Miami Herald on Networked

“This cautionary tale for teens and others about the dark side of social networking and privacy is a bit over the top, but why not? What was once science fiction is now part of everyday life, and veteran comics creators Jones and Badger do a masterful job of keeping things light and frothily entertaining on the surface, despite the foreboding and seriousness of their message.”

Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald  On Networked, Carabella on the Run

Newsarama on Miss Don’t Touch Me and a preview of Story of Lee

“Hubert’s good ear for dialogue and fast-moving scenes keep the pace quick, while each page gives readers nearly a dozen panels of information and characterization.  There’s no obvious genre hook here – it’s simply good writing, a story about a girl’s dream to find a better life and the unfortunate slings and stones that hold her back.  The character work is strong, the plot interesting and involved without being convoluted.

Kerascoët’s strong character designs and detailed artwork capture the atmosphere of early Twentieth Century France, from bustling Paris to idyllic pastoral settings. The character acting is superb, and the clear, simple grid layouts move the story forward precisely.

Miss Don’t Touch Me v. 2 stands out as worthy successor to the original, which was, in turn, among 2008’s best comics.  Hubert and Kerascoët have crafted an oddly funny, yet very dramatic period piece thriller, quite unlike anything else in comics today.  They’ve clearly established themselves as a creative team worth following to any project they pursue.”

Newsarama

Nice long preview to be seen at Playback:stl of The Story of Lee reaching stores very soon… or you can order now from us.

Salvatore, Dungeon reviews & more

On Salvatore:

“It’s fairly rare to find a book that effectively balances comedy and tragedy, but De Crecy’s peculiar gift is to find pathos through absurdity, which to my fairly well-seasoned eye comes off as unique. Comes with a high recommendation for the curious and the adventurous.”

FA- the comiczine

“This is clearly not a fuzzy bunny story…
Dungeon regulars — or readers like myself who’ve been working to catch up — will find it a fascinating, if not always pleasant, expansion of Sfar and Trondheim’s rich graphic novel fantasy world.”
Bill Sherman, Blogcritics reposted on The Seattle Post-Intellligencer site, on the latest Dungeon Monsters 3;
And many reviews echo this… this volume is probably the darkest of ’em all…
“Plenty of fun action and pop-culture references. This book may be useful in classroom situations, especially when discussing online privacy issues and how much personal information is available, whether one wants it to be or not.”
Voice Of Youth Advocates

Booklist on De Crecy’s Salvatore and Miss Don’t Touch Me, School Lib. Jnl. on The Broadcast

“Hubert and Kerascoet tell this episode with artfulness and empathy that allow readers to appreciate Blanche’s dignity as well as her energy and creativity.”

Booklist on the new Miss Don’t Touch Me vol.2. And then…

“Eccentric” they say about De Crecy’s brand new Salvatore series, otherwise  dismissing the whole book as “the weird preoccupations of a French madman.” We couldn’t have asked for a better endorsement.


“I’d encourage English and Social Studies teachers to think about using it in the classroom, perhaps for a lesson on H.G. Wells, or daily life during the Great Depression.”

Says School Library Journal of the Broadcast.

We’re on Comixology!

Starting with Bluesman last week and today adding Boneyard, vol.1, NBM graphic novels are being made available bit by bit on the leading mobile provider of comics Comixology. Bluesman is available at $9.99 vs. $24.95 for the clothbound edition, Boneyard vol.1 is at a promo price of $5.99 vs. the print pb. price of $12.95.

This makes them available for iPhone and iPad. More NBM books are scheduled to be uploaded every Wednesday, their day of putting up new comics, in synch with comics stores.

Stay tuned for further announcements concerning E-books and mobile, as NBM expands into those areas.

NBM on Google E-Books

Surely you heard by now that Google E-Books has launched and quite a few of our titles are available on it from Ted Rall to Rick Geary to Brownsville.

There are still some wrinkles to iron out, such as they have many more titles of ours from our backlist which don’t show up  on an NBM search and many don’t have the full sample views they’re supposed to have. Also they’re putting reviews from Publishers Weekly or Library Journal under “Reed Business” which most people won’t recognize…

Still, if you want to have some of our books in e-book format, they have quite a few!

20% discount online for just a few days!

Here’s your chance to get our books at a very attractive discount for a limited time!

SPECIAL 20% DISCOUNT throughout our entire website!

Everything is on sale, including the sale items at $3 many of which have become sold out.

So whether it’s our forthcoming set of Little Nothings (a great gift), or the latest Peanut Butter story in Eurotica, Miss Don’t Touch Me 2 which just shipped…:

You’ve got just a few days to catch our books on a great Holiday sale!

One condition: minimum order of $25 (at full price), please.

USE COUPON CODE S11 to get your discount.

AND don’t forget we have plenty of great graphic novels from Pantheon, First Second and others at 50% off on our sale page. Those too get an EXTRA 20% off!

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Varied response on Miss Don’t Touch Me 2

I said it myself in the release for this book: after reading it, I was about to strangle Blanche for her block-headed naivete, this read can be frustrating.

So some are disappointed, some even hate it and some like the reviewer at Gutter Geek (on The Comics Journal site) explains why this second tome of Blanche’s adventures might be just as good:

“Many of the reviews I have seen of this installment have implied (or shouted) disappointment in the book, complaining of its irresolution, its ambivalence about all of its characters, including its purported heroine (who breaks the reader’s heart by proving not only all-too-human, but even less than human at the crucial moment),   In truth, I found this second volume of Miss Don’t Touch Me more satisfying precisely because it was less generic, less formulaic, less premised on plug-and-play characters.
If the first Miss Don’t Touch Me was clearly meant to be a one-shot, this second volume brings us deep into a world of early 20th-century Paris and into a cast of characters whose messy adventures promise no easy resolutions but many fascinating and troubling adventures in the years to come. If it turns out that we are left here (and I don’t want to give away too much by spelling out in any detail where it is, in fact, that we are left at book’s end) I will surely have reason to revise my impression of the volume. But assuming there are Miss Pas Touche volumes still to come, I am more than ready to accept the uncertainties of this strange and special album.”

What do you think?

Sacco & Vanzetti

Below are penciled pages for a key episode in my next book, “The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti.” It’s a classic murder case with more legal and political content than I’ve ever taken on. In fact, where one comes down on the pair’s guilt or innocence depends almost entirely upon where one sits on the political spectrum. Nevertheless, there are enough contradictory facts and intriguing questions that it remains a true unsolved mystery.