Comics, Hollywood and The Next Big Step: Neil’s SDCC Report

"The News: Writer Neil Kleid‘s and artist Nicolas Cinquegrani‘s The Big Kahn is due out at the end of the month. Why You, Non-Comics-Geek, Should Care: Smart people who’ve seen the book — about a rabbi’s family that discovers, upon his death, that he wasn’t Jewish — are talking it up like crazy."  — Glen Weldon, NPR

"Calvin Reid of PW suggested Neil Kleid’s new book as one that should come out of CCI with more buzz than it might actually be able to generate in these star-driven times."  — Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

As most of you know, I attended the big San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend in order to a) promote my new book, The Big Kahn, coming out next week from NBM Publishing, b) sign copies of Creepy Comics #1 for Dark Horse Comics, which hit stores last week, c) meet with editors, producers and would-be colleagues and d) get drunk and silly.

Every convention, I tell myself I’ll be taking it easy — a few signing times, one or two meetings and that’s it. This year, I loaded myself up with Kahn signings, one Creepy signing and only one comic book meeting… and then found myself drowning under the weight of meetings with THEM. Hollywood came calling this year, and despite my promise to keep a light schedule, within the space of a day I found every single hole during my day-to-day filled with meet and greets, pitch meetings and the like. Once again, I ran the floor from signing to panel to meeting to signing… but I still managed to see a lot of the show and have a damn good time doing it.

CHECK OUT THE REPORT BY CLICKING HERE

Neil appearing at Comic Book Club in NYC 7/14, Prepping for SDCC

Sometimes I wish I had more time to blog these days… but when I’m absent, you all know it’s because I’m doing the work, right? Right.

And, oh what work there is. To quickly update you, THE BIG KAHN has been sent to the printer and will be hitting your local comic stores at the end of the month—-we’re debuting the book at San Diego Comic Con in two weeks, and then it comes to Amazon and bookstores in September. I’ve got a few interviews about to pop in the next two weeks and I’ll keep you updated here. Apart from that, I’m working hard to have the first draft of AMERICAN CAESAR, my next NBM book, done before I fly to San Diego but it ain’t likely… too much excitement and prep for the con!

To promote THE BIG KAHN (which looks ay-mazing, by the by), I’ll be appearing as a guest on tomorrow night’s edition of the Comic Book Club, NYC’s long-running weekly comic book talk show featuring the best comedians in New York talking shop with industry professionals from all corners of the comic book world. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben, the show details are:

CBC, July 14th show
@ The People’s Improv Theatre
23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue
8pm – Tickets only 5 BUCKS
More information: http://www.popcultureshock.com/cbclub

And don’t forget I’ll be attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, showing up Thursday, July 23rd and leaving Sunday, July 26th. While I’m there, I’ll be promoting THE BIG KAHN, catching up with old pals and editors, drinking, and maybe actually seeing some of the city this time around. I’ll post my signing schedule here soon… but for now, just know I’ll be there ready to schmooze, sell, sign and sketch.

The fine people at Comic Book Resource’s Robot6 blog are doing a before/after interview thing with me about my upcoming trip to the San Diego Comic Con. Check it out for a bit about what I’m getting up to at the con and a bit of advice on how to approach editors.

Hope to see you tomorrow night!

NBM in San Diego, premieres, signings, books!

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

Firday: 4-5:30

 

Rick GEARY  “A Treasury of Victorian & XXth Century Murder”

Thursday 2:30-4

Friday 10:30-noon

Saturday: 2:30-4

 

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”

Thursday: 4-5:30

Fri.: 2:30-4

Sat.: 5:30-7

 

Cornnell CLARKE “Peanut Butter”

Wed.: 6-7:30

Thurs.: 2:30-4, 5:30-7

Fri.: 1-2:30, 5:30-7

Sat.: 1-2:30, 4-5:30

Sun.: 1-2:30

 

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.