Jesse Lonergan

Drawing Comics

April 2, 2009 by  


Looking back, this may be a little bit of an exaggeration. I did have some ideas of the kind of story I wanted to tell. I’d seen Turkmenistan mentioned in a number of books and I’d seen a number of news articles about the country, but because most Westerners can only get a two week visa to travel in Turkmenistan there were definite limits on what kinds of stories the authors could tell. I wanted to tell a story that could only be told by a person who had lived in the country. That was my starting point and everything else flowed from that.

And here is a detail of the inks for my cover.

I’m planning on flat colors, maybe only five or six. All the black lines will probably be a dark green, but I’m not sure yet. It’ll take shape as I start working on it. For the title I’m thinking of having it in a bar of color across the top of the book (it would be something like the cover of one of those old Blue Note jazz albums)(only with a broader band for the title). And Terry is probably going to hate this but after reading the book one of my friends was so adamant that it should be called The Golden Age that he sent me a list of reasons justifying it. I was convinced. So Terry and I will be talking about that again.


NBM

Geary’s Lincoln in School Library Journal

April 2, 2009 by  


“The concise narrative incorporates diverse threads and is packed with details that will mesmerize readers—Lincoln’s prophetic dream of his own death, John Wilkes Booth’s careful and cold-blooded preparations, the identification of the perpetrator’s body after his death by the initials he had carved into his right hand as a child. Geary also raises questions that still go unanswered, such as the fate of pages missing from Booth’s journal. Filled with crystal-clear maps and realistic architectural renderings, the precise pen-and-ink drawings depict the events with drama and a chilling sense of realism. Readers will find this book impossible to put down and may just head to library shelves for more information (Gr 7 Up).”

So says Joy Fleishhacker of School Library Journal of our bringing back both editions of Geary’s The Murder of Abraham Lincoln. (scroll down) on the occasion of Lincoln’s 200th anniversary.


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NBM in June: a new Geary

April 1, 2009 by  


In conjunction with ‘Previews’ from Diamond at your local comic bookstore, here’s what’s being solicited for June from NBM:

The main news is the next Rick Geary TREASURY OF XXth CENTURY MURDER:

FAMOUS PLAYERS
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
Rick GEARY
It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
6×9, 80p., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-555-9
And of course, don’t forget the over ten other titles in this series (including the initial Treasury of Victorian Murder). Besides, Rick is a contributor to this blog and has posted some initial views of the art from this book but also of his next one!

New from Eurotica, the next Peanut Butter book, one of our best-selling series:

Peanut Butter presents:
THE CONFESSIONS OF SISTER JACQUELINE
Cornnell CLARKE
Remember Sister Jacqueline, headmistress of the high school Molly went to in volume 1? Well, then you might remember what an orgy she was forced into at the prom… and loving every minute of it. Now she must confess to her sins and face how she loves being taken vigorously, even if she has become pregnant! A shockingly arousing side-story to this best-selling series.
81/2x11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-558-0

There too, there’s a whole series with three volumes already available to look for.

On PAPERCUTZ‘ side the main news, beside new volumes of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, is the Tales from the Crypt will have an edgy spoof: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, go check it out!


Naomi Nowak

other mushrooms

April 1, 2009 by  


in regards to terry’s comment on my latest entry … the last chapter of graylight seems to have a different type of mushroom on every page (here, featuring page 126 with tree shrooms). i didn’t consciously make it so, but the two male leads are walking through a forest, and shrooms being one of my favourite elements of forests i guess it’s natural.

i sat on the ground outside of the studio today, drawing. it’s so sunny and bright my head hurts. that’s how scandinavia is … we’re all awake through the winter but with spring sun it’s still as if hibernation is finally over and there’s all this vigorous talk and experience of everything sensual. beauty.


NBM

Boston Globe on David B and Miss Don’t Touch Me

March 31, 2009 by  


The Boston Globe on Sunday had a great roundup by Carlo Wolff of graphic novels and amongst the books reviewed, David B’s Nocturnal Conspiracies:

“Teeming with animals, corrupt politicians, alluring women, his own malleable consciousness and other shape shifts, this scans like a dream.”

And Miss Don’t Touch Me:

“A more orthodox piquancy infuses Miss Don’t Touch Me, a charming, Gallic twist on the murder mystery… and anything but prudish.”

Some other GNs reviewed: The Beats by Harvey Pekar, Alan’s War and The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert.


Terry

Need some extra cash? Good at social nets?

March 30, 2009 by  


We’re looking for someone with good experience with social networks to help us expand our presence there. We’re presently on MySpace but need to be on Facebook and others with all this better interlinked. Like NBM’s books? Good at this sort of thing where you can show what you’ve done in those spaces?

Then be in touch with me at tnantier at nbmpub.com.

Hope to hear from ya!


NBM

Metronome in Daily Yomiuri

March 30, 2009 by  


Japan’s English language newspaper, The Daily Yomiuri, had some kind words on Metronome:

“Offers a surprisingly engaging story that, without the hindrance of language, anyone can understand. Tanaka makes good use of rythmn, themes and cadences to set the scene and mood.”


Jesse Lonergan

Drawing Comics

March 26, 2009 by  


I always seem to be coming to this realization that nobody looks anywhere near as closely at my work as I do.  

And here are some pencils of the cover for my Turkmenistan book (it’s a little cut off)(it does go around in a complete circle)(but you get the idea). I’ll probably being adding a few more details before inking. I want to get as many Turkmen thing as I can in there: flags, watermelons, camels, a bust of Turkmenbashy, a good Turkmen hat, carpet designs, a five headed eagle. There should be an inked version for next week.

And in response to Naomi’s question about favorite graphic novels I have to say I really like Hate by Peter Bagge. It’s not really a graphic novel, but I always end up reading all my old issues all in a row. In fact, I think I might go dig them out right now.

And feel free to check out my personal blog.


NBM

Reviews on Little Nothings and First TIme

March 25, 2009 by  


Comics Waiting Room. com has this to say about Little Nothings 2

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.

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.

And this about First Time (go to Eurotica):

There’s a difference between erotica and porn. For those who want a definitional difference, here is mine: porn is nothing but pure sex, a visceral jolt meant for immediate arousal. Erotica, while flush with sex, has more; more story, more character, more than just the base drive for arousal and orgasm. Erotica engages the mind as well as the body.

FIRST TIME is damned fine erotica.
French writer Sibylline joins with ten amazing artists to tell stories of deep sensuality, arousing moments, and hot sexuality, all revolving around the theme of the first time each character has engaged in that behavior. From the loss of virginity, to visiting a sex club, to a threesome, to a couple viewing pornography together, she covers an extraordinary spectrum of topics and moments, and each is wildly different. Some are joyous; a couple are heartbreaking; which keeps FIRST TIME real, really. Sex, while great, can be painful and disappointing, and she never loses sight of that. Which, again, points out the difference between pornography and erotica; porn is rarely full of anything you could consider “real” on an emotional level.


Naomi Nowak

March 24, 2009 by  


some snippets from chapter 10, the last chapter! crazy. i have a lot of edits and talking back and forth with terry to do and then the cover, so still a lot of work and i’ll be doing full time at my day job for a while yet. saving up for paris and nyc… or maybe just for living like a free person again. there’s always lots more progress photos, drawings, paintings and photos of me/my life over at my blog, just in case you wanna.

a question for everyone … your favourite graphic novels? here’s one that’s very dear to me(click it for some info):