NBM for May: A new Treasury of Murder set!

NBM’s offerings for May are all kinds of macabre. We have a new set featuring some of the best of our long running Treasury of Murder series. The set will release first in comic shops months before anywhere else! It’s a great way to jump start a collection with these carefully researched, and painstakingly accurate portrayals of some of the most fascinating murders in American history.

Murder Set

A TREASURY OF MURDER HARDCOVER SET

Lovers Lane, Famous Players, The Murder of Lincoln

Rick Geary

Early release for comic shops!

This specially priced banded set of hardcovers provides an engrossing, illustrated journey into true crime classics of the late Victorian era and early XXth Century, including three works in Rick Geary’s increasingly storied treasury of murder—Famous Players, about the murder of a prominent silent movie director and resulting scandal in early Hollywood, Lovers Lane, the shady date spot where the corpses of a Reverend and a respected townswoman were found holding hands, and one of the most famous assassinations in American history: the murder of Abraham Lincoln. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.

6×9, 240pp., set of 3 hardcovers, $39.99

 ISBN  9781681120621

Diamond Order Code: MAR161575

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Geary’s Treasury of Murder collection expands to the Twentieth century and the first “crime of the century” is the result of a love triangle turned deadly. Rick Geary delves into the lives of famous architect Stanford White, showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, and  her husband Harry K. Thaw. Madison Square Tragedy is available now in stores everywhere. It is also available to order in this month’s Diamond Previews.

MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY
The Murder of Stanford White
Rick Geary

Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.

6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99

 ISBN 9781561637621
Diamond Order Code: AUG131377 

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Also essential for a Rick Geary collection is historical fiction graphic novel where he reimagines his favorite film actress, Louise Brooks, recounting her time in Kansas following her break from acting. Louise Brooks, Detective is available in stores everywhere and also through Diamond Previews.

LOUISE BROOKS

LOUISE BROOKS, Detective
Rick Geary

Stepping away for a bit from his growing and impressive body of work in the Treasury of Murder true crime series, Geary creates a fictional story around a favorite actress: Louise Brooks. Spun around her actual brief meteoric career as a smoldering film actress who popularized bangs, Geary fantasizes about her coming back to her home town of Wichita where she becomes intrigued by a murder involving a friend, a famous reclusive writer and a shady beau. Not before she gets herself in great danger will she emerge with the solution the police fails to grasp!

6×9, 80pp., B&W, hardcover, $15.99

ISBN 9781561639526

Diamond Order Code: MAR151423

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For more information on Rick Geary’s NBM work, visit our website.

To order, visit your local comic book store and ask for March’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

A bevy of reviews

First off, for The Big Khan, a rave from Tony Isabella of Comics Buyers Guide:

“Riveting. The emotions that drive this graphic novel make it a genuine page-turner with a satisfying conclusion. With admiration for Kleid’s riveting story and Cinquegrani’s deft realization of the characters and locations with which he has brought that story to life, The Big Kahn earns the full five out of five Tonys. It’s a masterpiece.”

Comic Mix on Rall’s Year of Loving Dangerously:

“Much of the strength in this remarkable account comes from Pablo G Callejo’s artwork. The Spanish artist keenly captures the look and feel of New York City during the go-go Reagan years. His people are wonderfully varied and his attention to detail is excellent, from clothing to color. His artwork is ideally suited for this cautionary tale and made reading it a lot easier.
This is an important work in that it lays bare a man’s life and shows how easily things can go awry and why society needs safety nets.”

Susan Boslough of Playbackstl, provides an interesting insight on Rick Geary’s Famous Players:

“Geary provides a nice overview of the case as well as sketching in some background about early Hollywood, and he has the dramatist’s instinct for maintaining the reader’s interest by carefully timing the release of crucial information.
Each chapter of Famous Players is introduced by a “Stars of the Photoplay” image of a famous actor of the day, one of which has a notable connection with Taylor. Gloria Swanson’s greatest creation, Norma Desmond, was named after William Desmond Taylor and Mabel Normand. The name was aptly chosen, as Desmond’s fictional life in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard encompasses the glory days of the silents while coming to a conclusion even more lurid than anything in either Taylor’s or Normand’s careers.”

And by the way, Famous Players just shipped its paperback edition at $9.95, in time for Xmas!

Seattle’s The Stranger on Vatican Hustle by Greg Houston:

“What’s the art look like? It’s kind of Ralph Steadman-y. Nice and messy and whorl-y. I like it a lot.
Do you recommend it? Yes. Blaxploitation parodies are definitely played out, but Houston has an alternative enough edge to his work that this book is visually and structurally interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing more work by him.”

They also reviewed Things Undone by Shane White and while they liked the art, thought it came up short, alas.

Praise for Geary’s Famous Players and an interview

School Library Journal pipes in on Geary‘s latest entry to his increasingly popular Treasury of Murder:

“Geary shows how the real people living the Hollywood dream might not have always been what they wanted others to believe. Clothing, hairstyles, and architecture give readers a “you are there” sense, as does the action, which is seen by a somewhat distant observer. An excellent way to introduce teens to the establishment of pop-culture iconography.”

And Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 has an interview of him about this as well as his recent bio of Trotsky.

December: a New Royo and Noami Nowak

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:

MALEFIC
LUIS ROYO
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:

GRAYLIGHT
Naomi NOWAK
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.”
Publishers Weekly
“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:
FAMOUS PLAYERS
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
Rick GEARY
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
HARTMANN

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.

Geary’s Famous Players on IMDb

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.”

VOYA on a bunch of NBM books

Voice Of Youth Advocates (VOYA), an influential professional publication for librarians catering to YA (Young Adult) audiences has reviewed 3 of our books recently:

Of Famous Players by Geary:

“A compelling tale full of jealousy, hatred, loyalty and a murderer who walked away from the crime.”

of Why I Killed Peter:

“Thought-provoking, difficult to put down. It deals with a controversial subject in a unique and absorbing way. The artwork illustrates the tale beautifully, almost poetically.”

of Mijeong:

“The stories are unique and powerful on their own, but together they create a solid theme for the collection. Although this title is definitely for comic readers who enjoy more literary quality in their sequential artwork, it has a larger appeal than the typical literary graphic novel. High school teens and adults will find inspiration here.”

Newsarama on Geary’s Famous Players

 

“Another winning true-crime volume from Rick Geary.  No surprise there, as Geary’s made a long and successful career of this type of comics. 

In addition to presenting all the evidence in a clear and precise narrative, Geary’s art is perfectly suited to this type of factual accounting.  His representational pen-and-ink drawings couch the events in historically accurate and detailed drawings of the world and times of the murder. 

He’s a splendid visual storyteller, moving his “camera” around to capture aspects of a crime scene perfectly.  Hand-drawn diagrams enforce key points, such as the approach the murderer likely took to Taylor’s house or the angle of the bullet when it penetrated the victim’s coat and vest.”

See the complete review on Newsarama. See more information and previews.