Free Comic Book Day 2019!


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It’s the 1st Saturday of May again and that means Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)! Join us for the May 4th celebration from 11am to 6pm and grab some free comic books!

Check out the free comics that will be available! We can only guarantee that all of these will be available when the doors open, but probably not much longer after that.

In addition to getting some free comic books, meet super-star artists!

In attendance will be:

All 3 artist will be bringing cool artwork for you to buy!

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What more could we possibly be doing for FCBD 2019?

Join us for the fun and get free stuff!

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Top Ten Artists: 1st Submission

Top Ten Favorite Artists! I’ll be creating 10 posts to help me narrow down my favorite artists because I always find myself saying, ‘oh, they’re in my top 10!’ I’ve said this for at least 30 artists over the past year.
Not for the faint of heart.
Tim Vigil. The definition of under-rated, which is attributed to the subject matter. Tim’s work on Faust got him acclaim in the underground market, but also type-cast him as drawing demonic, hyper-sexual content. Obviously, this tends to keep you off of DC & Marvel’s radar.
His artwork is best viewed in black and white, just check out the image below. Gothic Nights is his magnum opus, just a beautiful, highly detailed piece of art that spans over two issues.
If you’re feeling peckish for some highly detailed artwork with stories that tap into the bowels of hell, this is for you.

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Top Ten Artist, 2nd Submission

Top Ten Favorite Artists. 1st artist featured was Tim Vigil. These are in no specific order, that would be impossible for me to do.

Bernie Wrightson​. Whenever I see, hear and think of Swamp Thing or Frankenstein I can’t help but think of the images created by Bernie Wrightson. When I was younger, I traded a whole short box of ‘hot’ comics for a copy of House of Secrets #92 (1st appearance of Swamp Thing with Len Wein script) because I loved the cover and fell in love with the 1st Swamp Thing series, so getting the 1st appearance of Swamp Thing was a must.

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Over 30 years later, I still have my House of Secrets #92 and amassed a sizeable Wrightson collection that includes his Frankenstein portfolio, black & white prints and his various works. What is incredible about Bernie Wrightson is he put out quality work late in his career.

Horror comics took a back seat in the early 2000’s, but Wrightson stuck with the genre and put out incredible work with Steve Niles. Check out the Ghoul, Dead She Said, City of Others & Doc Macabre and you’ll see that Wrightson continued to deliver top-notch, detailed art. I purposely put interior work here to show how much attention was given to the entire book, not just the covers.

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I was lucky enough to meet him at a NYC comic-con many years ago and had him sign a copy of The Weird #1 (I know, probably the oddest comic to get him to sign), but it was newer at the time, 1988. I can’t say I remember much of the interaction, but what I do remember is that he opened the comic to the 1st page and signed down in the bottom margin because he didn’t want to ruin any of his cover art with his signature. I still have the comic today and will occasionally flip open The Weird #1 to check out his signature.

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Finally, my mom was a fan of Bernie Wrightson too. She was looking to adorn her new place with some cool art and we looked through my collection of portfolios and prints. She stopped me at Bernie Wrightson’s Momentos autographed print and said, “that’s the one.” Check out the image below. It still hang over her dining room table and is a topic of conversation for various reasons. Coolest mom ever.

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Halloween ComicFest 2018! Saturday 10/27!

Halloween ComicFest 2018 is an all-day event (11am to 6pm)! Here is a list of some things you can expect:

  • Costume contest (winner determine by social media vote).
  • FREE COMICS (everyone will be able to get a couple free comics, costumed individuals get more!)
  • Store-wide sale!
  • Raffle!
  • POPCORN from Popcorn Works!
  • Scary vibes!

From past years, I can say that costumed people tend to come earlier in the day (which makes sense because there’s a wider selection of comics to choose from). There is a limit on comics, 3-per-person, UNLESS you are wearing a ‘real’ costume, which will allow you to pick more comics. By ‘real’ costume we mean we want to see effort. Just throwing on black cowboy hat and saying your Chuck Norris will not do. Now if you wear a Cardhartt jacket, put a badge on it, don a cowboy hat, squeeze into a pair of skin-tight, stone-washed jeans, slap on a holster and are bad-ass, now THAT’S what we call a costume.

