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.

FIRES ABOVE HYPERION is “a celebration of human connection that transcends race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Or, to put it in its actual context from the review from the website, Broken Frontier,:

“These are Atangan’s love stories, and even if he’s almost never the hero, in the traditional sense, his struggle for self-acceptance and his uncanny ability to rebound infuses his graphic narrative with an accessibility and sense of careful optimism totally in keeping with the artist himself.

Unassuming yet unflinching, Atangan’s self-deprecating exploration of his twenty-year journey through the trials and tribulations of dating showcases a humility and honesty that resonate deeply with the reader.

Fires Above Hyperion isn’t a chronicle of heartbreak and despair, but rather a celebration of human connection that transcends race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Here are some choice quotes from other reviews:

“Sweet, charming, and at times cleverly amusing, his quest for meaningful companionship is easy to relate to, regardless of one’s sexual orientation”

Library Journal

“Patrick Atangan has a unique voice and perspective in this field”

Comicmix

 

“Atangan excels at translating feelings into emotions.”

Comics Alliance

 

“A home run…(the) art is amazing”

Sequential Tart

 

“The stylized artwork and tertiary colors have a mid-century feel, which I found quite refreshing.”

A. Book’s Review

 

“Insightful, penetrating, invitingly self-deprecating, guardedly hopeful and never afraid to be mistaken for morose when occasion demands, this collection of misjudged trysts and missed chances offers a charming glimpse at the eternally hopeful way most folks live their love-lives and the result is magical and unforgettable.”

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‘Religion’ Makes the List! Named a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

It was just announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference that Religion: A Discovery in Comics, published by NBM, has been selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list. Religion makes the list for Grades 9-12  along with 6 other outstanding books.

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The list has been running since 2006 by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)- Building Bridges Through Children’s and Young Adult Books. Typically, 39-42 books are named on the award list, separated into 4 age groupings (PreK-2, Gr. 3-5, Gr. 6-8, Gr. 9-12).

 

Congratulations , Margreet!

 

For ordering information and preview pages, please click here! Also on our site are De Heer’s other volumes in the Discovery in Comics series (Philosophy, Science) as well as an exclusive print when you order more than $30 worth of books.

To see the whole list of Outstanding International books, visit the USSBY website.

NBM for March: Take a Walk with Thoreau

New for March is a comics biography in the spirit of our 2015 successes: Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother.  We bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was a poet, author, essayist, transcendentalist, and occasional anarchist. Now, A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

We selected art from Thoreau, A Sublime Life for NBM’s 2015 Annual Christmas card! See below.

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THOREAU, A Sublime Life
A. Dan, 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.
8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256

Diamond Order Code: JAN161569

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Be sure to order in January’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

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RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS, “is eyebrow-raising, forward-thinking, and thought-provoking.”

At least according to the Midwest Book Review, who also said that in Religion: A Discovery in Comics,

“(Margreet) De Heer recognizes the importance of the major world religions, but does not sanitize their darker aspects, to the extent that she deliberately incurs accusations of blasphemy… from atheists as well as from fundamentalists.”

 

Here’s what other reviewers said about the book:

“Refreshing in her honesty and openness, the author shares her religious roots (both parents are Christian ministers) and her journey exploring the different religions after questioning her family’s faith…The colorful, comic illustrations are respectful and will appeal to all ages; this book would be especially good for parents to use in introducing younger readers to the controversies and contrasts in different religions.”

San Francisco Book Review

 

“Offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion; the backgrounds and history of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism; and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

 

“Religion: A Discovery in Comics written and illustrated by Margreet de Heer, is a perfect opportunity to find an overview, all while seeking a way to understand a subject without getting so in depth you feel lost before you even begin.”

San Diego Book Review

“de Heer cartoons in an accessible friendly style that is imminently readable and takes no sides. “To me,” she concludes, “religion means mostly asking questions.” A point of view that the more hard-core followers of any belief system may find squishy – but should make a lot of sense to the more intellectually adventurous.”

Blogcritics

“Though the results of her investigation may not be especially profound, the physical product still is wonderful; she has produced a beautiful little book, with clever design, witty cartooning, and splendid use of color.”

