March 10, 2009 by NBM
“Sibylline imbues each short with a clear and strongly realized emotional core. Most enjoyable, nearly every story paints sex as a positive, joyful experience. There’s no shame or humiliation here, as nine of the women (unfortunately, not the doll) are willing partners in each act, and everyone comes out of their experiences richer for it.
A book like First Time doesn’t compare to something like Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls. For one thing, the grandiose literary ambition isn’t here, and in many ways, that’s really a positive thing. Lost Girls was many things, but arousing wasn’t really one of them. First Time focuses intently on the sexual experience rather than any literary parallels. It has a visceral quality that goes hand in hand with the emotional pleasure the women in each story experience, and that directness and bald humanity make it a much more stirring book.
It’s frank, it’s fun, it’s a little messy and awkward; in short, First Time is a little like its subject matter. Apparently, comics are the vanguard of quality porn – which is cool, because honestly, porn never suffers in any economy.”
So says Newsarama. Why, that’s just what we thought ourselves!
To see First Time, go to Eurotica on our home page and then in Author Gallery to Sibylline. Sorry, can’t link directly here due to adult content.
March 10, 2009 by NBM
Johanna Draper Carlson’s ComicsWorthReading has just reviewed 4 of our recent books, besides Miss Don’t Touch Me which she calls “thrilling escapism with naughty touches”, Why I Killed Peter and First Time, she has this to say about Trondheim’s latest Little Nothings:
“The work is gorgeous, due to the artist’s skill, observations, and especially watercolors.
Material includes the goofy things Trondheim’s bird-headed alter ego does on vacation, as well as simple observations about everyday life. I found them fresh and funny, showing me new ways to look at simple events. The different places around the world he visits are beautifully captured, putting me with him while rock climbing or scuba diving. “
March 5, 2009 by NBM
We’re presently having a 15% off sale across our website on all books. This is good until March 15.
Simply use the code S15 in the coupon field on the cart when you order.
And besides, you get a 5th book free from a choice of many when you order 4. That special we have 24/7.
March 5, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
Here’s my second installment of comics about comics. I hope you enjoy it. This is really an experiment on my part so I’d love to hear what people think, commentwise, suggestionwise, criticismwise, or questionwise.
Work on my Turkmenistan books is going along well. I’m about eight pages away from completion (though of course there will be some tweaking still to go)(how much tweaking I’m not sure)(Terry and I will have to talk about it). And I think the title will be Joe and Azat, which is short and simple.
And I’m always putting new stuff up on my blog at jesselonergan.blogspot.com
March 5, 2009 by NBM
“If there is a healing process, this unforgettable graphic reminiscence is surely its catalyst. Collaborator Alfred evocatively illuminates Ka’s memoir of childhood innocence and grown-up pain. Special mention must be made of his extraordinary use of color and photography as magical elements to convey the emotional ambiguity and banality of evil.”
So said Richard Pachter of the Miami Herald on Tuesday of Why I Killed Peter.
March 4, 2009 by NBM
This week’s Publishers Weekly speaks highly of our new erotic collection First Time as published in our Eurotica* collection:
“Manages to be frank in its depiction of physical sexuality without becoming pornographic, resulting in a charming ‘adults only’ anthology. This is highly recommended for readers looking for something erotic yet artistic and emotionally involving.”
This is a collection of stories about first time experiences featuring some of Europe’s rising star artists as well as Dave McKean, obviously on a rather different tangent than Coraline or Newbery winner The Graveyard book (!)
* sorry can’t link you directly to the book due to its content but just click on Author Gallery and then the author name Sibylline.
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.