A great article on Sean Michael Wilson and more…

Find out about Sean Michael Wilson, the author of our Story of Lee and editor of Ax:Alternative Manga, and Scotsman writing manga in Japan, in a great article in the paper The Scotsman.

“It’s always awesome to see Dungeon come out. Dungeon Monstres Vol. 3: Heartbreaker is one of the better duo piece graphic novels I have read in a long time. Great quality stuff and a good . Definitely entertaining. 8 out 10″

Sequential Tart

“The best kind of grown-up fable. You will believe a pig can fly. . .”
Bill Sherman, Blogcritics On Salvatore 

reactions to Story of Lee, Salvatore and The Broadcast

For Salvatore:

“This fun, heartfelt and blithe book is a joy to read and one of the best and most imaginative books NBM has published in recent years.”

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“it’s a solidly entertaining, quiet story of possible love and family entanglements.”

Says Antick Musings of our brand new Story of Lee by Sean Michael Wison and Chie Kutsuwada. In stores now.

“A gripping and original story” says School Library Journal of The Broadcast, although it was less sanguine about the art which some get and some …don’t.

Newsarama on Miss Don’t Touch Me and a preview of Story of Lee

“Hubert’s good ear for dialogue and fast-moving scenes keep the pace quick, while each page gives readers nearly a dozen panels of information and characterization.  There’s no obvious genre hook here – it’s simply good writing, a story about a girl’s dream to find a better life and the unfortunate slings and stones that hold her back.  The character work is strong, the plot interesting and involved without being convoluted.

Kerascoët’s strong character designs and detailed artwork capture the atmosphere of early Twentieth Century France, from bustling Paris to idyllic pastoral settings. The character acting is superb, and the clear, simple grid layouts move the story forward precisely.

Miss Don’t Touch Me v. 2 stands out as worthy successor to the original, which was, in turn, among 2008’s best comics.  Hubert and Kerascoët have crafted an oddly funny, yet very dramatic period piece thriller, quite unlike anything else in comics today.  They’ve clearly established themselves as a creative team worth following to any project they pursue.”

Newsarama

Nice long preview to be seen at Playback:stl of The Story of Lee reaching stores very soon… or you can order now from us.

Season’s greetings from Chie and a thing about The Stoty of Lee

Hi everyone. Let me introduce myself a bit first. I’m Chie and I’m the illustrator of The Story of Lee, forthcoming book about a meeting of a girl and a boy in lost in translation culture mixture.

I just wanted to say hi to you all and wishing a great holiday season and a new year, so I picked up today to post my first entry here.

Also, I’d like to show some pictures of an exhibition in London, which just finished. The Story of Lee was hugely included in this exhibition, That’s Novel! was on for a month at London Print Studio.

The exhibition was successful and the opening night was packed.

The image from the cover of the book and illustrated explanation of how I built up pages from the script by Sean Michael Wilson was printed in huge size and displayed like this.

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Also, I had been asked to provide some full body images of the main characters and I did this (part of the full body image) …

Then the people at the studio made them into this!

This image was displayed the window of the gallery with the other artists’ characters.

Nice!!

At the PV, some people came up to me and told that they love what I exhibited. I hope they love book.. well I’m quite sure they’ll do!

Ok, enough of me. Nice to see (?) you all and hope I post before long!!

Meanwhile, have a happy happy new year!

*:..。o○☆ *:..。o○☆ *:..。o○☆ *:..。o○☆ *:.

P.S. I’m sorry in advance if my English is shaky! It’s not my mother tongue so please forgive me! Hope you understand me ok…

Wilson interviewed in Japan, The Beat on Dungeon, GNR on Axe-Man: news & reviews this week

Graphic Novel Reporter on Geary’s The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans:

“Geary shows the same flair for pacing and drama here as he did in the other volumes in this series and in his nine-volume A Treasury of Victorian Murder series. He builds the tension by slowly revealing the facts, using a journalistic tone of voice that rarely dips into sensationalism. He allows his art to show the horrors of murder, with dramatic shadows, wide-angle shots, and close-ups all used to good effect. Geary’s black-and-white palette and line shading give the right historical feel to his tales, and he has a sharp eye for the details of a time period. That, combined with his historical research, makes his story all the more horrific as the reality of it is impossible to escape.”
Snow Wildsmith (gotta love that name)

Eric Hobbs of The Broadcast is interviewed on ‘My Friend Amy’s Blog.”

