NBM Announces TCAF 2018 Premieres, Signing Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 and can be found at Table #133.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by David B, one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective, who is attending TCAF as a Featured Guest. 

David B is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel from NBM, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, which will debut at the show and he will be both signing at the NBM Booth and appearing on several panels.

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Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue… From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.

Also premiering at TCAF is Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets from creators Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin.

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Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself.
 A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.

Also appearing at TCAF will be Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) who will be be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story, from our sister company, Papercutz.  In addition, he’ll be signing at the NBM booth and will be participating on a panel.  (Details here!)

David B – Panels and Signing Schedule

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Saturday

11:00 AM:  BD Today – Contemporary French Comics
High Park Ballroom 2/3 (Marriott)
The best-selling French comics sell 5x better than English comics in North America. That’s millions and millions of copies! Sacré Bleu! Join some of the most critically acclaimed voices in French comics to talk about what makes the French comics scene so magical, and what exciting books and artists we should keep our eyes out for. Featuring Yvan Alagbé, David B, Brigitte Findakly, Julie Rocheleau, and Lewis Trondheim. Moderated by Bart Beatty.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

Sunday

12:00 PM: Personal Boundaries: Changing Shape of Memoir
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What is the power of personal narratives when tweets, instagram photos, and snapchats are increasingly changing the norms of sharing personal information? Does the longer narrative of memoir become more relevant,a break from the bombardment of social media? Or will it soon be dismissed by readers who want more immediacy from a glowing screen? Featuring memoirist David B, Georgia Webber, Marguerite Dabaie, and Karl Steven. Moderated by Irene Velentzas.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

3:00 PM: Literally Illustrated Classics
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What are the specific challenges artists face when adapting a beloved work into a graphic novel? Emily Carrol, David B, Meaghan Carter and Ron Wimberly discuss how to honour the original while bringing something new to it, and updating and reworking problematic aspects of older work to bringit up to the standard of a contemporary audience. Moderated by Megan Kearney.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

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This May, NBM Presents Our Next Great Biography, ‘Billie Holiday’

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Currently listed in Previews for a May release, we’re proud to present Billie Holiday from the acclaimed creative team of José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo.

Born in Baltimore in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz. By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

9×12, 80pp., B&W HC, gold stamped black and red cover, $19.99
ISBN:9781681120935
$19.99, e-book: $9.99

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The following titles are being resolicited:

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

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During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her. The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries. After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling ‘Girl in Dior.’

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color hardcover, $17.99, ISBN 9781681120294
e-book $9.99

GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
Sandrine Revel

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Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world’s leading orchestras.

8.5x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover hc, $25.99, ISBN:9781681120652
$30.99 CAN; $14.99 ebook.

 

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

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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.

6×9, 128pp., B&W, trade pb., $12.99;
ISBN 9781561639489

 

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.

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NBM at MoCCA Arts Festival

 

This weekend, NBM Graphic Novels  (Tables D148, D149) once again heads to the MoCCA Arts Festival.

We’ll have all of our latest titles on hand, such as THE STORY OF LEE, vol. 2 by
Sean Michael Wilson and Nami Tamura
, PERSIA BLUES, vol. 2: Love and War by Dara Naraghi, and Brent Bowman, CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE  by David Prudhomme and DUNGEON Monstres, vol. 6: The Great Animator by Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas,

We’ll also have on hand previews of several forthcoming titles such as:

THOREAU, A Sublime Life  By A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”

This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

 

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE by Jirô Taniguchi

Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse. When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre. Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.

 

We’ll also has the very first look at Cyril Pedrosa’s ambitious Equinoxes coming in September.  Pedrosa’s book, Three Shadows, was published in 2008 through First: Second, and we’re enthusiastic for everyone to see Equinoxes, which is reminiscent in theme and amazing scope of Dave McKean’s Cages.

The cover to the French edition of Equinoxes

Also on Saturday, author Julian Voloj will appear at the NBM Booth from 2:00 – 4:00 PM to sign copies of his book, Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker

Be sure to follow NBM on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute announcements or changes.

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!

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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

Previews

 

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.

Ghetto Brother at Black Comic Book Festival

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Next Saturday, January 16, Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host the 4th annual Black Comic Book Festival.

At  noon John Jennings will moderate a panel on “Comics and Matters of Social Justice and Activism” with Julie Smith, writer of Hafrocentric, Bill Campbell of Rosarium Publishing, and Julian Voloj, author of “Ghetto Brother”.

If you are in New York, don’t miss this event.

When? Saturday, 1/16/16 — 12 PM – 1:15 PM

Where? Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting Anniversary

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Benjamin Melendez with his family at the opening of Julian Voloj’s photo exhibition “If you live in New York…”, 2011

 

December 8 marks the anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, the iconic gathering that not only inspired the movie “The Warriors” but also ended for a period of time a spiral of violence in the Bronx. When I met Benjy Melendez back in 2010, the events were widely forgotten.

Initially I was only planning to include Benjy’s portrait in a photography series on Jewish diversity. We became friends and he continued to tell me his story. I knew I wanted to tell it, and one thing let to another. Claudia and I started working on the graphic novel in early 2011. The year marked the 40th anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, but no events were planned. So I approached Benjy with the idea to organize a reunion. Claudia and I had maybe 10 pages ready and were not sure where our journey would lead to. That December, dozens of former activists came together re-telling stories from back-in-the-day. It was the first time in decades that many of these people had seen each other.

Five years later, “Ghetto Brother” has not only been published with NBM, but also in France, Germany, and Spain (a Brazilian edition is planned for next spring), the Ghetto Brothers album “Fuerza” has been re-released and the documentary “Rubble Kings” brought the events to a wider audience. No doubt that the 40th anniversary reunion played a small part in bringing Benjy’s story to a wider audience.

Next week, we’ll mark the anniversary of the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting with two special events, and you can be part of it. The first one is in the Manhattan’s Lower East Side: On Wednesday, December 9th, I will discuss “Ghetto Brother” with Tamid’s Jewish Book Club  The following day, Benjy and I will be on the Upper West Side, speaking at Barnes and Noble at 82nd Street and Broadway at 7 PM.

If you are in New York, don’t miss this opportunity!

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