San Diego Comic-Con Premieres and Signing Schedule; Omaha The Cat Dancer‘s Reed Waller To Make First Convention Appearance in 20 Years!

NBM PUBLISHING • BOOTH 1714

This week the annual San Diego Comic-Con kicks off and NBM will be there at Booth 1714 with the premieres of the long awaited final eighth volume of Omaha The Cat Dancer, the first volume of Zombillenium, as well as a rare appearance by Omaha co-creator Reed Waller and signing opportunities from Rick Geary and Ted Rall.

The Complete OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, Vol. 8
By Reed Waller, Kate Worley & James Vance

(ADULTS ONLY)

Omaha and Chuck struggle to put the tangled past behind them while political corruption and a tightening police investigation threaten to destroy their future and ensnare their loved ones. This volume contains the long-awaited conclusion to the internationally acclaimed sexy soap opera for adults, in which mysteries are solved, painful sacrifices are made and the lovely cat dancer takes a final turn on the stage. All-new and never before collected, Volume 8 was drawn by legendary Omaha creator Reed Waller and written by his beloved late co-creator Kate Worley, in collaboration with James Vance.

We’ll also have a specially priced bundle of The Complete Omaha The Cat Dancer which will include all 8 volumes for $89.99 (normally $107.00)

http://www.omahathecatdancer.com/

(ADULTS ONLY)

ZOMBILLENIUM: Vol.1: Gretchen
By Arthur de Pins

“A satire in the NBM tradition of BONEYARD and DUNGEON”

Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

 

We also will have four lithographs featuring the art of Stan Mack, Rick Geary, Kevin Taylor and Cornnell Clarke.  All have been designed exclusively as prints and you can select one with a $30 purchase or a signed one for $50.

APPEARANCE SCHEDULE (Booth 1714)

THURSDAY:

  • 3 pm – 5 pm – Ted Rall
  • 5 pm – 7 pm – Rick Geary

FRIDAY:

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Rick Geary
  • 1 pm – 3 pm – Reed Waller
  • 3 pm – 5 pm – Reed Waller / Ted Rall
  • 5 pm – 7 pm – Reed Waller

SATURDAY

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Reed Waller
  • 3 pm – 5 pm – Reed Waller / Rick Geary
  • 5 pm – 7 pm – Reed Waller

SUNDAY

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Reed Waller / Rick Geary

 

 

Tom Paine, propagandist

I was at NBM’s booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con promoting my Taxes, The Tea Party… book. I was also on two panels, one called Progressive Political Cartooning hosted by journalist and critic Douglas Wolk, the other on Comics and Journalism in a New Era put together by Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly. Both panels featured young cartoonists (much younger than me) working as political reporters taking on serious topics and, in some cases, being advocates for the causes they’re covering. As they spoke, I reflected on the different uses of comics journalism.

I thought back to my time as a weekly cartoonist-reporter for the Village Voice. First, I had to overcome the expectation that if you worked in panels you were supposed to be funny. True, my early topics were more lighthearted, but more and more, I covered newsworthy events.

For example, look at one of my comic strips from 1989. Squatters in New York’s East Village have gathered to decide whether a homeless couple, Beth and Pete, should be accepted into the building. Beth and Pete wait outside the door. I was inside.

I was biased toward the squatters (some of whom were my friends), who were fighting the good fight, challenging the city and real estate interests by occupying abandoned buildings in a low-income neighborhood. They were protesting the displacement of the poor and the gentrification of the neighborhood. But, as in all movements, there was dissension in the ranks. Some saw the humanity of Beth and Pete’s situation, others acted like members of a co-op board from the Upper East Side.

My comics coverage was the only consistent inside view of the lives of these activists. Most of the media showed up on riot day. Some of the squatters would get pissed off when my strips didn’t toe the party line. But i wasn’t trying to be a propagandist for the movement—not that there isn’t a fine tradition of journalistic provocation in this country.

That point reminded me of Tom Paine as he appears in my book.

Paine was a brilliant and passionate writer whose work actually did something many pundits and advocates must fantasize about: His words changed people’s minds, and inspired them to get off their bottoms and take action. That has got to be a propagandist’s dream. But it wasn’t mine. I was trying to be a good reporter.

NBM’s Signing schedule for San Diego: Geary & Rall

Here’s our schedule of appearances at our booth this year where Rick Geary will be signing his hot off the press Sacco & Vanzetti book -including the beautifully bound very limited edition- and let’s hope he gets the Eisner!

  10:30-noon 1-2:30 2:30-4 4-5:30 5:30-7
           
Wednesday          
Thursday Geary   Rall Geary  
Friday      Geary Rall  
Saturday   Geary   Rall Geary
Sunday Geary        

NBM in San Diego: a bunch of premieres!

NBM has a number of show premieres at the San Diego Comicon this year:

  • First is Rick Geary’s The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti, the latest in his Treasury of XXth Century Murder. Besides Geary signing the regular clothbound edition, there will also be an edition limited to only 25 copies and available only directly from NBM of which some copies will be available at this show. Geary is a nominee for an Eisner this year for his last Treasury tome: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.

  • Kinky & Cosy, an outrageous collection of gags in a very striking hardcover with google eyes will be unveiled for the very first time, flown in from the printer! We’ve been featuring many strips of this highly subversive duo of 8 year old twins.

