July 20, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
In my new book the former Turkmen leader Turkmenbashy isn’t a main character, but he’s very much a presence in the background of the story. I was in the country when he passed away (and I got to see his funeral procession which had a carriage holding his body pulled through the capital city of Ashgabat by a tank). I remember thinking that maybe things would change after he died. Maybe with Turkmenbashy and his nuttiness out of the way Turkmenistan would stop being such a crazy place. Maybe they would stop trying to build a river in Ashgabat (which is in the middle of the desert). Maybe there would even be a revolution.
But that didn’t happen. Things just went on as usual. The next President (Turkmenbashy had been president for life) won the election with something like ninety percent of the vote. It was rumored that the new president was the bastard child of Turkmenbashy, but who knows if this was true.
But even without a revolution it felt like things were changing. I stopped seeing crazy stories from Turkmenistan in the strange news section of the paper. I even heard that all the portraits of Turkmenbashy were coming down.
Then last week I saw this. There are plans for a inland sea to be built in the center of the Karakum Desert which covers eighty percent of Turkmenistan.
The strangeness continues. Check my book and find out what it was like to live in a place like Turkmenistan. It’s being solicited now, so harass your local comic shop into ordering a couple of copies (and check out my blog too).
And, sadly, I can’t make it to San Diego this year. Hope everyone has a great time!
July 20, 2009 by NBM
Neil Kleid’s And Nicolas Cinquegrani’s The Big Kahn which Graphic Novel Reporter already touted as one of the Hot Graphic Novels of this summer makes its premiere next week at the San Diego Comic-con where Neil Kleid will appear to sign at our booth #1528.
Here’s Neil’s schedule of appearances:
Thurs.: 1-2:30, 4-7
Fri.: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4
Sun.: 10:30-noon, 1-2:30
THE BIG KAHN
Neil KLEID, Nicolas CINQUEGRANI
Rabbi David Kahn has lived a forty-year lie: he is not, nor has he ever been, Jewish. When at his funeral, the “rabbi’s” grifter brother reveals the truth, it forces the Kahn family to struggle with grief and betrayal as their congregation examines their every move and question their very faith. His son, Rabbi Avi Kahn, the heir apparent, spirals down in an affair with his rebellious sister Lea’s non-Jewish roommate. Lea rethinks the religion she’s run from, strong enough to alter her father’s life, while Eli — the youngest Kahn — inherits his father’s long-forgotten legacy. Somehow, with the help of the uncle he never knew and his slowly re-awakening sister, he attempts to return faith and order to his family and community and reinstate his father’s good name. Neil Kleid, Xeric Award winning author of Ninety Candles and NBM’s Brownsville, and illustrator Nicolas Cinquegrani offer a drama about loss, lies, belief and renewal in this dramatic graphic exploration of a family secret so well-hidden, it questions the very nature of faith.
“A story about belief and truth—in gods, marriages, and selves. An interesting addition to all high school, community, and church libraries. Excellent for book clubs and study groups as well.” -ForeWord
“One of Hottest Graphic Novels for Summer.” -GraphicNovelReporter.com
6 x9, 176 pp., trade pb., B&W with color cover, $13.95
The book will appear about two weeks later on bookstore shelves. Buzz has been mounting with Neil interviewed by quite a few media. He wil be signing also his first book with NBM, the highly successful Brownsville.
See the previews.
See the complete NBM San Diego schedule.
July 19, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Hey, I was interviewed this past week for the San Francisco Jewish Weekly’s Comix Friday column and the first part went live HERE. Next week, we expand on THE BIG KAHN in detail.
“If you do know what you’re doing, art can be a little more tedious than writing. I can write a 200-page graphic novel in three months. That same graphic novel will take an artist three years to draw. Plus, as an artist, working with a writer, you’re really trying to get the writer’s vision out there. And I know for myself, I’m the worst writer to work with, because I know exactly what I want on the page.”
July 17, 2009 by NBM
Shane White will be at our booth #1528 at next week’s San Diego comic-con to sign a beautiful offset printed 2 color preview (actually part of the book’s print run itself) of his forthcoming THINGS UNDONE which ships to stores later in August.
