NBM Creators Honored with Grand Prix Nominations at Angouleme 2015

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Angoulême’s highest award, the Grand Prix, has announced next year’s nominees. Along with the title comes the responsibility of President of the 2016 festival and the design of the poster. This year’s winner was Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Among the list are many NBM greats!

 

Christophe Blain– ISAAC THE PIRATE, THE SPEED ABATER
Nicolas de Crécy– GLACIAL PERIOD
Étienne Davodeau–  THE INITIATES and the upcoming LULU ANEW
Emmanuel Guibert– Papercutz’s ARIOL
Lorenzo Mattotti- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (now out of print)
Joann Sfar– DUNGEON SERIES
NBM has also published past winners including Enki Bilal ( PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE) and Hugo Pratt (THE CORTO MALTESE (also out of print). Sfar and his DUNGEON partner Lewis Trondheim both are previous winners of the award.

The 42nd International Festival of the Bande Dessinee will be held in Angouleme, France from January 29th through February 1st.  The Grand Prix winner will be announced during the Festival. Congratulations and best of luck to all participating. For a full list of nominees, please see the official Facebook of the Festival  (in French).

NBM for November

IT’S DUNGEON MONTH AT NBM!

 

“Dungeon comics — that’s a big inspiration for me and the crew who write on the show. Dungeon’s a great comic, and I look to it for the sort of casual conversation they have with the big fantasy world that they all live in.”
Adventure Time’s Pendleton Ward

 

NEW

DUNGEON: Twilight

Vol.4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, ALFRED, MAZAN

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol.4In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”

And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Black Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. We are witness to the very end of Dungeon!

6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, 9781561639199

 

 

 

 

 

 
BACK TO PRESS:

DUNGEON: Zenith, Vol.3
“Back In Style”

BOULET, Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM
Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon, in the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely. In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him ‘the mask of death’. Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!

“Ah, Dungeon, what pleasures you bring me. Boulet is comfortably upholding the artistic standards of previous forays into Dungeon. Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim … man, these two guys can seemingly do no wrong.” –Newsarama

61/2 x 9, 96pp, full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-550-4

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
DUNGEON: The Early Years, vol.1
The Night Shirt
Christophe BLAIN • Joann SFAR • Lewis TRONDHEIM

We start on another tangent of the vast world of Dungeon, one that relates the origins of it. In this first story of the Early Years, you will see the Keeper barely an adult and leaving his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness… Blain (Isaac the Pirate) illustrates on a story by Trondheim and Sfar.
Fun, adventure, suspense and… wry satire.
“Thrilling action and gentle whimsy nestle comfortably together in this swashbuckling fantasy” –Publishers Weekly
61/2 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-439-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 2
Armageddon
Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, KERASCOET

Marvin, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, simply cannot be let to die like he wishes! Whatever he loses, he regains in different powers. He’s even become invincible. It’s to the point where he’d rather exchange body parts to get back his mortality. But then he is led to a discovery that may make continuing to live actually worth it. Art by the team behind “Miss Don’t Touch Me” and “Beauty.”
“There are quests, battles, romps in bed, disappearances, reunions, invisible monsters, trials and “granny’s good cake,” enough for any ten lesser books.”
Asimov’s

61/2×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-477-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW

DUNGEON: Twilight set
Vols. 1-3
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, KERASCOET, OBION

DUNGEON: Twilight setThe first 3 books in this part of the great saga in one specially priced set. The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT.
Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world, its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6 ½ x 9, 288pp, full color set of 3 volumes, $39.99 9781561639069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW

DUNGEON: Early Years set
Vols. 1,2
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, Christophe BLAIN

DUNGEON: Early Years set Vols. 1,2A darkly funny satire of fantasy that brings together the first two volumes of the Early Years, this collection relates the origins of the vast world of Dungeon. In this first story of the Early Years, the Keeper leaves his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness and becomes the Night Shirt—a misguided vigilante who renders justice nightly. In the second story, the Night Shirt stumbles upon Alexandra, the one he pines for, about to be raped and comes to her valiant and heroic rescue with romantic bravura. Perfect for lovers of heroic fantasy and dark humor, this two-volume set is the complete run of this subseries of Dungeon. SPECIAL PRICE!

