NBM Announces MoCCA Fest Plans

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On April 1st & 2nd, NBM Graphic Novels (D147, D148) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending cartoonist Jon Nielsen, who will be appearing to promote the debut of his new book, LOOK.

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About LOOK
Artie is a droid programmed to endlessly perform a single task left in a world abandoned by humans. He is starting to wonder what meaning his task has. But when he and his only friend, Owen, a robotic bird, cast aside the only lives they’ve ever known in search of a brighter future, they encounter others that want nothing but to hold tight to the past. Join Artie the Robot and Owen the Vulture for a lighthearted sci-fi adventure as they journey far and wide for the answer to one of life’s greatest questions: “why are we here?”

Also in attendance on behalf of our sister company, Papercutz is Harvey Award winner Jessica Abel who will be signing copies of her new series, Trish Trash, Roller Girl of Mars and Deb Lucke, creator of the Lunch Witch series.

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About Trish Trash, Roller Girl of Mars
200 years from now, Trish “Trash” Nupindju lives on the newly inhabited Mars, whose settlers live under harsh and ruthless conditions. Trish dreams of only one thing: becoming a hoverderby star. It seems like making the professional derby team is the only way to escape a future of poverty on her parents’ farm. But, what happens when a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep and changes everything? Find out in the first volume of the new science fiction trilogy by acclaimed creator Jessica Abel.

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About The Lunch Witch
For generations and generations, the women of Grunhilda’s family have stirred up trouble in a big, black pot. Grunhilda inherits her famous ancestors’ recipes and cauldron, but no one believes in magic anymore. Despite the fact that Grunhilda’s only useful skill is cooking up potfuls of foul brew, she finds a job listing that might suit her: lunch lady. She delights in scaring the kids until she meets Madison, a girl with thick glasses and unfinished homework who doesn’t fit in. The two outsiders recognize each other. Madison needs help at school and at home, but helping people goes against everything Grunhilda’s believes in as a witch! Will this girl be able to thaw the Lunch Witch’s icy heart? Or will Grunhilda turn her back on a kindred spirit?

NBM will also be bringing its latest graphic novels: Paco Roca’s Lighthouse, Rick Geary’s Black Dahlia, the acclaimed bios of Glenn Gould, Thoreau and others, and Cyril Pedrosa’s amazing and absorbing Equinoxes.

Jon, Jessica and Deb will be appearing at the NBM Table (D147, D148) throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY
11:30am – 12:30pm Jon Nielsen
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Jessica Abel
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Jon Niselsen
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Jon Nielsen

SUNDAY
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Deb Lucke
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Jon Nielsen
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Jessica Abel
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Jon Nielsen

Come on by, meet some cool folks and celebrate comics!

International Manga Awards Certificate

The award ceremony for the International Manga Awards 国際漫画賞 in Tokyo was held this week. Our book got bronze award from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 外務省

Here is my artist comrade, Akiko Shimojima, accepting the award,  the inside of my copy of the award… and close up of a board that was signed by all winners and a bunch of well known Japanese manga-ka creators who came along to the ceremony.

Nice!

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International Manga Award

My first post of 2017 on the NBM blog and a very nice one: we won a medal in the International Manga Awards!

Winners were officially announced a recently. My book SECRETS OF THE NINJA, got a medal in the ’10th International Manga Award’, 国際漫画賞 organised by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs 外務省

They give out awards every year to international creators – and I’m the first British person to get one. Just the bronze medal award, in this case, but that is still very good, as only about 5% of the entrants get chosen for the final awards.

Myself and the artist, Akiko Shimojima, are very pleased to get this. We will attend the award ceremony in Tokyo on Feb 6th.

http://www.manga-award.mofa.go.jp/prize/index_10_2.html

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Etienne Davodeau & Arthur de Pins Appearing at NY Comic Con

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Appearing at New York Comic Con this week are cartoonists Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates, Lulu Anew) and Arthur de Pins (Zombillenium series), who are also appearing at the French Comics Framed Festival that runs concurrently.

Both will be appearing at the NBM/Papercutz booth (2245) signing on Friday and Saturday.

Signing Schedule

Friday, Oct 7

12-1 PM: Etienne Davodeau
6-7 PM: Arthur de Pins

Saturday, Oct. 8

3:30-5 PM: Davodeau and de Pins

Both artists will also be making appearances to coincide with the French Comics Framed Festival along with Hubert & Kerascoet (Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty). 

The inaugural French Comics Framed Festival devoted to presenting the best work of francophone graphic novelists and runs through November 5 and also includes an exhibition at Cooper Union (The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, NY 10003).

Eighteen of the exhibited illustrators will travel across the Atlantic to participate in the festival including Pénélope Bagieu, Olivier Balez, Alessandro Barbucci, François Boucq, Stéphane Créty, Asaf Hanuka, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières, Nicolas Otero, Jean-Marc Rochette and Anne Simon.

