NBM Review Round-Up!

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel


This book should be in the library of every comic book fan. It provides an excellent history, hitting the high (and view-changing) points. This book will help you speak knowledgably on the subject. Even if you’re not an avid comics fan and /or only like a small segment of things under the umbrella of “comics,” this history is interesting and insightful.

Sequential Tart

 

Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

The book delves into the case and examines all the potential suspects, reading like a police procedural…Don’t be put off by this low-key presentation. The events, motives and individuals will leave you trying to solve this mystery.

The Joplin Globe

An Enchantment

More like a poem than a story…An Enchantment is an ambitious work and one worth checking out. It’s romantic, affecting, charming, fun, and utterly beautiful.

– Playback: STL

Durieux makes the Louvre a fantasy world, where anyone can be anyone else, and the artwork helps with the whimsical tone he’s going for – despite the old man’s age and fears, the book never becomes too dreary…It’s a charming comic, though, one that gets under your skin more than you might expect, and it’s a nice story of two people searching for something new. Whether they find it or not is for you to discover.

– Good Comics Blog at Comic Book Resources

An Enchantment delivers exactly what it promises in a sepia-toned dreamscape exploring the world of the Louvre. Worth a few reads to really absorb the entire work.

– Spandexless

 

The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti

This was a very entertaining book, maybe my favourite of the series. It does a great job of evoking the era, outlining the issues involved and keeping it all a good read as well, and Geary’s art has been consistently excellent for decades.

– Four Realities

The Initiates

It’s a great story of two people who willingly decided to venture outside of their comfort zones and find out more about something they knew little about–and as a result, found more in common with each other than they thought possible. It’s an examination of how we are when we love something we’re dedicated to, and it’s engrossing in a way that invites you to just sit, relax, and take it all in after an exhausting day.

– Spandexless

 

 

 

A Calendar of Tales revisited

In February, I blogged about the project ‘A Calendar of Tales‘ that writer Neil Gaiman had started in cooperation with the whole wide world – he wrote 12 short stories prompted by tweets on Twitter, and invited everyone to illustrate them.

I spent an enjoyable fortnight making one illustration a day, one for each tale. It was very inspiring and energizing, and made me think outside my own box. The result was 12 drawings that I have posted on my website, together with the stories by Neil and art by others that I liked.

The project was not a contest per se, more an invitation to create. Even so, I was incredibly gratified to have four of my illustrations shortlisted, and one of them even made it as a “runner-up”! It is featured on the official A Calendar Of Tales website, which launched last week and is a beautiful scrolling experience, so check it out.

Accompanying the month of July, you’ll find my drawing:

Philosophical question: since it is all made of words, can it still be called a drawing…? Food for thought.

NBM in July: Science in comics and Omaha in her grand finale!

As being solicited for in this month’s Diamond Previews, the classic erotic comics series OMAHA THE CAT DANCER stars in her final bow, from our Eurotica/Amerotica imprint:

 Cat Dancer 8

The Complete OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, Vol. 8
Reed WALLER, Kate WORLEY & James VANCE
Omaha and Chuck struggle to put the tangled past behind them while political corruption and a tightening police investigation threaten to destroy their future and ensnare their loved ones. This volume contains the long-awaited conclusion to the internationally acclaimed sexy soap opera for adults, in which mysteries are solved, painful sacrifices are made and the lovely cat dancer takes a final turn on the stage. All-new and never before collected, Volume 8 was drawn by legendary Omaha creator Reed Waller and written by his beloved late co-creator Kate Worley, in collaboration with James Vance.
8 ½ x11, 160pp., B&W Trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 9781561637546

It has been years in waiting, and much anticipated as it is one of the seminal series that bridged underground with the new indie comics. We also have all previous 7 volumes, if you’re missing any, or a complete set of all 7 at a special price. Check it out on our Eurotica site, start with Coming Up.

Also this month, after her successful presentation of Philosophy last year which has gone back to press, Here’s Margreet de Heer’s fun intro to Science:

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics
Margreet de Heer
Science: dull or hard to understand? Not if you read this book! The creators of ‘Philosophy – a Discovery in Comics’ take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters.
Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why?
Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church?
What happens when you have your DNA tested?
All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.
A great comic book for anyone who wants to learn in a fun way the bigger framework of science, or brush up on what they learned in school.
8×8, 192pp., full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781561637508

see her blog on this and more, and the book’s site.

