September 26, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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!
September 24, 2013 by Terry
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!
September 23, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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.
September 22, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
We’re at Brooklyn Book Festival Table 76 with Margreet de Heer, Yuri Kohl, Stan Mack and publisher Terry Nantier.
Come on by and say hi!
September 20, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
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!
September 16, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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!
More adventure to come!
September 16, 2013 by NBM
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.
September 11, 2013 by NBM
Being solicited this month in comics stores: Craig Russell’s Oscar Wilde adaptations volume 2 is available for the first time in paperback!
The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde
Vol. 2: The Young King and The Remarkable Rocket
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.
In the Remarkable Rocket, a vain little rocket figures itself above all others and still manages to see glory in its dismal end.
The Young King, taken from humble origins, revels in the finer possession of his new lofty position. However, a series of dreams reveal to him the suffering his people must go through to make them for him. Casting them off, he finds paradoxically that he may be alienating the very people he wants to help.
6×9, 8 ½ x11, 48 pp., full color, trade pb., $9.99,
Also on this occasion, we’re bringing back the clothbound edition which had been out of stock for some time.
Meanwhile, EUROTICA presents a fun new series:
MONA, Agent X, vol. 1: Dangerous Initiation
Alessandro Scacchi • Betty Hopkins
Mona goes from star of a lascivious reality TV show to unemployed as fast as being bested by a sluttier competitor. She then lands what looks to be a peach movie role… until she sees what they did of her. Her public image in ruins, she now has nothing left to lose and who’s that killer blonde with the silencer? Suspense, intrigue, sex, perversion like only an Italian can cook up!
8 ½ x 11, 48pp., full color trade pb., $11.99; ISBN 9781561637676
To see previews on this, go to Eurotica and click on the button for this on the left
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.