BOOKS TO COME:

STREAK OF CHALK
Coming in October!
STREAK OF CHALK
Miguelanxo Prado

On the occasion of NBM's 40th anniversary, a classic back in print! A small streak of an island in the Atlantic. On no map. In heavy summer heat. One general store with a woman and her taciturn boy. A lighthouse with no light. Memories and messages graffitied on the pier wall. A chance encounter with a beautiful elusive woman. A Murder. Or was it? Nothing seems completely real. Only the graffitied memories are constant.
A mysterious multifaceted novel steeped in magical realism that can be read a number of ways, Streak of Chalk is one of Spain's best comics authors' magnum opus, and one of the greatest most pioneering graphic novels NBM ever published.
Reviews:
"Although the story is sparse, there's intrigue, sex and, more importantly, Spanish artist Prado's sumptuous illustrations and exquisite use of colors, to keep the reader's attention."
-Publishers Weekly
EISNER AND HARVEY AWARDS NOMINEE
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MONET: Itinerant of Light
Coming in November!
MONET: Itinerant of Light
Efa (artist), Salva Rubio (writer)
The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style. From the Salon des Refuses ("Salon of the Rejected") and many struggling years without recognition, money and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit. It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.
9x12, 112pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681121390, e-book: $9.99
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BOOKS RECENTLY OUT:

SARTRE
SARTRE
Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier

For some he was the philosopher of existentialism, for others the constant provocateur, the politically engaged author, the uncertain militant, the repenting bourgeois, the life companion of Simone de Beauvoir… From his first readings in the Luxembourg Garden to his refusal of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean Paul Sartre was all of this at the same time.
8x11, 160 pp., color HC, $27.99, ISBN 9781681121017, e-book: $9.99
See Munoz' interview on The Comics Journal
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PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
T.J. Kirsch
In a sleepy New England town, Andrew Peters is born into an abusive family. As he grows older, he seems to be on the right track, using writing as his outlet - but his best friend Whitey is always around pulling him in the opposite direction. Andrew eventually lands himself in prison, and shortly thereafter, learns he has a daughter. The shock resolves him to a path of redemption and an attempt to live his life as a decent man.
Review:
"I'm greatly enjoying this comic. Just 100% its own thing. Thoughtful and emotive. Go. Read." -Van Jensen, writer of Cryptocracy (Dark Horse) and The Flash (DC),
and U.S. Comic Book Ambassador
"I'm greatly enjoying this comic. Just 100% its own thing. Thoughtful and emotive. Go. Read." -Van Jensen, writer of Cryptocracy (Dark Horse) and The Flash (DC), and U.S. Comic Book Ambassador
"PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN is just the type of engrossing, reflective fiction we need. A beautifully honed trip through rich, small town existence that reminds us even if our lives feel everyday, there is a wondrous scale woven deep into each and every one of our narratives. We live in the now, but when we reflect, we look back, we see the vast expanse of drama that's sprawled out behind our every move. "
- Steve Orlando, Writer (Midnighter, Supergirl, Virgil)
" Most cartoonists are either a great storyteller or a great artist. It's a rare exception to possess both skills, but I think T.J. Kirsch has been gifted with both, and PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN proves me correct."
- Noah Van Sciver, Cartoonist ( The Hypo, Fante Bukowski )
6x9, 96pp., full color hc, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121208, e-book: $8.99
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THE CROSS-EYED MUTT
The Louvre Collection:
THE CROSS-EYED MUTT
Etienne Davodeau
Fabian is supervisor at the Louvre. He loves his job. He also loves Mathilde. When it comes time, she presents him to her family in their vast country house and not without some apprehension, as the Benion clan is a bit special. There's her father, Louis, who heads since 1975 the family furniture company founded in 1947, and two brothers, Maxime and Joseph. They're not bad guys, just rather clumsy and with a decidedly unsubtle sense of humor. The fact that Fabian works in the Louvre is a welcome coincidence, since they just found in the attic a painting by an ancestor in the nineteenth century. It's a sorry representation of a cross-eyed mutt. What is the value? ask the Benion. Is this an eyesore or a masterpiece? Fabian, pretty embarrassed, punts on the question. So for the Benion, case closed, if it ain't an eyesore then no doubt it has its place on the walls of the Louvre! Fabian is left hoping the whole delusion will just go away, until one day the two brothers show up at the Louvre and ask. Getting the Cross-Eyed Mutt into the Louvre would demonstrate his commitment to becoming a member of the Benion family! Fabian is now in a pickle when he meets Mr. André Balouchi, an oddball frequent visitor of the museum who turns out to have quite a bit of clout…
A raucous satirical comedy that asks: Who decides what makes a work of art worthy of being in a major museum?
7 ½ x 10 ½, 144pp., B&W hardcover, ISBN: 9781681120973
$24.99
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BILLIE HOLIDAY
BILLIE HOLIDAY
José Muñoz, Carlos Sampayo

Born in Baltimore in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence...), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz.
By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz' strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.
9x12, 80pp., B&W hc, gold stamped black and red cover, ISBN:9781681120935
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Look
LOOK
Jon Nielsen

Artie is a droid programmed to endlessly perform a single task left in a world abandoned by humans. He is starting to wonder what meaning his task has. But when he and his only friend, Owen, a robotic bird, cast aside the only lives they've ever known in search of a brighter future, they encounter others that want nothing but to hold tight to the past. Join Artie the Robot and Owen the Vulture for a light-hearted sci-fi adventure as they journey far and wide for the answer to one of life's greatest questions: "why are we here?"
6x9, 144pp., B&W hc, ISBN:9781681120898
$15.99
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TREASURY OF XX CENTURY MURDER COMPENDIUM
TREASURY OF XX CENTURY MURDER COMPENDIUM I
including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans,
and Madison Square Tragedy
Rick Geary

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.
6x9, 240pp., B&W quarter-bound hc,$27.99, ISBN 9781681120638
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Lighthouse
THE LIGHTHOUSE
Paco Roca

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."
6x9, 64pp., duotone hardcover, $15.99, ISBN: 9781681120560
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GLENN GOULD
GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
Sandrine Revel

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.
2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world's leading orchestras.
8.5x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover hc, $25.99, ISBN:9781681120652
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Black Dahlia
TREASURY OF XX CENTURY MURDER
BLACK DAHLIA
Rick Geary

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.
" I'm a huge fan of Rick Geary's "Treasury of Murder" series, so I'm thrilled to see that there's a new volume due later this year."
Johanna Draper Carlson, Comics Worth Reading
6x9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99; ISBN 9781681120522
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elvis
ELVIS
Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff

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
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Equinoxes
EQUINOXES
Cyril Pedrosa

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. 'Equinoxes' is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.
PW has named this a top 10 for Fall '16.
"Cyril Pedrosa's Equinoxes is an impressive feast of a book."
-Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and The Sculptor.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $44.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805
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Pedrosa's North American Tour

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
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Annie Goetzinger bio

Rodolphe bio

 

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.
"An intriguing premise."
-Brigid Alverson, Robot 6, Comic Book Resources
6x9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781681120218
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Sean Michael Wilson bio

Michiru Morikawa bio

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