Writing It Down & The Origins Of PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN.

Ideas for books come and go, but I’ve learned that if you don’t write them down, they’ll fly away out of your head pretty quickly. If you don’t write it down, it just doesn’t exist.

Every idea I’ve had for a comic, I first wrote down in a small, simple notebook.

My favorite place to exhibit ( and buy ) comics is the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. I like to have something new every time I go – to be excited about showing people your new work is a great feeling. When it came time to exhibit in 2014, I wrote and illustrated a small eight page quarter-size mini comic called TURNPIKE. It featured a nameless ‘homeless guy’ and a lonely teenager named Julie. The story evolved from those few scribbled down notes into a story.

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I received a lot of good feedback about that minicomic. One cartoonist I respect a great deal told me it was very good and ‘indicative of a larger story.’

That got my wheels turning in the weeks afterward, and in 2015 I put together a proposal for a graphic novel called NEVER FORGET TO REMEMBER.

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It connected the two main characters in TURNPIKE and expanded on some of the themes and visual elements. I included the first ten finished pages of the book, as well as a synopsis, character descriptions, character designs, and a cover mockup.

It all started as a few hastily-scribbled sentences in a notebook, and soon evolved into a real project. NBM responded favorably and the title was eventually changed to PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN.

 

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Pedrosa at the Albertine bookstore

Great event yesterday evening at the French Cultural Services with Cyril Pedrosa discussing Equinoxes with Bill Kartalopoulos and comparing artist notes with Gabrielle Bell.

This opened up Cyril’s tour in NYC and DC. Next: after a few appearances at the Parsons School and Ben Katchor’s class and then at MICA, the art school in Baltimore, he’s a special guest of SPX Saturday and guest of the Brooklyn Book Fair Sunday! See more here.

Here’s a few photos:

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As you can see, it’s beautiful space in a classic mansion on 5th ave…

See you at SPX or BBF this weekend?

NBM Announces SPX Schedule

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This weekend, NBM heads to Bethesda for the annual Small Press Expo (SPX).

Cyril Pedrosa will be on hand as a guest of the show, and will also be signing copies of his new book from NBM, Equinoxes.

We’ll be at the show all weekend (Booth #W51-52), but Cyril will only be attending on Saturday.

Signing schedule:

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Among the titles you’ll find on hand include:

Equinoxes by Cyril Pedrosa 
Equinoxes is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

Marie Antionette, Phantom Queen by Annie Goetzinger & Rodolphe
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.

Breaking The 10 v. 1 by Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa
Deeply sad in parts and comical in others, this modern story explores age old questions: Is there a God? And if there is, does that God care about us? By the author of The Story of Lee.

The Louvre Collection: Guardians of The Louvre by Jirô Taniguchi
A famous manga artist provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels. Lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre a Japanese designer discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history.

Thoreau: A Sublime Life by A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today, of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

For more details visit smallpressexpo.com

 

 

“Equinoxes’ Author Cyril Pedrosa Tours North America

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With the release of his new book, Equinoxes (a Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Fall Release), author Cyril Pedrosa will be making several North American appearances.

In the ground-breaking work, Pedrosa demonstrates a rare intensity and narrative sensibility.

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.

Pedrosa will be making the following appearances during his visit:

Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore

211 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC
September 7th, 7:00 PM

Albertine Bookstore at the French Cultural Services

972 5th Avenue, New York
September 12th, 7:00 PM

Talk with Gabrielle Bell moderated by Bill Kartolopoulos

Small Press Expo (SPX)

Bethesda, Maryland
September 17th 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Special Guest; signing at our booth #W51-52

Signing schedule:

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Brooklyn Book Festival

209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY
September 18th , 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Guest of the show; signing at our booth, #135

Signing schedule:

  • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM -2:30 PM
  • 4:00 PM-5:30 PM


Panel: 3:00pm Can You Draw the Meaning of Life?

Location: Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St.)

Three comics creators take on big questions–philosophical, scientific, spiritual. Lauren Redniss (Thunder & Lightning) explores the past, present, and controversial future of our world through weather phenomenons. Best-selling French creator Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes) reflects on the connections made between people over time and space. And Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning) asks in a tragic yet beautiful memoir about his young daughter’s death: can you capture the meaning of a life, as you mourn its loss? Moderated by cartoonist and choreographer Kriota Willberg ((No) Pain!).

This August, NBM Proudly Presents Equinoxes, Pedrosa’s “Wildly Ambitious” Graphic Novel*

“Cyril Pedrosa’s Equinoxes is an impressive feast of a book.”

– Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics and The Sculptor

From Cyril Pedrosa, a rising bestselling star of European comics comes Equinoxes, a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility.

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.

9 x 12, 336 pp, $44.99, Full color Cloth ISBN 9781681120805
$24.99 e-book
Diamond Item Code: JUN161646

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Arriving to the direct market on 8/31/16 and in stores everywhere in September.

Pedrosa will be participating in several United States appearances to support the book:

Albertine Bookshop
A project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Monday, September 12th at 7PM

Parsons School of Design
Special Guest at Ben Katchor’s class
Tuesday, September 13th
(Not open to the general public)

Small Press Expo (SPX): Special Guest
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland
Saturday, September 17th

Brooklyn Book Festival: Guest of the festival
Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, September 18th

More information regarding the appearances to come.

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Religion: a Discovery in Comics – the Launch

Today is the official debut of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, at the Small Press Expo in Washington!

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The book looks beautiful, it’s hardcover just like the other two in the series, Philosophy and Science, and has unique endsheets that the original Dutch version didn’t have. It’s a must-have! If you’re into the subject matter, of course.

The book describes the five major world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. It gives information on their histories, holy people, books, places and practices, as well as some personal observations and experiences the author had as a preacher’s daughter and theology student.

Here’s an animated preview from the chapter on Hinduism and Buddhism:

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Just click on the picture to see the video on Youtube.

Today, author Margreet de Heer will be signing her book at SPX and tomorrow she’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Check her and the new book out at the NBM stand!

Religion: a Discovery in Comics – Win a Signed Copy!

If you would like a chance to win a FREE, SIGNED COPY of Religion: a Discovery in Comics, please enter the Goodreads Giveaway:

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I already received my author copy from NBM – and it looks great! You can find out for yourself in a few days, when it will debut officially at the Small Press Expo and the Brooklyn Book Festival – I’ll be there to sign it.

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