Two new books out this week: Geary’s and Philosophy.

You can find at your better comics bookstore this week two of our books just in:

Rick Geary’s latest “Lovers’ Lane”

and “Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics” by Margreet de Heer who’s been holding a wonderful blog here.

Check ’em out at your comics shop and if they  don’t have them, they can order easily from Diamond.

General bookstores will have Geary’s book by now as well, the philosophy book and Stan Mack’s fun look at the American Revolution next month.

Stan Mack’s “Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels” is out in comics stores now.

His fun graphic novel about the American Revolution where one can draw many parallels with modern day: the writing of the Constitution was a raucous, divisive process, The Tea Party uprising, the chasm between rich and poor, makes this surprisingly timely. More info.

See his blog posts on this very subject. And run get the book at your local comics shop!


Following it’s debut at San Diego Comic-Con, Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS A History in Comics of the American Revolution has been garnering quite a bit of attention.

Stan appeared on the local San Diego Fox affiliate with fellow political cartoonists Paige Braddock and Doug TenNapel to discuss their work.

At SDCC, Stan appeared on Publisher’s Weekly “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” panel which also featured Ted Rall, Chris Butcher, Dan Carino, Ed Piskor, Andy Warner, Susie Cagle and Calvin Reid.

Reid told the audience that, “comics journalism “makes a complex narrative easier to understand.””

Mack shared his take, “Unless you’re on the front line doing breaking news stuff, we (cartoonists) tend to see the human side of politics, so [my work] was a picture of what was going around the people behind the explosions.”

Stan also appeared on the panel “Progressive Politics in Comics” with by Susie Cagle, Cecil Castellucci, Shannon Watters and Gail Simone.  After the panel, he spoke with San Diego Jewish World about TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS and the commonalities with an earlier work THE STORY OF THE JEWS: A 4000 YEAR ADVENTURE, which turned out to be the theme of “oppression.”

““This (TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS)  is kind of a bottom’s-up history as was my Jewish history.”   In the Jewish history, “what I imagined was my family in all these different centuries traveling and what they were facing.” His more recent book looked at “rising up against oppression coming from England.”   While the colonists were oppressed economically,  oppression for the Jews was both ” intellectual and physical, there still was that idea of people fighting against the system, trying to make some headway.””

Stan also spoke to FishbowlNY about how after reacquiring the rights to the book from now defunct publisher, Avon, he, “kept the original book in a drawer waiting for the right timing. He fine tuned the copy, while trying to make the American Revolution appear more relevant.”

“If you look at the elements: there’s taxation, depression, there’s the battle between big government and small,” Mack says. “… There’s a lot of stuff that resonates with the issues of the day.”

And finally, in a fantastic interview with with Salon, Stan discusses how the book addresses life in America today.

“Whether it’s health care, immigration, the tentacles of big government, foreign relationships, the environment — all of this year’s political issues seem to come down to a battle between, as I say in my book, Aristocraticks versus Democraticks, profit versus virtue, and individual liberty versus the public good.

Unlike the dangers that people in other countries face if they criticize their governments, about the biggest risk the Tea Party faithful and Occupiers face is having a Fox broadcasting crew chase them down the street waving microphones and cameras. And that’s because our Bill of Rights — which, by the way, was opposed by former revolutionaries John Adams, Hamilton, and Washington, and was pushed for by ordinary citizens until it was included — protects them.”


Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS A History in Comics of the American Revolution will be released later this month.


Stan’s book, will premiere this week at San Diego Comic-Con, and we’ve already got an early review and fantastic interview with Stan already!

Stan Mack’s Taxes, The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels brings Mack’s keen eye and ability to blend the everyday and the profound to the story of the American Revolution. Originally published in 1994 as Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution (a shout-out to his long-running Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies), it has been updated and is as fresh today as it was back then. Mack has done his homework, so this is not a retread of the standard story; he brings a new perspective and a lot of hey-I-didn’t-know-that facts to the history we all thought we knew.

– School Library Journal


Stan also spoke with Imprint, a magazine focusing on art and design, about the book and providing a pretty good reason to check it out.

“If you read my book, you will no longer have to swallow what the right or the left tells you about the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the Bill of Rights. You can swallow your own conclusions.”

Read the full interview HERE.

Stan Mack will appear on two panels this week at Comic-Con; “Progressive Politics and Comics” on Thursday, July 12 at 1:00 PM in Room 32AB, and “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” on Sunday the 15th at 3:00 PM in Room 32AB.

NBM Publishing Announces 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Debuts and Signing Schedule

Come Visit Us at Booth 1528

In anticipation of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012, NBM Publishing today announced the company’s Comic-Con exclusives, including a free 35th ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER and the premieres of Stan Mack’s TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution and Rick Geary’s TREASURY OF XXTH CENTURY MURDER LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery.

By Rick Geary

Treasury of XXth Century Murder: Lovers’ Lane

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922.

Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir.

The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick.

Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…

TAXES, THE TEA PARTY,  AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution
By Stan Mack

Taxes, The Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels A Comics History of the American Revolution

Here’s the fun way to learn all about the Birth of the United States: in comics!

“A cartoonist de-mythologizes the Founding Fathers and makes them more ‘like us'”says the New York Times.

Uncannily relevant to today’’s world. Learn about the original revolt against taxes: the Boston Tea Party, and the original Occupy movement: the Rebels in revolt against the status quo. A whimsical and informative pictorial history featuring a chubby, insecure King George III, rebellious and misunderstood colonists, loudmouthed and insensitive aristocrats, and more.

Updated from the original Stan Mack’s Real Life American Revolution published by Avon books in 1994.

35th Anniversary Free Sampler

Includes a look at our fall titles including TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS: A History In Comics of the American Revolution by Stan Mack, PHILOSOPHY A DISCOVERY IN COMICS by Margreet de Heer,  ABELARD from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière, and the latest volume of our Louvre series, AN ENCHANTMENT by Christian Durieux!


Stan Mack will appear on two panels; “Progressive Politics and Comics” on Thursday, July 12 at 1:00 PM in Room 32AB, and “Serious Pictures: Comics and Journalism in a New Era” on Sunday the 15th at 3:00 PM in Room 32AB.


Stan Mack will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Thursday 2:30-4:00 and 5:30-7:00, Saturday 10:30-Noon and 4:00-5:30, Sunday 10:30-Noon.

Rick Geary will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Thursday 10:30-Noon and 4:00-5:30, Friday 1:00-2:30 and 5:30-7:00, Saturday 1:00-2:30 and 5:30-7:00.

Brooke A. Allen (A Home For Mr. Easter) will be appearing at the NBM Booth (1528) on Friday 4:00-5:30, Saturday 2:30-4:00 and Sunday 1:00-2:30.

Cornnell Clarke
of the Eurotica series, Peanut Butter, will be making appearances at the booth throughout the weekend.

The Immigrants

Immigration is a loaded word today. It’s also a topic that plays a central role in “Taxes…” Obviously the early colonists were immigrants. They were seduced, bribed, or suckered into coming to the new world. Some were dragged here in chains, but most staggered ashore with a dream that somewhere in this new land they might find fortune, freedom, and a new start in life.

As soon as these newcomers got cleaned up and settled, threw away their old rags and put on new clothes, learned manners and thought of themselves as “the better sort,” they turned to the ships unloading the next arrivals and saw dirty, ignorant, inferior people fit only to be servants and laborers. And so it has gone for every new group that arrives on our shores.

Here’s an example from my graphic history, “The Story of the Jews.” It shows Eastern European Jews arriving at the turn of the last century. They’re viewed with embarrassment by the more cultured, educated, and prosperous German Jews who’d arrived looking just as bedraggled 50 years earlier.

England encouraged immigration because more workers in the colonies meant more profit for her, but the natural rights of her colonists were irrelevant. Gradually, England’s high-handed and insensitive taxes and regulations would fuel colonial discontent. But first I needed a page that would quickly describe the variety of immigrants who arrived here, and the usual distaste against newcomers by those who were here first.

For the rebellion against England to succeed, there would need to be an alliance between rich colonial merchants, who were seeing their profits shrink, and their discontented workers—but that will come a few pages later.

The Kick-off

Real life is comic, sad, ironic, extravagant; it moves fast and takes you by surprise. It’s ready made for my real life funnies comic strips. When I was roughing out “Taxes, the Tea Party, and those Revolting Rebels,” I struggled with how to kick off the story. History lies flat on the page. It doesn’t emote in front of you like real life does.

When it came to that crucial first page, I knew the facts I wanted to present, but how to do it in a way the modern reader would get. After gallons of coffee, an Out-Takes strip I did for Adweek magazine jumped into my head. The story took place at the end of the shooting of a TV commercial. I’ve included it here.

I thought, how classic, massaging the client…until the client walks out the door. Who hasn’t temporarily pasted a smile on his or her face and then been glad to pull it off? I translated that moment back in time to Colonial days and had my first page.


Welcome Stan Mack and Margreet de Heer

Quick post to welcome two new artists to our blog:

Stan Mack, formerly of the Village Voice, who’ll be talking about his upcoming:







of which you can see more right here… This is being solicited at comics stores now…






and Margreet whose charming, concise and clear presentations of the baffling (for most of us) will win you over. This month, we ‘re also soliciting through comics stores this from her:





see more here (our site) and here (her site). Should this work, we’ll have more ‘discoveries in comics’ from her. Go ahead, ask them impossible quiz questions on Philosophy and History.