“it is not often a graphic novel can bring me to tears”

2 reviews on Stargazing Dog:

“It’s not often a graphic novel can bring me to tears. “Stargazing Dog,” by Takashi Murakami, did just that.

There is something positive to take from this. I admit I found the first part so emotionally wrenching that it took me two weeks to force myself to read the second part. But afterward the story kept bubbling up in my thoughts, demanding that I think about it, learn something from it.

And as America suffers its own economic doldrums, “Stargazing Dog” has a lot to teach.”

Capt. Comics Andrew Smith of Scripps Howard News Service.

“It’s bittersweet, but I appreciated that it didn’t take the easy way out.  It’s hard to keep from finding yourself entranced by Happie [the dog] as he goes from good to bad situation but still has that upbeat canine spirit.”

says Read About Comics

“Lewis Trondheim is one of the greatest living cartoonists. It’s not even an argument. His work is immediately accessible, profoundly universal, and deeply hilarious. When he makes you laugh (and he will), it’s not just a sight-gag or well-observed human foible. It’s that you are so invested in his character and his world that it’s as if you are laughing at yourself, because in a way, you are. I can’t think of anyone in comics other than Charles Schulz who so brilliantly and intuitively understood human nature and conveyed it and depicted it as well as Trondheim does.”

Trouble with Comics on Little Nothings 4, still getting reviews months later and still a feature on this blog every Monday.

Speaking of  books still getting reviews, the panelists give another rave for Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti.

Kinky & Cosy #10 on NYTimes GN bestseller list + more press

Nix’ snarky Kinky & Cosy is #10 on this week’s New York Times Bestseller list for hardcover graphic novels!

And Robot 6 has this to say about the collection:

“Nix’s little rascals are bad kids in the Bart Simpson/Calvin/Shinchan mode, but the humor is more fearless.”

“Recommended. The cultural tension is beautifuilly written, and the story is told well in the small moments between Lee and Matt.”

Library Media Connection on the Story Of Lee.

The Portland Examiner covers Rick Geary’s successful appearance at Bridge City Comics last week.

Finally, Manga Maniac Cafe gives Stargazing Dog an A-.

Stargazing Dog is in stores today.

One of our most anticipated releases is out in stores today: a bestselling manga from Japan:

Stargazing Dog
Takashi Murakami
A moving inspiring manga that is a major best-seller in Japan, selling over 500,000 copies and being made into a movie.
Daddy is down and out. Life has conspired against him, everything coming undone. Fed up, he sets out with his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular. All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one companion he can count on utterly and completely is his dog who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end.

6×9, 128pp, B&W trade paperback, $11.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-612-9

Manga Worth Reading’s Johanna Draper Carlson recommends it saying:

“This is a very timely story for the here and now. The father wants things to stay the same, but the world and others move on around him, and staying in place ends up taking him backwards. By using the dog as a narrator, the modern-day conflicts of civilization become simplified. Does one have anything to eat? Something to do? Someone to spend time with? All else is irrelevant. There’s a lot of sadness to this story, but also a sense of hope, that as long as dogs love people, we have something to live up to.”

SPX: Fabulous.

Just back from SPX in the Washington DC area and it was energizing!

Saturday was amazing, starting right off the bat in high gear. For a few hours, we sold steadily books upon books, selling out of many Dungeon titles quickly as well as Sky Over the Louvre and Geary’s new Sacco & Vanzetti.

By the end of the show we had sold out of substantial quantities also of our premiere of the Stargazing Dog which was warmly received and, with Brooke Allen signing, of the many copies we brought of her Home for Mr. Easter.

The energy around the show is wonderful to see, the Ignatz Awards were SRO with many unable to fit and the post party went on into the wee hours. Gotta say, I love the forgiving hours of the show, starting at 11 on Saturday and even noon on Sunday.

A fun experience worth the trip and this show should attract attendees from farther than the DC area alone, it deserves it!

Many thanks to Brooke, Rick Parker who held up the Papercutz side, and Jesse Lonergan for appearing at our booth and talking with fans.

SPX: our schedule

For the SPX Expo this weekend, come and meet us at tables G7-8. Here’s our schedule of artists appearing at our booth:

BROOKE A. ALLEN (A Home for Mr. Easter) will be at our booth throughout much of the show.

TED RALL (To Afghanistan & Back) is a bit tentative at this point in that he just returned from vacation finding Irene made quite a mess in his backyard, nothing major, but… if he can come, he’ll be appearing Saturday from 4-6, Sunday noon to 2.

RICK PARKER (with our sister co. Papercutz: Tales from the Crypt: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid, Slices: Harry Potty and Breaking Down) Saturday noon to 2, Sunday 2 to 4.

JESSE LONERGAN (Flower & Fade, Joe & Azat): Saturday 2 to 3, Sunday 4 to 5.

And don’t forget we’re premiering the bestselling Japanese manga Stargazing Dog and Ernie Colon’s Inner Sanctum with signed sketches by him. See more.

