NBM In Stores This Week: BREAKING THE TEN

Hitting the shelves of comic stores this week is the latest work from author Sean Michael Wilson, the intriguing graphic novel BREAKING THE TEN. What has already been hailed as one of the “Top 16 Graphic Novels of June” by Paul Gravett, BREAKING THE TEN is the story of a man who, after losing everything, devises a plan to break each of the Ten Commandments in an act of revenge against God.

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BREAKING THE TEN
Volume One of Two
Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa
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? By the author of The Story of Lee.
6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781681120218
ebook $7.99

Be sure to stop by your local comic book store to pick up your own copy this week. And if you haven’t already, check out the other NBM works from Wilson to add to your collection:

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THE STORY OF LEE, Vol .1
Sean Michael Wilson& Chie Kutsuwada
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.
5 x 71/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-594-8

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THE STORY OF LEE, Vol. 2
Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura
Finally Lee’s dream comes true, as she moves from her native Hong Kong to her dream location: the UK. And with her dream handsome guy: Matt. Exciting! But of course, then comes the reality of being in a new country, of actually living together, and that might not be so easy, especially as Matt’s best friend, Richard, seems more than a little jealous. And once again, wise Uncle Jun turns up to offer his advice. With art by Nami Tamura, a Japanese artist published by Kodansha.
5 x 7 1/2, 160pp., B&W, trade pb.: $11.99, ISBN 9781561639731

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NOW IN STORES: THOREAU, A Sublime Life & GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

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Now available in stores, you can find NBM’s most recent works: the acclaimed graphic novel biography of Henry David Thoreau, THOREAU, A Sublime Life, and the most recent addition to The Louvre Collection, GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE. Visit our NBM website for previews and to add these to your own graphic novel collection.

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More NBM in May Previews: Zombillenium-Ride or Die!

Also being solicited this month is Zombillenium, the horror spoof series by Arthur de Pins.

Zombillenium is a theme park run by all of Hell’s creatures, from a witch intern to a newly cursed demon, and all the mummies, vampires, zombie unions, and ghosts in between. Renowned French author and animator, Arthur de Pins, created this stylized world that looks straight out of a sophisticated animated film.

Currently, De Pins is working on an animated adaptation of the series.  As a preview, the French band, Skip the Use, released a  four minute animated music video featuring the Zombillenium characters. Watch here!

Take a look at the Zombillenium theme site and don’t forget to buckle your seatbelt!

Ready to sell your soul?

Zombiellennium Vol.1: Gretchen

ZOMBILLENIUM
Vol. 1: Gretchen
Arthur de Pins
Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

9×12, 48 pp., full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561637348

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Diamond Order Code: APR131181

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Vol. 2: Human Resources
Arthur De Pins
Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art.
9×12, 48pp. full color hardcover, $14.99, ISBN 9781561638505

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Diamond Order Code: MAY141483

ZOMBILLENIUM VOL.3

ZOMBILLENIUM
Vol. 3: Control Freaks
Arthur de Pins
There’s excitement in the Zombillenium horror themed park run by actual monsters. Brought in by Behemoth himself, the vampire Beauford Jaggar Carniegie III is officially supposed to help CEO Francis in managing the park. But the employees expect the worst: isn’t he known as a cold-blooded killer? If one looks more closely, the reasons for his coming may seem less anodyne than announced. Of course, his mission is to increase return on investment for the shareholders, but for Behemoth that return has to be in souls. Francis is appalled but obligated to kowtow to the almighty consultant, determined to take power and pervert the rules of Zombillenium. Meanwhile, Aurelian goes through a bad patch. Depressed by his immortal status and the absurdity of his life… sorry, his death, he’s burned out. And burnout, in a powerful demon, can be devastating. Held back in extremis by Gretchen, he avoids the worst. This is timely, because Gretchen has a plan for him… A particularly biting new episode of Zombillenium in which we discover the underbelly of the most monstrous amusement park in the world.
9×12, 48pp. full color hardcover, $14.99; ISBN 9781561639564

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Diamond Order Code:  MAY151455

 

Zombillenium Vols. 1-3 are available now in stores everywhere. To order, visit your local comic book store and ask for March’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

NBM for May: A new Treasury of Murder set!

NBM’s offerings for May are all kinds of macabre. We have a new set featuring some of the best of our long running Treasury of Murder series. The set will release first in comic shops months before anywhere else! It’s a great way to jump start a collection with these carefully researched, and painstakingly accurate portrayals of some of the most fascinating murders in American history.

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A TREASURY OF MURDER HARDCOVER SET

Lovers Lane, Famous Players, The Murder of Lincoln

Rick Geary

Early release for comic shops!

