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

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.

Dungeon reviewed in Realms of Fantasy

“Sfar & Trondheim get a huge chuckle out of subverting the genre and paying tribute to it- sometimes in the same panel. This new installment fully lives up to the praise Dungeon has garnered from sources as various as Asimov’s SF magazine and The New York Times Book Review.”

Jeff Vandermeer in Realms of Fantasy Magazine about Dungeon Zenith, vol.3.

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

NBM in August: Things Undone and Dungeon

Here’s what we’re soliciting for in comics stores right now!

First up, the great artist Shane (North Country) White is back with:

THINGS UNDONE
Foreword by Robert Kirkman
The author of the acclaimed “North Country” is back with a dark comedy. Despite Rick Watt’s best efforts to keep it together, he feels his life is falling apart, turning him into a zombie. After a cross-country move with girlfriend in tow, his fresh start turns into a festering mess. As a video game artist, Rick is subjected to the incompetence of three bosses and a kinky art director. His overactive imagination helps him cope until… his seven-year relationship tailspins and his ex takes flight with the guy across the parking lot. Other jobs and a new GF don’t look any better. Caught between his fantasy world and reality, Rick decides to pull the trigger.
With a foreword by Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead.
6×9, 80pp., 2 color trade pb.: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-563-4

This is in radically different style than North Country which shows off Shane’s incredible range. See the preview pages and then compare with preview pages of North Country, you’ll see what we mean.

Also in August a new Dungeon book:

DUNGEON The Early Years
Vol.2: Innocence Lost
Christophe BLAIN • Joann SFAR • Lewis TRONDHEIM
Hyacinthe, Dungeon Keeper to be, continues to render justice in a cloak nightly as The Night Shirt and stumbles upon the one he pines for, Alexandra, an assassin, about to be raped! After his valiant and heroic rescue, his wettest dreams come true… with dire consequences. In the second story which happens quite a few years later, he’s married and a poor husband, worse even, a poor lover, until Alexandra plots to gain him back. Cloak and dagger with romantic bravura! And you thought he didn’t have it in him. Art by Eisner nominated Blain (Gus) and story by legendary Trondheim and Eisner nominated Sfar (Rabbi’s Cat).
6 1/2x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-564-1

Also, Eurotica presents its next issue of Sizzle:

SIZZLE # 43
Kevin Taylor is back with the final installment of “Girl, Second Coming”! Plus Omaha the Cat Dancer, Barbarian Chicks, Casa Howhard and more!
Quarterly adult comics magazine, $5.95

So reserve your copies now at your favorite comics store!