NBM in May: Persia Blues

A fascinating new series is the highlight of NBM’s solicits for May in Diamond’s Previews out this month in comics stores:

PERSIA BLUES, VOL.1 

 Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi. At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

6×9, 128pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781561637065

As mentioned in this post, this is being pre-serialized in e-comic book form over at Comixology, in 4 issues, one every 2 weeks, check it out. This was also the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign end of last year.

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Also this month, we resolicit for the last few copies of a keepsake full presentation on Peyo with rare art and sketches: PEYO, The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller. See it here (scroll down a bit). This may be allocated, frankly, order from here now before it goes forever!

and in Eurotica we resolicit Liberatore’s awesome pin up book LE DONNE. If you missed it, now’s your chance to order it through your comic bookstore:

The Italian artist of the controversial RanXerox comic series which shook the world of comics in the eighties presents women in-your-face proud of their feminity. Women in all their physical glory and empowered. This explores limits without shame or fear and is occasionally pornographic, bizarre, or even disturbing. Includes chapters entitled ‘Desire’, ‘Pulse’ with stark black & white illustrations, ‘Embraces’ with a fearless abandonment to sheer lust, ‘Chiaroscuro’, ‘Intimacies’ with never before seen angles on the nude figure, ‘Flesh’ with soft beautiful aquarelles. This book challenges and does not leave indifferent.
“This is the most thrilling part of the works featured, the personalization, the intimate look into the sheer joy in Tanino Liberatore’s art”
Mark Squirek, NY Journal of Books
“An intriguing – and provocative – collection of Liberatore’s work.” –Comics Waiting Room
9×12, 168pp., full color clothbound: $39.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-713-3

Same goes for issue 56 of SIZZLE which presents the grand finale of the legendary OMAHA saga!

More at Eurotica

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AS FOR PAPERCUTZ, our sister company with fun kids comics, we present a never before seen series by the great Peyo, ladies & gentlemen, the charming:

Benny Breakiron #1: “The Red Taxis”
Peyo, writer and artist
Will Maltaite, artist
Peyo, creator of The Smurfs, brings everybody’s childhood fantasy to life in this charming new graphic novel series! Benny Breakiron is an honest, polite little boy with an en exceptional quality: he possesses superhuman strength, can leap over huge distances, and can run unbelievably fast. This little kid packs quite a punch, and he devotes his play time to stopping crime and injustice. In this first volume, a new taxi service has moved into Benny’s town threatening to put Benny’s friend, taxi driver Mr. Dussiflard, out of business. The more Benny learns about the Red Taxi Company, the more he realizes something isn’t right. Who’s behind this mysterious enterprise, and just what are they up to? Benny aims to find out and put a stop to it once and for all, and hopefully keep the property damage to a minimum!
6 1/2 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $11.99
ISBN: 9781597074094

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Also new this month:

Smurfs #15

Ninjago #7

Don’t miss the all-about Peyo book in stores now!

Today, better comics bookstores will have available “PEYO, the Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller”, a beautiful artbook featuring the creator of the Smurfs’ artwork over the decades of his career, imported directly from France. NOTE! this is a very limited import not available elsewhere, including Amazon.

It’s in English as well as French and chock full of comics pages, directly shot from his originals, sketches, pencils, etc. It covers not only the creation and evolution of the Smurfs but also his Johann and Peewit series where the Smurfs first appeared, Benoit Brisefer, a little kid with a beret and superhero like strength -as long as he doesn’t have a cold- and the wonderful cat strip “Poussy’.

It’s 250 pages full of discovery on one of Europe’s best and most talented artists and was done with the close cooperation of Peyo’s family for an exhibit of his originals in Europe as the movie came out . This means it’s also full of photos of Pierre Culliford (Peyo) with colleagues, family, celebrities…

Hey, it’s a wonderful souvenir book that’ll bring you close to Peyo.

If your comics bookstore doesn’t have it, they can order it from Diamond or you can order from us right here.

A Peyo art book for March

 

Here’s what we’ve got solicited through comics bookstores this month to come out in March:

The main news is a beautiful art book import (in English and French) presenting the life work of Peyo, the creator of not only the Smurfs but many other great series:

PEYO, The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller
Issued on the occasion of a recent exhaustive exhibition of original art by Peyo, father of the Smurfs, this is a hefty compendium chock-a-block with reproductions of his original pages from Johan & Peewit to Poussy the Cat and more, and of course with plenty of Smurfs art! Accompanied by text on the history of Peyo’s creations. A limited direct import from France. Once the few we’re able to import are sold out, no more!
8 ¼ x 11, 250pp. full color trade pb., $50, ISBN 9782953974300; see a preview.

