Joe & Azat visit the Wall Street Journal…

Read more about Jesse Lonergan’s latest book JOE & AZAT in a piece on the Wall Street Journal online:

“The story follows the unlikely friendship of an American and a Turkmen as they trade cultural gaffes and tolerate life in a totalitarian regime. (Azat’s brother, for example, claims that he is the Turkmen version of Chuck Norris.)
Cartoonists have long tackled travel writing in a variety of ways. For Lonergan, who was inspired by the short stories of W. Somerset Maugham, he hoped to inject some humanity into a country that’s known mostly for its eccentric dictator.
“You only read about the crazy politics and it doesn’t give a sense of reality. I wanted to focus on what life was like for people there rather than the dictator who names January after himself,” says Lonergan. This is a real place and that can be lost in the stories I read.”
Of course, not everything Lonergan experienced made its way into the book. “I hated the food,” he says. “But that doesn’t need to be commented on.”

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NBM in January: Little Nothings 3

Being solicited in comics stores now for shipping in January: Lewis Trondheim’s next Little Nothings!

LITTLE NOTHINGS
Vol. 3: “Uneasy Happiness”
Lewis TRONDHEIM
Trondheim’s comics blog’s next collection of his popular musings on the every day ironies of life, his little anxieties, funny observations while on travel, his way of finding some cloud over the brightest sunshine, his obsessive hypochondria and other oh-so-easy-to-relate-to nerdy preoccupations. As he says himself, it’s whole lotta not much. And people are lovin’ it:
“Fans of James Kochalka’s American Elf will find he has an international soulmate in Lewis Trondheim.” –The Onion
“If this isn’t the best thing that NBM has ever published in its 30 years of making graphic albums available to the English-language market, it’s one of the top three.”
Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter.
6×9, 128pp., full color trade pb with flaps, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-576-4

And if you’ve been following this blog, you know we’ve started putting these webcomics on this very blog since early this week.  From today on, make sure to come over every Thursday and Monday to catch the latest one! You can you see them all together here.

And of course, don’t miss the first two volumes already out which have charmed many. Hey, they were a sell-out when Lewis signed at our booth in San Diego.

While we’re at it, you might like to know what our sister company, Papercutz is up to this month: from Classics Illustrated ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ as adapted by Steven Grant and Dan Spiegle:

Classics Illustrated #8
The Count of Monte Cristo
By Alexander Dumas
Adapted by Steven Grant
Dan Spiegle, artist

Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure story at heart, making Steven Grant and Dan Spiegle excellent choices to adapt this action-packed tale, which translates wonderfully to comics form. Edmond Dantes, a fugitive wrongfully accused of a crime and betrayed by a rival, escapes from prison to embark on a search for treasure. Eventually, Dantes returns to France after creating the new identity of the Count of Monte Cristo in order to exact vengeance on his betrayer. A whirlwind adventure for any young child who follows this epic tale, Grant and Spiegle capture the excitement of this classic story that has remained a best-seller for over a hundred years.

61/2x9, 56pp., full color hardcover $9.99,
ISBN-13: 978-1-59707-177-2

Welcome, Lewis.

Welcome to our latest addition to our author/editor blog: Lewis Trondheim as his pages get posted here from the upcoming comics blog collection LITTLE NOTHINGS: Uneasy Happiness, due out in January and being solicited now in comics shops. Lewis needs little introduction at this point, this comics blog series has charmed many for its authenticity and great sense of observation. He is also the co-creator on DUNGEON and we’ve published quite a few more books  of his including Li’l Santa, btw, a charming series for Xmas .

So every Monday and Thursday, make sure to drop by for his latest comics blog: Little Nothings. Of course you can RSS this as well.

Get the word out!

Reactions to Joe & Azat

Jesse Lonergan’s latest, JOE & AZAT is a fun discovery for reviewers:

Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith of Scripps Howard News service thought:

“One almost wants to meet Azat, the eternally optimistic and enthusiastic Turkmen with an idealized view of America, plus grandiose dreams of business success and romantic love. Joe knows that Azat’s ambitions are preposterous, but Azat’s enthusiasm is infectious and, more importantly, he proves to be a true friend. In addition to the personal narrative, “Joe and Azat” serves as something of a travelogue, a growing segment in graphic novels. Lonergan’s art is cartoony but effective. “Joe and Azat” is a quick read, and a pleasant diversion. Who knows? Maybe by the end you’ll want to go to Turkmenistan.”

Also:

“Bombarded with naïve questions concerning American customs from curious locals, overcharged for toothpaste at the village bazaar and constantly in danger of being forced into bribing someone, Joe is surviving by following the basic rules of Turkmenistan. When Joe accidentally breaks the most important rule of all (Never lose your passport), an acquaintance named Azat lends a helping hand and becomes his best friend. Often comical and at times achingly heartfelt, JOE AND AZAT is the tale of two men from different corners of the world, both physically and culturally, who form a connection guaranteed to endure whether or not they ever see each other again. Lonergan’s words are like his artwork: devoid of unnecessary flotsam and instead cut directly to the meat of the emotional material.”

Comics Waiting Room

APE: catch Ted RALL and Shane WHITE

 

If you’re going to the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco the weekend of October 17th, then make sure to stop by the NBM table to meet Ted RALL selling his last few premier copies of The Year of Loving Dangerously (book due in stores mid-Nov.) as well as Shane WHITE signing his just released Things Undone.

Both will have other books of theirs, of course, as well as a smattering of our recent titles to sell! Better yet, credit cards accepted. So there, now you gotta go.

Rall’s Year of Loving Dangerously already getting reviews

The Year of Loving Dangerously is an excellent work. If I may have wanted to know more about what happened to Rall at the end, that merely shows he and Callejo did an excellent job of telling a story. As more folks read it or when this book is filmed (yes, I said that twice), I expect that Rall’s exploits during his “annus coitus” will rub up a tight debate on the ownership and exchange of sex.”

So says G.M. Palmer in Strong Verse, even if a few weeks early (book is due out in stores mid November. HOWEVER, Ted will be selling his last few advance copies at APE next weekend!

Things Undone not unreviewed

Things Undone by Shane White has been getting a stream of reviews of late:

“I found the story highly entertaining and well written with a flair for dramatics. Great stuff from the NBM team.”

Horrornews.com

“I almost didn’t read this book, because it’s about zombies. I don’t like zombies. But I did read the book, because I really really like the art style. I enjoyed the last third of the book, where he takes the symbolism over the top into a violent fantasy of making significant life changes. The cartooning was action-packed and funny.”

Comics Worth Reading

“it’s a very thoughtful and creative book with a tremendously satisfying finish.”

Comics Bulletin