We’re thrilled to offer a selection of over 30 graphic novels from renowned publisher NBM, featuring some of the best comics work from Europe and North America. Whether you’re into art, fashion, folklore, or bloody murder, there’s something here for every discerning reader. Pour a glass of French wine or a cup of jasmine tea and peruse one of these collections.
The Louvre Series
That’s right: the Louvre has its own line of comic books. Since 2005, top graphic novelists from around the world—but mostly France—have been invited to draw original stories inspired by the museum and its collection. The results are beautiful and eclectic. Nicolas De Crécy’s Glacial Period imagines explorers in a post-apocalyptic future puzzling over art from the forgotten past. Christian Durieux’s An Enchantment is an elegantly drawn romance between an old man and the bewitching young woman he meets in the Louvre after hours. Marc-Antoine Matheiu’s The Museum Vaults envisions the Louvre as a Kafkaesque world of endless, surreal art departments. Each book provides a tour of the world’s most storied art museum through the eyes of a different artist, and each is an entirely different experience.
A Treasury of Murder
There’s nothing else in the comics world like Rick Geary’s “Murder” series, each volume of which chronicles a historical murder case with forensic care. Geary started the series with Victorian murders then moved on to the early 20th century, conducting extensive research to bring each case to life. His cartoony style is deceptively charming, while the precision of his drawing—including detailed maps and diagrams—draws the reader into his criminal world. You can start with any murder that piques your interest, but The Lizzie Borden Tragedy is a good introduction to the Victorian Murder books, while The Lindbergh Child opens the XXth Century Murder series.
Songs of Our Ancestors
Patrick Atangan’s lushly colored, infinitely flexible clear-line art is perfectly suited to fantasy and folklore. “Songs of Our Ancestors,” a trilogy of adaptations of Asian fairy tales, shows off the full range of his talents. The first book, The Yellow Jar, retells Japanese fairy tales in the style of ukiyo-e prints. The Silk Tapestry borrows the look of Chinese scroll painting for adaptations of Chinese folk tales. The Tree of Love depicts a traditional Indian love story in the style of Northern Indian miniatures.