NBM September 2021 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an September 2021 release.

NEW

Dungeon: Zenith Vols. 1-2 The Barbarian Princess
Created by Lewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar

DUNGEON IS BACK! With all-new stories coming in November, here are omnibus collections of the first volumes.

Welcome to Dungeon, the looniest world of horror and heroic fantasy you’ll ever be transported into! A spoof of Dungeons & Dragons and all heroic fantasy tropes. This series, a best-seller in many countries, starts with the apogee of Dungeon, a mighty castle filled with monsters, trolls and goblins kept by a wily bird, the Dungeon Keeper, and the object of desire of many an uncouth and disgusting form of life (and afterlife) and Herbert the Timorous Duck is assigned to defend it! Thank goodness, the Dungeon Keeper has assigned Marvin the Dragon, a blood-thirsty, uh, vegetarian, warrior, to his side. 4 full stories in one omnibus volume at a new larger size! (Combines the 1st 2 volumes originally published).

8 ½ x 11, 192pp., full color trade paperback, $19.99, ISBN 978168112280951999; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211800
Pub Date: September 15th 2021

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Dungeon: The Early Years, Vols. 1-2 The Night Shirt
Created by Christophe Blain, Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim

DUNGEON IS BACK! With all-new stories coming in November, here are omnibus collections of the first volumes.

In the sprawling world of Dungeon, the Early Years subseries relates the origins of it. In this first story, you will see the Keeper barely an adult leaving his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness… Fun, adventure, suspense and… wry satire. Hyacinthe, Dungeon Keeper to be, continues to render justice in a cloak nightly as The Night Shirt and stumbles upon the one he pines for, Alexandra, an assassin, about to be raped! After his valiant and heroic rescue, his wettest dreams come true… with dire consequences.

In the second story which happens quite a few years later, he’s married and a poor husband, worse even, a poor lover, until Alexandra plots to gain him back. Cloak and dagger with romantic bravura! And you thought he didn’t have it in him. Art by Eisner nominated Blain (Gus) and story by legendary Trondheim and Eisner nominated Sfar (Rabbi’s Cat).

8 ½ x 11, 192pp, full color trade paperback, 19.99, ISBN 978168112281651999; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211799
Pub Date: September 15th 2021

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AVAILABLE AGAIN

Dungeon Monstres, Vol.5 “My Son the Killer”
By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian

In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with his Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.

In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!

6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $14.99; ISBN 978156163937351499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211803

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Dungeon Monstres, Vol. 6 “The Great Animator”
By Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas

In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost.

In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 978156163998451500; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211804

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Dungeon: Twilight Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon
By Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, Mazan

The last two stories of Dungeon!

In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”

And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Dark Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. 

All things must come to an end and so it is with the great Dungeon.

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, ISBN 978156163919951499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211802

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Dungeon: Zenith, Vol.3 “Back In Style”
By Boulet, Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim

Taking a pause from the Monstres sub-series, the main Zenith mini series is back! This time with the art of Boulet but still written by the Sfar/Trondheim duo. Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon!

In the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely.

In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him ‘the mask of death’. Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp, full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978156163550451499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211805

 

Dungeon: Twilight, Vol. 2: Armageddon
Created by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Kerascoet

Marvin, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, simply cannot be let to die like he wishes! Whatever he loses, he regains in different powers. He’s even become invincible.

It’s to the point where he’d rather exchange body parts to get back his mortality. But then he is led to a discovery that may make continuing to live actually worth it.

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.99, PB ISBN: 978156163477451499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL211801

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NBM August 2021 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an August 2021 release.

NEW

CANCIONES OF FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
By Tobias Tak
Foreword by Joost Swarte
Introduction by Christopher Maurer

Federico García Lorca is one of Spain’s foremost cultural and literary figures. In 1927, he published his masterpiece Canciones, a volume of lyrical poetry. Tobias Tak transformed twenty of these poems into a series of richly detailed and inventive comics. With his boundless imagination, Tak’s illustrations add a new depth and energy to Lorca’s poetry. This collection will appeal to lovers of visual art, graphic novels and poetry and aims to bring the colorful and atmospheric landscape of Lorca’s work to a new audience. Includes an introduction by Lorca scholar, editor and translator Christopher Maurer (“The Collected Poems of Lorca”).

8×10, 160pp., full color HC, $24.99; ISBN 9781681122748; Ebook: ISBN 9781681122755, $16.99; DIAMOND CODE: JUN211657

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LEONARDO DA VINCI & THE RENAISSANCE OF THE WORLD
By Marwan Kahil, 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, $19.99, ebooks $13.99 (9781681122601).
ISBN 9781681122595; DIAMOND CODE: JUN211658

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Librarians and Booksellers, Visit NBM Graphic Novels at Edelweiss Bookfest

Edelweiss Bookfest is hosted by Edelweiss, which is home to a community of over 180,000 book professionals and readers. Edelweiss is the platform where publishers post their new books for professional book buyers, reviewers, and book lovers to discover. Bookfest is an extension of this community and is truly a conference for the industry, by the industry. Whether you’re a book professional or just a bookworm, you’ll love Bookfest!

