Welcome to The NBM Holiday Gift Guide

We’re proud to present several of are our most beautiful and best reviewed graphic novels of this year which can make great gifts for your loved ones.

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Giant
By Mikaël

Giant is a stunning saga of uncommon folk in perilous times and one no lover of grand stories could possibly resist.”Now Read This

From French Canadian cartoonist Mikaël, Giant tells the story of the immigrants who built Rockefeller Center during the Great Depression in 1932.

The lead character is an Irish immigrant nicknamed “Giant”, working high above the New York skyline, who engages in a letter exchange with the wife of colleague who fell to his death, posing as him and sending money as he doesn’t have the courage to tell her the truth.



9×12, 120pp., full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 9781681122533, e: 9781681122540, $16.99

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The Louvre Presents: Red Mother With Child
By Christian Lax

“An action-packed and splendidly drawn narrative.”Publishers Weekly

In Mali in Africa, a red Mother with Child, a 14th century African sculpture, is saved from the destructive madness of Islamists by Alou, a young honey hunter.

In the company of other migrants, sisters and brothers of misfortune, Alou goes all out to reach Europe. His goal and his obsession: entrust the precious statuette to the Louvre Museum!

An epic adventure, touching upon the burning worldwide issue of refugees and immigration, in the ever-expanding Louvre collection commissioning graphic novels from leading world artists to spin tales around the famous museum.

9×12, 144pp, full color HC, $27.99 US / $36.50 CAN; HC ISBN: 978168112257152799

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Willie Nelson: A Graphic History
By T.J. Kirsch & Various

“A diverse crew of illustrators pool their talents on behalf of a singular artist.”Kirkus Reviews

Country music icon Willie Nelson is recognized all over the world for his music, philanthropy, and unmistakable look.

Since he was a child in Hill County, Texas, he has been writing and performing for adoring crowds. Though his mainstream success did not come until later in his life, he has been determined to take his unique sound and voice to the people even before he was a household name.

There have been tragedies, missteps, IRS troubles, good times and bad along the way, but Willie continues to shine his positive outlook and project his humble voice out into the world. In this graphic novel biography, all the chapters represent a different era of his life and struggles – each illustrated by a unique indie comics talent.

7 ½ x10, 88pp., B&W, HC, $16.99; ISBN 9781681122625; ebook: $11.99, ISBN 9781681122632

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The Louvre Collection: Leonardo 2
By Stéphane Levallois

“Bold and brilliantly realised blend of historic recreation and futuristic imagination.”Slings and Arrows

Planet Earth, engaged in an intergalactic conflict, owes its salvation to the clone of Leonardo da Vinci and to the rebirth of his genius.

Author Stéphane Levallois has created the fantastic universes of many of the big Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, King Kong: Skull Island, Harry Potter and many others). The result of two years of elaboration and work, this space opera exemplifies his talent in two areas that he masters to perfection: the universe of science fiction and art.

To build his story and compose his boards, Levallois draws from the painted and drawn work of the Renaissance master, selecting a large number of drawings and paintings by Leonardo to represent the characters, vessels or even the architectures in his story. The grand scale result is stupefying as Leonardo’s everlasting visions are successfully projected into a stunning futuristic setting. A visual experience not to be missed, in a large format hardcover.

10×14, 96pp., color HC, $29.99 ISBN 9781681122649; ebook: $16.99, ISBN 9781681122656

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The Rock & Roll Set

Here is a set of 3 tomes on great rock and roll bands! The bestselling comics bios of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley are collected into one attractively banded set. Includes:

THE BEATLES IN COMIC
“A graphic adaptation of a story so well known that one’s first reaction is probably, ‘Does this need to exist?’ The answer is, yes, it does! Pithy commentary effectively condensing the band’s history, and trivia that should amuse even hardcore fans. A satisfying snack for children as well as adults.” – Huffington Post

Here’s the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup. We see how they evolved along with and amplifying the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active and have achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.

