Lumberjanes Artist Alert: Remembering Brooke A. Allen’s 1st Graphic Novel, A Home For Mr. Easter

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Boom Studios has a hit on their hands with Lumberjanes, drawn by Brooke A. Allen, a part of their Boom! Box line of comics. But this isn’t the first time the world’s seen Brooke: She has published with NBM before with 2010’s A Home for Mr. Easter.

Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!

Be sure to catch what the Miami Herald called” moving, memorable and rollicking”  with Comics Waiting Room reviewing Allen’s artwork as “bold, fantastical and beautiful in its purity.”A Home for Mr. Easter is in Previews Magazine right now, be sure place your order from your local comic book store’s Diamond catalog!

ISBN 978-1-56163-580-1

Diamond Order Code: FEB101037

For previews and ordering information, visit our website. For insight into Brook A. Allen’s artistic process, see her previous posts on our Author Blog..

Don’t Forget To Visit Us At SPX This Weekend!

This weekend, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX), including NBM Publishing (At tables A8-A9)

We’ll be bringing both two talented cartoonists and the debut of our newest title (six weeks before street date!)

Stan Mack will bring his new book, Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution and will be signing throughout the weekend.

A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us'”says The New York Times. Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more. Updated from the original “Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution” published by Avon books in 1994 .

Stan will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and can also be found on Sunday at the 4:00 PM panel, Images of America: Real and Imagined
 at the White Flint Auditorium alongside Nick Abadzis Dean Haspiel and Ben Towle. Isaac Cates will lead these four artists in a conversation about images of place in comics.


Also joining the festivities is Brooke A. Allen, creator of A Home For Mr. Easter, which remains one of comics’ strongest debuts in the last few years.

Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to pick up a copy at the show.

And finally, we will be premiering Abelard, from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière!

 

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Epily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.

Can’t wait to see you at the show!

NBM Is Going To SPX and Bringing Stan Mack, Brooke Allen and ABELARD!

Next weekend, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX).

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.

It’s one of NBM’s favorite shows and this year we’re proud to bring with us both two talented cartoonists and the debut of our newest title (six weeks before street date!)

Stan Mack will bring his new book, Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution and will be signing throughout the weekend.

A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us'”says The New York Times. Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more. Updated from the original “Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution” published by Avon books in 1994 .

Stan will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and can also be found on Sunday at the 4:00 PM panel, Images of America: Real and Imagined
 at the White Flint Auditorium alongside Nick Abadzis Dean Haspiel and Ben Towle. Isaac Cates will lead these four artists in a conversation about images of place in comics.


Also joining the festivities is Brooke A. Allen, creator of A Home For Mr. Easter, which remains one of comics’ strongest debuts in the last few years.

Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to pick up a copy at the show.

And finally, we will be premiering Abelard, from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière!

 

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Epily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.

Throughout SPX, NBM can be found at tables A8-A9. For further details, visit the SPX website, www.spxpo.com

NBM Publishing Announces 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Debuts and Signing Schedule

Come Visit Us at Booth 1528

In anticipation of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012, NBM Publishing today announced the company’s Comic-Con exclusives, including a free 35th ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER and the premieres of Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution and Rick Geary’s TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery.

TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery
By Rick Geary

Treasury of XXth Century Murder: Lovers’ Lane

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922.

Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir.

The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick.

Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…

TAXES, THE TEA PARTY,  AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution
By Stan Mack

Taxes, The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels A Comics History of the American Revolution

Here’s the fun way to learn all about the Birth of the United States: in comics!

“A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us'”says the New York Times.

Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more.

Updated from the original Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution published by Avon books in 1994.

35th Anniversary Free Sampler

Includes a look at our fall titles including TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution by Stan Mack, PHILOSOPHY A DISCOVERY IN COMICS by Margreet de Heer,  ABELARD from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière, and the latest volume of our Louvre series, AN ENCHANTMENT by Christian Durieux!

PANELS

Stan Mack will appear on two panels; “Progressive Politics and Comics” on Thursday, July 12 at 1:00 PM in Room 32AB, and “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” on Sunday the 15th at 3:00 PM in Room 32AB.

APPEARANCE SCHEDULE

Stan Mack will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Thursday 2:30-4:00 and 5:30-7:00, Saturday 10:30-Noon and 4:00-5:30, Sunday 10:30-Noon.

Rick Geary will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Thursday 10:30-Noon and 4:00-5:30, Friday 1:00-2:30 and 5:30-7:00, Saturday 1:00-2:30 and 5:30-7:00.

Brooke A. Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter) will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Friday 4:00-5:30, Saturday 2:30-4:00 and Sunday 1:00-2:30.

Cornnell Clarke
of the Eurotica series, Peanut Butter, will be making appearances at the booth throughout the weekend.

NBM in April: A much lighter Dungeon Monstres

Here’s what we’ve got being solicited for in comics stores this month, to ship in April:

The Dungeon series takes a much lighter turn after its increasingly dark stories:

DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

See the preview pages

You can also  order this month from your comics store the previous volume 3 in this series AND, just in time for Easter, Brooke Allen’s irresistible and highly acclaimed debut A Home for Mr. Easter.