  • A little paperback preview of Ernie Colon’s next exciting project, The Inner Sanctum, will be made available for a mere $1 as well as a show exclusive -identified as such- 25 copies signed and numbered by him for $5. The graphic novel, out by December, features adaptations of the old famous horror and mystery NBC radio show.

  • Also, the very first few copies of the all-new 4th volume of Lewis Trondheim’s highly acclaimed Little Nothings will be available for sale. We’ve only a few copies to bring, sure to go fast!

Appearing at the booth besides Geary will be  controversial cartoonist Ted Rall.

San Diego pictures part 2, or is it 3?

Miran Kim (who did the X-Files comics covers for Topps and recently a spoof of Twilight in Tales from the Crypt 8), was nice enough to send some great pictures she took:

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Legendary Ron Turner of Last Gasp came by to sit with us for a bit at the Papercutz booth. That’s me with him.

Back to the dinner (see last post):

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Me with Rick Geary and wife Deborah.

Everybody doing a better job of smiling here:

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Again, from left to right: Patrick Turner our booth mgr., Ted Rall, friend and wife of Rick Geary, Terry Nantier, Miran Kim, Sean Michael Wilson, Mark Badger and son.

San Diego: work and party

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San Diego is an exhausting experience but thrilling oftentimes as well.  It’s great to hear from fans about their excitement on certain series or even to hear ‘what a great publishing company you are!” For all the hard work, such compliments are music to my ears. Also, many of our authors that we publish we first started talking to at this show, from Geary to Shane White.

And so, every year, we celebrate our authors in a dinner get together where we all unwind and have a good time together.

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Here from right to left is Rick Geary with wife and friend, Ted Rall. On the other side Mark Badger.

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And here from left to right: Miran Kim, Badger and son. The other side: Patrick Turner, our booth mgr., Stephanie McMillan, Ted Rall, Geary facing away and co.

One you can barely see in the top picture behind Miran is Sean Michael Wilson, who just did AX, alternative manga at Top Shelf and is about to do with  us Story of Lee. He’s a Scot living in Japan. You can imagine the stories he regaled us with in his rich accent.

And now back to the daily task of getting out those books you want from us and see you at the next show (SPX in Washington in September where this time I plan to attend, hadn’t been able to in a few years).

San Diego: some pics

Some pictures from San Diego last week:

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The authors of Networked: Carabella on the Run which we premiered at the show, Gerard Jones and Mark Badger. Talking with Gerry is Sean Michael Wilson of Story of Lee.

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A wider view of our booth. Ted Rall and Richard Moore are signing. Moore had to call off coming because he was so sick but finally struggled in on Saturday. Also in the booth, Patrick Turner our booth manager, thanks to Patrick for a terrific job. Further behind is Deborah Pierce of Privacy Activism Organization on hand to help promote the new Networked book.

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And there’s our sister company Papercutz who had Papa Smurf going around the show to promote its new series of Smurfs graphic novels this fall. Here he’s posing with Terry Nantier, president of the company.

All in all, however, not a good show, we have to say. The aisles around the indie publishers were sparsely populated for too much of the show. The big budget movies are taking over the show and it felt like indie comics lovers have been turned off to coming. What a shame…

San Diego: Who’s appearing when at the NBM Booth

  NBM author appearance schedule        
             
  10:30-noon 1-2:30 2:30-4 4-5:30 5:30-7 7-8:30
             
Wednesday           Rall
Thursday   Moore Wilson; Rall Geary;Jones Moore  
Friday Moore Badger/Jones Wilson; Geary Rall; Moore Badger/Jones  
Saturday Badger/Jones Wilson Rall; Moore Badger/Jones Moore; Geary  
Sunday Rall Badger/Jones        

 

Some slight changes from last post on this.

We’ll be having Mark Badger and Gerard Jones in to launch Networked: Carabella on the Run hot off the press, Ted Rall, Richard Moore (Boneyard), Rick Geary, and Sean Michael Wilson signing an ashcan of his forthcoming Story of Lee

Our authors appearance schedule for San Diego

Here’s our schedule of our authors appearing at our booth #1528 in San Diego next week. We’ll be having Mark Badger and Gerard Jones in to launch Networked: Carabella on the Run hot off the press, Ted Rall, Richard Moore (Boneyard), Rick Geary, and Sean Michael Wilson signing an ashcan of his forthcoming Story of Lee.

  10:30-noon 1-2:30 2:30-4 4-5:30 5:30-7 7-8:30
             
Wednesday           Rall
Thursday Jones Moore Wilson; Rall Jones; Geary Moore  
Friday Moore Badger/Jones Wilson; Geary Rall; Moore Badger/Jones  
Saturday Badger/Jones Wilson Rall; Moore Badger/Jones Moore; Geary  
Sunday Rall Badger/Jones        

 Naomi Nowak was supposed to come all the way from Sweden but unfortunately had to cancel last minute due to personal circumstances, she’ll be missed.

Big Kahn gets buzz in San Diego

Neil Kleid’s and Nicolas Cinquegrani’s The Big Kahn built up some good buzz in San Diego with Publishers Weekly telling others this may be the sleeper of the show.

The site Comic Book Resources posted a follow-up interview with Neil who provides some fun background on this.

By the way, the book has shipped from our warehouse and will hit stores within the next week or two!