DUST AND BLOOD ~ Feature Splash

One of the first images that came to mind when I was conceiving of this story was that of an Indian warrior, at the end of the battle, holding one of the 7thcavalry banners aloft and screaming to the sky that they’d won the day.

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The horse was abandoned because it made the image too vertical and our book featured a landscape format. So Val reworked it as a horizontal image.

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Clearly, this image is loaded with meaning, but we imagined this warrior as one of a proud band who faced extermination, fought back, and won a battle, even if it were just for the moment.

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Final inks by Val below.

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NBM November 2018 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a November 2018 release.

NEW!

THE BEATLES IN COMICS!
By Various authors, Michels Mabel

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Here’s the complete illustrated story of the Beatles from their formation, through the Beatlemania phenom all the way through their breakup. We see how they evolved along with and amplifying the uproar of the sixties, became politically and socially active and have achieved a lasting impact unparalleled in pop music. Chapters combine text and comics for complete information presented in a fun way.
7 ½ x 10″, 252pp., full color HC, $29.99; ISBN 978168112187152699; DIAMOND CODE: SEP18 1889
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RESOLICITS!

ELVIS
By Philippe Chanoinat and Fabrice Le Henanff


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Stepping into Sun Studios in 1954 Elvis Aaron Presley recorded his first single “That’s All Right”. Little did he know he would soon revolutionize music and culture worldwide. This graphic novel biography starts with the story of “The King’s” humble beginnings in Mississippi, detailing, every step of the way, his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom. It includes his service in the military, his extensive record as a Hollywood film star, his complicated family life, finally ending on the last days of the Hound Dog.

Le Henanff’s striking photo-quality painting reconstructs Elvis’s life in a presentation that practically dances off the page!
8.5x 11, 88pp., full color hardcover, $19.99 ISBN 978168112076851999; DIAMOND CODE: SEP18 1890
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GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER
By Julian Voloj, Claudia Ahlering

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New printing! 
An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence.

After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.
6×9, 128pp., B&W, trade pb., $12.99; ISBN 978156163948951299; DIAMOND CODE: SEP18 1891
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THOREAU, A SUBLIME LIFE
By A. Dan, Maximilien Le Roy


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“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”

This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist. Henry David Thoreau was also the father of the concept, still fresh today (viz ‘Occupy Wall St.’), of ‘civil disobedience’ which he used against slavery and the encroachment of government.

8 ½ x 11, 88pp, full color hardcover, $19.99, ISBN 978168112025651999; DIAMOND CODE: SEP18 1892
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The Silent Invasion – Podcast interview on PW Comics World: More to Come

Michael and Larry were interviewed about  The Silent Invasion by Calvin Reid at SPX for the Publishers Weekly podcast “More to Come.” The interview is included in More to Come 336 released September 21, 2018. It is available on several platforms, but you can find it here. Our segment begins at the 42 minute mark.

After you have finished listening, remember to watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

You can follow us on Facebook as well.

You can find Larry’s previous blog posts here

And posts by Michael Cherkas, here

 

The Silent Invasion – Radio Interview with Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

When we first released The Silent Invasion as a comic book back in 1986, Michael and I (Larry Hancock) did a number of radio interviews in the Toronto area to promote the series.

Click here to go to a web page where you can listen to a seven minute interview which originally aired on CJRT-FM in Toronto!

After you have finished listening, remember to watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

You can follow us on Facebook as well.

You can find Larry’s previous blog posts here

And posts by Michael Cherkas, here

‘Silent Invasion’ Creators Head to SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival

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NBM Graphic Novels is extremely excited to announce that Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock will be appearing at SPX: Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, September 15th and Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 16th to promote the return of their cult classic series, The Silent Invasion in a series of graphic novels that will reprint all of the previously released material as well as the series’ never before released final volume.

Truly ahead of it’s time, The Silent Invasion is a must-read for any comics fan.

 

The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns! The series will begin with two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia. Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as a bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.

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In addition to The Silent Invasion, we’ll also have all of our newest titles available for sale including The Provocative Colette, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, and Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets, as well as previews of forthcoming books such as Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn.

SPX Signing Schedule (Table G1-2)

  • 11 – 12:30PM: Mike & Larry
  • 2 – 3:30PM: Mike and Larry
  • 4 – 5PM: Mike & Larry

Brooklyn Book Festival (Booth 321)

  • 10:30 – 12PM
  • 1 – 2:30PM
  • 3 :30 – 5 :30PM

#RCCC2018

I think I say it every year but #rccc was an amazing con! I met so many cool people and made some awesome new friends! I have a bajillion ideas on how to make the next show even better and I can’t wait to get back to work.

You can find Jon on Twitter where he posts his silly drawings and sometimes brags about his kids, and you can find out more about LOOK here.

Val Mayerik ~ On Kickstarting a graphic novel.

One major issue when working with a Kick Starter project is deciding upon, announcing and meeting a deadline. The creators choose the deadline and it would seem that they could choose as extended and as distant a deadline as they please but it is not that arbitrary. The contributors want to see results within a reasonable length of time and deserve just that. I’ve heard stories of creators taking years to deliver the completed project and sometimes just absconding with funds and never completing the promised work.

We certainly didn’t want to do anything like that.

Jim already had a complete script so there were no worries there but I had seventy some pages to draw, ink and color and I had to estimate the time it would take me to do that.  I am a freelancer and as a typical freelancer I have to take on as much work as I can. so I had to decide on scheduling priorities based on which client needed what work and how soon. A lot of that work was in advertising which usually operates on very short deadlines,( like the next day) so initially the Blood and Dust work was getting pushed further and further to the side. Just when I thought I had a chunk of time to devote to the book I got a call from an ad client. This was creating anxiety in both Jim and me.

Val Mayerik (to be continued)

 

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The original Kickstarter book.