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Stargazing Dog a Top Ten Graphic Novel for Teens, YALSA announces

February 1, 2013 by  


We’re proud another one of our graphic novels made this exclusive listing!

See more about the book here.


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In stores now: the handsomely bound Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium

January 31, 2013 by  


Since yesterday, your comics store and all stores selling books, have our first ever quarterbound Treasury Compendium by Geary.

Here’s the info on that:

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM

Including Jack The Ripper, The Beast of Chicago and The Fatal Bullet
Rick Geary

In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.

6×9, 228pp., B&W hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781561637041

By quarterbound, we mean it has real cloth around the spine, silver stamped, with printed panels on the cover, front and back. With so many volumes out in this series (14!) we were getting a lot of requests to start such omnibus volumes. If you missed these volumes separately before, here’s your chance to catch up!


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The Initiates is shipping now

January 29, 2013 by  


One of our best books this season, The Initiates, about a comic artist swapping jobs with a wine artisan, is on its way to stores now!

Advance buzz from reviewers on this is high, once people get to read this we’re sure this will become a can’t miss for this year! Out of nowhere it rose to bestseller in France recently surpassing 100,000 copies sold.

Check it out here

and see a long preview here.


Terry

We were ahead of the trend: HarperCollins become neighbors

January 29, 2013 by  


It’s official, HarperCollins, one of America’s ‘big six’ publishers, is moving to 195 Broadway just a couple doors up from us.
Ha, people used to look at us funny for being in the ‘financial district’, look what company we got now! Fact is this area has been diversifying for some time and most financial companies are uptown now anyway. What we do have are some of the most beautiful old classic buildings in the Big Apple. The Woolworth building one more block up from 195 has a lobby so gorgeous as to make your jaw drop.
But then we were all drinking seawater just a couple months ago.


Margreet de Heer

The Queen turns 75 – Long Live the King!

January 28, 2013 by  


Tonight, Dutch Queen Beatrix, after a reign of 33 years, has announced she will abdicate the throne in favor of her son Willem-Alexander. Coming Thursday, she’ll turn 75 – what a grand way to celebrate her birthday!

After seeing her speech on TV, in which she stressed that she really enjoyed being Queen but thinks it is time for the New Generation, I made this cartoon.

The Netherlands has had a run of three Queens (Wilhelmina, Juliana and Beatrix) – now for the first time in 123 years a King will rule again. But his reign will not be without Grrl-power: he has three daughters and a great wife, Maxima, who might even be allowed to use the title of Queen of Holland.


Terry

Abysmal incompetence: Verizon has lost our phone numbers

January 23, 2013 by  


Post Sandy, it appears we may never get back most of our phone numbers of 22 years!
The problem goes farther back from Sandy to when we moved to our great new digs at 160 Broadway last April. They installed and moved (albeit late) our lines properly but never got the billing right. Then Sandy hit and eventually, even though we were calling them to make sure they took care of us, just let our main number (212 643 5407) back into the available pool to be grabbed by the first schmuck.
To this day, as for much of lower Manhattan, we STILL do not have normal service on the rest of our numbers. Our fax # of 22 years (212 643 1545) is still not operating.
After months of waiting, we gave up and went to Time Warner to get back phone service and also internet which we’d otherwise still not have!
It’s one thing to have your main operating center downtown completely drowned in seawater, it’s quite another to screw up billing so badly as to result in the loss of our numbers for years.
Never mnd the literally hours of being bounced around trying to deal with them on this for the last close to 3 months.
If ever there was the definition of clusterf**k, it’s Verizon.
So now our main number is 646 559 4681, our fax number where you can reach us is 646 559 4838. We hope yet to get our old fax # back.
Thank God we still do have our old 800# working: 800 886 1223.


Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada

THE STORY OF LEE on British Television

January 22, 2013 by  


Channel 4 TV in the UK has a new drama series called UTOPIA that started this month – and it features graphic novels heavily in the story. Including our book THE STORY OF LEE, which is shown in one of the episodes. Nice!

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/utopia/episode-guide/series-1

We’re getting on with making volume 2 of the book. I’m up to more than 100 pages written so far.

Ganbaru!

Sean


Margreet de Heer

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

January 21, 2013 by  


What I did last weekend? I drew beautiful half-naked ladies in a warm atmosphere of burlesque show and artistic conviviality!

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a life model drawing event bringing together great shows from the burlesque scene and graphic artists, amateurs and professionals alike. It was started by Molly Crabapple in New York, and has spread all over the world into over a hundred branches. When I found out about it, one and a half years ago, I was shocked that Amsterdam had no branch yet, even though there is a very lively burlesque scene here. So I teamed up with burlesque organizer Marco Buschman and we started Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Amsterdam in September 2011 – it has had eight very succesful sessions so far.

