‘Religion’ Makes the List! Named a USBBY Outstanding International Book.

It was just announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference that Religion: A Discovery in Comics, published by NBM, has been selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list. Religion makes the list for Grades 9-12  along with 6 other outstanding books.

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The list has been running since 2006 by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)- Building Bridges Through Children’s and Young Adult Books. Typically, 39-42 books are named on the award list, separated into 4 age groupings (PreK-2, Gr. 3-5, Gr. 6-8, Gr. 9-12).

 

Congratulations , Margreet!

 

For ordering information and preview pages, please click here! Also on our site are De Heer’s other volumes in the Discovery in Comics series (Philosophy, Science) as well as an exclusive print when you order more than $30 worth of books.

To see the whole list of Outstanding International books, visit the USSBY website.

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Also Available in September: More from de Heer and get your WAR FIX!

NBM’s September selections in this month’s Diamond Previews continue in the tradition of publishing quality educational graphic novels with gripping (and real) subject matter. Also being solicited are other examples of our educational side and our true war stories depicting the perils of war.

Margreet de Heer’s RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS is not her first graphic novel with us! We have previously released two others in her “Discovery in Comics” series to great acclaim. These two titles are available now from to order from your local comic shop or bookstore. We have had lots of feedback from parents, educators, and students alike who have used the books as a great tool to introduce difficult concepts. The approachable access to the text makes this series very readable for high schoolers and struggling students.

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics

SCIENCE- A Discovery in Comics
Margreet de Heer

Science: dull or hard to understand? Not if you read this book! The creators of ‘Philosophy – a Discovery in Comics’ take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters.
Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why?
Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church?
What happens when you have your DNA tested?
All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.
A great comic book for anyone who wants to learn in a fun way the bigger framework of science, or brush up on what they learned in school.

8×8, 192pp., full color hardcover, $19.99,

ISBN 9781561637508

Diamond Order Code: MAY131196

Philosophy- A Discovery in Comics

PHILOSOPHY- A Discovery in Comics
Margreet de Heer

A fun introduction in comics to deep thinking and the history of Philosophy!
What is Thinking? And how does our thinking set us apart from other animals?
Now that we’re thinking, what is Reality? Is there an objective reality or are there numerous subjective realities? And do we move in it with a free will or is everything predestined?
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Erasmus, Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche: just a few philosophers who have pondered these questions.
Comic artist Margreet de Heer and her husband Yiri travel through the history of Western Philosophy and draw a colorful picture of all these questions.

8×8, 120pp., full color hardcover, $16.99,

ISBN 9781561636983

Diamond Order Code: MAY121212

For more information, preview pages, or to place your order, visit our website!

As a companion for September’s WALKING WOUNDED, David Axe, a journalist who covered the War in Iraq, presented his story in WAR FIX, illustrated by Steve Olexa. The dark story is presented in black and white–but it is sometimes consumed by the darkness, much like the protagonist himself. Upon release, the book made lots of waves, winding up in the 2008 Best American Comics compilation! Click here for preview pages and ordering information!

WAR FIX
Steve OLEXA & David AXE
War can be addictive. So testifies journalist David Axe who’s been there, in the middle of the action in Iraq. The high is potent no matter how much you know how dangerous it is… Here’s Axe’s journal of dealing with his addiction, the high, the sheer excitement of being in there, in the battle, the cost to his life, never mind the threat. A new form of visceral self-analyzing comics journalism starts with this book… An allegory for the US? A graphic novel sure to fascinate with a talented artist to watch for!

6×9, 96pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.95,
ISBN 9781561634637

Diamond Order Code: FEB063184

Order now from our website or from your favorite comic store!

Two timely titles from NBM in September: Religion and Walking Wounded

Now being solicited in September Diamond Previews, NBM has two new graphic novels that are quite topical.

 

The first title is an honest look at American veterans returning home from the War in Iraq. Witness their struggles re-acclimating to civilian life and the awful reality of living with PTSD, a constant reminder of the horrors of war!

 

A professor at Notre Dame, French born author Olivier Morel has extensive research on war trauma. Interviewing Iraq War vets, he made the documentary “On the Bridge” and this graphic novel relates his personal experience facing the vets. Mael, working out of Paris, does double duty as a cartoonist and the lead singer of a folk/rock group.

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WALKING WOUNDED

Uncut Stories from Iraq

Mael & Olivier Morel

For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Iraq. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 120pp., 2 color hardcover, $24.99,

ISBN: 9781561639823

Diamond order code: JUL151475

 

For previews and ordering information, click here!

 

Also new in comic shops this September, Margreet de Heer continues her Discovery in Comics series, this time focusing on RELIGION. De Heer, who actually spent part of her childhood growing up in a church, takes an open-minded and respectful look at the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism). Her past Discovery in Comics installments have been hits with educators and students.

