May 18, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
Today is the 142nd birthday of famous philosopher/mathematician Bertrand Russell. He is the one who undermined the indisputability of logic by posing his famous Paradox, which I drew in my book Science: a Discovery in Comics as follows:
If you really want to get into Bertrand Russell though, you should read Logicomix, which is an excellent graphic novel about Russell’s life and work, as well as about the making of a graphic novel about logic.
The point of Russell’s Paradox is that it is unsolvable, and therefore questions the base of logic – but if this were a riddle, I’d answer that the barber must be a woman.
(which goes to prove, I guess, that in the nineteenth century the idea of a woman shaving men’s beards went against all logic)
May 11, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
This year and the next, The Netherlands celebrate their 200th anniversary as a Kingdom. Museum Meermanno asked me to make ten panels about the life of William I, first King of The Netherlands, responsible for the (first) constitution. Last week, these panels were officially revealed in the Public Library in The Hague, and after 2nd of June they will travel to different libraries all across the country.
The panels turned out great: they are big, 120 x 80 cm, and consist of my comic, Yiri’s colors and an explanatory text by historian Marc Kleijnen. At the same time, text and comics have been published in a cool glossy magazine that has been distributed in schools.
Here is the first panel in translation, about William’s youth:
William’s teacher Leonhard Euler also makes an appearance in my book Science: a Discovery in Comics. He was a brilliant mathematician, and gave the world the most beautiful formula ever conceived:
If you are a Dutch library interested in having the panels as an exposition, or a school wanting to purchase the magazine (cheap!), please contact Museum Meermanno.
May 9, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 6, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 5, 2014 by Stefan Blitz
This weekend, May 10th and 11th The Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling team up once again to present the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF) with several NBM authors in attendance. We’ll be holding court at Table 172, so come on by!
Renaud Dillies will be a featured guest and will be making TCAF his first ever North American comics event.
Dillies is the creative force behind Betty Blues and Bubbles & Gondola and illustrated Abelard with writer Régis Hautière.
On Saturday, he’ll be appearing at the Toronto Reference Library: Comics Workshop Space leading the workshop, “Drawing Music.”
On Sunday, he’ll receive his own spotlight panel from 4pm-5pm.
All the way from Paris, France, TCAF is proud to welcome Featured Guest Renaud Dillies. Author of the acclaimed graphic novels Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola, and the Angouleme “Debut Book Prize” winner Betty Blues. In this feature interview, The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon will interview Dillies on his life, his career, and his inspirations. French/English interpretation by Stephane Beaujean.
Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
From the creative team behind The Broadcast, NBM is proud to be debuting their new book, Family Ties at TCAF.
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, Family Ties is The Godfather as a Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.
Jesse, the author of Flower & Fade and Joe & Azat will be appearing to support his new book, the baseball coming of age tale, All Star.
On Saturday from 11am-12pm, Jesse will be appearing on the panel:
Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies.
Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), Jesse Lonergan (All-Star), and moderator Jimmy Aquino (Comics News Insider), for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!
Christophe Blain, the author Isaac the Pirate, Gus, and Dungeon the Early Years (with Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim) will be hosting one of the Comics Workshops, “Drawing” on Saturday at 2pm.
Signing Schedule – Table 172
- 9am-10am Jesse Lonergan
- 10am-12pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 1pm-2pm Renaud Dillies
- 2pm-3pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 3pm-4pm Jesse Lonergan
- 4pm-5pm Renaud Dillies
- 11am-12pm Christophe Blain
- 12pm-1pm Renaud Dillies
- 1pm-2pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
- 2pm-3pm Jesse Lonergan
- 3pm-4pm Renaud Dillies
- 4pm-5pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
For more details, visit torontocomics.com
May 5, 2014 by Jim Benton
May 5, 2014 by Jim Benton
Really happy with how the book looks!
May 1, 2014 by NBM
Our Fall list is up in the COMING UP section! Come take a look at the goodies we have planned.
Two major bits of news:
DUNGEON makes its return! The long awaited new volume is due out in November with the final chapter of the end of Dungeon, in the Twilight sub-series. Finally Sfar and Trondheim found the time to get back together and, as we’ve done in the past, the two volumes that just got published in France will be brought together into one print volume. Mind you final chapter doesn’t necessarily mean no new stories within the sub-series Zenith or Early Years or such. This may not be the last word!
