NBM for October: Fall deeply in love with THE STORY OF LEE, VOL. 2

The Story Continues!

Sean Michael Wilson returns with the next installment of THE STORY OF LEE. Matt and Lee’s relationship reaches new levels as the pair head to UK where a new life awaits. The series explores the intricacies of international love, one that crosses barriers of country, culture, and language. Well known Japanese artist, Nami Tamura, provides the art for this volume.

THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2

THE STORY OF LEE – Volume 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 7.5, 160pp., B&W, trade paperback.: $11.99

ISBN 9781561639731

Diamond Order Code:  AUG151611

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Author Sean Michael Wilson is blogging about the progress, see his posts here on the NBM Blog!

 

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in August’s Diamond Previews Magazine.
Don’t miss THE STORY OF LEE- Volume 1 to get caught up on this love story.

Comics Bulletin said “I very much enjoyed ‘ The Story of Lee.’ It took me to a place I’d never been before – not just Hong Kong, which Wilson and Kutsuwada bring vividly to life. But equally as interesting was the way that the creators explore the worlds of their interesting and complex characters. It’s the worlds of these characters that makes ‘The Story of Lee’ so memorable.” The world of today is so connected as young people are branching out and exploring the world, coming in contact with diverse cultures outside of their comfort zone. Watch how the relationship blossoms between Matt and Lee, from their first meeting to dealing with others’ perceptions of their cross-cultural courtship. Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada.

THE STORY OF LEE, Vol.1

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

Diamond Order Code: OCT101070

For previews, interviews, or to buy the book from our website- click here.

Also Available in September: More from de Heer and get your WAR FIX!

NBM’s September selections in this month’s Diamond Previews continue in the tradition of publishing quality educational graphic novels with gripping (and real) subject matter. Also being solicited are other examples of our educational side and our true war stories depicting the perils of war.

Margreet de Heer’s RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS is not her first graphic novel with us! We have previously released two others in her “Discovery in Comics” series to great acclaim. These two titles are available now from to order from your local comic shop or bookstore. We have had lots of feedback from parents, educators, and students alike who have used the books as a great tool to introduce difficult concepts. The approachable access to the text makes this series very readable for high schoolers and struggling students.

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics
Margreet de Heer

Science: dull or hard to understand? Not if you read this book! The creators of ‘Philosophy – a Discovery in Comics’ take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters.
Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why?
Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church?
What happens when you have your DNA tested?
All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.
A great comic book for anyone who wants to learn in a fun way the bigger framework of science, or brush up on what they learned in school.

8×8, 192pp., full color hardcover, $19.99,

ISBN 9781561637508

Diamond Order Code: MAY131196

Philosophy- A Discovery in Comics

PHILOSOPHY- A Discovery in Comics
Margreet de Heer

A fun introduction in comics to deep thinking and the history of Philosophy!
What is Thinking? And how does our thinking set us apart from other animals?
Now that we’re thinking, what is Reality? Is there an objective reality or are there numerous subjective realities? And do we move in it with a free will or is everything predestined?
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Erasmus, Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche: just a few philosophers who have pondered these questions.
Comic artist Margreet de Heer and her husband Yiri travel through the history of Western Philosophy and draw a colorful picture of all these questions.

8×8, 120pp., full color hardcover, $16.99,

ISBN 9781561636983

Diamond Order Code: MAY121212

For more information, preview pages, or to place your order, visit our website!

As a companion for September’s WALKING WOUNDED, David Axe, a journalist who covered the War in Iraq, presented his story in WAR FIX, illustrated by Steve Olexa. The dark story is presented in black and white–but it is sometimes consumed by the darkness, much like the protagonist himself. Upon release, the book made lots of waves, winding up in the 2008 Best American Comics compilation! Click here for preview pages and ordering information!

WAR FIX
Steve OLEXA & David AXE
War can be addictive. So testifies journalist David Axe who’s been there, in the middle of the action in Iraq. The high is potent no matter how much you know how dangerous it is… Here’s Axe’s journal of dealing with his addiction, the high, the sheer excitement of being in there, in the battle, the cost to his life, never mind the threat. A new form of visceral self-analyzing comics journalism starts with this book… An allegory for the US? A graphic novel sure to fascinate with a talented artist to watch for!

