October 6, 2009 by NBM
“I found the story highly entertaining and well written with a flair for dramatics. Great stuff from the NBM team.”
“I almost didn’t read this book, because it’s about zombies. I don’t like zombies. But I did read the book, because I really really like the art style. I enjoyed the last third of the book, where he takes the symbolism over the top into a violent fantasy of making significant life changes. The cartooning was action-packed and funny.”
“it’s a very thoughtful and creative book with a tremendously satisfying finish.”
October 6, 2009 by NBM
Here’s what’s being solicited in comics shops now from NBM, to come out in December:
The main attraction: Royo’s best-selling Malefic collection (50,000 sold) back in a revised, augmented beautiful clothbound edition:
One of the best-selling collections of fantasy art by Royo is back in print sprinkled with all-new work. Royo scintillates again in a handsome library-worthy edition.
81/2 x 101/2, 96pp., full color jacketed hardcover: $32.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-572-6; see more by Royo
A new Naomi Nowak graphic novel:
A promise made decades ago could suddenly be fulfilled, endangering the life of a girl, trying her friendships and confusing her suitors. A semi-conscious love triangle ensues in twilit northern forests. Obsession, overprotection and the hunger for everything to be in it’s right place – rules of the game, set to a backdrop of arctic summer.
5 x 71/2, 144pp., full color trade pb.: $12.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-567-2; see previews
Here’s what the press had to say of her previous two books, Unholy Kinship and House of Clay:
“Gorgeously rendered. The surreal art is lovely.” -The Onion
“For anyone reminiscing about Neil Gaiman’s sense of fantasy or looking for someone with a little “what if…” this is a comic book artist worth watching for.” -Feminist Review
“Nowak is clearly a talent who will bear watching. She creates several interesting characters, knows how to establish a strong premise, and she’s not afraid to follow a number of intersecting story lines. Most importantly, she is completely fearless about describing her character’s difficult emotional states.”
“Nowak blends linework and color to establish significant emotional moods, and her often fragmented pages support her story of broken relationships and dissolving mental states. At its end, this is a frightening tale of losing touch with reality, well illustrated by a promising talent. “ -Comicsworthreading.com
Finally, Rick Geary’s latest, “Famous Players”, will be available in paperback:
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
NOW IN PAPERBACK! It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
“A compelling tale full of jealousy, hatred, loyalty and a murderer who walked away from the crime.” -VOYA
“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.” -Publishers Weekly
“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by.” -Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest. 5 out of 5 stars.” -Jazma Online
“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.” -Booklist
6×9, 80p., B&W, trade pb., $9.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-559-7; see previews
Then, Eurotica will have (sorry can’t show the cover):
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 2
More tales from the medieval ages starring women warriors way too hot for vigorous action, sword and sorcery awash with hot sex. Beautifully painted, from Spain and with a dash of humor.
81/2 x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.95, ISBN 978-156163-574-0
To see more go to Eurotica and then the Coming Up page.
October 5, 2009 by shane white
You might like THINGS UNDONE. Ultimately it’s why I created the story about 20-something Rick Watts, a video game artist whose burnt himself out. He’s literally worked himself to death.
What happens when we lose our passion for life while we have most everything we could want in front of us?
“Zombie un-life as an existential crisis”- Bill Sherman of Blogcritics I think put it best.
These were the very first cover attempts I came up with.
From day one I felt like the characters could be strong and iconic. More-so I was hoping that people would identify with them if not physically then emotionally. And really that’s the kind of zombie world I prefer.
September 29, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
If you wanted to buy anything in Turkmenistan you had to go to the bazaar on Sunday. It was always jam jam jammed packed and you’d have to push your way through the crowd. Which is kind of like SPX, only instead of carpets, car parts and livestock people are looking through piles of comics. SPX also lacks the bartering that takes place in a Turkmen bazaar, though I think it would be awesome if that happened a little bit more. It would be great if slamming your fist, raising your voice and storming off in a mock rage only to return a few moments later were an integral part of buying a mini-comic. At least I think it would cool.
Anyway, SPX was great. I sold a bunch of books, sold and traded a bunch of minis and sold all the prints of comics from my blog that I’d brought along (I really should have brought more of those)(oh well, I’ll know for next time).
But I think the best thing about SPX was that I finally had copies of Joe and Azat and instead of talking about it I could actually put it in people’s hands.
September 29, 2009 by NBM
Reaction at last weekend’s SPX for Ted’s new book, The Year of Loving Dangerously, was most encouraging indeed. He sold out of his books, including early copies sent via FedEx from the printer abroad (the book will hit stores by end of October). And the press picked up on it as a show highlight:
And PW had this cute pic of him there:
Ted, we didn’t know you had such a double chin!
Next stop for him: APE in SF! And Shane White wil be there as well with his new Things Undone.
September 25, 2009 by shane white
THINGS UNDONE should be in your store waiting for you. Read what others are saying…
Comic Evolution, local retailer in Washington state, put it on their must have list and “…sold 8 copies just this morning.”
Comics Bulletin says: “… it’s a very thoughtful and creative book with a tremendously satisfying finish.”
Read the full review here.
September 23, 2009 by shane white
And also available at SPX this weekend at the NBM booth. Wish I could be there but I’d never get anything done if I traveled to all these cons.
September 22, 2009 by shane white
I was recently asked if a panel from my graphic novel NORTH COUNTRY could accompany an article dealing with a rise in rural suicides. Since it’s an issue that I can get behind I was quite happy with the chance to help.
BTW THINGS UNDONE rocked the WINDY CITY COMICON this past weekend.
The one day show put on by the Around Comics Podcast crew was a great culmination of comics, creators and fans. I sold over 2/3rds of my stock of books and had a lot of positive feedback.
Don’t fret you have time yet to find out for yourselves as it should be in your local comic shop as of tomorrow. If not order direct from NBM!
September 21, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
Well, it’s finally here. I should be getting copies of my book this week and hauling them down to D.C. this weekend. I’m excited. It feels a little like Christmas. Someday this week I’m going to come home from work and there is going to be a big box of my books waiting for me. Better than Christmas even.
If you’re in the D.C. area you should come by SPX and stop by the NBM booth. Ted Rall will be there. Greg Houston will be there. It’ll be awesome. I’m getting some mini-comics to bring along made up today.
See you then!
September 17, 2009 by NBM
Comics stores should receive next week Shane White’s new Things Undone as well as the latest volume in the growingly popular Dungeon series.
Shane White’s latest is quite a departure from the previous North Country he did with us. The art style is cartoonier, the premise humorful but real where the main character feels like he’s going nowhere fast and literally becoming a zombie. Shane’s been talking about it quite a bit here on his own.
As for Dungeon, brilliantly written by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, here too, character development is one of the key aspects of the success of this series. It may be a dark spoof of heroic fantasy involving some strange creatures, but you can relate to them very personally. In this volume, the second volume of the Early Years part of the grand saga, the art is by no less a magician than Christophe Blain, of Isaac the Pirate fame!
Don’t miss ‘em at your store next week and if you don’t see ‘em, request ‘em! Stores are gun shy in this economy, ordering the least they feel they need. If your store hasn’t ordered these, they can get them easily through book wholesalers like Ingram’s or ourselves. And of course, you can also order direct from us or Amazon.