3rd volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE arrived

The 3rd volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE arrived with me today from NBM. I’m very glad to see it.

One of the good things about books taking so long to make is that when you received the finished book its often a year or so since you wrote it, so you can read it fresh, almost as if for the first time. I think volume 3 is excellent and the artist, Pirelli, has done a very good job on the art – especially as its her first book!

Thats the last in the series and a good way to wrap up the story of Lee, Matt and the others.

Check the book out more on the publisher’s page HERE

 

Or my  WEBSITE

 

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NBM April 2019 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a April 2019 release.

NEW!

The Story of Lee Complete Set
By Sean Michael Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada, Nami Tamura, Piarelle

0-3Specially priced set of 3 volumes with the complete story. Matt, an ex-pat from Scotland in Hong Kong, meets Lee a local Chinese girl. They fall in love but her family is resistant to this foreigner. Matt eventually brings Lee back to study in Scotland and meet his family and friends. Can the pressures on both sides, and the cultural differences be surmounted? They both find how difficult this can be.
5x 7 ½, 448pp, B&W, set of 3 pb, $29.99 (normally $36);  ISBN 978168112214452999; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191875
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The Year of Loving Dangerously
By Ted Rall, Pablo Callejo

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Now in paperback! It’s New York City in the 1980s and Ted Rall is in college. Everything is fine before his pranks, lack of focus and restlessness get him expelled. Unable to find a job and rejected by his parents, he considers suicide. By happenstance he finds comfort in the arms of many women as he bed-hops around the five boroughs. It’s better than homelessness, but the psychic toll of selling himself and his affection was higher than he imagined.
Both acidly funny and brutally honest, Rall, a cartoonist both beloved and reviled for his edgy politics, pours out his guts in this remembrance of this most difficult chapter in his life.
8 ½ x 11″, 124pp, full color trade pb., $17.99; ISBN 978168112215151799; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191880
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AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Silk Road to Ruin

By Ted Rall


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Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil… Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
6×9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99; ISBN 97815616388575199; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191877
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To Afghanistan and Back
By Ted Rall


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The World’s first “Instant Graphic Novel”!

When U.S. bombs started raining on the Taliban, Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself. But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help.

From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war. To Afghanistan and Back, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.
6×9, 112pp., B&W, clothbound, $15.95; HC ISBN: 978156163325851595
Paperback $12.99; PB ISBN: 978156163359351299;  DIAMOND CODE: FEB191878 (SC); FEB191879 (HC)
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Billie Holiday
By José Muñoz, Carlos Sampayo

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Born in Philadelphia in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie.

Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz.
By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

9×12, 80pp., B&W hc, gold stamped black and red cover $19.99; ISBN:978168112093551999; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191876
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How I do my art page 3 (Story of Lee)

More from Piarelle about how she makes her art:

“Next step, I’d print out the rough drafts to A4 size and trace them one by one (borders and speech bubbles included) onto Bristol board using a mechanical pencil and a lightbox.

Once I’ve added more detail to the page, I would then go on to inking the page using Indian ink and a ‘maru’ dip pen. Once the page is inked and dry, I would then scan it into my computer, clean it up and begin to screentone it digitally.

After screentoning, I would then add the text and after resizing, etc. the page would be complete. I wanted to make sure that I’d meet the deadline on time so at one point, I decided to screentone and complete one page a day – and thankfully I made it in good time!”

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The Story of Lee is in December’s Diamond Catalogue and out Feb 2019.

Check the book out on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

How I do my art – part 2 (Story of Lee)

Part 2 in Piarelle telling us about her art process on the upcoming book for NBM, The Story of Lee, volume 3:

After thumb-nailing the page layouts, I would then scan them into my computer, produce more detailed rough drafts out of them, place the text on them and send them to Sean in batches for his approval.

Sometimes when I think a panel image would be too tedious to draw, too complicated or appear too repetitive on a page, I would replace it with an image I think would be more effective but easier for me to draw. I’m not sure if Sean noticed that not all the panels featured what he asked for in the script, but once he approved them that gave me the okay.

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(Sean adds here: that’s fine by me, the process of one of collaboration, so I don’t expect artists to follow my script 100% on things like panel and page layouts. Often they have better ideas than I do about how to do that).

Check the book out on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

 

Piarelle – how I worked on Story of Lee

The artist on volume 3 of The Story of Lee, Piarelle, tells us a little about how she works (p1 of 3):

“Before working on the Story of Lee volume 3, I needed to get a sense of the story and the characters, so I decided to read the first two volumes. The first two volumes were worked on by two different artists, so the visual styles were quite distinctive from one other. To me, the story itself made me think of ‘josei’ manga as it had a mature, realistic feel to it so I thought to take that approach on the third volume.

There is a process I went through in creating each page for the Story of Lee, volume 3.

First I’d start with thumbnailing the page layouts. Sean pretty much wrote on the script what he’d like in each panel, so I worked with that. I’d read the script, get a sense of the atmosphere in the scene and compose little page layouts on scrap paper. I like to plan pages in a way that enhances the story’s flow, so I usually plan where the speech bubbles should go at the same time I plan from what viewpoint to draw the images. I try to make both the words and pictures work in harmony together.”

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Check the book on more on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

Story of Lee – bits from my past

 

In volume 3 of our series with NBM, The Story of Lee,  I’ve written a commentary on two pages at the back of the book, about various aspects that can be seen in the book, real life places, events, Scots language words, etc. I also did this with the other two volumes.

Here are some snippets from that with the relevant pages for you:

On Pages 2 to 4: The character Xavier is based on an international student who was in my Masters degree in Edinburgh University. The kind of person who is smart but can’t resist showing off about it. We had all agreed not to show the results of our first essay, as it was immature to compare marks and not the point of learning. But as soon as he saw that his result was good he showed it off to any one he could. ha!

He is probably now the head of a department of sociology somewhere.

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Check the book out more on the publishers page HERE

Or my own WEBSITE WEBSITE

 

3rd and final volume of THE STORY OF LEE

The 3rd and final volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE is done and dusted (well, a little bit dust remains), and will soon be off to the printers.

I’m very happy with it – the cover is lovely, a sad image but with a beauty to the framing and the texture that artist, Piarelle, has brought to it. She, a young artist working on her very first full length book, has done an excellent job.

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It’s listed now in the Diamond distributors December Previews catalogue for ordering, and a February release.

Please check it out HERE, folks!

Cheers, Sean (and Piarelle).