Cat Lovers on Stargazing Dog + more

Two cat lovers on this dog’s tale, The Stargazing Dog that is:

“I may be a cat person, but I am certainly not immune to the touching tale of a good-hearted and grateful dog who is faithful to his master until the very end. Poignant.”

Manga Bookshelf

“I was surprised, really, at how much I got sucked in by this book, especially because I’m a cat person. But the universality of Daddy and the dog’s tale works no matter who you are. Recommended.”

says Marc Mason at Comics Waiting Room.

And Playback:Stl makes a good point on Sacco & Vanzetti:

 “In this increasingly xenophobic and classist era, Geary does us all a service with this stylish reprise of their case.”

Kinky & Cosy, you either hate or love it:

“Now this is the kind of crazy crap I like to see in my comic strips. Arson, didlo jokes, cripple jokes, Fair Trade ripping, addressing the issue of violence in schools in an insensitive manner — all this and more is within the pages of Kinky and Cosy, from the Belgian comic strip from writer/artist, Nix. You’re pretty much going to have to toss all your self-righteousness out the window because if you don’t, you’ll just get offended and end up missing something that is cute, funny, and disturbing all rolled up into the form of two twin girls who get into their own brand of trouble.”

Comics Bulletin, giving it 4 bullets (it’ll take more than that to kill’em). The very same goes on to critique Bubbles & Gondola:

“This is an awfully charming book. Renaud Dillies is a wonderful artist, able to capture the intense and sweet fairy-tale life that Charlie the Mouse lives in, a world of bright colors, intense emotions and frustrating disappointments.”

When Radio was King…

Inner Sanctum…

The lights had to be out—complete darkness, ear pressed against the set. Raymond, with his insane laughter, would introduce the story, first bantering with the tea lady selling Lipton’s.

I backed away from the commercials, not wanting to break the spell that was already settling over me, of anticipation. Then back to mad Raymond. What was the story tonight—“The Horla”? Where a concert pianist hears and sees a grotesque monster in his own penthouse home? Or “Alive in the Grave”, a horror tale of a man possibly buried alive. Maybe “Death of a Doll” about a possessed child’s toy, perhaps possessing whoever touched it. Or, one of my favorites, “The Undead”, a man who wants to be a vampire!

Then, my own story—which would have been perfect for “Inner Sanctum” (I modestly believe)—“Mentalo”, about a magician who does…real magic.

This was the time of “Cat People”, the movie that relied on the power of suggestion, rather than in your face graphic monsters. Those lucky enough to have seen this little masterpiece will remember that the monster—in this case a woman who turns into a panther—is never actually seen doing so. But the chills are there—in your mind—as you fill in the deliberate spaces the director (Jacques Tourneur) has structured for your head.

 

Inner Sanctum filled my head with those suggestions and spaces. Comics, not often enough, accomplish the same suggestive stories and scenes—in spite of being a graphic medium—but I elected to draw the graphic images. We live in the most visually oriented society the world has ever known. From TV, to movies, to magazines, newspapers in full color, to mobile devices, no corner of the world or of human experience is excepted.

We watch—in real time—Quadaffi’s brutal death, surveillance cameras show a kidnapper in the act and horror series where nothing is left to the imagination.

Well…times when I miss my imagination. I don’t want every single space to be filled by someone else.

I hope I’ll be forgiven for filling in the spaces so skillfully left to us by programs like “Inner Sanctum”, “Suspense”, and…”Lights Out”.

Foreign orders: we’ve cut our airmail rates!

A quick note to those of you abroad, outside the US and Canada: we’ve cut our airmail charges by over 30%!
The 1st book costs $8 to ship and each additional is $4. Compared to $12 and $6 we had to charge before…One of the advantages of being distributed and warehoused by IPG where we have access to more competitive services.
No compromise however: you’ll get the books in the same 1 to 2 weeks.
Alas, the old cheapest rate which was by boat has been eliminated by the Post Office, so airmail remains the only choice.
We hope this is some encouragement to become regular customers of ours again!

Publishers Weekly starred review for Stargazing Dog + Teacher Librarian on Sacco

“Offers some profound insight on the human condition (by way of the canine condition) without being too sweet or sappy.”

Says Publishers Weekly of Stargazing Dog in a second starred review in just a few weeks for NBM’s graphic novels. The other recent one was for Bubbles & Gondola.

“We have been really zeroing in on absolutely the best GNs to  publish or we simply won’t bother,” says NBM Publisher Terry Nantier. “These two out of the park just show the results of our focus. If it’s from NBM, you simply can’t afford to miss it!” Stargazing Dog is already close to selling out of its 1st print run in just a few weeks.

“Were Vanzetti and Sacco murderers or victims of judicial prejudice?  Either way, their case definitely said something about the America they called home. Geary’s historical mysteries always sparkle with clarity, both in the artwork and plot, and in this book he also resists the urge to decide that one side was right, all while giving the reader the most up-to-date information possible.”

Teacher Librarian

Good Evening, Friends of THE INNER SANCTUM!

This December, comic legend Ernie Colón makes his NBM Publishing debut with his graphic novel, Inner Sanctum: Tales of Mystery, Horror, & Suspense, inspired by the classic radio series, Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

Inner Sanctum Mysteries was created by radio producer Himan Brown and ran from 1941 through 1952, with a total of 526 broadcast episodes.

This anthology took it’s name from a popular series of mystery novels and according to the Radio Hall of Fame, “featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned and the famous “creaking door” slowly began to open.”

