Rick Geary on All Things Considered.

Wow! What a treat between Christmas and New Year’s! Author Duane Swierczynski chooses 3 favorite true crime graphic novels on today’s All Things Considered on the NPR network, heard by millions across the country, and one of them is Rick Geary’s The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans!

“For a decade now (sic) Geary has been serving up delightfully grizzly novels… but my favorite is the Terribile Axe-Man of New Orleans.”

Try TWO decades, Duane, but hey we love it! This just ran on the East Coast, you might still be able to catch it on your radio!

See or hear the full review.

Eisners: go and vote!

If you’re a pro, from publisher to artist to retailer, go on over and vote for the best of 2010 and make sure, of course to vote for :

*Rick Geary in Best Reality-Based Work for his Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

*Salvatore by De Crecy in Best U.S. Edition of International Material

*Eric Liberge as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for On the Odd Hours in the Louvre collection

Here’s who can vote according to the Eisner Awards guys themselves:

The following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards:

  • Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencillers, inkers, letterers, colorists)
  • All nominees in any category
  • Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
  • Comics historians and educators
  • Graphic novel librarians
  • Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores

You can also download this ballot.

3 Eisner noms for NBM books: Geary, De Crecy and Liberge

*Rick Geary gets a nomination in this year’s Eisner Awards  in the Best Reality Based category for Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans.

*Nicolas De Crecy gets one for Best US Edition of International Material for the recently released first volume of Salvatore.

* And Eric Liberge is nominated as Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for On the Odd Hours in the Louvre series.

If you’re a pro voting on the Eisner Awards, we hope you’ll give these the nod!

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? 😀

More opinions on Geary’s Axe-Man, The Broadcast, Networked

Tony Isabella loooves Geary’s latest The Axe-Man of New Orleans:

“He takes his readers back to that time, draws us into the fearful moments of the spree, and leaves us more than a little unsettled afterwards. THE FULL FIVE TONYS!”

in the Comics Buyers Guide. And here’s Sequential Tart piping in on it:

“To die for! If you’re a comics reader and a fan of the true crime genre, this book belongs on your shelf. Prepare to be horrified and amused when you add this graphic novel to your treasury of murder.”

“Well done!”

Says Comic Book Resources of The Broadcast. Sequential tart on this same book:

“Very compelling. Grade 7 out of 10.”

“If you’re a fan of techno-thrillers, you’ll enjoy this read. It’s refreshing to see a fast-paced adventure with some real ideas behind it.”

Comics Worth Reading about Networked.

A rain of reviews for Axe-Man

Comics Book Resources highly recommends Ricker Geary’s latest Axe-Man of New Orleans and provides a number of pages previews.

“AXE-MAN is proof of Geary’s obvious talent for resurrecting cold cases and presenting them in an easy to read package. With each page the reader is absorbed further and further into a tragic scene long gone but never forgotten, giving the entire book the feel of a scary story told around a crackling campfire.”

Comics Waiting Room

“His artwork doesn’t waste time. It’s not airy and light, but strict and a bit ominous. Geary doesn’t use shades of gray in this black-and-white comic the same way Eddie Campbell did in his collaboration with Alan Moore on From Hell; his use of light and shadow is consistently stark. Even the plain faces of the subjects he’s documenting with his illustrations have the spooky quality of old-world daguerreotypes.

My favorite book in the English language is Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and one of my favorite films is David Fincher’s Zodiac. The horrors of reality are infinitely more frightening than the horrors of the human imagination, and I have great respect for writers and artists who can effectively capture such tales. Rick Geary has successfully done so in The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans. This is the first of his true-crime comic books that I’ve read, but I certainly hope it’s not my last.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good crime yarn, and Geary delivers.”

Broken Frontier

Tony Isabella on Axe-Man: full 5 Tonys

The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans is the latest book in Rick Geary’s “A Treasury of XXth Century Murder” series.  While it’s unquestionably ghastly of me to revel in these histories of murder most foul, I do find them irresistibly inviting and even charming.

Geary’s style lends itself perfectly to this shocking tale of unsolved killings in post-World War I New Orleans.  His matter-of-fact narration and illustrations are sedate given the gory nature of the murders, but his calm unveiling of the facts actually adds  to the unsettling horror.  He takes his readers back to that time, draws us into the fearful moments of the spree, and leaves us more than a little unsettled afterwards. 

The darkly charming Axe-Man of New Orleans earns the full five out of five Tonys.”

Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide

A New Geary in June

Here’s what we’ve got slated for June, solicited in comics stores now:

A NEW TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER!

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder
The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
Rick Geary
Nights of terror! A city awash in blood! New Orleans right after the First World War. The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it. Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds! The pattern for each murder is the same: a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head! Why? How could he fit through that piece in the door? The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto!
A Junior Library Guild selection
6×9, 80pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.99 ISBN 978-1-56163-581-8

See the previews.

And from EUROTICA:

KRISTINA, Queen of Vampires
Chapter 3
Frans MENSINK
Kristina’s coven of vampires come over to rescue her with their own blood but as she revives she cannot resist being with her little group of human subjects who provide her with such delicious sex. Will it be her un-doing?
8 1/2 x11, 48pp, full color trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-585-6
see previews, click on the Coming up in June banner.

Order all of these from your comics store today or you can pre-order from us here.

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From PAPERCUTZ, our sister co.:

DISNEY FAIRIES #2
“Tinker Bell and The Wings of Rani”

By Teresa Radice, Augusto Machetto and Giulia Conti
Daniela Vetro, Emilio Urbano, Roberta Zanotta, artists.

Five stories featuring Tinker Bell and the rest of the Fairies of Pixie Hollow! In “The Lost Fairy” Tinker Bell and Prilla search for one of their missing friends while “The Wings of Rani” sees the only wingless fairy, Rani, strive to save her friend Beck from a huge waterfall. “The Most Beautiful Dress” pits Beck, Vidia and Prilla against each other in a dress contest, leaving Tinker Bell to keep the competition from getting out of hand. Beck learns the true value of friends in “The Color of Friendship,” and lastly all of the Fairies find themselves looking a bit silly when Queen Clarion accidentally loses her shoes, leading all the Fairies to do the same, thinking it’s the newest fashion trend! A collection of warm and funny stories starring Tinker Bell and friends.

5 x 7 1/2, 80 pages, full-color paperback, $7.99, ISBN: 9781-59707-226-7
Also available in collector’s hardcover: $12.99 ISBN 978-1-59707-227-4

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED
Graphic Novel #10
Cyrano de Bergerac
By Edmond Rostand
Adapted by Peter David and Kyle Baker
The classics romance comes to comics in this adaptation by celebrated graphic novelist Kyle Baker and Peter David, in which the tragedy and romance of Rostand’s 19th century play are presented. Cyrano de Bergerac yearns to confess his love to for his cousin Roxanne; he is a talented poet and musician who should have no trouble doing so. Yet his large nose has him convinced that no woman would ever be interested in him. When Cyrano finds out that Roxanne is enamored with the handsome Christian de Neuville, a tale of romance and heartbreak begins that is wonderfully captured by David and Baker.

6 1/2 x 9, 56 pages, full-color hardcover, $9.99,
ISBN: 978-1-59707-197-0

Order all of these from your comics store today or you can pre-order from us here.