July 27, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
When I tell people my book is about the Peace Corps, they tend to think it’s a book about living in some hut with no electricity and no running water, which is pretty inaccurate. There was electricity. There were televisions. There were tons of satellite dishes. I probably drank more Coco-Cola and ate more Snickers bars there than I ever had before or since. It wasn’t the complete isolation that some people expect.
What amazed me was what came to Turkmenistan from America. There were music videos with all the bumping and grinding. There were action movies with all sorts of guns and explosions. There were horror movies with the chesty heroine in the tank top getting more and more blood covered as it went on. There was no Woody Allen. There was none of the music I like (part of this is because action, horror and sex translate really easy while metaphors and lines like, “we can walk to the curb from here,” do not). It was all the garbage that America spews out (I mean straight to video stuff)(think Shark Attack 3). Which left Turkmen with some pretty odd impressions of what America was like. Based on action movies a lot of people were under the impression that every one in America has guns. I was regularly asked how many guns I had and how many high speed chases I’d been in. When I replied that I had no guns and didn’t even own a car they looked at me strangely, as if they doubted I were really an American. Many men were also under the impression that you could go to any bar in America and have sex with any of the girls there. They were so let down when I explained that was not the case (maybe some slick pick up artist can do it)(but not the guys I was hanging out with).
Probably the best question I ever got was while I was watching Lethal Weapon 4 and during some chase scene a cop car leaped off the interstate and into the third story of a buidling and ended up driving all the way through the floor and launching out the other side and back onto the interstate. In complete earnest I was asked, “Would insurance pay for that?”
When I explained that none of the things they saw in American movies was real, people always seemed confused. I was asked why America made itself look so bad in the movies.
They were never satisfied with, “It’s just entertainment.”
Check out Joe and Azat in September for more about Turkmenistan and what it’s like to be an American there. Check out my blog, too. Check out Run To Your Grave by the Mae Shi as well. It’s my new favorite song.
July 27, 2009 by NBM
Booklist reviews our Bringing Up Father collection:
“One of the most popular and longest-running comic strips. Soon, McManus would develop into one of the funnies’ leading stylists.”
And Publishers Weekly this week says of Geary’s new Famous Players:
“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.”
July 21, 2009 by Ted Rall
My graphic novel with Pablo G. Callejo, The Year of Loving Dangerously, is finished! The artwork is done, edits are underway, and Mikhaela Reid is working on the back cover.
July 21, 2009 by NBM
“Another winning true-crime volume from Rick Geary. No surprise there, as Geary’s made a long and successful career of this type of comics.
In addition to presenting all the evidence in a clear and precise narrative, Geary’s art is perfectly suited to this type of factual accounting. His representational pen-and-ink drawings couch the events in historically accurate and detailed drawings of the world and times of the murder.
He’s a splendid visual storyteller, moving his “camera” around to capture aspects of a crime scene perfectly. Hand-drawn diagrams enforce key points, such as the approach the murderer likely took to Taylor’s house or the angle of the bullet when it penetrated the victim’s coat and vest.”
July 21, 2009 by NBM
“Sfar & Trondheim get a huge chuckle out of subverting the genre and paying tribute to it- sometimes in the same panel. This new installment fully lives up to the praise Dungeon has garnered from sources as various as Asimov’s SF magazine and The New York Times Book Review.”
Jeff Vandermeer in Realms of Fantasy Magazine about Dungeon Zenith, vol.3.
July 21, 2009 by NBM
In our last bit of news before heading out to the San Diego Comic Con, we’ll be giving out a free signed plate by Luis Royo limited to 200 for every book purchased of his!
We’ll have the complete array of his available books at our booth. Starting this fall, we will be relaunching his classic best-selling collections enhanced with many new pieces and reuniting some of the volumes together into longer clothbound editions. Malefic will be the first to undergo this transformation, shipping this December.
Come see us in booth 1528!
Note: Richard Moore unfortunately had to cancel his plans to come and so did Cornnell Clarke. Sorry for the disappointment.
July 20, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
In my new book the former Turkmen leader Turkmenbashy isn’t a main character, but he’s very much a presence in the background of the story. I was in the country when he passed away (and I got to see his funeral procession which had a carriage holding his body pulled through the capital city of Ashgabat by a tank). I remember thinking that maybe things would change after he died. Maybe with Turkmenbashy and his nuttiness out of the way Turkmenistan would stop being such a crazy place. Maybe they would stop trying to build a river in Ashgabat (which is in the middle of the desert). Maybe there would even be a revolution.
