Persia Blues nominated for YALSA 2014 award

I’m thrilled and proud to announce that Persia Blues, my graphic novel with Brent Bowman, has been nominated for the “Great Graphic Novels for Teens – 2014” award, as presented by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA):

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The list presents graphic novels published in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for teens aged twelve to eighteen. It is a general list of graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, selected for proven or potential appeal to the personal reading tastes of teens.

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The final list will be presented in January 2014. Here’s the current list of nominations. As you can see, we’re in great company, with the likes of Gilbert Hernandez, Faith Erin Hicks, Mike Carey, Nate Powell, Paul Pope, Louis Trondheim, and even Senator John Lewis. And the wonderful Margreet De Heer, a fellow author at NBM Publishing, is also nominated for her graphic novel Science: A Discovery in Comics.

Needless to say, Brent and I are humbled and ecstatic.

About YALSA:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

About the ALA:

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users.

Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Indie Cover Spotlight: The Mercenary #1

This week I’m going to spotlight several graphic novels in The Mercenary series, by spanish creator Vicente Segrelles. The English editions were published by NBM back in the mid-80s. Here’s the cover to volume one:

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A fantasy adventure set in the “Land of Eternal Clouds,” this multi-volume graphic novel series was fully painted using oils! Here’s a sample page:

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You can find out more about this series at its official website.

Come meet me and Brent at SPX

My Persia Blues artist, Brent Bowman, will be joining me at this year’s Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland on September 14 & 15. We’ll be at our publisher’s table, NBM Publishing, signing books, doing sketches, and meeting fans and new readers. Here’s a floor plan and where you can find us, marked by the green oval:

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If you’ve never been to SPX, it’s a who’s who of indie comic greats. Some of this year’s headliners include our hometown’s own International superstar, Jeff Smith, plus Farel Dalrymple, Peter Bagge, Raina Telgemeier, Lisa Hanawalt, Ed Piskor, Adrian Tomine, Seth, Gary Panter, and Congressman John Lewis, debuting his autobiographical graphic novel, March.

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Win a copy of Persia Blues on GoodReads.com

Are you a member on Good Reads, the social networking site for people who love books? If not, why not? And if yes, then drop on by and enter to win a copy of my latest graphic novel!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Persia Blues, Vol.1 by Dara Naraghi

Persia Blues, Vol.1

by Dara Naraghi

Giveaway ends August 31, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Persia Blues book is printed!

Hi folks, sorry for being incommunicado for a while. I was a bit burnt out after finishing the Persia Blues book, and then got bogged down with other life stuff. But I’m trying to get back into the swing of things, writing and blogging included.

So, the good news: volume 1 of my Persia Blues graphic novel is printed and on its way to book stores everywhere! It should be available for purchase around July 1, although you can always pre-order it through Amazon or any other book retailer.

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For those of you who supported us via Kickstarter, Brent and I are working to sign and sketch the books and get them out in the mail to you as soon as possible!

Of course, if you just can’t wait for the print edition and would like to grab a digital version, you can get it via the comiXology app or Amazon Kindle. Visit the Persia Blues store for links and details.

Persia Blues #3 on comiXology

The digital serialization of my Persia Blues graphic novel continues on the comiXology platform. You can now buy issue #3 in digital format, which serializes pages 55-79 of the book:

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comiXology purchases can be read on your PC or Mac, or any tablet of smart phone, including iPad, iPhone, and Android based devices.

Brainbot Jr. in DHP #26

Coming this July, is Dark Horse Presents #26, you can catch a short Brainbot, Jr. humor strip by yours truly and artist )and fellow PANEL Collective member) Tom Williams!

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here’s the official solicitation for the issue, featuring a ton of great talent (and the return of one of my favorite DHP characters from way back in the early 80s, Trekker):

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #26
Ron Randall (W/A/Cover), Steve Niles (W), Andrew Vachss (W), Mike Richardson (W), David Lapham (W/A), Mike Baron (W), Patrick Alexander (W/A), Phil Stanford (W), Jane Espenson (W), Caitlín R. Kiernan (W), Frank Barbiere (W), Dan Jolley (W), Dara Naraghi (W), menton3 (A), Steve Rude (A), Patric Reynolds (A), Karl Moline (A), Steve Lieber (A), Micah Kaneshiro (A), Leonard Kirk (A), Dom Reardon (A), and Tom Williams (A)
On sale July 24
FC, 80 pages
7.99
Ongoing
Meet the Juice Squeezers: a group of elementary-school kids tasked with secretly keeping their small town safe from a horrible, underground epidemic—written and drawn by David Lapham! Learn about a vampire couple during the time of the Black Plague in Steve Niles and menton3’s The Nosferatu Wars! Join bounty hunter Mercy St. Clair on a vacation gone horribly wrong in Ron Randall’s Trekker!
• Plus, new installments of Buffy, Blackout, Nexus, Crime Does Not Pay, Underground, Alabaster: Boxcar Tales, and Bloodhound!
• David Lapham srites and draws a gory all-ages story.

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Make sure to ask your local comic shop to save you a copy.

Persia Blues special preview book

The fine folks at NBM were at the MoCCA Arts Fest (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) last week…

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…and printed up a bunch of these “special preview” copies of Persia Blues, containing the first 26 pages of the book, to hand out to the attendees:

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They were kind enough to send me a box of them to do the same at this weekend’s S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo), so if you’re attending the show, be sure to drop by my table and ask for a copy.

I have to say, it’s such a thrill to see the story in print form, even if it’s only a portion of it. I can’t wait to see the final book, which should be out in about a month or so.

Persia Blues: Sequential Underground podcast

In this 22 minute podcast, Sequential Underground’s Nick Marino talks to NMB’s founder/publisher Terry Nantier about the digital/print release strategy for Persia Blues, the library market, challenges faced by artists, and more.

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“This formula here, with the e-comic books, gives the artist the capacity for some input, some availability of the work as it’s coming out…and a revenue flow. It’s a means of helping the artist to get through a very long process.” –Terry Nantier