Here is a small preview of my latest book from NBM, “Famous Players: The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor.” It’s the convoluted tale of a still-unsolved 1922 murder in Hollywood, involving several film stars and other “famous players” of the day. The two finished pages reproduced here recount the discovery of the body, always the best starting point for a good mystery.
By the way, I’m proud and thrilled to be nominated for two Eisner awards this year, especially so because they both recognize my work for NBM, on last year’s book “The Lindbergh Child.”
Eurotica’s latest, Skinflowers by Ecce Homo, the photog who helps Favole painter artist Victoria Frances pose models for her paintings, is at stores now and from us of course.
It’s an import from Europe, a beautiful jacketed hardcover with photography of nudes in fantasy goth settings. Next week, we’ll be shipping out Victoria Frances next new book Arlene’s Heart, a moving goth fairy tale for adults. Frances, A Spaniard, has already made quite a name for herself in this country with the vampire series of illustrated books Favole.
The newest Dungeon book is out! After quite a lapse where we brought out various other branches of this vast epic, we’re back to the main storyline, Zenith, with volume 3 which, as we’ve always done, collects together 2 of the original French volumes, numbers 5 and 6.
In this one The Keeper gets himself into such hot water he even manages to lose the Dungeon entirely to a wiley schemer!
This marks the 10th volume we have out in this series, btw! And of late, we’ve brought the price down on recent volumes to $12.95.
It’s at stores now and we have stock of every volume out.
Not sure how they misunderstood our release but contrary to the bit of news they ran in their PW Comics Week out today and in their Comics Briefly, Diamond will most certainly be making available his new Famous Players volume in the Treasury of XXth Century.
What Diamond does not have in Previews, however, is the capacity to order previous volumes of his, especially including the Lindbergh Child.
The review site Curled Up with a Good Book reviews Ted Rall’s Silk Road to Ruin:
“Although you may think that a book which deals with political subject matter and a part of the world whose nations most Americans know little to nothing about (and have a difficult time even pronouncing correctly) might be dull and boring. Instead, Rall has written a very interesting and often LOL humorous account that anyone who wants to learn more about this politically unstable region and anyone who likes travel memoirs will enjoy highly.”
And they give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Hey, the book may be out for a couple years now but never too late for a review, right? Besides this book remains timely and topical.
Congratulations go to Rick Geary, our author of the always superb Treasury of Murder, whether Victorian or XXth century, for his nominations in the Eisners as best writer/artist and for The Lindbergh Child as Best Reality Based Work!
If you’re a pro getting a ballot, make sure you vote for this still somewhat under-rated artist (although I have to say he keeps growing in awareness out there) with such a personal style.
Lindbergh, by the way, along with his next Famous Players book, out in June about a famous murder in the early already scandalous days of Hollywood, are Junior Library Guild selections. Print runs on these are now surpassing 10,000.
Looking back, this may be a little bit of an exaggeration. I did have some ideas of the kind of story I wanted to tell. I’d seen Turkmenistan mentioned in a number of books and I’d seen a number of news articles about the country, but because most Westerners can only get a two week visa to travel in Turkmenistan there were definite limits on what kinds of stories the authors could tell. I wanted to tell a story that could only be told by a person who had lived in the country. That was my starting point and everything else flowed from that.
And here is a detail of the inks for my cover.
I’m planning on flat colors, maybe only five or six. All the black lines will probably be a dark green, but I’m not sure yet. It’ll take shape as I start working on it. For the title I’m thinking of having it in a bar of color across the top of the book (it would be something like the cover of one of those old Blue Note jazz albums)(only with a broader band for the title). And Terry is probably going to hate this but after reading the book one of my friends was so adamant that it should be called The Golden Age that he sent me a list of reasons justifying it. I was convinced. So Terry and I will be talking about that again.