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).
October 2, 2013 by NBM
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.
NEW FROM EUROTICA:
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.
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!