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.
April 30, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
So here’s what the cover for my Turkmenistan book ended up looking like, which is a bit different from what I originally intended. The drawing I’d posted earlier turned out to be too busy, so it became the basis for the background. Also as you can see Terry won me over on the title and the book will be called Joe and Azat, not The Golden Age.
And I think that means I’m done. For real. Not that fake done I mentioned a month and a half ago, but a real done. It feels good. Real good. In so many ways. I’m happy with how the book came out. The story feels good. The drawing looks good. And I’m done with Turkmenistan! I got back two years ago! I can’t believe I’ve been working on this thing so long.
And it’s perfect timing because I’m leaving the peace and quiet of Vermont and moving back to Boston this weekend.
I’ve got to get packing.
April 27, 2009 by Terry
George Khoury has posted a great interview of the wonderful Spanish artist Miguelanxo Prado on Comic Book Resources by whom we’ve published quite a few books over the years. Besides his remarkable comics, Prado went on to put a touch of class into the animated version of Men in Black.
I still love his Streak of Chalk and if pressed, probably would put it in my top ten GNs of all time. Can’t wait to see that new GN he’s cooking up now, it’s been a while!
When you go over to our Prado page, you’ll see all his books can be had for free with an order of 4 other books, btw.
April 21, 2009 by NBM
From Comics 212:
“I haven’t yet gotten around to publishing my Best-Graphic-Novels-of-2008 List, but the first collection of Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings is most assuredly on it. Little Nothings is the series of collections of Trondheim’s diary comics–moments from his days being one of the most respected cartoonists in the world, and the international travel and sightseeing accompanying that recognition. Trondheim is kind enough to bring us all along with him through beautifully rendered drawings and paintings done right in his sketchbooks, mixing live- and life-drawing with after-the-fact recollections of his day–although a brief segment in the middle of the book shows just how unreliable a narrator he can be. I admit that I’m a fan of journal and diary comics anyhow, but even if they’ve never been for you I think Trondheim is an interesting character with a relaxed cartooning style and these comics will appeal beyond the subject matter; Trondheim tackles personal and introspective themes, the larger comics industry, politics and the world at large, and even breaks the fourth wall to comment on the nature of the work you’re reading–a little something for everyone. I feel quite fortunate when I see new books like this released into stores, and have specifically enjoyed the recent wave of material from Trondheim that NBM (and First Second) have brought us over the past few years. There’s a huge potential audience for this material–what family man wouldn’t want to be internationally respected in his field and travel the globe drinking with friends?–and I hope that Little Nothings finds it. Pick up your copy today.”
From Comics Waiting Room:
“Anyone who’s read CWR long enough knows that I consider Lewis Trondheim to be one of the greatest living comics talents, a man whose work is almost always transcendent ins some way. In 2008, NBM published the first collection of works from Trondheim’s art blog, and it was easily one of the finest books of the year. Now they’ve graced us with a second volume, and that’s some of the best possible news you could ask for on the graphic novel front.
THE PRISONER SYNDROME follows Trondheim on a succession of trips abroad, both for vacations and for comic conventions. What jumps out immediately is the focus on the minutiae at these stops; we open on him simply trying to avoid burning his feet on beach sand, a universal problem that Trondheim takes from the banal to the epic, laughing at his own (lack) of bravery and toughness. It’s an amusing burst of normal humanity, setting the tone for the funny stuff ahead.
What stood out for me here overall, though, was the observational quality of the writing. Trondheim is one of the most accomplished artists in the world, but he has a poetic soul with the pen. When he ruminates on what it feels like to see the moon while the sun is shining, or the certain death that awaits him if he makes one bad step to the left on the mountain trail he’s walking, or being somewhat vengeful towards a hotel that didn’t deliver on promises made, he gives you an opportunity to see who he really is as a person. The author is giving the reader a gift here; it would be rude not to accept it.
There wasn’t a single thing about this second volume of LITTLE NOTHINGS that didn’t work for me, except for the fact that there’s likely to be a wait for a third volume. Excellence.”
