I really don’t have much to say today. I’m in the middle of the last big chapter of my book about Turkmenistan and it’s going well. The super bowl is tonight and I have some cooking to do. So… here’s another page from the first chapter set in Turkmenistan. Adios.
Coming this April, comics stores now taking orders (as well as us online!):
NEW from ComicsLit:
In Chinese, ‘Mijeong’ means ‘pure beauty.’
In the cold city, young people’s lives cross and spark for brief moments in this remarkably drawn graphic novel; Wounded characters, squashed by the daily hard realities of urban living whose destinies take sudden unannounced turns but their inner flames shine bright and wild, even for a brief time. From the girl who deals sensitively with an older man obsessed by youth to the group of friends who find their friend has committed suicide but feel they might get implicated, this engrossing collection of stories will transfix and move you deeply. Another remarkable manhwa by the artist of Run, Bong-Gu, Run.
6 x9, 240pp., B&W, trade pb., $19.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-554-2
TO SEE PREVIEWS, GO TO COMING UP.
By the same author:
RUN, BONG-GU, RUN!
Byun Byung Jun
Off the train in the middle of winter at the station in Seoul, Bong-gu and his mother bring a little spring time warmth to the capital. They’re from a poor isolated area but on the beautiful sea. She’s looking for her kid’s dad who left without a trace. An old man meets the kid and actually remembers seeing his dad. He manages to bring them together. Dad had dreams coming from the country, hitting the big city. They didn’t quite work out. He had become too ashamed to show himself again. From desperation, the outcome of this story, however, will bring warmth to any heart, showing that the hope and love of humanity can even melt the cold indifference of our urban societies. A beautifully, poetically illustrated little manhwa lit.
“I think it takes an enormously gifted creator to tell a sentimental story well, and I think Byun has gifts to spare. With a minimum of manipulation and unerring visual skill, he creates an unexpectedly moving work.” –Comic World News
6×9, 112pp., full color trade pb.: $15.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-501-6
And reminding you of another Manhwa we have available:
From Korea comes a collection of incisive observant short stories by a leading artist. Reading these thirteen exceptional stories is an experience similar to appreciating a touching poem or watching a series of stills from a silent movie. Combining the traits of different artistic genres, O has indeed created his own world of comic art. While eloquently presenting a universal human experience, O also brings a delightful and exotic insight into Korean society. Whereas Manwa (Korean comics) can be much more than we expect… For mature readers.
This got a Publishers Weekly starred review and Tony Isabella of Comics Buyers Guide said: “O has a gift for effortlessly bringing the reader into his world. Buja’s Diary will expand your comics world. It picks up the full five out of five Tonys.”
6×9, 272 pp., B&W, trade pb.: $19.95 ISBN 978-1-56163-448-4
NEW from Eurotica
4 GIRLFRIENDS, vol.2
The lascivious 4 Spanish chicks seem almost to be in competition for who’ll be the most raunchy of the lot but it’s a friendly sharing competition that does involve some edgy sexual adventure! Stunning art as always, the chicks are so juicy, disarmingly cute and willing as to be absolutely irresistible. Gambedotti is emerging as one of the best Spanish erotic artists of the day.
8 ½ x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-557-3
We also have by Gambedotti:
4 GIRLFRIENDS, vol.1
The artist of the best-selling “Room-Mates” is back with a series of searing hot stories of 4 gorgeous girlfriends who aren’t afraid to get their feet very wet. Gambedotti’s talent at depicting irresistibly cute girls with tight firm curvy figures in the abandon of ecstasy only gets better with this new series!
81/2x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-524-5
ROOM-MATES, Vol. 1
Atilio GAMBEDOTI • Ivan GUEVARA
Oh, much more than room-mates! Got a space in your apartment to let? Why not find a willing sex mate as well? And hey, if the roomie don’t put up, out she goes! Fun, raunchy situations from a pair of horny Spanish artists!
