“This is the first book I’ve read in the long-running Dungeon series created by French masterminds Sfar and Trondheim. Despite being the fourteenth translated volume in the sprawling spoof saga , I felt I hit the ground running.
This is the funniest takedown of heroic fantasy this side of Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier’s Groo. It’s consistently clever, outrageous and absurd in just the right doses, carefully plotted to play with the tropes of the genre while twisting them to their own wickedly sinister purposes.”
“Authors Carrière and Yslaire masterfully blend sequential art, prose, and design sensibilities to give the reader an intimate look into the ideas and personalities behind this bloody period of history.”
I was pleased by a very positive review of THE STORY OF LEE in the Midwest Book Review recently. I’m keen on having my stuff in more libraries, since I rather like libraries – they have books there! The reviewer hoped for sequels, and that is of course our plan – 3 volumes in total.
One of the pleasurable things about THE STORY OF LEE for me is the large amount of ‘artistic’ references i could put in, thanks to the characters preferences or discussions. Including, for instance, the songs ‘Losing Haringey’, ‘(I Can’t Seem) To Make You Mine’, and ‘Bookshop Casanova’ – all by a band called The Clientele. You may have heard them on the haunting opening song to the film ‘The Lakehouse’.
The Clientele’s singer and main song writer, Alasdair MacLean is a friend of mine from my days at Edinburgh University. We used to go to the Florentine Cafe, just off Edinburgh’s historic high street, and discuss our creative dreams. That was in the mid 90’s. How odd and wonderful it is that so many years later we have both managed to keep going within those creative tracks, and make a decent success of it. Especially as most people do not manage to make their young dreams come to fruition (but don’t start me on the way capitalism crushes people’s dreams! Except to say: it very often does…)
Anyway, I’m doing what I always wanted to do, make comic books, and Alasdair is doing what he always wanted to do: make music. Not only that but we even got our worlds to mix, by having him featured in THE STORY OF LEE. He also discussed the book on US radio when the interviewer asked him: “So, tell me about this manga you are in…” He proceeded to enthral her with tales of our old connection back in Scotland, the highs and the lows of it. Art and life intermingling, indeed.
The Book Expo America was quite a success, well attended and busy. It was actually quite amazing how many comics publishers were absent from DC to Fantagraphics and frankly they missed out! One goes into this event rather skeptically in these changing times but it’s amazing its buoyancy and the energy this year was palpable.
We were sharing our booth with sister co. Papercutz and had a rotation of artists appearing: Ernie Colon premiered his beautiful INNER SANCTUM adaptations a book pubbing in February. He’s pictured above with Papercutz’ Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. On Papercutz’ side we had Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker promoting their Slices parodies and Nancy Drew.
We ran out of books to sign and catalogs, a good sign.
Our main feature will be the appearance Tuesday and Wednesday of Ernie COLON who will be premiering his adaptations of stories from the classic radio show INNER SANCTUM.
He will be signing a special collector’s preview we’ve printed up specially for the occasion with one of the 4 tales of mystery, horror and suspense the book will feature.
Ernie Colon is a veteran of comics having drawn everything from Conan to Casper the Friendly Ghost. He is noted of late mostly for his and Sid Jacobson’s adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report as well as biographies of Anne Frank and Che Guevarra, all from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux.
At NBM booth 3139, there will also be previews of the best-selling moving manga “Star Gazing Dog” by Takashi Murakami which has sold over 400,000 in Japan and has a movie adaptation coming out there this summer. This will mark the first time NBM publishes a manga, although it has published some literary Korean manhwa (see here and here).
Other goodies to expect from NBM this fall: a new Salvatore, Little Nothings as featured on this blog regularly and a delightful poetic fairy tale for all ages discovery “Bubbles & Gondola”. All can be seen at the booth this week.
With BEA, NBM inaugurates its distribution deal with IPG.
“With gorgeous art intermixing beauty and weirdness, the story turns on the capriciousness of both history and art while providing a sense of a time and place where art ranked up there with liberté, égalité, and fraternité for an entire nation. With nudity and mature content; for academic and adult collections.”
And another Library publication, Foreword, chimes in:
“Ultimately, The Sky Over the Louvre is successful on many levels, for many reasons. But chief among them is the fact that it is an engrossing tale of historical fiction that provides readers with rich and varied rewards.”
We’ve been distributing the best of Random House (Pantheon, etc…) and Macmillan (First Second and such) to the comics trade until recently. Now that we’re moving over to IPG we need to get rid of extra stock rapidly!
“In The Sky Over the Louvre, Carrière builds up a story that uses David as a framework around which to touch on both the history of the Louvre and the complicated political passions of the time. It’s Yslaire’s layout and drafting, though, that really makes the book sing. The players in this drama are all realized as emotive caricatures, and when the story fall silent on the grand sweeping splash pages there’s a chill as the world of late 18th century Paris suddenly becomes real. In this sense it’s very reminiscent of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell in the way that it draws out the texture of the time, from the scum choked gutters to the cramped apartments.
For the fan of dramatic history, The Sky Over the Louvre is not to be missed; a sweeping graphic album that captures the creative and destructive passions of the French Revolution.”