April 21, 2009 by NBM
“Being that this is my first time reviewing for Tart, I found the title on the cover of First Time entirely appropriate. I never thought I’d find erotic entertainment to be fancy, seductive, thought-provoking and titillating. After years of exposure to hentai (which makes me giggle like a little girl at all the tentacular penises waving about), too many erotic novels, and a brief stint as a DVD porn reviewer, I wondered if I was truly too jaded to review this.
Oh, ever so wrong I was. After caressing the cover (yes, the dust cover is soft and almost velvet-like in the touching), I opened up my new little guilty pleasure. Ever get a box of Godiva chocolates at Valentine’s, in the lovely, red, velvety, heart-shaped box? Yeah, it was totally like that.
So, inside the book? Ten little gems of naughty visual pleasure. The stories range from losing virginity to a first-time affair to the joys of buying a first sex toy. Each one has a story to tell and a small twist. Each one has an emotional context. All of them have beauty and some even show us an ugly side.
All of the art, rendered in black and white, is suited to each story, each line and curve rendered with what looks like loving detail.
On the whole, a very … satisfying read.”
“The art is always interesting. Three out of five Tonys.”
Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide
“The book opens with one of the strongest pieces, “First Time” as drawn by Why I Killed Peter’s Alfred. A woman tells her lover about her very first time she has sex, and the result is touching and sweet. From her plans on bringing the guy over, to how he (and she) reacts afterwards, it’s a heartfelt story with a nice ending moment. Alfred’s art is in fine form here, too; there’s a panel where she’s lying on her current partner’s chest and idly scratches it that just feels very familiar and comfortable, and the panel where her arm and hand holding a wine glass is overlaid six times does a great job of showing nervousness and speed and quantity all at once.
“Fantasy” drawn by Jérôme d’Aviau is certainly the steamiest of the stories here—in fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s the only actual steamy story in the entire book. This helps in part because of d’Aviau’s crisp, clean art; I love how he draws both of the main characters here, in an attractive manner (both physically and also just general art style). For a story about dominance and fantasies playing out, Sibylline hits the pacing just right, slowly amping up the tension and bringing the climax of the story (no, not that kind) at just the right moment.”
April 21, 2009 by Naomi Nowak
A strange thing happened on saturday night. I’ve been working on the last chapter of Graylight over the last two or-so weeks, but I got stunted because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted on the very last spread. I’d been focusing on the three main characters. Which ones to show and in what context? I was about to panic when I decided to let it go for a while and just be silly with my colleagues (yes, i spend saturday nights at the studio. bars? clubs? i don’t know what these things are) when i finally KNEW how to do it! Of course I’d been focusing on the wrong thing and the wrong characters. So I finished it. Does this happen to you? You let your brain grind to no end and with no result only to come up with a great solution the minute you relax. So easy to say, yet so hard to implement. Now to colour the last 20 pages + do the cover. I’m going to start on the cover tomorrow… Crazy. In the meantime, here’s our players.
This is the week from hell, by the way. I may have gotten in too deep when i decided to organize an art show with 13 people exhibiting and 100 or so visitors (on sunday). Better go get that wine&candy. Guh… Wish me luck!
April 20, 2009 by NBM
The reviews are coming in for our newly released latest Volume 3 of Dungeon Zenith:
“Hysterically funny. Endlessly inventive”
“Ah, Dungeon, what pleasures you bring me. Boulet is comfortably upholding the artistic standards of previous forays into Dungeon. Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim … man, these two guys can seemingly do no wrong. They’re leading lights in France’s comics scene, and it’s obvious why. Dungeon: Zenith vol. 3: Back in Style is witty, fun and adventurous. Readers of fantasy, of humor, of unapologetically fun comics are going to love it.”
“The Sfar/Trondheim duo did not disappoint in this latest volume, taking crazy story risks and throwing in plot twists and character reversals at the drop of a hat. DUNGEON remains my favorite genre-related series of all time.”