The Silent Invasion, Abductions is coming!

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As we get closer to the release of Abductions, the excitement is almost unbearable!

No forget that…

Let’s talk about floating anxiety. I’m sure most people perusing this blog have it. I have it. How can we relieve that sense of uncertainty?

I know! Read something light and fluffy—not stuffy—like The Silent Invasion! Books One and Two are now available from NBM. Abductions, Book Three of the series will be released shortly. The art is a little quirky, and the story will take you down rabbit holes with no exits. And as I like to say, The Silent Invasion is a comic/graphic novel for people who LIKE to READ comics.

Before closing for today, here’s a look at some pages from Chapter Two of Dark Matter, Book Four of The Silent Invasion, coming next year from NBM. These images are not scans. They were photographed with my phone camera. So here they are, warts and all.

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Next—a visit to the artist’s lair.

Until tomorrow… Watch the skies! Stay safe and healthy! And read The Silent Invasion (and all those other comics)!

NBM May 2020 Releases

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SILENT INVASION VOL. 3: ABDUCTIONS
Written by Larry Hancock; Art by Michael Cherkas
Introduction by Robert J Sawyer

Several years after his fateful final encounter with would-be presidential assassin Matt Sinkage, private detective Phil Housley finds himself reluctantly protecting a paranoid lawyer from alien abductions, sinister government agents and mad scientists. At the same time Housley is battling demons from his past that threaten to unravel his own fragile sanity.

Collected here for the first time, Abductions continues The Silent Invasion saga of a deeply paranoid and fearful America.

7×10, 160pp., Black & White TPB US $16.99/ $22.50 CAN. ISBN:978168112255751699; DIAMOND CODE: MAR201979. Pub Date: May 13th, 2020


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THE SILENT INVASION VOL. 1: RED SHADOWS
Written by Larry Hancock; Art by Michael Cherkas
Introduction by Max Allan Collins

In this era of fake news and ‘deep state’ this couldn’t be more timely! The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns! The series will begin with two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia.

Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as a bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.

7×10, 160pp., Black & White TPB, $16.99/ $22.50 CAN. ISBN: 978168112174151699. DIAMOND CODE: MAR201980



THE SILENT INVASION VOL. 2: THE GREAT FEAR
Written by Larry Hancock; Art by Michael Cherkas

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., Black & White TPB, US $16.99 / $22.50 CAN; ISBN: 978168112206951699
. DIAMOND CODE: MAR20 1981




LOVE: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS
Created by Margreet de Heer

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.

8 x 8, 128pp full color HC, US $18.99; ISBN 978168112210651899; DIAMOND CODE: MAR201982




RELIGION, A DISCOVERY IN COMICS
Created by Margreet de Heer

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.

8×8, 120pp. full color HC, $17.99, ISBN 978156163994651799; DIAMOND CODE: MAR201984




PHILOSOPHY – A DISCOVERY IN COMICS
Created by Margreet de Heer

A fun introduction in comics to deep thinking and the history of Philosophy!

What is Thinking? And how does our thinking set us apart from other animals?
Now that we’re thinking, what is Reality? Is there an objective reality or are there numerous subjective realities? And do we move in it with a free will or is everything predestined?

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Erasmus, Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche: just a few philosophers who have pondered these questions. Comic artist Margreet de Heer and her husband Yiri travel through the history of Western Philosophy and draw a colorful picture of all these questions.

8×8, 120pp., full color HC, $16.99, ISBN: 978156163698351699; DIAMOND CODE: MAR201983




THE PROVOCATIVE COLETTE
Created by Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

Many biographies describe this uncommon woman and author. It is her years of formation which are focused on here, from her marriage at the age of 20, until her divorce.

“One dies only from the first man,” she wrote in 1909. But this death was a new beginning, and the one that signed “Colette” from 1910 on gradually opened her eyes to her condition of a woman who was an exploited writer and a betrayed wife, and who will emancipate herself by writing, and with what talent!

Incredibly complex, powerfully determined, truly gifted, Colette challenged herself to reinvent her life and assert herself as a free woman.

In her day, her behavior scandalized and vexed the establishment. But in the end, she helped to free women in their thinking and became member and then president of France’s prestigious Académie Goncourt, among many other honors as one of France’s preeminent authors. For mature readers.

7 ¾ x 10 ¼, 128pp., full color quarter-bound HC, US $24.99; ISBN: 978168112170352499; DIAMOND CODE: MAR201986




MARIE ANTOINETTE, PHANTOM QUEEN
Created by Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe

During the 1930s, Maud, an artist, discovers she has a psychic gift. The first signs manifest themselves in the royal gardens of the Trianon where gradually she understands that a woman from the beyond is attempting to communicate with her.

