Arthur de Pins’ Zombillenium, Volume 1: Gretchen has made the 2015 Maverick Graphic Novels List, by the Texas Library Association. Zombillenium is in the Grades 9-12 (high school) category among other great graphic novels like Batman, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics), Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer (First Second) , and March Book One by John Lewis (Top Shelf) and many more. This category has the most selections with 23 graphic novels. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6-12 to explore a variety of current books. The list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Other nominations of note include Gene Luen Yang’s First Second set Boxers and Saints, Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters (Scholastic), and Paul Pope’s Battling Boy ( First Second). See the list here.
Zombillenium Vol. 1: Gretchen was called “fresh meat” for zombie fans by Publishers Weekly praising “its humor, clever pacing, and unique approach to the monster narrative.” Comics Waiting Room said it was “a hoot from start to finish”. It also was A Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Zombillenium Vol. 2: Human Resources, released over the summer, is “fiendishly delightful, twisted, surprising, and even a little tragic” according to the Midwest Book Review.
Zombillenium Vol. 3: Control Freaks is coming August 2015. Plenty of time to catch up on this hauntingly different series!
GHETTO BROTHER: Warrior to Peacemaker, coming from NBM in April, was featured on NPR- National Public Radio. On November 7th, NPR’s Backstory radio show had a feature on reconciliation and its limits throughout history. They touched upon the historic peace treaty on Hoe Street, orchestrated by Benjy Melendez, which united the gangs. On the radio program, Melendez recalled his experiences and Julian Voloj, creator of Ghetto Brother, the graphic novel detailing the life and times of Melendez, credited the peace treaty, and the resulting safer New York streets, to leading the way for the hip hop movement. The segment on Benjy Melendez and his peacekeeping Ghetto Brothers gang, filled with a lot of facts and first-hand accounts, starts at the 35 minute mark. Listen to the podcast version here.
Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker was created by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering. The graphic novel comes out in April but has been on reviewer’s radars for the past two years. Ahlering’s art for the book was on display at the Columbia Barnard Kraft Center’s Jewish Art Salon, in New York City, last year. For previews and more visit our Ghetto Brothers webpage. To learn more about Melendez, check out this NY Daily News article.
We are finishing up the translation of Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau and I have to say, it is a gripping book. As the pages pass by my desk, this familial drama unfolds and I can’t wait to find out what happens! It’s a mystery, a romance, a tale of empowerment and weakness all rolled into one. Our NBM omnibus will collect both volumes of the French work. I just finished looking over Volume 1 and it reminds me a bit of Kate Chopin’s classic novel “The Awakening” mixed with a bit of “Death of a Salesman” or a Tennessee Williams play.
Comparing our translation to the original French is interesting as you get a feel for their writing style and how they fill the word balloons. We decide minute details as to whether a person uses “huh”, “eh”, or “right” to validate their question and if a 16 year old girl would chose this word over that. But still, I get carried away in the story.
The story is told during a gathering of friends and family of Lulu, a mother and wife who decided to leave her life behind, if only for a few days. There is tragedy and triumph in how the family (and close friends) cope and grieve and deal with Lulu’s need for a break. In France, the graphic novel, which sold 200,000 copies, even inspired a major motion picture. Lulu femme nue, with Karin Viard in the title role, was released early this year.
Lulu Anew will be out in March. We will keep you updated when new information becomes available. For now, check out the preview pages here.
There are plenty of NBM titles in January’s Diamond Previews catalog!
8 ½ x11, 144pp. full color hc, $27.99 9781561638949
Diamond Order Code: JUL141324
Hubert & Kerascoet’s first series, the crime mystery Miss Don’t Touch Me, has been collected in an omnibus edition for the first time to commemorate the occasion! Read what Comic Buyers Guide think “would make a heck of a movie.” They add, “Hubert’s writing is first-rate, Kerascoet’s storytelling and character designs are vibrant, and the overall look of the book is delightful.” Click here for a preview!
8 ½ x11, 192pp. full color hc, $29.99 9781561638994
Diamond Order Code: JUL141325
The creator of the Songs of Our Ancestors series returns with a collection of short stories about crucial childhood moments in Patrick Atangan’s Invincible Days. Comics Reporter called it a “new and notable release” and Broken Frontier named it “a testament to the refinement of Atangan’s skills as an artist and his fearlessness as a storyteller”. Previews are available here!
9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 ISBN 9781561639014
Diamond Order Code: JUN141322
Ask about these at your local comic book shop or fine book store!
It isn’t even Halloween yet and we are already celebrating the New Year here at NBM! We’ve just updated our Coming Up section to show all our books planned through August!
2014 ends with a bang with “The End of Dungeon” in Dungeon: Twilight, vol. 4 and the second installment of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary.
