Cruising Through The Reviews of CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE

Author David Prudhomme is the author of the latest volume of the Louvre series, Cruising Through The Louvre.  Here’s what the critics are saying.

“Seen through the thoughtful eye of protagonist Prudhomme, the Louvre is a city of its own, filled with celebrities, quirks, familiar and oddball traditions; a microcosm of civilization exists among its myriad visitors…With its intimate eye on the human act of appreciating art, this book revels in the Louvre as a shared adventure that complements and illuminates its famous art.”

Publisher’s Weekly

 

“A wonderful, whimsical survey of art and the people who take pictures of it, the true gift of this particular work of art is the truth it reveals about the people holding it in their hands.”

Broken Frontier

 

Cruising Through the Louvre captures the seemingly random, headspinning, chaos and order, and magnificence of the Louvre…It is a gorgeous, playful artwork in and of itself about art, creating art, order, and randomness.”

NY Journal of Books

 

“An irreverent, giddy  contemplation of the ways we seek inspiration, the places we go to find it, and what it means to interact  with art in the twenty-first century.”

Booklist Online

 

“Once you’ve read Cruising Through The Louvre, like Prudhomme, you’ll be changed as well—you’ll start to view the world like Prudhomme, and see panels of humanity (that is, art) everywhere. Which is what good art does: it changes the way we look at life.”

Comics Bulletin

 

“An absorbing and silently thoughtful read from first page to last”

Midwest Book Review

 

“The story of Prudhomme wandering through the vaunted halls while looking for his significant other brings the whole venerated building firmly down to earth though, and cleverly uses the mechanics of the comic page to do so. In a metatextual twist, the experience of an art gallery being like a comic book is also commented on.”

True Jersey

“A nifty and unusual look at the Lovre, with attention being paid to the people as well as the paintings.”

Sequential Tart

 

“The Louvre has always been a place for the people. Give people a chance to enjoy art, and they will rise to it. Give them the Louvre, and you have provided heaven on earth. Prudhomme does not shun or ridicule the public’s hearty appetite for snapping photos and video…All that humanity enjoying their time in the Louvre for a multitude of reasons, no one reason being better or worse than the other! All this, Prudhomme manages to speak to in this quite remarkable book. Bravo! This is a keepsake that you will enjoy many times over.”

Comics Grinder

 

 

 

 

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Also available from NBM this April: More Louvre and Baseball-Themed All Star!

Alongside GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE, we are still offering our most recent installment of the Louvre Collection: CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE.

David Prudhomme’s Cruisng Through the Louvre takes a different path through the museum.  With his careful use of colored pencils, Prudhomme shows specific examples of how, in this case, life imitates art. From Ancient Egypt to the cell phone era, people’s actions are instantly recognizable in comparison.

 CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE

The Louvre Collection:

CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE
David Prudhomme

Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it. He discovers: a group of students somehow stuck together just like the shipwrecked on the Raft of the Medusa; a man behind the Seated Scribe, as if attempting to read over his shoulder; in the hall of antiquities, a woman placing her head in a lion’s mouth… For two hours, Prudhomme is witness to a strange silent and casual choreography, danced in the midst of one of the most prestigious museums in the world…
8 ½ x 11, 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99

ISBN 9781561639908

Diamond Order Number: NOV151526

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And, offered again just in time for the baseball season, is Jesse Lonergan’s ALL STAR , a look at the dark side of athletic stardom. Carl Carter, the star player of the Elizabeth Monarchs, is in his senior year and batting towards a full ride at the University of Maine. But life off the field becomes dangerous as the young athlete parties his cares away. A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, this graphic novel explores the fast pitches of high school life in a small town where it feels like the bases are loaded and a strikeout could have dire consequences for the future.

