“Sfar & Trondheim never have a problem pushing boundaries for a better laugh and here there are laughs aplenty. A wonderful addition to the series.”
Booklist on Dungeon Monstres 4. Also on this book:
“Lovers of Sfar and Trondheim’s ongoing send-up of hero fantasy shouldn’t be disappointed by this rollicking entry – which would also make a decent
entry point for newcomers to this inventive comics entertainment.”
Seattle Post Intelligencer and Blogcritics.
The Broadcast gets another great endorsement:
“Hobbs provides convincing characterizations and a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.”
The Sky Over the Louvre continues to get raves:
“Brilliant! Breathtakingly beautiful on many levels. If you’ve resisted graphic novels, this is the one that might win you over. The text is by Jean-Claude Carrière, the screenwriter of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and many other films, and the images are by one of France’s greatest comics artist, Bernar Yslaire. It’s an intimate, intense voyage into the past where politics and passion meet in unexpected ways.”
Book Brunch at Bibliobuffet
This August, being solicited now in comics stores, we have a magical discovery for you:
BUBBLES & GONDOLA
On a background of Django Reinhardt, this jewel of poetic fantasy is a fairy tale for all ages with spot on observations about life. Charlie is a mouse who’s trying to write but has a block. Writing is a solitary endeavor. A bird named Solitude comes to visit him to keep him company. We’re never sure he actually exists but in Charlie’s mind, yet he brings him out into the world, dares him to experience the unknown, unblocking his little existence… A drama about the blank page for Charlie who so wants to make the world more beautiful with his writing, we are transported into a tender and moving tale with a twinge of lyrical melancholy yet sweet, warm and ultimately elevating.
81/2 x11, 80pp., full color hardcover, $16.99. ISBN 978-1-56163-611-2
Here’s a preview page:
THE BONEYARD SET VOLUMES 1-4
All 4 first full color volumes in one specially priced banded set of this popular spoof of horror. Michael Paris has inherited a plot in the remote town of Raven Hollow. As he arrives, he gets to find out what a doozie that is. He’s basically inherited a cemetery that the villagers want razed! Why? It’s haunted with apparently frightening creatures putting a curse on the whole town! But when Paris actually gets to meet some of the denizens of his inherited headache, it turns out they ain’t all that bad (the vamp, in fact, is quite cute) and maybe the evil is not where it may seem…
6×9, 400pp., full color trade pbs., 4 volumes banded set: $49.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-619-8
NEW FROM EUROTICA:
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, VOL.4
In medieval times, powerful warrior chicks get their way shamelessly with warlords to powerful demons themselves! Beautifully fully painted artwork. This volume presents 5 stories including Milady training her young nubile underlings, an anthropologist pupil relating to his master his derring-do in getting ancient scrolls which actually involved the sexual exploits of his hired female mercenary Shaya in placating the savages, an abducted Princess chained up, protesting -but loving- the raunchy treatment at the hands of her tormentor before the bungling hero Sir Corwin saves her, and more!
8 1/2 x 11, full color trade pb., $11.95; ISBN 978-1-56163-616-7
Cover too sexy to be shown here! Go to Eurotica and Coming Up August.
NEW FROM PAPERCUTZ, being solicited in cocmics stores now!
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #15 “Wuthering Heights”
By Emily Bronte
Adapted by Rick Geary
Rick Geary adapts Emily Bronte’s masterpiece! Bronte’s romantic classic established the quintessentially dark, brooding antihero in the form of the character Heathcliff. Heavily influenced by the poet Lord Byron, the beautiful flow of her words is matched by Rick Geary’s art in this comics adaptation. Eisner Award-winner Geary’s comics work in historical fiction is unparalleled – earlier adaptations by Geary include CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #1 “Great Expectations” and #2 ‘The Invisible Man.” Geary is also known for his exceptional graphic novel series “A Treasury of Victorian Murder” and “A Treasury of 20th Century Murder.”
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99
PAPERCUTZ SLICES #3 “Percy Jerkson and the Ovolactovegetarians”
Margo Kinney-Petrucha and Stefan Petrucha, writers
Rick Parker, artist
Half human, half brand name, Percy Jerkson and his pals Rover and Bananabreath eat only natural dairy foods, making them Ovolactovegetarians. But evil forces wish to destroy them so the world will only have junk food. Now the half-wits must battle the army of fast food giant McKronos and his legion of corporate icons. While the monstrous Hyphen, the creature from between worlds, attacks, McKronos begins his assault on the world’s largest shopping mall, where Mount Whole Foods stands with no one at the registers! It’s up to Percy Jerkson to stop the Lord of Grime!
