‘PERSIA BLUES’ – The Critics Speak!

Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman’s Persia Blues continues to get positive reviews from across the web:

“Naraghi’s script efficiently sets youthful energy against older people’s acceptance of the status quo. Bowman’s black-and-white art alternates between straight pen-and-ink line work for scenes with the real-world Minoo and washed, brushed panels depicting the lush, romantic realm of imagination. For the young creators, as for Minoo herself, this is a promising beginning.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“A raw, sometimes painful, sometimes joyous magical realist blending of gritty fact with gorgeous myth-based fantasy, Persia Blues is a timely, emotionally intelligent exploration of how one woman copes with oppression, loss, and misplaced guilt…A fascinating and illuminating read…Highly recommended.”

Broken Frontier

“Bowman’s blocking and storytelling are clear, and the stories are sufficiently compelling to carry the reader forward in a story with settings rare for an American adventure story. And that setting alone is enough for me to recommend this book, as it behooves all of us to get to know Iran a wee bit better.”

Nashua Telegraph

“The complex, multicultural story features the parallel lives of a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman, and explores the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom.”

Payvand Iran News

“An unusual set up for a book that takes place in the past and present and intrigues me with where it will go in future volumes.”

It’s All Comic To Me

PERSIA BLUES – “Engaging, Rewarding and Just Plain Refreshingly Different”

If you haven’t read Persia Blues writer Dara Naraghi’s piece on Bleeding Cool from this past week you should by all means.

Persia Blues is according to Naraghi, “best described as a fusion of historical fantasy and modern social commentary, featuring a strong-willed young Iranian female protagonist.”

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?

Here’s what folks across the web are saying about it:

“it’s good — it’s very good”

Comic Book Resources

“Naragahi and Bowman structure their tale in a meaningful manner, jumping back and forth between stories without disrupting the flow or hampering intelligibility.”

– Comics Alternative

“There’s a huge treat to be found inside the pages of Persia Blues.”

Graphic Novel Reporter

“Gleefully melding past and present, fact and fiction, this introductory volume revels in exploiting reader expectation and confusion to craft a beguiling multi-layered tale about family, responsibility, guilt, oppression and the hunger for independence that carries the reader along, promoting wonder and second-guessing whilst weaving a tapestry of mystery…Engaging, rewarding and just plain refreshingly different, Persia Blues looks set to become a classic in years to come.”

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NBM Heads To MoCCA Arts Festival on April 6th – 7th

NBM is once again heading to the MoCCA Arts Festival and we’re happy to have Stan Mack (Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels) signing on Saturday following his 11:30 am panel, Art As Passion: Celebrating the spirit of comics through observation and reportage which will be moderated by Dan Nadel.

Also hanging out at the NBM booth will be cartoonist Lance Tooks making a rare U.S. appearance.  He’ll be signing copies of his series Lucifer’s Garden.

We’ll also have a special free sample of Persia Blues by Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman as well as our latest titles including An Enchantment by Christian Durieux, The Initiates by Etienne Davodeau, and Abelard by Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies.  We’ll also have plenty of Papercutz titles including Annoying Orange, The Smurfs, Ariol, Ninjago, Power Rangers, and more.

So come on by, meet some cool folks and celebrate comics!

NBM/Papercutz

Booths 161-162

I Have the Persia Blues – my Husband is a Brigand!

Last week the digital debut of the graphic novel ‘Persia Blues’ happened, one of the newest releases of my American publisher NBM. I had the pleasure of backing creators Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman through Kickstarter, which bought me the thrilling perk of being depicted as a character in the story! To surprise my husband, I asked him to be drawn in, and last week we saw the result – Yiri’s wonderfully pencilled incarnation as Brigand #1!

Yiri takes the stage for three action-packed pages, after which he is unceremoniously uhm, well, annihilated basically.

To counter his gruesome graphic demise, I drew up this alternative ending:

If you want to read the whole of his performance, you can download the first issue for just 99 cents on Comixology by clicking here.

Or you can wait until June, when the entire graphic novel will be on sale in comic stores and beyond!

NBM in May: Persia Blues

A fascinating new series is the highlight of NBM’s solicits for May in Diamond’s Previews out this month in comics stores:

PERSIA BLUES, VOL.1 

 Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman

Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi. At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

6×9, 128pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781561637065

As mentioned in this post, this is being pre-serialized in e-comic book form over at Comixology, in 4 issues, one every 2 weeks, check it out. This was also the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign end of last year.

