GRAPHIC NYC: How ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ influenced BROWNSVILLE

Here’s a fun essay I wrote for Graphic NYC about the movie ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA and how it influenced my book, BROWNSVILLE.

“Brownsville, the graphic novel I created for NBM Publishing with Jake Allen, counts influences from mafia films and novels, history and transcripts, and comic book creators ranging from Will Eisner and Jack Kirby to Alan Moore and Harvey Pekar. But Leone’s epic tale of friends, love, crime and time gets pride of place as the second great influence and inspiration behind the book, sharing the spot with Cohen’s book.”

Have a read and immerse yourself in one of the finest mob films ever made.

Happy Holidays!

It’s the fifth night of Chanukah, so from our yet-to-actually-be shoveled (whew!) relocated home office in New Jersey, Team Kleid wants to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season.

Thanks for supporting THE BIG KAHN in 2009, and here’s looking to a brand new year filled with health, happiness, success and sequential excellence.

Happy Holidays!

Get BIG KAHN signed for the Holidays at Hanley’s End-of-Year Spectacular, 12/3 @ 6PM

Howdy! The holiday season is upon us and as you race through your Black Fridays, Gloomy Back-to-Work Sundays and the like looking for that perfect gift to stuff yer stockings or brighten your menorah, might I suggest the perfect gift?

Yes, that’s right! Pick up a copy of my latest graphic novel, THE BIG KAHN (with Nicolas Cinquegrani for NBM Publishing) and give your friend, family member, boss or lover the gift of sequential drama.

And if you’re in the New York/New Jersey area, personalize your gift by joining me at Jim Hanley’s Universe in Manhattan on December 3rd from 6PM to 8PM for their End of the Year Spectacular Blow Out signing! I’ll be signing copies of THE BIG KAHN, BROWNSVILLE and more with my pals Stuart Moore, Fred Van Lente, David Gallaher & Steve Ellis, each incredible talents whose books would make great gifts, as well.

Jim Hanley’s is located at:
4 West 33rd St.,
New York
, New York
(opposite The Empire State Building)

If you’re not in the area and can’t make the signing, please consider THE BIG KAHN as a holiday for friends and family, as well. It’s a drama about loss, lies, belief and renewal and a graphic exploration of a family secret so well-hidden, even the family didn’t know about it until it was too late. Check out previews and reviews of both KAHN and my first book, BROWNSVILLE, at the NBM site.

New interviews and reviews can be found at the following links:

The Daily Oklahoman
This Week in New York
Now Read This!

Thanks for considering the book… and looking forward to seeing you at Jim Hanley’s on the 3rd!

THE BIG KAHN at the Miami International Book Fair

Yes, it’s true — next weekend I will be flown out as a guest of this year’s Miami International Book Fair to take part in their Comix Galaxy programming, presenting THE BIG KAHN (despite the website calling it ‘Great Kahn’) alongside Eisner-nominated cartoonist Brian Fies on Sunday, November 15th at 1:30PM and then signing books following our talk. I will also be teaching an exclusive minicomics class at Miami-Dade College on Friday, November 13th, and will be walking around the Fair saying hello to friends and checking out the amazing lineup of authors.

The fair takes place November 8-15, with the street fair starting on the 13th. There’s a pretty impressive list of participants including Al Gore, Iggy Pop, Rich Cohen (I’m gonna try and talk Jew gangsters with him!), Jonathan Lethem, John Hodgman and graphic novelists like Josh Neufeld, Dan Goldman, Josh Dysart, Carol Tyler, James Sturm, Jimmy Gownley, Bob Sikoryak, David Small and more. If you’re in the area, please come by and check it out.

Feeling great (and sleepy…) after a BIG KAHN Bookgasm (review)

Okay, that header wasn’t so family friendly. But THE BIG KAHN is, and we got a great review at Bookgasm.


“THE BIG KAHN is a complete change of pace from the graphic novels that populate most shelves, and should be looked upon as a fresh voice in the way a story like this could be told.”

There’s also a great little interview with Nico here. Check it out!

Have a read, why doncha?

Kleid signing THE BIG KAHN in Teaneck, NJ, 10/25 @12PM

Hey, New Jersey—I’ll be signing copies of THE BIG KAHN (among other selected comics I may have perpetrated random acts of sequential violence) at A&S Comics and Cards in my hometown of Teaneck, New Jersey this Sunday, October 25th, at 12PM.

A&S is graciously opening their doors for me to sign a limited number of copies of the THE BIG KAHN, my graphic novel with Nicolas Cinquegrani about a rabbi who dies and at his funeral his family and congregation discover he was conning them: he isn’t even Jewish. The book has been called “a beautifully meditative story” by the Onion, a “rich and meaningful exploration” by Heeb Magazine, “Gripping” by Publisher’s Weekly and Whitney Matheson from USA Today said ” I almost missed my subway stop because I was so engrossed in this book.”

Swing by on Sunday, October 25th to pick up and talk about comics, get stuff signed, get something sketched and generally have a great old time.

A&S Comics & Cards is located at 563 Cedar Lane, Teaneck NJ. The phone number for directions is 201-801-0500

THE BIG KAHN is a Good Comic… and Comics SHOULD be Good!

Greg Burgas at Comic Book Resources’ “Comics Should be Good” blog claims that THE BIG KAHN is “definitely in consideration for best graphic novel of the year.”

He also says that “I enjoyed Brownsville, Kleid’s last book, but thought there was room for improvement. With The Big Kahn, he’s made a big leap in mastery of the craft. It’s a powerful comic that makes you think about faith and family and hypocrisy.”

Mastery of the craft. You heard it here first, sports fans.

As you might know, THE BIG KAHN hits non-comics book stores this Sunday, September 20th, and keep your eyes peeled here for a pretty high profile review to honor it’s release…