NBM March 2022 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for a March 2022 release.

 

NEW

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: MASTER OF SUSPENSE
By Noël Simsolo and Dominique Hé

In 1960, the film Psycho traumatized viewers around the world. Never before had the angst or the suspense been so well presented in cinema. But where does the talent of this Alfred Hitchcock come from, the one now nicknamed the “Master of Suspense”?

To find out, we must first go back to his youth, in England, during the first half of the 20th century. Having grown up in a Catholic family – a religious originality that will be felt in a large part of his cinema – “Hitch” is an atypical Englishman who, very early on, has a taste for telling stories. The temptation to work for the cinema will not be long in coming, first as a graphic designer at Islington Studios in London where his visual talent will lead him to make his debut behind the camera, as an assistant and then as a full director. It is also here that he will meet Alma Reville, his assistant and wife who will accompany him throughout his storied career, including the jump to the big time in Hollywood.

Discover the life of undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The story of a colorful, demanding and quite simply extraordinary artist.

7 ½ x 10, 320pp., B&W, $44.99, ISBN 97816811228925; DIAMOND CODE: JAN221546
Pub Date: March 16th 2022

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OFFERED AGAIN

THE LOUVRE COLLECTION: GLACIAL PERIOD
Written and Illustrated by jj

With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius, and for the first time, The Louvre museum is involved in a co-edition of a series of graphic novels, each a vision of this great museum by a different artist.

De Crecy, at the sight of the incredible richness of the museum’s collection was overwhelmed and felt small and ignorant.
The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten and a small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow.

They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? Their interpretations are nonsense, absurd, farcical.

8 ½ x11 , 80pp., full color hardcover, $22.99; ISBN 9781561638550; DIAMOND CODE: JAN221549

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ABELARD
By Renaud Dillies and Régis Hautière

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Epily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.

8 ½ x 11, 128pp., full color hardcover, $22.99; HC ISBN: 97815616370105; DIAMOND CODE: JAN221547

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BUBBLES & GONDOLA
Created by Renaud Dillies


On a background of Django Reinhardt, this jewel of poetic fantasy is a fairy tale for all ages with spot on observations about life.

Charlie is a mouse who’s trying to write but has a block. Writing is a solitary endeavor. A bird named Solitude comes to visit him to keep him company. We’re never sure he actually exists but in Charlie’s mind, yet he brings him out into the world, dares him to experience the unknown, unblocking his little existence…

A drama about the blank page for Charlie who so wants to make the world more beautiful with his writing, we are transported into a tender and moving tale with a twinge of lyrical melancholy yet sweet, warm and ultimately elevating.

8.5 x11”, 80pp., full color hardcover, $16.99; HC ISBN 97815616361125; DIAMOND CODE: JAN221548

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THE LIGHTHOUSE
Created by
Paco Roca

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.”

A YALSA’S GREAT GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR TEENS 2018

6×9, 64pp., duotone hardcover, $15.99; ISBN: 9781681120560;DIAMOND CODE: JAN221550

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NBM Review Round-Up!

Here we are, back again, with some recent reviews of various NBM titles.

The Initiates: A Comic Artist And a Wine Artisan Exchange Jobs

“The excellent writing, characterizations, and tranquil-yet-stimulating vibe make this a treat to savor slowly, like wine. Davodeau’s smoky realism, though black-and-white, manages to suggest the full range of wine-growing climate shifts. Oenophiles will love this and the merely curious will be plenty satisfied.”

– Library Journal/School Library Journal

An Enchantment

“Durieux veils every panel with crepuscular sepia, which dulls the colors and contours of the featured paintings and installations but warmly enfolds the protagonists’ developing relationship. His drawing style is otherwise pure European comics realism, eschewing caricature and approaching the photographic, with, throughout, hints of the amusing, quicksilver line of . . . Cocteau”

Booklist

“Durieux’s fantasia peeps occasionally at these darker things: the legacy of dictatorship and history’s evils contained in the Louvre’s hallways and priceless works of art. This brooding subtext, however, is overridden by the artist’s sweet sense of mystery and magic, which has produced a beautiful lark of a story.”

