NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Release Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is proud to announce the release schedule through Winter 2018, including brand new biographies of Sartre by Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier, Monet by Efa & Salva Rubio, and Billy The Kid by Rick Geary, as well as new releases by Cyril Pedrosa, T.J. Kirsch, Kerascoet & Fabien Vehlmann, and Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa.

In addition, we’re reprinting two important titles to the history of the company. The Mercenary by Vicente Segrelles was the first fully painted fantasy series when it was originally released in the mid-Eighties and one of NBM’s best selling series, will be reprinted in it’s entirety with 14 volumes released on a quarterly basis, in handsome keepsake quarterbound editions with breathtaking reproduction overseen by Segrelles himself.

Also being reissued is the fully painted Streak of Chalk by Miguelanxo Prado, which not only inaugurated NBM’s Comics Lit line, but also was recognized for elevating graphic narrative storytelling when it was originally released in 1994.

AUGUST 2017

SARTRE
Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier

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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.

8×11, 160 pp., color HC, $27.99, ISBN 9781681121017, e-book: $9.99

SEPTEMBER 2017

STREAK OF CHALK
Miguelanxo Prado

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On the occasion of NBM’s 40th anniversary, this Eisner and Harvey Award Nominee classic is 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.

9×12, 88pp., full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121161

PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
T.J. Kirsch

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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.

6×9, 96pp., full color hc, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121208, e-book: $8.99

OCTOBER 2017

MONET: Itinerant of Light
Efa (artist), Salva Rubio (writer)

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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.

9×12, 112pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681121390, e-book: $9.99

THE MERCENARY The Definitive Editions
Vol.1 The Cult of the Sacred Fire
Vicente Segrelles

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On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, NBM is proud to bring back one of its bestselling series ever, amongst the world’s first highly realistic fully painted comics. Brought back in even better reproduction than ever with all-new scans of the original paintings overseen by the master himself and presented in handsome large quarterbound collectors editions. Each panel could be a painting on your wall! These volumes will take your breath away.

In a lost and long forgotten valley high up in the mountains, The Mercenary has been contracted to save a woman from the mysterious and powerful Cult of the Sacred Fire! Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9×12, 64pp., full color quarterbound hc, $17.99, ISBN 9781681121246, e-book: $9.99

NOVEMBER 2017

SATANIA
Kerascoet, Fabien Vehlmann

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Charlotte – aka Charlie – a pretty redhead, sets up an expedition to find her brother. The young scientist, who disappeared underground several months ago, claimed – to everyone’s astonishment – to be able to prove the existence of Hell by using Darwin’s theory of evolution! The little group, led by Charlie, plunge underground in his pursuit. The deeper they progress into the entrails of our planet, the more they enter another world that hides other forms of life heretofore never experienced. The discovery changes them gradually in a way they cannot perceive…

Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick for the Fall!

“Another sumptuously illustrated adventure into horror by the creators of Beautiful Darkness.”

9×12, 128pp., color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681121437, e-book: $9.99

KERASCOET SET
Including Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me

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Specially priced set reuniting two perennially popular books with art by the amazing duo under the Kerascoet name.

In Beauty, When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater.

In Miss Don’t Touch Me, The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands.

2 book banded set, 344pp. full color hardcovers, specially priced at $55, ISBN 9781681121147

 

DECEMBER 2017

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM I Paperback Edition
Including Jack The Ripper, The Beast of Chicago and The Fatal Bullet
Rick Geary

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In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.

6×9, 288pp., B&W trade paperback, $19.99 ISBN PB: 9781681121383

PORTUGAL
Cyril Pedrosa

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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.

9×12, 264pp., full color hardcover, $39.99, ISBN 9781681121475, e-book: $9.99

JANUARY 2018

THE MERCENARY The Definitive Editions
Vol. 2 The Formula
Vicente Segrelles

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Continuing the full reprint of the classic series in breathtaking reproduction and handsome keepsake quarterbound editions. The graphic novel series that set comics on a new path!

