NBM in San Diego, premieres, signings, books!

Well, it’s 2 weeks away! We’ve got a full schedule for you guys going to San Diego. Main points are:

  • Lewis Trondheim, special guest this year, will be signing!
  • The Big Kahn by Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani will premiere at the show. HOT OFF THE PRESS!
  • Also Hot off the Press: Shane White’s Things Undone: a special show preview in 2 colors (as the book will be) that he’ll be signing.
  • A special numbered print for all those buying a book by Luis Royo

And here’s the schedule of appearances:

 

Lewis TRONDHEIM  “Dungeon”, “Little Nothings”

Special Guest of the Show

Firday: 4-5:30

 

Rick GEARY  “A Treasury of Victorian & XXth Century Murder”

Thursday 2:30-4

Friday 10:30-noon

Saturday: 2:30-4

 

Neil KLEID “Brownsville”, “The Big Kahn” SHOW PREMIERE!

Thurs.: 1-2:30, 4-7

Fri.: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4

Sun.: 10:30-noon, 1-2:30

 

Shane WHITE “North Country”, “Things Undone” Special San Diego Preview SHOW PREMIERE!

Fri.: 1-4, 5:30-7

Sat.: 10:30-noon, 2:30-4, 5:30-7

 

Chad Michael WARD “Black Rust”

Thursday: 4-5:30

Fri.: 2:30-4

Sat.: 5:30-7

 

Cornnell CLARKE “Peanut Butter”

Wed.: 6-7:30

Thurs.: 2:30-4, 5:30-7

Fri.: 1-2:30, 5:30-7

Sat.: 1-2:30, 4-5:30

Sun.: 1-2:30

 

Publisher Terry NANTIER will be on the panel about Comics Strips Reprints Friday at 1:30PM

 

SEE YA THERE! Oh and btw, we’ll be in booth 1528.

 

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!

Precocious Curmudgeon on NBM’s books

A slew of reviews of late over at Precocious Curmudgeon!

First David Welsh, the author of this blog has some good words about us:

“I don’t think I’ve ever sat down and considered just how much reading pleasure I’ve gotten out of NBM’s catalog. Maybe it’s because they have a very restrained publishing schedule, only a few books a month. Still, it’s remiss of me, because they’re one of those publishers like Drawn & Quarterly and Fanfare/Ponent Mon with an excellent rate of return for my comics dollar. I can’t think of many NBM books that I haven’t really loved, or at least appreciated for their ambition and craft. So while I wait for Mijeong, I thought I’d run down memory lane and revisit some of my favorite books from NBM.”

Then he goes on to point out some of our recent best books: Glacial Period, Little Nothings, points to the Murder of Abraham Lincoln as his fave Geary book, and, while waiting for Mijeong, extolls author Byun Byung Jun’s previous Run, Bong-Gu, Run!

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.”

 

More raves for Little Nothings

From Comics 212:

“I haven’t yet gotten around to publishing my Best-Graphic-Novels-of-2008 List, but the first collection of Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings is most assuredly on it. Little Nothings is the series of collections of Trondheim’s diary comics–moments from his days being one of the most respected cartoonists in the world, and the international travel and sightseeing accompanying that recognition. Trondheim is kind enough to bring us all along with him through beautifully rendered drawings and paintings done right in his sketchbooks, mixing live- and life-drawing with after-the-fact recollections of his day–although a brief segment in the middle of the book shows just how unreliable a narrator he can be.  I admit that I’m a fan of journal and diary comics anyhow, but even if they’ve never been for you I think Trondheim is an interesting character with a relaxed cartooning style and these comics will appeal beyond the subject matter; Trondheim tackles personal and introspective themes, the larger comics industry, politics and the world at large, and even breaks the fourth wall to comment on the nature of the work you’re reading–a little something for everyone. I feel quite fortunate when I see new books like this released into stores, and have specifically enjoyed the recent wave of material from Trondheim that NBM (and First Second) have brought us over the past few years.  There’s a huge potential audience for this material–what family man wouldn’t want to be internationally respected in his field and travel the globe drinking with friends?–and I hope that Little Nothings finds it. Pick up your copy today.”