Recommended by AVN-Adult Video News
“The illustrations, full-color throughout, are nothing short of amazing in their detail and their vibrancy, and the story is a fun romp through an alternate-universe Melrose Place where, rather than spending their time scheming, everyone prefers to get naked and fuck. It’s erotic, playful and deliciously sex-positive.” -Thomas Roche, Eros Zine
81/2x 11, 48pp., color trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 1-56163-433-6
ROOM-MATES, Vol. 2
Atilio GAMBEDOTTI • Ivan GUEVARA
The room-mates exchange between themselves and at parties at such a dizzying rate, you’ll give up trying to keep track! Gorgeous full color artwork with a knack for depicting irresistibly sweet chicas.
81/2x11, 48pp. full color trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 1-56163-491-3
Publisher’s Weekly has this week given a starred review for Why I Killed Peter, calling it “hauntingly evocative. Ka is unable to ignore his past any longer and decides to tell his story, teaming with artist Alfred to create a graphic memoir. Alfred’s blending of ink drawings and digital photographs in the final gut-wrenching scenes are perfect visual complements to Ka’s voice, which shifts effortlessly from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adulthood.”
Another recent review:
“The sensitivity with which Ka and Alfred handle this real-life moment is astonishing. And the way the graphic novel plays out, with art eventually giving way to photographs taken of the actual spots where some of the story takes place, is powerful. There will be those who cannot get through the book, overwhelmed by the story and the emotional content, but for those who do, they are in for a unique graphic novel experience. ”
Marc Mason, Comics Waiting Room
Also. Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith of the Scripps-Howard News Service says of David B’s Nocturnal Conspiracies: “Recommended.”
Watch for an interview of David B. to go up on Graphic Novel Reporter soon!
“Each mini-episode manages to be informative, entertaining, and a bit puzzling, too, by design. Throughout, Schwieger shows both funky humor and affectionate awe toward this alien culture immersing him.”
so says Library Journal about Moresukine.
“Miss Don’t Touch Me (NBM Publishing) is really nothing more than a murder mystery and period piece, but it sure is a good one—so good, in fact, that you may find yourself needing to be reminded how un-ambitious an unpretentious it actually is. ”
See the full review on Newsarama.
Living and working in Stockholm and having Terry and NBM all the way over in NYC is hardly ever a problem with today’s communications. One of the downsides that do come with it is the fact that I’ve had two graphic novels published (Unholy Kinship, House of Clay) and never a party or any kind of event to accompany the release.
That’s about to change! Well, knock on wood, we’ve got some preliminary plans. Apart from doing comics I’m also a painter and for about a year now the people over at the Hive gallery in LA have been wonderful enough to display my work. So – when Graylight comes out (looks like it’s gonna be fall, but things aren’t set yet and I’ve got another 30 pages to go) they’ve agreed to arranging a little celebration with me. This would include, as part of one of their large monthly shows, a corner with paintings related to the book as well as books for sale. If I have a day job* at the time I might be there in person, and hopefully meet up with you. Here’s a page from the book by the way! From chapter 7. (i’ve only lettered up to chapter 6, huff huff).
* Painting, illustration, comics and web design are just baaaarely paying the bills right now. I’m at the studio 8am-8pm on all days when I’m not too sleepy. I’ve just decided I should probably start looking for a day job though… could be fun for a change.
Here’s another page from one of the opening chapters of my book loosely based on my experiences in Turkmenistan (the presently untitled book loosely based on my experiences in Turkmenistan as I mentioned in my last post). The story focuses on the friendship between an American named Joe and a Turkmen named Azat and builds to Azat’s wedding. The plot is completely fictional, but a number of the incidents in the book actually happened. Including the one on this page where the taxi driver decided to pop the top on a hot radiator and it exploded in his face. Taxis were the quickest way to get from place to place even long distances (this trip was about 900 km). There were buses, but they were slow and always packed. For the most part the taxi drivers knew what they were doing, but this guy had no clue.