Margreet de Heer

The Foundation of Political Thought

August 2, 2014 by  


The second part of our Oxford Experience, the deliciously enjoyable Summer school in Christ Church, Oxford’s biggest college, was devoted to the course The Foundation of Political Thought, by Dr. James Panton, who looks like a Scottish motorbike-riding construction worker and talks like Socrates.

It was an intense, fast-paced course in which we consecutively looked at the philosophers Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Hegel, Karl Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Instead of taking notes, I made cartoons, and this is the result:

A little of our previous course on The Beatles still lingered…:

Here’s one Yiri made:

Marx introduced the Capitalist figure of Mr. Moneybags in his writings – the same name that was given to the little Monopoly-guy not long after:

The course was very inspirational and has given me a lot to think about working on my next book, World Domination – a Discovery in Comics.

Intrigued by the Oxford Experience? Check out the program for next year – applications start in September.

Feel free to share these cartoons on the Net and in educational presentations – just don’t remove my name from them. Thanks!


Margreet de Heer

A Week in the Life…

July 26, 2014 by  


Last week, Yiri and I attended The Oxford Experience again – a Summer course in Christ Church, Oxford. For five days, we were immersed in an analysis of The Beatles, their music, lyrics and cultural significance. This course was taught by dr. Rikky Rooksby, a true Renaissance Man, who is both schooled as a lecturer on English Literature and an accomplished musician and composer.

Of course I could not help myself doodling – and here are some of the results of my experiments with a blue biro pen:

And here are a few sketches I did of our teacher, Rikky Rooksby:

(It was very hot all week)

(…so hot in fact, that our teacher took off his shoes, which inspired this Abbey Road reference:)

 

It was an awesome experience! A Splendid Time was guearanteed for all.

If you’d like to go on a bit of a special holiday next year, why not consider The Oxford Experience? It’s not cheap, but well worth the money, since you’ll come away with unique memories of staying at a centuries old college, enjoying three meals a day in the beautiful Hall, and being taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers. As well as meeting many fellow students from all over the world. You might even meet me there, since I’ll definitely be back!


Stefan Blitz

JIM BENTON at SDCC!

July 25, 2014 by  


Jim signs a copy of Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. at Booth 1714 for a fan.


Stefan Blitz

RICK GEARY At SDCC!

July 24, 2014 by  


Rick shows off a copy of Lovers’ Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery at Booth 1714.


Jim Benton

The Fashion Writer

July 18, 2014 by  



Margreet de Heer

Dutch History part 3

July 18, 2014 by  


School’s out, but I’m continuing my history lessons to you folks: here’s the next scene in the thrilling life of William I, Holland’s first king. In a previous post, we saw him fleeing to England; now we take a look at his military career:

This panel and nine others are still on tour throughout The Netherlands. Check the site of Museum Meermanno to see if they come to a library near you.

 

 


Stefan Blitz

NBM Publishing Announces SDCC 2014 Plans

July 15, 2014 by  


SDCC 2014: NBM Premieres Jim Benton’s ‘DOG BUTTS AND LOVE. AND STUFF LIKE THAT. AND CATS.’

Rick Geary To Preview New Pages From Upcoming Book

NBM Publishing returns to San Diego Comic-Con International and is proud to premiere New York Times bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton’s first print collection of his web comics, Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.  Known for creating, It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary, Benton’s web cartoons have become one of Reddit’s most popular draws and are known to be whimsical, dry humored and occasionally a bit nasty.

People Magazine named him “one of the most visible cartoonists in America.” and The Wall Street Journal said “Mr. Benton’s intellectual properties…have made him stand out in an industry dominated by big entertainment companies.”  The winner of three Addy Awards and five top LIMA licensing awards, Benton’s creation It’s Happy Bunny has generated over 3/4 of a billion dollars at retail.

To support the release of Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats., Jim Benton will be appearing at Comic Con for the first time and will be at the NBM Booth (1714) throughout the weekend.