Heidi McDonald on The Beat says of Dungeon:

“A sprawling satirical fantasy about anthropomorphic warriors in a magical, ludicrous kingdom. It’s a darkly whimsical epic that’s a mash-up of D&D, Cerebus, Groo and any number of works by headliners Trondheim and Joann Sfar.

And she goes on to present a whole bunch of pages…

Sean Michael Wilson of our forthcoming The Story of Lee got a great piece in the English language Japan Times. A great way to find out more about him. He has quite a few GNs out this year, including AX:Alternative Manga which was chosen as a top GN of the year. He’s a Scot expat in Japan, now heavily steeped in manga… interesting story.

Oh, and an amusing quote of the week on Elephant Man from Now Read This:

“Warning: this book contains Six-foot talking flies and shaved, car-racing monkeys.”

Do we need to quote any other part of this review? 😀

Another scene from THE STORY OF LEE

Here, guys and gals, is more from THE STORY OF LEE. This shows a scene in which Lee engages with some intimate, if silly, girls talk – while a spurned admirer stands outside alone, signing at young girls beauty just out of reach. Poor wee lad.

‘The Story of Lee’ is out in Diamond’s October Previews catalogue, (OCT101070, its on page 291)  – order it now please!

Coming in December: The Story of Lee

Here’s what’s being solicited for in comics stores this month to come from NBM in December:

A cross-cultural manga is our feature, as written by Sean Michael Wilson who’s been busy making a name for himself with AX, Alternative Manga from Top Shelf as well as adaptations for Graphic Classics and Kodansha:

 
THE STORY OF LEE, Vol.1
Sean Michael Wilson & Chie Kutsuwada
Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Englishman. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s Dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a Chinese young man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide creating good sparks… and bad ones.
5 x 7 1/2, 200pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-594-8SEE PREVIEWS

And from Eurotica, we have another new Gambedotti (4 Grilfriends):

 
 
GETTING CLOSE
Atilio GAMBEDOTTI
A group of young people get closer and closer, experiencing some mind-blowing explorations in sexuality and relationships. Beautifully hot and intense and also very heartfelt writing as the best-selling Gambedotti does not fail to provide.
81/2 x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-597-9Go to Eurotica (must be over 18) to see previews.

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PAPERCUTZ, our sister co. for fun comics for kids of all ages, premiers a new series of parodies:

PAPERCUTZ SLICES:

“Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring”
Rick Parker and Stefan Petrucha, the team behind the hit TALES FROM THE CRYPT #8 and its “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid”, get together again, this time taking on Harry Potter! Following the murder of their mentor Dumb-As-A-Door by the seemingly traitorous Barista Frappe; Harry Potty, Don Measley and Whiny Stranger must find a way to defeat the nose-less lord Value-Mart (He-Whose-Prices-Can’t-Be-Beat) and his followers the Odor Eaters in order to avenge the death of Harry Potty’s parents and bring balance to the world of magic.
6 x 9, 64 pages, full-color
Paperback: ISBN: 978-1-59707-217-5, $6.99
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-59707-218-2, $10.99

Also the next Nancy Drew in her New Case Files:

That’s right!! You saw it right… And this ain’t Ned… how can this be?!
NANCY DREW THE NEW CASE FILES #2
Vampire Slayer Part Two
By Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney
Sho Murase, artist
The Girl Detective has been locked in a large estate with Gregor, the young man whom everyone suspects of being a vampire, only to learn he has a rare disease that won’t allow him to venture outside during the day. While Nancy’s friends George and Bess and boyfriend Ned are locked outside the large estate, Nancy and Gregor are trapped inside with a crazed woman who believes Gregor is a real vampire, and that she must destroy him!
6×9, 64pp, full color paperback: $6.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-233-5

