Visualizing Love

In my upcoming book Love: a Discovery in Comics I go on a quest for a new True Love (because the Seven-Year Itch hit me). When it comes to Love, everyone and anyone has well-meant advice, and most of it is rubbish. The one thing that ever really worked for me, and I am not hesitant to recommend to others, is to VISUALIZE what you want.

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Make a list of every little thing you’d like to see in your partner – how they behave towards you and others, what their preferences are in movies, food and holidays, what they look like, how they dress; every silly little detail that pleases you, whether it’s politically correct or not. The trick is, of course, that once you make yourself aware of what you really want, it’s much easier to recognize it when you stumble across it.

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Drawing myself going on speed dates with my list was hilarious

 

But the most important thing about such a list is not to hang on to it too tightly. After you made it, put it away and forget about it. Around the time I met Yiri, I thought my true love should look like a tall Viking. If I had stuck to that, I would never have discovered that Yiri has a really cool wizard-Viking inside him.

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Did I find new love and was it a better one than I already had…?

Find out soon!

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The Silent Invasion’s Lost Fridge Magnets

We’ll be at TCAF—the Toronto Comic Arts Festival—on May 11 and 12 promoting the newest volume in The Silent Invasion reprint series—The Great Fear. In the past when we were more active in the comic book field and attended the odd convention, we would bring promotional items as give aways for interested readers and fans. These “trinkets and trash” have included buttons, bookmarks, fridge magnets, flyers and mini-comics.

This year we’ll have a series of four brand new bookmarks we’re in the process of designing. Since TCAF is held at the Toronto Reference Library, we think the bookmarks are doubly-appropriate. Drop by the NBM table and Larry will regale you with tall tales of our misadventures at past conventions! We hope to see you there.

In the meantime, here are reproductions of the fridge magnets we produced a number of years ago.

Magnet artNext time we’ll give you a sneak preview of the opening pages of the new Silent Invasion “epic” slated for release next year.

And remember to watch the skies!

NBM June 2019 Releases

Here are upcoming titles, now being solicited in comics stores through Diamond Previews for a June 2019 release.

NEW!

Love – A Discovery in Comics
By Margreet de Heer

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Love is a many-splendored thing, as comic artist Margreet de Heer has found out through several relationships and her marriage to fellow artist Yiri. How to describe it?

Is love passion, stability, friendship, or all of the above?

In this comics exploration, the author investigates different aspects of love: is there really such a thing as finding The One? What happens in the brain when we fall in love? How can we keep long-term love? What to do about a broken heart? Margreet herself seems to have found her ideal partner in Yiri, but after so many years of marriage, how about that Seven Year Itch?

This book deals with many aspects of love, sex and relationships in a light-hearted, playful and often thought-provoking manner and is a fun and informative read for anyone who is in love or planning to be.


8” X 8”, 128pp. Full color
 HC, $18.99  ISBN: 978168112210651899; DIAMOND CODE: APR191843

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AVAILABLE AGAIN!

Religion – A Discovery in Comics

By Margreet de Heer


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The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series, including on Science and Philosophy, tackles a very sensitive subject.

Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells – that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject?

This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between. It offers a fresh look from different perspectives on the phenomenon of religion, the backgrounds and history of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and makes the point that religion is something that should unite us, not drive us apart.

8”X 8”, 120pp. Full color HC $17.99
 ISBN: 978156163994651799




; DIAMOND CODE: APR191844

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Science – A Discovery in Comics

By Margreet de Heer


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Science: dull or hard to understand? Not if you read this book! The creators of Philosophy – a Discovery in Comics take on a new challenge, and explain the different scientific disciplines in clear, colorful chapters.

Who exclaimed “Eureka” and why?

Why did Galileo get into a fight with the Church?

What happens when you have your DNA tested?

All these questions and more are answered in a chronological journey from ancient times to modern Quantum Theory, with creators Margreet and Yiri as your witty guides.

A great comic book for anyone who wants to learn in a fun way the bigger framework of science, or brush up on what they learned in school.

8” X 8”, 192pp. Full color HC, $19.99, 
ISBN: 978156163750851999; DIAMOND CODE APR191845

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Philosophy – A Discovery in Comics

By Margreet de Heer


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A fun introduction in comics to deep thinking and the history of Philosophy!

What is Thinking? And how does our thinking set us apart from other animals?

Now that we’re thinking, what is Reality? Is there an objective reality or are there numerous subjective realities? And do we move in it with a free will or is everything predestined?

Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Erasmus, Descartes, Spinoza, Nietzsche: just a few philosophers who have pondered these questions.

Comic artist Margreet de Heer and her husband Yiri travel through the history of Western Philosophy and draw a colorful picture of all these questions.

