Neil Kleid

Life in Brooklyn is murder… and now downloadable to your iPhone

August 25, 2009 by  



BROWNSVILLE by Neil Kleid and Jake Allen, a 200 page graphic novel about the Jewish Mafia, is now available to download and read directly on your mobile phone via NBM Publishing and Panelfly.com!

NBM Publishing is proud to announce partnering with Panelfly, the newly launched iPhone app that’s bringing the best graphic novels direct to you… instantly! Panelfly allows you to read your favorite graphic novels as the creators intended; you get full-page views, automatic panel navigation and more! You can purchase your comics using your iTunes account; tap the screen twice, and you’ll immediately have one of the world’s best graphic novels right in your hands.

NBM titles now available include the sold-out smash BROWNSVILLE by writer Neil Kleid, Jesse Lonergan’s powerful romantic drama FLOWER AND FADE, Swedish sensation Naomi Nowak’s UNHOLY KINSHIP, Rick Geary’s award-winning LINDBERGH CHILD and Shane White’s NORTH COUNTRY. All of these by authors NBM is publishing new titles from this fall. More titles will be added throughout the fall.

Each of these NBM graphic novels is available on your iPhone for $6.95 to $9.95, less than the paperbacks. Go straight to iTunes or to www.panelfly.com.

Stay tuned for further announcements of partnerships between NBM and leading E-Book and mobile download sites. “It’s clear this is the future where readers increasingly have a choice as to how they want to read their comics,” said NBM publisher Terry Nantier, “and we consider ourselves purveyors of graphic novels, not pushers of print publications. Any way you want a quality, engrossing novel-length comic, we’ll make that available, whether print or electronic.”

For further information, please contact our publicist, Marc Mason: marcmasonnbm@gmail.com.

ABOUT BROWNSVILLE:
"Jewish gangster" isn’t a term you hear much in post-Holocaust society… but back when the Dodgers played in the East and licorice cost a penny a bag, Brooklyn corners were lousy with semitic young toughs looking for adventure and excitement – none more so than in Brownsville.
Follow the intertwined lives of Allie Tanennbaum, Abe Reles and scores of hoods organized by Louis Lepke Buchalter into the deadliest hit operation in Mafia history, "Murder, Inc.", as they escape the mean streets and lonely tenements of East New York., make themselves into the most dangerous men in America, only to eventually send their best friends and closest allies up the river.
Written by Xeric Award winner Neil Kleid and illustrated by Jake Allen, here’s what critics had to say about BROWNSVILLE:
"Forceful storytelling and deep passion for its characters and indeed for this dark chapter of Jewish-American history." -The Jewish Chronicle
"Smart, absorbing." - Booklist
"Beautifully moody evocation of a bygone Brooklyn inhabited by Jewish gangsters, Brownsville follows the career of some of the biggest names in the hoodlum business." -Publishers Weekly
"Weaves history and fiction into a visceral and moving story." -Miami Herald
"***1/2. NBM’s ComicsLit line delivers. As a history buff, I looked forward to this book written by Xeric Award winner Neil Kleid, and, once I had it in hand, it lived up to my lofty expectations." - Comics Buyer’s Guide


shane white

The Quick and The Undead

August 25, 2009 by  


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In the initial delivery of my new book THINGS UNDONE, this was the first cover I pitched to Terry.  He hated it…and yelled and cursed…and I think I even cried a little.

What really happened was Terry didn’t think it worked. He didn’t understand the little characters that were following our main character Rick Watts. I think he also said it cluttered the page as well. After awhile he wore me down…I gave up…I had nothing left to live for…no wait, that’s not right. What I ended up realizing is that I didn’t want the cover to echo the violent danger that North Country seemed to display.northcovIn reality Rick is not Charles Bronson and payback wasn’t going to be Deathwish style…well, maybe a little, but I don’t think that was the tone I really wanted to portray.

Tomorrow though, in your local comic shop, you’ll be able to see the final cover and all 88 pages in black and orange glory for only $12.95!

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Words for Big Kahn

August 25, 2009 by  


More reviews for The Big Kahn:

“This story moves in unexpected directions in a quiet and real-feeling way. This is not a sensationalistic story that might appear on a cable network; instead, Kleid allows the characters sufficient time and space to move in their own interesting directions.”

Comics Bulletin

“Well written, well drawn, with characters you can understand and sympathize with. Grade: 8/10″

Sequential Tart


Jesse Lonergan

It’s coming…

August 24, 2009 by  


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It’s close. The book is about to come out. It’s really close. I don’t know the exact date, but Terry tells me it will be out before SPX at the end of next month (which I will be at as well). So it’s coming. I kind of feel like I’ve been talking about this book forever. Soon, soon you will be able to see the entire thing. Soon.