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Also this month, we resolicit for the last few copies of a keepsake full presentation on Peyo with rare art and sketches: PEYO, The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller. See it here (scroll down a bit). This may be allocated, frankly, order from here now before it goes forever!

and in Eurotica we resolicit Liberatore’s awesome pin up book LE DONNE. If you missed it, now’s your chance to order it through your comic bookstore:

The Italian artist of the controversial RanXerox comic series which shook the world of comics in the eighties presents women in-your-face proud of their feminity. Women in all their physical glory and empowered. This explores limits without shame or fear and is occasionally pornographic, bizarre, or even disturbing. Includes chapters entitled ‘Desire’, ‘Pulse’ with stark black & white illustrations, ‘Embraces’ with a fearless abandonment to sheer lust, ‘Chiaroscuro’, ‘Intimacies’ with never before seen angles on the nude figure, ‘Flesh’ with soft beautiful aquarelles. This book challenges and does not leave indifferent.
“This is the most thrilling part of the works featured, the personalization, the intimate look into the sheer joy in Tanino Liberatore’s art”
Mark Squirek, NY Journal of Books
“An intriguing – and provocative – collection of Liberatore’s work.” –Comics Waiting Room
9×12, 168pp., full color clothbound: $39.99, ISBN 978-1-56163-713-3

Same goes for issue 56 of SIZZLE which presents the grand finale of the legendary OMAHA saga!

More at Eurotica

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AS FOR PAPERCUTZ, our sister company with fun kids comics, we present a never before seen series by the great Peyo, ladies & gentlemen, the charming:

Benny Breakiron #1: “The Red Taxis”
Peyo, writer and artist
Will Maltaite, artist
Peyo, creator of The Smurfs, brings everybody’s childhood fantasy to life in this charming new graphic novel series! Benny Breakiron is an honest, polite little boy with an en exceptional quality: he possesses superhuman strength, can leap over huge distances, and can run unbelievably fast. This little kid packs quite a punch, and he devotes his play time to stopping crime and injustice. In this first volume, a new taxi service has moved into Benny’s town threatening to put Benny’s friend, taxi driver Mr. Dussiflard, out of business. The more Benny learns about the Red Taxi Company, the more he realizes something isn’t right. Who’s behind this mysterious enterprise, and just what are they up to? Benny aims to find out and put a stop to it once and for all, and hopefully keep the property damage to a minimum!
6 1/2 x 9, 64pp., full-color hardcover: $11.99
ISBN: 9781597074094

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Also new this month:

Smurfs #15

Ninjago #7

Upcoming NBM Graphic Novel PERSIA BLUES Debuts Digitally on comiXology

NBM Publishing Teams With comiXology to serialize upcoming graphic novel
PERSIA BLUES
Issue #1 debuts digitally today for 99 cents

 

 

Persia Blues, the upcoming graphic novel from NBM publishing and creators New York Times best-selling writer Dara Naraghi and artist Brent Bowman will debut as a four part series of single issues with issue #1 premiering today for just 99 cents, exclusively on comiXology, —the world’s largest digital comics platform with over 100 million downloads to date.  Subsequent issues will be released every two weeks and will retail for $1.99.

The first volume in a three volume series coming from NBM, Persia Blues was both the first title from the publisher that utilized a Kickstarter campaign and the first time they’ve serialized a pending title digitally before it reaches print. The e-comic books will be taken down upon publication of the book when a simultaneous e-book version of the GN will appear.

 

It tells of Minoo Shirazi, a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in betrween life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi.

At the intersection of guilt and freedom, family and self, ancient myths and modern enigmas, lies…Persia Blues.

Persia Blues is a character-driven slice of life tale, combining fantastical elements with contemporary politics, while exploring the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom,” explains Naraghi, “As an Iranian-American writer, I’ve always been interested in exploring multicultural themes in my stories, and this series is my most ambitious and personal work to date. I believe strongly in the sequential art medium, and feel that diversity and fresh perspectives can only strengthen and expand the already amazing world of comics and graphic novels.”

NBM Publisher Terry Nantier further explained the methodology to this release, “In today’s book market we’re really appealing to a broader potential reader base than ever before.  By offering our books serialized through comiXology there’s an opportunity for a reader to try the first chapter for an extremely low price and then decide if they want to continue to follow the series digitally or purchase the physical book.  Digital is unquestionably the future, but physical books offer a richer opportunity for design and presentation which allows us to indulge and release a book worth owning physically.” The book is being solicited for in Diamond’s Previews this month.

