May 25, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
In February, I blogged about the project ‘A Calendar of Tales‘ that writer Neil Gaiman had started in cooperation with the whole wide world – he wrote 12 short stories prompted by tweets on Twitter, and invited everyone to illustrate them.
I spent an enjoyable fortnight making one illustration a day, one for each tale. It was very inspiring and energizing, and made me think outside my own box. The result was 12 drawings that I have posted on my website, together with the stories by Neil and art by others that I liked.
The project was not a contest per se, more an invitation to create. Even so, I was incredibly gratified to have four of my illustrations shortlisted, and one of them even made it as a “runner-up”! It is featured on the official A Calendar Of Tales website, which launched last week and is a beautiful scrolling experience, so check it out.
Accompanying the month of July, you’ll find my drawing:
Philosophical question: since it is all made of words, can it still be called a drawing…? Food for thought.
May 22, 2013 by NBM
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:
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
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
May 19, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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.)
May 6, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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).
May 3, 2013 by NBM
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!
April 30, 2013 by Dara Naraghi
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.
April 27, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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.
April 26, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
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.
April 26, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
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.
April 24, 2013 by Eric Hobbs
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…