‘Religion’ Makes the List! Named a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

It was just announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference that Religion: A Discovery in Comics, published by NBM, has been selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list. Religion makes the list for Grades 9-12  along with 6 other outstanding books.

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The list has been running since 2006 by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)- Building Bridges Through Children’s and Young Adult Books. Typically, 39-42 books are named on the award list, separated into 4 age groupings (PreK-2, Gr. 3-5, Gr. 6-8, Gr. 9-12).

 

Congratulations , Margreet!

 

For ordering information and preview pages, please click here! Also on our site are De Heer’s other volumes in the Discovery in Comics series (Philosophy, Science) as well as an exclusive print when you order more than $30 worth of books.

To see the whole list of Outstanding International books, visit the USSBY website.

Talking Persia Blues and more on the Comics Alternative podcast

Derek Royal from the The Comics Alternative podcast conducts an insightful and lengthy interview with yours truly and artist Brent Bowman about Persia Blues vol. 2.

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I’ll let Derek tell you a bit about what to expect:

“Dara and Brent discuss the challenges in balancing the two narrative threads and the process they use when creating the comic. The two originally met through the comics collective, PANEL, based out of Columbus, OH — in fact, much of the story in the second volume of Persia Blues takes place at OSU — and, as they discuss with Derek, their close proximity contributes to the book’s development. Along the way, Brent and Dara share their thoughts on writing from woman’s perspective, contemporary representations of Middle-Eastern figures, and the kind of reception Persia Blues has received within the Iranian American community.”

Click the link above to listen to our talk, and be sure to check out all the other great interviews and reviews at The Comics Alternative.

Ghetto Brother at Black Comic Book Festival

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Next Saturday, January 16, Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host the 4th annual Black Comic Book Festival.

At  noon John Jennings will moderate a panel on “Comics and Matters of Social Justice and Activism” with Julie Smith, writer of Hafrocentric, Bill Campbell of Rosarium Publishing, and Julian Voloj, author of “Ghetto Brother”.

If you are in New York, don’t miss this event.

When? Saturday, 1/16/16 — 12 PM – 1:15 PM

Where? Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

This Weekend NBM Heads To Boston For ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits

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With the first mild snowfall this past week, it’s hard to imagine that it’s only midwinter, but that’s not stopping the American Library Association from holding their event in Boston this weekend.

Not only does the show feature products, techonology, expert vendors, books, authors, stages and live exhibits, but it’s also the event where both the winners of the Caldecott medal (awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children) and the Newbery Award (given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.) are announced.

We’ll be in attendance and can be found at Booth 1907 showcasing our latest titles and previewing our forthcoming books including THOREAU, A Sublime Life by A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy and GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE by Jirô Taniguchi

NBM for March: Take a Walk with Thoreau

New for March is a comics biography in the spirit of our 2015 successes: Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother.  We bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was a poet, author, essayist, transcendentalist, and occasional anarchist. Now, A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

We selected art from Thoreau, A Sublime Life for NBM’s 2015 Annual Christmas card! See below.

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THOREAU, A Sublime Life
A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.
8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256

Diamond Order Code: JAN161569

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Be sure to order in January’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

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Win a signed and sketched copy of Persia Blues vol. 2

Haven’t bought your copy of Persia Blues vol. 2 yet? Would you like the chance to win a copy, signed by both myself and artist Brent Bowman? What if I told you it will also contain an original sketch by Brent? And that there are no strings attached?

Well, here’s your chance:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Persia Blues, Volume 2 by Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues, Volume 2

by Dara Naraghi

Giveaway ends January 20, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS, “is eyebrow-raising, forward-thinking, and thought-provoking.”

At least according to the Midwest Book Review, who also said that in Religion: A Discovery in Comics,

“(Margreet) De Heer recognizes the importance of the major world religions, but does not sanitize their darker aspects, to the extent that she deliberately incurs accusations of blasphemy… from atheists as well as from fundamentalists.”

 

Here’s what other reviewers said about the book:

“Refreshing in her honesty and openness, the author shares her religious roots (both parents are Christian ministers) and her journey exploring the different religions after questioning her family’s faith…The colorful, comic illustrations are respectful and will appeal to all ages; this book would be especially good for parents to use in introducing younger readers to the controversies and contrasts in different religions.”

San Francisco Book Review

 

“Offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion; the backgrounds and history of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism; and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

 

“Religion: A Discovery in Comics written and illustrated by Margreet de Heer, is a perfect opportunity to find an overview, all while seeking a way to understand a subject without getting so in depth you feel lost before you even begin.”

San Diego Book Review

“de Heer cartoons in an accessible friendly style that is imminently readable and takes no sides. “To me,” she concludes, “religion means mostly asking questions.” A point of view that the more hard-core followers of any belief system may find squishy – but should make a lot of sense to the more intellectually adventurous.”

Blogcritics

“Though the results of her investigation may not be especially profound, the physical product still is wonderful; she has produced a beautiful little book, with clever design, witty cartooning, and splendid use of color.”

Publisher’s Weekly

Finally, Margreet de Heer sat down with School Library Journal to discuss her work:

School Library Journal: Is there anything more you’d like to tell us about yourself and your work?

Margreet de Heer: I’m very proud that my work is presented as educational graphic novels—they actually grew out of making autobiographical comics. I love this genre, especially by women. There’s something very powerful about the personal narrative, no matter what the subject matter is.

My comics were born from a wish to draw about myself discovering things. So technically they’re autobiographical educational comics. I always start from a point where I think: How would I explain this thing to myself? How would I like to see it in pictures?

So I’m really drawing my comics to please myself. The fact that they are internationally successful is hugely satisfying for me: it seems a lot of people want to learn in the same way that I do. When I first started doing them, I did not expect this at all. I mean, who wants to “learn” something from reading a comic? Lucky for me, many people do. I hope to be drawing comics like this for quite a while to come.

THE WALKING WOUNDED, “jarring in it’s impact, from the precision of its storytelling to the power of its art.”

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq was named one of the “5 top graphic novels and cartoon collections to read this Veterans Day”, by The Washington Post which said:

“From battlefront to homefront, this story shines a light into the minds of warriors and the mental states of war’s patients. This is the stuff of what motivates young men and women to go to war — and what unsettles them, sometimes to the brink of suicide, after they’ve lived war’s horrors.”

 

“This is an anti-war book, and it’s hard to argue against it, even if seeing the horror of war in simple ink and paint that reminded me strongly of sepia, which seems fitting.”

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“Mael’s art is important to the story…There is also a constant tension in the interview sequences.”

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“The book’s didactic nature doesn’t diminish the power of its antiwar message. As the Iraq War recedes, works such as this serve as a much-needed prod to a society that’s all too eager to put its misbegotten Middle East misadventure behind it.”

– Booklist

 

“Suggesting that war creates an existential rupture in the souls of those who fight, this powerful account will enlighten adults and teens willing to set aside pat answers.”

– The Library Journal

Finally, the creative team of Olivier Morel and Maël discussed the book with The Library Journal:

Library Journal: What would you especially want librarians to know about your projects?

Olivier Morel : For me, libraries are sacred places. Books have always saved the world, saved lives; they are living bodies. As bibliophiles, librarians affirm life. Walking Wounded is also a living body—all of its protagonists are authentic. I am presenting a graphic novel that deals with issues that rarely make the headline news, when at the same time, there are millions of individuals, families, and communities affected. This is social realism: [the book] generates, I hope, both an informative and a transformative reading experience. Most important, it is about resilience, survival, about how it is possible to overcome the greatest challenges in life