NBM Receives Two Eisner Nominations!

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Well, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2017 Eisner Awards and we’re incredibly excited that two of our books received recognition.

Our first nomination is for, Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo, by Sandrine Revel.  Just in time for Revel’s tour and appearance at TCAF, this nomination is in the category of Best Reality-Based Work.

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.

2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world’s leading orchestras.

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Our second nomination is in the category of Best U.S. Edition of International Material for Equinoxes, by Cyril Pedrosa, translated by Joe Johnson.

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 another’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.

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The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 21 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

Congratulations to the other nominees!

WIN A PAINTING BY PEDROSA!

 

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Enter to win a painted sketch by Cyril Pedrosa as you see here when you order a copy of his EQUINOXES or $45 worth of any other books (shipping not included) if you order by Monday the 3rd!

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These are all painted sketches on fine paper 8 1/2 x 11 of his characters from the amazing Equinoxes published this month and called by Scott McCloud ‘An impressive feast of a book’ and by Publishers Weekly ‘A lavish tribute to the power of sequential art.’

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4 PEOPLE WILL WIN THIS WEEK. Will you be one of them?

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Equinoxes: Give onto Caesar…

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On some inconsequential day, all filled with myself, I dared declare on the mike of a radio show that an author ‘faces creation alone.’
These aren’t the exact words but I’m still ashamed to this day to have pronounced publicly such an inept comment.
Even if the work of a comics author is a fairly solitary practice, the fact is one never creates alone.
Outside influences, close or far removed, encounters, intellectual, friendly or of love, all feed in, of course, to the work of an author.
These are often even decisive.

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After reading through the first draft of my script for « Equinoxes ,» my editor Jose-Louis Bocquet remarked, amongst a thousand pertinent critiques, “something was missing:” A stronger link between the characters, so as to flow between them more naturally. Also a means needed to be found of assuring good transition between the comics passages and the written monologues.
He was right and I was tormented for weeks, not able to find solutions to these problems.

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Rather happily, I’m lucky enough to live with Roxanne Moreil, a woman far more curious and cultivated than I am. She spoke to me of Viviane Maier, whose work in photography had just been discovered the echos of which had reached Europe.

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(autoportrait of Vivian Maier. 18 october 1953, New York)

I was, like many, impressed by the quality of her photography and by the nobility of her own personal story. Vivian Maier had constructed with resolve a masterful oeuvre without any recognition, glory or financial reward.
From her story, now known across the world, was born in “Equinoxes” the character of Camille, a young photographer, anxious, filled with doubt, whose portraits provide access into the internal voices of the characters.
And thus did Camille become a key element of the story without whom it would have been banal.
Thanks be then to Jose-Louis Bocquet, Roxanne Moreil, and Vivian Maier.

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Meet me on my tour! I’ll be at SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend.

Pedrosa at the Albertine bookstore

Great event yesterday evening at the French Cultural Services with Cyril Pedrosa discussing Equinoxes with Bill Kartalopoulos and comparing artist notes with Gabrielle Bell.

This opened up Cyril’s tour in NYC and DC. Next: after a few appearances at the Parsons School and Ben Katchor’s class and then at MICA, the art school in Baltimore, he’s a special guest of SPX Saturday and guest of the Brooklyn Book Fair Sunday! See more here.

Here’s a few photos:

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As you can see, it’s beautiful space in a classic mansion on 5th ave…

See you at SPX or BBF this weekend?

NBM at Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday

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This Sunday, NBM will be attending the Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City, with author Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) on hand as a guest of the show.

The festival, which runs September 18th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM at 209 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn is a must-attend event.

The NBM Booth (#135) will have all of our latest titles and Pedrosa throughout the day as well as appearing on a panel:

Signing schedule:

  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM -2:30 PM
  • 4:00 PM-5:30 PM


Panel: 3:00pm Can You Draw the Meaning of Life?

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St.)

Three comics creators take on big questions–philosophical, scientific, spiritual. Lauren Redniss (Thunder & Lightning) explores the past, present, and controversial future of our world through weather phenomenons. Best-selling French creator Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) reflects on the connections made between people over time and space. And Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning) asks in a tragic yet beautiful memoir about his young daughter’s death: can you capture the meaning of a life, as you mourn its loss? Moderated by cartoonist and choreographer Kriota Willberg ((No) Pain!).

For more details visit www.brooklynbookfestival.org

NBM Announces SPX Schedule

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This weekend, NBM heads to Bethesda for the annual Small Press Expo (SPX).

Cyril Pedrosa will be on hand as a guest of the show, and will also be signing copies of his new book from NBM, Equinoxes.

We’ll be at the show all weekend (Booth #W51-52), but Cyril will only be attending on Saturday.

Signing schedule:

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Among the titles you’ll find on hand include:

Equinoxes by Cyril Pedrosa 
Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

Marie Antionette, Phantom Queen by Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe
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.

Breaking The 10 v. 1 by Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa
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.

The Louvre Collection: Guardians of The Louvre by Jirô Taniguchi
A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. Lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre a Japanese designer discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history.

Thoreau: A Sublime Life by A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today, of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

For more details visit smallpressexpo.com

 

 

Equinoxes: “The First Page “

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Comics has a common point with golf, Thai cooking, and probably most human endeavors.
If you keep practicing it for years, eight to twelve hours per day, you end up acquiring a kind of expertise.
But this expertise does not prepare you for when, once your script is finished, the question comes: “how to draw this story?”
No, not ‘a story’ in a general sense, this particular story, the one you just wrote.
Does it require a very controlled style, or conversely, a more spontaneous one? What degree of realism is necessary for it? Will color pencils give a better rendering than ink or brush of the characters’ emotions?

For a few years now, I’ve become convinced (and it may be one of my few theories I’m certain of on the matter) that the style of drawing, the choice of graphic form has a profound influence on the narration.
The consequence of this conviction has been to forget about having one ‘style’, a regular way of drawing, but find the right form for each new book.
I reach that goal too scarcely to my taste, constrained by my technical limits, but I push myself nevertheless.
Some books even require changing styles while in the story. In the case of Equinoxes, it seemed necessary to differentiate each season.
The characters go in the direction of their summer, from shadow to light, and the drawing needed to participate in this progression.
Drawing the first page of this book was drawing the first step in this progression.

To achieve this, I used a secret method used by many authors.
This consists in going around your drawing table, look at the white sheet, drink some coffee, smoke some cigarettes, get up to read your e-mails, return to the drawing table, get up[ again to go do some shopping, come back to the drawing table, get back up to see if any new emails came in, etc, etc…
All this for a number of days without managing to draw one single line.
You have no idea whatsoever how to draw this story and it’d be best to change careers. You sleep little, have a stomach ache, you’re utterly ridiculous.
But, after a while, the anxiety is so strong you draw anything, whatever, as it comes to you, instinctively.
And this ‘whatever’ bizarrely becomes the first page of the book.

This first version of the first page of the prologue to Fall enabled me to draw the second, then another, etc… in their first version, these first pages looked like this:

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A few months later, having gotten to the Winter prologue, I finally found a style which seemed more appropriate for these parts of the narration.
It was essential all the prologues have the same style, so I had to redraw these first 15 pages.
Accepting that you will make mistakes to find something seems an implacable rule.

See more about Equinoxes

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