NBM December 2021 Releases


Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an December 2021 release.

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THE ART OF SUSHI
Created by Franckie Alarcon

Fly to Japan and come discover all there is to know about sushi. After revealing the secrets of chocolate to us, Franckie Alarcon offers a gourmet panorama of this exceptional dish that has conquered the planet! But do you really know sushi? The author traveled to Japan to meet all the players involved in the making of this true work of culinary art. From the traditional starred chef to the young cook who is shaking up the rules, including all the artisans and producers involved, this book covers the most emblematic of Japanese products from A to Z. A fascinating journey of discovery that, along the way, tells a lot about Japan itself. You’ll never believe the precision and detailed obsession with quality ingredients involved.

8×10, 160pp., full color hardcover US $24.99 HC; ISBN 97816811228545299; DIAMOND CODE OCT211594
Pub Date: December 15th 2021

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THE SECRETS OF CHOCOLATE: A GOURMAND’S TRIP THROUGH A TOP CHEF’S ATELIER
Created by
Franckie Alarcon

Following Jacques Genin for a year, Franckie Alarcon hobnobbed with one of the biggest chefs of Chocolate. Former chef and pastry chef for prestigious restaurants, this super-talented autodidact shares all his passion and knowledge of chocolate and his process for creating recipes. In this docu-comic, we travel with the starry-eyed author, satisfying many a craving from the chef’s amazing atelier above his store, trying his hand as an assistant, all the way to the Peruvian cocoa plantations where the chef shows how he carefully chooses his beans, starting from scratch.

8 ½ x 11”, 112pp., full color HC, $19.99; HC ISBN 978168112278651999; DIAMOND CODE OCT211599

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THE FORBIDDEN HARBOR

Created by Teresa Radice & Stefano Turconi

In the summer of 1807, the Explorer, a ship from Her Majesty’s Navy recovers a young shipwreck off the coast of Siam, Abel, who can only remember his name. He soon becomes friends with the first officer, acting as a captain because the commander of the ship has apparently absconded with the ship’s treasure. Abel returns to England with the Explorer and finds accommodation at the inn run by the three fugitive captain’s daughters. Well before he can recover his memory, however, he will discover something deeply disturbing about himself, and he will understand the true nature of some of the people who helped him.

A haunting and intense book that digs into the soul of the protagonists as well as the reader, with a generous helping of good ‘ole fashioned salty adventure along with many a shanty sung, and a sprinkling of magic dust. Presented in a handsome old style, worn-looking hardcover, as if taken from a ship captain’s library. An uplifting, enthralling escape.

7 ½ x 10 ½, 320pp., B&W with color sketchbook, old-fashioned hardcover, $29.99; HC ISBN 978168112232852999; DIAMOND CODE: OCT211596

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THE ROCK & ROLL SET!

Here is a set of 3 tomes on great rock and roll bands! The bestselling comics bios of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley are collected into one attractively priced banded set.

3 volumes, full color HC US $74.99; HC ISBN 978168112261857499; DIAMOND CODE: OCT211598

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PORTUGAL
Created by Cyril Pedrosa

From the author of the acclaimed Equinoxes comes a return to roots that serves as spiritual renewal. Comics artist Simon Muchat is stuck. Suffering writer’s block, uninspired, vegetating as a school art teacher, he is losing direction and his taste for life, until one day he is invited to appear at a comics convention in Portugal, the country his family came from and which he hadn’t seen since his childhood. The experience proves cathartic. Even though he is not Portuguese himself and is a foreigner there, so many elements are familiar to him. Meeting its lively citizens, full of the zest for life, his distant yet welcoming family bringing back fond early memories, all prove reinvigorating, the breath of fresh air he so badly needed.

Based on his own experience, Pedrosa narrates this return to his roots in a deeply compelling and warmly human way. This is his bestselling graphic novel with over 100,000 copies sold in France and a winner of many prizes including Best Graphic Novel at the Angouleme Festival and FNAC Best GN.

9”x12”, 264pp., full color hardcover, $39.99; HC ISBN 978168112147553999; DIAMOND CODE: OCT211597

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EQUINOXES
Created by Cyril Pedrosa

In an equinox, day is as long as night, as if the world found perfect equilibrium between shadow and light, a fleeting equilibrium, similar to the stakes of our human destinies. Segmented into four tableaux for four seasons, unrelated people of all social backgrounds seeking equilibrium cross paths with other solitudes, weaving in and out of one another’s lives- all captivated and tormented by the enigmatic meaning of life. Every season has its visual identity and its individual voice, culminating in summer and, possibly, an answer. ‘Equinoxes’ is a unique ground-breaking work of rare intensity and narrative sensibility by a rising bestselling star of European comics.

