Sean, back from the US and A.

I was just in the USA again, at a convention held in Minneapolis College of Art and Design – a good little academic style con, with cosplay fun thrown in. I made a talk about ‘Ax and Gekiga: maturer style manga’, to a full house and a good reception – thank you all. and thanks to ‘Big Brain comics’ in Minneapolis, that hosted an after party for me on sunday night. and NICE! to the ‘Brit Bar’ there, who gave me a chance to eat ‘Flake’ and ‘Curly wurly’ chocolate bars from Britain! The ‘Ax: alternative manga’ book continues to get very positive critical and public reaction… plus my Kodansha book ‘Hagakure’ sold well among the manga fans at the con. But now I came back to Japan – my adopted home!

THE STORY OF LEE, my book with NBM is out now in diamond’s October PREVIEWS catalogu, so book your order now shops and people! Its an original story by myself, not an adaptation this time! Although its not a true story,  I use many autobiographical aspects in it, plus a lot of references to real places in Hong Kong, where the story is set. The focus of the story is on the female’s character’s point of view regarding her relationship with her western boyfriend and strict father. The book should appeal to late teenage and older females readers who dig the more sophisticated ‘shoujo’  style, or the mature  ‘Josei’ manga style.

Since the art is by a Japanese lady, Chie Kutsuwada, then I hope that manga purist’s will find it acceptable too – ongaishimasu! The above pages are a scene where Lee has a heart to heart with her dying grandmother.

Oh, a  neat little bit of coincidence – as I was writing this my friend was looking through “Erotic Comics vol 2′ from the UK publisher ILEX. As I went over i saw that they were reading a bit that describes such erotic comics by NBM!

See you at NY Comic-con!

NBM and Papercutz will be sharing a corner booth #2304 at the upcoming New York Comic-Con October 8-10 at the Javitts Convention Center. Upwards of 70,000 visitors are expected and we’ll have a busy booth of authors signing from both companies! Besides having our latest books to show and sell, here’s our schedule of appearances on authors you can meet which will include Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville, Greg Houston of Elephant Man and Vatican Hustle. On Papercutz‘ side, we’ll have Rick Parker and Stefan Petrucha who’ve done the best-selling Tales from the Crypt‘s Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, the infamous new Harry Potty spoof, and Nancy Drew:

Friday October 8th

10:00 to 11:00AM        Stefan Petrucha and Neil Kleid

11:00AM to 12:00PM      Greg Houston and Rick Parker

1:00 to 2:30PM          Stefan Petrucha

2:30 to 4:00PM          Neil & Greg

4:00 to 5:30PM          Stefan and Rick

Saturday October 9th

 11:00AM to 12:30PM      Stefan

1:30 to 3:00PM          Rick & Greg

3:30to 5:00PM           Stefan

5:00 to 6:30PM          Rick & Greg 

Sunday October 10th     

10:30AM to 12:00PM      Greg & Rick

12:00 to 1:30PM         Neil

1:30 to 3:00PM          Stefan

Trondheim at the Beguiling!

Quick bit of news here: this Saturday, Lewis Trondheim will be in Toronto appearing at the Beguiling comics bookstore.

See The Beguiling’s blog for more info.

He don’t come often to North America so don’t miss this chance to get Dungeon, Little Nothings and his other goodies signed! You might even see him set fire to one of your Dungeon books (after drawing Marvin spitting fire)… We swear! That’s what he does! He’ll burn your book! (OK, just the back page)(and if he feels like it that day).

SPX: wow! love the energy.

Just back from the SPX show this last weekend, held in Bethesda. Saturday was amazing. A crowded big hotel conference room full of people eager to get the latest exciting indie comics.

The energy and enthusiasm was palpable as we blew through all the Dungeon books we brought within 2 hours, sold out of our premier of The Broadcast and sold a lot of A Home for Mr. Easter and Greg Houston’s books Vatican Hustle and his new Elephant Man.

Eric Hobbs had flewn in from Indiana for the occasion and we also had Brooke Allen up from Savannah and Greg Houston from… Baltimore all busy signing. Brooke had cute little pins to give away and had made little Mr. Easter figurines which she painted right there for people.

What impressed me the most, after not having been able to go the last couple of years myself (our artists took care of the NBM tables themselves), was a clear turnaround in attitude where in the past many were shy to spend more than a buck or two at a time on mini-comics and kinda stared at the graphic novels. Now they were there to get the latest GNs even if they were, as some publishers do them, at more than $25. Of course, great preference was given to those that the artists could be there to sign (which is why the early blow out of Dungeon took me by surprise, we’ll come better armed next year- oddly enough though we couldn’t sell Little Nothings. Go figure).

Thanks to ever-charming Brooke, Eric and Greg, all very good at engaging the fans, in helping to make this an exciting event to be at.

See ya there next year!

NBM at SPX: The Broadcast premieres.

The weekend following Labor Day is when the next SPX show happens in Bethesda, MD, in the Washington DC area. As every year, we’ll have our tables and a few of our artists appearing including a premiere!

Here’s who you can meet, at tables H7 and 8, Sept. 11 and 12:

ERIC HOBBS premiering The Broadcast which is just shipping as we speak! The buzz on this has been excellent, the book an engrossing noir thriller with the Orson Welles famous War of the Worlds broadcast as a backdrop.

BROOKE A. ALLEN signing her irresisitible A Home for Mr. Easter. Remember: we’ve got a Twitter contest going until the end of this month.

GREG HOUSTON signing his Elephant Man just out as well as Vatican Hustle. He’s a native Baltimorean, not from far away.

CORRECTION! TED RALL will not be able to make it.

And then this year, NBM publisher Terry Nantier will be there as well.

COME AND SAY HI, GET OUR LATEST!

San Diego pictures part 2, or is it 3?

Miran Kim (who did the X-Files comics covers for Topps and recently a spoof of Twilight in Tales from the Crypt 8), was nice enough to send some great pictures she took:

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Legendary Ron Turner of Last Gasp came by to sit with us for a bit at the Papercutz booth. That’s me with him.

Back to the dinner (see last post):

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Me with Rick Geary and wife Deborah.

Everybody doing a better job of smiling here:

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Again, from left to right: Patrick Turner our booth mgr., Ted Rall, friend and wife of Rick Geary, Terry Nantier, Miran Kim, Sean Michael Wilson, Mark Badger and son.

San Diego: work and party

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San Diego is an exhausting experience but thrilling oftentimes as well.  It’s great to hear from fans about their excitement on certain series or even to hear ‘what a great publishing company you are!” For all the hard work, such compliments are music to my ears. Also, many of our authors that we publish we first started talking to at this show, from Geary to Shane White.

And so, every year, we celebrate our authors in a dinner get together where we all unwind and have a good time together.

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Here from right to left is Rick Geary with wife and friend, Ted Rall. On the other side Mark Badger.

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And here from left to right: Miran Kim, Badger and son. The other side: Patrick Turner, our booth mgr., Stephanie McMillan, Ted Rall, Geary facing away and co.

One you can barely see in the top picture behind Miran is Sean Michael Wilson, who just did AX, alternative manga at Top Shelf and is about to do with  us Story of Lee. He’s a Scot living in Japan. You can imagine the stories he regaled us with in his rich accent.

And now back to the daily task of getting out those books you want from us and see you at the next show (SPX in Washington in September where this time I plan to attend, hadn’t been able to in a few years).