“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
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.
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!
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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.
“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?
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.