Margreet de Heer

Science: the Tour!

September 4, 2013 by  


 

Science: a Discovery in Comics has officially hit the stores and it’s time to officially promote it, with an official Promotional Tour! Margreet and Yiri are coming to the USA, and here are the dates and places:

September 14-15: SPX, Washington, table G1-2 (NBM Publishing)

September 22: the Brooklyn Book Festival, NBM Publishing booth

September 25: the Million Year Picnic, Cambridge – book signing

September 27: Bergen St. Comics, Brooklyn, NY – book signing & bubbly!

 

Margreet will be available for interviews or other public appearances – just contact NBM Publishing for more info.

 


Stefan Blitz

NBM Announces SPX Plans

September 3, 2013 by  


NBM HEADS TO SPX 2013;

Premiering SCIENCE: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS

Margreet de Heer and Dara Naraghi & Brent Bowman (PERSIA BLUES) To Appear


On September 14-15th, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX).

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

It’s one of NBM’s favorite shows and this year we’re proud to bring three of our talented authors with us and the debut of our newest title.

Margreet de Heer will bring her new book, Science: A Discovery in Comics and will be signing throughout the weekend.

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.

Margreet will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and will be signing both Science, as well as her previous book, Philosophy.

PERSIA BLUESAlso appearing are Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman, creators of the recently released first volume of the trilogy, Persia Blues.

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and  the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and  life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer  in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi. At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

Also attending the show are Brooke A. Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter) at Table L8 and Jesse Lonergan (Joe and Azat, Flower and Fade and an upcoming title that he’ll have mini comic excerpts from) at Tables N9-10.

We’ll also be offering all of our latest titles and prints from artists Rick Geary and Stan Mack are available for free for any $30 purchase, with a signed version free with a $50 purchase.

Throughout SPX, NBM can be found at tables G1-2.

For further details, visit the SPX website, www.spxpo.com


Dara Naraghi

Win a copy of Persia Blues on GoodReads.com

August 25, 2013 by  


I’m guessing many of the readers of the NBM blog are also on Goodreads, the social networking site for book lovers. If not, then now’s a good a time as any to signup because you have till the end of the week to enter to win a signed copy of my latest graphic novel, Persia Blues!

Persia Blues, Vol.1 by Dara Naraghi

Giveaway ends August 31, 2013. See the details at Goodreads.

Enter to win


Stefan Blitz

NBM Review Round-Up!

August 23, 2013 by  


Zombillenium

“This is an absolute comedy, and it’s a total riot. Zombillenium is nothing but fun, from its cute tongue-in-cheek moments to its laugh-out-loud humor. You don’t have to be a fan of zombies or anything like that to enjoy this graphic novel. If you’ve got a sense of humor, that’s all you need.”

MTV Geek

“Whatever dark dealings you think go on behind the doors and in the underground tunnels of Disneyworld, they’ve got nothing on the secrets of Zombillenium and its mysterious proprietor…de Pins’ work is fun, lively, and thoroughly funny, but a true sense of terror lurks just beyond the panels. The last page of the first volume ends with a perfect note of a very human monster showing us just how inhuman this story could truly be.”

New Jersey Online

“Before you think this is another book capitalizing on the zombie trend, it’s not. Zombillenium is an amusement park filled with entertaining staff members that are monsters.”

Fortress of Solitude

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics

“Definitely recommended for those with an interest in graphic storytelling that goes beyond the usual genre work – or anyone who wants to bone up on the basics of Western thinking.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Omaha The Cat Dancer Volume 8

“It’s hard to imagine a combination of explicit sex and character development that would be less gratuitous. The characters in Omaha have sex because they are complicated, adult characters who do things that complicated adults do. It’s part of their lives, just like sleeping, eating, going to work, taking a walk, or breathing…Omaha is a wonderful character, and Omaha is a wonderful series.”

Comic Mix

“One of the seminal series that bridged underground with the new indie comics.”

Comics For Sinners

The P. Craig Russell Library of Opera Adaptations

P. Craig Russell's Opera Adaptations Hardcover set“Russell’s adaptations stay generally true to the story lines, though their panel serialization necessitates some liberties with the text. Their staging can be quite a bit more fantastic than what’s seen in the theater. Russell takes advantage of the graphic format to construct strong, detailed backgrounds.”

Santa Fe New Mexican


Stefan Blitz

‘PERSIA BLUES’ – The Critics Speak!

August 22, 2013 by  


Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman’s Persia Blues continues to get positive reviews from across the web:

“Naraghi’s script efficiently sets youthful energy against older people’s acceptance of the status quo. Bowman’s black-and-white art alternates between straight pen-and-ink line work for scenes with the real-world Minoo and washed, brushed panels depicting the lush, romantic realm of imagination. For the young creators, as for Minoo herself, this is a promising beginning.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“A raw, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous magical realist blending of gritty fact with gorgeous myth-based fantasy, Persia Blues is a timely, emotionally intelligent exploration of how one woman copes with oppression, loss, and misplaced guilt…A fascinating and illuminating read…Highly recommended.”

Broken Frontier

“Bowman’s blocking and storytelling are clear, and the stories are sufficiently compelling to carry the reader forward in a story with settings rare for an American adventure story. And that setting alone is enough for me to recommend this book, as it behooves all of us to get to know Iran a wee bit better.”

Nashua Telegraph

“The complex, multicultural story features the parallel lives of a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman, and explores the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom.”

Payvand Iran News

“An unusual set up for a book that takes place in the past and present and intrigues me with where it will go in future volumes.”

It’s All Comic To Me


NBM

All of Omaha available now through Comixology.

