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’.


Check out Marvel’s books on sale 9/12/2018!

Welcome to New Comic Day, best day of the week! Just a quick word about our independent month sale! Take advantage of our 25% off all non-Marvel-DC-Image books for the month of September. Please feel free to tell the person checking you out that you are taking advantage of the independent sale! It’s a nice reminder for us at the register AND a chance for us to take a picture of you to put on our Facebook page!

For Marvel, this is a relatively small week with nothing new really surfacing. We’ll start with #1s.

Iceman #1 (Of 5)(Cover A W. Scott Forbes)
Marvel Rising Omega #1 (Cover A Gurihiru)
Marvel Rising Omega #1 (Cover B Helen Chen)
Marvel Rising Omega #1 (Cover C Rian Gonzales Connecting Variant)


Amazing Spider-Man #5 (Cover A Ryan Ottley)
Amazing Spider-Man #5 (Cover B Nick Bradshaw Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Amazing Spider-Man #5 (Cover C Daryl Mandryk Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant)
Champions #24
Daredevil #608
Domino #6
Exiles #8

It seems like it took forever, but Fantastic Four #2 is FINALLY out! We have a number of #1s still in the store, so jump in and enjoy the comeback of Marvel’s first heroes!


Fantastic Four #2 (Cover A Esad Ribic)
Fantastic Four #2 (Cover B Skottie Young)
Fantastic Four #2 (Cover C Arthur Adams Connecting Wraparound Variant B)
Fantastic Four #2 (Cover D Tom Raney Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)

Immortal Hulk #4 (James Bennet 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Infinity Countdown #5 (Of 5)(Mike Hawthorne 2nd Printing Variant Cover)
Infinity Countdown Companion TP
Infinity Countdown TP

We tons of Infinity, whether it be the Countdown or the current series, we have it. If you haven’t jumped in, but want to, the above-mentioned trades will get you up to speed. For those of you currently reading, #3 comes out Wednesday. This is sold out at the distributor level, so if you want one definitely get it now!


Infinity Wars #3 (Of 6)(Cover A Mike Deodato Jr.)
Infinity Wars #3 (Of 6)(Cover B J.G. Jones Promo Variant)
Infinity Wars #3 (Of 6)(Cover C Ron Lim)
Infinity Wars #3 (Of 6)(Cover D Patrick Zircher)
Infinity Wars #3 (Of 6)(Cover E Javier Garron Connecting Variant C)

Journey Into Mystery is back! This looks to delve into the horror genre and features Nick Fury & his Howling Commandos engaging in a mission like they’ve never encountered before. This happens toward the end of WWII.

Journey Into Mystery The Birth Of Krakoa #1 (Cover A Greg Smallwood)
Journey Into Mystery The Birth Of Krakoa #1 (Cover B Ben Caldwell)

Marvel Knights Daredevil By Smith And Quesada Guardian Devi TP
Ms. Marvel #34
Old Man Logan #47
Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #309
Runaways #13 (Cover A Kris Anka)
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Daredevil And The Defenders #1
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Luke Cage Hero For Hire #1
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #36

Of course, there’s Venom books! Read up on some Venom history with Planet of the Symbiotes TP!


Venom Adventures Digest TP
Venom First Host #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Mark Bagley)
Venom First Host #3 (Of 5)(Cover B Dave Johnson)
Venom Planet Of The Symbiotes TP

Weapon H #7 (Cover A Philip Tan)
Weapon H #7 (Cover B Chris Stevens Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
X-23 #4 (Cover A Mike Choi)
X-23 #4 (Cover B Yasmine Putri Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
X-Men Blue #35, $3.99

Yes, Star Wars titles! Have you been trade-waiting the Thrawn comics? Here it is!

Star Wars Darth Vader #21 (Cover A Giuseppe Camuncoli & Elia Bonetti)
Star Wars Darth Vader #21 (Cover B Rod Reis Galactic Icon Variant)
Star Wars Darth Vader Dark Lord Of The Sith Volume 3 The Burning Seas TP
Star Wars The Last Jedi Adaptation #6 (Of 6)(Cover A Mahmud Asrar)
Star Wars Thrawn TP


Check out Marvel’s books on sale 9/05/2018!

I know this is Marvel’s weekly flip advert, but please, PLEASE check out our post about us making September independent comic month.

