“Ted Rall is a terrific journalist (“Silk Road to Ruin”), a take-no-prisoners political cartoonist (“America Gone Wild,” to name just one collection, and his work runs in many media outlets) and … gigolo?
There’s sex, sure, but it’s a hard and humiliating way to go, and Rall is brutal as he savages himself and the choices he made.”
So says The San Diego Union Tribune on The Year of Loving Dangerously at comics stores and Barnes & Nobles everywhere.
We’re making a few:
Mijeong, a manhwa, made Popcultureshock‘s list of best of 2009:
“Wholly unlike most of the other English-translated manhwa hitting the shelves these days, this volume is a hidden gem, with glimpses of true brilliance that promise a great future for the artist.”
SFSite put The Big Kahn in theirs:
“Kleid’s story reads like something Philip Roth, or perhaps Nathan Englander, would write if they worked in comics.”
The Comics Waiting Room placed our Little Nothings vol.2 in theirs:
“I consider Trondheim to be the best living comics creator in the world right now, and this is him working at his purest form.”
Speaking of Trondheim. John Seven at Reverse Direction puts the Dungeon series in the decade’s best.
Graylight is shipping and is to hit stores very soon. From the author of the well acclaimed Unholy Kinship and House of Clay. See more and previews.
The undead have as much use as the dead. My Dad was kind enough to mail me a cow’s skull that he came across in a field. At least that’s where he said he found it.
Often when I was younger I’d wander into the woods for hours and would eventually come upon a grisly horror of emaciated cow or horse parts. Your senses come alive when viewing death, alone, in the wilderness. Sometimes the animals would just die of old age or maybe from starvation as a woodchuck hole would break an animal’s leg and they would not be discovered until it was too late. Or coy dogs (which were wild feral animals that ran around in packs like coyotes or wolves tearing down slow prey) would cross their paths and instinctively rip them apart eating very little and leaving the rest for crows and flies.
So why do I bring all this up? I don’t know…but like I said the dead have their use either as a metaphor or as an adornment for creative endeavors. Such as…
“Lonergan’s clean, sharp lines, minimal backgrounds, and pure black and white (no grays, not even via shading) make another story of a youthful, probably temporary relationship vivid and affecting.
See more on Joe & Azat and Jesse Lonergan.
If you order $25 or more worth of our books, we will extend 20% off your order!
This includes even sale books both of ours and of other publishers which you can find here. And it includes comic books, magazines, etc…
This however cannot be combined with our ‘buy 4 get 1 free’ offer. And this sale will end Jan. 15th.
Note! Our cart online will not show the discount when you check out but we will apply it upon processing your order and charging your credit card.
So here’s something to cheer about at this end of year! Whether it’s Ted Rall’s latest Year of Loving Dangerously or, in Eurotica, the great classic Story of O, or even those yet to come out as seen in ‘Coming Up’, our entire catalog as you see it here is available for 20% off!
Vatican Hustle by Greg Houston gets a few awed remarks:
“a love letter to the blacksploitation genre penned in the only manner such a note can successfully be executed: way the hell over the top. Houston clearly had a blast writing and drawing Vatican Hustle, and his joy is infectious.”
Brian Heater of The Daily Cross Hatch
Andrew Wheeler on ComicMix gets kinda stuck on the book’s helter skelter energy but allows:
“This is definitely the work of a unique talent, and there isn’t anything else like it. I’m not sure whether to hope that Houston settles down and learns to modulate his talent to consistently replicate his hits and avoid his misses, or to expect that he’ll get even more extreme and bizarre. Either way, Vatican Hustle is like no other book you will read this year, and that’s damn impressive.”
Comics Bulletin says:
“Houston takes every chance he can to go off on tangents following side characters, exploring the absurd world he’s created here and seeing what sorts of antics his bizarre characters get up to. We encounter oversexed porn stars, disgusting white pimps, feral clowns, themed hoboes, a leprous clown butler, and a thug afflicted with “gigantic pieface disorder”.
However, other than our hero himself, the best creation might be the Pope, whom Houston imagines as a beefy bruiser that wears leather-jacket versions of the papal robes; uses his position to lure every woman he encounters into sex; constantly consumes booze, cigars, and heroin; gets in violent barfights; and uses his holy influence to cheat at dice.”
First, let’s point you to a fun interview on Smith Magazine’s site with Ted Rall on his recent Year of Loving Dangerously.
Greg McElhatton of Read About Comics sees Rall’s book as a bit of an exercise in self-justification but still grants that “This is the kind of glimpse into someone’s life that readers rarely get,” and especially raves about artist Pablo Callejo’s work on this:
“a treat from start to finish; he draws his characters with an innocent look, thanks to rounded faces and clean lines. Callejo draws the young Rall in a way that makes him both recognizably the cartoonist (for those who have seen or met him), but without feeling stiff, posed, or light boxed off of existing photographs. I think it’s Callejo’s art style that actually makes the book slightly more likable; Rall’s narration may not ever come across as warm, but his alter-ego on the page does in places.”
And Sequential Tart picks up on this about Callejo:
“a marvel to behold. Callejo is surely an artist to watch and this book specifically demonstrates how versatile an artist he is. How easy it would have been for Callejo, like so many other comic book artists, to make all of the women Ted sleeps with pictorial copies of each other. The fact that there were so many characters, and I never confused any of them and I always recognized the recurring ones, is a great artistic accomplishment.
Rall is obviously an excellent writer. And the book is very funny at times, so don’t let the serious premise scare you away. I enjoyed this graphic novel immensely and have been encouraged to check out more of Rall’s books. Read this book with an open mind and eye for detail and I think you will enjoy it just as much. 9 out of 10.”
It’s the fifth night of Chanukah, so from our yet-to-actually-be shoveled (whew!) relocated home office in New Jersey, Team Kleid wants to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.
Thanks for supporting THE BIG KAHN in 2009, and here’s looking to a brand new year filled with health, happiness, success and sequential excellence.
I’m at present finishing up the final inking on “The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans,” but it’s never too late to make small adjustments and corrections. I just returned from a long-overdue visit to New Orleans, where I immersed myself in the atmosphere of the place. Below is a comparison of a penciled page (before my visit) and the final inked page, in which I more accurately represented the local architecture.