New NBM for March ’15: 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels

NBM’s March selections are now appearing in Diamond Previews magazine. Head down to your nearest comic book store to place your preorders!

What’s your favorite graphic novel? Do you have a personal list of your best comics? Stephen Weiner has curated his list of outstanding graphic novels. Now, in the list’s third incarnation, Stephen shares 101 of the best examples the genre has to offer! The list has been updated to reflect today’s best comic offerings, literature about the art form, films and documentaries, and much more to delve into the world of comics and graphic novels. The updated edition is complete with a new introduction by Ellen Forney, creator of Penguins’ Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir. Look for this in stores starting in March.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS
Stephen Weiner, author

Foreword by Ellen Forney
Daniel J. Fingeroth, editor

The popular primer on the best graphic novels, initially called The 101 Best Graphic Novels, is back in its 3rd updated edition! Expert Librarian Stephen Weiner (Rise of the Graphic Novel, The Hellboy Companion, The Will Eisner Companion), with the crowdsourcing help of professionals in the field, from artists to critics to leading comic store owners, has sifted through the bewildering thousands of graphic novels now available to come up with an outstanding, not-to-be-missed 101. With an all-encompassing variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction, this serves as a great introduction to this increasingly influential world of pop culture and entertainment while also serving as a reference list for fans on what they may have possibly overlooked. Edited by Daniel J. Fingeroth, a writer (Spider-Man) and also an expert on comics (How to Create Comics from Script to Print, The Stan Lee Universe).
6×9, 80pp., full-color hardcover:  $15.99
ISBN: 9781561639441
Diamond Order Code: JAN151511

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Still on sale is the second edition of Stephen Weiner’s other NBM book, FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. In it, Weiner looks at the graphic novel phenomenon. This edition features a cover by Bone’s Jeff Smith and an introduction by the father of the American graphic novel, Will Eisner.

Rise of the Graphic Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET:
THE RISE OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, 2nd Edition
Stephen Weiner, author
Introduction by Will Eisner

 Cover by Jeff Smith
Graphic novels have exploded off bookstore shelves and into movies, college courses and the New York Times Book Review, and onto the coffee tables of the cognoscenti. What’s fueling this explosion? Where did all the excitement come from? Stephen Weiner, a comics historian and children’s literature specialist, provides the answers in this groundbreaking book—the first history of graphic novels.
From the agonizing Holocaust vision of Art Spiegelman’s Maus to the teenage angst of Dan Clowes’s Ghost World, this book takes you into the heart of the graphic novel revolution. The author of 101 Best Graphic Novels now tells the whole history of this new medium—from the first modern urban autobiographical graphic novel, Will Eisner’s A Contract with God, to the hip indy comics of the Hernandez Bros.’ Love and Rockets, the dark mysteries of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and the postmodern superheroics of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight.
It’s all here, in this newly updated edition—the must-reads, the milestones, and what to look for in the future of this exciting new medium..
6×9, 80pp., Black and white hardcover: $14.99
ISBN 9781561637027
Diamond Order Code: AUG121210

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Coming Up From NBM Publishing! Dungeon, Zombillenium, Geary and More!

It isn’t even Halloween yet and we are already celebrating the New Year here at NBM! We’ve just updated our Coming Up  section to show all our books planned through August!

A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 ends with a bang with “The End of Dungeon” in Dungeon: Twilight, vol. 4 and the second installment of A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium by Rick Geary.

 Dior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February brings Annie Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior, detailing the start of Christian Dior’s House of Dior fashion empire.

101 OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVELS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LULU ANEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March sees 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels by The Rise of the Graphic Novel’Stephen Weiner and Lulu Anew by Etienne Davodeau (The Initiates),(previously announced as Jude Nude.)

GHETTO BROTHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering’s biography Ghetto Brother– the story of Benjy Melendez, the notorious gang leader who engineered a gang truce- is out in April.

LOUISE BROOKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new direction for Rick Geary as he turns to fiction in Louise Brooks, Detective this May. His “Treasury of XX Century Murder” entry, The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti will be rereleased in paperback format the same month.

DUNGEON Monstres vol.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dungeon may have ended in 2014, but the Monstres live on! Dungeon: Monstres, volume 5 will be out in June.”My Son the Killer” has two stories by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Blutch, and Frederic Bezian!

ZOMBILLENIUM VOL.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third volume of Zombillenium, “Control Freaks” will be out in July by Arthur de Pins.

 

See preview pages, descriptions and more in our “Coming Up” section of the site.

What are you most looking forward to out of this?

NBM Review Round-Up!

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel


This book should be in the library of every comic book fan. It provides an excellent history, hitting the high (and view-changing) points. This book will help you speak knowledgably on the subject. Even if you’re not an avid comics fan and /or only like a small segment of things under the umbrella of “comics,” this history is interesting and insightful.

Sequential Tart

 

Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

The book delves into the case and examines all the potential suspects, reading like a police procedural…Don’t be put off by this low-key presentation. The events, motives and individuals will leave you trying to solve this mystery.

The Joplin Globe

An Enchantment

More like a poem than a story…An Enchantment is an ambitious work and one worth checking out. It’s romantic, affecting, charming, fun, and utterly beautiful.

– Playback: STL

Durieux makes the Louvre a fantasy world, where anyone can be anyone else, and the artwork helps with the whimsical tone he’s going for – despite the old man’s age and fears, the book never becomes too dreary…It’s a charming comic, though, one that gets under your skin more than you might expect, and it’s a nice story of two people searching for something new. Whether they find it or not is for you to discover.

– Good Comics Blog at Comic Book Resources

An Enchantment delivers exactly what it promises in a sepia-toned dreamscape exploring the world of the Louvre. Worth a few reads to really absorb the entire work.

– Spandexless

 

The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti

This was a very entertaining book, maybe my favourite of the series. It does a great job of evoking the era, outlining the issues involved and keeping it all a good read as well, and Geary’s art has been consistently excellent for decades.

– Four Realities

The Initiates

It’s a great story of two people who willingly decided to venture outside of their comfort zones and find out more about something they knew little about–and as a result, found more in common with each other than they thought possible. It’s an examination of how we are when we love something we’re dedicated to, and it’s engrossing in a way that invites you to just sit, relax, and take it all in after an exhausting day.

– Spandexless

 

 

 

“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” – What The Reviewers Are Saying…

If you haven’t picked up this new edition of Stephen Weiner’s groundbreaking Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel, here’s what the critics are saying…

“Though its title gives the impression that the book’s focus will be on superhero GN fare like Knight or Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Weiner provides a broader view of comics’ maturation as a storytelling form.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Anyone new to learning about the comics industry’s history would find a wonderful starting place with Faster Than a Speeding Bullet.”

Playback: STL

NBM Review Round-Up!

Here we are, back again, with some recent reviews of various NBM titles.

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel

“A a perfect book for anyone trying to wrap her or his head around the field of comics, a quick and smart overview of the field that spans both decades and genres. Whether you’re developing a syllabus, improving your library’s collection, or just trying to get a better sense of the field and the good stuff you might have missed, Rise is well worth a read, and worth keeping around afterwards for reference.”

– Boing Boing

Abelard

“If the cartoon images of birds and bears–and the addition of the word “magical” to the book’s front cover–give the impression that Abelard is a children’s fantasy, be assured that it isn’t. Think of it more as an anthropomorphic piece of magical realism in the manner of Joanne Harris’ Chocolat, a reflection on hope and dreams that may surprise you by just how affecting it is.”

– Blog Critics

“(Abelard) starts off feeling somewhat quaint and unassuming, and by the time you realize where it is heading, it is far too late to stem the tide of heartache that the book makes you feel…A book very much worth your time and money. This is a high-quality piece of work.”

– Comics Waiting Room

Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer

 “Congenial, bare-bones introduction to Western philosophy…this shrewd, engaging graphic primer is very ingratiating.”

– Book List Online

Lover’s Lane: The Hall-Mills Mystery

 One of Robot 6′s favorite comics of 2012!

“I love a good mystery, I love history, and I love Rick Geary’s quasi-documentary style of presenting historical mysteries.”

– Robot 6

“A really weird graphic novel.”

Portland Book Review

NBM Review Round-Up!

It’s not too late to get some of our fantastic books to give away as holiday gifts (or buy one or two for yourself, you deserve it!).

Here’s what the critics are saying about some of our recent titles.

Abelard

“A beautifully crafted piece of storytelling from Hautiére that tugs mercilessly at the heartstrings but doesn’t ever fall into sentimental or sickly sweet. If anything, by the end, we’re assaulted by the brutality of the story. And Dillies’ artwork is quite beautiful, his charming characters almost deliberately at odds with some of the themes and actions of the tale, yet never feeling wrong. His stylised colours perfectly suited to detailing all the wonders, all the misery, all the dreams Abelard finds along his journey.”

The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

A poignant, droll, and heartbreaking “funny animals” tale for grown-ups, with breathtaking art.”

Karen GreenBoing Boing Annual “Return of the Best Damn Comics of the Year” List

 

Faster Than A Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel

“A wonderful primer for both educators who need to familiarize themselves with the medium as well as those who have been reading comics faithfully for 50+ years. Like the best of historians, Mr. Weiner manages to logically connect seemingly disparate ideas and occurrences into one cohesive story, fitting a lot of important notes into one place, and he never belabors any of them. His timeline, (always important to a comic fan and reader!) is impeccable and brilliantly concise.”

New York Journal of Books

 

Stargazing Dog

“Stargazing Dog is a beautiful, poignant work on love and death and I dare you to not to cry while reading it.”

– Stuff & Nonsense

 

Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels

“Stan Mack uses succinct language, humor, and clean and energetic black and white cartoons to turn a complex history into an accessible story…A completely unique and accessible way of learning history.”

City Book Review

Trade Publishers and early Graphic Novel attempts

As far back as the 1940s, trade publishers experienced success publishing graphic novel like books, collections of newspaper comics, and early book length comic stories by recognized children’s book author-illustrators Crockett Johnson and Don Freeman. Pogo collections by Walt Kelly published in the 1950s and early 1960s paved the way for the book length graphic novel, Prehysterical Pogo (in Pandemonia) released in 1967. The Tintin books started appearing in the U.S. under the Little Brown imprint as early as 1962, so it’s clear that trade publishers had no problem with book length comic stories that they found acceptable. Trade houses were not comfortable with the type of comic stories that had come under attack in the 1950s—horror and crime comics as well as superhero comics, although sales of these types of books were lucrative.

The Great Comic Book Heroes Cover
This began to change with the publication of Jules Feiffer’s The Great Comic Book Heroes, in 1965. Feiffer’s book extolled the value of superhero comic books and examined them as symbols of childhood innocence as opposed to childhood contamination. The book included early stories of heroes that Feiffer admired and it sent out a signal: the comic book people were ready to fight back against the charges of Dr. Wertham, and by publishing with a trade house, Feiffer’s book gained respectability. In 1979, Feiffer published his own graphic novel, Tantrum, about a couple going through a mid life crisis. Tantrum was released by a trade house. In a period of 15 years, Feiffer had argued that comics were good for children and then created a graphic novel that could interest adults.

To learn more about the history of the graphic novel, try my book, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel, being solicited now.