BACK TO PRESS! Girl in Dior, Thoreau, and Ghetto Brother.

2016 has been an excellent year for NBM biography books continuing to sell and sell!

Girl in Dior is now back to press for a fourth printing!

Girl In Dior

The bio of Thoreau is heading to a 2nd printing in just 8 months!

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

and finally, after that amazing review by Junot Diaz in the New York Times this week, Ghetto Brother is going into its 3rd printing.

GHETTO BROTHER

 

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NBM for March: NBM’s Top Biographies!

Our newest graphic novel, THOREAU, A Sublime Life, is the latest in NBM’s focus on biographies in comics, highlighting forward thinkers who stand out from their contemporaries. If you missed any of the following, here’s your chance to order from your comics store now:

 

2015 was a successful time for our biography line starting with Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, released last March. The graphic novel profiling Christian Dior and his Fashion House captivated fashion magazines like Marie-Claire, Vogue UK, W Magazine, and ELLE. It also made the Publishers Weekly Top Ten GNs for Spring list. It’s in its 3rd printing. Miss Goetzinger will return to NBM in August!

Girl In Dior

GIRL IN DIOR

Annie Goetzinger

The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…
A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.
“A portrait full of lightness and class, capable of charming even men, so you can imagine how women will love this.” -Le Figaro
“Great gift idea” –Elle

8.5 x 11, 128 pp., full-color quaterbound, foil stamped and embossed cover: $27.99

ISBN: 9781561639144

Diamond Order Code: DEC141578

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Also released Spring 2015 was the gritty story of Benjy Melendez, leader of the Ghetto Brother Gang. In Ghetto Brother, author Julian Voloj and artist Claudia Ahlering captured Melendez as living New York history, focusing on his Puerto Rican immigrant roots, his crypto-Jewish background, and his historic push for peace among the gangs, cleaning up the streets of New York, clearing the way for a new expression in the form of Hip Hop. It was recently named one of the best Non-Fiction Book of 2015 by the Jewish Book Council. The book is now in its second printing.

GHETTO BROTHER

GHETTO BROTHER- Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation”
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, 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.

6×9, 128pp., black and white paperback: $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489

Diamond Order Code: FEB151507

Previews

 

These books are available now in stores everywhere and also available for ordering through January’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

Review Round-Up: GIRL IN DIOR, “A Great Tale of Haute Couture and Whimsy”

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In Annie Goetzinger’s GIRL IN DIOR, “The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…”

 

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Girl in Dior is not a political work, it is a hymn to beauty, and – through Clara’s personal story – to optimism and endurance even when unexpected twists of destiny shatter our dreams.”

Irenebrination

 

“The latest telling of the Dior story comes in the form of a comic book, Girl In Dior…The familiar nipped waists and full skirts of Dior’s famous New Look silhouette are rendered in beautiful detail.”

Vogue

 

“The highlight of the book is the gorgeous renderings of the clothes…It’s the perfect present for anyone interested in costuming or fashion; better wrap it in plastic, because they’ll drool.”

Foreword Reviews

 

“The realistic illustrations are as glamorous as the world of haute couture; the colors are subdued, like faded photographs from the time…One need not be a fashion aficionado to appreciate this beautiful book.”

A Book’s Review

” Lush in its depictions and wittily captioned, the book acts as a dreamy portal into the height of couture.”

W Magazine

“The art is beautiful. The coloring looks like lightly dabbed watercolors and it makes the fashion and the dresses wonderful. Much like I’m sure Dior intended the clothing is the star here, not the models. What’s really wonderful is that Goetzinger includes the references for everything in the back of the book.”

Comic Bastards

“Blended with truth and a little imagination, Goetzinger draws a great tale of haute couture and whimsy.”

For The Love of Frock

” Just like with Dior’s work, the allure of this graphic novel is in the visuals, and Goetzinger draws the reader into the glamorous world of Dior’s Paris with her gentle but intricately detailed linework. Her clean line is perfect for realizing Dior’s sleek designs, and her characters model these ensembles for maximum dramatic impact.”

AV Club

“Goetzinger’s historical research is impeccable, but it’s her art, and, more specifically, the way she illustrates clothing, that makes Girl in Dior so impressive…The colors are rich and the linework is precise – clearly Goetzinger was dedicated to recreating Dior’s designs in a way that was accessible and interesting.”

Comics Alliance

“A most enlightening read.”

Comics Beat

“A fashionista’s delight.”

Herald Scotland

“Her art has a wonderfully classical style, cultured, refined, very tight, elegant, gorgeous.”

