Terry

Prado interviewed

April 27, 2009 by  


George Khoury has posted a great interview of the wonderful Spanish artist Miguelanxo Prado on Comic Book Resources by whom we’ve published quite a few books over the years. Besides his remarkable comics, Prado went on to put a touch of class into the animated version of Men in Black.

I still love his Streak of Chalk and if pressed, probably would put it in my top ten GNs of all time. Can’t wait to see that new GN he’s cooking up now, it’s been a while!

When you go over to our Prado page, you’ll see all his books can be had for free with an order of 4 other books, btw.


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More raves for Little Nothings

April 21, 2009 by  


From Comics 212:

“I haven’t yet gotten around to publishing my Best-Graphic-Novels-of-2008 List, but the first collection of Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings is most assuredly on it. Little Nothings is the series of collections of Trondheim’s diary comics–moments from his days being one of the most respected cartoonists in the world, and the international travel and sightseeing accompanying that recognition. Trondheim is kind enough to bring us all along with him through beautifully rendered drawings and paintings done right in his sketchbooks, mixing live- and life-drawing with after-the-fact recollections of his day–although a brief segment in the middle of the book shows just how unreliable a narrator he can be.  I admit that I’m a fan of journal and diary comics anyhow, but even if they’ve never been for you I think Trondheim is an interesting character with a relaxed cartooning style and these comics will appeal beyond the subject matter; Trondheim tackles personal and introspective themes, the larger comics industry, politics and the world at large, and even breaks the fourth wall to comment on the nature of the work you’re reading–a little something for everyone. I feel quite fortunate when I see new books like this released into stores, and have specifically enjoyed the recent wave of material from Trondheim that NBM (and First Second) have brought us over the past few years.  There’s a huge potential audience for this material–what family man wouldn’t want to be internationally respected in his field and travel the globe drinking with friends?–and I hope that Little Nothings finds it. Pick up your copy today.”

From Comics Waiting Room:

“Anyone who’s read CWR long enough knows that I consider Lewis Trondheim to be one of the greatest living comics talents, a man whose work is almost always transcendent ins some way. In 2008, NBM published the first collection of works from Trondheim’s art blog, and it was easily one of the finest books of the year. Now they’ve graced us with a second volume, and that’s some of the best possible news you could ask for on the graphic novel front.

THE PRISONER SYNDROME follows Trondheim on a succession of trips abroad, both for vacations and for comic conventions. What jumps out immediately is the focus on the minutiae at these stops; we open on him simply trying to avoid burning his feet on beach sand, a universal problem that Trondheim takes from the banal to the epic, laughing at his own (lack) of bravery and toughness. It’s an amusing burst of normal humanity, setting the tone for the funny stuff ahead.

What stood out for me here overall, though, was the observational quality of the writing. Trondheim is one of the most accomplished artists in the world, but he has a poetic soul with the pen. When he ruminates on what it feels like to see the moon while the sun is shining, or the certain death that awaits him if he makes one bad step to the left on the mountain trail he’s walking, or being somewhat vengeful towards a hotel that didn’t deliver on promises made, he gives you an opportunity to see who he really is as a person. The author is giving the reader a gift here; it would be rude not to accept it.

There wasn’t a single thing about this second volume of LITTLE NOTHINGS that didn’t work for me, except for the fact that there’s likely to be a wait for a third volume. Excellence.”


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First Time gets more reviews

April 21, 2009 by  


“Being that this is my first time reviewing for Tart, I found the title on the cover of First Time entirely appropriate. I never thought I’d find erotic entertainment to be fancy, seductive, thought-provoking and titillating. After years of exposure to hentai (which makes me giggle like a little girl at all the tentacular penises waving about), too many erotic novels, and a brief stint as a DVD porn reviewer, I wondered if I was truly too jaded to review this.

Oh, ever so wrong I was. After caressing the cover (yes, the dust cover is soft and almost velvet-like in the touching), I opened up my new little guilty pleasure. Ever get a box of Godiva chocolates at Valentine’s, in the lovely, red, velvety, heart-shaped box? Yeah, it was totally like that. 

So, inside the book? Ten little gems of naughty visual pleasure. The stories range from losing virginity to a first-time affair to the joys of buying a first sex toy. Each one has a story to tell and a small twist. Each one has an emotional context. All of them have beauty and some even show us an ugly side. 

All of the art, rendered in black and white, is suited to each story, each line and curve rendered with what looks like loving detail. 

