NBM for February: Dungeon Monstres at War!

Coming this February is another look at the expansive world of DUNGEON, created by comics legends Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim. NBM has published over 15 volumes of the French series- called a cross between Adventure Time and Dungeons and Dragons. Click here for an excellent summary of the series.

DUNGEON MONSTRES, written by the series creators, features a guest artist on each story. Keramidas, An ex-Disney animator, (Luuna) brings to life “The Inventor’s Grimoire”  featuring the classic Dungeon characters: Marvin, Herbert, the Dungeon Keeper, and more! As the magical spell book falls into the wrong hands, the fate of the castle and the denizens of the realm, are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Cartoonist Stanislas, channels Herge’s ligne claire, clear line in “The Great Animator,” the second story in this volume, as Duckville is under attack and Craftiwich must build the most formidable of armies to have a chance of surviving. What lengths will he go to in order to secure his stronghold?

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DUNGEON Monsters,  vol. 6

 The Great Animator

Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas

In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost. In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 9781561639984

Diamond order code: DEC151464

Previews

Be sure to order in December’s Preview Magazine at your local comic book store!

DUNGEON Zenith vol.1 is back to press!

After more than a year being out of stock, we’re going back to press with this essential first volume of this epic satirical saga.

It’ll be back in stock and ready to ship in a few weeks. You can order now!

We’ll also take the occasion to make more Zenith complete sets of volumes 1 through 3.

See more about the fun expansive world of Dungeon and why so many are hooked!

Review Round-Up! ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3! DUNGEON MONSTRES V. 5!

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Here’s what the critics are saying:

ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 3: Control Freaks by Arthur de Pins

 

 

“Arthur de Pins has crafted another gorgeous addition to the fabulous Zombillenium series…With clever, witty writing and exquisite, imaginative art, the undead have never seemed more human.”

Foreword Reviews

Zombillenium is a horror comedy that occasionally gets a little bit dark. The writing is clever, the stories feature some of the most fun and personable monsters imaginable…I love Zombillenium and recommend it for readers of all ages.”

Tony’s Tips, Blog of Wonder (on Volume 2: Gretchen)

DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5: My Son the Killer by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian

 

 

“Sarcastic, funny, and sometimes brilliantly appalling, these books will appeal to fans of fantasy without happy endings, and without any continuity needed for understanding the story. Sex, violence, death, and sophisticated dilemmas make this two-story volume and others in the subseries for older teens and adults.”

Library Journal

Paste Names Dungeon One of “10 Essential Euro Comics That Should Belong in Every Collection”

Review Round-Up! STREET VIEW, DUNGEON, 101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS & More!

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Bleeding Cool has named Street View as their pick for the Eisner Award for Best Publication Design stating that, “This book, like a jellyfish, has no spine. And I think it’s such a unique book because of it! Two different stories sandwiched together by two hard covers, spread out like a painted accordion, definitely provides a different reading experience. While I can foresee complications if not handled properly, I think the design is superb, and Rabate knew what he was doing while presenting it as a “wordless play.””

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

“An invaluable reference for creating personal graphic novel reading lists.”

Midwest Book Review

“The selections feel pretty representative of what you can find out there and there were quite a few I was not familiar with before.”

Sequential Tart

“Considering the staggering amount of collected comic art out there, this ongoing project deserves to be recognized.”

Blog Critics

DOG BUTTS AND LOVE. AND STUFF LIKE THAT.  AND CATS.

 

Bleeding Cool has named Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. as their pick for the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication stating that, “I first became aware of Benton’s comics through Reddit, where he would constantly be upvoted to the front page with his latest comics. From there I eagerly awaited every update, and kept myself amused by browsing his archives. To have a collection of his best works available in one collection is a huge victory for humanity, for he has a talent for illustrating some truly laugh out loud stuff that tickles everyone’s funny bones. The fact he doesn’t rely on one style of illustration keeps things fresh, and makes him a chameleon in comics.”

 

DUNGEON: TWILIGHT V. 4, THE END OF DUNGEON

“As with many of the Dungeon volumes, the two stories are illustrated by separate artists: Alfred and Mazan, neither of which was familiar to this reader. Their cartoony styles are close enough to not be distracting, though Mazan displays a slightly lighter hand. In a series like this, you need to be capable of drawing small comic character moments and fully-stuffed bloody battle sequences, and both artists are up to the task. Twisted heroic fantasy and funny animals – what’s not to like?”

