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Quote of the day | Terry Nantier, on NBM’s lack of Eisner nominations

“I know this is an ill-advised post, I shouldn’t be doing this. Suck it up, and shut up like I do every year when the noms are announced and we get crums. Well this year, we didn’t even get crums, we got nuthin’! And my frustration level has just reached boiling point. How about Rick Geary’s Treasury? Trondheim’s Little Nothings? The Dungeon series? Kleid and Cinquegrani’s The Big Khan? Year of Loving Dangerously by the comic industry’s favorite punching bag Ted Rall (but also beautifully illustrated by Pablo Callejo)? All of these and most of our books get outsized recognition from the press, online and off, including the growing contingent of online comics reviewers. These aren’t worth honoring? A number of titles got multiple nominations. WHY? With so much good stuff out there worth nominating, how about spreading the wealth, guys? Who do we need to give sexual favors to to get the recognition we and our authors deserve? Huh?”

–NBM publisher Terry Nantier, on NBM receiving no Eisner Award nominations this year



I dunno, maybe publish a comic where Roy Harper gets his arm ripped off. That seems to work.

How timely, considering I just wrote about NBM, and its lack of exposure, on my blog. I’ll say this for Terry – he’s a fierce supporter of the books his company releases. I’m sure someone’s going to say that he shouldn’t say this stuff in a public forum, but I know for a fact that he has felt this way for quite some time. I guess he’s simply fed up of being overlooked.

Andrew Collins

April 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

Or how about Richard Moore’s Boneyard, which should have won best humor series every year it’s been published, in my humble opinion. But yeah, like Zach said, apparently murdering a 10-year old girl is more of what the Eisners are looking for…

Skipper Pickle

April 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

Nantier’s complaint has enough substance (Trondheim, Geary) to be deserving of a public response by the judges who made this year’s nominations (or by those responsible for selection of the judges).

But I have to say that, looking at the list of nominees in those categories that seem like NBM’s best bets, the competition is pretty stiff. I’m sympathetic to the concept of “spreading the love,” but Trondheim isn’t being ignored, and I’d have a hard time myself to say what should come off the list in favor of any of any of items in the Best Humor Publication, Best Reality-Based Work, Best Graphic Album-New, Best Publication for Kids, or Best Anthology categories, just to spot-check a few of what seem to be the most likely candidates.

NBM needs two things: a better graphic designer, and a better PR guy. Seriously, I never hear about any of these things, and also, usually the NBM books just have a terrible look to them. They publish good stuff, from what I see, but it just misses the mark.

NBM’s books are often translated republications. When this is the case, their books are usually shrunk down from the book’s original size. As a result, my money usually goes elsewhere. Size does matter.

I just started reading Dungeon: The Early Years (yes I’m behind!) and am really enjoying it. Rick Geary is amazing and has gotten what seems like a sudden surge of attention over what he’s been doing for years, so an Eisner nomination would’ve been timely and appropriate. The Big Kahn got a lot of press and attention. All notable omissions. 2009 was an amazing year for comics so it’s difficult but I sympathize with him. They’re a great publisher that sadly gets overlooked.

someone want to help the clueless? what’s an NBM? I went to the blog post and all i could tell is that he was a book seller :(

Are you joking??

As a judge I can say they were all considered. The Big Kahn came really close to getting a nom, but the fact is the competition was very strong this year. It didn’t make the final rounds. I will be posting an article about the judging this year on my blog later tonight. If anyone wonders what goes into it. Why some decisions were made.

[The Big Kahn came really close to getting a nom, but the fact is the competition was very strong this year. It didn’t make the final rounds.]


Thanks, James — honestly, I was just telling someone that looking at the list of nominated books in our category, I’m not surprised we didn’t get a nom. That’s a strong group of books, all of which I’ve either read and enjoyed (like ASTERIOS POLYP, example) or am dying to try (the MOMMY BUFFALO BILL album is on my want list)

We’ll get ‘em next time… and congratulations to all the deserving nominees!

Neil Kleid

James said it well. There were a lot of excellent books that came very close. Terry, I’m a big fan of all the books you mention, and I guess the best I can say is that they were much enjoyed and respected by the judges. And Neil, I really loved The Big Kahn (as well as your post).

James, look forward to reading your post–thanks for commenting and giving our readers the heads-up.

Thanks for the good words. I certainly agree that there were plenty of good books out. That’s why I question the multiple noms.
I do bristle at the supposed ‘lack of publcity’. We have two, count ‘em, two publicists, one, Marc Mason spreading the word to all sites such as this and all regular press, professional press and trade press and Jeff Newelt building our social media presence where we’re on Twitter and Facebook, Library Thing, etc… (he does this also for Paul Pope and others).
Look at our site and see the incredible number and quality of reviews we do get from top press to Joe Blogger.
Alas, what we don’t have is a super best-selling author. We have a number of just really good ones, that’s all.

I was an Eisner judge 5 years ago, and I can tell you there were heartbreaking 6th place titles; we were allowed to nominate 5 titles/creators per category. So many great titles and people … and we could only nominate a few.

Terry, all I can say is that in my work, I make sure NBM titles are included on the lists I produce. And I can vouch for the hard work Marc Mason does.

Brigid Alverson

April 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I’ll second that on Marc Mason. He promotes the books energetically to reviewers like myself, and he always answers my e-mails, although I’m closer to the Joe Blogger end of the spectrum than “top press.” Recently a review copy went astray and he made sure I got an electronic copy of the book so I could read it before deadline.

I will agree with the point about some of the books being reproduced too small, though, and their website isn’t the most user-friendly. Those are minor points, though.

I am the third Eisner judge to comment here. We all liked and gave careful consideration to all the books you mentioned, we really did. And they all missed by a hair. I’m sorry you feel slighted. I can see how you would be upset that some books have multiple nominations. That’s hard to really discuss, but I believe we all think the books that are finalists in multiple categories deserve to be there. I carry all the majority of your books, and will continue to push them in my store. I hope next year will be kinder to your company with many awards.

@Robert Moore

no, i’m not joking, is it a single series, or a publisher, or what I said in my previous post, is it just a distributor? I’ve never heard of those initials in regards to comics before. at least, I’m assuming we’re talking about comics.

The link in the quote takes you to the publisher’s blog and website.

Tiki, why not just Google “NBM”? You’ll have your answer before you even click a link in the results.

hm. what’ a nice bunch you are.

Looks like Terry deleted the blog post in question. Wonder why.

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