The revelation is beyond belief: it is the ghost of Marie Antoinette appearing to her to share a terrible secret that has tormented her for centuries.

After being guillotined, the Queen is said to have been thrown into a common grave but then exhumed and buried with her husband, Louis XVI, in the Saint-Denis basilica. Yet the ghost tells Maud that her remains are still in the pit, on which a chapel stands today. The queen asks Maud to move her body to the right place so she can finally find peace and no longer haunt people.

Part fantastic ghost story, part biography, this is a delicious beautifully illustrated look into French revolutionary history by the artist of the bestselling Girl in Dior.

8 ½ x 11, 68 pages, full color HC, $18.99, ISBN: 978168112029451899; DIAMOND CODE: MAR201985

NBM April 2020 Releases

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Giant
Written and Illustrated by Mikael

New York, early 1930s. A mysterious, laconic Irish colossus known as ‘Giant’ sweats blood, along with his fellow immigrants, to build the skyscrapers of Rockefeller Center. For a while, he has not received a reply to the typewritten letters he continues to send, as well as money, to the other side of the ocean, to Mary Ann, the wife of one of his colleagues who died accidentally.

Giant, who seems to be afraid of nothing, still has not found the courage to reveal to the young woman that she is a widow … What does her silence mean? An entrancing everyday working-class tale with the majestic background of the rising skyscrapers of New York.

9×12, 120pp., full color Hardcover. US $24.99/ $32.50 CAN. ISBN 978168112253352499. DIAMOND CODE: FEB201864
Pub Date: April 15th, 2020

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BILLIE HOLIDAY
Written by Carlos Sampayo, Illustrated by José Muñoz

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 Hardcover, gold stamped black and red cover; US $19.99
HC ISBN:978168112093551999. DIAMOND CODE: FEB201865

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NBM March 2020 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for an March 2020 release.

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Phoolan Devi, Rebel Queen
By Claire Fauvel

She rebelled against the ancient tribal rules of India, her country, resulting in her becoming a Robin Hood type bandit. Essentially sold at the age of 11 to become a wife for a much older man, she ran away when he raped her. From that point on, there were few choices for her but to join a roaming gang of bandits, her ambition leading her to become their rebel chief.

Ultimately, society caught up with her and she even became a strong voice for change as a representative in the nascent Indian parliament.A story of courage and unbending determination in front of centuries of established inequities in the classic Indian caste system.

8.5x 11”, 224pp., full color HC, $29.99 HC ISBN 978168112251952999. DIAMOND CODE: JAN201889

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Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker
Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering

An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang.

From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop.

Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.

6×9”, 128pp., Black and White trade paperback., $12.99 US/ $16.99 CAN PB ISBN: 978156163948951299. DIAMOND CODE: JAN201890

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Immoderation: A Chad Michael Ward Goth trilogy
Autopsyrotica, Devil Engine, Black Rust

A specially priced banded set of 3 of cult phenom Chad Michael Ward fantasy and conceptual art books – a collection of images that fit together in a morbid jigsaw puzzle of wires, women and man-beasts to form a symbolic cyberotic tale of love, redemption and death.

Tim Bradstreet calls it “the sum of gothic eroticism.” Will appeal strongly to fans of Ashley Wood and Brom.

9×12’, 256pp., Three Full Color Trade Paperbacks, $49.99 US/$64.99 CANPB ISBN: 978156163727054999. DIAMOND CODE: JAN201891


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NBM February 2020 Releases

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RODIN – FUGIT AMOR, AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT
Written by Eddy Simon, Illustrated by Joel Alessandra

This comics biography of one of the greatest sculptors who ever lived is done with the collaboration of the Rodin Museum and includes a preface by its director. It views his life through the eyes of the three women who shared his life for good or for bad. One was his lifelong on and off companion, the other two his muses, one of which was Camille Claudel, a well-recognized sculptor herself. Rodin’s work was revolutionary in conveying exceptional passion, transcending the stone. Here’s how that happened.

7 x 10.25, 112pp. full color HC, $19.99 US; ISBN: 978168112241051999. DIAMOND CODE: DEC191787

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MONET: ITINERANT OF LIGHT
Written by Salva Rubio, Illustrated by Efa

The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style. From the Salon des Refuses (“Salon of the Rejected”) and many struggling years without recognition, money and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit. It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.