An online conference running on June 8 & 9, 2021, the Edelweiss Bookfest is dedicating itself to amplifying diverse voices and is launching Edelweiss by Above the Treeline which is uniquely positioned at the intersection of the tech and publishing industries, both of which have historically lacked diversity. The mission of Treeline 2020 is to identify and dismantle the barriers to diversity and inclusion in these industries. We do this through investing in organizations doing great work in these areas, providing access via internships and scholarships, and amplifying marginalized voices. Join us at Bookfest as we amplify diverse voices, moving from margin to center.

NBM will be sharing a booth with Downtown Bookworks in the IPC Pavilion.

If interested in attending, register HERE and enter the code “NBMGRAPHICNOVELS” to save 10% off their registration fee.

The conference will feature rich editorial panels and author panels highlighting Fall 2021 books. The wide variety of books will be of interest to the reading public this fall. Additional programming includes special tracks that will tackle important industry topics as well as those focused on libraries.

During the show, be sure to stop by the NBM Booth During the show, be sure to stop by the NBM Booth in the Independent Publisher’s Caucus Pavilion to learn about some of our most recent and upcoming releases.

NBM July 2021 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for a July 2021 release.

NEW

Love Me Please: The Story of Janis Joplin
By Nicolas Finet & Christopher
Foreword by Gilbert Shelton

Love Me Please is a biography in comics of the amazing rock singer Janis Joplin, which recalls, respecting the chronology, the highlights of her journey from childhood, after the Second World War, to her abrupt death in late 1970.

It is one of the most fabulous musical adventures in America of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet it lasted only five years.

How did a very young messed up woman, a drug addict filled with doubt, become in a few years a planetary icon of rock music? She went from the shadows to the blinding light of fame in only four records (the last one issued a month and a half after her tragic death). Thanks to a worldwide movement of emancipation which would consecrate for a long time the ideals and modes of alternative lifestyles from counterculture to the flower power generation, Janis, the ugly duckling, gave free rein to her impulses.

Fed by the thirst for freedom of the Beat Generation and the desire for emancipation expressed by American youth in the early 1960s, Janis Joplin left for San Francisco, the epicenter of cultural innovation. She will live there a freedom of which she would hardly have dared to dream, abandoning herself to all impulses, overcoming without hesitation all the taboos of the time: bisexuality, alcohol, drugs, doing so not only with delight, but with the taste for excess which came naturally from her spontaneous character.

A lively, fascinating story of a woman ahead of her time.

7 ½ x 10, 160pp. full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 978168112276252499; Diamond Code: MAY211583; Pub Date: July 14th, 2021

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AVAILABLE AGAIN


Bob Marley In Comics!
By Gaet’s and Sophie Blitman

In the middle of a depressing youth in a ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley sees only one way out: music. And that music will be what Jamaica made of rock and pop locally that had hardly been heard anywhere else: reggae!

It is Marley who brings the unmistakable beat of reggae to the entire world.

From small stages in Jamaica, his partners of the Wailers accompany him all the way to the most fabulous world tours and adulation. Beyond a rocketing musical career, the most famous rasta wants to shake things up and proclaim all over his humanitarian and egalitarian values.

7 ½ x10,176pp., full color HC: US $27.99HC ISBN: 9781681122449652799; DIAMOND CODE: MAY211585

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The Rolling Stones in Comics!
By Ceka and various artists

When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play Rhythm & Blues, nothing more. They are far from imagining that they are not just going to change music but also become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieve planetary-wide success.

With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over fifty years, not just music, but a whole attitude! Through twenty-one stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book makes you relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.

7×10,192pp., full color Hardcover: US $26.99, ISBN: 978168112198752699; DIAMOND CODE: MAY211587

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The Beatles in Comics!
By Various authors, Michels Mabel

Here’s the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup.

We see how they evolved along with and amplifying the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active and have achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.

7 ½ x 10, 232pp., full color HC, $29.99; HC ISBN: 978168112187152999; DIAMOND CODE: MAY211584

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Michael Jackson In Comics
Created by Ceka 

Well beyond his passing in 2009, Michael Jackson remains one of the most adulated and mysterious stars in the world. Incredible singer, brilliant musician, amazing performer, he was just as talented as he was eccentric, adored as well as reviled with sordid accusations, sadly caught between a stolen childhood and a suffocating star system.

Discover in this biography mixing comics and documentary chapters, how the youngest of the Jackson 5 was propelled to the front of the stage and then onto one of the most extraordinary solo careers in music.T

7.5” x10”, 192pp., full color HC, US $26.99HC ISBN 978168112228152699; DIAMOND CODE: MAY211586

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NBM Heads to TCAF!

This week NBM heads (virtually) to the 2021 Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), with several special panels and appearances.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to promote the breadth and diversity of comics, and what is considered comics, as legitimate medium of literary and artistic worth. We seek to promote the creators of these works in their broad and diverse voices, for the betterment of the medium of comics and to reach as wide an audience as possible for them.

