NBM June/July 2020 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an June and July 2020 release. The June titles which were previously announced HERE, will be shipping with an adjusted schedule caused by the COVID-19 quarantine.

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LEONARDO DA VINCI & THE RENAISSANCE OF THE WORLD
Created by Marwan Kahil and Ariel Vittori

One of the greatest artists of all time, as well as a genius inventor, Da Vinci was arrestingly tall and handsome. This comics bio shows the process of his work and his inventions, his persecution as a gay man and how the changing politics of his country and ebbs and flows of those in power affected him and his career. A turbulent story on an exceptional man. Complemented with back matter on his chronology, list of his oeuvres, etc…

6 ½ x9, 144pp., full color HC US $24.99; ISBN: 978168112259552499
Pub Date: July 15th, 2020


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NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE: THE GARDEN OF SECRETS
Created by Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself. A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.

8×10, 186pp., full color Hardcover , US $29.99, HC ISBN: 978168112158152999

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RODIN
Created by Eddy Simon and Joel Alessandra

This comics biography of one of the greatest sculptors who ever lived is done with the collaboration of the Rodin Museum and includes a preface by its director.

It views his life through the eyes of the three women who shared his life for good or for bad. One was his lifelong on and off companion, the other two his muses, one of which was Camille Claudel, a well-recognized sculptor herself.

Rodin’s work was revolutionary in conveying exceptional passion, transcending the stone. Here’s how that happened.

7 x 10.25, 112pp. full color HC, US $19.99; ISBN: 978168112241051999

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MONET: ITINERANT OF LIGHT
Created by Efa and Salva Rubio

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.

9×12, 112pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 978168112139052499

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In Conversation with Silent Invasion Creators

 

space_01A number of weeks ago Larry Hancock and I chatted with by John Swinimer, the host of the True North Country Comics Podcast to promote our appearance at this year’s now cancelled Toronto Comics Arts Festival. We had planned to launch the newly-released Abductions, Book Three of The Silent Invasion series at TCAF 2020.

Tune in and enjoy our conversation with John here.

In the meantime, follow us on Facebook.

And remember to Watch the Skies!

The Silent Invasion, Abductions: A Visit to the Artist’s Garret

Abductions, Book Three in The Silent Invasion series will be released May 15.

This time around, here’s a tour of the tiny space where The Silent Invasion is drawn, erased, redrawn, lettered and inked.

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And now some photos:
Top row; the approach to the studio: bottom; the ink-stained desk, surrounded by some treasured and well-read favourite comics and other bric-a-brac.

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The artist’s materials, including his trusty blue pencils, numbers 4 and 5 Winsor & Newton Series 7 watercolour brushes, and jars of India ink.

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The bookshelves beside and behind my drawing table, and three very dusty 1/72-scale plastic airplane models built in the wayback time when I was in high school. The aircraft are a Hawker Tempest (in front), Grumman Bearcat (rear left) and a Grumman Hellcat.

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Until next time, watch the skies, and stay safe and healthy.

NBM June 2020 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an June 2020 release.


NEW

The Louvre Collection: THE RED MOTHER WITH CHILD
Created by Christian Lax


In Mali in Africa, a red Mother with Child, a 14th century African sculpture, is saved from the destructive madness of Islamists by Alou, a young honey hunter. In the company of other migrants, sisters and brothers of misfortune, Alou goes all out to reach Europe. His goal and his obsession: entrust the precious statuette to the Louvre Museum!

An epic adventure, touching upon the burning worldwide issue of refugees and immigration, in the ever-expanding Louvre collection commissioning graphic novels from leading world artists to spin tales around the famous museum.

9×12, 144pp, full color Hardcover, $27.99 US / $36.50 CAN; HC ISBN: 978168112257152799; DIAMOND CODE: APR201948


Pub Date: June 17th, 2020

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The Louvre Collection: ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Created By Hirohiko Araki

After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka, bestselling author of ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.’

Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so.

The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels

7 ¼” x 10 3/8” , 128pp. Full color Hardcover, US $19.99; HC ISBN: 978156163615051999; DIAMOND CODE: APR201950


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The Louvre Collection: GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE
By Jiro Taniguchi

Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels.

After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist 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 in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.

8 ” x 11”, 136 pp. Full-color hardcover, $24.99 USHC ISBN: 97816811203485249952499; DIAMOND CODE: APR201949


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