NBM for January: Peek Inside The Louvre Collection

David Prudhomme is in good company. Other creators of The Louvre Collection include the prestigious Hirohiko Araki, the haunting Enki Bilal, the meticulous Eric Liberge, the classically inspired Marc-Antoine Mathieu, the whimsical Nicolas De Crecy,  and the unbeatable pair Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carriere.

 

The Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the museum. The results have been eye-popping.

Rohan at the Louvre

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
Another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure). Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC111139

See previews and more here.

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Diamond Order Code: MAR141266

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GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius.
De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99, 
ISBN 9781561638550

Diamond Order Code: MAR141267

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AN ENCHANTMENT

AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

Diamond Order Code: OCT121137

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THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE

THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE
Bernar YSLAIRE & Jean-Claude CARRIERE

We go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. It’s the story of a painting of the Supreme Being, ordered by Robespierre from the famous painter David. A painting which was never made. It’s also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of Robespierre, this is also the portrayal of the face to face of two major actors of a revolution in a great hurry. Robespierre appears equally enlightened and lost while David accomplishes his destiny: a painter torn between political engagement and artistic ambition. Yslaire, one the great stars of French comics, delivers a stunning masterwork in an epic and disturbing graphic novel seeped in a dramatic and fascinating period of history.

101/2 x 111/2, 72pp. full color hardcover, $19.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-602-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC101009

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ON THE ODD HOURS

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge
This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-577-1

Diamond Order Code: DEC090958

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All of these are on sale now. Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in November’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

 

And don’t forget:

THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu
An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.

Only available as an e-book presently.

9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99
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Rohan and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures

Free Comic Book Day 2015 is around the corner. Viz Media is offering a sampling of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki. Viz has been publishing this for years with a renewed emphasis of late. In case you missed it, Araki and NBM published a book featuring the popular JoJo character, Rohan, as part of The Louvre Collection. The hardcover edition presents the manga art in a large format at 7 ¼ by 10 3/8, displayed in traditional manga style to be read from right to left.  Ain’t it Cool News called it “a must read” and Experiments in Manga added “Araki’s illustrations are meant to be looked at and appreciated not just as part of the story but as art.”

See previews and more here.

Rohan at the Louvre

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka. Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

 

While we’re at it, the Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the Louvre. The results have been eye-poppoing. To date, NBM has published six editions of the Louvre Collection. For ordering information, ebook offers, and previews follow the links!

 

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Previews 

GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist.
De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99, 
ISBN 9781561638550

 Previews

 

AN ENCHANTMENT
AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection after Glacial Period, The Sky Over the Louvre and Rohan at the Louvre tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

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ON THE ODD HOURS

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge
The highly successful series of graphic novels co-published with the Louvre museum in Paris (“Glacial Period”, “Museum Vaults”) continues with its next outstanding graphic novel. This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-577-1

 Previews

THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu
The next volume in the striking collection in co-publication with the Louvre museum. An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.

Only available as an e-book presently.

9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99
Previews

Review Round-Up: BEAUTY, TWILIGHT: THE END OF DUNGEON & More!

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

 

 

“As usual, Dungeon is freaking awesome. It’s a story that you can jump into in the middle of and get a gander at what’s happening. You do not need to know any of the inside jokes. The characters are fun. Its non-stop action. What more can you ask for?”

Sequential Tart

“This graphic-novel series, originally satire, finishes as a rounded-out, stand-alone story that is more than the sum of its jokes. This volume is a strong recommendation to current fans, and the series represents a good next step for Adventure Time devotees looking for something equally snappy, but more adult.”

Foreword Reviews

BEAUTY

 

 

Beauty is rather long and took quite a while to finish but the reader will find it rewarding. Hubert explores the underlying tone of desire well with his writing and how beauty can be a curse sometimes.”

Parka Blogs

“It reveals of the human condition is a horror story in its own right…This cautionary tale by the French writer Hubert is illustrated by “Kerascoet,” a husband-and-wife team of French cartoonists. They employ a style reminiscent of Japanese woodblocks and other art from that country’s rich illustrative tradition. This retro style is perfectly suited to a fairy tale – nothing modern would have worked as well – while the Asian influence lends an exotic, timeless touch to Western eyes.”

The Comics Round Table

“This beautiful, full-color edition showcases the artistic talents of Kerascoët. The combination of simple yet expressive figures against lush, painterly backgrounds is an exquisite example of European comic making. Collected into one volume and translated from the French by Johnson, Hubert’s work takes the fairy-tale trope and removes from it all the cheesecake Disneyness, giving the cautionary tale back its edge and teeth. This engrossing, subtly feminist story will have adult readers wanting to examine the underbelly of other traditional fairy stories.”

Booklist

 

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

 

 

“Kerascoet employs… a retro pen-and-ink that with a hint of impressionism – the prevailing art style of the time. The style is strong enough to cover the emotional range of the book, which is significant, and light-hearted enough to carry the reader through the painful parts.”

The Comics Round Table

PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE

 

 

“Phantoms of the Louvre is the ultimate mixed media project, as Bilal reinvents the history of 22 iconic works of art, tying them to a fictional muse or character whose story intersects with that of the painting/sculpture in some way. These phantoms, in turn, are depicted haunting the work, uniting art and story visually for the reader.