On the whole, a very … satisfying read.”

Sequential Tart

 

 

“The art is always interesting. Three out of five Tonys.”

Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide

“The book opens with one of the strongest pieces, “First Time” as drawn by Why I Killed Peter’s Alfred. A woman tells her lover about her very first time she has sex, and the result is touching and sweet. From her plans on bringing the guy over, to how he (and she) reacts afterwards, it’s a heartfelt story with a nice ending moment. Alfred’s art is in fine form here, too; there’s a panel where she’s lying on her current partner’s chest and idly scratches it that just feels very familiar and comfortable, and the panel where her arm and hand holding a wine glass is overlaid six times does a great job of showing nervousness and speed and quantity all at once.

 “Fantasy” drawn by Jérôme d’Aviau is certainly the steamiest of the stories here—in fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s the only actual steamy story in the entire book. This helps in part because of d’Aviau’s crisp, clean art; I love how he draws both of the main characters here, in an attractive manner (both physically and also just general art style). For a story about dominance and fantasies playing out, Sibylline hits the pacing just right, slowly amping up the tension and bringing the climax of the story (no, not that kind) at just the right moment.”

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Naomi Nowak

graylight gallery

April 21, 2009 by  


A strange thing happened on saturday night. I’ve been working on the last chapter of Graylight over the last two or-so weeks, but I got stunted because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted on the very last spread. I’d been focusing on the three main characters. Which ones to show and in what context? I was about to panic when I decided to let it go for a while and just be silly with my colleagues (yes, i spend saturday nights at the studio. bars? clubs? i don’t know what these things are) when i finally KNEW how to do it! Of course I’d been focusing on the wrong thing and the wrong characters. So I finished it. Does this happen to you? You let your brain grind to no end and with no result only to come up with a great solution the minute you relax. So easy to say, yet so hard to implement. Now to colour the last 20 pages + do the cover. I’m going to start on the cover tomorrow… Crazy. In the meantime, here’s our players.

This is the week from hell, by the way. I may have gotten in too deep when i decided to organize an art show with 13 people exhibiting and 100 or so visitors (on sunday). Better go get that wine&candy. Guh… Wish me luck!


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New Dungeon Zenith gets reactions

April 20, 2009 by  


The reviews are coming in for our newly released latest Volume 3 of Dungeon Zenith:

“Hysterically funny. Endlessly inventive”

The Comic Book Bin

“Ah, Dungeon, what pleasures you bring me. Boulet is comfortably upholding the artistic standards of previous forays into Dungeon. Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim … man, these two guys can seemingly do no wrong. They’re leading lights in France’s comics scene, and it’s obvious why. Dungeon: Zenith vol. 3: Back in Style is witty, fun and adventurous. Readers of fantasy, of humor, of unapologetically fun comics are going to love it.”

Newsarama

“The Sfar/Trondheim duo did not disappoint in this latest volume, taking crazy story risks and throwing in plot twists and character reversals at the drop of a hat. DUNGEON remains my favorite genre-related series of all time.”

High-low comics blog


Jesse Lonergan

Turkmenbashy

April 16, 2009 by  


So I think (I think) my Turkmenistan book is pretty much done. Terry’s read it, mentioned some changes. I’ve made the changes. I still need to put the cover together, the end feels close. I think Terry and I have settled on a title of The Golden Age: Two Years in Turkmenistan. And along with the work on the book coming to an end my time in Vermont is also ending. I’ll be moving back to Boston (Cambridge, Somerville) in the beginning of May. Last weekend I was down looking at apartments and it’s the same plan for this weekend.

And then once I get settled there I guess I’ll start on the next book. I’m weighing two ideas… a reality based book about travelling back and forth across America or a post-apocalyptic romp (something like Beach Blanket Bingo plus Mad Max divided by Candide).


Terry

Bringing Up Father on its way

April 16, 2009 by  


Well, we’re putting to bed the next great entry in our Forever Nuts collection of classic comic strips, Bringing Up Father, and it looks gorgeous. The strips have been meticulously restored and we end up with a colorful foreword by Bill Blackbeard, short but quite sweet, and a great intro by R.C. Harvey who gives us all we could want to know about McManus and this seminal strip in the history of comics.

And if that weren’t enough, we have quite a few annotations/footnotes at the end of the book that explain references in the strips. Allan Holtz, who worked on this with us did painstaking research. His full set of notes even beyond what we culled for the book will be posted up online when the book is out.

