“My primary care doctor has over 1,200 full-time patients…” Vince Emanuele goes to the VA

Vince Emanuele, featured in Walking Wounded, just got back from a four hour appointment at the Veterans Administration (V.A.)… he writes:

“1) My primary care doctor has over 1,200 full-time patients. You know, another one of those lazy government employees…

2) Many veterans act like assholes at the V.A. and treat employees like scum. Yet, the majority of V.A. employees are also vets…

3) According to the doctors, nurses and therapists I spoke with today, not much has changed at the V.A. over the last several years, regardless of what Obama and the rest of the bozos in office have to say.

4) Pills are still being handed out like candy — always have been, always will be. Big Pharma loves the V.A.

5) At least 95% of the vets I encounter at the V.A. are pre-9/11 vets.

6) Without the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans, tons of vets would be neglected and left untreated.

7) The folks at the Mental Health Clinic said that a lot of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been coming in since ISIS has been in the headlines. They said that a lot of vets are asking, “Was it worth it?”

8) Two older women told me that they love the Women’s Clinic. For obvious reasons, they don’t like being constantly surrounded by male veterans…

9) There are a ton of black veterans who are not being properly serviced in Lake County. Why? Because cities like Gary are completely neglected and forgotten, not only by the federal government, but also by various veterans organizations.

10) It’s been almost ten years since I was discharged from the Marine Corps, and just now, in 2015, is it okay to badmouth the wars. As Leonard Cohen once said, “Everybody knows.” Today, everybody knows Iraq and Afghanistan were farcical and disastrous. Back in 2006, people at the V.A. used to look at me like I was nuts when I told them that I was embarrassed to be a vet. Today, they get it.”

Where To Find NBM Books At NYCC

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This weekend New York Comic-Con will take the Big Apple by storm.

And although we won’t be attending in a professional capacity, you will find many of our titles at Kinokuniya’s booth (#1775).

They’ll have many of our titles on hand including:

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

Girl in Dior by Annie Goetzinger

Zombillenium Volumes 1-3 by Arthur de Pins

Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau

Miss Don’t Touch Me and Beauty by Hubert & Kerascoet

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Complete Hardcover Set 1-5  by P. Craig Russell

Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan

Mijeong by Byun Byung-Jun

In the Louvre Collection:

Two nominations in two weeks, not bad.

It’s our time for award nominations it seems…

Two weeks ago my ‘Cold Mountain’ book with Japanese artist Akiko Shimojima got a nomination for the prestigious ‘Chinese Golden Dragon Award’ in China (an annual award for comics and animation there), in the category ‘Best Overseas Book’.

And now my book with Michiru Morikawa, ‘Lafcadio Hearn’s The Faceless Ghost and Other Macabre Tales’, has been nominated to be on the American Library Association’s list of recommended graphic novels for 2016. (‘Great Graphic Novels for Teens List from YALSA’).

Nice!

Michiru and I have almost finished our book for NBM, called ‘Breaking the 10’, which will come out in summer 2016. Here are a couple of pages from it.

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DUNGEON Zenith vol.1 is back to press!

After more than a year being out of stock, we’re going back to press with this essential first volume of this epic satirical saga.

It’ll be back in stock and ready to ship in a few weeks. You can order now!

We’ll also take the occasion to make more Zenith complete sets of volumes 1 through 3.

See more about the fun expansive world of Dungeon and why so many are hooked!

Comics about the U.N.’s Global Goals

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This weekend the UN officially announced the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development – goals which are aimed to be met by 2030 and which must be spread far and wide around the entire globe.

What better way to communicate them than through comics? Margreet de Heer is proud to have cooperated with Reading with Pictures and Comics Uniting Nations to produce these 20 comics pages. Together, they read like a comic book, but the individual pages can also be used to illuminate separate goals.

Feel free to use them and spread them around! They can also be found on Margreets site, including a pdf and powerpoint.

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sdg01_poverty

 

sdg02_hunger

sdg03_health

sdg04_education

 

sdg05_genderequality 

sdg06_water

sdg07_energy

sdg08_work

sdg09_infrastructure

sdg10_reducedinequalities

 

sdg11_cities

sdg12_consumption

sdg13_climatechange

 

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sdg15_forests

sdg16_peace

 

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Religion: a Discovery in Comics – the Launch

Today is the official debut of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, at the Small Press Expo in Washington!