9×12, 112pp., full color HC, $24.99, ISBN 978168112139052499; DIAMOND CODE: DEC191788

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NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE: THE GARDEN OF SECRETS
Created by Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin

8×10, 186pp., full color HC, $29.99 US; ISBN 978168112158152999; DIAMOND CODE: DEC191789

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NBM January 2020 Releases

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LINCOLN HIGHWAY 750
Written by Bernard Chambaz, Illustrated by Barroux

“I hate marathons. Hate running. An hour before leaving, I received a text. Instead of ‘Good luck,’ it was ‘We’re finished.’ So, I went to a bar next to the subway on 95th. Had a few bourbons with some other mope. Then I got on a bike. I took off down the old Highway 750, the Lincoln Highway.”

Forget Route 66. This is the original cross-country highway that takes you through REAL America, the first to cross all of the US from the Big Apple to the City on the Bay. This is THE road trip. On a bike.

8×11, 88pp. Black and White Trade paperback., $12.99/$16.99 CAN PB ISBN: 978168112245851299; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191813

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ZOMBILLENIUM SET, VOLS. 1-4
By Arthur de Pins

Specially priced set of the 4 volumes out in this bestselling series. Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the horror 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 ends up hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

3 book banded set (vols. 1-2 omnibus, 3, 4), 192pp., Full Color Hardcovers, Normally $52, specially priced at $46.99/$61.50 CANHC ISBN: 978168112240354699; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191814

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TRAILERS
Written by Mark Kneece , Illustrated by Julie Collins

Josh Clayton’s mother has killed a man and left Josh in charge of disposing of the body. The trouble is, the body will not stay put. From dogs to low-life trailer park denizens, Josh’s life slips ever more deeply into hell as he attempts to keep the corpse under wraps.

Josh, a sensitive teenager, attempts to persevere in the face of a morbid dilemma: guilt and fear over the crime conflict with his reluctant devotion to his mother. In the meantime, he has the additional task of taking care of his younger brothers and sister while enduring the ordinary minefield known as high school.

As pressure on Josh builds to critical mass, he suddenly finds himself involved in a relationship with Michelle. She tries to understand him. And, to her credit, she almost does. Josh is forced to take a difficult stand against his own mother or never be able to move on.

By two members of the faculty of sequential art at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

6×9, 164pp., Black &White , jacketed hardcover: $17.95/23.50 CAN
HC ISBN:978156163441551795; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191819


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PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
Written and Illustrated by T.J. Kirsch

In a sleepy New England town, Andrew Peters is born into an abusive family. As he grows older, he seems to be on the right track, using writing as his outlet – but his best friend Whitey is always around pulling him in the opposite direction. Andrew eventually lands himself in prison, and shortly thereafter, learns he has a daughter. The shock resolves him to a path of redemption and an attempt to live his life as a decent man.

6×9, 96pp., Full Color Hardcover, $19.99/$25.99HC ISBN: 978168112120851999; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191818

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THE INITIATES: A COMIC ARTIST AND A WINE ARTISAN EXCHANGE JOBS
Created by Etienne Davodeau

The sold out hardcover now in paperback!

Etienne Davodeau is a comic artist. He doesn’t know much about the world of wine-making. Richard Leroy is a wine-maker. He’s rarely even read comics. But these two are full of good will and curiosity. Why do we choose to spend one’s life writing and creating comics or producing wine? How and for whom do we do them?

To answer these questions, for more than a year, Etienne went to work in Richard’s vineyards and cellar.

Richard, in return, leapt into the world of comics. They opened a lot of bottles and read many comics. They traveled around, meeting authors and wine-makers sharing their passion for their jobs. The first time a book explores the nature of a man’s vocation with a true life representation of it from two very different perspectives. They get to realize they both have that precious and necessary power to bring people together.

With guest appearances by Trondheim (Dungeon, Little Nothings), Emmanuel Guibert (The Photographer) and Marc-Antoine Matthieu (Museum Vaults)

8×11, 272pp., Black & White trade paperback: $19.99/$25.99 CAN; ISBN 978168112133851999; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191816

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LULU ANEW
Written and Illustrated By Etienne Davodeau

At the end of yet another unproductive job interview, Lulu, on a whim, takes off for the shore just to get away from it all. She’s got a husband and kids left bewildered but it’s nothing against them. This is just her time, getting away from the grind and being taken for granted with no other plan than savoring it.

