I’d like to welcome Top Shelf to the 21st century and digital comics.
I find the hoopla around their announcement somewhat amusing especially as we’ve been there, done that for over two years now and have quite a nice library up on Comixology building for some time now! So declarations about being the first, well, Chris, I luv ya, but…
We’re also working with our distributor IPG to get us available with e-tailers and providers beyond comics ones in the general realm of e-books. So, Libraries: Overdrive should have us already! And that’s just one.
End of bass drum beating.
Following right after this, Ernie Colon’s first appearance on our blog, welcome, Ernie!
He joins our many artists blogging here from Rick Geary to Sean Michael Wilson.
Just back from SPX in the Washington DC area and it was energizing!
Saturday was amazing, starting right off the bat in high gear. For a few hours, we sold steadily books upon books, selling out of many Dungeon titles quickly as well as Sky Over the Louvre and Geary’s new Sacco & Vanzetti.
By the end of the show we had sold out of substantial quantities also of our premiere of the Stargazing Dog which was warmly received and, with Brooke Allen signing, of the many copies we brought of her Home for Mr. Easter.
The energy around the show is wonderful to see, the Ignatz Awards were SRO with many unable to fit and the post party went on into the wee hours. Gotta say, I love the forgiving hours of the show, starting at 11 on Saturday and even noon on Sunday.
A fun experience worth the trip and this show should attract attendees from farther than the DC area alone, it deserves it!
Many thanks to Brooke, Rick Parker who held up the Papercutz side, and Jesse Lonergan for appearing at our booth and talking with fans.
Well, I promised to take a picture of the cover, here it is! Not a great one but it does show the foil effect and the crazy googly eyes that are within cutouts from the hardcover.
You can even kinda see me reflected in the foil taking the picture…
Yeah, you gotta see this either at its premiere in San Diego or ask your store! They’ll have it in about 5-6 weeks…
See more about Kinky & Cosy.
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.
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.
A quick post to give homage to Bill Blackbeard with whom we worked for so many years on early comic strip complete collections.
I am very sorry to see him pass away, his encyclopedic knowledge of comics strips and his amazing collection which I went to visit back in the eighties in San Francisco was amazing. A monumental number of boxes safe in a dry big basement.
I started working with him in the early eighties as we started the first ever complete reprint of any strip in library-worthy clothbound books, beginning with Terry & The Pirates. His collection was thoroughly amazing, going 3-4 newspaper clippings deep which allowed him to make the best choices for reproduction which he would then send us as a batch for each volume for us to reproduce and then work on further so as to make the repro as sharp as possible within the means available back then.
This series was very popular, went for 12 very thick volumes. And each volume had an intro by Bill that set the scene of the day as well as providing info on Caniff. It was the start of our Flying Buttress Classics Library which are now rare collector’s items.
We went on, along with Bill who was quite happy to work with us in making such a permanent printed archive, to do the same with Wash Tubbs & Capt. Easy by Roy Crane and then, of course, Tarzan by first Foster, then Hogarth, where we went full color.
Every volume had wonderful informative notes by Blackbeard.
His contribution to the field of preservation of this art form is immeasurable.
I will never forget him.
See the notice on ICv2.
This is leading up to the next volume collection of his popular pithy one page webcomic observations: “My Shadow in the Distance.” And the 1st bunch of strips deal with his trip to the US… a little extra treat!
This will be volume 4 of this series, shipping in July.
So I’m happy to welcome Lewis back here. Don’t miss the strips, set up an rss.
We convinced a sceptic critic on comics. The kind of review we LOVE to see, this one on the Sky Over the Louvre. First, setting the background on this book of Robespierre commissioning David to create a new Supreme Being:
“If you want the full account, you need to read a comic book.
Excuse me: a graphic novel.
Another surprise: This one has A-list credentials.
The sponsor is the Louvre. The artist is the esteemed French cartoonist Bernar Yslaire. The writer is Jean-Claude Carrière, the favorite collaborator of Luis Buñuel; he wrote the screenplays for “Belle de Jour,” “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “That Obscure Object of Desire,” among others.
But still…a graphic novel?
If you’re Old School like me, you haven’t jumped into this craze. At best, you think it’s a good idea for wired kids who grew up on comics and don’t have the attention span for real books. But for adults, a reasonable response to graphic novels would be: well….why?
“The Sky Over The Louvre” provokes a different response. Interest, for one. Understanding — even mastery — of a fascinating historical/art episode, for another. A powerful and enjoyable esthetic experience, for a third. And then, just to be shallow, there’s the cool factor — on a coffee table, this book makes you look good.
Was I self-conscious reading this book? Not once.
Did I get a better sense of David and Robespierre? Yes, and quickly.
Was I grateful for the art history lesson? Yes, and also for the way the paintings in this book are accurately copied and for two pages of artistic references.
More smart, beautiful hardcover comic books for grownups, please.”
YES!YES! This is what we live for here! Another convert to our art form!
Makes my day. Keeps me going as I have for *gasp* 35 years.
A belated blog post on going to the opening of the exhibit MoCCA has up on Will Eisner’s work. Amazing how the museum can put up so much in a relatively small space. There’s a wealth of gorgeous originals from full color paintings to comics pages in B&W by him that are awesome.
Also very interesting are the many comics pages famous artists contributed to the exhibit as well which were tributes to Eisner. From Spiegelman to an amazing piece by Neal Adams which must have taken him a coupla years, has a cast of thousands, each face a famous figure of the day.
My compliments to Danny Fingeroth and Denis Kitchen, the curators, for a job very well done. Impressive.
It brought back memories which I shared with a few at the opening of our working with Will. Always very outgoing and warm. It’s a cherished memory to have gone to visit him at his studio/office in Florida, to have met and gone out with him and his wife Ann. An inspiring leader for our industry and yet always very easy to approach.
Anyway, if you’re in NY, check this out.
I am proud to announce that our Dinosaurs Across America by Phil Yeh may have become the FIRST fully interactive graphic novel!
This book has been a successful fun tool for kids to learn about US Geography for years as a comic book Phil sold at his numerous appearances around schools and libraries across the country advocating for literacy through comics. We then did with him the full color graphic novel which has gone to press 3 times with over 15,000 sold. It’s a Library Media Connection Editor’s Choice and has received many great reviews.
We’re all pretty ignorant when it comes to geography, these comics have made it easy and fun for kids to learn the facts about all 50 states.
And now, thanks to Koobits, an interactive book developer, it comes to your iPad screen as well as an e-book for PC. Here is a presentation along with video of what it looks like.
This is the just the first of a series of announcements we’ll be making this year that set NBM on a new course. Stay tuned!