August 21, 2013 by  


 

All of Reed Waller, Kate Worley and James Vance’s legendary sexy series (you must be over 18) is now available as e-books from Comixology on every platform except for iTunes (Apple actively imposes censorship). Another way to not miss this classic!

Very soon, all the Omaha volumes will be available as well in the wide world of e-books, from Kindle to Nook and everything in between (except again for the iBookstore) through our distributor IPG.


Stefan Blitz

STAN MACK and MARGREET de HEER Conquer The East Coast!

August 19, 2013 by  


 

From New York to Boston to New York, this weekend begins a marathon of appearances by Margreet de Heer, who’s new book, Science: A Discovery of Comics premiered as well as two appearances by the inimitable Stan Mack author of Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels!

Sunday, September 22nd • THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

10am-6pm  Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201

Visit NBM Publishing at Table 76 • Meet Margreet de Heer and Stan Mack

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.

 

Wednesday, September 25th • THE MILLION YEAR PICNIC

99 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Margreet de Heer book signing.

 

Friday, September 27th • BERGEN STREET COMICS

7pm • 470 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Bergen Street Comics closes out a September full of book release parties on Friday the 27th, at 7pm, with an appearance by acclaimed graphic novelists Margreet De Heer and Stan Mack!  It’ll be an evening of fun, with De Heer signing her new release Science: A Discovery in Comics, plus the previous release in the series, Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics, and Mack pitching in with his fantastic historical work Taxes, the Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution.  Come have a drink on us and pick up some great books while you’re at it!

 

Saturday, September 28th • WARWICK CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL 2013

11am – 4pm • Park Avenue School, 10 Park Avenue, Warwick, New York 10990

The Warwick Children’s Book Festival’s goal is to celebrate literacy and creativity for children of all ages.  A fun-filled day for the whole family! Meet over 50 authors and illustrators.

Stan Mack will be appearing.

 

We hope to see you at one of these exciting events!


Margreet de Heer

Meeting Neil Gaiman

August 17, 2013 by  


Readers of my blog will know that I’m a big fan of writer Neil Gaiman – from his Sandman in the nineties, which was a huge influence in my decision to try to make the leap into a life in comics, to his Calendar of Tales last Spring, on which I collaborated; and now there’s his new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, for which he’s making a grand final Signing Tour. Yesterday, he was in a bookstore in Rotterdam, and my husband and I went there to listen to him being interviewed and have our books signed.

(Photo by Snuggly Oranges)

When Neil came in everyone applauded, and interviewer Marcel van Driel started a relaxed, funny & informative conversation with him. Despite the fact that Neil must have told the same things over and over again in the past weeks, he was very involved and attentive and witty. I tried to sketch him, and failed miserably:

Then I tried not to capture him realistically, but get a bit of his posture and demeanor in a more caricaturized drawing, and also failed at that:

So eventually I decided to go full caricature, and came up with this, which did not totally fail, I think – but judge for yourself:

After the interview, the signing started. In the past weeks, Neil has signed for audiences of over a thousand people – fortunately, here were “only” about 200 people. Yiri and I waited until the very last to get our stuff signed (and made jokes about “The Author at the End of the Line”). I was surprised, impressed and delighted that after 2 hours of signing, Neil Gaiman is still able to direct all of his attention to the person in front of him, and be interested, courteous and, well, charming. I hate getting all fan-girly, star-struck and nervous, but Neil makes it really easy to connect with him – in fact, he made me feel like he’s just a human being; well, a human being endowed with awesome superpowers, but a human being nonetheless. I think. (Although I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s Something Completely Different from Another Dimension either).

I asked Neil to sign my “winning” drawing for the July tale of his Calendar of Tales, and he said some really nice things about it, and I gave him prints of all the calendar-drawings I did and a copy of our new book, Science: A Discovery in Comics.

And then he said: “Do you want a hug?” And I said: “Yes please!”.

I have no photo of that moment. It was a very private and intimate moment between me, Neil Gaiman and my husband Yiri, who was standing aside and had been supporting me all evening and prevented me from nervously running away from this whole encounter a few times.

But I do have this, and the impression that, apart from being a talented writer whose work I find inspiring, Neil Gaiman is also a very nice person – and honestly, people with talent who are also nice make this world a much better place.

 


Margreet de Heer

Publication, publication, publication!

August 14, 2013 by  


Yes, that’s THREE publications of my work that are coming out this month! The first is of course Science: a Discovery in Comics which is available now (even though the official presentation date is in September, when I’ll be in the US at the SPX festival to sign and celebrate) – I got my copies in yesterday so I know now that it’s REAL! The publication is beautiful again, thank you NBM! I love the hardcover, and the endsheets – and this is the first official publication that’s lettered with my own computerized blockletter font. I think it looks great, but please judge for yourself.

At the same time, the Portuguese edition of Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics is underway – it will be presented at the International Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro at the end of this month. This publication has a whole new cover, which looks like this:

And then there’s the long awaited physical appearance of the anthology Anything That Loves, which contains ten pages of my comic character Minnie. It’s out now and getting good reviews on Goodreads!


NBM

NBM in October: Rick Geary’s Madison Sq. Tragedy in the Treasury series

August 9, 2013 by  


Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month, to come in October:

new from ComicsLit:

 

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY
The Murder of Stanford White
Rick Geary
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.
“TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL. No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden.”
-Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly
6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99; ISBN 9781561637621

SEE THE PREVIEWS

See all his Treasury of Murder books

and new from Eurotica:

OMAHA THE Cat Dancer,
The Complete set of 8 volumes

Reed Waller, Kate Worley, James Vance
Finally the whole story in a specially priced set, saving you $10!
8 ½ x 11, B&W set of 8 volumes in paperback, 976 pp., $89.99,
ISBN 9781561637669