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!

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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!

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

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The Return of The Silent Invasion

The Silent Invasion is back after a hiatus of almost 20 years. NBM will be releasing four volumes; the original series as two books, the never before collected story “Abductions,” and then a brand new volume with the working title “Dark Matter.” And after that, who knows?

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Stefan Blitz of NBM recently asked us a few questions to set the scene of our return to graphic novels…

So where have you guys been for the last two-decades? Hiding somewhere up in the frozen wilds of Canada?

Michael Cherkas: I’ve spent the last 30 years working as a graphic designer, art director and sometime illustrator and cartoonist. Most of the work I’ve done would fall under the category of editorial design; magazines, corporate publications, annual reports, etc. Let’s just say I’ve created a lot of landfill over the past 20 years. And after staring at type on a computer screen for 10 hours or more a day, my eyes were pretty tired, so I had no desire to sit at a drawing board for another four or five hours.

Having said that we did continue to dabble in comics though our output was minimal. We wrote and drew “Abductions,” which NBM published as a 5-issue floppy-comic mini-series way back in 2001…

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Then we self-published one issue of The Purple Ray…

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I wasn’t happy with the art in that; I am in the process of re-drawing the entire first issue. There was also a three-pager I did for a small-press anthology. Larry actually was a character in the story. Stay tuned and you might see that 3-pager right here.

I’ve also been working on a graphic novel about the Ukrainian terror famine of 1932-33 known as the Holodomor…

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This is also a good time for me to get more involved in comics again as I’m now the “president and chief bottle washer” of a one-person world-wide design empire which gives me more opportunity to work on comics or graphic novels.

Larry Hancock: In my daytime secret identity, I am a professional accountant. Back in 1998 I became self-employed and have been extremely busy. Because of my affinity with the arts I have a lot of clients who are authors, artists, animators, singers, film people, etc.

Michael and I get together quite often to talk story ideas, but we have not been highly motivated to work on comics. Back in the nineties, the comic book world was concentrating very much on violent superheroes and gimmicky covers. But these days there is so much variety available that it is time to dip our toes in the ink again.

Why The Silent Invasion again? Does it have something to do with the strange political culture America is living through?

MC: The premise of The Silent Invasion is that there is something terribly rotten in the American government. Books 1 and 2 are set in the 1950s during the time of the communist witch-hunts. But Matt Sinkage, our main character, believes he’s on to something when he thinks he discovers evidence that a recent rash of UFO sightings is somehow connected to the so-called communist infiltration of government departments and agencies. What’s never clear is whether the “communists in government” is a cover story to detract from the “alien invasion of earth” or the other way around.

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So yes, the story should resonate today since the current president is no stranger to creating and sustaining conspiracy theories. I don’t think he’s ever seen a conspiracy theory he didn’t like unless it has something to do with Russian influence on his election.

LH: As Michael mentioned we self-published one issue of our Purple Ray comic book. On the back we put a fake ad for the next Silent Invasion book, saying that it was coming soon, but not too soon. We weren’t really serious at that time. Yes we had, over the previous several years, been talking about the plot for a next book, if we ever did one, but we had no plans as to when to actually following through.

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Then, when we met Terry Nantier in Toronto at TCAF in 2017, he looked at that fake ad, raised a quizzical eyebrow, and suggested the time is ripe to re-introduce The Silent Invasion to the wider world. I looked at Michael and said, “Let’s do it!”

MC: And I, grumpily, agreed.