Review Round-Up: Arthur De Pins’ ZOMBILLENIUM V. 2: HUMAN RESOURCES

It’s a return to Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. In this volume, Human Resources, things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere…

“Fun and comical and definitely worth a read.”

Not Yet Read

“The first volume surprised not only in its inventiveness, but in avoiding generic storylines and familiar scenarios…Human Resources, remarkably, does the same…courtesy of French artist and animator Arthur de Pins, who illustrated the book entirely in Adobe Illustrator. His work is Disney clean, direct and – despite the subject matter – delightful. There’s never any lag, as the art carries you breathlessly forward in a narrative that’s always charging toward the next plot twist.”

The Comics Round Table

“The art is wonderful with an excellent use of color and expressions that are just exaggerated enough to kick it into the cartoony realm. ”

Sequential Tart

“DePins artwork…is quite good. It’s heavily digital, but full of unique verve, making it rather eye catching, particularly the covers.”

Coverless Reviews

Review Round-Up: Pascal Rabaté’s STREET VIEW

 

A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Street View is an unusual accordion book which opens in two directions, one direction providing a look at a street scene as it evolves during the day and the other, a parallel view of the same street at night.

Street View is a radical departure from the narrative form. First, there are no words. Second, it has an unusual format. Pages are bound between two hard covers with no spine. A series of connected foldouts delivers a continuous visual story in 20 scenes…Pascal Rabate’ has transformed our reading experience into a treasure hunt.”

NY Journal of Books

“What’s interesting is the play with time. You get to see what happens on the street and characters as time passes from morning to the evening and nighttime. Ten scenes happen from the morning and ten at night. You can follow the activity in each apartment, or follow what a character is doing. There are mundane moments like a lady who watches TV all day, and more cheeky moments between couples…an interesting comic worth checking out.”

Parka Blogs

“A fascinating art object, a creative take on storytelling that uses format to drive the reader’s attention. It’s an accordion book, a set of painted double-page spreads between two cardboard boards that can be read through one way, showing daytime scenes, and then flipped over to see the evenings. Each sheds new light on the others…Street View is Where’s Waldo? for adults, a fascinating puzzle that rewards the attention paid to it.”

Comics Worth Reading

 

 

Review Round-Up: RICK GEARY’S A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

Collecting five (The Borden Tragedy, The Mystery of Mary Rogers, The Saga of the Bloody Benders, The Case of Madeleine Smith, The Murder of Abraham Lincoln) previously published volumes of Geary’s work, this compendium is a must have.

 

“The high quality that writer/artist Geary has maintained for his “Treasury of Victorian Murder” true crime series since its 1987 inception is easy to take for granted…Highly recommended for mature readers of graphic novels, mysteries history, and true crime; violent and disturbing content.”

Library Journal

“It’s a densely crafted volume showing Geary’s dedication to detail and his own sense of investigation into true stories of the strange and macabre. This is exactly the kind of book to cozy up to as winter sets in.”

–Bleeding Cool

“Geary meticulously researches each murder, and presents all the evidence to the reader in as objective a fashion as he can, in a faux-woodcut style that really could pass for the kind of illustrative artwork that preceded photography — if it wasn’t so much better. For one thing, there wasn’t much irony in those days, and Geary is forever arching an eyebrow artistically at the deadpan captions.  All of which serves the narrative, which is invariably gripping.”

The Indiana Gazette

“Each of these stories, although set long ago, involves elements we can identify with, whether the spreading of rumors or sensationalized journalism or the question of how much to trust our neighbors or the ruinous dedication of political groups to lost causes. ”

Comics Worth Reading

“All the stories are fascinating studies of human behavior in general, and of the peculiarities of Victorian life in particular.”

Sequential Tart

Review Round-Up: ALL STAR, DOG BUTTS AND LOVE, ZOMBILLENIUM, “genuinely original and very entertaining”

Here’s what critics have been saying about our releases:

All Star by Jesse Lonergan

Nominated for the 2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

“I really enjoy the clean and simple lines of All Star’s art. Lonergan doesn’t spend time showing off how great he is by taking attention away from the story. Every line, every shadow, and every face servers a purpose and that purpose is to tell a story. And, the story is a thing of beauty.”

The Outhousers

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. Cartoons by Jim Benton

“The pieces in question range from single-panel gags to short sequential pieces, but the thing they share in common is the level of intelligence and cleverness on display. He is consistently darkly funny, often touching a chord with a tough truth at the heart of the cartoon…It’s a damn-near perfect encapsulation of the entitlement generation. The whole book is worth your time.”

Comics Waiting Room

“The humor is a mix of subtle and in your face, is frequently laugh out loud funny and often surprising.”

Pop Culture Guy

“It was marvelously entertaining, because Benton is obviously insane, or insanely creative…genuinely original and very entertaining, which was a welcome surprise.”

–  San Angelo Standard-Times

Zombillenium, vol.2 Human Resources by Arthur De Pins

“Fiendishly delightful, twisted, surprising, and even a little tragic.”

