Margreet de Heer

Groundhog Day

February 1, 2015 by  


It’s Groundhog Day! We’re celebrating either six more weeks of winter or not; and I’m celebrating that my Groundhog Design for the Spoonflower contest came in sixth place, securing a place in the coveted Top Ten Bundle!

This is the drawing I made:

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And this is what it looks like on fabric:

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In July, I blogged about my first exploits on awesome fabric-design-site Spoonflower, and by now my shop has grown to this (and this is not even all of it yet):

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Most of these designs were made for the weekly contest. I love to get inspired by these diverse themes, and working on a design is a nice change of pace from working on my newest book, Global Power: a Discovery in Comics, which is rather content-heavy.

Here are some of the designs I particularly liked making:

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For the Calligraphy contest I chose this John Lennon song text.

library

For the Library contest I crammed in a few literary (and one graphic novel) references – can you spot all four?

 

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I loved the Cat Damask contest and my design actually did quite well, coming out around fiftieth place out of over 300 entries. If I ever live in a country house and need special wallpaper for the library/drawing room, I’ll use this!

 

drachten

For the Rhino Contest I drew Nine Rhinos on Bikes – and lo and behold, they now adorn a children’s bedroom in the North of Holland!

 

neighborhood

The Neighborhood contest was all about drawing you own surroundings. This is the street we live on and the park in fron of our house. A world unto itself!

 

tennis

The Tennis contest was fun although I’m not sure this came out as well as it could have. It’s fun to look at, though. Maybe I shouldn’t have used the computer-tennis fields.

 

winter-toile

I didn’t know what a Toile de Jouy was until the contest asked for one with a wintery theme. So here it is – if I have any antique chairs to upholster, I might opt for this design. Or a simple tea towel might be nice as well.

All these designs are for sale – as fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper. You can order them from my Spoonflower Shop. If you want a certain design done a little differently – in size, or color, or whatever – just contact me and I will make it so.

 

The current contest is Rocket themed. Below is my entry – if you like it, please vote for it here!

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Stefan Blitz

Review Round-Up: RICK GEARY’S A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

January 31, 2015 by  


Collecting five (The Borden Tragedy, The Mystery of Mary Rogers, The Saga of the Bloody Benders, The Case of Madeleine Smith, The Murder of Abraham Lincoln) previously published volumes of Geary’s work, this compendium is a must have.

 

“The high quality that writer/artist Geary has maintained for his “Treasury of Victorian Murder” true crime series since its 1987 inception is easy to take for granted…Highly recommended for mature readers of graphic novels, mysteries history, and true crime; violent and disturbing content.”

Library Journal

“It’s a densely crafted volume showing Geary’s dedication to detail and his own sense of investigation into true stories of the strange and macabre. This is exactly the kind of book to cozy up to as winter sets in.”

–Bleeding Cool

“Geary meticulously researches each murder, and presents all the evidence to the reader in as objective a fashion as he can, in a faux-woodcut style that really could pass for the kind of illustrative artwork that preceded photography — if it wasn’t so much better. For one thing, there wasn’t much irony in those days, and Geary is forever arching an eyebrow artistically at the deadpan captions.  All of which serves the narrative, which is invariably gripping.”

The Indiana Gazette

“Each of these stories, although set long ago, involves elements we can identify with, whether the spreading of rumors or sensationalized journalism or the question of how much to trust our neighbors or the ruinous dedication of political groups to lost causes. ”

Comics Worth Reading

“All the stories are fascinating studies of human behavior in general, and of the peculiarities of Victorian life in particular.”

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Jeff Whitman

New NBM for April ’15: Ghetto Brother

January 27, 2015 by  


GHETTO BROTHER, the true story of how a NYC gang leader turned into a peacemaker in the 60s, leads NBM’s offerings in Diamond Previews magazine for February.

This April, Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering bring you an illustrated biography of Benjy Melendez in GHETTO BROTHER: Warrior to Peacemaker”. Voloj made the blog last year when he was featured on NPR for his graphic novel. Ghetto Brothers talks about the historic Ghetto Brothers gang who roamed New York in the late 60s and ushered in an era of peace with a gang treaty, which saw the birth of Hip Hop. Jeff Chang, the author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”, provides an introduction.

GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”
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An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

“There’s no doubt that the Ghetto Brothers are an influence in NYC’s urban history. They paved the way for many who were searching for a sense of identity, a voice and social justice.”
-Jorge “Popmaster Fabel” Pabon
Breakdance Pioneer, Rock Steady Crew

“The gang truce back in the early seventies with Brother Benjy, with the Ghetto Brothers, Black Spades, the Savage Skulls, the Savage Nomads, Seven Immortals, the Reapers, Turbans, with all the major street organizations, was powerful. It was the time to put down the weapons against each other and try to organize… It was deep. It was powerful… We were all in the same game.”
-Afrika Bambaataa
Hip Hop Pioneer
Participant in the 1971 Truce Summit

“The story of the Ghetto Brothers is the story of the Bronx in the 1970s… The Ghetto Brothers are still considered legendary by those who know.”
Jeff Chang,
Hip Hop Historian

6×9, 128pp., B&W, trade pb., $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489
Diamond Order Code: FEB151507

For previews and more, click here!

