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During the next month or two, we’ll be looking at various indie and small press publishers’ plans for the coming year. Today we’re taking a quick look at NBM. Based on material found on the company’s Web site, as well as some catalog pages they sent me, I’ve managed to come up with a quick rundown of their line-up for the first six months of the year. FYI: The dates are based off of the Web site, and not the catalog, which are off by a few months due to trade shipping dates (translation: comic stores get it first).
Little Nothings Vol. 3: “Uneasy Happiness” by Lewis Trondheim. The third collection of Trondheim’s one-page autobiographical gag strips. I really enjoy this series and am glad to see NBM’s doing well enough with it to keep putting out new volumes on a yearly basis. 128 pages, $14.95.
On the Odd Hours by Eric Liberge. Another book in the ongoing ‘Louvre” series of French graphic novels (“Glacial Period” and “The Museum Vaults” being the other two), about a deaf night watchmen who takes us on a tour of the museum late at night, when the art work comes alive. I’m not at all familiar with Liberge. Do any of our eurocomic readers know anything about him? 72 pages, $14.95.
Dungeon Twilight Vol. 3: The New Centurions by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim, Kerascoet and Obion. Yay, another new Dungeon book! This one is set in the Dungeon’s later years, when everything’s literally falling apart around them. As with Hours, I don’t know anything about the artists (Sfar and Tronheim only write the series) but Dungeon hasn’t failed me yet, no matter what era it’s set in. 96 pages, $12.99.
A Home for Mr. Easter by Brooke A. Allen. a young girl finds a cute white bunny that lays colored eggs. Is it the Easter Bunny? Just in case the answer is yes, our heroine sets off on a quest to return the animal to its natural habitat, wherever that may be. Sounds like it could be cute. In a good way. 208 pages, $13.99.
Boneyard Vol. 7 by Richard Moore. The final volume, for those of you keeping count, in Moore’s lengthy sitcom/horror/soap opera series about a young man who inherits a graveyard full of monsters and a hot vampire next door neighbor. 96 pages, $10.99.
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary. Geary talked to me a bit about this book when I interviewed him last year. It chronicles an unsolved series of gruesome murders that took place in the Big Easy right after WWI. Sounds like it could be the bloodiest book in the series yet. Can’t wait. 80 pages, $15.99.