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

Here’s Your Handy TCAF Schedule

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This weekend you can find three of our authors attending the Toronto Comics Arts Festival.  We’ll be located at Booths 169 & 170 and will have copies of all of our latest titles on hand including Lulu Anew (officially premiering here), Ghetto Brother, Girl in Dior and more.

Our authors in attendance include Etienne Davodeau, Julian Voloj and Margreet de Heer.

Below find our signing and appearance schedule for the weekend.

 SATURDAY

9:00-10:00
Margreet de Heer at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

10:00-11:00
Julian Voloj at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

11:00-12:00
Étienne Davodeau at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

1:00-2:00
Julian Voloj at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

1:30-2:30
Étienne Davodeau Spotlight: In conversation with Pascal Girard at The Pilot on 22 Cumberland Ave.

Étienne Davodeau has a long and venerated career in French comics, but his masterworks are only now beginning to appear in English. His 2014 release The Initiates, an autobiographical tale about a winemaker and comics artist who trade jobs for a year, topped many critics lists. Now in 2015 Davodeau releases the acclaimed Lulu Anew, a bestseller which inspired a feature film in France! Meet Davodeau as he converses with his former collaborator, Québécois cartoonist Pascal Girard (Reunion, Bigfoot) and moderator Thomas-Louis Côté, director of the Festival de la BD francophone à Québec in what is sure to be a wonderful discussion.

2:30-3:30
Étienne Davodeau book signing at Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor Street East

2:00-3:00
Margreet de Heer and Julian Voloj at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

2:30-3:30
Étienne Davodeau will do a signing at the Marriott

3:00-4:00
Julian Voloj at Toronto Reference Library, Learning Centre 1  at 789 Yonge Street

From Gangs to Hip Hop: The Story of Ghetto Brother
A look into the background of the fascinating non-fiction graphic novel Ghetto Brother, which tells the story of the 1971 gang truce that paved the way to the emergence of hip hop in the South Bronx. This is also the story of Benjy Melendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant and founder of the notorious gang “Ghetto Brothers” who, in environment dominated by drugs, poverty, and violence, promoted peace, not revenge, and after learning about his Crypto-Jewish background, reclaimed his roots. Photojournalist Julian Voloj explains how he unearthed the story and what source material was used to make this stranger-than-fiction tale as authentic as possible.
Introduction by Terry Nantier

4:00-5:00
Etienne Davodeau and Julian Voloj at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

SUNDAY

11:00-12:00
Margreet de Heer at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

11:15-12:00
Étienne Davodeau appearing on Truth & Intimacy in Graphic Memoir panel
Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel, 90 Bloor St. East, Toronto
Autobiography and memoir are among the most popular genres of contemporary comics, and with good reason: the successful comics memoir renders its subjects explicitly, both textually and visually. In this medium where so little is left to the imagination, real experience may never have been so intimate, so “true.” In this feature presentation, moderator Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) will interview four of the most acclaimed practitioners of contemporary comics memoir, to get at the root of what it’s like to put it all on the page. Featuring Dustin Harbin (Diary Comics), Étienne Davodeau (The Initiates), John Porcellino (King Cat), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters).

12:00-2:00
Étienne Davodeau at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

2:00-4:00
Margreet de Heer at NBM Booths (169 & 170)

Appearing at TCAF: Etienne Davodeau

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This weekend, is TCAF,  The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators.  The two-day exhibition and vendor fair features hundreds of comics creators from around the world.

NBM Publishing will be on hand with several of our creators, including Étienne Davodeau, who will be appearing as a Featured Guest.

Étienne Davodeau is a multiple award-winning comics author from France.  After having studied graphic arts in Rennes, Davodeau has since created numerous best-selling and critically acclaimed graphic novels, mostly in the reality-based and reportage vein. Titles of his include Les Mauvaises Gens, Le Chien Qui Louches, Geronimo, and Les Ignorants (which was translated into English by NBM in 2013, titled  The Initiates).

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Davodeau will be attending with NBM Publishing to support the English debut of Lulu Anew. This translates Davodeau’s best-selling masterpiece, Lulu Femme Nue, which in 2013 was adapted into an award winning film by Sólveig Anspach.

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Davodeau will also be participating on three panels.

The first panel will be held on  Thursday, May 7th, 6:30pm-8:30pm (Doors at 6pm) called Comics Across Cultures: Translation and Localisation of European Comics for North America, which is sponsored by The Alliance Française and The French Consulate in Toronto.  It will be held at the Théâtre de l’Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road (Bloor/Spadina – Spadina Subway). French and English will be spoken and the event is free to attend

Comics or graphic novels, manga and BD, call them what you will, but they are beloved by many cultures around the world. As the appreciation and audience for comics in North America grows, more and more works from around the world are being translated, localized, and published in English for the first time. But while the comics themselves are being translated, it can be difficult to truly localize a work, to communicate its intent, and the culture and the context in which the work has been created.

