BACK TO PRESS! Girl in Dior, Thoreau, and Ghetto Brother.

2016 has been an excellent year for NBM biography books continuing to sell and sell!

Girl in Dior is now back to press for a fourth printing!

Girl In Dior

The bio of Thoreau is heading to a 2nd printing in just 8 months!

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

and finally, after that amazing review by Junot Diaz in the New York Times this week, Ghetto Brother is going into its 3rd printing.

GHETTO BROTHER

 

NBM for March: NBM’s Top Biographies!

Our newest graphic novel, THOREAU, A Sublime Life, is the latest in NBM’s focus on biographies in comics, highlighting forward thinkers who stand out from their contemporaries. If you missed any of the following, here’s your chance to order from your comics store now:

 

2015 was a successful time for our biography line starting with Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, released last March. The graphic novel profiling Christian Dior and his Fashion House captivated fashion magazines like Marie-Claire, Vogue UK, W Magazine, and ELLE. It also made the Publishers Weekly Top Ten GNs for Spring list. It’s in its 3rd printing. Miss Goetzinger will return to NBM in August!

Girl In Dior

GIRL IN DIOR

Annie Goetzinger

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“Great gift idea” –Elle

8.5 x 11, 128 pp., full-color quaterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover: $27.99

ISBN: 9781561639144

Diamond Order Code: DEC141578

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Also released Spring 2015 was the gritty story of Benjy Melendez, leader of the Ghetto Brother Gang. In Ghetto Brother, author Julian Voloj and artist Claudia Ahlering captured Melendez as living New York history, focusing on his Puerto Rican immigrant roots, his crypto-Jewish background, and his historic push for peace among the gangs, cleaning up the streets of New York, clearing the way for a new expression in the form of Hip Hop. It was recently named one of the best Non-Fiction Book of 2015 by the Jewish Book Council. The book is now in its second printing.

GHETTO BROTHER

GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”
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, a Bronx legend, 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 paperback: $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489

Diamond Order Code: FEB151507

Previews

 

These books are available now in stores everywhere and also available for ordering through January’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting Anniversary

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Benjamin Melendez with his family at the opening of Julian Voloj’s photo exhibition “If you live in New York…”, 2011

 

December 8 marks the anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, the iconic gathering that not only inspired the movie “The Warriors” but also ended for a period of time a spiral of violence in the Bronx. When I met Benjy Melendez back in 2010, the events were widely forgotten.

Initially I was only planning to include Benjy’s portrait in a photography series on Jewish diversity. We became friends and he continued to tell me his story. I knew I wanted to tell it, and one thing let to another. Claudia and I started working on the graphic novel in early 2011. The year marked the 40th anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, but no events were planned. So I approached Benjy with the idea to organize a reunion. Claudia and I had maybe 10 pages ready and were not sure where our journey would lead to. That December, dozens of former activists came together re-telling stories from back-in-the-day. It was the first time in decades that many of these people had seen each other.

Five years later, “Ghetto Brother” has not only been published with NBM, but also in France, Germany, and Spain (a Brazilian edition is planned for next spring), the Ghetto Brothers album “Fuerza” has been re-released and the documentary “Rubble Kings” brought the events to a wider audience. No doubt that the 40th anniversary reunion played a small part in bringing Benjy’s story to a wider audience.

Next week, we’ll mark the anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting with two special events, and you can be part of it. The first one is in the Manhattan’s Lower East Side: On Wednesday, December 9th, I will discuss “Ghetto Brother” with Tamid’s Jewish Book Club  The following day, Benjy and I will be on the Upper West Side, speaking at Barnes and Noble at 82nd Street and Broadway at 7 PM.

If you are in New York, don’t miss this opportunity!

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NBM Hits SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival!

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On the weekend of September 19th-20th, you can find NBM Publishing participating at two exciting events the 2015 Small Press Expo and The Brooklyn Book Festival.

And at both events we’ll be debuting three new titles, Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan , Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer and Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel.

 

Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan

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Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

“One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” 

In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.

 

Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

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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.

 

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

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For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. 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.

 

SPX Details and Signing Schedule

September 19th-20th; Located at E 1-2

Appearing Saturday Only: Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

Signing Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

 

 

Brooklyn Book Festival Details and Signing Schedule

September 20th; Located at Booth# 309

Appearing Sunday: Olivier Morel, Margreet de Heer,

Julian Voloj & Benjy Melendez

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

PANEL: Can’t You See Who I Am?

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Three comic creators talk about their new books, that explore identity, place, and finding your purpose in the city.

Join A.K. Summers, author and artist of the break-out hit Pregnant Butch, about her adventures in motherhood; Julian Voloj with his comic biography Ghetto Brother on Benjy Melendez, and the events of gangland New York in the 1970s, and Lisa Wilde, a NYC high school teacher whose collected memoir zine Yo, Miss, follows her and her diverse students as they struggle and celebrate over a single academic year.

Moderated by Jessica Abel, (Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio). Screen Projection.

At Brooklyn Historical Society; 2:00pm

 

Signing Schedule:

10:30 am -11:30 am:   Julian Voloj

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:30 pm -4:30pm:      Olivier Morel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:    Julian Voloj

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute changes.

GHETTO BROTHER Review Round-Up: “A Comic Origin Story, One About a True Superhero”

 

Ghetto Brother is 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.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Ghetto Brother is a brisk, compact work highlighting an overlooked, yet pivotal, part of the history of both a genre and a city.”

Rolling Stone

 

“Absorbing—a true testament to the power of faith in goodwill.”

 

“A  gripping story that feels like a history lesson but a lot more than that.”

 

“A fascinating, largely unknown story that’s told in a compelling, unexpected way.”

 

“Matter-of-fact and informative.”

 

“Written by Julian Voloj and illustrated by Claudia Ahlering, Ghetto Brother resists tropes that are common in comics and biographical storytelling for a first person visually guided narrative that gives a personal account of seeing the world change in real time…The universe is cyclical but in hip hop, it starts with Benjy Melendez. Ghetto Brother is it’s comic origin story, one about a true superhero that continues to replay itself, from the inception point to infinity.”

 

 

“An unusual piece of literature in that a medium usually reserved for fantastical tales and superheroes is now being used as a vehicle for the telling of a true story.”

 

“This wonderful book shows us that Jews come in a wide variety of ethnicities.”

GHETTO BROTHER meets ROLLING STONE

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Today, ROLLING STONE featured GHETTO BROTHER- our new graphic novel written by Julian Voloj with art by Claudia Ahlering. The graphic novel profiles Benjy Melendez, leader of the Ghetto Brothers who united the gangs of New York in the historic Hoe Avenue Peace  Summit.

In the Rolling Stone article , “New Graphic Novel Details How NYC Gangs’ Treaty Formed Hip-Hop,” reviewer Jason Newman details the work of Melendez, not just as presented in the graphic novel, but his influence in the hip-hop community.

Even if you have read GHETTO BROTHER, the article will serve as a good companion piece to the graphic novel.

Read the full article here.

Previews and ordering information are available on our website.

Tribute to Benjy Melendez

If you read “Ghetto Brother” you know that after the gang truce came the music. The Ghetto Brothers were one of the first gangs to invite others to their turf to peacefully party together.

A year after the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, also thanks to the media attention the GBs were getting back then, Benjy and his brothers recorded an album, “Fuerza/Power” — listen to the sampler here.

This Saturday, Benjy will be honored in the Bronx — and the Ghetto Brothers will give a free concert! If you’re in New York, you don’t want to miss this (and yes, we’ll be selling copies of the graphic novel there as well).

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