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.

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Coming Up: The Debut of the Girl In Dior

 

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We are very happy to announce our newest book: GIRL IN DIOR. Creator Annie Goetzinger portrays the origins of the House of Dior and its captivating leader, Christian Dior, all through the eyes of the fictitious Carla, fledgling fashion journalist whose life is about to take an exciting turn. This biography docudrama was originally printed in France to great acclaim and is now being translated to English after much request. See the solicitation in this month’s Diamond Previews magazine for February!

Praise for the French release:

“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
“A beautiful work, chic, brilliant and moving” -Questions de Femmes
“Sumptuous” -Le Nouvel Observateur

 

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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.

7 1/2 x 10 1/4, 128pp., full color quarterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover, $27.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-914-4

Order now through Previews at your local comic book store with Diamond order code: DEC141578

See previews, articles and more here. GIRL IN DIOR will be available everywhere in March.

Ghetto Brother Takes Over the Airwaves

GHETTO BROTHER: Warrior to Peacemaker, coming from NBM in April was featured on NPR- National Public Radio. On November 7th, NPR’s Backstory radio show had a feature on reconciliation and its limits throughout history. They touched upon the historic peace treaty on Hoe Street, orchestrated by Benjy Melendez, which united the gangs. On the radio program, Melendez recalled his experiences and Julian Voloj, creator of Ghetto Brother, the graphic novel detailing the life and times of Melendez, credited the peace treaty, and the resulting safer New York streets, to leading the way for the hip hop movement. The segment on Benjy Melendez and his peacekeeping Ghetto Brothers gang, filled with a lot of facts and first-hand accounts, starts at the 35 minute mark. Listen to the podcast version here.

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Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker was created by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering. The graphic novel comes out in April but has been on  reviewer’s radars for the past two years. Ahlering’s art for the book  was on display at the Columbia Barnard Kraft Center’s Jewish Art Salon, in New York City, last year. For previews and more visit our Ghetto Brothers webpage. To learn more about Melendez, check out this NY Daily News article.

Working on Lulu Anew

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We are finishing up the translation of Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau and I have to say, it is a gripping book. As the pages pass by my desk, this familial drama unfolds and I can’t wait to find out what happens! It’s a mystery, a romance, a tale of empowerment and weakness all rolled into one. Our NBM omnibus will collect both volumes of the French work. I just finished looking over Volume 1 and it reminds me a bit of Kate Chopin’s classic novel “The Awakening” mixed with a bit of “Death of a Salesman” or a Tennessee Williams play.

Comparing our translation to the original French is interesting as you get a feel for their writing style and how they fill the word balloons.  We decide minute details as to whether a person uses “huh”, “eh”, or “right” to validate their question and if a 16 year old girl would chose this word over that. But still, I get carried away in the story.

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The story is told during a gathering of friends and family of Lulu, a mother and wife who decided to leave her life behind, if only for a few days. There is tragedy and triumph in how the family (and close friends) cope and grieve and deal with Lulu’s need for a break.  In France, the graphic novel, which sold 200,000 copies, even inspired a major motion picture. Lulu femme nue, with Karin Viard in the title role, was released early this year.

 

Lulu Anew will be out in March. We will keep you updated when new information becomes available. For now, check out the preview pages here.

Comixology!

According to my sources at NBM, my new book, All Star, will be in comic book shops on March 12th (Jack Kerouac’s birthday)(sweet) and in regular book stores on April 1st (Jimmy Cliff’s birthday)(the harder they come), but this Wednesday you’ll be able to pick up the first chapter for ninety-nine cents on Comixology! And after that the whole book will be coming out chapter by chapter.

Yeah, man! The only way you could get these before was to be in the greater Boston area or see me at a comic convention, but now, thanks to modern technology, you can be anywhere in the world and get a look!