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!

Documentary on Sfar to premiere on the 25th

You’re invited to come to the premiere of a new documentary on Dungeon co-creator Joann Sfar at the Lincoln Center in NY!

World Premiere Film Screening: Joann Sfar Draws from Memory at Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln CenterSam Ball (director of “Ben Katchor: Pleasures of Urban Decay”) returns with another fascinating documentary portrait, turning his lens on graphic novelist Joann Sfar, author of the popular The Rabbi’s Cat series and director of the recent film, Serge Gainsbourg (Vie HéroÏque). The film follows Sfar to his favorite neighborhood spots, as he muses on his artistic process and the influence of his Algerian and East European family heritage. World premiere!

 Screening January 25th, 2012 @ 3pm & 8:30pm

Where: Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65 St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, upper level

Here’s a clip.

Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/sfar-film 

This film is screening with The Silent Historian, so buy a ticket for that film and you can see a double feature. Joann Sfar Draws from Memory screens first.

We’ll all be there, hope to see you!

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.

Booklist on Dungeon and Library Journal on The Broadcast +more

“Sfar & Trondheim never have a problem pushing boundaries for a better laugh and here there are laughs aplenty. A wonderful addition to the series.”

Booklist on Dungeon Monstres 4. Also on this book:

“Lovers of Sfar and Trondheim’s ongoing send-up of hero fantasy shouldn’t be disappointed by this rollicking entry – which would also make a decent
entry point for newcomers to this inventive comics entertainment.”

 Seattle Post Intelligencer and Blogcritics.

The Broadcast gets another great endorsement:

“Hobbs provides convincing characterizations and a satisfying conclusion. Recommended.”

Library Journal

The Sky Over the Louvre continues to get raves:

“Brilliant! Breathtakingly beautiful on many levels. If you’ve resisted graphic novels, this is the one that might win you over. The text is by Jean-Claude Carrière, the screenwriter of The Unbearable Lightness of Being and many other films, and the images are by one of France’s greatest comics artist, Bernar Yslaire. It’s an intimate, intense voyage into the past where politics and passion meet in unexpected ways.”

Book Brunch at Bibliobuffet

An overview of the Louvre GNs and a TCJ review of Dungeon

“This is probably my favorite of the Monstres stories, because it works on a number of levels. A new reader could come in and understand most of the story beats with little difficulty. The Monstres series is essential reading for any fan of the world that Trondheim & Sfar create. As always, this is genre work at its best: intelligent, witty, thrilling, visually interesting, at times emotionally wrenching, and in possession of both affection for fantasy and a healthy dose of humor about its ridiculousness.’

says Rob Clough at The Comics Journal about the latest Dungeon: Monstres vol.4.

A brilliant overview of all 4 of our Louvre collection graphic novels from Karen Green, Columbia University’s Ancient/Medieval Studies Librarian and Graphic Novel selector: “Four Nights in the Museum”:

“What a great idea, eh?!? Setting comics creators loose in the Louvre, and then letting a story come to them that is inspired by the works they come across. This is so much cooler an initiative than anything the Metropolitan Museum of Art has ever done; even their superheroes exhibition at the Costume Institute was far more informed by superhero movies than by the actual comics themselves. It’s true that comics have a more respectable reputation in France than they have in America, but still: one of the premiere cultural institutions in the WORLD decided that it would be a great idea to create a “lasting bridge” between their artworks and the world of comics–and their readers. That’s just huge.”

Also this review:

“Set solidly in the very heart of a moment of epochal historical importance, this is a stunning and utterly compulsive tale of humanity at its wildest extremes when grand ideals wedded themselves to the basest on bestial impulses, yet from that Yslaire and Carrière have crafted a magnificently realised tale laced with staggering detail and addictive emotion.”

Now Read This! on Sky Over the Louvre

GNR: Sacco & Vanzetti amongst hottest GN’s of the summer

Rick Geary’s soon to come THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI got another boost making The Graphic Novel Reporter’s list of Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2011.

Dungeon Monstres 4 gets its first review:

“This is the first book I’ve read in the long-running Dungeon series created by French masterminds Sfar and Trondheim. Despite being the fourteenth translated volume in the sprawling spoof saga , I felt I hit the ground running.

This is the funniest takedown of heroic fantasy this side of Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier’s Groo. It’s consistently clever, outrageous and absurd in just the right doses, carefully plotted to play with the tropes of the genre while twisting them to their own wickedly sinister purposes.”

FA The Comiczine

The Sky Over the Louvre continues to get praise:

“Authors Carrière and Yslaire masterfully blend sequential art, prose, and design sensibilities to give the reader an intimate look into the ideas and personalities behind this bloody period of history.”

The New York Journal of Books

NBM in April: A much lighter Dungeon Monstres

Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month, to ship in April:

The Dungeon series takes a much lighter turn after its increasingly dark stories:

DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

See the preview pages

You can also  order this month from your comics store the previous volume 3 in this series AND, just in time for Easter, Brooke Allen’s irresistible and highly acclaimed debut A Home for Mr. Easter.