For this special event, four BD authors, Pénélope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Etienne Davodeau (Lulu Anew), and Lorenzo Mattotti (Hansel & Gretel) are interviewed on stage about seeing their work, ideas, and culture, translated into English and across different languages and for different audiences—the surprises, the reactions, and why they choose to be published abroad. Joining them in the discussion will be Bart Beaty, PhD, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on BD, and Stephane Beaujean, author of the French comics Magazine Kaboom!, and Art Director of The Angoulême Comics Festival (FIBD).

The discussion will be hosted in English and in French by Thierry Lasserre, Director of The Alliance Francais in Toronto, and Marang N’Douba, Book and Debates Officer of the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Following the event in the Theatre, a cocktail reception and signing will take place in the Alliance Française Gallery. Books by all participating authors will be made available for sale courtesy of The Beguiling Books & Art.

The second panel will be on Saturday, 1:30-2:30 at The Pilot on 22 Cumberland Ave. 

Spotlight: Étienne Davodeau, in conversation with Pascal Girard

Étienne Davodeau has a long and venerated career in French comics, but his masterworks are only now beginning to appear in English. His 2014 release The Initiates, an autobiographical tale about a winemaker and comics artist who trade jobs for a year, topped many critics lists. Now in 2015 Davodeau releases the acclaimed Lulu Anew, a bestseller which inspired a feature film in France! Meet Davodeau as he converses with his former collaborator, Québécois cartoonist Pascal Girard (Reunion, Bigfoot) and moderator Thomas-Louis Côté, director of the Festival de la BD francophone à Québec in what is sure to be a wonderful discussion.

Following the panel, Étienne Davodeau will do a signing at the Marriott from 2:30-3:30.

The third panel will take place on Sunday morning, May 10th at 11:15am at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel located at 90 Bloor Street East and will be called Truth & Intimacy in Graphic Memoir.

Autobiography and memoir are among the most popular genres of contemporary comics, and with good reason; successful comics memoir renders its subjects explicitly, both textually and visually. In this medium where so little is left to the imagination, real experience may never have been so intimate, so ‘true’. In this feature presentation, moderator Johanna Draper Carlson (Comics Worth Reading) will interview 4 of the most acclaimed practitioners of contemporary comics memoir, to get at the root of what it’s like to put it all on the page. Featuring Dustin Harbin (Diary Comics), Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates), John Porcellino (King Cat), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters).

 

For more details visit torontocomics.com

Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother star at popular MoCCA Fest

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Just back from the best MoCCA fest ever for us. Hell, we broke our previous full two day record at this show somewhere towards the end of Saturday and Sunday went gangbusters with never ending lines for special international guest Annie Goetzinger right after the panel on biographies she was on.

I have to admit I was a tad skeptical about the multi floor layout in the new space but because they equally distributed main attraction publishers throughout the floors, I thought traffic was good.

But hey, it doesn’t hurt having such beautiful and inspiring books as Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior to premiere at any show and fans came steadily to us throughout, selling us out of those as well as many other books.

An energizing experience, thanks to all who came by our booth! You can see pics we posted on Twitter and Facebook.

NEXT: the Toronto Comics Arts Festival in a month where special guest Etienne Davodeau will premiere his highly reviewed Lulu Anew, already with two starred reviews (Library Journal and Publishers Weekly), a record for us, I believe, and where you’ll be able to meet Margreet de Heer (A discovery in Comics: Science and Philosophy) and where Julian Voloj of Ghetto Brother will be at as well.

Etienne Davodeau’s LULU ANEW, “Skillfully Unsentimental”

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In Etienne Davodeau’s Lulu Anew, the main character Lulu goes on a journey of self-discovery, abandoning her husband and children for no other reason than getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it.

Here’s what some critics are saying about the book:

“Skillfully unsentimental characterizations, light and earthy watercolors, and everyday goings-on reveal a familiar recognizable world, but Davodeau merges these elements into an enchanting realism…Davodeau’s brilliance is connecting it all into a deeply affecting story about how we seek to change our lives.”

Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

“From the start, Lulu Anew has the potential to become too maudlin or too sanguine, but it grounds itself by making Lulu’s experiences humble and non-dramatic.”

Forces of Geek

“French writer Davodeau illustrates a beautiful narrative, with large, colorful panels that are like individual works of art.”

Library Journal Starred Review

New NBM in March 2015: Lulu Anew

NBM’s March selections are now appearing in Diamond Previews magazine. Head down to your nearest comic book store to place your preorders!

