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!

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UFO Aliens Seize Farmer and Steal His Brain!!!

With the upcoming release of NBM’s new reprint of The Silent Invasion: The Great Fear, we thought we’d share a few covers from the original floppy comics published by Renegade Press way back in the summer of 1987 during the last century. Because I worked—and still do work—as a graphic designer, I treated the covers as as mini-experiments in design. Sales were “fair to middling,” so we determined we really had nothing to lose.

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Issue 7 featured the “crazy farmer.” We wanted the cover to emulate one of those trashy National Enquirer-like supermarket tabloids, since at this point in the story, our hero—Matt Sinkage—is moonlighting for a similar publication. The crazy farmer is a real person—a work colleague at the time—who decided it would be fun and hilarious to photo-copy his face using the new photocopier the design studio had just purchased. (Graphic designers really know how to have fun.) I took the image and continued to copy it until it had been degraded to coarse black and white areas, with no grey-tones.

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With number 8, I thought I’d go for the old Life magazine look, and was only moderately successful. Looking back, the image should have been black and white and preferably a photo, but where we going to get a real person to pose as Matt Sinkage? Then with number 9, the explosion was used to “deconstruct” the standard cover elements, harkening back to one of my favourite old-time DC covers (Batman 194 by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson). My attempt at this was not nearly as dramatic.

In a future post, we’ll look at the covers for issues 10, 11 and 12.

Next time: Where is Union City, and why does it always seem to be 1957 in The Silent Invasion?

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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!!

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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!!

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You can find Larry’s previous blog posts here

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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.

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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!!

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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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