NBM premieres at SPX

Next week on the 10th and 11th is the annual Small Press Expo in Bethesda, in the Washington DC area and as every year, we’ll be there with some exciting new stuff!

The biggest news is we’ll be premiering right off press our first manga, the moving and inspiring Japanese best-seller Stargazing Dog. It’s sold over a half million copies in Japan and been made into a movie there just released this summer. See the preview of pages.

The other special we’ll have for the show is a preview of Ernie Colon’s Inner Sanctum with signed copies including a free signed sketch by Colon for the 1st 20 to buy!

Appearing at our booth:

Brooke A. Allen with A Home for Mr. Easter

Ted Rall

The irrepressible Rick Parker signing the Papercutz spoofs of Harry Potter, Twilight and Percy Jackson

Jesse Lonergan

We’ll have a good choice of recent books. Find us at G7-8, come say hello! Publisher Terry Nantier will be there and happy to chat with you.

September: we’re all Stargazing Dogs

NBM’s program for this September, which is being solicited for in comics bookstores now, headlines a first for us: a Japanese manga. And not just any manga, one that has been a smash bestseller there with over 400,000 copies sold:

Stargazing Dog
Takashi Murakami
A moving manga that is a major best-seller in Japan, selling now over 400,000 copies and being made into a movie. Oto-san is down and out. Life has conspired against him, nothing coming together the way he wished, so he sets out with his car to just get away from it all. All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one he can count on utterly and completely is a dog he just adopted who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end, lightening up his new adventure into the unknown.
6×9, 128pp, B&W trade paperback, $11.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-612-9

see previews

While we’re at it, don’t forget our beautiful and well reviewed Korean Manhwa:

Mijeong and Run, Bong-Gu Run by Byun Byung-Jun

Buja’s Diary by Seyeong O 

Meanwhile in Eurotica:

SIZZLE #51
Cornnell Clarke’s Peanut Butter vol.5 wraps up and more of Omaha the Cat Dancer, Barbarian Chicks and Gambedotti. All in full color now!
Quarterly, 48pp., full color, $5.95

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And our sister Papercutz has these goodies for September, starting with a launch of a charming Trondheim treat:


MONSTER CHRISTMAS
Lewis Trondheim – writer and artist
By the artist of Dungeon and Little Nothings, a charming new series for kids! Peter and Jean, two mischievous kids, love to draw monsters. They create Kriss, with three legs, four arms, and ten mouths, who escapes from the sheet of paper and becomes the family’s new pet! For Christmas, Jean and Peter go on vacation to the mountains with their parents. Kriss is supposed to stay at home, but he manages to make the trip on the roof of the car. Suddenly an avalanche blocks the road, caused by a monster in hot pursuit of… Santa Claus! It’s up to the kids and their pet monster to Save Santa and Christmas! But it looks like this other monster can eat Kriss for breakfast!
8 x 10, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-288-5

And a new Garfield and Smurfs!

GARFIELD & Co #3 “Catzilla”
By Jim Davis and Mark Evanier, writers
Ellipsanime/Dargaud Media, artists
Adapted by Cedric Michiels
It’s Halloween, and Garfield has dresses up as “Catzilla,” a fierce wild cat that lives at the zoo, to go out Trick or Treating. What Garfield doesn’t know is that the real Catzilla has escaped from the zoo and the police are searching for it, leading to a wild case of mistaken identity! Will Garfield end up in a zoo? And what will Jon and Odie do if they run into Catzilla? Also featuring the stories “Underwater World” and “Perfect Pizza.”
6½ x 9, 32pp., full-color hardcover: $7.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-278-6

 

THE SMURFS  #8 “The Smurf Apprentice”
Peyo – writer and artist
Yvan Delporte, writer
Gos, artist
A smurf wants to emulate Papa Smurf, and decides the best way to do so would be to practice magic. So, the smurf sneaks into Gargamel’s lab and steals instructions for a magic potion. The smurf foolishly drinks the potion and is turned into a monstrous lizard that all of the smurfs fear. Can Papa Smurf create an antidote? Or will the Smurfs be seeing green for the rest of their lives? Also featuring the stories “Smurftraps” and “Halloween.”
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-279-3
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-280-9

THE SMURFS #1-3 Boxed Set
Peyo – writer and artist
Yvan Delporte, writer
Volumes 1 through 3 collected into one boxed set with close to 150 pages of comics! Value priced at under 20 dollars. Includes the Purple Smurfs, The Magic Flute and the Smurf King.
6½ x 9, 184 pages, full-color paperback: $17.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-273-1

DISNEY FAIRIES #1-4 Boxed Set
Paola Mulazzi, Augusto Machetto, Giulia Conti, writers
Emilio Urbano, Elisabetta Melaranci, Andrea Greppi, Gianluca Barone, artists
Collecting the first four volumes of the hit Papercutz DISNEY FAIRIES graphic novels with close to 300 pages of full-color comics!
5 x 7½, 320 pages, full-color paperback: $29.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-272-4

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