July 29, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
If you haven’t read Persia Blues writer Dara Naraghi’s piece on Bleeding Cool from this past week you should by all means.
Persia Blues is according to Naraghi, “best described as a fusion of historical fantasy and modern social commentary, featuring a strong-willed young Iranian female protagonist.”
Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?
Here’s what folks across the web are saying about it:
“it’s good — it’s very good”
“Naragahi and Bowman structure their tale in a meaningful manner, jumping back and forth between stories without disrupting the flow or hampering intelligibility.”
“There’s a huge treat to be found inside the pages of Persia Blues.”
“Gleefully melding past and present, fact and fiction, this introductory volume revels in exploiting reader expectation and confusion to craft a beguiling multi-layered tale about family, responsibility, guilt, oppression and the hunger for independence that carries the reader along, promoting wonder and second-guessing whilst weaving a tapestry of mystery…Engaging, rewarding and just plain refreshingly different, Persia Blues looks set to become a classic in years to come.”
July 24, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
July 15, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
The Harvey Award Nominations are in and we’re proud to have received a nomination for Abelard in the category “BEST AMERICAN EDITION OF FOREIGN MATERIAL” by artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière.
More details about the award and how to vote after the jump.
San Diego Comic-Con Premieres and Signing Schedule; Omaha The Cat Dancer‘s Reed Waller To Make First Convention Appearance in 20 Years!
July 14, 2013 by Stefan Blitz
NBM PUBLISHING • BOOTH 1714
This week the annual San Diego Comic-Con kicks off and NBM will be there at Booth 1714 with the premieres of the long awaited final eighth volume of Omaha The Cat Dancer, the first volume of Zombillenium, as well as a rare appearance by Omaha co-creator Reed Waller and signing opportunities from Rick Geary and Ted Rall.
The Complete OMAHA THE CAT DANCER, Vol. 8
By Reed Waller, Kate Worley & James Vance
Omaha and Chuck struggle to put the tangled past behind them while political corruption and a tightening police investigation threaten to destroy their future and ensnare their loved ones. This volume contains the long-awaited conclusion to the internationally acclaimed sexy soap opera for adults, in which mysteries are solved, painful sacrifices are made and the lovely cat dancer takes a final turn on the stage. All-new and never before collected, Volume 8 was drawn by legendary Omaha creator Reed Waller and written by his beloved late co-creator Kate Worley, in collaboration with James Vance.
We’ll also have a specially priced bundle of The Complete Omaha The Cat Dancer which will include all 8 volumes for $89.99 (normally $107.00)
ZOMBILLENIUM: Vol.1: Gretchen
By Arthur de Pins
“A satire in the NBM tradition of BONEYARD and DUNGEON”
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…
We also will have four lithographs featuring the art of Stan Mack, Rick Geary, Kevin Taylor and Cornnell Clarke. All have been designed exclusively as prints and you can select one with a $30 purchase or a signed one for $50.
APPEARANCE SCHEDULE (Booth 1714)
- 3 pm – 5 pm – Ted Rall
- 5 pm – 7 pm – Rick Geary
- 10 am – 12 pm – Rick Geary
- 1 pm – 3 pm – Reed Waller
- 3 pm – 5 pm – Reed Waller / Ted Rall
- 5 pm – 7 pm – Reed Waller
- 10 am – 12 pm – Reed Waller
- 3 pm – 5 pm – Reed Waller / Rick Geary
- 5 pm – 7 pm – Reed Waller
- 10 am – 12 pm – Reed Waller / Rick Geary
July 14, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
I love drawing timelines. It’s a real challenge to bring down certain periods of time down to their historic essentials in a way that’s entertaining as well as educational. In my new book Science: a Discovery in Comics, I included several spreads with illustrated timelines. In a previous blog post I already showed the one for the History of the Earth – another one, on pages 58-59 of the book, is the timeline for the scientific development during the Middle Ages.
In recent weeks I’ve been experimenting with animation program Sparkol, which makes it really easy to present drawings in so-called videoscribes. The Middle Ages looked like a perfect project to make into such a scribe – maybe it even works better this way than in its original comic form, since the animation allows me to pace the information and literally lead the reader’s eye.