THE ROLLING STONES IN COMICS
“Works nicely as a pocket history of Rock & Roll’s key band, but its narrative quirks and far-out art are what make it special.” Psychobabble

When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play Rhythm & Blues, nothing more. They are far from imagining that they are not just going to change music but also become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieve planetary-wide success.

With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over fifty years, not just music, but a whole attitude!

Through twenty-one stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book makes you relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.

BOB MARLEY IN COMICS
“Without any doubt Bob Marley and comics fans will be very pleased.” Reggae Vibes

In the middle of a depressing youth in a ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley sees only one way out: music. And that music will be what Jamaica made of rock and pop locally that had hardly been heard anywhere else: reggae!

It is Marley who brings the unmistakable beat of reggae to the entire world. From small stages in Jamaica, his partners of the Wailers accompany him all the way to the most fabulous world tours and adulation. Beyond a rocketing musical career, the most famous rasta wants to shake things up and proclaim all over his humanitarian and egalitarian values.

ISBN 9781681122618, $74.99; DIAMOND CODE: JUN201207

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Happy Holidays from NBM Graphic Novels!

 

All New Sale Books Just Added

We’ve just added a number of books going on sale at $2.99 or $4.99!

These are books previously at $15 to $30 where we have extra stock we need to clear out before year’s end. Come take a look at the amazing bargains of beautiful graphic novels!

This includes such GNs as:

STREAK OF CHALK
Abelard
THE MERCENARY The Definitive Editions

And a whole bunch of Dungeon books:

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol.4

See the complete list here and get these while they last!

Eurotica Half Price Sale!

Now ALL of our EUROTICA catalog of sexy graphic novels by American and European artists is 50% OFF!

Use code E50 in the coupon box when ordering.

This sale ends by Thanksgiving!

Get the great work of:

  • Kevin Taylor (Girl powering her black magic)
  • Cornnell Clarke (Peanut Butter with wildly sexually free college girl Molly Fredrickson)
  • Quinn (his gorgeously painted Shadow & Light, beautifully erotic, extremely hot)
  • Hartmann (fully painted Barbarian Chicks & Demons)
  • Robert Edison Sandiford (3 volumes of black sensuality)
  • And many more!

We’d show you covers and art but we want to be discrete here… Come on over and let yourself be seduced…

You must be over 18.

Just enter coupon code E50 in the coupon box when ordering.

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Willie Nelson: A Graphic History Scribe T.J. Kirsch Talks School, Comics, Willie & More On New Podcast

Hello out there in blog land! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in Willie Nelson: A Graphic History from NBM. Chances are also good that you’re maybe interested in the people that worked on the project. Well, today… is your lucky day! T.J. Kirsch ( that’s ME ) was recorded having a wonderful conversation about that project for the Vodka O’Clock Podcast this past week. Amber, the host of VOC, went in depth with T.J ( ME ) about his beginnings in comics, in secondary schooling, his experience as a literary agent, his previous book Pride Of The Decent Man ( NBM ), and more!

Click here and crank up your podcast listening device – whatever that may be – and take the journey. You’ll be enlightened, possibly distracted from doing those dishes, or that commute to that grocery store you love so much.

Willie Nelson: From Depression To Quarantine

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Willie Nelson, now living through a global pandemic at 87 years old, was born in Texas hill country in 1933. No one could’ve predicted the longevity of Willie’s music career, and the fact that he’d still be releasing new music at his advanced age. Yet this month, he released his 70th album, First Rose Of Spring – another collection of recordings produced by Willie’s longtime co-writer/collaborator Buddy Cannon. For someone who was born during the Depression, it’s amazing to think about also living through something as massive as the COVID-19 pandemic. There were many unforeseen cancellations for Willie this year as a result of the year’s events – Farm Aid, Willie’s  Fourth Of July Picnic, The Luck, Texas Reunion – that had to ultimately become virtual events. For a humble guitar picker that loves life ‘on the road,’ that can’t be an easy adjustment – to shelter in place, to not interact with fans and audiences one on one – that’s just not as fun. It can’t be an easy adjustment for someone that’s spent three quarters of a century performing for live audiences. Luckily, for Willie, he’s able to continue to make music at home and ride out these uncertain times with his close knit family. We can’t wait to see him – and the family – on the road again.

