2010 TEEN SUMMER READING LIST
The entire Novo series has been featured on the ELLICOTT CITY BARNES AND NOBLE 2010 summer reading list.
2008 BEST OF BALTIMORE
BALTIMORE CITY PAPER GAVE NOVO Volume 1: "THE BIRTH OF NOVO" ITS BEST OF BALTIMORE AWARD FOR BEST COMIC OF 2008
2008 SPACE AWARD (NOMINEE)
BIRTH WAS ONE OF 9 NOMINEES FOR THE 2008 SPACE AWARD IN COLUMBUS OHIO. S.P.A.C.E. = Small Press and Alternative Comic Expo
PRAISE FOR THE SERIES:
On top of the hefty themes and exciting storytelling, Bracco is a damn fine artist. His animal creatures aren't pieced together oddly; they look and move like they could actually exist. There's a lot of attention to biology and how a body works in these lithe figures and the hulking beasts. The sketchbooks at the end of each trade collection show that Bracco has a library full of imaginative beasties yet to come for Novo to meet
While BIRTH may have had its problems with scene, it is undeniably an important chapter in this epic saga Bracco is mapping out. Once he gets to NOVO, though, the story really starts rolling. My suggestion is to read the two NOVO volumes first and if you're itching for more while we wait for the third, BIRTH serves as a capable filler until the next course. NOVO seems like a project more thought out than most indie concepts. It's high on action and sci fi, but it's the human core and all of the positives and negatives that that entails that makes this a story that leaps of the page and resonates on a much more meaningful level.
-MARK L. MILLER, AMBUSH BUG - AINT IT COOL NEWS
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NOVO VOLUME 2: "THE PRIDE"
"Book 2 takes this series and gives its readers yet another incredibly believable world with new creatures and cities." - ALEX HAAS - Indycomicreview.com
"Bracco’s sequential pages are like watching Picasso paint. They’re captivating, pleasing, overwhelming, and ultimately cathartic to take in. They illustrate his story with utter ease and absolute craft." -DAVE BAXTER of BROKENFRONTIER.com
"This is a graphic novel that is certainly worth the price of admission and I hope you give it and this exceedingly talented creator a try."-Chuck Moore, Comic Related
"In 'Volume Two: The Pride,' the artistry is much more polished and dynamic. There's a depth and precision in the second book which escapes my ability to define. Suffice it to say, however, that there is a noticeably positive progression in the young series which makes me eager for it to continue. In the design of The Enemy, especially, I think that Bracco hit upon something truly fantastic in Volume Two." -Chris Bancells, Blogcritics Magazine
NOVO VOLUME 1: "THE BIRTH OF NOVO"
"As always with Bracco's work, the art is stupendous. Visually, he's managed to create what many artists have attempted to but only a few manage to actually succeed with: a world that the eye accepts with no backstory or explanation." - ALEX HAAS of IndyComicReview.com
"...blisteringly original, dramatic, effective and unforgettable" -BrokenFrontier.com
"...Bracco's crystal-clear storytelling, and interesting character and monster designs, sweep you along from the Terrans' desolate land territory to the Aquans' undersea realm, and up into space." -Baltimore City Paper
"This is a great read for just about anyone, but especially for those who miss the (getting) older independents like the above mentioned TMNT and Frank. Its just a lot of engaging fun." -Leroy Green (ProjectFanboy.com)
"Frank Miller, Erik Larsen, Doug TenNapel - all of these creative giants, when they wrote and drew and controlled in full their stories, had moments as blisteringly original, dramatic, effective, and unforgettable as the ending of Novo Volume 1." -Dave Baxter BrokenFrontier.com
"To me the story of Birth/Novo seems like it was always there, but Bracco has pulled it from our collective consciousness and put it down on paper with ink. As you pull back and start to learn more about the history of the planet, and about the planet itself, everything just seems to make sense. I found it very natural, almost organic, primal." -Tom Slaski (GeeksofDoom.com)
"This is made out to be less of a mythology-flavored story than "Birth" was and much more of an introspective character piece by Alterna. This has my interest piqued as I personally adored Birth." -5 star review from Alex Haas (Indycomicreview.com)
"The artwork is equally up to par with the writing. Michael S. Bracco has talent, plain and simple." -Gary Rodrigue (Comicnews.info)
"Alterna Comics may have one of THE up and coming writer/artists in the industry." -4 star review from Ron Miller (Indycomicreview.com)
"Birth is a memorable stand-alone epic." -Dave Baxter (BrokenFrontier.com)
"BIRTH is an unknown classic, which is really a shame, as it’s one of the best comics I’ve read all year." - COMICBLOC.COM
"I enjoyed 'BIRTH'. It was a simple but powerful juxtaposition of opposing images and ideaology that resonates with you like a coal in the snow" - MATTHIAS WOLF (creator of "unbeatable")
"To me the story of Birth/Novo seems like it was always there, but Bracco has pulled it from our collective consciousness and put it down on paper with ink. As you pull back and start to learn more about the history of the planet, and about the planet itself, everything just seems to make sense. I found it very natural, almost organic, primal." - GEEKS OF DOOM.com
"Diamond Distributors were very smart to pick up Birth for distribution. It will be in stores real soon. Check it out, and at the very least – it will be one of the most unique reads you have laid your eyes on in quite a while." COMIC NEWS.info
"The art is just fantastic to look at, I'm finding myself more drawn into the story because of how immersing the detail of the artwork is." - PAPERBACK READER.com
"A tale of two alien races with the all too human failings of misanthropy, hatred, and misplaced aggressions, this book is a tragic delight." -Sebastian Piccione (ProjectFanboy.com)