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Closed on April 20th

We will be closed for Easter, April 20th.  See you on Wednesday, April, 23 for new comic book day and open game night!

Free Comic Book Day!!

Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Free Comic Book

Opening at 12noon on 4/9

PLEASE NOTE:  We will open at 12noon on Wednesday, April 9th.

Mike & Flash!

We’re pretty sure that Mike couldn’t be more stoked about the book he just got back from CGC Comics for grading. He found a Showcase #4 (first appearance of Flash) in a stack of his dad’s and uncle’s old comic books. The books had been

This week’s Pokemon cancelled

There will be NO Pokemon meet-up on Sunday, 4/6.  We’ll see you next week on 4/13 for the next meet-up and on Sunday, 4/27, for the tournament!

Closed on April 20th

We will be closed for Easter, April 20th.  See you on Wednesday, April, 23 for new comic book day and open game night!

Free Comic Book Day!!

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Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE to anyone who comes into their stores. Free Comic Book Day has been happening since 2002, but this will be the first year our doors have been open to participate! We’re super excited to be a part of the thousands of shops around the world to be giving away millions of free comic books to interested readers :)

Come to pick up your free comic book on May 3, and you’ll also have the chance to meet two Mandalorian Bounty Hunters from Boba Fett’s home world in Star Wars, as well as a Storm Trooper! The Bounty Hunters will be in the shop 11am-2pm and the Storm Trooper will be in the shop 2pm-7pm.

>> We’re looking for local artists to celebrate with us at the shop — please contact us at (610) 222-9200 or info@newwavecomics.net if you’re interested.

To learn more about Free Comic Book Day, visit http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Opening at 12noon on 4/9

PLEASE NOTE:  We will open at 12noon on Wednesday, April 9th.

Mike & Flash!

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We’re pretty sure that Mike couldn’t be more stoked about the book he just got back from CGC Comics for grading. He found a Showcase #4 (first appearance of Flash) in a stack of his dad’s and uncle’s old comic books. The books had been sitting in a cabinet at their childhood house for decades — thanks, mom for not throwing them out! — until Mike found them. Now, he has a sweet heirloom that’ll be in the family for generations Congrats, Mike!

We send out books for grading every-other-month or so.  The cost for grading is usually $25, although it is higher for older books, such as Mike’s.  Through grading, your books are graded, encapsulated, and recorded in a registry; learn more by clicking hereIf you need help deciding whether or not a book should be sent out for grading, we can help.  Simply bring the book into the shop and Jason will appraise it, or you can email him at jason@newwavecomics.net.

This week’s Pokemon cancelled

There will be NO Pokemon meet-up on Sunday, 4/6.  We’ll see you next week on 4/13 for the next meet-up and on Sunday, 4/27, for the tournament!

Book & Brew Review: Sandman & Russian River

This is the seventh in a new series by shop regular, Chris Haas, The Book & Brew Review.

>>> Book: Sandman: Overture #2

nw_beer book sandmanWho here is not familiar with the Sandman series?  Anyone?  If so, please leave the computer or smartphone or what have you.  Go to your local comic shop, preferably New Wave Comics.  And then acquaint yourself with the greatness that is Neil Gaiman’s writing.  It’s incredible and I hope you enjoy it as I truly have.

And as I have said before, on to the cover!  JH Williams III has once again knocked this book and cover out of the park.  His gorgeous art is the perfect pairing to such great writing and I’m glad Gaiman could make something like this happen years after the original book ended.  You may have seen Williams’ work on books such as Detective Comics and Batwoman.  Where I really noticed him was when he did the first set of covers for Batman Incorporated (before all that New 52 craziness).

So does this cover make sense?  It does when you realize anything is possible in the world of Dream.  His world is that in which imagination knows no bounds.  Creativity is on tap.  And he watches over all.

>>>  Brew: Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Younger

nw_beer book plineyOther than a few beer festivals, I have never participated in a beer event.  That all changed last weekend when I hit up Via Marconi’s Pizza Pub in Hatfield and Blue Dog Tavern in Chalfont.  And at both locations I got to taste the wonder that is Pliny the Younger.  I had heard many things.  On BeerAdvocate.com, the beer is #3 of the top 250 brews.   While standing in line (yes, a line for beer outside of a bar) I had heard others talking about how they drove an hour to that very location.  A freaking hour!

Named after a man who was a lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome, this beer comes in at a substantial 11 % ABV.  Russian River considers the beer to be almost a true Triple IPA because they use triple the amount of hops, yet most sites classify the beer officially as a Double IPA.  After realizing I wasn’t fully aware of the exact difference between the classifications, I decided to research a little.  It would seem that many others have a differing opinion as well.  Either way, it’s a strong ass IPA.

As for Pliny the Younger…well…this was a damn, fine beer.  The color was wonderful, like gold.  The taste was so smooth; I almost couldn’t believe this beer was an IPA.  And when I say smooth, I mean dangerously smooth.  I’m glad it was a pricey, rare brew, because if not, I would have shelled out more just to continue tasting this deliciousness.  I guess you can say I did either way because I went to the second event just so I could taste it again before it’s all gone for the year.

Was it worth it?  Every penny.

Reserve your Journey into Nyx box now thru the Buy-a-Box promo!

JOU_MTG_LogoOrder your Journey into Nyx box now to receive a special discount and promo card! Cost for the box is $107, and includes 36 Journey into Nyx packs and one alternate-art, foil promo card. Pre-order your box in the store or by clicking the “Buy Now” button, below. Pick up will be on May 2 at the shop. Orders must be placed by Friday, April 25 at 12noon to ensure delivery on May 2. Orders may still be placed after that time, but will not be at the shop by May 2. Promo cards available only while supplies last, so order soon!



