NBM October 2022 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for October 2022 release.

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FISTS RAISED: 10 STORIES OF SPORTS STAR ACTIVISTS
Created by Karim Nedjari, Chloé Célérien

What does Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, have in common with Megan Rapinoe, the badass pink-haired female soccer player?

They achieved perfection, won medals, and lived the glory. But it is above all their raised fists, when, at a time of their envied existence, they dared to sacrifice their privileges to defend a cause greater than their status of adulated champion.

Rich in authentic anecdotes, this book tells the fate of those who paved the way. That of women and men who have written the political, social or cultural history of sport by taking a stand.

Fists Raised: when sports collide with social activism!

7 ½ x 10″, 160pp. color hardcover, $24.99; ISBN 978168112303552499; DIAMOND CODE: AUG221651
Pub Date: October 12th 2022

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOLS. 1-2: “GRETCHEN/HUMAN RESOURCES”
Written and Illustrated by
Arthur de Pins

All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art, combining the out of print volumes 1 and 2 into one volume.

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! 

9”x12”, 96pp, Full-color hardcover, $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN; HC ISBN: 978168112223651999; DIAMOND CODE: AUG221654

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOL 3: “CONTROL FREAKS”
Written and Illustrated by
Arthur de Pins

There’s excitement in the Zombillenium horror themed park run by actual monsters.

Brought in by Behemoth himself, the vampire Bohemond Jaggar de Rochameau IIII is officially supposed to help CEO Francis in managing the park. But the employees expect the worst: isn’t he known as a cold-blooded killer?

If one looks more closely, the reasons for his coming may seem less anodyne than announced. Of course, his mission is to increase return on investment for the shareholders, but for Behemoth that return has to be in souls. Francis is appalled but obligated to kowtow to the almighty consultant, determined to take power and pervert the rules of Zombillenium.

Meanwhile, Aurelian goes through a bad patch. Depressed by his immortal status and the absurdity of his life… sorry, his death, he’s burned out. And burnout, in a powerful demon, can be devastating. Held back in extremis by Gretchen, he avoids the worst. This is timely, because Gretchen has a plan for him…

A particularly biting new episode of Zombillenium in which we discover the underbelly of the most monstrous amusement park in the world.

9×12, 48pp, Full-Color Hardcover, $14.99 US/$19.50 CAN; HC ISBN: 978156163956451499; DIAMOND CODE: AUG221655

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOL. 4: “AIR GIRL”
Written and Illustrated by
Arthur de Pins

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”x12”, 48pp, Full-color hardcover, $16.99 US/ $22.50 CAN; HC ISBN: 978168112219951699; DIAMOND CODE: AUG221656

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PHILIP K. DICK: A COMICS BIOGRAPHY
Written by
Laurent Queyssi and Illustrated by Mauro Marchesi

One of the greatest writers in SF history, Philip K. Dick is mostly remembered for such works as 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: AUG221653

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THE LOUVRE COLLECTION: LEONARDO 2
Created by Stéphane Levallois

Planet Earth, engaged in an intergalactic conflict, owes its salvation to the clone of Leonardo da Vinci and to the rebirth of his genius.

Author Stéphane Levallois has created the fantastic universes of many of the big Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, King Kong (Skull Island), Harry Potter and many others). The result of two years of elaboration and work, this space opera exemplifies his talent in two areas that he masters to perfection: the universe of science fiction and art.

To build his story and compose his boards, Levallois draws from the painted and drawn work of the Renaissance master, selecting a large number of drawings and paintings by Leonardo to represent the characters, vessels or even the architectures in his story. The grand scale result is stupefying as Leonardo’s everlasting visions are successfully projected into a stunning futuristic setting.

A visual experience not to be missed, in a large format hardcover.

10”x14”, 96pp., color HC, $24.99 US; HC ISBN 978168112264952499; DIAMOND CODE: AUG221652        

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NBM October 2020 Releases

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

LEONARDO 2
Created by Stéphane Levallois

Planet Earth, engaged in an intergalactic conflict, owes its salvation to the clone of Leonardo da Vinci and to the rebirth of his genius. Author Stéphane Levallois has created the fantastic universes of many of the big Hollywood blockbusters (Alien, King Kong: Skull Island, Harry Potter and many others).

The result of two years of elaboration and work, this space opera exemplifies his talent in two areas that he masters to perfection: the universe of science fiction and art. To build his story and compose his boards, Levallois draws from the painted and drawn work of the Renaissance master, selecting a large number of drawings and paintings by Leonardo to represent the characters, vessels or even the architectures in his story.

The grand scale result is stupefying as Leonardo’s everlasting visions are successfully projected into a stunning futuristic setting. A visual experience not to be missed, in a large format hardcover.

10”x14”, 96pp., color HC, $29.99 US. HC ISBN 9781681122649. DIAMOND CODE: AUG201471; Pub Date: October 14th, 2020

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THE LOUVRE COLLECTION: ON THE ODD HOURS
Created by Eric Liberge


The highly successful series of graphic novels co-published with the Louvre museum in Paris (“Glacial Period”, “Museum Vaults”) continues with its next outstanding graphic novel. This time, the author invites us on a guided tour of the museum… by night… when the works of art come alive.

Our guide: a deaf night watchman who somehow manages to communicate with the souls of those ethereal and timeless works of art. A visual tour de force with a strong edge of the frighteningly fantastic.

61/2 x 9, 72 pages, full color trade paperback with flaps: $14.95 US ISBN: 9781561635771. DIAMOND CODE: AUG201473

THE LOUVRE COLLECTION: PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE
Created by Enki Bilal


Superstar European SF and Fantasy comics artist Enki Bilal revisits the Louvre in twenty-two portraits… He imagines 22 fates of men, women and children whose lives have been affected by a work of art. 22 portraits for 5000 years of creation.

They haunt the halls of the Louvre … they are long dead, often violently … they are a Roman legionary, a muse, a painter, a German officer … Each, one day, met a painter or a sculptor and was their model …

Bilal felt them, wandering the corridors of the Louvre, close to the work that tipped their life: Mona Lisa, the Victory of Samothrace, Christ reclining, an Egyptian mask …Bilal startlingly brings them back to life.

Both a work of Fantasy and a masterful homage, this was presented in a special exhibition in the Louvre in early 2013.

9 x 11 ½”, 144 pp., color Hardcover, $29.99 US, HC ISBN: 9781561638413; DIAMOND CODE: AUG201474

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 The Louvre Collection: The Cross-Eyed Mutt
Created by Etienne Davodeau


Fabian is supervisor at the Louvre. He loves his job. He also loves Mathilde. When it comes time, she presents him to her family in their vast country house and not without some apprehension, as the Benion clan is a bit special.

There’s her father, Louis, who heads since 1975 the family furniture company founded in 1947, and two brothers, Maxime and Joseph. They’re not bad guys, just rather clumsy and with a decidedly unsubtle sense of humor. The fact that Fabian works in the Louvre is a welcome coincidence, since they just found in the attic a painting by an ancestor in the nineteenth century.

It’s a sorry representation of a cross-eyed mutt. What is the value? ask the Benion. Is this an eyesore or a masterpiece? Fabian, pretty embarrassed, punts on the question. So for the Benion, case closed, if it ain’t an eyesore then no doubt it has its place on the walls of the Louvre!

Fabian is left hoping the whole delusion will just go away, until one day the two brothers show up at the Louvre and ask. Getting the Cross-Eyed Mutt into the Louvre would demonstrate his commitment to becoming a member of the Benion family! Fabian is now in a pickle when he meets Mr. André Balouchi, an oddball frequent visitor of the museum who turns out to have quite a bit of clout…

A raucous satirical comedy that asks: Who decides what makes a work of art worthy of being in a major museum?

7 ½” x 10 ½,” 144pp., B&W hardcover, $24.99 USHC ISBN: 9781681120973; DIAMOND CODE: AUG201472

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