A new Louvre book in December

Here’s what NBM has in store for December, you can place your order at your favorite comics bookstore now:

In the Louvre Collection:

AN ENCHANTMENT

Christian Durieux

Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams,
they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection after Glacial Period, The Sky Over the Louvre and Rohan at the Louvre tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…

10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

This is the next one after Rohan at the Louvre, Sky Over the Louvre or Glacial Period. See previews.

Also new from Eurotica:

SIZZLE #56

Christian Zanier is back with the outrageous Banana Games: sex on the edge and guns blazing! Also: Omaha the Cat Dancer is concluding! Plus more of Peanut Butter, Gambedotti’s Three of a Kind and more.

Quarterly magazine, 8 ½ x11, 48pp., full color, $6.99

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NEW from Papercutz

GET YOUR ANNOYING ORANGE COMICS HERE!

The YouTube sensation now a smash hit on Cartoon Network comes to Papercutz with all-new comics stories! With art by Scott Shaw! and Mike Kazaleh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vol.1 “Secret Agent Orange”, 6×9, 64pp. full color, pb.: $6.99, ISBN 9781597073615 and hc: $10.99 9781597073622

Also this month:

Disney Fairies volume 10

Sybil, vol.3

 

24 Hour Comics Day

This Saturday is 24 Hour Comics Day! Comic artists all over the world will attempt to create a 24-page comic in as many hours. It’s a great event in which I have taken part a few times – the last time in 2008 in comics store Lambiek, where I drew this:

 

 

This year, I won’t participate because I am sitting in a bookshop window for most of the day. So it will be a sort of mini-24-hour-comics-day for me; a 6-hour-comics-day probably. I’ll draw comics and cartoons for all to see, and sign my books if anyone comes to purchase them. The venu is De Nieuwe Boekhandel, Bos en Lommerweg 227, Amsterdam – if you’re in the neighborhood, come by and wave!

 

Elfquest & The Graphic Novel

The first graphic novel to explode out of the comic book marketplace & into bookstores was Elfquest by Wendy & Richard Pini. In many ways it was the model for some of the break out graphic novels we’ve seen over the last several years. Elfquest was self published under the Pini’s own WaRP Graphics company & supported by the network of comic book stores. Elfquest was an outgrowth of the underground Comics, but with a wider appeal, & it signaled the beginning of the Alternative Comics movement. Alternative Comics told stories with commercial appeal that weren’t published by the major comic book companies. Elfquest told an adventure story but it wasn’t a superhero story. The heroes were elves & the overarching story was a melding of fantasy tropes, fairy tales, & Native American lore. The black & white serial began in 1978, and was quickly collected into graphic novel form, making it into bookstores in 1981. Elfquest’s trajectory exemplified Will Eisner’s hope for the graphic novel form. Eisner saw the graphic novel as a mature work appealing to readers who had grown tired of superhero stories, but could still be interested in stories told in cartoon format. Elfquest went through many publishing incarnations. Originally published by the Pini’s own WaRP Graphics line, it was next reprinted in color by Marvel Comics’s Epic line in the mid 1980s, then again by DC Comics in the in the early part of this century, both in a collector’s archive edition & as a manga-sized series of books. Although it’s been around since 1978, Elfquest never gets old.

 

For more information on the graphic novel, read my book, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel, available later this month.

 

Another Book Presentation

Last Saturday my newest book was launched, the Dutch ‘Wetenschappen in Beeld’, a 192-page comic book about science. It is the third book in the series of which ‘Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics’ is the first (the second is about religion).

 

The presentation took place in comic store and gallery Lambiek in Amsterdam, and was framed by a mini-expo I organized with twelve fellow comic artists, who made amazing banners on the theme of ‘Comics and Science’.

Ten of the twelve huge banners of the mini-expo (which was only “mini” because it was just there for a day).

 

Click twice on the picture to see the twelve banners in more detail.

