This August, NBM Proudly Presents Equinoxes, Pedrosa’s “Wildly Ambitious” Graphic Novel*

“Cyril Pedrosa’s Equinoxes is an impressive feast of a book.”

– Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and The Sculptor

From Cyril Pedrosa, a rising bestselling star of European comics comes Equinoxes, a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility.

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 another’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.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $44.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805
$24.99 e-book
Diamond Item Code: JUN161646

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Arriving to the direct market on 8/31/16 and in stores everywhere in September.

Pedrosa will be participating in several United States appearances to support the book:

Albertine Bookshop
A project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Monday, September 12th at 7PM

Parsons School of Design
Special Guest at Ben Katchor’s class
Tuesday, September 13th
(Not open to the general public)

Small Press Expo (SPX): Special Guest
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Saturday, September 17th

Brooklyn Book Festival: Guest of the festival
Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, September 18th

More information regarding the appearances to come.

* Source

 

Religion: a Discovery in Comics – the Launch

Today is the official debut of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, at the Small Press Expo in Washington!

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Proud author and book

The book looks beautiful, it’s hardcover just like the other two in the series, Philosophy and Science, and has unique endsheets that the original Dutch version didn’t have. It’s a must-have! If you’re into the subject matter, of course.

The book describes the five major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. It gives information on their histories, holy people, books, places and practices, as well as some personal observations and experiences the author had as a preacher’s daughter and theology student.

Here’s an animated preview from the chapter on Hinduism and Buddhism:

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Just click on the picture to see the video on Youtube.

Today, author Margreet de Heer will be signing her book at SPX and tomorrow she’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Check her and the new book out at the NBM stand!

NBM Hits SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival!

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On the weekend of September 19th-20th, you can find NBM Publishing participating at two exciting events the 2015 Small Press Expo and The Brooklyn Book Festival.

And at both events we’ll be debuting three new titles, Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan , Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer and Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel.

 

Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan

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Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

“One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” 

In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.

 

Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

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The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

 

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

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For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

 

SPX Details and Signing Schedule

September 19th-20th; Located at E 1-2

Appearing Saturday Only: Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

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.

Signing Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

 

 

Brooklyn Book Festival Details and Signing Schedule

September 20th; Located at Booth# 309

Appearing Sunday: Olivier Morel, Margreet de Heer,

Julian Voloj & Benjy Melendez

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

PANEL: Can’t You See Who I Am?

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Three comic creators talk about their new books, that explore identity, place, and finding your purpose in the city.

Join A.K. Summers, author and artist of the break-out hit Pregnant Butch, about her adventures in motherhood; Julian Voloj with his comic biography Ghetto Brother on Benjy Melendez, and the events of gangland New York in the 1970s, and Lisa Wilde, a NYC high school teacher whose collected memoir zine Yo, Miss, follows her and her diverse students as they struggle and celebrate over a single academic year.

Moderated by Jessica Abel, (Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio). Screen Projection.

At Brooklyn Historical Society; 2:00pm

 

Signing Schedule:

10:30 am -11:30 am:   Julian Voloj

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:30 pm -4:30pm:      Olivier Morel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:    Julian Voloj

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute changes.

Religion: a Discovery in Comics – What is God?

“God” is a word that gets thrown around a lot – but people mean a lot of different things by it.  My personal opinion on the nature of god (or whatever you want to call it), as expressed in my upcoming graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics, is this:

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Whether you consider God to be an entity, energy or a concept, you would be limiting Him/It if you would consider him/it anything less than Everything. And that means it encompasses a lot of contradictory viewpoints, which I personally think is very freeing.

Just two more weeks before the book premieres at the Small Press Expo!

Religion: a Discovery in Comics – Drugs

Today I received a pack of postcards I designed for OPEN Foundation, an interdisciplinary organization that aims to stimulate research into all aspects of the psychedelic experience. I sat in at one of their conferences in 2010, drawing cartoons on the spot, and recently they made some of those into postcards. It had been long enough to be pleasantly surprised by my own work:

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Especially the lower postcard ties in nicely with my upcoming book Religion: a Discovery in Comics. Towards the end of the book, I briefly explore certain scientific research into the religious experience (including looking for the “god gene”) as well as the link there seems to exist between mysticism and the use of certain drugs.

My view is that both drugs and meditative practices can alter the brain and release certain chemicals, resulting in “religious experience”. The fact that we can put it in terms of chemicals in no way distracts from the “holiness” of these experiences, in my opinion. It’s just another way of looking at what happens when these experiences occur.

Here’s how I draw it in my book Religion: a Discovery in Comics:

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The book is almost here! It will debut at SPX next month, and I will be there to sign it for you!

SPX: ‘Beauty’ was the hit!!

Absolutely loved it, dozens of people making a beeline straight for our booth at SPX last weekend to get a copy of Beauty, Hubert and Kerascoet’s latest book after Miss Don’t Touch Me.

Well, both arrived late at our warehouse, grumblmumbl, and we couldn’t have it at the show. But thank God dozens of people took us up on our offer to take their order then and there and ship it free freight this week which we’re busy doing now!

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The buzz has been growing unbelievably on this title! but maybe not so unbelievable when you see how utterly gorgeous this book is.

It’ll hit stores in about 3-4 weeks. we’ll keep you posted!

This success pushed our SPX experience into a new record. Saturday was mad busy.

Loved every minute of it!

Double Dutch at SPX

Last weekend, Yiri and I attended the SPX comics convention in Washington DC, where we met our publisher Terry Nantier for the first time, and also fellow NBM authors Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman. Together, we manned the NBM booth, conveniently placed close to the entrance, and had a great time meeting fans and selling books. Science: a Discovery in Comics was received very well, and Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics was even sold out by the end of Sunday!

Yiri and I gave out free “Double Dutch” mini-comics – a collection of the collaborative jam-comics we have done together lately (and also some we did with colleagues Floris Oudshoorn and Ingi Jensson). This proved a great way to introduce ourselves and to trade for some very nice mini-comics by others.

In between “business” on Saturday, I got to make some double-comics with Brent:

On Sunday, we were joined by Matt Aucoin, whose Double Think mini-comics I really enjoy. Yiri and I first met him through Streetpass, a connecting feature on our Nintendo 3DS game console – so one of the comics we made features the Nintendo (there were a LOT around during the expo!):

SPX was the first stop on our American Book Tour, and it couldn’t have been better!

Now we’re off to New York, where we’ll attend the Brooklyn Book Festival next Sunday, sharing a table with Stan Mack.

More adventure to come!

The Resonating Brain

In July, I went to Oxford Summer School and attended a course about the human brain – it still resonates with me, and somehow, consciously or subconsciously, these “brain”-drawings keep popping up in the comics I made since.

For magazine Open Deur I did an illustration about music – including the route musical sensation takes throughout our brain…

I also made another comic about Stella for magazine Hoe Overleef Ik – and lo and behold: all of a sudden we’re inside her brain as well!

Meanwhile I’m working on a comic about inspiration, for magazine Speling, and this is how I depicted the ideas streaming into my mind (always while taking a bath)…

And this is an excerpt from the comic for student magazine H/Link, about performance anxiety:

So it’s not a big surprise that when Terry Nantier of NBM Publishing asked me to do a drawing they can make into a print to go with bigger orders, this is (part of) what I came up with:

The print is called The Science of Making Comics, and will be available with orders from $30.

I’m sure they’ll be available at SPX in Washington next week, where I’ll be signing my books Science: a Discovery in Comics and Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics – so if you’re curious about the print (or the books), drop by our booth at G1-2!