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #4:
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”
By Mark Twain, writer. Adapted by Jean David Morvan and Frederique Voulyze
Severine Le Fevebvre, artist
Presenting Mark Twain’s timeless stories of Tom Sawyer and his friends Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn, brilliantly brought to graphic novel through Severine Le Fevebvre’s vibrant art. Sawyer’s adventures including pirating on the Mississippi River, schoolyard fisticuffs, and his genius fence-painting scheme, haven’t lost any of their appeal over a hundred years after Twain first wrote this classic novel. Almost every young boy or girl fantasizes of tagging along with Tom and Huck, sharing their incredible escapades. Through Morvan’s adaptation and Voulyze’s art, the reader can live the fantasy of exploring the muddy banks of the Mississippi, tagging along with Tom and his friends through experiences that never grow old.
61/2 x 9, 144 pages, full-color, hardcover: $17.95, ISBN 1-59707-152-9
“This is probably my favorite of the Monstres stories, because it works on a number of levels. A new reader could come in and understand most of the story beats with little difficulty. The Monstres series is essential reading for any fan of the world that Trondheim & Sfar create. As always, this is genre work at its best: intelligent, witty, thrilling, visually interesting, at times emotionally wrenching, and in possession of both affection for fantasy and a healthy dose of humor about its ridiculousness.’
A brilliant overview of all 4 of our Louvre collection graphic novels from Karen Green, Columbia University’s Ancient/Medieval Studies Librarian and Graphic Novel selector: “Four Nights in the Museum”:
“What a great idea, eh?!? Setting comics creators loose in the Louvre, and then letting a story come to them that is inspired by the works they come across. This is so much cooler an initiative than anything the Metropolitan Museum of Art has ever done; even their superheroes exhibition at the Costume Institute was far more informed by superhero movies than by the actual comics themselves. It’s true that comics have a more respectable reputation in France than they have in America, but still: one of the premiere cultural institutions in the WORLD decided that it would be a great idea to create a “lasting bridge” between their artworks and the world of comics–and their readers. That’s just huge.”
Also this review:
“Set solidly in the very heart of a moment of epochal historical importance, this is a stunning and utterly compulsive tale of humanity at its wildest extremes when grand ideals wedded themselves to the basest on bestial impulses, yet from that Yslaire and Carrière have crafted a magnificently realised tale laced with staggering detail and addictive emotion.”
Dungeon Monstres 4 gets its first review:
“This is the first book I’ve read in the long-running Dungeon series created by French masterminds Sfar and Trondheim. Despite being the fourteenth translated volume in the sprawling spoof saga , I felt I hit the ground running.
This is the funniest takedown of heroic fantasy this side of Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier’s Groo. It’s consistently clever, outrageous and absurd in just the right doses, carefully plotted to play with the tropes of the genre while twisting them to their own wickedly sinister purposes.”
The Sky Over the Louvre continues to get praise:
“Authors Carrière and Yslaire masterfully blend sequential art, prose, and design sensibilities to give the reader an intimate look into the ideas and personalities behind this bloody period of history.”
I was pleased by a very positive review of THE STORY OF LEE in the Midwest Book Review recently. I’m keen on having my stuff in more libraries, since I rather like libraries – they have books there! The reviewer hoped for sequels, and that is of course our plan – 3 volumes in total.
One of the pleasurable things about THE STORY OF LEE for me is the large amount of ‘artistic’ references i could put in, thanks to the characters preferences or discussions. Including, for instance, the songs ‘Losing Haringey’, ‘(I Can’t Seem) To Make You Mine’, and ‘Bookshop Casanova’ – all by a band called The Clientele. You may have heard them on the haunting opening song to the film ‘The Lakehouse’.
The Clientele’s singer and main song writer, Alasdair MacLean is a friend of mine from my days at Edinburgh University. We used to go to the Florentine Cafe, just off Edinburgh’s historic high street, and discuss our creative dreams. That was in the mid 90’s. How odd and wonderful it is that so many years later we have both managed to keep going within those creative tracks, and make a decent success of it. Especially as most people do not manage to make their young dreams come to fruition (but don’t start me on the way capitalism crushes people’s dreams! Except to say: it very often does…)
Anyway, I’m doing what I always wanted to do, make comic books, and Alasdair is doing what he always wanted to do: make music. Not only that but we even got our worlds to mix, by having him featured in THE STORY OF LEE. He also discussed the book on US radio when the interviewer asked him: “So, tell me about this manga you are in…” He proceeded to enthral her with tales of our old connection back in Scotland, the highs and the lows of it. Art and life intermingling, indeed.
The Book Expo America was quite a success, well attended and busy. It was actually quite amazing how many comics publishers were absent from DC to Fantagraphics and frankly they missed out! One goes into this event rather skeptically in these changing times but it’s amazing its buoyancy and the energy this year was palpable.
We were sharing our booth with sister co. Papercutz and had a rotation of artists appearing: Ernie Colon premiered his beautiful INNER SANCTUM adaptations a book pubbing in February. He’s pictured above with Papercutz’ Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. On Papercutz’ side we had Stefan Petrucha and Rick Parker promoting their Slices parodies and Nancy Drew.
We ran out of books to sign and catalogs, a good sign.
Last Sunday, the LA Times published its list of recommended summer reading and included our Sky Over the Louvre.