November 12, 2009 by NBM
First one out of the gate, the site Comics Waiting Room‘s Avril Brown saying this:
“From the very first page it is apparent why THE STORY OF O is recognized as Crepax’s finest work. The fine, sharp pencils turn each panel into a vintage etching. Some are fractured panels, giving the effect of seeing these sexual acts in a cracked mirror, and others are overlapping, yet all are uniquely visceral and stimulating. This is not a story of men abusing women or women feeling weak, this is a story of willful submission. O makes her choice and revels in it, even introducing other women to this world.”
And for Things Undone:
“White’s humor is pretty lighthearted, considering the subject matter, darkening only until the end when Rick acquires a handgun and contemplates suicide. It’s tough to get too down, however, by a book whose every page is colored in pumpkin-orange. “—Rod Lott of Bookgasm
November 12, 2009 by Naomi Nowak
I’m on the edge of my seat (which is bad because my work chair is very tall and rickety and injuries can happen) waiting for my copies of Graylight to arrive! Some stuff has appeared in previews online; so check them out here! I got to pick what parts were released so it’s some of my favourite stuff. Well, no, it’s some of my favourite stuff from the parts that don’t give away too much of the story.
In the meantime I’m not drawing comics, just writing some ideas and painting for an upcoming art show. (If you happen to be in Stockholm, details are on my personal blog, you’re cordially invited).
November 12, 2009 by shane white
You may wonder why I have two sites, but once you see them you can see how all of that work on one site would make an Art Director crazy. Eventually some day I’d like to focus my energy in a smaller area of work. But for now I’m living two lives.
For those who have an interest in such things there’s a video interview with me at A.P.E. 2009. The audio is unfortunately quite rough, but hey…I’m rough around the edges myself. :\
Shout out to my friend Allen Freeman who did the impromptu Q&A. We go way back to my early days in Small Press publishing ca. 1985.
P.S. THINGS UNDONE is my latest book. It fits nicely in stockings.
November 6, 2009 by NBM
“The story follows the unlikely friendship of an American and a Turkmen as they trade cultural gaffes and tolerate life in a totalitarian regime. (Azat’s brother, for example, claims that he is the Turkmen version of Chuck Norris.)
Cartoonists have long tackled travel writing in a variety of ways. For Lonergan, who was inspired by the short stories of W. Somerset Maugham, he hoped to inject some humanity into a country that’s known mostly for its eccentric dictator.
“You only read about the crazy politics and it doesn’t give a sense of reality. I wanted to focus on what life was like for people there rather than the dictator who names January after himself,” says Lonergan. This is a real place and that can be lost in the stories I read.”
Of course, not everything Lonergan experienced made its way into the book. “I hated the food,” he says. “But that doesn’t need to be commented on.”
November 5, 2009 by NBM
Being solicited in comics stores now for shipping in January: Lewis Trondheim’s next Little Nothings!
Vol. 3: “Uneasy Happiness”
Trondheim’s comics blog’s next collection of his popular musings on the every day ironies of life, his little anxieties, funny observations while on travel, his way of finding some cloud over the brightest sunshine, his obsessive hypochondria and other oh-so-easy-to-relate-to nerdy preoccupations. As he says himself, it’s whole lotta not much. And people are lovin’ it:
“Fans of James Kochalka’s American Elf will find he has an international soulmate in Lewis Trondheim.” -The Onion
“If this isn’t the best thing that NBM has ever published in its 30 years of making graphic albums available to the English-language market, it’s one of the top three.”
-Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter.
6×9, 128pp., full color trade pb with flaps, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-576-4
And if you’ve been following this blog, you know we’ve started putting these webcomics on this very blog since early this week. From today on, make sure to come over every Thursday and Monday to catch the latest one! You can you see them all together here.
And of course, don’t miss the first two volumes already out which have charmed many. Hey, they were a sell-out when Lewis signed at our booth in San Diego.