6 ½ x 9, 192pp. full color set of 2 volumes, $27.99 ISBN 9781561639328

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolicit:

DUNGEON Zenith set
Volumes 1-3
Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, BOULET

Dungeon Zenith set Volumes 1-3Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press! SPECIALLY PRICED!
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY I KILLED PETER
ALFRED & Olivier KA
By the artist on the new Dungeon Twilight 4! “Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It’s like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came in the picture.”
Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within him but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out and finally revisiting the man when close to death and his coming to grips. A very moving , topical and important work, sensitively presented.

“If there is a healing process, this unforgettable graphic reminiscence is surely its catalyst.” –Miami Herald

“This is an excellent work. Recommended.”
Comic Book Resources

6×9, 112pp., full color clothbound jacketed, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-543-6

 

 

 

 

Songs of Our Ancestors,
Vol.3: THE TREE OF LOVE
Patrick ATANGAN

By the artist of the recently released Invincible Days. Celebrates India’s tradition of elevating romance to a work of art. Atangan adapts Rajput polyptych paintings of northern India and transforms them into a unique and poetic comic experience. Tree of Love follows a prince’s courtship of a flower peddler. The young prince is surprised by the difficulty in proving the worthiness of what everyone sees as a common woman. But she has a secret, a special gift bound in the beauty and power of nature.
Each page faithfully ornaments Tree of Love’s painfully universal story about the intricacies of love.

“Atangan’s beautiful art and attention to authentic detail cast a spell of enchantment.”
-Publishers Weekly

81/2x 61/2″, 48pp., full color hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-438-5

 

More Dungeon Goodness…

Looking for a good gift for a Dungeon fan? Looking to start and/or complete your collection? In celebration of Dungeon Month this November, NBM is rereleasing the Zenith collector set, complete with all three volumes of Zenith! Zenith is not alone, Dungeon The Early Years is getting its own set with the two volumes. To accompany the fourth and final volume of Twilight, the first three volumes are also being offered together at a special price! These volumes contain volumes previously out of print. This is the right time to get immersed in the world of Dungeon! See our Dungeon page for more information.

Dungeon Zenith set Volumes 1-3

Dungeon Zenith set
Volumes 1-3
Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Boulet

Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press!
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, normally $43, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2

BACK IN STOCK IN NOVEMBER

DUNGEON: Twilight set
DUNGEON: Twilight set
Vols. 1-3
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Kerascoet, Obion
The first 3 books in this part of the great saga in one specially priced set. The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as TWILIGHT.
Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world, its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.
6 ½ x 9, 288pp, full color set of 3 volumes, $39.99 9781561639069

Previews

DUNGEON: Early Years set Vols. 1,2
DUNGEON: Early Years set
Vols. 1,2
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Christophe Blain
A darkly funny satire of fantasy that brings together the first two volumes of the Early Years, this collection relates the origins of the vast world of Dungeon. In this first story of the Early Years, the Keeper leaves his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness and becomes the Night Shirt—a misguided vigilante who renders justice nightly. In the second story, the Night Shirt stumbles upon Alexandra, the one he pines for, about to be raped and comes to her valiant and heroic rescue with romantic bravura. Perfect for lovers of heroic fantasy and dark humor, this two-volume set is the complete run of this subseries of Dungeon.
6 ½ x 9, 192pp. full color set of 2 volumes, $27.99 9781561636990

Previews

It’s a great time to be a Dungeon fan!

Get locked up in the Dungeon!

Christmas is coming early this year! To celebrate the release of the fourth and final volume of Dungeon Twilight, NBM is rereleasing classic editions of Dungeon! Dungeon: Twilight Vol. 2, Dungeon: Zenith Vol. 3, and Dungeon Early Years Vol. 1 all return to print after much reader demand. Fill in the gaps of your collection this November!

For those of you new to the Dungeon, you need to see it to believe it! Part parody, part adventure, and all fun- join Marvin the Dragon, Marvin the Red, Herbert, The Keeper, Zakutu through all corners of the saga. The Early Years present the creation of Dungeon, Zenith relates the height of Dungeon, Twilight tells of the demise of Dungeon. Dungeon Monstres retells great adventures of secondary characters and Dungeon Parade is between volume 1 and 2 of Zenith with funny stories of Marvin & Herbert. Are you ready to get lost in the Dungeon?  See NBM’s Dungeon Page for more information and place your order today.

The creator of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward, holds Dungeon in great acclaim:

“Dungeon comics — that’s a big inspiration for me and the crew who write on the show. Dungeon’s a great comic, and I look to it for the sort of casual conversation they have with the big fantasy world that they all live in.”

