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.


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Girl in Dior advances are in… looks scrumptious

December 31, 2014 by  


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The book is in! One of our most beautiful productions. A quarter-bound (with cloth around the spine) hardcover with raised titles and spot lamination which hopefully this photo shows you…

We received a few advance copies for press via air freight. The full stock comes into our distributor IPG’s warehouse in a month.

We are busy setting up quite a launch for this, with Kinokuniya NYC involved and lots more… details to come! Meantime, the Wall St. Journal has just put up a piece on the growing involvement of women in comics and this is well represented in it. From the looks of the interest we’re getting from the press, working with DIOR US as well, this should only be the beginning…

See more about the book.


Terry

A Great Year For Us: Thank You! Happy 2015!

December 31, 2014 by  


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We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.

But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.

Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Jeff Whitman

New NBM for March ’15: 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels

December 30, 2014 by  


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

What’s your favorite graphic novel? Do you have a personal list of your best comics? Stephen Weiner has curated his list of outstanding graphic novels. Now, in the list’s third incarnation, Stephen shares 101 of the best examples the genre has to offer! The list has been updated to reflect today’s best comic offerings, literature about the art form, films and documentaries, and much more to delve into the world of comics and graphic novels. The updated edition is complete with a new introduction by Ellen Forney, creator of Penguins’ Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir. Look for this in stores starting in March.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS
Stephen Weiner, author

Foreword by Ellen Forney
Daniel J. Fingeroth, editor

The popular primer on the best graphic novels, initially called The 101 Best Graphic Novels, is back in its 3rd updated edition! Expert Librarian Stephen Weiner (Rise of the Graphic Novel, The Hellboy Companion, The Will Eisner Companion), with the crowdsourcing help of professionals in the field, from artists to critics to leading comic store owners, has sifted through the bewildering thousands of graphic novels now available to come up with an outstanding, not-to-be-missed 101. With an all-encompassing variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction, this serves as a great introduction to this increasingly influential world of pop culture and entertainment while also serving as a reference list for fans on what they may have possibly overlooked. Edited by Daniel J. Fingeroth, a writer (Spider-Man) and also an expert on comics (How to Create Comics from Script to Print, The Stan Lee Universe).
6×9, 80pp., full-color hardcover:  $15.99
ISBN: 9781561639441
Diamond Order Code: JAN151511

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Still on sale is the second edition of Stephen Weiner’s other NBM book, FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. In it, Weiner looks at the graphic novel phenomenon. This edition features a cover by Bone’s Jeff Smith and an introduction by the father of the American graphic novel, Will Eisner.

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FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET:
THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, 2nd Edition
Stephen Weiner, author
Introduction by Will Eisner

 Cover by Jeff Smith
Graphic novels have exploded off bookstore shelves and into movies, college courses and the New York Times Book Review, and onto the coffee tables of the cognoscenti. What’s fueling this explosion? Where did all the excitement come from? Stephen Weiner, a comics historian and children’s literature specialist, provides the answers in this groundbreaking book—the first history of graphic novels.
From the agonizing Holocaust vision of Art Spiegelman’s Maus to the teenage angst of Dan Clowes’s Ghost World, this book takes you into the heart of the graphic novel revolution. The author of 101 Best Graphic Novels now tells the whole history of this new medium—from the first modern urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, to the hip indy comics of the Hernandez Bros.’ Love and Rockets, the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight.
It’s all here, in this newly updated edition—the must-reads, the milestones, and what to look for in the future of this exciting new medium..
6×9, 80pp., Black and white hardcover: $14.99
ISBN 9781561637027
Diamond Order Code: AUG121210

See a preview here!


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Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me now on Comixology

December 24, 2014 by  


Just in time for Xmas, you can now get Beauty, one of our 2014 bestsellers, and Miss Don’t Touch Me on Comixology, Sequential and wherever e-books are sold!

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MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

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Most of NBM’s books from 2013 and 2014 are available as e-books wherever they are sold. They can make nice gifts! Here’s our catalog on Comixology and Sequential.