Surprised at her own temerity, she meets other people on the edge of the world. It wasn’t meant to be for long. It wasn’t meant to be anything but in the end, thrilling, fun, and possibly dangerous, this improvised experience will make of Lulu a different woman. By the author of the acclaimed The Initiates.

8.5 x 11, 160pp. Full Color Hardcover, $27.99/$36.50 CAN HC ISBN: 978156163972452799; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191817

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FLOWER & FADE
Written and Illustrated By Jesse Lonergan

Kyle has just settled in to his new city and job. He doesn’t know anyone around but it’s comfy enough in its boring routine. Erika, a pretty neighbor, catches his eye. They meet, they talk. Before they know it, they’re an ‘item.’ Before they know it, in fact, they’re very very together. It’s a high but it’s frightening. Is it really the right choice? Are they really for each other or just escaping loneliness? There’s great moments. There’s doubts. In the midst of happiness, Kyle gets nightmares of pulling his teeth out.

Jesse Lonergan’s simple style is moody, subdued, lets the pictures mostly do the talking over an expansive graphic novel that is very real and explorative.

6×9, 192 pp., Black & White trade paperback., $13.95/$18.50 PB ISBN 978156163496551395; DIAMOND CODE: NOV191815

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NBM December 2019 Releases

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Bob Marley In Comics!
By Gaet’s and Sophie Blitman

In the middle of a depressing youth in a ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley sees only one way out: music. And that music will be what Jamaica made of rock and pop locally that had hardly been heard anywhere else: reggae!

It is Marley who brings the unmistakable beat of reggae to the entire world. From small stages in Jamaica, his partners of the Wailers accompany him all the way to the most fabulous world tours and adulation. Beyond a rocketing musical career, the most famous rasta wants to shake things up and proclaim all over his humanitarian and egalitarian values.

The next volume in the sellout series featuring the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

7 ½ x10,176pp., full color HC: US $27.99 HC ISBN: 9781681122449652799. DIAMOND CODE: OCT191980

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THE ROLLING STONES IN COMICS!
By Ceka and Various Artists

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.

7×10,192pp., full color HC; US $26.99. ISBN: 978168112198752699. DIAMOND CODE: OCT191981

 

THE BEATLES IN COMICS!
By Michels Mabel and Various Artists

Here’s the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup. We see how they evolved along with and amplifying the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active and have achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.

7 ½ x 10, 232pp., full color HC, $29.99; HC ISBN: 978168112187152999. DIAMOND CODE: OCT191979

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PORTUGAL
By Cyril Pedrosa

From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal.

Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. The experience proves cathartic.

Even though he is not Portuguese himself and is a foreigner there, so many elements are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens, full of the zest for life, his distant yet welcoming family bringing back fond early memories, all prove reinvigorating, the breath of fresh air he so badly needed.Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way.

This is his bestselling graphic novel with over 100,000 copies sold in France and a winner of many prizes including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.

9×12, 264pp., full color hardcover, US $39.99. HC ISBN: 978168112147553999 . DIAMOND CODE: OCT191983

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EQUINOXES
By Cyril Pedrosa

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies.

Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one another’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer.
Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

9 x 12, 336 pp, Full color Cloth Bound US $44.99. ISBN: 978168112080554499. DIAMOND CODE: OCT191982

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NBM October 2019 Releases

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Tamba, Child Soldier

Written by Marion Achard and Illustrated by Yan Degruel 


9781681122366

“My name is Tamba Cisso. When I was eight years old, I lived in the village with my father, my mother and my sister. I went to school and had learned to read. I knew there was war in my country, but I didn’t know that children could wage it.”

Providing a testimonial to one of the most heart-wrenching and chilling developments in modern warfare, this graphic novel chronicles the realities of hundreds of thousands across the world, kidnapped and forced to commit atrocities.

8.5 x11, 112pp., Full color hardcover, US $24.99
HC ISBN: 978168112236652499; DIAMOND CODE: AUG192086

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All Star

Written and Illustrated by Jesse Lonergan

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It’s the end of the school year in 1998. Mark McGwire is racing Sammy Sosa to break the home run record, Bill Clinton is being questioned about a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky, Semisonic’s “Closing Time” is on top of the charts, and Carl Carter is leading the Elizabeth Monarchs of rural Vermont to the state championship in his senior year. A full scholarship to the University of Maine is waiting for him, and everyone says he has a shot at the pros. He’s so good he can do whatever he wants. 
Until he makes one very arrogant mistake.

