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.

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NBM Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary With Appearances and Signings

As we head toward the end of 2017, NBM Graphic Novels is continuing to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with appearances at a number of shows with special guests in attendance. At all convention appearances there will be a selection of our latest titles on hand available for purchase.
 

 
Small Press Expo (SPX)/Booth G1-2
Bethesda, Maryland /
September 16-17
Appearing Saturday Only:
Special Guest: Anais Depommier (Sartre)
Guests: T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man), Kata Kane (
Ana & The Cosmic Race, Papercutz)
http://www.smallpressexpo.com

Panel: Filling In The Pieces: Comics Biography
White Flint Auditorium 9/16 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
When doing a comics biography, how do cartoonists approach the material they have at hand? For Box Brown, who did a biography of Andre the Giant, he struggled to find material that might reveal the wrestler’s inner life. Anais Depommier had to sift through a mountain of material for her biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, a task made all the more difficult considering how much the philosopher wrote about himself. Luke Howard had to deal with a historically and racially sensitive topic in ragtime creator Ernest Hogan. Moderator Chris Mautner will lead the discussion. Anais Depommier appears courtesy of a grant by The Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Signing Schedule
Saturday (Booth G-1-2)

11:30- 12:30: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)
1:00-2:30: T.J. Kirsch (Saturday Only)
2:30-4: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)

4-5:30: T.J. Kirsch (Saturday Only)
5:00-6:00: Kata Kane
6:00-6:30: Anais Depommier (Saturday Only)
 
Sunday (Booth G-1-2)

1-2: Kata Kane
3-4: Kata Kane

 

Brooklyn Book Festival / Booth 319
Brooklyn, New York / September 16-17
Appearing Sunday Only:
Guests: Anais Depommier (Sartre) and T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man)
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/

Signing Schedule
Sunday (Booth 319)

10 :30-11:30: T.J. Kirsch
11:30-12 :30: Anais Depommier
1-2: T.J. Kirsch
2-3: Anais Depommier

3-4: T.J. Kirsch
4-5 Anais Depommier

 

Thought Bubble: The Leeds Comic Art Festival
Leeds, England / September 18-24
Guests: Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid, Papercutz)
http://thoughtbubblefestival.com

 

Anais Depommier Book Signing
Books & Books / September 20 at 8PM
265 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL
http://booksandbooks.com/event/anais-depommier/

 

T.J. Kirsch Book Signing
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza / September 23 at 3 PM – 4:30 PM
1475 Western Ave, Albany, New York
http://www.bhny.com/event/bh-tj-kirsch-signs-pride-decent-man

 

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus
Columbus, Ohio / September 30 – October 1
Exhibiting: Dara Naraghi (Persia Blues)
http://cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com

 

Uticon
Utica, New York / October 1st
Guest: T.J. Kirsch (Pride of The Decent Man)
http://www.uticoncomicshow.com

 

Lakes International Comic Art Festival
Kendal, England / October 13-15
Guests: Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid, Papercutz)
https://www.comicartfestival.com

 

T.J. Kirsch Book Signing
Barnes and Noble / October 21
Colonie Centre, Albany, NY
https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061886661-0

 

Kumoricon
Portland, Oregon
Guest: Jon Nielsen (Look)
October 27-29
https://www.kumoricon.org

 

T.J. Kirsch Book Signing
Halloween Comic Fest / October 28
Flipside Gaming
East Greenbush, New York
https://www.facebook.com/FlipsideGamingEastGreenbush

PRIDE lives!

Copies of Pride Of The Decent Man are beginning to arrive in the hands of readers. This is feels like the end of something, but also the beginning of another stage – promotion!

It’s actually been two years (!) since sending off the initial short proposal for the book, and now it’s done, real, and ready to be (hopefully) enjoyed by the public.

I’ll be making my first two appearances in support of PRIDE soon at the Small Press Expo in Maryland and the Brooklyn Book Festival in NYC. Details to come very soon!

I’m also posting a new tour poster image I’ve got with some other dates as well. More are being added soon.

Pride Of The Decent Man is now available through many fine booksellers.

For more info, go here.

Thanks again – and thanks for reading.

T.J.

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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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