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Betty Blues
Betty Blues

Betty Blues


80 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Cloth, PDF

Fixed Layout EPUB, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $9.99)

Publication Date: November 2013

ISBN 9781561637591

Rights: WOR

NBM Publishing (Nov 2013)
NBM ComicsLit

Out of Stock. Cloth and E-book editions are available.


A fanciful graphic novel about the music scene

Little Rice Duck has built himself quite the reputation around the West Wood, playing his trumpet in bars with their smoky, sweaty ambience, tequila sunrises, and jazz. All he needs is that Betty character, one bitch bathing in expensive champagne. But like the champagne, he’d much prefer she just stay chilled. In this graphic novel, the acclaimed author brings together his love for music and comics.


“A poignant tale echoing the plight of early European immigrants, who abandoned everything they knew in search of a better life and nurtured hope even in the worst of situations. Abelard never loses his sense of optimism, and the world remains an awe-inspiring and whimsical place—awash in Dillies’s lush colors and nuanced sensitivity to mood.” —Publishers Weekly on Abelard

“While a melancholy tale perfect for overcast days with a little Bessie Smith or John Coltrane in the background, the artwork will be sure to lift your spirits. Hopefully, more publishers will see the value of expanding their styles and allow a bit more freedom for their artists. Until then, we have publishers like NBM hunting down these treasures on our behalf.” —Jenny Randle, New York Journal of Books

"Recommended for those who think talking animals don't always have to just be funny animals." —Bill Sherman, Seattle Post Intelligencer

Author Biography

Renaud Dillies is a comics artist who studied at the famous St. Luc School of Art in Tournai, Belgium. He won the Best First Album Award at the Angouleme Comics Festival, France’s highest set of awards for comics. He is the author of Abelard and Bubbles & Gondola.