6×9, 176pp., Black and White trade paperback. US $13.99, 
PB ISBN 978156163835251399
; DIAMOND CODE: AUG192087

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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 paperback, US $19.99,  ISBN 978156163885751999; DIAMOND CODE AUG192088

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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., Black and White clothbound, US $15.95 
ISBN 978156163325851595; DIAMOND CODE: AUG192089

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NBM September 2019 Releases

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The Forbidden Harbor

By Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi


9781681122328

In the summer of 1807, The Explorer, a ship from Her Majesty’s Navy recovers a young shipwreck off the coast of Siam, Abel, who can only remember his name. He soon becomes friends with the first officer, acting as a captain because the commander of the ship has apparently absconded with the ship’s treasure. Abel returns to England with The Explorer and finds accommodation at the inn run by the three fugitive captain’s daughters. Well before he can recover his memory, however, he will discover something deeply disturbing about himself, and he will understand the true nature of some of the people who helped him.

A haunting and intense book that digs into the soul of the protagonists as well as the reader, with a generous helping of good ‘ole fashioned salty adventure along with many a shanty sung, and a sprinkling of magic dust. Presented in a handsome old style, worn-looking hardcover, as if taken from a ship captain’s library. An uplifting, enthralling escape.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 320pp., B&W with color sketchbook, old-fashioned hardcover, $29.99.
HC ISBN: 978168112232852999
; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192061; Pub Date: 9/18/19


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The Silent Invasion Vol.1: Red Shadows
By Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock
Introduction by Max Allan Collins

9781681121741

In this era of fake news and ‘deep state’ this couldn’t be more timely! The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns! The series will begin with two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia.

Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as a bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.

7×10, 160pp., B&W trade pb., $16.99; ISBN 978168112174151699
; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192062

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The Silent Invasion Vol.2: The Great Fear
By Michael Cherkas, 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, 
ISBN 978168112206951699; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192063; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192063


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Dungeon: Zenith Vol.3 – Back In Style
By Boulet, Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim

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Taking a pause from the Monstres sub-series, the main Zenith mini series is back! This time with the art of Boulet but still written by the Sfar/Trondheim duo.

Two stories continue the heyday of Dungeon, in the first, Isis is to be married to the Keeper but she wants Herbert! Besides, the whole affair promises to ruin the Dungeon completely.

In the second, besides the continued Keeper financial mishaps, Herbert wishes to make his comeback to his hometown where his name is mud. He disguises himself with a potion that makes him ‘the mask of death’. Only one problem: if he laughs, he becomes himself again!

6 1/2 x 9, 96pp, full color trade pb., $14.99; ISBN 978156163550451499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192071

 

Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 2 – The Dark Lord
By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blanquet, Andreas


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Terra Amata has exploded into so many little floating islands and Herbert has become a very dark and very powerful lord, far from his goofy, shoot-from-the-belt self we all know. In both stories in this volume, the key is to find the map to the new world and great forces are in the way.

Whether it’s the Dark Lord or even a very uncompromising and very determined Marvin the Red, the new map must be found!
This sub-series presents guest stars including here Andreas, known for Rork and Capricorn.

6 x9”, 96pp., full color trade paperback, $12.95, ISBN 978156163540551295

; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192064

 

Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 3 – Heartbreaker

By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Carlos Nine, Patrice Killoffer


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In the first title story, the supremely talented (especially with women) and outrageous Carlos Nine gives us the complete low-down on the sexy and dangerous killer Alexandra that the young Dungeon-keeper fell for so heavily. In the second, Killoffer (“676 Apparitions of Killoffer”) also focuses on a spicy girl, daughter of a prominent character.

6 x 9, 96pp. full color trade pb.: $12.99, ISBN 978156163591751299; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 4 – Night of the Ladykiller
By 
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, J-E. Vermot-Desroches, Yoann


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Vulture sorcerer Horus, a ladykiller? Who knew? Yet, as the first story in this volume shows, he is accused of impregnating a slew of women. The second story takes a much lighter tone starring Grogro the big always hungry goofball seen in many stories before, especially in the Parade series. Here, he’s the hero, or at least tries to be, on a mission to fix a mess with a bunch of beer brewers. Question is: will he solve the problem… or just eat (and drink) it?

6 1/2 x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb.: $14.99, ISBN 978156163608251499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Monstres, Vol. 5 – My Son the Killer
By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, Frederic Bezian

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In the title story, we meet Marvin the Dragon still a pup with his Mom but make no mistake, both are formidable. Their ferocity catches the eye of the Keeper who is still making his way up the ladder in Antipolis and has many dangerous enemies. He makes them his bodyguards. Soon enough, crafty little Marvin manages to witness a sinister plot and tries to save the Keeper and the city’s leaders from annihilation.

