NBM September 2019 Releases

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

NEW

The Forbidden Harbor

By Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi


9781681122328

In the summer of 1807, The Explorer, a ship from Her Majesty’s Navy recovers a young shipwreck off the coast of Siam, Abel, who can only remember his name. He soon becomes friends with the first officer, acting as a captain because the commander of the ship has apparently absconded with the ship’s treasure. Abel returns to England with The Explorer and finds accommodation at the inn run by the three fugitive captain’s daughters. Well before he can recover his memory, however, he will discover something deeply disturbing about himself, and he will understand the true nature of some of the people who helped him.

A haunting and intense book that digs into the soul of the protagonists as well as the reader, with a generous helping of good ‘ole fashioned salty adventure along with many a shanty sung, and a sprinkling of magic dust. Presented in a handsome old style, worn-looking hardcover, as if taken from a ship captain’s library. An uplifting, enthralling escape.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 320pp., B&W with color sketchbook, old-fashioned hardcover, $29.99.
HC ISBN: 978168112232852999
; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192061; Pub Date: 9/18/19


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AVAILABLE AGAIN


The Silent Invasion Vol.1: Red Shadows
By Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock
Introduction by Max Allan Collins

9781681121741

In this era of fake news and ‘deep state’ this couldn’t be more timely! The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns! The series will begin with two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia.

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 a 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.

7×10, 160pp., B&W trade pb., $16.99; ISBN 978168112174151699
; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192062

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The Silent Invasion Vol.2: The Great Fear
By Michael Cherkas, Larry Hancock

9781681122069

The paranoia and conspiracy theories continue! Beleaguered reporter Matt Sinkage’s quest to discover the truth behind an apparent, government-backed alien invasion of earth leads him to investigate a quasi-religious UFO cult based in an idyllic small American community.

Then the sudden death of a prominent politician paves the way for Senator Harrison Callahan to seek the Presidency of the United States. But Sinkage, believing that Callahan is an alien pawn, is determined to stop him at all costs.

7×10, 160pp., B&W trade pb., $16.99, 
ISBN 978168112206951699; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192063; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192063


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Dungeon: Zenith Vol.3 – Back In Style
By Boulet, Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim

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Taking a pause from the Monstres sub-series, the main Zenith mini series is back! This time with the art of Boulet but still written by the Sfar/Trondheim duo.

Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon, in the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely.

In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him ‘the mask of death’. Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!

6 1/2 x 9, 96pp, full color trade pb., $14.99; ISBN 978156163550451499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192071

 

Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 2 – The Dark Lord
By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blanquet, Andreas


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Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way.

Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.

6 x9”, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95, ISBN 978156163540551295

; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192064

 

Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 3 – Heartbreaker

By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer


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In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.

6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978156163591751299; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 4 – Night of the Ladykiller
By 
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann


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Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?

6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978156163608251499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 5 – My Son the Killer
By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian

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In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with his Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.

In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!

6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $14.99; 
ISBN 978156163937351499

; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 6 – The Great Animator

By Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas


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In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost.

In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 978156163998451500; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Twilight Vol. 3 – The New Centurions

By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Kerascoet, Obion

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The next 2 chapters in the decline of Dungeon: Terra Amata has exploded and the Dark Fortress of the Grand Khan needs to master the nitro tech. To that end, they hire Marvin the Red even as others plot malevolently… In the second episode, Marvin the dragon and Marvin the Red are trapped on a quickly revolving piece of the exploded planet, and must constantly run or fall off into oblivion!

61/2×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $12.99
ISBN 978156163578851299

; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Twilight Vol. 4 – High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon 

By Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, Mazan

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The last two stories of Dungeon!

In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”

And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Dark Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. 
All things must come to an end and so it is with the great Dungeon.

6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, ISBN 978156163919951499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Love & the Celebrity Crush

In my book Love: a Discovery in Comics (just out in stores!) I explore the Seven Year Itch, together with a therapist, who convinces me that what I need is to look about me for a new Love of my Life…

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My favorite actor is Robert Carlyle – on whom I have a Celebrity Crush. Check this drawer of almost all of his movies I collected:

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The picture of him that I used in the book is his incarnation as Dr. Nicholas Rush in Stargate Universe – where he is a tormented brilliant scientist:

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I guess I have a thing for tormented brilliant scientists. Now that I think about it, Yiri is a tormented brilliant scientist in his own right – only a lot less moody than Dr. Rush, and not located at the other end of the universe, which is convenient.

The thing I like most about Robert Carlyle as an actor is his versatility. Look at all these different roles he has played!