To see NBM’s April offerings and place a preorder, please head to your local comic book store and ask to see the Diamond’s February Previews!


Terry

Angouleme, Here I Come?

January 26, 2015 by  


The question mark is as of today what with that horrible snowstorm dropping bricks of snow on us. My flight tomorrow night’s already been cancelled.

Well, hopefully the next day I can leave and make it there for the first time in 4 years. I used to be a regular but dropped out for a while as going to Frankfurt in October and Bologna in March was plenty enough for me.

BUT that deprived me of even being in my other country, France. And boy, have I missed it.

The show this year looks to have quite a bit from our side of the water: A Calvin & Hobbes exhibit, since Watterson was given the grand prize last year and a Kirby exhibit. But I’ll be there to mingle with France’s numerous exciting small pubs and with editors and authors mostly.

And, hey, also after 4 years absence, see my old pal starting from 7th grade Marc Minoustchine, the M in NBM, as well as my family I haven’t seen in over a decade! Gah!


Margreet de Heer

In memoriam Peter Pontiac

January 25, 2015 by  


Een strip voor en over Peter Pontiac – a comic for and about Peter Pontiac.

English version below.

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Margreet de Heer

On Speechlessness and Fundamentalism

January 13, 2015 by  


I was about to proudly announce that my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics will be published this year by NBM – when the attack on Charlie Hebdo happened and left me speechless.

This might not be the best time to promote a work that puts pictures and religious thought together. Or maybe it is the best of times, now that there’s this enormous graphic surge of cartoons that cry out for freedom of speech.

I don’t know. But here are two pages of my upcoming book that have some bearing on all that is happening.

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Terry

Call to Artists: The Charlie Hebdo benefit book!

January 13, 2015 by  


 

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Just got this through Mediatoon’s newsletter, France’s largest comics publisher.


Terry

Charlie Hebdo: Our thoughts must go to the French cartooning community

January 7, 2015 by  


I am absolutely in shock over what happened at their offices.

Wolinski and Cabu I can tell you are giants in cartooning and comics history in France. All of these people that died are now

MARTYRS

Martyrs to Free Expression

How can one defend oneself against such senseless attacks? do we shut up, like Sony did on The Interview? To express one’s opinion or to parody something means risking our life?

I remember how the French comics community, among others, immediately e-mailed me on 9/11 expressing their shock and solidarity. I am giving back now, as we all should in our comics community.

France has always been a leader in championing free expression. Much of our ideals come from the French revolution. Charlie Hebdo embodied fearless no holes barred satire, screw the consequences. They had been firebombed in 2011 and obviously showed no submission as a result. That takes real courage. Those Islamic extremists have only accomplished the contrary of what they wanted.

My thoughts are with you, Charlie Hebdo, and France in general.

Charlie Hebdo: may your next issue skewer Islamist extremists to the max.


Margreet de Heer

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2015 by  


Here’s the New Year’s card Yiri and I made:

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Yes, it’s a direct tribute to this famous Calvin & Hobbes strip by Bill Watterson:

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What are we dancing about in the New Year? Well, for the pending publication of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, for starters. It will be out at NBM in Fall, and this is the cover:

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Jeff Whitman

New NBM in March 2015: Lulu Anew

January 2, 2015 by  


NBM’s March selections are now appearing in Diamond Previews magazine. Head down to your nearest comic book store to place your preorders!

This March, LULU ANEW makes its English debut. The graphic novel has already been turned into a movie in its native country, France. This is the second translated piece NBM has done by Etienne Davodeau. The creator was recently nominated for Angoulême’s prestigious Grand Prix award.

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LULU ANEW
Etienne Davodeau
At the end of yet another unproductive job interview, Lulu, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. She’s got a husband and kids left bewildered but it’s nothing against them. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman. By the author of the acclaimed The Initiates.
“Pleased to see more of his work available in English, and looking forward to seeing how he fares with a fictional narrative.”
-Comics Alliance
8 ½ x 11, 160pp. full-color hardcover: $27.99
ISBN: 9781561639724
Diamond Order Code: JAN151512

See previews here.

Available now is Davodeau’s THE INITIATES, a social experiment where a comic artist and a winemaker switch jobs. The book received many nominations, even winning the best wine book translation of 2013! Order now at your local comic book store if you missed it the first time around!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE INITIATES: A Comic Artist And a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs
Etienne Davodeau
Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making.
Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He‘s rarely even read comics.
But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?
To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar. Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs.
The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.
With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults).
8×11, 272pp., B&W hardcover: $29.99
ISBN 9781561637034
Diamond Order Code: NOV121246

See previews here!

Take a look at all NBM’s March offerings in the latest issue of Diamond Previews.