Read The Foreword to ‘Thoreau, A Sublime Life’

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In recognition of the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, we’ve decided to share the forword of our book, Thoreau, A Sublime Life, written by it’s author M. Le Roy.

For more information about the book, as well as digital postcards inspired by Thoreau, click NBMPub.com/Thoreau.

 

Foreword

The name Henry David Thoreau is known throughout the world. His renown is probably strongest in political and activist circles. For good reason: Henry David Thoreau is the father figure of civil disobedience – an individual and occasionally collective endeavor that seeks to stand up to illegitimate or authoritarian power (or decree, law, etc.) by refusing to consent to it. More concretely, Thoreau opposed slavery and the Mexican-American War. Even so, his name suffers from regrettable pre-conceptions. We always hear his name under the descriptors pacifist and non-violent. He is portrayed as a peaceful, even inoffensive thinker. Really? A dreamer who had it in him to try to bring down the state? Any attentive examination of his work, of his work’s underbelly, and of his biography refutes these attributions of comfort.

Thoreau was a philosopher, a writer, and a poet for whom ideas were meaningless before taking shape in concrete, everyday experience. He could not have been bothered to mince words and abstractions for a brood of intellectuals and specialists. His works invite the reader to live a daily philosophical life and not to carve out concepts simply to fill libraries. This philosophical life is for whomever wishes to latch onto it. And for those humble enough to accept his ideas, we can only hope that they will continue to share them with new readers. In April 2010, I went to the United States—specifically to Massachusetts—to learn about where he lived and to start writing the work which you now hold in your hands. A.Dan—who with his training as a biologist and ethologist fits very well with Thoreau’s interest in nature—then undertook the task of bringing Thoreau’s tale to life.

Thoreau’s texts have had a profound influence on many of the greatest disobeyers of our time. Mahatma Gandhi discovered Thoreau’s work in prison, then accepted him as his mentor; Martin Luther King claimed to have given life to the philosopher’s teachings in his work with African-Americans against racial segregation. From ecologists and environmentalists to anti-globalists and anarchists, many hard-headed and restive people found weapons against oppression and injustice in the writing and life of this American born in 1817.

Was Thoreau an anarchist? Scholars from all over the world have identified him as such for decades. Like others before him, Thoreau rose up against the constraints and the limitations of his time. In his writing, he hoisted his flag: that of the marginalized and of the road less traveled.

The biographical forum can be an inspiration to readers when relating the way of life of an individual like Thoreau which followed closely his thinking. When viewed through a philosophical, political, or artistic lens, this form can provide a foothold to understand his thought process, still very much alive in our times. Biography does not replace direct knowledge found in the work, but it proposes a theoretical life raft trained on practical horizons. From this, Thoreau sustains his subversive potency.  Against the accelerated mercantilization of societies and of the men who form them, against productivism and unbridled growth, against the reign of an oligarchy in a democratic field, against the stranglehold financial capital and finance have on independence and the sovereignty of the masses, against renewed imperialist expeditions with total impunity, his work still holds strong meaning.

It is no longer enough to be indignant.

M. Le Roy

 

NBM Announces ALA Conference Schedule!

1NBM Graphic Novels is excited to return to the 2017 American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL! Attendees can find NBM and sister publisher Papercutz at Booth #1319 in the Graphic Novel Pavillion on Friday, June 23, through Monday, June 26.

At the NBM/Papercutz table we’ll have a limited number of galleys of our upcoming graphic novel, Portugal by Cyril Pedrosa, as well as advanced looks of some of our upcoming Fall titles including Sartre by Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier and Monet: Itinerant of Light by Efa &Salva Rubio.  Papercutz will also be giving out advanced copies of several of their upcoming titles.

Below check out our schedule for ALA:

Friday Preview Night:

5:30 PM (Booth #1319)
Dave Scheidt (Trolls and Nickelodeon comics artist) will be signing copies of Trolls #1 starting at 5:30 at  Booth #1319.

