NBM January 2020 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an January 2020 release.

NEW

LINCOLN HIGHWAY 750
Written by Bernard Chambaz, Illustrated by Barroux

“I hate marathons. Hate running. An hour before leaving, I received a text. Instead of ‘Good luck,’ it was ‘We’re finished.’ So, I went to a bar next to the subway on 95th. Had a few bourbons with some other mope. Then I got on a bike. I took off down the old Highway 750, the Lincoln Highway.”

Forget Route 66. This is the original cross-country highway that takes you through REAL America, the first to cross all of the US from the Big Apple to the City on the Bay. This is THE road trip. On a bike.

8×11, 88pp. Black and White Trade paperback., $12.99/$16.99 CAN PB ISBN: 978168112245851299; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191813

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ZOMBILLENIUM SET, VOLS. 1-4
By Arthur de Pins

Specially priced set of the 4 volumes out in this bestselling series. Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the horror theme park Zombillenium.

They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he ends up hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

3 book banded set (vols. 1-2 omnibus, 3, 4), 192pp., Full Color Hardcovers, Normally $52, specially priced at $46.99/$61.50 CANHC ISBN: 978168112240354699; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191814

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AVAILABLE AGAIN


TRAILERS
Written by Mark Kneece , Illustrated by Julie Collins

Josh Clayton’s mother has killed a man and left Josh in charge of disposing of the body. The trouble is, the body will not stay put. From dogs to low-life trailer park denizens, Josh’s life slips ever more deeply into hell as he attempts to keep the corpse under wraps.

Josh, a sensitive teenager, attempts to persevere in the face of a morbid dilemma: guilt and fear over the crime conflict with his reluctant devotion to his mother. In the meantime, he has the additional task of taking care of his younger brothers and sister while enduring the ordinary minefield known as high school.

As pressure on Josh builds to critical mass, he suddenly finds himself involved in a relationship with Michelle. She tries to understand him. And, to her credit, she almost does. Josh is forced to take a difficult stand against his own mother or never be able to move on.

By two members of the faculty of sequential art at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

6×9, 164pp., Black &White , jacketed hardcover: $17.95/23.50 CAN
HC ISBN:978156163441551795; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191819


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PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
Written and Illustrated by T.J. Kirsch

In a sleepy New England town, Andrew Peters is born into an abusive family. As he grows older, he seems to be on the right track, using writing as his outlet – but his best friend Whitey is always around pulling him in the opposite direction. Andrew eventually lands himself in prison, and shortly thereafter, learns he has a daughter. The shock resolves him to a path of redemption and an attempt to live his life as a decent man.

6×9, 96pp., Full Color Hardcover, $19.99/$25.99HC ISBN: 978168112120851999; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191818

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THE INITIATES: A COMIC ARTIST AND A WINE ARTISAN EXCHANGE JOBS
Created by Etienne Davodeau

The sold out hardcover now in paperback!

Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making. Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He’s rarely even read comics. But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?

To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar.

Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs. The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.

With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults)

8×11, 272pp., Black & White trade paperback: $19.99/$25.99 CAN; ISBN 978168112133851999; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191816

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LULU ANEW
Written and Illustrated By Etienne Davodeau

At the end of yet another unproductive job interview, Lulu, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. She’s got a husband and kids left bewildered but it’s nothing against them. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it.

Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman. By the author of the acclaimed The Initiates.

8.5 x 11, 160pp. Full Color Hardcover, $27.99/$36.50 CAN HC ISBN: 978156163972452799; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191817

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FLOWER & FADE
Written and Illustrated By Jesse Lonergan

Kyle has just settled in to his new city and job. He doesn’t know anyone around but it’s comfy enough in its boring routine. Erika, a pretty neighbor, catches his eye. They meet, they talk. Before they know it, they’re an ‘item.’ Before they know it, in fact, they’re very very together. It’s a high but it’s frightening. Is it really the right choice? Are they really for each other or just escaping loneliness? There’s great moments. There’s doubts. In the midst of happiness, Kyle gets nightmares of pulling his teeth out.

Jesse Lonergan’s simple style is moody, subdued, lets the pictures mostly do the talking over an expansive graphic novel that is very real and explorative.

