I Sure Do Like Robots

I have a hard time wrapping my head around complicated machinery. Even though I somehow drew a whole book about robots, I avoided drawing them most times because I didn’t think I was good at it.

I’ve since changed my mind!

Designing these little Bandit Bots is the most fun I’ve had drawing in a long time. Instead of drawing complicated machinery, I focus on finding fun, simplified shapes and arranging them in cool ways. I did these for #MarchOfRobots and right now I’m doing #AdventureApril.

Of course I had to make it about robots.

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.

Advertisements

Peter van Dongen and the Clear Line

One of my duties as Comic Artist Laureate of The Netherlands is awarding the prestigious Stripschapprijs to this year’s recipient, Peter van Dongen.

petervandongen1

petervandongen2

petervandongen3

petervandongen4

Excellence in Graphics Literature Award Nominations Announced on 3/15 Live!

npnGQ4wAw52BQOEUSk2tqeVvvY-xt4MbOsyVfvYlDQc44IkdC-QXY6bLiq4Y515ClvjpZwvZFZn4jAHeUPLVIh58Oyicm2LcZaRqSAc8qyD7jrw0gAml7VF-NI5YYr1vvda4rjNv1Zd0XIvOZZtsHxAIuDnw3b7yih0hkeo=s0-d-e1-ft

Pop Culture Classroom has partnered with children’s literature authority and content streaming site KidLit TV, granting them the rights to stream announcements for the Excellence in Graphics Literature (EGL) Awards leading up to the awards ceremonies at Denver Comic Con 2018!

Unveiling the 2018 Finalists

The first of these streams will occur at approximately 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 15 from the KidLit TV studios in New York City, hosted by Rocco Staino and Carol Fitzgerald of The Book Report Network.

During the event, Judging Committee Chairs for each of the EGL Award categories will present their finalist picks, reporting from libraries and bookstores in California, Ohio, Texas, Florida, Colorado, Illinois and New York City.

To View the Stream

Visit https://kidlit.tv/ExcellenceInGraphicLiteratureAwards2018 at the date and time listed above and the stream should play directly in your browser (internet connection required).

You can visit the page now to learn more and even set a reminder to have the site alert you when the event is about to start.

Or, watch it here live on Thursday,  March 15, 2018 at 1pm ET.

NBM May 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an May 2018 release.
NEW!
Niki de Saint Phalle: 
The Garden of Secrets
By 
Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin


9781681121581

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself.
A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.


8×10, 186pp., full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 978168112158152499

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Marie Antoinette: Phantom Queen
By Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

mariecov_small.indd

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.

“A sprightly tale told with lavish scenes and witty dialogue.”
Richard Pachter, Miami Herald 


”Combines history, biography, and fantasy for a rich, quick read”.Booklist starred review
”

“Radiant art.”Publishers Weekly

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $18.99, ISBN 978168112029451899

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Girl in Dior
By Annie Goetzinger


diorcover.indd

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.

Featured in Marie-Claire.

“An obvious pick for those who appreciate graphic novels featuring female leads.” 
- Booklist

8 1/2x 11, 128pp., full color quarterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover, $29.99
, ISBN 978-1-56163-914-4-52999

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Sartre
By Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier


SARTRE cover.indd

For some he was the philosopher of existentialism, for others the constant provocateur, the politically engaged author, the uncertain militant, the repenting bourgeois, the life companion of Simone de Beauvoir…

From his first readings in the Luxembourg Garden to his refusal of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean Paul Sartre was all of this at the same time.

8×11, 160 pp., color HC, $27.99, ISBN 978168112101752799

PREVIEWS

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo

By Sandrine Revel


9781681120652
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.

“Hums along in pace with its virtuoso subject.”
 –Toronto Globe & Mail


“Striking work, indeed!” Booklist

8.5x 11, 136pp., full color HC, $25.99, ISBN:978168112065252599

PREVIEWS

 

EUROTICA

 

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
FIRST TIME

By 
Sibylline and various artists including Dave McKean


10 hot stories about first times. From having sex to having a very different sexual experience such as going beyond the couple, or the woman strapping it on for her man, or… all from the point of view of women and all written by a French woman with some decidedly spicy ideas about sex!

All rendered by leading European artists, including Cyril Pedrosa (Portugal), Olivier Vatine (Aquablue) and most of all, the great Dave McKean! A beautifully stylish yet unabashedly hardcore collection of true erotica presented in a handsome jacketed edition by artists who are doing this for the… first time.

“This is highly recommended for readers looking for something erotic yet artistic and emotionally involving.” 
- Publishers Weekly

8 1/2 x 11, 112pp. B&W jacketed hardcover, $19.95; ISBN 978-1-56163-549-8-51995

RE-SOLICITED • WOMEN IN COMICS MONTH
Omaha The Cat Dancer: The Complete Set of 8 Volumes

By Reed Waller, Kate Worley, James Vance


The best-selling classic of erotic comics that made the bridge from the undergrounds to today is back in a complete reprint of the full extent of the spicy saga.

Specially priced set, normally $107!


8 ½ x 11, B&W set of 8 volumes in paperback, 976 pp., $89.99, ISBN 978156163766958999

Stoneman Douglas High School Uses Art To Begin Healing Process

After the horrible tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School, we were informed that art teacher, Sandra Traub, was putting together art to display.  The goal is to put up hopeful, positive pieces for the students who are returning to classes.

NBM’s creators have donated several pieces.

The first is from Val Mayerik, co-creator of Howard The Duck, and NBM’s upcoming Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn, with writer Jim Berry.

FD

The second is titled Star Fixer from Jon Nielsen (author of Look)

Star-Fixer

Hopefully, the donated art can be a source of comfort and inspiration for the students and faculty of this horrible tragedy.

 

 

I Just Really Like CMYK

SunsetForest1

I’m finally learning what my favorite colors are and how to put them together in nice ways!

I’ve always felt that coloring has been my weakest area when it comes to my art. The infinite rainbow of colors is extremely intimidating for me and I lock up when choosing colors for a piece. So I spent the last year practicing, exploring different color combinations, and studying color theory. It still doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me but I think I’m getting close to unlocking color’s many secrets!

And I’ll share with you one of those secrets now.

Find your favorite colors.

It took me almost ten years to discover that I very much enjoy the CMYK color palette. I’m a huge nerd for anything even remotely CMYK. I don’t know what it is, but cyan, magenta, and yellow — colors I don’t even really super love on their own — just make me happy when put together. The K stands for black but I actually don’t often use a lot of black in my drawings?

Unless you count the lineart.

Finding a color palette that I absolutely adore has taught me a lot about how colors work. I always have a set of colors that I know will work together and I know how to tweak it to suit my specific needs without breaking it. I cannot emphasize enough how much this helps a person who spends an embarrassing amount of time picking the right shade of green for a tree.

Colors can sometimes be pretty neat, is what I’m saying.

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.