KERASCOËT U.S. Tour Features Stops in Boston, NY, Seattle and Portland

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Kerascoët, a husband and wife team of authors of Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me published by NBM, are on tour across North America this fall! See below for panel descriptions for three of their seven events, and read on below for a full list of all tour stops.

Friday, October 28, 2016: Booksigning with Nate Powell

Million Year Picnic, 99 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Saturday October 29, 2016 – Sunday October 30, 2016: MICEXPO FESTIVAL 

University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Panel ‘Style & Process’

An in-depth look at the creative processes of four accomplished cartoonists with markedly different working methods. The artists will reveal the steps and stages they go through to take a comic from story to finished product, and explore the relationship between process and visual style. MICE Panels are located in the Lecture Hall on the Second Floor and Workshops take place in the Lower Level of University Hall.

Tuesday November 1, 2016: Columbia University

Butler Library, room 523, 535 W 114th Street (entrance on campus side)
7:00 pm: Drawing the Unspeakable

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Comics Association join Comics@Columbia to present a conversation with French cartoonists Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse, discussing the challenges of conveying powerful emotions in a medium often wrongly dismissed as trivial. This event, moderated by cartoonist Kriota Willberg, is part of the FRENCH COMICS FRAMED festival.

Friday November 4, 2016: University of Washington

Talk With Professor Richard H. Watts at University of Washington, Department of French and Italian Studies
Communication Bdlg (CMU 226), University of Washington, Seattle
4:00 pm

Saturday, November 5, 2o16: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival
11:oo am – 6:00 pm

Monday, November 7, 2016: Booksigning

Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portand
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Portland State University

College of Liberal Arts & Science, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
10:00 am – 11:45 am

Etienne Davodeau & Arthur de Pins Appearing at NY Comic Con

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Appearing at New York Comic Con this week are cartoonists Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates, Lulu Anew) and Arthur de Pins (Zombillenium series), who are also appearing at the French Comics Framed Festival that runs concurrently.

Both will be appearing at the NBM/Papercutz booth (2245) signing on Friday and Saturday.

Signing Schedule

Friday, Oct 7

12-1 PM: Etienne Davodeau
6-7 PM: Arthur de Pins

Saturday, Oct. 8

3:30-5 PM: Davodeau and de Pins

Both artists will also be making appearances to coincide with the French Comics Framed Festival along with Hubert & Kerascoet (Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty). 

The inaugural French Comics Framed Festival devoted to presenting the best work of francophone graphic novelists and runs through November 5 and also includes an exhibition at Cooper Union (The Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, NY 10003).

Eighteen of the exhibited illustrators will travel across the Atlantic to participate in the festival including Pénélope Bagieu, Olivier Balez, Alessandro Barbucci, François Boucq, Stéphane Créty, Asaf Hanuka, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières, Nicolas Otero, Jean-Marc Rochette and Anne Simon.

Other appearances include:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 7pm, free
Panel discussion: French Comics on Screen: Film Adaptations of Franco-Belgian Graphic Narratives
Featuring Etienne Davodeau, Matz, Jean-Claude Mézières, Arthur de Pins and Jean-Marc Rochette
Moderated by Alex Dueben (The Paris Review and The Believer)
The School of Visual Arts, 209 E 23rd St, NY 10010 (3rd floor)
Jean-Claude Mézières, creator of the classic francophone graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, will discuss his role in Luc Besson’s 2017 film adaptation of the series, and Jean-Marc Rochette will detail his involvement in the movie version of his Snowpiercer (with Chris Evans). Matz will explain how legendary Warriors director Walter Hill’s unproduced screenplays became comics, and Arthur de Pins and Etienne Davodeau will speak about indie adaptations.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 6:30pm, free
Panel discussion: Drawing Life: Who is the Parisian Roz Chast?
Featuring Olivier Balez, Pénélope Bagieu, Etienne Davodeau, Asaf Hanuka, and Anne Simon
Moderated by Heidi Macdonald (The Comics Beat)
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, NY 10029
Accompanying the current exhibition Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs, this discussion will focus on the ever-lively and inventive world of French cartooning. Who is the Parisian Roz Chast (if there is one)? What are the major themes explored through the rise of graphic biography in France ?

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 5:30-6:30pm, with pass
Panel discussion: ComicsBeat Presents: The European Comics Invasion
New York Comic Con (room 1A05), Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., NY 10001
Featuring Heidi MacDonald, Jean-Marc Rochette, Arthur DePins, Simon Fraser, Leeann Hamilton
An annual look at the European comics scene, with the cartoonists from around the world talking about their work and the comics tradition of their countries. This time we’ll talk to Jean-Marc Rochette (Snowpiercer, France), Arthur DePins (March of the Crabs, France), Simon Fraser (Judge Dredd, Scotland), Leeann Hamilton (Cash Cow, Ireland) and more about their careers, their influences and how comics are becoming an international language without borders.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1—6pm, free
Panel discussion: Drawing the Unspeakable
Featuring Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse
Columbia University, Butler Library (Room 523), 535 West 114th St, New York, NY 10027
Four renowned illustrators discuss the challenges of expressing emotion through drawing.

