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NBM in July: Science in comics and Omaha in her grand finale!

May 22, 2013 by  


As being solicited for in this month’s Diamond Previews, the classic erotic comics series OMAHA THE CAT DANCER stars in her final bow, from our Eurotica/Amerotica imprint:

 Cat Dancer 8

The Complete OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, Vol. 8
Reed WALLER, Kate WORLEY & James VANCE
Omaha and Chuck struggle to put the tangled past behind them while political corruption and a tightening police investigation threaten to destroy their future and ensnare their loved ones. This volume contains the long-awaited conclusion to the internationally acclaimed sexy soap opera for adults, in which mysteries are solved, painful sacrifices are made and the lovely cat dancer takes a final turn on the stage. All-new and never before collected, Volume 8 was drawn by legendary Omaha creator Reed Waller and written by his beloved late co-creator Kate Worley, in collaboration with James Vance.
8 ½ x11, 160pp., B&W Trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 9781561637546

It has been years in waiting, and much anticipated as it is one of the seminal series that bridged underground with the new indie comics. We also have all previous 7 volumes, if you’re missing any, or a complete set of all 7 at a special price. Check it out on our Eurotica site, start with Coming Up.

Also this month, after her successful presentation of Philosophy last year which has gone back to press, Here’s Margreet de Heer’s fun intro to Science:

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics
Margreet de Heer
Science: dull or hard to understand? Not if you read this book! The creators of ‘Philosophy – a Discovery in Comics’ take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters.
Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why?
Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church?
What happens when you have your DNA tested?
All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.
A great comic book for anyone who wants to learn in a fun way the bigger framework of science, or brush up on what they learned in school.
8×8, 192pp., full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781561637508

see her blog on this and more, and the book’s site.

 


Margreet de Heer

Pentecost

May 19, 2013 by  


It’s the Christian feast of Pentecost today – but what’s it all about? It celebrates “the descent of the Holy Spirit” on the disciples and other followers of Jesus, fifty days after Christ was seen to ascend to heaven.

But what is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is often thought of as an inspirational force, an impulse to go out and create something, to pass something on. Together with God the Father and Jesus the Son it makes up the Holy Trinity.

Holy Trinity? But wait, isn’t Christianity supposed to be monotheistic – doesn’t it have only one true God, not three?

The early Christians solved this conundrum by declaring God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit three aspects of one God. So – there’s one True God, and He may manifest himself in either of these three ways. But He’s still the same One and you can’t really distinguish between the works of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Confused? Well, that’s why it’s called mysticism. Maybe this comic I made illuminates it a bit:

 

 

(Note to all who may feel offended by my depiction of God: I chose to draw Him as an amoeba because that’s the beginning of all life, unformed but with the potential to take any form. Also, it’s what we ourselves are made from, and all life that surrounds us. Omnipresent, so to speak.)

 


Margreet de Heer

The Scientific Method

May 6, 2013 by  


This week, Science: a Discovery in Comics is going out to the printer in China! A memorable step, after months of translating and proofreading and finetuning. The physical book won’t be in stores until at least August, but for me the hard work is done.

To celebrate, here’s a page from the book. It explains the Scientific Method. In The Netherlands, I heard this page is popular with physics teachers, and a card is in the making that will be distributed in high schools.

If you’re a teacher (or even if you aren’t) please feel free to use this picture. Just remember there’s a lot more where it came from, which is my book Science: a Discovery in Comics, and it’s coming out this Summer.

The page concludes with the inevitable Aristotle, who also featured of course in my previous book Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics – he’s a pivotal figure in the history of science as well (and basically in the whole of the development of Western culture).


NBM

Vote in the Harveys!

May 3, 2013 by  


If you’re an artist or creator, editor, make sure to cast your ballot in the Harveys, below, and keep in mind books we published in 2012 when doing so:

Rohan at the Louvre by Araki  (foreign)

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde vol.5 by Craig Russell

Treasury of 20th century Murder: Lovers Lane by Rick Geary

Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels By Stan Mack

Philosophy, a Discovery in Comics  by Margreet de Heer (foreign)

Abelard by Dillies  (foreign)

Rise of the Graphic Novel, 2nd ed by Steve Weiner

An Enchantment by Durieux (foreign)

And for kids: just about everything Papercutz has published!

 

Pass the word on to your friend artists and creators!

Thanks!

The Harvey Awards &The Baltimore Comic-Con

Press     Release

A Message for     Creators and Comic Industry Professionals:

Harvey     Award Nomination Ballots Due in 4 days!

Ballots     Due May 6, 2013!

As a creator within the comics and graphic novel industry, you are eligible to nominate works and vote for the Harvey Awards. And this year – you can vote online!  We encourage all professionals to vote, whether you choose 1, 5, or all categories.  Every vote counts!  Ballots can be submitted at http://www.harveyawards.org/2013-nomination-ballot or found in PDF or text format from the same page!

Please vote and submit a nomination ballot for the Harvey Awards. The deadline for nominations is this coming Monday, May 6th.  While we are down to the final weekend, we assure you there is still time to get your votes in and to influence the votes of others.  Plenty of ballots will be sent in this weekend and even Monday!

The Harvey Awards work hard every year to insure that we have a ballot that makes the entire industry proud.  By enabling the industry to vote online at http://www.harveyawards.org/2013-nomination-ballot, as well as providing paper ballots on request and promoting the awards daily on Facebook and Twitter, we have enabled participation by the entire industry and, as a result, ballots have been a great representation of the best works published in the previous year.

