TCAF 2019

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was a blast! It’s one of the biggest and nicest comic festivals I have ever attended, and just like in 2015 (when I was there last) it was wonderful to be there. Even more so, because this time I was Featured Guest and had a premiering book: Love: a Discovery in Comics.

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That’s me, loving my new book – and publishers Jeff Whitman and Terry Nantier in the background.

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The NBM stand with publishers Jeff Whitman and Terry Nantier (left) and comic artists Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas, who were there to promote The Silent Invasion

Another great thing this year was that I was one of five Dutch comic artists attending. Our national comics child prodigy Aimée de Jongh was there (okay, she’s not a kid anymore) promoting both Blossoms in Autumn and her new Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat.

This is her, signing just around the corner from where we were sitting:

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Another colleague from home was Chad Bilyeu, who is originally from Cleveland, but has been in Holland for ages and is the author of the wonderfully revealing series Chad in Amsterdam.

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Last but not least there was Typex, our comics rock star, whose masterpiece Andy (about Andy Warhol) is taking the comics world by storm.

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The coolest thing was that I got to do a panel with him, about Dutch Comics, moderated by Mark Nevins:

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Not only that – I also got to be on a panel about Science and Comics, with Maki Naro, Mike Holmes, Alison Wilgus and moderator Johanna Draper Carlson:

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While Saturday went by in a frenzy of signing, panelling and generally being elated by everything, Sunday allowed for some time to chase for comics myself.

This is our loot:

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The NBM table did very well, by the way! Here’s the Before picture of my end:

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And this is the After…:

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If you missed my cute little promotional booklet Ten Tips For A Broken Heart and are in the Toronto area – I dropped off a whole bunch at comic store The Beguiling.

Thanks to everyone who made TCAF 2019 such a memorable experience! We definitely hope to be back one day.

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Ten Tips for a Broken Heart

This weekend, my book Love: a Discovery in Comics will be launched at the TCAF Festival in Toronto! I’ll be there, at the NBM stand, together with colleagues Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas of The Silent Invasion – and they gave me the idea of bringing some freebies to give away:

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First of all: bookmarks! Because everybody needs bookmarks, right?

But the special attraction is this mini-booklet containing three pages from the book: Ten Tips for a Broken Heart! Because everybody’s heart gets broken some time…

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If you’re at TCAF, come and get yours! And get the book too, it’s full of tips, facts and stories about Love, in all its facets.

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NBM Announces TCAF 2018 Premieres, Signing Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 and can be found at Table #133.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by David B, one of France’s finest cartoonists and a co-founder of the legendary L’Association collective, who is attending TCAF as a Featured Guest. 

David B is attending TCAF in support of his new graphic novel from NBM, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, which will debut at the show and he will be both signing at the NBM Booth and appearing on several panels.

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Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue… From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers.

Also premiering at TCAF is Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets from creators Dominique Osuch and Sandrine Martin.

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Niki de Saint Phalle knew art could save the world because art saved her… from madness, from violence. Even from herself.
 A comics biography of the famous and controversial contemporary pop-style artist.

Also appearing at TCAF will be Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) who will be be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story, from our sister company, Papercutz.  In addition, he’ll be signing at the NBM booth and will be participating on a panel.  (Details here!)

David B – Panels and Signing Schedule

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Saturday

11:00 AM:  BD Today – Contemporary French Comics
High Park Ballroom 2/3 (Marriott)
The best-selling French comics sell 5x better than English comics in North America. That’s millions and millions of copies! Sacré Bleu! Join some of the most critically acclaimed voices in French comics to talk about what makes the French comics scene so magical, and what exciting books and artists we should keep our eyes out for. Featuring Yvan Alagbé, David B, Brigitte Findakly, Julie Rocheleau, and Lewis Trondheim. Moderated by Bart Beatty.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

