The question mark is as of today what with that horrible snowstorm dropping bricks of snow on us. My flight tomorrow night’s already been cancelled.
Well, hopefully the next day I can leave and make it there for the first time in 4 years. I used to be a regular but dropped out for a while as going to Frankfurt in October and Bologna in March was plenty enough for me.
BUT that deprived me of even being in my other country, France. And boy, have I missed it.
The show this year looks to have quite a bit from our side of the water: A Calvin & Hobbes exhibit, since Watterson was given the grand prize last year and a Kirby exhibit. But I’ll be there to mingle with France’s numerous exciting small pubs and with editors and authors mostly.
And, hey, also after 4 years absence, see my old pal starting from 7th grade Marc Minoustchine, the M in NBM, as well as my family I haven’t seen in over a decade! Gah!
I am absolutely in shock over what happened at their offices.
Wolinski and Cabu I can tell you are giants in cartooning and comics history in France. All of these people that died are now
Martyrs to Free Expression
How can one defend oneself against such senseless attacks? do we shut up, like Sony did on The Interview? To express one’s opinion or to parody something means risking our life?
I remember how the French comics community, among others, immediately e-mailed me on 9/11 expressing their shock and solidarity. I am giving back now, as we all should in our comics community.
France has always been a leader in championing free expression. Much of our ideals come from the French revolution. Charlie Hebdo embodied fearless no holes barred satire, screw the consequences. They had been firebombed in 2011 and obviously showed no submission as a result. That takes real courage. Those Islamic extremists have only accomplished the contrary of what they wanted.
My thoughts are with you, Charlie Hebdo, and France in general.
Charlie Hebdo: may your next issue skewer Islamist extremists to the max.
We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.
But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.
Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’m proud to say Dior US is enthusiastically on board for our beautiful GN Girl in Dior coming everywhere in March. They are already busy helping us get the word out to their connections in the fashion press on this stunning book which I anticipate to be one the highlights of our coming months.
Besides that, Kinokuniya, the very cool international bookstore chain with a slant on art books, will be hosting the launch party for it in March in New York, with an exhibit of the book’s original art.
I’ve already fielded an interview with a major newspaper… more on that soon…
I have a feeling this one is gonna blow the roof off!
Absolutely loved it, dozens of people making a beeline straight for our booth at SPX last weekend to get a copy of Beauty, Hubert and Kerascoet’s latest book after Miss Don’t Touch Me.
Well, both arrived late at our warehouse, grumblmumbl, and we couldn’t have it at the show. But thank God dozens of people took us up on our offer to take their order then and there and ship it free freight this week which we’re busy doing now!
The buzz has been growing unbelievably on this title! but maybe not so unbelievable when you see how utterly gorgeous this book is.
It’ll hit stores in about 3-4 weeks. we’ll keep you posted!
This success pushed our SPX experience into a new record. Saturday was mad busy.
Loved every minute of it!
I’d like to welcome Jim Benton to this blog! He’s the cartoonist behind:
Coming out in June… He’ll start posting fun stuff very soon, cartoons, where he gets his ideas, how he works, news… and looks forward to interacting with you with any questions you may have.
We’re excited about this handsome book, we already have advance copies in hand with its bright red cover and flaps. Jim is incredibly versatile, as this book proves. Orders for this book have pushed this into a high first printing. Not only will you find this prominently at Barnes & Noble in the humor section but also at all Urban Outfitters. And of course better comics stores, online, from us directly, etc…
We did more in one day at this fair than we do at just about any other convention and that was gratifying indeed! In fact, we did more here on one table than in some shows over two days with 2 tables! Margreet de Heer did especially well selling out of her books and proving quite popular.
And it figures: her books are general interest and that’s the audience that comes to this street fair. Much of NBM’s catalog is about that and always has been: reaching out to a wide audience of readers and making converts of skeptics!
Kim and I were friends. I can say that proudly. His passing is a complete shock and so sudden, I am flabbergasted.
Way too young.
He could have given the comics world so much more.
We had somewhat similar roots, growing up in Europe and especially with French comics. We compared notes frequently on those, Gil Jourdan a good example. Like him, I was breathlessly reading that series as a kid, emulating it in early comics writing I would do, making sure to meet author Maurice Tillieux at every occasion, my signed ‘albums’ remaining a proud piece of my collection. Like him, I was a huge fan of Spirou and developed an early almost encyclopedic knowledge of its history.
I told him he was crazy to even try to publish those here. I mean, they’re just so French, really.
For a few years, we shared booths in Frankfurt and we would hang out. One could see quickly he was an unusually intelligent and grounded person. He may not have necessarily been the most warm and approachable but, as for Gary Groth, you could not but respect the breadth of his knowledge, the good sense he applied in co-running Fantagraphics.
Gary, you two were a remarkable pair and you two led your publishing co. to amazing heights of cultural significance and influence.
It’s official, HarperCollins, one of America’s ‘big six’ publishers, is moving to 195 Broadway just a couple doors up from us.
Ha, people used to look at us funny for being in the ‘financial district’, look what company we got now! Fact is this area has been diversifying for some time and most financial companies are uptown now anyway. What we do have are some of the most beautiful old classic buildings in the Big Apple. The Woolworth building one more block up from 195 has a lobby so gorgeous as to make your jaw drop.
But then we were all drinking seawater just a couple months ago.