NBM at MoCCA: Neil Kleid, Greg Houston & our new stuff.

For those of you in NYC, this weekend is a big one for indie comics presses: the annual MoCCA Show at the Armory on Lexington and 25th.

This year we’ll have 3 artists appearing:

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!

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

Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti: special very limited edition available in advance only.

Rick Geary’s next volume in his increasingly popular Treasury of Murder series, about the famous controversial case of Sacco & Vanzetti, has a very limited special edition being made available to order now, only in advance and only online and by mail!

Limited and numbered to advance demand, this edition will be specially bound in real cloth and include an original plate signed and numbered by Rick Geary, with a silver-stamped jacket, the book can also be signed to a specific person upon request: $50.

Only a few dozen will be made! Sure to be not only a beautiful version to well, treasure, it will also be a collector’s item in no time. Rick Geary’s exquisite work deserves no less than this trophy presentation, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Go here to order online or you can call 800 886 1223 M-F 9-5.

In a few weeks no further orders will be accepted as we go into production. So if you’re interested, please act now. We are not making this available in stores or Amazon, only directly through us.

2 Day Flash Sale 20% off!

We have a flash we-need-the-cash sale where everything on our site is 20% off! BUT only for the next 2 days.

Use coupon code M11 in the ‘Enter Coupon’ field on the 1st page of the cart.

This includes books just in like the gorgeous Sky Over the Louvre, or get a subscription to Sizzle now that it’s in full color, for 20% off!

It also includes our sale books with many goodies from publishers Pantheon or First Second already at 50% off! Never mind our own sale books which are selling out.

We ask you to please order at least $20 worth of books. Hey, the more you buy, the more you save! But this discount is only good for about 48 hours after which it goes down! Come on over and grab some of our goodies at a discount generally even better than Amazon!

Japan benefit book

In the light of the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan there are at least two charity benefit books in the making, one from a UK publisher and another that an American man in Japan is organizing. All the money will go, of course, to help relief work for the people in the worst hit areas around Miyake, Iwate and Fukushima.

I have already written a 6 page story to contribute, from my personal point of view as a foreigner living in Japan., with Japanese artist Michiru Morikawa illustrating (she did a fine job on our ‘Yakuza Moon’ book for Kodansha).

As for The Story of Lee, Terry tells me that its selling quite well, which is nice. It’s had quite a lot of reviews now, mostly positive, but with a few points that some reviewers felt needed work. Sounds like my old school report cards! So, ok. I will try harder sir!

MoCCA show on Will Eisner

A belated blog post on going to the opening of the exhibit MoCCA has up on Will Eisner’s work. Amazing how the museum can put up so much in a relatively small space. There’s a wealth of gorgeous originals from full color paintings to comics pages in B&W by him that are awesome.

Also very interesting are the many comics pages famous artists contributed to the exhibit as well which were tributes to Eisner. From Spiegelman to an amazing piece by Neal Adams which must have taken him a coupla years, has a cast of thousands, each face a famous figure of the day.

My compliments to Danny Fingeroth and Denis Kitchen, the curators, for a job very well done. Impressive.

It brought back memories which I shared with a few at the opening of our working with Will. Always very outgoing and warm. It’s a cherished memory to have gone to visit him at his studio/office in Florida, to have met and gone out with him and his wife Ann. An inspiring leader for our industry and yet always very easy to approach.

Anyway, if you’re in NY, check this out.

A Scotsman talks…

Just to extend on what I noted already regarding our recent lecture talk in Glasgow, me, Chie and Paul Gravett, involving pages from THE STORY OF LEE:

I enjoyed that talk – it was odd to have my VOICE only appear back in my home country, while my BODY remained in Japan! But why not… actually its an easy way to take part in such an event, dont have to travel or book any hotel, just switch on the computer and sign into skype! It’s the first time Ive talked in public in Scotland about my books, even though Ive done many lectures now, all over the world!