This March, LULU ANEW makes its English debut. The graphic novel has already been turned into a movie in its native country, France. This is the second translated piece NBM has done by Etienne Davodeau. The creator was recently nominated for Angoulême’s prestigious Grand Prix award.

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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. By the author of the acclaimed The Initiates.
“Pleased to see more of his work available in English, and looking forward to seeing how he fares with a fictional narrative.”
-Comics Alliance
8 ½ x 11, 160pp. full-color hardcover: $27.99
ISBN: 9781561639724
Diamond Order Code: JAN151512

See previews here.

Available now is Davodeau’s THE INITIATES, a social experiment where a comic artist and a winemaker switch jobs. The book received many nominations, even winning the best wine book translation of 2013! Order now at your local comic book store if you missed it the first time around!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE INITIATES: A Comic Artist And a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs
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Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making.
Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He‘s rarely even read comics.
But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?
To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar. Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs.
The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.
With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults).
8×11, 272pp., B&W hardcover: $29.99
ISBN 9781561637034
Diamond Order Code: NOV121246

See previews here!

Take a look at all NBM’s March offerings in the latest issue of Diamond Previews.

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).

Working on Lulu Anew

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We are finishing up the translation of Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau and I have to say, it is a gripping book. As the pages pass by my desk, this familial drama unfolds and I can’t wait to find out what happens! It’s a mystery, a romance, a tale of empowerment and weakness all rolled into one. Our NBM omnibus will collect both volumes of the French work. I just finished looking over Volume 1 and it reminds me a bit of Kate Chopin’s classic novel “The Awakening” mixed with a bit of “Death of a Salesman” or a Tennessee Williams play.

Comparing our translation to the original French is interesting as you get a feel for their writing style and how they fill the word balloons.  We decide minute details as to whether a person uses “huh”, “eh”, or “right” to validate their question and if a 16 year old girl would chose this word over that. But still, I get carried away in the story.

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The story is told during a gathering of friends and family of Lulu, a mother and wife who decided to leave her life behind, if only for a few days. There is tragedy and triumph in how the family (and close friends) cope and grieve and deal with Lulu’s need for a break.  In France, the graphic novel, which sold 200,000 copies, even inspired a major motion picture. Lulu femme nue, with Karin Viard in the title role, was released early this year.

 

Lulu Anew will be out in March. We will keep you updated when new information becomes available. For now, check out the preview pages here.

Coming Up From NBM Publishing! Dungeon, Zombillenium, Geary and More!

It isn’t even Halloween yet and we are already celebrating the New Year here at NBM! We’ve just updated our Coming Up  section to show all our books planned through August!

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 ends with a bang with “The End of Dungeon” in Dungeon: Twilight, vol. 4 and the second installment of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary.

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February brings Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, detailing the start of Christian Dior’s House of Dior fashion empire.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March sees 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels by The Rise of the Graphic Novel’Stephen Weiner and Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates),(previously announced as Jude Nude.)

GHETTO BROTHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering’s biography Ghetto Brother– the story of Benjy Melendez, the notorious gang leader who engineered a gang truce- is out in April.

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THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new direction for Rick Geary as he turns to fiction in Louise Brooks, Detective this May. His “Treasury of XX Century Murder” entry, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti will be rereleased in paperback format the same month.

DUNGEON Monstres vol.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeon may have ended in 2014, but the Monstres live on! Dungeon: Monstres, volume 5 will be out in June.”My Son the Killer” has two stories by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, and Frederic Bezian!

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The third volume of Zombillenium, “Control Freaks” will be out in July by Arthur de Pins.

 

See preview pages, descriptions and more in our “Coming Up” section of the site.

What are you most looking forward to out of this?

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Are you headed to SPX next weekend?

We will have plenDog Butts and Lovety of copies of Invincible Days on hand. Unfortunately, creator Patrick Atangan cannot be there. However, he is sending us original art to be raffled off! Buy any book of his at our booth to enter to win.

We will have previews of our upcoming books that you can’t find anywhere else, including  Jude Nude by Etienne Davodeau,Dungeon: Twilight, Volume 4,, and more. Take a look at our special accordion book, Pascal Rabatés Street View– it needs to be seen to be believed! Also, have a fashionably EARLY preview of a book that will have everyone talking come SPRING 2015, Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior. We are coming dressed to impress!

We will also have our recent books for sale, complete with a special deal! Buy 30 dollars worth of merchandise at the booth and get an exclusive print free with your purchase. A $50 purchase will receive special prints signed by the artist.

 

Be sure to stop by, say hello, and take a look at the future of NBM. Our table is F1-F2

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To learn more about the Small Press Expo, follow the link.

Be sure to follow our Twitter @NBMPUB for updates from the table.