NBM for February: Dungeon Monstres at War!

Coming this February is another look at the expansive world of DUNGEON, created by comics legends Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim. NBM has published over 15 volumes of the French series- called a cross between Adventure Time and Dungeons and Dragons. Click here for an excellent summary of the series.

DUNGEON MONSTRES, written by the series creators, features a guest artist on each story. Keramidas, An ex-Disney animator, (Luuna) brings to life “The Inventor’s Grimoire”  featuring the classic Dungeon characters: Marvin, Herbert, the Dungeon Keeper, and more! As the magical spell book falls into the wrong hands, the fate of the castle and the denizens of the realm, are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Cartoonist Stanislas, channels Herge’s ligne claire, clear line in “The Great Animator,” the second story in this volume, as Duckville is under attack and Craftiwich must build the most formidable of armies to have a chance of surviving. What lengths will he go to in order to secure his stronghold?

DUNGEON Monstres  vol. 6

DUNGEON Monsters,  vol. 6

 The Great Animator

Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas

In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost. In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 9781561639984

Diamond order code: DEC151464

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

NBM for January: Peek Inside The Louvre Collection

David Prudhomme is in good company. Other creators of The Louvre Collection include the prestigious Hirohiko Araki, the haunting Enki Bilal, the meticulous Eric Liberge, the classically inspired Marc-Antoine Mathieu, the whimsical Nicolas De Crecy,  and the unbeatable pair Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carriere.

 

The Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the museum. The results have been eye-popping.

Rohan at the Louvre

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
Another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure). Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC111139

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Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Diamond Order Code: MAR141266

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GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius.
De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99, 
ISBN 9781561638550

Diamond Order Code: MAR141267

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AN ENCHANTMENT

AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

Diamond Order Code: OCT121137

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THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE

THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE
Bernar YSLAIRE & Jean-Claude CARRIERE

We go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. It’s the story of a painting of the Supreme Being, ordered by Robespierre from the famous painter David. A painting which was never made. It’s also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of Robespierre, this is also the portrayal of the face to face of two major actors of a revolution in a great hurry. Robespierre appears equally enlightened and lost while David accomplishes his destiny: a painter torn between political engagement and artistic ambition. Yslaire, one the great stars of French comics, delivers a stunning masterwork in an epic and disturbing graphic novel seeped in a dramatic and fascinating period of history.

101/2 x 111/2, 72pp. full color hardcover, $19.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-602-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC101009

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ON THE ODD HOURS

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge
This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-577-1

Diamond Order Code: DEC090958

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All of these are on sale now. Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in November’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

 

And don’t forget:

THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu
An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.

Only available as an e-book presently.

9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99
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NBM for January: David Prudhomme is Cruising Through the Louvre

NBM Publishing is starting the New Year in lavish style with a new installment in The Louvre Collection. Sponsored by the Louvre Museum, close to a dozen artists have been commissioned so far to bring their stories to life. Their only requirement: their work must feature the Louvre or the Louvre art collection in some way.

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.

CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE

 

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 Code: NOV151526 

 

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

Kerascoet’s Paper Dolls postponed

PAPER DOLLS

Some unfortunate news this morning: The massive Kerascoet art book Paper Dolls has been placed on hold for the time being. The stunning book was originally published in France, offering over 300 pages of bold designs, comics in the making, sketches and studies, ingenious die cuts, and brilliant layouts. The book includes concepts and covers from recent NBM successes BEAUTY and MISS DON’T TOUCH ME– both in their second printing, as well as from Beautiful Darkness.

BEAUTYMISS DON’T TOUCH ME

We hope to return to this project in the future. The project is truly a global effort, with other foreign publishers joining in on the production of this work, a first set of international partners failed to work out because of the sheer cost.

More Oscar Wilde and P. Craig Russell also available from NBM!

With the re-release of THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE Vol. 5, now is a great time to read (or re-read) the rest of the series!  Relive the magic of master storyteller Oscar Wilde’s classic tales, with a new spin by mastic comic artist P. Craig Russell! Add all of these timeless stories to your collection today!

Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

The series has won Eisner and Harvey awards for “best artist” and “best graphic album”

For adults, here are tales exquisitely spun and remarkably insightful. For children, what better way than beautiful comic art to bring them back to reading and the love of books?

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Vol. 1: The Selfish Giant and The Star Child

P.Craig Russell

“The Selfish Giant” won’t let the children play in his garden. The dire consequences make him see the light. “The Star Child” lets his uniqueness and fair looks fill him with vanity, cruelty and haughtiness…until he meets his beggarwoman mother.

8 1/2×11, 48 pp., full color paperback, $9.99

ISBN 978-1-56163-375-3

Diamond Order Code: FEB121099

8 1/2×11, 48 pp., full color, jacketed hardcover, $17.99

ISBN 978-1-56163-056-1

Diamond Order Code: FEB121100

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Vol. 2: The Young King and The Remarkable Rocket

P.Craig Russell

In this volume: The Remarkable Rocket, the amusing story of a vain little rocket who figured itself above all the others and still manages to see glory in its dismal end. The Young King, taken from humble origins, revels in the finer possessions of his new lofty position. But is he alienating the very people he wants to help? For adults, these are tales exquisitely spun and remarkably insightful. For children, what better way than beautiful comic art to bring them back to reading and the love of books?

8 1/2×11, 48 pp., full color, jacketed hardcover, $17.99,

ISBN 978-1-56163-085-1

Diamond Order Code: STAR01187

8 ½ x11, 48 pp., full color paperback,, $9.99

ISBN 978-1-56163-771-3

Diamond Order Code: SEP131233

 

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Vol. 3: The Birthday of the Infanta

P. Craig Russell

A hideous dwarf is captured in the woods and brought in to the court of the beautiful royal infanta for her amusement. He is full of good humor and tricks and becomes quite popular but remains quite unaware of his looks. She has him perform in front of her friends for her birthday. He is very touched and quite proud to receive such attention, until he sees himself in the mirror and realizes their entertainment may be at his expense.

8 1/2×11, clothbound jacketed, 32pp., full color: $16.99,

ISBN 978-1-56163-213-8

Diamond Order Code: STAR08411

81/2×11, 32pp., full color: $8.99,

ISBN 978-1-56163-775-1

Diamond Order Code: OCT131239

 

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Vol. 4: The Devoted Friend and The Nightingale and the Rose 

P.Craig Russell

The next volume in the prize-winning and greatly acclaimed complete adaptations of Wilde’s tales presents “The Devoted Friend” on what constitutes real friendship, and “The Nightingale and the Rose” a stirring story of sacrifice to love with a cruel twist.

8 1/2 x 11, full color, cloth bound jacketed book, $16.99

ISBN 978-1-56163-391-3

Diamond Order Code: FEB121103

81/2×11, 32pp., full color trade pb., $8.99,

ISBN 978-1-56163-392-0

Diamond Order Code: JUL043053

 

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For more information on P. Craig Russell, visit his website

NBM Announces Spring Full of Graphic Novels

We have just announced our next season of titles! This spring, we will release five new graphic novels by acclaimed NBM staples including Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior), Sean Michael Wilson (Story of Lee), and Kerascoet (Beauty)

In March, we start off the spring season with a biography! After the amazing success of Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior, we bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

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

e-books: $9.99

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You might recall Rohan at the Louvre by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures creator, Hirohiko Araki.

This April, The Louvre Collection, ever diverse in its choices, invites another manga artist for his take on the famous Parisian museum. Jirô Taniguchi provides an amazing full color graphic novel that looks straight out of a Studio Ghibli film.

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

Jirô Taniguchi

A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese designer 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, meeting artists and their works from various periods, in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, finishing at the crossroads between human and personal history.

With this inner journey, Jiro Taniguchi invites us on a temporal and artistic trip to discover a sense of place under the leadership of some tutelary figures that appear to him, familiar or unknown … the guardians of the Louvre.