In “Soldiers of Honor,” Gork and Krag are brothers and soldiers of hell. They keep a secret door in the Dungeon. The door being little used, they get bored, until an old blind man forces Krag, alone on duty that day, to call reinforcements to prevent him from entering. Because he has not fulfilled his mission, Krag is sentenced to be killed by his own brother in the middle of the desert!

6 ½ x 9, 96 pp., trade pb., $14.99; 
ISBN 978156163937351499

; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Monstres Vol. 6 – The Great Animator

By Lewis Trondheim, Joann Sfar, Stanislas, Nicolas Keramidas


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In an automaton themed volume, ‘The Great Animator’ pits the predecessor to the Vaucanson great castle and realm against a huge army of ruthless invaders. The great castle’s army of battle automatons evens the fight but at great cost.

In the second story, ‘The Inventor’s Grimoire’, the Vaucanson grimoire with the secrets of building automatons has disappeared! If it fell in the wrong hands, much harm could come of it. And indeed, it turns out the greedy Lord Delacour has snatched it with the intention of auctioning it off to the highest bidder!

6 ½ x 9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $15.99, ISBN 978156163998451500; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Twilight Vol. 3 – The New Centurions

By Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Kerascoet, Obion

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The next 2 chapters in the decline of Dungeon: Terra Amata has exploded and the Dark Fortress of the Grand Khan needs to master the nitro tech. To that end, they hire Marvin the Red even as others plot malevolently… In the second episode, Marvin the dragon and Marvin the Red are trapped on a quickly revolving piece of the exploded planet, and must constantly run or fall off into oblivion!

61/2×9, 96pp., full color trade pb., $12.99
ISBN 978156163578851299

; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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Dungeon: Twilight Vol. 4 – High Septentrion & The End of Dungeon 

By Johann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Alfred, Mazan

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The last two stories of Dungeon!

In High Septentrion, there has been a violent eruption on the planet of Terra Amata. It’s a scramble to find breathable air, but the wizened blind, mystical dragon the Dust King (Marvin) thinks that it is perhaps time for him to die heroically. However the feisty young Marvin the Red refuses to give up and plans to find a way out of this mess, including finding a way to actually breathe… Art by Alfred of “Why I Killed Peter.”

And in The End of Dungeon the more the islets of the planet Terra Amata move upward, the less there is of breathable oxygen. While Marvin the Red and Zakutu, daughter of the Grand Khân, attempt to protect the seven objects of Destiny, Herbert and the Dust King are forced to swear allegiance to the Dark Entity in order to gain access to breathable air. 
All things must come to an end and so it is with the great Dungeon.

6 ½ 9, 96pp., full color pb, $14.99, ISBN 978156163919951499; DIAMOND CODE: JUL192

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NBM August 2019 Releases

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

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Albert Einstein: The Poetry of Real
By
Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil

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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.
7×10¼, 128pp. , Black and White Hardcover, $19.99, ISBN: 978168112202151999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191832
Release Date: August 14th, 2019

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AVAILABLE AGAIN

Philip K. Dick: A Comics Biography
By
Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi

9781681121918

One of the greatest writers in SF history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for works that inspired Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. His dark fascinating work centered on alternate universes and shifting realities in worlds often governed by monopolistic corporations and authoritarian governments.

His own life story seems a tussle with reality, going through five wives and becoming increasingly disjointed with fits of paranoia and hallucinations fueled by abuse of drugs meant to stabilize him. His dramatic story is presented unvarnished in this biography.
7×10¼, 144pp., full color hardcover, US $24.99; ISBN: 978168112191852499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191836

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Ghetto Brother – Warrior to Peacemaker
By Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering
Introduction by Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation

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An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence.

After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
6×9, 128pp., Black and White Trade paperback., US $12.99; ISBN: 978156163948951299; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191833

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Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets
By Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin

9781681121581

Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself. A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.
8”x10”, 186pp., Full Color Hard Cover, US $29.99, ISBN: 978168112158152999; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191835

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Monet: Itinerant of Light
Illustrated by Efa, Written by Salva Rubio

9781681121390

The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style.

From the Salon des Refuses (“Salon of the Rejected”) and many struggling years without recognition, money and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit.

It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it.
9” x 12”, 112pp., Full Color Hardcover, $24.99, ISBN: 978168112139052499; DIAMOND CODE: JUN191834

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