Bleeding Cool has named Street View as their pick for the Eisner Award for Best Publication Design stating that, “This book, like a jellyfish, has no spine. And I think it’s such a unique book because of it! Two different stories sandwiched together by two hard covers, spread out like a painted accordion, definitely provides a different reading experience. While I can foresee complications if not handled properly, I think the design is superb, and Rabate knew what he was doing while presenting it as a “wordless play.””
“An invaluable reference for creating personal graphic novel reading lists.”
– Midwest Book Review
“The selections feel pretty representative of what you can find out there and there were quite a few I was not familiar with before.”
– Sequential Tart
“Considering the staggering amount of collected comic art out there, this ongoing project deserves to be recognized.”
– Blog Critics
Bleeding Cool has named Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. as their pick for the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication stating that, “I first became aware of Benton’s comics through Reddit, where he would constantly be upvoted to the front page with his latest comics. From there I eagerly awaited every update, and kept myself amused by browsing his archives. To have a collection of his best works available in one collection is a huge victory for humanity, for he has a talent for illustrating some truly laugh out loud stuff that tickles everyone’s funny bones. The fact he doesn’t rely on one style of illustration keeps things fresh, and makes him a chameleon in comics.”
“As with many of the Dungeon volumes, the two stories are illustrated by separate artists: Alfred and Mazan, neither of which was familiar to this reader. Their cartoony styles are close enough to not be distracting, though Mazan displays a slightly lighter hand. In a series like this, you need to be capable of drawing small comic character moments and fully-stuffed bloody battle sequences, and both artists are up to the task. Twisted heroic fantasy and funny animals – what’s not to like?”
– Blog Critics
We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.
But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.
Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Did you enjoy the art of Beauty? Miss Don’t Touch Me? Right now when you spend $30 in the NBM store you can get an exclusive print from Kerascoet, the artist behind Miss Don’t Touch Me and Beauty! If you buy $50 worth of books, you can get the print signed by the artist! Sorry, the print is not available on its own.
This is the latest edition in our long running collectible print offer. Jim Benton (Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats), Rick Geary (A Treasury of Murder), Margreet de Heer ( A Discovery in Comics series), Stan Mack ( Taxes, The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels) prints are all available now! One print per order, while supplies last. To see the other prints and learn more about the offer visit our website.
This offer is available on phone orders and at conventions as well, make sure you ask for it when ordering!
Here’s what critics have been saying about our releases:
All Star by Jesse Lonergan
Nominated for the 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
“I really enjoy the clean and simple lines of All Star’s art. Lonergan doesn’t spend time showing off how great he is by taking attention away from the story. Every line, every shadow, and every face servers a purpose and that purpose is to tell a story. And, the story is a thing of beauty.”
– The Outhousers
“The pieces in question range from single-panel gags to short sequential pieces, but the thing they share in common is the level of intelligence and cleverness on display. He is consistently darkly funny, often touching a chord with a tough truth at the heart of the cartoon…It’s a damn-near perfect encapsulation of the entitlement generation. The whole book is worth your time.”
– Comics Waiting Room
“The humor is a mix of subtle and in your face, is frequently laugh out loud funny and often surprising.”
– Pop Culture Guy
“It was marvelously entertaining, because Benton is obviously insane, or insanely creative…genuinely original and very entertaining, which was a welcome surprise.”
– San Angelo Standard-Times
“Fiendishly delightful, twisted, surprising, and even a little tragic.”
– Midwest Book Review
“I love this series! A comedy paranormal spoof with a serious plot makes it total fun!”
– It’s All Comic To Me
We are packing up our bags and headed direct to Maryland for the Small Press Expo.
At our table will be all our recent graphic novels available for sale. You can be sure to find something for everyone. From Patrick Atangan’s Invincible Days to Jesse Lonergan’s All Star. Our ComicsArt line brings us Family Ties, Glacial Period, and a new edition to the Louvre Collection: Phantoms of the Louvre, and more! And who can forget the New York Times‘ Jim Benton and his Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
All of these are eligible for a free print with qualifying purchase. Patrick Atangan even sent over some special giclee prints from Invincible Days, those are available in limited quantity with a qualifying Atangan purchase! Stop by to browse through our books, pick up some presents for yourself or others, and leaf through our upcoming releases!
Our table is F1-F2.
See you there…
For more information about the Small Press Expo, see their website.
Cartoonist Jim Benton (best known for It’s Happy Bunny) released his first collection of web cartoons, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. through NBM. And based on the reactions from some of the critics out there, you’re missing out if you don’t check it out.
“Each page of his Dog Butts … features a different comic, some simple one-panel cartoons, some multi-panel gag strips. The art styles employed are so incredibly different that many of them look like they’re the works of different cartoonists, with Benton affecting different design styles, different lines, different color schemes, different lettering and even different types of jokes throughout.
There are a few that aren’t even jokes, but look like greeting cards, and read as heartwarming, if saccharine, affirmative statements. Some are dark and twisted the way some of the most memorable Perry Bible Fellowship cartoons were. Sometimes he works blue. Sometimes he presents work tame enough that it could appear on a newspaper comics page. Other times he presents perfect, wordless one-panel gags that look like better-drawn installments of Gary Larson’s Far Side.
Everything about the book is all over the map except, perhaps, for its level of quality.”
– Robot 6
“The pieces in question range from single-panel gags to short sequential pieces, but the thing they share in common is the level of intelligence and cleverness on display. He is consistently darkly funny, often touching a chord with a tough truth at the heart of the cartoon…The whole book is worth your time.”
– Comics Waiting Room
“From the sketchy to the hyper detailed to the super cartoony, Benton is a master at his craft…It’s silly and ridiculous and entirely enjoyable!“
“I found myself mentally comparing it to the great gag cartoonist books of my youth…As a jokester, Benton is as capable of coming up with a silly boob joke as he is a darkly comic riff on existential angst.”
– Seattle P-I
Jim signs a copy of Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. at Booth 1714 for a fan.