Stefan Blitz

Review Round-up: Hubert & Kerascoet’s BEAUTY, “A spectacle of comics achievement”

November 10, 2014 by  


 

From Hubert & Kerascoet, the team behind Miss Don’t Touch Me, comes Beauty, an engrossing tale for grown-ups on the nature of beauty, both fascinating and corrupting.

When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater…

Here’s what people are saying…

“Beautifully illustrated with Kerascoët’s magical, dreamy, richly coloured art, Beauty is set to be one of 2014’s comic highlights.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Kerascoet’s work on this book is a spectacle of comics achievement I’m betting I will not see again for a long time.”

Coverless Reviews

“Kerascoët and writer/colorist Hubert deliver an epic, if cynical, graphic novel meditating on the pettiness of human (and fairy) nature, and how lust and jealousy make the world go round.”

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And a review for their previous book, Miss Don’t Touch Me.

“Set in the Paris of the 1930s, alternating between the glitzy and the very gritty, this dark and disturbing tale is both a fantastic noir and a tense exploration of various societal themes like class, inequality, political corruption, and most of all the staggering depravity of the elite. Inspired by racy classics like The Story of O, but somehow much more readable, this smart coming-of-age shocker is irresistible.”

– Publisher’s Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/images/star3.gif STARRED REVIEW


Margreet de Heer

Religion in Korea

November 4, 2014 by  


My comic book about Religion (yet to be published in the U.S., hopefully next year) has just been released in South Korea! It’s really strange to see my pictures combined with (for me) illegible signs – and even stranger (but very nice-strange) to find that people so far away are not only reading the book, but actually twittering about it!

Here are the tweets I found:

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This cover is so different from the original one, but I do like it. I drew the front illustration especially for the Korean edition. The title translates to something like “Religion is a personal affair”.

This is a bit about the history of Hinduism:

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And here’s the sedar table, at the heart of Judaism:

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This is about meditation, in the chapter about Buddhism:

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It’s a very gratifying thought that people in a country so far away, with such a different cultural background, seem to appreciate the outlook on religion of a Dutch protestant Christian-raised, Buddhism-interested, Hinduism-infatuated, Judaism-appreciating, Islam-valuing girl like me!

Publisher Bulkwang has published all of my three books in the last year! The cooperation over such a distance and language barrier was managed smoothly by Amo Agency. I’m very proud of this!

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This book will probably be published in the U.S. with the title Religion: a Discovery in Comics.


Jim Benton

Coffee

November 4, 2014 by  


See his collection on the NBM website. 


Jeff Whitman

NBM for January: Another Chance to Order Our Most Recent Books!

October 30, 2014 by  


There are plenty of NBM titles in January’s Diamond Previews catalog!

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Take the time to order NBM’s newest hit Beauty, by Hubert & Kerascoet. Library Journal called it “one of 2014’s comic highlights.” See a preview here!

8 ½ x11, 144pp. full color hc, $27.99 9781561638949

Diamond Order Code: JUL141324

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubert & Kerascoet’s first series, the crime mystery Miss Don’t Touch Me, has been collected in an omnibus edition for the first time to commemorate the occasion! Read what Comic Buyers Guide think “would make a heck of a movie.” They add, “Hubert’s writing is first-rate, Kerascoet’s storytelling and character designs are vibrant, and the overall look of the book is delightful.” Click here for a preview!

8 ½ x11, 192pp. full color hc, $29.99 9781561638994

Diamond Order Code: JUL141325

Dog Butts and Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The creator of the Songs of Our Ancestors series returns with a collection of short stories about crucial childhood moments in Patrick Atangan’s Invincible Days. Comics Reporter called it a  “new and notable release” and Broken Frontier named it “a testament to the refinement of Atangan’s skills as an artist and his fearlessness as a storyteller”. Previews are available here!

9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 ISBN 9781561639014

Diamond Order Code: JUN141322

 

Ask about these at your local comic book shop or fine book store!


Jeff Whitman

Coming Up From NBM Publishing! Dungeon, Zombillenium, Geary and More!

October 29, 2014 by  


It isn’t even Halloween yet and we are already celebrating the New Year here at NBM! We’ve just updated our Coming Up  section to show all our books planned through August!

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 ends with a bang with “The End of Dungeon” in Dungeon: Twilight, vol. 4 and the second installment of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary.

