25 Random Things about this year’s New York Comic-Con

1. Though I did a lot of business instead of selling a lot of books, it seemed pretty clear that the recession wasn’t hitting the convention floor. NBM sold out of BROWNSVILLE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and more.

2. That being said, to that jerk that stole a copy of BROWNSVILLE: that’s food out of my kid’s mouth, ass.

3. The pro lounge was a saving grace; I need one at my day job with free popcorn, 15 minute massages and free soda.

4. It’s become quite apparent that in order to be working in comix, you’ll need an iPhone. Not just for creating, mind you, but to share apps and tweets. In a slick, wireless world, I fear my low-tech phone is keeping me wired.

5. While SCOTT PILGRIM 5 was, to me, the book of the weekend, I can’t urge you enough to find a copy of Chris Kirby’s Devils Due graphic novel, THE LOST SQUAD. It’s like Busiek’s ARROWSMITH had sex with BAND OF BROTHERS, and uses characters named after the old Chicago baseball triple-play Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance.

6. Go digital, Young Self-Publisher. The future is bright and writ large on an infinite canvas.

7. In a comic book recession, consider adding a flask to your convention must-haves. Save a bundle, make a statement, drink the finer things in life.

8. Comics is high school, and I’m not sure where to sit for lunch.

9. How Not to Break Into Comics #1: Be Persistent, yes. Be a Stalker, no.

10. Fun-but-humbling con moment: hassidic dude in kippah paced past my Comic Book Tattoo signing; I turned to a co-writer and said “See that? That was the he’s got a yarmulka/i’ve got a yarmulka drive-by I often see at conventions.” One minute later, as guessed, the guy leaned over to me… and asked when Joe Kelly would be signing. Ouch.

11. There’s nothing more satisfying than introducing your four-month old to the entire comic book industry at once and having them unilaterally tell you that there’s no way you could possible be the father because he’s too damn cute.

12. It’s a thunderous discovery when, halfway to pitching yet another project, you realize that if everything you’ve pitched works out you might just have TOO much work.

13. When a Marvel or DC editor asks if you’d be willing to do some extra work on a project should it get greenlit, you say YES.

14. How Not to Break into Comics #2: When finally scoring five minutes with an elusive and well-known editor you respect and are trying to work with, don’t finish the conversation by mumbling something incoherent and walking away, no matter how tired you both are.

15. Yes, Matt Brady — I see you in the Newsarama skybox and if you’ll come down here, coward, I’ll fight you right now.

16. I never thought it would be possible to fit half a convention inside the upstairs bar of a Midtown pub.

17. At a convention it’s likely you’ll never see certain friends/colleagues at all, and see certain other a lot more than you’d like. The latter probably applies about me for many others.

18. How Not to Break into Comics #3: Don’t be British. Failing that, don’t berate an entire panel about how they’re never going to break into comics.

19. How was it possible that I had more Hollywood meetings in New York than I did in San Diego? And every single one of them was with genuine, quality people? This is the Hollywood I’ve heard horror stories about?

20. Celebrity sightings: Josh Jackson, Joss Whedon (As my manager says, stoned, tired or both?), Scott Adsit (Yes! Hornberger!) and on the way home, the Harry Potter kid.

21. Cold? Dude, this is Michigan summer.

22. Don’t come over to my publisher’ booth while I’m standing behind it and start debating the merits of the books they publish. Because that’s not an argument you’re going to win.

23. Oh, is there a Watchmen movie? I hadn’t heard.

24. Even when I’m outselling them, my pals will always be my pals. Nothing like raising cold ones every night with your friends after a hard day of pitching zombie vampire stories and avoiding dudes dressed like giant ninja bananas.

25. Yeah, unless they change the benchmarks on professional creators, I’ll be back. If not, I’ll see you on the internet.


NY Comic con

Just out of the event which went really quite well. We were quite busy throughout, selling out of a lot of our books where we premiered Little Nothings 2 and had other latest graphic novels. Neil Kleid of Brownsville was there promoting his next book which we’ll have out in July “THE BIG KHAN”, all free con preview copies went out and all his copies of Brownsville sold out early.

As for Papercutz, even though Bionicle writer Greg Farshtey couldn’t make it, Sunday’s Kids Day really worked this time, a lot of kids were there, always good to see for the future of comics!

A better show than last year, I gotta say! And this in a recession, so any good news like this is very welcome indeed.

David B interview and a review

Another interview is up with more insight from David B on his creative process behind Nocturnal Conspiracies at Graphic Novel Reporter.

Also, Publishers Weekly reviews the book this week both in the mag and in their weekly comics newsletter saying “it makes for a gorgeous, mysterious volume.”

AT THE LOUVRE NOW: The Louvre series we’ve been publishing.

