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.

‘Zombillenium’ Animated Film Gets a Trailer

The feature film adaptation of Arthur de Pin’s Zombillenium graphic novel series gets a trailer.  The film will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which runs June 12-17.

Zombillenium, the Halloween theme park, happens to be the one place on earth where real monsters can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the true identity of his employees, the Vampire Park Manager has no other choice but to hire him. To see his daughter, Hector must escape from his Zombie and Werewolf co-workers.