NBM Graphic Novels Announces Upcoming Release Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is proud to announce the release schedule through Winter 2018, including brand new biographies of Sartre by Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier, Monet by Efa & Salva Rubio, and Billy The Kid by Rick Geary, as well as new releases by Cyril Pedrosa, T.J. Kirsch, Kerascoet & Fabien Vehlmann, and Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa.

In addition, we’re reprinting two important titles to the history of the company. The Mercenary by Vicente Segrelles was the first fully painted fantasy series when it was originally released in the mid-Eighties and one of NBM’s best selling series, will be reprinted in it’s entirety with 14 volumes released on a quarterly basis, in handsome keepsake quarterbound editions with breathtaking reproduction overseen by Segrelles himself.

Also being reissued is the fully painted Streak of Chalk by Miguelanxo Prado, which not only inaugurated NBM’s Comics Lit line, but also was recognized for elevating graphic narrative storytelling when it was originally released in 1994.

AUGUST 2017

SARTRE
Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier

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For some he was the philosopher of existentialism, for others the constant provocateur, the politically engaged author, the uncertain militant, the repenting bourgeois, the life companion of Simone de Beauvoir… From his first readings in the Luxembourg Garden to his refusal of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean Paul Sartre was all of this at the same time.

8×11, 160 pp., color HC, $27.99, ISBN 9781681121017, e-book: $9.99

SEPTEMBER 2017

STREAK OF CHALK
Miguelanxo Prado

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On the occasion of NBM’s 40th anniversary, this Eisner and Harvey Award Nominee classic is back in print! A small streak of an island in the Atlantic. On no map. In heavy summer heat. One general store with a woman and her taciturn boy. A lighthouse with no light. Memories and messages graffitied on the pier wall. A chance encounter with a beautiful elusive woman. A Murder. Or was it? Nothing seems completely real. Only the graffitied memories are constant.

A mysterious multifaceted novel steeped in magical realism that can be read a number of ways, Streak of Chalk is one of Spain’s best comics authors’ magnum opus, and one of the greatest most pioneering graphic novels NBM ever published.

9×12, 88pp., full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121161

PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN
T.J. Kirsch

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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 hc, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121208, e-book: $8.99

OCTOBER 2017

MONET: Itinerant of Light
Efa (artist), Salva Rubio (writer)

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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 hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681121390, e-book: $9.99

THE MERCENARY The Definitive Editions
Vol.1 The Cult of the Sacred Fire
Vicente Segrelles

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On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, NBM is proud to bring back one of its bestselling series ever, amongst the world’s first highly realistic fully painted comics. Brought back in even better reproduction than ever with all-new scans of the original paintings overseen by the master himself and presented in handsome large quarterbound collectors editions. Each panel could be a painting on your wall! These volumes will take your breath away.

In a lost and long forgotten valley high up in the mountains, The Mercenary has been contracted to save a woman from the mysterious and powerful Cult of the Sacred Fire! Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9×12, 64pp., full color quarterbound hc, $17.99, ISBN 9781681121246, e-book: $9.99

NOVEMBER 2017

SATANIA
Kerascoet, Fabien Vehlmann

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Charlotte – aka Charlie – a pretty redhead, sets up an expedition to find her brother. The young scientist, who disappeared underground several months ago, claimed – to everyone’s astonishment – to be able to prove the existence of Hell by using Darwin’s theory of evolution! The little group, led by Charlie, plunge underground in his pursuit. The deeper they progress into the entrails of our planet, the more they enter another world that hides other forms of life heretofore never experienced. The discovery changes them gradually in a way they cannot perceive…

Publishers Weekly Top Ten pick for the Fall!

“Another sumptuously illustrated adventure into horror by the creators of Beautiful Darkness.”

9×12, 128pp., color hardcover, $24.99, ISBN 9781681121437, e-book: $9.99

KERASCOET SET
Including Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me

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Specially priced set reuniting two perennially popular books with art by the amazing duo under the Kerascoet name.

In Beauty, When Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater.

In Miss Don’t Touch Me, The ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands.

