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

A Great Year For Us: Thank You! Happy 2015!

Dog Butts and Love

We’ve done well this year, most notably achieving 50% growth in the general trade (general bookstores, libraries, Amazon, and such)! We’re up significantly overall with such successes as Beauty and All Star being warmly received and going back to press rapidly but also with Bilal’s entry in the Louvre collection (we have some major names coming up for this series, stay tuned!) and Jim Benton’s snarky collection Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff like That. And Cats.

But we’ve also been building a reliable backlist, as we call it in publishing, with such perennial sellers as Zombillenium (#3 out next summer), The Discovery in Comics series (Religion is next, Fall ’15!), the comeback of Dungeon, the Louvre collection and many authors, European and American.

Well, goodbye to an excellent 2014 where, thanks to you, NBM turned a significant corner and is on the up and here’s to an even better 2015 for all!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me now on Comixology

Just in time for Xmas, you can now get Beauty, one of our 2014 bestsellers, and Miss Don’t Touch Me on Comixology, Sequential and wherever e-books are sold!

BEAUTY

MORE about Beauty

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

MORE about Miss Don’t Touch Me

Most of NBM’s books from 2013 and 2014 are available as e-books wherever they are sold. They can make nice gifts! Here’s our catalog on Comixology and Sequential.

Exclusive Kerascoet Print Offered on NBM Site!

Did you enjoy the art of Beauty? Miss Don’t Touch Me? Right now when you spend $30 in the NBM store you can get an exclusive print from Kerascoet, the artist behind Miss Don’t Touch Me and Beauty! If you buy $50 worth of books, you can get the print signed by the artist! Sorry, the print is not available on its own.

 KERASCOET Miss Don’t Touch Me, Beauty

This is the latest edition in our long running collectible print offer.  Jim Benton (Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats), Rick Geary (A Treasury of Murder), Margreet de Heer ( A Discovery in Comics series), Stan Mack ( Taxes,  The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels) prints are all available now! One print per order, while supplies last. To see the other prints and learn more about the offer visit our website.

 

This offer is available on phone orders and at conventions as well, make sure you ask for it when ordering!

Beauty Is Sold Out (For Now!)

Hurbert & Kerascoet’s newest book, Beauty, has sold out of its original print run! We are going back to print right now and it will be available once again come February. To reserve your copy at a comic book store, use the Diamond order code: JUL141324 .

BEAUTY

Beauty had a lot of buzz preceding it as people asked for it by name at SPX, weeks before the book hit the market. It was well received by the press making it on Publishers Weekly’s recommended gift book list. Comic Book Resources called it “epic” and Booklist marked it “an exquisite example of European comic making.” This is one book you should add to your graphic novel collection.

Review Round-up: Hubert & Kerascoet’s BEAUTY, “A spectacle of comics achievement”

 

From Hubert & Kerascoet, the team behind Miss Don’t Touch Me, comes Beauty, an engrossing tale for grown-ups on the nature of beauty, both fascinating and corrupting.

When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater…

Here’s what people are saying…

“Beautifully illustrated with Kerascoët’s magical, dreamy, richly coloured art, Beauty is set to be one of 2014’s comic highlights.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“Kerascoet’s work on this book is a spectacle of comics achievement I’m betting I will not see again for a long time.”

Coverless Reviews

“Kerascoët and writer/colorist Hubert deliver an epic, if cynical, graphic novel meditating on the pettiness of human (and fairy) nature, and how lust and jealousy make the world go round.”

Robot 6

And a review for their previous book, Miss Don’t Touch Me.

“Set in the Paris of the 1930s, alternating between the glitzy and the very gritty, this dark and disturbing tale is both a fantastic noir and a tense exploration of various societal themes like class, inequality, political corruption, and most of all the staggering depravity of the elite. Inspired by racy classics like The Story of O, but somehow much more readable, this smart coming-of-age shocker is irresistible.”

– Publisher’s Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/images/star3.gif STARRED REVIEW

NBM for January: Another Chance to Order Our Most Recent Books!

There are plenty of NBM titles in January’s Diamond Previews catalog!

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Take the time to order NBM’s newest hit Beauty, by Hubert & Kerascoet. Library Journal called it “one of 2014’s comic highlights.” See a preview here!