This specially priced banded set of hardcovers provides an engrossing, illustrated journey into true crime classics of the late Victorian era and early XXth Century, including three works in Rick Geary’s increasingly storied treasury of murder—Famous Players, about the murder of a prominent silent movie director and resulting scandal in early Hollywood, Lovers Lane, the shady date spot where the corpses of a Reverend and a respected townswoman were found holding hands, and one of the most famous assassinations in American history: the murder of Abraham Lincoln. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.

6×9, 240pp., set of 3 hardcovers, $39.99

 ISBN  9781681120621

Diamond Order Code: MAR161575

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Geary’s Treasury of Murder collection expands to the Twentieth century and the first “crime of the century” is the result of a love triangle turned deadly. Rick Geary delves into the lives of famous architect Stanford White, showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, and  her husband Harry K. Thaw. Madison Square Tragedy is available now in stores everywhere. It is also available to order in this month’s Diamond Previews.

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A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:
MADISON SQUARE TRAGEDY
The Murder of Stanford White
Rick Geary

Stanford White is one of New York’s most famous architects having designed many mansions and the first Madison Square Garden. His influence on New York’s look at the turn of the century was pervasive. As he became popular and in demand, he also became quite self-indulgent. He had a taste for budding young showgirls on Broadway, even setting up a private apartment to entertain them in, including a room with… a red velvet swing. When he meets Evelyn Nesbit, an exquisite young nymph, cover girl, showgirl, inspiration for Charles Dana Gibson’s “The Eternal Question” and for the later movie “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing,” he knows he’s on to something special. However, Evelyn eventually marries a young Pittsburgh decadent heir with a dark side who develops a deep hatred for White and what he may or may not have done to her, setting up the most scandalous murder of the time.

6×9, 80pp, B&W clothbound, $15.99

 ISBN 9781561637621
Diamond Order Code: AUG131377 

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Also essential for a Rick Geary collection is historical fiction graphic novel where he reimagines his favorite film actress, Louise Brooks, recounting her time in Kansas following her break from acting. Louise Brooks, Detective is available in stores everywhere and also through Diamond Previews.

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LOUISE BROOKS, Detective
Rick Geary

Stepping away for a bit from his growing and impressive body of work in the Treasury of Murder true crime series, Geary creates a fictional story around a favorite actress: Louise Brooks. Spun around her actual brief meteoric career as a smoldering film actress who popularized bangs, Geary fantasizes about her coming back to her home town of Wichita where she becomes intrigued by a murder involving a friend, a famous reclusive writer and a shady beau. Not before she gets herself in great danger will she emerge with the solution the police fails to grasp!

6×9, 80pp., B&W, hardcover, $15.99

ISBN 9781561639526

Diamond Order Code: MAR151423

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For more information on Rick Geary’s NBM work, visit our website.

To order, visit your local comic book store and ask for March’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

Also available from NBM this April: More Louvre and Baseball-Themed All Star!

Alongside GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE, we are still offering our most recent installment of the Louvre Collection: CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE.

David Prudhomme’s Cruisng Through the Louvre takes a different path through the museum.  With his careful use of colored pencils, Prudhomme shows specific examples of how, in this case, life imitates art. From Ancient Egypt to the cell phone era, people’s actions are instantly recognizable in comparison.

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The Louvre Collection:

CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE
David Prudhomme

Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it. He discovers: a group of students somehow stuck together just like the shipwrecked on the Raft of the Medusa; a man behind the Seated Scribe, as if attempting to read over his shoulder; in the hall of antiquities, a woman placing her head in a lion’s mouth… For two hours, Prudhomme is witness to a strange silent and casual choreography, danced in the midst of one of the most prestigious museums in the world…
8 ½ x 11, 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99

ISBN 9781561639908

Diamond Order Number: NOV151526

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And, offered again just in time for the baseball season, is Jesse Lonergan’s ALL STAR , a look at the dark side of athletic stardom. Carl Carter, the star player of the Elizabeth Monarchs, is in his senior year and batting towards a full ride at the University of Maine. But life off the field becomes dangerous as the young athlete parties his cares away. A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, this graphic novel explores the fast pitches of high school life in a small town where it feels like the bases are loaded and a strikeout could have dire consequences for the future.

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ALL STAR
Jesse Lonergan

Back in time for baseball season!
It’s the end of the school year in 1998. Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s Closing Time is on top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
6×9, 176pp., B&W trade pb. $13.99,
ISBN 9781561638352

Diamond Order Code: JAN141247

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Be sure to order in February’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

 

 

This April: The Guardians will Guide you through the Louvre

Coming from NBM Graphic Novels in April is the next installment of The Louvre Collection by respected Japanese creator Jiro Taniguchi.