 

Pentecost

It’s the Christian feast of Pentecost today – but what’s it all about? It celebrates “the descent of the Holy Spirit” on the disciples and other followers of Jesus, fifty days after Christ was seen to ascend to heaven.

But what is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is often thought of as an inspirational force, an impulse to go out and create something, to pass something on. Together with God the Father and Jesus the Son it makes up the Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity? But wait, isn’t Christianity supposed to be monotheistic – doesn’t it have only one true God, not three?

The early Christians solved this conundrum by declaring God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit three aspects of one God. So – there’s one True God, and He may manifest himself in either of these three ways. But He’s still the same One and you can’t really distinguish between the works of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Confused? Well, that’s why it’s called mysticism. Maybe this comic I made illuminates it a bit:

 

 

(Note to all who may feel offended by my depiction of God: I chose to draw Him as an amoeba because that’s the beginning of all life, unformed but with the potential to take any form. Also, it’s what we ourselves are made from, and all life that surrounds us. Omnipresent, so to speak.)

 

The Scientific Method

This week, Science: a Discovery in Comics is going out to the printer in China! A memorable step, after months of translating and proofreading and finetuning. The physical book won’t be in stores until at least August, but for me the hard work is done.

To celebrate, here’s a page from the book. It explains the Scientific Method. In The Netherlands, I heard this page is popular with physics teachers, and a card is in the making that will be distributed in high schools.

If you’re a teacher (or even if you aren’t) please feel free to use this picture. Just remember there’s a lot more where it came from, which is my book Science: a Discovery in Comics, and it’s coming out this Summer.

The page concludes with the inevitable Aristotle, who also featured of course in my previous book Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics – he’s a pivotal figure in the history of science as well (and basically in the whole of the development of Western culture).

Vote in the Harveys!

If you’re an artist or creator, editor, make sure to cast your ballot in the Harveys, below, and keep in mind books we published in 2012 when doing so:

Rohan at the Louvre by Araki  (foreign)

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde vol.5 by Craig Russell

Treasury of 20th century Murder: Lovers Lane by Rick Geary

Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels By Stan Mack

Philosophy, a Discovery in Comics  by Margreet de Heer (foreign)

Abelard by Dillies  (foreign)

Rise of the Graphic Novel, 2nd ed by Steve Weiner

An Enchantment by Durieux (foreign)

And for kids: just about everything Papercutz has published!

 

Pass the word on to your friend artists and creators!

Thanks!

The Harvey Awards &The Baltimore Comic-Con

Press     Release

A Message for     Creators and Comic Industry Professionals:

Harvey     Award Nomination Ballots Due in 4 days!

Ballots     Due May 6, 2013!

As a creator within the comics and graphic novel industry, you are eligible to nominate works and vote for the Harvey Awards. And this year – you can vote online!  We encourage all professionals to vote, whether you choose 1, 5, or all categories.  Every vote counts!  Ballots can be submitted at http://www.harveyawards.org/2013-nomination-ballot or found in PDF or text format from the same page!

Please vote and submit a nomination ballot for the Harvey Awards. The deadline for nominations is this coming Monday, May 6th.  While we are down to the final weekend, we assure you there is still time to get your votes in and to influence the votes of others.  Plenty of ballots will be sent in this weekend and even Monday!

The Harvey Awards work hard every year to insure that we have a ballot that makes the entire industry proud.  By enabling the industry to vote online at http://www.harveyawards.org/2013-nomination-ballot, as well as providing paper ballots on request and promoting the awards daily on Facebook and Twitter, we have enabled participation by the entire industry and, as a result, ballots have been a great representation of the best works published in the previous year.

If you think there is a piece of work, including yours, that deserves the votes of others, please spread the word.  We encourage voters, publishers, and journalists to e-mail, blog, tweet, and otherwise promote works that deserve recognition.  Here are some ideas for promoting your works to other creators, as well as determining for what you should vote:

  • Not  sure what was published in 2012 and want ideas? Google “best comics 2012”.
  • Use Twitter to show your support for a given work!
  • Use hashtag #harveys2013  on your tweet.
  • Blog about the work you want to promote.
  • Please  spread word to your peers that they can vote!

Submit your ballot online.  If you prefer, you can complete and email ballots to harveyballots@hotmail.com. Mailing address information is on the PDF copy of the ballot.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Should you require any assistance or have any question, please contact us at baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com

 

Sincerely,

Brad Tree & Paul McSpadden

The Baltimore Comic-Con &

The Harvey Awards Committee