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RELIGION- A Discovery in Comics

Margreet de Heer

The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

8×8, 120pp. full color hc., $17.99

ISBN 97815616399465

Diamond order code: JUL151472
For previews and more click here!

Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in July’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

A Great Year For Us: Thank You! Happy 2015!

Dog Butts and Love

We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.

But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.

Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Philosophical Qualifications

I don’t have a degree in Philosophy, and frankly, I don’t think you need one to be a “lover of wisdom” – which is the exact translation of the word “philosopher”.

I do have a degree in Theology from the University of Amsterdam. It was something of a genetic necessity: both my parents were ministers in the Dutch Reformed Church, and my maternal grandfather was a Professor of Theology at the University of Leiden. Thinking and talking about Life, the Universe and Everything was something that I was literally born into. Fortunately, my parents were not the “Shut Up and Read Your Bible” -type of reverends, but more the “What A Miracle Our Daughter Has A Mind Of Her Own”-kind of educators. They always seemed delighted by my creative and intellectual achievements, however wacky or outrageous – well, I was their first child, so I had a lot of credit.

My parents always encouraged me and my two brothers to ask questions and develop our own views. They were actually very surprised when I chose to study Theology, since I never showed any inclination towards ascending the pulpit. I chose Theology because it is a very diverse study, including languages, sociology, phenomenology, dogmatics, history and philosophy. The faculty of Amsterdam was a very liberal one, accommodating Christians and atheists alike.

So, what I’m trying to say is: any environment that allows a person to be curious and to learn about their own specific existential questions, can qualify as a school for philosophy. Hopefully, my comic will inspire people both inside and outside of educational systems to find their “love of wisdom”!

Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics

How did my Philosophy Comic come about?

It all started way back in 2007…

I had the good fortune to be making occasional comics for newspaper NRC.Next, with a special assignment: I visited theater shows and made reviews in comic form. I loved the format, and wanted to extend it to other areas.

In April 2007 a philosopher from the North of Holland did a stunt: he spent a week in a huge casket, just like the Greek philosopher Diogenes in the fourth century B.C. I went up and visited him, and drew a comic report about it.

Philosopher in casket

Unfortunately, NRC.Next wouldn’t print it, since they didn’t really have a corner for philosophy. So I went to newspaper Trouw, which not only printed the comic, but gave me my own monthly spot in the paper, which I was free to fill with comic reports on philosophical and spiritual matters.

Since then, I have produced about forty comic reports on a wide range of subjects: I Ching, a convention about Happiness, the Reality of Lord of the Rings, Hallucinogenics, Buddhism, Near Death Experiences, Freemasonry, a Phone Line to God, Freud, the Crusades and Virtual Reality. (some have them have been translated and can be read here). All of the trips I made to special events were huge fun and gave me more than enough to draw about – except one.

In 2009 I attended a talk about Spinoza which was so dull, vague and unfocused that I could see no way to make the experience into a useful comic. So I did something more general: I made a comic about the life and thoughts of Spinoza.

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The original Spinoza comic as it appeared in Dutch in newspaper Trouw

It was a great success! I received lots of fanmail about it from people with an interest in philosophy, who thought my comic did not only represent Spinoza very well, but did so in a very fun and accessible way.

A few months later I got a call from publisher Kees Korenhof from Uitgeverij Meinema (specializing in philosophical books). He asked me if I would like to make a comic book about philosophy, in the same vein as the comic reports. My husband and I looked at each other and said: Of course! It was the middle of the crisis, there weren’t many assignments coming my way but we managed financially, so we could easily devote ourselves to making a whole comic book, something that has been a dream of mine anyway.

It was a gamble for the publisher, since Meinema had never published comics and aims at a very specific audience. The first imprint had a cautious number, to see how the book would do. Thanks to a big interview in the newspaper, the first print was sold out in a week, even before the official book presentation. By now, the book has seen three prints, an online workbook and several positive reviews.

Curious yet?

Well, hold on until September, then get your own copy of ‘Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics’ and see what all the (my) fuss is about!

By the way, part of the Spinoza comic made it into the book – the only piece that has actually been published before, everything else is completely new material.

Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics

Welcome Stan Mack and Margreet de Heer

Quick post to welcome two new artists to our blog:

Stan Mack, formerly of the Village Voice, who’ll be talking about his upcoming:

 

 

 

 

 

 

of which you can see more right here… This is being solicited at comics stores now…

 

 

 

 

 

and Margreet whose charming, concise and clear presentations of the baffling (for most of us) will win you over. This month, we ‘re also soliciting through comics stores this from her:

 

 

 

 

see more here (our site) and here (her site). Should this work, we’ll have more ‘discoveries in comics’ from her. Go ahead, ask them impossible quiz questions on Philosophy and History.