A New Fairies:

DISNEY FAIRIES #4
“Tinker Bell to the Rescue”
By Augusto Machetto, Carlotta Quattrocolo,
Giulia Conti, and Teresa Radici
Elisabetta Melaranci and Emilio Urbano, artists

Captain Hook causes trouble for Tinker Bell and the rest of the Fairies when she kidnaps Vidia – the flying-talent fairy – and has his bumbling assistant Mr. Smee hold her captive. Tinker Bell and Fira must sneak onto Captain Hook’s ship and free their fellow Fairy! Featuring four more stories starring Tinker Bell, Prilla, Dulcie, Beck and the rest.
5x 7 1/2, 80pp., full color paperback: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-200-7

And good for Christmas, the hardcover edition of:

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE, Vol. 5:
TREASURE ISLAND
Robert Louis Stevenson, David Chauvel, David Simon

The themes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Treasure Island: loyalty, adventure, morality and especially coming of age, make it ideal for “Classics Illustrated Deluxe.” Stevenson’s riveting tale has become more and more influential over the years; serving as the basis for such popular portrayals of piracy as one-legged sailors with parrots on their shoulders, treasure maps where an “X” marks the spot, to the specific style we think of when imagining pirates speak. David Chauvel’s faithful adaptation combined with Fred Simon’s vibrant art truly captures the excitement experienced by readers both old and young alike that this classic has invoked for so many years.
61/2 x 9, 144 pages, full color hardcover: $17.99, ISBN 978-1-59707-185-7

Sean, back from the US and A.

I was just in the USA again, at a convention held in Minneapolis College of Art and Design – a good little academic style con, with cosplay fun thrown in. I made a talk about ‘Ax and Gekiga: maturer style manga’, to a full house and a good reception – thank you all. and thanks to ‘Big Brain comics’ in Minneapolis, that hosted an after party for me on sunday night. and NICE! to the ‘Brit Bar’ there, who gave me a chance to eat ‘Flake’ and ‘Curly wurly’ chocolate bars from Britain! The ‘Ax: alternative manga’ book continues to get very positive critical and public reaction… plus my Kodansha book ‘Hagakure’ sold well among the manga fans at the con. But now I came back to Japan – my adopted home!

THE STORY OF LEE, my book with NBM is out now in diamond’s October PREVIEWS catalogu, so book your order now shops and people! Its an original story by myself, not an adaptation this time! Although its not a true story,  I use many autobiographical aspects in it, plus a lot of references to real places in Hong Kong, where the story is set. The focus of the story is on the female’s character’s point of view regarding her relationship with her western boyfriend and strict father. The book should appeal to late teenage and older females readers who dig the more sophisticated ‘shoujo’  style, or the mature  ‘Josei’ manga style.

Since the art is by a Japanese lady, Chie Kutsuwada, then I hope that manga purist’s will find it acceptable too – ongaishimasu! The above pages are a scene where Lee has a heart to heart with her dying grandmother.

Oh, a  neat little bit of coincidence – as I was writing this my friend was looking through “Erotic Comics vol 2′ from the UK publisher ILEX. As I went over i saw that they were reading a bit that describes such erotic comics by NBM!

Welcome to Sean Michael Wilson

I’d like to welcome to this blog Sean Michael Wilson, whose new book The Story of Lee will be shipping from us to comics stores in December. He’s also noted for AX, Alternative Manga from Top Shelf which has been getting a lot of press and he’s got an adaptation of a famous Japanese classic tale coming out from Kodansha here.

Prolific guy for a ‘wee brain.’ Meeting him is to enjoy his Scot’s brogue, btw. A Scot living in Japan for years and into manga aplenty. And that’s no blarney, mate!

The art for this is by Japanese Chie Kutsuwada who lves in… the UK.

How mixed up is that?!