NBM August 2022 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an August 2022 release.

NEW

BLUESMAN
By Rob Vollmar, Pablo Callejo

“In its knowing play of dark words and raw images, Rob Vollmar and Pablo Callejo’s earthy graphic novel tells a tale worth hearing – and seeing. Bluesman, in the end, is a cathartic ghost story. Is there a better description of the blues?”

Laurel Maury, NPR

Now, for the first time, collected into one stunning paperback!

This story, structured like a traditional twelve bar blues song, with three sections each made of four chapters, follows blues musician Lem Taylor’s harrowing journey starting from juke joints he appears in to across Arkansas of the late twenties, a black man hunted down for a crime he didn’t commit. A racially intense story presenting a significant aspect of black history, its music, its social injustice.

6×9, 224pp., B&W trade pb., $19.99; ISBN 978-1-68112-300-4, ebook: $9.99, ISBN 978-1-68112-301-1; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221729

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OFFERED AGAIN

BOB MARLEY IN COMICS!
By Gaet’s and Sophie Blitman

In the middle of a depressing youth in a ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley sees only one way out: music. And that music will be what Jamaica made of rock and pop locally that had hardly been heard anywhere else: reggae! It is Marley who brings the unmistakable beat of reggae to the entire world.

From small stages in Jamaica, his partners of the Wailers accompany him all the way to the most fabulous world tours and adulation. Beyond a rocketing musical career, the most famous rasta wants to shake things up and proclaim all over his humanitarian and egalitarian values.

7 ½ x10,176pp.,  full color HC: US $27.99; HC ISBN: 9781681122449652799; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221730

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DJANGO, HAND ON FIRE: THE GREAT DJANGO REINHARD
Created by
Salva Rubio & Efa

Django Reinhardt is a legend. But Django -which may have meant “I awake”- was twice born. A first time in the snow, during the winter of 1910 in a nomadic gypsy family stationed in Liberchies, Belgium. The second in Saint-Ouen, near Paris, in the fall of 1928, when a fire in his caravan mutilated his left hand.

Writer Salva Rubio and artist Efa have already produced together a remarkable biopic on Monet, paying tribute to the painter’s obsession with light. Likewise, this biopic devoted to the youth of the prodigy musician features the passion and determination of the man who has always considered himself the greatest guitarist in the world. In this story-score, by laying out the panels like chords, the artist brings to life his passion in vibrating watercolor to better accompany the musical and technical development of the inventor of gypsy jazz. From musette to jazz, from violin to banjo then to guitar, Django’s destiny is that of his ‘hand on fire’, possessed by the supernatural spirit of the “duende” which burns in the soul of each gypsy musician.

That of a miracle who is reborn from his ashes, more dazzling than ever. Cue the music!

9×12, 88pp., full color hardcover, 19.99, ISBN 9781681122878; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221731

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LEONARDO DA VINCI & THE RENAISSANCE OF THE WORLD
By Marwan Kahil, Ariel Vittori

One of the greatest artists of all time, as well as a genius inventor, Da Vinci was arrestingly tall and handsome. This comics bio shows the process of his work and his inventions, his persecution as a gay man and how the changing politics of his country and ebbs and flows of those in power affected him and his career. A turbulent story on an exceptional man. Complemented with back matter on his chronology, list of his oeuvres, etc…

6 ½ x9, 144pp., full color HC, $19.99, ebooks $13.99 (9781681122601).
ISBN 9781681122595; DIAMOND CODE: JUN221732

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We’re on Comixology!

Starting with Bluesman last week and today adding Boneyard, vol.1, NBM graphic novels are being made available bit by bit on the leading mobile provider of comics Comixology. Bluesman is available at $9.99 vs. $24.95 for the clothbound edition, Boneyard vol.1 is at a promo price of $5.99 vs. the print pb. price of $12.95.

This makes them available for iPhone and iPad. More NBM books are scheduled to be uploaded every Wednesday, their day of putting up new comics, in synch with comics stores.

Stay tuned for further announcements concerning E-books and mobile, as NBM expands into those areas.

Toujours la France! (and other things)

Hello, everyone.

Back from France. It’s been a great weekend at the Blues Festival “Blues Sur Seine”, where I’ve been signing the French edition of “Bluesman”, at Mantes-la-Jolie (such a great name for a city!). I would thank Philippe, Dimitri and the rest of the enthusiastic members of “Bulles a Mantes” for their kinderness.

They organized a small exhibition of “Bluesman” original art, at the ENM (a fantastic School of Music, Dance and Theatre, at Mantes). Pretty beautiful.

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The stuff helps people (well, I hope so) to have an idea about the “making of”, from the script page to the final art. That’s something that I always loved to see when I was on the other side –the reader’s side-, and I want the people see now in my work. I found really interesting to see the penciled pages, compare them with the final results, checking corrections and modifications…

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 I had time to spend in Paris. Always beautiful, one of these cities where everyone should go at last one time. And, as the rest of France, very friendly with comics. I don’t know how are things in the States, but I can say for sure that it’s hard to find in Spain an art gallery like this:

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There are many other beautiful things you can see in Paris, besides the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. And I’m not talking about the beautiful “parisiennes” girls (“the only women in the World who can look glamourous while riding on bike wearing skirts”, according to my wife). I talk about this:

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 Yum…

Anyway, talking about “making of” and sketches, there are some of the first stuff I prepared for “The Year of Loving Dangerously”, based on a introductory text which Ted Rall sent to me, to check if my style will match the story:

 

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I hope you liked!

Pablo.

Teacher Librarian on Bluesman and Geary’s Lindbergh

Teacher Librarian magazine reviewed a couple historically based graphic novels of ours saying for Bluesman:

“A moody masterpiece of fiction that is all the more compelling because every word of it could be true. [Uses] a broad visual palette that matches its dramatic variety of emotions.”

And on Rick Geary’s “The Lindbergh Child“:
“The master of historical nonfiction in graphic novels contributes one of his best efforts. Simultaneously factual and poignant.”

‘Teacher Librarian’ on Bluesman and Lindbergh

The magazine ‘Teacher Librarian’ has some good things to say of two of our books:

For The Lindbergh Child:

“The tension between Geary’s newspaper-style captions and the devastated people he describes produces a story that is simultaneously factual and poignant.”

 

For Bluesman:

“A moody masterpiece of fiction.”