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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NBM July 2019 Releases

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

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ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 4: AIR GIRL

Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins


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Zombillenium Park has never been better: its popularity has peaked following demonic reforms by Behemoth, who then decides to play his property in a very special competition … A witches’ Sabbath!

Gretchen, Aurelian and Von Bloodt, meanwhile, have set up an underground escape network in order to offer the damned the chance for reconversion, far from the nine circles of Hell, a dangerous secret operation not appreciated by the park’s board of directors. Determined to clean this out, they hire the services of a formidable enchantress who will turn into an arch-rival of Gretchen. Underground as in the air, the fight promises to be epic!

The resistance is organized in this fourth volume of Zombillenium, the monstrous bestselling and award-winning series by Arthur de Pins, eagerly awaited by fans after a long hiatus! What are Gretchen’s true intentions? Will the undead succeed in asserting their rights? Who will be the future happy owner of the Zombillenium Park? Not to be missed!

9”x12”, 48pp, Full-color hardcover, $16.99 US/ $22.50 CAN
 HC, ISBN: 978168112219951699; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191817

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOLS. 1-2: GRETCHEN / HUMAN RESOURCES

Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins


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All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art, combining the out of print volumes 1 and 2 into one volume

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Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium. They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets ‘hired’ in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

In the second chapter, Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation!

9”x12”, 96pp, Full-color hardcover, $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN 
HC ISBN: 978168112223651999; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191818

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OFFERED AGAIN


ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3: CONTROL FREAKS
Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins

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There’s excitement in the Zombillenium horror themed park run by actual monsters.

Brought in by Behemoth himself, the vampire Bohemond Jaggar de Rochameau IIII is officially supposed to help CEO Francis in managing the park. But the employees expect the worst: isn’t he known as a cold-blooded killer? If one looks more closely, the reasons for his coming may seem less anodyne than announced.

Of course, his mission is to increase return on investment for the shareholders, but for Behemoth that return has to be in souls. Francis is appalled but obligated to kowtow to the almighty consultant, determined to take power and pervert the rules of Zombillenium.

Meanwhile, Aurelian goes through a bad patch. Depressed by his immortal status and the absurdity of his life… sorry, his death, he’s burned out. And burnout, in a powerful demon, can be devastating. Held back in extremis by Gretchen, he avoids the worst. This is timely, because Gretchen has a plan for him…

A particularly biting new episode of Zombillenium in which we discover the underbelly of the most monstrous amusement park in the world.

9×12, 48pp, Full-Color Hardcover, $14.99 US/$19.50 CAN 
HC ISBN: 978156163956451499

; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191819

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THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE, Vol. 1: THE SELFISH GIANT AND THE STAR CHILD
Illustrated by P. Craig Russell 


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One of comic art’s most respected and pioneering artists, well known for his opera adaptations and beautiful fantasy work, P. Craig Russell is in the process of adapting Oscar Wilde’s famous fairy tales in a series of landmark volumes.

PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARD 1994, 1995. Eisner award winner “Best Artist”; Harvey award winner “Best Graphic Album”.

  • 8.5”x11”, 48 pp., full color paperback, $9.99 US
 ISBN 978156163375350999
; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191820
  • 8.5”x11”, 48 pp., full color, jacketed hardcover, $17.99 US
 ISBN 978156163056151799

; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191821

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THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE, Vol. 2: THE YOUNG KING AND THE REMARKABLE ROCKET
Illustrated by P. Craig Russell

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  • 8.5”x11”, 48 pp., full-color jacketed hardcover, $17.99, 
ISBN: 978156163085151799; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191823
  • 8.5”x11”, 48 pp., full-color paperback $9.99, 
ISBN: 978156163771350999

; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191822

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THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE, Vol. 3: THE BIRTHDAY OF THE INFANTA
Illustrated by P. Craig Russell

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  • 8.5”x11”, 32pp., full-color clothbound jacketed hardcover, $16.99 US, 
ISBN: 978156163213851699
; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191825
  • 8.5”x11”, 32pp., full-color paperback: $8.99 US, 
ISBN: 978156163775150899
; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191824

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THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE, Vol. 4: THE DEVOTED FRIEND AND THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE
Illustrated by P. Craig Russell

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The next volume in the prize-winning and greatly acclaimed complete adaptations of Wilde’s tales presents The Devoted Friend on what constitutes real friendship, and The Nightingale and the Rose a stirring story of sacrifice to love with a cruel twist.

