Rick Geary’s MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY Has Critics Smiling

Nominated as a 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens from The Young Adult Library Services Association of the ALA

“I really enjoy Rick Geary’s non-fiction comics about true crimes. His 2013 effort is the story of how architect Stanford White was shot in the face. Geary illustrates his books with maps, house cutaways, evidence shots, and explores every lead…even if such leads prove to be false, Geary explains their reason for not being possible/credible. Geary’s books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting out them in the pages of comics.”

– David Petersen (Mouseguard) naming Madison Square Tragedy to his Best of the Year list.

“Geary’s tale is a ripe one, and his evocation of an era where Victorian mores clashed with more modern ideas is wittily crafted..As is par for this series, Geary’s black-and-white art relishes period detail as it maintains a largely detached view on the people involved… As in other volumes in this magnificent graphic series, Geary’s interest is as much in the reactions to the horrendous crimes depicted as in the criminal acts themselves. In so doing, he tells us much about the Good Olde Days that it’d be best not to forget.”

Blog Critics

“Usual brilliant Geary art par excellance, needs no further description.  I’d read a phone book illustrated by the man!  My only complaint?  The long wait till Geary’s next book!”

It’s All Comic To Me

 

 

 

Rick Geary Nominated For Reuben Award

With over a dozen titles available in his Treasury of Murder series, it’s the latest, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White that’s earned cartoonist Rick Geary a well deserved 2013 nomination for Best Graphic Novel for the 68th Annual NCS Reuben Awards. The Reuben Award is the highest honor that the profession bestows and is presented on behalf of the National Cartoonists Society.

The winners will be announced Saturday, May 24th at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in San Diego, CA.

 

About the Book:

MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY

Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.

 

Reviews:

“Geary’s books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting for them in the pages of comics.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             –David Petersen (Mouse Guard)

 “TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL. No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden.”

Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly

“To be able to share Madison Square Tragedy, a shining example of the possibilities of the comic medium—with those who would not necessarily approach a comic book—is a triumph.”

NY Journal of Books

Rick Geary’s ‘MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY’ Brings The Murder To You

Rick Geary’s latest Treasury of XXth Century Murder volume, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White is available now.

Rick recently spoke to Comic Book Resources about what went into re-creating the Stanford White Murder, his distinctive style and the specific moment which sparked his interest in the genre.

Read the interview HERE and after the jump read what critics are saying about Rick’s latest.

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NBM in October: Rick Geary’s Madison Sq. Tragedy in the Treasury series

Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month, to come in October:

new from ComicsLit:

 

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY
The Murder of Stanford White
Rick Geary
Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
“TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL. No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden.”
-Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly
6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99; ISBN 9781561637621

SEE THE PREVIEWS

See all his Treasury of Murder books

and new from Eurotica:

OMAHA THE Cat Dancer,
The Complete set of 8 volumes

Reed Waller, Kate Worley, James Vance
Finally the whole story in a specially priced set, saving you $10!
8 ½ x 11, B&W set of 8 volumes in paperback, 976 pp., $89.99,
ISBN 9781561637669

 

NBM Review Round-Up!

After a great time at MoCCA, here we are, back again, with some recent reviews of various NBM titles.

Abelard

Has been nominated for “Great Graphic Novel for Teens’ by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).  Results will be announced in January 2104 by the ALA.

“At times, both whimsical and melancholy, Abelard transcends the artform as an example of exquisite storytelling.”

Broken Frontier

An Enchantment

“Billed as “A Graphic Poem,” author/artist Durieux’s volume renders a reverie rich with carefully detailed sepia-toned illustrations that incorporate photo reproductions of the museum’s celebrated artwork…Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“Pure escapism through art.”

Comics Worth Reading

“In an afterword, writer/artist Christian Durieux says his ambition was to create poetry in comics. With this beguiling, bittersweet reverie, I think he has succeeded.”

New Hampshire Telegraph

“The art is lovely, the characters and dialogue are rich, and the book sweeps you up and carries you along with its verve. Each entry in the Louvre series has been unique, and has challenged its readers as a work of art should. This one stands above the others in its power to engage.”

Comics Waiting Room

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics

“(Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics) is very much a “discovery”, a “first look” at philosophy that warns against subscribing to any particular system of thought too rigidly and instead encourages critical, personal engagement. It’s an important lesson to learn, particularly for young adults who are just beginning to engage with abstract thought.”

