One year Comics Laureate

For starters: congratulations to Hannah Berry, who was appointed UK Comics Laureate yesterday! To be honest, I was not aware of the title in the UK, or that it’s written as “comics laureate” rather than “comic artist laureate” (although I’ll stick to the latter, because I like more words).

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The task of “comics ambassador” in the UK revolves around many of the same issues as mine: more visibility, and promoting comics in education. And I love that Hannah is also a short-haired, bespectacled female comics creator. In a few years, we will be the new cliché for our profession, I hope!

Also yesterday, I celebrated my first year at this “job”:

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Another exciting thing on the agenda for the coming year: my book on Love will be published here at NBM! It is scheduled to come out in June, and here’s the cover:

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NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Release Schedule

imageNBM Graphic Novels is proud to announce the release schedule through Summer 2019, including brand new biographies of Albert Einstein by Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil, and The Rolling Stones by Ceka and various artists. In addition, we’ll have new volumes of Zombillenium by Arthur de Pins, The Story of Lee by Sean Michael Wilson and Piarelle, and The Silent Invasion by Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock, as well as a new release by Margreet de Heer.

In addition, we’re reprinting the first two installments of Zombillenium; Gretchen and Human Resources into a single volume, as well as a complete set of The Story of Lee and a revised paperback edition of The Year of Loving Dangerously by Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo

FEBRUARY 2019

THE STORY OF LEE Vol. 3
By Sean Michael Wilson and Piarelle

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In the final volume of The Story of Lee, our two main characters, Lee and Matt continue their studies and their relationship in the UK. With growing confidence Lee asserts herself more and Matt finds that he needs to change or challenge. Change to be more the way she likes, or challenge her ideas and risk upsetting their relationship.

Meanwhile, a Chinese student becomes a rival to Lee’s attentions and Matt finds himself in both financial and existential trouble. Against the backdrop of increasing societal turmoil back in Hong Kong Lee’s father gets sick and she has a big decision to make: go back home to help, or pursue an independent life in the UK?

5x 7 ½, 128pp., B&W paperback, $11.99; e-book, $7.99; ISBN 978-1-68112-195-6

MARCH 2019

THE ROLLING STONES IN COMICS!
By Ceka and Various Artists.

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When the Rolling Stones hit the scene in the 60’s, it was to play Rhythm & Blues, nothing more. They are far from imagining that they are not just going to change music but also become the mouthpiece of a changing world. Sticking their tongue out at the establishment with their brilliant music and hard-hitting lyrics, they achieve planetary-wide success. With Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the lead, these rebels have become, over fifty years, not just music, but a whole attitude! Through twenty-one stories in comics accompanied by biographical texts and a rich iconography, this book makes you relive, in a totally new way, the incredible epic of one of the biggest rock bands ever.

192pp., 7×10, full color HC, $24.99, e-books $16.99; ISBN 9781681121987

APRIL 2019

THE STORY OF LEE: Complete Set
By Sean Michael Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada, Nami Tamura, and Piarelle

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Matt, an ex-pat from Scotland in Hong Kong, meets Lee, a local Chinese girl. They fall in love but her family is resistant to this foreigner. Matt eventually brings Lee back to study in Scotland and meet his family and friends. Can the pressures on both sides, and the cultural differences be surmounted? They both find how difficult this can be.

5x 7 ½, 448pp, B&W, set of 3 tpb, $29.99 (normally $36); ISBN 9781681122144


THE YEAR OF LOVING DANGEROUSLY

By Ted Rall and Pablo Callejo

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It’s New York City in the 1980s and Ted Rall is in college. Everything is fine before his pranks, lack of focus and restlessness get him expelled. Unable to find a job and rejected by his parents, he considers suicide. By happenstance he finds comfort in the arms of many women as he bed-hops around the five boroughs. It’s better than homelessness, but the psychic toll of selling himself and his affection was higher than he imagined.

Both acidly funny and brutally honest, Rall, a cartoonist both beloved and reviled for his edgy politics, pours out his guts in this remembrance of this most difficult chapter in his life. Revised paperback edition.

