Review Round-Up!

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

“The most remarkable of this volume’s many strong points is the deft interlacing of satire with independent character and story development. Sly gags help to maintain the fresh take on Dungeons and Dragons fantasy environments while supporting the serious story…This volume is a strong recommendation to current fans, and the series represents a good next step for Adventure Time devotees looking for something equally snappy, but more adult.”

Foreword Reviews

Street View

There is a refreshing quality to this illustrated presentation that invites the viewer to ruminate over the actions of the players and to question the intentions of the participants. The stories can be viewed as morning events when read in one direction, whereas the opposite route portrays the evening proceedings. A range of emotions seem to foment as the viewer writes a script for the activities depending on the interpretation—is there love or hate, innocence or crime, fun or mischief? The scaffolding is there, but the script is in the mind of the viewer.

San Francisco Book Review

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.

“Best title I’ve seen all year.”

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Zombillenium – Vol 1.: Gretchen, Vol. 2: Human Resources

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“Arthur de Pins has a crisp, clean style of drawing that I like, and these books looked like they would provide as much humor as horror…The plots are outlandish, of course, and play on many familiar horror tropes, but there was a lot of bloody, good fun in the telling.”

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Etienne Davodeau’s LULU ANEW, “Skillfully Unsentimental”

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In Etienne Davodeau’s Lulu Anew, the main character Lulu goes on a journey of self-discovery, abandoning her husband and children for no other reason than getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it.

Here’s what some critics are saying about the book:

“Skillfully unsentimental characterizations, light and earthy watercolors, and everyday goings-on reveal a familiar recognizable world, but Davodeau merges these elements into an enchanting realism…Davodeau’s brilliance is connecting it all into a deeply affecting story about how we seek to change our lives.”

Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

“From the start, Lulu Anew has the potential to become too maudlin or too sanguine, but it grounds itself by making Lulu’s experiences humble and non-dramatic.”

Forces of Geek

“French writer Davodeau illustrates a beautiful narrative, with large, colorful panels that are like individual works of art.”

Library Journal Starred Review

GIRL IN DIOR Reviews Arrive in Style

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Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior is one of the most beautiful books of the year and it’s first English translation seems to be resonating well with critics.

“This is for fans of beauty and refinement, both in comics and in clothing, an indulgent present for those who love fashion and the female form…It’s lovely to see a subject often derisively dismissed as “feminine” being treated with such love and respect. A guilty pleasure? No guilt required!”

Publisher’s Weekly

“The book is stunningly beautiful. Goetzinger has a real talent for drawing clothing, using a delicate ink line and watercolor washes to give a sense of the weight, texture, and feel of the fabric. The dresses flow and swirl across the page as the models put them on and show them off; reading this is like having a front seat at a runway show…In the end, the marriage of form and function is perfect… Like the women within its pages, this is a book with both beauty and substance.”

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“For someone who never gave a comic book a second glance, this little treasure has made me rethink the value of this type of reading material…The bottom line is simply this: if you are looking for an alternate way of reading about fashion then you better rush out and get yourself a copy. If you want a very insightful and historically accurate way of learning about this man and the world he inhabited, then get thee to Amazon or a book store if you can still find one. Lastly, if you want to get lost in fashion or introduce someone to fashion, this is surely a good way to do it.”

NY Journal of Books

“In sweeping tableaux and panels, she (Goetzinger) deftly captures the movement and drape of fabric with a line that’s a more sensual take on the traditional Franco-Belgian comics style of her contemporaries…In any language, it make readers nostalgic for the elegance and artistry of a bygone fashion scene.”

The Globe and Mail

“Goetzinger’s art and narrative cleverly weave a biography, delivered by a narrator whose naiveté rivals our own at the start of this book. Lovingly illustrated — and even more lovingly constructed — the narrative expresses the importance of Christian Dior and why he deserves to be well-remembered.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

“…A totally unpretentious comic, light and frothy. Yet it shows why Dior himself valued fashion. “In a time of machines,” he said, “couture is a final refuge for the human, the personal – and the incomparable.”

Mucha Creative

GIRL IN DIOR Cartoonist ANNIE GOETZINGER Tour Dates Announced

This April, NBM Publishing, one of the pioneers in graphic novel publishing in the US since 37 years and a leader in literary comic art, proudly launches a sweepingly beautiful biography docudrama of the life of Christian Dior from the launch of his house and his “New Look” in Girl in Dior.

One of France’s grand dames of comic art, Annie Goetzinger, will be on hand for the premiere of Girl in Dior at MoCCA Arts Festival, one of her many appearances while visiting the United States.  Other appearances  include a panel at the French Embassy co-sponsored by Christian Dior Couture US and moderated by Dior House illustrator, Bil Donovan and a signing/art display at New York’s Kinokuniya Bookstore.

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…

A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

 

Below please find Annie Goetzinger’s appearance schedule.