While we’re at it, you might like to know what our sister company, Papercutz is up to this month: from Classics Illustrated ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ as adapted by Steven Grant and Dan Spiegle:
Classics Illustrated #8
The Count of Monte Cristo
By Alexander Dumas
Adapted by Steven Grant
Dan Spiegle, artist
61/2x9, 56pp., full color hardcover $9.99,
November 3, 2009 by NBM
Michael C. Lorah at Newsarama says:
“I appreciated how Azat, overwhelmingly defined by his naïve love of capitalism and his unreasonable expectations for marriage, provides a range of personality. He embraces his opportunity to befriend Joe, he looks for the silver lining in his stumbling business ventures, and he believes fully that he’s found the love of his life. Joe’s dissociated window into Turkmen society allows us to peer into their world with a healthy degree of skepticism, but also an eye toward learning.
Every character is delivered with warm humanity.
A warm, humorous comic, solidly crafted, and well worth picking up.”
November 2, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Yes, it’s true — next weekend I will be flown out as a guest of this year’s Miami International Book Fair to take part in their Comix Galaxy programming, presenting THE BIG KAHN (despite the website calling it ‘Great Kahn’) alongside Eisner-nominated cartoonist Brian Fies on Sunday, November 15th at 1:30PM and then signing books following our talk. I will also be teaching an exclusive minicomics class at Miami-Dade College on Friday, November 13th, and will be walking around the Fair saying hello to friends and checking out the amazing lineup of authors.
The fair takes place November 8-15, with the street fair starting on the 13th. There’s a pretty impressive list of participants including Al Gore, Iggy Pop, Rich Cohen (I’m gonna try and talk Jew gangsters with him!), Jonathan Lethem, John Hodgman and graphic novelists like Josh Neufeld, Dan Goldman, Josh Dysart, Carol Tyler, James Sturm, Jimmy Gownley, Bob Sikoryak, David Small and more. If you’re in the area, please come by and check it out.
November 2, 2009 by Terry
Welcome to our latest addition to our author/editor blog: Lewis Trondheim as his pages get posted here from the upcoming comics blog collection LITTLE NOTHINGS: Uneasy Happiness, due out in January and being solicited now in comics shops. Lewis needs little introduction at this point, this comics blog series has charmed many for its authenticity and great sense of observation. He is also the co-creator on DUNGEON and we’ve published quite a few more books of his including Li’l Santa, btw, a charming series for Xmas .
So every Monday and Thursday, make sure to drop by for his latest comics blog: Little Nothings. Of course you can RSS this as well.
Get the word out!
October 30, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Okay, that header wasn’t so family friendly. But THE BIG KAHN is, and we got a great review at Bookgasm.
“THE BIG KAHN is a complete change of pace from the graphic novels that populate most shelves, and should be looked upon as a fresh voice in the way a story like this could be told.”
There’s also a great little interview with Nico here. Check it out!
Have a read, why doncha?
October 28, 2009 by NBM
Jesse Lonergan’s latest, JOE & AZAT is a fun discovery for reviewers:
Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith of Scripps Howard News service thought:
“One almost wants to meet Azat, the eternally optimistic and enthusiastic Turkmen with an idealized view of America, plus grandiose dreams of business success and romantic love. Joe knows that Azat’s ambitions are preposterous, but Azat’s enthusiasm is infectious and, more importantly, he proves to be a true friend. In addition to the personal narrative, “Joe and Azat” serves as something of a travelogue, a growing segment in graphic novels. Lonergan’s art is cartoony but effective. “Joe and Azat” is a quick read, and a pleasant diversion. Who knows? Maybe by the end you’ll want to go to Turkmenistan.”
“Bombarded with naïve questions concerning American customs from curious locals, overcharged for toothpaste at the village bazaar and constantly in danger of being forced into bribing someone, Joe is surviving by following the basic rules of Turkmenistan. When Joe accidentally breaks the most important rule of all (Never lose your passport), an acquaintance named Azat lends a helping hand and becomes his best friend. Often comical and at times achingly heartfelt, JOE AND AZAT is the tale of two men from different corners of the world, both physically and culturally, who form a connection guaranteed to endure whether or not they ever see each other again. Lonergan’s words are like his artwork: devoid of unnecessary flotsam and instead cut directly to the meat of the emotional material.”