On to the business. #1s, there are a few (see after shameless Cosmic Ghost Rider plug). Also, Cosmic Ghost Rider variants galore! The Immortal Hulk #5 Cosmic Ghost Rider variant (by Razzah) is incredible!

Who are the Asgardians of the Galaxy you ask? They are; Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie – and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Masterson, the boy who took his father’s mace to become the hero Thunderstrike. And the Destroyer, the Asgardian armor built to take down Celestials – its wielder unknown. Dale Keown is doing the regular cover and it’s AwEsOmE!

Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Cover A Dale Keown)
Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Cover B Skottie Young)
Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Cover C Humberto Ramos)
Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Cover D Cliff Chang)
Old Man Logan Annual #1 (Cover A Shane Davis)
Old Man Logan Annual #1 (Cover B Gerardo Sandoval)
Silver Surfer Annual #1 (Cover A Philip Tan)
Silver Surfer Annual #1 (Cover B Marcos Martin)
Thanos Legacy #1 (Cover A Geoff Shaw)
Thanos Legacy #1 (Cover B Ron Lim)
Thanos Legacy #1 (Cover C Stonehouse)
Thanos Legacy #1 (Cover D Esad Ribic)
Thanos Legacy #1 (Cover E Dave Johnson Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Thanos Legacy #1 (Cover F George Perez)

Oh yes, Thanos Legacy. So what happened between Thanos Wins & Infinity Wars? This fills in the gap & gives some insight into him losing his head in Infinity Wars (did a do a good enough job of being ambiguous to avoid spoilers?). Check out the sick Ribic variant (sorry, already sold)!

X-Men titles:

Astonishing X-Men #15 (Cover A Greg Land)
Astonishing X-Men #15 (Cover B Akcho Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Deadpool #4 (Cover A Nic Klein)
Deadpool #4 (Cover B Todd Nauck Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Weapon X #23
Wolverine Old Man Logan Volume 8 To Kill For TP
X-Men Gold #35

How about a special Alex Ross cover section.

Captain America #3 (Cover A Alex Ross), $3.99
Captain America #3 (Cover D Patrick Zircher Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Immortal Hulk #5 (Cover A Alex Ross)
Immortal Hulk #5 (Cover B Rahzzah Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)

By the way, Immortal Hulk is a great read. Al Ewing is one of the most underrated writers in comics. He can bounce back in forth with genres, Immortal Hulk has started as a horror book and is really good.


Rounding out the month:

Ant-Man And The Wasp #5 (Of 5)
Avengers #7 (Cover A Geoff Shaw)
Avengers #7 (Cover B Clayton Crain)
Avengers #7 (Cover C Tradd Moore Cosmic Ghost Rider Vs Variant)
Avengers #7 (Cover D Eve Ventrue Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant)
Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider #23
Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Geoff Shaw)
Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 (Of 5)(Cover B Declan Shalvey): see the 1:25 variant below!
Cosmic Ghost Rider #3 (Of 5)(Cover C Ivan Shavrin)

Two solid tales from Donny Cates. Cosmic Ghost Rider is a fun, goofy book that would appeal to Deadpool fans & Death of the Inhumans is a dark, twisted tale.

Death Of The Inhumans #3 (Of 5)(Cover A Kaare Andrews)
Death Of The Inhumans #3 (Of 5)(Cover B Aaron Kuder Young Guns Variant Cover D)

Quicksilver No Surrender #5 (Of 5)
Spider-Man Deadpool #38
Star Wars #53 (Cover A David Marquez)
Star Wars #53 (Cover B Rod Reis Galactic Icon Variant)
Star Wars #53 (Cover C John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Variant)
Star Wars Doctor Aphra Annual #2 (Cover A Caspar Wijngaard)
Star Wars Doctor Aphra Annual #2 (Cover B Ashley Witter)
Venom First Host #2 (Of 5)(Cover A Mark Bagley)
Venom First Host #2 (Of 5)(Cover B Rod Reis)

The True Believers are great buys, get classic stories for only $1! When will you ever be able to get a Daredevil #1 for $1, seriously.

True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Daredevil By Bendis And Maleev #1
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Daredevil By Lee And Everett #1
True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Daredevil By Smith Quesada And Palmiotti #1


July Sales for DC, Marvel & Image garner nearly 80% of the Market! Celebrate!