But the other big news on this series is that we’ve finally been given the green light to bring the whole massive epic into E-BOOKS! Starting in a few weeks, Comixology will be featuring a volume a week. The rest of the e-book world will follow closely after as well. The BIG difference here is we are separating back out the volumes as they were originally published, not two at a time as we had done for print! each e-book will be $4.99. Look out for our announcements on this.
Another biggie for this season happens in February: GIRL IN DIOR a stylish, elegant and breezy docudrama bio of the designer Christian Dior by a grand dame of French comics who we’re proud to bring to these shores for the first time: Annie Goetzinger.
Also, look out for the next Kerascoet/Hubert masterpiece: BEAUTY as well as a reprinting in a larger and hardcover format of their beloved classic MISS DON’T TOUCH ME.
But wait, we’ve got a new Davodeau (Initiates), Patrick (Yellow Jar) Atangan is back plus the very unusual accordion book Street View. Plenty of other great stuff, check it out!
April 29, 2014 by Margreet de Heer
I’m very proud to announce that my longest running comic character, Mijntje or Minnie as I’ve called her in english, is out now as a digital comic – the first of a series, containing both old material dating back as far as 2004, and completely new never-seen-before adventures.
For people who know me solely from my educational graphic novels Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics and Science: a Discovery in Comics – my Minnie comic is something completely different: these are one-page gag comics with lesbian/bisexual themes, and sometimes feature nudity or even (oh dear) full on girl-on-girl sex. There is one huge similarity with my other works though: Minnie is definitely educational.
Mijntje started in 2004 when I was still a budding comic artist, hoping for an opportunity to start a regular 1-page comic in a magazine so I could really develop a character with a background story, friends & family. This opportunity came when someone tipped me that lesbian magazine Zij aan Zij was looking for a new comic artist.
After a short briefing by editor Maria van Oosten on what she was looking for in a comic (aimed at younger audience, including bisexuals, not just lesbians), the figure of Mijntje entered my brain like a redheaded hurricane, fully fledged – there was no struggle in defining her character or appearance, it was like she had always been out there, waiting for a chance to lodge herself in my drawing hand.
Sometimes comics write themselves like that and it’s a wonderful experience, like floating. Mijntje’s comics have never been hard to write, I just have to think up a situation and Mijntje-in-my-head automatically dictates the dialogue.
I called her Mijntje because “mijn” means “mine”, and she’s been mine from the very start.
With Mijntje came her girlfriend Mia, who’s a bit more level-headed, introverted and loyal, and they’ve been together ever since the beginning. Sure, I’ve given them some challenges with Mijntje’s loose behavior, and I toyed with the idea of inflicting a break-up on them, but I didn’t have the heart. The worst they had was a full-on crisis after Mijntje slept with another girl – I made that into one long story, drawn on 24-hour comics day in 2006, it’s been unpublished up until now but will appear in Minnie’s second issue.
In Minnie #1 I have gathered some of the early stories: Minnie’s break-up with her boyfriend Ruben, the first real sex with Mia, her coming out with her mother and at her work, Minnie meeting Mia’s two lesbian mothers. The issue starts with a 3-page story that I recently drew, about Minnie as a little girl. Two pages of this story appeared in magazine Zij aan Zij, along with an interview with me, to celebrate Mijntje’s Tenth Anniversary.
I’m extra thrilled that Minnie is out as a comic now because after 2006, when I made a small booklet containing the first 15 comics, there have been many plans to publish more of her adventures – but they all fell flat. It wasn’t until last year, when Northwest Press published ten Minnie-pages in the anthology Anything That Loves: comics beyond gay and straight, that a way opened up to this international leap. Publisher Zan Christensen of Northwest Press is giving her and me this wonderful digital opportunity, and I hope Minnie will reach many new readers this way.
One of the comics in this issue I’ve made into a Videoscribe – you can see it by clicking on this picture:
April 25, 2014 by Terry
I’d like to welcome Jim Benton to this blog! He’s the cartoonist behind:
Coming out in June… He’ll start posting fun stuff very soon, cartoons, where he gets his ideas, how he works, news… and looks forward to interacting with you with any questions you may have.
We’re excited about this handsome book, we already have advance copies in hand with its bright red cover and flaps. Jim is incredibly versatile, as this book proves. Orders for this book have pushed this into a high first printing. Not only will you find this prominently at Barnes & Noble in the humor section but also at all Urban Outfitters. And of course better comics stores, online, from us directly, etc…