  • 8.5” x 11”, full color, cloth-bound jacketed hardcover book, $16.99 US 
ISBN: 978156163391351699

; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191827
  • 8.5”x11”, 32pp, full-color trade paperback, $8.99 US
ISBN: 978156163392050899


; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191826

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THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE Vol. 5: THE HAPPY PRINCE
Illustrated by P. Craig Russell
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The Happy Prince is arguably the most famous and well-loved of Oscar Wilde’s nine fairy tales, rivaled only by The Selfish Giant. It is also a very timely tale at a time of controversy over the increasing chasm between rich and poor…The Happy Prince has lived a life of opulence but has died young and his soul inhabits a beautiful ruby encrusted statue covered all over in gold leaf. From his perch high above the city he is witness to all the poverty, misery, and hopelessness in which his people have been living.

When a small barn swallow in flight to the warm south ahead of the approaching winter stops to rest upon the statue the Happy Prince prevails upon him to delay his travels in order to remove his gold leaf a piece at a time and shower it upon the poor citizens. Out of love for the Happy Prince the swallow does his bidding. As the days pass the Prince’s beauty is stripped away and as winter sets in the bird’s fate is sealed. In the spring the townspeople finding only a dull statue with a broken lead heart and a dead bird consign the worthless objects to the ash heap.

Only an emissary of God recognizes them as the most valuable treasures of the city and brings them to the gardens of heaven.

  • 8.5” x 11”, 32pp., full-color jacket hardcover: $16.99 US, 
ISBN 978156163626651699
; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191829
  • 8.5” x 11”, 32pp., full-color trade paperback., $8.99 US, 
ISBN: 978156163981650899

; DIAMOND CODE: MAY191828

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TCAF 2019

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was a blast! It’s one of the biggest and nicest comic festivals I have ever attended, and just like in 2015 (when I was there last) it was wonderful to be there. Even more so, because this time I was Featured Guest and had a premiering book: Love: a Discovery in Comics.

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That’s me, loving my new book – and publishers Jeff Whitman and Terry Nantier in the background.

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The NBM stand with publishers Jeff Whitman and Terry Nantier (left) and comic artists Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas, who were there to promote The Silent Invasion

Another great thing this year was that I was one of five Dutch comic artists attending. Our national comics child prodigy Aimée de Jongh was there (okay, she’s not a kid anymore) promoting both Blossoms in Autumn and her new Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat.

This is her, signing just around the corner from where we were sitting:

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Another colleague from home was Chad Bilyeu, who is originally from Cleveland, but has been in Holland for ages and is the author of the wonderfully revealing series Chad in Amsterdam.

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Yiri and Chad

Last but not least there was Typex, our comics rock star, whose masterpiece Andy (about Andy Warhol) is taking the comics world by storm.

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The coolest thing was that I got to do a panel with him, about Dutch Comics, moderated by Mark Nevins:

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Not only that – I also got to be on a panel about Science and Comics, with Maki Naro, Mike Holmes, Alison Wilgus and moderator Johanna Draper Carlson:

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While Saturday went by in a frenzy of signing, panelling and generally being elated by everything, Sunday allowed for some time to chase for comics myself.

This is our loot:

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The NBM table did very well, by the way! Here’s the Before picture of my end:

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And this is the After…:

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If you missed my cute little promotional booklet Ten Tips For A Broken Heart and are in the Toronto area – I dropped off a whole bunch at comic store The Beguiling.

Thanks to everyone who made TCAF 2019 such a memorable experience! We definitely hope to be back one day.

Ten Tips for a Broken Heart

This weekend, my book Love: a Discovery in Comics will be launched at the TCAF Festival in Toronto! I’ll be there, at the NBM stand, together with colleagues Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas of The Silent Invasion – and they gave me the idea of bringing some freebies to give away:

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First of all: bookmarks! Because everybody needs bookmarks, right?