While Bilal’s artwork is striking, it’s the accompanying stories that sell Phantoms of the Louvre…A melange of art, history, and innovation, Phantoms of the Louvre is curious and unexpected.”

San Francisco Book Review

 

BETTY BLUES

 

 

“The art was a really rough fun sketch style that was very appealing…Enjoyable.”

Not Yet Read

A Great Year For Us: Thank You! Happy 2015!

Dog Butts and Love

We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.

But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.

Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

NBM Creators Honored with Grand Prix Nominations at Angouleme 2015

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Angoulême’s highest award, the Grand Prix, has announced next year’s nominees. Along with the title comes the responsibility of President of the 2016 festival and the design of the poster. This year’s winner was Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Among the list are many NBM greats!

 

Christophe Blain– ISAAC THE PIRATE, THE SPEED ABATER
Nicolas de Crécy– GLACIAL PERIOD
Étienne Davodeau–  THE INITIATES and the upcoming LULU ANEW
Emmanuel Guibert– Papercutz’s ARIOL
Lorenzo Mattotti- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (now out of print)
Joann Sfar– DUNGEON SERIES
NBM has also published past winners including Enki Bilal ( PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE) and Hugo Pratt (THE CORTO MALTESE (also out of print). Sfar and his DUNGEON partner Lewis Trondheim both are previous winners of the award.

The 42nd International Festival of the Bande Dessinee will be held in Angouleme, France from January 29th through February 1st.  The Grand Prix winner will be announced during the Festival. Congratulations and best of luck to all participating. For a full list of nominees, please see the official Facebook of the Festival  (in French).

Review Round-Up: THE LOUVRE COLLECTIONS, “beautiful work” and “gorgeous”

NBM’s ComicsLit imprint has been publishing the remarkable series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre calling upon different prominent artists to make up a story around the fabled museum. 

Here are some recent reviews:

Glacial Period by Nicolas De Crecy

 

“The author seems to be asking: what is art? Is there some art that is universally accepted and some culturally defined? Does art have any intrinsic value? There is some farce inside, the book does not take itself too seriously.”

San Francisco Book Review / Another Universe

“The book…fits together with the dreamlike logic and sense of the absurd de Crecy brings to everything he does. It’s preposterous, but feels right somehow.”

–  San Angelo Standard-Times

“While off to a slow start, this book ends on a fascinating, if absurd, note. The art has a nice amount of detail, combined with soft lines and colors.”

Sequential Tart

“Of the Louvre books NBM has published… this seemed to me to be the best, working perfectly well as a story in its own right while also being about the museum and the works it contains.”

Robot 6

 

Phantoms of The Louvre by Enki Bilal 

“Look, I could spend a lot of breath telling you how amazing this stuff is, but honestly: why? It’s Enki-friggin’-Bilal drawing and writing about the greatest museum on Earth! What the hell else do you want from comics? Unless your taste resides solely in your mouth, you need this like you need oxygen.”

Comics Waiting Room

“This would be a must for folks who are already fans of Enki Bilal, and…art lovers (will) appreciate some extra depth and meaning to works of art in an unusual way.”

Sequential Tart

“Now, some purists will resent a modern artist like Bilal using classic works as, essentially, his canvas. To which I say: Phooey. Bilal is doing what artists have always done, which is to stand on the shoulders of giants to push forward into the new and unknown. And when it results in beautiful work like this, I can’t entertain the argument.”

–  San Angelo Standard-Times

“It is gorgeous — in design, in recording select pieces of the Louvre’s collection, in Bilal’s super-imposition of ghosts upon them — and a supremely interesting springboard to watch a creator with Bilal’s imagination and abilities dive off of repeatedly.”

Robot 6

“Bilal’s art proves suitably unsettling: this is not a “touristy” consideration of fine art masterworks, but the work of a politically engaged artist. Each painting catches the feel of the original work while adding its own ironic spin, resulting in the most unique and thought-provoking “Louvre Edition” to date.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

The Sky Over the Louvre by  Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carreire

“This is a strange tale that becomes stranger and stranger… This book is a wonderful resource for better appreciating the forces at play just as the Louvre was getting under way.”

Comics Grinder

NBM in May: BILAL tops the list

Here’s what being solicited for in comics stores this month.

In our Louvre collection, which now hits the half dozen mark, two bits of news. One is superstar fantasy artist Enki Bilal is the next featured author and the other is we bring back  Glacial Period in full size as a handsome hardcover. Now that things have evolved in graphic novel publishing to the point where such a format works, we’re taking advantage!

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection: Phantoms of the Louvre

Enki Bilal

Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation. They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model … Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life. Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013. 9×11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Previews

More about Bilal

 

New bigger hardcover edition of the out of print paperback:

GLACIAL PERIOD

Nicolas De Crecy

With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist. De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.

“De Crecy is one of the brightest talents in French comics, not only because of the breadth of his whacked-out imagination and his penchant for absurd humour, but also for the detail of his beautifully coloured panels.” –The Guardian

“Mischievous humor. A great find.” –Library Journal

“A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crecy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it.” –Washington Post

8 ½ x11 , 80pp., color hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 9781561638550

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See the other books in the Louvre collection:

An Enchantment

Rohan at the Louvre

The Sky Over the Louvre

On the Odd Hours