Comics Uniting Nations

NBM are one of the partners in this interesting new project on a grand scale:

Comics Uniting Nations – is a humanitarian effort to use comics to spread international awareness of the United Nations’ upcoming Global Goals for Sustainable Development. A series of comics to educate people everywhere about the United Nations’ Global Goals and inspire them to become heroes for change!’

Myself (Sean Michael Wilson) and Michiru Morikawa (the artist on a book for NBM coming in 2016, called ‘Breaking the 10’) are involved in that project, as the team on UN goal 7, which is focused on renewable energy.

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They have a kickstarter drive, so check it out. This is yet another good use of the comics medium for promoting education and social issues. NBM are supplying some of the goodies involved in that:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readingwithpictures/comics-uniting-nations

TCAF was great!

Last weekend, Yiri and I attended the famous Torontonian comics festival TCAF on our first ever trip to Canada, and we had a blast! I drew a few webcomics about our first days, and our stay in the wonderful Church/Wellesley-district:

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TCAF has so many great names and wonderful events, I felt a bit humbled at the start of it all…

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…but then this happened:

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We loved the whole experience! And now we’re back on the European side of the pond, and back to working on the approaching publications of no less than two books: the Dutch Wereldheerschappij in Beeld and the english Religion: a Discovery in Comics. Both will appear in October 2015!

Appearing at TCAF: Margreet de Heer

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This weekend, is TCAF,  The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators.  The two-day exhibition and vendor fair features hundreds of comics creators from around the world.

NBM Publishing will be on hand with several of our creators, including Margreet de Heer, author of SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics, PHILOSOPHY- A Discovery in Comics and the upcoming RELIGION – A Discovery in Comics.

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Margreet de Heer is a graphic novelist from The Netherlands. She has made a variety of comics, from kids’ stuff to philosophical “comic reports” for a range of newspapers and magazines, but has become known for her educational Discovery in Comics series, which started in The Netherlands in 2010 and that has been picked up in the US by NBM Publishing.

 

Margreet will be attending with NBM Publishing and will be signing throughout the weekend.

For more details visit torontocomics.com

Appearing at TCAF: Julian Voloj

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This weekend, is TCAF,  The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators.  The two-day exhibition and vendor fair features hundreds of comics creators from around the world.

NBM Publishing will be on hand with several of our creators, including Julian Voloj.

A German-born photographer and writer and, Julian Voloj explores aspects of identity and heritage in his work. In 2003 Julian Voloj was awarded with the Second Prize at the Washington Post Annual Photography Contest. Voloj’s photos appeared in various newspapers and magazines such as the New York Post, PresenTense Magazine, and the Brooklynite. In 2007, Voloj was commissioned by the Forward for the book A Living Lens, a book that Jonathan Safran Foer called “not only an amazing book, but an invaluable artifact and a work of art.” His photographs were shown in various venues in the US and Europe.

Now living in New York, Julian is attending TCAF in support of his graphic novel Ghetto Brother. The book was done in collaboration with illustrator Claudia Aherling.

Julian will be doing two special events as listed below:

Ghetto Brother: Reading & Conversation with author Julian Voloj
Thursday May 7th, 2015
7:30pm – 9:30pm
@ COBA Collective Of Black Artists, Daniels Spectrum 585 Dundas St E, Suite 130
Free Event, Register to Guarantee Seating: http://bit.ly/ghettobrother

Join graphic novelist Julian Voloj as he discusses his engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history. Ghetto Brother tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop.

Presented in partnership with the Miles Nadal JCC, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, and Be’chol Lashon.

On Saturday, May 9th, Julian will be speaking at the Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1  at 789 Yonge Street from 3:00-4:00.

From Gangs to Hip Hop: The Story of Ghetto Brother
A look into the background of the fascinating non-fiction graphic novel Ghetto Brother, which tells the story of the 1971 gang truce that paved the way to the emergence of hip hop in the South Bronx. This is also the story of Benjy Melendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant and founder of the notorious gang “Ghetto Brothers” who, in environment dominated by drugs, poverty, and violence, promoted peace, not revenge, and after learning about his Crypto-Jewish background, reclaimed his roots. Photojournalist Julian Voloj explains how he unearthed the story and what source material was used to make this stranger-than-fiction tale as authentic as possible.
Introduction by Terry Nantier

 

For more details visit torontocomics.com

FREE Comics Anthology – available for limited time!