But that didn’t happen. Things just went on as usual. The next President (Turkmenbashy had been president for life) won the election with something like ninety percent of the vote. It was rumored that the new president was the bastard child of Turkmenbashy, but who knows if this was true.
But even without a revolution it felt like things were changing. I stopped seeing crazy stories from Turkmenistan in the strange news section of the paper. I even heard that all the portraits of Turkmenbashy were coming down.
Then last week I saw this. There are plans for a inland sea to be built in the center of the Karakum Desert which covers eighty percent of Turkmenistan.
The strangeness continues. Check my book and find out what it was like to live in a place like Turkmenistan. It’s being solicited now, so harass your local comic shop into ordering a couple of copies (and check out my blog too).
And, sadly, I can’t make it to San Diego this year. Hope everyone has a great time!
July 20, 2009 by NBM
Neil Kleid’s And Nicolas Cinquegrani’s The Big Kahn which Graphic Novel Reporter already touted as one of the Hot Graphic Novels of this summer makes its premiere next week at the San Diego Comic-con where Neil Kleid will appear to sign at our booth #1528.
Here’s Neil’s schedule of appearances:
Thurs.: 1-2:30, 4-7
Fri.: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4
Sun.: 10:30-noon, 1-2:30
THE BIG KAHN
Neil KLEID, Nicolas CINQUEGRANI
Rabbi David Kahn has lived a forty-year lie: he is not, nor has he ever been, Jewish. When at his funeral, the “rabbi’s” grifter brother reveals the truth, it forces the Kahn family to struggle with grief and betrayal as their congregation examines their every move and question their very faith. His son, Rabbi Avi Kahn, the heir apparent, spirals down in an affair with his rebellious sister Lea’s non-Jewish roommate. Lea rethinks the religion she’s run from, strong enough to alter her father’s life, while Eli — the youngest Kahn — inherits his father’s long-forgotten legacy. Somehow, with the help of the uncle he never knew and his slowly re-awakening sister, he attempts to return faith and order to his family and community and reinstate his father’s good name. Neil Kleid, Xeric Award winning author of Ninety Candles and NBM’s Brownsville, and illustrator Nicolas Cinquegrani offer a drama about loss, lies, belief and renewal in this dramatic graphic exploration of a family secret so well-hidden, it questions the very nature of faith.
“A story about belief and truth—in gods, marriages, and selves. An interesting addition to all high school, community, and church libraries. Excellent for book clubs and study groups as well.” -ForeWord
“One of Hottest Graphic Novels for Summer.” -GraphicNovelReporter.com
6 x9, 176 pp., trade pb., B&W with color cover, $13.95
The book will appear about two weeks later on bookstore shelves. Buzz has been mounting with Neil interviewed by quite a few media. He wil be signing also his first book with NBM, the highly successful Brownsville.
See the previews.
See the complete NBM San Diego schedule.
July 19, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Hey, I was interviewed this past week for the San Francisco Jewish Weekly’s Comix Friday column and the first part went live HERE. Next week, we expand on THE BIG KAHN in detail.
“If you do know what you’re doing, art can be a little more tedious than writing. I can write a 200-page graphic novel in three months. That same graphic novel will take an artist three years to draw. Plus, as an artist, working with a writer, you’re really trying to get the writer’s vision out there. And I know for myself, I’m the worst writer to work with, because I know exactly what I want on the page.”
July 17, 2009 by NBM
Shane White will be at our booth #1528 at next week’s San Diego comic-con to sign a beautiful offset printed 2 color preview (actually part of the book’s print run itself) of his forthcoming THINGS UNDONE which ships to stores later in August.
Come meet him, take a look and get a collectible available only at the San Diego show (limited to 300). Here’s his schedule:
Friday: 1-4, 5:30-7
Saturday: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4, 5:30-7
Foreword by Robert Kirkman
The author of the acclaimed “North Country” is back with a dark comedy. Despite Rick Watt’s best efforts to keep it together, he feels his life is falling apart, turning him into a zombie. After a cross-country move with girlfriend in tow, his fresh start turns into a festering mess. As a video game artist, Rick is subjected to the incompetence of three bosses and a kinky art director. His overactive imagination helps him cope until… his seven-year relationship tailspins and his ex takes flight with the guy across the parking lot. Other jobs and a new GF don’t look any better. Caught between his fantasy world and reality, Rick decides to pull the trigger.
With a foreword by Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead.
6×9, 80pp., 2 color trade pb.: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-563-4
And here’s the complete schedule of our author appearances.