I’d like to welcome Jim Benton to this blog! He’s the cartoonist behind:
Coming out in June… He’ll start posting fun stuff very soon, cartoons, where he gets his ideas, how he works, news… and looks forward to interacting with you with any questions you may have.
We’re excited about this handsome book, we already have advance copies in hand with its bright red cover and flaps. Jim is incredibly versatile, as this book proves. Orders for this book have pushed this into a high first printing. Not only will you find this prominently at Barnes & Noble in the humor section but also at all Urban Outfitters. And of course better comics stores, online, from us directly, etc…
We did more in one day at this fair than we do at just about any other convention and that was gratifying indeed! In fact, we did more here on one table than in some shows over two days with 2 tables! Margreet de Heer did especially well selling out of her books and proving quite popular.
And it figures: her books are general interest and that’s the audience that comes to this street fair. Much of NBM’s catalog is about that and always has been: reaching out to a wide audience of readers and making converts of skeptics!
Kim and I were friends. I can say that proudly. His passing is a complete shock and so sudden, I am flabbergasted.
Way too young.
He could have given the comics world so much more.
We had somewhat similar roots, growing up in Europe and especially with French comics. We compared notes frequently on those, Gil Jourdan a good example. Like him, I was breathlessly reading that series as a kid, emulating it in early comics writing I would do, making sure to meet author Maurice Tillieux at every occasion, my signed ‘albums’ remaining a proud piece of my collection. Like him, I was a huge fan of Spirou and developed an early almost encyclopedic knowledge of its history.
I told him he was crazy to even try to publish those here. I mean, they’re just so French, really.
For a few years, we shared booths in Frankfurt and we would hang out. One could see quickly he was an unusually intelligent and grounded person. He may not have necessarily been the most warm and approachable but, as for Gary Groth, you could not but respect the breadth of his knowledge, the good sense he applied in co-running Fantagraphics.
Gary, you two were a remarkable pair and you two led your publishing co. to amazing heights of cultural significance and influence.
It’s official, HarperCollins, one of America’s ‘big six’ publishers, is moving to 195 Broadway just a couple doors up from us.
Ha, people used to look at us funny for being in the ‘financial district’, look what company we got now! Fact is this area has been diversifying for some time and most financial companies are uptown now anyway. What we do have are some of the most beautiful old classic buildings in the Big Apple. The Woolworth building one more block up from 195 has a lobby so gorgeous as to make your jaw drop.
But then we were all drinking seawater just a couple months ago.
Post Sandy, it appears we may never get back most of our phone numbers of 22 years!
The problem goes farther back from Sandy to when we moved to our great new digs at 160 Broadway last April. They installed and moved (albeit late) our lines properly but never got the billing right. Then Sandy hit and eventually, even though we were calling them to make sure they took care of us, just let our main number (212 643 5407) back into the available pool to be grabbed by the first schmuck.
To this day, as for much of lower Manhattan, we STILL do not have normal service on the rest of our numbers. Our fax # of 22 years (212 643 1545) is still not operating.
After months of waiting, we gave up and went to Time Warner to get back phone service and also internet which we’d otherwise still not have!
It’s one thing to have your main operating center downtown completely drowned in seawater, it’s quite another to screw up billing so badly as to result in the loss of our numbers for years.
Never mnd the literally hours of being bounced around trying to deal with them on this for the last close to 3 months.
If ever there was the definition of clusterf**k, it’s Verizon.
So now our main number is 646 559 4681, our fax number where you can reach us is 646 559 4838. We hope yet to get our old fax # back.
Thank God we still do have our old 800# working: 800 886 1223.
The Persia Blues project on Kickstarter has already surpassed its goal and there’s still a few hours to go. Congratulations to Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman on reaching their goal and as for you, you can still chip in and get some really cool stuff such as signed copies, Persian recipes, or signed original sketches and art pages. Check it out!
And retailers: there’s a couple of packages for you that include them coming over for a signing + original art and copies of the book.
We look forward to publishing this series!
Dave Brubeck just passed away. I grew up with his music. My Dad had that popular album including his offbeat waltzy Take Five. Simple genius that, and same for many other pieces he composed. I heard them often from a tender age all the way into my teens when it primed me for such heavier discoveries of the day (the 70′s) as The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report or Return To Forever. All experimented heavily with exotic time signatures just as Brubeck loved to do.
Besides my fascination for comics and what I saw as its still mostly untapped potential at the time, another devotion I had was to jazz and those crazy time signatures were one heck of a lot of fun to unlock as a drummer.
Brubeck expanded the art of Jazz and music AND was able to sell a lot of albums to a lot of people.
You gotta respect that.
Wind is howling through high rises here at times making some parts of them ring with a tone reverberating down the avenue. Our widows are being tested, making cranking noises like we never heard.
In my total of 40 years I’ve lived in nyc, first time I witness this.
I’d like to welcome Graphic Novel Expert Steve Weiner to this blog, starting with the post right before this one. Steve was one of the first librarians to recognize the power of comics to bring youth to reading and its worthiness as a library item. He has championed comics into libraries for decades, in fact.
My work relationship with him goes back to the nineties at least where he helped us put together a targeted mailing to libraries when we were among the first to get GNs recognized by library associations such as Rick Geary’s Jack the Ripper going on the YALSA reluctant reader top 10 Quick Picks over 15 years ago!
We’re fellow pioneers and we’ve got his history of the GN in the US coming back out in a revised and updated edition: “Faster than a Speeding Bullet, The Rise of the Graphic Novel.”
Better late than never, right? Sorry, was just too busy to getting around to this but we have some good pics of our doings in SD: