‘PERSIA BLUES’ – The Critics Speak!

August 22, 2013 by  
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Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman’s Persia Blues continues to get positive reviews from across the web:

“Naraghi’s script efficiently sets youthful energy against older people’s acceptance of the status quo. Bowman’s black-and-white art alternates between straight pen-and-ink line work for scenes with the real-world Minoo and washed, brushed panels depicting the lush, romantic realm of imagination. For the young creators, as for Minoo herself, this is a promising beginning.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“A raw, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous magical realist blending of gritty fact with gorgeous myth-based fantasy, Persia Blues is a timely, emotionally intelligent exploration of how one woman copes with oppression, loss, and misplaced guilt…A fascinating and illuminating read…Highly recommended.”

Broken Frontier

“Bowman’s blocking and storytelling are clear, and the stories are sufficiently compelling to carry the reader forward in a story with settings rare for an American adventure story. And that setting alone is enough for me to recommend this book, as it behooves all of us to get to know Iran a wee bit better.”

Nashua Telegraph

“The complex, multicultural story features the parallel lives of a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman, and explores the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom.”

Payvand Iran News

“An unusual set up for a book that takes place in the past and present and intrigues me with where it will go in future volumes.”

It’s All Comic To Me

STAN MACK and MARGREET de HEER Conquer The East Coast!

August 19, 2013 by  
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From New York to Boston to New York, this weekend begins a marathon of appearances by Margreet de Heer, who’s new book, Science: A Discovery of Comics premiered as well as two appearances by the inimitable Stan Mack author of Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels!

Sunday, September 22nd • THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

10am-6pm  Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Visit NBM Publishing at Table 76 • Meet Margreet de Heer and Stan Mack

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

 

Wednesday, September 25th • THE MILLION YEAR PICNIC

99 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Margreet de Heer book signing.

 

Friday, September 27th • BERGEN STREET COMICS

7pm • 470 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Bergen Street Comics closes out a September full of book release parties on Friday the 27th, at 7pm, with an appearance by acclaimed graphic novelists Margreet De Heer and Stan Mack!  It’ll be an evening of fun, with De Heer signing her new release Science: A Discovery in Comics, plus the previous release in the series, Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics, and Mack pitching in with his fantastic historical work Taxes, the Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution.  Come have a drink on us and pick up some great books while you’re at it!

 

Saturday, September 28th • WARWICK CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL 2013

11am – 4pm • Park Avenue School, 10 Park Avenue, Warwick, New York 10990

The Warwick Children’s Book Festival’s goal is to celebrate literacy and creativity for children of all ages.  A fun-filled day for the whole family! Meet over 50 authors and illustrators.

Stan Mack will be appearing.

 

We hope to see you at one of these exciting events!

NBM Review Round-Up!

July 31, 2013 by  
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Omaha The Cat Dancer Volume 8

“Quality erotic comics.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Dave Sim might win the title for longest and most determined self-published comic, but Omaha the Cat Dancer is much more fun and human as an artist’s significant, consuming accomplishment.”

Comics Worth Reading

Zombillenium

“A hoot from start to finish, with funny situations, great characters, witty dialogue, and art that is utterly gorgeous.”

Comics Waiting Room

An Enchantment

“Tinged with themes of regret and late life redemption, Durieux’s work is more a ruminative dialog than a complex tale. The book’s strength rests on its evocative earth-toned art and its appealing couple, who we can honestly accept in their late night museum setting. His heroine proves particularly striking; in lesser hands, she’d prove sentimentally Boho, but Durieux gives her dialogue a scholarly intelligence that’s suited to this lovingly illustrated graphic discourse on art and humanity. Every one of the volumes to date in the Louvre series has been an art and comics lover’s treat: An Enchanment does not prove an exception.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Initiates

“Davodeau and his old friend, the Loire winemaker Richard Leroy, spend a year enlightening the other about their respective professions. Wine, so often the producer of mental fog, becomes instead an agent of clarity; the two men, to say nothing of Davodeau’s readers, learn a great deal about the painstaking processes that make a comic book or a bottle.”

New Statesman

“A compelling, entertaining and educational tale that takes full advantage of the graphic storytelling medium.”

Miami Herald

“Although I’m not nearly as familiar with the French comics scene, I did recognize some of the figures mentioned in the book, like Lewis Trondheim (who makes an appearance) and Moebius. And I know even less about wine and wine-making. But even so, I really enjoyed following Davodeau and Leroy as they each explored a world that was totally new to them.”