>> Questions? Contact us at (610) 222-9200 or info@newwavecomics.net.

Book & Brew Review: Lazarus & Ophelia

This is the sixth in a new series by shop regular, Chris Haas, The Book & Brew Review.

>>> Book:  Lazarus #7

nw_beer book lazarusWhen I picked this cover, I totally thought to myself, “Well…this is a real downer of an issue…it’d be perfect to review!”  And here we are; staring at what many would call one of the most depressing covers you can come up with.

The silhouettes show a complete lack of hope in a terrible situation.  Their heads are bowed, displaying resignation and grief for the loss of life.  Maybe the reader is spared by not seeing detailed faces, but I think this cover is just as powerful by only portraying dark images.

The world also mourns.  The trees are devoid of life, cold in their lack of greenery.  The sky has opened up and a flood comes down upon the travelers.  The clouds blot out any sun and dark hues dominate the entire landscape.  And the people are forced to see their sad reflections in the growing puddles beneath them.

The only vibrant color on this cover is red.  The blood draws the viewer’s eye.  As the person is held in a family member’s arms, the life drains from them as the world washes any trace away.  As if they hadn’t existed in the first place.  And most interestingly, the title of the book appears in that same bold red.  Maybe that is the book’s intent.  The name and the blood.  I would consider that quite ominous for the future of many characters.

Or maybe I just read into things…

>>> Brew: Breckenridge Brewery’s Ophelia

nw_beer book ophelia wheatSo this is a bit of a shock, but this beer is only 5% ABV.  I would imagine that it’s the weakest beer I’ve reviewed thus far.  It’s definitely been quite a while since I’ve ventured into the world of lower alcohol percentages.  And don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against beers of the weaker variety.  I just tend to lean towards the stronger stuff.  Get more bang for my buck, so to speak.

Ophelia is a hoppy wheat pale ale.  I enjoyed the fruity flavor that came with it.  I was glad to get back into a pale ale because as of late, I have focused primarily on stouts and IPAs.  This was a perfect choice for reentry, so if you haven’t had any real experience with this style of beer, make this a hopping on point (I truly did not mean to connect the hoppy flavor with the hopping on point, I swear, it just happened that way.)

And lastly, I’ve got to say that the bottle itself caught my eye.  I love the clean lines.  Makes me think of Michael Allred’s comic art, oddly enough.  And who doesn’t love a great Shakespeare reference every now and then.  To Ophelia!  May she finally know peace and get away from that crazy Hamlet in the afterlife.

Art Contest & Silent Auction

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EDIT: NEW DEADLINE OF APRIL 30th

We’re hosting our first art contest and silent auction!  To participate, simply submit your comic book-themed art with a completed release form to New Wave by April 30.  On May 10, we will host the contest, which will be judged by professional comic book artist, Khoi Pham, and by New Wave customers. Recognition and PRIZES will be awarded to the following:

  • Artist’s Choice Winner, selected by Khoi Pham
  • Customers’ Choice Winner, selected by customers of New Wave Comics
  • Honorable Mentions, selected by Khoi, customers, and New Wave owners.

After the contest, all entries will be sold during a silent auction to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium.  The silent auction will take place at New Wave throughout the month of May.

>>> Click here to download the complete rules and release form.  As always, contact the shop with any questions!

Book & Brew Review: Fanstastic 4 & PB&J Stout

This is the fifth in a new series by shop regular, Chris Haas, The Book & Brew Review.

>>> Book:Fantastic Four #2

nw_beer book fantastic 4So you ever have one of those days where nothing goes well and it’s as if a major destructive force has crash landed into you and your loved ones? No? Well apparently the Fantastic Four are quite familiar with those kinds of days.

Their bodies lay battered and bruised. They lay on top of rubble, which actually turns out to be the ruins of the Baxter Building, their official headquarters. After years and years of adventures, the writer and author are attempting to make it look like the group is in the worst situation it ever has been. And so far, they may be succeeding.

The credits to such a devastating cover belong to Leonard Kirk and Art Adams. The little touches are nice. Showing Reed Richards all stretched out is oddly comical yet it shows just how recent the desolation occurred. The very same can be said concerning Johnny Storm remaining slightly on fire.

Also, I hope the readers are enjoying the change of the costumes. A few years back with the beginning of the Future Foundation comic by Jonathon Hickman, the group started their all white costume phase. The red, I feel, implies a sense of danger. Of impending doom. I hope they stick with it (if they can survive past the first few issues of this new series.)

>>> Brew: Spring House Brewing Company’s Lil Gruesome’s Peanut Butter Jelly Stout

nw_beer book pbjI’m not going to lie. This is a weird beer.

What first drew me to it was the little guy on the bottle. I assume that is “Lil Gruesome.” He seems harmless enough but maybe it’s the beer that could be more treacherous. And then I read the name of the brew. Peanut Butter Jelly Stout. And the first thought to run through my mind was, “I’m definitely buying this for comic reading.” And here we are.
This beverage is actually rated as a Fruit/Vegetable beer and comes in around 7% ABV. The bottle is 22 ounces and the brewery is actually a local enterprise. They hail out of Conestoga, Pennsylvania (with a taproom in Lancaster) and are relatively new, having opened their doors in 2006.

If you like a sweet stout, this is definitely for you. Before drinking it, you can easily smell the peanut butter. It’s almost too much. But then when you taste it, surprisingly, the first thing you notice is the sweet taste of jelly. I almost wonder that I only think that because of the title itself. But to me, all I kept thinking was, “Smells like peanut butter, tastes like jelly.” Like I said, a weird beer, but I definitely enjoyed.

Maybe it’d go well with the sandwich?…