May 27, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Last week, Dutch astronaut and innovator Wubbo Ockels died at the age of 68. This came as a shock to everyone of my generation who sat glued to the TV screen as a child in 1985, when he went into space. The day after I heard the news, I made this comic:
These pages will be part of the new book I’m working on, World Domination: a Discovery in Comics.
May 26, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
The reviews for Jesse Lonergan’s All Star are in!
“It’s an authentic tale of life in a small community, particularly in the wordless sequences of ball practice or late-night party. It’s a pleasure to get lost in the art.”
“Lonergan’s story hits all the right notes of smalltown life and athletic struggle, with loose, energetic, manga-inspired art.”
“All Star captures small-town adolescence perfectly (perhaps all too perfectly, depending on a reader’s mood and propensity for elegiac nostalgia), and is actually a great deal of fun, despite the down ending and the heavy melodrama.
Lonergan is a sensational character designer and cartoonist, and while all of the lines in all of the panels are dynamic and expressive, this is never more apparent than when he’s drawing the sports action, in which balls fly like meteors, and hit the ground, a glove or a bat with explosions.”
– Robot 6
“Lonergan does get things right at every turn. His town feels right, the people who live there feel right, the reaction to what happens feels right, and the angst Carl feels over it feels right. There’s a universal recognition of the human condition here that works. Having grown up in a town like this, I saw the truth in it. The art has a crisp, cartoon-y look about it, and the ending, while feeling a little manufactured, resonates in the final panels. Solid stuff.”
“Thoughtful, provocative, and populated by believable human characters, All Star is highly recommended. All Star does contain some cursing and a few sexual allusions, though it is never explicit, and is therefore more suitable for teens and adults (or any reader who is mature enough to understand what the Lewinsky scandal was all about).”
“This was so good. So damn good. I don’t care for baseball at all, but this isn’t necessarily about baseball. It’s about being someone who is willing to take a stand for what they think is important...”
All Star is available now.
May 26, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 22, 2014 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month; The next volume of the increasingly popular Zombillenium series! The first volume, out last July, has already sold out and is going back to press with this one.
Arthur De Pins
Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art.
9×12, 48pp. full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561638505
Here’s what they said of the first:
“A Clever, Horror-Themed Riot. A really fun graphic novel, and you realize that when you open to the first page and see a bored-looking goth girl riding a skateboard on top of a broom. Sold. “
-Danica Davidson, MTV.com
And this outrageous graphic novel from EUROTICA, not X rated but kitschy racy. And wait ’til you see the embossed and foil stamped cover…
Magenta: Noir Fatale
A raucous mix of femme fatales, bondage and noir, this very handsome new series is vintage risqué and kinky, and just as teasing and campy as the best burlesque. When ‘Kinky Winky’ bondage models Magenta and Lucretia hear of fellow models disappearing at an alarming rate, they volunteer to investigate, uncovering the seamy underbelly of London of the sixties. With embossed and foil stamped cover.
8 ½ x 11, 68pp. B&W trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781561638789
ALL AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM YOUR COMICS SHOP NOW.
May 18, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Today is the 142nd birthday of famous philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell. He is the one who undermined the indisputability of logic by posing his famous Paradox, which I drew in my book Science: a Discovery in Comics as follows:
If you really want to get into Bertrand Russell though, you should read Logicomix, which is an excellent graphic novel about Russell’s life and work, as well as about the making of a graphic novel about logic.
The point of Russell’s Paradox is that it is unsolvable, and therefore questions the base of logic – but if this were a riddle, I’d answer that the barber must be a woman.
(which goes to prove, I guess, that in the nineteenth century the idea of a woman shaving men’s beards went against all logic)
May 11, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
This year and the next, The Netherlands celebrate their 200th anniversary as a Kingdom. Museum Meermanno asked me to make ten panels about the life of William I, first King of The Netherlands, responsible for the (first) constitution. Last week, these panels were officially revealed in the Public Library in The Hague, and after 2nd of June they will travel to different libraries all across the country.
The panels turned out great: they are big, 120 x 80 cm, and consist of my comic, Yiri’s colors and an explanatory text by historian Marc Kleijnen. At the same time, text and comics have been published in a cool glossy magazine that has been distributed in schools.
Here is the first panel in translation, about William’s youth:
William’s teacher Leonhard Euler also makes an appearance in my book Science: a Discovery in Comics. He was a brilliant mathematician, and gave the world the most beautiful formula ever conceived:
If you are a Dutch library interested in having the panels as an exposition, or a school wanting to purchase the magazine (cheap!), please contact Museum Meermanno.
May 9, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 6, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 5, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
This weekend, May 10th and 11th The Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling team up once again to present the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF) with several NBM authors in attendance. We’ll be holding court at Table 172, so come on by!
Renaud Dillies will be a featured guest and will be making TCAF his first ever North American comics event.
Dillies is the creative force behind Betty Blues and Bubbles & Gondola and illustrated Abelard with writer Régis Hautière.
On Saturday, he’ll be appearing at the Toronto Reference Library: Comics Workshop Space leading the workshop, “Drawing Music.”
On Sunday, he’ll receive his own spotlight panel from 4pm-5pm.
All the way from Paris, France, TCAF is proud to welcome Featured Guest Renaud Dillies. Author of the acclaimed graphic novels Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola, and the Angouleme “Debut Book Prize” winner Betty Blues. In this feature interview, The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon will interview Dillies on his life, his career, and his inspirations. French/English interpretation by Stephane Beaujean.
Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
From the creative team behind The Broadcast, NBM is proud to be debuting their new book, Family Ties at TCAF.
Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, Family Ties is The Godfather as a Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.
Jesse, the author of Flower & Fade and Joe & Azat will be appearing to support his new book, the baseball coming of age tale, All Star.
On Saturday from 11am-12pm, Jesse will be appearing on the panel:
Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies.
Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), Jesse Lonergan (All-Star), and moderator Jimmy Aquino (Comics News Insider), for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!
Christophe Blain, the author Isaac the Pirate, Gus, and Dungeon the Early Years (with Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim) will be hosting one of the Comics Workshops, “Drawing” on Saturday at 2pm.
Signing Schedule – Table 172
- 9am-10am Jesse Lonergan
- 10am-12pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 1pm-2pm Renaud Dillies
- 2pm-3pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 3pm-4pm Jesse Lonergan
- 4pm-5pm Renaud Dillies
- 11am-12pm Christophe Blain
- 12pm-1pm Renaud Dillies
- 1pm-2pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 2pm-3pm Jesse Lonergan
- 3pm-4pm Renaud Dillies
- 4pm-5pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
For more details, visit torontocomics.com
May 5, 2014 by Jim Benton