April 29, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
I’m very proud to announce that my longest running comic character, Mijntje or Minnie as I’ve called her in english, is out now as a digital comic – the first of a series, containing both old material dating back as far as 2004, and completely new never-seen-before adventures.
For people who know me solely from my educational graphic novels Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics – my Minnie comic is something completely different: these are one-page gag comics with lesbian/bisexual themes, and sometimes feature nudity or even (oh dear) full on girl-on-girl sex. There is one huge similarity with my other works though: Minnie is definitely educational.
Mijntje started in 2004 when I was still a budding comic artist, hoping for an opportunity to start a regular 1-page comic in a magazine so I could really develop a character with a background story, friends & family. This opportunity came when someone tipped me that lesbian magazine Zij aan Zij was looking for a new comic artist.
After a short briefing by editor Maria van Oosten on what she was looking for in a comic (aimed at younger audience, including bisexuals, not just lesbians), the figure of Mijntje entered my brain like a redheaded hurricane, fully fledged – there was no struggle in defining her character or appearance, it was like she had always been out there, waiting for a chance to lodge herself in my drawing hand.
Sometimes comics write themselves like that and it’s a wonderful experience, like floating. Mijntje’s comics have never been hard to write, I just have to think up a situation and Mijntje-in-my-head automatically dictates the dialogue.
I called her Mijntje because “mijn” means “mine”, and she’s been mine from the very start.
With Mijntje came her girlfriend Mia, who’s a bit more level-headed, introverted and loyal, and they’ve been together ever since the beginning. Sure, I’ve given them some challenges with Mijntje’s loose behavior, and I toyed with the idea of inflicting a break-up on them, but I didn’t have the heart. The worst they had was a full-on crisis after Mijntje slept with another girl – I made that into one long story, drawn on 24-hour comics day in 2006, it’s been unpublished up until now but will appear in Minnie’s second issue.
In Minnie #1 I have gathered some of the early stories: Minnie’s break-up with her boyfriend Ruben, the first real sex with Mia, her coming out with her mother and at her work, Minnie meeting Mia’s two lesbian mothers. The issue starts with a 3-page story that I recently drew, about Minnie as a little girl. Two pages of this story appeared in magazine Zij aan Zij, along with an interview with me, to celebrate Mijntje’s Tenth Anniversary.
I’m extra thrilled that Minnie is out as a comic now because after 2006, when I made a small booklet containing the first 15 comics, there have been many plans to publish more of her adventures – but they all fell flat. It wasn’t until last year, when Northwest Press published ten Minnie-pages in the anthology Anything That Loves: comics beyond gay and straight, that a way opened up to this international leap. Publisher Zan Christensen of Northwest Press is giving her and me this wonderful digital opportunity, and I hope Minnie will reach many new readers this way.
One of the comics in this issue I’ve made into a Videoscribe - you can see it by clicking on this picture:
April 25, 2014 by Terry
I’d like to welcome Jim Benton to this blog! He’s the cartoonist behind:
Coming out in June… He’ll start posting fun stuff very soon, cartoons, where he gets his ideas, how he works, news… and looks forward to interacting with you with any questions you may have.
We’re excited about this handsome book, we already have advance copies in hand with its bright red cover and flaps. Jim is incredibly versatile, as this book proves. Orders for this book have pushed this into a high first printing. Not only will you find this prominently at Barnes & Noble in the humor section but also at all Urban Outfitters. And of course better comics stores, online, from us directly, etc…
April 13, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Click on the picture and it will take you to the YouTube video:
I’m pretty proud of this. I used Sparkol Videoscribe to make it, a program that’s perfect for my kind of bring-your-comics-to-life animation.
The duration is just under five and a half minutes, which is an eternity on the internet – but I calculated that if I had done the timeline of the earth on the same scale as I did the Middle Ages (a thousand years in three and a half minutes), this animation would have been 30 years.
Yes, THIRTY YEARS!
April 11, 2014 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got planned for June comics stores release.
The biggest news we’ve had in a while: New York Times bestseller Jim Benton in a collection of feisty cartoons!
Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.
Cartoons by Jim Benton
Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry humored, at times nasty, cartoons on Reddit. They have become one of the site’s most popular items. At last, here is a collection all in one place! From wry observation of the absurdities of life to acerbic comment, to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, from one size to another, one style to another, this compendium will amaze as to the breadth of Benton’s inexhaustible talent for humor.
“Consistently brilliant, always hilarious, Jim Benton is one of the best cartoonists on the web right now.” -Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com
“If Jim Benton had written this blurb, it would have been more shorter, smarter, and would have contained a salient observation on human nature.” -Zach Weinersmith, Cartoonist, SMBC-comics.com
“If laughter is the best medicine, then your insurance company should reimburse you for the cost of this book. ” -Jerry Zucker, Director, Writer, Producer
More rants from apparently important people!
6×9, 96pp. full color trade pb. with flaps, $13.99 ISBN 9781561638468
AND NEW FROM EUROTICA:
Peanut Butter and Molly Fredrickson continues with her sex explorations, Precinct 69 (formerly District 69) has more torrid sex, Barbarian Chicks and maybe a surprise!
