September 8, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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…
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!
September 5, 2013 by Dara Naraghi
(View part 1 here)
As I mentioned in the previous post in this series, some of the pictures I took on my last trip to Iran served as both reference and inspiration for artist Brent Bowman while creating our Persia Blues graphic novel. Here’s a set taken at the Military Museum, on the former grounds of the Shah’s palaces, all of which now serve as museums.
We’ll start with a couple of examples of historical military uniforms, I believe from the Achaemenid period:
And some banners and iconography, including the Standard of Cyrus the Great (the blue square banner in the back):
And of course ancient weapons, including swords, battle axes, spears, maces, and clubs:
Next: more pictures from the Nation Palace Museum, Green Museum, and others.
September 4, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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.
September 3, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
NBM HEADS TO SPX 2013;
Premiering SCIENCE: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS
Margreet de Heer and Dara Naraghi & Brent Bowman (PERSIA BLUES) To Appear
On September 14-15th, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX).
Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.
It’s one of NBM’s favorite shows and this year we’re proud to bring three of our talented authors with us and the debut of our newest title.
Margreet de Heer will bring her new book, Science: A Discovery in Comics and will be signing throughout the weekend.
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.
Margreet will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and will be signing both Science, as well as her previous book, Philosophy.
Also appearing are Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman, creators of the recently released first volume of the trilogy, Persia Blues.
Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi. At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.
We’ll also be offering all of our latest titles and prints from artists Rick Geary and Stan Mack are available for free for any $30 purchase, with a signed version free with a $50 purchase.
Throughout SPX, NBM can be found at tables G1-2.
For further details, visit the SPX website, www.spxpo.com
August 25, 2013 by Dara Naraghi
I’m guessing many of the readers of the NBM blog are also on Goodreads, the social networking site for book lovers. If not, then now’s a good a time as any to signup because you have till the end of the week to enter to win a signed copy of my latest graphic novel, Persia Blues!
Giveaway ends August 31, 2013. See the details at Goodreads.
August 23, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
“This is an absolute comedy, and it’s a total riot. Zombillenium is nothing but fun, from its cute tongue-in-cheek moments to its laugh-out-loud humor. You don’t have to be a fan of zombies or anything like that to enjoy this graphic novel. If you’ve got a sense of humor, that’s all you need.”
– MTV Geek
“Whatever dark dealings you think go on behind the doors and in the underground tunnels of Disneyworld, they’ve got nothing on the secrets of Zombillenium and its mysterious proprietor…de Pins’ work is fun, lively, and thoroughly funny, but a true sense of terror lurks just beyond the panels. The last page of the first volume ends with a perfect note of a very human monster showing us just how inhuman this story could truly be.”
“Before you think this is another book capitalizing on the zombie trend, it’s not. Zombillenium is an amusement park filled with entertaining staff members that are monsters.”
“Definitely recommended for those with an interest in graphic storytelling that goes beyond the usual genre work – or anyone who wants to bone up on the basics of Western thinking.”
“It’s hard to imagine a combination of explicit sex and character development that would be less gratuitous. The characters in Omaha have sex because they are complicated, adult characters who do things that complicated adults do. It’s part of their lives, just like sleeping, eating, going to work, taking a walk, or breathing…Omaha is a wonderful character, and Omaha is a wonderful series.”
“One of the seminal series that bridged underground with the new indie comics.”
“Russell’s adaptations stay generally true to the story lines, though their panel serialization necessitates some liberties with the text. Their staging can be quite a bit more fantastic than what’s seen in the theater. Russell takes advantage of the graphic format to construct strong, detailed backgrounds.”
August 22, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman’s Persia Blues continues to get positive reviews from across the web:
“Naraghi’s script efficiently sets youthful energy against older people’s acceptance of the status quo. Bowman’s black-and-white art alternates between straight pen-and-ink line work for scenes with the real-world Minoo and washed, brushed panels depicting the lush, romantic realm of imagination. For the young creators, as for Minoo herself, this is a promising beginning.”
“A raw, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous magical realist blending of gritty fact with gorgeous myth-based fantasy, Persia Blues is a timely, emotionally intelligent exploration of how one woman copes with oppression, loss, and misplaced guilt…A fascinating and illuminating read…Highly recommended.”
“Bowman’s blocking and storytelling are clear, and the stories are sufficiently compelling to carry the reader forward in a story with settings rare for an American adventure story. And that setting alone is enough for me to recommend this book, as it behooves all of us to get to know Iran a wee bit better.”
“The complex, multicultural story features the parallel lives of a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman, and explores the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom.”
“An unusual set up for a book that takes place in the past and present and intrigues me with where it will go in future volumes.”
August 21, 2013 by NBM
All of Reed Waller, Kate Worley and James Vance’s legendary sexy series (you must be over 18) is now available as e-books from Comixology on every platform except for iTunes (Apple actively imposes censorship). Another way to not miss this classic!
Very soon, all the Omaha volumes will be available as well in the wide world of e-books, from Kindle to Nook and everything in between (except again for the iBookstore) through our distributor IPG.
August 19, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
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!
August 17, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Readers of my blog will know that I’m a big fan of writer Neil Gaiman – from his Sandman in the nineties, which was a huge influence in my decision to try to make the leap into a life in comics, to his Calendar of Tales last Spring, on which I collaborated; and now there’s his new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, for which he’s making a grand final Signing Tour. Yesterday, he was in a bookstore in Rotterdam, and my husband and I went there to listen to him being interviewed and have our books signed.
(Photo by Snuggly Oranges)
When Neil came in everyone applauded, and interviewer Marcel van Driel started a relaxed, funny & informative conversation with him. Despite the fact that Neil must have told the same things over and over again in the past weeks, he was very involved and attentive and witty. I tried to sketch him, and failed miserably:
Then I tried not to capture him realistically, but get a bit of his posture and demeanor in a more caricaturized drawing, and also failed at that:
So eventually I decided to go full caricature, and came up with this, which did not totally fail, I think – but judge for yourself:
After the interview, the signing started. In the past weeks, Neil has signed for audiences of over a thousand people – fortunately, here were “only” about 200 people. Yiri and I waited until the very last to get our stuff signed (and made jokes about “The Author at the End of the Line”). I was surprised, impressed and delighted that after 2 hours of signing, Neil Gaiman is still able to direct all of his attention to the person in front of him, and be interested, courteous and, well, charming. I hate getting all fan-girly, star-struck and nervous, but Neil makes it really easy to connect with him – in fact, he made me feel like he’s just a human being; well, a human being endowed with awesome superpowers, but a human being nonetheless. I think. (Although I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s Something Completely Different from Another Dimension either).
I asked Neil to sign my “winning” drawing for the July tale of his Calendar of Tales, and he said some really nice things about it, and I gave him prints of all the calendar-drawings I did and a copy of our new book, Science: A Discovery in Comics.
And then he said: “Do you want a hug?” And I said: “Yes please!”.
I have no photo of that moment. It was a very private and intimate moment between me, Neil Gaiman and my husband Yiri, who was standing aside and had been supporting me all evening and prevented me from nervously running away from this whole encounter a few times.
But I do have this, and the impression that, apart from being a talented writer whose work I find inspiring, Neil Gaiman is also a very nice person – and honestly, people with talent who are also nice make this world a much better place.