The Mercenary embarks on one of his most perilous journeys ever as he tries to stop an unscrupulous alchemist who has stolen a highly dangerous mysterious formula.

Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9×12, 64pp., full color quarterbound hc, $17.99, ISBN 9781681121284, e-book: $9.99

FEBRUARY 2018

BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 2
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.’

Will he do it? Or will God stop him?

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781681121178, e-book: $7.99

MARCH 2018

THE INITIATES: Paperback Edition
Etienne Davodeau

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The sold out hardcover now in paperback. Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making.

Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He’s rarely even read comics.

But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?

To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar. Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs.

The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.

With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults).

8×11, 272pp., B&W trade pb: $19.99 ISBN 9781681121338

THE TRUE DEATH OF BILLY THE KID
Rick Geary

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‘Being an authentic narrative of the final days in Billy the Kid’s brief and turbulent life.’ One of our folk legends of the great Wild West, William H. Bonney went from cowboy and gunslinger for a rancher to pure outlawry forever dodging justice in New Mexico when it wasn’t even a state. On the one hand, he was charming, fun-loving –often at social events like dances-, quite appealing to the ladies. Also conversant in Spanish, “Billito” was popular with the Spanish speaking crowd. On the other hand, he had no compunction to coldly kill a man, a sheriff, a deputy, anyone who got in his way rustling cattle or horses for an illicit living. He also proved hard to keep in jail even when caught.

It is probably his feats of derring-do escaping from jails that made him most famous and this is the main subject of this biography following him until he is shot in pitch darkness by lawmen obsessed with getting rid of him.

6×9, 56pp., B&W hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 9781681121345, e-book: $6.99

NBM Announces ALA Conference Schedule!

1NBM Graphic Novels is excited to return to the 2017 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL! Attendees can find NBM and sister publisher Papercutz at Booth #1319 in the Graphic Novel Pavillion on Friday, June 23, through Monday, June 26.

At the NBM/Papercutz table we’ll have a limited number of galleys of our upcoming graphic novel, Portugal by Cyril Pedrosa, as well as advanced looks of some of our upcoming Fall titles including Sartre by Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier and Monet: Itinerant of Light by Efa &Salva Rubio.  Papercutz will also be giving out advanced copies of several of their upcoming titles.

Below check out our schedule for ALA:

Friday Preview Night:

5:30 PM (Booth #1319)
Dave Scheidt (Trolls and Nickelodeon comics artist) will be signing copies of Trolls #1 starting at 5:30 at  Booth #1319.

Saturday:

10- 10:45AM (Booth #1319)
Dave Scheidt signing

11-11:45AM (Booth #1319)
 Jessica Abel of Trish Trash signing;

2:30 PM: Creator spotlight
Jessica Abel at the Comics & GN stage

3:30 PM NBM and Papercutz Presentation
New and Forthcoming Graphic Novels with NBM Publisher Terry Nantier, Jessica Abel, and Dave Scheidt at the Comics & GN stage

Sunday:

9:00 AM  Coffee Klatch with Jessica Abel
Meeting with YA librarians.  Organized by YALSA,

10:00 AM (Booth #1319)
Jessica Abel
of Trish Trash signing.

My Tools and Process

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I do almost everything in Manga Studio! (it’s actually called Clip Studio Paint nowadays) It’s pretty cheap but it can’t do everything I need it to. It doesn’t have the best text system, so I still do that and all other design type stuff in Photoshop. I played with Krita once and it seems like a good Manga Studio alternative that’s totally free and probably worth a look!

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I draw with an old Wacom Intuos 4 that I got used for around $300 like 8 years ago. They take a bit to get the hang of but with some practice there’s nothing you can’t do on them.

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Even if you’re not an artist yourself, I hope it was interesting to see how I do things! Don’t hesitate to ask if you’d like me to into greater detail about any of this, I love talking about this stuff.

Until next time!

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.

