Happy New Year!

2018

A good new year to all!

This year’s card features a background by famous Dutch illustrator Anton Pieck – it’s a view of the Schreierstoren in Amsterdam. There’s no skating on the canals at the moment, but hey, we can dream…

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The Formula: Inside ‘The Mercenary V.2’

In this gallery, I will tell you first hand how I was about to quit The Mercenary after the first volume due to the large amount of effort it required, but gunpowder lit the fuse of the series. I will also include some interesting information on gunpowder power, the world of aviation and crossbows and how I created the main characters.

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BEGINNING THE HARD WORK

I had finished volume one of The Mercenary, and it was time to measure things up. Regarding work, with my slow oil painting technique, I need more than a year and a half to finish it and, to be honest, what I was being paid was not worth it. Each page took me on average ten days of work while, in the same amount of time, any other illustrator made at least four pages, and the price per page was the same for everyone. But there was something that, despite everything, made me go on: the good response from fans and critics. There were some specific moments that cheered me up, like the enthusiastic comments from movie maker Federico Fellini, big fan of comics who even called me at home to congratulate me.

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With that said, if I wanted to continue the comic, the only logical option seemed to be move on with the character and make a series, which I was told was the sound thing to do economically speaking. So that’s what I chose. I went back to my ideas reservoir making sure they were original and unreleased. I wrote the script for a second story, which continued from the previous book without necessarily being a sequel, and drew it in a very simple way to fit the 48 pages for the episode. That was the real beginning of The Mercenary. That was the moment to create and shape the characters.

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From the very first page, I had to face an important decision: to dress up the warrior, who had lost his armor, with what would be his distinctive attire for the rest of the series. When it came to armor, I was very knowledgeable thanks to some previous works, like the helmet from the previous page which is an illustration I did in Indian ink for THE UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF WEAPONS, plus the endless magazine covers on medieval subjects.

To be continued…

Breaking the 10 review

Breaking the 10 volume 2 is available now in Diamond Dec Preview catalog.

And here is their mention of volume 1, which is listed again this month:

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Get volume 1 and 2 in Decembers Previews catalog, page 377,

Code for volume 2: DEC17 1696

With Volume 1 of the book re-listed, code: DEC171697

NBM’s page for the book HERE

And more pages from the book can be seen on my website HERE

Breaking the 10 – is cool!

Our Breaking the 10 volume 2 has a ‘Certified Cool’ stamp of recommendation from Diamond Distributors.

Alright!

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Get it in Decembers Previews catalog, page 377, Code: DEC17 1696

With Volume 1 of the book re-listed, code: DEC171697

NBM’s page for the book HERE

And more pages from the book can be seen on my website HERE

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Annie Goetzinger, Grande Dame of French Comics, passes away…suddenly.

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I’m in shock. She looked in perfect health with many more productive years ahead of her, but the author of Girl in Dior, one of our bestsellers and an exquisite triumph for her, is no longer with us…

She was one of the pioneer women in comics in France well-known ever since the seventies. Her work was always  elegant, even when she did more erotic work which she did not shy away from. In person, she emanated that same sense of style and elegance.

We still have a book by her on our schedule, I guess her last, on an inspiration for her: Colette, the woman writer who refused to be subservient to men and was an impish rebel. I think she may have recognized herself in Colette. This is coming in August next year.

Annie Goetzinger will be greatly missed. But the oeuvre she leaves behind is amazing and an inspiration.

NBM February 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited for a February 2018 release.

NEW!
BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 2
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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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, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99,
ISBN 978168112117851299

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BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 1
By Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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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

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NOIR THRILLER SET:
The Broadcast and Family Ties
By Eric Hobbs, Noel Tuazon

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Two thrillers in one engrossing set!

In The Broadcast, on the day of the historic broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles which triggered panic in many places it sounded so real, a family in the countryside fears for its life and also has to deal with strangers and neighbors coming in for help. The tension brings to the surface long suppressed emotions and conflicts and a violent reckoning in a dark stormy night.

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss in Family Ties looks to retire and divide his empire amongst his three heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This turns out to be a fatal mistake when he sees his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. Inspired by the classic play King Lear, The Godfather meets Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

6×9, 388pp., B&W set of 2 paperback books, $27.99 
ISBN 978156163900752799

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Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Complete Hardcover Set 1-5
By P. Craig Russell

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All clothbound jacketed volumes adapting Oscar Wilde’s compelling tales are assembled here with close to 200 pages of exquisite comics, including such classics as The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and The Rose. Specially priced.

8 ½ x 11, full color clothbound set of 5 volumes, 192 pp., $79.99
ISBN: 978156163890157999

The Complete Paperback set 1-5
8.5 x 11, 192 pp, full color paperback set,192 pp. $39.99
ISBN: 978168112061453999

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P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations Hardcover set

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The great P. Craig Russell (Sandman, Coraline) adapts in stunning comic art The Magic Flute, Parsifal, I Pagliacci, Pelleas & Melisande, and Salome amongst others. A banded set of 3 beautiful volumes at a special price. Normally $75.

8x 11 1/2, 440pp. full color set of 3 jacketed hardcovers, $59.99
ISBN: 978156163755355999

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SHADOW & LIGHT, VOL. 1
Parris Quinn
After the light of day, some people like to unwind in the shadow and let out steam in unusual ways. One man likes to be his woman’s slave, one woman dares her boyfriend to watch as she services a group of bankers, another gets a leash on her collar and lets her animal instincts run wild in front of her lover’s camera… Some of the most beautifully rendered erotic comics you will ever see, holding nothing back!
8 ½ x 11, 128pp. B&W, hardcover, $19.99,
ISBN 978156163715751999

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SHADOW & LIGHT, VOL. 2
Parris Quinn
In anticipation of the long awaited new volume, this collects the rest of this series into a 2nd volume. What happens when Annie’s college friends come visit her while her parents are away and find out she has her own personal slave, a lusty MILF neighbor? They stay for a week! Plus more nasty stories of female domination. All confided to the artist author, a respected nude and landscape painter continuing to present artwork on an unprecedented high level.
8 ½ x 11, 104 pp., trade pb., $15.99
ISBN 978156163961851599


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SHADOW & LIGHT, VOL.3
Parris Quinn
The bestselling stunningly rendered lascivious stories of kink ordinary people get into are back! From recording a wife doing it with a greatly endowed stud found through announcements to a couple revealing to a friend at a party their private vids of her submissive appetites, it’s all about fantasy being realized into steamy reality…
8 ½ x 11, 48pp, B&W trade pb, $12.99
ISBN 978168112039351299