WIN A PAINTING BY PEDROSA!

 

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Enter to win a painted sketch by Cyril Pedrosa as you see here when you order a copy of his EQUINOXES or $45 worth of any other books (shipping not included) if you order by Monday the 3rd!

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These are all painted sketches on fine paper 8 1/2 x 11 of his characters from the amazing Equinoxes published this month and called by Scott McCloud ‘An impressive feast of a book’ and by Publishers Weekly ‘A lavish tribute to the power of sequential art.’

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4 PEOPLE WILL WIN THIS WEEK. Will you be one of them?

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Breaking the 10 – miraculous medal

Here are two pages from our book BREAKING THE 10 from NBM Publishing in which the main character, David throws away his ‘miraculous medal’ to our lady in disgust (after the death of his wife and child).

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My own ‘miraculous medal’ was indeed given to me by my grandmother in Scotland after a trip to Lourdes, France – when i was about 18.

But dont worry, i did not throw it away. I use it as a keyring.

BREAKING THE 10

“Fresh, challenging and superbly enthralling, this is a book no saint or sinner should miss”

Get the book here folks:

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

Equinoxes: Give onto Caesar…

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On some inconsequential day, all filled with myself, I dared declare on the mike of a radio show that an author ‘faces creation alone.’
These aren’t the exact words but I’m still ashamed to this day to have pronounced publicly such an inept comment.
Even if the work of a comics author is a fairly solitary practice, the fact is one never creates alone.
Outside influences, close or far removed, encounters, intellectual, friendly or of love, all feed in, of course, to the work of an author.
These are often even decisive.

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After reading through the first draft of my script for « Equinoxes ,» my editor Jose-Louis Bocquet remarked, amongst a thousand pertinent critiques, “something was missing:” A stronger link between the characters, so as to flow between them more naturally. Also a means needed to be found of assuring good transition between the comics passages and the written monologues.
He was right and I was tormented for weeks, not able to find solutions to these problems.

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Rather happily, I’m lucky enough to live with Roxanne Moreil, a woman far more curious and cultivated than I am. She spoke to me of Viviane Maier, whose work in photography had just been discovered the echos of which had reached Europe.

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(autoportrait of Vivian Maier. 18 october 1953, New York)

I was, like many, impressed by the quality of her photography and by the nobility of her own personal story. Vivian Maier had constructed with resolve a masterful oeuvre without any recognition, glory or financial reward.
From her story, now known across the world, was born in “Equinoxes” the character of Camille, a young photographer, anxious, filled with doubt, whose portraits provide access into the internal voices of the characters.
And thus did Camille become a key element of the story without whom it would have been banal.
Thanks be then to Jose-Louis Bocquet, Roxanne Moreil, and Vivian Maier.

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Meet me on my tour! I’ll be at SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend.

Pedrosa at the Albertine bookstore

Great event yesterday evening at the French Cultural Services with Cyril Pedrosa discussing Equinoxes with Bill Kartalopoulos and comparing artist notes with Gabrielle Bell.

This opened up Cyril’s tour in NYC and DC. Next: after a few appearances at the Parsons School and Ben Katchor’s class and then at MICA, the art school in Baltimore, he’s a special guest of SPX Saturday and guest of the Brooklyn Book Fair Sunday! See more here.

Here’s a few photos:

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As you can see, it’s beautiful space in a classic mansion on 5th ave…

See you at SPX or BBF this weekend?

NBM at Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday

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This Sunday, NBM will be attending the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City, with author Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) on hand as a guest of the show.

The festival, which runs September 18th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn is a must-attend event.

The NBM Booth (#135) will have all of our latest titles and Pedrosa throughout the day as well as appearing on a panel:

Signing schedule:

  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM -2:30 PM
  • 4:00 PM-5:30 PM


Panel: 3:00pm Can You Draw the Meaning of Life?

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St.)

Three comics creators take on big questions–philosophical, scientific, spiritual. Lauren Redniss (Thunder & Lightning) explores the past, present, and controversial future of our world through weather phenomenons. Best-selling French creator Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) reflects on the connections made between people over time and space. And Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning) asks in a tragic yet beautiful memoir about his young daughter’s death: can you capture the meaning of a life, as you mourn its loss? Moderated by cartoonist and choreographer Kriota Willberg ((No) Pain!).

For more details visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org

NBM Announces SPX Schedule

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This weekend, NBM heads to Bethesda for the annual Small Press Expo (SPX).

Cyril Pedrosa will be on hand as a guest of the show, and will also be signing copies of his new book from NBM, Equinoxes.

We’ll be at the show all weekend (Booth #W51-52), but Cyril will only be attending on Saturday.

Signing schedule:

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Among the titles you’ll find on hand include:

Equinoxes by Cyril Pedrosa 
Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

Marie Antionette, Phantom Queen by Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe
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.

Breaking The 10 v. 1 by Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa
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? By the author of The Story of Lee.

The Louvre Collection: Guardians of The Louvre by Jirô Taniguchi
A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. Lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre a Japanese designer discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history.

Thoreau: A Sublime Life by A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today, of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

For more details visit smallpressexpo.com