Back to the Beginning

Just after I graduated college I lived in Chicago for a couple of years, and I had this notion of doing comics. I spent about a year working on this silly superhero comic that I thought was about all sorts of things (the rise of multinationalism and the corporatization of the media), but was really about nothing. I had a friend named Brad, who I talked comics with. I showed him this superhero comic, and over drinks at a bar, he said, “You shouldn’t do any more comics like that. It’s not very good.”

And as soon as he said it I knew he was right.

Which started me off on a whole new direction. I had this idea comics that worked more like poems or songs. No need for a narrative. No need for character names. The only goal was to get at an emotion as raw and pure and undiluted as possible. There were some successes, and some failures.

And it was these comics that lead to my first book with NBM, Flower and Fade. The title of which was taken from D.H. Lawrence:

“Life and love are life and love, a bunch of violets is a bunch of violets, and to drag in the idea of a point is to ruin everything. Live and let live, love and let love, flower and fade, and follow the natural curve, which flows on, pointless.”

I was very serious.

01 These Days

Our graphic novels on iPhone!

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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!

September: Joe & Azat and Eurotica brings back out The Story of O

In September, as solicited for presently in comics shops, NBM presents Jesse (Flower & Fade) Lonergan’s next GN:

JOE & AZAT
Jesse LONERGAN
Joe is an American in the strange land of Turkmenistan who finds a good friend in Azat, a Turkmen dreamer whose optimism knows no bounds. With tales of doomed desert cab rides, nights of endless vodka shots, unlikely Turkmen business schemes, and secret girlfriends, Lonergan captures not only the bizarreness of living in a country where the president for life launches copies of his poetry books into space, outlaws gold teeth and renames the months and days, but also reveals that there is hope in seemingly hopeless situations. Based loosely on Lonergan’s Peace Corps experience in the former Soviet republic.
6×9, 104 pp., B&W trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-570-2

Jesse’s been blogging regularly about this book and other musings. This is an entertaining travelog of sorts, a great bit of escape into the wilds of the world (see the preview pages). If you’ve missed his Flower & Fade, check it out. It’s about a relationship that comes and goes. Sounds run of the mill, right? Well, it’s how Jesse handles it that’s, once again, quite entertaining and different. See the previews.

Also of note this September is Eurotica bringing back out the long out of print classic The Story of O as adapted to comics by erotic comics master Guido Crepax. We started Eurotica back in the late eighties with this great masterpiece of bondage and sold tens of thousands of copies in a few volumes over the years. But this time we’re doing it as an omnibus, as they like to call ’em now, and a handsome clothbound edition as we did for First Time.

With all the bunk readily available in adult on the net, Eurotica continues to provide something worth actually keeping on your shelf:

THE STORY OF O
Pauline REAGE • Guido CREPAX
The classic is back! Pauline Reage’s classic of submission and bondage shocked the world when it came out in the fifties. The great Italian erotic comics artist Crepax then adapted it into comics in the mid seventies. Eurotica started with this book and sold tens of thousands of copies in a multi-volume edition. The story of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer who, out of love for her man, is willingly blindfolded, chained, whipped, branded, pierced, and taken by many men in all ways, O is one of the all-time great classics of erotic literature and Crepax’ adaptation stands equally as one the great classics of erotic comics. Out of print for some years, it is now brought back in a beautiful, library-worthy omnibus edition with gold stamped jacket and cloth.
8 1/2 x 11, 176pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-573-3

See more including preview pages (go to Coming Up, you must be over 18)