Breaking the 10 arrives!

My new book with NBM ‘Breaking the 10’ arrived with me today, here in Japan, and I was very happy to get them. It looks good – well printed, clear, a nice smooth velvety feeling to the cover and a good size.

I think this is my 21st or 22nd book now ( I’m losing count!), but the excitement of receiving a box full of your new book from the publisher is still something that thrills me.

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One of the good things about comic books taking so long to make – by the time you get the printed book in your hand it is often a year of more since you wrote the script, and you can read the book afresh.

So, I am now going to read my own book…

Check out and order the book here:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/storyoflee/storyofllee_home.html

My local Omnipresence at the Stripdagen Haarlem

This weekend I will be at the Stripdagen in Haarlem, Holland’s most prestigious comics convention! Where to find me? Almost everywhere!

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First of all, there’s a big expo of my religion-related comics work in the beautiful St. Bavochurch, right in the middle of town. It features pages from my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics, but also other work, such as Reverend De Heer and this church window depicting the shared paths of Christianity and Islam, almost 3 meters high!

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The expo has been up since end of April (and will be on for another two weeks) and has already garnered lovely comments from visitors all over the world:

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Another place where my work can be found at the Stripdagen, is in De Nieuwe Vide, where the expo ¡VIVA PONTIAC! takes place, about artist Peter Pontiac who passed away last year. I made a comic about it which can be seen in print, and there’s work from my amazing yet humble husband Yiri T. Kohl as well – Yiri was heavily influenced by the work of Pontiac, and even succeeded him as illustrator for magazine Mainline in the 1990s. Here’s an example of his work that can also be found at the expo:

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Last week, I got the surprising news that my webcomic has been shortlisted for the Comik Web Award. I didn’t even know I was nominated! In the Philharmonie there’s an expo of all the shortlisted webcomics. To cash in on this exposure I ordered another print run of my webcomics collection, which will be for sale for 5 euros:

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And then, last but not least, I will manifest in the flesh – on both Saturday and Sunday, you can find me at my own table in de Grote Zaal of the Philharmonie, together with Yiri and a bunch of our books:

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I hope to see some of you there! Come by for freebies and a chat!

 

Eisner nomination for NBM creators

Our book has been nominated for the prestigious EISNER AWARD.

‘Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and Other Macabre Tales from Japan’ 

Adapted by Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa 

(Publisher: Shambhala Publications)

In the category of: ’15. Best Adaptation from Another Medium’

This is my first time to get nominated for an Eisner. I’m very pleased!

Comic book professionals and those in a related industry can vote for whichever book they like here, so please do: www.eisnervote.com

http://www.comic-con.org/awards/2016-eisner-award-nominees

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And look out for the upcoming book by the same team, Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa, coming from NBM in July:

BREAKING THE TEN, Vol 1:

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?

http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vol-Sean-Michael-Wilson/dp/1681120216

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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.

 

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.

Sean Michael Wilson in ‘2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens’ list

Announced this week: a book I’ve written made it to the recommended reading list of this important library association the USA:
‘2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens’
of YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association).

Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel.
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa
is recommended reading there, alongside other great book such as:

The Motherless Oven. By Rob Davis.
The Sculptor. By Scott McCloud.
Nanjing: The Burning City. By Ethan Young. Illus by the author.
March, Book Two. By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.
Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I. By Henrik Rehr.
Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan. By Christine Mari Inzer.

Michiru and I have made a book for NBM that will come out in summer 2016: BREAKING THE 10.
Let’s hope that makes it to the library recommended list too. Or possibly our book THE STORY OF LEE…

Oh, and happy 40th birthday to NBM!

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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.

Ghetto Brother at Black Comic Book Festival

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Next Saturday, January 16, Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host the 4th annual Black Comic Book Festival.

At  noon John Jennings will moderate a panel on “Comics and Matters of Social Justice and Activism” with Julie Smith, writer of Hafrocentric, Bill Campbell of Rosarium Publishing, and Julian Voloj, author of “Ghetto Brother”.

If you are in New York, don’t miss this event.

When? Saturday, 1/16/16 — 12 PM – 1:15 PM

Where? Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC