Willie Nelson: A Graphic History Scribe T.J. Kirsch Talks School, Comics, Willie & More On New Podcast

Hello out there in blog land! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in Willie Nelson: A Graphic History from NBM. Chances are also good that you’re maybe interested in the people that worked on the project. Well, today… is your lucky day! T.J. Kirsch ( that’s ME ) was recorded having a wonderful conversation about that project for the Vodka O’Clock Podcast this past week. Amber, the host of VOC, went in depth with T.J ( ME ) about his beginnings in comics, in secondary schooling, his experience as a literary agent, his previous book Pride Of The Decent Man ( NBM ), and more!

Click here and crank up your podcast listening device – whatever that may be – and take the journey. You’ll be enlightened, possibly distracted from doing those dishes, or that commute to that grocery store you love so much.

Giant

Hello everybody, I am Mikaël, the french canadian comic book creator of Giant, a complete story about immigrants who built the Rockefeller Center in 1932 while the Great Depression! Let me introduce you in this first post my main character named… Giant!

Giant coming soon in april 2020 at nbm!

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Giant by Mikaël
Preview

NBM Heads To Brooklyn Book Festival

The Brooklyn Book Festival is one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Running from September 16-23rd, NBM Graphic Novels can be found at the Marketplace at Booth 327 on Sunday with some of our latest titles.

Cartoonist Ted Rall will be on hand signing copies of his books including the new paperback revised version of The Year of Loving Dangerously, Silk Road To Ruin and To Afghanistan and Back.

For more details, visit BrooklynBookFestival.org

NBM Announces SPX Schedule

On September 14th & 15th, NBM Graphic Novels heads to the annual Small Press Expo (SPX). The Small Press Expo is North America’s premiere independent cartooning and comic arts festival, bringing together more than 4,000 cartoonists and comic arts enthusiasts every fall in Bethesda, Maryland.

On hand will be writer/artist Jessica Abel, who will be signing copies of the sister imprint Supergenius’ release, Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars Omnibus and writer/artist Ted Rall, who will be signing the new paperback revised version of The Year of Loving Dangerously, Silk Road To Ruin and To Afghanistan and Back.

Both Jessica and Ted will be participating on panels:

Butt In The Chair: How To Ensure That Your Comics Projects Get The Love They Deserve With Jessica Abel (Workshop)

Saturday, September 14th
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Glen Echo Room

Join Jessica Abel and design your days with clarity and purpose, so the things that get done are what you care about most. Figure out where your time really goes, and use that information to create an action plan for your week built around your current reality, not some fantasy version of your life. Make smart, conscious decisions about your time, and take control of your creative life.

and for Ted Rall:

Graphic Journalism: On The Road

Sunday, September 15th
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, White Flint Auditorium


Graphic Journalism doesn’t have the immediacy of typical news, but it allows the artist a chance to go in-depth and in-person for long periods of time to get at deeper truths. Award-winning author and policy advisor Andrew Aydin (March) will moderate the panel with road veterans Ted Rall (To Afghanistan And Back: A Graphic Travelogue), Aimee DeJongh (Taxi!), Josh Kramer (The Cartoon Picayune), and Jérôme Tubiana (Guantánamo Kid).

SIGNING SCHEDULES
BOTH ARTISTS WILL BE AT G1-2


SATURDAY

Ted Rall: 11:00-12:30
Jessica Abel (following her workshop): 1:00-1:30
Ted Rall: 2:30-4:00
Jessica Abel 4:00-5:00
Ted Rall: 5:30-7:00

SUNDAY
Jessica Abel: 12:00-1:00
Ted Rall: 1:00-2:30
Ted Rall (following his panel): 5:00-6:00





Cherkas and Hancock Go Local at FAN EXPO Canada!

55945117_2285967958121448_387535294255071232_nFAN EXPO Canada is the largest Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America running this weekend, August 22-25th, 2019.

Celebrating its 24th year, FAN EXPO Canada has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world. The event provides a substantial multi-million dollar economic impact to the City of Toronto, filling up hotels and restaurants throughout the duration of the Expo.

Everyone is a fan of something, and FAN EXPO Canada is a place to celebrate all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favourite guest and get the inside scoop about your favourite movies and TV shows at our celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in our popular Sketch Duels, learn from our “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favourite costumed characters! It’s also a great place to buy a unique gift (or treat yourself!) with over 400,000 square feet of shopping madness.

FAN EXPO Canada showcases over 1,000 exhibitors and sprawls over 750,000 square feet, occupying the North and South buildings of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

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Appearing all four days will be Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock, co-creators of the The Silent Invasion, the paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics. With the first two volumes, Red Shadows and The Great Fear back in print (and available at the show), the upcoming third volume of previously uncollected material and the all-new fourth volume will conclude the 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.

On Thursday, August 22nd, Larry will be presenting the panel, IS IT TIME TO SELL YOUR COLLECTIBLES? from 6:00 pm in ROOM 705.

Long time collector, creator (The Silent Invasion) and professional accountant Larry Hancock presents reasons why NOW may be the time to sell your collectibles! Need cash? Downsizing your home? Retiring? Bring your spouse / significant other at your peril!

Michael and Larry can be found all
weekend at P033A & P033B

Cherkas and Hancock Invade FAN EXPO Boston!

