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.
July 14, 2009 by NBM
While the reviewer had some reservations on character development, “In the end, this novel is a sassy and even controversial murder mystery that will entertain.”
July 13, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Sometimes I wish I had more time to blog these days… but when I’m absent, you all know it’s because I’m doing the work, right? Right.
And, oh what work there is. To quickly update you, THE BIG KAHN has been sent to the printer and will be hitting your local comic stores at the end of the month—-we’re debuting the book at San Diego Comic Con in two weeks, and then it comes to Amazon and bookstores in September. I’ve got a few interviews about to pop in the next two weeks and I’ll keep you updated here. Apart from that, I’m working hard to have the first draft of AMERICAN CAESAR, my next NBM book, done before I fly to San Diego but it ain’t likely… too much excitement and prep for the con!
To promote THE BIG KAHN (which looks ay-mazing, by the by), I’ll be appearing as a guest on tomorrow night’s edition of the Comic Book Club, NYC’s long-running weekly comic book talk show featuring the best comedians in New York talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben, the show details are:
CBC, July 14th show
@ The People’s Improv Theatre
23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue
8pm – Tickets only 5 BUCKS
More information: http://www.popcultureshock.com/cbclub
And don’t forget I’ll be attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, showing up Thursday, July 23rd and leaving Sunday, July 26th. While I’m there, I’ll be promoting THE BIG KAHN, catching up with old pals and editors, drinking, and maybe actually seeing some of the city this time around. I’ll post my signing schedule here soon… but for now, just know I’ll be there ready to schmooze, sell, sign and sketch.
The fine people at Comic Book Resource’s Robot6 blog are doing a before/after interview thing with me about my upcoming trip to the San Diego Comic Con. Check it out for a bit about what I’m getting up to at the con and a bit of advice on how to approach editors.
Hope to see you tomorrow night!
July 13, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
Fights seemed common in Turkmenistan. I saw a few at weddings, a few on the street, and I broke up a few between boys at the schools I taught at. There was this sense of pride in Turkmenistan. To back down from a disagreement or to admit you were wrong was seen as a sign of weakness. I remember holding back a bloody and beaten boy who was desperate to keep fighting and save face.
I never got into a fight while I was there, though I came close. Once was when I drunkenly got into a religious debate (not that I’m religious in any way) about whether Mohammed was a Christian prophet and I also came close another time when a neighbor got way to drunk and started telling me he was the Turkmen Chuck Norris. The Chuck Norris story is in my new book Joe and Azat, which is being solicited in comic shops now.
July 13, 2009 by NBM
Covering the most important categories of the Eisner nominations, Girls Entertainment Network has this to say about Rick’s Lindbergh Child in his Treasury of XXth Century Murder which is up for two Awards:
“He gives us a step-by-step account of one of the most famous crimes in history: the Linbergh kidnapping. I’d heard of the case before, but here it’s laid out with every piece of evidence and every witness and suspect so well that I almost feel as if I had been living through it in 1932. I’m excited to see what subject or individual Geary takes a crack at next.” –Jill aka TheNerdyBird
The Eisner Awards will be given out next Friday at the San Diego Comic-con. Geary will be signing all his books at our booth #1528. See our signing schedule we posted earlier.
July 10, 2009 by Terry
But who knows? Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he’ll come back to it.
This should ship from the printer in a couple weeks and be in stores within a week or two after that.
July 9, 2009 by NBM
“Korean-born Byun Byung-Jun is little known in these parts, except for die-hard manga and graphic novel fans. With luck, MIJEONG, his second collection of short fiction, will change that. It should, because this impressively talented artist deserves a wider audience.
The seven stories here are mostly about young people, and are full of youthful longings, desires, frustrations and melancholy. Their common feature is the city setting, quite possibly based upon Seoul. Byung-Jun’s characters walk down urban streets and alleys, mostly crowded but sometimes deserted. And he often pulls back the focus to include wide shots of streets or entire skylines, as though shot from above. It’s a technique that emphasizes the reader’s role as observer, as well as heightens the lonely ambience of each story.”