February 26, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
Since NBM started this blog I’ve been a little confused about what to post. I’ve been posting finished pages, but that kind of seems a little pointless because you’ll see the finished pages when the book comes out. I love the pencils that Rick Geary posts, but my pencils don’t look anywhere near that good. They don’t look like much of anything. And notes and scripts, well, I can’t really imagine they’re too exciting on their own.
So I’m thinking of something like a comic strip about drawing comics. Something like the extras section on a DVD. This is the first and I’ll post one every week or so and talk about my process of drawing comics.
And I’d love some feedback, so let me know what you think. Also if you’re curious about any part of the drawing process and would like to see a strip about it let me know. And it doesn’t have to be just about this Turkmenistan book, it can be about anything really.
And I’ll be posting these comics about drawing on my blog as well: jesselonergan.blogspot.com
February 26, 2009 by NBM
NBM’s ComicsLit has gotten 2 of its graphic novels into the prestigious review magazine BOOKLIST top ten:
“Virginal Florence moves into an upscale brothel in post–Great War Paris to sleuth what she feels was her sister’s murder. In terms of characterization, plot, and setting, and the integration of images and words, graphic novels come no better.”
“Following up discoveries about his late father, photojournalist Marco learns humbling lessons about the malleability of human character while changing his mind about fatherhood. Larcenet’s realist masterpiece ends in peaceful domesticity.”
Only fellow publisher extraordinaire Fantagraphics achieves such an equal honor. Heh.
February 25, 2009 by NBM
Coming this May, comics stores now taking orders (as well as us online!):
New From Forever Nuts:
George McMANUS’ BRINGING UP FATHER
With an introduction by Bill Blackbeard
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 x 6 ½, 192pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-556-6
Don’t forget these also from
Classic Screwball Strips
The Early Years of MUTT & JEFF
One of the most long lasting and popular humor strips in history, Mutt and Jeff had many memorable moments of serious goofiness and irreverence. Here’s a rediscovery of a true oddball classic maybe only outdone by the antic high living of its own creator.
“A real work of art. I love how these knuckleballs are always scrambling for 50 cents so they can get some ham and eggs. I thought Herriman was the greatest till I started reading Fisher’s working-scrub comics. Now I’m not sure.” -Tony Millionaire (in the Comics Journal).
“Ends up being a smart, extremely well-illustrated essay on character development” -The Comics Reporter.
11×61/2, 192pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $24.95
Forever Nuts presents:
Frederick Burr Opper
Opper was already a quite successful cartoonist/illustrator for the prestigious Puck magazine when William Randolph Hearst lured him out to create a comic strip for the New York Journal. While a step down from (relatively) high to low brow, Opper jumped at the chance and out came “Happy Hooligan” an un-heroized vagrant who ends up very badly at the end of each strip, no matter how much good he might mean. His perennial demise surely went on to inspire Wile E. Coyote or Mr. O, especially as his own cowardice and unworthiness contributes to his hilarious woes. This second entry in ‘Forever Nuts’, a series in a handsome design showcasing early strips so ingeniously nutty they’re forever fresh and off the wall, presents here a collection of the better early full color Sundays.
“Required reading for anyone who takes comic strips as seriously as they deserve — and likes to laugh, too.” –Andrew “Cap’t. Comics” Smith, Scripps News
“The joy of the strip is in the way Opper sets up his dominoes before knocking them down.” -The Onion.
11×8 , 112pp. full color, clothbound, $24.95
AND ALAS BONEYARD TAKES AN INDEFINITE BREAK…
It’s finally…finally…finally here: the last issue of Boneyard! When we last left the gang, Paris’ childhood friend ‘Lita had returned, and turned out to be a faerie… a faerie princess, no less. She’s betrothed to a creepy prince she’d rather not marry… even though the wedding is the only thing that will prevent a war. She needs Michael to save her by marrying her, but royal guards attacked the gang and dragged ‘Lita back to Faerie. Paris followed, and finds himself trying to help his friend single-handed, against two mighty faerie armies. But Abbey’s determined to reach him, and she’s raising an army of her own… Don’t miss the big, super-sized final blowout!
32 pages, B&W, $3.50, UPC 043016042169-28
NEW from Eurotica:
Christian Zanier’s outrageous Honey Lickers Sorority concludes while Baldazzini’s tongue-in-cheek Casa Howhard starts up a new story. More Barbarian Chicks, Ogenki Clinic & Omaha the Cat Dancer. Also discover the all-new erotic fantasy Corinne in Labyrintera.
Quarterly magazine, 8 ½ x 11, 64 pp, B&W, $5.95, UPC 074470753032-42
February 25, 2009 by Rick Geary
Below are three preliminary sketches for my new book for NBM “The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.” I had been reading for years, in various sources, about the bloodthirsty killer (or killers) who dispatched six people, grievously wounded six more, held the city in a state of fear during the years 1918 and 1919, but was never caught or identified. Research was daunting since the information exists piecemeal in different articles and anthologies and is often hazy or contradictory. In many respects, the story has passed into the realm of folklore. No one has yet written a book recounting the entire case. My script, consequently, is cobbled together from a multitude of sources both in print and online.
