NBM in April: Ghetto Brother

February 24, 2015 by  
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April will be a big month for NBM! We are releasing GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker, by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering. Ghetto Brother tells the story of Benjy Melendez who brought a truce to the gangs of New York in the 70s.

GHETTO BROTHER

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, a Bronx legend, 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.
6×9, 128pp., black and white paperback: $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489
Diamond Order Code: FEB151507
For previews and more, visit our website.

On a similar note, available now is Ryan Inzana’s JOHNNY JIHAD. Publisher’s Weekly called the book “starkly engaging and powerful. A bold fictional investigation into the roots of political fanaticism.”

JOHNNY JIHAD
Ryan Inzana
John Sendel is a typical disillusioned teenager. The kind that snap and would start shooting at their school. He is part of a generation reared by television in the nineties with absentee or loveless parents, cynical, and willing to wield the impetuousness of youth in a self-destructive manner. But Johnny stumbles onto fundamentalist Islam through his friend Salim, and finds a new outlet to channel his rebellious angst. He cannot but admire these people with an actual purpose in life and something to believe in. The facets of Johnny’s humdrum existence in suburbia begin to fade, his life now has a purpose: jihad. However, the deeper he gets enmeshed, the more frightening the road becomes with no possibility of return. When the CIA gets hold of him, things take an ugly turn. Based on true facts of training camps run in the U.S. and inspired by the stories of John Walker Lindh and others… Chillingly real and hotly topical.
6×9, 96pp., B&W trade pb.: $9.95
ISBN 9781561633531
Diamond Order Code: STAR18763
For more information and previews, click here.

Head over to your favorite comic book store now to place your order in February’s Diamond Previews magazine!

New NBM for April ’15: Ghetto Brother

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, NBM Blog, New Releases

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”
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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.”
-Afrika Bambaataa
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.”
Jeff Chang,
Hip Hop Historian

6×9, 128pp., B&W, trade pb., $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489
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!

New NBM in March 2015: Lulu Anew

January 2, 2015 by  
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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.

LULU ANEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LULU ANEW
Etienne Davodeau
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.”
-Comics Alliance
8 ½ x 11, 160pp. full-color hardcover: $27.99
ISBN: 9781561639724
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
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
ISBN 9781561637034
Diamond Order Code: NOV121246

See previews here!

Take a look at all NBM’s March offerings in the latest issue of Diamond Previews.

New NBM for March ’15: 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels

December 30, 2014 by  
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NBM’s March selections are now appearing in Diamond Previews magazine. Head down to your nearest comic book store to place your preorders!

What’s your favorite graphic novel? Do you have a personal list of your best comics? Stephen Weiner has curated his list of outstanding graphic novels. Now, in the list’s third incarnation, Stephen shares 101 of the best examples the genre has to offer! The list has been updated to reflect today’s best comic offerings, literature about the art form, films and documentaries, and much more to delve into the world of comics and graphic novels. The updated edition is complete with a new introduction by Ellen Forney, creator of Penguins’ Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir. Look for this in stores starting in March.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS
Stephen Weiner, author

Foreword by Ellen Forney
Daniel J. Fingeroth, editor

The popular primer on the best graphic novels, initially called The 101 Best Graphic Novels, is back in its 3rd updated edition! Expert Librarian Stephen Weiner (Rise of the Graphic Novel, The Hellboy Companion, The Will Eisner Companion), with the crowdsourcing help of professionals in the field, from artists to critics to leading comic store owners, has sifted through the bewildering thousands of graphic novels now available to come up with an outstanding, not-to-be-missed 101. With an all-encompassing variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction, this serves as a great introduction to this increasingly influential world of pop culture and entertainment while also serving as a reference list for fans on what they may have possibly overlooked. Edited by Daniel J. Fingeroth, a writer (Spider-Man) and also an expert on comics (How to Create Comics from Script to Print, The Stan Lee Universe).
6×9, 80pp., full-color hardcover:  $15.99
ISBN: 9781561639441
Diamond Order Code: JAN151511

Click here for more information.

 

Still on sale is the second edition of Stephen Weiner’s other NBM book, FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. In it, Weiner looks at the graphic novel phenomenon. This edition features a cover by Bone’s Jeff Smith and an introduction by the father of the American graphic novel, Will Eisner.

Rise of the Graphic Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET:
THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, 2nd Edition
Stephen Weiner, author
Introduction by Will Eisner

 Cover by Jeff Smith
Graphic novels have exploded off bookstore shelves and into movies, college courses and the New York Times Book Review, and onto the coffee tables of the cognoscenti. What’s fueling this explosion? Where did all the excitement come from? Stephen Weiner, a comics historian and children’s literature specialist, provides the answers in this groundbreaking book—the first history of graphic novels.
From the agonizing Holocaust vision of Art Spiegelman’s Maus to the teenage angst of Dan Clowes’s Ghost World, this book takes you into the heart of the graphic novel revolution. The author of 101 Best Graphic Novels now tells the whole history of this new medium—from the first modern urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, to the hip indy comics of the Hernandez Bros.’ Love and Rockets, the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight.
It’s all here, in this newly updated edition—the must-reads, the milestones, and what to look for in the future of this exciting new medium..
6×9, 80pp., Black and white hardcover: $14.99
ISBN 9781561637027
Diamond Order Code: AUG121210

See a preview here!

NBM Creators Honored with Grand Prix Nominations at Angouleme 2015

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Angoulême’s highest award, the Grand Prix, has announced next year’s nominees. Along with the title comes the responsibility of President of the 2016 festival and the design of the poster. This year’s winner was Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Among the list are many NBM greats!

