Vol.1: The Curse of the Umbrella
The great talent behind the new generation in Europe, the Dungeon series, A.L.I.E.E.E.N. and Mr. O, pours his heart out in funny snippets of everyday life. His paranoia, little annoyances, big annoyances, chase of rainbows, love of comics, travel impressions from around the world, dealing with kids, being a kid: it’s all about life as we know it. A collection from his comics blog that expands his palette with full color painting, one can only be awed at Trondheim’s uncanny sense of observation and relate to all his experiences closely. Another touch of genius by one of today’s best and most influential comic artists.
"They're at times cute, telling, hilarious, and transcendentand usually insightful. Well worth checking out. Whether you're laughing with him or cringing at him, odds are you can relate to him. ***1/2"
-Ray Sidman, Comics Buyer's Guide
"This guy is just like me, and I imagine anyone who reads this will see a little of themselves in him" -Comic Book Resources
"One is left feeling comforted by the shared absurdities of life in the 21st century. A charmingly lighthearted stroll through life."
"Really delightful witty, astute, low-key, sweet, and polished, but never fussy. It’s also gorgeous. I just can’t say enough good things about this book. It’s charming, funny and sincere without being saccharine or remotely self-involved."
-David Welsh, Precocious Curmudgeon
"Trondheim’s art is typically beautiful. He’s taken his craft to a new level here. Highly recommended."
-Greg McElhatton, ReadAboutComics.com
"If the Curse of the Umbrella isn't the best thing that NBM has ever published in its 30 years of making graphic albums available to the English-language market, it's one of the top three. Moreover, it's the best showcase for Lewis Trondheim North American readers have yet encountered. these deceptively simple diary comics provide our first, full measure of one of the most important cartoonists of the last 25 years. It's the best new book I've read so far this year, and I can't imagine I'll read a half-dozen better than this one by next January 1. You should really buy it."
-Tom Spurgeon, Thecomicsreporter.com
"Lewis Trondheim tells it honestly, without compulsion, without self-loathing. It is part of NBM’s Comicslit program, aiming to publish graphic novels about the human experience and Little Nothings is nothing if not that."
"Fans of James Kochalka's American Elf will find he has an international soulmate in Lewis Trondheim. Quirky, cute, and yet microdetailed with the inflections of a peculiar life, Little Nothings is a hoot..." -The Onion
"Beautifully scribbled strips center on such existential hiccups as extreme self-doubt, spontaneous superstitions and unjustified paranoia."
-The Washington Post
6x9, 128pp., full color trade pb. with flaps, $14.95