Starred Reviews Provide Accolades For ‘Monet: Itinerant of Light’

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One of our most exciting 2017 releases was Monet: Itinerant of Light from writer Salva Rubio and illustrator Efa.

Itinerant of Light chronicles the life of the great French painter Claude Monet, one of the founders of Impressionism.

Here are three notable reviews:

Booklist (starred review)

Monet has loudly maintained, all along, that he’s the leader of the impressionists. But in 1880, six years after the first impressionist show scandalized the critics, Renoir convinces him he can’t continue fighting old battles. Like Renoir and also Sisley, Cézanne, and Pissarro, Monet has to make a living, and staying with the impressionists is guaranteed poverty. Besides, most critics were starting to warm up to impressionism. Before Efa and Rubio get there, though, they dwell on Monet’s early years of struggle, beginning with his 1862 arrival in Paris and extending just beyond his first wife Camille’s death, in 1879. And well they should, for Monet’s long road to success is a real-life artistic legend that ranks with those of Beethoven, Brahms, Van Gogh, and very few others. Framing it with Monet’s double cataract-removal in 1923, Rubio and Efa insert several masterpieces in the background and let their subject’s obsession with light enrich their fine work of mainstream European comics. An appendix discusses the background paintings, the originals of which appear alongside Efa’s adaptations and sometimes by themselves. Because Efa injects so much of Monet into his own style and Rubio presents fact as fact and conjecture as conjecture, many may think this the best of the many recent comics biographies of artists.

 

Library Journal (starred review)

For their English-language debut, Spanish creators Rubio and Efa join forces in this biography of French painter Claude Monet (1840–1926), one of the founders of impressionism. The story opens with Monet as an old man recovering from cataract surgery. As he awaits the return of his eyesight, he reminisces about his past. What follows is a pretty straightforward telling of his life, from his early days as a rebel student to his relationships with fellow artists Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, and others. We witness his early struggles, financial hardships, creative conflicts, and eventually great success, all in an effort to capture the light and beauty in nature. Monet himself narrates, and most of the text focuses on that narration, which allows the imagery to open and explore much of the same visual landscape that occupies his paintings. Efa’s illustrations are stunning; full of strong, lush color and bold impressionistic brush strokes that call forth Monet’s style but never imitate. Many panels are designed to resemble the painter’s work in order for us to see the world as he did.
Verdict This beautiful, evocative story will please fans of biography, art history, and impressionism. Highly recommended.

 

Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

This evocative homage to one of the titans of modern art is both a collectible and a joy to read. As an aged Claude Monet endures temporary blindness after cataract surgery, he reviews his past: stubborn struggles against the fossilized art establishment, painfully impoverished and transient family life, and the devout (even obsessive) pursuit of natural light in his painting. One of Monet’s early works gave the name “Impressionism” to the innovative approach of a group of young artists who wanted to catch on canvas the immediate visual impact of experience. Efa captures some of that fresh outlook in his luminous illustration of Rubio’s intelligent biographical script, and a well-selected gallery section that follows the narrative lets readers follow Monet’s astonishing efforts to establish himself as an artist, which culminated in his creation of a perfect painterly environment in his estate at Giverny. The large-format binding allows room for the dynamic panel and color design. The quality of the loving production make this a landmark in serious comics about art.

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NBM February 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited for a February 2018 release.

NEW!
BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 2
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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David becomes increasingly more desperate, with his extreme behaviour causing fights with everyone who cares for him: with the devilish Mr Black and the saintly Mr White and even with his loving parents. But his quest goes on, driving him to break the rest of the 10 commandments in order to draw out the elusive divinity to face a grief stricken man. Until, finally, he is faced with the most serious commandment all: ‘Thou shalt not kill.’

Will he do it? Or will God stop him?

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99,
ISBN 978168112117851299

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BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 1
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’? Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. 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?

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99,
ISBN 978168112021851299

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NOIR THRILLER SET:
The Broadcast and Family Ties
By Eric Hobbs, Noel Tuazon

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Two thrillers in one engrossing set!

In The Broadcast, on the day of the historic broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles which triggered panic in many places it sounded so real, a family in the countryside fears for its life and also has to deal with strangers and neighbors coming in for help. The tension brings to the surface long suppressed emotions and conflicts and a violent reckoning in a dark stormy night.

