Cartoonist Jim Benton (best known for It’s Happy Bunny) released his first collection of web cartoons, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. through NBM. And based on the reactions from some of the critics out there, you’re missing out if you don’t check it out.
“Each page of his Dog Butts … features a different comic, some simple one-panel cartoons, some multi-panel gag strips. The art styles employed are so incredibly different that many of them look like they’re the works of different cartoonists, with Benton affecting different design styles, different lines, different color schemes, different lettering and even different types of jokes throughout.
There are a few that aren’t even jokes, but look like greeting cards, and read as heartwarming, if saccharine, affirmative statements. Some are dark and twisted the way some of the most memorable Perry Bible Fellowship cartoons were. Sometimes he works blue. Sometimes he presents work tame enough that it could appear on a newspaper comics page. Other times he presents perfect, wordless one-panel gags that look like better-drawn installments of Gary Larson’s Far Side.
Everything about the book is all over the map except, perhaps, for its level of quality.”
– Robot 6
“The pieces in question range from single-panel gags to short sequential pieces, but the thing they share in common is the level of intelligence and cleverness on display. He is consistently darkly funny, often touching a chord with a tough truth at the heart of the cartoon…The whole book is worth your time.”
“From the sketchy to the hyper detailed to the super cartoony, Benton is a master at his craft…It’s silly and ridiculous and entirely enjoyable!“
“I found myself mentally comparing it to the great gag cartoonist books of my youth…As a jokester, Benton is as capable of coming up with a silly boob joke as he is a darkly comic riff on existential angst.”
Nominated as a 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens from The Young Adult Library Services Association of the ALA
“I really enjoy Rick Geary’s non-fiction comics about true crimes. His 2013 effort is the story of how architect Stanford White was shot in the face. Geary illustrates his books with maps, house cutaways, evidence shots, and explores every lead…even if such leads prove to be false, Geary explains their reason for not being possible/credible. Geary’s books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting out them in the pages of comics.”
– David Petersen (Mouseguard) naming Madison Square Tragedy to his Best of the Year list.
“Geary’s tale is a ripe one, and his evocation of an era where Victorian mores clashed with more modern ideas is wittily crafted..As is par for this series, Geary’s black-and-white art relishes period detail as it maintains a largely detached view on the people involved… As in other volumes in this magnificent graphic series, Geary’s interest is as much in the reactions to the horrendous crimes depicted as in the criminal acts themselves. In so doing, he tells us much about the Good Olde Days that it’d be best not to forget.”
“Usual brilliant Geary art par excellance, needs no further description. I’d read a phone book illustrated by the man! My only complaint? The long wait till Geary’s next book!”
Jim signs a copy of Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. at Booth 1714 for a fan.
Rick shows off a copy of Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery at Booth 1714.
SDCC 2014: NBM Premieres Jim Benton’s ‘DOG BUTTS AND LOVE. AND STUFF LIKE THAT. AND CATS.’
Rick Geary To Preview New Pages From Upcoming Book
NBM Publishing returns to San Diego Comic-Con International and is proud to premiere New York Times bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton’s first print collection of his web comics, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. Known for creating, It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary, Benton’s web cartoons have become one of Reddit’s most popular draws and are known to be whimsical, dry humored and occasionally a bit nasty.
People Magazine named him “one of the most visible cartoonists in America.” and The Wall Street Journal said “Mr. Benton’s intellectual properties…have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies.” The winner of three Addy Awards and five top LIMA licensing awards, Benton’s creation It’s Happy Bunny has generated over 3/4 of a billion dollars at retail.
To support the release of Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats., Jim Benton will be appearing at Comic Con for the first time and will be at the NBM Booth (1714) throughout the weekend.
Also appearing at the NBM Booth is legendary cartoonist Rick Geary who will be previewing pages from his next graphic novel, a murder mystery starring Louise Brooks, which will be his first book through NBM that’s not part of his Treasury of Murder series. The book is planned to premiere in May 2015 at TCAF.
We’ll also have preview pages at the booth of some of our forthcoming books including the return of Dungeon with Twilight Vol.4, Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, Miss Don’t Touch Me‘s Hubert & Kerascoet’s Beauty and an amazing homage to Rear Window, Pascal Rabaté’s Street View, an awesome accordion book.
In addition, we’ll have several prints available; free with a $30 purchase and a free signed version available with a $50 purchase. Choices include Jim Benton, Rick Geary, Stan Mack, Margreet de Heer and from Eurotica, Cornell Clarke and Kevin Taylor.
Signing Schedule at Booth 1714:
10:30-12:00 JIM BENTON
3:00-4:30 RICK GEARY
5:00-6:30 JIM BENTON
10:30-12:00 JIM BENTON
1:00-2:30 RICK GEARY
5:00-6:30 JIM BENTON
1:00-2:30 JIM BENTON
3:00-4:30 RICK GEARY
5:00-6:30 JIM BENTON
10:30-12:00 RICK GEARY
Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s Shakespearean organized crime graphic novel, Family Ties, is their first work together since The Broadcast. Here’s what the critics have to say.
“Family Ties is a single volume graphic novel packed with tension and wrought with emotion, as well as more than a little violence. With all the hallmarks of the best mob movies, alongside the emotions of family dramas, Hobbs has crafted an engaging and original story.”
“The best part about Family Ties, and the reason I’d recommend it, is the art, by Noel Tuazon, all black and white. And gray. Lots of gray. His figures and objects are mostly minimalist sketches, and the “coloring” is various shades of gray watercolor, which I, in my non-art history background, associate with traditional Chinese and Japanese nature paintings. Meaning that the story is just automatically moody and exotic-looking. But also, the black and white and gray formatting serves as a metaphor for the story morality: it’s not a world of black/white bad/good, but a whole bunch of people operating somewhere in the middle.”