I’m really curious what you think! Just click on the picture to watch a thousand years in a 3 1/2 minute nutshell on Youtube.
July 11, 2013 by NBM
Here’s what’s being solicited from us in comics stores this month, to come out in September:
Dillies of Bubbles & Gondola and Abelard, both nominated for Eisners is back!
New from ComicsLit:
Little Rice Duck has built himself quite the reputation around the West Wood, playing his trumpet in bars with their smoky, sweaty ambience, tequila sunrises, and jazz. But between his trumpet and his flame Betty, things are going astray. Betty is drowning her need of him in expensive champagne, something someone else is more than happy to provide… something he’d much prefer, like her, would just stay chilled.
8 ½ x 11, 80pp., full color hc, $18.99, ISBN 9781561637584
AND NEW FROM EUROTICA:
The kinky lavishly rendered fetish story Magenta Noir continues, along with “It Could Happen to You”, the roguish “District 69” and the return of Cornnell Clarke’s “Peanut Butter” series. Cover by Kevin (“Girl”) Taylor.
Quarterly magazine, full color, $6.99
July 8, 2013 by NBM
On the occasion of the launch of this new series, a wry parody with eye popping art, we’re launching the Zombillenium site, now in English.
Just like the art in the book, it is amazing, full of features with more about the characters, a map of the Zombillenium park, video intro, desktop backgrounds, a lengthy free preview to read, etc…
AND DON’T MISS THE BOOK AT YOUR COMICS BOOKSTORE THIS WEDNESDAY THE 10TH also on Comixology and soon everywhere else books and e-books are sold.
July 7, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
It’s now less than two months to go before my book Science: a Discovery in Comics will be in stores! To whet your appetites, here’s a bit of a proto-science-comic I made for newspaper Trouw in 2009, for its philosophy section. Philosophy of Science has always been my interest, and here I had the opportunity to comment on the annoying habit of using scientific arguments to diminish the wondrous diversity of reality:
The kind of science I’m commenting on in this comic is actually science working in the old, “mechanical” paradigm – in modern science we see a shift towards a more holistic paradigm nowadays. If you want to know more about that, please read my book – you can already order it at Amazon!
June 29, 2013 by Margreet de Heer
I’m experimenting with animating bits of my comic books. This is a movie I made of the anecdote of Socrates and the Three Sieves, as drawn in Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics – click on the picture to see it move on YouTube:
June 23, 2013 by Dara Naraghi
When creating and writing Persia Blues, I drew from a lot of sources, including my own memories of growing up in Iran, pre and post revolution. I also incorporated bits and pieces from my parents’ experiences, stories told by family members and friends, and my 2 visits back to Iran as an adult. The first of those was in the summer of 2000, and unfortunately the pictures I took were of the old school variety, i.e. not digital. One day I’d like to scan them all in and be able to share them more easily.
But on my second trip I had a digital camera, and although we spent all of our time in Tehran, and not some of the locations depicted in the book (Shiraz, Persepolis, etc.) I thought it might be fun to share some of those pics. Think of these as references, inspiration, or supplementary material used by Brent and I during the creation of the book.
Here’s a shot of north Tehran, nestled at the base of the Alborz mountain range. This isn’t a setting used in the book, but I just wanted to share this pic of where I grew up as a kid. Of course, when I was living there, most of those high rises didn’t exist:
This is a small bazaar in north Tehran. The one depicted in the book is the much larger, historical Vakil Bazaar In Shiraz, but you get the idea. By the way, the stylishly dressed woman in the foreground is my mom:
There’s a scene at the beginning of the book that shows Minoo navigating her way expertly around the challenging act of driving in Iran. This picture shows what’s considered light traffic in Tehran. And this is in the suburbs, not the heart of downtown:
There’s another scene at the beginning of the book where Minoo gets into an altercation with the Morality Police. Here’s one of their vans:
I was admonished by the “officers” who, unbeknownst to me, were standing behind me when I took this shot. They said I shouldn’t be taking pictures of state vehicles. I played the dumb tourist role and apologized, saying I was taking a picture of the public art sculpture in front of their car.
Next: pics from the Museum of Fine Arts, depicting some of the historical elements used in the book.