Lock yourself up with the Dungeon series this November! 

NBM Heads To TCAF! Dillies! Hobbs! Tuazon! Lonergan! Blain!

This weekend, May 10th and 11th The Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling team up once again to present the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF) with several NBM authors in attendance.  We’ll be holding court at Table 172, so come on by!

Renaud Dillies will be a featured guest and will be making TCAF his first ever North American comics event.

Dillies is the creative force behind Betty Blues and Bubbles & Gondola and illustrated Abelard with writer Régis Hautière.

BETTY BLUES

On Saturday, he’ll be appearing at the Toronto Reference Library: Comics Workshop Space leading the workshop,  “Drawing Music.”

On Sunday, he’ll receive his own spotlight panel from 4pm-5pm.

All the way from Paris, France, TCAF is proud to welcome Featured Guest Renaud Dillies. Author of the acclaimed graphic novels Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola, and the Angouleme “Debut Book Prize” winner Betty Blues. In this feature interview, The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon will interview Dillies on his life, his career, and his inspirations. French/English interpretation by Stephane Beaujean.

Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon

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From the creative team behind The Broadcast, NBM is proud to be debuting their new book, Family Ties at TCAF.

Hoping to secure a future for his children, an aging Alaskan crime boss 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, Family Ties is The Godfather as a Shakespearean tragedy in this epic tale of betrayal and loss.

 

Jesse Lonergan

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Jesse, the author of Flower & Fade  and Joe & Azat will be appearing to support his new book, the baseball coming of age tale, All Star.

On Saturday from 11am-12pm, Jesse will be appearing on the panel:

Sports Vs. Comic Books: Making Peace Between Schoolyard Enemies.


Jocks Vs. Nerds is an engrained trope, but times have thankfully changed. The North American comics industry is catching up to its European and Japanese compatriots, realizing that blending popular sporting events with comics and graphic novels goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the result are great comics that appeal to an entirely new artist. Join authors Box Brown (Andre The Giant), Reinhard Kleist (The Boxer), Wai Au (Fujosports), Jesse Lonergan (All-Star), and moderator Jimmy Aquino (Comics News Insider), for a spirited discussion of this emerging genre of comics!

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Christophe Blain, the author Isaac the Pirate, Gus, and Dungeon the Early Years (with Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim) will be hosting one of the Comics Workshops, “Drawing” on Saturday at 2pm.

Signing Schedule – Table 172

Saturday

  • 9am-10am Jesse Lonergan
  • 10am-12pm  Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
  • 1pm-2pm Renaud Dillies
  • 2pm-3pm  Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
  • 3pm-4pm Jesse Lonergan
  • 4pm-5pm Renaud Dillies


Sunday

  • 11am-12pm Christophe Blain
  • 12pm-1pm Renaud Dillies
  • 1pm-2pm  Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon
  • 2pm-3pm Jesse Lonergan
  • 3pm-4pm Renaud Dillies
  • 4pm-5pm Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon

 

For more details, visit torontocomics.com

NBM in August: Liberatore is back!

EUROTICA takes center stage this month, as solicited for in comics bookstores, as we bring the great Italian artist LIBERATORE back with an amazing art book:

LE DONNE
Liberatore
 The Italian artist of the controversial RanXerox comic series which shook the world of comics in the eighties presents women in-your-face proud of their feminity. Women in all their physical glory but without the softness or subservience. This explores limits without shame or fear and is occasionally pornographic, bizarre, or even disturbing. Includes chapters entitled “Desire”, “Pulse” with stark black & white illustrations, “Embraces” with a fearless abandonment to sheer lust, “Chiaroscuro”, “Intimacies” with never before seen angles on the nude figure, “Flesh” with soft beautiful aquarelles. This book challenges and does not leave indifferent.
9×12, 168pp., full color clothbound: $39.99, ISBN 9781561637133

See Previews. (must be over 18)

Outside of Eurotica, this month, NBM has two new sets of books to catch up on some of our awesome series and authors:

                                                                                                                                                       

Dungeon, The Early Years set
Banding together the two volumes of this branch of the vast history of Dungeon, a tongue-in-cheek epic by two grand masters of the new comics generation, The Early Years relates the origins. From leaving home a lad full of enterprise to becoming the Night Shirt, a misguided vigilante, to his initiation to the very dark realities of governing, we follow the Dungeon Keeper on his dramatic dangerous path to power.
6 ½ x 9, 192pp., banded set of two books, full color trade pbs., $24.99,
ISBN 9781561636990

See previews.

