I’m a Joker…I’m a Smoker…I’m a Midnight Toker…

The following short story does not appear in Algorithmic Reality and this is a parody and is no way meant to depict Elon Musk.

The world has gone mad.

We continue to idolize billionaires and inspire them to act and behave like Marvel super villains. Are they?

No. They are the archetypal egomaniacal businessmen and women tightrope walking the law.

Can you blame them? No, We should blame ourselves.

On the one hand, we despise and resent them for their power, and on the other hand, we despise and resent them for their power, and on the other hand propel their egos by investing in them and hoping to reap the short-term rewards.

We have quite literally learned nothing from the early days of prospecting; as it is our greed that is the fuel that fans the flames.

Joker is a short story created by David Sanchez and Damian Bradfield to accompany their new book, Algorithmic Reality, available now.

We have free, limited physical copies of Joker available with purchase of Algorithmic Reality ordered via NBMPub.com. The first five orders will receive extremely rare signed copies.

NBM Holiday Sale!

Starting on Monday, November 28th, NBM is launching our Holiday Gift Guide Sale which will run through end of December.

This year, we’re celebrating by putting the entire in-print Louvre collection on sale on our website.  Be sure to add the coupon code “LOUV” at checkout to save 20%. This discount applies to ALL books you order, not just these Louvre books which we’re featuring here.

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki

After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka, bestselling author of ‘JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.’

Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting.

Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge

The highly successful series of graphic novels co-published with the Louvre museum in Paris (“Glacial Period”, “Museum Vaults”) continues with its next outstanding graphic novel. This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.

PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE
Enki Bilal

Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.

They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …

Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.

Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.

LEONARDO 2
Stéphane Levallois

Planet Earth, engaged in an intergalactic conflict, owes its salvation to the clone of Leonardo da Vinci and to the rebirth of his genius. Author Stéphane Levallois has created the fantastic universes of many of the big Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, King Kong: Skull Island, Harry Potter and many others). The result of two years of elaboration and work, this space opera exemplifies his talent in two areas that he masters to perfection: the universe of science fiction and art. To build his story and compose his boards, Levallois draws from the painted and drawn work of the Renaissance master, selecting a large number of drawings and paintings by Leonardo to represent the characters, vessels or even the architectures in his story. The grand scale result is stupefying as Leonardo’s everlasting visions are successfully projected into a stunning futuristic setting. A visual experience not to be missed, in a large format hardcover.

THE CROSS-EYED MUTT
Etienne Davodeau

Fabian is supervisor at the Louvre. He loves his job. He also loves Mathilde. When it comes time, she presents him to her family in their vast country house and not without some apprehension, as the Benion clan is a bit special. There’s her father, Louis, who heads since 1975 the family furniture company founded in 1947, and two brothers, Maxime and Joseph. They’re not bad guys, just rather clumsy and with a decidedly unsubtle sense of humor. The fact that Fabian works in the Louvre is a welcome coincidence, since they just found in the attic a painting by an ancestor in the nineteenth century. It’s a sorry representation of a cross-eyed mutt. What is the value? ask the Benion. Is this an eyesore or a masterpiece? Fabian, pretty embarrassed, punts on the question.

So for the Benion, case closed, if it ain’t an eyesore then no doubt it has its place on the walls of the Louvre! Fabian is left hoping the whole delusion will just go away, until one day the two brothers show up at the Louvre and ask. Getting the Cross-Eyed Mutt into the Louvre would demonstrate his commitment to becoming a member of the Benion family! Fabian is now in a pickle when he meets Mr. André Balouchi, an oddball frequent visitor of the museum who turns out to have quite a bit of clout.

A raucous satirical comedy that asks: Who decides what makes a work of art worthy of being in a major museum?

SPECIAL SALE PRICE $4.99

AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux

Those two, they never should have met.

In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.

Those two, they must have a gift.

The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection after Glacial Period, The Sky Over the Louvre and Rohan at the Louvre tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…

SPECIAL SALE PRICE $4.99

GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy

With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist.

De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.

SPECIAL SALE PRICE $4.99

THE RED MOTHER WITH CHILD
Christian Lax

In Mali in Africa, a red Mother with Child, a 14th century African sculpture, is saved from the destructive madness of Islamists by Alou, a young honey hunter. In the company of other migrants, sisters and brothers of misfortune, Alou goes all out to reach Europe. His goal and his obsession: entrust the precious statuette to the Louvre Museum! An epic adventure, touching upon the burning worldwide issue of refugees and immigration, in the ever-expanding Louvre collection commissioning graphic novels from leading world artists to spin tales around the famous museum.

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FISTS RAISED: 10 STORIES OF SPORTS STAR ACTIVISTS
By Karim Nedjari and Chloé Céléri

What does Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, have in common with Megan Rapinoe, the badass pink-haired female soccer player?