Available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, the Web and the comiXology retailer digital storefronts, Persia Blues #1 (of 4) is out today.

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About the Author & Artist:

Dara Naraghi was born in Iran and educated in the United States. An Ohio State University alum, he works in the information technology field, but his passion is for the comics medium. His debut graphic novel, Lifelike, has garnered many positive reviews, from the likes of award-winning novelist Cory Doctorow, and cartoonist Sam Kieth. His other notable graphic novels include the Terminator Salvation official movie prequel, and Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland (both New York Times Bestsellers), as well as works for Image Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse, and DC Comics. Dara is also a founding member of the comic book writers/artists collective known as PANEL, with whom he has produced 20 volumes of their comics anthology. Dara lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, daughter, and the world’s sweetest hound dog. Visit him online at www.DaraNaraghi.com

Brent Bowman is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art And Design with a degree in Illustration. A lifelong comics fan, Brent has been drawing since he was old enough to pick up a pencil. His work has appeared in publications by Image Comics and Caliber Press, as well as the collectible card game Age of Empires. He’s a contributing member of PANEL, a local comics collective that publishes two anthologies a year. Brent has been nominated for the small press SPACE prize in 2008, 2010 and 2011 for both his PANEL work and his own original self published comics. He lives in Columbus Ohio with his wife and two boys. Visit him online at https://sites.google.com/site/thebrentbowmanproject

Congratulations Dara and Brent on your Kickstarter success: still time to get cool stuff!

The Persia Blues project on Kickstarter has already surpassed its goal and there’s still a few hours to go. Congratulations to Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman on reaching their goal and as for you, you can still chip in and get some really cool stuff such as signed copies, Persian recipes, or signed original sketches and art pages. Check it out!

And retailers: there’s a couple of packages for you that include them coming over for a signing + original art and copies of the book.

We look forward to publishing this series!

From Iran to Indie Comics

Hi, Dara Naraghi here, author of the recently announced Persia Blues graphic novel series, coming your way in 2013 from the fine folks here at NBM.

A brief introduction: I was born in Iran, back before the Islamic Revolution. My family lived there through the revolt, the subsequent new regime, and the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war. Seeking a better life for us, my parents were eventually able to move us to the US, where I went to high school and college. I currently work as a project manager in the IT field, but comics and sequential art have always been my first love. Growing up in Iran, we were exposed to some American comics, especially the well-known superheroes like Batman and Superman. However, it was the translated European graphic albums that reigned supreme, with the most popular, of course, being Herge’s Tin Tin series. So from a very young age, comics were baked into my DNA.

During college, I began dabbling in writing on the side, and even got involved with a fly-by-night indie comics publisher operating out of the west coast. Well, more like the publisher’s spare bedroom, which happened to be in an apartment in a city on the West coast. That experience soured me on the business side of comics for a while, and I lost interest in creating comics, though I still remained a fan of the medium. It wasn’t until about a dozen years ago that I met some similar minded creators in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, that I started to become serious about writing again. We ended up calling ourselves the PANEL Collective, and have been creating and self-publishing small press comix for over 10 years now.

But that’s a story for another post.

However, I will mention that it was through PANEL that I met and befriended the artist that would eventually team up with me on Persia Blues. That’s a story for another post as well, but it wouldn’t be fair of me to blabber on without at least giving you a taste of Brent Bowman’s fantastic work. So here it is, a double-page splash from our book, that distills a lot of the characters and settings of the Persian Empire’s history and mythology into one image, a sort of roadmap for at least half of the series:

OK, so lots to talk about in future blog posts, but before I go, I do want to mention one last thing: ‘m currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help compensate Brent for all his work on the book. As of this writing, we only have 7 days left. We’re offering a variety of unique and cool incentives, including Persian cusine recipes and a chance to appear in the book. So please click on the image below and take a few minutes to check everything out.

Thanks, and if you like what you see, please consider posting the link on Facebook or sending it to your friends. Word of mouth is the best way to help us get more eyes on the project.

Next: more stories, more art

NBM’s publishing program is up through June

Take a look at our Coming Up section and you’ll see we’ve recently put up all books we’ve got planned through June.

Two things of note on that:

Eric Hobbs’ and Noel Tuazon’s newest graphic novel after the acclaimed The Broadcast: Family Ties, another psychological thriller involving a crime family in Alaska, and:

Persia Blues, a fascinating exploration into the experience of a young woman expatriate from Iran and her search for identity here, with her past and her country’s past… This, by the way is going through fundraising on Kickstarter right now, more about that later.