NBM Releases Ambitious Slate Of Graphic Novels For 2021/22

Spring has sprung, which means publishers’ thoughts turn to their new releases – and NBM Graphic Novels is no difference, with a massive, varied, and damn fine looking set of new books

 

The NBM release schedule runs from Summer 2021 through Winter 2022, including brand new biographies of Janis Joplin by Nicolas Finet & Christopher, Django Reinhardt by Salva Rubio & Efa, and Alfred Hitchock by Noël Simsolo & Dominique Hé. NBM are also continuing their nonfiction culinary line, beginning with The Secrets of Chocolate by Franckie Alarcon and The Art of Sushi by Franckie Alarcon. Plus, a new and inventive new book by Tobias Tak, transforming twenty poems by Federico García Lorca, one of Spain’s foremost cultural and literary figures, into comics.

And two of huge interest for me – firstly, some 35 years after the first comic was released, we’re going to be treated to the final volume of Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock‘s conspiracy-driven Silent Invasion: Dark Matter, and we’re going to be seeing new volumes of Dungeon by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim and others. I’ve loved Silent Invasion since first seeing it back in the early 90s and it’s been far, far too long to wait for this last volume. And as for Dungeon, it’s a fabulous book by the best of Europe’s creators – Sfar, Trondheim, Boulet, Blain – a quartet of greats!

Right then… covers, previews, and PR for NBM Graphic Novels through to Feb 2022…

JUNE 2021

The Secrets of Chocolate: A Gourmand’s Trip Through a Top Chef’s AtelierFranckie Alarcon

Following Jacques Genin for a year, Franckie Alarcon hobnobbed with one of the biggest chefs of Chocolate. Former chef and pastry chef for prestigious restaurants, this super-talented autodidact shares all his passion and knowledge of chocolate and his process for creating recipes. In this docu-comic, we travel with the starry-eyed author, satisfying many a craving from the chef’s amazing atelier above his store, trying his hand as an apprentice, all the way to the Peruvian cocoa plantations where another chef shows how one carefully chooses the beans.

JULY 2021

Love Me Please: The Story of Janis JoplinNicolas Finet & Christopher

Love Me Please is a biography in comics of the amazing rock singer Janis Joplin, which recalls, respecting the chronology, the highlights of her journey from childhood, after the Second World War, to her abrupt death in late 1970.

How did a very young messed up woman, a drug addict filled with doubt, become in a few years a planetary icon of rock music? She went from the shadows to the blinding light of fame in only four records (the last one issued a month and a half after her tragic death).

Fed by the thirst for freedom of the Beat Generation and the desire for emancipation expressed by American youth in the early 1960s, Janis Joplin left for San Francisco, the epicentre of cultural innovation. She will live there a freedom of which she would hardly have dared to dream, abandoning herself to all impulses, overcoming without hesitation all the taboos of the time: bisexuality, alcohol, drugs, doing so not only with delight, but with the taste for excess which came naturally from her spontaneous character.
A lively, fascinating story of a woman ahead of her time.

AUGUST 2021

Canciones of Federico Garcia Lorca Tobias Tak

Federico García Lorca is one of Spain’s foremost cultural and literary figures. In 1927, he published his masterpiece Canciones, a volume of lyrical poetry. Tobias Tak transformed twenty of these poems into a series of richly detailed and inventive comics. With his boundless imagination, Tak’s illustrations add a new depth and energy to Lorca’s poetry. This collection will appeal to lovers of visual art, graphic novels and poetry and aims to bring the colorful and atmospheric landscape of Lorca’s work to a new audience.

SEPTEMBER 2021

Dungeon: Zenith Vols. 1-2 – The Barbarian PrincessLewis Trondheim & Joann Sfar

Welcome to Dungeon, the looniest world of horror and heroic fantasy you’ll ever be transported into! A spoof of Dungeons & Dragons and all heroic fantasy tropes. This series, a best-seller in many countries, starts with the apogee of Dungeon, a mighty castle filled with monsters, trolls and goblins kept by a wily bird, the Dungeon Keeper, and the object of desire of many an uncouth and disgusting form of life (and afterlife) and Herbert the Timorous Duck is assigned to defend it! Thank goodness, the Dungeon Keeper has assigned Marvin the Dragon, a blood-thirsty, uh, vegetarian, warrior, to his side.

Four full stories in one omnibus volume at a new larger size! (Combines the 1st 2 volumes originally published).

