Sky Over the Louvre: weather forecast varies.

Booklist’s Ray Olson found Sky Over the Louvre to be brought off ‘with singular panache on the part of artist Yslaire… This is bravura serious caricature.” but found scripter Carriere’s story to fall somewhat short of its potential.

Comics Waiting Room meanwhile is effusive:

“An artistic tour-de-force, yet it also tells the most relatable story we’ve seen from these books so far. What makes SKY work so well is that the creators do a superb job of helping the reader understand the timeframe in which the story takes place. The motivations, the social mores, the clothing, the abject terror… it leaps off the page and surrounds you as you go through the pages.

Highly recommended. Just like all the previous books in the Louvre series.”

And so is Brigid Alverson over at Robot 6 on Comic Book Resources:

“Sky Over the Louvre is the latest in NBM’s series of translations of graphic novels about the Louvre, and I think it’s the best so far. It’s a great read and left me wanting more.”

And then there’s this nice review done live on a radio station in Michigan, here’s the transcript (it’s short).

Eisners: go and vote!

If you’re a pro, from publisher to artist to retailer, go on over and vote for the best of 2010 and make sure, of course to vote for :

*Rick Geary in Best Reality-Based Work for his Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

*Salvatore by De Crecy in Best U.S. Edition of International Material

*Eric Liberge as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for On the Odd Hours in the Louvre collection

Here’s who can vote according to the Eisner Awards guys themselves:

The following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards:

  • Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists)
  • All nominees in any category
  • Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
  • Comics historians and educators
  • Graphic novel librarians
  • Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores

You can also download this ballot.

The Story of Lee 2nd print run

I was very glad to get the news from Terry at NBM last week – The Story of Lee has sold out of its first print run, and rather quickly too! Great stuff – thanks for all who have bought it so far. Let’s sell out the 2nd print run too!

I have still not had a chance to organise a launch even for the book in its ‘native’ Hong Kong, where the story is set. But hopefully I can get round to that soon.

Sean

 

Homage to Bill Blackbeard

A quick  post to give homage to Bill Blackbeard with whom we worked for so many years on early comic strip complete collections.
I am very sorry to see him pass away, his encyclopedic knowledge of comics strips and his amazing collection which I went to visit back in the eighties in San Francisco was amazing. A monumental number of boxes safe in a dry big basement.

I started working with him in the early eighties as we started the first ever complete reprint of any strip in library-worthy clothbound books, beginning with Terry & The Pirates. His collection was thoroughly amazing, going 3-4 newspaper clippings deep which allowed him to make the best choices for reproduction which he would then send us as a batch for each volume for us to reproduce and then work on further so as to make the repro as sharp as possible within the means available back then.

This series was very popular, went for 12 very thick volumes. And each volume had an intro by Bill that set the scene of the day as well as providing info on Caniff. It was the start of our Flying Buttress Classics Library which are now rare collector’s items.

We went on, along with Bill who was quite happy to work with us in making such a permanent printed archive, to do the same with Wash Tubbs & Capt. Easy by Roy Crane and then, of course, Tarzan by first Foster, then Hogarth, where we went full color.

Every volume had wonderful informative notes by Blackbeard.

His contribution to the field of preservation of this art form is immeasurable.

I will never forget him.

See the notice on ICv2.

Trondheim’s Little Nothings back on the blog!

Starting tomorrow we’ll have Lewis Trondheim‘s Little Nothings back on our blog, posting a new strip every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

This is leading up to the next volume collection of his popular pithy one page webcomic observations: “My Shadow in the Distance.” And the 1st bunch of strips deal with his trip to the US… a little extra treat!

This will be volume 4 of this series, shipping in July.

So I’m happy to welcome Lewis back here. Don’t miss the strips, set up an rss.

Win A Signed Copy of The Broadcast

So I have a few copies of The Broadcast laying around and thought I would give them away to a few luck readers over at Good Reads.

For those that aren’t aware, Good Reads is a social community like Facebook — but for readers. Members are able to talk with friends, participate in book clubs, trade books, interact with authors and much, much more. I’m new to the site, but I’ve already fallen in love. If you’re any kind of reader, the site is definitely worth a look.

