Newsarama on Geary’s Famous Players

 

“Another winning true-crime volume from Rick Geary.  No surprise there, as Geary’s made a long and successful career of this type of comics. 

In addition to presenting all the evidence in a clear and precise narrative, Geary’s art is perfectly suited to this type of factual accounting.  His representational pen-and-ink drawings couch the events in historically accurate and detailed drawings of the world and times of the murder. 

He’s a splendid visual storyteller, moving his “camera” around to capture aspects of a crime scene perfectly.  Hand-drawn diagrams enforce key points, such as the approach the murderer likely took to Taylor’s house or the angle of the bullet when it penetrated the victim’s coat and vest.”

See the complete review on Newsarama. See more information and previews.

‘Capt.’ Comics Smith on Geary and Mijeong

Nationally syndicated columnist Andrew ‘Capt. Comics’ Smith who also has a regular column in the Comics Buyers Guide, has this to say about two of our recent books:

On Geary’s latest Famous Players:

“Whodunit? As usual, that’s up to you. Geary never fails to impress and “Famous Players” is just another reason why.”

On our latest Manhwa ‘Mijeong’:

“Overall, I feel Byun is an extraordinary artistic talent, fairly bursting from his studio, whose skills in story construction and characterization are still catching up.”

Smith is syndicated in the Scripps-Howard paper chain.

Geary’s ‘Famous Players’ reviews

Johanna Draper Carlson at Comics Worth Reading says of Geary’s newest Treasury of XXth Century Murder, “Famous Players“:

“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by. As is typical of the cases he chooses to profile, there are plenty of mistakes to feel superior about. “Today, the neighbors know not to move the body or traipse through the house before the cops arrive,” the modern reader thinks, but human nature is still the same. The ending roll call of stars who died young reinforces how little some things have changed.”

Jon the Crime Spree Guy at Central Comic Zone says:

“These books are all wonderful and they are books that I have re-read a number of times. I also think that they would really appeal to fans of Max Allan Collins series with Nate Heller.
If you enjoy true crime, mysteries, or just great comics, check these out, and start with Famous Players.”

He also ran this cute pic with Geary and NBM publisher Nantier at the San Diego comicon:

And then Richard Vasseur on Jazma Online pipes in:

“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest.” And gives it 5 out of 5 stars.

Booklist on Geary’s Famous Players and Byun’s Mijeong

Booklist’s Ray Olson reviews a pair of our books:

On Rick Geary‘s Famous Players which has just shipped:

“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.”

And on Mijeong:

“all beautifully executed, true-feeling stuff.”

Review round-up: Dungeon, Geary & Mijeong

Three reviews of note have appeared recently:

“This is an outstanding Dungeons and Dragons parody that serves as a stand-alone story. Readers will be entertained, even those unaccustomed to comic fantasy fiction. These anthropomorphic characters are well drawn, and the snappy dialogue is craftily paired with Boulet’s stunning imagery.

School Library Journal on Dungeon Zenith vol.3

“Geary fathoms what makes comics such an ideal form for true crime lovers. I know there are true crime readers out there who like to be disciplined by their authors, who like to be told who done it and why, and I suppose such readers won’t appreciate Geary’s adamant refusal to direct our conclusions. But Geary understands that the real pleasure of reading history, criminal cases, and comics is that we aren’t rendered passive. And he recognizes that the discomfit we feel from not knowing all the answers can be assuaged only by knowing more, always more. Geary’s mastery—as both artist and storyteller—is allowing us to feel comfortable in our uncertainty by describing it with precise detail. In this way, his slender books written in formulaic style brilliantly capture not only the historical moments he records within their own pages, but our own. “

Guttergeek on Famous Players and Lindbergh


“Byun is clearly a talented draftsman with narrative ambitions. Mijeong showcases Byun’s relatively accomplished illustrative style.”

Publishers Weekly on Mijeong

ICv2 reviews Famous Players

Giving it 4 1/2 stars (out of 5) ICv2’s Tom Flinn, in their latest printed Insider’s Guide, says of Rick Geary’s forthcoming book (ships in June):

“Geary does an admirable job of illustrating the intricacies of the case.”

And he goes on to detail the facts, as well as the scandals that started to rack the Hollywood scene, as Geary presents them in his usual fun juicy way.

By the way, watch for a Geary special we’ll be spreading around the social nets…

GEARY interviewed on Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources has posted an article with many quotes from Rick Geary on his forthcoming Famous Players (shipping June) and also reveals what he’s working on for next year…

Famous Players will be premiered at the MoCCA show 1st weekend of June in NYC! Come see us!

NBM in June: a new Geary

In conjunction with ‘Previews’ from Diamond at your local comic bookstore, here’s what’s being solicited for June from NBM:

The main news is the next Rick Geary TREASURY OF XXth CENTURY MURDER:

FAMOUS PLAYERS
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
Rick GEARY
It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
6×9, 80p., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-555-9
And of course, don’t forget the over ten other titles in this series (including the initial Treasury of Victorian Murder). Besides, Rick is a contributor to this blog and has posted some initial views of the art from this book but also of his next one!

New from Eurotica, the next Peanut Butter book, one of our best-selling series:

Peanut Butter presents:
THE CONFESSIONS OF SISTER JACQUELINE
Cornnell CLARKE
Remember Sister Jacqueline, headmistress of the high school Molly went to in volume 1? Well, then you might remember what an orgy she was forced into at the prom… and loving every minute of it. Now she must confess to her sins and face how she loves being taken vigorously, even if she has become pregnant! A shockingly arousing side-story to this best-selling series.
81/2x11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-558-0

There too, there’s a whole series with three volumes already available to look for.

On PAPERCUTZ‘ side the main news, beside new volumes of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, is the Tales from the Crypt will have an edgy spoof: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, go check it out!