Happy Reviews For THE HAPPY PRINCE

It certainly seems like reviewers have found P. Craig Russell’s latest volume of Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales, The Happy Prince, to be a truly special release.

Comics Alliance recently named Russell’s body of work on their top list for titles that resonate with LGBT readers noting, “his adaptations of fairy tales and operas have showcased his gifts for innovative storytelling and rich aesthetics, and his ability to capture beauty on the page is extraordinary.”

 

“The Happy Prince was a great story with wonderful art that while simple contained the magic that is great storytelling. This is one master complimenting another and it’s worth having in any collection and spans all age gaps.”

– Comic Bastards

 

“Sharing this volume with a younger child, however, is the perfect excuse to revisit your own childhood and enjoy basking in sunny assurances that there is such a thing as cosmic justice, and that it will prevail.”

– PLAYBACK:stl

 

“As usual, Russell’s art is transcendent, transporting the reader to a world where even trash dumps have their own textured, fine-lined beauty. Those things that are supposed to be beautiful fairly glow, as if painted in layers of oil like the Old Masters Russell resembles, and not merely ink and watercolor on paper.”

 – Scripps Howard News Service

 

 

 

NBM Publishing Announces 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Debuts and Signing Schedule

Come Visit Us at Booth 1528

In anticipation of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012, NBM Publishing today announced the company’s Comic-Con exclusives, including a free 35th ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER and the premieres of Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution and Rick Geary’s TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery.

TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery
By Rick Geary

Treasury of XXth Century Murder: Lovers’ Lane

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922.

Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir.

The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick.

Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…

TAXES, THE TEA PARTY,  AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution
By Stan Mack

Taxes, The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels A Comics History of the American Revolution

Here’s the fun way to learn all about the Birth of the United States: in comics!

“A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us'”says the New York Times.

Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more.

Updated from the original Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution published by Avon books in 1994.

35th Anniversary Free Sampler

Includes a look at our fall titles including TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution by Stan Mack, PHILOSOPHY A DISCOVERY IN COMICS by Margreet de Heer,  ABELARD from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière, and the latest volume of our Louvre series, AN ENCHANTMENT by Christian Durieux!

PANELS

Stan Mack will appear on two panels; “Progressive Politics and Comics” on Thursday, July 12 at 1:00 PM in Room 32AB, and “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” on Sunday the 15th at 3:00 PM in Room 32AB.

APPEARANCE SCHEDULE

Stan Mack will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Thursday 2:30-4:00 and 5:30-7:00, Saturday 10:30-Noon and 4:00-5:30, Sunday 10:30-Noon.

Rick Geary will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Thursday 10:30-Noon and 4:00-5:30, Friday 1:00-2:30 and 5:30-7:00, Saturday 1:00-2:30 and 5:30-7:00.

Brooke A. Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter) will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Friday 4:00-5:30, Saturday 2:30-4:00 and Sunday 1:00-2:30.

Cornnell Clarke
of the Eurotica series, Peanut Butter, will be making appearances at the booth throughout the weekend.

Some Kind Words About BUBBLES & GONDOLA

“Renaud Dillies does something only a few comic artists are good at: he purposefully uses a series of simplistic images only to surprise us when beautiful scenes show up all of a sudden. Chris Ware is a master at that, but Renaud Dillies brings in a vintage appeal that will fascinate anyone who likes old Disney cartoons or fine art. Bubbles and Gondola is one of the few comics I’ve ever found that came close to attaining the synthesis of high and low art that I haven’t seen since Jacques Tardi‘s comics from five decades ago.”

Panel Discussions

Have you read it yet?  What are your thoughts?

 

NBM Review Round-Up!

With such a wide variety of titles, we’re pretty fortunate to get a pretty amazing cross section of reviewers.

Here are a few kind words about several of our titles:

Stargazing Dog

“A moving story for all devoted pet owners and animal lovers.”

Curled Up With a Good Book

Kinky & Cosy

“The jokes are, for the most part, snarky, sarcastic, and clever…The plotline involving the mother falling in love with the recycling bin, for example, was a bit too out there…This collection is fun and funny, until it just got too weird for my taste. Kinky and Cosy are smart, cute, and a bit disturbing all at the same time.”

No Flying No Tights

Rohan at The Louvre

“As with the previous graphic novels in The Louvre Collection series, this fourth installment features well-rendered art and a compelling plot…Araki’s book will be relished by readers who are fans of the manga format, especially those interested in art and art collections.”

VOYA Magazine

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti

“An honest and non-ideological recounting of the facts of the case, told in a straight-forward manner with a minimum of sensationalism (and no invective).  In the course of the unfolding story, Geary’s attention to detail is consistent and impressive.  Not only does he present us with the evidence, but he also cites the source for that evidence, and raises the questions about its validity, and explains any misgivings about those questions.  The illustrations, likewise, are strikingly literal, with just the right mix of minute detail on the one hand, and clarity and simplicity on the other.”

Toward Freedom

Brownsville

“I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Brownsville, which was published by NBM…  This is a graphic novel, so they don’t care about making you turn the page because you’re probably going to decide to buy this based on other considerations. But just because they don’t need to do it doesn’t mean they take the first page off. This page shows a lot in just five panels, and it hints at quite a bit to come. It’s well constructed, and leaves the reader wanting more. That’s how it’s done!”

Comics Should Be Good

Salvatore 2

“Things are constantly moving in this book, even if, like Salvatore discovers, all that movement wound up plopping him back at the beginning of the journey. De Crecy ensures the reader that the fruitlessness of Salvatore’s journey doesn’t extend to the entertainment value and sheer delight found in his cartooning.”

High-Low

The Happy Prince Makes Lots of Reviewers Happy

Years in the making, P. Craig Russell’s long awaited fifth volume of his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series, The Happy Prince,  has been getting the fantastic reviews that it deserves.  This is a book not to be missed, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, waste not a moment more and check it out (after reading some of the fantastic review excerpts below, of course!).

“While much of the story is pensive or even outright sad, Wilde still pops in with some sharp satiric wit now and then. This is not a fairy tale with a happy ending, or at least what we would normally think of as a happy ending, but it certainly makes its point. Russell’s sensitive, belle epoque–inspired artwork brings the story to life with a matched sensibility that makes other comics adaptations look clumsy.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“Russell’s illustrations provide impressive visions of the descriptions the prince and the swallow share. While he tells of the hardship of his people, the bird dreams of flying away to Egypt and the exotic sights to be found there. All together, it makes for a feast for the eyes of many of the extremes of our world — artistic accomplishment (the gilded statue), natural beauty (the bird and the reed), faraway lands (the swallow’s Egyptian dreams), and the ups and downs of home (those living among us who need help).”

Comics Worth Reading

 

“An outstanding piece of work, well worth your time and money, whether you’re a Wilde fan, a Russell fan, or just want to try something new.”

Comics Waiting Room

 

“The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol. 5: The Happy Prince is another triumph for both Russell and NBM. I’ll be sad when this series finally wraps up with the final adaptation, but it’s also as good a time as any to go back and re-read the earlier volumes. Russell’s art is never one to be missed, and The Happy Prince is no exception. Highly recommended, for readers of all ages.”

Read About Comics

 

“Russell manages to capture the tone of the fairy tale perfectly, neither letting Wilde do most of the heavy lifting nor leaving so much out that the original author seems ill-served. The tale itself is a bit heavy-handed and sentimental, but Russell’s talents manage to dampen down the more saccharine aspects. Would that all literary to comic adaptations could be so graceful.”

Robot 6

 

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE is a “Must Read”

If you haven’t checked out Rohan at the Louvre yet, what are you waiting for?  The book is continuing to get some fantastic reviews…

What’s the matter?  You don’t like good comics?

“Rohan at the Louvre has all the elements of my type of story: fairy tale whimsy, attention to the artistic process, and an ending bathed in horror. The art is often times beautiful, yet other times absolutely chilling. And seen through the eyes of Rohan, who is cursed with the power to dissect those around him with a simple gaze, Rohan at the Louvre communicates how an artist views the world in a manner that I’ve never seen. Even those who are not fond of manga will be pleasantly surprised at this fantastic hardcover book. If you like art, horror, and fairy tale, Rohan at the Louvre is a must read.”

Ain’t It Cool News

 

“The previous, fourth title in the Louvre’s distinguished graphic novel series, The Sky Over the Louvre, set an even higher standard than the first three high-quality titles, and Araki’s gorgeous ghost story easily matches them all for plot, drawing chops, and emotional gut-punch. This excellent volume is recommended for dans of extrame manga artishness and for horror otaku.”

– Library Journal

 

“Rohan at the Louvre is a fun book, and it’s one that grows on you with time. I enjoyed it when I first read it, but a day later I found myself thinking about it and how effective some of the scenes in the book were…This is a dark, creepy book.”

Read About Comics

 

“Araki’s depictions of the ghostly attacks beneath the Louvre are darkly grotesque and effective, a strong counterpoint to the brightly hued images of the above-ground museum…Araki’s art contains a strong Western comics influence—his figures reminded me of ’70s Marvel more than once—and contains none of the visual short-cuts that can prove alienating to those readers less in sync with manga conventions.”

–  Blog Critics

So, what are you waiting for?

You can order it directly from us HERE or from your favorite comic store, book store or e-retailer.

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE Has The Web Buzzing

Our latest volume of the Louvre series, Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki has garnered quite a bit of attention.  Here are some of the latest reviews:

“A highly effective horror story, of the sort that will be familiar and welcome to fans of 21st century J-horror. Araki has a strong sense of design that leans hard and far away from the direction of what comes to the casual manga reader’s mind when they hear the word “manga,” and the panels are all big and rich in detail in a way that suggests European rather than Japanese comics art.”

Robot 6

“Everything here works; the art is lovely, the colors are striking, the story is interesting, and the presentation (hardcover and in proper right-to-left format) is excellent. The Louvre series continues to be absolutely magic for readers.”

Comics Waiting Room

“It’s a neat comic… a nice chance to see manga art in color, which is a rarity, at least for work that has been translated into English. It also seems like a good sample of Araki’s work, something that might point readers toward his other stuff, with expectations of nonsensical craziness and eccentric art, and the feeling that anything can, and probably will, happen.”

Warren Peace Sings the Blues

“An imaginative celebration of the Louvre Museum, conveying its scale, age, and majesty. Araki’s book is one of the most dramatically satisfying, achieving a near-perfect balance between telling a ghost story and telling the Louvre’s own story.”

The Manga Critic

Have you read it yet? What are your thoughts?

This JULY, NBM Covers Philosophy and History With Two Exciting Releases

Here’s what we’ve got being solicited this month and appearing in comic shops this July; two very exciting non fiction releases from two authors making their NBM debuts!

 

Taxes, The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels A Comics History of the American Revolution

By Stan Mack

Here’s the fun way to learn all about the Birth of the United States: in comics!

“A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us'”says The New York Times.

Uncannily relevant to today’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo.

A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more.

Updated from the original “Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution” published by Avon books in 1994 .

 See previews

6×9, 176pp., B&W hardcover, $14.99

ISBN 9781561636976

 

Philosophy- A Discovery in Comics

By Margreet de Heer

A fun introduction in comics to deep thinking and the history of Philosophy!

What is Thinking?  And how does our thinking set us apart from other animals?

Now that we’re thinking, what is Reality?  Is there an objective reality or are there numerous subjective realities?

And do we move in it with a free will or is everything predestined?

