This August, NBM Proudly Presents Equinoxes, Pedrosa’s “Wildly Ambitious” Graphic Novel*

“Cyril Pedrosa’s Equinoxes is an impressive feast of a book.”

– Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and The Sculptor

From Cyril Pedrosa, a rising bestselling star of European comics comes Equinoxes, a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility.

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one another’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $44.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805
$24.99 e-book
Diamond Item Code: JUN161646

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Arriving to the direct market on 8/31/16 and in stores everywhere in September.

Pedrosa will be participating in several United States appearances to support the book:

Albertine Bookshop
A project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Monday, September 12th at 7PM

Parsons School of Design
Special Guest at Ben Katchor’s class
Tuesday, September 13th
(Not open to the general public)

Small Press Expo (SPX): Special Guest
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Saturday, September 17th

Brooklyn Book Festival: Guest of the festival
Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, September 18th

More information regarding the appearances to come.

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NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Publishing Slate

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NBM Graphic Novels has announced the release schedule through Winter 2017, including brand new releases from Philippe Chanoinat & Fabrice Le Henanff, Paco Roca, Cyril Pedrosa, Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Michiru Morikawa & Sean Michael Wilson and Sandrine Reveland; biographies of Thoreau, Elvis Presley, and Glenn Gould; and a new volume of A Treasury of XXth Century Murder series by Rick Geary.

 

JUNE 2016 (July Trade Publication Date)

BREAKING THE TEN
By Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa

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When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’?

Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781681120218 ebook $7.99

 

JULY 2016 (August Trade Publication Date)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
By Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

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During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries.

After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling Girl in Dior.

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 9781681120294 e-book $9.99

 

AUGUST 2016 (September Trade Publication Date)

EQUINOXES
By Cyril Pedrosa

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In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one and other’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer.

Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $49.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805 $24.99 e-book

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 (October Trade Publication Date)

ELVIS
By Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff

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Stepping into Sun Studios in 1954 Elvis Aaron Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right”. Little did he know he would soon revolutionize music and culture worldwide. This graphic novel biography starts with the story of “The King’s” humble beginnings in Mississippi, detailing, every step of the way, his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom. It includes his service in the military, his extensive record as a Hollywood film star, his complicated family life, finally ending on the last days of the Hound Dog.

Le Henanff’s striking photo-quality painting reconstructs Elvis’s life in a presentation that practically dances off the page!

8.5x 11, 88pp., full color hardcover, $19.99 ISBN 9781681120768 $9.99 e-book

 

OCTOBER 2016 (November Trade Publication Date)

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: BLACK DAHLIA
By Rick Geary

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On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two.

From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22 year old woman who had become known as “Black Dahlia” because of her striking appearance. She had moved to LA to make it in show business. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA’s notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous “Black Dahlia Avenger” admitting to the crime. More letters follow toying with the LAPD.

Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest installment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.

6×9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99; ISBN 9781681120522 $6.99 ebook

 

NOVEMBER 2016 (December Trade Publication Date)

GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
By Sandrine Revel

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Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona.

Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician? Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?

Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

8.5x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover hc, $25.99, ISBN:9781681120652 $30.99 CAN; $14.99 ebook

 

DECEMBER 2016 (January 2017 Trade Publication Date)

DUNGEON: TWILIGHT COMPLETE SET, VOLS 1-4
By Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Obion, Kerascoet, Alfred, Mazan

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The great saga detailing the end of Dungeon has come to a close. All four books are featured here in one specially priced set.

The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as Twilight. Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world and its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6.5 x 9, 384 pp, full color paperback set, $49.99 ISBN: 9781681120607

 

JANUARY 2017 (February 2017 Trade Publication Date)

THE LIGHTHOUSE
By Paco Roca

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Francisco, a wounded, despairing sixteen-year-old Republican guard in the Spanish Civil War, is trying to flee to freedom by crossing the French border. In his escape, he encounters an old remote lighthouse, far from the warring factions. He is granted shelter by Telmo, the aging operator of the lighthouse. As Francisco recuperates, Telmo’s tales of epic adventurers who sailed the lost seas and discovered worlds unknown reignite the spark of life in the young soldier.

By one of the most brilliant new talents in comic art in Spain, author of the world-wide bestseller Wrinkles.

6×9, 64pp., duotone hardcover, $15.99, ISBN: 9781681120560 $18.99 CAN, $9.99 e-books

 

FEBRUARY 2017 (March Trade Publication Date)

TREASURY OF XX CENTURY MURDER COMPENDIUM 1
including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy
By Rick Geary

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Witness the most controversial and famous true crime cases that shook the 20th century!

These 240 pages retell the love affair that ended the life of prominent architect Stanford White- then dubbed the crime of the century, the New Orleans’ Axe-Man and his gruesome killing spree, and the abduction (and resulting media circus) of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s son- all collected in a handsome quarter-bound omnibus. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, each including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.

6×9, 240pp., B&W quarter-bound hc,$27.99, ISBN 9781681120638

 

NBM Heads to Chicago for BookCon and BEA!

This week, NBM heads to the Windy City, Chicago, for two amazing events.

On May 11-13th, we’ll be at BookExpo America and on May 14th, we’ll be at BookCon, both events held at McCormick Place (we’re going to be located at Booth #1967).

BookExpo America is a book and author event for the book industry and BookCon is open to the general public, where authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content will be appearing, and includes panels, autograph sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, and more.

We’ll have our latest titles on hand, including GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE by Jirô Taniguchi, THOREAU: A Sublime Life by A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy, CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE by David Prudhomme, the sixth volume of  DUNGEON Monstres: The Great Animator by  Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, and Nicolas Keramidas and much more.

In addition, the events will be the first place where you can check out many of our upcoming titles including:

BREAKING THE TEN
By Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa

When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’? Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
By Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe
During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling Girl in Dior.

 EQUINOXES
By Cyril Pedro

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one and other’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer. Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

ELVIS
By Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff

Stepping into Sun Studios in 1954 Elvis Aron Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right”. Little did he know he would soon revolutionize music and culture worldwide. This graphic novel biography starts with the story of “The King’s” humble beginnings in Mississippi, detailing, every step of the way, his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom.  It includes his service in the military, his extensive record as a Hollywood film star, his complicated family life, finally ending on the last days of the Hound Dog. Le Henanff’s striking photo-quality painting reconstructs Elvis’s life in a presentation that practically dances off the page!

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: BLACK DAHLIA
By Rick Geary
On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two. From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22 year old woman who had become known as “Black Dahlia” because of her striking appearance. She had moved to LA to make it in show business. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA’s notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous “Black Dahlia Avenger” admitting to the crime. More letters follow toying with the LAPD. Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest installment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.

GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
By Sandrine Revel

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

Be sure to follow NBM on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute announcements or changes.

 

Sean Michael Wilson Discusses Japan’s Earthquake With International Media

From Sean’s Facebook Page: “Yes, it was surprisingly comfortable – when caught in a disaster people, i can recommend laying on a pushed down fence!”

Sean Michael Wilson was nominated today for an Eisner Award, but unfortunately won’t be celebrating just yet.  Based in Japan, he’s currently dealing with the aftermath of the recent earthquake and has been reporting updates to western media.

“The earthquake problem is starting to decrease, but there was a strong level 5 quake followed soon after by a level 4 one just in the last 30 minutes – and I ran for the street (again!). Ive done several media appearances in the last two days, radio and newspapers, including the BBC, , Herald Scotland, US radio (‘The World’, PRI) and the Japan Times. This is an easy link to the contribution I made to a BBC programme talking about the earthquake: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-36056904″

Join us in wishing Sean and the people of Japan the very best during this difficult time.

PERSIA BLUES: “‘A Must-Read’ Work of Comic Book Literature”

Both the Columbus Underground podcast and the Craft podcast interviewed creators Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman, where they discussed Persia Blues.

Here are some other recent reviews:

Persia Blues transcends genre-based classification and is a “must-read” work of comic book literature.”

Midwest Book Review

Persia Blues is enthralling”

Coverless Reviews

 

Cruising Through The Reviews of CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE

Author David Prudhomme is the author of the latest volume of the Louvre series, Cruising Through The Louvre.  Here’s what the critics are saying.

“Seen through the thoughtful eye of protagonist Prudhomme, the Louvre is a city of its own, filled with celebrities, quirks, familiar and oddball traditions; a microcosm of civilization exists among its myriad visitors…With its intimate eye on the human act of appreciating art, this book revels in the Louvre as a shared adventure that complements and illuminates its famous art.”

Publisher’s Weekly

 

“A wonderful, whimsical survey of art and the people who take pictures of it, the true gift of this particular work of art is the truth it reveals about the people holding it in their hands.”

Broken Frontier

 

Cruising Through the Louvre captures the seemingly random, headspinning, chaos and order, and magnificence of the Louvre…It is a gorgeous, playful artwork in and of itself about art, creating art, order, and randomness.”

NY Journal of Books

 

“An irreverent, giddy  contemplation of the ways we seek inspiration, the places we go to find it, and what it means to interact  with art in the twenty-first century.”