Sunday

12:00 PM: Personal Boundaries: Changing Shape of Memoir
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What is the power of personal narratives when tweets, instagram photos, and snapchats are increasingly changing the norms of sharing personal information? Does the longer narrative of memoir become more relevant,a break from the bombardment of social media? Or will it soon be dismissed by readers who want more immediacy from a glowing screen? Featuring memoirist David B, Georgia Webber, Marguerite Dabaie, and Karl Steven. Moderated by Irene Velentzas.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

3:00 PM: Literally Illustrated Classics
Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor, Library)
What are the specific challenges artists face when adapting a beloved work into a graphic novel? Emily Carrol, David B, Meaghan Carter and Ron Wimberly discuss how to honour the original while bringing something new to it, and updating and reworking problematic aspects of older work to bringit up to the standard of a contemporary audience. Moderated by Megan Kearney.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#133)

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.

Sandrine Revel, Author of ‘Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo’, Prepares for North American Tour

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Prolific creator and Angoulême International Comics Festival award winner Sandrine Revel will be making several appearances to support the English release of her book, Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo from NBM Graphic Novels.  She previously has won the French Artémisia award which recognizes female comic creators for the French release of Glenn Gould.

Glenn Gould was a Canadian pianist, a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music remembered for, among others, his almost revolutionary interpretations of Bach. This graphic novel biography seeks to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona. Who is the mysterious Glenn Gould? Why did he abruptly end his career as a performing musician?  Why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye like J.D. Salinger?  Sandrine Revel delves into the life of Gould with hand painted illustrations and the viewpoint of an adoring fan.

2017 marks a number of important anniversaries for Gould: the 85th of his birth and 35th of his death but also the 60th of his legendary tour of Russia, a first for a Western artist, and of his debuts with the world’s leading orchestras.

Her many stops include the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature 2017, the Toronto Comics Arts Festival and at the Vancouver Comics Art Festival.


NEW YORK
PEN World Voices Festival

SATURDAY MAY 6, 4 pm: The Radical Act of Drawing a Life, a panel of graphic artists moderated by editor Meg Lemke

NEW JERSEY
MONDAY MAY 8, 7:30 pm: Book presentation and signing at WORD Bookstore, Jersey City

BOSTON
WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 6 pm: Conversation with Sandrine Revel, Pulitzer prize-winning music critic Lloyd Schwartz, and illustrator Dan Mazur at Cambridge University Library, with The Million Year Picnic comics shop, followed by signing.

TORONTO: Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Signing at the NBM Booth and the following panels:

SATURDAY MAY 13, 10 am – “Sound and Vision: Music in Comics,” moderated by Philippe Leblanc at The Pilot (22 Cumberland St.)

SUNDAY MAY 14, 10:30 am – Discussion with comics creators Sandrine Revel & Pénélope Bagieu at Hinton Learning Theatre (Toronto Reference Library)

SUNDAY MAY 14, 2:45 pm – “Canada 150: Canada at Home and Abroad,” discussion on Canadian national identity through the eyes of comics artists, at Forest Hill Ballroom (Marriott Bloor-Yorkville)

CALGARY
TUESDAY MAY 16, 5 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française

EDMONTON: French Comic Book Festival
TUESDAY MAY 17, 7 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française

VANCOUVER: Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
FRIDAY MAY 19, 6:30 pm: Discussion with Sandrine Revel and Marcelino Truong, Alliance française

SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 20-21: Book signings and author events at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

MONTREAL: Montreal Comic Arts Festival
SATURDAY-SUNDAY MAY 27-28: Book signings and author events

TCAF was great!

Last weekend, Yiri and I attended the famous Torontonian comics festival TCAF on our first ever trip to Canada, and we had a blast! I drew a few webcomics about our first days, and our stay in the wonderful Church/Wellesley-district:

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TCAF has so many great names and wonderful events, I felt a bit humbled at the start of it all…

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…but then this happened:

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We loved the whole experience! And now we’re back on the European side of the pond, and back to working on the approaching publications of no less than two books: the Dutch Wereldheerschappij in Beeld and the english Religion: a Discovery in Comics. Both will appear in October 2015!