They achieved perfection, won medals, and lived the glory. But it is above all their raised fists, when, at a time of their envied existence, they dared to sacrifice their privileges to defend a cause greater than their status of adulated champion.

Rich in authentic anecdotes, this book tells the fate of those who paved the way. That of women and men who have written the political, social or cultural history of sport by taking a stand.  Profiled within are such icons as Arthur Ashe, Nadia Comaneci, Sócrates, Surya Bonaly, Tommie Smith and more!

Fists Raised: when sports collide with social activism!

7 ½ x 10″, 192pp. color hardcover, $26.99, ISBN 9781681123035, Ebook,$14.99, 9781681123042; DIAMOND CODE: AUG221651

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ALGORITHMIC REALITY
By Damian Bradfield and David Sánchez

Your phone reminds you all day long that you were interested in buying those shoes. Your device knows the places where you go, the books you like and your friends’ faces. The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. The more they know about you, the better you can be targeted, and then, monetized.

The British businessman Damian Bradfield, co-founder of WeTransfer, and the Spanish comics author David Sánchez build an ironic dystopic world, disturbingly similar to ours, to explore the addictive effects of social media, the stealthy invasion of privacy and the dangers of data misuse. With a wry acidic sense of humor, they blur the boundaries between the online and offline worlds and spin disturbingly recognizable tales about our overconnected society.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 80pp. color HC, $17.99, ISBN 9781681123066; Ebook, $7.99, ISBN 9781681123073; DIAMOND CODE: SEP221817

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THE GREAT FOOD IN COMICS SET
By Franckie Alarcon

Two delicious books in comics on food reunited! Sushi and Chocolate are explored.

Fly to Japan and come discover all there is to know about sushi. After revealing the secrets of chocolate to us, Franckie Alarcon offers a gourmet panorama of this exceptional dish that has conquered the planet! But do you really know sushi? The author traveled to Japan to meet all the players involved in the making of this true work of culinary art. From the traditional starred chef to the young cook who is shaking up the rules, including all the artisans and producers involved, this book covers the most emblematic of Japanese products from A to Z. A fascinating journey of discovery that, along the way, tells a lot about Japan itself. You’ll never believe the precision and detailed obsession with quality ingredients involved.

And for Dessert: Following Jacques Genin for a year, Franckie Alarcon hobnobbed with one of the biggest chefs of Chocolate. Former chef and pastry chef for prestigious restaurants, this super-talented autodidact shares all his passion and knowledge of chocolate and his process for creating recipes. In this docu-comic, we travel with the starry-eyed author, satisfying many a craving from the chef’s amazing atelier above his store, trying his hand as an apprentice, all the way to the Peruvian cocoa plantations where another chef shows how one carefully chooses the beans.

8×10, 272pp, 2 full color hardcovers in one specially priced set, $39.99 (normally $45); ISBN 9781681123080; DIAMOND CODE: OCT221832
Pub Date: December 14th 2022

THE SILENT INVASION COMPLETE SET
By Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock

In this era of fake news and ‘deep state’ this couldn’t be timelier! The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery is now collected in one specially priced epic set of four volumes!

Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.

Digital Titles on Sale!

For the month of August, two fantastic NBM titles are available at a number of digital retailers for just $1.99 each!

 

SILENT INVASION Vol.3: ABDUCTIONS
Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock
Introduction by Robert J Sawyer

Several years after his fateful final encounter with would-be presidential assassin Matt Sinkage, private detective Phil Housley finds himself reluctantly protecting a paranoid lawyer from alien abductions, sinister government agents and mad scientists. At the same time Housley is battling demons from his past that threaten to unravel his own fragile sanity. Collected here for the first time, “Abductions” continues the Silent Invasion saga of a deeply paranoid and fearful America.

Buy on Amazon Kindle HERE!

 

LEONARDO DA VINCI & THE RENAISSANCE OF THE WORLD
By Marwan Kahil, Ariel Vittori

One of the greatest artists of all time, as well as a genius inventor, Da Vinci was arrestingly tall and handsome. This comics bio shows the process of his work and his inventions, his persecution as a gay man and how the changing politics of his country and ebbs and flows of those in power affected him and his career.

A turbulent story on an exceptional man. Complemented with back matter on his chronology, list of his oeuvres, etc…

Buy on Amazon Kindle HERE

Amazon/ComiXology NBM Digital Deals For May!

Throughout May, Amazon Kindle/ComiXology will have several digital titles on sale for just $2.99 each!

They are:

THE BEATLES IN COMICS! By Michels Mabel and Various

Here’s the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup. We see how they evolved along with and amplifying the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active and have achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.

Buy it HERE!