Booklist Online

 

“Once you’ve read Cruising Through The Louvre, like Prudhomme, you’ll be changed as well—you’ll start to view the world like Prudhomme, and see panels of humanity (that is, art) everywhere. Which is what good art does: it changes the way we look at life.”

Comics Bulletin

 

“An absorbing and silently thoughtful read from first page to last”

Midwest Book Review

 

“The story of Prudhomme wandering through the vaunted halls while looking for his significant other brings the whole venerated building firmly down to earth though, and cleverly uses the mechanics of the comic page to do so. In a metatextual twist, the experience of an art gallery being like a comic book is also commented on.”

True Jersey

“A nifty and unusual look at the Lovre, with attention being paid to the people as well as the paintings.”

Sequential Tart

 

“The Louvre has always been a place for the people. Give people a chance to enjoy art, and they will rise to it. Give them the Louvre, and you have provided heaven on earth. Prudhomme does not shun or ridicule the public’s hearty appetite for snapping photos and video…All that humanity enjoying their time in the Louvre for a multitude of reasons, no one reason being better or worse than the other! All this, Prudhomme manages to speak to in this quite remarkable book. Bravo! This is a keepsake that you will enjoy many times over.”

Comics Grinder

 

 

 

 

NBM at MoCCA Arts Festival

 

This weekend, NBM Graphic Novels  (Tables D148, D149) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival.

We’ll have all of our latest titles on hand, such as THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2 by
Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura
, PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2: Love and War by Dara Naraghi, and Brent Bowman, CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE  by David Prudhomme and DUNGEON Monstres, vol. 6: The Great Animator by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas,

We’ll also have on hand previews of several forthcoming titles such as:

THOREAU, A Sublime Life  By A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”

This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

 

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE by Jirô Taniguchi

Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.

 

We’ll also has the very first look at Cyril Pedrosa’s ambitious Equinoxes coming in September.  Pedrosa’s book, Three Shadows, was published in 2008 through First: Second, and we’re enthusiastic for everyone to see Equinoxes, which is reminiscent in theme and amazing scope of Dave McKean’s Cages.

The cover to the French edition of Equinoxes

Also on Saturday, author Julian Voloj will appear at the NBM Booth from 2:00 – 4:00 PM to sign copies of his book, Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker

Be sure to follow NBM on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute announcements or changes.

NBM Publishing Celebrates 40th Anniversary; Debuts New Logo and Updated Website

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For the past forty years, NBM Publishing, America’s first publisher of graphic novels, has been the home of high quality comics; from pioneering the translation and release of foreign work such as by Enki Bilal and Hugo Pratt, to being the first collecting classic comic strips such as Terry & The Pirates in beautiful hardcovers, to becoming the home for some of the best US cartoonists being published today.

The publisher celebrates its 40th anniversary with a number of exciting new announcements.   

For the first time in decades, NBM Publishing now has a new logo, and branding, as NBM Graphic Novels.  In addition, a new website has launched, improving on functionality and navigation.

Also, the ComicsLit imprint has been dissolved, folding into the NBM brand.  The adult graphic novel imprint, Eurotica, will remain independent and separate.

NBM Publisher and founder Terry Nantier discussed the new changes, “After many milestones over these decades helping to open up the general bookstore trade and people’s perception of what comics can be, here we are at 40 years of operation still bringing out some of the best European and US comics you can find. I’m very proud of NBM’s great image and I figure it’s time and a great occasion to freshen up! The former NBM logo, with a design akin to comics panels, has served valiantly for decades but nothing lasts forever and it’s time for a cleaner, lighter, more modern look. ComicsLit also was an imprint we needed to launch over 15 years ago to distinguish our fiction line, but that’s much of what NBM stands for anyway today. We’re keeping things simple under one name and emphasizing our core mission all these years where comic books from us have been rare: publishing great graphic novels.”

As to the site, Nantier added, “we’re also taking the occasion to reorganize our site to better reflect the different categories of graphic novels we’ve been publishing, including our growing non-fiction category.”

This year, NBM will release work from such talented artists and writers as Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, David Prudhomme, Jirô Taniguchi, Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa, Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas,  A. Dan, and Maximilien Le Roy, joining other recent creators as  Rick Geary, P. Craig Russell, Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman, Margreet de Heer, Kerascoet, Etienne Davodeau, Patrick Atangan, Jim Benton, Ted Rall, and Julian Voloj.

These join such luminaries that have been in the NBM catalog in the past such as Will Eisner, Dave McKean, Scott Hampton, Bryan Talbot, Harlan Ellison, Joe Haldeman, Miguelanxo Prado, Vittorio Giardino, Milo Manara and Guido Crepax.

To see more on NBM’s history of milestones and leading artists, visit its ‘about’ page.