“A superb graphic novel that should appeal to students of Elizabethan drama and of grandiosely brutal gangster stories.”
The reviews for Jesse Lonergan’s All Star are in!
“It’s an authentic tale of life in a small community, particularly in the wordless sequences of ball practice or late-night party. It’s a pleasure to get lost in the art.”
“Lonergan’s story hits all the right notes of smalltown life and athletic struggle, with loose, energetic, manga-inspired art.”
“All Star captures small-town adolescence perfectly (perhaps all too perfectly, depending on a reader’s mood and propensity for elegiac nostalgia), and is actually a great deal of fun, despite the down ending and the heavy melodrama.
Lonergan is a sensational character designer and cartoonist, and while all of the lines in all of the panels are dynamic and expressive, this is never more apparent than when he’s drawing the sports action, in which balls fly like meteors, and hit the ground, a glove or a bat with explosions.”
– Robot 6
“Lonergan does get things right at every turn. His town feels right, the people who live there feel right, the reaction to what happens feels right, and the angst Carl feels over it feels right. There’s a universal recognition of the human condition here that works. Having grown up in a town like this, I saw the truth in it. The art has a crisp, cartoon-y look about it, and the ending, while feeling a little manufactured, resonates in the final panels. Solid stuff.”
“Thoughtful, provocative, and populated by believable human characters, All Star is highly recommended. All Star does contain some cursing and a few sexual allusions, though it is never explicit, and is therefore more suitable for teens and adults (or any reader who is mature enough to understand what the Lewinsky scandal was all about).”
“This was so good. So damn good. I don’t care for baseball at all, but this isn’t necessarily about baseball. It’s about being someone who is willing to take a stand for what they think is important...”
All Star is available now.
This weekend, May 10th and 11th The Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling team up once again to present the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF) with several NBM authors in attendance. We’ll be holding court at Table 172, so come on by!
Renaud Dillies will be a featured guest and will be making TCAF his first ever North American comics event.
Dillies is the creative force behind Betty Blues and Bubbles & Gondola and illustrated Abelard with writer Régis Hautière.
On Saturday, he’ll be appearing at the Toronto Reference Library: Comics Workshop Space leading the workshop, “Drawing Music.”
On Sunday, he’ll receive his own spotlight panel from 4pm-5pm.
All the way from Paris, France, TCAF is proud to welcome Featured Guest Renaud Dillies. Author of the acclaimed graphic novels Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola, and the Angouleme “Debut Book Prize” winner Betty Blues. In this feature interview, The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon will interview Dillies on his life, his career, and his inspirations. French/English interpretation by Stephane Beaujean.
Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
From the creative team behind The Broadcast, NBM is proud to be debuting their new book, Family Ties at TCAF.
Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, Family Ties is The Godfather as a Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.
Jesse, the author of Flower & Fade and Joe & Azat will be appearing to support his new book, the baseball coming of age tale, All Star.
On Saturday from 11am-12pm, Jesse will be appearing on the panel:
Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies.
Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), Jesse Lonergan (All-Star), and moderator Jimmy Aquino (Comics News Insider), for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!
Christophe Blain, the author Isaac the Pirate, Gus, and Dungeon the Early Years (with Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim) will be hosting one of the Comics Workshops, “Drawing” on Saturday at 2pm.
Signing Schedule – Table 172
- 9am-10am Jesse Lonergan
- 10am-12pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 1pm-2pm Renaud Dillies
- 2pm-3pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 3pm-4pm Jesse Lonergan
- 4pm-5pm Renaud Dillies
- 11am-12pm Christophe Blain
- 12pm-1pm Renaud Dillies
- 1pm-2pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 2pm-3pm Jesse Lonergan
- 3pm-4pm Renaud Dillies
- 4pm-5pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
For more details, visit torontocomics.com
With over a dozen titles available in his Treasury of Murder series, it’s the latest, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White that’s earned cartoonist Rick Geary a well deserved 2013 nomination for Best Graphic Novel for the 68th Annual NCS Reuben Awards. The Reuben Award is the highest honor that the profession bestows and is presented on behalf of the National Cartoonists Society.
The winners will be announced Saturday, May 24th at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in San Diego, CA.
About the Book:
Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
“Geary’s books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting for them in the pages of comics.”
-David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
“TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL. No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden.”
-Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly
“To be able to share Madison Square Tragedy, a shining example of the possibilities of the comic medium—with those who would not necessarily approach a comic book—is a triumph.”
-NY Journal of Books
This Weekend, NBM Heads To MoCCA Arts Festival; ALL STAR by Jesse Lonergan and 2nd. Edition of SILK ROAD TO RUIN by Ted Rall To Premiere
NBM Publishing is once again heading to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have both Jesse Lonergan, who will be appearing to promote the debut of his new book, the coming of age story All Star and Ted Rall who will be signing copies of the new edition of his book, SILK ROAD TO RUIN: Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East.
About All Star
Set at the end of the school year in 1998 when Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, and Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time’ is on top of the charts, Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year.
A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros.
He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
About SILK ROAD TO RUIN: Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East – 2nd Ed.
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil…
Combining articles with comic chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare.
It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
Signing Schedule – Tables B6, B7
Both Jesse and Ted will be appearing at the NBM Booth throughout the weekend.
Saturday, April 6th:
- Jesse Lonergan 11:30-1:00
- Ted Rall 1:00-3:00
- Jesse Lonergan 3:00-5:00
Sunday, April 7th:
- Jesse Lonergan 12:00-2:00
- Ted Rall 2:00-3:30
- Jesse Lonergan 3:30-5:00
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