This year, TCAF takes place May 8th to 15th, 2021, across a digital event space and marketplace, and NBM will have a strong presence.


PANELS

Boulet Spotlight
Live, Tuesday, May 11th, 5:00 PM EST

Online comics superstar Boulet returns to TCAF! Best known for his diary webcomic, bouletcorp.com, Boulet is the French author of over 20 books, including (available in English) Notes and Augie and the Green Knight. He is also a contributor to the Dungeon series with Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. Join Boulet and interviewer Peter Birkemoe in this feature spotlight!

To register for this panel, click HERE.

(The panel will be available to screen anytime after it goes live on Tuesday).




The Secrets of Chocolate with Franckie Alarcon (French Language)
Wednesday, May 12th, 3:00 PM EST; Pre-recorded.

France is renowned for their mastery of the 9th Art. Join Peter Birkemoe in conversation with French artist Franckie Alarcon. Do you want to know about The Secrets of Chocolate, or perhaps The Art of Sushi? Alarcon discusses the process behind creating these works. Alarcon’s The Secrets of Chocolate (June 2021) follows one of the most renowned chefs within the world of chocolate, Jacques Genin, to create this docu-comic series.

Bring your own chocolate to enjoy this panel in 4D! 

(The panel will be available to screen anytime after it goes live on Wednesday).

To register for this panel, click HERE.


ONLINE EXHIBITOR ROOM

Thursday, May 13th, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to directly interact with some of NBM’s cartoonists. Simply enter the queue and the moderator will place you directly in the room with the guest of your choice.

Participating talent includes Ted Rall and Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas. 

To join the queue for this panel, click HERE.


LIBRARIES & EDUCATION DAY 2021

Friday, May 14th

TCAF Libraries & Education Day is a day of programming aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, library workers and collection managers who want to know more about incorporating comics and graphic novels into their collections and classrooms. Information-rich presentations and lectures, panel discussions, and workshops impart valuable information about building collections, improving circulation, targeting important demographics, and integrating comics into classroom use.

Comics Publisher Speed-Dating
4pm to 5pm EST

Join NBM creators Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo (The Stringer, The Year of Loving Dangerously) and Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock (The Silent Invasion series) for a series of short sessions to learn about new and forthcoming graphic novels from each press and meet creators. Over the course of this session publishers will rotate between your break-out rooms in 10-15 mini-sessions that offer a mix of presentations and Q&A session!

During the Festival, several NBM titles will be available at the TCAF Online Marketplace

For more details, visit the TCAF 2021 site

The Fever Dreams of The Silent Invasion

Lock your doors! Close the blinds! Bar your windows!

Hide your children and especially your pets!!

The little grey men from Proxima Centauri are coming for you, if they haven’t already taken you for a ride through the galaxy!

And while watching out for little grey or green men, look for Dark Matter, the fourth book in The Silent Invasion series coming this October from NBM. And, remember, if you see mysterious glowing lights in your back yard during the middle of the night — run and hide!

Watch the skies! They are here!

NBM June 2021 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an June 2021 release.

NEW

THE SECRETS OF CHOCOLATE: A GOURMAND’S TRIP THROUGH A TOP CHEF’S ATELIER
By Franckie Alarcon

Following Jacques Genin for a year, Franckie Alarcon hobnobbed with one of the biggest chefs of Chocolate.

Former chef and pastry chef for prestigious restaurants, this super-talented autodidact shares all his passion and knowledge of chocolate and his process for creating recipes. In this docu-comic, we travel with the starry-eyed author, satisfying many a craving from the chef’s amazing atelier above his store, trying his hand as an assistant, all the way to the Peruvian cocoa plantations where the chef shows how he carefully chooses his beans, starting from scratch.

8 ½ x 11”, 112pp., full color HC, $19.99; HC ISBN 978168112278651999; DIAMOND CODE: APR211819
Pub Date: June 16th, 2021


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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: APR211820

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The Stringer – Making of (2)

Hello everyone!

Let’s show a new “making of” for a page of “The Stringer”. As I said in a previous entry, I start by doing a fast schematic scketch directly on the margins of the script sent by Ted.

As you can see, there were initially only 4 panels, but I added three more in order to feel more confortable and give the reader all the information. Lucky me, Ted is a very detailed writer, but also very flexible and open to change if it makes my life easier. So you can see the final 7-panels structure under the text.

Ok, first drawing on the new panel structure:

For the central panel background, supposedly showing a street in Amsterdam, I mixed two photos from a trip I made some time ago. It’s actually not Amsterdam, or even Holland, but Ghent and (I think) Bruges, in Belgium.

And voilà, a beautiful fake view of Amsterdam!

Now let’s move to the inking, adding some extra details: the beard for the first character, the 500-Euro banknotes and the bank statement:

Then I add the plain colors:

Some shadows, the only text balloon, and it’s done! Ready to receive one of those wads of cash in payment for all the hard work! 😁

I hope you liked it! More interesting stuff to come!!