But the special attraction is this mini-booklet containing three pages from the book: Ten Tips for a Broken Heart! Because everybody’s heart gets broken some time…

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If you’re at TCAF, come and get yours! And get the book too, it’s full of tips, facts and stories about Love, in all its facets.

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NBM Announces TCAF 2019 Premieres, Signing Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 and can be found at Tables # 114, 115.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by Margreet de Heer who is attending TCAF with the support of the Dutch Literature Foundation, and to celebrate the TCAF debut of her new book from NBM, Love: A History in Comics.

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Love is a many-splendored thing, as comic artist Margreet de Heer has found out through several relationships and her marriage to fellow artist Yiri. How to describe it?

Is love passion, stability, friendship, or all of the above? In this comics exploration, the author investigates different aspects of love: is there really such a thing as finding The One? What happens in the brain when we fall in love? How can we keep long-term love? What to do about a broken heart? Margreet herself seems to have found her ideal partner in Yiri, but after so many years of marriage, how about that Seven Year Itch?

This book deals with many aspects of love, sex and relationships in a light-hearted, playful and often thought-provoking manner and is a fun and informative read for anyone who is in love or planning to be.

Also attending on behalf of NBM are Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock who will on hand for the TCAF debut of The Silent Invasion Vol. 2: The Great Fear.

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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.

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Panels and Signing Schedule

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Saturday

  • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: It’s Science! in Comics
    Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd Floor, Library)
    She blinded me… with science comics? On the contrary, graphic non-fiction is enlightening, particularly for educating young adult readers. Nothing’s as easy to understand as when we see it explained with amusing pictures. Alison Wilgus, Maki Naro, Margreet de Heer, and Mike Holmes will share how they build excitement for science in comics, whether flying machines, computer coding, vaccination, or the field of science overall. Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson (ComicsWorthReading.com).
  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Stripmakers: Comics in the Netherlands
    Summerhill Room (Marriott)
    Join Margreet de Heer (Comics Laureate of the Netherlands!) and Typex (Rising Superstar!) as they interview each other about the past, present, and future of the Dutch comics scene.
  • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Sunday

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock
Panels and Signing Schedule

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Larry Hancock, publisher Terry Nantier, and Michael Cherkas

Saturday

  • 11:00 AM – 1:15 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Canadian Cartooning: Then and Now
    High Park Ballroom 1 (Marriott)
    Canada has a long and rich history of excellent cartooning. Hear about it from the people who were there! Join Joan Steacy (Aurora Borealice), Michael Cherkas (Silent Invasion), Siris (The Vagabond Valise), and Jeffrey Ellis (Cloudscape Comics) as they talk about their histories in comics, and how they seen the scene now. Moderated by Brendan Montgomery.
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115); Michael only
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: World Building Process
    Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd Floor, Library)
    Creators discuss the process and struggles of creating original Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Supernatural worlds! With Ben Sears (Double+ Adventures), Evan Dahm (Island Book), Larry Hancock (The Silent Invasion), NikaComics (Signals), and Carolyn Nowak (Girl Town). Moderated by Brendan Montgomery.
  • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Sunday

  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Publisher’s Weekly “The Fanatic” previews The Silent Invasion

Great News! The Great Fear, Book 2 of The Silent Invasion is released this month (May)! The Fanatic, Publisher’s Weekly’s online newsletter about graphic novels contains a special preview of The Great Fear. Check it out
 here (then scroll down to the Panel Mania section at the bottom of the page. and click on the image for the full preview).

Stay tuned and, watch the skies!!

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

Love & “The One”

In my upcoming book Love: a Discovery in Comics I dedicate one chapter to exploring the concept of “The One”. Is there truth to the notion that there is one perfect mate for each of us out there? An if so, how do we find them?

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Hopeless romantic as I am, I love to believe in The One. But with 7 billion people out there, I’m not sure there’s only one. Maybe there’s ideal matches for each phase of life that we’re in…

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Want to read more? Love: a Discovery in Comics is out in June!

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