October 14, 2014 by Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
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.
October 9, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Two weeks ago our beautiful sweet Siamese Boris died. We miss him greatly, not just as a pet but as a friend who always seemed so tuned in to our moods and feelings. He was almost eighteen and had a great life and a good death – yet this does not make the sadness any less, only “cleaner” perhaps, since there are no regrets.
Apart from all the “usual” mourning, I have an additional, specific problem. Boris was also a character in our books – a mostly silent one but still part of most of our backgrounds. (I blogged about the cats in my books two years ago, here).
We’re about halfway working on our next book and of course Boris has made his appearance. So what do I do, do I keep drawing him? Or do I just drop him from my pictures? Do I need to address his absence in any way, and how can I do that without distracting from the theme of the book? (which is World Power, something most cats have little interest in)
After pondering it for a while, I came up with this solution, in the first panel of a chapter in which I discuss the progress of the book with my brother:
That’s Yiri holding Boris’ picture next to what I call my “deity drawer”, a small cupboard for incense, some god statuettes and assorted spiritual books. It’s also the place where I put pictures of the dearly departed. (The deity drawer is featured in my book about Religion)
It is addressed. Boris gets his place among the legendary mortal supporting comics characters.
And we will have to face the problems of the world without him from now on – quite literally in our lives but also in our books.
Sleep well, dear Boris, you will live on in our hearts.
October 7, 2014 by Jeff Whitman
Making your shopping list for New York Comic Con? NBM books can be found at two locations this year. We will have a small selection with our sister company, Papercutz- booth 2229. There you can get your copy of Beauty, Miss Don’t Touch Me, Invincible Days, All Star and Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
And over at booth 1775, Kinokuniya will have a wider selection of NBM titles including Zombillenium, Why I Killed Peter, Phantoms of the Louvre, Glacial Period and The Initiates, among others.
For a map of the convention floor- follow this link!
More information can be found on the official NYCC. Comic Con will be held at the Jarvitz Center in New York City this Thursday, October 9 until Sunday, October 12.
October 1, 2014 by Patrick Atangan
I did an interview for Broken Frontier about my new book and some other stuff.
I will also be in San Francisco this weekend signing my book at the APE con. Will also have some poster and original art for sale too! Hope to see you there.
September 29, 2014 by Jeff Whitman
Boom Studios has a hit on their hands with Lumberjanes, drawn by Brooke A. Allen, a part of their Boom! Box line of comics. But this isn’t the first time the world’s seen Brooke: She has published with NBM before with 2010’s A Home for Mr. Easter.
Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!
Be sure to catch what the Miami Herald called” moving, memorable and rollicking” with Comics Waiting Room reviewing Allen’s artwork as “bold, fantastical and beautiful in its purity.”A Home for Mr. Easter is in Previews Magazine right now, be sure place your order from your local comic book store’s Diamond catalog!
Diamond Order Code: FEB101037
September 26, 2014 by Jim Benton
September 26, 2014 by Jeff Whitman
NBM is going APE!
APE, the Alternative Press Expo, returns to San Francisco October 4 & 5. . . and we will be there to celebrate all that alternative press has to offer!
Two of our talents, Patrick Atangan and Rick Geary, will be at our table to sign books and sell books! Patrick Atangan, the creator of the Songs of Our Ancestors series and the newly released Invincible Days, will be signing.
Rick Geary, of our long running Treasury of Murder collection, will be signing as well and will also have an extra special, never before seen preview at the Expo!
Other NBM favorites will also be on sale!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to Rick and Patrick on October 4th and 5th. Our table number is 905.
For more information about the APE please see their website at: http://www.comic-con.org/ape
As for what we are previewing: look for another sneak peak next week on the blog!
September 25, 2014 by Jeff Whitman
Coming in December is the second volume of Rick Geary’s A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium. Following the success of the first Compendium, the second volume will have almost double the content. The quarter-bound hardcover will feature 400 pages of real murder cases from the Victorian era, 5 complete stories!
First is the tale of The Borden Tragedy where “Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks, when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one!” It was recently turned into a movie starring Christina Ricci.
“Geary returns with another typically superlative work…Artfully precise reconstruction…A delight!” Publishers Weekly starred review.
The Mystery of Mary Rogers is an unsolved one. Mary Rogers was a compellingly beautiful lass employed in a cigar store in New York City in the mid-nineteenth century. She had a few suitors. Then, she suddenly disappeared, her body recovered in the Hudson off the Jersey side. The press had a field day with all the possible shocking possibilities. Even Edgar Allen Poe thought to have solved the case and presented that in his tale “The Mystery of Mary Roget.”
“Executed with his customary attention to period detail, cinematic plenitude of points of view, and compositional brio.” -Booklist
“Geary’s retelling is detailed and well researched, and his impressive black-and-white drawings depict Victorian New York with great care.” -Publishers Weekly
In The Saga of the Bloody Benders Geary takes us out to the wild west and the just opened up prairies of Kansas. Out on a deserted stretch of road linking newly forming towns, a mysterious family stakes a claim and builds an inn for weary visitors. Soon, reports multiply of disappearances around that area. Generally, those who disappear have plenty of cash on them. A delicious tale of a gruesome family fronted by a beguiling lass who led their victims on…
“ONE OF THE BEST COMICS OF 2007. Geary is working on a higher plane than just about every other comics creator in the business.” -The Onion
A ‘Comics Worth Reading’ Best Book of 2007
“Just plain old good comic storytelling with juicy subjects”.-comicsworthreading.com
The Case of Madeleine Smith recalls a scandalous secret affair in 19th century Scotland between an upperclass woman and a gentleman of lower standing ends in his murder by poison…
“Trademark droll counterpointing of narration and image.” -Booklist
The Murder of Abraham Lincoln looks at the most famous assassination of the Victorian era. Geary talks about the sinister plot, the gruesome murder, and the aftermath of the presidential murder.