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NBM for June: Plenty of DUNGEON for fans and newcomers

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New to the DUNGEON series? Want to relive great moments before the release of DUNGEON: MONSTRES, Vol. 5? This month’s Diamond previews offers a good cross-section of the Dungeon universe to start your collection.

 

We start at the end: DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4 was released last November, marking the end of the Twilight series. Creators Lewis Trondheim and Johann Sfar made an expansive world, jokingly numbering the volumes for hundreds of installments in the mythos of Dungeon.

 

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DUNGEON: Twilight
Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, Mazan.
The last two stories of Dungeon!
In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”
And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Dark Entity in order to gain access to breathable air.
All things must come to an end and so it is with the great Dungeon.
6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99

ISBN 9781561639199

Diamond Order Code: SEP141495

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DUNGEON: Monstres tells stories of the secondary characters in the series, each drawn by a different well-known French artist. These stories can be read as standalone, but when read  in conjunction with the series, the overall takeaway is more enriching.

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DUNGEON: Monstres, Vol.2
The Dark Lord
Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, BLANQUET, ANDREAS

Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way. Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.
6 x9, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-540-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN084135

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DUNGEON: Monstres
Vol. 3: Heartbreaker
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer

In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.
6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-591-7

Diamond Order Code: JUL101071

Previews

 

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DUNGEON Monstres
Vol. 4: Night of the Ladykiller
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim,
J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann
Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?
6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-608-2

Diamond Order Code: FEB111104

Previews

 

Be sure to order your copies today from your favorite comic book store in April’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more visit our website.

NBM in June: More Dungeon Monstres

We may have seen the end of Dungeon in Twilight Vol. 4, last November.

BUT  there are many more stories to tell in this expansive world!

This June, NBM returns to DUNGEON with two more stories from Dungeon lore! DUNGEON MONSTRES retells great adventures of secondary characters. In DUNGEON MONSTRES VOL. 5 witness toddler Marvin the Dragon  meet the future Dungeon Keeper for the first time, setting up a partnership for years to come! This and more gruesome exploits of  The Night Shirt (from DUNGEON: THE EARLY YEARS) in “My Son the Killer”. Then,  in “Soldiers of Honor”, two brothers are put to the test of both blood and loyalty to their army’s cause. What happens next is tragic yet strikingly beautiful in its rendering.

Dungeon creators Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar return to provide the script with award winning artists Blutch and Frederic Bezian each illustrating a story.

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DUNGEON Monstres, vol.5
My Son the Killer

Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian
In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with her Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.
In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!
6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $15.99

ISBN 9781561639373

Diamond Order Code: APR151602

Be sure to order your copy today from your favorite comic book store in April’s Diamond Previews Magazine.  For previews and more, click here.

Review Round-Up!

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

“The most remarkable of this volume’s many strong points is the deft interlacing of satire with independent character and story development. Sly gags help to maintain the fresh take on Dungeons and Dragons fantasy environments while supporting the serious story…This volume is a strong recommendation to current fans, and the series represents a good next step for Adventure Time devotees looking for something equally snappy, but more adult.”

Foreword Reviews

Street View

There is a refreshing quality to this illustrated presentation that invites the viewer to ruminate over the actions of the players and to question the intentions of the participants. The stories can be viewed as morning events when read in one direction, whereas the opposite route portrays the evening proceedings. A range of emotions seem to foment as the viewer writes a script for the activities depending on the interpretation—is there love or hate, innocence or crime, fun or mischief? The scaffolding is there, but the script is in the mind of the viewer.

San Francisco Book Review

Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats.

“Best title I’ve seen all year.”

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Zombillenium – Vol 1.: Gretchen, Vol. 2: Human Resources

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“Arthur de Pins has a crisp, clean style of drawing that I like, and these books looked like they would provide as much humor as horror…The plots are outlandish, of course, and play on many familiar horror tropes, but there was a lot of bloody, good fun in the telling.”