 

In GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE, the protagonist is ill during an excursion to Paris. While visiting the Louvre Museum, he falls into a feverous delusion. When he awakes, the museum is eerily empty save for an otherworldly guide, a celestial Guardian of the Louvre in charge of preserving the souls within the artwork. Together the two take an expedition through the ages, meeting famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh-unsuccessful in his career and living where the rent is low, witnessing the evacuation of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation during World War II, and admiring the life behind the priceless works of art.

The illustrations flow as would a masterful anime film, reminiscent of the work of Hayao Miyazaki. The graphic novel was recently on the Publishers Weekly Top Ten Graphic Novels for Spring ’16 list. PW summarizes: “Taniguchi’s entry in this long-running series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre veers between fantasy and introspection to explore the meaning of art in our lives.”

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The Louvre Collection:
GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE
Jirô Taniguchi
Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.
7 ½ x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99

ISBN 9781681120348

Diamond Order Code: FEB161651

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Be sure to order in February’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

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NBM for March: NBM’s Top Biographies!

Our newest graphic novel, THOREAU, A Sublime Life, is the latest in NBM’s focus on biographies in comics, highlighting forward thinkers who stand out from their contemporaries. If you missed any of the following, here’s your chance to order from your comics store now:

 

2015 was a successful time for our biography line starting with Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, released last March. The graphic novel profiling Christian Dior and his Fashion House captivated fashion magazines like Marie-Claire, Vogue UK, W Magazine, and ELLE. It also made the Publishers Weekly Top Ten GNs for Spring list. It’s in its 3rd printing. Miss Goetzinger will return to NBM in August!

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GIRL IN DIOR

Annie Goetzinger

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.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“Great gift idea” –Elle

8.5 x 11, 128 pp., full-color quaterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover: $27.99

ISBN: 9781561639144

Diamond Order Code: DEC141578

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Also released Spring 2015 was the gritty story of Benjy Melendez, leader of the Ghetto Brother Gang. In Ghetto Brother, author Julian Voloj and artist Claudia Ahlering captured Melendez as living New York history, focusing on his Puerto Rican immigrant roots, his crypto-Jewish background, and his historic push for peace among the gangs, cleaning up the streets of New York, clearing the way for a new expression in the form of Hip Hop. It was recently named one of the best Non-Fiction Book of 2015 by the Jewish Book Council. The book is now in its second printing.

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GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

6×9, 128pp., black and white paperback: $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489

Diamond Order Code: FEB151507

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These books are available now in stores everywhere and also available for ordering through January’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

‘Religion’ Makes the List! Named a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

It was just announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference that Religion: A Discovery in Comics, published by NBM, has been selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list. Religion makes the list for Grades 9-12  along with 6 other outstanding books.

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The list has been running since 2006 by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)- Building Bridges Through Children’s and Young Adult Books. Typically, 39-42 books are named on the award list, separated into 4 age groupings (PreK-2, Gr. 3-5, Gr. 6-8, Gr. 9-12).

 

Congratulations , Margreet!

 

For ordering information and preview pages, please click here! Also on our site are De Heer’s other volumes in the Discovery in Comics series (Philosophy, Science) as well as an exclusive print when you order more than $30 worth of books.

To see the whole list of Outstanding International books, visit the USSBY website.

NBM for March: Take a Walk with Thoreau

New for March is a comics biography in the spirit of our 2015 successes: Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother.  We bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau was a poet, author, essayist, transcendentalist, and occasional anarchist. Now, A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

We selected art from Thoreau, A Sublime Life for NBM’s 2015 Annual Christmas card! See below.

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THOREAU, A Sublime Life
A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
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 (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.
8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256

Diamond Order Code: JAN161569

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Be sure to order in January’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

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NBM in February: More DUNGEON Monstres

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New to the DUNGEON series? Want to relive great moments before the release of DUNGEON MONSTRES VOL. 6? This month’s Diamond Previews samples some of the best the Dungeon series, and French comic artists as a whole, have to offer.

 

DUNGEON: Monstres tells stories of the secondary characters in the series, each drawn by a different well-known French artist. These stories can be read as standalone, but when read  in conjunction with the series, the overall takeaway is more enriching.

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DUNGEON: Monstres, Vol.2
The Dark Lord
Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, BLANQUET, ANDREAS

Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way. Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.
6 x9, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-540-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN084135

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DUNGEON: Monstres
Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer

In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.
6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-591-7

Diamond Order Code: JUL101071

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DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

Diamond Order Code: FEB111104

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Vol. 5: My Son the Killer
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with his Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $14.99; ISBN 9781561639373

Diamond Order Code: APR151602

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Be sure to order your copies today from your favorite comic book store in December’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more visit our website.