Dungeon Zenith set
Volumes 1-3
Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Boulet
Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press! This is the series Pendleton Ward called a ‘big inspiration’ for his ever more popular “Adventure Time” series.
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, normally $43, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2  See more on the series.

Now, you might notice we have up on our Coming Up page this month the next Boneyard set 5-7, due to some miscommunication, Diamond did not solicit for it this month and will for May.

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Meantime over at PAPERCUTZ:

ALL NEW 3 STOOGES COMICS!!! The movie’s comin’ and they’re recreating the 3 amazingly… so here goes:

THE THREE STOOGES #1 “Bed Bugged!”
Jim Salicrup, George Gladir, writers
Stan Goldberg, art
On the eve of the new major movie, Moe, Larry, and Curly are back in this collection of all-new comics stories written by Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup and Sabrina the Teenage Witch creator George Gladir, drawn by legendary Archie Comics artist Stan Goldberg. In the title story “Bed Bugged,” the stooges find themselves as exterminators in a wealthy house full of priceless works of art. Can the three clear the house of bugs and leave the place intact? Their first collection of shenanigans will take them from Sumo Wrestling School to the set of a Spaghetti Western and all the way to Hollywood! Expect eye-pokes, gags, and slapstick galore in this return of the classic trio for an all-new audience.
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-315-8
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-316-5 

PAPERCUTZ SLICES #4 “The Hunger Pains”
Stefan Petrucha, writer
Rick Parker, artist
Papercutz parodies the hot YA series just before its big budget film adaptation hits theaters in the fourth volume of Papercutz Slices. Ratkiss Everspleen decides to take her sister Dim’s place in the annual televised “Battle to the Death,” even though Mayor Underwear insists participation is completely optional. Ratkiss and her fellow contestant Peek A Choo soon begin training under Heybitch Blubbernasty for the most unnecessary battle of their lives. Expect laughs galore in this pointed parody that pokes fun at everything from Glee to Winnie the Pooh.
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $6.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-312-7
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-313-4

PAPERCUTZ SLICES #1-3 Boxed Set
Maia Kinney-Petrucha, Margo Kinney-Petrucha, and Stefan Petrucha, writers
Rick Parker, artist
Laugh out loud comics parodies “Harry Potty,” “Breaking Down,” and “Percy Jerkson and the Ovolactovegetarians” all in one specially priced boxed set!
6 x 9, 192 pages, full-color paperback: $19.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-274-8

DISNEY FAIRIES #8 “Tinker Bell and Her Stories for a Rainy Day”
Silvia Gianatti, Augusto Machetto, Paola Mulazzi, writers
Emilio Urbano, Elisabetta Melaranci, artists
Tinker Bell’s oldest friend Peter Pan and her oldest enemy Captain Hook both guest star in the newest volume of the Cyblis Award nominated series. Containing four magical stories jam-packed with rare appearances by some of the most beloved Disney characters including the lovable bumbling pirate Mr. Smee and fairies of Pixie Hollow who have never appeared in comics—until now.
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color paperback: $7.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-303-5
6 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $11.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-304-2

THE SMURFS  #11 “The Smurf Olympics
Peyo – writer and artist
Yvan Delporte, writer
Papercutz celebrates the Summer 2012 Olympic Games with “The Smurf Olympics”! Hefty Smurf loves to play sports, but he can’t get the other Smurfs to play with him. His solution – create “Smurf Olympics”! The Smurfs divide themselves into two teams, all competing for the grand prize: a kiss from the Smurfette. But when one Smurf is turned down by both teams, he decides to compete on his own, throwing the games into chaos! Can one Smurf take on the whole village? And can the Smurfs stop cheating and playing pranks on each other long enough for the games to actually take place?
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color paperback: $5.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-301-1
6 ½ x 9, 56pp., full-color hardcover: $10.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-302-8 

 
THE SMURFS #4-6 Boxed Set
Peyo – writer and artist
Gos -writer
Yvan Delporte, writer
Volumes 4 through 6 collected into one boxed set with close to 150 pages of comics! Includes “The Smurfette”, “The Smurfs and the Egg,” “The Smurfs and the Howlibird.”
6½ x 9, 192 pages, full-color paperback: $17.99
ISBN:  978-1-59707-306-6

NBM in January: Bigger Nothings

Here’s what we’ve got planned for January. Unfortunately, as far as ordering these through your comic bookstore goes, it gets tricky: Diamond distributors decided NOT to carry these banded specially priced sets!

