Margreet de Heer

History of the Earth in 5 1/2 minutes

April 13, 2014 by  


Last year I made an animated timeline of the Middle Ages, from my book Science: a Discovery in Comics. Now I’ve gone a bit further and animated the entire History of the Earth!

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!


NBM

June: Jim BENTON and his Reddit cartoons

April 11, 2014 by  


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.

Dog Butts and Love

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

More about Benton

Previews

AND NEW FROM EUROTICA:

Sizzle 62

SIZZLE #62
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.


Jesse Lonergan

MoCCA!

April 3, 2014 by  


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!


Stefan Blitz

Rick Geary Nominated For Reuben Award

April 3, 2014 by  


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:

MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY

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.

 

Reviews:

“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


Stefan Blitz

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  


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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

 

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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.

 

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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!


Margreet de Heer

Science and Philosophy hit Korea

March 21, 2014 by  


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.


Eric Hobbs

Family Ties: A Godfather Influence

March 17, 2014 by  


 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About the book:

Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama

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.


Jesse Lonergan

A Mixtape to Set the Mood

March 11, 2014 by  


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.


NBM

NBM in May: BILAL tops the list

March 10, 2014 by  


Here’s what being solicited for in comics stores this month.

In our Louvre collection, which now hits the half dozen mark, two bits of news. One is superstar fantasy artist Enki Bilal is the next featured author and the other is we bring back  Glacial Period in full size as a handsome hardcover. Now that things have evolved in graphic novel publishing to the point where such a format works, we’re taking advantage!

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection: Phantoms of the Louvre

Enki Bilal

Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation. They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model … Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life. Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013. 9×11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Previews

More about Bilal

 

New bigger hardcover edition of the out of print paperback:

GLACIAL PERIOD

Nicolas De Crecy

With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist. De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.

“De Crecy is one of the brightest talents in French comics, not only because of the breadth of his whacked-out imagination and his penchant for absurd humour, but also for the detail of his beautifully coloured panels.” -The Guardian

“Mischievous humor. A great find.” -Library Journal

“A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crecy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it.” -Washington Post

8 ½ x11 , 80pp., color hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 9781561638550

Previews

See the other books in the Louvre collection:

An Enchantment

Rohan at the Louvre

The Sky Over the Louvre

On the Odd Hours  


Margreet de Heer

Women’s Day

March 8, 2014 by  


It’s International Women’s Day and I’m working on my Super-feminine comic character Minnie, translating her early stories for an upcoming digital release later this year at Northwest Press.