‘Zombillenium’ Animated Film Gets a Trailer

The feature film adaptation of Arthur de Pin’s Zombillenium graphic novel series gets a trailer.  The film will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which runs June 12-17.

Zombillenium, the Halloween theme park, happens to be the one place on earth where real monsters can hide in plain sight. When Hector, a human, threatens to disclose the true identity of his employees, the Vampire Park Manager has no other choice but to hire him. To see his daughter, Hector must escape from his Zombie and Werewolf co-workers.

 

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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Women in Science

It’s been Women’s Day, so here’s a nice opportunity to post some comics about women scientists I recently did for magazine Wetenschap in Beeld – the first is about Alice Ball, who caused a breakthrough in the treatment of leprosy, 100 years ago…:

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And then there’s ballsy Maria Merian, who quite independently steered her own career as an entomologist in the 17th century:

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I drew Maria Merian before, in my book Science: a Discovery in Comics – in fact, I drew two pages about women in science through the ages (I think I posted them on this blog before, but it’s still worth repeating):

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Hurray, women!

Here’s to many more Women’s Days beyond the 8th of March…

Learning on the Job

Everything you do is a learning opportunity.

In late 2015, I was hired to animate a radioplay adaptation of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I took the opportunity to challenge myself by painting each background in a style I had little experience with. Here’s a comparison of two similar shots, the first from the beginning of the project and the second from the end of the project.

I like to think that I improved a bit!

If you asked me what is the greatest piece of advice I had to give to any aspiring artist — besides “draw every day” — I’d say this: treat everything you do as an opportunity to get better at what you do, whether it’s paid work or just for fun. Challenge yourself. Try new things. Learn on the job.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.

Lesbian Protestant Science!

Ha, got your attention with that title, right?

In this blog, I’d like to showcase the three running comics series I have right now: one is for lesbian magazine Zij aan Zij, the second for protestant magazine Predikant & Samenleving, and the third is popular science magazine Wetenschap in Beeld.

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The comic about bisexual Minnie is the longest running, I’ve been drawing it for 13 years! In this episode, Minnie gets philosophical (as I get in Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics). I used this story as well in my latest book, on Love.

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Reverend De Heer (my alter ego) has been running since 2012. I love drawing it, it gives me a chance to comment on a lot of current issues. Most Dutch Protestant reverends are rather laid-back people who are pretty open-minded about everything – I should know, I’m the product of two of them (see for more on this my graphic novel Religion: a Discovery in Comics).

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The third comic is the newest: I’ve been drawing this for a popular science magazine for less than a year. I love doing research on different scientific topics (much like I did in Science: a Discovery in Comics) and it’s always a challenge to get all the information in the panel.

I like that being a simple comic artist gives me the chance to touch upon so many different subjects at the same time!

Jirô Taniguchi (1947-2017)

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On February 11th, Jirô Taniguchi, one of Japan’s best known manga writer/artists, passed away.

Some of his better known work included The Walking Man, The Summit of the Gods, A Distant Neighborhood, The Times of Botchan, and The Magic Mountain.  In addition to collaborations with Natsuo Sekigawa, Baku Yumemakura, and Mœbius.

In Japan he was probably best known for Kadoku no Gourmet (The Solitary Gourmet), written by Masayuki Qusumi, in which a lone business traveler goes around the world eating art restaurants, a work turned into a TV series.

His work also was frequently adapted to film, notably The Summit of the Gods and A Distant Neighborhood, which was the basis of the 2010 French-language film Quartier Lointain, about a middle-aged businessman who’stransported back in time and into the body of his younger self.

Last year, NBM published Taniguchi’s Guardians of the Louvre, a part of the Louvre collection which Publishers Weekly named as a “Top Ten Graphic Novel for Spring ’16”.

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Among his professional accolades, Taniguchi received the Osamu Tezuka Culture Award and won multiple awards at the Angouleme International Comics Festival.