3rd volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE arrived

The 3rd volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE arrived with me today from NBM. I’m very glad to see it.

One of the good things about books taking so long to make is that when you received the finished book its often a year or so since you wrote it, so you can read it fresh, almost as if for the first time. I think volume 3 is excellent and the artist, Pirelli, has done a very good job on the art – especially as its her first book!

Thats the last in the series and a good way to wrap up the story of Lee, Matt and the others.

Check the book out more on the publisher’s page HERE

 

Or my  WEBSITE

 

NBM April 2019 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a April 2019 release.

NEW!

The Story of Lee Complete Set
By Sean Michael Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada, Nami Tamura, Piarelle

0-3Specially priced set of 3 volumes with the complete story. 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 pb, $29.99 (normally $36);  ISBN 978168112214452999; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191875
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The Year of Loving Dangerously
By Ted Rall, Pablo Callejo

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Now in paperback! 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.
8 ½ x 11″, 124pp, full color trade pb., $17.99; ISBN 978168112215151799; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191880
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AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Silk Road to Ruin

By Ted Rall


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Part graphic novel travelog, part tongue-in-cheek travel guide, here are the adventures of caustic cartoonist Rall in the wild and wooly central Asian countries, a powder keg sitting on tomorrow’s oil… Combines articles with comics chapters relating his experiences retracing the old legendary Silk Road starting with the sublime history of China and ending in the absurdity of the petty dictatorships of the “The ‘Stans” where Rall had the temerity -or was it blustery stupidity?- to go back, including once with a group of listeners to his radio show, on a dare. It’s exotic adventure, satire and a fun way to find out more about a part of the world that looms in importance with its immense reserves of oil…
6×9, 304pp., B&W trade pb, $19.99; ISBN 97815616388575199; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191877
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To Afghanistan and Back
By Ted Rall


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The World’s first “Instant Graphic Novel”!

When U.S. bombs started raining on the Taliban, Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself. But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help.

From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war. To Afghanistan and Back, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.
6×9, 112pp., B&W, clothbound, $15.95; HC ISBN: 978156163325851595
Paperback $12.99; PB ISBN: 978156163359351299;  DIAMOND CODE: FEB191878 (SC); FEB191879 (HC)
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Billie Holiday
By José Muñoz, Carlos Sampayo

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Born in Philadelphia in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence…), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie.

Through this investigation, Muñoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz.
By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

9×12, 80pp., B&W hc, gold stamped black and red cover $19.99; ISBN:978168112093551999; DIAMOND CODE: FEB191876
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How I do my art page 3 (Story of Lee)

More from Piarelle about how she makes her art:

“Next step, I’d print out the rough drafts to A4 size and trace them one by one (borders and speech bubbles included) onto Bristol board using a mechanical pencil and a lightbox.

Once I’ve added more detail to the page, I would then go on to inking the page using Indian ink and a ‘maru’ dip pen. Once the page is inked and dry, I would then scan it into my computer, clean it up and begin to screentone it digitally.

After screentoning, I would then add the text and after resizing, etc. the page would be complete. I wanted to make sure that I’d meet the deadline on time so at one point, I decided to screentone and complete one page a day – and thankfully I made it in good time!”

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The Story of Lee is in December’s Diamond Catalogue and out Feb 2019.

Check the book out on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

How I do my art – part 2 (Story of Lee)

Part 2 in Piarelle telling us about her art process on the upcoming book for NBM, The Story of Lee, volume 3:

After thumb-nailing the page layouts, I would then scan them into my computer, produce more detailed rough drafts out of them, place the text on them and send them to Sean in batches for his approval.

Sometimes when I think a panel image would be too tedious to draw, too complicated or appear too repetitive on a page, I would replace it with an image I think would be more effective but easier for me to draw. I’m not sure if Sean noticed that not all the panels featured what he asked for in the script, but once he approved them that gave me the okay.

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(Sean adds here: that’s fine by me, the process of one of collaboration, so I don’t expect artists to follow my script 100% on things like panel and page layouts. Often they have better ideas than I do about how to do that).

Check the book out on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

 

Piarelle – how I worked on Story of Lee

The artist on volume 3 of The Story of Lee, Piarelle, tells us a little about how she works (p1 of 3):

“Before working on the Story of Lee volume 3, I needed to get a sense of the story and the characters, so I decided to read the first two volumes. The first two volumes were worked on by two different artists, so the visual styles were quite distinctive from one other. To me, the story itself made me think of ‘josei’ manga as it had a mature, realistic feel to it so I thought to take that approach on the third volume.

There is a process I went through in creating each page for the Story of Lee, volume 3.

First I’d start with thumbnailing the page layouts. Sean pretty much wrote on the script what he’d like in each panel, so I worked with that. I’d read the script, get a sense of the atmosphere in the scene and compose little page layouts on scrap paper. I like to plan pages in a way that enhances the story’s flow, so I usually plan where the speech bubbles should go at the same time I plan from what viewpoint to draw the images. I try to make both the words and pictures work in harmony together.”

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Check the book on more on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

Story of Lee – bits from my past

 

In volume 3 of our series with NBM, The Story of Lee,  I’ve written a commentary on two pages at the back of the book, about various aspects that can be seen in the book, real life places, events, Scots language words, etc. I also did this with the other two volumes.

Here are some snippets from that with the relevant pages for you:

On Pages 2 to 4: The character Xavier is based on an international student who was in my Masters degree in Edinburgh University. The kind of person who is smart but can’t resist showing off about it. We had all agreed not to show the results of our first essay, as it was immature to compare marks and not the point of learning. But as soon as he saw that his result was good he showed it off to any one he could. ha!

He is probably now the head of a department of sociology somewhere.

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Check the book out more on the publishers page HERE

Or my own WEBSITE WEBSITE

 

3rd and final volume of THE STORY OF LEE

The 3rd and final volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE is done and dusted (well, a little bit dust remains), and will soon be off to the printers.

I’m very happy with it – the cover is lovely, a sad image but with a beauty to the framing and the texture that artist, Piarelle, has brought to it. She, a young artist working on her very first full length book, has done an excellent job.

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It’s listed now in the Diamond distributors December Previews catalogue for ordering, and a February release.

Please check it out HERE, folks!

Cheers, Sean (and Piarelle).

 

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.

9781681121987

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

9781681122144

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

9781681122151

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

9781681122069

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

9781681122106

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

9781681122199

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

9781681122021

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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NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Release Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is proud to announce the release schedule through Winter 2019, including A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, a new graphic novel by one of France’s finest cartoonists, Ignatz and Angoulême International Comics Festival winner, David B.

We’re also releasing new biographies of French novelist and Nobel Prize nominee Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette by Annie Goetzinger, author Philip K. Dick by Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi, and The Beatles by Michels Mabel and various artists.

Also arriving is the final volume in The Story of Lee trilogy by Sean Michael Wilson and Piarelle, as well as a bundled edition of the first two volumes.  Rick Geary fans can look forward to the release of new paperback editions of The Black Dahlia and The Axe-Man of New Orleans.

Comic legend and Howard The Duck co-creator Val Mayerik teams up with Jim Berry to produce the historical epic Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn

In addition, we’re reprinting the paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery from the early days of indie comics in the first of four volumes, The Silent Invasion Volume 1: Red Shadows from Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock!

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