Ted Rall

Change You Can’t Believe In

July 8, 2009 by  


Bringing Up Father in stores now

July 8, 2009 by  

George McManus’
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,
ISBN 978-1-56163-556-6

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!

shane white

Bring Out Your Dead!

July 7, 2009 by  

Soups on!

Soups on!

I have a new interview up at Newsarama for THINGS UNDONE. Oh and this image is one of the other sketches I developed further from last Friday’s Fremont Zombie Walk. These were some of the better photos.


Jesse Lonergan


July 6, 2009 by  

A little bit more about Turkmenistan and the background for my new book Joe and Azat.

One of the things that it took a little while to get used to in Turkmenistan was the money. The Turkmen manat was valued at about 25,000 to the dollar. The largest bill was for 10,000 manat. I made about two million manat a month and I was always paid in cash. This meant that I was paid with at least two hundred 10,000 manat bills. Sometimes I was unlucky and I would get paid in 5,000 manat notes, which meant four hundred bills. I always walked out of the bank with a brick of bills. You could get a polyester suit for about a million manat (mine was brown), but when you bought it you had to count out all those bills with whomever you were buying the suit from. 1,2,3,4,5… all the way to 100, and then maybe you’d have an argument about whether you had shorted the seller or the seller was trying to rip you off and you’d have to count them all over again.

It could be a real hassle.

But for me it was rather easy. I got paid every month on time with no problems. Turkmen teachers would go months without getting paid. Then suddenly the money would show up at the bank, but the teachers couldn’t just go to the bank and take the money out. The director (the principal) would have to go the bank and take out all the teacher’s salaries at once. You would see the director carrying tarpaulin bags the size of trash bags filled with money.

Totally ridiculous.

But I did feel a little bit like a high roller with a giant wad of 10,000 manat bills in my pocket.

Too bad each one was only worth about forty cents.

Of course, you could get a beer for forty cents.

Anyway, check out my book when it hits stores in September. And check out my blog for non-Turkmenistan related stuff.


Geary’s ‘Famous Players’ reviews

July 6, 2009 by  

Johanna Draper Carlson at Comics Worth Reading says of Geary’s newest Treasury of XXth Century Murder, “Famous Players“:

“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by. As is typical of the cases he chooses to profile, there are plenty of mistakes to feel superior about. “Today, the neighbors know not to move the body or traipse through the house before the cops arrive,” the modern reader thinks, but human nature is still the same. The ending roll call of stars who died young reinforces how little some things have changed.”

Jon the Crime Spree Guy at Central Comic Zone says:

“These books are all wonderful and they are books that I have re-read a number of times. I also think that they would really appeal to fans of Max Allan Collins series with Nate Heller.
If you enjoy true crime, mysteries, or just great comics, check these out, and start with Famous Players.”

He also ran this cute pic with Geary and NBM publisher Nantier at the San Diego comicon:

And then Richard Vasseur on Jazma Online pipes in:

“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest.” And gives it 5 out of 5 stars.

Ted Rall


July 6, 2009 by  

Ted Rall

Michael Jackson, RIP

July 6, 2009 by  

shane white


July 4, 2009 by  

Last night was the Fremont Zombie Walk here in Seattle. They were attempting to break the world record for the most zombies gathered in one area and according to early later reports I think they achieved this. So like a busker I cobbled together this idea at the last minute thinking that this might be a great opportunity to A) Promote my website and book, THINGS UNDONE B) Draw from life (or from death whichever you prefer) and get paid a little C) Draw zombies so that if I messed up, nobody would know and D) Get out into the public and mix it up a little. I mean, I figured why not try it at least once?

So how did it go?

I worked my ass off!
It was a non-stop flow of people from 6:30-7 until 9:30. I never looked beyond the clients I was drawing and so I really couldn’t tell what the heck was going on. It was a blur. I so wanted to chill afterwords but was too damn tired so I left the masses to feed on themselves.

Ryan Reiter and the people that volunteered were real pros. They were organized, friendly and really had their act together. To be honest though I stood out like a sore thumb. I think I was the only person there who wasn’t covered in blood or viscera.

Anyways, thanks to those who stopped by.



September: Joe & Azat and Eurotica brings back out The Story of O

July 2, 2009 by  

In September, as solicited for presently in comics shops, NBM presents Jesse (Flower & Fade) Lonergan’s next GN:

Joe is an American in the strange land of Turkmenistan who finds a good friend in Azat, a Turkmen dreamer whose optimism knows no bounds. With tales of doomed desert cab rides, nights of endless vodka shots, unlikely Turkmen business schemes, and secret girlfriends, Lonergan captures not only the bizarreness of living in a country where the president for life launches copies of his poetry books into space, outlaws gold teeth and renames the months and days, but also reveals that there is hope in seemingly hopeless situations. Based loosely on Lonergan’s Peace Corps experience in the former Soviet republic.
6×9, 104 pp., B&W trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-570-2

Jesse’s been blogging regularly about this book and other musings. This is an entertaining travelog of sorts, a great bit of escape into the wilds of the world (see the preview pages). If you’ve missed his Flower & Fade, check it out. It’s about a relationship that comes and goes. Sounds run of the mill, right? Well, it’s how Jesse handles it that’s, once again, quite entertaining and different. See the previews.

Also of note this September is Eurotica bringing back out the long out of print classic The Story of O as adapted to comics by erotic comics master Guido Crepax. We started Eurotica back in the late eighties with this great masterpiece of bondage and sold tens of thousands of copies in a few volumes over the years. But this time we’re doing it as an omnibus, as they like to call ‘em now, and a handsome clothbound edition as we did for First Time.

With all the bunk readily available in adult on the net, Eurotica continues to provide something worth actually keeping on your shelf:

Pauline REAGE • Guido CREPAX
The classic is back! Pauline Reage’s classic of submission and bondage shocked the world when it came out in the fifties. The great Italian erotic comics artist Crepax then adapted it into comics in the mid seventies. Eurotica started with this book and sold tens of thousands of copies in a multi-volume edition. The story of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer who, out of love for her man, is willingly blindfolded, chained, whipped, branded, pierced, and taken by many men in all ways, O is one of the all-time great classics of erotic literature and Crepax’ adaptation stands equally as one the great classics of erotic comics. Out of print for some years, it is now brought back in a beautiful, library-worthy omnibus edition with gold stamped jacket and cloth.
8 1/2 x 11, 176pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-573-3

See more including preview pages (go to Coming Up, you must be over 18)


Comic Book Resources does a week of NBM reviews

July 2, 2009 by  

On CBR’s Comics Should Be Good blog, Brian Cronin is in the process of reviewing a number of our books and started with a hailstorm of protests, reviewing First Time the erotic comics anthology our imprint Eurotica (go to the author gallery and choose Sybilline, you must be over 18) published earlier this year.

You see, Brian actually had the, um, balls to post a number of explicit pages from the book. Go see the amusing string of comments that ensued (but we will warn you you do need to be over 18).

Anyway, his review is quite positive calling its artwork ‘stunning’ and recommending the book.

Brian has also reviewed Arlene’s Heart since where he was less enthusiastic about the story but thought the art impressive as well. See his review.