August 31, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
I was in Northampton, MA, this weekend at this little club/bar called The Basement where they play an awesome mix of music. Seventies funk, girl groups, Studio One reggae, doo wop, Del Shannon, great stuff. One of the songs they played while I was there was Popcorn by Hot Butter, which almost immediately brought me back to Turkmenistan. Only the Popcorn that I heard in Turkmenistan was not the Hot Butter version, but the Crazy Frog version and I must have heard it a million times. I would wake up every morning during the three months of training to my neighbor blasting it while he washed his car (yes, he washed his car every day).
There was also Gasolina by Daddy Yankee.
Axel F also by Crazy Frog.
And Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira which was always always always played in the discos.
If there were soundtracks for comic books these songs would be all over Joe and Azat. The book’s coming out soon, just a few days before SPX down in Bethesda. I’ll be there with it, if you’re in the area stop by and say hello and check out the new book. I’ll also probably have some mini-comics with me, too.
If you can’t make it to SPX check out my blog.
August 31, 2009 by NBM
Phil Yeh keeps touring! Here’s where you can catch him and believe us when we say he is quite entertaining:
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:00-4:00
Booksigning and mural
Hi De Ho Comics & Books with Pictures
525 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica CA 90401-2409
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Booksigning and mural
16344 Beach Blvd
Westminster CA 92683
Saturday & Sunday, September 26-27, 2009
Mural Event and Book Signing
Kidsfaire Family Expo
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Saturday & Sunday, October 3-4, 2009
Mural Event and Book Signing
Kidsfaire Family Expo
Orange County Fairgrounds
Costa Mesa, CA
Wednesday-Sunday, October 14-18, 2009
Frankfurt Book Fair
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Mural event & booksigning
The Saenz Building, 10th & “D” St.
San Bernardino, CA
Saturday, December 5, 2009
“Cars & Guitars” Mural event & booksigning
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
August 27, 2009 by NBM
You may have heard, we are starting to make our graphic novels available on iPhone through the newly launched company Panelfly (or on iTunes here). We’ve seen their app in action, it’s smooth, it’s fast, it’s supercool, presents the comics well.
So we’ve got books by authors we’re publishing new stuff from this season: Rick Geary’s acclaimed Lindbergh Child, Neil Kleid’s Brownsville, Shane White’s North Country, Jesse Lonergan’s Flower & Fade, Naomi Nowak’s Unholy Kinship. We plan on having Ted Rall up next, Richard Moore’s Boneyard and more as we go! Stay tuned.
We also plan to go with other such companies and not just mobile, we’ll have announcements soon on that.
Just another way to enjoy our good stuff. Go check it out!
August 26, 2009 by NBM
Mijeong, a Korean manhwa, got a couple of reviews recently:
“very thought provoking. It touches on some serious issues and treats them with respect”
The Feminist Review
“The stories in Mijeong work like poetry, evoking senses, feelings, that neither the words nor the images alone accomplish. Breathtaking artwork.”
New City (Chicago alt. paper)
August 26, 2009 by Neil Kleid
Greg McElhatton gives THE BIG KAHN a kickass review here.
“The Big Kahn is easily Kleid’s best work to date as a writer; it’s clever and gripping, and there are a couple of turns in the story as it heads towards the conclusion that genuinely surprised me even as they still made sense. This feels in many ways like a turning point in Kleid’s career, and I know I’m not the only one who is eager to see whatever Kleid’s next project is based off of the strength of this graphic novel. It’s a strong slice-of-life story that makes you think, and I’m happy with that. Highly recommended.”
August 25, 2009 by Neil Kleid
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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
August 25, 2009 by shane white
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.In 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!
August 25, 2009 by NBM
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.”
“Well written, well drawn, with characters you can understand and sympathize with. Grade: 8/10″
August 24, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
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.
August 24, 2009 by NBM
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.”