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If you haven’t had a chance to taste the darkest of humors along with the most grotesque (yet brilliant) of art, now’s your chance at an incredible price before we sell it all off!
And by the way, we still have some graphic novels also available on sale at $3 which are some amazing deals: find Peter Kuper, Prado, Ted Rall and more with books worth up to $22 at ONLY $3!! And there’s some erotica still remaining on sale as well including from Jordi Bernet!
Saturday was a busy day at the MoCCA Fest last weekend, definitely an upbeat event with many who came ready to buy.
One of the hits was the premiere of A Home for Mr. Easter, Brooke A. Allen‘s debut graphic novel. It sold out by mid-afternoon of that day. We had to go back to the office to scrounge for more copies for Sunday! The book was also a featured give-away at the MoCCA after-party which was packed that evening.
This wasn’t the only book that sold well. Greg Houston’s Vatican Hustle also sold out that day which meant having to cancel his appearance on Sunday… Ted Rall sold all of his books and so did Neil Kleid and Nicolas Cinquegrani of The Big Khan.
Nice to see such enthusiasm and also nice to see this show pulled off without any hitches we were aware of, in a venue with a comfortable temperature level (last year’s was sweltering).
Bill Baker has posted the second part of his great interview with the outrageously talented Greg Houston of Vatican Hustle, where he, in fact, talks about his next one which we have now scheduled for publication in July: Elephant Man. He’s peppered the interview with full color paintings by Houston which will give you a taste for other work he can do (just as awesome).
Greg Houston’s outrageous Vatican Hustle is primed on Baker’s Dozen where the 1st part of a fun interview is presented. Bill Baker says of the GN:
“Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have had that exciting first contact scenario repeat itself several times. Even better, I’ve often then been given the honor of introducing those fine new creators, folks with names like Brian Azzarello, Jim Rugg and Andy Runton, to a wider audience.
Well, I’m here today to introduce you to yet another monster talent, Greg Houston. His work is on display in The Vatican Hustle from NBM. It’s a graphic novel that is startling, brilliant and laugh out loud funny. It’s a book that acknowledges its influences boldly, even as it transforms them into a raucous, outrageous and bold style that is strangely familiar, yet totally original.”
For Nowak‘s Graylight, after Booklist, now it’s Library Journal’s turn:
“Nowak’s dreamlike art has a romantic early Seventies feel with its swirling lines in sepia ink and pastel washes, but a manga touch keeps it fresh and contemporary. Panels are often superimposed, floating on the page like leaves on water and creating strong visual flow.
Verdict Although the story doesn’t quite measure up to the art, the lovely images make this worth a look. Teen and adult fans of shojo manga will likely enjoy this blend of romance and magic.”
“There’s a high level of cartooning skill on display in every panel, to the point where Houston fairly demands that the reader stop and linger on the images. A book that moved from mere self-indulgence to a uniquely comedic explosion of tightly-constructed gags and funny drawings.”
Rob Clough over at The Comics Journal on Vatican Hustle
Gutter Geek reviews our Bringing Up Father:
“This is the third volume in NBM’s new series of classic comic strip reprints, and it is their best thus far.
What McManus discovered in “Bringing Up Father” was a way to make the gag-a-day formula “flexible,” as he put it—to introduce new characters, new adventures, new environments and new economies without ever losing sight of the core of the joke. This volume reveals the artist coming to an awareness of that potential and the new possibilities as a cartoonist that he—and indeed the medium—has not fully realized up to that point. Perhaps the greatest pleasure in McManus’s work is the palpable pleasure that he always takes in his work, long after many of the most gifted cartoonists grew bored and began to phone it in. The dawning of that pleasure is on display in this terrific volume.”
And to know more about Naomi Nowak, author of the recently released Graylight, here’s a recent interview on Jazma Online.
On Greg Houston‘s Vatican Hustle:
“The first comic in a long time to make me laugh in public. If you do not enjoy the non sequiturs of Family Guy, you will want to avoid this book. Everyone else is in for a treat of the lowbrow type. Vatican Hustle is one of those comics that you find yourself quoting amongst friends. The plot is so offensive that it quickly turns the corner and becomes funny once again. I highly recommend it. Grade: 9/10″
Vatican Hustle by Greg Houston gets a few awed remarks:
“a love letter to the blacksploitation genre penned in the only manner such a note can successfully be executed: way the hell over the top. Houston clearly had a blast writing and drawing Vatican Hustle, and his joy is infectious.”
Brian Heater of The Daily Cross Hatch
Andrew Wheeler on ComicMix gets kinda stuck on the book’s helter skelter energy but allows:
“This is definitely the work of a unique talent, and there isn’t anything else like it. I’m not sure whether to hope that Houston settles down and learns to modulate his talent to consistently replicate his hits and avoid his misses, or to expect that he’ll get even more extreme and bizarre. Either way, Vatican Hustle is like no other book you will read this year, and that’s damn impressive.”
Comics Bulletin says:
“Houston takes every chance he can to go off on tangents following side characters, exploring the absurd world he’s created here and seeing what sorts of antics his bizarre characters get up to. We encounter oversexed porn stars, disgusting white pimps, feral clowns, themed hoboes, a leprous clown butler, and a thug afflicted with “gigantic pieface disorder”.
However, other than our hero himself, the best creation might be the Pope, whom Houston imagines as a beefy bruiser that wears leather-jacket versions of the papal robes; uses his position to lure every woman he encounters into sex; constantly consumes booze, cigars, and heroin; gets in violent barfights; and uses his holy influence to cheat at dice.”