Saturday:

10- 10:45AM (Booth #1319)
Dave Scheidt signing

11-11:45AM (Booth #1319)
 Jessica Abel of Trish Trash signing;

2:30 PM: Creator spotlight
Jessica Abel at the Comics & GN stage

3:30 PM NBM and Papercutz Presentation
New and Forthcoming Graphic Novels with NBM Publisher Terry Nantier, Jessica Abel, and Dave Scheidt at the Comics & GN stage

Sunday:

9:00 AM  Coffee Klatch with Jessica Abel
Meeting with YA librarians.  Organized by YALSA,

10:00 AM (Booth #1319)
Jessica Abel
of Trish Trash signing.

NBM TCAF Signing and Panel Schedule

Jeff-Lemire-TCAF-2017NBM Graphic Novels will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on May 13 and 14, 2017.

Saturday, May 13th

Signing: Rick Geary
9:30-11:00 AM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Sound and Vision: Music in Comics (with Sandrine Revel)
10:00 AM  The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration (with Metaphrog)
11:00 AM Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Sandrine Revel
11:00-12:00 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration!
(with Terry Nantier, Rick Geary, Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas and Metaphrog)
1:30 PM The Hinton Theatre at Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Sandrine Revel
2:00-3:30 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

Looking It Up: Cartoonists Doing Research (with Rick Geary)
2:45 PM Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Signing: Rick Geary
4:00-5:00 PM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Sunday, May 14th

Signing: Rick Geary
10:00-11:00 AM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Spotlight: Sandrine Revel x Pénélope Bagieu
10:30 AM Hinton Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Sandrine Revel
11:30-1:00 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

Spotlight: Rick Geary
12:00 PM Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Spotlight: Metaphrog
12:30 PM Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Rick Geary
1:00-2:30 PM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Canada 150 – Canada at Home and Abroad (with Sandrine Revel)
2:45pm Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Signing: Sandrine Revel
4:00-5:00 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

 

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NBM Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at TCAF 2017

Sana-Takeda-TCAF-2017NBM Graphic Novels will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on May 13 and 14, 2017.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by comics luminaries and they will celebrate through programming and author appearances including:

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Sandrine Revel (France), visiting TCAF for the first time in support of her book, the Eisner award nominated Glenn Gould: A Life Off-Tempo.

Rick Geary (USA), author of the historical true-crime series’ A Treasury of Murder… amongst a luminous career of achievements!

Metaphrog (Scotland), the Franco-Scottish duo of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers have been delighting audiences for decades, through their Louis series, and their beautifully illustrated new children’s fairytales!

In addition, NBM will be premiering their latest book, Billie Holiday by internationally renowned Argentine artists José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

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Born in Baltimore in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz.

NBM is sponsoring the official TCAF Welcome Party that kicks off on Friday, May 12th at The Pilot Tavern (across the street and around the corner from The Reference Library) at 7:00pm which will provide a wonderful venue for exhibitors, cartoonists and friends of the Festival to celebrate their first night in town.

On Saturday at 1:30 pm, the Hinton Theatre at Toronto Reference Library will host our panel, NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration!

For 40 years now, NBM Publishing has been at the forefront of publishing smart and sophisticated comics from North America and Europe. Join founder Terry Nantier as he talks about the company’s legacy and impact with Rick Geary (Treasury of 20th Century Murder), Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid), and Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas (The Silent Invasion).

In addition, our cartoonists will be making appearances at the following panels:

Rick Geary

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Rick Geary is the author of the famed Treasury of Murder series, which is now up to 18 volumes. His work has appeared in the National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics, MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, and American Libraries. His children’s comic Society of Horrors ran in Disney Adventures magazine from 1999 to 2006. He is attending TCAF 2017 in support of his latest collection from NBM Publishing, A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I.

Looking It Up: Cartoonists Doing Research
Saturday May 13, 2:45 PM
Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Whether making fact or fiction comics, cartoonists must research politics, science, history, and more. What is research and how do cartoonists do it? This panel will explore the ways cartoonists find their facts via methods that include using the internet, journalistic techniques, residency, and personal experience. Panelists: Kriota Willberg, Levi Hastings, Tony Miller, Rick Geary. Moderator: Eva Volin.

Spotlight: Rick Geary
Sunday May 14, 12:00 PM
Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

It seems like Rick Geary’s been making comics about murders for as long as there have been murders! As he releases his latest collection, A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I, Rick sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald to talk about his career, the changing comics landscape, and if he’s really figured out how to get away with murder.