Midwest Book Review

“I love this series! A comedy paranormal spoof with a serious plot makes it total fun!”

It’s All Comic To Me 

Review Round-Up: FAMILY TIES – AN ALASKAN CRIME DRAMA, a “lovingly-crafted update”

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, Family Ties is The Godfather mashed up with  Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“This lovingly-crafted update of a Shakespeare classic is worth the read.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

“The real star of this production is Tuazon, whose fragile linework competes bold swaths of inky grays to create just the right atmosphere for this murky tale of hubris and denial.”

guttergeek

“What we have in Family Ties is a story that leaves you feeling raw and uncomfortable, wondering if perhaps your own relationships are similarly problematic or unresolved…We may not have grown up in a malfunctioning crime family, but we have all had our shares of brokenness.”

Comics Alternative

“A very solid read…worth checking out.”

Things I Like

Family Ties is mostly a visual feast (or at least a good meal) though doesn’t quite sound as rich. But then nothing sounds as rich as Shakespeare.”

– Comics Bulletin

“Murder, betrayal, and revenge abound in this dark and violent parable, highly recommended especially for connoisseurs of Shakespearean drama and gritty crime stories alike.”

Midwest Book Review

NBM Review Round-Up!

Zombillenium

“This is an absolute comedy, and it’s a total riot. Zombillenium is nothing but fun, from its cute tongue-in-cheek moments to its laugh-out-loud humor. You don’t have to be a fan of zombies or anything like that to enjoy this graphic novel. If you’ve got a sense of humor, that’s all you need.”

MTV Geek

“Whatever dark dealings you think go on behind the doors and in the underground tunnels of Disneyworld, they’ve got nothing on the secrets of Zombillenium and its mysterious proprietor…de Pins’ work is fun, lively, and thoroughly funny, but a true sense of terror lurks just beyond the panels. The last page of the first volume ends with a perfect note of a very human monster showing us just how inhuman this story could truly be.”

New Jersey Online

“Before you think this is another book capitalizing on the zombie trend, it’s not. Zombillenium is an amusement park filled with entertaining staff members that are monsters.”

Fortress of Solitude

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics

“Definitely recommended for those with an interest in graphic storytelling that goes beyond the usual genre work – or anyone who wants to bone up on the basics of Western thinking.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Omaha The Cat Dancer Volume 8

“It’s hard to imagine a combination of explicit sex and character development that would be less gratuitous. The characters in Omaha have sex because they are complicated, adult characters who do things that complicated adults do. It’s part of their lives, just like sleeping, eating, going to work, taking a walk, or breathing…Omaha is a wonderful character, and Omaha is a wonderful series.”

Comic Mix

“One of the seminal series that bridged underground with the new indie comics.”

Comics For Sinners

The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations

P. Craig Russell's Opera Adaptations Hardcover set“Russell’s adaptations stay generally true to the story lines, though their panel serialization necessitates some liberties with the text. Their staging can be quite a bit more fantastic than what’s seen in the theater. Russell takes advantage of the graphic format to construct strong, detailed backgrounds.”

Santa Fe New Mexican

NBM Review Round-Up!

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel


This book should be in the library of every comic book fan. It provides an excellent history, hitting the high (and view-changing) points. This book will help you speak knowledgably on the subject. Even if you’re not an avid comics fan and /or only like a small segment of things under the umbrella of “comics,” this history is interesting and insightful.

Sequential Tart

 

Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

The book delves into the case and examines all the potential suspects, reading like a police procedural…Don’t be put off by this low-key presentation. The events, motives and individuals will leave you trying to solve this mystery.

The Joplin Globe

An Enchantment

More like a poem than a story…An Enchantment is an ambitious work and one worth checking out. It’s romantic, affecting, charming, fun, and utterly beautiful.

– Playback: STL

Durieux makes the Louvre a fantasy world, where anyone can be anyone else, and the artwork helps with the whimsical tone he’s going for – despite the old man’s age and fears, the book never becomes too dreary…It’s a charming comic, though, one that gets under your skin more than you might expect, and it’s a nice story of two people searching for something new. Whether they find it or not is for you to discover.

– Good Comics Blog at Comic Book Resources

An Enchantment delivers exactly what it promises in a sepia-toned dreamscape exploring the world of the Louvre. Worth a few reads to really absorb the entire work.

– Spandexless

 

The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti

This was a very entertaining book, maybe my favourite of the series. It does a great job of evoking the era, outlining the issues involved and keeping it all a good read as well, and Geary’s art has been consistently excellent for decades.

– Four Realities

The Initiates

It’s a great story of two people who willingly decided to venture outside of their comfort zones and find out more about something they knew little about–and as a result, found more in common with each other than they thought possible. It’s an examination of how we are when we love something we’re dedicated to, and it’s engrossing in a way that invites you to just sit, relax, and take it all in after an exhausting day.

– Spandexless