“Magenta” Cartoonist Nik Guerra Interviewed by Comics Beat

“Don’t call it porno!”

Italian cartoonist Nik Guerra was profiled by comics news site Comics Beat. In an interview conducted by Alex Dueben, Nik talks about his start in comics, his inspiration for Magenta, his pin-up style and more.

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Dueben writes, “It’s wonderful to discover that the comic is far less exploitive and sensational than many mainstream comics.”

Read a short excerpt below:

In NBM’s new graphic novel, Magenta: Noir Fatale, Italian writer and artist Nik Guerra gives the oft-maligned profession a sense of beauty and dignity, using the pornographic culture as a backdrop for a 1960s murder mystery. Perhaps because it’s not trying to be cheap, but every angle, every outfit, every artistic choice is one consciously made.  It’s a thoughtful, well-constructed story which may not be for everyone, but for fans of Sin City and other dark crime stories who don’t mind that there’s more sex than violence, Magenta might be the book you’ve been waiting for.

The full interview “Don’t Call it a Porno, Nik Guerra Takes On Mystery and Sensuality in ‘Magenta: Noir Fatale’” can be seen on The Beat website.

 

For previews and more, visit our Eurotica page.

Nik’s take is similar to the Eurotica motto, “comics that are shameless, not shameful.”

Review Round-Up! ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3! DUNGEON MONSTRES V. 5!

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Here’s what the critics are saying:

ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3: Control Freaks by Arthur de Pins

 

 

“Arthur de Pins has crafted another gorgeous addition to the fabulous Zombillenium series…With clever, witty writing and exquisite, imaginative art, the undead have never seemed more human.”

Foreword Reviews

Zombillenium is a horror comedy that occasionally gets a little bit dark. The writing is clever, the stories feature some of the most fun and personable monsters imaginable…I love Zombillenium and recommend it for readers of all ages.”

Tony’s Tips, Blog of Wonder (on Volume 2: Gretchen)

DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5: My Son the Killer by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian

 

 

“Sarcastic, funny, and sometimes brilliantly appalling, these books will appeal to fans of fantasy without happy endings, and without any continuity needed for understanding the story. Sex, violence, death, and sophisticated dilemmas make this two-story volume and others in the subseries for older teens and adults.”

Library Journal

Paste Names Dungeon One of “10 Essential Euro Comics That Should Belong in Every Collection”

Review Round-Up: LULU ANEW, “A Thoughtful, Ultimately Hope-Filled Tale of Self-Discovery”

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From Etienne Davodeau, author of the acclaimed The Initiates, comes Lulu Anew.

“At the end of yet another unproductive job interview, Lulu, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. She’s got a husband and kids left bewildered but it’s nothing against them. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it. Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman.”

 

Here’s what the critics are saying:

“This is a tale that can be related to by many people… I was instantly drawn to the mellow simplicity of it all.”

Bleeding Cool

“Etienne Davodeau’s art style is very relaxed and the colors are beautiful, making this journey a pleasure to see what is on each page. There is some mystery to the end of this tale, adding to the story.”

Sequential Tart

“Lulu is a specific character, but her adventure is a lens into the human condition…The artwork is rendered in the expressive, attractive Franco-Belgian style favored on the continent. The quiet competence of the artwork brings a stillness to the work, as if characters and readers alike are holding their breath in anticipation of … what?”

Captain Comics

“Davodeau’s depiction of one woman’s quiet, necessary rebellion taps into a universal theme of self-dissatisfaction that straddles the line between tale of survival and journey of self-discovery. And that is something we can all relate to.”

Broken Frontier

Review Round-Up! LOUISE BROOKS: DETECTIVE! GHETTO BROTHER! 101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS!

Here’s what the critics are saying:

LOUISE BROOKS: DETECTIVE by Rick Geary

 

Be sure to check out a fantastic interview with Rick conducted at the Huffington Post where he discusses Louise Brooks and his work.

