“The works, complete and often accompanied with some of the initial drawings that led to the finished piece, are hauntingly beautiful. The poetry and power of the images depicted are timeless in their quality and the dark subject matter resonates in this age of Twilight. If you enjoy a fantasy art, this is one of better, stronger collections by an individual artist, and well worth the price tag for learners and appreciators alike.”
Joe & Azat in the Smithsonian?
“Joe’s best guide is local Azat, “the computer expert at the education department” – never mind that the entire department has but one computer. Azat, “the greatest dreamer [Joe] ever met” is also his best friend in Turkmenistan. Azat makes sure Joe gets his stolen passport back, tastes the best cooking (including his mother’s manty), meets a few of the local girls (at least one of whom Joe should marry), and enjoys every wedding with or without an invitation. In return, Joe puts up with Azat’s bully-of-an-older brother, listens to Azat’s nonsensical schemes to get rich, commiserates with Azat’s yearning for a girl he can’t have, and patiently tries to answer one absurd question after another.”
Publishers Weekly had six critics round up the best of 2009 and our Story of O and Year of Loving Dangerously made the list. Also, Augie De Bliek, Jr. at Comic Book Resources puts Trondheim’s Little Nothings 2 in the top of 2009.
Speaking of CBR, Jason Sacks there says of Royo’s newly remastered collection Malefic: “You can’t ask for a more beautifully produced collection of fantasy art than Malefic.” And Andrew “Capt. Comics” Smith , syndicated in many papers through Scripps says of it:
“A very beautiful book, both in format and content. Royo is an absolute master of his craft, creating incredibly gorgeous and expressive women (and sometimes men), and switching easily from fantasy to sci-fi to horror.”
“His art speaks volumes without a single letter. He works predominantly with acrylic and oil on paper and the work is moving and imaginative. There’s an undercurrent of sensuality in his compositions regardless of setting or impending doom.
Royo fans will certainly rejoice in having new material and a unified library. More casual art fans are encouraged to check this out and see other worlds and ideas conjured up in a compelling way.”
The book is out in stores now.
Here’s what’s being solicited in comics shops now from NBM, to come out in December:
The main attraction: Royo’s best-selling Malefic collection (50,000 sold) back in a revised, augmented beautiful clothbound edition:
One of the best-selling collections of fantasy art by Royo is back in print sprinkled with all-new work. Royo scintillates again in a handsome library-worthy edition.
81/2 x 101/2, 96pp., full color jacketed hardcover: $32.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-572-6; see more by Royo
A new Naomi Nowak graphic novel:
A promise made decades ago could suddenly be fulfilled, endangering the life of a girl, trying her friendships and confusing her suitors. A semi-conscious love triangle ensues in twilit northern forests. Obsession, overprotection and the hunger for everything to be in it’s right place – rules of the game, set to a backdrop of arctic summer.
5 x 71/2, 144pp., full color trade pb.: $12.95
ISBN 978-1-56163-567-2; see previews
Here’s what the press had to say of her previous two books, Unholy Kinship and House of Clay:
“Gorgeously rendered. The surreal art is lovely.” –The Onion
“For anyone reminiscing about Neil Gaiman’s sense of fantasy or looking for someone with a little “what if…” this is a comic book artist worth watching for.” -Feminist Review
“Nowak is clearly a talent who will bear watching. She creates several interesting characters, knows how to establish a strong premise, and she’s not afraid to follow a number of intersecting story lines. Most importantly, she is completely fearless about describing her character’s difficult emotional states.”
“Nowak blends linework and color to establish significant emotional moods, and her often fragmented pages support her story of broken relationships and dissolving mental states. At its end, this is a frightening tale of losing touch with reality, well illustrated by a promising talent. “ -Comicsworthreading.com
Finally, Rick Geary’s latest, “Famous Players”, will be available in paperback:
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
NOW IN PAPERBACK! It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!
“A compelling tale full of jealousy, hatred, loyalty and a murderer who walked away from the crime.” –VOYA
“His quirky b&w ink drawings are full of expression, recalling the melodrama of silent films.” –Publishers Weekly
“Geary’s detailed pen-and-ink line provides a wonderful sense of nostalgia and time gone by.” -Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
“He knows how to tell and show a tale that will captivate your interest. 5 out of 5 stars.” –Jazma Online
“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.” –Booklist
6×9, 80p., B&W, trade pb., $9.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-559-7; see previews
Then, Eurotica will have (sorry can’t show the cover):
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 2
More tales from the medieval ages starring women warriors way too hot for vigorous action, sword and sorcery awash with hot sex. Beautifully painted, from Spain and with a dash of humor.
81/2 x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.95, ISBN 978-156163-574-0
To see more go to Eurotica and then the Coming Up page.
In our last bit of news before heading out to the San Diego Comic Con, we’ll be giving out a free signed plate by Luis Royo limited to 200 for every book purchased of his!
We’ll have the complete array of his available books at our booth. Starting this fall, we will be relaunching his classic best-selling collections enhanced with many new pieces and reuniting some of the volumes together into longer clothbound editions. Malefic will be the first to undergo this transformation, shipping this December.
Come see us in booth 1528!
Note: Richard Moore unfortunately had to cancel his plans to come and so did Cornnell Clarke. Sorry for the disappointment.
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
Rick GEARY “A Treasury of Victorian & XXth Century Murder”
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”
Cornnell CLARKE “Peanut Butter”
Thurs.: 2:30-4, 5:30-7
Fri.: 1-2:30, 5:30-7
Sat.: 1-2:30, 4-5:30
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.