If you think there is a piece of work, including yours, that deserves the votes of others, please spread the word.  We encourage voters, publishers, and journalists to e-mail, blog, tweet, and otherwise promote works that deserve recognition.  Here are some ideas for promoting your works to other creators, as well as determining for what you should vote:

  • Not  sure what was published in 2012 and want ideas? Google “best comics 2012″.
  • Use Twitter to show your support for a given work!
  • Use hashtag #harveys2013  on your tweet.
  • Blog about the work you want to promote.
  • Please  spread word to your peers that they can vote!

Submit your ballot online.  If you prefer, you can complete and email ballots to harveyballots@hotmail.com. Mailing address information is on the PDF copy of the ballot.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Should you require any assistance or have any question, please contact us at baltimorecomiccon@yahoo.com

 

Sincerely,

Brad Tree & Paul McSpadden

The Baltimore Comic-Con &

The Harvey Awards Committee

 


Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues on Pinterest

April 30, 2013 by  


One of the exciting things about creating and writing Persia Blues is that I get to share some of the history and culture of my birthplace, Iran. I wanted to weave this into the fabric of the story, from Minoo’s childhood all the way through adulthood. And even beyond, when her life’s journey brings her to the US, I wanted to use real settings that both Brent Bowman (my artist) and I are familiar with, to give the story a real grounded feel.

The trick was figuring out how to feature these things in a seamless manner, without them becoming distracting. After all, I wanted to tell a story about a young woman’s life and search for identity, not write a history textbook or a cookbook on Persian cuisine. So one approach was to include little, unobtrusive footnotes explaining the meaning of certain Fari words or cultural references that appeared casually in the dialogue. And, of course, do so sparingly.

The other was to put together a fun, dynamic resource external to the book, as sort of a supplement. Enter Pinterest:

For those of you unfamiliar with Pinterest, it’s a social media sharing site that utilizes a “pinboard” model. You can create multiple “boards” and “pin” pictures (and links) from around the web on them, usually organized by a theme. So I decided to create a whole series of boards devoted to providing background and supplementary material on Persia Blues.

What are some of the things you can expect to find there? Lots of pictures and recipes for Persian foods, pictures and links to articles about modern Iran, as well as ancient Persia. And other boards devoted to the other settings from the book, including my hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

You can check it all out here: Persia Blues on Pinterest.


Margreet de Heer

The Beginning and End of Science

April 27, 2013 by  


The extra perk of preparing a book for publication at NBM is that I get to make endsheets, that go inside the hardcover at the beginning and the end of the book. For the upcoming Science: a Discovery in Comics I just finished making them – I layed out a grid and filled it with different pictures from the book, here’s a little preview of about a quarter of the total.

Part of endsheet of ‘Science: a Discovery in Comics’


Stefan Blitz

WAR PASSENGER Doc About Writer David Axe Gets A Trailer!

April 26, 2013 by  


War Passenger is a documentary film that tells the story of David Axe, a middle-class, suburban-raised South Carolina resident who walked away from his family, friends, and career to travel to Iraq in 2005 at the peak of the Middle Eastern conflict. Armed with only a backpack and a video camera, David embraced his role as a “citizen journalist” and continued to seek out the world’s worst war zones. Since 2005, he has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Somalia, Chad, Congo, and East Timor. During his travels, David began to write autobiographical comic books detailing a life at war where IEDs, piracy, and child soldiers were an everyday reality. Utilizing over 100 hours of David’s personal video footage, War Passenger takes you to the frontlines of the world’s conflicts and shows you how hard it is to come back home.

NBM readers are familiar with his multiple award winning book, War Fix, which Axe collaborated on with Steve Olexa.

 Visit warpassenger.com for more information.


Stefan Blitz

Stan Mack in PRINT Magazine

April 26, 2013 by  


You might not be aware that Stan Mack, author of NBM’s Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels, is also considered to be one of the founding fathers of contemporary cartoon reportage.

Stan recently was profiled in Print Magazine focusing on his work in the magazine back in 1996 which predicted the new digital revolution.

Check it out HERE and also check out a previous piece where Stan discusses Taxes and the current political climate.


Eric Hobbs

Family Ties: Not Your Typical Crime Thriller

April 24, 2013 by  


This shouldn’t surprise anyone, really. After all, Noel and I already did a book about an alien attack without any aliens in it. The Broadcast was a character-driven thriller about families in rural America and how they might react to an alien invasion. The aliens (or lack thereof) were just a catalyst for the story Noel and I wanted to tell. Family Ties is no different. The crime stuff is there to serve the story we want to tell about this dysfunctional family.

Now, that isn’t to say Family Ties will be a crime book without crime. Not at all. Family Ties will have all the gritty elements that make crime fiction great: violence, coarse language, deplorable characters … it’s going to be fun. But at its heart, Family Ties is similar to The Broadcast in theme. It’s about a family dealing with crisis. Here’s a brief glimpse at what I mean…

 

 

 

 

 

 


NBM

NBM in June: Zombillenium hires for… eternity

April 22, 2013 by  


Coming in June and now being solicited in comics stores:

ZOMBILLENIUM
Vol.1: Gretchen
Arthur de Pins
Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…
9×12, 48 pp., full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637348

Check out the cool video for it! As well as previews.

NEW FROM EUROTICA:
We’re trying something new over at Sizzle magazine:

SIZZLE Magazine #58

A brand new kinky burlesque strip premieres! Also in the issue: Barbarian Chicks, Mona Agent X concludes, Banana Games.

Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM PAPERCUTZ:

A new ARIOL, which is getting raves everywhere!

The Smurfs Anthology which handsomely presents the Smurfs in all their original glory with background information!

And a new volume 4 of Sybil, the Backpack Fairy.

 


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