Eisner Nominations Are In, and We Got Six!!!

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. They are handed out each year in a gala ceremony at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the largest and oldest comics convention in the United States.

The Eisner Awards are named for renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of “The Spirit” and several award-winning graphic novels), who, until his death in 2005, always attended the ceremony to personally congratulate the winners. The Awards are given out in more than two dozen categories covering the best publications and creators of the previous year (such as Best Short Story, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer, and so on).

The finalists on the ballot are selected by a blue-ribbon committee that considers thousands of entries submitted by publishers and creators. The nominees are then voted on by all parts of the comic book industry: writers, artists, and other creators; publishers; editors; and retailers and distributors.

Yesterday, the nominees for the 2012 Awards were announced and we are extremely proud to have been rewarded with several nominations.

Best Humor Publication
Kinky & Cosy, by Nix (NBM)

Best Graphic Album – New
Bubbles & Gondola, by Renaud Dillies (NBM)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
Bubbles & Gondola, by Renaud Dillies (NBM)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia
Stargazing Dog, by Takashi Murakami (NBM)

Best Writer/Artist
Rick Geary, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti (NBM)

Best Publication Design
Kinky & Cosy, designed by Nix (NBM)

Congratulations to all nominees (especially ours) and remember all of these titles are currently available on our site, from your favorite comic store, book store and e-tailers.

 

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A Chat With P. Craig Russell

Since breaking into the comic book industry in 1972, P. Craig Russell has established himself as one of the comic book industry’s preeminent talents, winning multiple Harvey and Eisner awards.

He’s worked for virtually every major company in comics including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Eclipse, Image and of course, NBM Publishing, where he has published both his series of The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde as well as his Opera adaptations, which are back in print and bundled at a reduced price.

Craig took some time to chat about his work and the challenges in adapting music to sequential art.

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Sneak Peak! “Death of a Doll” From Ernie Colón’s INNER SANCTUM!

This December comics legend Ernie Colón makes his NBM debut with his adaptation of stories from the classic radio series, Inner Sanctum.

We’re so excited for this upcoming release that we’re proud to present one of the stories from the book in it’s entirety, “Death of a Doll”.

Originally broadcast on October 18, 1948, “Death of a Doll” is one of the most fondly remembered episodes of the thrilling series, and Mr. Colón certainly delivers with his adaptation.

So, taking my cue from original host Raymond Johnson, “Good evening, friends of the Inner Sanctum

We’re about to begin our story….”

 

 

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Good Evening, Friends of THE INNER SANCTUM!

This December, comic legend Ernie Colón makes his NBM Publishing debut with his graphic novel, Inner Sanctum: Tales of Mystery, Horror, & Suspense, inspired by the classic radio series, Inner Sanctum Mysteries.

Inner Sanctum Mysteries was created by radio producer Himan Brown and ran from 1941 through 1952, with a total of 526 broadcast episodes.

This anthology took it’s name from a popular series of mystery novels and according to the Radio Hall of Fame, “featured one of the most memorable and atmospheric openings in radio history: an organist hit a dissonant chord, a doorknob turned and the famous “creaking door” slowly began to open.”

The first four years of the series opened with Raymond Edward Johnson introducing himself as, “Your host, Raymond,” delivered morbid jokes and playful puns over a spooky, melodramatic score.

 

The Inner Sanctum Mysteries specialized in stories revolving around ghosts, lunatics and murderers.

Among the memorable guest stars who appeared throughout the series included such stars as Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Mary Astor, Helen Hayes, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Richard Widmark, Burgess Meredith, and Agnes Moorehead.

Radio Horror Hosts reveals even more about Himan Brown’s methodology,  “I use sound unashamedly,” Brown told The New York Times in 1948. “In a program like Inner Sanctum, where mood is of the essence, I believe in a minimum of writing. The sound really gives the picture. So let the sound carry it.” Brown then gave an example of the type of story telling that Inner Sanctum delivered without words. “A car pulls up. Car door opens. Footsteps on gravel, with background of wind and owl sounds. Footsteps stop. Clank of handle of iron door (obviously of mausoleum). Door opens. Footsteps resume, this time on stone, and outdoor effects of wind and owl fade out. Door clanks shut. Then the actor can scream out in terror.”

Starting tomorrow, we’ll be posting one page a day of the story, “Death of a Doll” on our Facebook page.  In addition, you’ll also find a recent interview that we conducted with Ernie.

As for today, check out the original broadcast of “Death of a Doll” from October 18, 1948 as it originally was broadcast on Inner Sanctum Mysteries starring Mason Adams and Ted Osborne.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DEATH OF A DOLL

RICK GEARY Chats About SACCO & VANZETTI Part 3

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Next week, Rick Geary will be attending the San Diego Comic Con is on, where we’re premiering the latest volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder, THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI, and hopefully watching Rick take home a win for his Eisner Award Nomination in the Best Reality-Based Work category for his last book, Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe Man of New Orleans.

If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of my chat with Rick check it out HERE and HERE

This particular case had two different trials, two appeals, and various demonstrations and protests. Do you think this was the result of anti-Italian prejudice, a government reaction to their politics or both?

The prejudices of the time, against immigrants in general as well as political radicals, played a huge role in the Sacco & Vanzetti saga. The long and drawn-out appeals process in their particular case was the result of the state system trying to appear fair and even-handed, when, in reality, the gears were in motion from the beginning and the outcome was never in any real doubt.

Do you write a book with a point of view or do you try to remain neutral?

Most of the true crime cases I’ve written about, especially the unsolved ones, are famous and controversial enough to have spawned many competing theories and opinions. In some instances I might have ideas of my own, but in my treatment I try to remain neutral and depict every point of view, no matter how crackpot, with equal weight.

