Story of Lee, next steps

Recently I started writing the second volume of THE STORY OF LEE which I had already planned out in rough form. In fact, in true Star Wars fashion a bit of part 2 came out BEFORE part 1! The collection ‘Best New Manga vol 2’ a few years ago had a 25 page section from our SOL story that takes place in Edinburgh, the setting for part 2 of THE STORY OF LEE.  So, I began to work up the details of that story recently, spurred on by some of the reviews that volume 1 has had.
Those reviews often made the point that the conflict in personality and culture between Matt and Lee was not explored enough in volume 1. Agreed! – as this is a three part story and the full range of such things was never intended to be explored in just the first volume. Wait for the whole spread, in which we will do our best to go into those things more.

A second point in those reviews is that some of the crisis in volume 1 were too easily resolved. Not agreed! – I was tired of all those stories, especially films, were the romantic difficulties were strung out artificially over weeks, months, year even! How cliched that all is. So, I deliberately wrote a story in which the issues were resolved with direct frank discussion, due to some precipitating event – just like they sometimes are in lived experience.

Of course its possible that in doing this I forget some basic storytelling rules or structures. Yes, that may be the case. Or, then again, maybe the story just goes against most reader’s habitual presumptions of what will happen. In which case, I’m glad – we made something a little unusual.

Lush & Beautiful

“Creating an effective graphic novel about classic art is no simple task, requiring a writer capable of conveying the drama of the artistic process, and an artist up to the challenge of producing images that do justice to the subject matter. Fortunately, Yslaire and Carriere have both. Will reward those who seek it out.”

Publishers Weekly

“I love NBM’s Louvre graphic novels, so how could I resist The Sky Over the Louvre, the latest addition, which looks lush and beautiful.”

Brigid Alverson, Comic Book Resources

Starred review for Salvatore and more…

“NBM ComicsLit’s partnership with The Louvre museum has produced another outstanding graphic novel. The Sky Over The Louvre almost couldn’t miss. It’s written by celebrated screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (The Tin Drum, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), and drawn by leading French artist Bernar Yslaire (Sambre), and both demonstrate the surefootedness of their experience in both quality and content.”

Andrew Smith, Scripps-Howards News and as seen in the Seattle Times and Memphis Commercial Appeal, amongst others.

“De Crécy’s loose, organic illustrations breathe life into his characters and give energy to his panel movement.
Verdict: De Crécy’s dry, witty humor combined with his endearing creatures makes a singular and worthy addition to comprehensive graphic novel collections.”

says Library Journal  of Salvatore in a starred review.

Come meet us at MoCCA!

If you’re coming to the MoCCA Show at the Armory on Lexington and 25th this weekend, make sure to stop by and say hi. We’ll have Twitter specials! Meet:

Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville who’ll appear on Sunday.

Greg Houston of the outrageous Vatican Hustle and Elephant Man (he can be pretty outrageous himself), who’ll be there Saturday.

Rick Parker the slyly amusing multifaceted artist behind our sister publishaing co. Papercutz’ success with the Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and Papercutz Slices’ parodies of Harry Potter and Twilight. He’ll be there both days, not only at our tables but at his own right behind us!

Of course, we’ll have the latest Salvatore, the splendiferous Sky Over the Louvre just out, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Rick Geary books, the whole line-up of Dungeon in case you’re missing anything… and all the Smurfs which have been all the rage among comics fans!

AND keep us on your Twitter radar as it were as we’ll be running show specials just for our Twitter followers!

Come say hi at tables J4, K4A towards the front, left as you come in…

3 Eisner noms for NBM books: Geary, De Crecy and Liberge

*Rick Geary gets a nomination in this year’s Eisner Awards  in the Best Reality Based category for Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.

*Nicolas De Crecy gets one for Best US Edition of International Material for the recently released first volume of Salvatore.

* And Eric Liberge is nominated as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for On the Odd Hours in the Louvre series.

If you’re a pro voting on the Eisner Awards, we hope you’ll give these the nod!

‘warm and fuzzy’

“Made me feel warm and fuzzy. As novel as this situation might be for readers, it’s oddly familiar territory for the creators. Writer Sean Michael Wilson is a Scot living in Japan, and artist Chie Kutsuwada is a Japanese living in London. Their familiarity with the turf wars gives this unpretentious East-meets-West, boy-meets girl story an easy, breezy sense of verisimilitude.”

Andrew Capt Comics Smith, Scripps Howard News Service on The Story of Lee.

“Even if you’ve never read the first two volumes, you won’t feel lost or overly confused, as this can be read as a stand-alone book. I highly recommend this addition to the Dungeon series.”

Curled Up with a Good Book on the latest Dungeon Monsters 3.

 

NBM at MoCCA: Neil Kleid, Greg Houston & our new stuff.

For those of you in NYC, this weekend is a big one for indie comics presses: the annual MoCCA Show at the Armory on Lexington and 25th.

This year we’ll have 3 artists appearing:

Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville who’ll appear on Sunday.

Greg Houston of the outrageous Vatican Hustle and Elephant Man (he can be pretty outrageous himself), who’ll be there Saturday.

Rick Parker the slyly amusing multifaceted artist behind our sister publishaing co. Papercutz’ success with the Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and Papercutz Slices’ parodies of Harry Potter and Twilight. He’ll be there both days, not only at our tables but at his own right behind us!

Of course, we’ll have the latest Salvatore, the splendiferous Sky Over the Louvre just out, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Rick Geary books, the whole line-up of Dungeon in case you’re missing anything… and all the Smurfs which have been all the rage among comics fans!

Come say hi at tables J4, K4A towards the front, left as you come in…

Converted

We convinced a sceptic critic on comics. The kind of review we LOVE to see, this one on the Sky Over the Louvre. First, setting the background on this book of Robespierre commissioning David to create a new Supreme Being:

“If you want the full account, you need to read a comic book.
 
Excuse me: a graphic novel.
 
Another surprise: This one has A-list credentials. 
 
The sponsor is the Louvre. The artist is the esteemed French cartoonist Bernar Yslaire. The writer is Jean-Claude Carrière, the favorite collaborator of Luis Buñuel; he wrote the screenplays for “Belle de Jour,” “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “That Obscure Object of Desire,” among others.
 
But still…a graphic novel?
 
If you’re Old School like me, you haven’t jumped into this craze. At best, you think it’s a good idea for wired kids who grew up on comics and don’t have the attention span for real books. But for adults, a reasonable response to graphic novels would be: well….why?

“The Sky Over The Louvre” provokes a different response. Interest, for one. Understanding — even mastery — of a fascinating historical/art episode, for another. A powerful and enjoyable esthetic experience, for a third. And then, just to be shallow, there’s the cool factor — on a coffee table, this book makes you look good.
Was I self-conscious reading this book? Not once.
 
Did I get a better sense of David and Robespierre? Yes, and quickly.
 
Was I grateful for the art history lesson? Yes, and also for the way the paintings in this book are accurately copied and for two pages of artistic references.
More smart, beautiful hardcover comic books for grownups, please.”

Jesse Kornbluth, Head Butler. and picked up by the Huffington Post.

YES!YES! This is what we live for here! Another convert to our art form!

Makes my day. Keeps me going as I have for *gasp* 35 years.

Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti: special very limited edition available in advance only.

Rick Geary’s next volume in his increasingly popular Treasury of Murder series, about the famous controversial case of Sacco & Vanzetti, has a very limited special edition being made available to order now, only in advance and only online and by mail!

Limited and numbered to advance demand, this edition will be specially bound in real cloth and include an original plate signed and numbered by Rick Geary, with a silver-stamped jacket, the book can also be signed to a specific person upon request: $50.

Only a few dozen will be made! Sure to be not only a beautiful version to well, treasure, it will also be a collector’s item in no time. Rick Geary’s exquisite work deserves no less than this trophy presentation, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Go here to order online or you can call 800 886 1223 M-F 9-5.

In a few weeks no further orders will be accepted as we go into production. So if you’re interested, please act now. We are not making this available in stores or Amazon, only directly through us.