This Weekend, See NBM at MoCCA Arts Festival!

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This weekend (April 7th-8th), NBM Graphic Novels will be attending The MoCCA Arts Festival, a 2-day multimedia event and Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival, which draws over 7,000 attendees each year.

With 400 exhibiting artists displaying their work, award-winning honorees speaking about their careers and artistic processes and other featured artists conducting workshops, lectures and film screenings, our Festival mission accelerates the advancement of the Society’s broader mission to serve as Manhattan’s singular cultural institution promoting all genres of illustration through exhibitions, programs and art education.

Appearing on behalf of NBM is T.J.Kirsch, author of PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN.

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In a sleepy New England town, Andrew Peters is born into an abusive family. As he grows older, he seems to be on the right track, using writing as his outlet – but his best friend Whitey is always around pulling him in the opposite direction. Andrew eventually lands himself in prison, and shortly thereafter, learns he has a daughter. The shock resolves him to a path of redemption and an attempt to live his life as a decent man.

T.J. will be appearing at the NBM Booth (#D147, D148) throughout the show and will be signing during the following times:

Saturday
11:30-1:00
2:30-4:00
5:30 to 7:00

Sunday
1:00-2:30
4:00-5:30

Also appearing from our sister company Papercutz is writer David Gallaher, who will be signing copies of his series, The Only Living Boy and High Moon.

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All of our latest titles will be available at our table and we’ll also have looks at upcoming releases.

The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival will take place at Metropolitan West in New York City with programming mere steps away at Ink48 (653 11th Ave).

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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.

Annie Goetzinger, Grande Dame of French Comics, passes away…suddenly.

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I’m in shock. She looked in perfect health with many more productive years ahead of her, but the author of Girl in Dior, one of our bestsellers and an exquisite triumph for her, is no longer with us…

She was one of the pioneer women in comics in France well-known ever since the seventies. Her work was always  elegant, even when she did more erotic work which she did not shy away from. In person, she emanated that same sense of style and elegance.

We still have a book by her on our schedule, I guess her last, on an inspiration for her: Colette, the woman writer who refused to be subservient to men and was an impish rebel. I think she may have recognized herself in Colette. This is coming in August next year.

Annie Goetzinger will be greatly missed. But the oeuvre she leaves behind is amazing and an inspiration.

The Munoz gallery opening

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It was a pleasure to meet Jose Munoz, artist of our striking Billie Holiday book, and world-famed Argentine comic artist, at the Scott Eder Gallery where he opened the exhibit of his originals for sale Friday evening. I obviously had him sign and do a drawing in my copy as seen here. The opening went well. Went with Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup and discovered some of Jersey City in so doing, including a Little India you have to go through to get there. On our way back we couldn’t resist one of the tempting restaurants…

Recommend you see the show, open through middle of January, his art is amazing and there are numerous books of his to purchase.

Muñoz Gets His First-Ever US Show at Scott Eder Gallery From 12/1 – 1/19

unnamed(2).jpgScott Eder Gallery presents “historietas [a constellation of meanings],” the first-ever U.S. show of Argentine illustrator José Muñoz, featuring artwork from the many issues of “Alack Sinner”, his seminal long-time collaboration with writer Carlos Sampayo. The gallery will also be offering art from “Billie Holiday,” the Muñoz-Sampayo graphic novel biography, as well as other select illustrations.

The gallery show follows the 2017 release of “Alack Sinner: The Age of Innocence” [IDW], the first of two volumes that present, for the first time in English, the complete Alack Sinner comics by the Muñoz-Sampayo team, as well as the recent release of “Billie Holiday” [NBM], also in hardcover in English for the first time.

Featuring nearly 60 pages of original pen and ink illustrations and sketches from Alack Sinner as well as original pages of art from “Billie Holiday”.

The opening party begin at 5PM on December 1st, with Muñoz in attendance, celebrating his first-ever US show.

For more details, visit ScottEderGallery.com

On Television

I was on Dutch TV, in a 25-minute interview that covered everything from my image of God to the upcoming Stripmaker des Vaderlands election. The program is called ‘Het Vermoeden’ and set in an old-fashioned train compartment, to facilitate guests talking about their life’s journey and the next station they expect to arrive at.

Of course, it was all done in a studio, and this is what it looked like:

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The interview was done by Marleen Stelling, and felt like a very pleasant, almost casual conversation about Life, the Universe and Everything:

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I was a bit nervous about how I would come across on TV – I hardly ever see myself move or talk the way others perceive me, so it was really er, interesting to watch myself. The thing that struck me most was how lively I gesticulate:

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And second, I was touched to find myself mirroring my long deceased grandfather, Hendrikus Berkhof, who was professor of Theology and would have loved to see his granddaughter carry on his legacy, in a way:

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The whole interview (in Dutch!) can be watched here.

All in all, it was a very intense and positive experience! It makes me even more confident that not only could I handle being Stripmaker des Vaderlandsvoting still open until the 30th! – , I would actually enjoy the media aspect of it.

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Because, let’s be honest here, I just love talking about myself.

And comics.

And myself in relation to comics.