Margreet de Heer

An Alternative Christmas Comic

December 24, 2014 by  


I made this comic for the online magazine FictionCrowd.com:

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Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues nominated for 2014 S.P.A.C.E. Prize

December 23, 2014 by  


I’m thrilled to announce that Persia Blues, my graphic novel with artist Brent Bowman and published by NBM, is a finalist for the 2014 S.P.A.C.E. Prize in the graphic novel category!

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Here’s a brief note about the show, and a look at the other finalists:

Now coming up on it’s 16th year, S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) is the Midwest’s longest running exhibition of small press,creator owned and art comics. And Columbus’ only locally owned and operated comics show. Sponsored by Back Porch Comics.

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The winners will be picked from three voting bodies in each category: two rotating judges and the registered SPACE 2014 Exhibitors themselves.

Winners will be announced at next year’s SPACE, which takes place in Columbus, Ohio on April 11 & 12, 2015. Brent and I are hard at work on vol. 2, and I’ll be sharing some new art soon, right here on the NBM blog.


Jeff Whitman

NBM Creators Honored with Grand Prix Nominations at Angouleme 2015

December 23, 2014 by  


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Angoulême’s highest award, the Grand Prix, has announced next year’s nominees. Along with the title comes the responsibility of President of the 2016 festival and the design of the poster. This year’s winner was Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Among the list are many NBM greats!

 

Christophe Blain- ISAAC THE PIRATE, THE SPEED ABATER
Nicolas de Crécy- GLACIAL PERIOD
Étienne Davodeau-  THE INITIATES and the upcoming LULU ANEW
Emmanuel Guibert- Papercutz’s ARIOL
Lorenzo Mattotti- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (now out of print)
Joann Sfar- DUNGEON SERIES
NBM has also published past winners including Enki Bilal ( PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE) and Hugo Pratt (THE CORTO MALTESE (also out of print). Sfar and his DUNGEON partner Lewis Trondheim both are previous winners of the award.

The 42nd International Festival of the Bande Dessinee will be held in Angouleme, France from January 29th through February 1st.  The Grand Prix winner will be announced during the Festival. Congratulations and best of luck to all participating. For a full list of nominees, please see the official Facebook of the Festival  (in French).


Jeff Whitman

Happy Holidays

December 19, 2014 by  


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We here at NBM would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season. See you in 2015 with more great graphic novels!

 

 


Jeff Whitman

NBM for February: Some French Goodies

December 17, 2014 by  


February’s Diamond Previews catalog is in comic stores now! NBM has some great offerings to showcase in February including the remarkable GIRL IN DIOR, by Annie Goetzinger.

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GIRL IN DIOR
Annie Goetzinger

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“Great gift idea” –Elle
8.5 x 11, 128 pp., full-color quaterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover: $27.99
ISBN: 9781561639144
Diamond Order Code: DEC141578

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Also featured is our unique accordion book, STREET VIEW, which is sure to provide a new experience.

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STREET VIEW
Pascal Rabaté

A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, this unusual accordion book opens in two directions. One, a series of ten tableaux on a street scene as it evolves during the day. The next on 10 evening tableaux of the same view. A window may serve as a source of light and fresh air, but it also presents a view onto the life of a street and its many other windows, each a separate scene of its own, with its multitude of on-going stories developing before your eyes. Within those windows, you can witness the lives of single people, couples, families, stories of love, separation and possibly even… murder.
8×11, 48pp, full color accordion book, hardcover:  $27.99
ISBN 9781561639083
Diamond Order Code: AUG141555

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In this month’s PREVIEWS we are also revisiting ZOMBILLENIUM to get you ready for next summer’s release of Volume 3!

 

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ZOMBILLENIUM #1: “Gretchen”
Arthur de Pins
Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…
A Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Great Graphic Novel for Teens
“The twist at the end will send readers to read it again and they will certainly want to know what happens next.” -Library Media Connection
“Zombillenium does for cartoon monsters what Sfar and Trondheim’s Dungeon albums do for funny animals.” -Seattle Post Intelligencer
9×12, 48 pp., full-color hardcover: $14.99
ISBN 9781561637348
Diamond Order Code: APR131181

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ZOMBILLENIUM #2: “Human Resources”
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
Diamond Order Code: MAY141483

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOLS 1 and 2 and STREET VIEW are available to purchase now. GIRL IN DIOR will be available starting in February. To place an order please visit our website, or place your order with your local comic book store now!