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss in Family Ties looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, The Godfather meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

6×9, 388pp., B&W set of 2 paperback books, $27.99 
ISBN 978156163900752799

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Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Complete Hardcover Set 1-5
By P. Craig Russell

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All clothbound jacketed volumes adapting Oscar Wilde’s compelling tales are assembled here with close to 200 pages of exquisite comics, including such classics as The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and The Rose. Specially priced.

8 ½ x 11, full color clothbound set of 5 volumes, 192 pp., $79.99
ISBN: 978156163890157999

The Complete Paperback set 1-5
8.5 x 11, 192 pp, full color paperback set,192 pp. $39.99
ISBN: 978168112061453999

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P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations Hardcover set

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The great P. Craig Russell (Sandman, Coraline) adapts in stunning comic art The Magic Flute, Parsifal, I Pagliacci, Pelleas & Melisande, and Salome amongst others. A banded set of 3 beautiful volumes at a special price. Normally $75.

8x 11 1/2, 440pp. full color set of 3 jacketed hardcovers, $59.99
ISBN: 978156163755355999

Eurotica


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SHADOW & LIGHT, VOL. 1
Parris Quinn
After the light of day, some people like to unwind in the shadow and let out steam in unusual ways. One man likes to be his woman’s slave, one woman dares her boyfriend to watch as she services a group of bankers, another gets a leash on her collar and lets her animal instincts run wild in front of her lover’s camera… Some of the most beautifully rendered erotic comics you will ever see, holding nothing back!
8 ½ x 11, 128pp. B&W, hardcover, $19.99,
ISBN 978156163715751999

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SHADOW & LIGHT, VOL. 2
Parris Quinn
In anticipation of the long awaited new volume, this collects the rest of this series into a 2nd volume. What happens when Annie’s college friends come visit her while her parents are away and find out she has her own personal slave, a lusty MILF neighbor? They stay for a week! Plus more nasty stories of female domination. All confided to the artist author, a respected nude and landscape painter continuing to present artwork on an unprecedented high level.
8 ½ x 11, 104 pp., trade pb., $15.99
ISBN 978156163961851599


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SHADOW & LIGHT, VOL.3
Parris Quinn
The bestselling stunningly rendered lascivious stories of kink ordinary people get into are back! From recording a wife doing it with a greatly endowed stud found through announcements to a couple revealing to a friend at a party their private vids of her submissive appetites, it’s all about fantasy being realized into steamy reality…
8 ½ x 11, 48pp, B&W trade pb, $12.99
ISBN 978168112039351299

Muñoz Gets His First-Ever US Show at Scott Eder Gallery From 12/1 – 1/19

unnamed(2).jpgScott Eder Gallery presents “historietas [a constellation of meanings],” the first-ever U.S. show of Argentine illustrator José Muñoz, featuring artwork from the many issues of “Alack Sinner”, his seminal long-time collaboration with writer Carlos Sampayo. The gallery will also be offering art from “Billie Holiday,” the Muñoz-Sampayo graphic novel biography, as well as other select illustrations.

The gallery show follows the 2017 release of “Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence” [IDW], the first of two volumes that present, for the first time in English, the complete Alack Sinner comics by the Muñoz-Sampayo team, as well as the recent release of “Billie Holiday” [NBM], also in hardcover in English for the first time.

Featuring nearly 60 pages of original pen and ink illustrations and sketches from Alack Sinner as well as original pages of art from “Billie Holiday”.

The opening party begin at 5PM on December 1st, with Muñoz in attendance, celebrating his first-ever US show.

For more details, visit ScottEderGallery.com

Pre-order ‘Portugal’ and Receive an Original Painted Sketch!

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From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. The experience proves cathartic. Even though he is not Portuguese himself and is a foreigner there, so many elements are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens, full of the zest for life, his distant yet welcoming family bringing back fond early memories, all prove reinvigorating, the breath of fresh air he so badly needed.

Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This is his bestselling graphic novel with over 100,000 copies sold in France and a winner of many prizes including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.

Scheduled for a December 1st release, we’re giving away a free painted sketch by Pedrosa with the first six pre-orders of Portugal before 11/30.

To order, click HERE!

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Books Arriving in December 2017

Currently being solicited in the October Previews for a December release.