With July sales figures in, we see an incredible month for the big two followed by a solid showing for Image Comics taking a little under 10% of the market. To celebrate this astonishing capture of the market, we are offering 25% all independent comics for the month of September?!?!?!

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For the month of July, only TWO non-DC/Marvel/Image books cracked the top 100 in sales and one of them featured Batman (Archie Meets Batman ’66 #1)! The other book was Elvira Mistress of Dark #1 (can’t imagine how that happened) from Dynamite Entertainment.

That’s right, we are going to celebrate the OTHER publishers that continue to hang in there and put out new material that often gets overlooked. For the month of September, any new and old release (wall books and CGC comics are NOT included) will be 25% off! Yes, that includes stuff in the white boxes! (sorry, trades are not part of the deal).

There’s Dark Horse, Valiant, IDW, BOOM!, Black Mask, Dynamite, Archie, Titan & all the other independent titles that fly under the radar on a weekly basis to choose from. Why are we NOT including Image Comics? Image does just fine and doubles the sales/units of any other independent publisher. Robert Kirkman does not need our help to sell books, that’s why they are not on the list.

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What is included is anything that is on your pull list from the above-mentioned publishers and/or that you put on your pull list and receive in September. We will also give you 25% off any independent back issue, special order(s) that we do for you, regardless of when it comes in from Diamond (let’s see how Turtle handle this one, his head is going to explode).


Did you ever want to try a Valiant book like Bloodshot or Faith! Now’s the time. What about Black Badge from BOOM!? (Oh, you want to read this, it’s AWESOME & is in stock!) Dig in! How about James Bond Origin #1, which comes out this Wednesday? 25% off! Why not dig into some back issues of Breathless from Black Mask or Pestilence from After Shock. How about something from Old England, like Doctor Who? We carry a full line of that weird, English stuff. Want to relive your childhood, how about Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?


We will turn our Staff Picks end cap into an independent book section so you can see what we are reading from the fine independent publishers. I think Turtle’s picks will all be from Black Mask 🙂 Make Mine Independent!

5-Year Anniversary Wrap-up!

Thank you, thank  you, thank you! Seriously, THANK YOU! Still humbled and still flattered by all the support everyone has displayed not only during our anniversary celebration, but for the 5 years leading up to it (and after, now that it’s been a couple weeks!) I wish I could have taken more pictures, but with it being so busy I didn’t get a chance to get everyone’s picture. Here are some pics of the event; friends, creators and the DJ (including his servant). If you have some, please sent them to me and I’ll get them on the page.

I promise I’ll take more pictures next event.


Check out Marvel’s books on sale 8/28/2018!

First a quick word about damages. Without fail, we always have some damages with our order. Whether it be from the manufacturer or shipping, there is always something damaged. Some weeks are worse than others, there’s nothing we can do about it. Damages take 2 weeks, yes TWO WEEKS to get back to us. 99% of the time they do get replaced, so an exercise in patience is appreciated. “Jason, you must be saying this because something important was damaged this week.” If you are saying this you would be correct. The Web of Venom #1 cover B were all damaged. If you want one, please let us know and we will put it in your box when it gets delivered. On to the business.

The search for Wolverine is over & we have options! (Check out the Keown & Coipel covers below!)

Hunt For Wolverine Dead Ends #1 (Cover A Marco Checchetto), $4.99
Hunt For Wolverine Dead Ends #1 (Cover B Dale Keown)
Hunt For Wolverine Dead Ends #1 (Cover C Olivier Coipel)
Hunt For Wolverine Dead Ends #1 (Cover D Steve McNiven Return Of The Fantastic Four Variant)


A few #2s come out this week & hope to continue their solid story lines. If you are NOT reading Extermination and are looking to jump into an X-book for the first time, this might be the series!

  • Edge Of Spider-Geddon #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Jake Wyatt), $3.99
    Edge Of Spider-Geddon #2 (Of 4)(Cover B Cully Hamner)
  • Extermination #2 (Of 5)(Cover A Mark Brooks), $3.99
    Extermination #2 (Of 5)(Cover B Frank Cho)
    Extermination #2 (Of 5)(Cover C Mike Hawthorne Connecting Variant B)
  • X-Men Grand Design Second Genesis #2 (Of 2)(Cover A Ed Piskor), $5.99
    X-Men Grand Design Second Genesis #2 (Of 2)(Cover B Ed Piskor)


Venom continues his hot run with a host of new books written by Mike Costa & Donny Cates! They already have a 2nd print of Ve’Nam scheduled.