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Proud author and book

The book looks beautiful, it’s hardcover just like the other two in the series, Philosophy and Science, and has unique endsheets that the original Dutch version didn’t have. It’s a must-have! If you’re into the subject matter, of course.

The book describes the five major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. It gives information on their histories, holy people, books, places and practices, as well as some personal observations and experiences the author had as a preacher’s daughter and theology student.

Here’s an animated preview from the chapter on Hinduism and Buddhism:

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Just click on the picture to see the video on Youtube.

Today, author Margreet de Heer will be signing her book at SPX and tomorrow she’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Check her and the new book out at the NBM stand!

Sean Michael Wilson’s book – shortlisted for an award in China

Some nice news came in today – my book ‘Cold Mountain’ is in the shortlist for an award in China:

‘China Animation and Comic Competition – The 12th Golden Dragon Award.’
In the category: ‘Best Overseas Comic’.

I worked on ‘Cold Mountain:a graphic novel’ with Japanese artist Akiko Shimojima. The award is an annual one for animation and comics in China, and has been running since 2004. They have one section for international books not made in China. With the award ceremony for the final winner being held on the 29th of this month in the big city of Guangzhou (near Hong Kong). We’ve been invited to go over for that, but it’s a bit short notice (anyone I know live near Guangzhou that could go on our behalf?). Cold Mountain cover.

Anyway, it’s nice to be in the shortlist, and let’s hope it wins!

NBM For November: Rall Will Rile You Up

PERSIA BLUES was not our first expedition to the Middle East/Central Asia. We have had various graphic novels set there.

Ted Rall has been deeply interested in that region, specifically the relationship between its countries and the United States. One of America’s most widely syndicated journalists, he is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and twice-winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. His new graphic novel, Snowden by Seven Stories Pressdetails the life and controversy of Edward Snowden. Rall will be appearing at next weekend’s Small Press Expo.

Here are two books written by famed journalist Ted Rall, appearing in this month’s November Diamond Previews catalog. These books, and more by Rall, are available now everywhere.

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With Ted Rall’s graphic novel on Snowden a hot item this fall, here is another Rall classic.
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… Combines articles with comics 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…

6×9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99, ISBN 9781561638857

Diamond Order Code: JAN141250

Previews

TO AFGHANISTAN AND BACK
Ted Rall
with an introduction by Bill Maher

With Ted Rall’s graphic novel on Snowden a hot item this fall, here is another Rall classic.
The World’s first “Instant Graphic Novel”! When U.S. bombs started raining on the Taliban, Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself. But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help. From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war. TO AFGHANISTAN AND BACK, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.

6 x 9, 112 pp. full-color paperback: $12.99

ISBN: 978-1-56163-359-3

Diamond Order Code: JUL032388

6 x 9, 112 pp. full-color hardcover: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-56163-325-9

Diamond Order Code: STAR15920

Previews

 

For more Ted Rall books, including some on same for $3, visit our website.

 

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in September’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

NBM Hits SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival!

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On the weekend of September 19th-20th, you can find NBM Publishing participating at two exciting events the 2015 Small Press Expo and The Brooklyn Book Festival.

And at both events we’ll be debuting three new titles, Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan , Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer and Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel.

 

Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan

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Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

“One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” 

In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.

 

Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

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The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

 

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

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For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

 

SPX Details and Signing Schedule

September 19th-20th; Located at E 1-2

Appearing Saturday Only: Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

Signing Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

 

 

Brooklyn Book Festival Details and Signing Schedule

September 20th; Located at Booth# 309

Appearing Sunday: Olivier Morel, Margreet de Heer,

Julian Voloj & Benjy Melendez

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

PANEL: Can’t You See Who I Am?

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Three comic creators talk about their new books, that explore identity, place, and finding your purpose in the city.

Join A.K. Summers, author and artist of the break-out hit Pregnant Butch, about her adventures in motherhood; Julian Voloj with his comic biography Ghetto Brother on Benjy Melendez, and the events of gangland New York in the 1970s, and Lisa Wilde, a NYC high school teacher whose collected memoir zine Yo, Miss, follows her and her diverse students as they struggle and celebrate over a single academic year.

Moderated by Jessica Abel, (Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio). Screen Projection.

At Brooklyn Historical Society; 2:00pm

 

Signing Schedule:

10:30 am -11:30 am:   Julian Voloj

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:30 pm -4:30pm:      Olivier Morel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:    Julian Voloj

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute changes.