Anyway, as I said, I’m giving away a signed copy of The Broadcast to three randomly chosen fans over there and all you have to do is let me know you’re interested. I’ve already had more than three hundred people enter, but everyone’s got an equal chance so the more the merrier.

If you’re already a Good Reads member all you have to do is click the “Enter to Win” link below…

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Broadcast by Eric Hobbs

The Broadcast

by Eric Hobbs

Giveaway ends May 22, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

If not, I highly suggest giving the site a try. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Story of Lee has sold out + some reviews

THE STORY OF LEE HAS SOLD OUT its first print run! Sorry that we’re temporarily out of stock while he rush back to press…
Meantime, a cute review by Erin Jameson at Playback:STL of A Story of Lee, entitled “A Love Less Traveled.”

Bill Sherman at Blogcritics sees an interesting parallel in Sky Over the Louvre with our times:

“Carriere effectively captures the debates of the day, the ways ideological purity can be used to rationalize atrocity, and imbues every seemingly intellectual debate with more than a hint of menace. In an era where a simple cartoon can spur true believers into violence, where a rising pool of writers judge art and entertainment on the basis of politics over anything, The Sky over the Louvre is more than a historical recreation. It’s a graphic novel for our polarized times.”

NBM in June: Geary on Sacco & Vanzetti

Coming in June and now being solicited for in comics shops, a big one from Rick Geary:

A Treasury of Murder:
THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI
Rick Geary
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others in his usual unflappable way.
6 x 9, 80pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover: $15.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-605-1

See previews.

As we mentioned before, we also have a special very very limited edition being made available ONLY THROUGH US online or by mail of this volume with a special bind, a tip in sheet of art specially done by Rick for this and numbered and signed by him. HURRY! Orders for this will be closed soon and number produced set to advance demand. This will not be in stores!

Also, your comics store is taking orders for our FOREVER NUTS collection as Distributor Diamond is focusing on classic reprints this month. If you missed anything from our Mutt & Jeff to Happy Hooligan to Bringing Up Father, place your order now.

**New from EUROTICA, Sizzle magazine celebrates its 50th!

NOW IN FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT!SIZZLE #50
Celebrating our 50th issue as the last standing all-comics all-adult magazine and now in full color! The reason for our longevity: we have been consistently presenting the very best in comics erotica which nobody wants to miss! Special for this issue: a pull-out drop-dead gorgeous pin-up poster by Christian (Banana Games) Zanier! Also including our best-selling line-up Gambedotti, Cornnell Clarke, Christian Zanier, Hartmann.
Quarterly, 48pp., full color, $5.95

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While we’re at it we’ll tell you about what Papercutz is up to as well for June:

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #6 “The Three Musketeers”
By Alexandre Dumas, writer
Rubén, artist
Adapted by Jean David Morvan and Michel Dufranne
Not a reprint – this is an all-new graphic novel interpretation of the Alexandre Dumas novel, faithfully adapted by David Morvan and Michel Duffranne and expressively illustrated by Rubén. This 192-page graphic novel captures far more of the original novel, keeping subtleties and scenes often omitted from other adaptations. A whole new generation is eager to cry “All for one and one for all!”
6 ½ x 9, 192pp., full-color paperback: $16.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-252-6
6 ½  x 9, 192pp., full-color hardcover: $21.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-253-3

DISNEY FAIRIES #6 “A Present for Tinker Bell”
Paola Mulazzi, Augusto Machetto, Giulia Conti, writers
Emilio Urbano, Elisabetta Melaranci, Andrea Greppi, Gianluca Barone, artists
All the fairies in Pixie Hollow are busy trying to come up with the best present for Tinker Bell. But how do you choose a gift for a fairy who can make anything? The kind of gift that Tinker Bell truly desires may surprise her fairy friends! Plus three more stories starring Tinker Bell and the fairies of Pixie Hollow.
6 ½ x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-256-4
Also in hardcover for $10.99, ISBN 978-1-59707-257-1