September: we’re all Stargazing Dogs

NBM’s program for this September, which is being solicited for in comics bookstores now, headlines a first for us: a Japanese manga. And not just any manga, one that has been a smash bestseller there with over 400,000 copies sold:

Stargazing Dog
Takashi Murakami
A moving manga that is a major best-seller in Japan, selling now over 400,000 copies and being made into a movie. Oto-san is down and out. Life has conspired against him, nothing coming together the way he wished, so he sets out with his car to just get away from it all. All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one he can count on utterly and completely is a dog he just adopted who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end, lightening up his new adventure into the unknown.
6×9, 128pp, B&W trade paperback, $11.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-612-9

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While we’re at it, don’t forget our beautiful and well reviewed Korean Manhwa:

Mijeong and Run, Bong-Gu Run by Byun Byung-Jun

Buja’s Diary by Seyeong O 

Meanwhile in Eurotica:

SIZZLE #51
Cornnell Clarke’s Peanut Butter vol.5 wraps up and more of Omaha the Cat Dancer, Barbarian Chicks and Gambedotti. All in full color now!
Quarterly, 48pp., full color, $5.95

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And our sister Papercutz has these goodies for September, starting with a launch of a charming Trondheim treat:


MONSTER CHRISTMAS
Lewis Trondheim – writer and artist
By the artist of Dungeon and Little Nothings, a charming new series for kids! Peter and Jean, two mischievous kids, love to draw monsters. They create Kriss, with three legs, four arms, and ten mouths, who escapes from the sheet of paper and becomes the family’s new pet! For Christmas, Jean and Peter go on vacation to the mountains with their parents. Kriss is supposed to stay at home, but he manages to make the trip on the roof of the car. Suddenly an avalanche blocks the road, caused by a monster in hot pursuit of… Santa Claus! It’s up to the kids and their pet monster to Save Santa and Christmas! But it looks like this other monster can eat Kriss for breakfast!
8 x 10, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-288-5

And a new Garfield and Smurfs!

GARFIELD & Co #3 “Catzilla”
By Jim Davis and Mark Evanier, writers
Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, artists
Adapted by Cedric Michiels
It’s Halloween, and Garfield has dresses up as “Catzilla,” a fierce wild cat that lives at the zoo, to go out Trick or Treating. What Garfield doesn’t know is that the real Catzilla has escaped from the zoo and the police are searching for it, leading to a wild case of mistaken identity! Will Garfield end up in a zoo? And what will Jon and Odie do if they run into Catzilla? Also featuring the stories “Underwater World” and “Perfect Pizza.”
6½ x 9, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $7.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-278-6

 

THE SMURFS  #8 “The Smurf Apprentice”
Peyo – writer and artist
Yvan Delporte, writer
Gos, artist
A smurf wants to emulate Papa Smurf, and decides the best way to do so would be to practice magic. So, the smurf sneaks into Gargamel’s lab and steals instructions for a magic potion. The smurf foolishly drinks the potion and is turned into a monstrous lizard that all of the smurfs fear. Can Papa Smurf create an antidote? Or will the Smurfs be seeing green for the rest of their lives? Also featuring the stories “Smurftraps” and “Halloween.”
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-279-3
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-280-9

THE SMURFS #1-3 Boxed Set
Peyo – writer and artist
Yvan Delporte, writer
Volumes 1 through 3 collected into one boxed set with close to 150 pages of comics! Value priced at under 20 dollars. Includes the Purple Smurfs, The Magic Flute and the Smurf King.
6½ x 9, 184 pages, full-color paperback: $17.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-273-1

DISNEY FAIRIES #1-4 Boxed Set
Paola Mulazzi, Augusto Machetto, Giulia Conti, writers
Emilio Urbano, Elisabetta Melaranci, Andrea Greppi, Gianluca Barone, artists
Collecting the first four volumes of the hit Papercutz DISNEY FAIRIES graphic novels with close to 300 pages of full-color comics!
5 x 7½, 320 pages, full-color paperback: $29.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-272-4

SEE MORE OF THESE PAPERCUTZ BOOKS.

ALL OF THESE CAN BE ORDERED THROUGH YOUR COMICS BOOKSTORE NOW!

