NBM at SPX: The Broadcast premieres.

The weekend following Labor Day is when the next SPX show happens in Bethesda, MD, in the Washington DC area. As every year, we’ll have our tables and a few of our artists appearing including a premiere!

Here’s who you can meet, at tables H7 and 8, Sept. 11 and 12:

ERIC HOBBS premiering The Broadcast which is just shipping as we speak! The buzz on this has been excellent, the book an engrossing noir thriller with the Orson Welles famous War of the Worlds broadcast as a backdrop.

BROOKE A. ALLEN signing her irresisitible A Home for Mr. Easter. Remember: we’ve got a Twitter contest going until the end of this month.

GREG HOUSTON signing his Elephant Man just out as well as Vatican Hustle. He’s a native Baltimorean, not from far away.

CORRECTION! TED RALL will not be able to make it.

And then this year, NBM publisher Terry Nantier will be there as well.

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More on the outrageous Elephant Man!

The latest on Greg Houston’s recent GN Elephant Man comes from Sequential Tart:

“As a broad parody of Superman, I thought this first issue was spot on. I thought the humor in Elephant Man was great, the writing is definitely the comic’s strongest asset. The over-the-top dialogue was outstanding, particularly the rants of Handsome Dirk. All the characters are ludicrously drawn and really matched well with the humor. My favorite side characters were the Big Hair Tough Girls.”

Grade: 7 out of 10.

The Gutter Geek blog at The Comics Journal says:

“In the end, the book is little more than an extended Kurtzman-and-Elder-era-Mad magazine spoof on superhero comics, but who needs more than that. And Houston’s line work, which crackles with just a little bit of genuine crazy on top of the rigorously enforced wackiness, is a frenetic and occasionally grotesque delight. Houston suggests on the cover that this might well be the first in a series. I suspect he is joking, but I will confess I am kind of hoping he means it.”

Rob Clough, elsewhere at The Comics Journal said:

“There isn’t much that’s subtle about Greg Houston’s new comic from NBM, Elephant Man #1, and I don’t think the artist would have it any other way.”

But he regretted that: “I would have preferred more time being spent on the oddities of Baltimore, like The Big Hair Tough Girls.  These ass-kicking donut shop workers are exactly the sort of thing Houston does best: a loving caricature of something ridiculous and unpleasant.  The Ralph Steadman/Bill Plympton/Mort Drucker qualities to his line remained in full effect, as the reader was rewarded on page after page with funny & gross drawings.  This is a comic to be looked at more than to be read, other than for conceptual context.”

Elephant Man: “Come for the art, stay for the derangement”

What they’re saying of Elephant Man , Greg Houston’s latest:

“Come for the art, stay for the derangement, and release most notions of “plotting.”

SF Site

“Cheerfully grotesque. Has its sweetly offensive moments.”

Bill Sherman, Blogcritics and picked up by the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

And this one just in!

“I can see it now: “I am not an animal! I am a superhero!”

You’d think turning John Merrick — aka the severely deformed, so-called Elephant Man — into a comic-book character would be tasteless. And in Greg Houston’s ELEPHANT MAN, it certainly is. But it’s also fairly hilarious, so consider some slack cut.”

Rod Lott, Bookgasm

“Bizarre to a level that normal instruments cannot accurately register it.”

Houston draws like the deranged love child of Ralph Steadman and Kevin O’Neill and writes like Bob Burden after a particularly substance-filled long weekend with Hunter S. Thompson; Elephant Man will be published by NBM, and there’s no way that anything stranger will be on your local shelves at that point.”

Andrew Wheeler, Antick Musings

July: Badger/Jones: Carabella on the Run!

An action-packed suspenseful graphic novel on the hot topic of privacy in a world dominated by the internet and mobile connection is NBM ‘s star graphic novel in July being solicited in comics stores now:

NETWORKED: CARABELLA ON THE RUN
Mark BADGER, Gerard JONES
Some alien invasions are loud and bloody…some are quiet and friendly. The blue-skinned girl named Carabella thinks she’s escaping the oppression of her own world, but instead she’s exposing the earth to an invasion so soft and friendly that everyone welcomes it—until Carabella herself sees what’s happening and tries to make someone, anyone see that our websites, our cell phones, and even our shoes (yes, shoes) are being used to steal first the privacy and then the freedom of everyone on earth.
6×9, 128pp., full color trade paperback: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-586-3

See previews but also you can read the whole thing online at Privacy Activism with whom we’re working on this hotly topical story. Need we introduce the famous duo of Mark Badger and Gerard Jones?