Just back from France and the Angouleme Fair which went quite well, all exhibitors I talked to were happy with attendance and sales which is certainly nice to hear, good news amongst all the bleakness around these days.


On my way back from Angouleme, I made a point of stopping by an exhibit that just opened up at the Louvre museum and will run until April about comics!

Specifically it’s about the series of books they’ve been co-publishing and that we’ve been bringing out here in the States, namely Glacial Period by Nicholas De Crecy which I’m happy to say is in a 3rd printing already and Museum Vaults by Marc Antoine Mathieu.

While not exactly vast, it’s in a big vault-like room in the basement (echoes of Museum Vaults?) where you can see the foundations and oldest portions of the Louvre dating back to 13th century (possibly earlier) and it presents the originals as well as work in progress on the next books in this series.

Here’s where you can find more information on this at Louvre site and here you can get a lot of the images of the books out and forthcoming.

The exhibit shows stunning art of the next book we’ll most probably bring out later this year by Eric Liberge, called At Odd Hours which tells of a deaf person whose semi-fantastical meanderings though the museum and actual communication with its works change his life.

Following that will be the much awaited volume from Bernar Yslaire (also known as Hislaire and many other versions, quirkily enough). Also visually stunning, Sky Over the Louvre will happen during the French Revolution, a very important turning point for it, as it went from King’s palace to public repository of France’s art. This part of the exhibit had screens showing the gradual work in progress by the artist in creating his pages. Hislaire is quite famous in Europe for a number of series and books including Sambre and Memoires du XXeme Siecle.

But also, fascinatingly, a fifth book is now added and announced there… by a prominent Japanese artist! Hirohiko Araki of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure which is published by Viz here is presently working on his story based on the Louvre which is set to come out in 2010. We’ll be publishing it as well here. Not much was shown of this yet, except a very pop poster/cover, its working title is Rohan in the Louvre.

So, if you can make it to France, go see this exhibit! A proud moment for comics to make it into the Louvre. Heidi McDonald in her The Beat blog had mentioned this before but this is not actually the first time this has happened. Back in 1967, a famous exhibit was put up about the history of comics with huge blow-ups of frames by Caniff, Raymond, etc… that helped to turn public opinion around in France on the value and artistic merit of comics… Its book was a personal revelation for me as well, at the ripe age of 14 (bought a few years later, ain’t that old!)


Neil’s NYCC Signing Schedule

Hey, all!

As most know, I’ll be appearing at this year’s New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. I’ll be promoting THE BIG KAHN, my upcoming graphic novel from NBM, and signing copies of BROWNSVILLE, Image’s COMIC BOOK TATTOO, my Xeric-winning graphic novella NINETY CANDLES and more! I also may have one or two things to announce.

Here’s my tentative schedule for now — this is subject to change in the next day or so (I don’t think I’m doing both Image signings, but don’t know which yet) but now, here’s where you’ll find me:


11AM-1PM: NBM Publishing (Booth 1713)
2-3PM: Image Comics (tentatively)
3-5PM: NBM Publishing (Booth 1713)


10-11AM: NBM Publishing (Booth 1713)
11AM-12PM: Image Comics (tentatively)
3-5PM: NBM Publishing (Booth 1713)

Seeya there!

L.A. Times on David B + more great reviews

Just Sunday, The L.A. Times had this to say about our Nocturnal Conspiracies:

“Overall, the drawings create an anxious, voyeuristic intimacy, as if we are peering through a window unseen. “Nocturnal Conspiracies continues the emotional and artistic work of “Epileptic”, stripping the art -and the artist- down to raw process.”

Why I Killed Peter gets great reviews from the Onion and Andrew Smith:
“Proponents of graphic novels like to argue that the medium is mature enough to handle any topic. Why I Killed Peter may be proof of that. Ka writes a very grounded story with little hyperbole because none is needed.”
Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith, Scripps Howard News Service

“Olivier recounts his purgative confrontation with his past, and gives hope to anyone haunted by memories of a life that took a few unexpected, unfortunate turns… A-”

The Onion

And Miss Don’t Touch Me:
“Call me twisted, but this book is, in fact, charming. Kerascoet moves the story forward breathlessly, and his disarming simplicity keeps “MIss Don’t Touch Me” feeling like a light-hearted bedroom farce when it could easily veer into horror or soft-core porn.”
Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith, Scripps Howard News Service

‘Teacher Librarian’ on Bluesman and Lindbergh

The magazine ‘Teacher Librarian’ has some good things to say of two of our books:

For The Lindbergh Child:

“The tension between Geary’s newspaper-style captions and the devastated people he describes produces a story that is simultaneously factual and poignant.”


For Bluesman:

“A moody masterpiece of fiction.”