“This Louise Brooks adventure is supposed to just be a little detour from Mr. Geary’s ongoing work on his Treasury of Murder true crime series. However, there’s definitely a case to be made for more Louise Brooks adventures.”

Comics Grinder

“It is without question that Geary is the modern master of real-life murder cartooning…Louise Brooks: Detective is a breezy summer detective fiction.”

Trouble With Comics

 

GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering

“Gorgeous black and white watercolor illustrations enhance this inspiring true story…a fascinating examination of the events that led to the emergence of Hip Hop. It’s also a personal story of survival, loss, oppression, and reclaiming one’s heritage.”

Foreword Reviews

“Excellent for both teens and adults interested in urban issues, this account shows how difficult it can be to bring about social change and how unexpected positive outcomes can result.”

Library Journal

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS By Stephen Weiner

“As with all works of this type, many will argue about what should or should not have been included. That’s part of the fun! However, as in earlier editions, the book serves as a subjective but entertaining introduction to this increasingly influential medium and will remain an effective starting reference for the general reader. Librarians serving graphic novels fans will find this short guide to be a useful readers’ advisory tool.”

Library Journal

Review Round-Up: GIRL IN DIOR, “A Great Tale of Haute Couture and Whimsy”

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In Annie Goetzinger’s 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…”

 

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Girl in Dior is not a political work, it is a hymn to beauty, and – through Clara’s personal story – to optimism and endurance even when unexpected twists of destiny shatter our dreams.”

Irenebrination

 

“The latest telling of the Dior story comes in the form of a comic book, Girl In Dior…The familiar nipped waists and full skirts of Dior’s famous New Look silhouette are rendered in beautiful detail.”

Vogue

 

“The highlight of the book is the gorgeous renderings of the clothes…It’s the perfect present for anyone interested in costuming or fashion; better wrap it in plastic, because they’ll drool.”

Foreword Reviews

 

“The realistic illustrations are as glamorous as the world of haute couture; the colors are subdued, like faded photographs from the time…One need not be a fashion aficionado to appreciate this beautiful book.”

A Book’s Review

” Lush in its depictions and wittily captioned, the book acts as a dreamy portal into the height of couture.”

W Magazine

“The art is beautiful. The coloring looks like lightly dabbed watercolors and it makes the fashion and the dresses wonderful. Much like I’m sure Dior intended the clothing is the star here, not the models. What’s really wonderful is that Goetzinger includes the references for everything in the back of the book.”

Comic Bastards

“Blended with truth and a little imagination, Goetzinger draws a great tale of haute couture and whimsy.”

For The Love of Frock

” Just like with Dior’s work, the allure of this graphic novel is in the visuals, and Goetzinger draws the reader into the glamorous world of Dior’s Paris with her gentle but intricately detailed linework. Her clean line is perfect for realizing Dior’s sleek designs, and her characters model these ensembles for maximum dramatic impact.”

AV Club

“Goetzinger’s historical research is impeccable, but it’s her art, and, more specifically, the way she illustrates clothing, that makes Girl in Dior so impressive…The colors are rich and the linework is precise – clearly Goetzinger was dedicated to recreating Dior’s designs in a way that was accessible and interesting.”

Comics Alliance

“A most enlightening read.”

Comics Beat

“A fashionista’s delight.”

Herald Scotland

“Her art has a wonderfully classical style, cultured, refined, very tight, elegant, gorgeous.”

Forbidden Planet Blog

Girl in Dior is a beautiful view into the fashion world and would look on any coffee table as a glimpse into what could be. Highly recommended! ”

Sequential Tart

NBM for October: Fall deeply in love with THE STORY OF LEE, VOL. 2

The Story Continues!

Sean Michael Wilson returns with the next installment of THE STORY OF LEE. Matt and Lee’s relationship reaches new levels as the pair head to UK where a new life awaits. The series explores the intricacies of international love, one that crosses barriers of country, culture, and language. Well known Japanese artist, Nami Tamura, provides the art for this volume.

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THE STORY OF LEE – Volume 2

Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura

Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha.