April 10, 2015  6:00 PM
Kinokuniya Bookstore, 6th Ave. Between 40th and 41st Street.  New York
Signing and Exhibit of Original Art from the Book (The art will be up early April through the middle of the month)

April 11 and 12, 2015
MoCCA Fest, Center 548, W. 22nd Street.   New York
Premiere of Girl in Dior and signing at NBM Booth (401, 402) throughout the weekend.  Original art will also be on display.

Annie will appear on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday at 12:30 alongside James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

April 13, 2015  7:00PM
French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 79th), New York
Dior House artist Bil Donovan will moderate a discussion with Annie, followed by a signing at the new “Albertine” bookstore.  Event co-sponsored by Dior.

April 14, 6:30PM
Cambridge Public Library
Talk and signing. Organized by Million Year Picnic, Boston

April 15, 4:00PM
Conference at Smith College
Girl in Dior: A Conversation With Annie Goetzinger About Fashion, Art, and Her Latest Graphic Novel”.

April 16, 4:00 PM 

Dartmouth College
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.

April 19, 2:00PM

University of Florida
Annie Goetzinger Discusses Girl in Dior.

April 21, 8:00PM
Books & Books, 65 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables
Inauguration of the French Corner, signing.

April 22, 6:30PM
Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Presentation and Signing.  Cocktail hour

NBM for May: More Geary Gems

To celebrate Rick Geary’s new book, LOUISE BROOKS: DETECTIVE (Diamond Code: MAR151423 ) , NBM has filled Diamond Previews Magazine with Geary gems.

 

We are printing the TREASURY OF XXth CENTURY MURDER classic: THE LIVES OF SACCO AND VANZETTI in trade paperback format, presenting the uneasy case of the two supposed anarchists now in a more affordable format. When the hardcover edition premiered in 2011, it was on various Best Graphic Novel lists for the year.

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Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI
Rick Geary
Now in paperback!

Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others, in his usual unflappable way.
“Top ten of 2011” –Onion’s AV Club
“One of The 13 Can’t Miss Graphic Novels of 2011.
Chalk one more up for the history books and another great contribution to the country’s wealth of graphic lit.” –Kirkus Reviews
“As with all the books he’s done in this series, he does his research, lays out the facts and evidence, and allows you to decide for yourself. That’s not only a hallmark of strong storytelling, but of confidence by the storyteller. He doesn’t need to pull you around by the nose if he has done his job right, and no one does
the job right like Rick Geary. This is another incredible effort by a creator who simply seems to never swing and miss.”-Comics Waiting Room
6 x 9, 80pp., B&W trade pb., $9.99;
ISBN 9781561639366

Diamond Order Code:  MAR151424 

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Other recent Geary Murder stories include these two thrillers. You won’t find them yet in the collected COMPENDIUM editions.

MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY
The Murder of Stanford White
Rick Geary

Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.

“Geary’s art is amazing in setting the stage in a booming New York City at the beginning of the 20th century. A thought-provoking, wonderfully delineated read.” –Comics Worth Reading

6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99

ISBN 9781561637621

Diamond Order Code: AUG131377 

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TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER
LOVERS’ LANE
The Hall-Mills Mystery
Rick Geary

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922. Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir. The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick. Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…

“As usual, he proves to be an adept and thoroughly engrossing storyteller and Lovers’ Lane is another excellent entry in this rather admittedly macabre series.”
-Chris Mautner, Robot 6, Comic Book Resources

6×9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-628-0

Diamond Order Code: APR121161

Previews

 

Be sure to order your copy today from your favorite comic book store in March’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

Girl in Dior Debuts in Style: First Run Sold Out

The GIRL IN DIOR arrived in the warehouse! We have had such a great response to this book that we have already sold out of our first print run! We are carefully allocating the stock we have now.

GIRL IN DIOR is already back to press, and we expect more copies will be available this May! The book will be available on Amazon and in stores shortly, but supplies will be limited for now. This one is worth the wait

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For previews and more, visit our website! Stay tuned for news about creator Annie Goetzinger’s US tour in support of the book.

Remarkable Women: Jo Ader-Appels

It’s International Women’s Day, and here’s a comic I made a few years ago for an exhibition about Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader – I chose to highlight the story of his mother, Jo Ader-Appels, who showed remarkable strength through many hardships, including the murder of her husband and the disappearance of her son.

(click on the comic to read the big version)

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(click on the comic to read the big version)

Ghetto Brother Returns to the Bronx

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The Latino in Comics exhibit was earlier today and Terry and I were on hand to hear Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez speak about NBM’s GHETTO BROTHER. The Poe Park Visitor Hall was filled on this brisk winter day to celebrate comics, the Latino community, and the Bronx as a whole.

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GHETTO BROTHER art by Claudia Ahlering

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The crowd gathered to hear Julian and Benjy discuss Ghetto Brother, both on and off the page.

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Melendez(center) and Voloj(right), behind them: Melendez in his days leading the Ghetto Brothers gang.

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Benjy Melendez(center) recalled his time in and out of gangs

Ghetto Brother goes onsale in May. For previews and more, visit our website.