Rick Geary interviewed on CBR + more

Comic Book Resources presents a good background article after interviewing Rick Geary on his forthcoming Sacco & Vanzetti.

The Sky Over the Louvre gets this review on The Comics Journal site by the very hard to please R. Fiore:

“In this year that is good God already half over I don’t think there’s anything in comics that’s impressed me more.”

But then, he couldn’t resist this swipe:

“I don’t know if you pay any more attention than I do to the seemingly random selection of European comics that NBM brings out.”

We’re curious: anyone out there agree with this? (Or disagree?)

We feel like we’ve focused our publishing considerably in the last 5-10 years and while we don’t have a ‘house style’ and proudly never will, we’ve concentrated on literary works, humor and parody of genre, steering away from genres themselves…

Kinky & Cosy just came in: it’s deliciously bad.

Just received this morning a nice little treat: advance copies of the outrageous KINKY & COSY and it’s a beauty.

We’ve never done anything like this before. Wait ’til you see the google eyes of the two girls peering out through cutouts in the hardcover… the whole over a pink/copper shiny foil… It’s irresistible!

We’ve got advance copies being sent to San Diego to premiere the book there and if it goes like with the French sample we had on display at MoCCA where people just zeroed in on it and couldn’t resist picking it up, it should sell out in a hurry!

The cover image above doesn’t do justice to the impression of this. I’ll try and take a picture of it and post it.

If you’ve been following our blog here and seeing our site, we’ve had a lot of strips running here, check it out. See the videos also… These girls are deranged.

Books will hit stores in about 6 weeks time and our warehouse in about 4. Before, if you’re at the San Diego shindig, come by and take a look.

RICK GEARY Chats About SACCO & VANZETTI Part 2

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The countdown to the San Diego Comic Con is on, and there we’ll be releasing the latest volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder, THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI. Welcome to Part 2 of our chat with Rick.  If you missed Part 1, check it out HERE.

 

Do you feel that True Crime has become too exploitive as tabloid journalism has become more prevalent?

Tabloid journalism seems more prevalent today because there are ever more outlets for it, in print, on TV or online.  But the murders of the 19th and early 20th centuries lacked nothing in their exploitation by an scurrilous, scandal-obsessed and sensation-seeking press corps.

Is there any interest to go further into the 20th century and examine True Crime stories such as the Kennedy or Martin Luther King assassination or the OJ Simpson murders?

I would love someday to tackle the JFK killing or the OJ case or the Jon-Benet Ramsey case, but at present they are too recent and still have too much heat surrounding them.  I would need for a few more decades to pass in order to treat a subject with the sort of ironic detachment that I try for.

What drew you to the Sacco and Venzitti story?

I’m always drawn to the cases that still have major questions or controversies clinging to them.  In addition, the Sacco & Vanzetti story was a major Cause Celebre of the early 20th century that is largely forgotten today.   I felt that the story had a political content that I hadn’t treated any any of my previous books.

What kind of research did you do for this story?  Do you go to the actual locations (like South Braintree, Massachusetts), or do you rely on books and the internet?

My research for this story consisted of reading as many books and articles on the case as I could find.  It’s usually helpful to visit the actual scene of the crime, if only to soak in the atmosphere, as I’ve done with several of the murders I’ve written about.  But in this case, the original street and buildings in South Braintree have been long-ago demolished and the area is now unrecognizable.

 

Come back next Wednesday and read part 3 of our interview with Rick and see some exclusive production artwork!

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! Only 25 copies are being made available. This will not be in stores!

Sean’s AX book nominated for a Harvey

Good things from me on another front –  I woke up to an excellent piece of news this morning: our AX book has been nominated for a HARVEY AWARD!

BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL –
AX: ALTERNATE MANGA, edited by Sean Michael Wilson and Mitsuhiro Asakawa, Top Shelf

“The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories…They are the only industry awards both nominated by and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.”

So, its very pleasing for us all that AX has been selected by comic book professionals, hopefully recognising the significant step forward it is in showing the work of individual, mature, experimental style manga artists from Japan. Past winners in this category include Lone Wolf and cub, Moebius, Akira and Persepolis – good company to be in!

Any comic book professionals who feel like voting for our AX book for the final winner can do so on the Harvey website below http://www.harveyawards.org/

Ta, Sean