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

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December: a New Royo and Noami Nowak

Here’s what’s being solicited in comics shops now from NBM, to come out in December:

The main attraction: Royo’s best-selling Malefic collection (50,000 sold) back in a revised, augmented beautiful clothbound edition:

MALEFIC
LUIS ROYO
One of the best-selling collections of fantasy art by Royo is back in print sprinkled with all-new work. Royo scintillates again in a handsome library-worthy edition.
81/2 x 101/2, 96pp., full color jacketed hardcover: $32.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-572-6; see more by Royo

A new Naomi Nowak graphic novel:

GRAYLIGHT
Naomi NOWAK
A promise made decades ago could suddenly be fulfilled, endangering the life of a girl, trying her friendships and confusing her suitors. A semi-conscious love triangle ensues in twilit northern forests. Obsession, overprotection and the hunger for everything to be in it’s right place – rules of the game, set to a backdrop of arctic summer.
5 x 71/2, 144pp., full color trade pb.: $12.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-567-2; see previews
Here’s what the press had to say of her previous two books, Unholy Kinship and House of Clay:
“Gorgeously rendered. The surreal art is lovely.” –The Onion
“For anyone reminiscing about Neil Gaiman’s sense of fantasy or looking for someone with a little “what if…” this is a comic book artist worth watching for.” -Feminist Review
“Nowak is clearly a talent who will bear watching. She creates several interesting characters, knows how to establish a strong premise, and she’s not afraid to follow a number of intersecting story lines. Most importantly, she is completely fearless about describing her character’s difficult emotional states.”
Publishers Weekly
“Nowak blends linework and color to establish significant emotional moods, and her often fragmented pages support her story of broken relationships and dissolving mental states. At its end, this is a frightening tale of losing touch with reality, well illustrated by a promising talent. “ -Comicsworthreading.com


Finally, Rick Geary’s latest, “Famous Players”, will be available in paperback:

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
FAMOUS PLAYERS
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
Rick GEARY
NOW IN PAPERBACK! It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
“A compelling tale full of jealousy, hatred, loyalty and a murderer who walked away from the crime.” –VOYA
“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.” –Publishers Weekly
“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by.” -Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest. 5 out of 5 stars.” –Jazma Online
“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.” –Booklist
6×9, 80p., B&W, trade pb., $9.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-559-7; see previews

Then, Eurotica will have (sorry can’t show the cover):

BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 2
HARTMANN

More tales from the medieval ages starring women warriors way too hot for vigorous action, sword and sorcery awash with hot sex. Beautifully painted, from Spain and with a dash of humor.
81/2 x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.95, ISBN 978-156163-574-0
To see more go to Eurotica and then the Coming Up page.

Next week in stores: Things Undone & the new Dungeon

Comics stores should receive next week Shane White’s new Things Undone as well as the latest volume in the growingly popular Dungeon series.

Shane White’s latest is quite a departure from the previous North Country he did with us. The art style is cartoonier, the premise humorful but real where the main character feels like he’s going nowhere fast and literally becoming a zombie. Shane’s been talking about it quite a bit here on his own.

As for Dungeon, brilliantly written by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, here too, character development is one of the key aspects of the success of this series. It may be a dark spoof of heroic fantasy involving some strange creatures, but you can relate to them very personally. In this volume, the second volume of the Early Years part of the grand saga, the art is by no less a magician than Christophe Blain, of Isaac the Pirate fame!

Don’t miss ’em at your store next week and if you don’t see ’em, request ’em! Stores are gun shy in this economy,  ordering the least they feel they need. If your store hasn’t ordered these, they can get them easily through book wholesalers like Ingram’s or ourselves. And of course, you can also order direct from us or Amazon.

Big Kahn is becoming Enormous Khan

The publicity on The Big Kahn just keeps rolling along and gathering steam! The latest is a great interview by author Sasha Watson on Publishers Weekly’s Comics Week newsletter.

And… looks like a major paper will be running something very soon… stay tuned.

Ted RALL and Jesse LONERGAN PREMIERE BOOKS AT SPX

Here’s what you’ll find at NBM’s tables at SPX:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come meet Ted Rall and Jesse Lonergan as well as Greg Houston at SPX the weekend of 9/26-27 in Bethesda at SPX as they premiere their latest!

Ted RALL will premiere, weeks ahead of in-store publication, THE YEAR OF LOVING DANGEROUSLY, fully painted by Pablo (Bluesman) Callejo, about a year where he was about as down and out as one can be and his original survival story…
Jesse LONERGAN will premiere JOE & AZAT, fresh off the press, based on his Peace Corps experience, a very entertaining wild ride!
Greg HOUSTON will be on hand to show pages of his very soon to come totally outrageous VATICAN HUSTLE.
And these guys will have a number of our recent books besides theirs to sell.
So if you’re coming to SPX, one of the best indie comics shows around, make sure to stop by and say Hi to our guys!

Words for Big Kahn

More reviews for The Big Kahn:

“This story moves in unexpected directions in a quiet and real-feeling way. This is not a sensationalistic story that might appear on a cable network; instead, Kleid allows the characters sufficient time and space to move in their own interesting directions.”

Comics Bulletin

“Well written, well drawn, with characters you can understand and sympathize with. Grade: 8/10”

Sequential Tart

Omaha in Library Journal? and more on Eurotica…

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Yup, Omaha the Cat Dancer by Reed Waller, Kate Worley and James Vance was part of a list of ‘16 graphics novels of sex, drugs, and rock and roll’ prompted by the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, run in Library Journal.

See the article.

Obviously only libraries serving the more liberal communities will have such books in their collections! But all the more of a tip of the hat to them for doing so.

Also, The Comics Buyers Guide has recently reviewed our First Time, giving it 3 and 1/2 stars and cites various of its stories as stand-outs (September issue).