Abductions, Book Three of The Silent Invasion is coming in May! For those who don’t know, Abductions is a fun-filled paranoia-fuelled escapist romp through a warped 1960s America, a small antidote for these anxiety-inducing times.
Look up! Look out! and Watch the skies while you stay at home!
As you have most likely seen, the next volume of The Silent Invasion — Abductions — now has a new cover. And no this is not some sort of hoax or an alternate universe.
Actually what happened is this: I received a message from space — through a filling in a back molar — that the aliens did not want to be portrayed on the cover! It turns out that they appear in different guises to different people. Some see them as little grey aliens; others as wisps of smoke; and others see them as tall robotic-like creatures. So we had to change the cover or risk abduction into deep space or a parallel world (Earth 2 maybe?).
The aliens also suggested showing a few development sketches for the new cover. Here they are…
The Silent Invasion: Abductions is coming in May.
Watch the skies! The aliens are out there! And listen to your molars!
FINALLY! We’re relieved that Abductions—the third volume of The Silent Invasion—will soon be collected and published by NBM next May.
Abductions has had a long and tortuous history beginning when the first chapter was published by Caliber back in 1998. We self-published the second chapter as a mini-comic in July 1999. Then it was shelved until 2001, when NBM released it as a five-issue mini floppy comic book series.
Then it disappeared into the mists of time…
Abductions takes place in 1965, five or six years after the end of Book Two. Matt Sinkage, our hero from the first two volumes is—apparently—no longer with us, but private investigator Phil Housley is reluctantly drawn into the unsolvable puzzle of UFO conspiracy theories when he is hired to look for a missing lawyer, one Mr. Howard Finster.
Here’s a glimpse into the past with the cover to the Caliber published first issue from 1998…
The cover to our self-published mini-comic (a hotly sought after collector’s item!)
And then, the above was re-coloured for the first issue of the NBM published Secret Messages…
Look out behind you! Over your left shoulder! No! Over your right shoulder! The aliens are coming!!! Or they may be here already…
Don’t be afraid! Watch the skies!!!
Long before The Silent Invasion ever saw the light of day, I had worked with John Ellis Sech on a short-lived feature called Dick Mallet. The series was a pastiche of the the hard-boiled private detective genre. Dick Mallet’s superpower was that he didn’t carry a gun. The strips appeared in the Canadian Comics Annual and the Canadian Children’s Annual. Then Larry Hancock wrote a couple of Dick Mallet stories that appeared as back-ups in Cerebus.
Here’s a page from Dick Mallet’s very first appearance in the Canadian Comics Annual:
Then a full-colour adventure from the Canadian Children’s Annual:
Dick Mallet was one of our initial proposals to Renegade Press. Even though the Dick Mallet proposal was rejected, we included Mallet as a minor character in the very first issue of The Silent Invasion.
Here’s a layout sketch…
And the first three pages of The Silent Invasion…
Poor Dick Mallet. The lesson is: Be careful when you watch the skies!!!
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