We will be a little late with the release, mid-June shipping instead of May but worth the wait, believe me.


Terry

Tanaka outed

April 14, 2009 by  


Well it’s out on blogs, especially Heidi McDonald’s The Beat.

Veronique Tanaka of Metronome that we published is in fact… Bryan Talbot. Yes, that Bryan of Luther Arkwright, The Tale of One Bad Rat (which I personally think is his magnum opus) and more recently Alice in Sunderland.

And of the Art of Bryan Talbot which we also published.

Turns out Heidi’s post is creating quite a controversy, JT Leroy has already been mentioned and two famous comics bloggers have knives drawn as we speak.

Haaaa, Bryan, you’re a genius, I luv ya. Except you could have given me some warning, ya know?

And if this makes you check out the very arresting work that is Metronome -and is absolutely unrecognizable as Bryan’s work, btw, that’s the REAL genius- then great! ‘Cause it’s another GN we’re very proud of having in our catalog. JT Tanaka or not.


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Phil Yeh to do a mural at L.A. Times Bookfair and BEA

April 13, 2009 by  


Phil Yeh, author of Dinosaurs Across America which has been praised as a great fun way to get kids to learn about US geography will be touring for this book and on behalf of Cartoonists Across America, his organization in support of literacy through comics. That includes appearances at the L.A. Times Bookfair at the Hideho comics store booth later this month and around the Book Expo America convention in NY, late May. At most of his appearances he does a mural and gets fellow artists and kids to join in on the fun. Go meet him! Believe us when we say he is lively and opinionated. Here’s his latest schedule:

APRIL EVENTS

Wednesday, April 15, 4:00 pm

Book signing and workshop

Lytle Creek Elementary

San Bernardino, CA

 

Thursday, April 16, 4:00 pm

Book signing  and workshop

Riley Elementary

San Bernardino, CA

 

Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11:00-6:00

3rd Annual Mural Event

San Bernardino Public Library

555 West Sixth St.

San Bernardino, Ca 92410

909-381-8236

 

Sunday, April 26, 2009

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Book signing at Hi-de-ho booth

LA Times Festival of Books

UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

 

Thursday, April 30

Graphic Novel Workshop

Ann Arbor Academy

111 East Mosley

Ann Arbor, Mi 48104

 

MAY EVENTS

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Book signing and mural event

Nicola’s Books

2513 Jackson Av.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Tel: 734-662-0600

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:00am-4:00 pm

Book signing and Mural event                                               

Dayton International Peace Museum
A Space to Make Peace
208 W. Monument Ave.
Dayton , OH 45402
937-22PEACE
member of
International Network of Museums for Peace

 

Friday-Sunday, May 8-10

Mountain Arts Network Spring Group Show & Sale

Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa

Lake Arrowhead Village

27984 Highway 18

Lake Arrowhead, CA

 

Wednesday, May 13, 4:00 pm

Book Signing and Workshop

Marshall Elementary

San Bernardino, CA

 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mural event

Hotel Pennsylvania Lobby

New York, New York

 

Friday-Sunday, May 29-31, 2009

Mural

BookExpoAmerica

Javits Convention Center

New York, New York

 

JUNE EVENTS

Saturday, June 20, 2009, 11:00am-4:00pm 

Book signing and mural event

Bank of Books

748 E. Main Street

Ventura, CA 93001

805.643.3154

 

JULY EVENTS

Thursday-Sunday, July 23-26, 2009

San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Convention Center

 

 FALL EVENTS 

 

September 26-27, 2009

Mural Event and Book Signing

Kidsfaire Family Expo

Alameda County Fairgrounds

Pleasanton, CA

 

October 3-4, 2009

Mural Event and Book Signing

Kidsfaire Family Expo

Orange County Fairgrounds

Costa Mesa, CA

 

October 14-18, 2009

Mural event

Frankfurt Book Fair

 

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Mural event

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA

323-930-CARS

 

 

Rick Geary

From Rick Geary

April 13, 2009 by  


Here is a small preview of my latest book from NBM, “Famous Players: The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor.”  It’s the convoluted tale of a still-unsolved 1922 murder in Hollywood, involving several film stars and other “famous players” of the day.  The two finished pages reproduced here recount the discovery of the body, always the best starting point for a good mystery.

By the way, I’m proud and thrilled to be nominated for two Eisner awards this year, especially so because they both recognize my work for NBM, on last year’s book “The Lindbergh Child.”


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