Jewish in America, set of graphic novels by Neil Kleid
Art by Jake Allen and Nicholas Cinquegrani
Rising star and award-winning comics writer Neil Kleid explores two aspects of being Jewish in America in this banded set of his two highly praised graphic novels: Brownsville and The Big Kahn. Brownsville presents factually the rise and fall of ‘Murder, Inc.’, a group of assassin for hire Jews in the mob in the twenties. The Big Kahn, with its Rabbi who turns out to have never been Jewish, explores the very nature of faith.
Specially priced!
6×9, 390pp., banded set of two B&W trade pbs., $24.99, ISBN 9781561637003

See previews (Big Khan) and for Brownsville.

And look out for the following from PAPERCUTZ:

Ninjago #4 our bestselling series, this one with a 425,000 copy print run! and from Classics Illustrated #16: “Kidnapped” a Robert Louis Stevenson novel adapted by Mike Vosburg.

ALL THIS BEING SOLICITED FOR AT YOUR COMICS BOOKSTORE NOW!

Next week in stores: Things Undone & the new Dungeon

Comics stores should receive next week Shane White’s new Things Undone as well as the latest volume in the growingly popular Dungeon series.

Shane White’s latest is quite a departure from the previous North Country he did with us. The art style is cartoonier, the premise humorful but real where the main character feels like he’s going nowhere fast and literally becoming a zombie. Shane’s been talking about it quite a bit here on his own.

As for Dungeon, brilliantly written by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar, here too, character development is one of the key aspects of the success of this series. It may be a dark spoof of heroic fantasy involving some strange creatures, but you can relate to them very personally. In this volume, the second volume of the Early Years part of the grand saga, the art is by no less a magician than Christophe Blain, of Isaac the Pirate fame!

Don’t miss ’em at your store next week and if you don’t see ’em, request ’em! Stores are gun shy in this economy,  ordering the least they feel they need. If your store hasn’t ordered these, they can get them easily through book wholesalers like Ingram’s or ourselves. And of course, you can also order direct from us or Amazon.

NBM in August: Things Undone and Dungeon

Here’s what we’re soliciting for in comics stores right now!

First up, the great artist Shane (North Country) White is back with:

THINGS UNDONE
Foreword by Robert Kirkman
The author of the acclaimed “North Country” is back with a dark comedy. Despite Rick Watt’s best efforts to keep it together, he feels his life is falling apart, turning him into a zombie. After a cross-country move with girlfriend in tow, his fresh start turns into a festering mess. As a video game artist, Rick is subjected to the incompetence of three bosses and a kinky art director. His overactive imagination helps him cope until… his seven-year relationship tailspins and his ex takes flight with the guy across the parking lot. Other jobs and a new GF don’t look any better. Caught between his fantasy world and reality, Rick decides to pull the trigger.
With a foreword by Robert Kirkman, creator of the Walking Dead.
6×9, 80pp., 2 color trade pb.: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-563-4

This is in radically different style than North Country which shows off Shane’s incredible range. See the preview pages and then compare with preview pages of North Country, you’ll see what we mean.

Also in August a new Dungeon book:

DUNGEON The Early Years
Vol.2: Innocence Lost
Christophe BLAIN • Joann SFAR • Lewis TRONDHEIM
Hyacinthe, Dungeon Keeper to be, continues to render justice in a cloak nightly as The Night Shirt and stumbles upon the one he pines for, Alexandra, an assassin, about to be raped! After his valiant and heroic rescue, his wettest dreams come true… with dire consequences. In the second story which happens quite a few years later, he’s married and a poor husband, worse even, a poor lover, until Alexandra plots to gain him back. Cloak and dagger with romantic bravura! And you thought he didn’t have it in him. Art by Eisner nominated Blain (Gus) and story by legendary Trondheim and Eisner nominated Sfar (Rabbi’s Cat).
6 1/2x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-564-1

Also, Eurotica presents its next issue of Sizzle:

SIZZLE # 43
Kevin Taylor is back with the final installment of “Girl, Second Coming”! Plus Omaha the Cat Dancer, Barbarian Chicks, Casa Howhard and more!
Quarterly adult comics magazine, $5.95

So reserve your copies now at your favorite comics store!