BEAUTY by Hubert & Kerascoet

When the repulsively ugly Coddie unintentionally saves a fairy from a spell, she does not understand the poisonous nature of the wish granted her by the fairy. The village folk no longer see her as repulsive and stinking of fish—they now perceive her as magnetically beautiful—which does not help her in her village.

A young local lord saves her, but it soon becomes apparent that Coddie’s destiny may be far greater than anyone ever imagined. Caustic and flamboyant, this fairy tale offers grownups an engrossing take on the nature of beauty.

Buy it HERE!

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME by Hubert & Kerascoet

In 1930s Paris, the “Butcher of the Dances” is on the prowl for young, loose women, and local dominatrix Agatha suddenly turns up dead. Everyone assumes it was suicide, but her sister Blanche is convinced that the Butcher is responsible. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and in her pursuit, she ends up hired into a luxury house of call-girls. She soon becomes adept at certain practices, but she does not lose sight of her ultimate goal—to find her sister’s killer. A suspenseful spicy tale as only the French could so lightly get away with, this work is deceptive in its depth and realism.

Buy it HERE!


THE LINDBERGH CHILD: AMERICA’S HERO AND THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY by Rick Geary

Geary’s Treasury of Victorian Murder moves onto the XXth century with one of the most sensationalistic cases ever!

All was well for Charles Lindbergh, after his daring solo crossing of the Atlantic. Fame and fortune came quickly as well as marriage into a wealthy family. But soon after they build themselves their dream home far from the madding crowd, tragedy strikes: their baby is abducted! Geary retraces all the different highly publicized events, blackmail notes, false and otherwise, as well as the string of colorful characters wanting to ‘help,’ some of which actually successfully snookered the beleaguered hero.

A fascinating story, of course without a fully satisfactory conclusion, replete with savory details and unsavory people as only Geary can masterfully relate with his understated dark humor.

Buy it HERE!


DOG BUTTS AND LOVE. AND STUFF LIKE THAT. AND CATS.
Cartoons by Jim Benton

Bestselling cartoonist Jim Benton of It’s Happy Bunny and Dear Dumb Diary fame has also been posting whimsical, dry humored, at times nasty, cartoons on Reddit. They have become one of the site’s most popular items.

At last, here is a collection all in one place! From wry observation of the absurdities of life to acerbic comment, to poetic musings, from cats and dogs to humans, from one size to another, one style to another, this compendium will amaze as to the breadth of Benton’s inexhaustible talent for humor.

Buy it HERE!

True North Country Comics Podcast – The Silent Invasion: Dark Matter

Here is another interview with Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock, this time with True North Country Comics podcast about Dark Matter, book 4 in The Silent Invasion series which has just been released.

You can listen to it here https://truenorthcountrycomics.com/2021/11/12/larry-hancock-and-michael-cherkas-discuss-the-silent-invasion-dark-matter-graphic-novel/

As always… Watch the skies!

THEY….. are… out… there!!

Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

You can follow us on Facebook as well.

You can find Larry’s previous blog posts here

And posts by Michael Cherkas, here

Secret Stacks podcast interviews The Silent Invasion

Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas were recently interviewed on the Secret Stacks podcast to promote the release of Dark Matter, Book 4 in the series. Episode 64 went live on October 26, 2021.

The podcast is primarily aimed at librarians in the USA, but can be enjoyed by anyone.

To find out what Hancock and Cherkas have to say about their latest book, click the link here https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/20939198

Meanwhile… Watch the skies!

THEY….. are… out… there!!

Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

You can follow us on Facebook as well.

You can find Larry’s previous blog posts here

And posts by Michael Cherkas, here

The Silent Invasion at Fan Expo Canada 2021

Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock appeared at Fan Expo Canada 2021 Limited Edition to promote The Silent Invasion.

Keep watching the skies!

THEY….. are… out… there!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

You can follow us on Facebook as well.

You can find Larry’s previous blog posts here

And posts by Michael Cherkas, here

Save 30% on Ted Rall’s ‘To Afghanistan and Back’ & More

Twenty years ago this week, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America on the morning of September 11th.

The United States reacted, bombing the Taliban. Controversial cartoonist Ted Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself.

But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help.

From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war.

To Afghanistan and Back, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.

Ted Rall saw all the way back then how this was doomed to failure. Called a “tremendous contribution to comics war journalism” by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist reviewed To Afghanistan and Back stating,”For alternative views of post-9/11 politics, don’t pass up this small, potent volume.”

Now with Afghanistan in the news once again, we encourage readers to explore both this book and others by Ted Rall, who has earned his reputation as a stellar reporter, twice winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Through the month of September, you can order any of Rall’s NBM titles and save 30% by entering the code: “RALL” at checkout.