Stefan Blitz

Save 33% on ZOMBILLENIUM; Our Halloween Treat For You!

October 28, 2013 by  


To celebrate Halloween, we’ve got both a trick and treat for you.

The trick is that we’re sharing the first half of the first volume of our fantastic horror and humor hybrid Zombillenium, a book that MTV Geek called “a real find.”

It’s about Francis von Bloodt a vampire and a good family man, who 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…

The treat is that we’re so confident that you’ll dig the book that we’re offering the book for 33% off through Friday, November 1st, Monday, November 4th!

Check out the trailer below and the excerpt after the jump.

And have a Happy Halloween!

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Margreet de Heer

Stella’s Stuffed Toys

October 28, 2013 by  


Sometimes I come across an old comic I made that makes me giggle. This one about Stella, which appeared in 2007 in magazine Flo’, still makes me laugh. I hope I captured something Calvin&Hobbes-y in there:


Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues signing at the Buckeye Book Fair

October 26, 2013 by  


On Saturday, November 2, I will be one of the many guests at the 26th Annual Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio (near Cleveland). My artist partner in crime Brent Bowman will also be on hand to sign copies of Persia Blues, plus a killer print he’s made just for the show.

“Celebrates Ohio’s Influence in Literature

The annual Buckeye Book Fair is a full day event featuring nearly 100 Ohio authors and illustrators who meet with readers and autograph copies of their latest works. Thousands of attendees from all over Ohio come to mingle, shop for books, and celebrate the joys of reading and writing.”

The show runs from 9:30 – 4:00. If you’re in Ohio or nearby, we hope you can make


Margreet de Heer

Win a signed copy of Science

October 18, 2013 by  


Are you on Goodreads? Then enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of three signed copies of Science: a Discovery in Comics.

Just click on this picture and it will take you there:


Margreet de Heer

The History of Dutch Comics

October 9, 2013 by  


On display in Museum Meermanno in The Hague right now: a great exhibition of 200 years of Dutch comics! Ever since I helped putting Dutch Comics History online on Lambiek.net, the subject has been a bit of a hobby of mine. So I was very pleased and honored when the museum asked me to draw a magazine to accompany the exhibition. It’s become a 40-page comic book, relating the history of Dutch comics mostly through several children of the past, who tell which comic they like best and why. The book is for sale only at the museum, as long as the expo lasts, which is until January 12, 2014. But here’s a bit of a preview:

 

I also made a short VideoScribe (in Dutch) with a few of the old comics and children from the book. Click on the picture to see it on YouTube:


Stefan Blitz

Rick Geary to Premiere Latest ‘A Treasury of XXth Century Murder’ at APE

October 7, 2013 by  


This coming weekend, October 12-13th marks the 20th anniversary of APE, the Alternative Press Expo, one of the leading alternative and self-published comics events in the country, being held at the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco.

Rick Geary will be manning the NBM table #203 and will be premiering the latest volume of his A Treasury of XXth Century Murder series, MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY: The Murder of Stanford White.

 

Publisher’s Weekly‘s Heidi MacDonald declared it, “[One of the] TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL.”

Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.

Be sure to stop by the table, meet Rick (and have him sign his new book!) and check out all of NBM’s latest titles

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, you can see NBM sharing space at our sibling, Papercutz’s table at New York Comic Con.  We’ll be at booth 2229 and you’ll find many of our recent releases including Zombillenium, Persia Blues, and Science: a Discovery in Comics.

For more details visit http://www.comic-con.org/ape and http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

 


Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada

Sean at the Tokyo International Comic Festival

October 5, 2013 by  


We are off to the Tokyo International Comic Festival Tokyo on the 20th of October, myself and artist Akiko Shimojima –  with our new book for Kodansha – our faithful retelling of the classic story THE 47 RONIN. It’s coming out in Japan in a bilingual version, Japanese and English. and also a purely English version is coming out nect month in the US too, from Shambhala Publications.