“Filled with rich detail and told with the tightness of a thriller. Makes for a remarkably entertaining and compact work of historical comix.”
“With his elegant pen-and-ink art and knack for sifting memorable and unusual details from history, Geary renders this familiar true story in riveting and thorough detail.”
This new collection will be available starting in December. Order now through Diamond Previews or at your local comic book store.
Diamond Order Code: OCT141550
A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium I is available now. For more by Mr Geary, see his NBM Author Page.
September 20, 2014 by Jeff Whitman
IT’S DUNGEON MONTH AT NBM!
“Dungeon comics — that’s a big inspiration for me and the crew who write on the show. Dungeon’s a great comic, and I look to it for the sort of casual conversation they have with the big fantasy world that they all live in.”
-Adventure Time’s Pendleton Ward
Vol.4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, ALFRED, MAZAN
In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”
And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Black Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. We are witness to the very end of Dungeon!
6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, 9781561639199
BACK TO PRESS:
DUNGEON: Zenith, Vol.3
“Back In Style”
BOULET, Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM
Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon, in the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely. In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him ‘the mask of death’. Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!
“Ah, Dungeon, what pleasures you bring me. Boulet is comfortably upholding the artistic standards of previous forays into Dungeon. Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim … man, these two guys can seemingly do no wrong.” –Newsarama
61/2 x 9, 96pp, full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-550-4
DUNGEON: The Early Years, vol.1
The Night Shirt
Christophe BLAIN • Joann SFAR • Lewis TRONDHEIM
We start on another tangent of the vast world of Dungeon, one that relates the origins of it. In this first story of the Early Years, you will see the Keeper barely an adult and leaving his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness… Blain (Isaac the Pirate) illustrates on a story by Trondheim and Sfar.
Fun, adventure, suspense and… wry satire.
“Thrilling action and gentle whimsy nestle comfortably together in this swashbuckling fantasy” -Publishers Weekly
61/2 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-439-2
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 2
Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, KERASCOET
Marvin, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, simply cannot be let to die like he wishes! Whatever he loses, he regains in different powers. He’s even become invincible. It’s to the point where he’d rather exchange body parts to get back his mortality. But then he is led to a discovery that may make continuing to live actually worth it. Art by the team behind “Miss Don’t Touch Me” and “Beauty.”
“There are quests, battles, romps in bed, disappearances, reunions, invisible monsters, trials and “granny’s good cake,” enough for any ten lesser books.”
61/2×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-477-4
DUNGEON: Twilight set
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, KERASCOET, OBION
The first 3 books in this part of the great saga in one specially priced set. The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT.
Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world, its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.
6 ½ x 9, 288pp, full color set of 3 volumes, $39.99 9781561639069
DUNGEON: Early Years set
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, Christophe BLAIN
A darkly funny satire of fantasy that brings together the first two volumes of the Early Years, this collection relates the origins of the vast world of Dungeon. In this first story of the Early Years, the Keeper leaves his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness and becomes the Night Shirt—a misguided vigilante who renders justice nightly. In the second story, the Night Shirt stumbles upon Alexandra, the one he pines for, about to be raped and comes to her valiant and heroic rescue with romantic bravura. Perfect for lovers of heroic fantasy and dark humor, this two-volume set is the complete run of this subseries of Dungeon. SPECIAL PRICE!
6 ½ x 9, 192pp. full color set of 2 volumes, $27.99 ISBN 9781561639328
DUNGEON Zenith set
Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, BOULET
Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press! SPECIALLY PRICED!
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2
WHY I KILLED PETER
ALFRED & Olivier KA
By the artist on the new Dungeon Twilight 4! “Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It’s like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came in the picture.”
Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within him but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out and finally revisiting the man when close to death and his coming to grips. A very moving , topical and important work, sensitively presented.
“If there is a healing process, this unforgettable graphic reminiscence is surely its catalyst.” -Miami Herald
“This is an excellent work. Recommended.”
-Comic Book Resources
6×9, 112pp., full color clothbound jacketed, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-543-6
Songs of Our Ancestors,
Vol.3: THE TREE OF LOVE
By the artist of the recently released Invincible Days. Celebrates India’s tradition of elevating romance to a work of art. Atangan adapts Rajput polyptych paintings of northern India and transforms them into a unique and poetic comic experience. Tree of Love follows a prince’s courtship of a flower peddler. The young prince is surprised by the difficulty in proving the worthiness of what everyone sees as a common woman. But she has a secret, a special gift bound in the beauty and power of nature.
Each page faithfully ornaments Tree of Love’s painfully universal story about the intricacies of love.
“Atangan’s beautiful art and attention to authentic detail cast a spell of enchantment.”
81/2x 61/2″, 48pp., full color hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-438-5
September 19, 2014 by Patrick Atangan
Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan. Available in stores everywhere!