 

VIP guest and speaker was “math-maiden” Ionica Smeets, who is a doctor in mathematics, science journalist and comics lover – she was so kind as to receive the symbolic first issue of the book.

Ionica Smeets, me and Yiri before the crowds came in.

 

But first, Klaas of Lambiek welcomed everyone and passed the book to my publisher, Esther van der Panne of Uitgeverij Meinema.

Klaas Knol welcomes everyone to the party.
Klaas passes the book to publisher Esther van der Panne.
Esther van der Panne said a lot of kind words about the book and about Yiri and me – especially pointing to the wonderful coloring Yiri did on the book.
Then Esther passed the book to me and Yiri and I mumbled some words of thanks…
…before passing it to Science Incarnated, Ionica Smeets, who held a delightful talk about her pet subject: mathematicians who died in freak accidents, or “fallen stars”, as she called them.

 

And that’s when the party really started! I signed books for about two hours, so I had not as much time to socialize as I had wanted to, but I still had a great time and enjoyed the presence of so many colleagues, fans and family members!

 

(Pile of books sold to Evil Scientist)

 

(photos by Lambiek and Sjaak van der Leden)

 

States’ Wrongs

You like state control of health care, Gov Romney? Wanna debate the issue with the Father of the U.S. Constitution?

“The mutability of the laws of the States is found to be a serious evil. The injustice of them has been so frequent and so flagrant as to alarm the most steadfast friends of Republicanism. I am persuaded I do not err in saying that the evils issuing from these sources contributed more to that uneasiness which produced the Convention, and prepared the public mind for a general reform…”

-James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 1787

Of Cats Past, Part Four

The nicest cat I ever lived with (apart maybe from Siamese Boris) was Bloem, a feisty, sociable, intelligent small black female who had all but literally clawed her way out of the garbage cans of Amsterdam as a kitten to set up home with me, in 1999.

In 2004 I drew her into a comic adventure for my (then) stepdaughter Ellen, on her ninth birthday. I called it The Riddle of Nine and later translated it into English, giving Bloem (which means “flower” in Dutch) the name Daisy.

 

 

You can read the full story when you click here – it is a mix of elements from a number of children’s books, movies and comics I love, all drawn together in a tale of nine riddles and set in Neil Gaiman’s world of Sandman, the Dreaming (post-Morpheus, for those who care, it’s a story featuring the Daniel-Dream). I was delighted when Neil Gaiman himself read the comic online and commented on it in his blog: “As far as Sandman fanfiction tributes that are also excellent kids’ comics go, this is the bees knees.” 

But I was even more delighted that Ellen loved it, and has read and re-read it many times since.

Now, eight years later, it has also become a story of remembrance of Bloem, who sadly died in 2007, only eight years old.

 

Bloem 1999-2007

 

Stan Mack Goes APE!

Stan Mack, author of TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History in Comics of the American Revolution, heads to the 2012 Alternative Press Expo (APE) on October 13 and 14 in San Francisco.

APE presents the very best in alternative, small press, and self-published comics, with an Exhibit Hall packed with cutting-edge creators. This year’s Exhibit Hall features over 400 exhibitors, including some of the biggest indie comics publishers, plus artists and DIY creators showcasing their comics, books, zines, original art, hand-made items, and much more.

Stan Mack will bring his new book, Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution and will be signing throughout the weekend at the NBM booth (#203)

A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us’”says The New York Times. Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more. Updated from the original Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution published by Avon books in 1994 .

Stan will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend (Booth #203) and can also be found on Saturday, October 13th at the 12:45 PM panel, Comics as Political Statement
 which will focus on everything from one-panel political cartoons to graphic novels that lead us to question our political mindsets, comics have always been an important part of the political sphere. Stan will join Eric Drooker (Flood, Blood Song), Miriam Libicki (jobnik!), and Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl, The Cardboard Valise), to discuss with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum) the ways in which their political attitudes affect their work and the ways they hope their work will affect the attitudes of others.

For more information, visit the APE website, HERE!