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Erasmus, Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche: just a few philosophers who have pondered these questions. Comic artist Margreet de Heer and her husband Yiri travel through the history of Western Philosophy and draw a colorful picture of all these questions.

8×8, 120pp., full color hardcover, $16.99

ISBN 9781561636983

See previews

Visit author’s site

Everybody is Talking About RICK GEARY

The Legendary Rick Geary

Last week we announced that Rick Geary’s latest volume of The Treasury of XXth Century Murder, Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery will be released this June.

Here’s what iFanboy said just about the solicitation:

“Each time Rick Geary releases a new comic on a historical murder, you can be sure that I’ll recommend it.”

Geary’s true crime books continue to attract readers and fans years after their release.

Check out what some folks have been saying recently:

A Treasury of Victorian Murder V.7: The Murder of Abraham Lincoln

“Rick Geary once again proves his artistic and story-telling chops in this volume. He packs an amazing number of historical references into this beautifully rendered tale while also making it compelling and suspenseful, even to readers familiar with the facts”

Graphic Novel Resources

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

“Geary’s artwork, as usual is wonderful.  No one does b&w like he does and his artwork is simply perfect for the mood and atmosphere of murder and the macabre.”

Back to Books

A Treasury of Victorian Murder V. 3: The Borden Tragedy

“Geary does his usual top-notch job of rendering historical scenes with great accuracy and detail as well as catching readers up in a tight plot.”

Graphic Novel Resources

Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti

“In short, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti details a court case that is so full of improper procedures, sketchy evidence, and outright tampering that reading Geary’s account makes you wonder how on earth this wasn’t declared a mistrial. That’s part of what makes Geary’s Treasury books so powerful; he has a gift of pulling you deep into these people’s stories and making you feel like you’re living alongside these news events. “

Read About Comics

“His meticulous art injects a sense of drama and intrigue into the proceedings.”

Graphic Novel Resources

For more details, be sure to visit Rick’s homepage at RickGeary.com!

Ephemeral Tidbits – New Reviews For NBM Favorites

It’s always nice to see that a book lives on beyond it’s release date.  Hopefully being shared and recommended to like minded readers.

Teacher Librarian Magazine‘s Joe Sutliff Sanders recently took a look at Sean Michael Wilson and Chie Kutsuwada’s The Story of Lee commenting:

“Drawn with the iconic faces and screen-tones manga aficionados cherish, and written with the sensitivity to the passion of first love, The Story of Lee is a story to move any heart.

Several months after it’s release, Ernie Colón’s Inner Sanctum is still gathering new readers.

“Colón demonstrates his considerable talents and offer(s) sufficient chills to interest even the most jaded horror comics fan…Essentially, Inner Sanctum serves as a showcase for the extraordinary Colón.”

The SF Site

“The stories are a mix of psychological horror (the kind where there’s always a rational explanation for the most irrational-seeming events) and fantasy horror (the kind where the devil really does walk the earth, and vampires are not just the product of overheated, virginal imaginations), with the more successful playing with the boundaries between the two genres. This is a fun volume to read, particularly if you have nostalgic bent.”

PLAYBACK:stl

“Renowned for his intuitive ability to spot the blacks and the use of contrast to help build atmosphere…Colón’s art alone is worth the price of admission.”

Broken Frontier

Altering the support of sounds for the support of pictures is only part of Colón’s work here: his choices of panels and perspectives come to the fore to create a new—but loyal—way of experiencing what started as actor’s voices.

School Library Journal

“It’s fun to see Colón attempting Warren-style horror again, and at the least, the overall gruesomeness and cleverness of these stories might drive some readers to rediscover the radio show.”

Foilball.com

And finally, a new look at the Eisner-nominated On The Odd Hours,

“On the Odd Hours is a nifty graphic novel, full of fascinating scenes that highlight the relationship people have with art and why we care so much about it. I’d definitely Recommend you check it out. It’s more thoughtful and clever than you might expect, and it’s a gorgeous looking comic book, which goes a long way!”

Comics Should Be Good!