For more information on the upcoming Willie Nelson: A Graphic History from NBM Comics Biographies, go here.

 

 

 

 

The Silent Invasion: Abductions – Robert J. Sawyer introduction

Abductions, Book 3 of The Silent Invasion is now available through finer book shops (as the saying goes). It can be ordered in print online and is available as a digital download.

To help entice you to make the purchase, we are presenting here Robert J. Sawyer’s introduction to this volume. Sit back and enjoy!

INTRODUCTION

HERE WE GO AGAIN

The French, they have a certain—I don’t know what. But they sure do have a way with words, and, as they say, Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Here we are in 2020—remember when that was an eye-test score and not a year?—and the dark paranoia of the 1950s is with us once more. To let Yogi Berra, a famed athlete from that era, continue our French theme, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”

Larry Hancock, who writes The Silent Invasion, is my accountant—and a damn good one he is, too. Since my principal dealings with the government are on matters of taxation, I like that Larry has a healthy skepticism about what those in Ottawa (for us Canadians) and Washington (I’m a dual citizen—he does my US return, too) are up to.

Larry and Michael Cherkas, the gifted artist who draws The Silent Invasion, were mere young’uns when McCarthyism gripped the United States, but they were university students by the time the edict “follow the money” led to the downfall of Tricky Dick Nixon. And, as they were creating the first floppy-comic versions of what’s become a beloved cult classic, the notion that the US government had faked the moon landing (and then faked it again, and again, and again, and again, and again) was already entrenched in the popular imagination.

Those earlier issues of The Silent Invasion predated the Clinton impeachment, the Iran-Contra scandal, the trumped-up war in Iraq following 9/11, the labeling of truth as “fake news,” the current raging paranoia about deep-state activities, the resurgence of flat-Earthers, and the election of a shifty reality-TV star to the most powerful office in the world. And although this third volume was also begun before all that happened, it reads as though it could have been written today.

What seemed like nostalgia for the hard-boiled detective fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, and a callback to the UFO craze and Red scare of the 1950s, now reads like—well, not newspaper headlines; those are so last millennium. Our intrepid hero, Matt Sinkage, were he still plying his trade today, would doubtless have a YouTube channel with millions of followers. He’d no longer be a voice in the wilderness, his warnings rarely heeded, but rather the center of tweetstorms, and no doubt the subject of online jabs, not from the long-forgotten President Callahan, who, in the Invasion-verse was elected in 1960 despite Sinkage’s attempt to assassinate him, but from President Trump himself.

Matt Sinkage would recognize the parallels between those two commanders-in-chief, though: Callahan was a dupe, a stooge, a puppet of alien forces, and, well, so, it seems, is Donald Trump, in that interchangeable way that aliens and Russians exist in the shadows of our minds. As Matt said of the former president but could have just as easily observed of the latter, “If he gets elected the aliens will control him. They’ll be in charge of the country … and maybe the world.” Where is Senator McCarthy now that we finally actually need him? Instead, we live in a world where nothing, not even impeachment, seems capable of bringing down the monster in our midst.

This third volume of The Silent Invasion at last adds in a little Canadian content; after all, its two creators live in Toronto. They insidiously use Canadian spellings (“neighbours” rather than “neighbors”), casually bring Canadian football into a conversation, and seamlessly weave the long forgotten Avro Avrocar flying disc into the plot.

Some grad student will eventually note that the name The Silent Invasion echoes The Quiet Revolution that transformed Quebec in the 1960s. Yes, grad student. What you have in your hands is pure entertainment, to be sure, but also food for thought: there’s enough meat here about how conspiracies, cover-ups, and corruption work to fuel a decent thesis or two.

Of course, the first thing one notices when leafing through these pages is the very distinctive art. There’s always been something eerie about Michael Cherkas’s figures, with their muscular bodies and tiny heads, but today, when we apply force—whether online or off—without much thinking, they seem emblematic of our shoot-first-and-consider- later age.

