FIRES ABOVE HYPERION is “a celebration of human connection that transcends race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Or, to put it in its actual context from the review from the website, Broken Frontier,:

“These are Atangan’s love stories, and even if he’s almost never the hero, in the traditional sense, his struggle for self-acceptance and his uncanny ability to rebound infuses his graphic narrative with an accessibility and sense of careful optimism totally in keeping with the artist himself.

Unassuming yet unflinching, Atangan’s self-deprecating exploration of his twenty-year journey through the trials and tribulations of dating showcases a humility and honesty that resonate deeply with the reader.

Fires Above Hyperion isn’t a chronicle of heartbreak and despair, but rather a celebration of human connection that transcends race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Here are some choice quotes from other reviews:

“Sweet, charming, and at times cleverly amusing, his quest for meaningful companionship is easy to relate to, regardless of one’s sexual orientation”

Library Journal

“Patrick Atangan has a unique voice and perspective in this field”

Comicmix

 

“Atangan excels at translating feelings into emotions.”

Comics Alliance

 

“A home run…(the) art is amazing”

Sequential Tart

 

“The stylized artwork and tertiary colors have a mid-century feel, which I found quite refreshing.”

A. Book’s Review

 

“Insightful, penetrating, invitingly self-deprecating, guardedly hopeful and never afraid to be mistaken for morose when occasion demands, this collection of misjudged trysts and missed chances offers a charming glimpse at the eternally hopeful way most folks live their love-lives and the result is magical and unforgettable.”

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NBM Hits SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival!

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On the weekend of September 19th-20th, you can find NBM Publishing participating at two exciting events the 2015 Small Press Expo and The Brooklyn Book Festival.

And at both events we’ll be debuting three new titles, Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan , Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer and Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel.

 

Fires Above Hyperion by Patrick Atangan

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Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

“One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.” 

In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.

 

Religion, A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

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The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

 

Walking Wounded: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael & Olivier Morel

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For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… The war in Irak. Then came the trauma. Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences. From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Mael relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for our country’s war sickness.

 

SPX Details and Signing Schedule

September 19th-20th; Located at E 1-2

Appearing Saturday Only: Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival. SPX brings together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

Signing Schedule:

11:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:  Olivier Morel & Margreet de Heer

 

 

Brooklyn Book Festival Details and Signing Schedule

September 20th; Located at Booth# 309

Appearing Sunday: Olivier Morel, Margreet de Heer,

Julian Voloj & Benjy Melendez

The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.

PANEL: Can’t You See Who I Am?

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Three comic creators talk about their new books, that explore identity, place, and finding your purpose in the city.

Join A.K. Summers, author and artist of the break-out hit Pregnant Butch, about her adventures in motherhood; Julian Voloj with his comic biography Ghetto Brother on Benjy Melendez, and the events of gangland New York in the 1970s, and Lisa Wilde, a NYC high school teacher whose collected memoir zine Yo, Miss, follows her and her diverse students as they struggle and celebrate over a single academic year.

Moderated by Jessica Abel, (Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio). Screen Projection.

At Brooklyn Historical Society; 2:00pm

 

Signing Schedule:

10:30 am -11:30 am:   Julian Voloj

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:  Olivier Morel

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm:   Margreet de Heer

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm:     Olivier Morel

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

3:30 pm -4:30pm:      Olivier Morel

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm:    Julian Voloj

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm:    Margreet de Heer

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @nbmpub for any last minute changes.

NBM is headed to San Fran! ALA Conference will have fall previews.

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NBM Publishing will be at the American Library Assocation Conference this weekend in San Francisco. We are at Booth 203, sharing the space with our sister-company, Papercutz.  There, we will have our recent titles on display as well as exclusive previews of our upcoming fall line.

 

See the first pages of Patrick Atangan’s FIRES ABOVE HYPERION , read Margreet de Heer’s RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS, and see the art from CRUISING THROUGH THE LOUVRE, the latest in our LOUVRE COLLECTION.

WALKING WOUNDED

We will also be giving away advance review copies of WALKING WOUNDED: Uncut Stories from Iraq by Mael and  Olivier Morel. The preview—the first 44 pages of the graphic novel—will captivate and leave you anxious for the October general trade release!

