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.”
March 4, 2010 by Brooke Allen
So I woke up this morning ( afternoon), broke my fast like a champion (on 3 chocolate chunk brownies and 2 glasses of Twinnings) and looked over at the calender anticipating the day only to spy- ” my god…” I said as I slowly lowered my 4th brownie ” It’s March…”
So I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve either been unconsciously time traveling again or just incoherently busy… regardless where did February go!? But you know what this means: the time draws nigh for “A Home for Mr.Easter” to hit shelves in April! I can’t say I’m not nervous but I am definitely excited too.
Well after having had that little realization it’s almost dinner time which means 4 more brownies (which I heard is the optimum method of fuel for some one in the midst of Finals week) and unfortunately this post will be cut a little short until next week when said curse (finals) has been lifted for spring break!
Until then folks, stay healthy and happy and try avoid any madness march brings Example:
March 3, 2010 by NBM
“Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have had that exciting first contact scenario repeat itself several times. Even better, I’ve often then been given the honor of introducing those fine new creators, folks with names like Brian Azzarello, Jim Rugg and Andy Runton, to a wider audience.
Well, I’m here today to introduce you to yet another monster talent, Greg Houston. His work is on display in The Vatican Hustle from NBM. It’s a graphic novel that is startling, brilliant and laugh out loud funny. It’s a book that acknowledges its influences boldly, even as it transforms them into a raucous, outrageous and bold style that is strangely familiar, yet totally original.”
“Nowak’s dreamlike art has a romantic early Seventies feel with its swirling lines in sepia ink and pastel washes, but a manga touch keeps it fresh and contemporary. Panels are often superimposed, floating on the page like leaves on water and creating strong visual flow.
Verdict Although the story doesn’t quite measure up to the art, the lovely images make this worth a look. Teen and adult fans of shojo manga will likely enjoy this blend of romance and magic.”
March 3, 2010 by NBM
“A young man with a Mohawk stands at the top of the Louvre’s grand staircase and strikes a gong, awakening the rebellious spirit in great works of art. François-Joseph Bosio’s sculpture of a ten-year-old Henri IV runs through a gallery. The Winged Victory of Samothrace explodes into flight.
A heavy-metal blur of collaged drawings, engravings, and digital images, Eric Liberge’s graphic novel On the Odd Hours presents the Louvre in an imaginative way.”
March 2, 2010 by NBM
Here’s what’s being solicited for at comics shops now from NBM.
Boneyard comes to its conclusion, well, at least for a while:
BONEYARD, Vol. 7
The final volume, at least for a long while as Moore takes an indefinite break. Michael Paris and Abbey are up against powerful rival armies in the land of Faeries. Michael look helplessly caught but Abbey raises one powerful army of her own! In this grand spectacular finale, even in the midst of action and suspense, Moore mixes his usual irresistible deadpan humor and magic characterization. Collects issues 25-28.
7×10, 96pp, B&W, trade pb., $10.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-583-2
AND, of course don’t miss the previous six volumes, the 1st 4 of which are in color. Vol.1 is presently sold out but going back to press.
Meanwhile, back at Eurotica, two goodies coming in May:
Back to press, long unavailable!
BODY HEAT 1
This collection brings the best stories Taylor has done all in one juicy volume! Includes stories with Girl, Boy Blue and Marty and many other goodies as well as a number of new ones as yet unseen!
8 1/2 x11, 80pp., B&W, color cover, trade pb.: $11.99,
Speaking of Taylor, his last chapter of Girl, The Second Coming has been serializing in:
Kristina’s 3rd adventure continues along with Cornnell Clarke’s Peanut Butter, Kevin Taylor’s Girl and Omaha the Cat Dancer plus many more goodies.
81/2x 11, quarterly magazine, 64pp., B&W, $5.95
see previews in Eurotica, click on the Coming Up in May banner
PAPERCUTZ, our sister co. in kids GN’s has a lot of BIONICLE:
MAKUTA’S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE
By Greg Farshtey
Featuring the only map of the BIONICLE Universe ever published, exclusive information, and the inside story from Makuta Teridax himself, “Makuta’s Guide to the Universe” is a great addition to any BIONICLE fan’s collection. As the BIONICLE saga prepares to begin a new chapter, followers of the
series can take a look back at the stories that have thrilled millions!
6 x 9, 96pp., full color paperback, $9.99 ISBN-13: 978-1-59707-203-8
MATA NUI’S GUIDE TO BARA MAGNA
By Greg Farshtey
“Mata Nui’s Guide to Bara Magna” takes BIONICLE fans on a journey of discovery through the villages of Bara Magna, its treacherous sea of sand, and its forbidding Black Spike Mountains. BIONICLE fans will get exclusive information on the Agori, Glatorian, bone hunters and Skrall, and get the inside story of events on this strange world in Mata Nui’s own words. A brand new adventure is about to begin!
6 x 9, 96pp., full color paperback, $9.99 ISBN-13: 978-1-59707-204-5
BIONICLE Vol. 9 “The Fall of Atero”
Greg Farshtey, writer, Pop Mhan, artist.
The BIONICLE Glatorian series begins in this graphic novel taking place on the world of Bara Magna, first introduced to fans in BIONICLE #8 “Legends of Bara Magna”. In this harsh world that contains both deserts and snowy, mountain-like terrain, Glatorian matches much like the gladiator matches of
ancient Rome are used to decide conflicts between rival tribes. The world is overrun by the dangerous Skrall, who decimate everything in their path. Fans of the series will be delighted by the return of Mata Nui, the most powerful hero in the BIONICLE Universe, in a form never before seen. In a world with rules and enemies unlike any of the planets seen in previous BIONICLE graphic novels, “The Fall of Atero” launches an all-new dynamic already a hit with fans.
5 x 7 ½, 96pp, full color paperback, $8.99 ISBN-13: 978-1-59707-193-2
And the last Hardy Boys before a complete revamp this fall!
THE HARDY BOYS vol. 20 “Deadly Strategy”
By Scott Lobdell. Paulo Henrique, artist.
When A.T.A.C. (American Teens Against Crime) agents across the country are all suddenly pulled into strange and bizarre cases, it’s up to special operatives Joe and Frank Hardy to find out exactly what is going on! But this won’t be easy – whoever is behind these seemingly unrelated cases is throwing A.T.A.C. into chaos. And just to complicate matters further, it appears everyone Joe and Frank, the Undercover Brothers, have encountered in the past are somehow involved! Characters from previous graphic novels such as Lindsay Ryder, the Sisters Noir, Dennis Hogan and many more are all back
in the wildest Hardy Boys case ever!
5 x 7 1/2, 96 pages, full-color Paperback, $8.99, ISBN-13: 978-1-59707-182-6
Order all of these from your comics store today or you can pre-order from us here.
February 25, 2010 by NBM
“A giant in French comics, Trondheim has always been a marvelous observer of the extraordinary little moments in everyday existence. All rendered in the simple but expressive and versatile style that has always been one of his greatest strengths.
Verdict: Recommended for those who appreciate low-key but charming autobiographical comics.”
“Trondheim’s third collection of musings on his personal life maintains its predecessors’ high caliber of narrative and art. All of which entails swimming with sharks, coping with giant spiders, obsessing about consumerism while engaging in gadget lust, watching the family cat prey on a bird, and lots more equally engaging and ironic adventures.”