Multiversity Comics

Philosophy is organized like a virtual road trip, with de Heer and her husband Yiri (also a cartoonist; he did the coloring for this volume) offering commentary on the issues and philosophers covered, frequently raising the same kinds of questions that we would have, and providing reasonable answers to many of them. The illustrations are cute and colorful, alternating between standard frame-based sequential comics and full-page splashes, and de Heer’s cheerful style keeps even the weightiest questions from seeming too difficult to contemplate.”

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Stargazing Dog

“If you have a heart at all, you will cry reading this book.”

Lost in the Stacks

Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

The Morton Report has a fantastic interview with Rick where he discusses A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium as well as his true-crime work in general.

“Rick Geary’s distinctively inked style is a perfect match to the tales of bloodshed he favors—they recall both woodcuts and graphical newspaper illustrations of the Police Gazette variety, giving a period flavor to his work. His deadpan style of storytelling, as well as his unerring choice of unusual details to highlight, give the proceedings a touch of humor of the “what fools these mortals be” variety.”

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Our publishing program is up for the rest of the year!

Our Coming Up section is now replete with our entire program through December!

Highlights include:

Zombiellenium, our new Boneyard! A wry spoof of horror, beautifully painted. Leading retailers at the ComicsPro event all saw it as a winner. Coming in June.

Margreet de Heer’s next book in the Discovery in Comics series, after Philosophy it’s Science.

Renaud Dillies of Bubbles & Gondola, is back with Betty Blues.

Rick Geary serves up his next Treasury of Murder book: Madison Square Tragedy.

 

And our imprint EUROTICA also shows off its rest of the year line up in its Coming Up section including two major finales:

The last long awaited volume of Omaha the Cat Dancer.

and same for Kevin Taylor’s Girl, Second Coming.

 

NBM Review Round-Up!

Here we are, back again, with some recent reviews of various NBM titles.

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel

“A a perfect book for anyone trying to wrap her or his head around the field of comics, a quick and smart overview of the field that spans both decades and genres. Whether you’re developing a syllabus, improving your library’s collection, or just trying to get a better sense of the field and the good stuff you might have missed, Rise is well worth a read, and worth keeping around afterwards for reference.”

– Boing Boing

Abelard

“If the cartoon images of birds and bears–and the addition of the word “magical” to the book’s front cover–give the impression that Abelard is a children’s fantasy, be assured that it isn’t. Think of it more as an anthropomorphic piece of magical realism in the manner of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat, a reflection on hope and dreams that may surprise you by just how affecting it is.”

– Blog Critics

“(Abelard) starts off feeling somewhat quaint and unassuming, and by the time you realize where it is heading, it is far too late to stem the tide of heartache that the book makes you feel…A book very much worth your time and money. This is a high-quality piece of work.”

– Comics Waiting Room

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

 “Congenial, bare-bones introduction to Western philosophy…this shrewd, engaging graphic primer is very ingratiating.”

– Book List Online

Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

 One of Robot 6′s favorite comics of 2012!

“I love a good mystery, I love history, and I love Rick Geary’s quasi-documentary style of presenting historical mysteries.”

– Robot 6

“A really weird graphic novel.”

Portland Book Review

NBM Review Round-Up!

We’re counting down the shopping days and we’ve had several of our titles show up in gift guides from The Comics Reporter and Forces of Geek, so we’re even more happy to share some great reviews that might also serve as holiday gift ideas.

Be sure to check out our site proper where you can order any of our titles.  After the jump, check out what reviewers are saying about several of our titles.

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Watch World Premiere Recording of Libby Larsen’s “The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes”

As we announced last week, the Florestan Recital Project announced  the release of its world premiere recording of  Libby Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, based on Rick Geary’s book, The Beast of Chicago.

We also got a chance to chat with Aaron Engebreth, the Artistic Co-Director of the Florestan Recital Project about how this project came into existence.

What was the genesis of the project?

The project has a number of different ‘genesis’ points, actually.  Florestan Recital Project commissioned the composer Libby Larsen to create a new work for one of our past projects, the American Vanguard Festival.  Vanguard was a three-day celebration of contemporary American Art-Song which took place at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in March of 2010.  Florestan was completing our final year of a three-year position as Artistic Ensemble in Residence at the College, and the festival was a culmination of our time and experience there.  Libby was interested in creating a piece that would focus on violence in America, and we thought sounded interesting, important and timely.  We really had no idea that she would set the confessions of H.H. Holmes until much later, and we were very taken with the direction.