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Review Round-Up: BEAUTY, TWILIGHT: THE END OF DUNGEON & More!

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol. 4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

 

 

“As usual, Dungeon is freaking awesome. It’s a story that you can jump into in the middle of and get a gander at what’s happening. You do not need to know any of the inside jokes. The characters are fun. Its non-stop action. What more can you ask for?”

Sequential Tart

“This graphic-novel series, originally satire, finishes as a rounded-out, stand-alone story that is more than the sum of its jokes. This volume is a strong recommendation to current fans, and the series represents a good next step for Adventure Time devotees looking for something equally snappy, but more adult.”

Foreword Reviews

BEAUTY

 

 

Beauty is rather long and took quite a while to finish but the reader will find it rewarding. Hubert explores the underlying tone of desire well with his writing and how beauty can be a curse sometimes.”

Parka Blogs

“It reveals of the human condition is a horror story in its own right…This cautionary tale by the French writer Hubert is illustrated by “Kerascoet,” a husband-and-wife team of French cartoonists. They employ a style reminiscent of Japanese woodblocks and other art from that country’s rich illustrative tradition. This retro style is perfectly suited to a fairy tale – nothing modern would have worked as well – while the Asian influence lends an exotic, timeless touch to Western eyes.”

The Comics Round Table

“This beautiful, full-color edition showcases the artistic talents of Kerascoët. The combination of simple yet expressive figures against lush, painterly backgrounds is an exquisite example of European comic making. Collected into one volume and translated from the French by Johnson, Hubert’s work takes the fairy-tale trope and removes from it all the cheesecake Disneyness, giving the cautionary tale back its edge and teeth. This engrossing, subtly feminist story will have adult readers wanting to examine the underbelly of other traditional fairy stories.”

Booklist

 

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

 

 

“Kerascoet employs… a retro pen-and-ink that with a hint of impressionism – the prevailing art style of the time. The style is strong enough to cover the emotional range of the book, which is significant, and light-hearted enough to carry the reader through the painful parts.”

The Comics Round Table

PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE

 

 

“Phantoms of the Louvre is the ultimate mixed media project, as Bilal reinvents the history of 22 iconic works of art, tying them to a fictional muse or character whose story intersects with that of the painting/sculpture in some way. These phantoms, in turn, are depicted haunting the work, uniting art and story visually for the reader.

While Bilal’s artwork is striking, it’s the accompanying stories that sell Phantoms of the Louvre…A melange of art, history, and innovation, Phantoms of the Louvre is curious and unexpected.”

San Francisco Book Review

 

BETTY BLUES

 

 

“The art was a really rough fun sketch style that was very appealing…Enjoyable.”

Not Yet Read

NBM Creators Honored with Grand Prix Nominations at Angouleme 2015

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Angoulême’s highest award, the Grand Prix, has announced next year’s nominees. Along with the title comes the responsibility of President of the 2016 festival and the design of the poster. This year’s winner was Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Among the list are many NBM greats!

 

Christophe Blain– ISAAC THE PIRATE, THE SPEED ABATER
Nicolas de Crécy– GLACIAL PERIOD
Étienne Davodeau–  THE INITIATES and the upcoming LULU ANEW
Emmanuel Guibert– Papercutz’s ARIOL
Lorenzo Mattotti- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (now out of print)
Joann Sfar– DUNGEON SERIES
NBM has also published past winners including Enki Bilal ( PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE) and Hugo Pratt (THE CORTO MALTESE (also out of print). Sfar and his DUNGEON partner Lewis Trondheim both are previous winners of the award.

The 42nd International Festival of the Bande Dessinee will be held in Angouleme, France from January 29th through February 1st.  The Grand Prix winner will be announced during the Festival. Congratulations and best of luck to all participating. For a full list of nominees, please see the official Facebook of the Festival  (in French).

Coming Up From NBM Publishing! Dungeon, Zombillenium, Geary and More!

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!

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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February brings Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, detailing the start of Christian Dior’s House of Dior fashion empire.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LULU ANEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March sees 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels by The Rise of the Graphic Novel’Stephen Weiner and Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates),(previously announced as Jude Nude.)

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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.

LOUISE BROOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Monstres vol.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

ZOMBILLENIUM VOL.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?