This year, NBM Graphic Novels celebrates it’s 40th anniversary and we’re proud to announce a number of notable releases through Summer 2017, continuing their focus on biographies with the upcoming releases of Billie Holiday by Jose Munoz & Carlos Sampayo and Sartre by Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier and including brand new releases from Jon Nielsen and Etienne Davodeau, as well as bundled collections of work by Kerascoet, and Renaud Dillies, Arthur de Pins’ Zombillenium, Sean Michael Wilson’s Story of Lee and Dara Naraghi & Brent Bowman’s Persia Blues.
Including Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me
Specially priced set reuniting two perennially popular books with art by the amazing duo under the Kerascoet name.
In Beauty, when Coddie unintentionally delivers a fairy from a spell that held her prisoner, she does not realize how poisoned the wish is she gets in return. From repulsive and stinking of fish she becomes perceived as magnetically beautiful, which does not help her in her village. A young local lord saves her but soon it becomes apparent her destiny may be far greater.
In Miss Don’t Touch Me, the ‘Butcher of the Dances’ is on the prowl for young loose women. Blanche works as a maid along with the only family she knows, her sister, fun-loving Agatha. Suddenly, Blanche loses her to what she saw was murder but others only write off as suicide. She decides to take matters into her own hands.
2 book banded set, 344pp. full color hardcovers, specially priced at $55, ISBN 9781681121147
Includes Zombillenium Set Vols. 1-3
By Arthur de Pins
Specially priced set of the 3 volumes out in this bestselling series, inspiration for a feature length animated film in production! Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the horror 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 ends up hired in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…
3 book banded set, 144pp., full color hardcovers, normally $45, specially priced at $39.99, ISBN: 9781681121158
By Jon Nielsen
Artie is a droid programmed to endlessly perform a single task left in a world abandoned by humans. He is starting to wonder what meaning his task has. But when he and his only friend, Owen, a robotic bird, cast aside the only lives they’ve ever known in search of a brighter future, they encounter others that want nothing but to hold tight to the past. Join Artie the Robot and Owen the Vulture for a light-hearted sci-fi adventure as they journey far and wide for the answer to one of life’s greatest questions: “why are we here?”
6×9, 144pp., B&W hc, $15.99, ISBN:9781681120898
By Jose Muñoz, Carlos Sampayo
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.
By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Muñoz’ strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.
9×12, 80pp., B&W hc, gold stamped black and red cover, $19.99, ISBN:9781681120935
The Louvre Collection: THE CROSS-EYED MUTT
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, ISBN: 9781681120973
THE STORY OF LEE SET
By Sean Michael Wilson, Chie Kutsuwada, Nami Tamura
Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s Dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a Chinese young man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds? Two worlds collide creating good sparks… and bad ones. In volume 2, it’s the reverse as they move to Scotland. Collected in one specially priced set.
5 x 7 1/2″, 2 book set, B&W trade pbs, 320pp., normally $24, $19.99 ISBN 9781681121055
THE LYRICAL COMICS OF DILLIES SET
Including Abelard, Bubbles & Gondola, Betty Blues
By Renaud Dillies
The bittersweet ‘funny animal’ comics of French master comic artist Dillies collected in one specially priced set. From Abelard, a love struck little chick who’ll go to the end of the world to catch the moon for his beloved, to Bubbles & Gondola, with Charlie the mouse whose writer’s block can only get unstuck when he gets out to the world, to Betty Blues, about a hard bitten jazz trumpeter duck and his gorgeous floozy he loses to his music, these are fairy tales for adults with the surrealist charm of Herriman’s Krazy Kat.
3 volumes collected in one specially priced set.
8 ½ x 11, 3 hardcover volumes in a set, full color, 288pp., normally $59, $49.99 ISBN 9781681121062
PERSIA BLUES SET
By Dara Naraghi, Brent Bowman
Minoo Shirazi is a rebellious young Iranian woman, struggling to define herself amidst the strict social conventions of an oppressive regime, and the differing wishes of an overbearing father, in between life in Iran and life in midwestern America. Minoo Shirazi is also a free-spirited adventurer in a fantasy world, a place where aspects of modern America and ancient Persia meld into a unique landscape. And yet, neither of these women are the true Minoo Shirazi. 2 volumes collected in one specially priced set.
6×9, 2 volume set, B&W trade pbs., 224pp., normally $26, $19.99, ISBN 9781681121079
By Mathilde Ramadier & Anais Depommier
For some he was the philosopher of existentialism, for others the constant provocateur, the politically engaged author, the uncertain militant, the repenting bourgeois, the life companion of Simone de Beauvoir… From his first readings in the Luxembourg Garden to his refusal of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Jean Paul Sartre was all of this at the same time.
8×11, 160 pp., color HC, $27.99, ISBN 9781681121017, e-book: $9.99
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