November 16, 2009 by NBM
“The art of Joe and Azat is deceptively simple. Black and white images, mostly of faces and places, do an adept job of telling the story. On the surface it represents the simple way of life for the people of Turkmenistan. However, when you study the images in adjunct with the text, the complexity of this style becomes apparent. Longerman utilizes juxtaposition to explore perception and reality. People would like things to go one way, but the reality is that they must go another. For example, the Peace Corps administrators would like for Joe to follow the rules given to him for navigating Turkmenistan, but the reality is that he would never survive if he did.
If you like graphic novels with strong characterization and crisp art, determined to open your eyes and your heart, definitely grab a copy of Joe and Azat.”
Sequential Tart, giving it an 8 out of 10.
And one of Canada’s main papers, the National Post, picked up the piece on this book that ran in the Wall Street Journal.
November 16, 2009 by NBM
The famous art magazine of bondage Skin Two and its chief Tim Woodward reviews our Story of O:
“Guido Crepax, the great pioneer of sensual graphic comics, uses multi-panelled pages to give the impression that you are peeping through a keyhole into O’s world of SM submission. She gives herself up to bondage, humiliation, sex with multiple partners, sodomy and even gets branded, all because it is the desire of her lover. This hardcover edition is a real collectors’ item.”
Jazma Online, while taken aback at the acts O lets herself be directed to do, chimes in:
“How to make a woman your slave so she will do anything for you. Not only do it but love doing it.
The art really stands out.”
November 16, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
The Rukhnama is a truly amazing book. This is the quasi-political-spiritual-self-help-how-to-win-friends-and-dominate-people book written by Turkmenbashy (the former president for life of Turkmenistan). It was in all the schools in Turkmenistan while I was there. It was used in every classroom (I even saw it used in a math class). It was on sale in nearly every store. A copy was launched into space to orbit the earth, eternally protecting us. Turkmenbashy claimed that if you read it three times you would go to heaven. Words from the Rukhnama were even written on the inside of a mosque outside the city of Ashgabat (the inside of mosques generally being reserved for the Koran).
So it was natural when it came time to do the cover of my book I would look to the Rukhnama for inspiration. Pink and green all the way!
November 16, 2009 by NBM
We’ve just put up a number of our adult graphic novels in Eurotica on sale all at $4 each! Prices normally anywhere from $10 to $20 on books by
or series like:
Shadow & Light
We can’t show you any covers here but you know how good our Eurotica/Amerotica comics are!
SALE IS GOOD UNTIL DECEMBER 15. There’s no minimums to order. Get ‘em before they disappear! Our last sale saw a number of our books sold out.
Meantime, you’ll also see other books on close-out sale and books from Pantheon, First Second at 50% off.
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.”