so book your order now shops and people! Its an original story by myself, not an adaptation this time! Although its not a true story,  I use many autobiographical aspects in it, plus a lot of references to real places in Hong Kong, where the story is set. The focus of the story is on the female’s character’s point of view regarding her relationship with her western boyfriend and strict father. The book should appeal to late teenage and older females readers who dig the more sophisticated ‘shoujo’  style, or the mature  ‘Josei’ manga style.

Since the art is by a Japanese lady, Chie Kutsuwada, then I hope that manga purist’s will find it acceptable too – ongaishimasu! The above pages are a scene where Lee has a heart to heart with her dying grandmother.

Oh, a  neat little bit of coincidence – as I was writing this my friend was looking through “Erotic Comics vol 2′ from the UK publisher ILEX. As I went over i saw that they were reading a bit that describes such erotic comics by NBM!

reviews: Booklist on Geary, Mr. Easter, The Broadcast, Miss Don’t Touch Me

Another rave for Geary’s latest The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans, this time from the influential Booklist:

“Geary’s archly antiquated drawing style is ideally suited for bringing bygone eras to vivid, convincing life. Geary’s exacting, historically accurate approach makes this—as well as his other nonfiction works—a natural for true-crime fans as well as comics lovers.”

About Brooke A. Allen’s A Home for Mr. Easter,  Library Media Connection, respected reviewer for Librarians says:

“Recommended. Brings a fresh look to the genre with dark humor and the realistic dreams of any young person struggling to fit in.”

Bill Sherman on Pop Culture Gadabout, as well as blogcritics, about The Broadcast:

“Imagine the original Night of the Living set in the Depression — and without any fleshing-eating ghouls – and you have a sense of what Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s The Broadcast (NBM) is about.”

A belated but yet timely review of Miss Don’t Touch Me vol.1 by Andrew Wheeler. Timely because it’s coming back to press next month along with the release of the new vol.2:

“So this is a French book — it has what counts as a happy ending, with the villains routed and their plans foiled, but it also has a deeper sense that some villains are never really routed, only pushed away, so that their next evil acts will be done somewhere else, to someone else. And that may be the best that we can hope for — that we know why our sister died, and did as much damage to the people responsible for that death as we could. It’s a fine, thoughtful, nuanced and unflinchingly clear-eyed book, not least interesting as a story deeply sympathetic to women.”

See you at NY Comic-con!

NBM and Papercutz will be sharing a corner booth #2304 at the upcoming New York Comic-Con October 8-10 at the Javitts Convention Center. Upwards of 70,000 visitors are expected and we’ll have a busy booth of authors signing from both companies! Besides having our latest books to show and sell, here’s our schedule of appearances on authors you can meet which will include Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville, Greg Houston of Elephant Man and Vatican Hustle. On Papercutz‘ side, we’ll have Rick Parker and Stefan Petrucha who’ve done the best-selling Tales from the Crypt‘s Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, the infamous new Harry Potty spoof, and Nancy Drew:

Friday October 8th

10:00 to 11:00AM        Stefan Petrucha and Neil Kleid

11:00AM to 12:00PM      Greg Houston and Rick Parker

1:00 to 2:30PM          Stefan Petrucha

2:30 to 4:00PM          Neil & Greg

4:00 to 5:30PM          Stefan and Rick

Saturday October 9th

 11:00AM to 12:30PM      Stefan

1:30 to 3:00PM          Rick & Greg

3:30to 5:00PM           Stefan

5:00 to 6:30PM          Rick & Greg 

Sunday October 10th     

10:30AM to 12:00PM      Greg & Rick

12:00 to 1:30PM         Neil

1:30 to 3:00PM          Stefan

Boneyard, The Broadcast and Axe-Man reviewed

“After 9 years, Richard Moore is bringing the Boneyard series to a conclusion, but you can still get in on the fun with volume 7. And don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous 6: it’s easy to catch on to the characters and the story in this volume is complete in itself.
It’s hilariously funny and constantly inventive: you really never know what’s going to happen when you turn the page. The main character, Michael Paris, is a regular guy who inherited a cemetery or “boneyard” from his grandfather. He was planning to sell the property but became attached to the inhabitants—which include an extremely shapely vampire named Abby, a demon named Glumph who has a thing for Star Trek, a hipster werewolf named Ralph, a talking raven named Edgar and a stogie-smoking skeleton named Sid.”
For The Broadcast by Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon:
“Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon transcend their rote milieu and create a genuine humdinger of a thriller.
It really is a nifty little what if scenario. One that is easily imaginable. Hobbs does a great bit of character set up before the broadcast starts and introduces the radio play in such a way that he barely even quotes it. It is a genius bit of writing.”
For the Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary, Rob Clough at the The Comics Journal:
“There’s a sense in which Rick Geary is the most accomplished horror artist working today.  It’s just that the horrors he chooses to delve into are real and all the more terrifying for it.  His  Murder Treasury series fascinates because of the way Geary is able to get at the heart of a particular time and place and figure out why a particular killing or killings so disturbed the equilibrium of a community.  Geary, in a style that is at once both restrained and visceral, creates a narrative that is genuinely disturbing in its lack of resolution.  The “Axe-Man” killings struck a nerve not just because of their seeming randomness, but because of the weird, lingering details of the crimes.
The juxtaposition between the party atmosphere of New Orleans and the creeping paranoia that the murders engendered was the initial pull of the story, but it was Geary’s focus on mundane details that ultimately contributed to The Axe-Man of New Orleans lingering uneasily in the imagination long after reading it.”

Trondheim at the Beguiling!

Quick bit of news here: this Saturday, Lewis Trondheim will be in Toronto appearing at the Beguiling comics bookstore.

See The Beguiling’s blog for more info.

He don’t come often to North America so don’t miss this chance to get Dungeon, Little Nothings and his other goodies signed! You might even see him set fire to one of your Dungeon books (after drawing Marvin spitting fire)… We swear! That’s what he does! He’ll burn your book! (OK, just the back page)(and if he feels like it that day).

=JET CITY SHOW with Shane White=

This Saturday I’ll be a guest at the JET CITY COMIC SHOW hosted by the same crew who do the EMERALD CITY COMICON. As a promo for the show LTD TEE is selling a t-shirt and a art-print promo pack of the above image FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! After Saturday…no more t-shirts…only art prints.

I’ll still have plenty of other cool items for sale like my latest OGN  THINGS UNDONE as well as sketches and calendars!

Hope to see you there. 🙂

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Wired on H.G. Wells (and THE BROADCAST)

Wired put a piece on their website today in honor of H.G. Wells birthday and we were mentioned.

It’s a nice little article, not only showcasing some of Wells’ most beloved work but the books, movies and television series that his work has influenced. While this isn’t a feature on our book by any means, it’s cool for me on a couple fronts. First, I’m a regular reader of Wired magazine, so being mentioned briefly on that site is pretty cool for me. And second, it’s nice to see THE BROADCAST listed alongside LOST and Jeff Lemire’s THE NOBODY. The writing of H.G. Wells may have influenced them, but those two works have been a huge influence on me.

Also of note, THE BROADCAST is now listed as “In Stock” on the Amazon website. Be sure to grab a copy the next time you’re making an order there. If you’ve already picked up a copy and enjoyed it — well, we would greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to stop by Amazon and give us a review.

The book hits comic shelves this week. I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks.

Welcome to Sean Michael Wilson

I’d like to welcome to this blog Sean Michael Wilson, whose new book The Story of Lee will be shipping from us to comics stores in December. He’s also noted for AX, Alternative Manga from Top Shelf which has been getting a lot of press and he’s got an adaptation of a famous Japanese classic tale coming out from Kodansha here.

Prolific guy for a ‘wee brain.’ Meeting him is to enjoy his Scot’s brogue, btw. A Scot living in Japan for years and into manga aplenty. And that’s no blarney, mate!

The art for this is by Japanese Chie Kutsuwada who lves in… the UK.

How mixed up is that?!