My new book. In Japanese: 私の新しい本

My new book. In Japanese: 私の新しい本
Out this week! – the long awaited (by me, anyway) volume 2 of our cross cultural romance book THE STORY OF LEE was published this week.

In volume 1, the main characters, Matt and Lee, met in Hong Kong, got in trouble with Lee’s father and worked it out thanks to the help of her wise old Uncle. Now, in volume 2, they move to Edinburgh, Scotland, to attend university. And do things go smoothly for them?

Nope!

No, they have various difficulties. Get the book and find out what happens to them. Written by myself, art by Nami Tamura, her first book in English (with the occasional Scots word tae!).

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Matt’s character in THE STORY OF LEE volume 2

The first review of volume 2 of THE STORY OF LEE has come in, and the reviewer notes a key point:

“…frankly, I’m not sure Matt has what it takes. I’m many years past my own courtship days, but he appears to be something of a thoughtless jerk, and perhaps a bit commitment-averse. Given that Lee is now in a foreign land with uncertain command of the language, his selfishness crosses over into cruelty. If not for Lee’s uncle, things would have take a natural turn with the characters breaking up and Lee returning to Hong Kong. (The uncle’s wisdom and insight borders on the magical, making him a sort of oracle that I’m guessing is a stock character in manga.)

So despite disliking Matt more and more, I found myself plowing on until the end, and wanting to know what happens next. I think that means I still like The Story of Lee.”

http://captaincomics.ning.com/forum/topics/comics-guide-for-oct-28-2015
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My comment to that:

Actually, I expect that most readers, especially female, will dislike Matt.

But it can sometimes be useful if readers DISLIKE a character, as it keeps them focusing on the story, as it did with this person above. And, anyway, not ALL characters have to be likeable – otherwise we would have to scrap a very large amount of fictional characters throughout history.

Also, in volume 3 of the book Lee will become even more assertive yet. She already started to be more confident in this volume 2. So, over the three volumes there will be a satisfying sense of her having grown and that she has pushed Matt to adjust his behaviour.

As to the uncle – I am not sure if that sort of oracle figure is a stock character in manga, but he is a ‘wise old man’ figure in this book, yes. Him and Lee even joke about that. But that is not so much taken from manga, but from the classic archetype of wise old men who enters the story at key points, of the type that Joseph Campbell talks of.

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NBM Announces Spring Full of Graphic Novels

We have just announced our next season of titles! This spring, we will release five new graphic novels by acclaimed NBM staples including Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior), Sean Michael Wilson (Story of Lee), and Kerascoet (Beauty)

In March, we start off the spring season with a biography! After the amazing success of Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior, we bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”

This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256

e-books: $9.99

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You might recall Rohan at the Louvre by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures creator, Hirohiko Araki.

This April, The Louvre Collection, ever diverse in its choices, invites another manga artist for his take on the famous Parisian museum. Jirô Taniguchi provides an amazing full color graphic novel that looks straight out of a Studio Ghibli film.

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

Jirô Taniguchi

A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese designer stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum, meeting artists and their works from various periods, in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, finishing at the crossroads between human and personal history.

With this inner journey, Jiro Taniguchi invites us on a temporal and artistic trip to discover a sense of place under the leadership of some tutelary figures that appear to him, familiar or unknown … the guardians of the Louvre.

7 ½ x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681120348

e-book $9.99

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In May, we will release our new art book, showcasing the work of  Kerascoet, the famed creators behind NBM’s Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me, as well as the recent hit Beautiful Darkness. Paper Dolls will be limited to 1,000 copies and features cut outs, stickers, and more.

PAPER DOLLS

 

PAPER DOLLS

Kerascoet

This magnificent art-book presents for the first time the work of the Kerascoëts, a married couple known for the very successful and stunning graphic novels Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty and Beautiful Darkness.

Sensitive and colorful, they have chosen a classification in their own image -names of metaphorical colors linked to sensations- that will lift the veil on the immensity and diversity of their work in comics, animation and advertising showing sketches, studies, paintings, even work on textile.

A real visual treasure for amateurs of art books and graphics! Debossed clothbound book with cut-outs, stickers and more, every page a discovery. Strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies.

10 ½ x 12 1/2, 324pp, full color clothbound, debossed, white foil stamped, with cut out pages, strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies, $59.99, ISBN 9781681120201

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Sean Michael Wilson, author of Story of Lee, is teaming up with Michiru Morikawa for their new graphic novel, Breaking the Ten, out in June! Wilson and Morikawa bring you the story of a broken man questioning his commitment to God and his religion.

