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!

Omnivoracious on 5 years of Dungeon

It’s true, we haven’t made that much about it, but with Dungeon Zenith, vol.3, we reached a milestone: 10 volumes, 5 years of publishing the series.

Omnivoracious, the book blog on Amazon is good to right that wrong with columnist Jeff VanderMeer saying:

“One of my great reading pleasures this decade has been the discovery of Dungeon in the lovely little volumes from NBM Publishing, which provides English translations of this near-iconic series originally released in France. This month, you could do worse than check out the whole series, as NBM is celebrating five years of Dungeon with the tenth volume, Zenith: Back in Style.

Dungeon is the brainchild of French geniuses Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim. Part of their brilliance in creating these books is to both send-up the heroic fantasy genre and provide one of the most compelling arguments for its relevance.

I’d be content just to have the next ten translated in, oh, I don’t know, the next six months. Short of that happening, I’ll have to console myself by re-reading the existing ten…”

Oy, go easy on us.

Publishers Weekly on Dungeon Zenith 3

The raves continue for the Dungeon series. Its newest volume, the 3rd in the Zenith branch, is praised in this week’s issue of Publishers Weekly:

“It’s hard to say if Sfar and Trondheim’s long running Dungeon epic is a dead-on parody of sword-and-sorcery cliches or if it’s just a first-rate fantasy series that happens to star anthropomorphic animals and involves lots of comedy.

Boulet handles the action set pieces and slapstick farce with equal aplomb, and Trondheim and Sfar shake up the tone of the story every few pages: there’s romance next to brutal violence, and tender whimsy punctuated by cruelly bleak humor.”

 

Dungeon Zenith 3 is out

The newest Dungeon book is out! After quite a lapse where we brought out various other branches of this vast epic, we’re back to the main storyline, Zenith, with volume 3 which, as we’ve always done, collects together 2 of the original French volumes, numbers 5 and 6.

In this one The Keeper gets himself into such hot water he even manages to lose the Dungeon entirely to a wiley schemer!

This marks the 10th volume we have out in this series, btw! And of late, we’ve brought the price down on recent volumes to $12.95.

It’s at stores now and we have stock of every volume out.

Dungeon Zenith 3 is now out

We’re shipping now the next installment of the main branch of Dungeon, one we hadn’t published anything new in for a while. It has a new artist who does a great segue from Trondheim/Sfar’s art. Generally now these 2 guys are so busy they’re only writing the Dungeon books together and passing along the art to others.

Btw, Lewis will be in San Diego as a guest this year! Sumthin to look forward to.

You can order from us or look for it in stores soon!