June 21, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Since 2010 I got to make comics for student magazine H/Link, periodical of the The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Alas, the paper is folding now – the magazine will continue in cyberspace, but no longer with my comic.
So it’s time to look back at four years of student life and the woes and fortunes of Fenneke, Dave, Fatima, George and their teacher Johan.
This was the first comic, which appeared in the autumn of 2010:
Student Dave was the most carefree of the lot – he devoted most of his time to his sports:
While Fatima tended to be daunted a bit by the demands of the educational system:
Fenneke and international student George found out they had special interest in each other (this strip I have posted earlier this year in my Valentine blog):
And their somewhat disillusioned teacher Johan struggled through classes as well:
It was great fun to come up with new stories for this cast, and often the editor of H/Link tipped me on issues that were going at school.
Such as communication troubles at the helpdesk:
The installation of new printers and the influx of new students after another school had been discredited:
The new canteen:
The scandal of the USB-fraud:
And the evacuation after a power outage:
The cast grew into older years and welcomed new students:
And even George adapted nicely to this foreign environment:
It’s kind of fitting that the strip ran for four years, just as long as their studies would have taken them. So I ended the run of the H/Link-strip with their graduation and farewell:
Thanks H/Link and The Hague University! It has been a pleasure. And goodbye for now, Fenneke, Dave, George, Fatima and Johan! Who knows, they’ll pop up in another incarnation some day…
June 16, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
So if you’re in the Boston area next Wednesday, you should come by the Cambridge Public Library and say hello to me and Joel Gill. We’re going to be talking about our books, our process, and our upcoming projects, which are both westerns.
June 16, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s Shakespearean organized crime graphic novel, Family Ties, is their first work together since The Broadcast. Here’s what the critics have to say.
“Family Ties is a single volume graphic novel packed with tension and wrought with emotion, as well as more than a little violence. With all the hallmarks of the best mob movies, alongside the emotions of family dramas, Hobbs has crafted an engaging and original story.”
“The best part about Family Ties, and the reason I’d recommend it, is the art, by Noel Tuazon, all black and white. And gray. Lots of gray. His figures and objects are mostly minimalist sketches, and the “coloring” is various shades of gray watercolor, which I, in my non-art history background, associate with traditional Chinese and Japanese nature paintings. Meaning that the story is just automatically moody and exotic-looking. But also, the black and white and gray formatting serves as a metaphor for the story morality: it’s not a world of black/white bad/good, but a whole bunch of people operating somewhere in the middle.”
“A superb graphic novel that should appeal to students of Elizabethan drama and of grandiosely brutal gangster stories.”
June 11, 2014 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores now:
THE RETURN OF PATRICK ATANGAN!
This collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end-days of youth. Atangan creates an intricate mosaic from his own childhood memories as well as those gathered from friends and family. Bittersweet, joyful and reflective, these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults.
By the author of the Yellow Jar and Silk Tapestry.
9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 9781561639014
NEW FROM EUROTICA:
The all-new Sweet Sins by the author of Zombillenium, Peanut Butter and Molly Fredrickson’s hot action, Precinct 69 packs the heat, Barbarian Chicks! 8 1/2/x11, full color, $6.99
June 9, 2014 by Patrick Atangan
Over the next couple months I will be posting deleted short stories from my upcoming book. “Invincible Days.” It is a collection of true childhood stories. This first one was provided to me by my friend, Yunghee Kim.
June 8, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
Sometime, maybe ten years ago, I read or heard this quote from Woody Allen which went something like this: Steven Spielberg says he tries to make the films he loved as a kid. I try to make the films I love as an adult.
And at the time, I was in total agreement with Woody Allen, but now I think I’m coming around to Steven Spielberg’s way of thinking.
These are some pages from this fun little Formula 1 book I’m working. It’s very boyish.
June 5, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
In my earlier blog about the life of Dutch King William I I showed my comic about his youth – now we skip to his adolescence. He had pretty rough teenage years, with war looming all around and a very indecisive and incompetent father who eventually fled the country. Here’s the comic I did about that memorable flight, by boat to England, on a cold wintery day in 1795.
This event has been portrayed in many contemporary drawings – here’s one of them:
The middle figure is William’s father, also called William (but the fifth instead of the first, as his son would be – yes, it’s all a bit confusing but logical when you know that William’s father was the fifth stadholder and Willem Junior declared himself the first King).
William V was a pudgy, decadent and incapable man – even with the artistic flattery of the day this is what he looked like:
The comic panel I made is part of a traveling exhibition assigned by Museum Meermanno in The Hague.
June 4, 2014 by Eric Hobbs
So it’s been about since the release of Family Ties and the response has been great. Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy, especially those who stopped by and saw Noel and I at TCAF last month. Not many people have a book signed by both of us.
For those who couldn’t make it out to TCAF for a chat, here’s an interview Noel and I did with CBR along with the first reviews we’ve seen roll in since the book’s release…
Comic Book Resources interview:
Family Ties Puts Shakespearean Spin On Alaska Crime
“A superb graphic novel.”
“A cold weather Martin Scorsese film packed into a tiny graphic novel, “Family Ties” is overflowing with tension and pain and ends in tragedy that is almost a relief to the anguish that preceded it.”
It’s All Comic To Me blog review:
“Absolutely brilliant… One of the best dramatic graphic novels I’ve read all year.”
Comics Bulletin review:
“A visual feast.”
About the book:
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.
June 2, 2014 by Patrick Atangan
This Fall NBM will be publishing Invincible Days, a book of collected short stories that I have been working on for the past 10 years. This is a short interview of a webseries I did with a friend a few years back explaining the project and my process.
In the interview this book is referred to simply as “Short Stories,” as was the working title.
June 1, 2014 by NBM
At Book Expo America, the yearly show for publishing professionals, the book that stopped the most people in their tracks was Girl in Dior with oohs and aahs over Goetzinger’s art and the beauty of the quarterbound hardcover presentation. Word started getting around with people coming over to just to see the book:
|GIRL IN DIOR
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 Audrey Hepburn or Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“great gift idea” -Elle
“A beautiful work, chic, brilliant and moving” -Questions de Femmes
“Sumptuous” -Le Nouvel Observateur
8 1/2x 11, 128pp., full color quarterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover, $27.99
Another to amaze is our first accordion book: