Miami Herald on Geary: give credit to his writing also!

“It is the perfect book to enjoy on a quiet evening, preferably with a dog by your side. And chances are you’ll wind up taking your dog for a walk afterwards, pondering what you’ve just read as you gaze up at the starry sky above you.”

No Flying No Tights on Stargazing Dog

“With an artistic style recalling Herriman’s Krazy Kat and a fanciful imagination evoking St. Exupery’s simple, elegant flights of whimsy, Dillies takes his audience on a strange trip through Charlie’s fears and inadequacies. Billed as an all-ages book, the plot and narration are simple yet crafty, the real storytelling technique coming through in the visuals. Dillies’ transitions are particularly slick, as he moves between the real world of Charlie’s humdrum, lonely existence and the vast, dreamlike realms of his burgeoning imagination.”
Broken Frontier on Bubbles & Gondola

The Miami Herald on Geary’s Sacco & Vanzetti:

“Geary is almost universally praised for his stylish and crafty art, with extreme attention to detail and dead-on historical depiction of characters and settings. Sadly overlooked, however, is his writing. He’s often deadpan and hilarious but in the latest entry in his current series, A Treasury of XXth Century Murder, he masterfully organizes the story surrounding the infamous 1920 murder, subsequent trials and ongoing controversies into a highly readable and fascinating package. His art, as always, is ceaselessly expressive and charming, but let’s also give credit to this modern American master as one whose complete craft is at its peak.”

“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.

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

see more

——————————————————————————-

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

SEE MORE OF THESE PAPERCUTZ BOOKS.

ALL OF THESE CAN BE ORDERED THROUGH YOUR COMICS BOOKSTORE NOW!

BEA: Ernie Colon signs advances of Inner Sanctum

For the book professionals among you attending the annual Book Expo America this week:

Our main feature will be the appearance Tuesday and Wednesday of Ernie COLON who will be premiering his adaptations of stories from the classic radio show INNER SANCTUM.

He will be signing a special collector’s preview we’ve printed up specially for the occasion with one of the 4 tales of mystery, horror and suspense the book will feature.

Ernie Colon is a veteran of comics having drawn everything from Conan to Casper the Friendly Ghost. He is noted of late mostly for his and Sid Jacobson’s adaptation of The 9/11 Commission Report as well as biographies of Anne Frank and Che Guevarra, all from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux.

At NBM booth 3139, there will also be previews of the best-selling moving manga “Star Gazing Dog” by Takashi Murakami which has sold over 400,000 in Japan and has a movie adaptation coming out there this summer. This will mark the first time NBM publishes a manga, although it has published some literary Korean manhwa (see here and here).

Other goodies to expect from NBM this fall: a new Salvatore, Little Nothings as featured on this blog regularly and a delightful poetic fairy tale for all ages discovery “Bubbles & Gondola”. All can be seen at the booth this week.

With BEA, NBM inaugurates its distribution deal with IPG.