Eric Hobbs

Family Ties: Not Your Typical Crime Thriller

April 24, 2013 by  


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…

 

 

 

 

 

 


NBM

NBM in June: Zombillenium hires for… eternity

April 22, 2013 by  


Coming in June and now being solicited in comics stores:

ZOMBILLENIUM
Vol.1: Gretchen
Arthur de Pins
Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, 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…
9×12, 48 pp., full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637348

Check out the cool video for it! As well as previews.

NEW FROM EUROTICA:
We’re trying something new over at Sizzle magazine:

SIZZLE Magazine #58

A brand new kinky burlesque strip premieres! Also in the issue: Barbarian Chicks, Mona Agent X concludes, Banana Games.

Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM PAPERCUTZ:

A new ARIOL, which is getting raves everywhere!

The Smurfs Anthology which handsomely presents the Smurfs in all their original glory with background information!

And a new volume 4 of Sybil, the Backpack Fairy.

 


Margreet de Heer

Stuff

April 22, 2013 by  


Here’s some info that needs posting, concerning present and future books.

To celebrate the second printing of Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics, I made another GiveAway on GoodReads.com. Now’s your chance to win a free, autographed copy of the first print! Click here to sign into GoodReads and enter the giveaway.

In the meantime, the newest book Science: a Discovery in Comics is almost ready to go to the printer! To start promotion, I made a page on my website detailing the contents of this book, with a lot of pictures and even a large spread about genetics. Click here to check it out!

 

 

 


Dara Naraghi

A splash of Persia Blues (make that two)

April 16, 2013 by  


Despite my best intentions to blog more frequently here about my upcoming book, Persia Blues, I find all my free time jeopardized by the mad dash to the finish line. The book is about a month away from release, and I’m lettering the final few pages tonight. But just because I don’t have time for a lengthy post, it doesn’t mean I can’t at least share some artwork with you.

My partner on the book, artist Brent Bowman, has been absolutely tearing it up with the visuals. This is no small feat, since he’s using two different art styles to depict the two different settings of the book. So presented below, sans dialogue, are a couple of splash pages from the first volume, to give you a feel for what’s in store for you:

And a very different scene…

How these disparate elements converge into one story is at the very heart of the book’s overarching narrative.

I hope you’ll join us for the fun.


Stefan Blitz

ABELARD Receives Eisner Nomination!

April 16, 2013 by  


NBM Publishing is extremely proud and flattered to receive an Eisner nomination for Best U.S. Edition of International Material for Abelard by Régis Hautiere and Renaud Dillies.

Also nominated for “Great Graphic Novel for Teens’ by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), here are what some other reviewers are saying:

“At times, both whimsical and melancholy, Abelard transcends the artform as an example of exquisite storytelling.”

Broken Frontier

“Wonderful, thoughtful, and moving.”

Sequential Tart

“If the cartoon images of birds and bears–and the addition of the word “magical” to the book’s front cover–give the impression that Abelard is a children’s fantasy, be assured that it isn’t. Think of it more as an anthropomorphic piece of magical realism in the manner of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat, a reflection on hope and dreams that may surprise you by just how affecting it is.”

– Blog Critics

“(Abelard) starts off feeling somewhat quaint and unassuming, and by the time you realize where it is heading, it is far too late to stem the tide of heartache that the book makes you feel…A book very much worth your time and money. This is a high-quality piece of work.”

– Comics Waiting Room

“A beautifully crafted piece of storytelling from Hautiére that tugs mercilessly at the heartstrings but doesn’t ever fall into sentimental or sickly sweet. If anything, by the end, we’re assaulted by the brutality of the story. And Dillies’ artwork is quite beautiful, his charming characters almost deliberately at odds with some of the themes and actions of the tale, yet never feeling wrong. His stylised colours perfectly suited to detailing all the wonders, all the misery, all the dreams Abelard finds along his journey.”

The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

A poignant, droll, and heartbreaking “funny animals” tale for grown-ups, with breathtaking art.”

Karen GreenBoing Boing Annual “Return of the Best Damn Comics of the Year” List

“Abelard is a magnificently well-told story… It’s truly a fantastic graphic novel that’s perfect for people who aren’t normally comic book fans.”

Panels on Pages

“…Starts out feeling like a sweet, whimsical pastoral children’s graphic novel and slowly morphs into a wonderfully moving adult story that kind of sneaks up on you with its craft, intelligence and interesting themes.”

Comics Bulletin


Eric Hobbs

Family Ties: Late?

April 15, 2013 by  


So I’ve heard from a few people checking in on Family Ties and its status. Rather than a long post to explain the obvious, I’ll state it as simply as I can: Family Ties is going to be a little late.
Believe me, as a fan, I know what it’s like to expect a book on the shelf only to learn it wasn’t included in that week’s shipment. All I can say is that Noel and I are working very hard to ensure it gets to you as soon as possible.
So… why will the book be late? Well, there are a number of factors that put us behind the eight ball on this one. I won’t go into all of them, but I will say this… most creator-owned books fall behind schedule for the same reason: life gets in the way. Of course, that means something different for everyone. Sometimes the kids need help with homework; sometimes the roof springs a leak; sometimes the boss needs you to put in long hours at the day job; sometimes your wife needs a shoulder to cry on; sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
Are these good excuses? Honestly, I don’t know. Probably not. All I can say is that I’m sorry and no one hates that the book is going to be late more than us. But I do hope everyone understands that while creating a 180-page graphic novel is a full time job, Noel and I don’t get to treat it like one. Instead, we steal any time we can find to make comics because it’s what we love to do. Like you, we know that Wednesday is the best day of the week because that’s when new comics hit the shelves. I promise, Family Ties will be on that shelf pretty soon.