PORTUGAL
By Cyril Pedrosa

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From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. The experience proves cathartic. Even though he is not Portuguese himself and is a foreigner there, so many elements are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens, full of the zest for life, his distant yet welcoming family bringing back fond early memories, all prove reinvigorating, the breath of fresh air he so badly needed.

Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This is his bestselling graphic novel with over 100,000 copies sold in France and a winner of many prizes including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.

9×12, 264pp., full color hardcover, $39.99, ISBN 9781681121475, e-book: $9.99
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT171705

 

Now in Paperback!

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM I
Including Jack The Ripper, The Beast of Chicago and The Fatal Bullet
By Rick Geary

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In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.

“I came late to the Victorian Murder party, but I really like Geary’s just-the-facts-ma’am approach, and I’d love to read some of his earlier volumes.”

Brigid Alverson, Robot 6

6×9, 288pp., B&W trade paperback, $19.99 ISBN PB: 9781681121383
DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT171709

 

 

NBM Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary With Appearances and Signings

As we head toward the end of 2017, NBM Graphic Novels is continuing to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with appearances at a number of shows with special guests in attendance. At all convention appearances there will be a selection of our latest titles on hand available for purchase.
 

 
Small Press Expo (SPX)/Booth G1-2
Bethesda, Maryland /
September 16-17
Appearing Saturday Only:
Special Guest: Anais Depommier (Sartre)
Guests: T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man), Kata Kane (
Ana & The Cosmic Race, Papercutz)
http://www.smallpressexpo.com

Panel: Filling In The Pieces: Comics Biography
White Flint Auditorium 9/16 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
When doing a comics biography, how do cartoonists approach the material they have at hand? For Box Brown, who did a biography of Andre the Giant, he struggled to find material that might reveal the wrestler’s inner life. Anais Depommier had to sift through a mountain of material for her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, a task made all the more difficult considering how much the philosopher wrote about himself. Luke Howard had to deal with a historically and racially sensitive topic in ragtime creator Ernest Hogan. Moderator Chris Mautner will lead the discussion. Anais Depommier appears courtesy of a grant by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Signing Schedule
Saturday (Booth G-1-2)

11:30- 12:30: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)
1:00-2:30: T.J. Kirsch (Saturday Only)
2:30-4: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)

4-5:30: T.J. Kirsch (Saturday Only)
5:00-6:00: Kata Kane
6:00-6:30: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)
 
Sunday (Booth G-1-2)

1-2: Kata Kane
3-4: Kata Kane

 

Brooklyn Book Festival / Booth 319
Brooklyn, New York / September 16-17
Appearing Sunday Only:
Guests: Anais Depommier (Sartre) and T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man)
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/

Signing Schedule
Sunday (Booth 319)

10 :30-11:30: T.J. Kirsch
11:30-12 :30: Anais Depommier
1-2: T.J. Kirsch
2-3: Anais Depommier

3-4: T.J. Kirsch
4-5 Anais Depommier

 

Thought Bubble: The Leeds Comic Art Festival
Leeds, England / September 18-24
Guests: Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid, Papercutz)
http://thoughtbubblefestival.com

 

Anais Depommier Book Signing
Books & Books / September 20 at 8PM
265 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL
http://booksandbooks.com/event/anais-depommier/

 

T.J. Kirsch Book Signing
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza / September 23 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
1475 Western Ave, Albany, New York
http://www.bhny.com/event/bh-tj-kirsch-signs-pride-decent-man

 

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Columbus, Ohio / September 30 – October 1
Exhibiting: Dara Naraghi (Persia Blues)
http://cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com

 

Uticon
Utica, New York / October 1st
Guest: T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man)
http://www.uticoncomicshow.com

 

Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Kendal, England / October 13-15
Guests: Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid, Papercutz)
https://www.comicartfestival.com

 

T.J. Kirsch Book Signing
Barnes and Noble / October 21
Colonie Centre, Albany, NY
https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061886661-0

 

Kumoricon
Portland, Oregon
Guest: Jon Nielsen (Look)
October 27-29
https://www.kumoricon.org

 

T.J. Kirsch Book Signing
Halloween Comic Fest / October 28
Flipside Gaming
East Greenbush, New York
https://www.facebook.com/FlipsideGamingEastGreenbush