EUROTICA meanwhile will offer an elegant and steamy collection of Chinese erotic comics:

The Jade Door
Chaiko & other Chinese artists
Erotic stories from ancient China by leading Chinese artists. Beautiful Asian women opening themselves to forbidden temptations, delicately rendered in exquisite watercolors and painting. A beautiful and very arousing album from the Middle Kingdom.
9 x 12, 64pp., full color hardcover: $17.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-606-8

And stores will be able to reorder for you our other top erotica: First Time and The Story of O.

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And so you know as well, our sister Papercutz has this for April:

THE SMURFS #6
“The Smurfs and the Howlibird”
Peyo – writer and artist/
Gos – writer

The Howlibird is coming, and the Smurfs are going! When one of Papa Smurf’s experiments goes terribly wrong, it indirectly leads to the creation of the high-flying terror known as the Howlibird — a monster determined to destroy all Smurfs! Also, the return of Gargamel in “The Smurf Express”!

6 1/2 x 9, 56pp., full color paperback: $5.99,
ISBN: 978-1-59707-260-1
Also in collector’s hardcover: $10.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-261-836

see the preview pages

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #13 “Ivanhoe”
By Sir Walter Scott
Adapted by Mark Wayne Harris and Ray Lago

Mark Wayne Harris adapts the classic novel that brought the Age of Chivalry to dramatic life and added to the mythology of Robin Hood. Ray Lago’s beautiful full-color renderings depict all the romance and ation of this timeless tale in an impressively dynamic fashion. Lago’s breath-taking watercolor work makes “Ivanhoe” one of the most handsomely illustrated editions in CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED history.

61/2 x 9, 56pp,. full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-248-9

see the beautiful previews

Salvatore, Dungeon reviews & more

On Salvatore:

“It’s fairly rare to find a book that effectively balances comedy and tragedy, but De Crecy’s peculiar gift is to find pathos through absurdity, which to my fairly well-seasoned eye comes off as unique. Comes with a high recommendation for the curious and the adventurous.”

FA- the comiczine

“This is clearly not a fuzzy bunny story…
Dungeon regulars — or readers like myself who’ve been working to catch up — will find it a fascinating, if not always pleasant, expansion of Sfar and Trondheim’s rich graphic novel fantasy world.”
Bill Sherman, Blogcritics reposted on The Seattle Post-Intellligencer site, on the latest Dungeon Monsters 3;
And many reviews echo this… this volume is probably the darkest of ’em all…
“Plenty of fun action and pop-culture references. This book may be useful in classroom situations, especially when discussing online privacy issues and how much personal information is available, whether one wants it to be or not.”
Voice Of Youth Advocates

Wilson interviewed in Japan, The Beat on Dungeon, GNR on Axe-Man: news & reviews this week

Graphic Novel Reporter on Geary’s The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans:

“Geary shows the same flair for pacing and drama here as he did in the other volumes in this series and in his nine-volume A Treasury of Victorian Murder series. He builds the tension by slowly revealing the facts, using a journalistic tone of voice that rarely dips into sensationalism. He allows his art to show the horrors of murder, with dramatic shadows, wide-angle shots, and close-ups all used to good effect. Geary’s black-and-white palette and line shading give the right historical feel to his tales, and he has a sharp eye for the details of a time period. That, combined with his historical research, makes his story all the more horrific as the reality of it is impossible to escape.”
Snow Wildsmith (gotta love that name)

Eric Hobbs of The Broadcast is interviewed on ‘My Friend Amy’s Blog.”

Heidi McDonald on The Beat says of Dungeon:

“A sprawling satirical fantasy about anthropomorphic warriors in a magical, ludicrous kingdom. It’s a darkly whimsical epic that’s a mash-up of D&D, Cerebus, Groo and any number of works by headliners Trondheim and Joann Sfar.

And she goes on to present a whole bunch of pages…

Sean Michael Wilson of our forthcoming The Story of Lee got a great piece in the English language Japan Times. A great way to find out more about him. He has quite a few GNs out this year, including AX:Alternative Manga which was chosen as a top GN of the year. He’s a Scot expat in Japan, now heavily steeped in manga… interesting story.

Oh, and an amusing quote of the week on Elephant Man from Now Read This:

“Warning: this book contains Six-foot talking flies and shaved, car-racing monkeys.”

Do we need to quote any other part of this review? 😀

more reviews of the week:

As usual, the writing is well-tooled and funny, with just the right touch of absurdity. The guest artists have a deft hand, though they don’t stray far from the usual Dungeon style. A good continuation of a worthwhile series.” 
Booklist on the latest Dungeon, Monstres vol.3

And here’s Newsarama on The Broadcast:

A taut thriller of betrayal and fear. Eric Hobbs does a fine job crafting a scenario ripe for paranoia and backstabbing.  Playing the characters off one another in various ways, he explores the bonds that tie them together and the fears that wedge them apart effectively.a slightly flawed, but promising step in the development of its creators, both of whom should merit watching in the future. “