NBM Announces TCAF 2018 Premieres, Signing Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 and can be found at Table #133.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by David B, one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective, who is attending TCAF as a Featured Guest. 

David B is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel from NBM, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, which will debut at the show and he will be both signing at the NBM Booth and appearing on several panels.

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Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue… From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.

Also premiering at TCAF is Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets from creators Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin.

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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.

Also appearing at TCAF will be Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) who will be be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story, from our sister company, Papercutz.  In addition, he’ll be signing at the NBM booth and will be participating on a panel.  (Details here!)

David B – Panels and Signing Schedule

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Saturday

11:00 AM:  BD Today – Contemporary French Comics
High Park Ballroom 2/3 (Marriott)
The best-selling French comics sell 5x better than English comics in North America. That’s millions and millions of copies! Sacré Bleu! Join some of the most critically acclaimed voices in French comics to talk about what makes the French comics scene so magical, and what exciting books and artists we should keep our eyes out for. Featuring Yvan Alagbé, David B, Brigitte Findakly, Julie Rocheleau, and Lewis Trondheim. Moderated by Bart Beatty.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

Sunday

12:00 PM: Personal Boundaries: Changing Shape of Memoir
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What is the power of personal narratives when tweets, instagram photos, and snapchats are increasingly changing the norms of sharing personal information? Does the longer narrative of memoir become more relevant,a break from the bombardment of social media? Or will it soon be dismissed by readers who want more immediacy from a glowing screen? Featuring memoirist David B, Georgia Webber, Marguerite Dabaie, and Karl Steven. Moderated by Irene Velentzas.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

3:00 PM: Literally Illustrated Classics
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What are the specific challenges artists face when adapting a beloved work into a graphic novel? Emily Carrol, David B, Meaghan Carter and Ron Wimberly discuss how to honour the original while bringing something new to it, and updating and reworking problematic aspects of older work to bringit up to the standard of a contemporary audience. Moderated by Megan Kearney.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

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NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Release Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is proud to announce the release schedule through Winter 2019, including A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, a new graphic novel by one of France’s finest cartoonists, Ignatz and Angoulême International Comics Festival winner, David B.

We’re also releasing new biographies of French novelist and Nobel Prize nominee Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette by Annie Goetzinger, author Philip K. Dick by Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi, and The Beatles by Michels Mabel and various artists.

Also arriving is the final volume in The Story of Lee trilogy by Sean Michael Wilson and Piarelle, as well as a bundled edition of the first two volumes.  Rick Geary fans can look forward to the release of new paperback editions of The Black Dahlia and The Axe-Man of New Orleans.

Comic legend and Howard The Duck co-creator Val Mayerik teams up with Jim Berry to produce the historical epic Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn

In addition, we’re reprinting the paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery from the early days of indie comics in the first of four volumes, The Silent Invasion Volume 1: Red Shadows from Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock!

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NBM June 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a June 2018 release.

NEW! FEATURED ITEM!

A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: Hasib & the Queen of Serpents
by David B.

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Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue…

From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.

9” x 12″, Full-color hardcover, 96 pp, $24.99 HC ISBN: 978168112162852499

PREVIEWS

 

RESOLICITS: CELEBRATING ‘MANGA’ MONTH

Rohan at the Louvre
By Hirohiko Araki

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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 1/4”x10 3/8”, Full-color hardcover, 128 pp, $19.99  ISBN: 978-1-56163-615-051999

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Guardians of the Louvre
By Jirô Taniguchi

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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”, Full-color hardcover, 136 pp, $24.99 US
HC ISBN: 978168112034852499

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Stargazing Dog
By Takashi Murakami

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A moving inspiring manga that is a major best-seller in Japan, selling over 500,000 copies and being made into a movie. Daddy is down and out. Life has conspired against him, everything coming undone. Fed up, he sets out with his car to just get away from it all to nowhere in particular. All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one companion he can count on utterly and completely is his dog who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end.

“Perhaps the best compliment I can pay Murakami is to acknowledge just how much Stargazing Dog moved me.”

6” x 9”, B&W trade paperback, 128 pp, $11.99 US
HC ISBN: 978-1-56163-612-951199

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The Story of Lee Vol. 1

By Sean Michael Wilson & Chie Kutsuwada


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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 7 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978156163594851199

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The Story of Lee Vol. 2
By Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura


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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. 
A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.


5 x 7 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 9781561639731

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Breaking The Ten Vol. 2
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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David becomes increasingly more desperate, with his extreme behaviour causing fights with everyone who cares for him: with the devilish Mr Black and the saintly Mr White and even with his loving parents. But his quest goes on, driving him to break the rest of the 10 commandments in order to draw out the elusive divinity to face a grief stricken man.