SO, that means you can only get them through us and some comic stores who order directly from us (ask them)! Here goes:

BIGGER NOTHINGS:
THE LITTLE NOTHINGS SET Vols. 1-3
Lewis TRONDHEIM
Now in a specially priced banded set of the 3 volumes, Trondheim’s popular little slice of life vignettes are collected together. “It’s very gently funny but splendidly assured and evocative of place — if a friend had drawn you a page of it as a letter, you’d treasure it forever” said The New York Times Book Review of this strip.
3 volumes banded together, 6×9, 384 pp., full color trade pbs with flaps, $39.99 (normally $45), ISBN 978-1-56163-599-3

see previews

ORDINARY VICTORIES SET
Manu LARCENET
One of the most acclaimed graphic novels of the decade is now available in a specially priced banded set of the 2 volumes. This is the story of Marc, a photographer who’s tired, of a very patient chick he meets, of banal horrors and of his pain-in-the-neck cat.
It’s the story of his art thrown against heavy anxiety attacks; of a really cute woman in his small town who seems to take to him against all odds; of the old neighbor, a peaceful likable fellah until you get to know his disturbing role in the war…
Called one of five best graphic novels by TIME magazine on its release, it was also a Booklist top 10 graphic novel of the year: “Superb marriage of literary realism and comics.” “Like any great work of art, it is possible to hold the pages up and through them, see the world” said Comic Book Resources.
2 volume set banded together, 61/2 x 9, 248 pp, full color trade pbs, $29.99 (normally $32),
ISBN 978-1-56163-600-6

see previews

And from Eurotica, this one comics stores will be able to order through Diamond:

OMAHA The Cat Dancer, set of vols. 1-7
Reed WALLER, Kate WORLEY
Now’s your chance to own the entire run of this best-selling classic of comics erotica at a very special price. Omaha is remarkable in that it blends intelligent and captivating story with well-rounded funny animal characters as well as totally guilt-free joyously rendered sex!
Bundled set of 7 volumes, 8 1/2×11, B&W, trade pbs., 816 pp., $75 (normally over $90!) ISBN 978-1-56163-601-3

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Meanwhile, back at Papercutz (all of these available through Diamond):

THE SMURFS #4 “The Smurfette”
Peyo – writer and artist/ Yvan Delporte – writer
For the first time in the Papercutz SMURFS graphic novels, the one and only Smurfette makes her dramatic debut! Here’s the original comics story that introduced her to the world. Where she comes from and how she first appeared may surprise her many fans! What sinister role did the wicked Gargamel play in her arrival? And how did Papa Smurf get involved in a way that would change Smurfette forever? This is the story Smurf fans have been waiting for!
6x 9, 64pp., full color paperback: $5.99, ISBN: 978-1-59707-236-6
Also in collector’s hardcover: $10.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-237-3

GERONIMO STILTON  #7 “Dinosaurs in Action”
By Geronimo Stilton
The Pirate Cats have had their plans foiled by Geronimo Stilton time and time again, due to the help from Geronimo’s friend Professor Volt. The Pirate Cats decide to better their odds by getting rid of Professor Volt, kidnapping him and leaving him in the Cretaceous Period – a time when the earth was occupied by dinosaurs! Geronimo and his friends must travel back in time 140 million years to save Professor Volt from literally becoming a part of history!
6½ x 9, 56pp., full color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-59707-239-7

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED  #12 “The Island of Dr. Moreau”
By H.G. Wells
Adapted by Steven Grant and Eric Vincent
One of H.G. Wells’s most visionary tales, “The Island of Dr. Moreau” relates the disturbing tale of Pendrick, a shipwrecked naturalist who unwittingly discovers a horrific scientific and social experiment that is creating a mutant race of hideous creatures, half-human and half-beast. Terrifying and spellbinding, Wells’ masterpiece warns of the catastrophe that could result when man recklessly tampers with nature. Eric Vincent’s artwork vividly summons up the nightmarish life in Dr. Moreau’s tortured world.
6½  x 9, 56pp,. full-color hardcover: $9.99
ISBN 978-1-59707-235-9

NBM in November: De Crecy is back!

Solicited for now in comics stores, after his greatly successful Glacial Period in the Louvre collection, we publish Nicolas De Crecy’s very off the wall Salvatore series:

SALVATORE
Vol. 1: Transports of Love
Nicolas De Crecy
The best-selling and acclaimed author of ‘Glacial Period’ in the Louvre collection returns with a new series starring a dog auto repair mechanic so in demand, he can afford to move his garage to a distant hard-to-reach peak for peace and… privacy. The privacy, as it turns out, is to build a mode of transportation that can get him through earth and seas to his beloved, far, far away. As unpredictable and totally original as ‘Glacial Period,’ this is a Plymptonesque tale filled with absurd, irresistible bittersweet humor.
61/2 x 9, 104pp, full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-593-1

see previews.