 

 

NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Publishing Slate

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NBM Graphic Novels has announced the release schedule through Winter 2017, including brand new releases from Philippe Chanoinat & Fabrice Le Henanff, Paco Roca, Cyril Pedrosa, Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Michiru Morikawa & Sean Michael Wilson and Sandrine Reveland; biographies of Thoreau, Elvis Presley, and Glenn Gould; and a new volume of A Treasury of XXth Century Murder series by Rick Geary.

 

JUNE 2016 (July Trade Publication Date)

BREAKING THE TEN
By Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa

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When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’?

Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781681120218 ebook $7.99

 

JULY 2016 (August Trade Publication Date)

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
By 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

 

AUGUST 2016 (September Trade Publication Date)

EQUINOXES
By Cyril Pedrosa

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In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one and other’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer.

Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $49.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805 $24.99 e-book

 

SEPTEMBER 2016 (October Trade Publication Date)

ELVIS
By Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff

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Stepping into Sun Studios in 1954 Elvis Aaron Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right”. Little did he know he would soon revolutionize music and culture worldwide. This graphic novel biography starts with the story of “The King’s” humble beginnings in Mississippi, detailing, every step of the way, his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom. It includes his service in the military, his extensive record as a Hollywood film star, his complicated family life, finally ending on the last days of the Hound Dog.

Le Henanff’s striking photo-quality painting reconstructs Elvis’s life in a presentation that practically dances off the page!

8.5x 11, 88pp., full color hardcover, $19.99 ISBN 9781681120768 $9.99 e-book

 

OCTOBER 2016 (November Trade Publication Date)

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: BLACK DAHLIA
By Rick Geary

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On January 15, 1947, a woman was walking with her daughter in a Los Angeles neighborhood. She passed what looked to be a discarded manikin. It turned out to be the body of Elizabeth Short: posed, drained of blood, meticulously scrubbed, and cut in two.

From this point, Geary reconstitutes and reveals for us the life of this 22 year old woman who had become known as “Black Dahlia” because of her striking appearance. She had moved to LA to make it in show business. How could her life have ended in such a ghastly fashion? Was it a jealous boyfriend, a rejected suitor, or one of LA’s notorious mafia connections whom she had apparently been dabbling with? The case gets more complex when, days later, a local newspaper receives a cut-out letter from an anonymous “Black Dahlia Avenger” admitting to the crime. More letters follow toying with the LAPD.

Eisner Award winner Geary takes us through all the twists and turns in one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of the 20th century in this latest installment of his Treasury of XXth Century Murder.

6×9, 80pp., B&W jacketed hardcover, $15.99; ISBN 9781681120522 $6.99 ebook

 

NOVEMBER 2016 (December Trade Publication Date)

GLENN GOULD: A Life Off Tempo
By 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.

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

 

DECEMBER 2016 (January 2017 Trade Publication Date)

DUNGEON: TWILIGHT COMPLETE SET, VOLS 1-4
By Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Obion, Kerascoet, Alfred, Mazan

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The great saga detailing the end of Dungeon has come to a close. All four books are featured here in one specially priced set.

The planet Terra Amata, on which Dungeon resides, has stopped turning. On one side, total darkness and absolute coldness; on the other, a searing desert and eternal day. The survivors live on a thin slice of earth where day and night meet. A territory known as Twilight. Welcome to the third facet of the Dungeon world and its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6.5 x 9, 384 pp, full color paperback set, $49.99 ISBN: 9781681120607

 

JANUARY 2017 (February 2017 Trade Publication Date)

THE LIGHTHOUSE
By Paco Roca

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Francisco, a wounded, despairing sixteen-year-old Republican guard in the Spanish Civil War, is trying to flee to freedom by crossing the French border. In his escape, he encounters an old remote lighthouse, far from the warring factions. He is granted shelter by Telmo, the aging operator of the lighthouse. As Francisco recuperates, Telmo’s tales of epic adventurers who sailed the lost seas and discovered worlds unknown reignite the spark of life in the young soldier.

By one of the most brilliant new talents in comic art in Spain, author of the world-wide bestseller Wrinkles.

6×9, 64pp., duotone hardcover, $15.99, ISBN: 9781681120560 $18.99 CAN, $9.99 e-books

 

FEBRUARY 2017 (March Trade Publication Date)

TREASURY OF XX CENTURY MURDER COMPENDIUM 1
including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy
By Rick Geary

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Witness the most controversial and famous true crime cases that shook the 20th century!