A lady from the Alumni association of my old university, Glasgow Caledonian University was present, and will write a report about it for their website. Plus they have decided to commission me to make a comic for their magazine about my time in the University – Nice!

Then it was also very nice, just before the talk to get a mail from ILYA, well known British comic book creator of almost 25 years activity. He is, in a way, the godfather of the Story of Lee book, as it first appeared in public in his anthology book ‘Best New Manga, vol 2′. Chie was also in that anthology. So the SOL book is one of the children of this Best New Manga book. Ilya was impressed by The Story of Lee, and told us: “It reads very well, so I wanted to congratulate you. Overall it is very good. Quite a gentle drama – manages to convey the everyday, but also to ring true,
and with plenty of cultural detail without overload.”

– Cheers Ilya!
Sean

Dinosaurs Across America go interactive!

I am proud to announce that our Dinosaurs Across America by Phil Yeh may have become the FIRST fully interactive graphic novel!

This book has been a successful fun tool for kids to learn about US Geography for years as a comic book Phil sold at his numerous appearances around schools and libraries across the country advocating for literacy through comics. We then did with him the full color graphic novel which has gone to press 3 times with over 15,000 sold. It’s a Library Media Connection Editor’s Choice and has received many great reviews.

We’re all pretty ignorant when it comes to geography, these comics have made it easy and fun for kids to learn the facts about all 50 states.

And now, thanks to Koobits, an interactive book developer, it comes to your iPad  screen as well as an e-book for PC. Here is a presentation along with video of what it looks like.

This is the just the first of a series of announcements we’ll be making this year that set NBM on a new course. Stay tuned!

Talk at Glasgow

SOL step by stepI came back from Glasgow, where I attended Glasgow Film Festival and talked about manga in general and my work, of course including the Story of Lee,  with Paul Gravett and Sean (via Skype!), last night.

At the talk, I showed this image to the audience and explained my working process.

When I create stories by myself, I automatically know who the main characters are and how they act and react. But when I’m working with the writers, in this case Sean, I need to read the script again and again and again, then digest it until I feel familiar with the characters and understand why they act like as the writer wrote. This process is very very important to me and sometimes it takes me quite long time to go through some scripts.

Once I do this part deeply, the rest is easier. When I’m ready and feel like  I can see what the characters look like and how they move etc, I naturally start making memos and sketches.

At the stage of a page arrangement, one of the most important things for me is the position of speech bubbles. They will lead the eyes of the readers and make a flow of a page and the entire story. So I am very careful where I put them.

Well, I can explain how I do forever so I’ll stop here.

At Glasgow, the talk was successful and I really enjoyed my stay.

Oh if you are around the area, you can buy a copy of the Story of Lee from Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow while the Film festival is on (and you should have lunch at the CCA cafe since they serve some wonderful meals!).

(Chie.K)

Back from Tokyo

Back from a week in Tokyo, and a successful week it was (with one surprising exception, that i wont gossip about!).

The manga great that i met there was none other than YOSHIRO TATSUMI, the originator of the mature manga GEKIGA style, way back in the mid 50’s. Myself, Asakawa-san and a couple of other lads conducted a taped conversation, discussing gekiga, manga in general, Tatsumi’s influences and intentions, my own books (including THE STORY OF LEE). It was a very illuminating chat, which will appear in AX Japan in April maybe. This photo is Tatsumi sketching for us – its a dark cafe as you can (not) see.

A real honour to be with Tatsumi-sensei.

And my other business in Tokyo was good too – a lecture in Lakeland college about mature manga,a magazine interview (all mentioning THE STORY OF LEE, of course) and a radio broadcast appearance at the ‘Whisky live’ event,where our 4 big manga pages showing how whisky is made where out on display for the public in Roppongi (art by Akiko Shimojima), and yesterday (barely one hour before i had to leave the catch the plane)  my new book with Kodansha International arrived at their offices – YAKUZA MOON, and it looks wonderful (art by Michiru Morikawa). Very happy to see that!