GHETTO BROTHER: Warrior to Peacemaker, coming from NBM in April, was featured on NPR- National Public Radio. On November 7th, NPR’s Backstory radio show had a feature on reconciliation and its limits throughout history. They touched upon the historic peace treaty on Hoe Street, orchestrated by Benjy Melendez, which united the gangs. On the radio program, Melendez recalled his experiences and Julian Voloj, creator of Ghetto Brother, the graphic novel detailing the life and times of Melendez, credited the peace treaty, and the resulting safer New York streets, to leading the way for the hip hop movement. The segment on Benjy Melendez and his peacekeeping Ghetto Brothers gang, filled with a lot of facts and first-hand accounts, starts at the 35 minute mark. Listen to the podcast version here.
Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker was created by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering. The graphic novel comes out in April but has been on reviewer’s radars for the past two years. Ahlering’s art for the book was on display at the Columbia Barnard Kraft Center’s Jewish Art Salon, in New York City, last year. For previews and more visit our Ghetto Brothers webpage. To learn more about Melendez, check out this NY Daily News article.
It isn’t even Halloween yet and we are already celebrating the New Year here at NBM! We’ve just updated our Coming Up section to show all our books planned through August!
2014 ends with a bang with “The End of Dungeon” in Dungeon: Twilight, vol. 4 and the second installment of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary.
February brings Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, detailing the start of Christian Dior’s House of Dior fashion empire.
March sees 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels by The Rise of the Graphic Novel’s Stephen Weiner and Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates),(previously announced as Jude Nude.)
Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering’s biography Ghetto Brother– the story of Benjy Melendez, the notorious gang leader who engineered a gang truce- is out in April.
A new direction for Rick Geary as he turns to fiction in Louise Brooks, Detective this May. His “Treasury of XX Century Murder” entry, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti will be rereleased in paperback format the same month.
Dungeon may have ended in 2014, but the Monstres live on! Dungeon: Monstres, volume 5 will be out in June.”My Son the Killer” has two stories by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, and Frederic Bezian!
The third volume of Zombillenium, “Control Freaks” will be out in July by Arthur de Pins.
See preview pages, descriptions and more in our “Coming Up” section of the site.
What are you most looking forward to out of this?