Among Sacco and Venzitti’s supporters were Dorothy Parker, Albert Einstein, George Bernard Shaw and H. G. Wells. Did this impact their careers or public perceptions?

Most of their supporters already had reputations as leftists or radicals or artistic outsiders, so I don’t think their actions did any lasting harm to their careers.

Governor Michael Dukakis stated that Sacco and Vanzetti had been unfairly tried and convicted and that “any disgrace should be forever removed from their names.” Do you think this was a fitting epilogue to the story?

As you might expect, Dukakis’ declaration failed to satisfy most people. For some, it went too far (Sacco & Vanzetti were, after all, convicted murders), for others, not far enough (they should have been granted a full pardon). It failed to settle anything, and for this reason, it’s as fitting an epilogue as we’re likely to get.

Below check out three penciled pages from the book, courtesy of Rick.

 

 

Make sure you stop by our booth (1528 ) in San Diego and say hello.

We also have a special very, very limited edition being made available ONLY THROUGH US online or by mail of this volume with a special bind, a tip in sheet of art specially done by Rick for this and numbered and signed by him.

HURRY! Only 25 copies are being made available. This will not be in stores!

RICK GEARY Chats About SACCO & VANZETTI Part 2

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The countdown to the San Diego Comic Con is on, and there we’ll be releasing the latest volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder, THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI. Welcome to Part 2 of our chat with Rick.  If you missed Part 1, check it out HERE.

 

Do you feel that True Crime has become too exploitive as tabloid journalism has become more prevalent?

Tabloid journalism seems more prevalent today because there are ever more outlets for it, in print, on TV or online.  But the murders of the 19th and early 20th centuries lacked nothing in their exploitation by an scurrilous, scandal-obsessed and sensation-seeking press corps.

Is there any interest to go further into the 20th century and examine True Crime stories such as the Kennedy or Martin Luther King assassination or the OJ Simpson murders?

I would love someday to tackle the JFK killing or the OJ case or the Jon-Benet Ramsey case, but at present they are too recent and still have too much heat surrounding them.  I would need for a few more decades to pass in order to treat a subject with the sort of ironic detachment that I try for.

What drew you to the Sacco and Venzitti story?

I’m always drawn to the cases that still have major questions or controversies clinging to them.  In addition, the Sacco & Vanzetti story was a major Cause Celebre of the early 20th century that is largely forgotten today.   I felt that the story had a political content that I hadn’t treated any any of my previous books.

What kind of research did you do for this story?  Do you go to the actual locations (like South Braintree, Massachusetts), or do you rely on books and the internet?

My research for this story consisted of reading as many books and articles on the case as I could find.  It’s usually helpful to visit the actual scene of the crime, if only to soak in the atmosphere, as I’ve done with several of the murders I’ve written about.  But in this case, the original street and buildings in South Braintree have been long-ago demolished and the area is now unrecognizable.

 

Come back next Wednesday and read part 3 of our interview with Rick and see some exclusive production artwork!

We also have a special very, very limited edition being made available ONLY THROUGH US online or by mail of this volume with a special bind, a tip in sheet of art specially done by Rick for this and numbered and signed by him.

HURRY! Only 25 copies are being made available. This will not be in stores!

RICK GEARY Chats About SACCO & VANZETTI Part 1

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In just a few short weeks at the San Diego Comic Con, we’ll be releasing the latest volume of Rick Geary’s Treasury of XXth Century Murder, THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI. Over the next three Wednesdays come back and read our interview with Rick as he discusses both his creative process and upcoming book.

Have you always been interested in True Crime stories?

I date my interest in True Crime to the early 70s in Wichita, Kansas, when a friend of mine, a former cop, showed my his large collection of mug shots.  Looking into the literal face of crime was an inspirational thunderbolt!  He also gave me a copy of the complete police file on an unsolved murder in Wichita, which I studied and later used as source material for my first published comic story.

Your first several volumes were all set in the Victorian era and then moved into the 20th century.  What elements are the most essential, in your opinion, for a true crime story to be told in a graphic narrative?

I’m most drawn to unsolved cases and most of my books deal with those for which there’s still a major level of controversy.   The lack of resolution provides a sense of mystery and drives the narrative forward.  For those stories in which we already know the culprit (like the H H Holmes and John Wilkes Booth), the goal is more of a character study: how and why was the crime committed?  I also like those cases that contain a great amount of visual interest.  For this reason I choose to concentrate upon the crime itself and the investigation.  The trial isn’t nearly as interesting, since it’s all talk and most of the relevant information is already known by that time.

You’ve done several adaptations of classic literature.  Do you find doing your True Crime books more challenging because you need to discover and craft the narrative?

That’s correct.  In adapting classic literature, I feel I have the responsibility to be true to the author’s original vision.  With a True Crime case, I deal with several differing points of view, and must sometimes organize a mass of disparate facts and theories into a unified narrative.  For this reason, it’s much more challenging.

What is the general process of idea to graphic novel?

I always have a short list of crimes I’d next like to deal with, and once I decide upon which one, I read all I can about it, and try to find as much picture reference as is available.

I next attempt to shape the mass of material into a narrative that will be clear and accurate.  I always  try to arrange events in chronological order, the better to observe cause and effect, though it’s often necessary to insert a flashback or tangent to provide context.  My next step is to arrange in, a provisional way, a page-by-page outline, which is always subject to change once I start writing the full script

Once the script is completed, I start on the pencils, after which comes the final inking. During every stage, the story can undergo revisions and corrections, depending upon newly received information.

Come back next Wednesday and read part 2 of our interview with Rick!

We also have a special very, very limited edition being made available ONLY THROUGH US online or by mail of this volume with a special bind, a tip in sheet of art specially done by Rick for this and numbered and signed by him.

HURRY! Only 25 copies are being made available. This will not be in stores!