NBM Graphic Novels 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday Season is almost upon us once again and we’ve assembled a list and checked it twice, putting together some amazing gift titles for you to consider.

And, to sweeten your holiday a bit more, we’ve put together three deals that might make your shopping experience even better!

• 20% Off All Purchases: Enter code: XM21
• The Frankie Alarcon Bundle including The Secrets of Chocolate and The Art of Sushi for $39.99
The Silent Invasion Bundle including all four volumes for $59.99

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 apprentice, all the way to the Peruvian cocoa plantations where another chef shows how one carefully chooses the beans.
8 x 10, 112pp., full color HC, $19.99, ISBN 9781681122786; Ebook: ISBN 9781681122793, $13.99

THE ART OF SUSHI
By Franckie Alarcon

Fly to Japan and come discover all there is to know about sushi. After revealing the secrets of chocolate to us, Franckie Alarcon offers a gourmet panorama of this exceptional dish that has conquered the planet!

But do you really know sushi? The author traveled to Japan to meet all the players involved in the making of this true work of culinary art. From the traditional starred chef to the young cook who is shaking up the rules, including all the artisans and producers involved, this book covers the most emblematic of Japanese products from A to Z. A fascinating journey of discovery that, along the way, tells a lot about Japan itself. You’ll never believe the precision and detailed obsession with quality ingredients involved.
8×10, 160pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122854; Ebook: ISBN 9781681122861, $16.99

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 9781681122762; Ebook: ISBN 9781681122779, $16.99

DUNGEON: ZENITH, VOL. 4 [7-8]: OUTSIDE THE RAMPARTS
By Lewis TrondheimJoann SfarBoulet

The epic saga spoof of Dungeons & Dragons and an inspiration to the likes of Adventure Time, is back with two new stories in the height of Dungeon’s power!

In the first chapter: to reclaim the Dungeon that fell to the scheming William Delacourt, the plan is simple: Marvin, Isis and Herbert must find some magic fugus purit and use it to dislodge the current occupants of the fortress. But is this really the Guardian’s plan? Our heroes will have to fight against everyone to save the Dungeon. Meanwhile, will Marvin succeed in his engagement blast-of-fire-breath Tong Deum?

In the second: according to the draconian tradition, Herbert is officially mandated by Marvin to go see his mother and announce his engagement to Pirzuine. Upon arrival, he discovers her murder. To avoid a bloodbath, will the valiant duck succeed in finding the culprit before Marvin arrives, without alienating the sensitive dragons who inhabit the village?
8 ½ x 11, 96pp., full color trade pb, 15.99; ISBN 9781681122823

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

DUNGEON: ZENITH VOLS. 1-2: THE BARBARIAN PRINCESS
By Lewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar

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 9781681122809

DUNGEON: TWILIGHT VOLS. 1-2: DRAGON CEMETERY
By Joann SfarLewis TrondheimKerascoet

Collecting the first 4 stories of Twilight.

The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT. Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world, its dark downfall. Marvin, now old and blind, sensing his end, goes on a long trek to the legendary cemetery of dragons.

And then, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, he 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…
8 ½ x 11, 192pp., full color trade paperback, $19.99, ISBN 9781681122939

THE SILENT INVASION Bundle (Includes VOLS. 1-4)
By Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock

In this era of fake news and ‘deep state’ this couldn’t be more timely! The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns!

The set includes two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia. Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as a bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.
7 x 10, black & white trade paperbacks. $68.00 $59.99

Happy Holidays!

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