February brings Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, detailing the start of Christian Dior’s House of Dior fashion empire.
Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering’s biography Ghetto Brother- the story of Benjy Melendez, the notorious gang leader who engineered a gang truce- is out in April.
A new direction for Rick Geary as he turns to fiction in Louise Brooks, Detective this May. His “Treasury of XX Century Murder” entry, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti will be rereleased in paperback format the same month.
Dungeon may have ended in 2014, but the Monstres live on! Dungeon: Monstres, volume 5 will be out in June.”My Son the Killer” has two stories by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, and Frederic Bezian!
The third volume of Zombillenium, “Control Freaks” will be out in July by Arthur de Pins.
See preview pages, descriptions and more in our “Coming Up” section of the site.
What are you most looking forward to out of this?
The zombie invasion is headed to Los Angeles!
Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, in association with UCLA Department of French & Francophone studies, Institut Francais, L.A. French Culture and more, will gather for VIS-À-VIS, an event bringing together authors and creators from France and the US, sharing their experience on adapting graphic novels to the screen.
Americans Trevor Alixopulos (The Hot Breath of War), John Pham (Sublife), Edward Gauvin (Translator, The Conductor and Other Tales) and Dan Panosian who has worked with all the major comic book publishers will meet with French creators Jul (Silex and the City),Abel Lanzac (Weapons of Mass Diplomacy), Fabien Vehlmann (Green Manor, Seuls) and NBM’s very own Arthur de Pins, of Zombillenium. This is the first time France’s new generation of comic creators will visit Los Angeles. The eight French and American creators will discuss their art and practice.
Vis-à-Vis: French Bande Dessinee Meets L.A. Comics will be held at Meltdown, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles on Sunday, November 9th at 2pm. For more information, follow Meltdown’s blog and be sure to read up on Zombillenium beforehand!
To RSVP to this free event, follow this link!
To commemorate the second volume of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, NBM is resoliciting three prominent books in the Treasury of Murder series, by Rick Geary. Be sure to place your order in the December Diamond Previews magazine or ask for them at your local comic book store.
The Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, Volume 1 brings a fatal dose of Murder to readers.
In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.
6×9, 288pp., B&W quarterbound hardcover, $24.99
Diamond Order Code: STK475586
In Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White, Geary tackles “The Crime of the Century” in a tale that was nominated for “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by YALSA.
Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99
Diamond Order Code: STK620351
Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery is “another excellent entry in this rather admittedly macabre series” according to Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6.
New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922. Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir. The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick. Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…
6×9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99,
Diamond Order Code: STK464894
Whether you are new to the Treasury of XXth Century Murder series or want to relive all the gruesome details again, place your order with Diamond Comics today at your local comic book store. And be on the look out for the new Volume 2 of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium , on sale this December!
For more books in the series and previews, click here.
Making your shopping list for New York Comic Con? NBM books can be found at two locations this year. We will have a small selection with our sister company, Papercutz- booth 2229. There you can get your copy of Beauty, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Invincible Days, All Star and Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
And over at booth 1775, Kinokuniya will have a wider selection of NBM titles including Zombillenium, Why I Killed Peter, Phantoms of the Louvre, Glacial Period and The Initiates, among others.
For a map of the convention floor- follow this link!
More information can be found on the official NYCC. Comic Con will be held at the Jarvitz Center in New York City this Thursday, October 9 until Sunday, October 12.
Boom Studios has a hit on their hands with Lumberjanes, drawn by Brooke A. Allen, a part of their Boom! Box line of comics. But this isn’t the first time the world’s seen Brooke: She has published with NBM before with 2010’s A Home for Mr. Easter.
Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!
Be sure to catch what the Miami Herald called” moving, memorable and rollicking” with Comics Waiting Room reviewing Allen’s artwork as “bold, fantastical and beautiful in its purity.”A Home for Mr. Easter is in Previews Magazine right now, be sure place your order from your local comic book store’s Diamond catalog!
Diamond Order Code: FEB101037
NBM is going APE!
APE, the Alternative Press Expo, returns to San Francisco October 4 & 5. . . and we will be there to celebrate all that alternative press has to offer!
Two of our talents, Patrick Atangan and Rick Geary, will be at our table to sign books and sell books! Patrick Atangan, the creator of the Songs of Our Ancestors series and the newly released Invincible Days, will be signing.
Rick Geary, of our long running Treasury of Murder collection, will be signing as well and will also have an extra special, never before seen preview at the Expo!
Other NBM favorites will also be on sale!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to Rick and Patrick on October 4th and 5th. Our table number is 905.
For more information about the APE please see their website at: http://www.comic-con.org/ape
As for what we are previewing: look for another sneak peak next week on the blog!