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.

NBM for June: Plenty of DUNGEON for fans and newcomers

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New to the DUNGEON series? Want to relive great moments before the release of DUNGEON: MONSTRES, Vol. 5? This month’s Diamond previews offers a good cross-section of the Dungeon universe to start your collection.

 

We start at the end: DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4 was released last November, marking the end of the Twilight series. Creators Lewis Trondheim and Johann Sfar made an expansive world, jokingly numbering the volumes for hundreds of installments in the mythos of Dungeon.

 

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DUNGEON: Twilight
Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, Mazan.
The last two stories of Dungeon!
In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”
And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Dark Entity in order to gain access to breathable air.
All things must come to an end and so it is with the great Dungeon.
6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99

ISBN 9781561639199

Diamond Order Code: SEP141495

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DUNGEON: Monstres tells stories of the secondary characters in the series, each drawn by a different well-known French artist. These stories can be read as standalone, but when read  in conjunction with the series, the overall takeaway is more enriching.

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DUNGEON: Monstres, Vol.2
The Dark Lord
Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, BLANQUET, ANDREAS

Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way. Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.
6 x9, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-540-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN084135

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DUNGEON: Monstres
Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer

In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.
6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-591-7

Diamond Order Code: JUL101071

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DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

Diamond Order Code: FEB111104

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Be sure to order your copies today from your favorite comic book store in April’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more visit our website.

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!

NBM in June: More Dungeon Monstres

We may have seen the end of Dungeon in Twilight Vol. 4, last November.

BUT  there are many more stories to tell in this expansive world!

This June, NBM returns to DUNGEON with two more stories from Dungeon lore! DUNGEON MONSTRES retells great adventures of secondary characters. In DUNGEON MONSTRES VOL. 5 witness toddler Marvin the Dragon  meet the future Dungeon Keeper for the first time, setting up a partnership for years to come! This and more gruesome exploits of  The Night Shirt (from DUNGEON: THE EARLY YEARS) in “My Son the Killer”. Then,  in “Soldiers of Honor”, two brothers are put to the test of both blood and loyalty to their army’s cause. What happens next is tragic yet strikingly beautiful in its rendering.

Dungeon creators Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar return to provide the script with award winning artists Blutch and Frederic Bezian each illustrating a story.

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DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5
My Son the Killer

Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with her Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $15.99

ISBN 9781561639373

Diamond Order Code: APR151602

Be sure to order your copy today from your favorite comic book store in April’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more, click here.

New webcomic!

Exactly ten years ago on Easter Monday I started my first webcomic – it was black&white and I vowed not to spend more time on it than one hour a day, including scanning and putting it online, so that I would learn to be fast and productive and not to second-guess myself too much. This comic ran for almost two years – although calling it a “daily” proved far too optimistic.

Here are some of the comics I made then:

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I had a different life back then: I had stepchildren, four cats, blond hair and I was taking driving lessons, which finally resulted in me getting my license at age 33!

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My drawing style was still very much in development at that stage. The webcomic really helped me to find the courage to draw a nice quick, loose line.

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Now, ten years later, the world of webcomics has grown bigger and bigger and I enjoy quite a lot of them on a daily basis. So much that I want to get back in there myself. I like the productive flow that a webcomic can bring, as well as the direct interaction with an audience. I’ve been working on so many things lately that I can’t show yet, since it’s for books and projects that will be revealed later – and with this webcomic I can draw and rant about stuff and send it out in the world immediately.

 

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This time, I’m aiming for more polished, colored comics that loosely connect to my graphic novels in that they depict my interests in all kinds of things, but also show autobiographical bits of my life with Yiri and our cat Toto. The tagline is “Discoveries about my life, the universe and everything” – with a wink to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 😉

I’m posting the webcomic on my Tumblr account, which was pretty dormant in the past months. I like Tumblr’s layout options and the easy archiving, and hope it will make for easy reading.

Please check out my webcomic here. On this blog, I will post some of the gems from the webcomic in future, but if you want them nice and fresh, bookmark this link and enjoy the ride!

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