NBM Is Going To SPX and Bringing Stan Mack, Brooke A. Allen and ABELARD!

Next weekend, you can find some of the most prestigious names in comics at the 2012 Small Press Expo (aka SPX).

Unlike many conventions that are geared toward pop culture or corporately owned comics, SPX was created in 1994 to promote artists and publishers who produce independent comics. SPX hosts an annual festival that provides a forum for artists, writers and publishers of comic art in its various forms to present to the public comic art not normally accessible through normal commercial channels.

It’s one of NBM’s favorite shows and this year we’re proud to bring with us both two talented cartoonists and the debut of our newest title (six weeks before street date!)

Stan Mack will bring his new book, Taxes, The Tea Party and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American Revolution and will be signing throughout the weekend.

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 .

Stan will be appearing at the NBM booth throughout the weekend and can also be found on Sunday at the 4:00 PM panel, Images of America: Real and Imagined
 at the White Flint Auditorium alongside Nick Abadzis Dean Haspiel and Ben Towle. Isaac Cates will lead these four artists in a conversation about images of place in comics.

Also joining the festivities is Brooke A. Allen, creator of A Home For Mister Easter, which remains one of comics’ strongest debuts in the last few years.

Tesana has never really fit into anything before but her daydreams. But when making an attempt to connect to her peers by joining in a pep rally planning committee she suddenly discovers a little white rabbit that lays brightly colored eggs. Realizing that she may have found the real life Easter bunny, Tesana embarks on an epic quest in an effort to get him back to his natural habitat and into safe hands. However as she progresses on her fanciful journey she gains more and more undesired attention until the quest becomes an increasingly madcap race to stay ahead of greedy pursuers and find a safe place for her new friend…wherever that place may be. It’s Tesana against the world!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to pick up a copy at the show.

And finally, we will be premiering Abelard, from artist Renaud Dillies and writer Régis Hautière!

The charm of Renaud Dillies strikes again: after the mouse of Bubbles and Gondola, here is another dreamer, little chick Abelard. To lure pretty Epily, Abelard sees only one solution: to catch the moon for her! So off he goes to America, the country which invented flying machines. Armed with his banjo and his proverb-sharing hat, he launches out on the country roads, meets Gypsies, then Gaston, a grumpy bear with whom he will share a good bit of his way… As opposed to dreamer Abelard, Gaston has his feet firmly planted on the ground. With this funny animal road-movie where the absurd becomes poetry, Régis Hautière and Renaud Dillies offer us another small jewel.

Throughout SPX, NBM can be found at tables A8-A9. For further details, visit the SPX website, www.spxpo.com

via NBM Press Release

Free Comic Book Day List

Here’s a checklist of free comics for FCBD:

  • 2000AD – Various [Rebellion]
  • Atomic Robo & Friends – Story by Brian Clevinger, Art by Scott Wegener [Red 5]
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender / Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Story by Johane Matte, J. Torres & Ryder Wyndam, Art by Johane Matte, Gurihiru & Ben Dewey [Dark Horse]
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – Story by Dan Slott, Art by Humberto Ramos [Marvel]
  • Baltimore / Criminal Macabre – Story by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden & Steve Niles, Art by Ben Stenbeck & Christopher Mitten [Dark Horse]
  • Bongo Comics Free For All – Various [Bongo]
  • Captain America & Thor: The Mighty Fighting Avengers – Story by Roger Langridge, Art by Chris Samnee [Marvel]
  • Civil War Adventure – Story by Chuck Dixon, Art by Gary Kwapisz [History Graphics Press]
  • The Darkness II: Confession – Story by Matt Hawkins & Filip Sablik, Art by Michael Broussard [Top Cow]
  • Darkwing Duck / Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers Flipbook – Story by Ian Brill, Art by James Silvani, Leonel Castellani [Boom! Kids]
  • Deadliest Sharks and Prehistoric Predators – Story by Joe Brusha, Art by Anthony Spay [Zenescope]
  • Elrik: Balance Lost – Story by Chris Roberson, Art by Various and Erik Jones [Boom! Studios]
  • Geronimo Stilton / The Smurfs Flipbook – Story by Geronimo Stilton / Peyo, Art by Yvan Delporte [NBM / Papercutz]
  • Green Lantern / Flashpoint Special Edition – Story by Geoff Johns, Art by Ivan Reis & Andy Kubert [DC]
  • Kung Fu Panda / Richie Rich Flipbook – Various [Ape Entertainment]
  • Ice – Story by Doug Wagner, Art by Jose Holder [12-Gauge]
  • Inspector Gadget – Story by Dale Mettam, Art by Jose Coba [Viper]
  • Intrepid Escapegoat / Stuff of Legend – Story by Brian Smith / Mike Raicht, Art by Brian Smith / Charles Paul Wilson III [Th3rd World Studios]
  • Jake the Dreaming  – Story by Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin, Art byAndrew Jones [Radical]
  • James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard – Story by James Patterson, Art by Svetlana Chmakova [Yen Press]
  • John Stanley Summer Fun – By John Stanley [Drawn & Quarterly]
  • Locke & Key Giant-Sized Action – Story by Joe Hill, Art by Gabriel Rodriguez [IDW]
  • Magic The Gathering: Path of the Planeswalker II Preview – Various [Wizards of the Coast]
  • Misadventures of Adam West – Story by Reed Lackey, Art by Russell Dauterman, Matt Bellisle [Who Else? Bluewater]
  • Mouse Guard / Dark Crystal Flipbook with Dapper Men preview – Story by David Petersen / Brian Holguin, Art by David Petersen / Alex Sheikman [Archaia]
  • Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics – J.C. Vaughan [Gemstone]
  • Pep Comics Featuring Betty & Veronica – Story and Art by Dan Parent [Archie]
  • Power Lunch / Sketch Monsters – Story by J. Torres / Josh Williamson, Art by Dean Trippe / Vinnie Navarro [Oni Press]
  • Silver Scorpion – Story by Ron Marz, Art by Mukesh Singh [Liquid Comics]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog – Story by Ian Flynn, Art by Steven Butler [Archie]
  • Spontaneous #1 – Story by Joe Harris, Art by Brett Weldele [Oni Press]
  • Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1 – Story by Robert Kirkman, Art & Cover by Jason Howard [Image]
  • The Tick – Various [New England]
  • Top Shelf Kids Club 2011 – Story and Art by Andy Runton, James Kochalka, Christian Slade, Chris Eliopoulos, Ray Friesen, Jess Smart Smiley [Top Shelf]
  • Walt Disney Presents Mickey Mouse – Story and Art by Floyd Gottfredson [Fantagraphics]
  • Worlds of Aspen – Various [Aspen]
  • Young Justice / Batman: The Brave and The Bold Super Sampler – Story & Art by Various [DC]