My new book with NBM ‘Breaking the 10’ arrived with me today, here in Japan, and I was very happy to get them. It looks good – well printed, clear, a nice smooth velvety feeling to the cover and a good size.
I think this is my 21st or 22nd book now ( I’m losing count!), but the excitement of receiving a box full of your new book from the publisher is still something that thrills me.
One of the good things about comic books taking so long to make – by the time you get the printed book in your hand it is often a year of more since you wrote the script, and you can read the book afresh.
So, I am now going to read my own book…
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Sure, Takashi Murakami’s Stargazing Dog was well received when it first came out (making several “Best of 2011” Lists), but what are other reviewers thinking in regard to this title?
“Takashi Murakami’s Stargazing Dog will break your heart. I can’t emphasize that enough…The story sucked me in that hard. I’m a softie for this book, completely.”
– Comic Book Resources
” It’s one of the sweetest, saddest stories you could pick up.”
– Slightly Biased Manga
“Stargazing Dog has been a best-seller in Japan since its release, and what’s charming and universally appealing about this little novel isn’t the pictures—it’s the story”
– Newcity Lit
“This graphic novel strikes a resonating and emotional chord. It really gets at the heart of what makes us happy, what makes us human, and what makes us family.”
– Kirkwood Public Library Staff Reads Blog
“Stargazing Dog will make you despair at the unfairness of life and wonder at the power of love and loyalty.”
– The Star Online
Have you read Stargazing Dog yet? What do you think?
The latest volume in our Louvre series, Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki has been out for a bit now and we’ve gotten many fantastic mentions and reviews.
“Triggers bodily mayhem of a type sure to warm the hearts of old souls who remember the author’s early ’80s bio-mutation opus Baoh.”
– The Comics Journal
“Looking like the work of a Japanese P. Craig Russell, Araki’s art lends a wistful mood to the tale’s proceedings and arrests the eye with willowy figures and expressive faces. Previous volumes of this graphic novel series published by the Louvre itself have all been excellent, and this is no exception.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Rohan at the Louvre is less aimed at the bovine teenagers grazing the manga aisles at Barnes and Noble and more toward the sort of mature, comics-as-artform crowd…The sort of bizarre, distinct, and memorable one-shot manga that rarely ever sees the light of day over in North America”
– Otaku USA Magazine
“A refreshing, visceral exploration of the concept of the artistic muse and the desperate lengths most of us will go to capture and hold onto inspiration.”
– Broken Frontier
“Rohan at the Louvre belongs on everyone’s shelf! This book has rocketed to the top of my “Best of” list for the year.”
– Stumptown Trade Review
“I found Rohan to be an engrossing and welcomed change of pace from the majority of my comics reading these days. Rohan is also a beautiful book.”
– Gay League
“Araki’s striking color work is marvelously effective, adding another level to his artistry. While the color emphasizes the fantastic, Araki’s line and figure work tends toward the realistic, creating an interesting and engaging contrast. Araki’s illustrations are meant to be looked at and appreciated not just as part of the story but as art.”
– Experiments in Manga
“Araki’s style is flamboyant and flashy, an interesting merger between traditional Japanese linework and American slickness.”
– Comics Bulletin
Have you read Rohan At The Louvre yet? What are your thoughts?