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From Comics, Graphic novels, Anime, Manga, Sci-fi and Fantasy to Cosplay, Horror, Gaming, Toys, Movies and Television – FAN EXPO Boston, presented by BOSTON COMIC CON celebrates pop-culture fandom.

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Appearing all three days will be Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock, co-creators of the The Silent Invasion, the paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics.  With the first two volumes, Red Shadows and The Great Fear back in print (and available at the show), the upcoming third volume of previously uncollected material and the all-new fourth volume will conclude the 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.

 

Larry and Michael will also be participating on the panel, SURVIVING COLLABORATION alongside David & Meredith Finch, Ash Maczko, and Ashley Witter on Sunday, August 18th at 4:00 pm in Room 253A

Comics is a collaborative medium. Do you know how to bring out the best from your collaborators? Join former Marvel and IDW Editor/Writer and Comics Experience founder Andy Schmidt and a host of established comic pros as they discuss collaborative best practices, tips for writers and artists, and strategies for handling editor feedback. Become the kind of creator everyone wants to work with!

Michael and Larry can be found at P36 & P37

NBM Heads to the 
2019 ALA Annual Conference

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NBM Graphic Novels is excited to announce that Silent Invasion creators Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock and The Year of Loving Dangerously writer Ted Rall will join the award-winning publisher at the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, to be held June 20-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Attendees will be able to find the creators and NBM Publisher Terry Nantier at the NBM/Papercutz booth #3535.

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The ALA Annual Conference is an annual gathering of publishers, authors, exhibitors, librarians, teachers, bookstore owners, and more to showcase new titles, products, and services. It is not open to the general public. NBM will have booth copies of upcoming titles on display and several signings throughout the event.

Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock Signing Schedule

  • Saturday 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Saturday 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday 9:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Sunday 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (Larry only)

Ted Rall

  • Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
  • Saturday 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sunday 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Monday 10:00 am – 11:30 am

During these signing sessions, The Silent Invasion volumes and The Year of Loving Dangerously will be available for $5.00 each.

In addition, Larry Hancock and Terry Nantier will be in attendance at the GNCRT Comics Breakfast on Saturday morning from 8:00 am -10:00 am, at the Renaissance, Grand Ballroom North.

Ted Rall will also take part in the following ALA panel on Monday, June 24th:

Exploring Trauma and Recovery through Comics
9:00 am – 10:00 am, Washington Convention Center, 158A-B

Trauma is life-changing, from living through the explosive conflict of a war zone to recovering from personal ordeals. Eyewitness accounts are particularly well evoked in the constraints and freedoms of a graphic narrative. This panel will draw together creators who can speak from their first-hand knowledge of violence and the work that goes into expressing a traumatic event in comics. Attendees will learn about expressing strong emotion and experiences graphically, the difficulties of first-person narration and reportage, and receive suggestions for their collections.

 
For ALA tickets and more information, visit 2019.alaannual.org.

NBM Announces TCAF 2019 Premieres, Signing Schedule

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NBM Graphic Novels is enthusiastically once again attending The Toronto Comics Art Festival, the massive, FREE two-day exhibition held at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 and can be found at Tables # 114, 115.

Publisher Terry Nantier will be on hand for the company and he’ll be joined by Margreet de Heer who is attending TCAF with the support of the Dutch Literature Foundation, and to celebrate the TCAF debut of her new book from NBM, Love: A History in Comics.

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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.

Also attending on behalf of NBM are Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock who will on hand for the TCAF debut of The Silent Invasion Vol. 2: The Great Fear.

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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.

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Panels and Signing Schedule

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Saturday

  • 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: It’s Science! in Comics
    Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd Floor, Library)
    She blinded me… with science comics? On the contrary, graphic non-fiction is enlightening, particularly for educating young adult readers. Nothing’s as easy to understand as when we see it explained with amusing pictures. Alison Wilgus, Maki Naro, Margreet de Heer, and Mike Holmes will share how they build excitement for science in comics, whether flying machines, computer coding, vaccination, or the field of science overall. Moderated by Johanna Draper Carlson (ComicsWorthReading.com).
  • 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Stripmakers: Comics in the Netherlands
    Summerhill Room (Marriott)
    Join Margreet de Heer (Comics Laureate of the Netherlands!) and Typex (Rising Superstar!) as they interview each other about the past, present, and future of the Dutch comics scene.
  • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Sunday

  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Michael Cherkas & Larry Hancock
Panels and Signing Schedule

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Larry Hancock, publisher Terry Nantier, and Michael Cherkas

Saturday

  • 11:00 AM – 1:15 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Canadian Cartooning: Then and Now
    High Park Ballroom 1 (Marriott)
    Canada has a long and rich history of excellent cartooning. Hear about it from the people who were there! Join Joan Steacy (Aurora Borealice), Michael Cherkas (Silent Invasion), Siris (The Vagabond Valise), and Jeffrey Ellis (Cloudscape Comics) as they talk about their histories in comics, and how they seen the scene now. Moderated by Brendan Montgomery.
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115); Michael only
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: World Building Process
    Hinton Learning Theatre (3rd Floor, Library)
    Creators discuss the process and struggles of creating original Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Supernatural worlds! With Ben Sears (Double+ Adventures), Evan Dahm (Island Book), Larry Hancock (The Silent Invasion), NikaComics (Signals), and Carolyn Nowak (Girl Town). Moderated by Brendan Montgomery.
  • 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

Sunday

  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Signing – NBM Table (#114, 115)

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!

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