2 book banded set, 344pp. full color hardcovers, specially priced at $55, ISBN 9781681121147

 

DECEMBER 2017

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM I Paperback Edition
Including Jack The Ripper, The Beast of Chicago and The Fatal Bullet
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In this first omnibus volume from Geary’s increasingly storied Treasuries of Murder: the first trilogy of murders that made up the very first volume of this series, Jack the Ripper as only he can narrate it, The Beast of Chicago about H.H. Holmes, possibly the first serial murderer with chilling methodical means and The Fatal Bullet about the assassination of president James Garfield.

6×9, 288pp., B&W trade paperback, $19.99 ISBN PB: 9781681121383

PORTUGAL
Cyril Pedrosa

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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, $39.99, ISBN 9781681121475, e-book: $9.99

JANUARY 2018

THE MERCENARY The Definitive Editions
Vol. 2 The Formula
Vicente Segrelles

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Continuing the full reprint of the classic series in breathtaking reproduction and handsome keepsake quarterbound editions. The graphic novel series that set comics on a new path!

The Mercenary embarks on one of his most perilous journeys ever as he tries to stop an unscrupulous alchemist who has stolen a highly dangerous mysterious formula.

Each volume is complemented with articles at the back about the history and the making of this series over its gloried decades-long history.

9×12, 64pp., full color quarterbound hc, $17.99, ISBN 9781681121284, e-book: $9.99

FEBRUARY 2018

BREAKING THE TEN Vol. 2
Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa

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David becomes increasingly more desperate, with his extreme behaviour causing fights with everyone who cares for him: with the devilish Mr Black and the saintly Mr White and even with his loving parents. But his quest goes on, driving him to break the rest of the 10 commandments in order to draw out the elusive divinity to face a grief stricken man. Until, finally, he is faced with the most serious commandment all: ‘Thou shalt not kill.’

Will he do it? Or will God stop him?

6×9, 112pp., B&W trade pb., $12.99, ISBN 9781681121178, e-book: $7.99

MARCH 2018

THE INITIATES: Paperback Edition
Etienne Davodeau

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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., B&W trade pb: $19.99 ISBN 9781681121338

THE TRUE DEATH OF BILLY THE KID
Rick Geary

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‘Being an authentic narrative of the final days in Billy the Kid’s brief and turbulent life.’ One of our folk legends of the great Wild West, William H. Bonney went from cowboy and gunslinger for a rancher to pure outlawry forever dodging justice in New Mexico when it wasn’t even a state. On the one hand, he was charming, fun-loving –often at social events like dances-, quite appealing to the ladies. Also conversant in Spanish, “Billito” was popular with the Spanish speaking crowd. On the other hand, he had no compunction to coldly kill a man, a sheriff, a deputy, anyone who got in his way rustling cattle or horses for an illicit living. He also proved hard to keep in jail even when caught.

It is probably his feats of derring-do escaping from jails that made him most famous and this is the main subject of this biography following him until he is shot in pitch darkness by lawmen obsessed with getting rid of him.

6×9, 56pp., B&W hardcover, $15.99, ISBN 9781681121345, e-book: $6.99

Rick Geary Wins Reuben Award For ‘Black Dahlia’

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The National Cartoonists Society is the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists. It was born in 1946 when groups of cartoonists got together to entertain the troops. They found that they enjoyed each other’s company and decided to get together on a regular basis.

Today, the NCS membership roster includes over 500 of the world’s major cartoonists, working in many branches of the profession, including newspaper comic strips and panels, comic books, editorial cartoons, animation, gag cartoons, greeting cards, advertising, magazine and book illustration and more.

The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award honors cartoonists in various professional divisions are honored with special plaques for excellence.   This year, the award for Best Graphic Novel went to Rick Geary for his work on Black Dahlia.

Congratulations to Rick for this major accomplishment.

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NBM TCAF Signing and Panel Schedule

Jeff-Lemire-TCAF-2017NBM Graphic Novels will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on May 13 and 14, 2017.