6×9, 96pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.95,
ISBN 9781561634637

Diamond Order Code: FEB063184

Order now from our website or from your favorite comic store!

Two timely titles from NBM in September: Religion and Walking Wounded

Now being solicited in September Diamond Previews, NBM has two new graphic novels that are quite topical.

 

The first title is an honest look at American veterans returning home from the War in Iraq. Witness their struggles re-acclimating to civilian life and the awful reality of living with PTSD, a constant reminder of the horrors of war!

 

A professor at Notre Dame, French born author Olivier Morel has extensive research on war trauma. Interviewing Iraq War vets, he made the documentary “On the Bridge” and this graphic novel relates his personal experience facing the vets. Mael, working out of Paris, does double duty as a cartoonist and the lead singer of a folk/rock group.

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WALKING WOUNDED

Uncut Stories from Iraq

Mael & Olivier Morel

For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Iraq. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 120pp., 2 color hardcover, $24.99,

ISBN: 9781561639823

Diamond order code: JUL151475

 

For previews and ordering information, click here!

 

Also new in comic shops this September, Margreet de Heer continues her Discovery in Comics series, this time focusing on RELIGION. De Heer, who actually spent part of her childhood growing up in a church, takes an open-minded and respectful look at the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism). Her past Discovery in Comics installments have been hits with educators and students.

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RELIGION- A Discovery in Comics

Margreet de Heer

The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

8×8, 120pp. full color hc., $17.99

ISBN 97815616399465

Diamond order code: JUL151472
For previews and more click here!

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

GHETTO BROTHER meets ROLLING STONE

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Today, ROLLING STONE featured GHETTO BROTHER- our new graphic novel written by Julian Voloj with art by Claudia Ahlering. The graphic novel profiles Benjy Melendez, leader of the Ghetto Brothers who united the gangs of New York in the historic Hoe Avenue Peace  Summit.

In the Rolling Stone article , “New Graphic Novel Details How NYC Gangs’ Treaty Formed Hip-Hop,” reviewer Jason Newman details the work of Melendez, not just as presented in the graphic novel, but his influence in the hip-hop community.

Even if you have read GHETTO BROTHER, the article will serve as a good companion piece to the graphic novel.

Read the full article here.

Previews and ordering information are available on our website.

NBM is headed to San Fran! ALA Conference will have fall previews.

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NBM Publishing will be at the American Library Assocation Conference this weekend in San Francisco. We are at Booth 203, sharing the space with our sister-company, Papercutz.  There, we will have our recent titles on display as well as exclusive previews of our upcoming fall line.

 

See the first pages of Patrick Atangan’s FIRES ABOVE HYPERION , read Margreet de Heer’s RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS, and see the art from CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE, the latest in our LOUVRE COLLECTION.

WALKING WOUNDED

We will also be giving away advance review copies of WALKING WOUNDED: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael and  Olivier Morel. The preview—the first 44 pages of the graphic novel—will captivate and leave you anxious for the October general trade release!

 

See our upcoming fall titles on our newly updated “Coming Up” page. Which title are you most looking forward to? Let us know!

NBM goes Digital: iFlipd ebook rentals

NBM’s ebooks are spreading to a great variety of platforms, thanks to our distributor IPG’s aggressive move into all things e-book. That means you have many diverse  options to enjoy our e-books. Here’s a RedBox type model, IFlipd:

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iFlipd: A candy store for your literary sweet tooth. iFlipd offers books at $2 each per week, much in the same vein as the RedBox DVD rental model. iFlipd has thousands of selections. No matter the price of the book, all you need to pay is $2 per week, per book. No subscription needed! If you don’t like  book or finish it early, pick out a new book to use in the time remaining. So if you are a fast reader and have a week off, you could read a variety of books cover to cover and it will only cost you a grand total of $2! Visit https://iflipd.com/ to see the complete offering or download in the Apple App store today!

