NBM in May: introducing Kinky & Cosy

So, in what’s being solicited in comics shops this month, we’ve got a doozie of an intro:

KINKY & COSY
Nix
Shocking! Disgusting! Meet the most dangerous twin girls in the universe! Their record of wrong doings, on purpose or not, will raise your hair on end. A darkly subversive collection of cynical comics gags that is sweeping Europe. Nothing is sacred for these two lil’ monsters! South Park meets Monty Python.
81/2 x 6, 96pp., full color hardcover; $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-604-4

These two young girls are so just plain bad you’ll be snickering uncontrolably. We admit to being so hooked we’ve got this festooning our site right now. Our home page features a new strip every week, the author Nix has been busy posting strips and general looniness on the blog… Check it all out and tell us if we’re right or just gone plain off our gourds.

Meantime, over at EUROTICA:

It Could Happen to You, Vol. 1
Mapp
Another outstanding Spanish artist from Kiss Magazine presents everyday situations gone very very lubricious. Suddenly a guy gets lucky with… a neighbor, a client, a horny woman wanting sex NOW! Fetchingly rendered by Mapp. You’ll love his hot wanton women.
81/2 x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-607-5

Head on over to the Eurotica part of our site to click through to the previews. See the latest full color Sizzle #49, about to hit newstands and stores for a preview as well!

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PAPERCUTZ on the other hand is busy announcing the arrival of another cynic:

GARFIELD & Co #1 “Fish to Fry”
By Jim Davis, Peter Nerts, Mark Evanier, Baptiste Heidrich & Julien Monthiel, writers
Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, artists
Adapted by Cedric Michiels
NEW SERIES BASED ON THE TOP RATED NEW TV SHOW ON CARTOON NETWORK! Jon, Odie, Nermal, Liz and the rest of the gang join Garfield in the first of a new series of Papercutz graphic novels featuring stories adapted from the hit Cartoon Network series. In “Fish to Fry,” the tables turn on Garfield when he is put on trial for his crimes against fishkind — specifically eating them out of fish bowls! Also featuring the stories “Family Picture” and “Nice to Nermal.”
6½ x 9, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $7.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-266-3

GARFIELD & Co #2 “The Curse of the Cat People”
By Jim Davis, Julien Magnat, Mathilde Maraninchi & Antonin Poiree, and Christophe Pujol, writers
Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, artists
Adapted by Cedric Michiels
Beauty contests and parallel universes — it’s all here in Garfield’s second graphic novel! In “The Curse of the Cat People” Garfield and Odie are transported by a magic mirror to an alternate universe of Ancient Egypt where cats rule the world. Hilarity ensues when the cat people tell Garfield his arrival fulfills an ancient prophecy that will transform their world forever, and that he is their new Pharoah! Also featuring “The Pet Show” and “Bone Diggers.”
6½ x 9, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $7.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-267-0

Belgium (1)

Hi There,

I’m back with some information on the comic series Kinky & Cosy coming up in may!
The twin sisters hometown is Zwendelgem, somewhere in Belgium. Not that you really need to know, but it won’t hurt either: here are some facts about Belgium.

1. Belgium is a kingdom, ruled by king Albert II. His real name is Albert, but a former king with the same name allready took his e-mail address, so our king has to be happy with Albert2@belgium.be

Albert II

 

2. The capital of Belgium is Brussels, also the capital of Europe. Our statue of liberty is Manneke Pis (Little man pee) and measures 22.83inch.

Manneke Pis

 

3. Our most well known contemporary artist is Wim Delvoye who created a digestive machine, called “Cloaca”. This large installation turns food into feces.

Cloaca

 

4. Belgium holds the world record in anarchy. This small country is today without a government for 274 days – longer than Iraq – as parties from the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south remain split.

World Record of Anarchy

 

OK, that’s enough geography for today! Enjoy another Kinky & Cosy:

Kinky & Cosy

MoCCA show on Will Eisner

A belated blog post on going to the opening of the exhibit MoCCA has up on Will Eisner’s work. Amazing how the museum can put up so much in a relatively small space. There’s a wealth of gorgeous originals from full color paintings to comics pages in B&W by him that are awesome.

Also very interesting are the many comics pages famous artists contributed to the exhibit as well which were tributes to Eisner. From Spiegelman to an amazing piece by Neal Adams which must have taken him a coupla years, has a cast of thousands, each face a famous figure of the day.