Saturday, May 13th

Signing: Rick Geary
9:30-11:00 AM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Sound and Vision: Music in Comics (with Sandrine Revel)
10:00 AM  The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration (with Metaphrog)
11:00 AM Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Sandrine Revel
11:00-12:00 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration!
(with Terry Nantier, Rick Geary, Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas and Metaphrog)
1:30 PM The Hinton Theatre at Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Sandrine Revel
2:00-3:30 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

Looking It Up: Cartoonists Doing Research (with Rick Geary)
2:45 PM Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Signing: Rick Geary
4:00-5:00 PM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Sunday, May 14th

Signing: Rick Geary
10:00-11:00 AM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Spotlight: Sandrine Revel x Pénélope Bagieu
10:30 AM Hinton Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Sandrine Revel
11:30-1:00 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

Spotlight: Rick Geary
12:00 PM Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Spotlight: Metaphrog
12:30 PM Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

Signing: Rick Geary
1:00-2:30 PM  NBM Tables 250, 251

Canada 150 – Canada at Home and Abroad (with Sandrine Revel)
2:45pm Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Signing: Sandrine Revel
4:00-5:00 PM NBM Tables 250, 251

 

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NBM Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at TCAF 2017

Sana-Takeda-TCAF-2017NBM Graphic Novels will celebrate its 40th Anniversary at The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on May 13 and 14, 2017.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by comics luminaries and they will celebrate through programming and author appearances including:

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Sandrine Revel (France), visiting TCAF for the first time in support of her book, the Eisner award nominated Glenn Gould: A Life Off-Tempo.

Rick Geary (USA), author of the historical true-crime series’ A Treasury of Murder… amongst a luminous career of achievements!

Metaphrog (Scotland), the Franco-Scottish duo of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers have been delighting audiences for decades, through their Louis series, and their beautifully illustrated new children’s fairytales!

In addition, NBM will be premiering their latest book, Billie Holiday by internationally renowned Argentine artists José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

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Born in Baltimore 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.

NBM is sponsoring the official TCAF Welcome Party that kicks off on Friday, May 12th at The Pilot Tavern (across the street and around the corner from The Reference Library) at 7:00pm which will provide a wonderful venue for exhibitors, cartoonists and friends of the Festival to celebrate their first night in town.

On Saturday at 1:30 pm, the Hinton Theatre at Toronto Reference Library will host our panel, NBM Publishing 40th Anniversary Celebration!

For 40 years now, NBM Publishing has been at the forefront of publishing smart and sophisticated comics from North America and Europe. Join founder Terry Nantier as he talks about the company’s legacy and impact with Rick Geary (Treasury of 20th Century Murder), Metaphrog (The Little Mermaid), and Larry Hancock & Michael Cherkas (The Silent Invasion).

In addition, our cartoonists will be making appearances at the following panels:

Rick Geary

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Rick Geary is the author of the famed Treasury of Murder series, which is now up to 18 volumes. His work has appeared in the National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Dark Horse Comics, MAD, Spy, Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times, and American Libraries. His children’s comic Society of Horrors ran in Disney Adventures magazine from 1999 to 2006. He is attending TCAF 2017 in support of his latest collection from NBM Publishing, A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I.

Looking It Up: Cartoonists Doing Research
Saturday May 13, 2:45 PM
Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

Whether making fact or fiction comics, cartoonists must research politics, science, history, and more. What is research and how do cartoonists do it? This panel will explore the ways cartoonists find their facts via methods that include using the internet, journalistic techniques, residency, and personal experience. Panelists: Kriota Willberg, Levi Hastings, Tony Miller, Rick Geary. Moderator: Eva Volin.

Spotlight: Rick Geary
Sunday May 14, 12:00 PM
Summerhill, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

It seems like Rick Geary’s been making comics about murders for as long as there have been murders! As he releases his latest collection, A Treasury of XX Century Murder Compendium I, Rick sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald to talk about his career, the changing comics landscape, and if he’s really figured out how to get away with murder.

Sandrine Revel

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Sandrine Revel, visiting TCAF for the first time in support of her Eisner nominated book Glenn Gould: A Life Off-Tempo.  Revel is a prolific French creator of graphic novels. She has published more than ten graphic novels in France, as well as a successful line of children’s comics. She’s won an award for her work for young readers at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, and the French Artémisia award, which recognizes female comics creators.

Sound and Vision: Music in Comics
Saturday May 13, 10:00 AM
The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St.

