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.

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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.

Nice!

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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Sean

 

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).

Excellence in Graphics Literature Award Nominations Announced on 3/15 Live!

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Pop Culture Classroom has partnered with children’s literature authority and content streaming site KidLit TV, granting them the rights to stream announcements for the Excellence in Graphics Literature (EGL) Awards leading up to the awards ceremonies at Denver Comic Con 2018!

Unveiling the 2018 Finalists

The first of these streams will occur at approximately 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15 from the KidLit TV studios in New York City, hosted by Rocco Staino and Carol Fitzgerald of The Book Report Network.

During the event, Judging Committee Chairs for each of the EGL Award categories will present their finalist picks, reporting from libraries and bookstores in California, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Illinois and New York City.

To View the Stream

Visit https://kidlit.tv/ExcellenceInGraphicLiteratureAwards2018 at the date and time listed above and the stream should play directly in your browser (internet connection required).

You can visit the page now to learn more and even set a reminder to have the site alert you when the event is about to start.

Or, watch it here live on Thursday,  March 15, 2018 at 1pm ET.

NBM May 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an May 2018 release.
NEW!
Niki de Saint Phalle: 
The Garden of Secrets
By 
Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin


9781681121581

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 HC, $24.99, ISBN 978168112158152499

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Marie Antoinette: Phantom Queen
By Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

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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.

“A sprightly tale told with lavish scenes and witty dialogue.”
Richard Pachter, Miami Herald 


”Combines history, biography, and fantasy for a rich, quick read”.Booklist starred review
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“Radiant art.”Publishers Weekly

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978168112029451899

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Girl in Dior
By Annie Goetzinger


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The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior.

It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“

Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

Featured in Marie-Claire.

“An obvious pick for those who appreciate graphic novels featuring female leads.” 
- Booklist

8 1/2x 11, 128pp., full color quarterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover, $29.99
, ISBN 978-1-56163-914-4-52999

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Sartre
By 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 978168112101752799

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo

By Sandrine Revel


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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.

“Hums along in pace with its virtuoso subject.”
 –Toronto Globe & Mail


“Striking work, indeed!” Booklist

8.5x 11, 136pp., full color HC, $25.99, ISBN:978168112065252599

PREVIEWS

 

EUROTICA

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
FIRST TIME

By 
Sibylline and various artists including Dave McKean


10 hot stories about first times. From having sex to having a very different sexual experience such as going beyond the couple, or the woman strapping it on for her man, or… all from the point of view of women and all written by a French woman with some decidedly spicy ideas about sex!

All rendered by leading European artists, including Cyril Pedrosa (Portugal), Olivier Vatine (Aquablue) and most of all, the great Dave McKean! A beautifully stylish yet unabashedly hardcore collection of true erotica presented in a handsome jacketed edition by artists who are doing this for the… first time.

“This is highly recommended for readers looking for something erotic yet artistic and emotionally involving.” 
- Publishers Weekly

8 1/2 x 11, 112pp. B&W jacketed hardcover, $19.95; ISBN 978-1-56163-549-8-51995

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Omaha The Cat Dancer: The Complete Set of 8 Volumes

By Reed Waller, Kate Worley, James Vance


The best-selling classic of erotic comics that made the bridge from the undergrounds to today is back in a complete reprint of the full extent of the spicy saga.

Specially priced set, normally $107!


8 ½ x 11, B&W set of 8 volumes in paperback, 976 pp., $89.99, ISBN 978156163766958999