BREAKING THE TEN

BREAKING THE TEN

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., $11.99, ISBN 9781681120218

ebook $7.99

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And finally, in July, Rodolphe and Girl in Dior’s Annie Goetzinger present Marie Antoinette, Phantom Queen. Part historical fiction, part ghost story, the last queen of France before the revolution is meticulously illustrated by Goetzinger.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN

Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

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

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See our whole list of upcoming graphic novels on our website!

Story of Lee volume 2 off to the printers!

At last, after various ups and downs, volume 2 of our series THE STORY OF LEE went off to the printers last week. Thanks to the sterling efforts of Martin at NBM, for his design work there. The book looks great and I’m looking forward to holding the printed version in my hands – both my hands!

Here are some scenes from the book for you, featuring the characters Lee, Matt and Uncle Jun.

Story of Lee is out November 2015.

Nice.

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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.

THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2

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

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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.

THE STORY OF LEE, Vol.1

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.

Story of Lee volume 2 almost ready.

We are putting the finishing touches to volume 2 of our series with NBM, THE STORY OF LEE, in which she continues her life by moving from Hong Kong to Scotland with boyfriend Matt. Of course with various ups and downs in the process. This is a realistic romance!

The Story of Lee is not an autobiographical book but it draws upon a lot of personal experiences of mine, such as attending Edinburgh University, and places from my childhood.

Out Nov from the lovely NBM!

LEE

MATT

Also, to celebrate the launch of another book of mine today, July 7th, I wrote this outline of the basic steps of writing a comic, since most people have no idea of even these basic aspects.

Notice that this focuses on just the writing aspect of comics. Which is, of course, in no way to suggest that the art aspect is of lesser importance! And, indeed, with some clever people who can do both the words and the art the process maybe be very different from what I outline here:

https://www.northatlanticbooks.com/…/how-to-write-a-manga-…/

Comics Uniting Nations

NBM are one of the partners in this interesting new project on a grand scale:

Comics Uniting Nations – is a humanitarian effort to use comics to spread international awareness of the United Nations’ upcoming Global Goals for Sustainable Development. A series of comics to educate people everywhere about the United Nations’ Global Goals and inspire them to become heroes for change!’

Myself (Sean Michael Wilson) and Michiru Morikawa (the artist on a book for NBM coming in 2016, called ‘Breaking the 10’) are involved in that project, as the team on UN goal 7, which is focused on renewable energy.

UN comics screenshot

They have a kickstarter drive, so check it out. This is yet another good use of the comics medium for promoting education and social issues. NBM are supplying some of the goodies involved in that:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readingwithpictures/comics-uniting-nations

Coming soon – The Story of Lee, volume 2

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At last, after a few hurdles, we are close to finishing the second volume in our series THE STORY OF LEE. Here is the cover and some pages, by the new artists Nami Tamura. Nami has previously worked for Japanese publishers and this is her first book in English. Out in Novemeber this year, and I’m looking forward to it myself!

“The second installment in the popular series is a cross-cultural partnership melding East and West

Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location of the United Kingdom (specifically Edinburgh in Scotland, my hometown) and with her dream guy, the handsome Matt. But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country and actually living together, which might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. This second installment in the Story of Lee series beautifully showcases the complications of romance in a graphic novel format.”

 

Ten Reasons Why Comic Books Are Better Than Films

My first article in a newspaper, in Scottish Newspaper, the Glasgow Herald, today.

’10 reasons why comic books are better than films’

And you know they are!

This article kicks off a new regular feature in the Herald, which will focus on graphic novels, called ‘Graphic Content’, organised by journalist Teddy Jamieson.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/books-poetry/graphic-content-10-reasons-why-comic-books-are-better-than-films.1413190500

The Story of Lee volume 2 – kickstarter campaign

We’ve just launched a kickstarter campaign for the second volume of  THE STORY OF LEE.

 

As you may know these kind of books rarely make much money, for all the creators hard work, so support it a little if you wish to help the next book in this mature manga series come alive.

For those of you who don’t know kickstarter is a type of crowd funding, where ordinary people can help support creative ideas they like, of all types – books, films, inventions, etc. You pledge a certain amount, how much  is up to you, but the money does not get taken out until the project meets it’s funding target. It has to do this within a certain time limit (30 days normally), if not then the creators get ZERO, nothing! So, we need your pledges, however small, to help it get to the target amount.

So please hop over to the kickstarter page about it, watch the short video we made and support the book:

Nice!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/902607406/the-story-of-lee-volume-2