The Silent Invasion – Podcast interview on PW Comics World: More to Come

Michael and Larry were interviewed about  The Silent Invasion by Calvin Reid at SPX for the Publishers Weekly podcast “More to Come.” The interview is included in More to Come 336 released September 21, 2018. It is available on several platforms, but you can find it here. Our segment begins at the 42 minute mark.

After you have finished listening, remember to watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion 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

 

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The Silent Invasion – Radio Interview with Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock

When we first released The Silent Invasion as a comic book back in 1986, Michael and I (Larry Hancock) did a number of radio interviews in the Toronto area to promote the series.

Click here to go to a web page where you can listen to a seven minute interview which originally aired on CJRT-FM in Toronto!

After you have finished listening, remember to watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion 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 – Larry Hancock at FanExpo Canada

Larry Hancock will be appearing at FanExpo Canada which takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Thursday August 30 to Sunday September 2. The author of  The Silent Invasion can be found wandering the convention floor, but will also be involved in two panels.

On Thursday August 30 at 5:30 pm in Room 705 Larry will be doing a presentation on “Is it Time to Sell your Collectibles?” From the FanExpo website… “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!”

And on Friday August 31 at 5:00 pm in Room 701B Larry will be a panelist discussing “Why do we Collect?”. From the FanExpo website… “Mark Askwith, Larry Hancock and friends engage in a fascinating discussion of what drives us to collect!”

Larry will have copies of the new book with him!

Plus, of course, Michael and I will be on our “World Tour” as per the image above!

As ever, stay tuned and, watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion 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 – Work-in-Progress!

We are eagerly awaiting the release of the first volume of  The Silent Invasion on September 1. As you may know, the first two volumes will reprint material that NBM first published thirty years ago, and volume three will feature work completed in 2005 but never released in album form.

But volume four will feature brand new material that we are working on right now!

Michael Cherkas is on vacation at the moment and so I am going to take this opportunity to share a couple of pages of work in progress from that new album!

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As ever, stay tuned and, watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

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The Silent Invasion – More early promotional material

Back when we originally released The Silent Invasion as a comic book, we heavily promoted it within the comic book media. We prepared a new ad to tease each issue just before its release. In a previous posting I shared the ad which heralded the release of the first issue.

Here are the ads that led up to the release of issues #2 to #6

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The Silent Invasion – Accolades

When  The Silent Invasion  was released, first as a comic book by Renegade Press in 1986, and then as a series of graphic albums by NBM in 1988, the series was well received by reviewers.

Upon seeing the first NBM album, Publishers Weekly said, “A series that will undoubtedly become a classic… This comic has it all: great plotting, humor, suspense and excellent stylized black-and-white drawings.”

But even during its comic book days, our series was getting serious acclaim. Amazing Heroes magazine chose The Silent Invasion as #10 on its list of ten best comics of 1986 – not just #10 of indie comics, or black-and-white comics – but of all comics released that year!

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We were also finalists in the category of Best Black-and-White for the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards (the precursors of the Harveys and the Eisners).

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The Comics Buyer’s Guide referred to The Silent Invasion as “one of the lesser-known gems of comic books today” and went on to say that “the art style, which seems at first like a drawback, is actually one of the series’ strongest assets. It is a stark, no-frills style that makes some of the best uses of solid black areas.”

Maclean’s (Canada’s weekly newsmagazine) , in an article entitled “The comic book’s quest for maturity” said that “Hancock’s smart, slangy dialogue… and Cherkas’s blocky black-and-white artwork have the melodramatic charge of theme music from Perry Mason” and said that the series is “rich in ambiguity.”

In his article in Playboy in the December 1988 issue, Harlan Ellison included The Silent Invasion as one of several examples of the blossoming of comic books as a significant and meaningful art form.

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To conclude, for the time being, I want to give you one of my favorite quotes about our series. This is from the Amazing Heroes article describing why we were included on the list of ten best comics of 1986. “Both the writer’s and the artist’s vision seem to spill from the same fever-dream of dimly remembered images and horrors that it’s hard to believe this is the work of a team and not a lone, obsessed cartoonist. This is one of the most unsettling comics I’ve ever read…. This is a very original work of great potential.”

In a future posting, we’ll bring you some more reviews and excerpts from letters we received from other comic professionals!

Stay tuned and, watch the skies!!

For more information on The Silent Invasion click here.

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The Silent Invasion – early promotion

When The Silent Invasion was first released in 1986 by Renegade Press, we promoted its release with a few teaser ads in various publications that comic readers regularly purchased. In his previous posting, Michael Cherkas showed you one of those.

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And here are two more.

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And here is the full page ad to promote the first issue.

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In future blog posts we will share more behind-the-scenes materials with you!

Stay tuned and, watch the skies!!

(The above ads have been slightly revised to remove some dated references)

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