BEA: Ernie Colon signs advances of Inner Sanctum

For the book professionals among you attending the annual Book Expo America this week:

Our main feature will be the appearance Tuesday and Wednesday of Ernie COLON who will be premiering his adaptations of stories from the classic radio show INNER SANCTUM.

He will be signing a special collector’s preview we’ve printed up specially for the occasion with one of the 4 tales of mystery, horror and suspense the book will feature.

Ernie Colon is a veteran of comics having drawn everything from Conan to Casper the Friendly Ghost. He is noted of late mostly for his and Sid Jacobson’s adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report as well as biographies of Anne Frank and Che Guevarra, all from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux.

At NBM booth 3139, there will also be previews of the best-selling moving manga “Star Gazing Dog” by Takashi Murakami which has sold over 400,000 in Japan and has a movie adaptation coming out there this summer. This will mark the first time NBM publishes a manga, although it has published some literary Korean manhwa (see here and here).

Other goodies to expect from NBM this fall: a new Salvatore, Little Nothings as featured on this blog regularly and a delightful poetic fairy tale for all ages discovery “Bubbles & Gondola”. All can be seen at the booth this week.

With BEA, NBM inaugurates its distribution deal with IPG.

$3 sale oversold!! Some titles still left.

Most of the books we put up last Monday for sale are gone, pffft! Our website has been updated to show that.

Sorry to many people we’ll have to disappoint by saying we can’t fulfill your order as many books sold way many more copies than we have.

However we still have available as of right now:

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, normally $19.95, now $3

The Dresden Files Storm Front, normally $22. 95, now $3

The Long Chalkboard illustrated by Jules Feiffer, normally $16.95, now $3

Sluggy Freelance, Little Evils, normally $24.95, now $3

Space Pirate Sardine in outer space vol.1 by Joann Sfar, normally $6.99, now $3

Missouri Boy, normally $16.95, now $3

Big Publisher’s $3 Blow out sale!

We’ve been distributing the best of Random House (Pantheon, etc…) and Macmillan (First Second and such) to the comics trade until recently. Now that we’re moving over to IPG we need to get rid of extra stock rapidly!

So we’ve got some great stuff going for ONLY $3 which are normally $16 or more!

Here’s some examples:

Tank Girl

American Splendor

Spiegelman’s Breakdowns, normally $27.50!!

Gene Yang’s Eternal Smile

Persepolis hardcover!

Thing is, we’re talking about 1 to 6 copies of any of these so you gotta get on this quick! A great occasion to get books you were kinda interested in but too broke to afford!

We do ask you order at least $12 or 4 books’ worth.

Help us clean out our warehouse! And at $3, you can imagine how fast these will be going.

While you’re at it you’ll see there that we have a bunch of our own books at $3 as well, take advantage!

The Broadcast’s Noel Tuazon @ TCAF This Weekend

I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know Noel will be attending this weekend’s Toronto Comics Art Festival and will have copies of The Broadcast available along with some of his other work (Tumor, Ribstallments and Bacon Poussein).

Noel doesn’t do a lot of convention appearances. This is a great opportunity to meet the man who played such a vital role in bringing The Broadcast to life.

So stop by, pick up a signed book and grab a piece of art. And, oh . . . don’t forget to congratulate him on the recent Eisner nomination!! It was very well deserved!

Eisners: go and vote!

If you’re a pro, from publisher to artist to retailer, go on over and vote for the best of 2010 and make sure, of course to vote for :

*Rick Geary in Best Reality-Based Work for his Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

*Salvatore by De Crecy in Best U.S. Edition of International Material

*Eric Liberge as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for On the Odd Hours in the Louvre collection

Here’s who can vote according to the Eisner Awards guys themselves:

The following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards:

  • Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists)
  • All nominees in any category
  • Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
  • Comics historians and educators
  • Graphic novel librarians
  • Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores

You can also download this ballot.

Homage to Bill Blackbeard

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.

Trondheim’s Little Nothings back on the blog!

Starting tomorrow we’ll have Lewis Trondheim‘s Little Nothings back on our blog, posting a new strip every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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.

NBM to be distributed by IPG

Independent Publishers Group

Well, by now you may have seen the news elsewhere: we have signed with Independent Publishers Group (IPG) to do our distribution to general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, etc…

IPG may not have the biggest public face in the biz but they are highly regarded in the book industry as a steady well run organization. We’re quite excited about partnering with them, not only for the better reach they will bring to our books but also for their sophisticated warehouse and fulfilling which will mean better service all around!

See our full release.

We will continue to sell directly to the comics market from Diamond to Haven, to choice comics stores across the country through our rep Tony Shenton, there too with better service! Ditto for the adult accounts we’ve sold Eurotica into. IPG will take over our worldwide distribution and especially Canada where we lost HB Fenn to bankruptcy recently. Turnaround continues to serve the UK for us.

Come meet us at MoCCA!

If you’re coming to the MoCCA Show at the Armory on Lexington and 25th this weekend, make sure to stop by and say hi. We’ll have Twitter specials! Meet:

Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville who’ll appear on Sunday.

Greg Houston of the outrageous Vatican Hustle and Elephant Man (he can be pretty outrageous himself), who’ll be there Saturday.

Rick Parker the slyly amusing multifaceted artist behind our sister publishaing co. Papercutz’ success with the Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and Papercutz Slices’ parodies of Harry Potter and Twilight. He’ll be there both days, not only at our tables but at his own right behind us!

Of course, we’ll have the latest Salvatore, the splendiferous Sky Over the Louvre just out, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Rick Geary books, the whole line-up of Dungeon in case you’re missing anything… and all the Smurfs which have been all the rage among comics fans!

AND keep us on your Twitter radar as it were as we’ll be running show specials just for our Twitter followers!

Come say hi at tables J4, K4A towards the front, left as you come in…

3 Eisner noms for NBM books: Geary, De Crecy and Liberge

*Rick Geary gets a nomination in this year’s Eisner Awards  in the Best Reality Based category for Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.

*Nicolas De Crecy gets one for Best US Edition of International Material for the recently released first volume of Salvatore.

* And Eric Liberge is nominated as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for On the Odd Hours in the Louvre series.

If you’re a pro voting on the Eisner Awards, we hope you’ll give these the nod!