NBM in August: Liberatore is back!

EUROTICA takes center stage this month, as solicited for in comics bookstores, as we bring the great Italian artist LIBERATORE back with an amazing art book:

LE DONNE
Liberatore
 The Italian artist of the controversial RanXerox comic series which shook the world of comics in the eighties presents women in-your-face proud of their feminity. Women in all their physical glory but without the softness or subservience. This explores limits without shame or fear and is occasionally pornographic, bizarre, or even disturbing. Includes chapters entitled “Desire”, “Pulse” with stark black & white illustrations, “Embraces” with a fearless abandonment to sheer lust, “Chiaroscuro”, “Intimacies” with never before seen angles on the nude figure, “Flesh” with soft beautiful aquarelles. This book challenges and does not leave indifferent.
9×12, 168pp., full color clothbound: $39.99, ISBN 9781561637133

See Previews. (must be over 18)

Outside of Eurotica, this month, NBM has two new sets of books to catch up on some of our awesome series and authors:

                                                                                                                                                       

Dungeon, The Early Years set
Banding together the two volumes of this branch of the vast history of Dungeon, a tongue-in-cheek epic by two grand masters of the new comics generation, The Early Years relates the origins. From leaving home a lad full of enterprise to becoming the Night Shirt, a misguided vigilante, to his initiation to the very dark realities of governing, we follow the Dungeon Keeper on his dramatic dangerous path to power.
6 ½ x 9, 192pp., banded set of two books, full color trade pbs., $24.99,
ISBN 9781561636990

See previews.

Jewish in America, set of graphic novels by Neil Kleid
Art by Jake Allen and Nicholas Cinquegrani
Rising star and award-winning comics writer Neil Kleid explores two aspects of being Jewish in America in this banded set of his two highly praised graphic novels: Brownsville and The Big Kahn. Brownsville presents factually the rise and fall of ‘Murder, Inc.’, a group of assassin for hire Jews in the mob in the twenties. The Big Kahn, with its Rabbi who turns out to have never been Jewish, explores the very nature of faith.
Specially priced!
6×9, 390pp., banded set of two B&W trade pbs., $24.99, ISBN 9781561637003

See previews (Big Khan) and for Brownsville.

And look out for the following from PAPERCUTZ:

Ninjago #4 our bestselling series, this one with a 425,000 copy print run! and from Classics Illustrated #16: “Kidnapped” a Robert Louis Stevenson novel adapted by Mike Vosburg.

ALL THIS BEING SOLICITED FOR AT YOUR COMICS BOOKSTORE NOW!

Keeping Dungeon in stock

We’re working right now on preparing Dungeon Zenith vols. 1 and 2 for going back to press and in doing so I got to realize the 1st one is now heading into its fourth printing, the second into its 3rd.

Damn, I’m impressed and quite proud of this success.

In March, we’ve got a banded set of all 3 volumes in the Zenith subseries lined up which  prompts these reprints, the volumes had been out of stock for a good few months and are certainly missed.

A Peyo art book for March

 

Here’s what we’ve got solicited through comics bookstores this month to come out in March:

The main news is a beautiful art book import (in English and French) presenting the life work of Peyo, the creator of not only the Smurfs but many other great series:

PEYO, The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller
Issued on the occasion of a recent exhaustive exhibition of original art by Peyo, father of the Smurfs, this is a hefty compendium chock-a-block with reproductions of his original pages from Johan & Peewit to Poussy the Cat and more, and of course with plenty of Smurfs art! Accompanied by text on the history of Peyo’s creations. A limited direct import from France. Once the few we’re able to import are sold out, no more!
8 ¼ x 11, 250pp. full color trade pb., $50, ISBN 9782953974300; see a preview.

Dungeon Zenith set
Volumes 1-3
Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Boulet
Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press! This is the series Pendleton Ward called a ‘big inspiration’ for his ever more popular “Adventure Time” series.
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, normally $43, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2  See more on the series.

Now, you might notice we have up on our Coming Up page this month the next Boneyard set 5-7, due to some miscommunication, Diamond did not solicit for it this month and will for May.

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Meantime over at PAPERCUTZ:

ALL NEW 3 STOOGES COMICS!!! The movie’s comin’ and they’re recreating the 3 amazingly… so here goes:

THE THREE STOOGES #1 “Bed Bugged!”
Jim Salicrup, George Gladir, writers
Stan Goldberg, art
On the eve of the new major movie, Moe, Larry, and Curly are back in this collection of all-new comics stories written by Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup and Sabrina the Teenage Witch creator George Gladir, drawn by legendary Archie Comics artist Stan Goldberg. In the title story “Bed Bugged,” the stooges find themselves as exterminators in a wealthy house full of priceless works of art. Can the three clear the house of bugs and leave the place intact? Their first collection of shenanigans will take them from Sumo Wrestling School to the set of a Spaghetti Western and all the way to Hollywood! Expect eye-pokes, gags, and slapstick galore in this return of the classic trio for an all-new audience.
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-315-8
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-316-5 

PAPERCUTZ SLICES #4 “The Hunger Pains”
Stefan Petrucha, writer
Rick Parker, artist
Papercutz parodies the hot YA series just before its big budget film adaptation hits theaters in the fourth volume of Papercutz Slices. Ratkiss Everspleen decides to take her sister Dim’s place in the annual televised “Battle to the Death,” even though Mayor Underwear insists participation is completely optional. Ratkiss and her fellow contestant Peek A Choo soon begin training under Heybitch Blubbernasty for the most unnecessary battle of their lives. Expect laughs galore in this pointed parody that pokes fun at everything from Glee to Winnie the Pooh.
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-312-7
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-313-4

PAPERCUTZ SLICES #1-3 Boxed Set
Maia Kinney-Petrucha, Margo Kinney-Petrucha, and Stefan Petrucha, writers
Rick Parker, artist
Laugh out loud comics parodies “Harry Potty,” “Breaking Down,” and “Percy Jerkson and the Ovolactovegetarians” all in one specially priced boxed set!
6 x 9, 192 pages, full-color paperback: $19.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-274-8

DISNEY FAIRIES #8 “Tinker Bell and Her Stories for a Rainy Day”
Silvia Gianatti, Augusto Machetto, Paola Mulazzi, writers
Emilio Urbano, Elisabetta Melaranci, artists
Tinker Bell’s oldest friend Peter Pan and her oldest enemy Captain Hook both guest star in the newest volume of the Cyblis Award nominated series. Containing four magical stories jam-packed with rare appearances by some of the most beloved Disney characters including the lovable bumbling pirate Mr. Smee and fairies of Pixie Hollow who have never appeared in comics—until now.
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $7.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-303-5
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $11.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-304-2

THE SMURFS  #11 “The Smurf Olympics
Peyo – writer and artist
Yvan Delporte, writer
Papercutz celebrates the Summer 2012 Olympic Games with “The Smurf Olympics”! Hefty Smurf loves to play sports, but he can’t get the other Smurfs to play with him. His solution – create “Smurf Olympics”! The Smurfs divide themselves into two teams, all competing for the grand prize: a kiss from the Smurfette. But when one Smurf is turned down by both teams, he decides to compete on his own, throwing the games into chaos! Can one Smurf take on the whole village? And can the Smurfs stop cheating and playing pranks on each other long enough for the games to actually take place?
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color paperback: $5.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-301-1
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-302-8 

 
THE SMURFS #4-6 Boxed Set
Peyo – writer and artist
Gos -writer
Yvan Delporte, writer
Volumes 4 through 6 collected into one boxed set with close to 150 pages of comics! Includes “The Smurfette”, “The Smurfs and the Egg,” “The Smurfs and the Howlibird.”
6½ x 9, 192 pages, full-color paperback: $17.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-306-6

Pendleton Ward loves Dungeon, many top tens + lots more love

First an interesting factoid: the creator of the Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time show, Pendleton Ward cites Joann Sfar and Dungeon as a strong influence in this interview on USA Today’s Pop Candy column. 

Stargazing Dog is #3 on Panel Patter, #5 on Comics Worth Reading, on the best list of Kuriousity, and #1 on SFSite/Nexus Graphica

Catherine Dacey at Manga Critic had this to say of it:

“Perhaps the best compliment I can pay Murakami is to acknowledge just how much Stargazing Dog moved me. Not in a cheap, dog-in-peril sort of way, but in the same way that Vittorio de Sica’s Umberto D. touched me: as a beautiful meditation on the human-canine bond, one that acknowledges the complexity and inequality of that relationship, as well its enduring power. One of 2011′s best new manga.”

Pop Matters reviewed the Opera set we’re offering combining all of P. Craig Russell’s Opera adaptations:

“What Russell also manages to do with these works is to advance the narratives, offering a supremely dramatic graphic rendering, yet still enabling the ‘music’ to come through.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews the latest Salvatore:

 “Nicolas De Crecy offers a delightful follow-up to his graphic novel about a lovelorn, fondue-loving dog.” 

Comics Worth Reading chimes in on it:

“It is Salvatore’s journey into temptation when he picks up a hitchhiking beauty that carries this book along. Rich in character and filled with one remarkably strange moment after another, this one is well worth your time.”

Back to the top ten lists: The Onion’s AV Club puts Rick Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti as #8.

Comics Worth Reading put also Little Nothings 4 in a best 10.

Booklist and Smithsonian chime in on Stargazing Dog.

Stargazing Dog gets another appreciative nod this time from the Smithsonian magazine online.

And Booklist is about to publish this review of it:

“Reading this graphic novel is the emotional equivalent to listening to NPR’s StoryCorps—moving, beautiful, and ultimately heart-wrenching.”

Dungeon  Monstres 3 and 4 get good reviews from Unshelved, a favorite comics blog amongst Librarians, calling the series “a fabulous array of five inter-related graphic novel series.”

