June 5, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
In my earlier blog about the life of Dutch King William I I showed my comic about his youth – now we skip to his adolescence. He had pretty rough teenage years, with war looming all around and a very indecisive and incompetent father who eventually fled the country. Here’s the comic I did about that memorable flight, by boat to England, on a cold wintery day in 1795.
This event has been portrayed in many contemporary drawings – here’s one of them:
The middle figure is William’s father, also called William (but the fifth instead of the first, as his son would be – yes, it’s all a bit confusing but logical when you know that William’s father was the fifth stadholder and Willem Junior declared himself the first King).
William V was a pudgy, decadent and incapable man – even with the artistic flattery of the day this is what he looked like:
The comic panel I made is part of a traveling exhibition assigned by Museum Meermanno in The Hague.
June 4, 2014 by Eric Hobbs
So it’s been about since the release of Family Ties and the response has been great. Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy, especially those who stopped by and saw Noel and I at TCAF last month. Not many people have a book signed by both of us.
For those who couldn’t make it out to TCAF for a chat, here’s an interview Noel and I did with CBR along with the first reviews we’ve seen roll in since the book’s release…
Comic Book Resources interview:
Family Ties Puts Shakespearean Spin On Alaska Crime
“A superb graphic novel.”
“A cold weather Martin Scorsese film packed into a tiny graphic novel, “Family Ties” is overflowing with tension and pain and ends in tragedy that is almost a relief to the anguish that preceded it.”
It’s All Comic To Me blog review:
“Absolutely brilliant… One of the best dramatic graphic novels I’ve read all year.”
Comics Bulletin review:
“A visual feast.”
About the book:
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.
June 2, 2014 by Patrick Atangan
This Fall NBM will be publishing Invincible Days, a book of collected short stories that I have been working on for the past 10 years. This is a short interview of a webseries I did with a friend a few years back explaining the project and my process.
In the interview this book is referred to simply as “Short Stories,” as was the working title.
June 1, 2014 by NBM
At Book Expo America, the yearly show for publishing professionals, the book that stopped the most people in their tracks was Girl in Dior with oohs and aahs over Goetzinger’s art and the beauty of the quarterbound hardcover presentation. Word started getting around with people coming over to just to see the book:
|GIRL IN DIOR
The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Audrey Hepburn or Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“great gift idea” -Elle
“A beautiful work, chic, brilliant and moving” -Questions de Femmes
“Sumptuous” -Le Nouvel Observateur
8 1/2x 11, 128pp., full color quarterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover, $27.99
Another to amaze is our first accordion book:
June 1, 2014 by Jesse Lonergan
All Star’s out and in the stores, so I’m getting cracking on some new projects.
A little bit of wild west revenge, and a little bit of high speed 60s Formula 1 racing.
And belatedly, here’s a podcast featuring an interview with me at TCAF:
And a podcast featuring the Sports in Comics panel I was on at TCAF:
May 27, 2014 by NBM
Thursday through Saturday, we’ll be at booth 1747 sharing with sister co. Papercutz.
Come discover our new titles announced for this fall, from the much awaited new Dungeon titles (which may end it all?) to a docudrama about Christian Dior’s life, to the new book by the team of the acclaimed Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty.
We’ll have previews in abundance as well as our latest off the press to go through.
Meet publisher Terry Nantier at booth 1747.
May 27, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Last week, Dutch astronaut and innovator Wubbo Ockels died at the age of 68. This came as a shock to everyone of my generation who sat glued to the TV screen as a child in 1985, when he went into space. The day after I heard the news, I made this comic:
These pages will be part of the new book I’m working on, World Domination: a Discovery in Comics.
May 26, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
The reviews for Jesse Lonergan’s All Star are in!
“It’s an authentic tale of life in a small community, particularly in the wordless sequences of ball practice or late-night party. It’s a pleasure to get lost in the art.”
“Lonergan’s story hits all the right notes of smalltown life and athletic struggle, with loose, energetic, manga-inspired art.”
“All Star captures small-town adolescence perfectly (perhaps all too perfectly, depending on a reader’s mood and propensity for elegiac nostalgia), and is actually a great deal of fun, despite the down ending and the heavy melodrama.
Lonergan is a sensational character designer and cartoonist, and while all of the lines in all of the panels are dynamic and expressive, this is never more apparent than when he’s drawing the sports action, in which balls fly like meteors, and hit the ground, a glove or a bat with explosions.”
– Robot 6
“Lonergan does get things right at every turn. His town feels right, the people who live there feel right, the reaction to what happens feels right, and the angst Carl feels over it feels right. There’s a universal recognition of the human condition here that works. Having grown up in a town like this, I saw the truth in it. The art has a crisp, cartoon-y look about it, and the ending, while feeling a little manufactured, resonates in the final panels. Solid stuff.”
“Thoughtful, provocative, and populated by believable human characters, All Star is highly recommended. All Star does contain some cursing and a few sexual allusions, though it is never explicit, and is therefore more suitable for teens and adults (or any reader who is mature enough to understand what the Lewinsky scandal was all about).”
“This was so good. So damn good. I don’t care for baseball at all, but this isn’t necessarily about baseball. It’s about being someone who is willing to take a stand for what they think is important...”
All Star is available now.
May 26, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 22, 2014 by NBM
Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month; The next volume of the increasingly popular Zombillenium series! The first volume, out last July, has already sold out and is going back to press with this one.
Arthur De Pins
Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art.
9×12, 48pp. full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561638505
Here’s what they said of the first:
“A Clever, Horror-Themed Riot. A really fun graphic novel, and you realize that when you open to the first page and see a bored-looking goth girl riding a skateboard on top of a broom. Sold. “
-Danica Davidson, MTV.com
And this outrageous graphic novel from EUROTICA, not X rated but kitschy racy. And wait ’til you see the embossed and foil stamped cover…
Magenta: Noir Fatale
A raucous mix of femme fatales, bondage and noir, this very handsome new series is vintage risqué and kinky, and just as teasing and campy as the best burlesque. When ‘Kinky Winky’ bondage models Magenta and Lucretia hear of fellow models disappearing at an alarming rate, they volunteer to investigate, uncovering the seamy underbelly of London of the sixties. With embossed and foil stamped cover.
8 ½ x 11, 68pp. B&W trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781561638789
ALL AVAILABLE TO ORDER FROM YOUR COMICS SHOP NOW.