NBM In Stores This Week: BREAKING THE TEN

Hitting the shelves of comic stores this week is the latest work from author Sean Michael Wilson, the intriguing graphic novel BREAKING THE TEN. What has already been hailed as one of the “Top 16 Graphic Novels of June” by Paul Gravett, BREAKING THE TEN is the story of a man who, after losing everything, devises a plan to break each of the Ten Commandments in an act of revenge against God.

breaking_cover.indd

BREAKING THE TEN
Volume One of Two
Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa
When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’? Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.
6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781681120218
ebook $7.99

Be sure to stop by your local comic book store to pick up your own copy this week. And if you haven’t already, check out the other NBM works from Wilson to add to your collection:

storycovsmall

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

cover.indd

THE STORY OF LEE, Vol. 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 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 9781561639731

Find more information at our website.

Breaking the 10 arrives!

My new book with NBM ‘Breaking the 10’ arrived with me today, here in Japan, and I was very happy to get them. It looks good – well printed, clear, a nice smooth velvety feeling to the cover and a good size.

I think this is my 21st or 22nd book now ( I’m losing count!), but the excitement of receiving a box full of your new book from the publisher is still something that thrills me.

Breaking arrives package

 

Breaking arrives standing

One of the good things about comic books taking so long to make – by the time you get the printed book in your hand it is often a year of more since you wrote the script, and you can read the book afresh.

So, I am now going to read my own book…

Check out and order the book here:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/storyoflee/storyofllee_home.html

UK comic expert recommends Breaking the 10

The erudite, well dressed, and still slim, comic book expert, Paul Gravett, lists our book as one of his titles to look out for in Jun 2016:

BREAKING THE 10, Vol 1 – by myself (or someone who looks very much like me!)  and Michiru Morikawa.

“When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”? Two mysterious figures, Mr. White and Mr. Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us?”

 

NBMBT10

And dont forget your chance to vote in EISNERS, comic pros –

By the same team as the above NBM book we also have this book in this year’s nominations:

‘Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and Other Macabre Tales from Japan’

Category 15. Best Adaptation from Another Medium’

voting closes June the 17th:

www.eisnervote.com

NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Publishing Slate

24224739165_597e3c1856_o

 

NBM Graphic Novels has announced the release schedule through Winter 2017, including brand new releases from Philippe Chanoinat & Fabrice Le Henanff, Paco Roca, Cyril Pedrosa, Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Michiru Morikawa & Sean Michael Wilson and Sandrine Reveland; biographies of Thoreau, Elvis Presley, and Glenn Gould; and a new volume of A Treasury of XXth Century Murder series by Rick Geary.

 

JUNE 2016 (July Trade Publication Date)

BREAKING THE TEN
By Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa

NBMBT10

When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’?

Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781681120218 ebook $7.99

 

JULY 2016 (August Trade Publication Date)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
By Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

NBMMA

During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries.

After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling Girl in Dior.

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 9781681120294 e-book $9.99

 

AUGUST 2016 (September Trade Publication Date)

EQUINOXES
By Cyril Pedrosa

NBMEQU

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one and other’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer.

Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $49.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805 $24.99 e-book

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 (October Trade Publication Date)

ELVIS
By Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff

nbmelvis

Stepping into Sun Studios in 1954 Elvis Aaron Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right”. Little did he know he would soon revolutionize music and culture worldwide. This graphic novel biography starts with the story of “The King’s” humble beginnings in Mississippi, detailing, every step of the way, his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom. It includes his service in the military, his extensive record as a Hollywood film star, his complicated family life, finally ending on the last days of the Hound Dog.

Le Henanff’s striking photo-quality painting reconstructs Elvis’s life in a presentation that practically dances off the page!

8.5x 11, 88pp., full color hardcover, $19.99 ISBN 9781681120768 $9.99 e-book

 

OCTOBER 2016 (November Trade Publication Date)

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: BLACK DAHLIA
By Rick Geary

nbmBlackDahlia

On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two.

From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22 year old woman who had become known as “Black Dahlia” because of her striking appearance. She had moved to LA to make it in show business. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA’s notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous “Black Dahlia Avenger” admitting to the crime. More letters follow toying with the LAPD.

Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest installment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.

6×9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99; ISBN 9781681120522 $6.99 ebook

 

NOVEMBER 2016 (December Trade Publication Date)

GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
By Sandrine Revel

NBMGG

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona.

Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician? Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?

Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

8.5x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover hc, $25.99, ISBN:9781681120652 $30.99 CAN; $14.99 ebook

 

DECEMBER 2016 (January 2017 Trade Publication Date)

DUNGEON: TWILIGHT COMPLETE SET, VOLS 1-4
By Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Obion, Kerascoet, Alfred, Mazan

twilightsetcover.indd

The great saga detailing the end of Dungeon has come to a close. All four books are featured here in one specially priced set.