John Hodgman on Dungeon + more press

“The companionship of Daddy and his dog stands for something that is attainable in our lives — even in an era when so many other dreams are being dashed. No wonder this book resonated so much in its native land.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer on Stargazing Dog

“Geary works his magic once again. This would be an excellent choice for schools and libraries looking for literary graphic novels, for teachers who want to spark discussion of the case, and for any teens looking for an enthralling nonfiction read.”

School Library Journal on Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti.

TV Personality John Hodgman (The Daily Show) has some nice things to say about our series Dungeon over at Newsarama.

Happy Gobble Gobble.

“Indispensable” says The Onion on Geary + join CBR thread on Dungeon

“Indispensable”

Says The Onion AV Club on Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti. And Jason Sacks of Comics Bulletin adds:

“If you know nothing about the trials of Sacco and Vanzetti, this book is a great introduction their story. If you know something about their trials, you should find this book a fascinating exploration of the case. And if you’ve never read anything by Geary, I think you’ll really enjoy the fascinating combination of objective reporting and personal artfulness that Rick Geary presents in this book.”

And on Trondheim’s Little Nothings 4:

“I thought this was the best volume since the first. This one features a bit more anxiety (a health scare) and a lot more action (many overseas trips). There’s a delightful mix of fussiness and craziness in his depiction of crossing through Death Valley on a journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco.  What’s remarkable about the Little Nothings series is not its light tone and loose line; instead, it’s that Trondheim creates such a complex, rich, and visually exciting narrative environment for himself and his readers to explore.”

Rob Clough at The Comics Journal.

Publishers Weekly (need sub) has chosen our about-to-ship Bubbles & Gondola for its recommended list of “comics and graphic novels as gifts 2011”.

DUNGEON LOVERS!! Thanks to Taliesin for taking a jump and establishing a thread on CBR over the Dungeon series. Go over there and get in on the conversation if you’re a Dungeon lover. Keep him company! Encourage others to join in! Get the word out! We’re gettin’ tired of hearing how this is overlooked (the series sells well but should sell a lot better!)

Wired on Dungeon: Sfar’s ‘Gainsbourg’ movie prompts attention

You may have heard Joann Sfar’s biopic on badboy French singer Serge Gainsbourg has been released on this side of the Atlantic. The ultimately cool and provocative poet/singer famous from the sixties through the eighties was also known for some of his famous affairs, such as with Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.

Scott Thill has written an article for Wired interviewing Sfar and Trondheim on this occasion with substantial coverage of their joint collaboration on the Dungeon series. You’ll find some of their comments interesting and amusing.

SPX: Fabulous.

Just back from SPX in the Washington DC area and it was energizing!

Saturday was amazing, starting right off the bat in high gear. For a few hours, we sold steadily books upon books, selling out of many Dungeon titles quickly as well as Sky Over the Louvre and Geary’s new Sacco & Vanzetti.

By the end of the show we had sold out of substantial quantities also of our premiere of the Stargazing Dog which was warmly received and, with Brooke Allen signing, of the many copies we brought of her Home for Mr. Easter.

The energy around the show is wonderful to see, the Ignatz Awards were SRO with many unable to fit and the post party went on into the wee hours. Gotta say, I love the forgiving hours of the show, starting at 11 on Saturday and even noon on Sunday.

A fun experience worth the trip and this show should attract attendees from farther than the DC area alone, it deserves it!

Many thanks to Brooke, Rick Parker who held up the Papercutz side, and Jesse Lonergan for appearing at our booth and talking with fans.

Dungeon Monstres 4: “Incredibly unpredictable”

Dungeon Monstres 4 get s a couple reviews:

“The DUNGEON books never let the reader down- they show you grand ideas, they make you laugh, they hold your interest, they put the work of amazing artists in front of you- to ask more of comics would be greedy. If there’s a sure bet in the world of graphic novels, DUNGEON is it. Volume four of MONSTRES is as good a place to start as any.”

Comics Waiting Room

“The world is kind of like Lord of the Rings meets mid-Tom Baker Doctor Who meets nothing you’ve ever read before. If that gives you the impression that these are some awesomely weird and fun stories, you’re absolutely right.
Nothing can give you an idea of the incredibly unpredictable way this story ambles and twists and turns. It alternates, in very surprising ways, between slapstick, high drama, gross-out moments, a touch of romance and a bit of horror.
The pair [of stories] are a nice contrast to each other in this book. Horus is a genius who finds himself freed from his brain by the physical fate that’s flung upon him while Grogro is an idiot who’s forced to use at least a little bit of his limited brain power to make changes in his world.
Altogether this combination makes the book a real treat to read. Each story is a real treat on its own, but together they make a fascinating and charming contrast to each other. This book is an awesomely wonderful introduction to the shared Dungeon universe if you’ve never encountered it before. Once you visit the Dungeon you’ll want to revisit it again and again.”
Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin