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.”
October 22, 2009 by NBM
October 22, 2009 by NBM
“A perversely enjoyable read, highly recommended for anyone with an open mind and a desire to open it further.”
“In opposition to Dungeon’s overall light-hearted tone, the writing tandem also provides several dark twists, while jamming surprise after surprise into each scene. Dungeon has elements of parody, but its creators’ obvious love for the adventure-fantasy genres keep the characters real and the circumstances compelling.”
Stop the presses (uh, the downloads?)! Here’s another from Amazon Daily/Omnivoracious:
“The Early Years,” with some amazing phantasmagorical scenes wedded to complex moral situations, manages to entertain and provide yet another thought-provoking installment in what may well be the best epic fantasy series of all time.”
October 22, 2009 by NBM
“Geary shows how the real people living the Hollywood dream might not have always been what they wanted others to believe. Clothing, hairstyles, and architecture give readers a “you are there” sense, as does the action, which is seen by a somewhat distant observer. An excellent way to introduce teens to the establishment of pop-culture iconography.”
And Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 has an interview of him about this as well as his recent bio of Trotsky.
October 19, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Hey, New Jersey—I’ll be signing copies of THE BIG KAHN (among other selected comics I may have perpetrated random acts of sequential violence) at A&S Comics and Cards in my hometown of Teaneck, New Jersey this Sunday, October 25th, at 12PM.
A&S is graciously opening their doors for me to sign a limited number of copies of the THE BIG KAHN, my graphic novel with Nicolas Cinquegrani about a rabbi who dies and at his funeral his family and congregation discover he was conning them: he isn’t even Jewish. The book has been called “a beautifully meditative story” by the Onion, a “rich and meaningful exploration” by Heeb Magazine, “Gripping” by Publisher’s Weekly and Whitney Matheson from USA Today said ” I almost missed my subway stop because I was so engrossed in this book.”
Swing by on Sunday, October 25th to pick up and talk about comics, get stuff signed, get something sketched and generally have a great old time.
A&S Comics & Cards is located at 563 Cedar Lane, Teaneck NJ. The phone number for directions is 201-801-0500
October 16, 2009 by shane white
It’s true, we’ll both take you on.
We’ll be there all weekend to serve you the finest selection of the latest graphic novels from NBM Publishing. Do yourself a favor, don’t let the nice weather fool you come by and check us out at booth #328.
You’ll be so happy you won’t even be able walk.