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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The Story Of Lee: Complete Set 

The complete set of all three Story of Lee books is now available from NBM, with the rather appropriate title of: 

The Story Of Lee: Complete Set 

The set has a cute little specially printed band joining them together (which i want to get one of myself!), and costs $6 less than being each book individually.  

Check it out more on the publishers page HERE

Or on my own page: SEAN

 

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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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Love & “The One”

In my upcoming book Love: a Discovery in Comics I dedicate one chapter to exploring the concept of “The One”. Is there truth to the notion that there is one perfect mate for each of us out there? An if so, how do we find them?

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Hopeless romantic as I am, I love to believe in The One. But with 7 billion people out there, I’m not sure there’s only one. Maybe there’s ideal matches for each phase of life that we’re in…

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Want to read more? Love: a Discovery in Comics is out in June!

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Love & Sex

In my upcoming book Love: a Discovery in Comics I don’t skirt the subject of sex. I start the chapter with a visit to my younger self, trying to dispense some sage advice…

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Will I listen to my own advice…? Read and find out!

Apart from sharing my own thoughts on the subject, there are also a few divinities chipping in:

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I give an analysis of the Kama Sutra, the ancient Hindu text on sex and marriage. The old master Vatsyayana instructs his students with practical knowledge such as this:

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Excerpt from the Kama Sutra

I (or rather: Hindu god Kama) also dwell a bit on the subject of tantric sex:

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Did you know that even the Bible contains a text on sex?

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Song of Songs – an erotic love poem

When it comes to the role of sex in a long-term relationship, I have personally always liked this Dr. Phil quote:

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Want to read more? Love: a Discovery in Comics will be in stores in June!

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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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