NBM Publishing

NBM Publishing
Founded 1976 (as Flying Buttress Publications)
1984 (as NBM)
Founder Terry Nantier, Chris Beall, and Marc Minoustchine
Headquarters location Syracuse, New York, and then Endicott, New York (as Flying Buttress);
then New York City (as NBM)
Imprints Flying Buttress Classics Library
Official website www.NBMpub.com

NBM Publishing (a.k.a. Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing Inc.) is an American publisher of graphic novels. The company has translated and published over 150 graphic novels from Europe and Canada, as well as several works by Americans. NBM publishes materials for all ages, and it also publishes erotic materials under its Eurotica and Amerotica lines.

NBM's "editorial choices . . . takes [their] cue from the large and well-respected European comics scene."[1] The company claims it is the "second-largest indie comics press after Fantagraphics, with close to $3M in yearly retail sales on over 200,000 graphic novels sold a year, plus tens of thousands of comic books and magazines. . . ."[1]


Flying Buttress Publications

Terry Nantier (born 1957) spent his teenage years living in Paris,[2] developing an interest in European comics.[2] Returning to the U.S., Nantier attended the Newhouse School of Communications division of Syracuse University. In 1976, while still a Newhouse student, he teamed with Chris Beall and Marc Minoustchine[2] to found Flying Buttress Publications with an initial investment of $2,100.[3] (Their tagline, referencing the architectural element of the flying buttress, was "the support of a new medium.")[3]

Flying Buttress was among the first to introduce the concept of the European graphic novel to American audiences. Among their first titles was Racket Rumba (1977), a 50-page spoof of the noir-detective genre, written and drawn by the French artist Loro. The company followed this with Enki Bilal's The Call of the Stars (1978). In 1979, the company published Gene Day's Future Day, a collection of science fiction works reprinted from comics anthologies including Star*Reach. Flying Buttress marketed these works as "graphic albums".

In 1982, the company created the Flying Buttress Classics Library imprint to reprint classic newspaper comic strips in both hardcover and paperback, beginning with Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates, followed by Tarzan strips by Hal Foster and Burne Hogarth.

NBM Publishing

Nantier moved to New York City in 1983 to study at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he received his MBA in marketing in 1985. At that point NBM incorporated as Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine (NBM Publishing).[2] Nantier was co-owner and publisher, a title he still holds.[4]

NBM found success with such series as Vicente Segrelles's The Mercenary and Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese. NBM also became known for its reprints of classic newspaper comic strips. Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy reprinted the entire 1924-43 run of Roy Crane’s strip in an 18-volume series with biographical and historical commentary by Bill Blackbeard. With production and design by Bhob Stewart, this series was published by NBM on a quarterly schedule from 1987 to 1992.

In 1991, NBM created the Eurotica erotic comics imprint, following that in 1995 with the Amerotica line. Leading off the Amerotica titles were Skin Tight Orbit, volumes 1 and 2, erotic science fiction anthologies written by Elaine Lee. In 1994, NBM created ComicsLit, its showcase literary imprint;[5][6] in 1995, they introduced ComicsLit Magazine.[7] Rick Geary's long-running "Murder" series, A Treasury of Victorian Murder and A Treasury of XXth Century Murder, have both been published through ComicsLit.

All through the 1990s NBM published translations of Franco-Belgian comics as well as works by Geary, Ted Rall, and other American authors.

It was not until 1997 that NBM published their first actual comic books—in a magazine format—when they reprinted issues of Pratt's Corto Maltese in a seven-issue limited series.[8]

In 2005, Nantier founded the companion publisher Papercutz, devoted to family-friendly comic books and graphic novels.[9]


Early on, NBM was distributed to the direct market through outfits like Sea Gate Distributors, Bud Plant Inc., Last Gasp, and Krupp Comic Works.[2] NBM pioneered general bookstore distribution as early as 1980,[2] with Caroline House.[10] In 1986, it was the first comics publisher to get a book distributor when it signed with Publishers Group West. In 1988, NBM took over its own distribution, along the way becoming Dark Horse Comics's graphic novels distributor.[1] In 1994, they officially joined the Association of Comic Store Suppliers.[11]

Titles (selected)


  1. 1 2 3 "About Us," NBM website. Accessed Jan. 8, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Contino , Jennifer M. "NBM's So Graphic!," Sequential Tart vol. 5, #5 (May 2002).
  3. 1 2 "America’s First Graphic Novel Publisher," NBM website. Accessed Feb. 22, 2014.
  4. NBM entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Jan. 8, 2014.
  5. "Newswatch: NBM Launches New ComicsLit Imprint," The Comics Journal #168 (May 1994), p. 39.
  6. "Newswatch: NBM Launches New Format, Hires Publicist," The Comics Journal #175 (March 1995), p. 29.
  7. "Newswatch: NBM Launches ComicsLit Magazine," The Comics Journal #176 (April 1995), p. 32.
  8. "News Watch: NBM Leaps into Comic Book Publishing with Corto Maltese," The Comics Journal #194 (March 1997), p. 24-25.
  9. "Papercutz Makes Big Splash with Kids' Graphic Novels," Publishers Weekly (Nov 02, 2010).
  10. "In September 1976, NBM became America’s first graphic novel publisher," NBM website. Accessed Feb. 24, 2014.
  11. "Newswatch: New Member Added to ACSS," The Comics Journal #171 (September 1994), p. 40.
  12. Alcon picks up 'Cryptozoo', Hollywood Reporter, August 15, 2008


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