NBM for October: Fall deeply in love with THE STORY OF LEE, VOL. 2

The Story Continues!

Sean Michael Wilson returns with the next installment of THE STORY OF LEE. Matt and Lee’s relationship reaches new levels as the pair head to UK where a new life awaits. The series explores the intricacies of international love, one that crosses barriers of country, culture, and language. Well known Japanese artist, Nami Tamura, provides the art for this volume.

THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2

THE STORY OF LEE – Volume 2

Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura

Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha.

5 x 7.5, 160pp., B&W, trade paperback.: $11.99

ISBN 9781561639731

Diamond Order Code:  AUG151611

Previews

 

Author Sean Michael Wilson is blogging about the progress, see his posts here on the NBM Blog!

 

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in August’s Diamond Previews Magazine.
Don’t miss THE STORY OF LEE- Volume 1 to get caught up on this love story.

Comics Bulletin said “I very much enjoyed ‘ The Story of Lee.’ It took me to a place I’d never been before – not just Hong Kong, which Wilson and Kutsuwada bring vividly to life. But equally as interesting was the way that the creators explore the worlds of their interesting and complex characters. It’s the worlds of these characters that makes ‘The Story of Lee’ so memorable.” The world of today is so connected as young people are branching out and exploring the world, coming in contact with diverse cultures outside of their comfort zone. Watch how the relationship blossoms between Matt and Lee, from their first meeting to dealing with others’ perceptions of their cross-cultural courtship. Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada.

THE STORY OF LEE, Vol.1

THE STORY OF LEE, Vol .1

Sean Michael Wilson & Chie Kutsuwada

Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s Dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a Chinese young man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide creating good sparks… and bad ones.

5 x 71/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-594-8

Diamond Order Code: OCT101070

For previews, interviews, or to buy the book from our website- click here.

Ephemeral Tidbits – New Reviews For NBM Favorites

It’s always nice to see that a book lives on beyond it’s release date.  Hopefully being shared and recommended to like minded readers.

Teacher Librarian Magazine‘s Joe Sutliff Sanders recently took a look at Sean Michael Wilson and Chie Kutsuwada’s The Story of Lee commenting:

“Drawn with the iconic faces and screen-tones manga aficionados cherish, and written with the sensitivity to the passion of first love, The Story of Lee is a story to move any heart.

Several months after it’s release, Ernie Colón’s Inner Sanctum is still gathering new readers.

“Colón demonstrates his considerable talents and offer(s) sufficient chills to interest even the most jaded horror comics fan…Essentially, Inner Sanctum serves as a showcase for the extraordinary Colón.”

The SF Site

“The stories are a mix of psychological horror (the kind where there’s always a rational explanation for the most irrational-seeming events) and fantasy horror (the kind where the devil really does walk the earth, and vampires are not just the product of overheated, virginal imaginations), with the more successful playing with the boundaries between the two genres. This is a fun volume to read, particularly if you have nostalgic bent.”

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“Renowned for his intuitive ability to spot the blacks and the use of contrast to help build atmosphere…Colón’s art alone is worth the price of admission.”

Broken Frontier

Altering the support of sounds for the support of pictures is only part of Colón’s work here: his choices of panels and perspectives come to the fore to create a new—but loyal—way of experiencing what started as actor’s voices.

School Library Journal

“It’s fun to see Colón attempting Warren-style horror again, and at the least, the overall gruesomeness and cleverness of these stories might drive some readers to rediscover the radio show.”

Foilball.com

And finally, a new look at the Eisner-nominated On The Odd Hours,

“On the Odd Hours is a nifty graphic novel, full of fascinating scenes that highlight the relationship people have with art and why we care so much about it. I’d definitely Recommend you check it out. It’s more thoughtful and clever than you might expect, and it’s a gorgeous looking comic book, which goes a long way!”

Comics Should Be Good!

Kirkus on Sacco: ‘another great contribution to the country’s wealth of graphic lit.”