Publisher’s Weekly

Finally, Margreet de Heer sat down with School Library Journal to discuss her work:

School Library Journal: Is there anything more you’d like to tell us about yourself and your work?

Margreet de Heer: I’m very proud that my work is presented as educational graphic novels—they actually grew out of making autobiographical comics. I love this genre, especially by women. There’s something very powerful about the personal narrative, no matter what the subject matter is.

My comics were born from a wish to draw about myself discovering things. So technically they’re autobiographical educational comics. I always start from a point where I think: How would I explain this thing to myself? How would I like to see it in pictures?

So I’m really drawing my comics to please myself. The fact that they are internationally successful is hugely satisfying for me: it seems a lot of people want to learn in the same way that I do. When I first started doing them, I did not expect this at all. I mean, who wants to “learn” something from reading a comic? Lucky for me, many people do. I hope to be drawing comics like this for quite a while to come.

THE WALKING WOUNDED, “jarring in it’s impact, from the precision of its storytelling to the power of its art.”

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq was named one of the “5 top graphic novels and cartoon collections to read this Veterans Day”, by The Washington Post which said:

“From battlefront to homefront, this story shines a light into the minds of warriors and the mental states of war’s patients. This is the stuff of what motivates young men and women to go to war — and what unsettles them, sometimes to the brink of suicide, after they’ve lived war’s horrors.”

 

“This is an anti-war book, and it’s hard to argue against it, even if seeing the horror of war in simple ink and paint that reminded me strongly of sepia, which seems fitting.”

Sequential Tart

“Mael’s art is important to the story…There is also a constant tension in the interview sequences.”

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“The book’s didactic nature doesn’t diminish the power of its antiwar message. As the Iraq War recedes, works such as this serve as a much-needed prod to a society that’s all too eager to put its misbegotten Middle East misadventure behind it.”

– Booklist

 

“Suggesting that war creates an existential rupture in the souls of those who fight, this powerful account will enlighten adults and teens willing to set aside pat answers.”

– The Library Journal

Finally, the creative team of Olivier Morel and Maël discussed the book with The Library Journal:

Library Journal: What would you especially want librarians to know about your projects?

Olivier Morel : For me, libraries are sacred places. Books have always saved the world, saved lives; they are living bodies. As bibliophiles, librarians affirm life. Walking Wounded is also a living body—all of its protagonists are authentic. I am presenting a graphic novel that deals with issues that rarely make the headline news, when at the same time, there are millions of individuals, families, and communities affected. This is social realism: [the book] generates, I hope, both an informative and a transformative reading experience. Most important, it is about resilience, survival, about how it is possible to overcome the greatest challenges in life

STORY OF LEE volume 2 in Edinburgh, Scotland

The STORY OF LEE volume 2 takes place in my hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland – often said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Well, this is no time for false modesty – it is!

A lot of real Edinburgh places can be seen in the book, as Matt takes Lee on a guided tour. Not just to the tourist type places but also to the small, hidden, intimate ‘nooks and crannies’ from his life there.sol vol 2 p16

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Check out The STORY OF LEE volume 2 from NBM

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NBM in February: More DUNGEON Monstres

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New to the DUNGEON series? Want to relive great moments before the release of DUNGEON MONSTRES VOL. 6? This month’s Diamond Previews samples some of the best the Dungeon series, and French comic artists as a whole, have to offer.

 

DUNGEON: Monstres tells stories of the secondary characters in the series, each drawn by a different well-known French artist. These stories can be read as standalone, but when read  in conjunction with the series, the overall takeaway is more enriching.

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DUNGEON: Monstres, Vol.2
The Dark Lord
Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, BLANQUET, ANDREAS

Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way. Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.
6 x9, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-540-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN084135

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DUNGEON: Monstres
Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer

In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.
6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-591-7

Diamond Order Code: JUL101071

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DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

Diamond Order Code: FEB111104

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DUNGEON Monstres vol.5

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Vol. 5: My Son the Killer
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with his Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $14.99; ISBN 9781561639373

Diamond Order Code: APR151602

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Be sure to order your copies today from your favorite comic book store in December’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more visit our website.