8 ½ x11, 144pp. full color hc, $27.99 9781561638949

Diamond Order Code: JUL141324

MISS DON’T TOUCH ME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubert & Kerascoet’s first series, the crime mystery Miss Don’t Touch Me, has been collected in an omnibus edition for the first time to commemorate the occasion! Read what Comic Buyers Guide think “would make a heck of a movie.” They add, “Hubert’s writing is first-rate, Kerascoet’s storytelling and character designs are vibrant, and the overall look of the book is delightful.” Click here for a preview!

8 ½ x11, 192pp. full color hc, $29.99 9781561638994

Diamond Order Code: JUL141325

Dog Butts and Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The creator of the Songs of Our Ancestors series returns with a collection of short stories about crucial childhood moments in Patrick Atangan’s Invincible Days. Comics Reporter called it a  “new and notable release” and Broken Frontier named it “a testament to the refinement of Atangan’s skills as an artist and his fearlessness as a storyteller”. Previews are available here!

9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 ISBN 9781561639014

Diamond Order Code: JUN141322

 

Ask about these at your local comic book shop or fine book store!

NBM for November

IT’S DUNGEON MONTH AT NBM!

 

“Dungeon comics — that’s a big inspiration for me and the crew who write on the show. Dungeon’s a great comic, and I look to it for the sort of casual conversation they have with the big fantasy world that they all live in.”
Adventure Time’s Pendleton Ward

 

NEW

DUNGEON: Twilight

Vol.4: High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon

Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, ALFRED, MAZAN

DUNGEON: Twilight Vol.4In 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 Black Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. We are witness to the very end of Dungeon!

6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, 9781561639199

 

 

 

 

 

 
BACK TO PRESS:

DUNGEON: Zenith, Vol.3
“Back In Style”

BOULET, Joann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM
Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon, in the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely. In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him ‘the mask of death’. Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!

“Ah, Dungeon, what pleasures you bring me. Boulet is comfortably upholding the artistic standards of previous forays into Dungeon. Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim … man, these two guys can seemingly do no wrong.” –Newsarama

61/2 x 9, 96pp, full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-550-4

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 
DUNGEON: The Early Years, vol.1
The Night Shirt
Christophe BLAIN • Joann SFAR • Lewis TRONDHEIM

We start on another tangent of the vast world of Dungeon, one that relates the origins of it. In this first story of the Early Years, you will see the Keeper barely an adult and leaving his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness… Blain (Isaac the Pirate) illustrates on a story by Trondheim and Sfar.
Fun, adventure, suspense and… wry satire.
“Thrilling action and gentle whimsy nestle comfortably together in this swashbuckling fantasy” –Publishers Weekly
61/2 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-439-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
DUNGEON: TWILIGHT, Vol. 2
Armageddon
Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, KERASCOET

Marvin, saved at the last minute from certain death in a duel by his young warrior admirer Marvin the Red, simply cannot be let to die like he wishes! Whatever he loses, he regains in different powers. He’s even become invincible. It’s to the point where he’d rather exchange body parts to get back his mortality. But then he is led to a discovery that may make continuing to live actually worth it. Art by the team behind “Miss Don’t Touch Me” and “Beauty.”
“There are quests, battles, romps in bed, disappearances, reunions, invisible monsters, trials and “granny’s good cake,” enough for any ten lesser books.”
Asimov’s

61/2×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-477-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW

DUNGEON: Twilight set
Vols. 1-3
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, KERASCOET, OBION

DUNGEON: Twilight setThe first 3 books in this part of the great saga 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, its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.

6 ½ x 9, 288pp, full color set of 3 volumes, $39.99 9781561639069

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW

DUNGEON: Early Years set
Vols. 1,2
Johann SFAR, Lewis TRONDHEIM, Christophe BLAIN

DUNGEON: Early Years set Vols. 1,2A darkly funny satire of fantasy that brings together the first two volumes of the Early Years, this collection relates the origins of the vast world of Dungeon. In this first story of the Early Years, the Keeper leaves his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness and becomes the Night Shirt—a misguided vigilante who renders justice nightly. In the second story, the Night Shirt stumbles upon Alexandra, the one he pines for, about to be raped and comes to her valiant and heroic rescue with romantic bravura. Perfect for lovers of heroic fantasy and dark humor, this two-volume set is the complete run of this subseries of Dungeon. SPECIAL PRICE!

