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

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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.

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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

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

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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
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“Radiant art.”Publishers Weekly

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

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


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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

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


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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

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

By Sandrine Revel


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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Death of a Cat

Our cat Toto has died, well over eighteen years old. For us at-home-working, childfree artists, out cats have always been much more than just pets to us – they are life companions…

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Our cats have always found their way into our work. Here’s the last drawing of Toto in the Discovery-series (the book about Love, to be released at a later date by NMB):

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NBM April 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an April 2018 release.

NEW
THE MERCENARY: The Definitive Editions, Vol. 3: “The Trials”
Written and Illustrated by Vicente Segrelles


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To be admitted as protector of the Order of the Crater, the Mercenary must undergo strenuous trials, putting even his life at risk. He must confront gigantic warriors, monstrous beasts, ghostly spirits and moral dilemmas to achieve what he so desires, which is nothing more nor less than to be a participant in the secrets of those monks of the order who seem to have the keys to universal wisdom.

9×12, 64 pp. Full color quarterbound hardcover, $17.99.
ISBN: 978168112154351799 (DIAMOND FEB181666)

 

RESOLICIT
THE MERCENARY: The Definitive Editions, Vol. 2: “The Formula”
Written and Illustrated by Vicente Segrelles


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Continuing the full reprint of the classic series in breathtaking reproduction and handsome keepsake quarterbound editions. The graphic novel series that set comics on a new path! The Mercenary embarks on one of his most perilous journeys ever as he tries to stop an unscrupulous alchemist who has stolen a highly dangerous mysterious formula. Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9” x12”, 64 pp. Full color quarterbound hardcover: $17.99
ISBN: 978168112128451799

 

RESOLICIT
THE MERCENARY: The Definitive Editions, Vol. 1: “The Cult of the Sacred Fire”
Written and Illustrated by Vicente Segrelles


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On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, NBM is proud to bring back one of its bestselling series ever, amongst the world’s first highly realistic fully painted comics. The Mercenary contains all-new scans of the original paintings overseen by the master himself and presented in handsome large quarterbound collectors editions.

In a lost and long forgotten valley high up in the mountains, The Mercenary has been contracted to save a woman from the mysterious and powerful Cult of the Sacred Fire! Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9”x12”, 64 pp. Full color quarterbound hardcover: $17.99
ISBN: 978168112124651799 (DIAMOND FEB181667)

 

RESOLICIT
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 1: “Dragon Cemetery”

Created by Joann SFAR & Lewis TRONDHEIM

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The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT.

Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world, its dark downfall. Marvin, now old and blind, sensing his end, goes on a long trek to the legendary cemetery of dragons.

6.5” x9”, 96 pp. Full color paperback: $14.99
ISBN: 978156163460651499 (DIAMOND FEB181668)

 

RESOLICIT
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 2: “Armageddon”

Created by Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, and KERASCOET


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Marvin, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, simply cannot be let to die like he wishes! Whatever he loses, he regains in different powers. He’s even become invincible. It’s to the point where he’d rather exchange body parts to get back his mortality. But then he is led to a discovery that may make continuing to live actually worth it.

6.5” x9”, 96 pp. Full color paperback: $14.99
ISBN: 978156163477451499 (DIAMOND FEB181669)

 

RESOLICIT
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 3: “The New Centurions”

Created by Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, KERASCOET, and OBION


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The next two chapters in the decline of Dungeon:

Terra Amata has exploded and the Dark Fortress of the Grand Khan needs to master the nitro tech. To that end, they hire Marvin the Red even as others plot malevolently…

In the second episode, Marvin the dragon and Marvin the Red are trapped on a quickly revolving piece of the exploded planet, and must constantly run or fall off into oblivion!


6.5” x 9”, 96 pp. Full color trade paperback: $12.99
ISBN: 978156163578851299 (DIAMOND FEB181670)

 

RESOLICIT
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 4: “High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon”

Created by Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, and Mazan


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The last two stories of Dungeon!
 In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe…

6.5”x 9”, 96 pp. Full color paperback: $14.99
ISBN: 978156163919951499 (DIAMOND FEB181671)

 

RESOLICIT

DUNGEON: TWILIGHT COMPLETE SET, VOLS 1-4

Created by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Obion, Kerascoet, Alfred, and Mazan


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The great saga detailing the end of Dungeon has come to a close. All four books are featured here in one specially priced set.

The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as Twilight.

Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world and its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6.5” x 9”, 384 pp. Full color paperback set: $49.99
ISBN: 978168112060754999 (DIAMOND FEB181672)

 

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RESOLICIT
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 3
Written by Hartmann
The exploits of Barbarian warrior women in an Heroic Fantasy world continue. Cunning and lasciviousness galore with often a tongue firmly in cheek on these beautifully painted stories set to amuse and arouse!


8.5” x 11”, 48 pp. Full color trade paperback: $12.99

ISBN: 978156163596251299 (DIAMOND FEB181673)

 

RESOLICIT
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, Vol. 5

Written by Hartmann


The exploits of Barbarian warrior women in an Heroic Fantasy world continue. Cunning and lasciviousness galore with often a tongue firmly in cheek on these beautifully painted stories set to amuse and arouse!

8.5” x 11”, 48 pp. Full color paperback: $12.99 

ISBN: 978156163714051299 (DIAMOND FEB181674)

 

RESOLICIT
BARBARIAN CHICKS & DEMONS, VOL.7

Written by Hartmann


From the pages of Sizzle comes the continuation of Barbarian Chicks & Demons. One barbarienne gets taken by a savage stone troll, only to find it’s possessed by a horny demon lover; A magic mirror gives a new meaning to being in love with one’s reflection when the reflection materializes into flesh; And an arrogant young apprentice gets a lesson from two sorceresses that he won’t soon forget. A heroic fantasy romp where the busty barbarian babes know how to get cheeky.

8.5” x11”, 48 pp. Full color paperback: $12.99
ISBN: 978168112069051299 (DIAMOND FEB181675)

The Mercenary: The Main Character

Enjoy some behind the scenes process development of The Mercenary V.2.
For previous posts, click HERE.

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Actually, this volume is the real birth of The Mercenary. In it, the character is better defined: he is not a super-hero at all, he’s an upright and honest soldier of fortune who makes a living with small businesses and who, apparently, has financial problems. Like many self-employed people, actually. Most of the time I was doing The Mercenary, I alternated that with drawing cover art. Most of them were book covers, but some were made for the magazine that published my comics.

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This is one of those covers and was specially made for an issue that contained one of the episodes of this second volume. As you can see, it has nothing to do with the album and the Mercenary is in a very dangerous situation. The loss of the mount implies, in the best of cases, a forced landing like what happened to Nan-Tay in this story, but most times it does not end so well.

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On the next volume, the Mercenary will face tough tests to be able to enter the Monastery of the Frozen Plains…