7 ½ x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681120348

e-book $9.99

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In May, we will release our new art book, showcasing the work of  Kerascoet, the famed creators behind NBM’s Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me, as well as the recent hit Beautiful Darkness. Paper Dolls will be limited to 1,000 copies and features cut outs, stickers, and more.

PAPER DOLLS

 

PAPER DOLLS

Kerascoet

This magnificent art-book presents for the first time the work of the Kerascoëts, a married couple known for the very successful and stunning graphic novels Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty and Beautiful Darkness.

Sensitive and colorful, they have chosen a classification in their own image -names of metaphorical colors linked to sensations- that will lift the veil on the immensity and diversity of their work in comics, animation and advertising showing sketches, studies, paintings, even work on textile.

A real visual treasure for amateurs of art books and graphics! Debossed clothbound book with cut-outs, stickers and more, every page a discovery. Strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies.

10 ½ x 12 1/2, 324pp, full color clothbound, debossed, white foil stamped, with cut out pages, strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies, $59.99, ISBN 9781681120201

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Sean Michael Wilson, author of Story of Lee, is teaming up with Michiru Morikawa for their new graphic novel, Breaking the Ten, out in June! Wilson and Morikawa bring you the story of a broken man questioning his commitment to God and his religion.

BREAKING THE TEN

BREAKING THE TEN

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., $11.99, ISBN 9781681120218

ebook $7.99

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And finally, in July, Rodolphe and Girl in Dior’s Annie Goetzinger present Marie Antoinette, Phantom Queen. Part historical fiction, part ghost story, the last queen of France before the revolution is meticulously illustrated by Goetzinger.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN

Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

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.’

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 9781681120294

e-book $9.99

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See our whole list of upcoming graphic novels on our website!

New NBM for December: Reintroduce yourself to The Happy Prince by Russell and Wilde

December is the most magical time of the year: the perfect time to curl up with a fairy tale graphic novel. This December, NBM is bringing back THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE! The fifth installment, “The Happy Prince” has been out of stock for some time now. We are reprinting the hardcover and now offering a new paperback format! This all-ages series retells fairy tales penned by Oscar Wilde himself, with art by comic master P. Craig Russell, acclaimed artist of Hellboy, Sandman, and Coraline fame. After its first printing, Comics Waiting Room said, ” An outstanding piece of work, well worth your time and money, whether you’re a Wilde fan, a Russell fan, or just want to try something new.”

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol.5: The Happy Prince

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Vol.5: The Happy Prince

P. Craig Russell

The Happy Prince is arguably the most famous and well loved of Oscar Wilde’s nine fairy tales, rivaled only by The Selfish Giant. The Happy Prince has died young and his soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered all over in gold leaf. From his perch high above the city he is witness to all the poverty, misery, and hopelessness in which his people have been living. When a small barn swallow in flight to the warm south ahead of the approaching winter stops to rest upon the statue the Happy Prince prevails upon him to delay his travels in order to remove his gold leaf a piece at a time and shower it upon the poor citizens. Out of love for the Happy Prince the swallow does his bidding. As the days pass the Prince’s beauty is stripped away and as winter sets in the bird’s fate is sealed. In the spring the townspeople finding only a dull statue with a broken lead heart and a dead bird consign the worthless objects to the ash heap. Only an emissary of God recognizes them as the most valuable treasures of the city and brings them to the gardens of heaven.

8 ½ x 11, 32pp., full color trade pb., $8.99 

ISBN 97815616398165

 

Diamond Order Code: OCT151547 

8 ½ x 11, 32pp., full color jacket hc: $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-626-6

Diamond Order Code: FEB121098

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For more information on P. Craig Russell, visit his website

 

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in October’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

NBM For November: Rall Will Rile You Up

PERSIA BLUES was not our first expedition to the Middle East/Central Asia. We have had various graphic novels set there.

Ted Rall has been deeply interested in that region, specifically the relationship between its countries and the United States. One of America’s most widely syndicated journalists, he is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and twice-winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. His new graphic novel, Snowden by Seven Stories Pressdetails the life and controversy of Edward Snowden. Rall will be appearing at next weekend’s Small Press Expo.

