NBM Heads to Chicago for BookCon and BEA!

This week, NBM heads to the Windy City, Chicago, for two amazing events.

On May 11-13th, we’ll be at BookExpo America and on May 14th, we’ll be at BookCon, both events held at McCormick Place (we’re going to be located at Booth #1967).

BookExpo America is a book and author event for the book industry and BookCon is open to the general public, where authors, publishers, celebrities and creators of content will be appearing, and includes panels, autograph sessions, storytelling podcasts, special screenings, and more.

We’ll have our latest titles on hand, including GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE by Jirô Taniguchi, THOREAU: A Sublime Life by A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy, CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE by David Prudhomme, the sixth volume of  DUNGEON Monstres: The Great Animator by  Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, and Nicolas Keramidas and much more.

In addition, the events will be the first place where you can check out many of our upcoming titles including:

BREAKING THE TEN
By Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa

When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’? Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
By Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe
During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling Girl in Dior.

 EQUINOXES
By Cyril Pedro

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one and other’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer. Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

ELVIS
By Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff

Stepping into Sun Studios in 1954 Elvis Aron Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right”. Little did he know he would soon revolutionize music and culture worldwide. This graphic novel biography starts with the story of “The King’s” humble beginnings in Mississippi, detailing, every step of the way, his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom.  It includes his service in the military, his extensive record as a Hollywood film star, his complicated family life, finally ending on the last days of the Hound Dog. Le Henanff’s striking photo-quality painting reconstructs Elvis’s life in a presentation that practically dances off the page!

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: BLACK DAHLIA
By Rick Geary
On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two. From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22 year old woman who had become known as “Black Dahlia” because of her striking appearance. She had moved to LA to make it in show business. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA’s notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous “Black Dahlia Avenger” admitting to the crime. More letters follow toying with the LAPD. Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest installment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.

GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
By Sandrine Revel

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

Be sure to follow NBM on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute announcements or changes.

 

NBM in February: More DUNGEON Monstres

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New to the DUNGEON series? Want to relive great moments before the release of DUNGEON MONSTRES VOL. 6? This month’s Diamond Previews samples some of the best the Dungeon series, and French comic artists as a whole, have to offer.

 

DUNGEON: Monstres tells stories of the secondary characters in the series, each drawn by a different well-known French artist. These stories can be read as standalone, but when read  in conjunction with the series, the overall takeaway is more enriching.

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DUNGEON: Monstres, Vol.2
The Dark Lord
Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, BLANQUET, ANDREAS

Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way. Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.
6 x9, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-540-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN084135

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DUNGEON: Monstres
Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer

In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.
6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-591-7

Diamond Order Code: JUL101071

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DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

Diamond Order Code: FEB111104

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Vol. 5: My Son the Killer
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with his Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $14.99; ISBN 9781561639373

Diamond Order Code: APR151602

Previews

Be sure to order your copies today from your favorite comic book store in December’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more visit our website.

NBM for February: Dungeon Monstres at War!

Coming this February is another look at the expansive world of DUNGEON, created by comics legends Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim. NBM has published over 15 volumes of the French series- called a cross between Adventure Time and Dungeons and Dragons. Click here for an excellent summary of the series.

DUNGEON MONSTRES, written by the series creators, features a guest artist on each story. Keramidas, An ex-Disney animator, (Luuna) brings to life “The Inventor’s Grimoire”  featuring the classic Dungeon characters: Marvin, Herbert, the Dungeon Keeper, and more! As the magical spell book falls into the wrong hands, the fate of the castle and the denizens of the realm, are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Cartoonist Stanislas, channels Herge’s ligne claire, clear line in “The Great Animator,” the second story in this volume, as Duckville is under attack and Craftiwich must build the most formidable of armies to have a chance of surviving. What lengths will he go to in order to secure his stronghold?

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DUNGEON Monsters,  vol. 6

 The Great Animator

Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas

In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost. In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 9781561639984

Diamond order code: DEC151464

Previews

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

Review Round-Up! ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3! DUNGEON MONSTRES V. 5!

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Here’s what the critics are saying:

ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3: Control Freaks by Arthur de Pins

 

 

“Arthur de Pins has crafted another gorgeous addition to the fabulous Zombillenium series…With clever, witty writing and exquisite, imaginative art, the undead have never seemed more human.”

Foreword Reviews

Zombillenium is a horror comedy that occasionally gets a little bit dark. The writing is clever, the stories feature some of the most fun and personable monsters imaginable…I love Zombillenium and recommend it for readers of all ages.”