My compliments to Danny Fingeroth and Denis Kitchen, the curators, for a job very well done. Impressive.

It brought back memories which I shared with a few at the opening of our working with Will. Always very outgoing and warm. It’s a cherished memory to have gone to visit him at his studio/office in Florida, to have met and gone out with him and his wife Ann. An inspiring leader for our industry and yet always very easy to approach.

Anyway, if you’re in NY, check this out.

Back in the UK

I’ve had a lot of contacts with Scotland recently, which is nice when I’m so far away.

Most recent thing is that my old university just did a piece on me and will commission a comic about my time there for their magazine:
http://www.gcu.ac.uk/alumni/newsevents/news/bydate/2011/1/name,21501,en.html

But hey – I went to Edinburgh University too, and no sign of them so far – are they too posh to run a piece about a lowly ‘comic book’ writer maybe?

– The Rajs! (Scottish word mean something unpleasant)

And I even mentioned them already in THE STORY OF LEE book, see below:

Sean

Kinky & Cosy across the Atlantic


So Terry decided to publish Kinky & Cosy. Party in the house! Besides an exhibition in Manhattan in 2008, that’ll be their first step on the North-American soil. In the following posts I’ll try to give you, reader of the NBM blog, something of a background of this series. But in the meantime: here is what Kinky & Cosy started as : a 3 pannel newspaper comic.

Miami Herald and Publishers Weekly reviews

“Kerascoet depicts action and emotion beautifully and elegantly, with great feeling and boundless humor.”

Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald on Miss Don’t Touch Me 2.

“It’s an old setup done effectively and believably. If anything, the story feels too true to life as Hong Kong, Korea, China, and Japan all have no shortage of aimless 20-something foreign men, many of them making ends meet teaching English and enjoying the occasional tryst with a local girl. Wilson and Kutsuwada’s story tells such a tale from the girl’s perspective, faithfully reproducing real Hong Kong locales and name dropping a variety of cool bands along the way. The artwork, particularly the characters, is crisp and expressive, and the story faithfully reproduces a believable slice of life, despite the neat wrapup at the end, even if the story doesn’t dig that deeply.”

Publishers Weekly on The Story of Lee.

A Scotsman talks…

Just to extend on what I noted already regarding our recent lecture talk in Glasgow, me, Chie and Paul Gravett, involving pages from THE STORY OF LEE:

I enjoyed that talk – it was odd to have my VOICE only appear back in my home country, while my BODY remained in Japan! But why not… actually its an easy way to take part in such an event, dont have to travel or book any hotel, just switch on the computer and sign into skype! It’s the first time Ive talked in public in Scotland about my books, even though Ive done many lectures now, all over the world!

A lady from the Alumni association of my old university, Glasgow Caledonian University was present, and will write a report about it for their website. Plus they have decided to commission me to make a comic for their magazine about my time in the University – Nice!

Then it was also very nice, just before the talk to get a mail from ILYA, well known British comic book creator of almost 25 years activity. He is, in a way, the godfather of the Story of Lee book, as it first appeared in public in his anthology book ‘Best New Manga, vol 2′. Chie was also in that anthology. So the SOL book is one of the children of this Best New Manga book. Ilya was impressed by The Story of Lee, and told us: “It reads very well, so I wanted to congratulate you. Overall it is very good. Quite a gentle drama – manages to convey the everyday, but also to ring true,
and with plenty of cultural detail without overload.”

– Cheers Ilya!
Sean

Dinosaurs Across America go interactive!

I am proud to announce that our Dinosaurs Across America by Phil Yeh may have become the FIRST fully interactive graphic novel!

This book has been a successful fun tool for kids to learn about US Geography for years as a comic book Phil sold at his numerous appearances around schools and libraries across the country advocating for literacy through comics. We then did with him the full color graphic novel which has gone to press 3 times with over 15,000 sold. It’s a Library Media Connection Editor’s Choice and has received many great reviews.

We’re all pretty ignorant when it comes to geography, these comics have made it easy and fun for kids to learn the facts about all 50 states.

And now, thanks to Koobits, an interactive book developer, it comes to your iPad  screen as well as an e-book for PC. Here is a presentation along with video of what it looks like.

This is the just the first of a series of announcements we’ll be making this year that set NBM on a new course. Stay tuned!