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Check out some cool costumes from years past!


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Check out Marvel’s books on sale 9/19/2018! Return of Wolverine!

Quick word before we get into the business. If you want to see all the books we have coming in this Wednesday, go to our ‘New Book Releases’ page on our website, it has a comprehensive list of all the titles we are getting in WITHOUT the inane commentary from me.

Back to the business.

That’s right, Wolverine is finally back and we have a healthy stock for Wednesday. Get them now because they are SOLD OUT at the distributor level. What that means is that we can no longer reorder 1st prints of the book, what we ordered from our distributor is all we are going to get (on rare occasions some might be available, but that’s rare). Why tell you this? Letting you know that something is sold out at the distributor level tells you two things.

1) The book is popular not just at our store, but enough stores ordered it so that Diamond Distribution (the sole distributor of comics) sold out of their stock. All stores will not be able reorder this book.
2) If you are interested, get in now for cover price because sell outs are what drive up the price of a book. Your options is to hunt it down or wait for the 2nd print of the book.

Let’s start with the OTHER #1s out this week. Check out the Dell’Otto Amazing Spider-man Annual #1 variant! This week we see the start of new characters spinning out of the Infinity Wars event with Soldier Supreme #1 (I’m not saying Infinity Warps, that’s silly).


Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (Cover A Aco), $4.99
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (Cover B Gabriele Dell’Otto)
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (Cover C Dennis Chan Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant)

Captain America Annual #1 (Cover A Chris Sprouse), $4.99
Captain America Annual #1 (Cover B Kaare Andrews)

Infinity Wars Soldier Supreme #1 (Of 2)(Cover A Humberto Ramos), $3.99
Infinity Wars Soldier Supreme #1 (Of 2)(Cover B Humberto Ramos Design Variant)
Infinity Wars Soldier Supreme #1 (Of 2)(Cover C Adam Kubert)


Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Steve McNiven), $4.99
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover B Steve McNiven X-Force Costume Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover C Steve McNiven Fang Costume Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover D Steve McNiven Age Of Apocalypse Costume Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover E Steve McNiven Patch Costume Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover F Steve McNiven Weapon X Costume Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover G Steve McNiven Brown & Tan Costume Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover H Steve McNiven Original Wolverine Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover K John Cassaday)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover L Leinil Francis Yu)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover M Skottie Young)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover N John Tyler Christopher)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover O Todd Nauck Party Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover P Steve McNiven Premiere Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover Q Blank Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover R Steve McNiven Age Of Apocalypse Costume Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover S Steve McNiven Brown & Tan Costume Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover T Steve McNiven Current Costume Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover U Steve McNiven Fang Costume Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover V Steve McNiven Patch Costume Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover W Steve McNiven Weapon X Costume Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover X Steve McNiven Original Wolverine Virgin Variant)
Return Of Wolverine #1 (Of 5)(Cover Y Steve McNiven X-Force Costume Virgin Variant)

Now on to the rest of Marvel releases.

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #23, $3.99
Avengers #8 (Cover A David Marquez), $3.99
Avengers #8 (Cover B Philip Tan)
Avengers #8 (Cover C Mike McKone Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Doctor Strange #5 (Cover A Javier Garron), $3.99
Doctor Strange #5 (Cover B Julian Totino Tedesco Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)

Edge of Spider-Geddon, 1 per customer has been the theme with these books. Put the regular series, Spider-Geddon, on your pull list now. Spider-geddon #0 comes out 9/26 and is already sold out at the distributor level! The ‘Edge of’ series have been putting out cool characters that make getting back issues hard to find. They’re also fun stories that don’t screw up the timeline, for some reason.

Edge Of Spider-Geddon #3 (Of 4)(Cover A Tonci Zonjic), $3.99

Extermination #1 (Of 5)(Pepe Larraz 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $4.99
Franklin Richards A Fantastic Year #1, $7.99

NEW STORY ARC! Have you heard how aWeSoMe! Immortal Hulk is, but missed the boat? Now’s the time to jump in as a new story arc called ‘Green Door’ starts here! What is a jump in issue or new story arc? Simply put, you can start reading this issue without having read any of the prior issues and not be lost. We are going to bring back our ‘Jump In Issue’ tags in the store, which will indicate which books start new stories for you to start reading. And these books feature incredible Alex Ross covers!