Publisher’s Weekly

 

A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium

“A must-read for those who love comics and Gothic-tinged history…With heavy black ink on white paper, Geary draws impeccably drafted, brilliantly composed panels of stylized characters, gorgeous architecture, panoramic cityscapes and attention-grabbing close-ups. These pages are an artist’s master class. Geary’s cinematic style establishes visual rhythms that set the pace for a story that remains vibrant despite the fact that the only voice we read is the narrator’s. Beautiful.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Abelard

“A strange mix of bleak and cute.”

Grovel

“Wonderful, thoughtful, and moving.”

Sequential Tart

 

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics

“A relatively quick read, especially for a book on philosophy, but it also makes philosophy approachable and less intimidating than it might be…A great overview.”

Portland Book Review

Salvatore Vol. 1: Transports of Love

“The leisurely pace, slightly skewed sense of humor, and young adult-that-looks-kid-friendly content might make the book a somewhat acquired taste, but, once you’ve acquired it, Salvatore is something of a feast.”

School Library Journal: Good Comics For Kids

 

Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels

“Mack’s history is a vital and entertaining one. It captures Americans as radicals and wild cards and assures that rebellion is in our blood, even if it must be against each other.”

Archive 7

The joy of getting slightly creeped out.

 

Inner Sanctum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Library Journal says of Colon’s Inner Sanctum:

“Colón maintains the period settings and character interactions, while showing how ominous shading, gestures caught in frozen moments, staring yet lifeless eyes, and the confusion between reality and nightmarish deformity convert the tales from ear to page. Colón succeeds in respecting the original tales, his readers, and the joy of getting slightly creeped out.”

Another review on that book raves over his art but is less than sanguine about his writing: Broken Frontier.

 

 

This very same Broken Frontier (on another page), however, praises Salvatore 2 to the Gods:

“Nicolas De Crecy’s romantic comedy tour de force continues with witty aplomb and tongue firmly planted in cheek. Reading Salvatore is like reading a Shakespearean comedy, with De Crecy’s pointed commentary on the human condition coming in the form of clever double entendres, slapstick pratfalls, and calculated exaggeration.”

 

 

 

Stargazing Dog still keeps getting reactions. Modern Dog, a prominent magazine for dog lovers says:
“Anyone who’s ever loved a pet will be moved to tears by the tale of human misfortune and the unwavering dedication of dogs that unfolds  in Murakami’s graphic novel.”

And Chicago’s New City:
“Charming and universally appealing.”

Salvatore 2 hits comics stores Wednesday!

Volume 1 proved very popular and well reviewed. Now here comes volume 2 with the further eccentric adventures of Salvatore by De Crecy, hitting comics stores with good taste Wednesday.

Salvatore, vol.2
“An Eventful Crossing”
Nicholas De Crecy
The next chapter of this highly acclaimed off-the-wall nominated for an Eisner series that never ceases to astonish and amuse! Salvatore the crack dog mechanic has now finished his rig and is off to all the way out somewhere in Latin America to his sweetheart pooch he has been pining for. His trip which he takes with his reluctant assistant, a minuscule human who communicates only through his PC, goes all the way through Russia and the Bering Straits, a route he characterizes as epic but is really designed to avoid the seas which Salvatore is deadly afraid of. On the way, there are many temptations such as the pretty cat Julie who, as it turns out, has adopted the missing piglet Amandine the Sow has been so desperately spending her last penny trying to find while, unbeknownst to her, the rest of her litter is busy in a lucrative endeavor of bio recycling.
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1/2 x 9, 112pp. full color trade pb, $14.99 ISBN 978-1-56163-613-6
see previews

Here’s one recommending it as the best of this Wednesday’s arrivals…

Just in, another:

“There’s really only one item of interest to me on this week’s ComicList, but it makes the trip to the local comic shop worthwhile. It’s the second volume of Nicolas de Crécy’s Salvatore, An Eventful Crossing, from NBM. Kate (The Manga Critic) Dacey and I discussed the first volume at some length and found it intriguing if a little bit unnerving. I’m looking forward to this one, even if it puts me a bit on edge in ways I can’t quite describe.”

Manga Curmudgeon. (and this ain’t even manga!)