Venom First Host #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Mark Bagley), $3.99
Web Of Venom Ve’Nam #1 (Cover A Ryan Stegman), $4.99 All of our variants were damaged, UGH! We can reserve one for you when the come back in the shop.


Wrapping up the rest of the Marvel books is as follows:

Daredevil Annual #1 (Cover A Shane Davis), $4.99
Daredevil Annual #1 (Cover B Gerardo Zaffino), AR
Deadpool Assassin #6 (Of 6)(Cover A Mark Bagley), $3.99
Deadpool Assassin #6 (Of 6)(Cover B John Tyler Christopher)
Exiles #7, $3.99
Fantastic Four #1 (Facsimile Edition), $3.99
Marvel Two-In-One #9 (Cover A Gerardo Zaffino), $3.99
Marvel Two-In-One #9 (Cover B Alan Davis Return Of The Fantastic Four Variant)
Moon Knight #198, $3.99
Ms. Marvel #33, $3.99
New Mutants Dead Souls #6 (Of 6), $3.99
Runaways #12, $3.99
Star Wars Lando Double Or Nothing #4 (Of 5)(Cover A W. Scott Forbes), $3.99
Star Wars Poe Dameron Annual #2 (Cover A Rod Reis), $4.99
Star Wars Poe Dameron Annual #2 (Cover B Declan Shalvey)
X-23 #3 (Cover A Mike Choi), $3.99
X-23 #3 (Cover B Carlos Pacheco Return Of The Fantastic Four Variant)
X-Men Blue #34, $3.99

Check out Marvel’s books on sale 8/22/2018!

I promise pics from the 5 Year Anniversary Party are coming this week!

On to this week’s Marvel books!

A VeNoM book for kids ?!?!?!?! Yes, it’s true! Marvel Super Hero Adventures Inferno #1!

Leading the way is Punisher #1! Matthew Rosenberg is continuing his run with Frank Castle. He’s out of the War Machine armor, but still ready to deal out some of his own brand of justice. This is a great issue to jump in on a new story arc!

Another new #1 is West Coast Avengers! Yes, they’re back & this go around you get BOTH Hawkeyes (Clint & Kate), Fuse, Gwenpool, America Chavez & Kid Omega! Written by Kelly Thompson, this is sure to be a fun ride with Stefano Caselli providing art!

Rounding out the week: Amazing Spider-man #4, Avengers #6, Black Panther #3, Daredevil #607, , Life of Captain Marvel #2, Old Man Hawkeye #8, Sentry #3 (Definitely should be reading this!), Venom #5, & Wakanda Forever Avengers #1.

X-Books for the week: Hunt for Wolverine Mystery in Madripoor #4, Mr. & Mrs. X #2, Old Man Logan #46, X-Men Gold #34, & X-Men Red #7.

Star Wars books being released this week are: Darth Vader #20 & Doctor Aphra #23.


Check out Marvel’s books on sale 8/15/2018! Be kind, POS problems :(

Due to the overwhelming volume of AWESOME customers on Saturday, our Point of Sale (POS) broke! We are feverishly working to fix it/get a new one, so please be kind 🙂 This is also why we haven’t created a post-event post yet, but it’s coming!

On to the good news, new comics on Wednesday!

Extermination #1 features a new X-Men event & it looks awesome. It’s already sold out at the distributor level, so grab a copy! (Check out the Larraz 1:25 variant below).

Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 comes out & we all remember what happened w/ the last Edge of release (for those of you who don’t remember, Spider-Gwen made her first appearance)! Cully Hamner variant below (I did not go big on this title, so reserve one if you definitely want one).

A couple annuals with Cable/Deadpool & Astonishing X-Men release & the Infinity War continues with #2. Doctor Strange #4, Deadpool Assassin #5, Hunt for Wolverine Claws of a Killer #4, Multiple Man #3, Thor #4, Weapon H #6, Tony Stark Iron Man #3 & Weapon X #22 all come out Wednesday. Rounding out Wednesday for Marvel is Star Wars Beckett #1 & Poe Dameron #30 hit the shelves.

