Vatican Hustle and Elephant Man on sale for $3!

Greg Houston’s outrageous books are now on sale for a low $3 each! Come and get ’em before they all disappear! And we do mean disappear as in 90 days, there will be no more…

ELEPHANT MAN

VATICAN HUSTLE

If you haven’t had a chance to taste the darkest of humors along with the most grotesque (yet brilliant) of art,  now’s your chance at an incredible price before we sell it all off!

And by the way, we still have some graphic novels also available on sale at $3 which are some amazing deals: find Peter Kuper, Prado, Ted Rall and more with books worth up to $22 at ONLY $3!! And there’s some erotica still remaining on sale as well including from Jordi Bernet!

Come meet us at MoCCA!

If you’re coming to the MoCCA Show at the Armory on Lexington and 25th this weekend, make sure to stop by and say hi. We’ll have Twitter specials! Meet:

Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville who’ll appear on Sunday.

Greg Houston of the outrageous Vatican Hustle and Elephant Man (he can be pretty outrageous himself), who’ll be there Saturday.

Rick Parker the slyly amusing multifaceted artist behind our sister publishaing co. Papercutz’ success with the Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and Papercutz Slices’ parodies of Harry Potter and Twilight. He’ll be there both days, not only at our tables but at his own right behind us!

Of course, we’ll have the latest Salvatore, the splendiferous Sky Over the Louvre just out, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Rick Geary books, the whole line-up of Dungeon in case you’re missing anything… and all the Smurfs which have been all the rage among comics fans!

AND keep us on your Twitter radar as it were as we’ll be running show specials just for our Twitter followers!

Come say hi at tables J4, K4A towards the front, left as you come in…

NBM at MoCCA: Neil Kleid, Greg Houston & our new stuff.

For those of you in NYC, this weekend is a big one for indie comics presses: the annual MoCCA Show at the Armory on Lexington and 25th.

This year we’ll have 3 artists appearing:

Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville who’ll appear on Sunday.

Greg Houston of the outrageous Vatican Hustle and Elephant Man (he can be pretty outrageous himself), who’ll be there Saturday.

Rick Parker the slyly amusing multifaceted artist behind our sister publishaing co. Papercutz’ success with the Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid and Papercutz Slices’ parodies of Harry Potter and Twilight. He’ll be there both days, not only at our tables but at his own right behind us!

Of course, we’ll have the latest Salvatore, the splendiferous Sky Over the Louvre just out, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Rick Geary books, the whole line-up of Dungeon in case you’re missing anything… and all the Smurfs which have been all the rage among comics fans!

Come say hi at tables J4, K4A towards the front, left as you come in…

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.”

Wilson interviewed in Japan, The Beat on Dungeon, GNR on Axe-Man: news & reviews this week

Graphic Novel Reporter on Geary’s The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans:

“Geary shows the same flair for pacing and drama here as he did in the other volumes in this series and in his nine-volume A Treasury of Victorian Murder series. He builds the tension by slowly revealing the facts, using a journalistic tone of voice that rarely dips into sensationalism. He allows his art to show the horrors of murder, with dramatic shadows, wide-angle shots, and close-ups all used to good effect. Geary’s black-and-white palette and line shading give the right historical feel to his tales, and he has a sharp eye for the details of a time period. That, combined with his historical research, makes his story all the more horrific as the reality of it is impossible to escape.”
Snow Wildsmith (gotta love that name)

Eric Hobbs of The Broadcast is interviewed on ‘My Friend Amy’s Blog.”

Heidi McDonald on The Beat says of Dungeon:

“A sprawling satirical fantasy about anthropomorphic warriors in a magical, ludicrous kingdom. It’s a darkly whimsical epic that’s a mash-up of D&D, Cerebus, Groo and any number of works by headliners Trondheim and Joann Sfar.

And she goes on to present a whole bunch of pages…

Sean Michael Wilson of our forthcoming The Story of Lee got a great piece in the English language Japan Times. A great way to find out more about him. He has quite a few GNs out this year, including AX:Alternative Manga which was chosen as a top GN of the year. He’s a Scot expat in Japan, now heavily steeped in manga… interesting story.

Oh, and an amusing quote of the week on Elephant Man from Now Read This:

“Warning: this book contains Six-foot talking flies and shaved, car-racing monkeys.”

Do we need to quote any other part of this review? 😀

Elephant man:’Better than Mad.’

“Houston’s grotesque and arty black and white takes getting used to—everyone looks worse than Lynda Barry’s nastiest caricatures, especially the city’s REAL superheroes: the Big Hair Tough Girls and their moms. But somehow it works. VERDICT Houston grabs a bunch of clichés and weaves them into something that ends up surprising, inventive, and perversely attractive. For teens and up who find Mad magazine too tame.”