EUROTICA, meantime, offers two new items:

CASA HOWHARD, Vol. 5
Roberto BALDAZZINI
The train can be quite an erotic experience, the getaway, the sensual bounce, the vibrations… our lady-men cannot but succumb to the delights of the trip along with anyone willing to ride with them… includes a sweet wink at x-rated manga in a dream… Campy fun with quite a twist as only Baldazzini can deliver!
81/2 x 11, 48pp, full color trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-598-6

SIZZLE # 48
Peanut Butter’s latest romp continues along with Zanier’s Banana Games, Kevin Taylor’s Girl, Barbarian Chicks & Demons, a more generous helping of Omaha; hey, all our best-sellers in one affordable mag!
81/2x11, 64 pp., B&W quarterly magazine, $5.95

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Over at PAPERCUTZ, another Smurfs and a really good one:

THE SMURFS vol.3 “The Smurf King”
By Peyo, artist & writer
Yvan Delporte, writer

When Papa Smurf leaves the Smurf Village in search of a rare herb, the Smurfs are left without their leader. The Smurfs decide to vote for a new leader while Papa Smurf is gone, but each Smurf votes for himself! When one Smurf defeats Brainy Smurf in a second election, he declares himself KING Smurf, ruler of all of Smurf Village! Can these Smurfs get their act together? Or will King Smurf run his ‘Empire’ straight into the ground?

61/2 x 9, 56 pages, full-color.
$5.99 PB, $10.99 HC
PB ISBN: 978-1-59707-224-3
HC ISBN: 978-1-59707-225-0

see previews

and also from Classics Illustrated:

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED #11
“The Devil’s Dictionary and Other Works”
By Ambrose Bierce
Illustrated by Gahan Wilson

Ambrose Bierce’s 1911 satire is illustrated with the surreal and macabre art of famed New Yorker cartoonist Gahan Wilson, creating a funny yet poignant presentation. Switching seamlessly from illustration to full-color comics to adapt The Boarded Window, Dead, and An Imperfect Conflagration, Wilson brings his signature dark humor to Bierce’s work.

61/2x 9, 56pp,. full-color hardcover: $9.99,
ISBN 978-1-59707-223-6

see previews

San Diego: some pics

Some pictures from San Diego last week:

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The authors of Networked: Carabella on the Run which we premiered at the show, Gerard Jones and Mark Badger. Talking with Gerry is Sean Michael Wilson of Story of Lee.

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A wider view of our booth. Ted Rall and Richard Moore are signing. Moore had to call off coming because he was so sick but finally struggled in on Saturday. Also in the booth, Patrick Turner our booth manager, thanks to Patrick for a terrific job. Further behind is Deborah Pierce of Privacy Activism Organization on hand to help promote the new Networked book.

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And there’s our sister company Papercutz who had Papa Smurf going around the show to promote its new series of Smurfs graphic novels this fall. Here he’s posing with Terry Nantier, president of the company.

All in all, however, not a good show, we have to say. The aisles around the indie publishers were sparsely populated for too much of the show. The big budget movies are taking over the show and it felt like indie comics lovers have been turned off to coming. What a shame…

Wanna be a Smurf?

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Our sister co. Papercutz is looking for two people at the San Diego con, one no higher than 3 apples, um, well, 5’3″ to don a Papa Smurf costume at various intervals Thursday through Saturday, and one to be the guide to Papa Smurf going around the exhibit floor, for some extra money as well as a pass to the show.

Interested? Contact petranek@papercutz.com. Tell him you heard about it from the NBM blog.

Have a smurfy day.

NBM in August: The Broadcast

Our main release this month is an intense psychological thriller with Orson Welles’ famous radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds as background:

THE BROADCAST
Eric Hobbs • Noel Tuazon
On the day of the historic broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles which triggered panic in many places it sounded so real, a family in the countryside fears for its life and also has to deal with strangers and neighbors coming in for help. The tension brings to the surface long suppressed emotions and conflicts and a violent reckoning in a dark stormy night.
6×9, 180pp., B&W, trade pb.: $13.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-590-0

See previews. You might remember Noel Tuazon from ‘Elk’s Run’ published by Villard.

Also from Eurotica:

SIZZLE #47
Banana Games makes its long-awaited return, by Christian Zanier. This star-studded issue also has Kevin Taylor’s Girl, Peanut Butter, Kristina Queen of Vampires, and Omaha the Cat Dancer!
Quarterly magazine, 81/2 x 11, 64pp., b&w: $5.95

AND NOTE: we’ve got all the rest of the year’s books posted up now, so you can see all of the goodies we’ve got planned for 2009!

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Meantime, over at Papercutz, we’re busy launching Smurfs graphic novels! What most people don’t realize is that it all started with these classic comics by a Belgian giant, Peyo. We’ve got a $1 comic book coming to stores in July as well as the San Diego comic-con and the books start coming out in earnest in August/September.

You may have heard: a mixed live action/animated movie is in principal photography with Sony/Columbia to come out in August of 2011…

All of this being solicited at your comic bookstore now or you can order from us online right here.