 

See our upcoming fall titles on our newly updated “Coming Up” page. Which title are you most looking forward to? Let us know!

The Inspiration Behind “Fires Above Hyperion”

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There have been only a few times when I actually paused as events in my life were unfolding and said to myself, “One day I’m going to have to write about this.”

In 2007 Griffith Park in LA, above Hyperion Blvd, had caught fire.  The sky was an odd painterly red and purple and it served as a ideal backdrop to the end days of a long term relationship.  The surreal atmosphere and constant smell of ash in the air had left me nostalgic.

It was then, as I was going through this rough break up, I found the impetus for this book.  “Fires Above Hyperion” is a darkly humored collection of interwoven short stories about my love life.  All my fuck ups, all the times I’ve been fucked over and all the guys I’ve ever given a fuck about.

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Also Available from NBM in August: Atangan’s classics INVINCIBLE DAYS and THE TREE OF LOVE

Patrick Atangan’s newest graphic novel FIRES ABOVE HYPERION is out this August. NBM has published his entire body of work and you can see from the titles alone how varied and diverse he is as a chameleon creator of fine graphic novels.

His “Songs of Our Ancestors” series had a lot of buzz and critical acclaim for being his first graphic novels. Each taking a style from traditional Asiatic art and retelling classic folktales, the first two installments have sold out in print form!  They are available as ebooks from our website.  Volume 3: THE TREE OF LOVE is still available. Read what Publishers Weekly called “a spell of enchantment” and Comics Buyers Guide also called “enchanting” and “gorgeous”.

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Vol.3: THE TREE OF LOVE
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In the next volume of Patrick (Yellow Jar) Atangan’s Asian folktale collection, Tree of Love 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.
81/2x 61/2″, 48pp., full color hardcover: $12.95,
ISBN 978-1-56163-438-5

Diamond Order Code: JUN053085

Previews

This past fall, Atangan made a departure from folklore and told his own tales about growing up, especially in a traditional Filipino household that had just moved to LA. A Publishers Weekly Critics’ Poll Best of 2014 honoree, INVINCIBLE DAYS is melancholy, innocent, truthful and drawn in a very cute kawaii style.

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INVINCIBLE DAYS
Patrick Atangan 

This collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end-days of youth.  Atangan creates an intricate mosaic from his own childhood memories as well as those gathered from friends and family. Bittersweet, joyful and reflective, these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults. By the author of the Yellow Jar and Silk Tapestry.
9×6, 128pp., color hc, $19.99 ISBN 9781561639014

Diamond Order Code: JUN141322

Previews

Order now from our website or at your favorite comic book store!

NBM for August: Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.

This August, NBM debuts the latest graphic novel by Patrick Atangan. Quite a departure from his 2014  INVINCIBLE DAYS, this summer’s FIRES ABOVE HYPERION continues Atangan’s deeply personal storytelling trend. HYPERION focuses on the creator’s love life in a difficult, and often fickle, gay social scene of sunny Los Angeles.  Atangan shares his stories about being closeted, coming out in college but his boyfriend remained closeted, online dates, and missed connections with many other wry humored anecdotes in yet another style of art much closer to indie comics:

Look for behind the scenes previews posted by creator Patrick Atangan soon.

Click here for previews of the book!

Fires Above Hyperion

FIRES ABOVE HYPERION
Patrick Atangan
Imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown.  “One day I woke up and realized I had been dating for twenty years.  Twenty years.  It’s hard to imagine anyone with as little resolve as I have doing anything for so long.”  In this autobiographical work, Patrick Atangan documents the sad hilarity of his love life from awkward first encounters, to finding out that the great guy you’ve been dating already has a boyfriend, to the sad inevitability of a break up. With a dark sense of humor, Atangan navigates the perils of the gay world.
6×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $14.99, ISBN 9781561639861

Diamond Order Code: JUN151430

 

For more information, click here.

 

Be sure to order your copy today from your favorite comic book store in June’s Diamond Previews Magazine.

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!