Drawing for Free

Making cartoons or illustrations for free can be a tricky subject. It involves an ongoing discussion which raises points such as:

  • are artists “businesslike” enough to ask professional compensation for their work?
  • how fair is it for viable companies to ask an illustrator to contribute work in exchange for “exposure”?
  • are artists who work for less than they deserve undermining the market?
  • are artists valued at all in monetary terms?

I’m not going into these points here; I just want to show a little of my considerations in doing work for free, and what I recently got out of it.

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A while back, a medicine student sent me a mail, humbly asking for cartoons for an informational flyer to be distributed in Namibia amongst women with a heart condition who are pregnant or planning to be. She apologised for the fact that they only had a small budget – and I answered that for a cause like this, I’ll gladly draw for free.

I am in the lucky position that I don’t need that much money. This is mainly because I have a very low rent and no kids – a few paid assignments a year, next to my ongoing comics, are more than enough to live off. This gives me the freedom to say no to paid jobs that don’t appeal to me, and yes to others that pay nothing but are for good cause. Such as this one.

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I went into this like I do with any assignment, paid or not: there are preliminary sketches, tweaking, adjusting, last-minute changes as a team of people gives feedback on the results. Luckily, I can work rather quick, and I find it very gratifying to know that I’m delivering something that everyone involved is happy with (within bounds, of course, sometimes the team of people is too big and people come with ridiculous demands, just to make their mark among their coworkers I figure, but this happens very seldom and never in free work. If this happens, I simply let them know more adjustments are going to cost extra.)

The medicine student sent me mails from Namibia to tell me of the enthusiastic reaction she encountered from doctors, nurses and patients alike, and this in itself is enough reward for me. In these cases, I feel that something like a simple cartoon can actually make a big difference. It makes information more accessible, especially in areas where not everyone is literate. A non-illustrated flyer might completely miss the mark, whereas appealing pictures are an invitation to reading.

This was months ago, and today I was pleasantly surprised when this student and her team (back in The Netherlands again and busy finishing their studies) sent me a lovely Thank You card, by snail mail no less, including these pictures:

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I absolutely love this! It is worth far more to me than a few numbers in my bank account.

I wish every artist could be in the position to do this kind of free work. I wish every person in the world would not be burdened so much by this constant need to generate money. Money has become a form of tyranny, preventing people from being creative or generous. I sincerely hope new forms of economy will win out in my lifetime, and for instance basic income will become a reality for many, if not all.

Here’s another cartoon I made for free, for an event about New Economy, to illustrate how money should allow us to play and move, instead of locking us into these patterns of hoarding and coveting…

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Story of Lee – banded set, out soon!

SOL banded setComing in July 2017  THE STORY OF LEE  – banded set. 

This is a good deal, with volume 1 and volume 2 of the book packaged together by a specially printed band (or ‘obi’ as they called in Japan). You can save $4 by buying this banded set of the two volumes.

Sean Michael Wilson 

Nami Tamura  and 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. In volume 2, it’s the reverse as they move to Scotland.

Collected in one specially priced banded set.

5 x 7 1/2″, 2 book set, B&W trade pbs, 320pp., normally $24, $19.99 ISBN 9781681121055

Get it here:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/storyoflee/storyofllee_home.html

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Rick Geary Wins Reuben Award For ‘Black Dahlia’

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The National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. It was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the troops. They found that they enjoyed each other’s company and decided to get together on a regular basis.

Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world’s major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration and more.

The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award honors cartoonists in various professional divisions are honored with special plaques for excellence.   This year, the award for Best Graphic Novel went to Rick Geary for his work on Black Dahlia.

Congratulations to Rick for this major accomplishment.

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#MerMay

Most months have a drawing challenge associated with them — such as March of Robots in March or Inktober in October — and May was Mermaid Month! Here’s what I drew for #MerMay.

I had never drawn mermaids before, which I thought was surprising, so this was a lot of fun to do. Traditional mermaids are typically seen as skinny, naked, and with crazy long hair, so I tried doing something a little different.

If you’re interested, my Instagram is a pretty good place to keep up with all the silly doodles I do!

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.