Next weekend is TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and I’ll be there! It looks to be more than exciting, with hundreds of artists and dozens of events. If you can be there – come!

And if you can’t be there, here’s a consolation prize: Sequential commissioned a special TCAF Comics Anthology, and I’m one of the people they asked to contribute to it.

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If you have an iPad, you can download it for FREE through the Sequential app, just click here – and you’ll be able to read the full context of this panel:

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Not convinced yet? Wait till you hear the names of the other artists in there: Barbara Stok, Hunt Emerson, Noah Van Sciver, Kristyna Baczynski, Simon Moreton, Joe Decie and Elaine M. Will!

The anthology can only be downloaded during TCAF, so get it before it ends on May 11!

Appearing at TCAF: Etienne Davodeau

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This weekend, is TCAF,  The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators.  The two-day exhibition and vendor fair features hundreds of comics creators from around the world.

NBM Publishing will be on hand with several of our creators, including Étienne Davodeau, who will be appearing as a Featured Guest.

Étienne Davodeau is a multiple award-winning comics author from France.  After having studied graphic arts in Rennes, Davodeau has since created numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed graphic novels, mostly in the reality-based and reportage vein. Titles of his include Les Mauvaises Gens, Le Chien Qui Louches, Geronimo, and Les Ignorants (which was translated into English by NBM in 2013, titled  The Initiates).

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Davodeau will be attending with NBM Publishing to support the English debut of Lulu Anew. This translates Davodeau’s best-selling masterpiece, Lulu Femme Nue, which in 2013 was adapted into an award winning film by Sólveig Anspach.

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Davodeau will also be participating on three panels.

The first panel will be held on  Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors at 6pm) called Comics Across Cultures: Translation and Localisation of European Comics for North America, which is sponsored by The Alliance Française and The French Consulate in Toronto.  It will be held at the Théâtre de l’Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road (Bloor/Spadina – Spadina Subway). French and English will be spoken and the event is free to attend

Comics or graphic novels, manga and BD, call them what you will, but they are beloved by many cultures around the world. As the appreciation and audience for comics in North America grows, more and more works from around the world are being translated, localized, and published in English for the first time. But while the comics themselves are being translated, it can be difficult to truly localize a work, to communicate its intent, and the culture and the context in which the work has been created.

For this special event, four BD authors, Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Etienne Davodeau (Lulu Anew), and Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel) are interviewed on stage about seeing their work, ideas, and culture, translated into English and across different languages and for different audiences—the surprises, the reactions, and why they choose to be published abroad. Joining them in the discussion will be Bart Beaty, PhD, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on BD, and Stephane Beaujean, author of the French comics Magazine Kaboom!, and Art Director of The Angoulême Comics Festival (FIBD).

The discussion will be hosted in English and in French by Thierry Lasserre, Director of The Alliance Francais in Toronto, and Marang N’Douba, Book and Debates Officer of the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Following the event in the Theatre, a cocktail reception and signing will take place in the Alliance Française Gallery. Books by all participating authors will be made available for sale courtesy of The Beguiling Books & Art.

The second panel will be on Saturday, 1:30-2:30 at The Pilot on 22 Cumberland Ave. 

Spotlight: Étienne Davodeau, in conversation with Pascal Girard

Étienne Davodeau has a long and venerated career in French comics, but his masterworks are only now beginning to appear in English. His 2014 release The Initiates, an autobiographical tale about a winemaker and comics artist who trade jobs for a year, topped many critics lists. Now in 2015 Davodeau releases the acclaimed Lulu Anew, a bestseller which inspired a feature film in France! Meet Davodeau as he converses with his former collaborator, Québécois cartoonist Pascal Girard (Reunion, Bigfoot) and moderator Thomas-Louis Côté, director of the Festival de la BD francophone à Québec in what is sure to be a wonderful discussion.

Following the panel, Étienne Davodeau will do a signing at the Marriott from 2:30-3:30.

The third panel will take place on Sunday morning, May 10th at 11:15am at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel located at 90 Bloor Street East and will be called Truth & Intimacy in Graphic Memoir.