9 x 12, 336 pp, Full color Cloth hardcover, US $44.99; HC ISBN 978168112080554499; DIAMOND CODE: OCT211595

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Keep watching those October skies! An all new Silent Invasion book is on the way!

Often when it I’m in the middle of a story, and I’m getting low on paper, and I don’t want to venture out into the “wiggly-world”, I’ll grab a page of unfinished art that I have lying around and use the other side.

Here’s an example. This is page 120 from Dark Matter, before the final lettering was in place.

And on the other side of the above artwork is an unused page of art from the first chapter. These blue pencils are an earlier version of page 20.

And here’s the final version of page 20:

Next time more lost art retrieved from the jaws of those feisty grey aliens!

NBM November 2021 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an November 2021 release.

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DUNGEON: ZENITH, VOL. 4: OUTSIDE THE RAMPARTS
Created by Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim & Boulet

The epic saga spoof of Dungeons & Dragons and an inspiration to the likes of Adventure Time, in a long awaited comeback with two new stories in the height of Dungeon’s power!

In the first chapter: to reclaim the Dungeon that fell to the scheming William Delacourt, the plan is simple: Marvin, Isis and Herbert must find some magic fugus purit and use it to dislodge the current occupants of the fortress. But is this really the Guardian’s plan? Our heroes will have to fight against everyone to save the Dungeon. Meanwhile, will Marvin succeed in his engagement blast-of-fire-breath Tong Deum?

In the second: according to the draconian tradition, Herbert is officially mandated by Marvin to go see his mother and announce his engagement to Pirzuine. Upon arrival, he discovers her murder. To avoid a bloodbath, will the valiant duck succeed in finding the culprit before Marvin arrives, without alienating the sensitive dragons who inhabit the village?

8 ½ x 11, 96pp., full color TPB, 15.99; ISBN 978168112282351599; DIAMOND CODE: SEP211641

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOLS. 1-2: GRETCHEN/HUMAN RESOURCES
Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins

All presented in De Pins’ trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art, combining the out of print volumes 1 and 2 into one volume.

Francis von Bloodt, vampire, a good family man, manages the theme park Zombillenium.

They don’t just hire anyone, at Zombillenium: mere mortals need not apply, the park works only with genuine werewolves, vampires and zombies. This is what Aurelian gets to discover as, burnt out, deceived by his wife, he finally gets ‘hired’ in spite of himself in this strange business. Gretchen, a plucky trainee witch, helps him get around…

In the second chapter, Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park’s security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere… Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! 

9”x12”, 96pp, Full-color HC, $19.99 US / $25.99 CAN; DIAMOND CODE: SEP211642 HC ISBN: 978168112223651999

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ZOMBILLENIUM VOL. 3: CONTROL FREAKS
Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins

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There’s excitement in the Zombillenium horror themed park run by actual monsters.

Brought in by Behemoth himself, the vampire Bohemond Jaggar de Rochameau IIII is officially supposed to help CEO Francis in managing the park. But the employees expect the worst: isn’t he known as a cold-blooded killer? If one looks more closely, the reasons for his coming may seem less anodyne than announced.

Of course, his mission is to increase return on investment for the shareholders, but for Behemoth that return has to be in souls. Francis is appalled but obligated to kowtow to the almighty consultant, determined to take power and pervert the rules of Zombillenium.

Meanwhile, Aurelian goes through a bad patch. Depressed by his immortal status and the absurdity of his life… sorry, his death, he’s burned out. And burnout, in a powerful demon, can be devastating. Held back in extremis by Gretchen, he avoids the worst. This is timely, because Gretchen has a plan for him…

A particularly biting new episode of Zombillenium in which we discover the underbelly of the most monstrous amusement park in the world.

9×12, 48pp, Full-Color HC, $14.99 US/$19.50 CAN ; DIAMOND CODE: SEP211643; HC ISBN: 978156163956451499

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ZOMBILLENIUM Vol. 4: AIR GIRL
Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins

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Zombillenium Park has never been better: its popularity has peaked following demonic reforms by Behemoth, who then decides to play his property in a very special competition … A witches’ Sabbath!

Gretchen, Aurelian and Von Bloodt, meanwhile, have set up an underground escape network in order to offer the damned the chance for reconversion, far from the nine circles of Hell, a dangerous secret operation not appreciated by the park’s board of directors. Determined to clean this out, they hire the services of a formidable enchantress who will turn into an arch-rival of Gretchen. Underground as in the air, the fight promises to be epic!

