May 10, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
So this weekend I finally had some time just to sit and think. I moved back to Boston last Sunday: packing unpacking, organizing, making lists of all the things I need, finding out where I can buy all those things that I need, figuring which combination of walking, bus and subway gets me to work the quickest. Then on Tuesday I was back at work teaching ESL and coming up with lesson plans and figuring out how to explain the present perfect progressive tense to a class of Brazilians (plus one Korean student and one Chilean student). Then on Thursday it turned out a friend of mine from the Peace Corps had a ticket to the Red Sox game. Then on Friday I went to the bar after work and didn’t leave until it closed (but I wasn’t drinking alone)(it was just the first Friday night back in the city). Saturday was spent… well, I got out of bed pretty late.
But now it’s Sunday and I find myself with a little time on my hands.
And my mind asks, “what’s next?” now that the Turkmenistan book is completed. Do I launch into another graphic novel? If so, do I do that book about baseball I’ve been thinking about, or that road book I’ve been meaning to do, or do I make a complete left turn and do some sci-fi silliness? Or do I forget graphic novels for a little bit and focus on smaller things? Or do I just sit on my porch for a bit with my guitar and sing songs while girls walk by in their summer dresses?
Writing the options down it seems obvious what I should do.
Which means I need to tune that guitar.
Anyway, I’ll still be posting comic about comics here and if you want to check out the random drawings I do you can head over to my blog.
May 8, 2009 by NBM
It’s true, we haven’t made that much about it, but with Dungeon Zenith, vol.3, we reached a milestone: 10 volumes, 5 years of publishing the series.
Omnivoracious, the book blog on Amazon is good to right that wrong with columnist Jeff VanderMeer saying:
“One of my great reading pleasures this decade has been the discovery of Dungeon in the lovely little volumes from NBM Publishing, which provides English translations of this near-iconic series originally released in France. This month, you could do worse than check out the whole series, as NBM is celebrating five years of Dungeon with the tenth volume, Zenith: Back in Style.
Dungeon is the brainchild of French geniuses Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim. Part of their brilliance in creating these books is to both send-up the heroic fantasy genre and provide one of the most compelling arguments for its relevance.
I’d be content just to have the next ten translated in, oh, I don’t know, the next six months. Short of that happening, I’ll have to console myself by re-reading the existing ten…”
Oy, go easy on us.
May 7, 2009 by Terry
Arlene’s Heart has shipped and should have reached stores by now. Look for it, it’s a moving fantasy fairy tale for adults and a tribute to surviving personal loss and rejection.
Beautifully painted. See previews here.
May 6, 2009 by Terry
And as you said in your entry below, welcome back… um… from the dead? Well I guess that’s in tune with the new book you’ve got coming in August.
Wait, everyone, to see when he posts some pages, this is in a completely different more cartoony style than he used in North Country (where he already varied styles somewhat depending on circumstance). Shane is a remarkably talented guy!!
May 6, 2009 by shane white
It’s been awhile since my last graphic novel, North Country in 2005.
Almost 4 years to the day all this will be coming together again. Unlike North Country though, Things Undone is a dark comedy. The story at it’s core is about change, and how people have a hard time dealing with it.
In the next several weeks I’ll share a little bit about the process with you as well as some of the preproduction art.
May 5, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Created this fun little animated banner tonight. Help spread the word by posting it on your site, blog or Facebook page and get folks to head to the NBM site to preorder THE BIG KAHN:
May 5, 2009 by NBM
The raves continue for the Dungeon series. Its newest volume, the 3rd in the Zenith branch, is praised in this week’s issue of Publishers Weekly:
“It’s hard to say if Sfar and Trondheim’s long running Dungeon epic is a dead-on parody of sword-and-sorcery cliches or if it’s just a first-rate fantasy series that happens to star anthropomorphic animals and involves lots of comedy.
Boulet handles the action set pieces and slapstick farce with equal aplomb, and Trondheim and Sfar shake up the tone of the story every few pages: there’s romance next to brutal violence, and tender whimsy punctuated by cruelly bleak humor.”
This July, explore a family secret so well-hidden, even the family didn’t know about it until it was too late
May 4, 2009 by Neil Kleid
PREORDER THE BIG KAHN, Neil Kleid & Nico Cinquegrani’s new graphic novel today!
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 they question their very faith. Rabbi Avi Kahn, the heir apparent whose future is on the line, spirals into a tryst with his rebellious sister Lea’s non-Jewish roommate. Lea rethinks the religion she’s run from, religion 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, Eli attempts to return faith and order to his family, community while reinstating his father’s good name.
Neil Kleid, Xeric Award winning author of Ninety Candles and NBM’s Brownsville, and illustrator Nicolas Cinquegrani offer THE BIG KAHN, a graphic novel drama about loss, lies, belief and renewal in this sequential exploration of a family secret so well-hidden, it questions the very nature of faith. Hitting shelves this July, THE BIG KAHN, a 176 page black and white graphic novel, is currently available to preorder via Diamond Comics Distributors (Page 271, Order Code; MAY090988) and through bookstores (ISBN 978-1-56163-561-0) at the low price of $13.95.
Dean Haspiel (THE ALCOHOLIC, STREET CODE) had this to say about THE BIG KAHN: “Does honoring tenets of a religion admonish the dishonor of heritage? Does the wisdom of experience overrule the righteousness of blood? Profound answers are discovered in the subtlety of behavior and the struggles of the heart in this modern dilemma of difference versus acceptance.”
Diamond Distributors is also re-offering BROWNSVILLE for a limited time, Neil Kleid’s first book with artist Jake Allen about the Jewish gangsters of Murder Incorporated.
“Jewish gangster” isn’t a term you hear much in post-Holocaust society… but back when the Dodgers played in the East and licorice cost a penny a bag, Brooklyn corners were lousy with semitic young toughs looking for adventure and excitement – none more so than in Brownsville. Follow the intertwined lives of Allie Tanennbaum, Abe Reles and scores of hoods organized by Louis Lepke Buchalter into the deadliest hit operation in Mafia history, “Murder, Inc.”, as they escape the mean streets and lonely tenements of East New York., make themselves into the most dangerous men in America, only to eventually send their best friends and closest allies up the river.
May 1, 2009 by NBM
Famous Players will be premiered at the MoCCA show 1st weekend of June in NYC! Come see us!
April 30, 2009 by NBM
So here’s what we got coming up in July as solicited for in comics stores now and Diamond’s Previews.
First up, Neil (Brownsville, 90 Candles) Kleid’s next book with an absolutely brilliant story. At first, you’ll think it’s a comedy but it ain’t. Best part is it’s quite serious, questioning the very nature of faith, read up:
THE BIG KAHN
Neil KLEID, Nicholas 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.
6 x9, 176 pp., trade pb., B&W with color cover, $13.95
Here are previews.
Eurotica presents this month:
HONEY LICKERS SORORITY, Vol. 2
Bombshell she-male Tammy recollects some earlier delicious days when she went to visit a whole party full of ‘em. This time, she gets it as opposed to giving it… By the best-selling breathtaking artist of Banana Games.
81/2x11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-562-7
Go to Eurotica and see the banner for Coming Up July for more on this.