The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as Twilight. Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world and its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6.5 x 9, 384 pp, full color paperback set, $49.99 ISBN: 9781681120607

 

JANUARY 2017 (February 2017 Trade Publication Date)

THE LIGHTHOUSE
By Paco Roca

nbmlighthouse

Francisco, a wounded, despairing sixteen-year-old Republican guard in the Spanish Civil War, is trying to flee to freedom by crossing the French border. In his escape, he encounters an old remote lighthouse, far from the warring factions. He is granted shelter by Telmo, the aging operator of the lighthouse. As Francisco recuperates, Telmo’s tales of epic adventurers who sailed the lost seas and discovered worlds unknown reignite the spark of life in the young soldier.

By one of the most brilliant new talents in comic art in Spain, author of the world-wide bestseller Wrinkles.

6×9, 64pp., duotone hardcover, $15.99, ISBN: 9781681120560 $18.99 CAN, $9.99 e-books

 

FEBRUARY 2017 (March Trade Publication Date)

TREASURY OF XX CENTURY MURDER COMPENDIUM 1
including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy
By Rick Geary

nbmgearytreasury

Witness the most controversial and famous true crime cases that shook the 20th century!

These 240 pages retell the love affair that ended the life of prominent architect Stanford White- then dubbed the crime of the century, the New Orleans’ Axe-Man and his gruesome killing spree, and the abduction (and resulting media circus) of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s son- all collected in a handsome quarter-bound omnibus. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, each including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.

6×9, 240pp., B&W quarter-bound hc,$27.99, ISBN 9781681120638

 

Eisner nomination for NBM creators

Our book has been nominated for the prestigious EISNER AWARD.

‘Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and Other Macabre Tales from Japan’ 

Adapted by Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa 

(Publisher: Shambhala Publications)

In the category of: ’15. Best Adaptation from Another Medium’

This is my first time to get nominated for an Eisner. I’m very pleased!

Comic book professionals and those in a related industry can vote for whichever book they like here, so please do: www.eisnervote.com

http://www.comic-con.org/awards/2016-eisner-award-nominees

Faceless Ghost cover ok

And look out for the upcoming book by the same team, Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa, coming from NBM in July:

BREAKING THE TEN, Vol 1:

When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’? Two mysterious figures, Mr. White and Mr. Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us?

http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vol-Sean-Michael-Wilson/dp/1681120216

breaking_cover.indd

Sean Michael Wilson Discusses Japan’s Earthquake With International Media

From Sean’s Facebook Page: “Yes, it was surprisingly comfortable – when caught in a disaster people, i can recommend laying on a pushed down fence!”

Sean Michael Wilson was nominated today for an Eisner Award, but unfortunately won’t be celebrating just yet.  Based in Japan, he’s currently dealing with the aftermath of the recent earthquake and has been reporting updates to western media.

“The earthquake problem is starting to decrease, but there was a strong level 5 quake followed soon after by a level 4 one just in the last 30 minutes – and I ran for the street (again!). Ive done several media appearances in the last two days, radio and newspapers, including the BBC, , Herald Scotland, US radio (‘The World’, PRI) and the Japan Times. This is an easy link to the contribution I made to a BBC programme talking about the earthquake: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-36056904″

Join us in wishing Sean and the people of Japan the very best during this difficult time.

Sean Michael Wilson in ‘2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens’ list

Announced this week: a book I’ve written made it to the recommended reading list of this important library association the USA:
‘2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens’
of YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association).

Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Faceless Ghost” and other Macabre Tales from Japan: A Graphic Novel.
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa
is recommended reading there, alongside other great book such as:

The Motherless Oven. By Rob Davis.
The Sculptor. By Scott McCloud.
Nanjing: The Burning City. By Ethan Young. Illus by the author.
March, Book Two. By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.
Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I. By Henrik Rehr.
Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan. By Christine Mari Inzer.

Michiru and I have made a book for NBM that will come out in summer 2016: BREAKING THE 10.
Let’s hope that makes it to the library recommended list too. Or possibly our book THE STORY OF LEE…

Oh, and happy 40th birthday to NBM!

breaking_cover.indd

B10_033 copy

STORY OF LEE volume 2 in Edinburgh, Scotland

The STORY OF LEE volume 2 takes place in my hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland – often said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Well, this is no time for false modesty – it is!

A lot of real Edinburgh places can be seen in the book, as Matt takes Lee on a guided tour. Not just to the tourist type places but also to the small, hidden, intimate ‘nooks and crannies’ from his life there.sol vol 2 p16

images-9

images-7

Check out The STORY OF LEE volume 2 from NBM

sol vol2 p23

THE STORY OF LEE online

For anyone who is on the scribd.com service both volume 1 and volume 2 of THE STORY OF LEE are there to be read, as part of your subscription.

The Story of Lee vol 1 has been on their system for about a year and has had more than 5,000 views already. Vol 2 is only at 8 views so far, as it just went up there!

SOL on scribd

Both volumes are also available on the popular Comixology site:

https://www.comixology.com/The-Story-of-Lee/comics-series/5241

SOL on comixology

Of course, for those of you who prefer good old paper, the book is available from NBM, online and at all good books stores (plus a few bad ones).