Until, finally, he is faced with the most serious commandment all: ‘Thou shalt not kill.

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Will he do it? Or will God stop him?

6×9, 128pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 97816811211785199,

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Breaking The Ten Vol. 1
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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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?

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 97816811202185199

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NBM Graphic Novels Honored with Two Eisner Award Nominations for 2018

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The 2018 Eisner Award nominations recognized NBM Graphic Novels with two nominations this year, with books being represented in the same category, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art). The prestigious Will Eisner Award honors exemplary work from the past year in comics and the award ceremony is held annually at San Diego Comic-Con International.

The nominated comics and talent are:

EFA, Monet: Itinerant of Light

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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.

About EFA
EFA is a pen name for Ricard Fernandez, a Spanish artist who left school at 16 to pursue his dream of being in comics. He has since published quite a few graphic novels and series. This is his first translated into English.

 
Cyril Pedrosa, Portugal

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From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. The experience proves cathartic. Even though he is not Portuguese himself and is a foreigner there, so many elements are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens, full of the zest for life, his distant yet welcoming family bringing back fond early memories, all prove reinvigorating, the breath of fresh air he so badly needed.

Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This is his bestselling graphic novel with over 100,000 copies sold in France and a winner of many prizes including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.

About Cyril Pedrosa
Born November 22, 1972 in Poitiers (Vienne). A big comic reader during childhood and adolescence, Cyril Pedrosa first went into  scientific studies. After some trial and error, he finally studied animation design at the Gobelins, a Parisian establishment dedicated to careers in the moving image. He went on to work on Disney animated feature films such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Hercules” where he acquired a speed of execution and a sense of movement that will later serve him well. Meeting writer David Chauvel inspired him to turn to comics.

A rising star in graphic storytelling, his unique work is a product of his animation background combined with his literary influences of Borges, Marquez and Tolkien.

 
“For over forty years NBM Graphic Novels has committed itself to bring some of the greatest graphic novels from across the world to North American audiences,” said publisher Terry Nantier.  “Acknowledging the fine work by both EFA and Cyril Pedrosa by the Eisner nominating committee only reinvigorates that commitment.”

 

A full list of nominees can be found at the Eisner Award website.

For continuing news on NBM Graphic Novels, stay tuned to www.nbmpub.com and follow @nbmpub on Twitter.

 

I Sure Do Like Robots

I have a hard time wrapping my head around complicated machinery. Even though I somehow drew a whole book about robots, I avoided drawing them most times because I didn’t think I was good at it.

I’ve since changed my mind!

Designing these little Bandit Bots is the most fun I’ve had drawing in a long time. Instead of drawing complicated machinery, I focus on finding fun, simplified shapes and arranging them in cool ways. I did these for #MarchOfRobots and right now I’m doing #AdventureApril.

Of course I had to make it about robots.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.

Breaking the 10 banded set

In September you have the first chance to get volume 1 and volume 2 our of book with NBM together as one banded set, at a special price:

 

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Pages from the book can be seen HERE

Meanwhile, I am currently more than half way through writing volume 3 of our other book with NBM, ‘The Story of Lee’. Currently, Lee is in a serious discussion while walking home with her Uncle Jun, via Chambers Street and Middle Meadow Walk – two well known streets in my hometown of Edinburgh.

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And related news – the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards results were just announced and our book, ‘Portraits of Violence’ got a award!

Category 29. GRAPHIC NOVEL/DRAWN BOOK – GENERAL
BRONZE MEDAL: Portraits of Violence: An Illustrated History of Radical Thinking

The artist from our Breaking the 10 book, Michiru Morikawa, has one chapter in the Portraits of Violence book. That’s my 2nd medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and happy to get it.

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This Weekend, See NBM at MoCCA Arts Festival!

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This weekend (April 7th-8th), NBM Graphic Novels will be attending The MoCCA Arts Festival, a 2-day multimedia event and Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, which draws over 7,000 attendees each year.

With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Appearing on behalf of NBM is T.J.Kirsch, author of PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN.

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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.

T.J. will be appearing at the NBM Booth (#D147, D148) throughout the show and will be signing during the following times:

Saturday
11:30-1:00
2:30-4:00
5:30 to 7:00

Sunday
1:00-2:30
4:00-5:30

Also appearing from our sister company Papercutz is writer David Gallaher, who will be signing copies of his series, The Only Living Boy and High Moon.

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All of our latest titles will be available at our table and we’ll also have looks at upcoming releases.

The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).