NBM for January: Peek Inside The Louvre Collection

David Prudhomme is in good company. Other creators of The Louvre Collection include the prestigious Hirohiko Araki, the haunting Enki Bilal, the meticulous Eric Liberge, the classically inspired Marc-Antoine Mathieu, the whimsical Nicolas De Crecy,  and the unbeatable pair Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carriere.

 

The Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the museum. The results have been eye-popping.

Rohan at the Louvre

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
Another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure). Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC111139

See previews and more here.

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Diamond Order Code: MAR141266

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GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy
With this graphic novel, for the first time in the US, ComicsLit brings over the latest enfant terrible of European comics, a mad genius.
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 Order Code: MAR141267

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AN ENCHANTMENT

AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

Diamond Order Code: OCT121137

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THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE

THE SKY OVER THE LOUVRE
Bernar YSLAIRE & Jean-Claude CARRIERE

We go back to the very origins of the Louvre as a museum: the tumultuous years of the French revolution. It’s the story of a painting of the Supreme Being, ordered by Robespierre from the famous painter David. A painting which was never made. It’s also the story of another painting, that of the young Bara, a 13 year old martyr of the Republic. From the inauguration of the Louvre, former royal palace, as the museum for the people, to the death of Robespierre, this is also the portrayal of the face to face of two major actors of a revolution in a great hurry. Robespierre appears equally enlightened and lost while David accomplishes his destiny: a painter torn between political engagement and artistic ambition. Yslaire, one the great stars of French comics, delivers a stunning masterwork in an epic and disturbing graphic novel seeped in a dramatic and fascinating period of history.

101/2 x 111/2, 72pp. full color hardcover, $19.99,
ISBN 978-1-56163-602-0

Diamond Order Code: DEC101009

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ON THE ODD HOURS

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge
This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-577-1

Diamond Order Code: DEC090958

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All of these are on sale now. Be sure to order today from your favorite comic book store in November’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

 

And don’t forget:

THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu
An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.

Only available as an e-book presently.

9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99
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Rohan and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures

Free Comic Book Day 2015 is around the corner. Viz Media is offering a sampling of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki. Viz has been publishing this for years with a renewed emphasis of late. In case you missed it, Araki and NBM published a book featuring the popular JoJo character, Rohan, as part of The Louvre Collection. The hardcover edition presents the manga art in a large format at 7 ¼ by 10 3/8, displayed in traditional manga style to be read from right to left.  Ain’t it Cool News called it “a must read” and Experiments in Manga added “Araki’s illustrations are meant to be looked at and appreciated not just as part of the story but as art.”

See previews and more here.

Rohan at the Louvre

ROHAN AT THE LOUVRE
Hirohiko Araki
After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka. Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
7 ¼ x 10 3/8, 128pp. full color hardcover, $19.99
ISBN 978-1-56163-615-0

 

While we’re at it, the Louvre Collection is commissioned by the Parisian museum asking select artists to weave a story of their choosing as long as it involves the Louvre. The results have been eye-poppoing. To date, NBM has published six editions of the Louvre Collection. For ordering information, ebook offers, and previews follow the links!

 

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection:
Phantoms of the Louvre
Enki Bilal
Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.
They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …
Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.
Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.
9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Previews 

GLACIAL PERIOD
Nicolas De Crecy
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

 Previews

 

AN ENCHANTMENT
AN ENCHANTMENT
Christian Durieux
Those two, they never should have met.
In the night, in a long corridor pinned with ancient dreams, they make of this encounter a party.
Those two, they must have a gift.
The next remarkable graphic novel in the Louvre collection after Glacial Period, The Sky Over the Louvre and Rohan at the Louvre tells the tale of the retiring museum director on a fugue from his retirement dinner through the vast halls of the museum, eloping with a muse…
10 ½ x 11 ¼, 72pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-705-8

 Previews

ON THE ODD HOURS

ON THE ODD HOURS
Eric Liberge
The highly successful series of graphic novels co-published with the Louvre museum in Paris (“Glacial Period”, “Museum Vaults”) continues with its next outstanding graphic novel. This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive. Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.
6 1/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-577-1

 Previews

THE MUSEUM VAULTS
Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert.
Marc-Antoine Mathieu
The next volume in the striking collection in co-publication with the Louvre museum. An art assessor must evaluate the vast collections of the Louvre in an alternate Kafkaesque world where all is warehoused in an endless ever deepening succession of basement levels. Mathieu, an artist who marries Escher with Kafka, brings stinging irony to the pompousness of art history. After Glacial Period, another stunning volume.