These 240 pages retell the love affair that ended the life of prominent architect Stanford White- then dubbed the crime of the century, the New Orleans’ Axe-Man and his gruesome killing spree, and the abduction (and resulting media circus) of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s son- all collected in a handsome quarter-bound omnibus. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, each including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.

6×9, 240pp., B&W quarter-bound hc,$27.99, ISBN 9781681120638

 

Kerascoet’s Paper Dolls postponed

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Some unfortunate news this morning: The massive Kerascoet art book Paper Dolls has been placed on hold for the time being. The stunning book was originally published in France, offering over 300 pages of bold designs, comics in the making, sketches and studies, ingenious die cuts, and brilliant layouts. The book includes concepts and covers from recent NBM successes BEAUTY and MISS DON’T TOUCH ME– both in their second printing, as well as from Beautiful Darkness.

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We hope to return to this project in the future. The project is truly a global effort, with other foreign publishers joining in on the production of this work, a first set of international partners failed to work out because of the sheer cost.

NBM Announces Spring Full of Graphic Novels

We have just announced our next season of titles! This spring, we will release five new graphic novels by acclaimed NBM staples including Annie Goetzinger (Girl in Dior), Sean Michael Wilson (Story of Lee), and Kerascoet (Beauty)

In March, we start off the spring season with a biography! After the amazing success of Ghetto Brother and Girl in Dior, we bring you the story of one of America’s greatest thinkers: Henry David Thoreau. A. Dan and Maximilien Le Roy tell the fascinating story of the founder of ‘civil disobedience’.

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

THOREAU, A Sublime Life

A. Dan, 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.

8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681120256

e-books: $9.99

Previews

 

You might recall Rohan at the Louvre by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures creator, Hirohiko Araki.

This April, The Louvre Collection, ever diverse in its choices, invites another manga artist for his take on the famous Parisian museum. Jirô Taniguchi provides an amazing full color graphic novel that looks straight out of a Studio Ghibli film.

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

GUARDIANS OF THE LOUVRE

Jirô Taniguchi

A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese designer 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, meeting artists and their works from various periods, in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, finishing at the crossroads between human and personal history.

With this inner journey, Jiro Taniguchi invites us on a temporal and artistic trip to discover a sense of place under the leadership of some tutelary figures that appear to him, familiar or unknown … the guardians of the Louvre.

7 ½ x 11, 136pp., full color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681120348

e-book $9.99

Previews

 

In May, we will release our new art book, showcasing the work of  Kerascoet, the famed creators behind NBM’s Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me, as well as the recent hit Beautiful Darkness. Paper Dolls will be limited to 1,000 copies and features cut outs, stickers, and more.

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This magnificent art-book presents for the first time the work of the Kerascoëts, a married couple known for the very successful and stunning graphic novels Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty and Beautiful Darkness.

Sensitive and colorful, they have chosen a classification in their own image -names of metaphorical colors linked to sensations- that will lift the veil on the immensity and diversity of their work in comics, animation and advertising showing sketches, studies, paintings, even work on textile.

A real visual treasure for amateurs of art books and graphics! Debossed clothbound book with cut-outs, stickers and more, every page a discovery. Strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies.

10 ½ x 12 1/2, 324pp, full color clothbound, debossed, white foil stamped, with cut out pages, strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies, $59.99, ISBN 9781681120201

Previews

 

Sean Michael Wilson, author of Story of Lee, is teaming up with Michiru Morikawa for their new graphic novel, Breaking the Ten, out in June! Wilson and Morikawa bring you the story of a broken man questioning his commitment to God and his religion.

BREAKING THE TEN

BREAKING THE TEN

Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa

When David loses his wife and child in a tragic car accident he decides, in anger at the cruelty of the event, to turn against God. He sets out to systematically break each of the Ten Commandments in order to both spite God and to get his attention! But will he go all the way, and break the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’? Two mysterious figures, Mr White and Mr Black, try to win David over to their side: the religious or the humanistic. Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $11.99, ISBN 9781681120218

ebook $7.99

Previews

 

 

And finally, in July, Rodolphe and Girl in Dior’s Annie Goetzinger present Marie Antoinette, Phantom Queen. Part historical fiction, part ghost story, the last queen of France before the revolution is meticulously illustrated by Goetzinger.

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN

MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN

Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

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

Previews

See our whole list of upcoming graphic novels on our website!

Beauty gets Best Graphic Novel in revived Firecracker Awards

As we mentioned earlier, the Firecrackers Awards for the best in indie lit are back, thanks to the CLMP, Community for Literary Magazines and Presses, and tonight they gave out their awards at the very cool powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.

We’re happy to say Beauty got best GN! Rain Taxi editor Eric Lorberer gave it to publisher Terry Nantier with some very nice words about NBM’s quality publishing over the years.

Here’s their funky (scary?) MakerBot trophy:
Firecracker Award best GN 2015

 

 

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.”

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