Booklyn

Yesterday, we were at the Brooklyn Book Festival, which was awesome: great weather, lots of people, lots of sales. Here I am with the merchandise:

In the first few hours, before it got really busy, Yiri and I drew this comic:

The figure with us behind the booth is our beloved publisher, Terry Nantier. The character visiting the booth is NarcissMan, one of Yiri’s creations.

We’re having a blast here in the States. Our next stop will be in Boston next Wednesday, at marvelous Harvard Square comic store The Million Year Picnic.

On Friday we’ll be back in Brooklyn, at the esteemed Bergen Street Comics. They made a really nice announcement, which is featured everywhere, even on Times Square I think.

Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday With Margreet de Heer and Stan Mack Appearing!

This Sunday you can find NBM Publishing at the Brooklyn Book Festival located at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201 from 10am-6pm.

We’re located at  Table 76.

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

Not only will we have our latest titles available, but we’ve also got some special guests appearing.

Margreet de Heer and Yiri T. Kohl will be signing their new book, Science: A Discovery in Comics from 10am-1pm and from 3pm-6pm.

Stan Mack will be signing his book, Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels and from 1pm-3pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Double Dutch at SPX

Last weekend, Yiri and I attended the SPX comics convention in Washington DC, where we met our publisher Terry Nantier for the first time, and also fellow NBM authors Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman. Together, we manned the NBM booth, conveniently placed close to the entrance, and had a great time meeting fans and selling books. Science: a Discovery in Comics was received very well, and Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics was even sold out by the end of Sunday!

Yiri and I gave out free “Double Dutch” mini-comics – a collection of the collaborative jam-comics we have done together lately (and also some we did with colleagues Floris Oudshoorn and Ingi Jensson). This proved a great way to introduce ourselves and to trade for some very nice mini-comics by others.

In between “business” on Saturday, I got to make some double-comics with Brent:

On Sunday, we were joined by Matt Aucoin, whose Double Think mini-comics I really enjoy. Yiri and I first met him through Streetpass, a connecting feature on our Nintendo 3DS game console – so one of the comics we made features the Nintendo (there were a LOT around during the expo!):

SPX was the first stop on our American Book Tour, and it couldn’t have been better!

Now we’re off to New York, where we’ll attend the Brooklyn Book Festival next Sunday, sharing a table with Stan Mack.

More adventure to come!

SPX: a good show!

from left to right, Margreet de Heer, Dara Naraghi (standing) and Brent Bowman, signing at our tables.

SPX was a great success, Saturday being especially busy. Even as the hall’s size was increased a lot, we ended up doing as well as last year where many others at the show felt their business was a bit down. Margreet de Heer was very well received on her new book Science, A Discovery in Comics. Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman also signed their recent release Persia Blues.

 

Yiri Kohl, Margreet’s husband and collaborator, is on the left here, along with the others.

The Resonating Brain

In July, I went to Oxford Summer School and attended a course about the human brain – it still resonates with me, and somehow, consciously or subconsciously, these “brain”-drawings keep popping up in the comics I made since.

For magazine Open Deur I did an illustration about music – including the route musical sensation takes throughout our brain…

I also made another comic about Stella for magazine Hoe Overleef Ik – and lo and behold: all of a sudden we’re inside her brain as well!

Meanwhile I’m working on a comic about inspiration, for magazine Speling, and this is how I depicted the ideas streaming into my mind (always while taking a bath)…

And this is an excerpt from the comic for student magazine H/Link, about performance anxiety:

So it’s not a big surprise that when Terry Nantier of NBM Publishing asked me to do a drawing they can make into a print to go with bigger orders, this is (part of) what I came up with:

The print is called The Science of Making Comics, and will be available with orders from $30.

I’m sure they’ll be available at SPX in Washington next week, where I’ll be signing my books Science: a Discovery in Comics and Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics – so if you’re curious about the print (or the books), drop by our booth at G1-2!

Science: the Tour!

 

Science: a Discovery in Comics has officially hit the stores and it’s time to officially promote it, with an official Promotional Tour! Margreet and Yiri are coming to the USA, and here are the dates and places:

September 14-15: SPX, Washington, table G1-2 (NBM Publishing)

September 22: the Brooklyn Book Festival, NBM Publishing booth

September 25: the Million Year Picnic, Cambridge – book signing

September 27: Bergen St. Comics, Brooklyn, NY – book signing & bubbly!

 

Margreet will be available for interviews or other public appearances – just contact NBM Publishing for more info.

 

STAN MACK and MARGREET de HEER Conquer The East Coast!

 

From New York to Boston to New York, this weekend begins a marathon of appearances by Margreet de Heer, who’s new book, Science: A Discovery of Comics premiered as well as two appearances by the inimitable Stan Mack author of Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels!

Sunday, September 22nd • THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

10am-6pm  Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Visit NBM Publishing at Table 76 • Meet Margreet de Heer and Stan Mack

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

 

Wednesday, September 25th • THE MILLION YEAR PICNIC

99 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Margreet de Heer book signing.

 

Friday, September 27th • BERGEN STREET COMICS

7pm • 470 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Bergen Street Comics closes out a September full of book release parties on Friday the 27th, at 7pm, with an appearance by acclaimed graphic novelists Margreet De Heer and Stan Mack!  It’ll be an evening of fun, with De Heer signing her new release Science: A Discovery in Comics, plus the previous release in the series, Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics, and Mack pitching in with his fantastic historical work Taxes, the Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution.  Come have a drink on us and pick up some great books while you’re at it!

 

Saturday, September 28th • WARWICK CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL 2013

11am – 4pm • Park Avenue School, 10 Park Avenue, Warwick, New York 10990

The Warwick Children’s Book Festival’s goal is to celebrate literacy and creativity for children of all ages.  A fun-filled day for the whole family! Meet over 50 authors and illustrators.

Stan Mack will be appearing.

 

We hope to see you at one of these exciting events!

The Story of Lee volume 2 – kickstarter campaign

We’ve just launched a kickstarter campaign for the second volume of  THE STORY OF LEE.

 

As you may know these kind of books rarely make much money, for all the creators hard work, so support it a little if you wish to help the next book in this mature manga series come alive.

For those of you who don’t know kickstarter is a type of crowd funding, where ordinary people can help support creative ideas they like, of all types – books, films, inventions, etc. You pledge a certain amount, how much  is up to you, but the money does not get taken out until the project meets it’s funding target. It has to do this within a certain time limit (30 days normally), if not then the creators get ZERO, nothing! So, we need your pledges, however small, to help it get to the target amount.

So please hop over to the kickstarter page about it, watch the short video we made and support the book:

Nice!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/902607406/the-story-of-lee-volume-2