- Posted by Johanna on April 15, 2007 at 8:07 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
I’m glad to see NBM both having a success and celebrating it, but in the interests of accuracy, I have to object to their method of presentation.
Under the headline “Glacial Period Sells Out” was sent out the following:
First Printing Nearly Gone; NBM Goes Back to Press on Louvre Graphic Novel
Glacial Period, the first graphic novel from Paris’ Louvre Museum, is selling out of its first U.S. edition. To keep readers and retailers from missing out, NBM is going back to press.
NBM has sold more than four thousand copies since releasing Glacial Period — the first of four Louvre graphic novels — at the end of 2006. The book, from NBM’s ComicsLit imprint, was born after artist Nicolas De Crecy felt overwhelmed, small, and ignorant before Louvre’s incredibly rich art collection. The result is a story set thousands of years hence in a glacial period where all human history has been forgotten. A small group of archeologists fall upon the Louvre, buried in age-old snow. They cannot begin to explain all the artifacts they see. What could they have meant? The interpretations are nonsensical, absurd, and farcical.
The critics love Glacial Period.
“A clever upending of the resilient myth that masterworks of art preserve the history and spirit of their era; the meaning of art, De Crecy suggests, belongs to the people who experience it.” — Washington Post
“Humorous, insightful, and touching.” — Comics Buyer’s Guide
“Beautifully painted.” — Book Page
“De Crecy is a gifted storyteller whose eye for body language and ear for a funny line never fails him. He deftly combines art history, science fiction and simple philosophizing in a short but very sweet tale.” — Publishers Weekly
“De Crecy’s art is breathtaking. He lives up to his reputation as a mad genius with this amusing work.” — Booklist
So the book isn’t sold out, it’s just about to, making the headline misleading at best. And as every real book publisher should, NBM is printing more, so there shouldn’t be any impact on customers. What makes it news that the book is finding its audience?
Trumpeting a sell-out only makes sense for those publishers, like DC and Marvel, trying to manufacture collectibles. A respected publisher of diverse works like NBM is here trying to gain the notice of direct market retailers trained to salivate at the idea — along the same principle of high school boys only wanting to ask out a girl after someone else has shown interest. It’s easiest to want what others have already successfully sold.
Bravo, though, to NBM for actually releasing numbers. 4000 may not seem like much, but it’s a respectable amount for a literary/artistic graphic novel. I just object to the idea that this kind of thing is “news”.