8 1/2 x11, full color, $6.99
ORDER AT YOUR COMICS STORE NOW.
April 3, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
I’m heading to New York this weekend to be signing some books at MoCCA. Stop on by the NBM table, say hello, and ask me to draw something for you!
April 3, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
With over a dozen titles available in his Treasury of Murder series, it’s the latest, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White that’s earned cartoonist Rick Geary a well deserved 2013 nomination for Best Graphic Novel for the 68th Annual NCS Reuben Awards. The Reuben Award is the highest honor that the profession bestows and is presented on behalf of the National Cartoonists Society.
The winners will be announced Saturday, May 24th at the annual NCS Reuben Awards dinner in San Diego, CA.
About the Book:
Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.
“Geary’s books are a great gateway for non-comic readers who think comics are all capes & cowl *BAM* *POW* to see that there truly are other genres of stories waiting for them in the pages of comics.”
-David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
“TOP TEN COMICS FOR FALL. No season would be complete without the latest in Rick Geary’s ongoing series of 20th-century murders: with elegant, unsettling penwork, Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White tells the notorious story of architect Stanford White, who was murdered by a jealous husband in a theater atop the original Madison Square Garden.”
-Heidi McDonald, Publishers Weekly
“To be able to share Madison Square Tragedy, a shining example of the possibilities of the comic medium—with those who would not necessarily approach a comic book—is a triumph.”
-NY Journal of Books
This Weekend, NBM Heads To MoCCA Arts Festival; ALL STAR by Jesse Lonergan and 2nd. Edition of SILK ROAD TO RUIN by Ted Rall To Premiere
April 3, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
NBM Publishing is once again heading to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have both Jesse Lonergan, who will be appearing to promote the debut of his new book, the coming of age story All Star and Ted Rall who will be signing copies of the new edition of his book, SILK ROAD TO RUIN: Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East.
About All Star
Set at the end of the school year in 1998 when Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, and Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time’ is on top of the charts, Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year.
A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros.
He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
About SILK ROAD TO RUIN: Why Central Asia Is The Next Middle East – 2nd Ed.
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil…
Combining articles with comic chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare.
It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
Signing Schedule – Tables B6, B7
Both Jesse and Ted will be appearing at the NBM Booth throughout the weekend.
Saturday, April 6th:
- Jesse Lonergan 11:30-1:00
- Ted Rall 1:00-3:00
- Jesse Lonergan 3:00-5:00
Sunday, April 7th:
- Jesse Lonergan 12:00-2:00
- Ted Rall 2:00-3:30
- Jesse Lonergan 3:30-5:00
Be sure to follow @nbmpub on Twitter. So come on by, meet some cool folks and celebrate comics!
March 21, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Foreign book publications always remain a bit imaginary and abstract to me – until the moment the book actually arrives and I can hold it physically in my hands. Today, a package from Korea arrived with not one but TWO of my titles: Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics!
They look GREAT!
They have actual dust jackets, and underneath the cover is stylishly minimal:
The inside looks great, too! It’s very weird though, to see my drawings combined with a language I absolutely do not understand. Nice weird.
Thank you, Bulkwang Publishing and of course the Amo Agency, who acted as an in-between.
March 17, 2014 by Eric Hobbs
Obviously any drama that’s focused on a the members of a crime family is going to be influenced by The Godfather. The Godfather is one of richest stories to ever be told so it only makes sense that I drew on my love for those movies when writing Family Ties.
One of the most memorable scenes in The Godfather is the wedding that opens the first movie. Most the people at the wedding have no idea Don Corleone is conducting “family business” in his office. As a kid, I thought is was great that that was going on right under everyone’s nose and jumped at an opportunity to include something similar in Family Ties.
Here’s a brief scene from the new book where Jackie’s daughters announce they don’t really feel there’s room for their father to contribute to the family business anymore. While the wedding scene in The Godfather was just the beginning, this scene in Family Ties is pretty much the beginning of the end…
About the book:
By Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
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, THE GODFATHER meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.
March 11, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
I listen to music while I’m drawing, and I’d like to think that the music that I listen to has some sort of effect on the lines that I put on the page. With All Star being set in the 90s, it seemed natural to have a 90s playlist for the occasion. What I found was that the songs that took me back the most were not the songs that I liked the most at the time. The songs that really brought me back were the songs that didn’t make it out of the 90s. I loved Weezer’s blue album in high school, but it’s an album that I have listened to a great deal since then, and so it doesn’t necessarily pull me back. But Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s takes me back, because I only heard it in high school and never again.
Here are some others:
Here in Your Bedroom – Goldfinger
Pepper – The Butthole Surfers
Closing Time – Semisonic (be careful: this song gets stuck in your head super easy)
Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand – The Primitive Radio Gods
Lovefool – The Cardigans (my secret anthem)
Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America
The Freshman – The Verve Pipe (I hated this song and I can’t say I care for it much now, but it takes me back to talking with friends about how much I hated it)
In the Meantime – Spacehog
No Rain – Blind Melon
These songs are the songs that take me back. I don’t love them necessarily, but they lock me into a place and time. How much effect does this have on the lines that get put on the paper? I don’t know, but I’m not sure if that Alanis Morrisette joke would have gotten in there without them.