Comic Con Haarlem

No, that’s not Harlem, but HAArlem with 2A’s – a picturesque village less than 10 miles from Amsterdam. The NY neighborhood was named after it in the time that New York was still New Amsterdam.

The town of Haarlem hosts the biggest and nicest comics festival of The Netherlands. Every two years, the whole inner city is buzzing with artists, expositions and comic-related activities.

Poster for the Stripdagen Haarlem, by Peter van Dongen

 

Of course I will be there – in a few places at the same time, even! I have my own special booth in theater De Philharmonie (stand 23, on the first floor), but I’m also present in the window of bookstore Coebergh in the main shopping street. This year, over 70 comic artists have been hooked up with stores and shops in Haarlem to provide window-dressing – a great way to make the city more “comicky” and bring artists and retailers together!

Me & my window at bookstore Coebergh, Haarlem

 

My husband Yiri T. Kohl, who is also a comic artist, was linked to tobacco-store Havana House. A great match, since Yiri’s underground comic characters, often likened to the Freak Brothers, have been spotted in the past with all kinds of addictive substances…

Tobacco-related art by my husband Yiri T. Kohl

 

In another comic incarnation, I am present at the exhibition ‘Ook van Jou’ (‘Love You Too’). This is a group exhibition featuring all kinds of relationships in comics. My long-running comic character Mijntje, a wild bisexual girl, was invited to join and she will be giving out kisses to everyone who comes to visit.

Kissable comic character Mijntje at the Haarlem comic festival

 

Most of the time, I will be at my booth selling my comics about philosophy, religion and friendship, and bragging about how “my publisher in New York” is promoting my book at the BEA, and showing original pages of my newest work, about science, which will be published in Holland in October.

So if you’re in the neighborhood, come and visit Haarlem this weekend! It will be a comic experience you’ll never forget!

For the Pros: meet us at BEA

We’ll be in booth 3466, sharing it with sister co. Papercutz and we’ll be inaugurating our gorgeous little free sampler/catalog with many pages of previews on our books forthcoming this fall.

Besides the sampler, we’ll have full book previews to leaf through of Stan Mack’s revised revival of his GN on the American Revolution, the new Louvre collection entry, Margreet de Heer’s fun intro to Philosophy, Eisner nominated Dillies’ (“Bubbles & Gondola“) new lyrical GN “Abelard” and…

The very intriguing “The Ignorants” where the artist, a leading French graphic novelist, exchanges jobs with an organic vintner just to see what it’s like and compare notes. Both get to present their art and craft, both get to find out the essential similarities in their life-consuming devotion to being the best at what they do. WE get to find out how both are done! It’s going to be a beautiful 272 page hardcover. We’re very excited by it, come check it out! as well as the rest of course!

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Our best MoCCA, featuring Craig Russell

This last weekend’s MoCCA was excellent and generally brisk for us thanks in good part to a great reception of Guest of Honor P. Craig Russell’s latest volume in his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince, we premiered there.

Many fans had come to the show with stacks of accumulated comics of his, going back all the way to even his earliest for him to sign, besides the new book. Craig had done a gorgeously roccoco/art nouveau-ish poster for the show. That art ended up making beautiful T-Shirts and postcards as well!

In all, we sold out of most of the books we brought and this time Sunday, normally a much slower day, came close to the level of sales we had on Saturday. I have to say, the show started also much more slowly on Saturday than usual but the crowds accumulated and throughout it was good and steady.

Had a good time entertaining Craig for the weekend, he doesn’t travel often -this was his first time back in nyc in 10 years.  We also had Brooke Allen at the booth and Neil Kleid appeared as well. A little tease: had good discussions with all about forthcoming books! Stay tuned…

This Weekend, NBM Proudly Debuts P. Craig Russell’s The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde V. 5 at MoCCA!

This weekend, at the 2012 MoCCA Fest, we’re debuting the long awaited fifth volume in P. Craig Russell’s The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series, Volume 5: The Happy Prince.

Craig will also be making a rare convention appearance and serve as the Fest’s very first Guest of Honor.

In addition to the stunning volume, we’ll also have 10 copies of the signed and numbered edition of the book which are quarterbound in real cloth and fine paper with a tip-in sheet signed by P. Craig Russell.

If that’s not awesome enough, Brooke A. Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter) and Neil Kleid (Brownsville, The Big Kahn) will also be hanging around the booth with publisher Terry Nantier and Papercutz artist Rick Parker (Slices, Tales From The Crypt).

So, come by Booth J4, say “hello” and be one of the very first to own Craig’s newest book.

 

 

Sean Michael Wilson – first kickstarter!

NBM gang, here is my first kickstarter drive, which is going pretty well so far:

We now have a lovely KICKSTARTER drive up and running, for our documentary style graphic novel – PARECOMIC. Its a 200 page graphic novel we are working on now and very much enjoying, but need a bit of funding support on.

‘Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics’ by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, with an introduction by Noam Chomsky.

“…a graphic novel about something that affects us all: the system we live in – what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better! The recent upsurge in popular protest in the USA and around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of things. The Occupy movements show us that many people would prefer a better system, a model that will work for the 99%, not just the 1%.”

So, please go and have a look at the info and video there, and pledge some funding support if you like the PARECOMIC project. The money is only a PLEDGE at first, it does not get taken out of your account now, its taken out about 2 months later, if the total target money is made. To pledge you just select an amount from the choices on the right side, and it processes it via amazon:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/471898784/parecomic-a-documentary-graphic-novel

Thanks,
Sean

Welcome to Craig Russell!

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol.5: The Happy Prince

A belated welcome to Craig Russell to our blog! We’ve got a series of fascinating videos/interviews of him working specifically on his next Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, the 5th volume with the Happy Prince, coming out in April and to be premiered at MoCCA in NY end of April. We’ll post one a week of those and also have him comment in regular blog entries on his work.

The book is being solicited for now at comics stores.

We’re also busy at the office working on putting together the book to go out to the printer tomorrow. The artwork is stunning and Lovern Kindzierski’s colors just beautiful! Lovin’ every minute.

Documentary on Sfar to premiere on the 25th

You’re invited to come to the premiere of a new documentary on Dungeon co-creator Joann Sfar at the Lincoln Center in NY!

World Premiere Film Screening: Joann Sfar Draws from Memory at Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln CenterSam Ball (director of “Ben Katchor: Pleasures of Urban Decay”) returns with another fascinating documentary portrait, turning his lens on graphic novelist Joann Sfar, author of the popular The Rabbi’s Cat series and director of the recent film, Serge Gainsbourg (Vie HéroÏque). The film follows Sfar to his favorite neighborhood spots, as he muses on his artistic process and the influence of his Algerian and East European family heritage. World premiere!

 Screening January 25th, 2012 @ 3pm & 8:30pm

Where: Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65 St, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave, upper level

Here’s a clip.

Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/sfar-film 

This film is screening with The Silent Historian, so buy a ticket for that film and you can see a double feature. Joann Sfar Draws from Memory screens first.

We’ll all be there, hope to see you!

Rick Geary on All Things Considered.

Wow! What a treat between Christmas and New Year’s! Author Duane Swierczynski chooses 3 favorite true crime graphic novels on today’s All Things Considered on the NPR network, heard by millions across the country, and one of them is Rick Geary’s The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans!

“For a decade now (sic) Geary has been serving up delightfully grizzly novels… but my favorite is the Terribile Axe-Man of New Orleans.”

Try TWO decades, Duane, but hey we love it! This just ran on the East Coast, you might still be able to catch it on your radio!

See or hear the full review.