Rick Geary on All Things Considered.

Wow! What a treat between Christmas and New Year’s! Author Duane Swierczynski chooses 3 favorite true crime graphic novels on today’s All Things Considered on the NPR network, heard by millions across the country, and one of them is Rick Geary’s The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans!

“For a decade now (sic) Geary has been serving up delightfully grizzly novels… but my favorite is the Terribile Axe-Man of New Orleans.”

Try TWO decades, Duane, but hey we love it! This just ran on the East Coast, you might still be able to catch it on your radio!

See or hear the full review.

Best of 2011

That time of year and we got so far NPR, Graphic Novel Reporter and Fearnet + a late last minute addition… not bad:

First, NPR’s Monkey See put Stargazing Dog in their top list. From the initial review:

“Throughout, the dog remains steadfastly loyal, his expression largely unchanged from the eager, hopelessly-in-love dog-smile you see there on the cover. That’s what Murakami’s getting at: the resiliency of the bond tying us to dogs, and them to us, and how it provides a blissfully uncomplicated comfort amid our increasingly complicated lives.”

Graphic Novel Reporter’s John Hogan puts our Sky Over the Louvre in his bhest of 2011 list: “A beautiful combination of art and story.”

Fearnet puts Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti on their list: “proves the master of drolly impish cartooning hasn’t lost his touch, as it presents a pair of protagonists (anarchists, no less) strangely sympathetic in their relevancy to today’s world.”

And this latest news: Alan David Doane at Trouble with Comics puts 2 of ours out of his top ten books for 2011! Little Nothings 4 and Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti.

The Story of Lee – digital version!

Comixology, the digital comics site for ipad, iphone, android, etc now has my own book with NBM on it – The Story of Lee. Out this week, just in time for Xmas! You can download the digital version for only $7.99 (a mere snip, the paper one costs $11.99). It’s my first English language digital book, although I have one out already in Japanese. 150 pages, mature manga story, art by Chie Kutuswada. There is also a 12 page free preview there on Comixology, as a taster. Nice!

“Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a young Chinese man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds?”

https://comics.comixology.com/#/issue/18636/The-Story-of-Lee-Vol-1

New Tricks For An Old Dog

Two people–in one week–asked me if I was still drawing. I hadn’t seen them since the last charity event, maybe a year ago. When they ask me, they make a scribbling motion in the air as if they were asking for the check.

It isn’t the first time someone poses that question.

Thing is–I don’t know how to answer, so I mumble, uh–sure–yeah. They seem happy–reassured. No idea what else I would be doing, since I would draw even when not paid for it. (half the story of my life)

Late at night, my wife Ruth says goodnight and asks what I’m doing.

Drawing I say, shrugging my shoulders.

Trying Sketchbook Pro, Smoothdraw, Softdraw, Art Rage, Manga Studio, sketching zombies, space probers, German soldiers…everything that doesn’t bring in a dime.

Do the library often, load up with GNs. Occasionally I find a new artist, or a GN I haven’t read yet.

A recent, late, discovery was Jaques Tardi–wonderful, total cartoonist.

Humbling.

Working paperless is like only eating potatoes. Makes me hunger for some of the things that were; paper, pencil, ballpoint, crowquill.

Then I wind up scanning it all anyway, so I can color it, letter it, panel it. It’s all drawing–so–what difference?

Some of the Inner Sanctum book was done in ballpoint, scanned and washed in Photoshop.

One of the formats I go to again and again, is vector. It has a lovely clean look I like–but it is so laborious and so not intuitive. It requires more structure. Doesn’t lend itself to lazy artists.

This is a small experiment in vector I did for a project my partner and I are working on, 3/5ths of a Man, The History of Slavery in America. Would love to do it like this, but I don’t have ten years and I don’t have a team.

It can be done, of course, with tempera–now I think of it. Of course, that wouldn’t have the advantage of vector’s small file size.

Is that relevant anymore? Can anyone tell me?

After the jump, check out several pieces of Ernie Colón’s presented for the very first time.

Continue reading “New Tricks For An Old Dog”

NBM in February: the next Louvre book

Here’s what we’ve got for February being solicited for now at your comics bookstore (as we like to call them- if they’re a comicbook store, they probably don’t carry us!).

The main news is another magnificent graphic novel in the Louvre collection, this time by a bestselling mangaka seen here for the first time:

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka. Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

see previews

And check out the others in this collection:

On the Odd Hours

Glacial Period

The Sky Over the Louvre

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And here’s what’s new from Papercutz:

New series!

DANCE CLASS #1 “So, You Think You Can Hip-Hop?”

ka, writer

Crip, artist

In this new dance based series, Julie, Lucy and Alia are BFF’s who share one passion: dance! Between programs in ballet and modern dance, they also slip in classes on many other styles including hip-hop, a class run by the hunk KT, who’s got all three competing for his attention. As they prepare for the ballet “Sleeping Beauty,” they’d love to see him play Prince Charming. Any of the millions of girls with a love for dance and taking classes will find this new gag-filled series irresistible!

8 x 10, 48pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99

ISBN 978-1-59707-254-0 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARFIELD & Co #5 “A Game of Cat and Mouse”

By Jim Davis and Mark Evanier, writers

Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, artists

Adapted by Cedric Michiels

Garfield isn’t a mauser. He doesn’t even mind mice—as long as they don’t get in his way, he couldn’t care less. But when his mouse friend Squeek invites his big family to stay at Jon’s, they quickly take over the entire house—turning the kitchen into a Mouse Paradise complete with tennis court, spa, and buffet. Jon gives Garfield an ultimatum: get rid of the mice, or Jon will call an exterminator. Also featuring “Pet Matchers” and “Catnap.”

6½ x 9, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $7.99

ISBN 978-1-59707-300-4


ERNEST & REBECCA #2 “Sam the Repulsive”

Guillame Bianco, writer

Antonello Dalena, artist

Life isn’t easy for Rebecca. Between parents at each other’s throats, a big sister with her own worries, and an uncle intent on her taking her medicine, it’s hard for Rebecca to keep smiling. Complicating things further, her health isn’t good and her parents would prefer she be cloistered all the time. But Rebecca has a solution to her problems: Ernest the bacterium who’s become her sworn pal and is out to reconcile her parents and fight off a new virus named Sam who threatens to make Rebecca’s health take a turn for the worst!

8 x 10, 48pp., full-color hardcover: $11.99

ISBN 978-1-59707-299-1

SEE MORE AT THE PAPERCUTZ SITE!