November 11, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
It’s part of a comic artist’s life that assignments come and go. Last year, I was asked by magazine Open Deur to make a comic for their back page. It was a bit of an experiment for them, for the run of one year. And now the year is over and they decided to discontinue the comic.
Open Deur is a Dutch magazine that’s given out for free in churches. It has a very liberal and open character (hence the name: Open Door) and every issue has a special theme – sometimes very biblical, at other times more general. The editors gave me free range, and I took the opportunity to make the comic into a bit of an experimental place for myself. In ten issues, I have drawn very different things. I drew a Sandbox Dialogue, a comic featuring God and also did some full page illustrations. But what kept coming up were the adventures of a nameless family: father, mother and son.
Here’s the mother and son in a story about the bible book of Esther:
And here’s one about Freedom, that did not get published in the end since the back page was needed for something else:
I liked how these characters “worked”.
Maybe they’ll pop up in a later comic, you never know. But for now, it’s the end for this particular comics run.
On to the next assignment!
November 11, 2013 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month. Put in your advance order for this January shipping collection!
The Complete Peanut Butter, set of vols. 1-7
Diary of Molly Fredrickson
Catch the buzz on one of the hottest college girls in erotic comics and get the complete journal of Molly’s extreme naughtiness all in beautifully painted color from graduating high school on up! 336 pages of sexual abandon at a special price.
8 1/2 x 11, 336 pages, full color set of 7 trade pbs, $75, normally $84!
See more in Eurotica, click on ‘Coming Up’ at the top.
Other than that, stores this month are taking orders for 2 of our greatest books this year:
Your chance to order through your favorite comics store now.
November 4, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Science: a Discovery in Comics has been out for two months now, and has received a few really good reviews:
“Her art is simple and straight-forward, and she always chooses function over form: everything works to service the lessons she is trying to impart. When people ask me about how comics can serve a purpose in the classroom, this is precisely the kind of book I use to demonstrate that very thing.”
“A truly sharp and witty book.”
“Clear, concise, appropriately challenging and informatively funny, Science – A Discovery in Comics is a wonder of unpretentious, exuberant graphic craft and a timeless book we can all enjoy.”
“Science: A Discovery in Comics is a book that will inspire both five year olds and their grandparents as they laugh along in discovery.”
“I can’t recommend this one highly enough, both for younger readers and adults who enjoy overviews of expansive subjects.”
“If you have a curious kid in your household, you could do worse than get her this book. Even if that kid is 60 years old.”
There have also been three great interviews:
- by Clay Fernald for DigBoston.com
- “Dutch cartoonist makes learning science easier” – by Andrew Smith
- “A Discovery in Comics” – by Suzette Chan for Sequential Tart
Needless to say, I’m over the moon with all these positive reviews and interviews!
Go buy my book! That many reporters can’t be wrong!
October 28, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
To celebrate Halloween, we’ve got both a trick and treat for you.
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…
Check out the trailer below and the excerpt after the jump.
And have a Happy Halloween!
October 28, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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:
October 26, 2013 by Dara Naraghi
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
October 18, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Just click on this picture and it will take you there:
October 9, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
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:
October 7, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
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.
October 5, 2013 by Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
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
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).