For a year or so, here and abroad, we presented various performances of the piece in traditional recital form.  When we began the process of recording the piece, we really were determined to make it a cross-disciplinary “event” rather than a conventional CD release.  I wanted very much to release the piece free of charge, in hopes that more people would hear it, and we thought that the story and the music practically begged for a visual component.  The setting of the World’s Exposition in Chicago is evoked in Libby’s music in an alarming and very direct way, and we began thinking of ways to create this visual atmosphere without detracting from the music and words themselves.

Pete Goldlust and Melanie Germond, our marketing and design partners extraordinaire, immediately let us know about Rick Geary.  They knew Geary’s work and that was really the genesis of the visual collaboration.  Rick and his publisher were extremely supportive and interested in the project, and thought is was a great fit for his incredible illustrations, so after we read his book, there really was no more to say.

It was a perfect fit, artistically.

Had the music already been scored and the book was a match or did the book itself inspire the soundtrack?

In this case, the music came before we, or Libby Larsen, knew about Rick’s novel.  In many cases with classical song composition, the reverse is true, but this time Libby’s libretto and music were the impetus for us to go and find out more about H.H. Holmes.  And did we ever.

The project reminds me a bit of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, using music to literally illustrate the story.  Was that an inspiration?

Peter and the Wolf was not a direct inspiration for this project, though it and pieces like it find similarities because of the non-traditional approach of combining seemingly unrelated art forms.  At its core, Art Song does indeed use music to illustrate a story.  That story can be a narrative, poetry, prose or many other written forms.  Florestan Recital Project began was founded in 2001 with the firm belief that words and music, if you let them, can quite simply make us better people.

Words and music augment our ability to gain perspective into characters, emotions and places that we might otherwise never dare venture, and thereby augment our constant state of becoming.  Holmes is a rather extreme example of a character to gain perspective into, but the fact remains that whether one is listening to French poetry set to music, or the confessions of a madman set to music, the experience can enter you and change you.  It’s an inspirational art form.

Are there any other mashups like this planned, or any particular comics that you’re hoping to adapt in this method?

We’re up for anything.  We have nothing similar to this release planned in the future, but we very much hope to do more.  Interestingly, Geary wrote an entire treasury of Victorian murders, so there is plenty of opportunity within that thread.  We would welcome suggestions and inquiries for future projects and we hope to have more comic collaborations in the future.  To be honest, this would have seemed a highly unlikely combination to me even six months ago; classical art song-meets serial-killer-meets graphic novel.  But now that we’ve merged them, I find myself wanting to do many more.  It’s my great hope that readers of comics will find this as interesting and illuminating and we are confident our classical music listeners will.

 

For more details, visit www.florestanproject.org 

A Treasury of Victorian Murder – The Musical

Founded in 2001, Florestan Recital Project promotes song repertoire in concerts, masterclasses, and educational residencies. By combining a dynamic core ensemble of committed artists with meticulous research and programming, Florestan has delighted audiences with a wide range of both established and unfamiliar repertoire.

And on October 31st they will unveil their latest project,  the release of its world premiere recording of  Libby Larsen’s The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, based on Rick Geary’s book The Beast of Chicago.

At the height of the Gilded Age, during Chicago’s finest moment of international glory, a man known as H.H. Holmes quietly and secretively carried out one of the most horrifically perverse and murderous crime sprees in American history. Against the ornate backdrop of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Holmes built an elaborate chamber of horrors in which he staged the methodical and grisly murders of up to 200 people, becoming America’s first known serial killer.

This macabre subject matter provides the basis for an exploration into the darkest corners of the human psyche.  The work explores the unfathomable impulses that drove Holmes to commit his crimes. Scored for baritone and piano, Larsen’s song cycle interweaves passages of period parlour music with texts from Holmes’ own confessions. The result is a work that is both haunting and engaging–a perfect platform for Florestan’s “deeply felt, and impeccably prepared” performances (The Boston Globe).

This groundbreaking recording project will be accompanied by the simultaneous release of an accompanying animated video featuring illustrations from artist Rick Geary’s acclaimed graphic novel.

For more details, check out the Florestan Recital Project’s website, and check back on Halloween to see this exciting new project.