Come meet him, take a look and get a collectible available only at the San Diego show (limited to 300). Here’s his schedule:
Friday: 1-4, 5:30-7
Saturday: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4, 5:30-7
Foreword by Robert Kirkman
The author of the acclaimed “North Country” is back with a dark comedy. Despite Rick Watt’s best efforts to keep it together, he feels his life is falling apart, turning him into a zombie. After a cross-country move with girlfriend in tow, his fresh start turns into a festering mess. As a video game artist, Rick is subjected to the incompetence of three bosses and a kinky art director. His overactive imagination helps him cope until… his seven-year relationship tailspins and his ex takes flight with the guy across the parking lot. Other jobs and a new GF don’t look any better. Caught between his fantasy world and reality, Rick decides to pull the trigger.
With a foreword by Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead.
6×9, 80pp., 2 color trade pb.: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-563-4
And here’s the complete schedule of our author appearances.
July 16, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Here’s where’ll you’ll find me at the show… might have 50 or so stickers with me for lucky consumers… working on them tonight.
July 16, 2009 by NBM
If you hadn’t heard yet, Lewis Trondheim, the great French comic artist behind our increasingly popular Dungeon and Little Nothings books, amongst others, is an official guest of the San Diego Comic-con happening next week. He will be appearing at our booth #1528 on Friday the 24th from 4 to 5:30. We will have the complete array of his books at our booth throughout: all 10 titles in the Dungeon series, 2 Little Nothings collections, his Li’l Santa silent series with Thierry Robin and the very off-the-wall Mister O and Mister I.
Don’t miss him!
See the complete schedule of author appearances at our booth in this post.
July 16, 2009 by NBM
Nationally syndicated columnist Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith who also has a regular column in the Comics Buyers Guide, has this to say about two of our recent books:
“Whodunit? As usual, that’s up to you. Geary never fails to impress and “Famous Players” is just another reason why.”
On our latest Manhwa ‘Mijeong’:
“Overall, I feel Byun is an extraordinary artistic talent, fairly bursting from his studio, whose skills in story construction and characterization are still catching up.”
Smith is syndicated in the Scripps-Howard paper chain.
July 15, 2009 by Naomi Nowak
i’ve quit my day job (third time, third job!) but this time i’m staying one day a week, which is enough to pay the bills if i can just make a tiny sum from art things once in a while. could it be the elusive finances/time/art equilibrium? stay tuned … so anyway, i’m finally ready to start new things. no comics for a few months i think, my next project is doing that portfolio i can’t believe i don’t have.
i just had some great news, too – kristiina(terry, you know her!), a woman who’s done a lot for comics, secured some sort of grant money to take sequential artists to comic con in st. petersburg, russia. she chose me to go with her! this is the most excited i’ve been about something comics related since … a long time (except for the fact that graylight will be out december). i guess i’ll bring something to show when i’m there but mostly, think of all the inspiration! i grew up with russian fairytales, russian art, animation and music and i can’t believe i will get to see it all live. i’m going late september and hopefully i’ll sketch a lot, take photos¬es and make a post here about comics way out east. anyone else going by the way?
might be hard to stay true to the “no comics for a little while, make sensible portfolio instead” sentiment after all that.
ps. click that animation link, you won’t be sorry.
July 14, 2009 by NBM
Geary will be appearing at our booth in San Diego next week, see the schedule. And he’s up for 2 Eisner Awards.
July 14, 2009 by shane white
This is not THINGS UNDONE. It’s one of the last sketches I did for myself at the Fremont Zombie walk. I’m using a similar inking style in my next book and wanted to see if I could hold back on over-coloring it.
Almost a week away before San Diego Comicon. I haven’t been there in about 3 or 4 years. It just became to expensive and truth be told the purpose of going never really manifested itself; which was trying to find work. With a crush of media and people you’re lucky enough to find the exit to a restaurant that will actually serve dinner without a two-hour wait.
Anyway I’ve got some survival gear I need to get ready for the show.