Well, we were going to highlight some other books this time but NO! Geary’s  Sacco & Vanzetti hogs everyone’s attention! This time with a great review from the influential Kirkus Reviews, putting it in with “The 13 Can’t Miss Graphic Novels of 2011”. Calling him ‘legendary,’ they quote him about the book and state:

“Chalk one more up for the history books and another great contribution to the country’s wealth of graphic lit.”

Here’s another review:

“He researches diligently, then lays out the facts and theories with maps, diagrams, and deadpan narration, easily sucking in the true-crime buff. ”

Paste magazine  giving it a 7. They also reviewed our collection of Little Nothings 1-3:

“Even nerds like me, who frequently love European comics, approach Continental cartoonists deemed “the next great hope” with some reluctance. Surely, their work will be too New Yorker cartoony, too elliptical, too… French. Lewis Trondheim is nothing of the sort, and his Little Nothings series, newly issued in a three-volume set by NBM/ComicsLit, is the sort of book you might want to keep in your bathroom, to dip into from time to time. Think American Elf with a lot less whining.”

On the Story of Lee, Voya, the leading teen librarian review publication says:

“There is much here to like. Lee is quite sympathetic and her straightforward romance with Matt is sweet and believable. Readers will look forward to the next volume in this gentle series.”

Talk at Glasgow

SOL step by stepI came back from Glasgow, where I attended Glasgow Film Festival and talked about manga in general and my work, of course including the Story of Lee,  with Paul Gravett and Sean (via Skype!), last night.

At the talk, I showed this image to the audience and explained my working process.

When I create stories by myself, I automatically know who the main characters are and how they act and react. But when I’m working with the writers, in this case Sean, I need to read the script again and again and again, then digest it until I feel familiar with the characters and understand why they act like as the writer wrote. This process is very very important to me and sometimes it takes me quite long time to go through some scripts.

Once I do this part deeply, the rest is easier. When I’m ready and feel like  I can see what the characters look like and how they move etc, I naturally start making memos and sketches.

At the stage of a page arrangement, one of the most important things for me is the position of speech bubbles. They will lead the eyes of the readers and make a flow of a page and the entire story. So I am very careful where I put them.

Well, I can explain how I do forever so I’ll stop here.

At Glasgow, the talk was successful and I really enjoyed my stay.

Oh if you are around the area, you can buy a copy of the Story of Lee from Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow while the Film festival is on (and you should have lunch at the CCA cafe since they serve some wonderful meals!).

(Chie.K)

“An appealing cross-cultural love story.”

 
 
Story of Lee handles its appealing cross-cultural love story with a deft sweetness.”
Says Bill Sherman of Blogcritics, also on Seattle Post Intelligencer
Salvatore gets a “Highly recommended!” from Sequential Tart with a grade of 8/10.
And yet another review for The Broadcast from Rob Clough over at The Comics Journal. Interestingly, he went in the opposite direction of most. While he was not entirely bowled over by Eric Hobbs’ characterizations, he enthuses over artist Tuazon’s rendition:

“Tuazon’s scribbly, scratchy line is the book’s secret weapon.  He transforms what is otherwise a conventional narrative into a story viewed through a driving rainstorm or distorted sheet of glass.  Everyone is a little fuzzy and instinct, even as he has an uncanny way of providing just enough identifiers for the reader to quickly decode each scene and immediately understand what’s happening and who’s acting.  I’m usually not a huge fan of greyscaling, but Tuazon finds an ideal balance between light and dark.  Tuazon captures both the naturalism of the setting and its characters as well as the expressionistic nature of the human conflict.  In the hands of a lesser artist, The Broadcast might have been trite and too on-the-nose.  Thanks to Tuazon, it has a raw and visceral energy that raises the stakes for the reader.”