Other appearances include:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7pm, free
Panel discussion: French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives
Featuring Etienne Davodeau, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières, Arthur de Pins and Jean-Marc Rochette
Moderated by Alex Dueben (The Paris Review and The Believer)
The School of Visual Arts, 209 E 23rd St, NY 10010 (3rd floor)
Jean-Claude Mézières, creator of the classic francophone graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, will discuss his role in Luc Besson’s 2017 film adaptation of the series, and Jean-Marc Rochette will detail his involvement in the movie version of his Snowpiercer (with Chris Evans). Matz will explain how legendary Warriors director Walter Hill’s unproduced screenplays became comics, and Arthur de Pins and Etienne Davodeau will speak about indie adaptations.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 6:30pm, free
Panel discussion: Drawing Life: Who is the Parisian Roz Chast?
Featuring Olivier Balez, Pénélope Bagieu, Etienne Davodeau, Asaf Hanuka, and Anne Simon
Moderated by Heidi Macdonald (The Comics Beat)
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, NY 10029
Accompanying the current exhibition Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, this discussion will focus on the ever-lively and inventive world of French cartooning. Who is the Parisian Roz Chast (if there is one)? What are the major themes explored through the rise of graphic biography in France ?

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5:30-6:30pm, with pass
Panel discussion: ComicsBeat Presents: The European Comics Invasion
New York Comic Con (room 1A05), Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., NY 10001
Featuring Heidi MacDonald, Jean-Marc Rochette, Arthur DePins, Simon Fraser, Leeann Hamilton
An annual look at the European comics scene, with the cartoonists from around the world talking about their work and the comics tradition of their countries. This time we’ll talk to Jean-Marc Rochette (Snowpiercer, France), Arthur DePins (March of the Crabs, France), Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Scotland), Leeann Hamilton (Cash Cow, Ireland) and more about their careers, their influences and how comics are becoming an international language without borders.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1—6pm, free
Panel discussion: Drawing the Unspeakable
Featuring Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse
Columbia University, Butler Library (Room 523), 535 West 114th St, New York, NY 10027
Four renowned illustrators discuss the challenges of expressing emotion through drawing.

 

 

“Equinoxes’ Author Cyril Pedrosa Tours North America

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With the release of his new book, Equinoxes (a Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Fall Release), author Cyril Pedrosa will be making several North American appearances.

In the ground-breaking work, Pedrosa demonstrates a rare intensity and narrative sensibility.

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.

Pedrosa will be making the following appearances during his visit:

Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore

211 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC
September 7th, 7:00 PM

Albertine Bookstore at the French Cultural Services

972 5th Avenue, New York
September 12th, 7:00 PM

Talk with Gabrielle Bell moderated by Bill Kartolopoulos

Small Press Expo (SPX)

Bethesda, Maryland
September 17th 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Special Guest; signing at our booth #W51-52

Signing schedule:

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Brooklyn Book Festival

209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY
September 18th , 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Guest of the show; signing at our booth, #135

Signing schedule:

  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM -2:30 PM
  • 4:00 PM-5:30 PM


Panel: 3:00pm Can You Draw the Meaning of Life?

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St.)

Three comics creators take on big questions–philosophical, scientific, spiritual. Lauren Redniss (Thunder & Lightning) explores the past, present, and controversial future of our world through weather phenomenons. Best-selling French creator Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) reflects on the connections made between people over time and space. And Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning) asks in a tragic yet beautiful memoir about his young daughter’s death: can you capture the meaning of a life, as you mourn its loss? Moderated by cartoonist and choreographer Kriota Willberg ((No) Pain!).

Breaking the 10 arrives!

My new book with NBM ‘Breaking the 10’ arrived with me today, here in Japan, and I was very happy to get them. It looks good – well printed, clear, a nice smooth velvety feeling to the cover and a good size.

I think this is my 21st or 22nd book now ( I’m losing count!), but the excitement of receiving a box full of your new book from the publisher is still something that thrills me.

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One of the good things about comic books taking so long to make – by the time you get the printed book in your hand it is often a year of more since you wrote the script, and you can read the book afresh.

So, I am now going to read my own book…

Check out and order the book here:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/storyoflee/storyofllee_home.html

My local Omnipresence at the Stripdagen Haarlem

This weekend I will be at the Stripdagen in Haarlem, Holland’s most prestigious comics convention! Where to find me? Almost everywhere!

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First of all, there’s a big expo of my religion-related comics work in the beautiful St. Bavochurch, right in the middle of town. It features pages from my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics, but also other work, such as Reverend De Heer and this church window depicting the shared paths of Christianity and Islam, almost 3 meters high!

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The expo has been up since end of April (and will be on for another two weeks) and has already garnered lovely comments from visitors all over the world:

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Another place where my work can be found at the Stripdagen, is in De Nieuwe Vide, where the expo ¡VIVA PONTIAC! takes place, about artist Peter Pontiac who passed away last year. I made a comic about it which can be seen in print, and there’s work from my amazing yet humble husband Yiri T. Kohl as well – Yiri was heavily influenced by the work of Pontiac, and even succeeded him as illustrator for magazine Mainline in the 1990s. Here’s an example of his work that can also be found at the expo:

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Last week, I got the surprising news that my webcomic has been shortlisted for the Comik Web Award. I didn’t even know I was nominated! In the Philharmonie there’s an expo of all the shortlisted webcomics. To cash in on this exposure I ordered another print run of my webcomics collection, which will be for sale for 5 euros:

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And then, last but not least, I will manifest in the flesh – on both Saturday and Sunday, you can find me at my own table in de Grote Zaal of the Philharmonie, together with Yiri and a bunch of our books:

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I hope to see some of you there! Come by for freebies and a chat!