A post over at Manga critic that makes us blush. Around an exhibit of Manhwa and a list provided there of the best, this critic sought to make a revision and added two of our 3 manhwas to a top ten must-read list: Run Bon-Gu, Run and at the very top: Buja’s Diary.
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!
Coming this April, comics stores now taking orders (as well as us online!):
NEW from ComicsLit:
In Chinese, ‘Mijeong’ means ‘pure beauty.’
In the cold city, young people’s lives cross and spark for brief moments in this remarkably drawn graphic novel; Wounded characters, squashed by the daily hard realities of urban living whose destinies take sudden unannounced turns but their inner flames shine bright and wild, even for a brief time. From the girl who deals sensitively with an older man obsessed by youth to the group of friends who find their friend has committed suicide but feel they might get implicated, this engrossing collection of stories will transfix and move you deeply. Another remarkable manhwa by the artist of Run, Bong-Gu, Run.
6 x9, 240pp., B&W, trade pb., $19.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-554-2
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By the same author:
RUN, BONG-GU, RUN!
Byun Byung Jun
Off the train in the middle of winter at the station in Seoul, Bong-gu and his mother bring a little spring time warmth to the capital. They’re from a poor isolated area but on the beautiful sea. She’s looking for her kid’s dad who left without a trace. An old man meets the kid and actually remembers seeing his dad. He manages to bring them together. Dad had dreams coming from the country, hitting the big city. They didn’t quite work out. He had become too ashamed to show himself again. From desperation, the outcome of this story, however, will bring warmth to any heart, showing that the hope and love of humanity can even melt the cold indifference of our urban societies. A beautifully, poetically illustrated little manhwa lit.
“I think it takes an enormously gifted creator to tell a sentimental story well, and I think Byun has gifts to spare. With a minimum of manipulation and unerring visual skill, he creates an unexpectedly moving work.” –Comic World News
6×9, 112pp., full color trade pb.: $15.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-501-6
And reminding you of another Manhwa we have available:
From Korea comes a collection of incisive observant short stories by a leading artist. Reading these thirteen exceptional stories is an experience similar to appreciating a touching poem or watching a series of stills from a silent movie. Combining the traits of different artistic genres, O has indeed created his own world of comic art. While eloquently presenting a universal human experience, O also brings a delightful and exotic insight into Korean society. Whereas Manwa (Korean comics) can be much more than we expect… For mature readers.
This got a Publishers Weekly starred review and Tony Isabella of Comics Buyers Guide said: “O has a gift for effortlessly bringing the reader into his world. Buja’s Diary will expand your comics world. It picks up the full five out of five Tonys.”
6×9, 272 pp., B&W, trade pb.: $19.95 ISBN 978-1-56163-448-4
NEW from Eurotica
4 GIRLFRIENDS, vol.2
The lascivious 4 Spanish chicks seem almost to be in competition for who’ll be the most raunchy of the lot but it’s a friendly sharing competition that does involve some edgy sexual adventure! Stunning art as always, the chicks are so juicy, disarmingly cute and willing as to be absolutely irresistible. Gambedotti is emerging as one of the best Spanish erotic artists of the day.
8 ½ x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-557-3
We also have by Gambedotti:
4 GIRLFRIENDS, vol.1
The artist of the best-selling “Room-Mates” is back with a series of searing hot stories of 4 gorgeous girlfriends who aren’t afraid to get their feet very wet. Gambedotti’s talent at depicting irresistibly cute girls with tight firm curvy figures in the abandon of ecstasy only gets better with this new series!
81/2x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-524-5
ROOM-MATES, Vol. 1
Atilio GAMBEDOTI • Ivan GUEVARA
Oh, much more than room-mates! Got a space in your apartment to let? Why not find a willing sex mate as well? And hey, if the roomie don’t put up, out she goes! Fun, raunchy situations from a pair of horny Spanish artists!
Recommended by AVN-Adult Video News
“The illustrations, full-color throughout, are nothing short of amazing in their detail and their vibrancy, and the story is a fun romp through an alternate-universe Melrose Place where, rather than spending their time scheming, everyone prefers to get naked and fuck. It’s erotic, playful and deliciously sex-positive.” -Thomas Roche, Eros Zine
81/2x 11, 48pp., color trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 1-56163-433-6
ROOM-MATES, Vol. 2
Atilio GAMBEDOTTI • Ivan GUEVARA
The room-mates exchange between themselves and at parties at such a dizzying rate, you’ll give up trying to keep track! Gorgeous full color artwork with a knack for depicting irresistibly sweet chicas.
81/2x11, 48pp. full color trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 1-56163-491-3