3rd volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE arrived

The 3rd volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE arrived with me today from NBM. I’m very glad to see it.

One of the good things about books taking so long to make is that when you received the finished book its often a year or so since you wrote it, so you can read it fresh, almost as if for the first time. I think volume 3 is excellent and the artist, Pirelli, has done a very good job on the art – especially as its her first book!

Thats the last in the series and a good way to wrap up the story of Lee, Matt and the others.

Check the book out more on the publisher’s page HERE

 

Or my  WEBSITE

 

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NBM April 2019 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a April 2019 release.

NEW!

The Story of Lee Complete Set
By Sean Michael Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada, Nami Tamura, Piarelle

0-3Specially priced set of 3 volumes with the complete story. Matt, an ex-pat from Scotland in Hong Kong, meets Lee a local Chinese girl. They fall in love but her family is resistant to this foreigner. Matt eventually brings Lee back to study in Scotland and meet his family and friends. Can the pressures on both sides, and the cultural differences be surmounted? They both find how difficult this can be.
5x 7 ½, 448pp, B&W, set of 3 pb, $29.99 (normally $36);  ISBN 978168112214452999; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191875
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The Year of Loving Dangerously
By Ted Rall, Pablo Callejo

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Now in paperback! It’s New York City in the 1980s and Ted Rall is in college. Everything is fine before his pranks, lack of focus and restlessness get him expelled. Unable to find a job and rejected by his parents, he considers suicide. By happenstance he finds comfort in the arms of many women as he bed-hops around the five boroughs. It’s better than homelessness, but the psychic toll of selling himself and his affection was higher than he imagined.
Both acidly funny and brutally honest, Rall, a cartoonist both beloved and reviled for his edgy politics, pours out his guts in this remembrance of this most difficult chapter in his life.
8 ½ x 11″, 124pp, full color trade pb., $17.99; ISBN 978168112215151799; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191880
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Silk Road to Ruin

By Ted Rall


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Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil… Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
6×9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99; ISBN 97815616388575199; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191877
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To Afghanistan and Back
By Ted Rall


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The World’s first “Instant Graphic Novel”!

When U.S. bombs started raining on the Taliban, 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.
6×9, 112pp., B&W, clothbound, $15.95; HC ISBN: 978156163325851595
Paperback $12.99; PB ISBN: 978156163359351299;  DIAMOND CODE: FEB191878 (SC); FEB191879 (HC)
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Billie Holiday
By José Muñoz, Carlos Sampayo

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Born in Philadelphia 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.
By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

9×12, 80pp., B&W hc, gold stamped black and red cover $19.99; ISBN:978168112093551999; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191876
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NBM March 2019 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a March 2019 release.

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The Rolling Stones in Comics!
By Ceka and Various Artists

rsWhen the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play Rhythm & Blues, nothing more. They are far from imagining that they are not just going to change music but also become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieve planetary-wide success. With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over fifty years, not just music, but a whole attitude!

Through twenty-one stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book makes you relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.
7 x 10, 192pp., full color hardback, $24.99; ISBN: 978168112198752499; DIAMOND CODE: JAN191993
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AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Portugal
By Cyril Pedrosa

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From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. The experience proves cathartic. Even though he is not Portuguese himself and is a foreigner there, so many elements are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens, full of the zest for life, his distant yet welcoming family bringing back fond early memories, all prove reinvigorating, the breath of fresh air he so badly needed.

Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This is his bestselling graphic novel with over 100,000 copies sold in France and a winner of many prizes including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.
9×12, 264pp., full color hardcover, $39.99; ISBN 978168112147553999; DIAMOND CODE: JAN191995
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Equinoxes
By Cyril Pedrosa

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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 and other’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. Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.
9 x 12, 336 pp, $49.99, Full color Cloth; ISBN 978168112080554999; DIAMOND CODE: JAN191994
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BACK TO PRESS!

