March 23, 2010 by Brooke Allen
HELLO BLESSED AND DEAR BLOG READERS!
Hope every one’s having an eventful month of March! To be honest it’s passed by so quickly the only thing I remember is St. Paddy’s… or well, maybe I don’t… Any who, this brings A HOME for Mr. EASTER a little closer to book shelves and hopefully a little closer to you too. In the mean time I guess I’ll get you all a little more acquainted with the book, its characters, and what on earth I was thinking when I made it… So where to begin…
Where indeed. The setting in which A Home for Mr. Easter takes place is purposefully pretty vague. I wanted to tell the story economically with just the right amount of information needed to understand the characters. I didn’t feel that placing Tesana in a specific city was pertinent to her or anyone else’s character, not to say that I think it would have been a bad thing to do so, it just would have made Mr. Easter a different story…
(also does any one else see the smiley face in the rock in the picture above? Now that I see it I can’t stop looking at it).
Well that bit of insight was short lived, next time perhaps I’ll devote a post to the villains of Mr. Easter or maybe one to process… or maybe both!
Thanks again for all the glorious support! If only I could award you with a freshly baked brownie every time you stopped by the blog … but I can’t… I’m still working on that technology.
Hearts and Good Feelings to all!
March 22, 2010 by NBM
“A slim but packed volume of curious wonders, this is the sort of book one presses on friends, even if it’s quite impossible to say exactly why.”
says Publishers Weekly of Trondheim’s latest collection of Little Nothings.
“Embedded within this graphic novel is a critical consideration of the very function of public art museums. “Those who consume art, the public, people in general, appreciate the artwork for their own pleasure,” Bastien’s mentor states early in the book. “They only stay on the surface. It’s all they know how to do!” Only when these “orphan” works are removed from a large gawking public, considered in solitude, can our hero approach their truest meaning.
The sequences where the museum’s artworks come alive are the book’s big set pieces, of course, and Liberge pulls these moments off with aplomb.”
March 17, 2010 by NBM
Bill Baker has posted the second part of his great interview with the outrageously talented Greg Houston of Vatican Hustle, where he, in fact, talks about his next one which we have now scheduled for publication in July: Elephant Man. He’s peppered the interview with full color paintings by Houston which will give you a taste for other work he can do (just as awesome).
March 17, 2010 by NBM
Our long-running and popular series BONEYARD by Richard Moore, a wonderfully dark-humored sendup of all things Horror is now featured at Panelfly, our partner in getting our comics on the iPhone (and soon iPad).
They’re presently bringing out 2 comic book issues a week, just as they had appeared in comic book first (except now in color) for only $1.99 each issue!
A great way to sample this wonderful series and enjoy it bit by bit. The full graphic novels remain available as well, as we advertise on Moore’s page, for 30% less than the print versions.
This is all leading up to our release of the final (for now) volume 7 scheduled for May and presently being solicited for in Diamond’s Previews at comics stores. The entire run of the 28 comic books (collected in seven volumes) will be brought out over the next few months coinciding with vol.7 being released.
March 15, 2010 by Ted Rall
The average age of a newspaper reader is 55. Editorial cartoonist Ted Rall and animator David Essman come to the rescue of dying print media with their new animated editorial cartoon “How to Save Newspapers!” Among the highlights: reach out to appeal to the older readers who are keeping newspapers hip, smart and relevant!
March 12, 2010 by NBM
“Graylight is an excellent example of how flamboyance can enhance, rather than impair, a convoluted, magical story. Nowak may not explain everything in the story, but her generous visuals invite the reader to suppose what Graylight is in their own fashion, whether it be a romantic phantasmagoria or a subtle, spell-ridden myth.”
And Ian Burns on the Comics Journal site provides probably the best explanation of Nowak’s complex graphic novel which beckons you to decipher its many angles…
March 12, 2010 by NBM
Little Nothings continues to get raves from prominent reviewers:
“While Trondheim’s own nonchalance is likely as deceptive as his seemingly simplistic artwork, there’s something to be gained in even the most cursory reading of the worked contained herein. It’s funny, it’s charming as hell, and it’s almost painfully relatable. And best of all, it’s not work.”
Brian Heater, The Daily Crosshatch
But then you get:
“Little Nothings is about a unnamed character, an adult male anthromorphic bird who appears to be a husband, father and comic writer, although it is never really spelled out in the graphic novel itself.
This felt like there should be more punch to this to make it a bit more interesting or compelling to read. As it is, it was nice to read, but there isn’t much of a “hook” to get me to read beyond this particular volume. The blurb on the back of the book is true: “A Book with a Whole Lotta Not Much.”
Still, the not much is sorta okay.”
Guess she needed a back cover blurb…
March 9, 2010 by NBM
“The pleasures of Uneasy Happiness are small ones: seeing a fine cartoonist articulate a feeling you’ve had yourself, watching him stumble through the confusing bits of life as we all do, occasionally vicariously living the life of a famous cartoonist through him. It’s likely to be far too quiet and contemplative for most habitual readers of North American comics — but, then, that’s only their loss.”
“It’s White’s line that makes the story work. His figures look like a cross between Bob Fingerman and Bryan Lee O’Malley, with oversized heads and big eyes on the men, and sexier features on the women. There’s even a touch of Dan DeCarlo at work here in features like Rick’s nose. The pale orange wash adds to the sickly quality of the story’s visuals, reinforcing that sense of deterioration. Cleverly-designed and executed work. It doesn’t overstay its welcome in terms of length, it’s clearly told and darkly humorous. ”
March 5, 2010 by NBM
Trondheim’s Little Nothings keeps rolling on on the web:
Rob Clough at The Comics Journal:
“I always found myself drawn to his autobiographical material the most. He’s self-deprecating without being mawkish, introspective without navel-gazing and consistently funny. At this point, I hope Little Nothings runs forever. It’s already my favorite diary comic of all time and certainly in the top 10-20 of all-time comics autobio.”
Michael Lorah at Newsarama:
“It’s just great art, perfectly suited for his deadpan delivery, yet sufficiently emotive to carry the most subtle emotion.
Lewis Trondheim is one of the world’s most respected and acclaimed cartoonists. Little Nothings remains his most personal work, a collection of observations and personal outlooks, self-effacingly and ironically hilarious. So long as Trondheim continues creating work as strong as Uneasy Happiness, the comics world will be a bright place.”
March 5, 2010 by NBM
Sasha Watson strikes again this time on the Slate site with a great piece on our Story of O and its background . The anonymous author’s ‘coming out’ in the New Yorker in 1994 brought forth some juicy details…
“What’s shocking about Story of O is just how shocking it really is. You’d think, in our pornified culture, that a novel scandalous in 1954 might appear quaint today. But no. Aury delivers the hard stuff straight on, and it’s just as potent now as it was back then.”