Autobiography and memoir are among the most popular genres of contemporary comics, and with good reason; successful comics memoir renders its subjects explicitly, both textually and visually. In this medium where so little is left to the imagination, real experience may never have been so intimate, so ‘true’. In this feature presentation, moderator Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) will interview 4 of the most acclaimed practitioners of contemporary comics memoir, to get at the root of what it’s like to put it all on the page. Featuring Dustin Harbin (Diary Comics), Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates), John Porcellino (King Cat), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters).

 

For more details visit torontocomics.com

NBM Nominated for Three Firecracker Awards; Reading At 16th Annual Lit Mag Fair on 4/26


The Firecracker Alternative Book Awards herald the best in wildly independent writing and publishing — the people who sharpen the cutting edge, the First-Amendment radicals with a bad attitude.   For many years, The Fireccracker was the leading, most sought after alternative press award, now reincarnated. Ted Rall was one of NBM’s previous winners. This year, NBM has been nominated for three of their five graphic novel nominees:

All Star by Jesse Lonergan
It’s the end of the school year in 1998. Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s Closing Time is on top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.

Beauty by Hubert & Kerascoet
The team behind Miss Don’t Touch Me is back with an engrossing tale for grown-ups on the nature of beauty, both fascinating and corrupting.

When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater…

Family Ties by Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
In Family Ties, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs, hoping to secure a future for his children. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, This epic tale of betrayal and loss combines The Godfather with Shakespearean tragedy.

This Sunday, on April 26th, 2015, NBM Publishing will be participating in the 16th Annual Lit Mag Fair at Housing Works where Lit fiends can take home armfuls of lit mags discounted to only $2 a copy! Choose from hundreds of magazines from all over the country and hobnob with many of the editors who’ll be there in person to meet and greet. Proceeds go to Housing Works, a nonprofit organization serving homeless people living with AIDS, and to The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, a nonprofit organization serving independent literary publishers.

One of the highlights of the event will be finalist live readings scheduled for 2 – 3:30 p.m.  NBM Publisher Terry Nantier will be reading excerpts from all three of the nominated titles.

For more details, visit the Event Page on Facebook.

Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother star at popular MoCCA Fest

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Just back from the best MoCCA fest ever for us. Hell, we broke our previous full two day record at this show somewhere towards the end of Saturday and Sunday went gangbusters with never ending lines for special international guest Annie Goetzinger right after the panel on biographies she was on.

I have to admit I was a tad skeptical about the multi floor layout in the new space but because they equally distributed main attraction publishers throughout the floors, I thought traffic was good.

But hey, it doesn’t hurt having such beautiful and inspiring books as Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior to premiere at any show and fans came steadily to us throughout, selling us out of those as well as many other books.

An energizing experience, thanks to all who came by our booth! You can see pics we posted on Twitter and Facebook.

NEXT: the Toronto Comics Arts Festival in a month where special guest Etienne Davodeau will premiere his highly reviewed Lulu Anew, already with two starred reviews (Library Journal and Publishers Weekly), a record for us, I believe, and where you’ll be able to meet Margreet de Heer (A discovery in Comics: Science and Philosophy) and where Julian Voloj of Ghetto Brother will be at as well.

This weekend: Goetzinger and Voloj visit MoCCA Fest, updated signing schedule

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The MoCCA Arts Festival is here! We are on the fourth floor (Tables 400, 401, 402) with all the year’s best NBM books on display. We are also debuting GIRL IN DIOR and GHETTO BROTHER.

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Signing Schedule, Tables 400,401, 402

 

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY

11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger

SUNDAY

12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez

 We hope to see you there!

MoCCA Arts Festival Debuts and Signing Schedule

Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother To Debut With Creators in Attendance

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On April 11th & 12th, NBM Publishing (Tables 401, 402) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending both cartoonist Annie Goetzinger, who will be appearing to promote the debut of her luscious new book, GIRL IN DIOR and writer Julian Voloj who will be signing copies of his book, the powerful GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER along with the colorful subject of the book, Benjy Melendez.

About Girl in Dior

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The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…

A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

About Ghetto Brother

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An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

 

Signing Schedule, Tables 401, 402

 

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY

11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger
5:00 – 6:00 Julian Voloj

SUNDAY

12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez