February 24, 2010 by Brooke Allen
I’ll be honest, I can’t think of anything more fun to draw then some one tromping through the woods… and as a result you’ll find many a panel of Tesana + crew doing just that. Besides it being the perfect excuse to scribble trees and live vicariously through my characters (because lets face it, running around outside is so much more fun then sitting at a big dumb desk) it’s also a great device to visually express complete aimlessness and further establish that the characters are lost and out of their element.
. … but mostly I just like drawing trees.
SHE’S COMING SOON, Y’ALL GET READY!
p.s. thanks for all those lovely comments and support for the book and NBM!
February 23, 2010 by NBM
“The Year of Loving Dangerously is just the second book I’ve read of Ted Rall’s, the first being his account of his travels along the Silk Road in Silk Road to Ruin. I quite enjoyed the latter, how he combined his memories of the trip with accurate descriptions of the people and political climes of the countries he visited along the Silk Road. This book didn’t disappoint, either. A graphic memoir that presents this one particular year, a year of many hardships to Ted Rall, realistically and often humorously, it shows what a person can do if he or she doesn’t give up when faced with a seemingly insurmountable roadblock. Though Rall considered suicide at one point in the book, he fortunately toughed it out and carried on. This story gives hope to us all.”
So says Curled Up with a Good Book
The next one, from Andrew Wheeler, is more nuanced:
“Rall’s story of the summer of 1984 is worthy of a graphic novel.” He starts to say but: “It does have a tendency to come across as bragging. But Rall’s dialogue and narration keep the story flowing, and Callejo (artist of Bluesman) draws a lot of very attractive women in and out of bed with the young Ted Rall. I still have the feeling that Rall is telling this story in a very slanted way — that he’s very carefully chosen how to present this time in his life to make himself look as glamorous and positive as possible — but it’s a very readable graphic memoir that will make all men close to Rall’s age either remember their own youth fondly or wish fervently that they’d been more “active” back in the day.”
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
And there have been some much more scathing reviews of late on that note of Rall just showing off, including Rob Clough on The Comics Journal’s site where the art was also criticized which surprises us:
“A book that was all over the place: frequently entertaining, often baffling and contradicting itself at any number of turns. If only it had been Rall’s own hand depicting these events, then this messiness might have held a greater appeal.”
Most love the art but some just can’t get into the more realistic style Callejo chose, apparently. Also, interesting that all women who reviewed this, and there were many, didn’t see Rall as bragging, in fact they admired his survival skills!
February 23, 2010 by NBM
And this book, by the way, has gone back to press!
February 12, 2010 by NBM
Lewis Trondheim’s latest collection of pithy every day musings and observations from his comics blog, Little Nothings vol.3: Uneasy Happiness is in stores now!
We’ve been posting these comics blog entries right here twice a week, as advertised, come snow or sleet. All of these are from volume 3. Pretty soon, we hope to start posting all-new ones in anticipation of the 4th volume!
February 10, 2010 by NBM
“The works, complete and often accompanied with some of the initial drawings that led to the finished piece, are hauntingly beautiful. The poetry and power of the images depicted are timeless in their quality and the dark subject matter resonates in this age of Twilight. If you enjoy a fantasy art, this is one of better, stronger collections by an individual artist, and well worth the price tag for learners and appreciators alike.”
February 9, 2010 by Brooke Allen
Here’s a few things to expect this April:
VILLAINOUS MUSTACHES !
AND EQUESTRIAN AGILITY!
ALL THIS BETWEEN THE COVERS OF : A Home for Mr.Easter
More sneak peaks and comic talk to come!…. after I finish my home work. >:(
February 9, 2010 by NBM
“The story is true, apparently, and unfolded in the 1980s after a freak medical condition resulted in Rall’s school expulsion for failure to take his final exams. Rall scripted but wisely left the illustrations to Callejo, who did a great job.”
February 8, 2010 by NBM
Rall is also the author of the best-selling To Afghanistan & Back and Silk Road to Ruin, all available from NBM.
He’ll be signing and chatting about his collaboration with Pablo Callejo on this critically acclaimed new book. He’ll also be ready to talk about his next mission to Afghanistan he’s raising funds for through Kickstarter.
February 5, 2010 by Ted Rall
After wasting an entire year when his political capital was high on bank bailouts and pouring more money into Halliburton (Afghanistan and Iraq), Obama decides to act tough–now that it’s too late.
February 4, 2010 by NBM
“There’s a high level of cartooning skill on display in every panel, to the point where Houston fairly demands that the reader stop and linger on the images. A book that moved from mere self-indulgence to a uniquely comedic explosion of tightly-constructed gags and funny drawings.”
“This is the third volume in NBM’s new series of classic comic strip reprints, and it is their best thus far.
What McManus discovered in “Bringing Up Father” was a way to make the gag-a-day formula “flexible,” as he put it—to introduce new characters, new adventures, new environments and new economies without ever losing sight of the core of the joke. This volume reveals the artist coming to an awareness of that potential and the new possibilities as a cartoonist that he—and indeed the medium—has not fully realized up to that point. Perhaps the greatest pleasure in McManus’s work is the palpable pleasure that he always takes in his work, long after many of the most gifted cartoonists grew bored and began to phone it in. The dawning of that pleasure is on display in this terrific volume.”