From psycho Begbie in Trainspotting (1996)…

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…and again in the sequel T2 Trainspotting in 2017…

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…to the grieving & dancing widower in the very romantic Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (2005)…

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with Marisa Tomei

… to shady dealmaker Rumplestiltskin in the TV-series Once Upon A Time (2011-2017), which earned him wider fame and a whole new fandom…

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… to the awkward barber in The Legend of Barney Thomson, his film directing debut in 2015…

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with an almost unrecognizable Emma Thompson

…and British Prime Minister in the upcoming TV-film COBRA:

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EDIT: AND, this just in, he played a 78-year old John Lennon in the movie Yesterday that was released this week! Uncredited, but it’s unmistakably him:

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…and that’s just a small selection of the many roles he’s played in his 30-year career!

In my book, I have him turn up at the dating agency:

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And we go on a date!!!

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What happens next…?

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Find out by reading my book!

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Love & Marriage

In my newest book Love: a Discovery in Comics I also take a look at the history of the institution of Marriage – mostly in Western countries. I drew this spread:

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…and now I have made it into an animation, using Videoscribe:

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Click here to watch it on Youtube.

Here are a few scenes:

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I’m also reflecting on my own marriage to Yiri – we got officially married in 2009:

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…but we make it a habit to privately “renew our vows” a few times a year, whenever we find ourselves in a special place and the occasion presents itself:

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…which goes to underscore my believe that marriage is something you have to make your own, as a couple. Don’t follow the perceived dictates of society, they tend to change all the time anyway!

Read more about love, marriage, sex, relationships and all of that in:

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NBM August 2019 Releases

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

NEW

Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real
By
Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil

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When he’s five years old, Albert Einstein’s father offers him a compass that triggers in him an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published in 1905 a series of scientific articles that question everything that was thought to be known in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opens to humanity the doors of the power of the atom… Legendary Genius, but also a great humanist, he lives through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man’s madness is capable of doing with it.
7×10¼, 128pp. , Black and White Hardcover, $19.99, ISBN: 978168112202151999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191832
Release Date: August 14th, 2019

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Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
By
Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi

9781681121918

One of the greatest writers in SF history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for works that inspired Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. His dark fascinating work centered on alternate universes and shifting realities in worlds often governed by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments.

His own life story seems a tussle with reality, going through five wives and becoming increasingly disjointed with fits of paranoia and hallucinations fueled by abuse of drugs meant to stabilize him. His dramatic story is presented unvarnished in this biography.
7×10¼, 144pp., full color hardcover, US $24.99; ISBN: 978168112191852499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191836

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Ghetto Brother – Warrior to Peacemaker
By Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation

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An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence.

After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
6×9, 128pp., Black and White Trade paperback., US $12.99; ISBN: 978156163948951299; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191833

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Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets
By Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin

9781681121581

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself. A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.
8”x10”, 186pp., Full Color Hard Cover, US $29.99, ISBN: 978168112158152999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191835

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Monet: Itinerant of Light
Illustrated by Efa, Written by Salva Rubio

9781681121390

The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style.

From the Salon des Refuses (“Salon of the Rejected”) and many struggling years without recognition, money and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit.

It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.
9” x 12”, 112pp., Full Color Hardcover, $24.99, ISBN: 978168112139052499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191834

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Love & Religion

In my book Love: a Discovery in Comics I have drawn one chapter about Love from a religious perspective, taking a look at two scriptures: the Kama Sutra and Song of Songs.

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Dutch version of the Kama Sutra spread

The Kama Sutra is mainly known for its detailing of sexual postures – but it’s so much more! Originally meant for students leaving their guru to go into married life, it gives hints and tips about a lot of things, from decorating your house to recipes for love potions. I drew a 2-page spread depicting the scope of this document.

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Then there is the biblical Song of Songs, a highly erotic love song:

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I dwell briefly on one of my pet subjects (as people may recognize from my books Philosophy and Religion): the difference in eastern and western spirituality, and therefore the ideas about the body and sex:

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Read all about it in Love: a Discovery in Comics! Now in bookstores (or very close).

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The Story Of Lee: Complete Set 

The complete set of all three Story of Lee books is now available from NBM, with the rather appropriate title of: 

The Story Of Lee: Complete Set 

The set has a cute little specially printed band joining them together (which i want to get one of myself!), and costs $6 less than being each book individually.  

Check it out more on the publishers page HERE

Or on my own page: SEAN

 

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Love & Romance

When telling ourselves the narrative of our love lives, we are heavily influenced by the tales of love we get fed through books, movies and magazines. I myself am a real sucker for romance novels (especially those set in Victorian England) – which all follow the same formula: there’s a Male and a Female, there’s Attraction, there are Obstacles, and once these are overcome there’s a Happy Ending…

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Romance novels are actually a really interesting subject to study for its feminist content! No other book genre has evolved so much over the past decades, reflecting how cultural thinking has changed on the position of women towards the workplace, sex and of course, men.

In Love: a Discovery in Comics, I deconstruct this evolution a little, and also take a look at the classic fairy tale:

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Happily ever after…? Who knows? What happens AFTER the Happy Ending?

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Read my take on it in this book, in stores this month!

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