NBM in June: Geary on Sacco & Vanzetti

Coming in June and now being solicited for in comics shops, a big one from Rick Geary:

A Treasury of Murder:
THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI
Rick Geary
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others in his usual unflappable way.
6 x 9, 80pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover: $15.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-605-1

See previews.

As we mentioned before, we also have a special very very limited edition being made available ONLY THROUGH US online or by mail of this volume with a special bind, a tip in sheet of art specially done by Rick for this and numbered and signed by him. HURRY! Orders for this will be closed soon and number produced set to advance demand. This will not be in stores!

Also, your comics store is taking orders for our FOREVER NUTS collection as Distributor Diamond is focusing on classic reprints this month. If you missed anything from our Mutt & Jeff to Happy Hooligan to Bringing Up Father, place your order now.

**New from EUROTICA, Sizzle magazine celebrates its 50th!

NOW IN FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT!SIZZLE #50
Celebrating our 50th issue as the last standing all-comics all-adult magazine and now in full color! The reason for our longevity: we have been consistently presenting the very best in comics erotica which nobody wants to miss! Special for this issue: a pull-out drop-dead gorgeous pin-up poster by Christian (Banana Games) Zanier! Also including our best-selling line-up Gambedotti, Cornnell Clarke, Christian Zanier, Hartmann.
Quarterly, 48pp., full color, $5.95

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While we’re at it we’ll tell you about what Papercutz is up to as well for June:

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #6 “The Three Musketeers”
By Alexandre Dumas, writer
Rubén, artist
Adapted by Jean David Morvan and Michel Dufranne
Not a reprint – this is an all-new graphic novel interpretation of the Alexandre Dumas novel, faithfully adapted by David Morvan and Michel Duffranne and expressively illustrated by Rubén. This 192-page graphic novel captures far more of the original novel, keeping subtleties and scenes often omitted from other adaptations. A whole new generation is eager to cry “All for one and one for all!”
6 ½ x 9, 192pp., full-color paperback: $16.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-252-6
6 ½  x 9, 192pp., full-color hardcover: $21.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-253-3

DISNEY FAIRIES #6 “A Present for Tinker Bell”
Paola Mulazzi, Augusto Machetto, Giulia Conti, writers
Emilio Urbano, Elisabetta Melaranci, Andrea Greppi, Gianluca Barone, artists
All the fairies in Pixie Hollow are busy trying to come up with the best present for Tinker Bell. But how do you choose a gift for a fairy who can make anything? The kind of gift that Tinker Bell truly desires may surprise her fairy friends! Plus three more stories starring Tinker Bell and the fairies of Pixie Hollow.
6 ½ x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-256-4
Also in hardcover for $10.99, ISBN 978-1-59707-257-1

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TCJ on Vatican Hustle & more reviews

“There’s a high level of cartooning skill on display in every panel, to the point where Houston fairly demands that the reader stop and linger on the images. A book that moved from mere self-indulgence to a uniquely comedic explosion of tightly-constructed gags and funny drawings.”

Rob Clough over at The Comics Journal on Vatican Hustle

Gutter Geek reviews our Bringing Up Father:

“This is the third volume in NBM’s new series of classic comic strip reprints, and it is their best thus far.  

What McManus discovered in “Bringing Up Father” was a way to make the gag-a-day formula “flexible,” as he put it—to introduce new characters, new adventures, new environments and new economies without ever losing sight of the core of the joke. This volume reveals the artist coming to an awareness of that potential and the new possibilities as a cartoonist that he—and indeed the medium—has not fully realized up to that point. Perhaps the greatest pleasure in McManus’s work is the palpable pleasure that he always takes in his work, long after many of the most gifted cartoonists grew bored and began to phone it in. The dawning of that pleasure is on display in this terrific volume.”

And to know more about Naomi Nowak, author of the recently released Graylight,  here’s a recent interview on Jazma Online.

Capt. Comics on Bringing Up Father

Forever Nuts is getting press not only for its latest Bringing Up Father collection but also for Happy Hooligan.

Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith of the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain says:

“Bringing Up Father” was a much copied strip, not only for its simple and engaging premise, but also for creator George McManus’ beautiful art.
This is the third “Forever Nuts” collection I’m aware of, the other two being Happy Hooligan” and “Mutt & Jeff.” I’m eager to support these collections of rarely reprinted comic strips, which are meticulously restored by NBM and should be in every library in America. They’re certainly in mine!”

[see the full review on one of the papers running his column]

Amongst other press, Jazma Online also reviewed this, giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

And Rob Clough, on Comic Book Resources said of Happy Hooligan:

“This volume is a “best of” from 1903-1913 and is a must for any fan of humor comics.”

The Onion and Sequential Tart on Bringing Up Father

“The gags are funny and well-designed, with a freewheeling spirit that’s held up well over the past century.”

So says The Onion on Bringing Up Father, our Forever Nuts latest collection, out in stores now.

Sequential Tart also says of it:

“I began to appreciate the inventiveness of the comic, despite always following the same basic situation. Clashes between classes as a source of humor has always been around, and is still around today. That the strip was able to find endless variations of this impressed me.
The drawing of the comic also impressed me. It didn’t strike me immediately, but it is a sophisticated, well-drawn comic that obviously entertained folks for quite a long time. I was also was surprised by realizing that while Jiggs is the butt of the jokes of the strip, you really get the impression it is the high society that is the target…”

Geary and Bringing Up Father reviewed

Booklist reviews our Bringing Up Father collection:

“One of the most popular and longest-running comic strips. Soon, McManus  would develop into one of the funnies’ leading stylists.”

And Publishers Weekly this week says of Geary’s new Famous Players:

“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.”

Bringing Up Father in stores now

George McManus’
BRINGING UP FATHER
Foreword by Bill Blackbeard and Introduction by R.C. Harvey
In 1904, a young George McManus was hired by Pulitzer’s New York World as a cartoonist. While he was there he created such strips as The Newlyweds which many comics historians consider the first family comic strip. In 1912, William Randolph Hearst hired McManus away to start a comic strip about a guy called Jiggs, a lower class man who came into a lot of money. With their new wealth, Maggie, Jiggs’ wife, wanted to enter the upper crust of society but Jiggs just wanted to hang out with his old friends at the local bar playing cards and pool and eat his simple favorite foods. This is the classic strip Bringing Up Father which became the second longest comic strip of the 20th Century. Now, for the first time, Forever Nuts presents all the dailies of the first two years of this classic comic strip, many of which have not been reprinted since they first appeared over 90 years ago. Discover why McManus became known as one of the greats in the field.
11×81/2, 192pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-556-6

See preview pages. And Allan Holtz of Stripper’s Guide provides great footnotes setting the scene, these are complimented in fuller detail here. He also did a bang up job of cleaning these very old strips. They’re all crisp as a new dollar bill. RC Harvey introduces with info on McManus, who looked quite a bit like Jiggs.

One of the great strips in history, finally reprinted, showing the early development of McManus’ wonderful art deco style. Don’t miss it!

Meet our authors at MoCCA

If you’re in NY this weekend, come meet us and some of our authors who will be handing out and signing previews at the MoCCA Fest.

Our guests will include Neil Kleid (Brownsville) and Nicolas Cinquegrani of the forthcoming The Big Kahn who will be signing a special MoCCA preview book. We’ll also have Jesse Lonergan (Flower & Fade) down from New England signing a preview of his Joe & Azat. Hey, they’re free! Come say hi.

Besides that, we’ll have the premier of the beautiful Bringing Up Father collection! Advance copies a few weeks before they become generally available.

And we just might have the very first copies of Rick Geary’s Famous Players, his newest Treasury of XXth Century Murder. We’ll also have a smattering of recent books of ours including some from our sister co. Papercutz with Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Bionicle, etc…

Here’s the schedule of appearances:

SATURDAY

Nicolas Cinquegrani: 2 to 4PM

Jesse Lonergan: 11 to noon, 1-3, 5-6PM

SUNDAY

Neil Kleid & Nicolas Cinquegrani: 11:30-1PM, Kleid alone: 3:30 to 5

Jesse Lonergan: 1-3:30

A bit about Joe & Azat:

Joe is an American in the strange land of Turkmenistan who finds a good friend in Azat, a Turkmen dreamer whose optimism knows no bounds. With tales of doomed desert cab rides, nights of endless vodka shots, unlikely Turkmen business schemes, and secret girlfriends, Lonergan captures not only the bizarreness of living in a country where the president for life launches copies of his poetry books into space, outlaws gold teeth and renames the months and days, but also reveals that there is hope in seemingly hopeless situations. Based loosely on Lonergan’s Peace Corps experience in the former Soviet republic.

See ya there!