Sandrine Revel

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Sandrine Revel, visiting TCAF for the first time in support of her Eisner nominated book Glenn Gould: A Life Off-Tempo.  Revel is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France, as well as a successful line of children’s comics. She’s won an award for her work for young readers at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, and the French Artémisia award, which recognizes female comics creators.

Sound and Vision: Music in Comics
Saturday May 13, 10:00 AM
The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

You don’t have to be a composer to read music — Just check out some of your favourite comics! More sights than sounds, creators have been using music to accentuate their comics for many years. But how do they do it?  Panelists: Dave Chisholm, Nick Craine, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Sandrine Revel, Anya Davidson. Moderator: Phillipe Leblanc

Spotlight: Sandrine Revel x Pénélope Bagieu
Sunday May 14, 10:30 AM
Hinton Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

Sandrine Revel and Pénélope Bagieu are two comics start from France, and they both have brand new books out this TCAF! Join them as they discuss music, biographies, and their experiences in the vibrant and controversial world of French publishing.

Canada 150 – Canada at Home and Abroad
Sunday May 14,  2:45pm
Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

As the polarizing celebrations around Canada 150 continue across the country, we sit down with four cartoonists with compelling takes on our national identity. Whether they’re exploring our rural communities (Jeff Lemire), being our eyes abroad (Guy Delisle), interpreting one of our icons (Sandrine Revel), or telling stories that could only be told here (Gengoroh Tagame), one thing that brings these artists together is Canada!

Metaphrog

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Metaphrog is the Franco-Scottish duo of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers. Their Louis series has received critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, including three Eisner Awards. They are the winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist. Metaphrog are attending TCAF to present The Little Mermaid from Papercutz, NBM Publishing’s all-ages line of comics for kids!

Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration
Saturday May 13, 11:00 AM
Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

Making comics by yourself can be lonely. But what happens when you do it with a friend? Or if you’re hired to help tell someone else’s story? Working together can be a tricky thing! Join some high profile comics collaborators as they talk about the joys and pitfalls of making comics with another person. Panelists: John Jennings, Nate Powell, Molly Ostertag, Metaphrog, Fanny Britt. Moderator: Erica Friedman.

Spotlight: Metaphrog
Sunday May 14, 12:30 PM
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

The award-winning team behind Louis and the their new graphic novel, The Little Mermaid talk about fairy tales!

NBM Graphic Novels will also be hosting creator signings at Tables 250, 251.  Signing schedule to come.

Sandrine Revel, Author of ‘Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo’, Prepares for North American Tour

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Prolific creator and Angoulême International Comics Festival award winner Sandrine Revel will be making several appearances to support the English release of her book, Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo from NBM Graphic Novels.  She previously has won the French Artémisia award which recognizes female comic creators for the French release of Glenn Gould.

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.

Her many stops include the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2017, the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and at the Vancouver Comics Art Festival.


NEW YORK
PEN World Voices Festival

SATURDAY MAY 6, 4 pm: The Radical Act of Drawing a Life, a panel of graphic artists moderated by editor Meg Lemke

NEW JERSEY
MONDAY MAY 8, 7:30 pm: Book presentation and signing at WORD Bookstore, Jersey City

BOSTON
WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 6 pm: Conversation with Sandrine Revel, Pulitzer prize-winning music critic Lloyd Schwartz, and illustrator Dan Mazur at Cambridge University Library, with The Million Year Picnic comics shop, followed by signing.

TORONTO: Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Signing at the NBM Booth and the following panels:

SATURDAY MAY 13, 10 am – “Sound and Vision: Music in Comics,” moderated by Philippe Leblanc at The Pilot (22 Cumberland St.)

SUNDAY MAY 14, 10:30 am – Discussion with comics creators Sandrine Revel & Pénélope Bagieu at Hinton Learning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library)

SUNDAY MAY 14, 2:45 pm – “Canada 150: Canada at Home and Abroad,” discussion on Canadian national identity through the eyes of comics artists, at Forest Hill Ballroom (Marriott Bloor-Yorkville)

CALGARY
TUESDAY MAY 16, 5 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française

EDMONTON: French Comic Book Festival
TUESDAY MAY 17, 7 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française

VANCOUVER: Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
FRIDAY MAY 19, 6:30 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française

SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 20-21: Book signings and author events at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

MONTREAL: Montreal Comic Arts Festival
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 27-28: Book signings and author events

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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