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February brings Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, detailing the start of Christian Dior’s House of Dior fashion empire.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LULU ANEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March sees 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels by The Rise of the Graphic Novel’Stephen Weiner and Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates),(previously announced as Jude Nude.)

GHETTO BROTHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering’s biography Ghetto Brother- the story of Benjy Melendez, the notorious gang leader who engineered a gang truce- is out in April.

LOUISE BROOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new direction for Rick Geary as he turns to fiction in Louise Brooks, Detective this May. His “Treasury of XX Century Murder” entry, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti will be rereleased in paperback format the same month.

DUNGEON Monstres vol.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeon may have ended in 2014, but the Monstres live on! Dungeon: Monstres, volume 5 will be out in June.”My Son the Killer” has two stories by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, and Frederic Bezian!

ZOMBILLENIUM VOL.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third volume of Zombillenium, “Control Freaks” will be out in July by Arthur de Pins.

 

See preview pages, descriptions and more in our “Coming Up” section of the site.

What are you most looking forward to out of this?


Jeff Whitman

Zombillenium’s Arthur De Pins Headed to LA

October 29, 2014 by  


The zombie invasion is headed to Los Angeles!

Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, in association with UCLA Department of French & Francophone studies, Institut Francais, L.A. French Culture and more, will gather for VIS-À-VIS, an event bringing together authors and creators from France and the US, sharing their experience on adapting graphic novels to the screen.

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Americans Trevor Alixopulos (The Hot Breath of War), John Pham (Sublife), Edward Gauvin (Translator, The Conductor and Other Tales) and Dan Panosian who has worked with all the major comic book publishers will meet with French creators Jul (Silex and the City),Abel Lanzac (Weapons of Mass Diplomacy),  Fabien Vehlmann (Green Manor, Seuls) and NBM’s very own Arthur de Pins, of Zombillenium. This is the first time France’s new generation of comic creators will visit Los Angeles. The eight French and American creators will discuss their art and practice.

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Vis-à-Vis: French Bande Dessinee Meets L.A. Comics will be held at Meltdown, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles on Sunday, November 9th at 2pm.  For more information, follow Meltdown’s blog and be sure to read up on Zombillenium beforehand!

To RSVP to this free event, follow this link!


Margreet de Heer

Dutch History part 5

October 24, 2014 by  


And we continue the history of Holland – specifically, the life of William I, the first King, who found himself pretty down and out under Napoleon’s rule, until…

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This comic is part of a travelling exhibition, initiated by Museum Meermanno. The exhibition consists of ten panels, telling the history of William I in comics (by me) and adjoining texts (by Marc Kleijnen). The exhibition can now be seen for free in the library of Eygelshoven.

 

 


Jim Benton

Happy Halloween!

October 23, 2014 by  


See his collection on the NBM website. 


Jeff Whitman

Gearing up for A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, Vol. 2? We can help!

October 16, 2014 by  


To commemorate the second volume of A  Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, NBM is resoliciting three prominent books in the Treasury of Murder series, by Rick Geary. Be sure to place your order in the December Diamond Previews magazine or ask for them at your local comic book store.

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The Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium, Volume 1 brings a fatal dose of Murder to readers.

In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.

6×9, 288pp., B&W quarterbound hardcover, $24.99

ISBN 9781561637041

Diamond Order Code:  STK475586

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In Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White, Geary tackles “The Crime of the Century” in a tale that was nominated for “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” by YALSA.

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.
6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99

ISBN 9781561637621

Diamond Order Code: STK620351

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Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery is “another excellent entry in this rather admittedly macabre series” according to Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6.

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922. Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir. The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick. Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…

6×9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-628-0

Diamond Order Code: STK464894

 

Whether you are new to the Treasury of XXth Century Murder series or want to relive all the gruesome details again, place your order with Diamond Comics today at your local comic book store. And be on the look out for the new Volume 2 of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium , on sale this December!

 

For more books in the series and previews, click here.


Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada

Ten Reasons Why Comic Books Are Better Than Films

October 14, 2014 by  


My first article in a newspaper, in Scottish Newspaper, the Glasgow Herald, today.

’10 reasons why comic books are better than films’

And you know they are!

This article kicks off a new regular feature in the Herald, which will focus on graphic novels, called ‘Graphic Content’, organised by journalist Teddy Jamieson.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/books-poetry/graphic-content-10-reasons-why-comic-books-are-better-than-films.1413190500