You don’t have to be a composer to read music — Just check out some of your favourite comics! More sights than sounds, creators have been using music to accentuate their comics for many years. But how do they do it?  Panelists: Dave Chisholm, Nick Craine, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Sandrine Revel, Anya Davidson. Moderator: Phillipe Leblanc

Spotlight: Sandrine Revel x Pénélope Bagieu
Sunday May 14, 10:30 AM
Hinton Theatre, Toronto Reference Library

Sandrine Revel and Pénélope Bagieu are two comics start from France, and they both have brand new books out this TCAF! Join them as they discuss music, biographies, and their experiences in the vibrant and controversial world of French publishing.

Canada 150 – Canada at Home and Abroad
Sunday May 14,  2:45pm
Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville

As the polarizing celebrations around Canada 150 continue across the country, we sit down with four cartoonists with compelling takes on our national identity. Whether they’re exploring our rural communities (Jeff Lemire), being our eyes abroad (Guy Delisle), interpreting one of our icons (Sandrine Revel), or telling stories that could only be told here (Gengoroh Tagame), one thing that brings these artists together is Canada!

Metaphrog

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Metaphrog is the Franco-Scottish duo of Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers. Their Louis series has received critical acclaim and multiple award nominations, including three Eisner Awards. They are the winners of The Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist. Metaphrog are attending TCAF to present The Little Mermaid from Papercutz, NBM Publishing’s all-ages line of comics for kids!

Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration
Saturday May 13, 11:00 AM
Learning Centre, Toronto Reference Library

Making comics by yourself can be lonely. But what happens when you do it with a friend? Or if you’re hired to help tell someone else’s story? Working together can be a tricky thing! Join some high profile comics collaborators as they talk about the joys and pitfalls of making comics with another person. Panelists: John Jennings, Nate Powell, Molly Ostertag, Metaphrog, Fanny Britt. Moderator: Erica Friedman.

Spotlight: Metaphrog
Sunday May 14, 12:30 PM
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library

The award-winning team behind Louis and the their new graphic novel, The Little Mermaid talk about fairy tales!

NBM Graphic Novels will also be hosting creator signings at Tables 250, 251.  Signing schedule to come.

This Winter, NBM Celebrates The Amazing Rick Geary

14616662510_71dec34a91_oNow being solicited via Previews and available in February/March of 2017 are cartoonist Rick Geary’s first Treasury of XXth Century Murder Compendium as well as several backlist titles.

TREASURY OF XXth CENTURY MURDER COMPENDIUM I

including The Lindbergh Child, The Axe-Man of New Orleans, and Madison Square Tragedy
By: Rick Geary

51wohbgciilWitness the most controversial and famous true crime cases that shook the 20th century! These 240 pages retell the love affair that ended the life of prominent architect Stanford White- then dubbed the crime of the century, the New Orleans’ Axe-Man and his gruesome killing spree, and the abduction (and resulting media circus) of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s son- all collected in a handsome quarter-bound omnibus. These carefully researched presentations of true crime stories, each including bibliographies of research sources, present true facts about famous murders in an entertaining fashion.

6×9, 240pp, B&W quarter-bound hc, $27.99
ISBN 978168112063852799

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

Including The Borden Tragedy, The Mystery of Mary Rogers, The Saga of the Bloody Benders, The Case of Madeleine Smith, The Murder of Abraham Lincoln
By: Rick Geary

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400 pages of real murder cases from the Victorian era! This second handsomely quarter-bound omnibus volume brings together the famous double axe murder by Lizzie Borden, the drowning of the lovely Mary Rogers, the Benders who summarily offed their inn customers, Madeleine Smith poisoning an inconvenient suitor and the famous assassination of President Lincoln.

“What stands out is the tone of the work; this collection has a cheeky perspective. Readers who enjoy wry humor and a devil’s advocate for a narrator will appreciate Geary’s style. Satisfies readers’ insatiable curiosity with the macabre”

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6×9, 400pp., B&W quarter-bound hc, $29.99
ISBN 978156163907652999

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: FAMOUS PLAYERS

The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
By: Rick Geary

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It’s the early days of Hollywood, movies are just starting to come of their own and gain in popularity. New Stars are made. The movies are still silent but their stars certainly are not, in the scandal sheets. Amidst this new boiling cauldron, William Desmond Taylor, a successful director at the ‘upscale’ Famous Players Studio is found shot in his home.. Could it have been the star Mary Miles Minter or a former butler? But then, what about that strange past Taylor had? Another delectable mystery as only Geary can tell ‘em!