Tony’s Tips, Blog of Wonder (on Volume 2: Gretchen)

DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5: My Son the Killer by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian

 

 

“Sarcastic, funny, and sometimes brilliantly appalling, these books will appeal to fans of fantasy without happy endings, and without any continuity needed for understanding the story. Sex, violence, death, and sophisticated dilemmas make this two-story volume and others in the subseries for older teens and adults.”

Library Journal

Paste Names Dungeon One of “10 Essential Euro Comics That Should Belong in Every Collection”

NBM in June: More Dungeon Monstres

We may have seen the end of Dungeon in Twilight Vol. 4, last November.

BUT  there are many more stories to tell in this expansive world!

This June, NBM returns to DUNGEON with two more stories from Dungeon lore! DUNGEON MONSTRES retells great adventures of secondary characters. In DUNGEON MONSTRES VOL. 5 witness toddler Marvin the Dragon  meet the future Dungeon Keeper for the first time, setting up a partnership for years to come! This and more gruesome exploits of  The Night Shirt (from DUNGEON: THE EARLY YEARS) in “My Son the Killer”. Then,  in “Soldiers of Honor”, two brothers are put to the test of both blood and loyalty to their army’s cause. What happens next is tragic yet strikingly beautiful in its rendering.

Dungeon creators Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar return to provide the script with award winning artists Blutch and Frederic Bezian each illustrating a story.

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DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5
My Son the Killer

Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with her Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $15.99

ISBN 9781561639373

Diamond Order Code: APR151602

Be sure to order your copy today from your favorite comic book store in April’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more, click here.

Review Round-Up: BEAUTY, TWILIGHT: THE END OF DUNGEON & More!

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

 

 

“As usual, Dungeon is freaking awesome. It’s a story that you can jump into in the middle of and get a gander at what’s happening. You do not need to know any of the inside jokes. The characters are fun. Its non-stop action. What more can you ask for?”

Sequential Tart

“This graphic-novel series, originally satire, finishes as a rounded-out, stand-alone story that is more than the sum of its jokes. This volume is a strong recommendation to current fans, and the series represents a good next step for Adventure Time devotees looking for something equally snappy, but more adult.”

Foreword Reviews

BEAUTY

 

 

Beauty is rather long and took quite a while to finish but the reader will find it rewarding. Hubert explores the underlying tone of desire well with his writing and how beauty can be a curse sometimes.”

Parka Blogs

“It reveals of the human condition is a horror story in its own right…This cautionary tale by the French writer Hubert is illustrated by “Kerascoet,” a husband-and-wife team of French cartoonists. They employ a style reminiscent of Japanese woodblocks and other art from that country’s rich illustrative tradition. This retro style is perfectly suited to a fairy tale – nothing modern would have worked as well – while the Asian influence lends an exotic, timeless touch to Western eyes.”

The Comics Round Table

“This beautiful, full-color edition showcases the artistic talents of Kerascoët. The combination of simple yet expressive figures against lush, painterly backgrounds is an exquisite example of European comic making. Collected into one volume and translated from the French by Johnson, Hubert’s work takes the fairy-tale trope and removes from it all the cheesecake Disneyness, giving the cautionary tale back its edge and teeth. This engrossing, subtly feminist story will have adult readers wanting to examine the underbelly of other traditional fairy stories.”

Booklist

 

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

 

 

“Kerascoet employs… a retro pen-and-ink that with a hint of impressionism – the prevailing art style of the time. The style is strong enough to cover the emotional range of the book, which is significant, and light-hearted enough to carry the reader through the painful parts.”

The Comics Round Table

PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE

 

 

“Phantoms of the Louvre is the ultimate mixed media project, as Bilal reinvents the history of 22 iconic works of art, tying them to a fictional muse or character whose story intersects with that of the painting/sculpture in some way. These phantoms, in turn, are depicted haunting the work, uniting art and story visually for the reader.

While Bilal’s artwork is striking, it’s the accompanying stories that sell Phantoms of the Louvre…A melange of art, history, and innovation, Phantoms of the Louvre is curious and unexpected.”

San Francisco Book Review

 

BETTY BLUES

 

 

“The art was a really rough fun sketch style that was very appealing…Enjoyable.”

Not Yet Read

A Great Year For Us: Thank You! Happy 2015!

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We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.

But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.

Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!