Only available as an e-book presently.

9×9, 64 pages, 2 colors, ebook $9.99
Previews

NBM Creators Honored with Grand Prix Nominations at Angouleme 2015

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Angoulême’s highest award, the Grand Prix, has announced next year’s nominees. Along with the title comes the responsibility of President of the 2016 festival and the design of the poster. This year’s winner was Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

Among the list are many NBM greats!

 

Christophe Blain– ISAAC THE PIRATE, THE SPEED ABATER
Nicolas de Crécy– GLACIAL PERIOD
Étienne Davodeau–  THE INITIATES and the upcoming LULU ANEW
Emmanuel Guibert– Papercutz’s ARIOL
Lorenzo Mattotti- Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (now out of print)
Joann Sfar– DUNGEON SERIES
NBM has also published past winners including Enki Bilal ( PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE) and Hugo Pratt (THE CORTO MALTESE (also out of print). Sfar and his DUNGEON partner Lewis Trondheim both are previous winners of the award.

The 42nd International Festival of the Bande Dessinee will be held in Angouleme, France from January 29th through February 1st.  The Grand Prix winner will be announced during the Festival. Congratulations and best of luck to all participating. For a full list of nominees, please see the official Facebook of the Festival  (in French).

Review Round-Up: THE LOUVRE COLLECTIONS, “beautiful work” and “gorgeous”

NBM’s ComicsLit imprint has been publishing the remarkable series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre calling upon different prominent artists to make up a story around the fabled museum. 

Here are some recent reviews:

Glacial Period by Nicolas De Crecy

 

“The author seems to be asking: what is art? Is there some art that is universally accepted and some culturally defined? Does art have any intrinsic value? There is some farce inside, the book does not take itself too seriously.”

San Francisco Book Review / Another Universe

“The book…fits together with the dreamlike logic and sense of the absurd de Crecy brings to everything he does. It’s preposterous, but feels right somehow.”

–  San Angelo Standard-Times

“While off to a slow start, this book ends on a fascinating, if absurd, note. The art has a nice amount of detail, combined with soft lines and colors.”

Sequential Tart

“Of the Louvre books NBM has published… this seemed to me to be the best, working perfectly well as a story in its own right while also being about the museum and the works it contains.”

Robot 6

 

Phantoms of The Louvre by Enki Bilal 

“Look, I could spend a lot of breath telling you how amazing this stuff is, but honestly: why? It’s Enki-friggin’-Bilal drawing and writing about the greatest museum on Earth! What the hell else do you want from comics? Unless your taste resides solely in your mouth, you need this like you need oxygen.”

Comics Waiting Room

“This would be a must for folks who are already fans of Enki Bilal, and…art lovers (will) appreciate some extra depth and meaning to works of art in an unusual way.”

Sequential Tart

“Now, some purists will resent a modern artist like Bilal using classic works as, essentially, his canvas. To which I say: Phooey. Bilal is doing what artists have always done, which is to stand on the shoulders of giants to push forward into the new and unknown. And when it results in beautiful work like this, I can’t entertain the argument.”

–  San Angelo Standard-Times

“It is gorgeous — in design, in recording select pieces of the Louvre’s collection, in Bilal’s super-imposition of ghosts upon them — and a supremely interesting springboard to watch a creator with Bilal’s imagination and abilities dive off of repeatedly.”

Robot 6

“Bilal’s art proves suitably unsettling: this is not a “touristy” consideration of fine art masterworks, but the work of a politically engaged artist. Each painting catches the feel of the original work while adding its own ironic spin, resulting in the most unique and thought-provoking “Louvre Edition” to date.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer

 

The Sky Over the Louvre by  Bernar Yslaire & Jean-Claude Carreire

“This is a strange tale that becomes stranger and stranger… This book is a wonderful resource for better appreciating the forces at play just as the Louvre was getting under way.”

Comics Grinder

NBM in May: BILAL tops the list

Here’s what being solicited for in comics stores this month.