A Dr. Sketchy session is always great fun, with good music, an open bar and a relaxed atmosphere among fellow artists from all kinds of backgrounds: art school students, hobbyists, comic artists; people using pencils, chalk, water colors, and even iPads. The models are all very enthusiastic performers with wonderful outfits, that usually come off in a whirling show, and in between they pose and inspire.

Ever since I got into the burlesque scene I keep being amazed by the talent, creativity and enthusiasm of all participants. They are all driven by such playfulness and open-mindedness, which feels very liberating – which is probably why so many women are involved with it, both performing and in the audience. I like that each performance is a little story, with a specific character and a small narrative that is played out – such as those of Officer Frisky, private investigator Ms Rita Lynch, or the tragic Miss Glitter Painkiller, who finds out onstage that her lover left her for a man!

There’s always a Master of Ceremonies to talk the audience through the various acts. Sometimes the MC has an act of his own, like the talented Desmond O’Connor who played the ukulele and regaled us with his own award-winning songs. And then there was The Drip Dry Man and his One Man Beat Revolver, who performed several instruments at the same time!

I have attended a few life model drawing classes in the past – but none of those compare to Dr. Sketchy’s. Well, it wouldn’t be fair to compare, I guess, since the objects of both are so different. Classical model drawing focuses on drawing exactly what you see, getting a grip on the proportions of the human body, learning about stances, all that. Dr. Sketchy’s offers a completely different experience, that appeals to me as a comic artist: I get to draw characters, not mere bodies, and there is no stress on “getting it right” – much more on “having fun with it”.

If this appeals to you, no matter if you are an artist or not, check out the Dr. Sketchy’s site to find out if there’s a branch near you. And if you’re in or near Amsterdam, visit our sessions!

 

 


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NBM in March: The next Hobbs/Tuazon (Broadcast)

January 18, 2013 by  


Here’s what’s being solicited by us for this month in comics stores: after the success of The Broadcast, writer Eric Hobbs and artist Noel Tuazon team up again for:

FAMILY TIES

An Alaskan Crime Drama

Eric Hobbs, Noel Tuazon

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play KING LEAR, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss. 6×9, 208pp., B&W trade pb. with flaps, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637294

see previews!

Meanwhile, back in EUROTICA:

The Diary of Molly Fredrickson

Peanut Butter vol. 7

Cornnell Clarke

The Party continues at the Beta Alpha Delta fraternity. Things have gotten even wilder than Molly could’ve ever imagined. Take, for one, the punishment of Jeanne Williams. For that, Molly and Sean travel to the fraternity’s basement to witness first hand what Ron has in store for his rebellious girlfriend. On the way there, they encounter a nun with something extra, the dominatrix Miss Claire and also find out what happened to the would be rapists from Vol. 6! You see, revenge in the world of Peanut Butter is a dish best served… Wet!

8 ½ x 11, 48pp, full color trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781561637287

SIZZLE #57

Zanier’s over-the-top ‘Banana Games’ continue along with a whopping helping of the next ‘Peanut Butter’ and more police sexual capers in ‘District 69’ and “It Could Happen to You.’

Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99


Margreet de Heer

Translating Digits of Pi

January 15, 2013 by  


In September, my next book ‘Science: a Discovery in Comics’ will be published by NBM. Right now, I’m in the middle of translating this 192-pager from Dutch into English (using my own new font, yay!).

As always, translating poses interesting challenges – not only does the translation have to be accurate, it also has to fit into the space available. Fortunately, Dutch is a much “longer” language than English. The English wording usually comes out much shorter, which makes it easy on me. Except for a word like “circumference”, which is much longer than the Dutch “omtrek” – I’m coming across it in the chapter about Pi.

‘Science: a Discovery in Comics’ – page on Pi

 

Pi is interesting for many reasons – this number has a lot of mystic and artistic connotations. And did you know that the search for ever more digits of Pi spurred the evolution of the computer?

In the original book I showcased an old Dutch rhyme that helped people memorize the digits of Pi:

 

Wie u eens π heeft verzonnen in aloude tijden

was nooit begonnen inderdaad spoedig geëindigd

als hij had ingezien welk gezeur de cijfers bien”

 

If you substitute each word for the number of letters it has, you get the correct values for the first 23 digits of pi.

I was really happy with this find, but dreaded translating it – until a quick Google-search taught me that the same kind of mnemonic for Pi has been done in English even more than in Dutch! Here is the page where I found it: Pi Wordplay.

So it was actually rather easy then to put in a good translation. And these are 31 digits, so the English actually teaches you more than the Dutch!

 


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