6×9, 192 pp., Black & White trade paperback., $13.95/$18.50 PB ISBN 978156163496551395; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191815

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Back to the Beginning

Just after I graduated college I lived in Chicago for a couple of years, and I had this notion of doing comics. I spent about a year working on this silly superhero comic that I thought was about all sorts of things (the rise of multinationalism and the corporatization of the media), but was really about nothing. I had a friend named Brad, who I talked comics with. I showed him this superhero comic, and over drinks at a bar, he said, “You shouldn’t do any more comics like that. It’s not very good.”

And as soon as he said it I knew he was right.

Which started me off on a whole new direction. I had this idea comics that worked more like poems or songs. No need for a narrative. No need for character names. The only goal was to get at an emotion as raw and pure and undiluted as possible. There were some successes, and some failures.

And it was these comics that lead to my first book with NBM, Flower and Fade. The title of which was taken from D.H. Lawrence:

“Life and love are life and love, a bunch of violets is a bunch of violets, and to drag in the idea of a point is to ruin everything. Live and let live, love and let love, flower and fade, and follow the natural curve, which flows on, pointless.”

I was very serious.

01 These Days

Our graphic novels on iPhone!

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You may have heard, we are starting to make our graphic novels available on iPhone through the newly launched company Panelfly (or on iTunes here). We’ve seen their app in action, it’s smooth, it’s fast, it’s supercool, presents the comics well.

So we’ve got books by authors we’re publishing new stuff from this season: Rick Geary’s acclaimed Lindbergh Child, Neil Kleid’s Brownsville, Shane White’s North Country, Jesse Lonergan’s Flower & Fade, Naomi Nowak’s Unholy Kinship. We plan on having Ted Rall up next, Richard Moore’s Boneyard and more as we go! Stay tuned.

We also plan to go with other such companies and not just mobile, we’ll have announcements soon on that.

Just another way to enjoy our good stuff. Go check it out!

September: Joe & Azat and Eurotica brings back out The Story of O

In September, as solicited for presently in comics shops, NBM presents Jesse (Flower & Fade) Lonergan’s next GN:

JOE & AZAT
Jesse LONERGAN
Joe is an American in the strange land of Turkmenistan who finds a good friend in Azat, a Turkmen dreamer whose optimism knows no bounds. With tales of doomed desert cab rides, nights of endless vodka shots, unlikely Turkmen business schemes, and secret girlfriends, Lonergan captures not only the bizarreness of living in a country where the president for life launches copies of his poetry books into space, outlaws gold teeth and renames the months and days, but also reveals that there is hope in seemingly hopeless situations. Based loosely on Lonergan’s Peace Corps experience in the former Soviet republic.
6×9, 104 pp., B&W trade pb.: $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-570-2

Jesse’s been blogging regularly about this book and other musings. This is an entertaining travelog of sorts, a great bit of escape into the wilds of the world (see the preview pages). If you’ve missed his Flower & Fade, check it out. It’s about a relationship that comes and goes. Sounds run of the mill, right? Well, it’s how Jesse handles it that’s, once again, quite entertaining and different. See the previews.

Also of note this September is Eurotica bringing back out the long out of print classic The Story of O as adapted to comics by erotic comics master Guido Crepax. We started Eurotica back in the late eighties with this great masterpiece of bondage and sold tens of thousands of copies in a few volumes over the years. But this time we’re doing it as an omnibus, as they like to call ’em now, and a handsome clothbound edition as we did for First Time.

With all the bunk readily available in adult on the net, Eurotica continues to provide something worth actually keeping on your shelf:

THE STORY OF O
Pauline REAGE • Guido CREPAX
The classic is back! Pauline Reage’s classic of submission and bondage shocked the world when it came out in the fifties. The great Italian erotic comics artist Crepax then adapted it into comics in the mid seventies. Eurotica started with this book and sold tens of thousands of copies in a multi-volume edition. The story of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer who, out of love for her man, is willingly blindfolded, chained, whipped, branded, pierced, and taken by many men in all ways, O is one of the all-time great classics of erotic literature and Crepax’ adaptation stands equally as one the great classics of erotic comics. Out of print for some years, it is now brought back in a beautiful, library-worthy omnibus edition with gold stamped jacket and cloth.
8 1/2 x 11, 176pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $24.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-573-3

See more including preview pages (go to Coming Up, you must be over 18)