NBM April 2020 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an April 2020 release.

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Giant
Written and Illustrated by Mikael

New York, early 1930s. A mysterious, laconic Irish colossus known as ‘Giant’ sweats blood, along with his fellow immigrants, to build the skyscrapers of Rockefeller Center. For a while, he has not received a reply to the typewritten letters he continues to send, as well as money, to the other side of the ocean, to Mary Ann, the wife of one of his colleagues who died accidentally.

Giant, who seems to be afraid of nothing, still has not found the courage to reveal to the young woman that she is a widow … What does her silence mean? An entrancing everyday working-class tale with the majestic background of the rising skyscrapers of New York.

9×12, 120pp., full color Hardcover. US $24.99/ $32.50 CAN. ISBN 978168112253352499. DIAMOND CODE: FEB201864
Pub Date: April 15th, 2020

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BILLIE HOLIDAY
Written by Carlos Sampayo, Illustrated by José Muñoz

Born in Philadelphia in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie.

Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz.

By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

9×12, 80pp., B&W Hardcover, gold stamped black and red cover; US $19.99
HC ISBN:978168112093551999. DIAMOND CODE: FEB201865

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NBM August 2019 Releases

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

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Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real
By
Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil

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When he’s five years old, Albert Einstein’s father offers him a compass that triggers in him an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published in 1905 a series of scientific articles that question everything that was thought to be known in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opens to humanity the doors of the power of the atom… Legendary Genius, but also a great humanist, he lives through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man’s madness is capable of doing with it.
7×10¼, 128pp. , Black and White Hardcover, $19.99, ISBN: 978168112202151999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191832
Release Date: August 14th, 2019

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AVAILABLE AGAIN

Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
By
Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi

9781681121918

One of the greatest writers in SF history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for works that inspired Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. His dark fascinating work centered on alternate universes and shifting realities in worlds often governed by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments.

His own life story seems a tussle with reality, going through five wives and becoming increasingly disjointed with fits of paranoia and hallucinations fueled by abuse of drugs meant to stabilize him. His dramatic story is presented unvarnished in this biography.
7×10¼, 144pp., full color hardcover, US $24.99; ISBN: 978168112191852499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191836

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Ghetto Brother – Warrior to Peacemaker
By Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation

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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, 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 Trade paperback., US $12.99; ISBN: 978156163948951299; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191833

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Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets
By Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin

9781681121581

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself. A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.
8”x10”, 186pp., Full Color Hard Cover, US $29.99, ISBN: 978168112158152999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191835

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Monet: Itinerant of Light
Illustrated by Efa, Written by Salva Rubio

9781681121390

The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style.

From the Salon des Refuses (“Salon of the Rejected”) and many struggling years without recognition, money and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit.

It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.
9” x 12”, 112pp., Full Color Hardcover, $24.99, ISBN: 978168112139052499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191834

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‘Colette’ Takes Over This Autumn With NBM GN and Movie!

This September, Wash Westmoreland’s film, Colette, arrives in theaters.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression. 

The trailer arrived this week.

Also arriving in September is our book, The Provocative Colette by the late Annie Goetzinger (author of the acclaimed Girl in Dior).

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Many biographies describe this uncommon woman and author. It is her years of formation which are focused on here, from her marriage at the age of 20, until her divorce. “One dies only from the first man,” she wrote in 1909. But this death was a new beginning, and the one that signed “Colette” from 1910 on gradually opened her eyes to her condition of a woman who was an exploited writer and a betrayed wife, and who will emancipate herself by writing, and with what talent! Incredibly complex, powerfully determined, truly gifted, Colette challenged herself to reinvent her life and assert herself as a free woman. In her day, her behavior scandalized and vexed the establishment. But in the end, she helped to free women in their thinking and became member and then president of France’s prestigious Académie Goncourt, among many other honors as one of France’s preeminent authors.

A preview of the book can be found HERE.