December 24, 2013 by Jesse Lonergan
Take it easy, read some comics, and if you got some snow, enjoy it. Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
An Easter egg is: “an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword.” I have hidden a few easter eggs in my books, and today, as we’re approaching Christmas, I’ll reveal some of them to you.
When you open Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics, the first thing you see is the endsheets (only in the US edition!). I have laid them out in a grid and filled them with pictures from the book:
But… wait a second! These are not ALL from the inside of the book! One of these is not like the others! It’s actually not even drawn by me! Can you tell which one it is?
This is Emma Ringelberg, who assisted me on the lettering of the english version. She’s a comic artist herself and makes really nice stuff, check out her blog.
On page 67 of Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics starts the chapter on Free Will, with an autobiographical scene about my time in America when I was a student. It opens with this picture:
Does that ring a bell with some of you who are autobiographical comics hoarders, like me? It should, because I drew it with this panel in mind:
Just one page further, page 68, is a dialogue between Yiri and me about Fate and Free Will:
Never have philosophical issues about Fate been better drawn in comics than by Bill Watterson in Calvin & Hobbes. I had this strip in mind when I drew mine, and had to stop myself from using the exact same phrasing “Too bad you were fated to do that”. That would just have been too obvious.
In Science: a Discovery in Comics you’ll find this scene of a fierce debate pro and con Darwin’s theory of Evolution, that took place in Oxford in 1860, and was attended by a crowd of interested people, eager to see sparks fly:
One of the people in the crowd is none other than Redmond O’Hanlon, the great novelist/adventurer who so much regrets not having been born in the nineteenth century.
(At the moment he’s back on Dutch TV with a superb series on 19th centuries heroes of his)
That’s all for now folks!
Have a happy holiday!
December 19, 2013 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for at your comics store now to come out in February:
Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, the complete hardcover set 1-5
P. Craig Russell
All clothbound jacketed volumes adapting Oscar Wilde’s compelling tales are assembled here with close to 200 pages of exquisite comics, including such classics as The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and The Rose. Specially priced.
8 ½ x 11, full color clothbound set of 5 volumes, 192 pp.,
ISBN 9781561638901, $79.99
December 18, 2013 by NBM
December 17, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
In a few months, Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics will be published in South Korea. I’m very thrilled about this! It’s really strange to see my work translated into a language I can’t read at all. I love the Korean letters, they look really mysterious and elegant:
The publisher is still deciding on what covers to use. Every culture is different, I’m learning more and more that what “works” for a Western market does not necessarily translate somewhere else. I can see that maybe the image on the Philosophy cover of an open brain may be seen by some as a pretty gruesome picture! So I’m happy to help in coming up with another design. This is the proposal I made for the Korean publisher today – the upper one is Philosophy, the next Religion and the bottom one is Science.
They’ll be deciding on it later. I’ll let y’all know how it turns out!
December 16, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
Our most recent release of Renaud Dilles’ work, Betty Blues, is garnering some very positive reviews.
The Quietus, in a rare interview, took some time to speak with Mr. Dilles about his work including Betty Blues, Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola.
Check out the interview HERE, and after the jump read what some of the critics are saying,
December 16, 2013 by Jesse Lonergan
I was at the Holly Fair in Harvard Square this weekend with Dan Mazur. We got to sell some comics and talk to some folks, but most importantly we got to hang out together, which is something we don’t get to do nearly enough. All Star, which is about to be published by NBM in March, would not be the book that it is without Dan. He’s been one of the people I’ve turned to most often for advice and feedback. He and I, we jive.
In fact, we jive so much that we did a book together awhile back. He wrote the story (and did the publishing), and I did the art. AND it was a notable comic in this year’s Best American Comics.
I was excited because I got to go a little nuts with perspective and ice.
December 13, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
Rick Geary’s latest Treasury of XXth Century Murder volume, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White is available now.
Rick recently spoke to Comic Book Resources about what went into re-creating the Stanford White Murder, his distinctive style and the specific moment which sparked his interest in the genre.
Read the interview HERE and after the jump read what critics are saying about Rick’s latest.
December 10, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Today 198 years ago Ada Lovelace was born – an exceptionally bright woman who became the first ever computer programmer. She led a short but interesting and in the end rather tragic life, which I’d like to commemorate with this comic:
This page is actually NOT from my book Science: a Discovery in Comics, but from a small booklet I made about seven famous friendships – of which that between Ada and Charles Babbage was an important one.
But Ada Lovelace IS mentioned in my Science book, in the chapter about women scientists. By now, she is a role model for female scientists everywhere, and even has her own celebratory day in October, Ada Lovelace Day.
Happy birthday, Ada! We who are all seated behind our computers today, salute you!
December 9, 2013 by Jesse Lonergan
It’s been about five years since my last post, but that’s just because I was waiting for some exciting news! And that exciting news is this: my book All Star will be coming out from NBM in March!
I’ve been putting it out in mini format a chapter at a time.
This is the full set all ready to be put together for SPX this year.
You can even read a rather glowing review of the first chapter on Comics Bulletin. And if you can’t wait until March and you happen to be in the Boston area this weekend, I’ll be at the Holly Fair in Harvard Square with the complete collection of the book.
And you can check other stuff by me at these places:
And you can tweet @jesse_lonergan