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.

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TCAF 2019

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival was a blast! It’s one of the biggest and nicest comic festivals I have ever attended, and just like in 2015 (when I was there last) it was wonderful to be there. Even more so, because this time I was Featured Guest and had a premiering book: Love: a Discovery in Comics.

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That’s me, loving my new book – and publishers Jeff Whitman and Terry Nantier in the background.

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The NBM stand with publishers Jeff Whitman and Terry Nantier (left) and comic artists Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas, who were there to promote The Silent Invasion

Another great thing this year was that I was one of five Dutch comic artists attending. Our national comics child prodigy Aimée de Jongh was there (okay, she’s not a kid anymore) promoting both Blossoms in Autumn and her new Taxi: Stories from the Back Seat.

This is her, signing just around the corner from where we were sitting:

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Another colleague from home was Chad Bilyeu, who is originally from Cleveland, but has been in Holland for ages and is the author of the wonderfully revealing series Chad in Amsterdam.

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Yiri and Chad

Last but not least there was Typex, our comics rock star, whose masterpiece Andy (about Andy Warhol) is taking the comics world by storm.

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The coolest thing was that I got to do a panel with him, about Dutch Comics, moderated by Mark Nevins:

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Not only that – I also got to be on a panel about Science and Comics, with Maki Naro, Mike Holmes, Alison Wilgus and moderator Johanna Draper Carlson:

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While Saturday went by in a frenzy of signing, panelling and generally being elated by everything, Sunday allowed for some time to chase for comics myself.

This is our loot:

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The NBM table did very well, by the way! Here’s the Before picture of my end:

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And this is the After…:

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If you missed my cute little promotional booklet Ten Tips For A Broken Heart and are in the Toronto area – I dropped off a whole bunch at comic store The Beguiling.

Thanks to everyone who made TCAF 2019 such a memorable experience! We definitely hope to be back one day.

Ten Tips for a Broken Heart

This weekend, my book Love: a Discovery in Comics will be launched at the TCAF Festival in Toronto! I’ll be there, at the NBM stand, together with colleagues Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas of The Silent Invasion – and they gave me the idea of bringing some freebies to give away:

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First of all: bookmarks! Because everybody needs bookmarks, right?

But the special attraction is this mini-booklet containing three pages from the book: Ten Tips for a Broken Heart! Because everybody’s heart gets broken some time…

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If you’re at TCAF, come and get yours! And get the book too, it’s full of tips, facts and stories about Love, in all its facets.

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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

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