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“It’s very gently funny but splendidly assured and evocative of place —
if a friend had drawn you a page of it as a letter, you’d treasure it forever.”
-The New York Times Book Review

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Mister i

After the greatly successful Mr. O, here comes another batch of goofy gags crammed with little frames showing the mishaps of Mr. i, who, no matter what he tries, always ends up killed, poor fellah. You gotta love him, he’s a walking disaster.
"Communicated with such ease, such elegance, with such deceptively meager pictorial resources, the strips are absolute triumphs of fundamental cartoon engineering." -Rich Kreiner, Comic Journal
"Razor-sharp sense of timing."
- Chris Mautner, Harrisburg Patriot News
"Part of the humor lies in Trondheim's ingenuity in conjuring predicaments and in the marvelous expressiveness of his simple figures." -Library Journal
Judging his talent by this newest bit Trondheim is certainly a standout." -Publishers Weekly
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"My Shadow in the Distance"
Trondheim's popular pithy and ironic little slices of life are back! Newsarama says of it: "So long as Trondheim continues creating work as strong as this, the comics world will be a bright place. "Smart and well-executed" says the Comics Reporter. Buzz has been tremendous! Posted in rotation on NBM's blog.
"I read everything by Trondheim that’s available in English. But I would have picked this up for the cover alone."
"Readers will recognize these Little Nothings as moments that everyone has in their life, but it takes someone like Trondheim make us to realize how much we all should be paying more attention to them."
-No Flying, No Tights
"Lewis Trondheim is one of the greatest living cartoonists. His work is immediately accessible, profoundly universal, and deeply hilarious. 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."
-Alan David Doane, Trouble With Comics
"I thought this was the best volume since the first. This one features a bit more anxiety (a health scare) and a lot more action (many overseas trips). There's a delightful mix of fussiness and craziness in his depiction of crossing through Death Valley on a journey from Las Vegas to San Francisco. What’s remarkable about the Little Nothings series is not its light tone and loose line; instead, it's that Trondheim creates such a complex, rich, and visually exciting narrative environment for himself and his readers to explore."
-Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
"Although he may not be well-known on this side of the Atlantic, Trondheim is a true giant of the medium and deserves recognition by North American audiences. Thoughtful, pointed, and at times truly laugh-out-loud funny, My Shadow in the Distance is a hard book to put down." -Broken Frontier
"LITTLE NOTHINGS VOL.4 arrived, and that’s about as happy as I get when it comes to comics. LITTLE NOTHINGS shows us a phenomenal talent at the peak of his powers. What more could you want?" -Comics Waiting Room
"It’s all gorgeous, in beautiful, subtle colors. Trondheim travels to many places I’d never think to go, so there’s a lot of enjoyment-by-proxy in these comics, wondering if I’d feel the same way or notice the same things if I visited. Probably not, given his somewhat crotchety attitude — which also makes the comics funny in a curmudgeonly way." -
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LITTLE NOTHINGS Vol. 3: “Uneasy Happiness”

Vol. 3: “Uneasy Happiness”
Trondheim’s comics blog’s next collection of his popular musings on the every day ironies of life, his little anxieties, funny observations while on travel, his way of finding some cloud over the brightest sunshine, his obsessive hypochondria and other oh-so-easy-to-relate-to nerdy preoccupations. As he says himself, it’s whole lotta not much. And people are lovin’ it:
"Recommended for those who appreciate low-key but charming autobiographical comics."
-Library Journal
"A slim but packed volume of curious wonders, this is the sort of book one presses on friends, even if it’s quite impossible to say exactly why." -Publishers Weekly
"It’s funny, it’s charming as hell, and it’s almost painfully relatable."
-The Daily Crosshatch
"So long as Trondheim continues creating work as strong as Uneasy Happiness, the comics world will be a bright place."
"He’s self-deprecating without being mawkish, introspective without navel-gazing and consistently funny."
-Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
"It’s smart and well-executed.We don’t really have anything else like this comic right now, not in North America, not someone this talented working this particular territory with such reliable clarity."
-Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
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LITTLE NOTHINGS, VOL. 2: The Prisoner Syndrome
More of the acclaimed comics blog musings of one of the greatest comic artists alive today, author of Dungeon, A.L.I.E.E.E.N. and Mr. O. The Onion called the first collection ‘a hoot’ and the Washington Post thought them “beautifully scribbled strips center[ing] on such existential hiccups as extreme self-doubt, spontaneous superstitions and unjustified paranoia.” You can see a preview of these comics blog entries on our site.
"Top of 2009."
-Augie de Blieck, Jr., Comic Book Resources
"Trondheim appears determined to guarantee himself a place on everyone’s Best Of lists on an annual basis. Everything about the strips, the humor, the coloring, the observations about our cultural standards, is warm and inviting. Trondheim’s self-effacing wit remains strong. Little Nothings has become the most welcome, positive and anticipated book of the year. Trondheim’s established himself as one of the world’s great cartoonists, and this volume can only grow the legions of fans he’d earned around the world."
"It’s breezy, delightful, makes the heart glad, and has nothing much more on its mind than drinking in everything around it. Little Nothings is composed of small moments that can at times seem apropos of, well, nothing, but that build into a compelling, quietly humorous, and satisfying series of observations. Trondheim’s brilliance as an artist is on full display, as he renders various settings in meticulous detail, retaining a fluidity largely created by an instinct for color choices that makes the art light yet grounded."
-Omnivoracious (Amazon)
"He’s hilarious and a master at framing small moments into punchlines. his style, depicting characters as anthropomorphic animals, is enormously expressive & clever. Trondheim is a master of connecting micronarratives and simultaneously embuing them with a wide range of emotional possibilities. He’s a born storyteller."
-High-Low Comics Blog
“The work is gorgeous, due to the artist’s skill, observations, and especially watercolors. Material includes the goofy things Trondheim’s bird-headed alter ego does on vacation, as well as simple observations about everyday life. I found them fresh and funny, showing me new ways to look at simple events. The different places around the world he visits are beautifully captured, putting me with him while rock climbing or scuba diving. “
-Johanna Draper Carlson, Comicsworthreading.com
“Trondheim creates autobiographical sketches with a Seinfeld-ian mania for capturing the quotidian details of normal life, particularly its irritations. [His] light wit and springlike watercolor tones give even the most curmudgeonly observations a lilting and jesting flair.”
-Publishers Weekly
“Trondheim thinks hard about his surroundings and communicates his musings just glibly enough to invite readers to pause and think as well as enjoy his Everyman worries.” -Booklist
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Vol.1: The Curse of the Umbrella
Lewis Trondheim

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 transcendent–and 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."
-Publishers Weekly
"Extraordinary artist."
"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
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ISBN 978-1-56163-523-8

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