Comics stores should receive next week Shane White’s new Things Undone as well as the latest volume in the growingly popular Dungeon series.
Shane White’s latest is quite a departure from the previous North Country he did with us. The art style is cartoonier, the premise humorful but real where the main character feels like he’s going nowhere fast and literally becoming a zombie. Shane’s been talking about it quite a bit here on his own.
As for Dungeon, brilliantly written by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, here too, character development is one of the key aspects of the success of this series. It may be a dark spoof of heroic fantasy involving some strange creatures, but you can relate to them very personally. In this volume, the second volume of the Early Years part of the grand saga, the art is by no less a magician than Christophe Blain, of Isaac the Pirate fame!
Don’t miss ’em at your store next week and if you don’t see ’em, request ’em! Stores are gun shy in this economy, ordering the least they feel they need. If your store hasn’t ordered these, they can get them easily through book wholesalers like Ingram’s or ourselves. And of course, you can also order direct from us or Amazon.
The publicity on The Big Kahn just keeps rolling along and gathering steam! The latest is a great interview by author Sasha Watson on Publishers Weekly’s Comics Week newsletter.
And… looks like a major paper will be running something very soon… stay tuned.
Before the green tea incident (see below) I had wanted to apprise everyone of the situation that is going down this Saturday only in CHICAGO, city of golden showers!
My friends at Around Comics (one of the top comic book podcasts out there) are hosting the 2nd annual WINDY CITY COMICON which will be chock-full of creative individuals…and me.
My book will be there too and I will sell it to you and sign it and maybe even do a sketch in the thing as well! Why? Because grandmothers know value when they see it…almost more than porn.
Well if she was a zombie then THINGS UNDONE would be considered soft-core porn with a heart.
Kind of the Hallmark Greeting Card version of the brain-chomping, gut-pulling zombie stories that seem to be pervasive in current popular culture. Not tongue-in-cheek funny where the zombies or characters are winking at the audience, but funny in a way that is very down-to-earth that anyone who has ever had a relationship or life event go absurdly wrong.
At least that’s what I believe grandmother’s can sink their teeth into. Buy two, they’re small.
I have to go…I just spilled freshly brewed green tea all over myself and it hurts like hell. Here I thought green tea was suppose to be good for you? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
Here’s what you’ll find at NBM’s tables at SPX:
Come meet Ted Rall and Jesse Lonergan as well as Greg Houston at SPX the weekend of 9/26-27 in Bethesda at SPX as they premiere their latest!
will premiere, weeks ahead of in-store publication, THE YEAR OF LOVING DANGEROUSLY
, fully painted by Pablo (Bluesman) Callejo, about a year where he was about as down and out as one can be and his original survival story…
will premiere JOE & AZAT
, fresh off the press, based on his Peace Corps experience, a very entertaining wild ride!
And these guys will have a number of our recent books besides theirs to sell.
So if you’re coming to SPX, one of the best indie comics shows around, make sure to stop by and say Hi to our guys!
Greg Burgas at Comic Book Resources’ “Comics Should be Good” blog claims that THE BIG KAHN is “definitely in consideration for best graphic novel of the year.”
He also says that “I enjoyed Brownsville, Kleid’s last book, but thought there was room for improvement. With The Big Kahn, he’s made a big leap in mastery of the craft. It’s a powerful comic that makes you think about faith and family and hypocrisy.”
Mastery of the craft. You heard it here first, sports fans.
As you might know, THE BIG KAHN hits non-comics book stores this Sunday, September 20th, and keep your eyes peeled here for a pretty high profile review to honor it’s release…
I’m going to try and make some sense, though I’ve had a hard time explaining this in the past.
I think of drawing comics as playing a game. It’s sort of like Scrabble. You have these pieces and they’re worth a certain amount of points, and you want to get as much out of those pieces as possible. You also need to match up your awesome word with what’s already on the board. Only with comics all this stuff is in the my head and the rules are really flexible.
The panels I like the most are the panels where this gamesmanship is most evident. This panel is an example. Narratively, two separate panels side by side one showing children playing video games, one showing soldiers playing video games would have worked just fine. But with these panels the boys and the soldiers’ bodies become one, the children morphing into the soldiers.
And in the reality of Turkmenistan these boys playing the video games will soon be soldiers as service in the army is mandatory.
Does anybody see that when they read the comic? Do they even notice this morphing or do their eyes just move right across the page reading the text, seeing the faces of the boys and the combat boots of the soldiers and moving on? I don’t know, but I still enjoy playing the game and it’s a lot more interesting than two standard panels side by side.
Joe and Azat is coming soon. SPX will be the grand unveiling.
But you can check out my blog right now.
- (a little bit of a pastie just for this posting)
NBM in November has the next issue of Sizzle #44 whose main feature will be the return of the VERY popular, beautifully painted KRISTINA, Queen of Vampires. This is an erotic vampire series. The first two graphic novels from Eurotica, our erotic comics imprint, have sold tremendously well and show no signs of abating even during these hard times.
Well here’s the 3rd episode starting to serialize in Sizzle, Eurotica’s quarterly magazine which itself has maintained quite well over the years.
Besides Kristina, Sizzle 44 will feature Omaha the Cat Dancer, Kevin Taylor’s much anticipated finale of Girl, Second Coming, Baldazzini’s Casa Howhard and more. See more in our Eurotica site, click on the ‘coming in November’ banner.
Make sure to place your order with your local comics shop!
Unfortunately, the next chapter of the adaptation of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past had to be cancelled for now. We may reprogram this for later. Sorry for any disappointment.
Some of the characters in Joe and Azat are based on real people, but Azat’s older brother Merdan (the one in control of the motorcycle) really came out of nowhere. He showed up in one of the early versions of the story as a rather unimportant background character, but he quickly asserted himself. He became one of the most fun characters to write because he was so hotheaded and reckless. His temper is always ready to explode. He drinks too much and when he drinks he gets violent and claims he’s the Turkmen Chuck Norris. A great character to throw into any scene.
Joe and Azat is coming soon. I should be getting my copies sometime the week before SPX, and if you’re in the D.C. area you should check me and the book out.
I’m watching crows eat lychee nuts in a tree outside my studio window. What’s that have to do with THINGS UNDONE?
Nothing…but at least you can order the book online until…oh I don’t know…next week when it’ll be available in comic shops! You know I almost made the book green. I even went through a few other permutations as well:
I tend to do a lot of experimenting until I get it just right. That’s the luxury to developing work on your own time. I think in the end I’m happy that I went with the orange and black. Let me know if you’re happy too.