Margreet de Heer

Picture in the Park, Park in the Picture

April 14, 2013 by  


We have the great fortune to live next to a great park in Amsterdam. It’s out of the way of the tourist routes and has really become a park for all of the neighborhood: young families, joggers, people with dogs, families at a barbecue, and tormented artists like ourselves seeking the solace of nature.

Two years ago the old abandoned shack in the park grounds was reopened by an enthusiastic young couple, Tim and Astrid, who started selling delicious smoothies, toasties and other goodies there. Their cafe in the park, called Terrasmus, became a great success and last winter they remodeled the place, so they can accommodate more people inside and have more room for workshops, music festivals and all sorts of activities for kids.

A few days before the reopening, we walked by to check the place out, and bumped into Tim and Astrid themselves, who showed us around. They pointed out a great empty stretch of wall where they were thinking of asking a local artist to do a mural – so we immediately volunteered and the same evening I made a sketch for a drawing of about 3,5 by 1,20 meters.

After some back and forth about things to include in the picture – basically everything and everyone that can be found in the park on a nice sunny day – we had an approved sketch that Yiri then colored in bright summery colors. We sent it to the printer to have it printed on wallpaper, and within a week a big package was delivered to our doorstep.

Yiri and part of the drawing, fresh from the printer’s; it’s HUGE!

 

The picture rolled out on the floor of the cafe.

 

The glueing of the picture, by Tim and Astrid’s parents.

 

The placing of the picture, by Tim & Astrid, and Astrid’s parents.

 

The end result!

 

And here is the whole picture, enlarge by clicking on it:

 

Intended audience, the picture & me.

 

If you’re in Amsterdam, come and take a look at it at Terrasmus in the Erasmuspark – and have one of Tim & Astrid’s great smoothies to make it a perfect experience!


Margreet de Heer

Anything That Loves

April 9, 2013 by  


Currently, there’s a Kickstarter campaign going to bring out ‘Anything That Loves’ - a bold new comics anthology that explores and celebrates the complex world beyond the categories of “gay” and “straight”. I’m proud to announce that one of my comic characters will fill ten pages of this book.

I started ‘Mijntje’ for Dutch lesbian magazine Zij aan Zij in 2004 and she’s my oldest and longest running comic. Mijntje is a 22 year old bisexual girl who’s in a relationship with Mia, with various adventures on the side.

Especially for ‘Anything That Loves’, I have translated ten comics, and re-christened Mijntje into Minnie for the english-speaking world.

Given the ongoing struggle for any minority that doesn’t fit into what other groups define as “normal”, I think this will be an important book that will contribute to the visibility of the shifting realities of sexuality, instead of the cliches. I’m proud my Minnie can be part of this, and I encourage anyone with an interest in the subject to back the Kickstarter here to receive the book – and there are also cool T-shirts to order!

Here’s a preview of one of the ten Minnie comics that will be in the book:


Stefan Blitz

NBM Review Round-Up!

April 9, 2013 by  


After a great time at MoCCA, here we are, back again, with some recent reviews of various NBM titles.

Abelard

Has been nominated for “Great Graphic Novel for Teens’ by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).  Results will be announced in January 2104 by the ALA.

“At times, both whimsical and melancholy, Abelard transcends the artform as an example of exquisite storytelling.”

Broken Frontier

An Enchantment

“Billed as “A Graphic Poem,” author/artist Durieux’s volume renders a reverie rich with carefully detailed sepia-toned illustrations that incorporate photo reproductions of the museum’s celebrated artwork…Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“Pure escapism through art.”

Comics Worth Reading

“In an afterword, writer/artist Christian Durieux says his ambition was to create poetry in comics. With this beguiling, bittersweet reverie, I think he has succeeded.”

New Hampshire Telegraph

“The art is lovely, the characters and dialogue are rich, and the book sweeps you up and carries you along with its verve. Each entry in the Louvre series has been unique, and has challenged its readers as a work of art should. This one stands above the others in its power to engage.”

Comics Waiting Room

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics

“(Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics) is very much a “discovery”, a “first look” at philosophy that warns against subscribing to any particular system of thought too rigidly and instead encourages critical, personal engagement. It’s an important lesson to learn, particularly for young adults who are just beginning to engage with abstract thought.”

Multiversity Comics

Philosophy is organized like a virtual road trip, with de Heer and her husband Yiri (also a cartoonist; he did the coloring for this volume) offering commentary on the issues and philosophers covered, frequently raising the same kinds of questions that we would have, and providing reasonable answers to many of them. The illustrations are cute and colorful, alternating between standard frame-based sequential comics and full-page splashes, and de Heer’s cheerful style keeps even the weightiest questions from seeming too difficult to contemplate.”

Playback:stl

Stargazing Dog

“If you have a heart at all, you will cry reading this book.”

Lost in the Stacks

Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

The Morton Report has a fantastic interview with Rick where he discusses A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium as well as his true-crime work in general.

“Rick Geary’s distinctively inked style is a perfect match to the tales of bloodshed he favors—they recall both woodcuts and graphical newspaper illustrations of the Police Gazette variety, giving a period flavor to his work. His deadpan style of storytelling, as well as his unerring choice of unusual details to highlight, give the proceedings a touch of humor of the “what fools these mortals be” variety.”

Playback: stl


Stefan Blitz

Take a Ride at The ZOMBILLENIUM!

April 5, 2013 by  


Here’s a fantastic video trailer for our upcoming ZOMBILLENIUM Vol.1: Gretchen by Arthur de Pins, which is receiving it’s first English translation.

Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, 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…