December 10, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Today 198 years ago Ada Lovelace was born – an exceptionally bright woman who became the first ever computer programmer. She led a short but interesting and in the end rather tragic life, which I’d like to commemorate with this comic:
This page is actually NOT from my book Science: a Discovery in Comics, but from a small booklet I made about seven famous friendships – of which that between Ada and Charles Babbage was an important one.
But Ada Lovelace IS mentioned in my Science book, in the chapter about women scientists. By now, she is a role model for female scientists everywhere, and even has her own celebratory day in October, Ada Lovelace Day.
Happy birthday, Ada! We who are all seated behind our computers today, salute you!
December 9, 2013 by Jesse Lonergan
It’s been about five years since my last post, but that’s just because I was waiting for some exciting news! And that exciting news is this: my book All Star will be coming out from NBM in March!
I’ve been putting it out in mini format a chapter at a time.
This is the full set all ready to be put together for SPX this year.
You can even read a rather glowing review of the first chapter on Comics Bulletin. And if you can’t wait until March and you happen to be in the Boston area this weekend, I’ll be at the Holly Fair in Harvard Square with the complete collection of the book.
And you can check other stuff by me at these places:
And you can tweet @jesse_lonergan
December 5, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
We are extremely honored to learn that The Initiates has won in the Best Wine Book Translation for the United States in the Gourmand Wine Books Awards, which allows us to qualify for the Gourmand Best in the World Competition which will be announced on May 20, 2014 in Beijing, China, during Beijing Cookbook Fair.
Congratulations to Étienne Davodeau, as well as special congratulations to translator Joe Johnson.
December 5, 2013 by NBM
The star of the show: a humor collection by bestselling author Jim Benton!
That’s right, the funny man behind It’s Happy Bunny has been contributing very popular cartoons/comics pages to Reddit and here’s a collection of those. It’s a dazzling display of different styles and very offbeat humor. He’s also the bestselling offbeat author of Franny K. Stein and Dear Dumb Diary, but THIS collection ain’t for kids (they’d get upset). Some great quotes in anticipation of this book:
“Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now.”– Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com
“When you realize that the pathetic cry “I’M BENT” is hidden in Jim Benton’s very name on the cover you’ll know you’re in for a wild ride! And when you read this hilarious book YOU’LL be bent–bent over with laughter!”–Craig Yoe, Cartoonist, Author, Comic Historian
“If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book. ”- -Jerry Zucker, Director, Writer, Producer
Also of note:
BILAL does the next LOUVRE book!
The bestselling author (every book of his sells over 100,000 in France) has a very unusual concept around the Louvre pieces. All the paintings in this book were exhibited at the Louvre earlier this year. And, for the anecdote, this marks a return to our roots: the second book we ever published, back in 1978 was The Call of the Stars by Enki Bilal…
Jesse (Flower & Fade, Joe &Azat) Lonergan brings out his best work yet:
And Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon (The Broadcast) have their next thriller:
MAGENTA, Noir Fatale marks a new turn for the imprint with a retro cool story of kink, old fashioned bondage and burlesque inspiration. Like burlesque, it’s a great fun tease, ‘tastefully trashy’. If you’ve been reading our Sizzle magazine, you know what we’re talking about.
December 1, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Festivities are in the air – here in Holland we have no less than TWO this month. On the 5th of December, we celebrate Sinterklaas, the white-bearded saint from Spain, who visits our country with his army of Black Petes to shower the children with lavish gifts.
Here’s a comic I did in 2006, combining Sint and the political climate that year:
A year before, I made this one for girls magazine Yes:
And as soon as Sint leaves, we’ll be getting trees in to prepare for Christmas, which is always fun.
Season’s greetings, everyone!
You can order them here!
November 24, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
It’s Evolution Day – the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species! Today, 154 years ago, Darwin’s work finally appeared in print, more than twenty years after he returned from his famous journey with The Beagle.
To celebrate, here are two pages from my book Science: a Discovery in Comics:
Want to read more?
(Or check it out at your library, I hear the book has hit many libraries by now)
November 19, 2013 by Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
November 11, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
It’s part of a comic artist’s life that assignments come and go. Last year, I was asked by magazine Open Deur to make a comic for their back page. It was a bit of an experiment for them, for the run of one year. And now the year is over and they decided to discontinue the comic.
Open Deur is a Dutch magazine that’s given out for free in churches. It has a very liberal and open character (hence the name: Open Door) and every issue has a special theme – sometimes very biblical, at other times more general. The editors gave me free range, and I took the opportunity to make the comic into a bit of an experimental place for myself. In ten issues, I have drawn very different things. I drew a Sandbox Dialogue, a comic featuring God and also did some full page illustrations. But what kept coming up were the adventures of a nameless family: father, mother and son.
Here’s the mother and son in a story about the bible book of Esther:
And here’s one about Freedom, that did not get published in the end since the back page was needed for something else:
I liked how these characters “worked”.
Maybe they’ll pop up in a later comic, you never know. But for now, it’s the end for this particular comics run.
On to the next assignment!
November 11, 2013 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month. Put in your advance order for this January shipping collection!
The Complete Peanut Butter, set of vols. 1-7
Diary of Molly Fredrickson
Catch the buzz on one of the hottest college girls in erotic comics and get the complete journal of Molly’s extreme naughtiness all in beautifully painted color from graduating high school on up! 336 pages of sexual abandon at a special price.
8 1/2 x 11, 336 pages, full color set of 7 trade pbs, $75, normally $84!
See more in Eurotica, click on ‘Coming Up’ at the top.
Other than that, stores this month are taking orders for 2 of our greatest books this year:
Your chance to order through your favorite comics store now.
November 4, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
Science: a Discovery in Comics has been out for two months now, and has received a few really good reviews:
“Her art is simple and straight-forward, and she always chooses function over form: everything works to service the lessons she is trying to impart. When people ask me about how comics can serve a purpose in the classroom, this is precisely the kind of book I use to demonstrate that very thing.”
“A truly sharp and witty book.”
“Clear, concise, appropriately challenging and informatively funny, Science – A Discovery in Comics is a wonder of unpretentious, exuberant graphic craft and a timeless book we can all enjoy.”
“Science: A Discovery in Comics is a book that will inspire both five year olds and their grandparents as they laugh along in discovery.”
“I can’t recommend this one highly enough, both for younger readers and adults who enjoy overviews of expansive subjects.”
“If you have a curious kid in your household, you could do worse than get her this book. Even if that kid is 60 years old.”
There have also been three great interviews:
- by Clay Fernald for DigBoston.com
- “Dutch cartoonist makes learning science easier” – by Andrew Smith
- “A Discovery in Comics” – by Suzette Chan for Sequential Tart
Needless to say, I’m over the moon with all these positive reviews and interviews!
Go buy my book! That many reporters can’t be wrong!