From Comics Waiting Room:

“Anyone who’s read CWR long enough knows that I consider Lewis Trondheim to be one of the greatest living comics talents, a man whose work is almost always transcendent ins some way. In 2008, NBM published the first collection of works from Trondheim’s art blog, and it was easily one of the finest books of the year. Now they’ve graced us with a second volume, and that’s some of the best possible news you could ask for on the graphic novel front.

THE PRISONER SYNDROME follows Trondheim on a succession of trips abroad, both for vacations and for comic conventions. What jumps out immediately is the focus on the minutiae at these stops; we open on him simply trying to avoid burning his feet on beach sand, a universal problem that Trondheim takes from the banal to the epic, laughing at his own (lack) of bravery and toughness. It’s an amusing burst of normal humanity, setting the tone for the funny stuff ahead.

What stood out for me here overall, though, was the observational quality of the writing. Trondheim is one of the most accomplished artists in the world, but he has a poetic soul with the pen. When he ruminates on what it feels like to see the moon while the sun is shining, or the certain death that awaits him if he makes one bad step to the left on the mountain trail he’s walking, or being somewhat vengeful towards a hotel that didn’t deliver on promises made, he gives you an opportunity to see who he really is as a person. The author is giving the reader a gift here; it would be rude not to accept it.

There wasn’t a single thing about this second volume of LITTLE NOTHINGS that didn’t work for me, except for the fact that there’s likely to be a wait for a third volume. Excellence.”

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.

Reviews on Little Nothings and First TIme

Comics Waiting Room. com has this to say about Little Nothings 2

What stood out for me here overall, though, was the observational quality of the writing. Trondheim is one of the most accomplished artists in the world, but he has a poetic soul with the pen. When he ruminates on what it feels like to see the moon while the sun is shining, or the certain death that awaits him if he makes one bad step to the left on the mountain trail he’s walking, or being somewhat vengeful towards a hotel that didn’t deliver on promises made, he gives you an opportunity to see who he really is as a person.

There wasn’t a single thing about this second volume of LITTLE NOTHINGS that didn’t work for me, except for the fact that there’s likely to be a wait for a third volume. Excellence.

And this about First Time (go to Eurotica):

There’s a difference between erotica and porn. For those who want a definitional difference, here is mine: porn is nothing but pure sex, a visceral jolt meant for immediate arousal. Erotica, while flush with sex, has more; more story, more character, more than just the base drive for arousal and orgasm. Erotica engages the mind as well as the body.

FIRST TIME is damned fine erotica.
French writer Sibylline joins with ten amazing artists to tell stories of deep sensuality, arousing moments, and hot sexuality, all revolving around the theme of the first time each character has engaged in that behavior. From the loss of virginity, to visiting a sex club, to a threesome, to a couple viewing pornography together, she covers an extraordinary spectrum of topics and moments, and each is wildly different. Some are joyous; a couple are heartbreaking; which keeps FIRST TIME real, really. Sex, while great, can be painful and disappointing, and she never loses sight of that. Which, again, points out the difference between pornography and erotica; porn is rarely full of anything you could consider “real” on an emotional level.

Little Nothings 2 reviews

Newsarama:

Trondheim appears determined to guarantee himself a place on everyone’s Best Of lists on an annual basis. Everything about the strips, the humor, the coloring, the observations about our cultural standards, is warm and inviting. Trondheim’s self-effacing wit remains strong. Little Nothings has become the most welcome, positive and anticipated book of the year. Trondheim’s established himself as one of the world’s great cartoonists, and this volume can only grow the legions of fans he’d earned around the world.

 

Omnivoracious (Amazon):

It’s breezy, delightful, makes the heart glad, and has nothing much more on its mind than drinking in everything around it. Little Nothings is composed of small moments that can at times seem apropos of, well, nothing, but that build into a compelling, quietly humorous, and satisfying series of observations. Trondheim’s brilliance as an artist is on full display, as he renders various settings in meticulous detail, retaining a fluidity largely created by an instinct for color choices that makes the art light yet grounded.

 

HighLow comics blog:

He’s hilarious and a master at framing small moments into punchlines. his style, depicting characters as anthropomorphic animals, is enormously expressive & clever. Trondheim is a master of connecting micronarratives and simultaneously embuing them with a wide range of emotional possibilities. He’s a born storyteller.