July 14, 2009 by NBM
While the reviewer had some reservations on character development, “In the end, this novel is a sassy and even controversial murder mystery that will entertain.”
July 13, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Sometimes I wish I had more time to blog these days… but when I’m absent, you all know it’s because I’m doing the work, right? Right.
And, oh what work there is. To quickly update you, THE BIG KAHN has been sent to the printer and will be hitting your local comic stores at the end of the month—-we’re debuting the book at San Diego Comic Con in two weeks, and then it comes to Amazon and bookstores in September. I’ve got a few interviews about to pop in the next two weeks and I’ll keep you updated here. Apart from that, I’m working hard to have the first draft of AMERICAN CAESAR, my next NBM book, done before I fly to San Diego but it ain’t likely… too much excitement and prep for the con!
To promote THE BIG KAHN (which looks ay-mazing, by the by), I’ll be appearing as a guest on tomorrow night’s edition of the Comic Book Club, NYC’s long-running weekly comic book talk show featuring the best comedians in New York talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben, the show details are:
CBC, July 14th show
@ The People’s Improv Theatre
23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue
8pm – Tickets only 5 BUCKS
More information: http://www.popcultureshock.com/cbclub
And don’t forget I’ll be attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, showing up Thursday, July 23rd and leaving Sunday, July 26th. While I’m there, I’ll be promoting THE BIG KAHN, catching up with old pals and editors, drinking, and maybe actually seeing some of the city this time around. I’ll post my signing schedule here soon… but for now, just know I’ll be there ready to schmooze, sell, sign and sketch.
The fine people at Comic Book Resource’s Robot6 blog are doing a before/after interview thing with me about my upcoming trip to the San Diego Comic Con. Check it out for a bit about what I’m getting up to at the con and a bit of advice on how to approach editors.
Hope to see you tomorrow night!
July 13, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
Fights seemed common in Turkmenistan. I saw a few at weddings, a few on the street, and I broke up a few between boys at the schools I taught at. There was this sense of pride in Turkmenistan. To back down from a disagreement or to admit you were wrong was seen as a sign of weakness. I remember holding back a bloody and beaten boy who was desperate to keep fighting and save face.
I never got into a fight while I was there, though I came close. Once was when I drunkenly got into a religious debate (not that I’m religious in any way) about whether Mohammed was a Christian prophet and I also came close another time when a neighbor got way to drunk and started telling me he was the Turkmen Chuck Norris. The Chuck Norris story is in my new book Joe and Azat, which is being solicited in comic shops now.
July 13, 2009 by NBM
Covering the most important categories of the Eisner nominations, Girls Entertainment Network has this to say about Rick’s Lindbergh Child in his Treasury of XXth Century Murder which is up for two Awards:
“He gives us a step-by-step account of one of the most famous crimes in history: the Linbergh kidnapping. I’d heard of the case before, but here it’s laid out with every piece of evidence and every witness and suspect so well that I almost feel as if I had been living through it in 1932. I’m excited to see what subject or individual Geary takes a crack at next.” –Jill aka TheNerdyBird
The Eisner Awards will be given out next Friday at the San Diego Comic-con. Geary will be signing all his books at our booth #1528. See our signing schedule we posted earlier.
July 10, 2009 by Terry
But who knows? Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he’ll come back to it.
This should ship from the printer in a couple weeks and be in stores within a week or two after that.
July 9, 2009 by NBM
“Korean-born Byun Byung-Jun is little known in these parts, except for die-hard manga and graphic novel fans. With luck, MIJEONG, his second collection of short fiction, will change that. It should, because this impressively talented artist deserves a wider audience.
The seven stories here are mostly about young people, and are full of youthful longings, desires, frustrations and melancholy. Their common feature is the city setting, quite possibly based upon Seoul. Byung-Jun’s characters walk down urban streets and alleys, mostly crowded but sometimes deserted. And he often pulls back the focus to include wide shots of streets or entire skylines, as though shot from above. It’s a technique that emphasizes the reader’s role as observer, as well as heightens the lonely ambience of each story.”
July 9, 2009 by NBM
Well, it’s 2 weeks away! We’ve got a full schedule for you guys going to San Diego. Main points are:
- Lewis Trondheim, special guest this year, will be signing!
- The Big Kahn by Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani will premiere at the show. HOT OFF THE PRESS!
- Also Hot off the Press: Shane White’s Things Undone: a special show preview in 2 colors (as the book will be) that he’ll be signing.
- A special numbered print for all those buying a book by Luis Royo
And here’s the schedule of appearances:
Lewis TRONDHEIM “Dungeon”, “Little Nothings”
Special Guest of the Show
Rick GEARY “A Treasury of Victorian & XXth Century Murder”
Neil KLEID “Brownsville”, “The Big Kahn” SHOW PREMIERE!
Thurs.: 1-2:30, 4-7
Fri.: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4
Sun.: 10:30-noon, 1-2:30
Shane WHITE “North Country”, “Things Undone” Special San Diego Preview SHOW PREMIERE!
Fri.: 1-4, 5:30-7
Sat.: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4, 5:30-7
Chad Michael WARD “Black Rust”
Cornnell CLARKE “Peanut Butter”
Thurs.: 2:30-4, 5:30-7
Fri.: 1-2:30, 5:30-7
Sat.: 1-2:30, 4-5:30
Publisher Terry NANTIER will be on the panel about Comics Strips Reprints Friday at 1:30PM
SEE YA THERE! Oh and btw, we’ll be in booth 1528.
July 8, 2009 by Ted Rall
July 8, 2009 by Ted Rall
July 8, 2009 by NBM
BRINGING UP FATHER
Foreword by Bill Blackbeard and Introduction by R.C. Harvey
In 1904, a young George McManus was hired by Pulitzer’s New York World as a cartoonist. While he was there he created such strips as The Newlyweds which many comics historians consider the first family comic strip. In 1912, William Randolph Hearst hired McManus away to start a comic strip about a guy called Jiggs, a lower class man who came into a lot of money. With their new wealth, Maggie, Jiggs’ wife, wanted to enter the upper crust of society but Jiggs just wanted to hang out with his old friends at the local bar playing cards and pool and eat his simple favorite foods. This is the classic strip Bringing Up Father which became the second longest comic strip of the 20th Century. Now, for the first time, Forever Nuts presents all the dailies of the first two years of this classic comic strip, many of which have not been reprinted since they first appeared over 90 years ago. Discover why McManus became known as one of the greats in the field.
11×81/2, 192pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95,
See preview pages. And Allan Holtz of Stripper’s Guide provides great footnotes setting the scene, these are complimented in fuller detail here. He also did a bang up job of cleaning these very old strips. They’re all crisp as a new dollar bill. RC Harvey introduces with info on McManus, who looked quite a bit like Jiggs.
One of the great strips in history, finally reprinted, showing the early development of McManus’ wonderful art deco style. Don’t miss it!