Also Available from NBM in August: Atangan’s classics INVINCIBLE DAYS and THE TREE OF LOVE

Patrick Atangan’s newest graphic novel FIRES ABOVE HYPERION is out this August. NBM has published his entire body of work and you can see from the titles alone how varied and diverse he is as a chameleon creator of fine graphic novels.

His “Songs of Our Ancestors” series had a lot of buzz and critical acclaim for being his first graphic novels. Each taking a style from traditional Asiatic art and retelling classic folktales, the first two installments have sold out in print form!  They are available as ebooks from our website.  Volume 3: THE TREE OF LOVE is still available. Read what Publishers Weekly called “a spell of enchantment” and Comics Buyers Guide also called “enchanting” and “gorgeous”.

Songs of Our Ancestors,
Vol.3: THE TREE OF LOVE
Patrick ATANGAN

In the next volume of Patrick (Yellow Jar) Atangan’s Asian folktale collection, Tree of Love celebrates India’s tradition of elevating romance to a work of art. Atangan adapts Rajput polyptych paintings of northern India and transforms them into a unique and poetic comic experience. Tree of Love follows a prince’s courtship of a flower peddler. The young prince is surprised by the difficulty in proving the worthiness of what everyone sees as a common woman. But she has a secret, a special gift bound in the beauty and power of nature.
Each page faithfully ornaments Tree of Love’s painfully universal story about the intricacies of love.
81/2x 61/2″, 48pp., full color hardcover: $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-438-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN053085

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This past fall, Atangan made a departure from folklore and told his own tales about growing up, especially in a traditional Filipino household that had just moved to LA. A Publishers Weekly Critics’ Poll Best of 2014 honoree, INVINCIBLE DAYS is melancholy, innocent, truthful and drawn in a very cute kawaii style.

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INVINCIBLE DAYS
Patrick Atangan 

This collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end-days of youth.  Atangan creates an intricate mosaic from his own childhood memories as well as those gathered from friends and family. Bittersweet, joyful and reflective, these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults. By the author of the Yellow Jar and Silk Tapestry.
9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 ISBN 9781561639014

Diamond Order Code: JUN141322

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Order now from our website or at your favorite comic book store!

NBM goes digital: Total BooX

Aside from ComiXology and Amazon, NBM ebooks are now spreading to a great variety of platforms. Over the next few weeks we’re going to present to you many options we’ve recently expanded into as well as some we’ve got an increasing presence with thanks to our distributor IPG’s aggressive move into all things e-book. That includes many different ways of purchasing. Here’s one:

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We are available on the Total BooX Book reader app for Android.  Total BooX uses a pay per page model, using a pay as you go model. This is good for sampling books, trying them out without the commitment of buying the whole book. Pages you have read are yours to keep, offline or online. Visit www.totalboox.com to see the complete catalog including plenty of great graphic novel selections. Can we suggest a Rick Geary true crime graphic novel?

Visit the App store to download for free today!

NBM for August: Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

This August, NBM debuts the latest graphic novel by Patrick Atangan. Quite a departure from his 2014  INVINCIBLE DAYS, this summer’s FIRES ABOVE HYPERION continues Atangan’s deeply personal storytelling trend. HYPERION focuses on the creator’s love life in a difficult, and often fickle, gay social scene of sunny Los Angeles.  Atangan shares his stories about being closeted, coming out in college but his boyfriend remained closeted, online dates, and missed connections with many other wry humored anecdotes in yet another style of art much closer to indie comics:

Look for behind the scenes previews posted by creator Patrick Atangan soon.

Click here for previews of the book!

Fires Above Hyperion

FIRES ABOVE HYPERION
Patrick Atangan
Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.  “One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.”  In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.
6×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 9781561639861

Diamond Order Code: JUN151430

 

For more information, click here.

 

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

Also available in July: catching up on Zombillenium

With the upcoming release of ZOMBILLENIUM VOLUME 3: “Control Freaks”, it is a great time to revisit the horror theme park! 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.

 

De  Pins is working on an animated adaptation of the series right now but recently paired up with the band, Skip the Use, for a four minute animated short 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? Volumes 1 and 2 are available now!

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

Zombillenium, vol.2

ZOMBILLENIUM 
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

 

Order now from our NBM website or at your favorite comic book store!