All Star

ALL STAR
Jesse Lonergan

Back in time for baseball season!
It’s the end of the school year in 1998. Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s Closing Time is on top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants.
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.
6×9, 176pp., B&W trade pb. $13.99,
ISBN 9781561638352

Diamond Order Code: JAN141247

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Be sure to order in February’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

 

 

NBM for January: Peek Inside The Louvre Collection

David Prudhomme is in good company. Other creators of The Louvre Collection include the prestigious Hirohiko Araki, the haunting Enki Bilal, the meticulous Eric Liberge, the classically inspired Marc-Antoine Mathieu, the whimsical Nicolas De Crecy,  and the unbeatable pair Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carriere.

 

The Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the museum. The results have been eye-popping.

Rohan at the Louvre

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
Another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure). Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC111139

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Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Diamond Order Code: MAR141266

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GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius.
De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.
8 ½ x11 , 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99, 
ISBN 9781561638550

Diamond Order Code: MAR141267

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AN ENCHANTMENT

AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

Diamond Order Code: OCT121137

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THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE

THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE
Bernar YSLAIRE & Jean-Claude CARRIERE

We go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. It’s the story of a painting of the Supreme Being, ordered by Robespierre from the famous painter David. A painting which was never made. It’s also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of Robespierre, this is also the portrayal of the face to face of two major actors of a revolution in a great hurry. Robespierre appears equally enlightened and lost while David accomplishes his destiny: a painter torn between political engagement and artistic ambition. Yslaire, one the great stars of French comics, delivers a stunning masterwork in an epic and disturbing graphic novel seeped in a dramatic and fascinating period of history.

101/2 x 111/2, 72pp. full color hardcover, $19.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-602-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC101009

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ON THE ODD HOURS

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge
This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-577-1

Diamond Order Code: DEC090958

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All of these are on sale now. Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in November’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

 

And don’t forget:

THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu
An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.

Only available as an e-book presently.

9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99
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NBM for January: David Prudhomme is Cruising Through the Louvre

NBM Publishing is starting the New Year in lavish style with a new installment in The Louvre Collection. Sponsored by the Louvre Museum, close to a dozen artists have been commissioned so far to bring their stories to life. Their only requirement: their work must feature the Louvre or the Louvre art collection in some way.

CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE

David Prudhomme’s Cruisng Through the Louvre takes a different path through the museum.  With his careful use of colored pencils, Prudhomme shows specific examples of how, in this case, life imitates art. From Ancient Egypt to the cell phone era, people’s actions are instantly recognizable in comparison.

CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE

 

CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE
David Prudhomme

Author David Prudhomme meanders through the Louvre, feeling as if in the panels of a giant comic while he himself is creating his own. In this institution, all manner of people from all over the world rub elbows quietly. So he decides to cruise through the Louvre at a quick pace, not to look at the art but to observe the people and their interaction with it. He discovers: a group of students somehow stuck together just like the shipwrecked on the Raft of the Medusa; a man behind the Seated Scribe, as if attempting to read over his shoulder; in the hall of antiquities, a woman placing her head in a lion’s mouth… For two hours, Prudhomme is witness to a strange silent and casual choreography, danced in the midst of one of the most prestigious museums in the world…
8 ½ x 11, 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 9781561639908

Diamond Order Code: NOV151526 

 

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Be sure to order in November’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

NBM is headed to San Fran! ALA Conference will have fall previews.

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NBM Publishing will be at the American Library Assocation Conference this weekend in San Francisco. We are at Booth 203, sharing the space with our sister-company, Papercutz.  There, we will have our recent titles on display as well as exclusive previews of our upcoming fall line.

 

See the first pages of Patrick Atangan’s FIRES ABOVE HYPERION , read Margreet de Heer’s RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS, and see the art from CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE, the latest in our LOUVRE COLLECTION.

WALKING WOUNDED

We will also be giving away advance review copies of WALKING WOUNDED: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael and  Olivier Morel. The preview—the first 44 pages of the graphic novel—will captivate and leave you anxious for the October general trade release!

 

See our upcoming fall titles on our newly updated “Coming Up” page. Which title are you most looking forward to? Let us know!