NYTimes still ghettoizes comics and graphic novels

While we’re very happy our sister co. Papercutz and its SuperGenius imprint got The Wendy Project into a GN roundup in the NYT Book Review this Sunday, I was shocked to still see NOT ONE graphic novel makes the 100 notable list for 2017 in that same issue.

And its editor-in-chief professes to be a fan. So what? When all you do is a once in a blue moon ’round-up’ for graphic novels, rarely it seems covering in full reviews any. Or did I miss anything?

Meantime, the Washington Post has Michael Cavna regularly talking about them, reviewing them, same can be said for other newspapers. Although I will say there are a number of important ones out there that are just as clueless in how to get a younger audience interested in their publications as comics and pop culture coverage would appeal to them.

Oh yes, George Gustines gets to do the occasional news piece… every few months (!).

Lack of depth in coverage of graphic novels is just, well, infuriating, knowing the great work from all over the world being published in our medium.

[revised 12/4 seeing a couple GNs did appear in the Children’s list].

Pedrosa at the Albertine bookstore

Great event yesterday evening at the French Cultural Services with Cyril Pedrosa discussing Equinoxes with Bill Kartalopoulos and comparing artist notes with Gabrielle Bell.

This opened up Cyril’s tour in NYC and DC. Next: after a few appearances at the Parsons School and Ben Katchor’s class and then at MICA, the art school in Baltimore, he’s a special guest of SPX Saturday and guest of the Brooklyn Book Fair Sunday! See more here.

Here’s a few photos:

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As you can see, it’s beautiful space in a classic mansion on 5th ave…

See you at SPX or BBF this weekend?

DUNGEON Zenith vol.1 is back to press!

After more than a year being out of stock, we’re going back to press with this essential first volume of this epic satirical saga.

It’ll be back in stock and ready to ship in a few weeks. You can order now!

We’ll also take the occasion to make more Zenith complete sets of volumes 1 through 3.

See more about the fun expansive world of Dungeon and why so many are hooked!

Our art director: 20 years of some pretty fine books

Yesterday evening we celebrated our art director’s 20 years with us! Martin Satryb came to us from Tower Records NYC and since then we’ve been working together as quite a good team. I think we can truly say we’ve put out some pretty fine books!

So we took him to his favorite: the famous classic steakhouse Delmonico’s. He died and went to heaven over a succulent 20 ouncer.

Thank you Martin for such loyal service over more than half of NBM’s history and now all of sister co. Papercutz’ history, from all of us!

Martin dinner 2015

In the picture from left you see Jim Salicrup, my co-founder at Papercutz and editor-in-chief, Michael Petranek, our former associate editor, now at Scholastic -he and Martin would throw stuff at each other- Jeff Whitman, my assistant at NBM and Papercutz production coordinator/marketing ass’t., Bethany Bryan, associate ed. at Papercutz, Sven Larsen, marketing VP, Papercutz, Tony Shenton, legendary comics store rep who started with us even longer ago than Martin, Martin, me and Marc Minoustchine (hey, the M in NBM) who’s joining our team.

Terry Nantier

Beauty gets Best Graphic Novel in revived Firecracker Awards

As we mentioned earlier, the Firecrackers Awards for the best in indie lit are back, thanks to the CLMP, Community for Literary Magazines and Presses, and tonight they gave out their awards at the very cool powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.

We’re happy to say Beauty got best GN! Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer gave it to publisher Terry Nantier with some very nice words about NBM’s quality publishing over the years.

Here’s their funky (scary?) MakerBot trophy:
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Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother star at popular MoCCA Fest

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Just back from the best MoCCA fest ever for us. Hell, we broke our previous full two day record at this show somewhere towards the end of Saturday and Sunday went gangbusters with never ending lines for special international guest Annie Goetzinger right after the panel on biographies she was on.

I have to admit I was a tad skeptical about the multi floor layout in the new space but because they equally distributed main attraction publishers throughout the floors, I thought traffic was good.

But hey, it doesn’t hurt having such beautiful and inspiring books as Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior to premiere at any show and fans came steadily to us throughout, selling us out of those as well as many other books.

An energizing experience, thanks to all who came by our booth! You can see pics we posted on Twitter and Facebook.

NEXT: the Toronto Comics Arts Festival in a month where special guest Etienne Davodeau will premiere his highly reviewed Lulu Anew, already with two starred reviews (Library Journal and Publishers Weekly), a record for us, I believe, and where you’ll be able to meet Margreet de Heer (A discovery in Comics: Science and Philosophy) and where Julian Voloj of Ghetto Brother will be at as well.

Angouleme, Here I Come?

The question mark is as of today what with that horrible snowstorm dropping bricks of snow on us. My flight tomorrow night’s already been cancelled.

Well, hopefully the next day I can leave and make it there for the first time in 4 years. I used to be a regular but dropped out for a while as going to Frankfurt in October and Bologna in March was plenty enough for me.

BUT that deprived me of even being in my other country, France. And boy, have I missed it.

The show this year looks to have quite a bit from our side of the water: A Calvin & Hobbes exhibit, since Watterson was given the grand prize last year and a Kirby exhibit. But I’ll be there to mingle with France’s numerous exciting small pubs and with editors and authors mostly.

And, hey, also after 4 years absence, see my old pal starting from 7th grade Marc Minoustchine, the M in NBM, as well as my family I haven’t seen in over a decade! Gah!