5 x 7.5, 160pp., B&W, trade paperback.: $11.99

ISBN 9781561639731

Diamond Order Code:  AUG151611

Previews

 

Author Sean Michael Wilson is blogging about the progress, see his posts here on the NBM Blog!

 

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in August’s Diamond Previews Magazine.
Don’t miss THE STORY OF LEE- Volume 1 to get caught up on this love story.

Comics Bulletin said “I very much enjoyed ‘ The Story of Lee.’ It took me to a place I’d never been before – not just Hong Kong, which Wilson and Kutsuwada bring vividly to life. But equally as interesting was the way that the creators explore the worlds of their interesting and complex characters. It’s the worlds of these characters that makes ‘The Story of Lee’ so memorable.” The world of today is so connected as young people are branching out and exploring the world, coming in contact with diverse cultures outside of their comfort zone. Watch how the relationship blossoms between Matt and Lee, from their first meeting to dealing with others’ perceptions of their cross-cultural courtship. Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada.

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THE STORY OF LEE, Vol .1

Sean Michael Wilson & Chie Kutsuwada

Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s Dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a Chinese young man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide creating good sparks… and bad ones.

5 x 71/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-594-8

Diamond Order Code: OCT101070

For previews, interviews, or to buy the book from our website- click here.

Veterans’ PTSD turned into a gut-wrenching, beautiful song

“Lately it’s occurred to me, it’s hard to fight an enemy that lives inside of your head./Spend my life in between the sleepless nights and the bad dreams, think I might rather be dead…/I’m trying to find my way home. […]/ Somewhere between lost and alone, trying to find my way home.” “Trying To Find My Way Home,” music and lyrics by Iraq War Veteran Jason Moon, featured in the documentary film “On the Bridge” and in “Walking Wounded” (NBM, 2015).

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Wendy Barranco, protagonist of Walking Wounded, featured in Yann Arthus Bertrand’s new film (to be released in September).

In 2008 I met a powerful young woman, an Iraq War veteran named Wendy Barranco. Her personal insight about the war, about the US, about Iraq… her humanity touched me deeply. She was featured in my film “On the Bridge” that I completed in 2011, and will be featured in “Walking Wounded” (upcoming, NBM publishing, October 2015). A few month ago, I was contacted by Yann Arthus Bertrand’s team. Arthus Bertrand wanted Wendy to be interviewed for his new film “Human.” They interviewed over 2000 people around the world. Today, Wendy’s picture was on France’s evening news while Arthus Bertrand was being interviewed about “Human.” Obviously, Wendy’s story is a highly compelling one.
http://www.human-themovie.org

Religion: a Discovery in Comics – the Contents Page

Wondering what my upcoming book Religion: a Discovery in Comics is all about? Here is the contents page to give you an idea:

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Each of the main religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) is feraured with a 3-page “history-in-a-nutshell”, a spread about what I think is the “core” of that religion, a bit about their holy books, and where applicable about their holy places and symbols. The “eggs” each deal with an issue relating to that religion that I feel I have to walk on eggshells about.

The final chapters of the book deal with women in religion, scientific research on religion, the smorgasbord of the “new spirituality” and the spiritual/religious process as I see it: a continuous process of searching, finding, enjoying, discussing, rejecting and then searching, finding etc. again.

Curious? Only one more month before the book is out!

Women in Comics

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On Saturday, the Edgar Allan Poe Visitors Center will host “Women in Comics”, a group exhibition curated by Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes) and Regine Sawyer (Lockett Down Productions). The exhibition will also feature artwork from “Ghetto Brother” illustrated by Claudia Ahlering (see photo).

When? Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1 PM

Where? Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, The Bronx

Who? The Women in Comics Collective began in May, 2012. It’s mission is to educate about the role and merit of women working in the comic book industries by highlighting their artistic endeavors. The collective has over 50 members and organizes art exhibitions and a panel series that has been hosted at venues such as the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, the Bronx Museum, the Bronx Library Center, and most recently at Comic Con in San Diego.

For more information about the exhibition and related events, please visit their Facebook page.