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6×9, 80p., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.95

ISBN 978156163555951595

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans

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By: Rick Geary

Nights of terror! A city awash in blood! New Orleans right after the First World War. The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it. Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds! The pattern for each murder is the same: a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head! Why? How could he fit through that piece in the door? The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto!

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6×9, 80pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.99
ISBN 978156163581851599

New from Eurotica (Warning: Adults Only)

BODY BY TAYLOR, Girls and other musings

By: Kevin Taylor

The second art book by Kevin J. Taylor, creator, writer and artist of such books as “Model by Day”, “Fang”, “Girl” and currently, “Girl-The Second Coming”. This art book premieres mostly unpublished works done mainly for himself, and a few commissioned works. Inside are paintings inspired by celebrities, supermodels and…panties. You’ll be amazed at how much sharper his paintings have become!

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9×12, 80pp., full color on glossy stock, trade pb., $18.95
ISBN 978156163422451895

GIRL

By: Kevin Taylor

Girl is an adventurous, fun-loving, lusciously built strip dancer with a fascination for the occult. The demons she manages to conjure up may be good dirty fun but are also rather dangerous…Taylor’s best-seller!

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8×111/2, 144pp., B&W, color cover, trade pb., $15.95
ISBN 978156163231251595

 

Geary’s Black Dahlia is in stores now!

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Rick Geary’s latest entry in his now large library of one-of-a-kind Treasury of Murder books is about the famous Black Dahlia case, one which has other books of note on the subject but none like Geary can do!

At your comics store since last Wednesday and everywhere books are sold including in e-book form!

You can also order from us. Here’s all the info on this.

Equinoxes: “The First Page “

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Comics has a common point with golf, Thai cooking, and probably most human endeavors.
If you keep practicing it for years, eight to twelve hours per day, you end up acquiring a kind of expertise.
But this expertise does not prepare you for when, once your script is finished, the question comes: “how to draw this story?”
No, not ‘a story’ in a general sense, this particular story, the one you just wrote.
Does it require a very controlled style, or conversely, a more spontaneous one? What degree of realism is necessary for it? Will color pencils give a better rendering than ink or brush of the characters’ emotions?

For a few years now, I’ve become convinced (and it may be one of my few theories I’m certain of on the matter) that the style of drawing, the choice of graphic form has a profound influence on the narration.
The consequence of this conviction has been to forget about having one ‘style’, a regular way of drawing, but find the right form for each new book.
I reach that goal too scarcely to my taste, constrained by my technical limits, but I push myself nevertheless.
Some books even require changing styles while in the story. In the case of Equinoxes, it seemed necessary to differentiate each season.
The characters go in the direction of their summer, from shadow to light, and the drawing needed to participate in this progression.
Drawing the first page of this book was drawing the first step in this progression.

To achieve this, I used a secret method used by many authors.
This consists in going around your drawing table, look at the white sheet, drink some coffee, smoke some cigarettes, get up to read your e-mails, return to the drawing table, get up[ again to go do some shopping, come back to the drawing table, get back up to see if any new emails came in, etc, etc…
All this for a number of days without managing to draw one single line.
You have no idea whatsoever how to draw this story and it’d be best to change careers. You sleep little, have a stomach ache, you’re utterly ridiculous.
But, after a while, the anxiety is so strong you draw anything, whatever, as it comes to you, instinctively.
And this ‘whatever’ bizarrely becomes the first page of the book.

This first version of the first page of the prologue to Fall enabled me to draw the second, then another, etc… in their first version, these first pages looked like this:

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A few months later, having gotten to the Winter prologue, I finally found a style which seemed more appropriate for these parts of the narration.
It was essential all the prologues have the same style, so I had to redraw these first 15 pages.
Accepting that you will make mistakes to find something seems an implacable rule.

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