School Library Journal

News & views: Elephant Man in Booklist and The Broadcast nominated.

The Broadcast is nominated for Best Graphic Novel for Teens by the Young Adult  Library Services Association (YALSA). While this GN is not targeted at teens per se, it is good for all ages from teen up. We look forward to making the final cut.

Greg Houston‘s Elephant Man gets reviewed by Booklist:

“Superhero parodies don’t get any loopier than this. the story is carried by Houston’s skillfully exaggerated artwork, which deftly mines every bit of the tale’s grotesque humor.”

See you at NY Comic-con!

NBM and Papercutz will be sharing a corner booth #2304 at the upcoming New York Comic-Con October 8-10 at the Javitts Convention Center. Upwards of 70,000 visitors are expected and we’ll have a busy booth of authors signing from both companies! Besides having our latest books to show and sell, here’s our schedule of appearances on authors you can meet which will include Neil Kleid of The Big Kahn and Brownsville, Greg Houston of Elephant Man and Vatican Hustle. On Papercutz‘ side, we’ll have Rick Parker and Stefan Petrucha who’ve done the best-selling Tales from the Crypt‘s Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, the infamous new Harry Potty spoof, and Nancy Drew:

Friday October 8th

10:00 to 11:00AM        Stefan Petrucha and Neil Kleid

11:00AM to 12:00PM      Greg Houston and Rick Parker

1:00 to 2:30PM          Stefan Petrucha

2:30 to 4:00PM          Neil & Greg

4:00 to 5:30PM          Stefan and Rick

Saturday October 9th

 11:00AM to 12:30PM      Stefan

1:30 to 3:00PM          Rick & Greg

3:30to 5:00PM           Stefan

5:00 to 6:30PM          Rick & Greg 

Sunday October 10th     

10:30AM to 12:00PM      Greg & Rick

12:00 to 1:30PM         Neil

1:30 to 3:00PM          Stefan

A gush over A Home for Mr. Easter + more

Calling it “Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment”, School Library Journal in their latest issue goes on:

“The artwork is energetic with a rock-solid understanding of cartooning and kineticism … with an unusual protagonist and showcasing a quirky new voice in comics.”

…Rock-solid understanding… and Brooke is all of maybe 22, fresh out of college? Oh, yeah. And we agree! That’s why this book is awesome!

And Mr. Hornswoggler is back, this time on Elephant Man by Greg Houston:

“Every generation, and every art, needs wild men. If an art is lucky, it can get one every generation — but it can’t count on that. Comics, still an outsider form eighty years later, has more wild men than most — Fletcher Hanks, Bob Burden, Jim Woodring, Tony Millionaire, Marc Hansen — but that never means that there isn’t room for a new one.

Greg Houston is the newest wild man of comics, with plots that nearly out-odd Burden and art that rivals Basil Wolverton or Drew Friedman in its taste for grotesques.

His off-center inventiveness and gleeful squalor will appeal to those of us tired of the same old pretty punch-em-up types.”

“I haven’t gotten too far into Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s Broadcast yet, but I’m impressed with Tuazon’s loose style and the care with which Hobbs is setting up his story. The characters have all emerged as individuals with strong personalities, and good and evil are sharply delineated. Tuazon’s art is washy and atmospheric, and he does a great job of setting the scene, including small details such as a set table or a scarecrow on a rainy night.”

Says Brigid Alverson over at Robot 6.

SPX: wow! love the energy.

Just back from the SPX show this last weekend, held in Bethesda. Saturday was amazing. A crowded big hotel conference room full of people eager to get the latest exciting indie comics.

The energy and enthusiasm was palpable as we blew through all the Dungeon books we brought within 2 hours, sold out of our premier of The Broadcast and sold a lot of A Home for Mr. Easter and Greg Houston’s books Vatican Hustle and his new Elephant Man.

Eric Hobbs had flewn in from Indiana for the occasion and we also had Brooke Allen up from Savannah and Greg Houston from… Baltimore all busy signing. Brooke had cute little pins to give away and had made little Mr. Easter figurines which she painted right there for people.

What impressed me the most, after not having been able to go the last couple of years myself (our artists took care of the NBM tables themselves), was a clear turnaround in attitude where in the past many were shy to spend more than a buck or two at a time on mini-comics and kinda stared at the graphic novels. Now they were there to get the latest GNs even if they were, as some publishers do them, at more than $25. Of course, great preference was given to those that the artists could be there to sign (which is why the early blow out of Dungeon took me by surprise, we’ll come better armed next year- oddly enough though we couldn’t sell Little Nothings. Go figure).

Thanks to ever-charming Brooke, Eric and Greg, all very good at engaging the fans, in helping to make this an exciting event to be at.

See ya there next year!