This weekend I went to a little get together/fundraiser for the Turkmenistan Youth and Civic Values Foundation. It was a lot of fun. I met a lot of cool people, many that had been to Turkmenistan with the Peace Corps and are still doing development work in Turkmenistan. They offer scholarships and grants for community development. It’s a great group. Check out there site.

While there I also met a Turkmen girl who has spent the summer in Martha’s Vineyard working as an ice cream scooper. She read two chapters from my book and I must admit I was a little nervous. She was the first person from Turkmenistan to read it, which felt like a lot of pressure. I’ll say all sorts of bad things about America, but when someone from another country says something I tend to get a little touchy. “I grew up here, I know what I’m talking about. You, you’re just passing through and don’t know anything.” So I was nervous that there might be a little bit of that from her. But she liked it and thought it was funny. I’m relieved.

I probably shouldn’t have been worried. The book’s awesome. When it comes out you’ll see.

Meanwhile, check out my blog and check out the Turkmenistan Youth and Civic Values site.


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Capt. Comics on Bringing Up Father

August 24, 2009 by  


Forever Nuts is getting press not only for its latest Bringing Up Father collection but also for Happy Hooligan.

Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain says:

“Bringing Up Father” was a much copied strip, not only for its simple and engaging premise, but also for creator George McManus’ beautiful art.
This is the third “Forever Nuts” collection I’m aware of, the other two being Happy Hooligan” and “Mutt & Jeff.” I’m eager to support these collections of rarely reprinted comic strips, which are meticulously restored by NBM and should be in every library in America. They’re certainly in mine!”

[see the full review on one of the papers running his column]

Amongst other press, Jazma Online also reviewed this, giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

And Rob Clough, on Comic Book Resources said of Happy Hooligan:

“This volume is a “best of” from 1903-1913 and is a must for any fan of humor comics.”


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Geary’s Famous Players on IMDb

August 21, 2009 by  


The hugely popular site about all things movies IMDb picked up a recent review on ComicMix about Geary’s latest Treasury of Murder: Famous Players:

“No one does murder like Rick Geary. He is one of the quiet treasures of comics, and Famous Players is another great book – a wry, thoughtful, meticulously researched investigation into an intriguing historical mystery, enlivened by his always perfectly-worded narration and his wonderfully evocative art.”


shane white

Things Undone May Cure What Ails You

August 20, 2009 by  


This is a page from my new book THINGS UNDONE, that’ll be in comic stores August 26th. It’s funny because I’m kind of going through another “personal renaissance” of sorts and hoping the change is for the better. That’s really what the book is about: accepting change and letting go of our old selves in the gamble for better growth and development.

As artists and comic creators we’re always seeking for change and improvement. I don’t know why anyone would not. Sometimes one has to isolate themselves from everything to get a better perspective. Any self-motivated person will certainly find a way if given the time and space to do what is needed.

It’s projects like this that sometimes inform me of where to go next. Maybe it’ll do the same for you. :)

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Geary’s Famous Players gets press and an interview

August 19, 2009 by  


 

Newsarama has just posted a very informative interview of Geary on this and his forthcoming bio of Trotsky from Hill & Wang. And…

Gumshoe Review says of it:

“informative and objective and based on meticulous research of the murder and historical era in which it occurred. The illustrations make the period, the setting, and the crime come alive.”


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Omaha in Library Journal? and more on Eurotica…

August 19, 2009 by  


[You must be over 18 to click on links on this post!]

Yup, Omaha the Cat Dancer by Reed Waller, Kate Worley and James Vance was part of a list of ‘16 graphics novels of sex, drugs, and rock and roll’ prompted by the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, run in Library Journal.

See the article.

Obviously only libraries serving the more liberal communities will have such books in their collections! But all the more of a tip of the hat to them for doing so.

Also, The Comics Buyers Guide has recently reviewed our First Time, giving it 3 and 1/2 stars and cites various of its stories as stand-outs (September issue).


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Highlow on Happy Hooligan

August 18, 2009 by  


The review blog Highlow comics has a review of our Forever Nuts’ most recent two collections, Happy Hooligan and Bringing Up Father.

Heavy praise went to Happy Hooligan:

“Every fan of gag cartooning in particular needs to read HAPPY HOOLIGAN.”

“The panel-to-panel transitions, the way he drew action and violence, the way he layered gag on top of gag and the way he gave the reader something to look at in every panel was a direct progenitor of both classic animation and artists like Milt Gross, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder and Al Jaffee (for starters). ”

If you missed our Happy Hooligan collection, it’s still available, take a look.