8 ½ x 11″, 124pp, full color trade pb., $17.99; ebook: 9.99; ISBN 9781681122151

MAY 2019

THE SILENT INVASION VOL. 2: THE GREAT FEAR
By Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

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The paranoia and conspiracy theories continue! Beleaguered reporter Matt Sinkage’s quest to discover the truth behind an apparent, government-backed alien invasion of earth leads him to investigate a quasi-religious UFO cult based in an idyllic small American community. Then the sudden death of a prominent politician paves the way for Senator Harrison Callahan to seek the Presidency of the United States. But Sinkage, believing that Callahan is an alien pawn, is determined to stop him at all costs.

7×10, 160pp., B&W trade pb., $16.99, e-books: $9.99; ISBN 9781681122069

JUNE 2019

LOVE: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS
By Margreet de Heer

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Love is a many-splendored thing, as comic artist Margreet de Heer has found out through several relationships and her marriage to fellow artist Yiri.

How to describe it? Is love passion, stability, friendship, or all of the above? In this comics exploration, the author investigates different aspects of love: is there really such a thing as finding The One? What happens in the brain when we fall in love? How can we keep long-term love? What to do about a broken heart? Margreet herself seems to have found her ideal partner in Yiri, but after so many years of marriage, how about that Seven Year Itch?

This book deals with many aspects of love, sex and relationships in a light-hearted, playful and often thought-provoking manner and is a fun and informative read for anyone who is in love or planning to be.

128pp., 8×8, full color HC, $18.99; ISBN 9781681122106; ebook: 9.99

JULY 2019

ZOMBILLENIUM 4: AIR GIRL
By Arthur de Pins

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Zombillenium Park has never been better: its popularity has peaked following demonic reforms by Behemoth, who then decides to play his property in a very special competition … A witches’ Sabbath!

Gretchen, Aurelian and Von Bloodt, meanwhile, have set up an underground escape network in order to offer the damned the chance for reconversion, far from the nine circles of Hell, a dangerous secret operation not appreciated by the park’s board of directors. Determined to clean this out, they hire the services of a formidable enchantress who will turn into an arch-rival of Gretchen. Underground as in the air, the fight promises to be epic!

The resistance is organized in this fourth volume of Zombillenium, the monstrous bestselling and award-winning series by Arthur de Pins, eagerly awaited by fans after a long hiatus! What are Gretchen’s true intentions? Will the undead succeed in asserting their rights? Who will be the future happy owner of the Zombillenium Park? Not to be missed!

9×12, 48pp, color HC, $16.99, 9.99 ebook; HC: 9781681122199

 

ZOMBILLENIUM VOLS. 1-2: GRETCHEN/HUMAN RESOURCES
By Arthur de Pins

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Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium.

They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets ‘hired’ in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

In the second chapter, Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation!

All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art, combining volumes 1 and 2.

9×12, 96pp., color HC, $19.99; ISBN 9781681122236

AUGUST 2019

ALBERT EINSTEIN, THE POETRY OF REAL
By Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil

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When he’s five years old, Albert Einstein’s father offers him a compass that triggers in him an irrepressible need to understand the laws of the universe. At first a simple employee of the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, the young Einstein published in 1905 a series of scientific articles that question everything that was thought to be known in the world of physics. His theory, summed up by the formula E = mc2, opens to humanity the doors of the power of the atom… Legendary Genius, but also a great humanist, he lives through the first half of the 20th century, with all its horrors and contradictions, in the service of science, but distraught by what man’s madness is capable of doing with it.

128pp., B&W HC, 6×9, $19.99, ebooks $13.99; ISBN 9781681122021

 

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Death of a Cat

Our cat Toto has died, well over eighteen years old. For us at-home-working, childfree artists, out cats have always been much more than just pets to us – they are life companions…

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Our cats have always found their way into our work. Here’s the last drawing of Toto in the Discovery-series (the book about Love, to be released at a later date by NMB):

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The Story of Our Love

This week, Yiri and I celebrate nine years of marriage and ten years of being together! The funny thing is, I remember saying on our second day or so: “I’m sure that in ten years we’ll still be together, and basically still feeling for each other what we’re feeling now.” And I was right.

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These pages are from our graphic novel about Love, which came out in The Netherlands last year, and may be appearing in the US later this year…