Also in July from the mad mind of Greg (Vatican Hustle) Houston:

ELEPHANT MAN
Greg HOUSTON
Baltimore has a great hero. He’s always there just when he’s needed to thwart crime! This marvel is Elephant Man. Yes, none other than the deformed and hideous man himself! But such power and the adulation that follows it begets much jealousy. Before you know it, one of the city’s best known TV anchors, ‘handsome’ Dick Denton and another hideous being fused by some radioactive accident: the Priest, The Rabbi and The Duck, come together to seek his demise and ridicule him in public! Will Elephant Man overcome this new challenge? Another hilariously silly exercise in grotesquery, spoofing superheroes, from the acclaimed brilliant artist of Vatican Hustle.
6×9, 80pp, B&W trade pb., $9.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-588-X

See previews

From Eurotica that month, the next Noe:

PIN-UP ARTIST
Noe
The best-selling author of Convent of Hell and the Piano Tuner brings us to an exhibition of the great pin-up artist Gil Spam. He’s now a very old man in a wheelchair who can’t even speak, taken care of by his lovely niece. Chapter by chapter we get to discover the real dirty story behind each wonderful slightly naughty famous piece being exhibited. How could such charmingly risqué paintings have been inspired by such utter lechery and sexual abandon? Noe delivers another raunchy, funny and beautifully painted story.
81/2 x 11, 64 pp., full color trade pb., $13.99, ISN 978-1-56163-587-1

Pre-order all these at your comic bookstore now or online right here.

MoCCA: Mr. Easter a sell-out!

Saturday was a busy day at the MoCCA Fest last weekend, definitely an upbeat event with many who came ready to buy.

One of the hits was the premiere of A Home for Mr. Easter, Brooke A. Allen‘s debut graphic novel. It sold out by mid-afternoon of that day. We had to go back to the office to scrounge for more copies for Sunday! The book was also a featured give-away at the MoCCA after-party which was packed that evening.

This wasn’t the only book that sold well. Greg Houston’s Vatican Hustle also sold out  that day which meant having to cancel his appearance on Sunday… Ted Rall sold all of his books and so did Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani of The Big Khan.

Nice to see such enthusiasm and also nice to see this show pulled off without any hitches we were aware of, in a venue with a comfortable temperature level (last year’s was sweltering).

Meet us and our artists at MoCCA this weekend

The MoCCA Festival is coming right up, here in NYC this weekend of April 10 and we’ll be busy with quite a few of our authors appearing! Come and meet:

Brooke A. Allen premiering our brand new ‘A Home for Mr. Easter.’
Greg Houston
(Vatican Hustle)
Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani (The Big Khan, Brownsville)
Ted Rall (The Year of Loving Dangerously) but also with ‘A Silk Road to Ruin’ about Central Asia which is astir with Kyrgyztan’s revolution.

Here’s the schedule of their appearances:

Saturday

11-1: Brooke Allen & Ted Rall
1-2: Nicolas Cinquegrani
1-4: Greg Houston
2-4 Brooke Allen
4-5: Nicolas Cinquegrani
4-6 Ted Rall

Sunday:

11-1: Ted Rall
noon-1: Neil Kleid/Nicolas Cinquegrani
1-4: Brooke Allen
1-3: Greg Houston
3-5: Kleid/Cinquegrani
5-6: Houston

And of course, we’ll be bringing our latest graphic novels for sale besides these guys’!

Meet ya there.

Who we got at MoCCA

The MoCCA Festival is coming right up, here in NYC the weekend of April 10 and we’ll be busy with quite a few of our authors appearing! Come and meet:

Brooke A. Allen premiering our brand new ‘A Home for Mr. Easter.’
Greg Houston
(Vatican Hustle)
Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani (The Big Khan, Brownsville)
Ted Rall (The Year of Loving Dangerously)

Here’s the schedule of their appearances:

Saturday

11-1: Brooke Allen & Ted Rall
1-2: Nicolas Cinquegrani
1-4: Greg Houston
2-4 Brooke Allen
4-5: Nicolas Cinquegrani
4-6 Ted Rall

Sunday:

11-1: Ted Rall
noon-1: Neil Kleid/Nicolas Cinquegrani
1-4: Brooke Allen
1-3: Greg Houston
3-5: Kleid/Cinquegrani
5-6: Houston

And of course, we’ll be bringing our latest graphic novels for sale besides these guys’!

Meet ya there.

Houston interview part 2

Bill Baker has posted the second part of his great interview with the outrageously talented Greg Houston of Vatican Hustle, where he, in fact, talks about his next one which we have now scheduled for publication in July: Elephant Man. He’s peppered the interview with full color paintings by Houston which will give you a taste for other work he can do (just as awesome).

week in reviews

Greg Houston’s outrageous Vatican Hustle is primed on Baker’s Dozen where the 1st part of a fun interview is presented. Bill Baker says of the GN:

“Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have had that exciting first contact scenario repeat itself several times. Even better, I’ve often then been given the honor of introducing those fine new creators, folks with names like Brian Azzarello, Jim Rugg and Andy Runton, to a wider audience.

Well, I’m here today to introduce you to yet another monster talent, Greg Houston. His work is on display in The Vatican Hustle from NBM. It’s a graphic novel that is startling, brilliant and laugh out loud funny. It’s a book that acknowledges its influences boldly, even as it transforms them into a raucous, outrageous and bold style that is strangely familiar, yet totally original.”

For Nowak‘s Graylight, after Booklist, now it’s Library Journal’s turn:

“Nowak’s dreamlike art has a romantic early Seventies feel with its swirling lines in sepia ink and pastel washes, but a manga touch keeps it fresh and contemporary. Panels are often superimposed, floating on the page like leaves on water and creating strong visual flow.
Verdict Although the story doesn’t quite measure up to the art, the lovely images make this worth a look. Teen and adult fans of shojo manga will likely enjoy this blend of romance and magic.”