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.
September 16, 2009 by NBM
And… looks like a major paper will be running something very soon… stay tuned.
September 16, 2009 by shane white
Before the green tea incident (see below) I had wanted to apprise everyone of the situation that is going down this Saturday only in CHICAGO, city of golden showers!
My book will be there too and I will sell it to you and sign it and maybe even do a sketch in the thing as well! Why? Because grandmothers know value when they see it…almost more than porn.
September 16, 2009 by shane white
Well if she was a zombie then THINGS UNDONE would be considered soft-core porn with a heart.
Kind of the Hallmark Greeting Card version of the brain-chomping, gut-pulling zombie stories that seem to be pervasive in current popular culture. Not tongue-in-cheek funny where the zombies or characters are winking at the audience, but funny in a way that is very down-to-earth that anyone who has ever had a relationship or life event go absurdly wrong.
At least that’s what I believe grandmother’s can sink their teeth into. Buy two, they’re small.
I have to go…I just spilled freshly brewed green tea all over myself and it hurts like hell. Here I thought green tea was suppose to be good for you? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!
September 15, 2009 by NBM
Come meet Ted Rall and Jesse Lonergan as well as Greg Houston at SPX the weekend of 9/26-27 in Bethesda at SPX as they premiere their latest!
September 14, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Greg Burgas at Comic Book Resources’ “Comics Should be Good” blog claims that THE BIG KAHN is “definitely in consideration for best graphic novel of the year.”
He also says that “I enjoyed Brownsville, Kleid’s last book, but thought there was room for improvement. With The Big Kahn, he’s made a big leap in mastery of the craft. It’s a powerful comic that makes you think about faith and family and hypocrisy.”
Mastery of the craft. You heard it here first, sports fans.
As you might know, THE BIG KAHN hits non-comics book stores this Sunday, September 20th, and keep your eyes peeled here for a pretty high profile review to honor it’s release…
September 14, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
I’m going to try and make some sense, though I’ve had a hard time explaining this in the past.
I think of drawing comics as playing a game. It’s sort of like Scrabble. You have these pieces and they’re worth a certain amount of points, and you want to get as much out of those pieces as possible. You also need to match up your awesome word with what’s already on the board. Only with comics all this stuff is in the my head and the rules are really flexible.
The panels I like the most are the panels where this gamesmanship is most evident. This panel is an example. Narratively, two separate panels side by side one showing children playing video games, one showing soldiers playing video games would have worked just fine. But with these panels the boys and the soldiers’ bodies become one, the children morphing into the soldiers.
And in the reality of Turkmenistan these boys playing the video games will soon be soldiers as service in the army is mandatory.
Does anybody see that when they read the comic? Do they even notice this morphing or do their eyes just move right across the page reading the text, seeing the faces of the boys and the combat boots of the soldiers and moving on? I don’t know, but I still enjoy playing the game and it’s a lot more interesting than two standard panels side by side.
Joe and Azat is coming soon. SPX will be the grand unveiling.
But you can check out my blog right now.