October 12, 2009 by shane white
Meaning…I’ll be sporting more hair than usual at the Alternative Press Expo…yes it’s true I’ve grown a beard. I look like a manly Richard Simmons if that’s even possible. I figured it’s Halloween season I’m trying to play the part of an indy creator. I might even wear knit fashions too!
I do believe this is the last bit of ephemera from the development of my new book THINGS UNDONE.
When Terry had me rework the cover he really pushed me towards the simple easy-to-read imagery. I don’t always agree with him, but I have to respect the fact that he’s been doing this longer than I have. Of course this one didn’t make the cut. I’m not even sure I showed it as the character showed no real emotion. I don’t think paranoia is an emotion?
Speaking of emotion…how about a terrible segue? I’ll be in the city of brotherly love this coming weekend…no not Philadelphia…though that city is a part of my story. SAN FRANCISCO will be host to the Alternative Press Expo this coming weekend. It’s one of my favorite shows really. It’s all about comic book goodness. Stop by say hi and buy this little seasonal tale of existential zombie awareness!:)
You’ll be glad you did.
While you’re at it…I have a facebook account…like all the cool kids. Get to know me: Check it yo! I love it when the over 30 crowd tries to get realz with the kidz…that’s okay…hide your eyes, click away quickly.
October 9, 2009 by NBM
If you’re going to the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco the weekend of October 17th, then make sure to stop by the NBM table to meet Ted RALL selling his last few premier copies of The Year of Loving Dangerously (book due in stores mid-Nov.) as well as Shane WHITE signing his just released Things Undone.
Both will have other books of theirs, of course, as well as a smattering of our recent titles to sell! Better yet, credit cards accepted. So there, now you gotta go.
October 9, 2009 by NBM
“The Year of Loving Dangerously is an excellent work. If I may have wanted to know more about what happened to Rall at the end, that merely shows he and Callejo did an excellent job of telling a story. As more folks read it or when this book is filmed (yes, I said that twice), I expect that Rall’s exploits during his “annus coitus” will rub up a tight debate on the ownership and exchange of sex.”
So says G.M. Palmer in Strong Verse, even if a few weeks early (book is due out in stores mid November. HOWEVER, Ted will be selling his last few advance copies at APE next weekend!
October 7, 2009 by NBM
“Byun is a stunning draftsman and character designer, but one got a sense of restlessness from this collection of stories. This book felt like an author trying to shake something loose in himself and looking to a different set of influences and styles. Byun is certainly an artist whose work I’d like to see more of.”
Rob Clough, High Low
October 7, 2009 by NBM
“The “Forever Nuts” book does this rarely seen comic strip proud. It’s a good read, not just for students of early comic art, but for lovers of an enjoyably rough-hewn, low-brow American brand of humor.”
October 6, 2009 by NBM
“I found the story highly entertaining and well written with a flair for dramatics. Great stuff from the NBM team.”
“I almost didn’t read this book, because it’s about zombies. I don’t like zombies. But I did read the book, because I really really like the art style. I enjoyed the last third of the book, where he takes the symbolism over the top into a violent fantasy of making significant life changes. The cartooning was action-packed and funny.”
“it’s a very thoughtful and creative book with a tremendously satisfying finish.”
October 6, 2009 by NBM
Here’s what’s being solicited in comics shops now from NBM, to come out in December:
The main attraction: Royo’s best-selling Malefic collection (50,000 sold) back in a revised, augmented beautiful clothbound edition:
One of the best-selling collections of fantasy art by Royo is back in print sprinkled with all-new work. Royo scintillates again in a handsome library-worthy edition.
81/2 x 101/2, 96pp., full color jacketed hardcover: $32.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-572-6; see more by Royo
A new Naomi Nowak graphic novel:
A promise made decades ago could suddenly be fulfilled, endangering the life of a girl, trying her friendships and confusing her suitors. A semi-conscious love triangle ensues in twilit northern forests. Obsession, overprotection and the hunger for everything to be in it’s right place – rules of the game, set to a backdrop of arctic summer.
5 x 71/2, 144pp., full color trade pb.: $12.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-567-2; see previews
Here’s what the press had to say of her previous two books, Unholy Kinship and House of Clay:
“Gorgeously rendered. The surreal art is lovely.” -The Onion
“For anyone reminiscing about Neil Gaiman’s sense of fantasy or looking for someone with a little “what if…” this is a comic book artist worth watching for.” -Feminist Review
“Nowak is clearly a talent who will bear watching. She creates several interesting characters, knows how to establish a strong premise, and she’s not afraid to follow a number of intersecting story lines. Most importantly, she is completely fearless about describing her character’s difficult emotional states.”
“Nowak blends linework and color to establish significant emotional moods, and her often fragmented pages support her story of broken relationships and dissolving mental states. At its end, this is a frightening tale of losing touch with reality, well illustrated by a promising talent. “ -Comicsworthreading.com
Finally, Rick Geary’s latest, “Famous Players”, will be available in paperback:
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
NOW IN PAPERBACK! It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
“A compelling tale full of jealousy, hatred, loyalty and a murderer who walked away from the crime.” -VOYA
“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.” -Publishers Weekly
“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by.” -Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest. 5 out of 5 stars.” -Jazma Online
“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.” -Booklist
6×9, 80p., B&W, trade pb., $9.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-559-7; see previews
Then, Eurotica will have (sorry can’t show the cover):
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 2
More tales from the medieval ages starring women warriors way too hot for vigorous action, sword and sorcery awash with hot sex. Beautifully painted, from Spain and with a dash of humor.
81/2 x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.95, ISBN 978-156163-574-0
To see more go to Eurotica and then the Coming Up page.
October 5, 2009 by shane white
You might like THINGS UNDONE. Ultimately it’s why I created the story about 20-something Rick Watts, a video game artist whose burnt himself out. He’s literally worked himself to death.
What happens when we lose our passion for life while we have most everything we could want in front of us?
“Zombie un-life as an existential crisis”- Bill Sherman of Blogcritics I think put it best.
These were the very first cover attempts I came up with.
From day one I felt like the characters could be strong and iconic. More-so I was hoping that people would identify with them if not physically then emotionally. And really that’s the kind of zombie world I prefer.
September 29, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
If you wanted to buy anything in Turkmenistan you had to go to the bazaar on Sunday. It was always jam jam jammed packed and you’d have to push your way through the crowd. Which is kind of like SPX, only instead of carpets, car parts and livestock people are looking through piles of comics. SPX also lacks the bartering that takes place in a Turkmen bazaar, though I think it would be awesome if that happened a little bit more. It would be great if slamming your fist, raising your voice and storming off in a mock rage only to return a few moments later were an integral part of buying a mini-comic. At least I think it would cool.
Anyway, SPX was great. I sold a bunch of books, sold and traded a bunch of minis and sold all the prints of comics from my blog that I’d brought along (I really should have brought more of those)(oh well, I’ll know for next time).
But I think the best thing about SPX was that I finally had copies of Joe and Azat and instead of talking about it I could actually put it in people’s hands.
September 29, 2009 by NBM
Reaction at last weekend’s SPX for Ted’s new book, The Year of Loving Dangerously, was most encouraging indeed. He sold out of his books, including early copies sent via FedEx from the printer abroad (the book will hit stores by end of October). And the press picked up on it as a show highlight:
And PW had this cute pic of him there:
Ted, we didn’t know you had such a double chin!
Next stop for him: APE in SF! And Shane White wil be there as well with his new Things Undone.