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


“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!

We’re counting down the shopping days and we’ve had several of our titles show up in gift guides from The Comics Reporter and Forces of Geek, so we’re even more happy to share some great reviews that might also serve as holiday gift ideas.

Be sure to check out our site proper where you can order any of our titles.  After the jump, check out what reviewers are saying about several of our titles.

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Watch World Premiere Recording of Libby Larsen’s “The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes”

As we announced last week, the Florestan Recital Project announced  the release of its world premiere recording of  Libby Larsen’s The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, based on Rick Geary’s book, The Beast of Chicago.

We also got a chance to chat with Aaron Engebreth, the Artistic Co-Director of the Florestan Recital Project about how this project came into existence.

What was the genesis of the project?

The project has a number of different ‘genesis’ points, actually.  Florestan Recital Project commissioned the composer Libby Larsen to create a new work for one of our past projects, the American Vanguard Festival.  Vanguard was a three-day celebration of contemporary American Art-Song which took place at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in March of 2010.  Florestan was completing our final year of a three-year position as Artistic Ensemble in Residence at the College, and the festival was a culmination of our time and experience there.  Libby was interested in creating a piece that would focus on violence in America, and we thought sounded interesting, important and timely.  We really had no idea that she would set the confessions of H.H. Holmes until much later, and we were very taken with the direction.

For a year or so, here and abroad, we presented various performances of the piece in traditional recital form.  When we began the process of recording the piece, we really were determined to make it a cross-disciplinary “event” rather than a conventional CD release.  I wanted very much to release the piece free of charge, in hopes that more people would hear it, and we thought that the story and the music practically begged for a visual component.  The setting of the World’s Exposition in Chicago is evoked in Libby’s music in an alarming and very direct way, and we began thinking of ways to create this visual atmosphere without detracting from the music and words themselves.

Pete Goldlust and Melanie Germond, our marketing and design partners extraordinaire, immediately let us know about Rick Geary.  They knew Geary’s work and that was really the genesis of the visual collaboration.  Rick and his publisher were extremely supportive and interested in the project, and thought is was a great fit for his incredible illustrations, so after we read his book, there really was no more to say.

It was a perfect fit, artistically.

Had the music already been scored and the book was a match or did the book itself inspire the soundtrack?

In this case, the music came before we, or Libby Larsen, knew about Rick’s novel.  In many cases with classical song composition, the reverse is true, but this time Libby’s libretto and music were the impetus for us to go and find out more about H.H. Holmes.  And did we ever.

The project reminds me a bit of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, using music to literally illustrate the story.  Was that an inspiration?

Peter and the Wolf was not a direct inspiration for this project, though it and pieces like it find similarities because of the non-traditional approach of combining seemingly unrelated art forms.  At its core, Art Song does indeed use music to illustrate a story.  That story can be a narrative, poetry, prose or many other written forms.  Florestan Recital Project began was founded in 2001 with the firm belief that words and music, if you let them, can quite simply make us better people.

Words and music augment our ability to gain perspective into characters, emotions and places that we might otherwise never dare venture, and thereby augment our constant state of becoming.  Holmes is a rather extreme example of a character to gain perspective into, but the fact remains that whether one is listening to French poetry set to music, or the confessions of a madman set to music, the experience can enter you and change you.  It’s an inspirational art form.

Are there any other mashups like this planned, or any particular comics that you’re hoping to adapt in this method?

We’re up for anything.  We have nothing similar to this release planned in the future, but we very much hope to do more.  Interestingly, Geary wrote an entire treasury of Victorian murders, so there is plenty of opportunity within that thread.  We would welcome suggestions and inquiries for future projects and we hope to have more comic collaborations in the future.  To be honest, this would have seemed a highly unlikely combination to me even six months ago; classical art song-meets serial-killer-meets graphic novel.  But now that we’ve merged them, I find myself wanting to do many more.  It’s my great hope that readers of comics will find this as interesting and illuminating and we are confident our classical music listeners will.


For more details, visit www.florestanproject.org 

A Treasury of Victorian Murder – The Musical

Founded in 2001, Florestan Recital Project promotes song repertoire in concerts, masterclasses, and educational residencies. By combining a dynamic core ensemble of committed artists with meticulous research and programming, Florestan has delighted audiences with a wide range of both established and unfamiliar repertoire.

And on October 31st they will unveil their latest project,  the release of its world premiere recording of  Libby Larsen’s The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes, based on Rick Geary’s book The Beast of Chicago.

At the height of the Gilded Age, during Chicago’s finest moment of international glory, a man known as H.H. Holmes quietly and secretively carried out one of the most horrifically perverse and murderous crime sprees in American history. Against the ornate backdrop of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Holmes built an elaborate chamber of horrors in which he staged the methodical and grisly murders of up to 200 people, becoming America’s first known serial killer.

This macabre subject matter provides the basis for an exploration into the darkest corners of the human psyche.  The work explores the unfathomable impulses that drove Holmes to commit his crimes. Scored for baritone and piano, Larsen’s song cycle interweaves passages of period parlour music with texts from Holmes’ own confessions. The result is a work that is both haunting and engaging–a perfect platform for Florestan’s “deeply felt, and impeccably prepared” performances (The Boston Globe).

This groundbreaking recording project will be accompanied by the simultaneous release of an accompanying animated video featuring illustrations from artist Rick Geary’s acclaimed graphic novel.

For more details, check out the Florestan Recital Project’s website, and check back on Halloween to see this exciting new project.

Dead Lovers, Revolutionaries, Lofty Thoughts and a Happy Prince

There’s nothing nicer than reading great reviews for the fantastic books that we publish.  With recently released work by Rick Geary, Stan Mack, Margreet de Heer and P. Craig Russell, there’s plenty to read; and if our esteemed critics are right (and of course they are), there’s plenty of good things to say about our latest titles.

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DEATH, TAXES and PHILOSOPHY: Reviews For Three New Releases Arrive

(From top to bottom;  LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery by Rick Geary, TAXES, THE TEA PARTY, AND THOSE REVOLTING REBELS by Stan Mack and PHILOSOPHY: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS by Margreet de Heer


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Which Book Does PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY Call, “A Near Perfect Union Of Pictures And Words”?

I’ll give you a hint, it’s set here…

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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.

NBM Review Round-Up!

With such a wide variety of titles, we’re pretty fortunate to get a pretty amazing cross section of reviewers.

Here are a few kind words about several of our titles:

Stargazing Dog

“A moving story for all devoted pet owners and animal lovers.”

Curled Up With a Good Book

Kinky & Cosy

“The jokes are, for the most part, snarky, sarcastic, and clever…The plotline involving the mother falling in love with the recycling bin, for example, was a bit too out there…This collection is fun and funny, until it just got too weird for my taste. Kinky and Cosy are smart, cute, and a bit disturbing all at the same time.”

No Flying No Tights

Rohan at The Louvre

“As with the previous graphic novels in The Louvre Collection series, this fourth installment features well-rendered art and a compelling plot…Araki’s book will be relished by readers who are fans of the manga format, especially those interested in art and art collections.”

VOYA Magazine

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti

“An honest and non-ideological recounting of the facts of the case, told in a straight-forward manner with a minimum of sensationalism (and no invective).  In the course of the unfolding story, Geary’s attention to detail is consistent and impressive.  Not only does he present us with the evidence, but he also cites the source for that evidence, and raises the questions about its validity, and explains any misgivings about those questions.  The illustrations, likewise, are strikingly literal, with just the right mix of minute detail on the one hand, and clarity and simplicity on the other.”

Toward Freedom


“I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Brownsville, which was published by NBM…  This is a graphic novel, so they don’t care about making you turn the page because you’re probably going to decide to buy this based on other considerations. But just because they don’t need to do it doesn’t mean they take the first page off. This page shows a lot in just five panels, and it hints at quite a bit to come. It’s well constructed, and leaves the reader wanting more. That’s how it’s done!”

Comics Should Be Good

Salvatore 2

“Things are constantly moving in this book, even if, like Salvatore discovers, all that movement wound up plopping him back at the beginning of the journey. De Crecy ensures the reader that the fruitlessness of Salvatore’s journey doesn’t extend to the entertainment value and sheer delight found in his cartooning.”