‘Zombillenium’ Animated Film Gets a Trailer

The feature film adaptation of Arthur de Pin’s Zombillenium graphic novel series gets a trailer.  The film will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which runs June 12-17.

Zombillenium, the Halloween theme park, happens to be the one place on earth where real monsters can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the true identity of his employees, the Vampire Park Manager has no other choice but to hire him. To see his daughter, Hector must escape from his Zombie and Werewolf co-workers.

 

Music in The STORY OF LEE

There are a lot of references to music in both volume 1 and volume 2 of our series with NBM – THE STORY OF LEE. For the simple reason that music is very important to me and wanted to stick some in.

The mention on this page is an actual Edinburgh band called THE THANES, a 60s style garage punk band. They have been going in Scotland since the early 80s and are still around – that’s devotion for ye!

Check out THE STORY OF LEE volume 2 for more than the music!

http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com/story-of-lee.html

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NBM Receives Two Eisner Nominations!

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Well, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2017 Eisner Awards and we’re incredibly excited that two of our books received recognition.

Our first nomination is for, Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel.  Just in time for Revel’s tour and appearance at TCAF, this nomination is in the category of Best Reality-Based Work.

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world’s leading orchestras.

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Our second nomination is in the category of Best U.S. Edition of International Material for Equinoxes, by Cyril Pedrosa, translated by Joe Johnson.

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one another’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer. ‘Equinoxes’ is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

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The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 21 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

Congratulations to the other nominees!

MoCCA Fest 2017

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Some time has gone by and I think I can finally articulate just how rad MoCCA Fest was: it was incredibly rad.

There was a real focus on comics and graphic novels that gave the con a very unique atmosphere. I really felt as if I was “among my people,” as it were.

I met a ton of amazing people, signed some books, had the best — and most expensive — burger I’ve ever had, and survived the streets of Hells Kitchen. Did you know that’s actually what they call that part of New York? Like, it’s on the maps and everything!

Thank you to everyone who came and said hi and thank you to my good, good friends at NBM who flew me out and made my weekend at the table truly memorable.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.

How to Paint Space


Truly, my enthusiasm for stars holds no bounds. And, now, you too can become a star enthusiast!

Follow this quick star-painting tutorial and you’ll be bestowed the illustrious rank of Junior Star Enthusiast, a noble title secretly desired by all.

And be sure to share your efforts! I’d love to see what you do with this.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.

Where Do You Find The Time?

The short answer is: I don’t do much else!

Another short, but hopefully more helpful answer: you can’t find time, you make time.

But seriously, I don’t really do much else. I don’t watch TV and I don’t play video games (or, at least, not nearly as much as I used to.) When I’m not at the day job and while my children are asleep, I write and I draw. I work.

Maybe that makes me a workaholic, but if that’s true, it’s done wonders for my creative output.

And that’s what I mean by making time. If this is what you really want to do — what you need to do — you make time. Something else has to give. Maybe you don’t want to give up watching your favorite shows or perusing your favorite memes on reddit, and that’s fine! I’m not suggesting you give up all of your favorite past-times and devote yourself entirely and exclusively to your craft, but I am suggesting that maybe you take a look at how you spend your time on a daily basis. Maybe, as a random example, you spend some time each night checking Facebook. Let’s say two hours of Liking pictures of newborns and arguing with distant reletives. What if you were to limit yourself to an hour-and-a-half instead, and do a little drawing or writing with that free half hour you just made? Anything at all, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. In fact, go in knowing that it won’t be. And that’s okay! Plenty of my drawings fail to meet my unrealistically high expectations and never see the light of day, but it’s never a waste of time.

I know this is all easier said than done. Time management and self-discipline don’t come easy and take a while to build, but this is how you do it. You start slow. Don’t be too hard on yourself by trying to do too much too fast. Try and do at least a little each day, even when you’re not feeling especially creative. Making that initial effort, however small, makes all the difference.

And let me tell you, that knowledge that at the end of the day, you made something that didn’t exist before? That feels pretty amazing.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.