 

And for those of you who can read Japanese:

The Artist Alley 2013
Sean Michael Wilson / UK
ショーン・マイケル・ウィルソン / 英国
活動場所:日本、熊本
主 要作品:‘A Christmas Carol’(Classical Comics), ‘Hagakure’ (Kodansha), ‘The Book of Five Rings’(Shambhala Publications), ‘The 47 Ronin’ (Kodansha), ‘AX:alternative manga’ (Top Shelf).
URL http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com/

【プロフィール】
ショーン・マイケル・ウィルソンはスコットランド出身です。
彼は日本在住で唯一の英国人のマンガ作家です。彼は数多くの本を日本と英国、米国で出版してきました。例えば、クリスマスキャロル(ザ・サンデータイムズ、2008年のベスト) ‘葉隠’(講談社)、’五輪書’(シャンバラ出版)等があり、
‘赤穂浪士’(講談社)はこのイベントに出席する東京のマンガ家アリス・フィッシュ氏とのコラボ作品です。また彼は、評論家からも賞賛された’AX:alternative manga’(パブリッシャーウィークリーの2001年度ベスト10の本)の編集者でもあります。

 

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NBM in DECEMBER: Craig Russell’s 3rd Oscar Wilde now in paperback

October 2, 2013 by  


Here’s what being solicited for in comics stores now, to come from us:

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Vol. 3: The Birthday of the Infanta
P. Craig Russell 

First time in paperback! One of comic art’s most respected and pioneering artists, well known for his opera adaptations and beautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell is in the process of adapting Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tales in a series of landmark volumes.
A hideous dwarf is captured in the woods and brought in to the court of the beautiful royal infanta for her amusement. He is full of good humor and tricks and becomes quite popular but remains quite unaware of his looks. She has him perform in front of her friends for her birthday. He is very touched and quite proud to receive such attention, until he sees himself in the mirror and realizes their entertainment may be at his expense.
8 ½ x11, 32 pp., full color, trade pb., $8.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-775-1

Of course this is still available in a clothbound version as well, just now back to press.

See previews

More on this series    See the videos showing Craig Russell’s creative process on this!

NEW FROM EUROTICA:

SIZZLE #60
With this sixtieth issue, Sizzle celebrates its 15th anniversary! Cornnell Clarke presents his next episode of Peanut Butter! The intrigue of Magenta Noir, the bondage queen investigating the abductions of models continues. Plus more District 69, It Could Happen to You and Barbarian Chicks.
Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99

PUT IN YOUR ORDER NOW WITH YOUR COMIC BOOKSTORE. or put in your order with us online.


Margreet de Heer

The Million Year Picnic

September 26, 2013 by  


Yesterday, I did a book signing at comic store The Million Year Picnic in Cambridge, and it was a great experience. The store is small but very complete, and they set me up a nice little corner with both of my books, Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics.

The right part of this picture was taken by Clay Fernald, who did a great interview with me that was published only hours before on DigBoston.com. I think it had some effect, since people came in steadily and I had some great conversations and signed quite a number of books.

In between, Yiri and I had nice conversations with the store owner, Tony, who told us that the store’s name is actually the title from a Ray Bradbury story from 1948 – it was adapted as a comic and published in EC Comics’ Weird Fantasy in 1953. This comic was the first that the original founder of the store ever read. Tony showed us the comic, and I think it’s a great story. There’s some wise words words about science in it that I thought I’d include here:

Yiri and I also had time to start a double-comic, but we didn’t quite finish it:

We really enjoyed our hours in the store – thank you Tony and crew for inviting us! We hope to be back some day!


Terry

Brooklyn Book Festival a rousing success!

September 24, 2013 by  


We did more in one day at this fair than we do at just about any other convention and that was gratifying indeed! In fact, we did more here on one table than in some shows over two days with 2 tables! Margreet de Heer did especially well selling out of her books and proving quite popular.

And it figures: her books are general interest and that’s the audience that comes to this street fair. Much of NBM’s catalog is about that and always has been: reaching out to a wide audience of readers and making converts of skeptics!