Trondheim at the Beguiling!

Quick bit of news here: this Saturday, Lewis Trondheim will be in Toronto appearing at the Beguiling comics bookstore.

See The Beguiling’s blog for more info.

He don’t come often to North America so don’t miss this chance to get Dungeon, Little Nothings and his other goodies signed! You might even see him set fire to one of your Dungeon books (after drawing Marvin spitting fire)… We swear! That’s what he does! He’ll burn your book! (OK, just the back page)(and if he feels like it that day).

NBM in September: A New Dungeon

Coming this September from NBM and being solicited at your comics store now:

DUNGEON: Monstres
Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer
In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.
6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-591-7

see the preview pages

We have online and in our Fall catalog a special where you can buy all 3 volumes of the Dungeon Monstres sub-series for only $29.99, a 20% discount!

NEW from Eurotica:

The next in this best-selling series!

BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 3
HARTMANN
In medieval times, powerful warrior chicks getting their way shamelessly with warlords to powerful demons themselves! Beautiful fully painted artwork.
81/2x11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-596-2

See more info on this with cover and art in Eurotica, click on the Coming Up September banner on the left.

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Also, our sister company PAPERCUTZ has these coming out in September:

NANCY DREW in an all-new series of more complex and darker stories!

NANCY DREW THE NEW CASE FILES #1
Vampire Slayer
By Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney
Sho Murase, artist
Nancy Drew in an all-new harder edged series and new format! Vampire-mania has gripped River Heights, with teenage girls going wild over the new “DieLite” novels and movies. But what happens when a supposedly “real” handsome young vampire arrives on the scene? Will Nancy expose him as a fraud – or fall under his dark spell? As if that wasn’t enough– there’s something dark and sinister happening while everyone’s distracted by the vampire madness. Could this possibly be linked to what’s happening in Bayport, home of the Hardy Boys?
6×9, 64pp, full color paperback: $6.99 ISBN: 978-1-59707-213-7
Also in collector’s hardcover at $10.99, ISBN 978-1-59707-214-4
From Tales From the Crypt, the next in our wildly popular spoof DIARY OF A STINKY DEAD KID:

TALES FROM THE CRYPT #9 “Wickeder”
By Stefan Petrucha, David Gerrold, Jim Salicrup
Rick Parker, Mr. Exes, artists

Tales from the Crypt is bigger and “WICKEDER” than ever! After the surprise-success of Tales from the Crypt #8 “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid,” CRYPT is back and offering an all-new parody of the best-selling “Wicked” book. Plus, the Stinky Dead Kid himself is back in a new story, and Star Trek fan-favorite writer David Gerrold contributes “Sales of a Death Man.”

6×9, 64pp., full color paperback: $6.99 ISBN: 978-1-59707-215-1; also in collector’s hardcover at $10.99 ISBN 978-1-59707-216-8

Not in Previews but also available in September:

NANCY DREW #17-21 Boxed Set
By Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney
Sho Murase, artist
Collecting FIVE Nancy Drew graphic novels with close to 500 pages of full-color comics! This Nancy Drew set has the two part stories “The Secret Within,” where Nancy travels to India, and “High School Musical Mystery” where Nancy Drew teams up with the Dana Girls! A great collection for any Nancy Drew fan.
5×7 1/2, 5 volumes in a box, 484 pp, full color: $39.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-211-3

 

Newsarama on Dungeon

“Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim, two of the world’s wittiest and creative cartoonists, continue to script.  They stuff each tale chock full of insane twists and wild ideas, including the various ways people survive on a floating, rotating island.  Meanwhile, their dialogue crackles with an uncanny balance of humor and compassion, providing the readers with dozens of amusing moments and still just enough heart to care what happens to the characters.”

Michael Lorah at Newsarama on the latest Dungeon Twilight vol.3, don’t miss coming up in September to comics shops the next Dungeon Monstres with guest artists Carlos Nine (another mad genius who deserves much more exposure here) and Patrice Killoffer.

Review roundup: Dungeon, Little Nothings and On the Odd Hours

The Seattle Post Intelligencer picked up the Blog Critics review of Dungeon Twilight vol.3.: “with satiric bite, visual inventiveness, and engagingly fallible anthropomorphic heroes, New Centurions delivers the goods, particularly in its second half.”

The Comics Journal’s Rob Clough has this to say about our latest entry in the Louvre collection, On the Odd Hours: “releasing the works of art at the end was a power play on his part, but it was also his way of getting people to really look and experience the work of art on its terms, to establish an individual relationship with it: to induce the sublime and release the art from its cage in a museum.  Liberge seemed to be saying that encountering art should not be easy or fun, but rather an experience that can be intense, frightening or even transformative.”