Also appearing at the NBM Booth is legendary cartoonist Rick Geary who will be previewing pages from his next graphic novel, a murder mystery starring Louise Brooks, which will be his first book through NBM that’s not part of his Treasury of Murder series.  The book is planned to premiere in May 2015 at TCAF.

We’ll also have preview pages at the booth of some of our forthcoming books including the return of Dungeon with Twilight Vol.4, Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, Miss Don’t Touch Me‘s Hubert & Kerascoet’s Beauty and an amazing homage to Rear Window, Pascal Rabaté’s Street View, an awesome accordion book.

In addition, we’ll have several prints available; free with a $30 purchase and a free signed version available with a $50 purchase.  Choices include Jim Benton, Rick Geary, Stan Mack, Margreet de Heer and from Eurotica, Cornell Clarke and Kevin Taylor.

Signing Schedule at Booth 1714:

Thursday
10:30-12:00 JIM BENTON
3:00-4:30 RICK GEARY
5:00-6:30 JIM BENTON

Friday
10:30-12:00 JIM BENTON
1:00-2:30 RICK GEARY
5:00-6:30 JIM BENTON

Saturday
1:00-2:30 JIM BENTON
3:00-4:30 RICK GEARY
5:00-6:30 JIM BENTON

Sunday
10:30-12:00 RICK GEARY


NBM

New print from Jim Benton as choice for when you order!

July 15, 2014 by  


We’ve been offering exclusive limited prints when you order $30 worth of books and we’ve just added a Jim Benton to the choice!

Jim Benton

We already have prints by Rick Geary, Stan Mack, Margreet de Heer and in erotic, Kevin Taylor and Cornnell Clarke. They’re all printed on very fine papers and are collector’s items you won’t find anywhere else.

You get one of your choice when you order $30 worth of books. for $50 or more, you get one signed! See the prints.

This new print will be premiered in San Diego as Jim Benton signs at our booth! Details to come on that…


Jesse Lonergan

Joys of Research

July 13, 2014 by  


This is an image that I stumbled across while doing research for All Star. It’s from a book on hitting that was written by Ted Williams. I was looking for good images of the body in motion during a swing. This image wasn’t too useful for that, but I think it looks absolutely awesome.


NBM

September: The Miss Don’t Touch Me guys are back!

July 11, 2014 by  


Here’s what we’re soliciting for in comics stores now:

BEAUTY

BEAUTY
Hubert & Kerascoet
The team behind Miss Don’t Touch Me is back with an engrossing tale for grown-ups on the nature of beauty, both fascinating and corrupting.
When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater…
8 ½ x11, 144pp. full color hc, $27.99 9781561638949

PREVIEWS

AND WE’RE BRINGING BACK IN A BEAUTIFUL LARGER HARDCOVER THE LONG OUT OF PRINT:

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME
Hubert & Kerascoet
Now in an omnibus complete large format hardcover edition. Paris in the thirties. The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands. In her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She even becomes quite good at certain lascivious practices while still remaining a virgin! But she also doesn’t lose sight of her goal: find the Butcher.
A suspenseful spicy tale as only the French could so lightly get away with, yet deceptive in its depth and realism. 
8 ½ x11, 192pp. full color hc, $29.99 ISBN 9781561638994

PREVIEWS

What they said of this:

“Miss Don’t Touch Me is really nothing more than a murder mystery and period piece, but it sure is a good one—so good, in fact, that you may find yourself needing to be reminded how un-ambitious an unpretentious it actually is. ” -Newsarama

“It’s hard to imagine a sequential art story better than this!”

-Booklist Starred Review, A BOOKLIST TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVEL 2009.

NEW FROM EUROTICA:

Sizzle 63

SIZZLE #63
The all-new Sweet Sins by the author of Zombillenium, Peanut Butter and Molly Fredrickson’s hot action, Precinct 69 packs the heat, Barbarian Chicks, and presenting MARA, an all-new series with a clairvoyant and sexually aggressive chick into meting out justice on her own terms!

8 1/2/x11, full color, $6.99