6 ½ x 9, 192pp. full color set of 2 volumes, $27.99 ISBN 9781561639328

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolicit:

DUNGEON Zenith set
Volumes 1-3
Lewis TRONDHEIM, Joann SFAR, BOULET

Dungeon Zenith set Volumes 1-3Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press! SPECIALLY PRICED!
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY I KILLED PETER
ALFRED & Olivier KA
By the artist on the new Dungeon Twilight 4! “Peter was a populist priest. He was cool. He was funny. He was no priest, just a regular guy. It’s like I had another uncle. A great one, who laughed, who sang, who tickled. Until he took us for summer camp. Until we were so close, temptation came in the picture.”
Based on a true story that the writer experienced himself, this graphic novel presents very simply the grey areas in such a situation, how he had tucked the whole episode deep within him but then how his rage and self-pity let it all out and finally revisiting the man when close to death and his coming to grips. A very moving , topical and important work, sensitively presented.

“If there is a healing process, this unforgettable graphic reminiscence is surely its catalyst.” –Miami Herald

“This is an excellent work. Recommended.”
Comic Book Resources

6×9, 112pp., full color clothbound jacketed, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-543-6

 

 

 

 

Songs of Our Ancestors,
Vol.3: THE TREE OF LOVE
Patrick ATANGAN

By the artist of the recently released Invincible Days. Celebrates India’s tradition of elevating romance to a work of art. Atangan adapts Rajput polyptych paintings of northern India and transforms them into a unique and poetic comic experience. Tree of Love follows a prince’s courtship of a flower peddler. The young prince is surprised by the difficulty in proving the worthiness of what everyone sees as a common woman. But she has a secret, a special gift bound in the beauty and power of nature.
Each page faithfully ornaments Tree of Love’s painfully universal story about the intricacies of love.

“Atangan’s beautiful art and attention to authentic detail cast a spell of enchantment.”
-Publishers Weekly

81/2x 61/2″, 48pp., full color hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-438-5

 

SPX: ‘Beauty’ was the hit!!

Absolutely loved it, dozens of people making a beeline straight for our booth at SPX last weekend to get a copy of Beauty, Hubert and Kerascoet’s latest book after Miss Don’t Touch Me.

Well, both arrived late at our warehouse, grumblmumbl, and we couldn’t have it at the show. But thank God dozens of people took us up on our offer to take their order then and there and ship it free freight this week which we’re busy doing now!

BEAUTY

The buzz has been growing unbelievably on this title! but maybe not so unbelievable when you see how utterly gorgeous this book is.

It’ll hit stores in about 3-4 weeks. we’ll keep you posted!

This success pushed our SPX experience into a new record. Saturday was mad busy.

Loved every minute of it!

More Dungeon Goodness…

Looking for a good gift for a Dungeon fan? Looking to start and/or complete your collection? In celebration of Dungeon Month this November, NBM is rereleasing the Zenith collector set, complete with all three volumes of Zenith! Zenith is not alone, Dungeon The Early Years is getting its own set with the two volumes. To accompany the fourth and final volume of Twilight, the first three volumes are also being offered together at a special price! These volumes contain volumes previously out of print. This is the right time to get immersed in the world of Dungeon! See our Dungeon page for more information.

Dungeon Zenith set Volumes 1-3

Dungeon Zenith set
Volumes 1-3
Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Boulet

Specially priced set! Collecting the main core introductory storyline to the popular sprawling dark-humored epic spoofing horror and heroic fantasy. Includes volumes newly back to press!
6 ½ x 9, 288pp., full color trade pbs., 3 volume banded set, $39.99, normally $43, ISBN 978-1-56163-624-2

BACK IN STOCK IN NOVEMBER

DUNGEON: Twilight set
DUNGEON: Twilight set
Vols. 1-3
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Kerascoet, Obion
The first 3 books in this part of the great saga 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, its dark downfall. Marvin is blind but still dangerous and Herbert the Duck has become the darkest of Lords.
6 ½ x 9, 288pp, full color set of 3 volumes, $39.99 9781561639069

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DUNGEON: Early Years set Vols. 1,2
DUNGEON: Early Years set
Vols. 1,2
Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Christophe Blain
A darkly funny satire of fantasy that brings together the first two volumes of the Early Years, this collection relates the origins of the vast world of Dungeon. In this first story of the Early Years, the Keeper leaves his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness and becomes the Night Shirt—a misguided vigilante who renders justice nightly. In the second story, the Night Shirt stumbles upon Alexandra, the one he pines for, about to be raped and comes to her valiant and heroic rescue with romantic bravura. Perfect for lovers of heroic fantasy and dark humor, this two-volume set is the complete run of this subseries of Dungeon.
6 ½ x 9, 192pp. full color set of 2 volumes, $27.99 9781561636990

Previews

It’s a great time to be a Dungeon fan!