Curled Up with a Good Book on Trondheim’s Little Nothings: “If you like watching Seinfeld, this is along similar lines – a book ‘about nothing’ that shows you how funny life is with all its mundane ironies and irritations, and how funny our behaviors are as we go through the details of our ‘normal’ life. Light and enjoyable read for teenagers and adults alike, that will make you take a second look at all the ‘little nothings’ in your everyday life. Recommended.”

Dungeon Twilight 3 reviews and a guide to the Dungeon world

“I always enjoy these French mainstream fantasy comics, even when I’m not sure what it is I’m enjoying. Certainly creators/plotters Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar are modern exemplars when it comes to how one straddles mainstream success and artistic achievement, and as page-to-page, madcap cartooning it’s hard to go wrong with watching their mostly well-selected art teams put the well-designed original characters through their paces.”

Says Tom Spurgeon at Comics Reporter.

“One of the things that I do appreciate, and love, about Dungeon is the way that major things — the shape of the world, a fortress, family members, a distinctive suit of armor — are lost quickly and definitively, in an almost offhand manner. The world of Dungeon is one where every day — sometimes every moment — that a character can spend alive is the result of a struggle. Sfar and Trondheim don’t spare their major characters, either.”

Andrew Wheeler at his Antick Musings blog.

And Jeff Vandermeer on Amazon’s Omnivoracious and elsewhere:

“With the just-released Dungeon Twilight, Vol. 3: The New Centurions, the amazing Dungeon series created by French geniuses Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim continues from strength to strength in its English-language translation incarnation from NBM Publishing. The Twilight strand of the infinitely-expanding Dungeon web of related series has long been my favorite. In an earlier volume it features one of the most audacious events in the history of fantasy comics: the exploding of an entire world that then reforms as floating islands.

Soon-to-be-classic characters like Marvin the Red, a rabbit in armor, and the wise lizard-dragon known as The Dust King must make their way through a transformed landscape, battling evil creatures, overcoming the plots of kings and barons, and contending with odd new rules of planetary travel.”

And Jeff goes on to provide a very helpful guide to all Dungeon books and its worlds.

NBM in March: Dungeon Twilight 3

Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month, coming out in March:

DUNGEON Twilight
Vol. 3: The New Centurions
Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, KERASCOET, OBION
The next 2 chapters in the decline of Dungeon: Terra Amata has exploded and the Dark Fortress of the Grand Khan needs to master the nitro tech. To that end, they hire Marvin the Red even as others plot malevolently… In the second episode, Marvin the dragon and Marvin the Red are trapped on a quickly revolving piece of the exploded planet, and must constantly run or fall off into oblivion!
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-578-8

See more about the series

And from Eurotica, one of our best-selling authors today:

4 GIRLFRIENDS, Vol.3
Atilio GAMBEDOTTI
After being used and abused and wrestling with her faith, naïve cutesy little Maria finally comes to grips, lets go and becomes… one hot porn star! Gambedotti continues to portray his sweet lascivious women with such gusto, they’re irresistible.
81/2x 11, 48pp. color trade paperback, $11.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-579-5

See previews on our Eurotica side

Top ten lists

We’re making a few:

Mijeong, a manhwa, made Popcultureshock‘s list of best of 2009:

“Wholly unlike most of the other English-translated manhwa hitting the shelves these days, this volume is a hidden gem, with glimpses of true brilliance that promise a great future for the artist.”

SFSite put The Big Kahn in theirs:

“Kleid’s story reads like something Philip Roth, or perhaps Nathan Englander, would write if they worked in comics.”

The Comics Waiting Room placed our Little Nothings vol.2 in theirs:

“I consider Trondheim to be the best living comics creator in the world right now, and this is him working at his purest form.”

Speaking of Trondheim. John Seven at Reverse Direction puts the Dungeon series in the decade’s best.

CBR’s Robot 6 On Joe & Azat and the latest Dungeon

On Dungeon Early Years 2:

“The Dungeon series remains a thrilling, sharp read, in this case thanks largely in part to Blain’s stunning art work. Certainly this isn’t a good jumping-on point for newcomers, but it’s well worth getting through the series to arrive at this point. You’ll be surprised where the journey takes you.”

and on Joe & Azat:

“An entertaining book, mainly due to Lonergan’s deft characterizations, both with Azat and his extended family, especially his abusive drunkard of a brother. Lonergan may be vague on a number of details, but the dialogue nevertheless rings true. The fact that it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome helps too. It gets in, makes its points and leaves. I wish more comics would follow that example.”

So says Chris Mautner on Comic Book Resource’s Robot 6.

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.