Dior US is working with us on ‘Girl in Dior’

December 9, 2014 by  
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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.

Girl In Dior

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!

After the sellout of Beauty and with other strong books coming (see in particular Ghetto Brother), we’re all just kinda feelin’ warm and fuzzy right now.

SPX: ‘Beauty’ was the hit!!

September 15, 2014 by  
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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!

BEAUTY

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!

Welcome, Jim Benton!

April 25, 2014 by  
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I’d like to welcome Jim Benton to this blog! He’s the cartoonist behind:

Dog Butts and Love

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…

SEE the previews

MORE about Jim

Brooklyn Book Festival a rousing success!

September 24, 2013 by  
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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!

For Kim Thompson

June 19, 2013 by  
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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.

 

We were ahead of the trend: HarperCollins become neighbors

January 29, 2013 by  
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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.

Abysmal incompetence: Verizon has lost our phone numbers

January 23, 2013 by  
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Post Sandy, it appears we may never get back most of our phone numbers of 22 years!
The problem goes farther back from Sandy to when we moved to our great new digs at 160 Broadway last April. They installed and moved (albeit late) our lines properly but never got the billing right. Then Sandy hit and eventually, even though we were calling them to make sure they took care of us, just let our main number (212 643 5407) back into the available pool to be grabbed by the first schmuck.
To this day, as for much of lower Manhattan, we STILL do not have normal service on the rest of our numbers. Our fax # of 22 years (212 643 1545) is still not operating.
After months of waiting, we gave up and went to Time Warner to get back phone service and also internet which we’d otherwise still not have!
It’s one thing to have your main operating center downtown completely drowned in seawater, it’s quite another to screw up billing so badly as to result in the loss of our numbers for years.
Never mnd the literally hours of being bounced around trying to deal with them on this for the last close to 3 months.
If ever there was the definition of clusterf**k, it’s Verizon.
So now our main number is 646 559 4681, our fax number where you can reach us is 646 559 4838. We hope yet to get our old fax # back.
Thank God we still do have our old 800# working: 800 886 1223.

Congratulations Dara and Brent on your Kickstarter success: still time to get cool stuff!

December 20, 2012 by  
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The Persia Blues project on Kickstarter has already surpassed its goal and there’s still a few hours to go. Congratulations to Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman on reaching their goal and as for you, you can still chip in and get some really cool stuff such as signed copies, Persian recipes, or signed original sketches and art pages. Check it out!

And retailers: there’s a couple of packages for you that include them coming over for a signing + original art and copies of the book.

We look forward to publishing this series!

Growing up with Brubeck

December 6, 2012 by  
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Dave Brubeck just passed away. I grew up with his music. My Dad had that popular album including his offbeat waltzy Take Five. Simple genius that, and same for many other pieces he composed. I heard them often from a tender age all the way into my teens when it primed me for such heavier discoveries of the day (the 70’s) as The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report or Return To Forever. All experimented heavily with exotic time signatures just as Brubeck loved to do.
Besides my fascination for comics and what I saw as its still mostly untapped potential at the time, another devotion I had was to jazz and those crazy time signatures were one heck of a lot of fun to unlock as a drummer.
Brubeck expanded the art of Jazz and music AND was able to sell a lot of albums to a lot of people.
You gotta respect that.

Sandy: OK, NOW it’s scary!

October 29, 2012 by  
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Wind is howling through high rises here at times making some parts of them ring with a tone reverberating down the avenue. Our widows are being tested, making cranking noises like we never heard.
In my total of 40 years I’ve lived in nyc, first time I witness this.

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