Stargazing Dog

Stargazing Dog was first published in Japan in 2008, where it has sold over a half million copies. It’s a relatively short graphic novel that should take about a half hour to read, except that I had to take numerous breaks from reading to cry. Do not read this in a public setting…This is a must read not only for the characters and plot but for the artwork too.”

The Book Shark

Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels

“Mack has a refreshingly cynical view of, well, everything. All the familiar characters (Sam Adams, George Washington, King George) are presented with their personal motives front and center. (My favorite part: after Lexington & Concord we see a silhouette of Paul Revere filling out an expense voucher for his midnight ride.) Everyone was acting out of self-interest, as is always the case, but this time the result somewhat luckily ended up advancing the cause of democracy and human rights.”

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PERSIA BLUES – “Engaging, Rewarding and Just Plain Refreshingly Different”

July 29, 2013 by  
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If you haven’t read Persia Blues writer Dara Naraghi’s piece on Bleeding Cool from this past week you should by all means.

Persia Blues is according to Naraghi, “best described as a fusion of historical fantasy and modern social commentary, featuring a strong-willed young Iranian female protagonist.”

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?

Here’s what folks across the web are saying about it:

“it’s good — it’s very good”

Comic Book Resources

“Naragahi and Bowman structure their tale in a meaningful manner, jumping back and forth between stories without disrupting the flow or hampering intelligibility.”

– Comics Alternative

“There’s a huge treat to be found inside the pages of Persia Blues.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

“Gleefully melding past and present, fact and fiction, this introductory volume revels in exploiting reader expectation and confusion to craft a beguiling multi-layered tale about family, responsibility, guilt, oppression and the hunger for independence that carries the reader along, promoting wonder and second-guessing whilst weaving a tapestry of mystery…Engaging, rewarding and just plain refreshingly different, Persia Blues looks set to become a classic in years to come.”

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SDCC 2013 Photos!

July 24, 2013 by  
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Reed Waller in his first Comic Con appearance in twenty years, singing OMAHA V. 8. According to publisher Terry Nantier, Reed brought in more selling original art during the con than NBM did!

Pulitzer Prize nominated cartoonist, the inimitable Ted Rall.

NBM Booth Helper Le’von Brown, Booth Manager Patrick Turner and Publisher Terry Nantier.

Booth manager Patrick Turner stands over Reed Waller and publisher Terry Nantier.

Booth helper Le’von Brown, Booth Manager Patrick Turner and Publisher Terry Nantier.

ABELARD Receives Harvey Award Nomination

July 15, 2013 by  
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The Harvey Award Nominations are in and we’re proud to have received a nomination for Abelard in the category “BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL” by artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière.

More details about the award and how to vote after the jump.

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San Diego Comic-Con Premieres and Signing Schedule; Omaha The Cat Dancer‘s Reed Waller To Make First Convention Appearance in 20 Years!

NBM PUBLISHING • BOOTH 1714

This week the annual San Diego Comic-Con kicks off and NBM will be there at Booth 1714 with the premieres of the long awaited final eighth volume of Omaha The Cat Dancer, the first volume of Zombillenium, as well as a rare appearance by Omaha co-creator Reed Waller and signing opportunities from Rick Geary and Ted Rall.

The Complete OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, Vol. 8
By Reed Waller, Kate Worley & James Vance

(ADULTS ONLY)

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.

We’ll also have a specially priced bundle of The Complete Omaha The Cat Dancer which will include all 8 volumes for $89.99 (normally $107.00)

http://www.omahathecatdancer.com/

(ADULTS ONLY)

ZOMBILLENIUM: Vol.1: Gretchen
By Arthur de Pins

“A satire in the NBM tradition of BONEYARD and DUNGEON”

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…

 

We also will have four lithographs featuring the art of Stan Mack, Rick Geary, Kevin Taylor and Cornnell Clarke.  All have been designed exclusively as prints and you can select one with a $30 purchase or a signed one for $50.

APPEARANCE SCHEDULE (Booth 1714)

THURSDAY:

  • 3 pm – 5 pm – Ted Rall
  • 5 pm – 7 pm – Rick Geary

FRIDAY:

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Rick Geary
  • 1 pm – 3 pm – Reed Waller
  • 3 pm – 5 pm – Reed Waller / Ted Rall
  • 5 pm – 7 pm – Reed Waller

SATURDAY

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Reed Waller
  • 3 pm – 5 pm – Reed Waller / Rick Geary
  • 5 pm – 7 pm – Reed Waller

SUNDAY

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Reed Waller / Rick Geary

 

 

NBM Announces Publishing Slate for the Second Half of 2013

June 17, 2013 by  
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NBM PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES RELEASE SCHEDULE FOR 2013

Includes New Books From Rick Geary, Renaud Dillies, Margreet de Heer and
Final Volume of Groundbreaking Underground Classic, OMAHA THE CAT DANCER

NBM Publishing has announced their upcoming publishing schedule for releases for the remainder of 2013, continuing their tradition to showcase some of the most diverse and acclaimed independent graphic novels from North America and Europe. 

JULY

The Complete OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, Vol. 8
By Reed Waller, Kate Worley & James Vance

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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

AUGUST (Shipping To Direct Market in June)

ZOMBILLENIUM
Vol.1: Gretchen

By Arthur de Pins

Zombiellennium Vol.1: Gretchen

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…

9×12, 48 pp., full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637348

SEPTEMBER (Shipping To Direct Market in July)

SCIENCE – A Discovery in Comics
By Margreet de Heer

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics

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


OCTOBER  (Shipping To Direct Market in August)

P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations Hardcover set
By P. Craig Russell

P. Craig Russell's Opera Adaptations Hardcover set

The great P. Craig Russell (Sandman, Coraline) adapts in stunning comic art The Magic Flute, Parsifal, I Pagliacci, Pelleas & Melisande, and Salome amongst others. A banded set of 3 beautiful volumes at a special price. Normally $75.

8x 11 1/2, 440pp. full color set of 3 jacketed hardcovers, $59.99 9781561637553

NOVEMBER (Shipping To Direct Market in September)

BETTY BLUES

By Renaud Dillies


BETTY BLUES

By the author the Eisner-nominated Bubbles & Gondola and Abelard!  Little Rice Duck has built himself quite the reputation around the West Wood, playing his trumpet in bars with their smoky, sweaty ambiance, tequila sunrises, and jazz. But between his trumpet and his flame Betty, things are going astray. Betty is drowning her need of him in expensive champagne, something someone else is more than happy to provide… something he’d much prefer, like her, would just stay chilled.


8 ½ x 11, 80pp., full color HC, $18.99, ISBN 9781561637584

DECEMBER  (Shipping To Direct Market in October)

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY – The Murder of Stanford Whitey

By Rick Geary

BETTY BLUES

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; ISBN 9781561637621

JANUARY (Shipping To Direct Market in November)

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol. 2: The Young King and The Remarkable Rocket
By P. Craig Russell

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First time in paperback! One of comic art’s most respected and pioneering artists, well known for his opera adaptations and beautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell is in the process of adapting Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tales in a series of landmark volumes.

In the Remarkable Rocket, a vain little rocket figures itself above all others and still manages to see glory in its dismal end.

The Young King, taken from humble origins, revels in the finer possession of his new lofty position. However, a series of dreams reveal to him the suffering his people must go through to make them for him. Casting them off, he finds paradoxically that he may be alienating the very people he wants to help.

6×9, 8 ½ x11, 48 pp., full color, trade pb., $9.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-771-3

FEBRUARY (Shipping To Direct Market in December)

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, Vol. 3: The Birthday of the Infanta
By P. Craig Russell

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde (Vol. 3): The Birthday of the Infanta

First time in paperback! One of comic art’s most respected and pioneering artists, well known for his opera adaptations and beautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell is in the process of adapting Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tales in a series of landmark volumes.

A hideous dwarf is captured in the woods and brought in to the court of the beautiful royal infanta for her amusement. He is full of good humor and tricks and becomes quite popular but remains quite unaware of his looks. She has him perform in front of her friends for her birthday. He is very touched and quite proud to receive such attention, until he sees himself in the mirror and realizes their entertainment may be at his expense.

8 ½ x11, 32 pp., full color, trade pb., $8.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-775-1

NBM Review Round-Up!

May 28, 2013 by  
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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

 

 

 

WAR PASSENGER Doc About Writer David Axe Gets A Trailer!

April 26, 2013 by  
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War Passenger is a documentary film that tells the story of David Axe, a middle-class, suburban-raised South Carolina resident who walked away from his family, friends, and career to travel to Iraq in 2005 at the peak of the Middle Eastern conflict. Armed with only a backpack and a video camera, David embraced his role as a “citizen journalist” and continued to seek out the world’s worst war zones. Since 2005, he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Chad, Congo, and East Timor. During his travels, David began to write autobiographical comic books detailing a life at war where IEDs, piracy, and child soldiers were an everyday reality. Utilizing over 100 hours of David’s personal video footage, War Passenger takes you to the frontlines of the world’s conflicts and shows you how hard it is to come back home.

NBM readers are familiar with his multiple award winning book, War Fix, which Axe collaborated on with Steve Olexa.

 Visit warpassenger.com for more information.

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