5 Year Customer Appreciation Event !

Hello Everyone!

On August 11th, we are celebrating YOU, our wonderful friends of the shop for allowing us to be in business for 5 years! We are having an all-day celebration/customer appreciation event with free food (11am-1pm, ice cream & hot dogs!), free raffle, giveaways, a DJ (11am-1pm), store-wide sale & more! See below for pictures from our 5 years in business. It’s really cool to see some of the older pictures of customers that still come to the shop! If we don’t have a picture of you we will get one Saturday!

Two of our store staples, Khoi Pham & Tom Whalen, will be at the shop CONTINUING their awesome, much appreciated support of the store.
We’re welcoming new creators to the shop; Dave Perillo, Dean Kotz, James Dracoules, Christopher March (Imperium Comics) & Rob Ciampa! See below for bios.
Finally, the dynamic DJ Miro will be at the shop from 11am-1pm to kick off the event!

Dave Perillo was born in 1974, the same year Wham-O introduced the Slip N’ Slide…coincidence? In 1st grade, Dave revealed in his autobiography “Me Book”, that when he grew up he would like to be Ziggy. This ambition was deflated by 2nd grade when he realized that A) Ziggy is not real, B) Ziggy is completely bald, and C) Ziggy wears no pants. While the thought of going throughout life sans pants was somewhat appealing he decided to pursue his second choice, a career in art. Dave draws inspiration for his work from many of the following sources: 1950’s Sci-Fi Movies, Charles Schultz, Jim Flora, Ray Harryhausen, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Henson, Hanna Barbera, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock & Character Advertising Icons. Dave currently resides in the burbs of Philly, works as an illustrator, believes that bowling is the sport of kings and a bag of Swedish Fish is a seafood dinner.

Dean Kotz is a comic book artist, illustrator, and concept artist. Some of the many comic titles he’s drawn includeDungeons and Dragons (IDW), The Red Panda (IDW), Charmed (Zenescope), Poe (Boom!), Trailer Park of Terror(Imperium), and Krampus!, a series he co-created for Image Comics. He also does illustration work for many rpg and tabletop games. Dean lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on an original sci-fi graphic novel for Insight Comics.

James Dracoules and Christopher March are the co-creators of the independent horror anthology Trailer Park of Terror, published by Reading, PA based Imperium Comics.  In addition to shepherding 14 issues and 2 Halloween specials of the comic, they also served as Executive Producers of the Trailer Park of Terror film.

Rob Ciampa: I am an illustrator/designer living in Bucks County, PA.  I work in a variety of styles and mediums, both traditional and electronic, but my favorites are pencils, pen and ink.  I have been fortunate to be able to use my talents to help promote the township and local businesses of Perkasie, where I live.  I am also a self professed car nut and have created many privately commissioned pieces for classic car owners.  My dream is to create a graphic novel or comic series about moon dragons, a creature my daughter and I made up years ago.

Jimmy “DJ Miro” Mirynowski hails from the suburbs of Philadelphia.  At a young age Miro took interest in music production and mixing, and officially started his DJ career in 2005.  Since then he has created his own mobile DJ company, performing at events such as weddings, parties, and corporate events as well as DJing for various charities including The Make-A-Wish Foundation.  He uses one word to define himself as a DJ, which is contrast.  Blending every type of music to create a musical experience for every audience.

Check out Marvel’s books on sale 8/08/2018!

This is the week of the Fantastic Four!!! They FINALLY make their way back to the Marvel Universe and we’ll have all sorts of cool covers for you to choose from. The Artgerm covers are phenomenal! if you are interested in a specific cover, please let us know as we are getting them all up to the 1:50 Ross & 1:100 Ribic Virgin (see images below)!

Also coming out this week Amazing Spider-man #3, Amazing Spider-man Renew Your Vows #22, Champions #23, Daredevil #606, Domino #5, Exiles #6, Hunt for Wolverine Adamantium Agenda #4, Old Man Logan #45, Quicksilver No Surrender #4, Spider-Man Annual #1, Darth Vader #19 and X-Men Blue #33!