EUROTICA meanwhile will offer an elegant and steamy collection of Chinese erotic comics:

The Jade Door
Chaiko & other Chinese artists
Erotic stories from ancient China by leading Chinese artists. Beautiful Asian women opening themselves to forbidden temptations, delicately rendered in exquisite watercolors and painting. A beautiful and very arousing album from the Middle Kingdom.
9 x 12, 64pp., full color hardcover: $17.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-606-8

And stores will be able to reorder for you our other top erotica: First Time and The Story of O.

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And so you know as well, our sister Papercutz has this for April:

THE SMURFS #6
“The Smurfs and the Howlibird”
Peyo – writer and artist/
Gos – writer

The Howlibird is coming, and the Smurfs are going! When one of Papa Smurf’s experiments goes terribly wrong, it indirectly leads to the creation of the high-flying terror known as the Howlibird — a monster determined to destroy all Smurfs! Also, the return of Gargamel in “The Smurf Express”!

6 1/2 x 9, 56pp., full color paperback: $5.99,
ISBN: 978-1-59707-260-1
Also in collector’s hardcover: $10.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-261-836

see the preview pages

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #13 “Ivanhoe”
By Sir Walter Scott
Adapted by Mark Wayne Harris and Ray Lago

Mark Wayne Harris adapts the classic novel that brought the Age of Chivalry to dramatic life and added to the mythology of Robin Hood. Ray Lago’s beautiful full-color renderings depict all the romance and ation of this timeless tale in an impressively dynamic fashion. Lago’s breath-taking watercolor work makes “Ivanhoe” one of the most handsomely illustrated editions in CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED history.

61/2 x 9, 56pp,. full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-248-9

see the beautiful previews

reviews: Booklist on Geary, Mr. Easter, The Broadcast, Miss Don’t Touch Me

Another rave for Geary’s latest The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans, this time from the influential Booklist:

“Geary’s archly antiquated drawing style is ideally suited for bringing bygone eras to vivid, convincing life. Geary’s exacting, historically accurate approach makes this—as well as his other nonfiction works—a natural for true-crime fans as well as comics lovers.”

About Brooke A. Allen’s A Home for Mr. Easter,  Library Media Connection, respected reviewer for Librarians says:

“Recommended. Brings a fresh look to the genre with dark humor and the realistic dreams of any young person struggling to fit in.”

Bill Sherman on Pop Culture Gadabout, as well as blogcritics, about The Broadcast:

“Imagine the original Night of the Living set in the Depression — and without any fleshing-eating ghouls – and you have a sense of what Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s The Broadcast (NBM) is about.”

A belated but yet timely review of Miss Don’t Touch Me vol.1 by Andrew Wheeler. Timely because it’s coming back to press next month along with the release of the new vol.2:

“So this is a French book — it has what counts as a happy ending, with the villains routed and their plans foiled, but it also has a deeper sense that some villains are never really routed, only pushed away, so that their next evil acts will be done somewhere else, to someone else. And that may be the best that we can hope for — that we know why our sister died, and did as much damage to the people responsible for that death as we could. It’s a fine, thoughtful, nuanced and unflinchingly clear-eyed book, not least interesting as a story deeply sympathetic to women.”

A gush over A Home for Mr. Easter + more

Calling it “Thoroughly enjoyable entertainment”, School Library Journal in their latest issue goes on:

“The artwork is energetic with a rock-solid understanding of cartooning and kineticism … with an unusual protagonist and showcasing a quirky new voice in comics.”

…Rock-solid understanding… and Brooke is all of maybe 22, fresh out of college? Oh, yeah. And we agree! That’s why this book is awesome!

And Mr. Hornswoggler is back, this time on Elephant Man by Greg Houston:

“Every generation, and every art, needs wild men. If an art is lucky, it can get one every generation — but it can’t count on that. Comics, still an outsider form eighty years later, has more wild men than most — Fletcher Hanks, Bob Burden, Jim Woodring, Tony Millionaire, Marc Hansen — but that never means that there isn’t room for a new one.

Greg Houston is the newest wild man of comics, with plots that nearly out-odd Burden and art that rivals Basil Wolverton or Drew Friedman in its taste for grotesques.

His off-center inventiveness and gleeful squalor will appeal to those of us tired of the same old pretty punch-em-up types.”

“I haven’t gotten too far into Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon’s Broadcast yet, but I’m impressed with Tuazon’s loose style and the care with which Hobbs is setting up his story. The characters have all emerged as individuals with strong personalities, and good and evil are sharply delineated. Tuazon’s art is washy and atmospheric, and he does a great job of setting the scene, including small details such as a set table or a scarecrow on a rainy night.”

Says Brigid Alverson over at Robot 6.

Our first Twitter contest: A Home for Mr. Easter!

Starting today and running through September 30th we’re going to be running our first promotional campaign on Twitter, to celebrate cartoonist Brooke A. Allen‘s A HOME FOR MR. EASTER.

To participate, please tweet about this book @NBMPUB, and be sure to use the Hash Tag #READMREASTER

And if for some reason you haven’t read A HOME FOR MR. EASTER yet, now is your chance to get it at 20% off at the NBM site through August 31st (or call us at 800-886-1223, M-F 9-6 ET, mention code EAS for the discount)

The contest is simple, the top three people promoting the book will each win a copy of a NBM published book of their choice and the person who promotes the book in the most interesting way (including reviews, blog entries, etc.) will win an original sketch from Brooke.

 Viva la comics!

 Stefan Blitz, social media publicist