January 27, 2015 by Jeff Whitman
GHETTO BROTHER, the true story of how a NYC gang leader turned into a peacemaker in the 60s, leads NBM’s offerings in Diamond Previews magazine for February.
This April, Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering bring you an illustrated biography of Benjy Melendez in GHETTO BROTHER: Warrior to Peacemaker”. Voloj made the blog last year when he was featured on NPR for his graphic novel. Ghetto Brothers talks about the historic Ghetto Brothers gang who roamed New York in the late 60s and ushered in an era of peace with a gang treaty, which saw the birth of Hip Hop. Jeff Chang, the author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”, provides an introduction.
GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
“There’s no doubt that the Ghetto Brothers are an influence in NYC’s urban history. They paved the way for many who were searching for a sense of identity, a voice and social justice.”
-Jorge “Popmaster Fabel” Pabon
Breakdance Pioneer, Rock Steady Crew
“The gang truce back in the early seventies with Brother Benjy, with the Ghetto Brothers, Black Spades, the Savage Skulls, the Savage Nomads, Seven Immortals, the Reapers, Turbans, with all the major street organizations, was powerful. It was the time to put down the weapons against each other and try to organize… It was deep. It was powerful… We were all in the same game.”
Hip Hop Pioneer
Participant in the 1971 Truce Summit
“The story of the Ghetto Brothers is the story of the Bronx in the 1970s… The Ghetto Brothers are still considered legendary by those who know.”
Hip Hop Historian
6×9, 128pp., B&W, trade pb., $12.99;
Diamond Order Code: FEB151507
For previews and more, click here!
To see NBM’s April offerings and place a preorder, please head to your local comic book store and ask to see the Diamond’s February Previews!
January 26, 2015 by Terry
The question mark is as of today what with that horrible snowstorm dropping bricks of snow on us. My flight tomorrow night’s already been cancelled.
Well, hopefully the next day I can leave and make it there for the first time in 4 years. I used to be a regular but dropped out for a while as going to Frankfurt in October and Bologna in March was plenty enough for me.
BUT that deprived me of even being in my other country, France. And boy, have I missed it.
The show this year looks to have quite a bit from our side of the water: A Calvin & Hobbes exhibit, since Watterson was given the grand prize last year and a Kirby exhibit. But I’ll be there to mingle with France’s numerous exciting small pubs and with editors and authors mostly.
And, hey, also after 4 years absence, see my old pal starting from 7th grade Marc Minoustchine, the M in NBM, as well as my family I haven’t seen in over a decade! Gah!
January 25, 2015 by Margreet de Heer
English version below.
January 13, 2015 by Margreet de Heer
I was about to proudly announce that my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics will be published this year by NBM – when the attack on Charlie Hebdo happened and left me speechless.
This might not be the best time to promote a work that puts pictures and religious thought together. Or maybe it is the best of times, now that there’s this enormous graphic surge of cartoons that cry out for freedom of speech.
I don’t know. But here are two pages of my upcoming book that have some bearing on all that is happening.
January 13, 2015 by Terry
January 7, 2015 by Terry
I am absolutely in shock over what happened at their offices.
Wolinski and Cabu I can tell you are giants in cartooning and comics history in France. All of these people that died are now
Martyrs to Free Expression
How can one defend oneself against such senseless attacks? do we shut up, like Sony did on The Interview? To express one’s opinion or to parody something means risking our life?
I remember how the French comics community, among others, immediately e-mailed me on 9/11 expressing their shock and solidarity. I am giving back now, as we all should in our comics community.
France has always been a leader in championing free expression. Much of our ideals come from the French revolution. Charlie Hebdo embodied fearless no holes barred satire, screw the consequences. They had been firebombed in 2011 and obviously showed no submission as a result. That takes real courage. Those Islamic extremists have only accomplished the contrary of what they wanted.
My thoughts are with you, Charlie Hebdo, and France in general.
Charlie Hebdo: may your next issue skewer Islamist extremists to the max.
January 2, 2015 by Margreet de Heer
Here’s the New Year’s card Yiri and I made:
Yes, it’s a direct tribute to this famous Calvin & Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson:
What are we dancing about in the New Year? Well, for the pending publication of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, for starters. It will be out at NBM in Fall, and this is the cover:
January 2, 2015 by Jeff Whitman
NBM’s March selections are now appearing in Diamond Previews magazine. Head down to your nearest comic book store to place your preorders!
This March, LULU ANEW makes its English debut. The graphic novel has already been turned into a movie in its native country, France. This is the second translated piece NBM has done by Etienne Davodeau. The creator was recently nominated for Angoulême’s prestigious Grand Prix award.
At the end of yet another unproductive job interview, Lulu, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. She’s got a husband and kids left bewildered but it’s nothing against them. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman. By the author of the acclaimed The Initiates.
“Pleased to see more of his work available in English, and looking forward to seeing how he fares with a fictional narrative.”
8 ½ x 11, 160pp. full-color hardcover: $27.99
Diamond Order Code: JAN151512
See previews here.
Available now is Davodeau’s THE INITIATES, a social experiment where a comic artist and a winemaker switch jobs. The book received many nominations, even winning the best wine book translation of 2013! Order now at your local comic book store if you missed it the first time around!
THE INITIATES: A Comic Artist And a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs
Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making.
Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He‘s rarely even read comics.
But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?
To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar. Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs.
The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.
With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults).
8×11, 272pp., B&W hardcover: $29.99
Diamond Order Code: NOV121246
See previews here!
Take a look at all NBM’s March offerings in the latest issue of Diamond Previews.
December 31, 2014 by NBM
The book is in! One of our most beautiful productions. A quarter-bound (with cloth around the spine) hardcover with raised titles and spot lamination which hopefully this photo shows you…
We received a few advance copies for press via air freight. The full stock comes into our distributor IPG’s warehouse in a month.
We are busy setting up quite a launch for this, with Kinokuniya NYC involved and lots more… details to come! Meantime, the Wall St. Journal has just put up a piece on the growing involvement of women in comics and this is well represented in it. From the looks of the interest we’re getting from the press, working with DIOR US as well, this should only be the beginning…
December 31, 2014 by Terry
We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.
But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.
Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!