The Beatles in Comics!
By Various Authors, Michels Mabel

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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.
7 ½ x 10″, 252pp., full color HC, $29.99; ISBN 978168112187152999
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The Story of Lee in a Scottish newspaper

Our book THE STORY OF LEE is mentioned in this article that just came out, in one of Scotland’s biggest national newspapers, with an image from the book featured too.
Volume 2 and volume 3 (coming out next month) are set in Scotland, of course.
me herald article jan 2019
Thanks all – Sean

How I do my art page 3 (Story of Lee)

More from Piarelle about how she makes her art:

“Next step, I’d print out the rough drafts to A4 size and trace them one by one (borders and speech bubbles included) onto Bristol board using a mechanical pencil and a lightbox.

Once I’ve added more detail to the page, I would then go on to inking the page using Indian ink and a ‘maru’ dip pen. Once the page is inked and dry, I would then scan it into my computer, clean it up and begin to screentone it digitally.

After screentoning, I would then add the text and after resizing, etc. the page would be complete. I wanted to make sure that I’d meet the deadline on time so at one point, I decided to screentone and complete one page a day – and thankfully I made it in good time!”

03_final screentoned page

The Story of Lee is in December’s Diamond Catalogue and out Feb 2019.

Check the book out on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

How I do my art – part 2 (Story of Lee)

Part 2 in Piarelle telling us about her art process on the upcoming book for NBM, The Story of Lee, volume 3:

After thumb-nailing the page layouts, I would then scan them into my computer, produce more detailed rough drafts out of them, place the text on them and send them to Sean in batches for his approval.

Sometimes when I think a panel image would be too tedious to draw, too complicated or appear too repetitive on a page, I would replace it with an image I think would be more effective but easier for me to draw. I’m not sure if Sean noticed that not all the panels featured what he asked for in the script, but once he approved them that gave me the okay.

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(Sean adds here: that’s fine by me, the process of one of collaboration, so I don’t expect artists to follow my script 100% on things like panel and page layouts. Often they have better ideas than I do about how to do that).

Check the book out on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

 

NBM February 2019 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a February 2019 release.

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THE STORY OF LEE Vol. 3
By Sean Michael Wilson and Piarelle

0-1In the final volume of The Story of Lee our two main characters, Lee and Matt continue their studies and their relationship in the UK. With growing confidence Lee asserts herself more and Matt finds that he needs to change or challenge. Change to be more the way she likes, or challenge her ideas and risk upsetting their relationship.

Meanwhile a Chinese student becomes a rival to Lee’s attentions and Matt finds himself in both financial and existential trouble. Against the backdrop of increasing societal turmoil back in Hong Kong Lee’s father gets sick and she has a big decision to make: go back home to help, or pursue an independent life in the UK?

5x 7 ½, 128pp., B&W paperback, $11.99; ISBN: 978168112195651199; DIAMOND CODE DEC18 1957
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BREAKING THE TEN SET

By Sean Michael Wilson 

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Specially priced 2 volume set of the full story.

When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’?

Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us?

6×9, 240pp. B&W set of 2 pb, $24.99; ISBN: 978168112197052499; DIAMOND CODE: DEC18 1960
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BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 2

By Sean Michael Wilson 


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David becomes increasingly more desperate, with his extreme behaviour causing fights with everyone who cares for him: with the devilish Mr Black and the saintly Mr White and even with his loving parents. But his quest goes on, driving him to break the rest of the 10 commandments in order to draw out the elusive divinity to face a grief stricken man. Until, finally, he is faced with the most serious commandment all: ‘Thou shalt not kill.’

Will he do it? Or will God stop him?

6×9, 128pp.,B&W trade pb., $12.99,  ISBN: 978168112117851299: DIAMOND CODE: DEC18 1959
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BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 1

By Sean Michael Wilson 

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When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’?

Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us?

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99; ISBN: 978168112021851299; DIAMOND CODE: DEC18 1958
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