The resistance is organized in this fourth volume of Zombillenium, the monstrous bestselling and award-winning series by Arthur de Pins, eagerly awaited by fans after a long hiatus! What are Gretchen’s true intentions? Will the undead succeed in asserting their rights? Who will be the future happy owner of the Zombillenium Park? Not to be missed!

9”x12”, 48pp, Full-color HC, $16.99 US/ $22.50 CAN; DIAMOND CODE: SEP21 1644; HC ISBN: 978168112219951699

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Save 30% on Ted Rall’s ‘To Afghanistan and Back’ & More

Twenty years ago this week, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America on the morning of September 11th.

The United States reacted, bombing the Taliban. Controversial cartoonist Ted Rall didn’t just watch it on TV–he jumped on a plane straight to the war zone to get the real story for himself.

But the only cartoonist to go to Afghanistan got more than he bargained for, way more than his previous gut-wrenching trip deep up the legendary Silk Road. Within days of arriving, armed men were hunting down journalists to murder and rob them. Waving funnies didn’t help.

From the gruesome spectacle of a Taliban prisoner blowing himself up with grenades to the hilarious image of mujahideen lining up for shaves and DVD porn a day after joining the Northern Alliance, you can count on Rall for a decidedly different take on this gritty war.

To Afghanistan and Back, features as its centerpiece a 50-page graphic novel travelogue of his experience as a cartoonist and war correspondent. It also includes Rall’s articles, cartoons and photos as filed from the front for the Village Voice and syndicated throughout America.

Ted Rall saw all the way back then how this was doomed to failure. Called a “tremendous contribution to comics war journalism” by Publishers Weekly, and Booklist reviewed To Afghanistan and Back stating,”For alternative views of post-9/11 politics, don’t pass up this small, potent volume.”

Now with Afghanistan in the news once again, we encourage readers to explore both this book and others by Ted Rall, who has earned his reputation as a stellar reporter, twice winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and is a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Through the month of September, you can order any of Rall’s NBM titles and save 30% by entering the code: “RALL” at checkout.

Drawing The Silent Invasion with Aliens Breathing Down Your Neck

The title may seem dramatic but it’s true!

Tiny, chirping, grey aliens are all around my drawing board, causing little mishaps as I try to complete each page. They misplace my pencils, hide my ink, break my pen nibs, and steal perfectly good art work before I can finish it. They claim they’re being mischievous—like that character from the fifth dimension in a comic book that shall not be named. BUT, I know all of these lame tricks are part of an ongoing effort to stop us from revealing the truth behind what these aliens been really doing on our planet over the past 75-plus years!

But they will not succeed! Dark Matter, Book Four of The Silent Invasion graphic novel series will be released on October 19!

And here is a page from chapter four to give you an idea of the process …

Here is a page of “final” pencils. I tend to do all my pencils using a non-repro blue pencil. The artwork is 10-1/4 inches wide by 15-3/8 inches high.

Here is the same page inked and lettered. You’ll see differences between the pencils and inks. Before inking I decided to change the viewpoint in some panels; and the design of the character operating the “mind-O-meter.”

The completed page. Grey “zip-a-tone-like” tones were added using photoshop. And for the sake of consistency, I re-lettered the story on the computer. But that my friends, is a story for another day.

Remember watch the skies! The aliens are coming!

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The Silent Invasion at Fan Expo Canada

The Silent Invasion Book 4: Dark Matter will be available in bookstores, comic shops and digitally in mid-October. The first (and so far only) stop on our WORLD PREMIERE BOOK LAUNCH tour will be at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto from October 22 to 24, 2021 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Come by and see us at our table in Artist Alley. We will have copies of all four books available for purchase. Michael will have original art for display and for sale. You can also cajole Michael to provide a sketch!


Meanwhile… Watch the skies!

THEY….. are… out… there!!

Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

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Meet the stars of The Silent Invasion, Dark Matter!

Dark Matter, book 4 of The Silent Invasion series continues the strange saga of evil aliens, deep-state conspiracies, and paranoia that began in Red Shadows. Though it’s now 1970, the troubles of the Sinkage family continue, as Walter Sinkage tries to learn what really happened to his brother Matt back in 1959.

Here to help you get acquainted with the stars of the new volume are brief descriptions of the main characters in Dark Matter.