In our Louvre collection, which now hits the half dozen mark, two bits of news. One is superstar fantasy artist Enki Bilal is the next featured author and the other is we bring back  Glacial Period in full size as a handsome hardcover. Now that things have evolved in graphic novel publishing to the point where such a format works, we’re taking advantage!

Phantoms of the Louvre

The Louvre Collection: Phantoms of the Louvre

Enki Bilal

Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation. They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model … Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life. Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013. 9×11 ½”, 144 pp., color POB, $29.99, 9781561638413

Previews

More about Bilal

 

New bigger hardcover edition of the out of print paperback:

GLACIAL PERIOD

Nicolas De Crecy

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.

“De Crecy is one of the brightest talents in French comics, not only because of the breadth of his whacked-out imagination and his penchant for absurd humour, but also for the detail of his beautifully coloured panels.” –The Guardian

“Mischievous humor. A great find.” –Library Journal

“A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crecy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it.” –Washington Post

8 ½ x11 , 80pp., color hardcover, $22.99, ISBN 9781561638550

Previews

See the other books in the Louvre collection:

An Enchantment

Rohan at the Louvre

The Sky Over the Louvre

On the Odd Hours  

NBM Review Round-Up!

With such a wide variety of titles, we’re pretty fortunate to get a pretty amazing cross section of reviewers.

Here are a few kind words about several of our titles:

Stargazing Dog

“A moving story for all devoted pet owners and animal lovers.”

Curled Up With a Good Book

Kinky & Cosy

“The jokes are, for the most part, snarky, sarcastic, and clever…The plotline involving the mother falling in love with the recycling bin, for example, was a bit too out there…This collection is fun and funny, until it just got too weird for my taste. Kinky and Cosy are smart, cute, and a bit disturbing all at the same time.”

No Flying No Tights

Rohan at The Louvre

“As with the previous graphic novels in The Louvre Collection series, this fourth installment features well-rendered art and a compelling plot…Araki’s book will be relished by readers who are fans of the manga format, especially those interested in art and art collections.”

VOYA Magazine

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti

“An honest and non-ideological recounting of the facts of the case, told in a straight-forward manner with a minimum of sensationalism (and no invective).  In the course of the unfolding story, Geary’s attention to detail is consistent and impressive.  Not only does he present us with the evidence, but he also cites the source for that evidence, and raises the questions about its validity, and explains any misgivings about those questions.  The illustrations, likewise, are strikingly literal, with just the right mix of minute detail on the one hand, and clarity and simplicity on the other.”

Toward Freedom

Brownsville

“I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Brownsville, which was published by NBM…  This is a graphic novel, so they don’t care about making you turn the page because you’re probably going to decide to buy this based on other considerations. But just because they don’t need to do it doesn’t mean they take the first page off. This page shows a lot in just five panels, and it hints at quite a bit to come. It’s well constructed, and leaves the reader wanting more. That’s how it’s done!”

Comics Should Be Good

Salvatore 2

“Things are constantly moving in this book, even if, like Salvatore discovers, all that movement wound up plopping him back at the beginning of the journey. De Crecy ensures the reader that the fruitlessness of Salvatore’s journey doesn’t extend to the entertainment value and sheer delight found in his cartooning.”

High-Low

Reactions to the Louvre book + some School Library Journal reviews

“In The Sky Over the Louvre, Carrière builds up a story that uses David as a framework around which to touch on both the history of the Louvre and the complicated political passions of the time. It’s Yslaire’s layout and drafting, though, that really makes the book sing. The players in this drama are all realized as emotive caricatures, and when the story fall silent on the grand sweeping splash pages there’s a chill as the world of late 18th century Paris suddenly becomes real. In this sense it’s very reminiscent of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell in the way that it draws out the texture of the time, from the scum choked gutters to the cramped apartments.

For the fan of dramatic history, The Sky Over the Louvre is not to be missed; a sweeping graphic album that captures the creative and destructive passions of the French Revolution.”

Bleeding Cool

“Not only is this the most unique format for a graphic novel it’s probably the most unique graphic novel I’ve read. 8/10”

Player Affinity

School Library Journal reviews a number of our books in a recent issue. On Boneyard vol.7:

“Will not disappoint fans of the series. Young teen boys will most likely enjoy the action, humor and the heroines’ fashion sense.”

On De Crecy’s Salvatore vol.1:

“Unusual, surreal and poignant story. Definitely intended for older teens and adults as evidenced by its mature language and themes.”