Meanwhile, Cherkas’s harsh use of black and white, with shades of gray reserved solely for showing shadows, seems the perfect metaphor for our era of polarization. And, really, how apropos of the infiltration of Russia into our daily life is Cherkas’s unique lettering in which a ‘U’ looks like the backward ‘N’ that is the tenth letter of the Russian version of the Cyrillic alphabet?

So, will this long-delayed third volume of The Silent Invasion be the end of Matt Sinkage? Well, as Phil Housley said in Volume Two, “I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.” And as Housley says in this volume, “Once again I was being drawn into fantastic events over which I had no control—that I couldn’t even hope to understand…”

Yes, indeed. Welcome back to the 1950s—and welcome to the 2020s. No matter the decade, you’re in for, as the French would say, un enfer d’un tour—a hell of a ride.

ROBERT J. SAWYER

Mississauga, Ontario, January 2020

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever—and the only Canadian—to win the world’s top three awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his Aurora Award-winning novel of the same name, and he was one of the scriptwriters for that series. He also wrote the two-part finale for the acclaimed webseries Star Trek Continues. A member of the Order of Canada—the highest honor given by the Canadian government—and one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, Rob’s latest novel is The Oppenheimer Alternative.

And the award goes to: Wasco

 

As Comic Artist Laureate of The Netherlands, one of my “duties” is to hand the prestigious Stripschapprijs, Holland’s one and only comics prize, to the winner. This year, that’s Wasco, a remarkable artist whose work has influenced comics makers worldwide.

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Despite the current restrictions, I  was able to hand him the statuette that comes with the prize, in an almost empty cinema where Wasco was regaled with messages from his friends – you can watch the proceedings (in Dutch) in this YouTube registration.

Willie Nelson: Cover Process

Hello Readers!

I have been working hard behind the scenes, as I often do, to make sure the books I create are of the highest quality in the land. That means plenty of post production, page formatting, art correcting, re-lettering, and general file handling. Very exciting stuff – some might say glamorous even.

Some time last year, when things were very different, I illustrated the cover for Willie Nelson: A Graphic History – you know, the book I haven’t been able to shut up about for the past (at least) two years? The very same book in which I edited, and partly illustrated? Yes, that’s the one. Well, the process for this particular piece was recorded in a digital program called Procreate, on a portable computer called an ‘iPad’ and with a writing instrument called an ‘Apple Pencil.’

As it turns out, you can watch the whole drawing process, in a sped-up timelapse sort of way. Pretty interesting to look back on. This is, of course, just the black and white line art – which was then colored in Photoshop. The typography on the cover was done in Adobe Illustrator. Are you asleep yet? Anyway here’s the link, right below here.

Willie Nelson: A Graphic History – Line Art Process

From the book’s description;

Since he was a child in Hill County, Texas, he has been writing and performing for adoring crowds. Though his mainstream success did not come until later in his life, he has been determined to take his unique sound and voice to the people even before he was a household name. There have been tragedies, missteps, IRS troubles, good times and bad along the way, but Willie continues to shine his positive outlook and project his humble voice out into the world. In this graphic novel biography, all the chapters represent a different era of his life and struggles – each illustrated by a unique indie comics talent.

 

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The Silent Invasion welcomes Robert J. Sawyer

Michael Cherkas and I are pleased to announce that renowned science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer will be providing an introduction to The Silent invasion Book 3: Abductions which will be released in May 2020.

Robert J. Sawyer is a Hugo, Nebula, Heinlein, and Campbell Memorial Award-winning writer. His work has been seen through his novels such as HominidsMindscan , and Quantam Night. His novel FlashForward was adapted into a U.S. television series on ABC. He is also a member of the Order of Canada and one of eight writers (and the only Canadian) in history to win all three of the science fiction field’s top honors for best novel of the year.

Robert J. Sawyer in Chengdu, China, September 2019, where he gave the keynote speech at the Fifth International Science Fiction Congress.

His latest novel, The Oppenheimer Alternative will be released June 2, 2020.

For more information on Robert J. Sawyer, visit his website http://www.sfwriter.com by clicking http://www.sfwriter.com


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