February 25, 2009 by Terry
Our sister company, Papercutz, which does graphic novels for tweens like Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Tales from the Crypt and Bionicle now has its blog up and running with entries from writers of these series. Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup will also participate as soon as I kick his butt into gear.
So go on over and send your kids! The artists will talk about and show their creative process, kids 7 to 77 should love it!
February 24, 2009 by NBM
Can ya blame us for lovin’ Marc Mason over at ComicsWaitingRoom?
The above is what he said in his review for Miss Don’t Touch Me where he also says:
“MISS DON’T TOUCH ME is one of the most interesting blends of wickedly dark humor and grisly gore in recent memory. The script makes no bones about its brothel setting and the goings on at such a place, reveling in some wonderfully smutty humor, and the interpersonal relations between the employees, friendships and jealousies alike, pop off the page with a razor-edged wit.
See the whole review.
We’ll try to keep being ridiculous.
February 19, 2009 by Naomi Nowak
the universe is putting me through paradox lately: for new years i wished for two things, one, to finish graylight and be happy with the result, and two, get my finances in order*. i thought i’d do one first and then the other – grit my teeth and eat rice/ramen/oatmeal (the holy three of my starving artist’s life) and then find a job which would allow me to, oh, eat something with actual proteins or vitamins in it and maybe travel to nyc for a bit! or the ocean! i’ve been on about the ocean for ages already, my friends tire i’m sure. i miss the sea so much i can feel a physical clenching of the heart when i think about it. that’s why it plays such an important role in house of clay as well. i realise that’s miles and miles from unique or even original but i’ve started subscribing to the theory that there are no new stories to tell anyway, so why try. all we can do is tell them our way and be sincere.
right, the universe. so – this woman calls on my phone looking for a friend of mine who’d applied for a job i’d once toyed with the idea of having but never considered applying for because i knew 700-odd people wanted it. only my friend had moved back to the states at this point and i’d completely forgotten about the whole thing. on a whim i called this lady back and said, you know what, she’s not here, but if you want i can come to the interview instead. she said why not. and so it goes and so it goes … my beloved space-time continuum, karma, what have you, served it up like the kick in the side you never saw coming. at that point i had 30 pages left to draw on graylight. 30 pages! (may sound like a lot but it’s not, considering i’ve already done 105). you get what you wish for but never the way you thought it would happen, huh. i won’t complain**, i’ll work mornings and nights and lunch hours to finish this but it’s still gonna take longer. i could do without the anxiety though – like many artistically inclined people i guess i identify a tad to much with my work sometimes. like, i tend to believe i’m nothing when i don’t draw. it’s funny how you get what you wish for really, i was so fed up with my wardrobe*** for one thing and i get a job that offers hundreds of dollars of free clothes. insane.
i’d like to know how all you other authors are doing — we’ve been sharing mostly professional stuff and images here but terry’s last email (i wasn’t the only one that got it i’m sure) sparked a need to share. choosing a difficult carreer path is something we have in common. tell us how you did it/are doing it/not doing it?
* they’ve been at the point where i’d pick one bill out of five to pay each month. it’s a fun little lottery! who gets the money … phone company, electric company, studio …
** this is probably not true. i will complain. a lot. to my boyfriend, poor soul. from now on i will try to shut up about it in blogs however.
*** some of the clothes you see in my comics are designs that i’ve sewn for myself i’m especially skilled at making new creations out of dad’s, boyfriends, brothers, ex-boyfriends old t-shirts (they’re big enough to make new things easily and the fabric is already soft and comfortable – there’s no self-value in new fabric, it can mature like wine).
February 18, 2009 by NBM
Arthur magazine has just posted a great interview and overview of Marc Antoine Mathieu’s work and especially his latest Museum Vaults we published, part of the Louvre collection of graphic novels presently in exhibit at the Louvre itself, see this previous blog entry on that.
The piece is written by author Sasha Watson (Vidalia in Paris), her blog’s fun.
February 18, 2009 by NBM
“Trondheim creates autobiographical sketches with a Seinfeld-ian mania for capturing the quotidian details of normal life, particularly its irritations. [His] light wit and springlike watercolor tones give even the most curmondgeonly observations a lilting and jesting flair.”
“The real strength of this graphic novel lies in the images. David B. has a distinct style that uses heavy black inks combined with grays and blues. His detailed drawings complement the text and carry it through each panel. The results are captivating. Followers of his work won’t be disappointed.”
February 17, 2009 by NBM
“The mystery is involving and proceeds at a sprightly pace. It’s refreshing to see a sex-positive story and heartening to see a female lead character who’s quick-witted and brave. There’s no American analogue for this kind of breathless comic book mystery. It’s all so perfectly French.”
…says The Stranger of Seattle about Miss Don’t Touch Me