Forbidden Planet Blog

Girl in Dior is a beautiful view into the fashion world and would look on any coffee table as a glimpse into what could be. Highly recommended! ”

Sequential Tart

Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother star at popular MoCCA Fest

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Just back from the best MoCCA fest ever for us. Hell, we broke our previous full two day record at this show somewhere towards the end of Saturday and Sunday went gangbusters with never ending lines for special international guest Annie Goetzinger right after the panel on biographies she was on.

I have to admit I was a tad skeptical about the multi floor layout in the new space but because they equally distributed main attraction publishers throughout the floors, I thought traffic was good.

But hey, it doesn’t hurt having such beautiful and inspiring books as Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior to premiere at any show and fans came steadily to us throughout, selling us out of those as well as many other books.

An energizing experience, thanks to all who came by our booth! You can see pics we posted on Twitter and Facebook.

NEXT: the Toronto Comics Arts Festival in a month where special guest Etienne Davodeau will premiere his highly reviewed Lulu Anew, already with two starred reviews (Library Journal and Publishers Weekly), a record for us, I believe, and where you’ll be able to meet Margreet de Heer (A discovery in Comics: Science and Philosophy) and where Julian Voloj of Ghetto Brother will be at as well.

This weekend: Goetzinger and Voloj visit MoCCA Fest, updated signing schedule

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The MoCCA Arts Festival is here! We are on the fourth floor (Tables 400, 401, 402) with all the year’s best NBM books on display. We are also debuting GIRL IN DIOR and GHETTO BROTHER.

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Signing Schedule, Tables 400,401, 402

 

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY

11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger

SUNDAY

12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez

 We hope to see you there!

MoCCA Arts Festival Debuts and Signing Schedule

Girl in Dior and Ghetto Brother To Debut With Creators in Attendance

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On April 11th & 12th, NBM Publishing (Tables 401, 402) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we are happy to have attending both cartoonist Annie Goetzinger, who will be appearing to promote the debut of her luscious new book, GIRL IN DIOR and writer Julian Voloj who will be signing copies of his book, the powerful GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER along with the colorful subject of the book, Benjy Melendez.

About Girl in Dior

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The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model…

A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic.

About Ghetto Brother

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An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells 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.

 

Signing Schedule, Tables 401, 402

 

Annie will be appearing on the panel, Biography: The Lives of Artists on Sunday April 12 at 12:30pm  alongside cartoonists James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook and Barbara Stok.

Annie, Julian and Benjy will be appearing at the NBM Table throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY

11:30 – 12:30 Annie Goetzinger
1:30 – 3:00 Julian Voloj
3:30 – 5:00 Annie Goetzinger
5:00 – 6:00 Julian Voloj

SUNDAY

12:00-1:00 Julian Voloj
1:30-3:00  Annie Goetzinger (immediately following her panel)
3:30-5:00 Julian Voloj and Benjy Melendez

 

GIRL IN DIOR Reviews Arrive in Style

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Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior is one of the most beautiful books of the year and it’s first English translation seems to be resonating well with critics.

“This is for fans of beauty and refinement, both in comics and in clothing, an indulgent present for those who love fashion and the female form…It’s lovely to see a subject often derisively dismissed as “feminine” being treated with such love and respect. A guilty pleasure? No guilt required!”

Publisher’s Weekly

“The book is stunningly beautiful. Goetzinger has a real talent for drawing clothing, using a delicate ink line and watercolor washes to give a sense of the weight, texture, and feel of the fabric. The dresses flow and swirl across the page as the models put them on and show them off; reading this is like having a front seat at a runway show…In the end, the marriage of form and function is perfect… Like the women within its pages, this is a book with both beauty and substance.”

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“For someone who never gave a comic book a second glance, this little treasure has made me rethink the value of this type of reading material…The bottom line is simply this: if you are looking for an alternate way of reading about fashion then you better rush out and get yourself a copy. If you want a very insightful and historically accurate way of learning about this man and the world he inhabited, then get thee to Amazon or a book store if you can still find one. Lastly, if you want to get lost in fashion or introduce someone to fashion, this is surely a good way to do it.”

NY Journal of Books

“In sweeping tableaux and panels, she (Goetzinger) deftly captures the movement and drape of fabric with a line that’s a more sensual take on the traditional Franco-Belgian comics style of her contemporaries…In any language, it make readers nostalgic for the elegance and artistry of a bygone fashion scene.”

The Globe and Mail

“Goetzinger’s art and narrative cleverly weave a biography, delivered by a narrator whose naiveté rivals our own at the start of this book. Lovingly illustrated — and even more lovingly constructed — the narrative expresses the importance of Christian Dior and why he deserves to be well-remembered.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

“…A totally unpretentious comic, light and frothy. Yet it shows why Dior himself valued fashion. “In a time of machines,” he said, “couture is a final refuge for the human, the personal – and the incomparable.”

Mucha Creative