Immortal Hulk #6 (Cover A Alex Ross), $3.99
Immortal Hulk #6 (Cover B Brent Schoonover Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)

Life Of Captain Marvel #2 (Of 5)(Carlos Pacheco Lau 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Life Of Captain Marvel #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Julian Totino Tedesco), $3.99
Life Of Captain Marvel #3 (Of 5)(Cover B Joe Quesada), AR
Life Of Captain Marvel #3 (Of 5)(Cover C Joe Quesada Virgin Variant)
Mr. And Mrs. X #3 (Cover A Terry Dodson), $3.99
Mr. And Mrs. X #3 (Cover B Phil Noto), AR
Multiple Man #4 (Of 5), $3.99
Spider-Gwen Volume 6 The Life Of Gwen Stacy TP, $15.99

I had to stick in this awesome John Tyler Christopher Squid Head variant for the Star Wars fans out there.

Star Wars #54 (Cover A David Marquez), $3.99
Star Wars #54 (Cover B John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant)
Star Wars Lando Double Or Nothing #5 (Of 5)(Cover A W. Scott Forbes), $3.99
Star Wars Legends Epic Collection The Menace Revealed Volume 1 TP, $39.99

Thor #5 (Cover A Esad Ribic), $3.99
Thor #5 (Cover B James Harren Connecting Hammer Variant E), AR
Thor #5 (Cover C Ema Lupacchino Cosmic Ghost Rider Variant), AR
Tony Stark Iron Man #3 (Valerio Schiti 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Don’t forget the True Believers titles, which are only $1.00! Marvel usually coincide these with new releases on Netflix and/or movie releases. Pretty cool to be able to get 1st appearances for $1.00 and some of these actually go up in value (I know, I know, that’s not why you buy comics, but it doesn’t hurt to have value to your collection). Check out the Mike Zeck cover, just awesome! Punisher #1 was the first mainstream cover that went above-and-beyond all the other covers out there in eye appeal. Now you have Mattina, Artgerm, etc. putting out awesome covers, but Zeck, to me, was the first artist putting out top notch covers AND he did the interior art!


True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Iron Fist By Thomas And Kane #1, $1.00
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Power Man And Iron Fist #1, $1.00
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Punisher By Grant And Zeck #1, $1.00
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Punisher The First Appearance #1, $1.00

Venom is sold out at the distributor level, new character, blah blah blah. Same old story for Mr. Cates & Mr. Stegman, just killing this title with tons of cool, dark imagery. This ends the first Donny Cates/Ryan Stegman story arc! (did I mention that issue #7 is also sold out at the distributor level already and it doesn’t come out until mid-October? Put this on your pull if it is not on there already.)

Venom #6 (Cover A Ryan Stegman), $3.99
Venom #6 (Cover B Humberto Ramos Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant), AR
Venom By Daniel Way The Complete Collection TP (New Printing), $34.99
Venom First Host #4 (Of 5)(Cover A Mark Bagley), $3.99
Venom First Host #4 (Of 5)(Cover B Tak Miyazawa), AR
Venom Volume 4 The Nativity TP, $15.99

West Coast Avengers #2 (Cover A Stefano Caselli), $3.99
West Coast Avengers #2 (Cover C Tim Tsang Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant), AR
X-Men Gold #36 (Cover A Phil Noto), $3.99
X-Men Gold #36 (Cover B Whilce Portacio Final Issue Variant), AR

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Podcast #11: New Format, Same Crap!

Podcast #11 (recorded 9/10/2018). This podcast was recorded after careful planning, well, kinda careful planning. Taking into consideration the last podcast, this should be spectacular!

  • House of Whispers (Vertigo/DC) release date 9/12
  • Cemetery Beach (Image) release date 9/12
  • Batman Damned (DC/Black Label) release date 9/19
  • Dead Rabbit (Image) release date 10/3
  • Black Badge (BOOM!) released 8/8

Listen as I pretend to have a format for the podcast. If you pay attention you can catch me getting confused by static, which was due to my mother calling my cell phone and hear me misuse the work ‘dearth’.


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