8” X 8”, 120pp. Full color HC $16.99, 
ISBN: 978156163698351699; DIAMOND CODE: APR191846

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The Louvre Collection: Rohan at The Louvre

By Hirohiko Araki


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After Glacial Period and The Sky Over the Louvre comes another completely original story with stunning art by a leading mangaka, bestselling author of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre.

Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels

7 ¼” x 10 3/8” , 128pp. Full color HC, $19.99 ISBN: 978156163615051999; DIAMOND CODE: APR191847

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The Louvre Collection: Guardians of the Louvre

By Jiro Taniguchi


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Acclaimed manga artist Jiro Taniguchi provides the latest entry in the Louvre collection of graphic novels.

After a group trip to Europe, a Japanese artist stops in Paris alone, intent on visiting the museums of the capital. But, bedridden in his hotel room with fever, he faces the absolute solitude of one suffering in a foreign land, deprived of any immediate or familiar recourse.When the fever breaks somewhat, he sets out on his visit and promptly gets lost in the crowded halls of the Louvre.

Very soon, he discovers many unsuspected facets to this world in a museum in a journey oscillating between feverish hallucination and reality, actually able to speak with famous painters from various periods of history, led to crossroads between human and personal history by… the Guardians of the Louvre.


8 ” x 11”, 136 pp. Full-color HC, $24.99 ISBN: 97816811203485249952499
; DIAMOND CODE: APR191848

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What is Love?

Did you know the Ancient Greek had at least seven words to describe the concept of Love? There’s agape (deep devoted love), eros (lust), philia (friendship), storge (family love), ludus (playful love), pragma (rational love) and philautia (self love).

Ludus literally means “game”, so I decided to draw a game board in my upcoming book Love: a Discovery in Comics. It’s not accidental that practitioners of this kind of love are often called “players”.

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On the other end of the spectrum there’s pragma, the very rational, pragmatic approach to relationships. A famous example of someone who used this approach is Charles Darwin:

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I drew part of Darwin’s list before, in Science: a Discovery in Comics:

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Love: a Discovery in Comics is out in bookstores in June!

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The Silent Invasion at TCAF: Get your free bookmark!

One thing Michael Cherkas and I have always enjoyed is producing new promotional material to help people to remember our books. This year at TCAF (May 11 and 12, 2019 in Toronto) we will be handing out nifty bookmarks.

We have not yet finalized the design for this year’s bookmark but here are the back and front of a bookmark we did for our previous presence at TCAF in 2012!

Please come and see us at the NBM table at TCAF!

In my next blog post I will tell you about some of the other promotional material we have produced over the years! And we’ll soon be able to tell you about other stops on our 2019 World Tour!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

For more information on TCAF 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

Love is coming!

My newest book, on Love this time, will hit bookstores in June! It will be first available at the TCAF comic con in Toronto on May 11 & 12, which Yiri and I will be attending (find us at the NBM booth for a chat!).

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The first review, from Publisher’s Weekly is already in, and I’m really happy that they call it upbeat, good-natured and affable:

The latest in de Heer’s series of simple, cheery graphic novel guides to big topics like science, philosophy, and religion finds the Dutch cartoonist tackling the meaning of love. Taking her own romantic history and current relationship with her husband (and colorist) Yiri Kohl as the opening story, she expands into such subjects as the history of marriage, the chemical components of desire, the seven kinds of love identified by the ancient Greeks, and the Kama Sutra and Song of Songs. Her gesticulating cartoon avatar shares her expertise on romance novels and attends a speed dating event. It’s an upbeat and good-natured sampling of issues related to partnership, lust, and romance, but the topic of love is far too vast to be covered satisfyingly in a 120-page comic. The broadly smiling, roly-poly cartoon characters and bright colors make the arguments accessible to a fault. Ultimately, the cartoon version of de Heer reaffirms her relationship with Kohl, but she doesn’t come to any conclusions that could be considered truly universal. While affable, this is an unchallenging ramble through a topic that could easily provide fodder for an entire separate series of graphic investigations.

It is true that I found it hard to come up with truly universal truths about love. In my own experience, the subject is so complex, that when you want to condense it you either have to describe purely scientific facts or stick to personal experience, in order to avoid reverting to platitudes. In this book (as in all my books), I’ve done both: the broad view with facts such as the history of marriage, contents of the Kama Sutra and chemicals in the brain, AND my own personal story of being in a long-term relationship with Yiri.

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Will our marriage withstand the onslaught that is the Seven Year Itch…? Read all about it in ‘Love – a Discovery in Comics!’

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Oh, and I also threw in a few frivolities, such as this:

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Of all of my books, this is the one I had most fun with drawing. I hope lots of readers will LOVE it!

 

The Silent Invasion at TCAF

Can’t wait to get your copy of The Silent Invasion: The Great Fear? The second volume of The Silent Invasion series will be available in May.

Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock will be appearing at TCAF – the Toronto Comic Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12, 2019. We will be at the NBM table signing copies of our book and chatting with our eager fans!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

For more information on TCAF 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