|In September 1976, NBM became Americas
first graphic novel publisher.
Some of NBMs firsts:
First to publish in GNs starting with Racket Rumba a European spoof of hard-boiled detective novels (months before the launch of Heavy Metal), followed by Enki Bilals The Call of the Stars.
First to publish European GNs in this country, helping to inspire American artists onto greater personal expression.
First to get general bookstore distribution as early as 1980 (distribution by Caroline House).
First to publish library-worthy sets of hardcover reprints of classic comic strips with the very successful Terry & The Pirates reprint program of 12 quarterly volumes in 1983.
First to publish fully painted graphic novels with the sell-out launch of The Mercenary by Spaniard Vicente Segrelles (1985).
and thats only the beginning!
|Major authors and sellers for NBM over the years:|
|Luis Royo, over 200,000 copies sold in all markets, including the SF Book Club.
The Mercenary: over 50,000 sold
A Treasury of Victorian Murder: up to 100,000 sold
including the Junior Library Guild.
To Afghanistan and Back by Ted Rall, 20,000 sold.
P. Craig Russell's ‘Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde’, over 20,000 copies sold and translated into 6 languages.
Dungeon: 30,000 sold.
only 30% of sales in the direct (comics) market.
|Stars in the NBM firmament:||Stars in NBM's past:|