Here are two books written by famed journalist Ted Rall, appearing in this month’s November Diamond Previews catalog. These books, and more by Rall, are available now everywhere.

SILK ROAD TO RUIN
Ted Rall

With Ted Rall’s graphic novel on Snowden a hot item this fall, here is another Rall classic.
Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil… Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…

6×9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99, ISBN 9781561638857

Diamond Order Code: JAN141250

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TO AFGHANISTAN AND BACK
Ted Rall
with an introduction by Bill Maher

With Ted Rall’s graphic novel on Snowden a hot item this fall, here is another Rall classic.
The World’s first “Instant Graphic Novel”! When U.S. bombs started raining on the Taliban, Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself. But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help. From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war. TO AFGHANISTAN AND BACK, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.

6 x 9, 112 pp. full-color paperback: $12.99

ISBN: 978-1-56163-359-3

Diamond Order Code: JUL032388

6 x 9, 112 pp. full-color hardcover: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-56163-325-9

Diamond Order Code: STAR15920

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For more Ted Rall books, including some on same for $3, visit our website.

 

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in September’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

NBM for November: Persia Blues continues with Love and War

This winter, NBM is answering the call for continuations of fan-favorite series. Here is what we are soliciting in comic stores for November.

The original creative team returns with more in the daily life of rebellious protagonist Minoo Shirazi, still uneasy about the social changes and modesty laws her native Iran has adopted of late. The story is mysteriously intertwined with a fantastical imaginative adventure starring an alternate Minoo, a Persian warrior in ancient times.

PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2

PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2: Love and War
Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman

Minoo Shirazi’s mysterious double-life continues to unfold across 2000 years of history. In the fantastical world of ancient Persia, the shock of discovering her royal heritage is overshadowed by the imminent invasion of Ahriman’s armies. Only by finding the empire’s champion, Rostam, can she hope to turn back the tide of evil. While in the modern world, Minoo’s life in Iran and America – where she has recently begun her graduate studies – she deals with her stern father, dying mother, lost brother, and new American boyfriend. Across myths and modern realities, we delve deeper into the truth of Minoo’s life.
6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99

ISBN 9781561639779

Diamond Order Code: SEP151499

See preview pages here!

 

The first volume is available now!

The first volume of PERSIA BLUES was a nominee for the 2014 YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Award and a nominee for the Amelia Bloomer Project’s ‘Recommended Feminist Literature for Birth through 18’. Multiple reviewers, including Comic Book Resources, Unshelved, and Publishers Weekly, noted it was a strong and promising beginning,  recommending it. Persia Blues is set to be a trilogy.

PERSIA BLUES

PERSIA BLUES, vol. 1: Leaving Home
Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi.
At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781561637065

Diamond Order Code:  MAR131230

 

For previews, reviews, and to order, visit our website!

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in September’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

“Magenta” Cartoonist Nik Guerra Interviewed by Comics Beat

“Don’t call it porno!”

Italian cartoonist Nik Guerra was profiled by comics news site Comics Beat. In an interview conducted by Alex Dueben, Nik talks about his start in comics, his inspiration for Magenta, his pin-up style and more.

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Dueben writes, “It’s wonderful to discover that the comic is far less exploitive and sensational than many mainstream comics.”

Read a short excerpt below:

In NBM’s new graphic novel, Magenta: Noir Fatale, Italian writer and artist Nik Guerra gives the oft-maligned profession a sense of beauty and dignity, using the pornographic culture as a backdrop for a 1960s murder mystery. Perhaps because it’s not trying to be cheap, but every angle, every outfit, every artistic choice is one consciously made.  It’s a thoughtful, well-constructed story which may not be for everyone, but for fans of Sin City and other dark crime stories who don’t mind that there’s more sex than violence, Magenta might be the book you’ve been waiting for.

The full interview “Don’t Call it a Porno, Nik Guerra Takes On Mystery and Sensuality in ‘Magenta: Noir Fatale’” can be seen on The Beat website.

 

For previews and more, visit our Eurotica page.

Nik’s take is similar to the Eurotica motto, “comics that are shameless, not shameful.”