NBM Hits SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival!

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On the weekend of September 19th-20th, you can find NBM Publishing participating at two exciting events the 2015 Small Press Expo and The Brooklyn Book Festival.

And at both events we’ll be debuting three new titles, Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan , Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer and Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel.

 

Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan

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Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

“One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” 

In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.

 

Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

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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.

 

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

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For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. 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.

 

SPX Details and Signing Schedule

September 19th-20th; Located at E 1-2

Appearing Saturday Only: Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

Signing Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

 

 

Brooklyn Book Festival Details and Signing Schedule

September 20th; Located at Booth# 309

Appearing Sunday: Olivier Morel, Margreet de Heer,

Julian Voloj & Benjy Melendez

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

PANEL: Can’t You See Who I Am?

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Three comic creators talk about their new books, that explore identity, place, and finding your purpose in the city.

Join A.K. Summers, author and artist of the break-out hit Pregnant Butch, about her adventures in motherhood; Julian Voloj with his comic biography Ghetto Brother on Benjy Melendez, and the events of gangland New York in the 1970s, and Lisa Wilde, a NYC high school teacher whose collected memoir zine Yo, Miss, follows her and her diverse students as they struggle and celebrate over a single academic year.

Moderated by Jessica Abel, (Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio). Screen Projection.

At Brooklyn Historical Society; 2:00pm

 

Signing Schedule:

10:30 am -11:30 am:   Julian Voloj

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:30 pm -4:30pm:      Olivier Morel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:    Julian Voloj

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute changes.

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Review Round-Up! LOUISE BROOKS: DETECTIVE! GHETTO BROTHER! 101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS!

Here’s what the critics are saying:

LOUISE BROOKS: DETECTIVE by Rick Geary

 

Be sure to check out a fantastic interview with Rick conducted at the Huffington Post where he discusses Louise Brooks and his work.

“This Louise Brooks adventure is supposed to just be a little detour from Mr. Geary’s ongoing work on his Treasury of Murder true crime series. However, there’s definitely a case to be made for more Louise Brooks adventures.”

Comics Grinder

“It is without question that Geary is the modern master of real-life murder cartooning…Louise Brooks: Detective is a breezy summer detective fiction.”

Trouble With Comics

 

GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering

“Gorgeous black and white watercolor illustrations enhance this inspiring true story…a fascinating examination of the events that led to the emergence of Hip Hop. It’s also a personal story of survival, loss, oppression, and reclaiming one’s heritage.”

Foreword Reviews

“Excellent for both teens and adults interested in urban issues, this account shows how difficult it can be to bring about social change and how unexpected positive outcomes can result.”

Library Journal

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS By Stephen Weiner

“As with all works of this type, many will argue about what should or should not have been included. That’s part of the fun! However, as in earlier editions, the book serves as a subjective but entertaining introduction to this increasingly influential medium and will remain an effective starting reference for the general reader. Librarians serving graphic novels fans will find this short guide to be a useful readers’ advisory tool.”

Library Journal

Women in Comics

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On Saturday, the Edgar Allan Poe Visitors Center will host “Women in Comics”, a group exhibition curated by Ray Felix (Bronx Heroes) and Regine Sawyer (Lockett Down Productions). The exhibition will also feature artwork from “Ghetto Brother” illustrated by Claudia Ahlering (see photo).

When? Saturday, August 1, 2015, 1 PM

Where? Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse, The Bronx

Who? The Women in Comics Collective began in May, 2012. It’s mission is to educate about the role and merit of women working in the comic book industries by highlighting their artistic endeavors. The collective has over 50 members and organizes art exhibitions and a panel series that has been hosted at venues such as the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, the Bronx Museum, the Bronx Library Center, and most recently at Comic Con in San Diego.

For more information about the exhibition and related events, please visit their Facebook page.

GHETTO BROTHER Review Round-Up: “A Comic Origin Story, One About a True Superhero”

 

Ghetto Brother is the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Ghetto Brother is a brisk, compact work highlighting an overlooked, yet pivotal, part of the history of both a genre and a city.”

Rolling Stone

 

“Absorbing—a true testament to the power of faith in goodwill.”

 

“A  gripping story that feels like a history lesson but a lot more than that.”

 

“A fascinating, largely unknown story that’s told in a compelling, unexpected way.”

 

“Matter-of-fact and informative.”

 

“Written by Julian Voloj and illustrated by Claudia Ahlering, Ghetto Brother resists tropes that are common in comics and biographical storytelling for a first person visually guided narrative that gives a personal account of seeing the world change in real time…The universe is cyclical but in hip hop, it starts with Benjy Melendez. Ghetto Brother is it’s comic origin story, one about a true superhero that continues to replay itself, from the inception point to infinity.”

 

 

“An unusual piece of literature in that a medium usually reserved for fantastical tales and superheroes is now being used as a vehicle for the telling of a true story.”

 

“This wonderful book shows us that Jews come in a wide variety of ethnicities.”

GHETTO BROTHER meets ROLLING STONE

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Today, ROLLING STONE featured GHETTO BROTHER- our new graphic novel written by Julian Voloj with art by Claudia Ahlering. The graphic novel profiles Benjy Melendez, leader of the Ghetto Brothers who united the gangs of New York in the historic Hoe Avenue Peace  Summit.

In the Rolling Stone article , “New Graphic Novel Details How NYC Gangs’ Treaty Formed Hip-Hop,” reviewer Jason Newman details the work of Melendez, not just as presented in the graphic novel, but his influence in the hip-hop community.

Even if you have read GHETTO BROTHER, the article will serve as a good companion piece to the graphic novel.

Read the full article here.

Previews and ordering information are available on our website.

Tribute to Benjy Melendez

If you read “Ghetto Brother” you know that after the gang truce came the music. The Ghetto Brothers were one of the first gangs to invite others to their turf to peacefully party together.

A year after the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, also thanks to the media attention the GBs were getting back then, Benjy and his brothers recorded an album, “Fuerza/Power” — listen to the sampler here.

This Saturday, Benjy will be honored in the Bronx — and the Ghetto Brothers will give a free concert! If you’re in New York, you don’t want to miss this (and yes, we’ll be selling copies of the graphic novel there as well).

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Ghetto Brother meets Ghetto Klown

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Benjy and I had a great time at the Book Con. So many people came over and wanted to hear Benjy’s story and get their copy of Ghetto Brother signed (for pictures from the event, visit our Facebook page.) A “nice young lady” (Benjy’s words) introduced herself as Sara and said she wanted to get a copy signed for her friend John. Well, John, that was John Leguizamo, known for “Ghetto Klown” (on HBO, on Broadway, and soon as a graphic novel) — and Sara was the great comedian Sara Benincasa.

So Benjy and I had a brief conversation with John — and guess what, he not only loved the book, but he also heard about the story of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting before. We can only say, thank you, Sara.