The first four years of the series opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, “Your host, Raymond,” delivered morbid jokes and playful puns over a spooky, melodramatic score.

 

The Inner Sanctum Mysteries specialized in stories revolving around ghosts, lunatics and murderers.

Among the memorable guest stars who appeared throughout the series included such stars as Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Mary Astor, Helen Hayes, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, Burgess Meredith, and Agnes Moorehead.

Radio Horror Hosts reveals even more about Himan Brown’s methodology,  “I use sound unashamedly,” Brown told The New York Times in 1948. “In a program like Inner Sanctum, where mood is of the essence, I believe in a minimum of writing. The sound really gives the picture. So let the sound carry it.” Brown then gave an example of the type of story telling that Inner Sanctum delivered without words. “A car pulls up. Car door opens. Footsteps on gravel, with background of wind and owl sounds. Footsteps stop. Clank of handle of iron door (obviously of mausoleum). Door opens. Footsteps resume, this time on stone, and outdoor effects of wind and owl fade out. Door clanks shut. Then the actor can scream out in terror.”

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be posting one page a day of the story, “Death of a Doll” on our Facebook page.  In addition, you’ll also find a recent interview that we conducted with Ernie.

As for today, check out the original broadcast of “Death of a Doll” from October 18, 1948 as it originally was broadcast on Inner Sanctum Mysteries starring Mason Adams and Ted Osborne.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DEATH OF A DOLL

NBM in December: Ernie Colon’s INNER SANCTUM

Coming this December and being solicited for at your comics shop now:

INNER SANCTUM
Tales of Mystery, Horror and Suspense
Ernie Colón
A revered veteran of comics brings to comics life tales based on one of the most fondly remembered mystery and horror radio shows in history. In striking black & white as only Colón is well known for, we are swept into chilling mysteries including:
The Horla: A man is haunted by a mysterious, grotesque being only he can see… It seeks to enslave him, but in the end reveals its true intent–to destroy him.
Death of a Doll: An unidentified corpse in the morgue intrigues a reporter, who sets out to identify her and how she died. On her was a doll which cries “Kara Nana”, another name for the devil.
The Undead: A young woman discovers an obituary for her living husband.
Alive in the Grave: Seeing a man collapse in an alley, our hero rushes to help only to find that the man is dead. Jobless and desperate, he takes the man’s wallet, only to find out later he may not have been dead! He rushes back only to find that the man has been removed and buried…perhaps alive.
6×9, 112pp, B&W jacketed hardcover, $16.99 ISBN 978-1-56163-614-3

see the previews. Believe us when we say, this is Ernie’s pet project and he has gone all out!

From Eurotica, the next issue of Sizzle magazine:

 

SIZZLE #52
Cornnell Clarke’s Peanut Butter series starts its 6th chapter right up. Kevin Taylor provides raunchy pin-ups including an amazing pull out poster in the middle. We introduce the new sex soaked action-packed detective sereis District 69 and more Barbarian Chicks.
8 1/2 x 11, full color magazine, $5.95

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FROM PAPERCUTZ:

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #15 “The Call of the Wild”
By Jack London
Adapted by Charles Dixon and Ricardo Villagran
The story of Buck, the fiercely loyal and powerful dog of the Yukon, has been author Jack London’s most popular novel since it was first published in 1903. Celebrated comics writer Charles Dixon teams with artist Ricardo Villagran in this adaptation of London’s novel, which School Library Journal described as “handsome to look at, inviting to read, and a boon to anyone charged with introducing today’s youth to classic works.”
6½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-291-5

And while this isn’t new, it’s being offered through comics stores for the first time:


GERONIMO STILTON:
#1-3 Boxed Set

Collecting THREE Geronimo Stilton best-seller hardcover graphic novels with over 150 pages of full-color comics! This Geronimo set takes fans from the voyage of Christopher Columbus, to Ancient Egypt, and the Coliseum in Rome! A great collection for the Holidays!
6 1/2 x 9, 168 pages, full-color, $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-231-1

see more at Papercutz.com

Take a ride with Bubbles & Gondola at your comic bookstore now

It’s arrived today at your comic bookstore:

BUBBLES & GONDOLA
Renaud Dillies
On a background of Django Reinhardt, this jewel of poetic fantasy is a fairy tale for all ages with spot on observations about life. Charlie is a mouse who’s trying to write but has a block. Writing is a solitary endeavor. A bird named Solitude comes to visit him to keep him company. We’re never sure he actually exists but in Charlie’s mind, yet he brings him out into the world, dares him to experience the unknown, unblocking his little existence… A drama about the blank page for Charlie who so wants to make the world more beautiful with his writing, we are transported into a tender and moving tale with a twinge of lyrical melancholy yet sweet, warm and ultimately elevating.
“A certain magic is demonstrated when an artist, unfettered by perceptions of comics being for kids, uses the full paint box of tools available to him. The wild imagery, wandering through parties and dreamland alike, transports the reader in an emotional way that propels the practical mind into the escape of art.”
-Publishers Weekly starred review
A Publishers Weekly “Graphic Novel as Gift 2011”

“This dreamlike meditation on creativity and finding value in life is not understood so much as succumbed to. Reminded me of the work of Winsor McCay in its dreamlike logic.” –Comics Worth Reading
81/2 x11, 80pp., full color hardcover, $16.99. ISBN 978-1-56163-611-2

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