Sean Michael Wilson at Anime League

I have been invited to be a ‘creator in residence’ thing on a popular anime/manga website, called ANIME LEAGUE, which has about 20,000 members it seem. And it looks like all of them have posted some questions for me on their forum already!:

http://www.animeleague.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=203&t=125581

So, I better going an answer some… including posting some pages and info about the type of conflict and relationship between the characters in THE STORY OF LEE.

Story of Lee: Young Women Should Eat this One Up.

On Elephant Man by Greg Houston, while Robot 6 on CBR thought it “a bit too self-aware and a bit too in love with how “zany” it is,” Chris Mautner also went on to say: “Still, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t laugh several times and the plot is a lot tighter than [Vatican] Hustle‘s. For those who don’t get easily offended and don’t mind yet another collection of smart-ass jokes about superheroes, Elephant Man will suit you fine.”

The Story of Lee is a pretty strong outing. I am not sure about the crossover appeal, but young women should eat this one up.”

So says cxPulp. And there’s a great article on Sean, the writer of this, in Multiverse #1.

On Miss Don’t Touch Me Vol.2:
“There’s no real reason why a comic soap opera about a virgin dominatrix should be this good, but Hubert’s clever scripts and Kerascoet’s absolutely gorgeous artwork elevate the basic elements in very unexpected ways — a real treasure!”

Worcester Magazine who also reviews Salvatore 1, calling it “An alluring mix of subtle whimsy and over-the-top shenanigans.”

reactions to Story of Lee, Salvatore and The Broadcast

For Salvatore:

“This fun, heartfelt and blithe book is a joy to read and one of the best and most imaginative books NBM has published in recent years.”

Comics Waiting Room

“it’s a solidly entertaining, quiet story of possible love and family entanglements.”

Says Antick Musings of our brand new Story of Lee by Sean Michael Wison and Chie Kutsuwada. In stores now.

“A gripping and original story” says School Library Journal of The Broadcast, although it was less sanguine about the art which some get and some …don’t.

South China Morning Post.

The Hong Kong based newspaper ‘The South China Morning Post’ will feature an interview with me (or someone who looks a lot like me anyway) s. I discuss The Story of Lee a lot in that. Of course, because the story is SET in HK! That is coming out the first week of 2011 i think.

I’m looking forward to seeing The Story of Lee book itself – its on the way to me now. This will be my 15th published book so far, but the joy of seeing the finished book is still with me – and hopefully always will be!

My other book ‘Ax:alternative manga’ continues to do really well. I was just listed as UK chain store Forbidden Planet’s best manga of 2010, and critic Deb Aoki noted that no less then TEN critics lists feature it – making it, by her count, the 4th most highly praised book of all manga published this
year!

nice…

Sean

Season’s greetings from Chie and a thing about The Stoty of Lee

Hi everyone. Let me introduce myself a bit first. I’m Chie and I’m the illustrator of The Story of Lee, forthcoming book about a meeting of a girl and a boy in lost in translation culture mixture.

I just wanted to say hi to you all and wishing a great holiday season and a new year, so I picked up today to post my first entry here.

Also, I’d like to show some pictures of an exhibition in London, which just finished. The Story of Lee was hugely included in this exhibition, That’s Novel! was on for a month at London Print Studio.

The exhibition was successful and the opening night was packed.

The image from the cover of the book and illustrated explanation of how I built up pages from the script by Sean Michael Wilson was printed in huge size and displayed like this.

SOLexhibition

Also, I had been asked to provide some full body images of the main characters and I did this (part of the full body image) …

Then the people at the studio made them into this!

This image was displayed the window of the gallery with the other artists’ characters.

Nice!!

At the PV, some people came up to me and told that they love what I exhibited. I hope they love book.. well I’m quite sure they’ll do!

Ok, enough of me. Nice to see (?) you all and hope I post before long!!

Meanwhile, have a happy happy new year!

*:..。o○☆ *:..。o○☆ *:..。o○☆ *:..。o○☆ *:.

P.S. I’m sorry in advance if my English is shaky! It’s not my mother tongue so please forgive me! Hope you understand me ok…