 

Christophe Blain- ISAAC THE PIRATE, THE SPEED ABATER
Nicolas de Crécy- GLACIAL PERIOD
Étienne Davodeau-  THE INITIATES and the upcoming LULU ANEW
Emmanuel Guibert- Papercutz’s ARIOL
Lorenzo Mattotti- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (now out of print)
Joann Sfar- DUNGEON SERIES
NBM has also published past winners including Enki Bilal ( PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE) and Hugo Pratt (THE CORTO MALTESE (also out of print). Sfar and his DUNGEON partner Lewis Trondheim both are previous winners of the award.

The 42nd International Festival of the Bande Dessinee will be held in Angouleme, France from January 29th through February 1st.  The Grand Prix winner will be announced during the Festival. Congratulations and best of luck to all participating. For a full list of nominees, please see the official Facebook of the Festival  (in French).

Happy Holidays

December 19, 2014 by  
Filed under Events, NBM Blog

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We here at NBM would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. See you in 2015 with more great graphic novels!

 

 

NBM for February: Some French Goodies

December 17, 2014 by  
Filed under NBM Blog, New Releases

February’s Diamond Previews catalog is in comic stores now! NBM has some great offerings to showcase in February including the remarkable GIRL IN DIOR, by Annie Goetzinger.

Girl In Dior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIRL IN DIOR
Annie Goetzinger

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“Great gift idea” –Elle
8.5 x 11, 128 pp., full-color quaterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover: $27.99
ISBN: 9781561639144
Diamond Order Code: DEC141578

Previews

 

Also featured is our unique accordion book, STREET VIEW, which is sure to provide a new experience.

Street View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STREET VIEW
Pascal Rabaté

A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, this unusual accordion book opens in two directions. One, a series of ten tableaux on a street scene as it evolves during the day. The next on 10 evening tableaux of the same view. A window may serve as a source of light and fresh air, but it also presents a view onto the life of a street and its many other windows, each a separate scene of its own, with its multitude of on-going stories developing before your eyes. Within those windows, you can witness the lives of single people, couples, families, stories of love, separation and possibly even… murder.
8×11, 48pp, full color accordion book, hardcover:  $27.99
ISBN 9781561639083
Diamond Order Code: AUG141555

Previews

In this month’s PREVIEWS we are also revisiting ZOMBILLENIUM to get you ready for next summer’s release of Volume 3!

 

Zombiellennium Vol.1: Gretchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZOMBILLENIUM #1: “Gretchen”
Arthur de Pins
Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…
A Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens
“The twist at the end will send readers to read it again and they will certainly want to know what happens next.” -Library Media Connection
“Zombillenium does for cartoon monsters what Sfar and Trondheim’s Dungeon albums do for funny animals.” -Seattle Post Intelligencer
9×12, 48 pp., full-color hardcover: $14.99
ISBN 9781561637348
Diamond Order Code: APR131181

Previews

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ZOMBILLENIUM #2: “Human Resources”
Arthur De Pins

Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art.
9×12, 48pp. full-color hardcover: $14.99
ISBN 9781561638505
Diamond Order Code: MAY141483

Previews

ZOMBILLENIUM VOLS 1 and 2 and STREET VIEW are available to purchase now. GIRL IN DIOR will be available starting in February. To place an order please visit our website, or place your order with your local comic book store now!

 

 

Exclusive Kerascoet Print Offered on NBM Site!

December 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Events, NBM Blog, New Releases

Did you enjoy the art of Beauty? Miss Don’t Touch Me? Right now when you spend $30 in the NBM store you can get an exclusive print from Kerascoet, the artist behind Miss Don’t Touch Me and Beauty! If you buy $50 worth of books, you can get the print signed by the artist! Sorry, the print is not available on its own.

 KERASCOET Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty

This is the latest edition in our long running collectible print offer.  Jim Benton (Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats), Rick Geary (A Treasury of Murder), Margreet de Heer ( A Discovery in Comics series), Stan Mack ( Taxes,  The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels) prints are all available now! One print per order, while supplies last. To see the other prints and learn more about the offer visit our website.

 

This offer is available on phone orders and at conventions as well, make sure you ask for it when ordering!

Beauty Is Sold Out (For Now!)

December 9, 2014 by  
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Hurbert & Kerascoet’s newest book, Beauty, has sold out of its original print run! We are going back to print right now and it will be available once again come February. To reserve your copy at a comic book store, use the Diamond order code: JUL141324 .

BEAUTY

Beauty had a lot of buzz preceding it as people asked for it by name at SPX, weeks before the book hit the market. It was well received by the press making it on Publishers Weekly’s recommended gift book list. Comic Book Resources called it “epic” and Booklist marked it “an exquisite example of European comic making.” This is one book you should add to your graphic novel collection.

Coming Up: The Debut of the Girl In Dior

December 3, 2014 by  
Filed under NBM Blog, New Releases

 

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We are very happy to announce our newest book: GIRL IN DIOR. Creator Annie Goetzinger portrays the origins of the House of Dior and its captivating leader, Christian Dior, all through the eyes of the fictitious Carla, fledgling fashion journalist whose life is about to take an exciting turn. This biography docudrama was originally printed in France to great acclaim and is now being translated to English after much request. See the solicitation in this month’s Diamond Previews magazine for February!

Praise for the French release:

“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“Great gift idea” -Elle
“A beautiful work, chic, brilliant and moving” -Questions de Femmes
“Sumptuous” -Le Nouvel Observateur

 

Dior

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

7 1/2 x 10 1/4, 128pp., full color quarterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover, $27.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-914-4

Order now through Previews at your local comic book store with Diamond order code: DEC141578

See previews, articles and more here. GIRL IN DIOR will be available everywhere in March.

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