Walter Sinkage
He’s an unassuming financial analyst for a large multi-national insurance company, whose quiet suburban life is shattered after he sees several flying saucers whiz by in April 1970.
Katie Sinkage
Walter’s wife. She convinced him to move from Glen Allan Hill to Willowdale in April of 1970 which only causes Walter more trouble and strife than he can handle.
Eddy Dime
A detective who finds himself stymied while investigating what he believes may be a dark
conspiracy that reaches into the highest and murkiest echelons of government power.
Charlene B.
She’s been abducted by little grey or green aliens since she was a child. But no one, not even her best family or friends believes a word she says.

Commander forbes
A rat, a back room fixer and a ward healer! from way back! Who is he really working for?

Next time we’ll meet the supporting cast of Dark Matter!

Meanwhile watch the skies! I did and saw a “UFO” the other day! Really! I did.

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The Silent Invasion: In-depth interview

What do you think of that cover for Book 4? Pretty snazzy, eh?

Looking for more background on The Silent Invasion? Here is a fun, long, in-depth interview from 2018 when Michael and I appeared at SPX in Bethesda Maryland to promote the release of Book 2.

http://comicsdc.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-silent-invasions-michael-cherkas.html

NBM October 2021 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comic stores through Diamond Previews for an October 2021 release.

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THE SILENT INVASION VOL 4: DARK MATTER
Written by Larry Hancock; Illustrated by Michael Cherkas

Walter Sinkage’s quiet suburban life is shattered when he witnesses several UFOs flash past in the sky. His search for the truth about the UFOS and the suspicious disappearance of his brother Matt, leads him to an alien abduction support group and confrontation with the Church of Cosmic Enlightenment.

When Walter also vanishes, police detective Eddy Dime finds himself stymied while trying to uncover the truth behind what happened to the two brothers and other victims of what he believes may be an alien conspiracy that reaches into the highest and murkiest echelons of government power.


7×10, 144pp., Black & White trade paperback., $16.99/ $22.50 CAN
PB ISBN: 978168112283051699 
; DIAMOND CODE: AUG211898

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THE SILENT INVASION VOL 1: RED SHADOWS
Written by Larry Hancock; Illustrated by Michael Cherkas

Introduction by Max Allan Collins

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.

7×10, 160pp., Black & White trade paperback., $16.99/ $22.50 CAN
PB ISBN: 978168112174151699

; DIAMOND CODE: AUG211899

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THE SILENT INVASION VOL 2: THE GREAT FEAR
Written by Larry Hancock; Illustrated by Michael Cherkas

The paranoia and conspiracy theories continue! Beleaguered reporter Matt Sinkage’s quest to discover the truth behind an apparent, government-backed alien invasion of earth leads him to investigate a quasi-religious UFO cult based in an idyllic small American community.

Then the sudden death of a prominent politician paves the way for Senator Harrison Callahan to seek the Presidency of the United States. But Sinkage, believing that Callahan is an alien pawn, is determined to stop him at all costs.

7×10, 160pp., Black & White trade paperback, US $16.99 / $22.50 CAN
PB ISBN: 978168112206951699

; DIAMOND CODE: AUG211900

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SILENT INVASION VOL 3: ABDUCTIONS
Written by Larry Hancock; Illustrated by Michael Cherkas
Introduction by Robert J Sawyer

Several years after his fateful final encounter with would-be presidential assassin Matt Sinkage, private detective Phil Housley finds himself reluctantly protecting a paranoid lawyer from alien abductions, sinister government agents and mad scientists. At the same time Housley is battling demons from his past that threaten to unravel his own fragile sanity.

Collected here for the first time, Abductions continues the Silent Invasion saga of a deeply paranoid and fearful America.

7×10, 160pp., Black & White trade paperback US $16.99/ $22.50 CAN
Paperback ISBN:978168112255751699; DIAMOND CODE: AUG211901

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First Look at The New ‘Dungeon’ on Free Comic Book Day!

This November, NBM is proud to release an all new edition of our beloved Dungeon series!

The Dungeon: Zenith Omnibus Vol. 4: Outside the Ramparts will be sharing a first look for fans with our Free Comic Book Day issue available Saturday, August 14th at participating comic book shops everywhere!

This over-the-top adventure is full of mischief, misadventure, and scheming… lots and lots of scheming, that is sure to leave you wanting more… and also leave you wondering how these guys wind up in some of these situations in the first place!

Help Marvin the dragon, Isis and Herbert the duck reclaim Dungeon from the scheming (told ya there’d be a lot of scheming) William Delacour. All you have to do is find some magic ‘fugus purit’ and use it to dislodge the current occupants of the fortress. Seems easy enough, right? What could possibly go wrong??

Head to your local comic shop on Saturday, August 14 for FCBD for your chance to pick up this tantalizing teaser of what’s to come!