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

Don’t overlook that Hooligan!

Another great review on this collection our imprint Forever Nuts did:

“The “Forever Nuts” book does this rarely seen comic strip proud. It’s a good read, not just for students of early comic art, but for lovers of an enjoyably rough-hewn, low-brow American brand of humor.”

Pop Culture Gadabout

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.”

Highlow on Happy Hooligan

The review blog Highlow comics has a review of our Forever Nuts’ most recent two collections, Happy Hooligan and Bringing Up Father.

Heavy praise went to Happy Hooligan:

“Every fan of gag cartooning in particular needs to read HAPPY HOOLIGAN.”

“The panel-to-panel transitions, the way he drew action and violence, the way he layered gag on top of gag and the way he gave the reader something to look at in every panel was a direct progenitor of both classic animation and artists like Milt Gross, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder and Al Jaffee (for starters). ”

If you missed our Happy Hooligan collection, it’s still available, take a look.

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…”

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!

Bringing Up Father on its way

Well, we’re putting to bed the next great entry in our Forever Nuts collection of classic comic strips, Bringing Up Father, and it looks gorgeous. The strips have been meticulously restored and we end up with a colorful foreword by Bill Blackbeard, short but quite sweet, and a great intro by R.C. Harvey who gives us all we could want to know about McManus and this seminal strip in the history of comics.

And if that weren’t enough, we have quite a few annotations/footnotes at the end of the book that explain references in the strips. Allan Holtz, who worked on this with us did painstaking research. His full set of notes even beyond what we culled for the book will be posted up online when the book is out.

We will be a little late with the release, mid-June shipping instead of May but worth the wait, believe me.

COMING IN MAY: Bringing Up Father

Coming this May, comics stores now taking orders (as well as us online!):

 

New From Forever Nuts:

George McMANUS’ BRINGING UP FATHER

With an introduction by Bill Blackbeard

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 x 6 ½, 192pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-556-6

 

Don’t forget these also from

FOREVER NUTS:
Classic Screwball Strips


The Early Years of MUTT & JEFF
Bud Fisher
One of the most long lasting and popular humor strips in history, Mutt and Jeff had many memorable moments of serious goofiness and irreverence. Here’s a rediscovery of a true oddball classic maybe only outdone by the antic high living of its own creator.
“A real work of art. I love how these knuckleballs are always scrambling for 50 cents so they can get some ham and eggs. I thought Herriman was the greatest till I started reading Fisher’s working-scrub comics. Now I’m not sure.” –Tony Millionaire (in the Comics Journal).
“Ends up being a smart, extremely well-illustrated essay on character development” –The Comics Reporter.

11×61/2, 192pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $24.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-502-3

Forever Nuts presents:
HAPPY HOOLIGAN
Frederick Burr Opper
Opper was already a quite successful cartoonist/illustrator for the prestigious Puck magazine when William Randolph Hearst lured him out to create a comic strip for the New York Journal. While a step down from (relatively) high to low brow, Opper jumped at the chance and out came “Happy Hooligan” an un-heroized vagrant who ends up very badly at the end of each strip, no matter how much good he might mean. His perennial demise surely went on to inspire Wile E. Coyote or Mr. O, especially as his own cowardice and unworthiness contributes to his hilarious woes. This second entry in ‘Forever Nuts’, a series in a handsome design showcasing early strips so ingeniously nutty they’re forever fresh and off the wall, presents here a collection of the better early full color Sundays.

“Required reading for anyone who takes comic strips as seriously as they deserve — and likes to laugh, too.” –Andrew “Cap’t. Comics” Smith, Scripps News

“The joy of the strip is in the way Opper sets up his dominoes before knocking them down.” –The Onion.

11×8 , 112pp. full color, clothbound, $24.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-542-9

 

AND ALAS BONEYARD TAKES AN INDEFINITE BREAK…

NEW

BONEYARD #28

Richard Moore

It’s finally…finally…finally here: the last issue of Boneyard! When we last left the gang, Paris’      childhood friend ‘Lita had returned, and turned out to be a faerie… a faerie princess, no less. She’s betrothed to a creepy prince she’d rather not marry… even though the wedding is the only thing that will prevent a war. She needs Michael to save her by marrying her, but royal guards attacked the gang and dragged ‘Lita back to Faerie. Paris followed, and finds himself trying to help his friend single-handed, against two mighty faerie armies. But Abbey’s determined to reach him, and she’s raising an army of her own… Don’t miss the big, super-sized final blowout!

32 pages, B&W, $3.50, UPC 043016042169-28

 

NEW from Eurotica:

SIZZLE #42

Christian Zanier’s outrageous Honey Lickers Sorority concludes while Baldazzini’s tongue-in-cheek Casa Howhard starts up a new story. More Barbarian Chicks,  Ogenki Clinic & Omaha the Cat Dancer. Also discover the all-new erotic fantasy Corinne in Labyrintera.

Quarterly magazine, 8 ½ x 11, 64 pp, B&W, $5.95, UPC 074470753032-42

“When all seemed lost, he does get the girl, the cake, or the dog.”

We’re talking about Happy Holigan here and this is from a great review in the California Literary Review:

“Seen in the context of this long tradition, Opper ultimately created a great gag, a caricatured layabout with an appalling taste in orange polka dot undershirts. Viewed in retrospect, post-Depression, however, he acquires a special poignancy.

Here was a man who was only ever trying to help, never asking for favors, loved by children, and here was a society intent on beating him down. The line between comedy and tragedy is a fine one, and Hooligan’s lines were pretty fine.

Yet Opper was nothing if not smart, and knew we could only put up with so much. Rarely, just rarely, the schmuck from Brooklyn gets a break. In isolated strips, when all seemed lost, he does get the girl, the cake, or the dog. ”

The Review gives our collection 4 stars out of 5.

I’m tellin ya, it’s a classic not to be missed!

Terry