 

Dungeon: The Early Years, Vols. 1-2 – The Night Shirt Christophe Blain, Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim

In the sprawling world of Dungeon, the Early Years subseries relates the origins of it. In this first story, you will see the Keeper barely an adult leaving his family to go find fortune in a time of chaos and darkness… Fun, adventure, suspense and… wry satire. Hyacinthe, Dungeon Keeper to be, continues to render justice in a cloak nightly as The Night Shirt and stumbles upon the one he pines for, Alexandra, an assassin, about to be raped! After his valiant and heroic rescue, his wettest dreams come true… with dire consequences. In the second story which happens quite a few years later, he’s married and a poor husband, worse even, a poor lover, until Alexandra plots to gain him back. Cloak and dagger with romantic bravura! And you thought he didn’t have it in him.

OCTOBER 2021

Silent Invasion Vol. 4 – Dark MatterMichael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

Walter Sinkage’s quiet suburban life is shattered when he witnesses several UFOs flash past in the sky. His search for the truth about the UFOS and the suspicious disappearance of his brother Matt, leads him to an alien abduction support group and confrontation with the Church of Cosmic Enlightenment. When Walter also vanishes, police detective Eddy Dime finds himself stymied while trying to uncover the truth behind what happened to the two brothers and other victims of what he believes may be an alien conspiracy that reaches into the highest and murkiest echelons of government power.

NOVEMBER 2021

Dungeon: Zenith, Vol. 4 [7-8] – Outside the RampartsJoann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Boulet

The epic saga spoof of Dungeons & Dragons and an inspiration to the likes of Adventure Time, is back with two new Dungeon stories!

In the first chapter: to reclaim the Dungeon that fell to the scheming William Delacourt, the plan is simple: Marvin, Isis and Herbert must find some magic fugus purit and use it to dislodge the current occupants of the fortress. But is this really the Guardian’s plan? Our heroes will have to fight against everyone to save the Dungeon. Meanwhile, will Marvin succeed in his engagement blast-of-fire-breath Tong Deum?

In the second: according to the draconian tradition, Herbert is officially mandated by Marvin to go see his mother and announce his engagement to Pirzuine. Upon arrival, he discovers her murder. To avoid a bloodbath, will the valiant duck succeed in finding the culprit before Marvin arrives, without alienating the sensitive dragons who inhabit the village?

DECEMBER 2021

The Art of Sushi Franckie Alarcon

Fly to Japan and come discover all there is to know about sushi. After revealing the secrets of chocolate to us, Franckie Alarcon offers a gourmet panorama of this exceptional dish that has conquered the planet! But do you really know sushi? The author travelled to Japan to meet all the players involved in the making of this true work of culinary art. From the traditional starred chef to the young cook who is shaking up the rules, including all the artisans and producers involved, this book covers the most emblematic of Japanese products from A to Z. A fascinating journey of discovery that, along the way, tells a lot about Japan itself. You’ll never believe the precision and detailed obsession with quality ingredients involved.

JANUARY 2022

Django, Hand on Fire: The Great Django ReinhardtSalva Rubio, Efa

Django Reinhardt is a legend. But Django -which may have meant “I awake”- was twice born. A first time in the snow, during the winter of 1910 in a nomadic gypsy family stationed in Liberchies, Belgium. The second in Saint-Ouen, near Paris, in the fall of 1928, when a fire in his caravan mutilated his left hand.
Writer Salva Rubio and artist Efa have already produced a remarkable biopic on Monet, paying tribute to the painter’s obsession with light. Likewise, this biopic devoted to the youth of the prodigy musician features the passion and determination of the man who has always considered himself the greatest guitarist in the world. In this story-score, by laying out the panels like chords, the artist brings to life his passion in vibrating watercolor to better accompany the musical and technical development of the inventor of gypsy jazz. From musette to jazz, from violin to banjo then to guitar, Django’s destiny is that of his ‘hand on fire’, possessed by the supernatural spirit of the “duende” which burns in the soul of each gypsy musician. That of a miracle who is reborn from his ashes, more dazzling than ever. Cue the music!

FEBRUARY 2022

Alfred Hitchcock: Master of SuspenseNoël Simsolo, Dominique Hé

1960, the film Psycho traumatized viewers around the world. Never before had the angst or the suspense been so well presented in cinema. But where does the talent of this Alfred Hitchcock come from, the one now nicknamed the “Master of Suspense”?

To find out, we must first go back to his youth, in England, during the first half of the 20th century. Having grown up in a Catholic family – a religious originality that will be felt in a large part of his cinema – “Hitch” is an atypical Englishman who, very early on, has a taste for telling stories. The temptation to work for the cinema will not be long in coming, first as a graphic designer at Islington Studios in London where his visual talent will lead him to make his debut behind the camera, as an assistant and then as a full director. It is also here that he will meet Alma Reville, his assistant and wife who will accompany him throughout his storied career, including the jump to the big time in Hollywood.

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