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Just a quick info blast this week as we enjoy our 4th of July.


IMPORTANT: Due to circumstances with the greatest distributor in the world, Diamond Comics, new comics this week will not be available until Thursday! This is a national and not a local thing, no matter what you read. Check back on our Facebook page around 5pm on Wednesday for any updates on this matter. Boooooo.

We’ll be at All AmeriCon  this weekend in Youngstown, with Ben and Jason there on Saturday, and John D and Jim on Sunday. Stop by our booth and say hi! I’ll be there to pick up an awesome commission from guest of honor Bob Layton, where he re-imagined the cover of Tales of Suspense #57 (Hawkeye’s first appearance) as if were set in 1979 during the Demon in a Bottle storyline. 


Also, mark your calendar for our summer sale from July 20th to the 23, timed to coincide with San Diego Comicon. It’s one of two times during the year that we get to pull everything out of our storage locker for only $1 each! Expect discounts on everything in the shop, as well as the much anticipated 50% off back issues! We bought up York Comics left over inventory, so all of the will be available as well. We’ll have more details on that in next week’s email. 

Winston’s influence spreads even farther! If you’re thinking about going to Wizard World Columbus this year, use the code: WINSTON to get 20% off your tickets. We’ve worked it our so that this is the best deal you will get on these tickets anywhere. (I hate that cat.)

Here’s the photo album from this years Super Hero Boot Camp at BAYarts. Thanks to Heather Young for the amazing photographs! My daughter was even allowed to run the course this year, which made one of my favorite events even better. Congrats to all these newly trained superheroes. (Bananas’s For You!)

Better late than never! Here’s the wrap up videos for this years FCBD 2017:

Night Event: https://vimeo.com/224209973

Day Event: https://vimeo.com/224210777

Thanks to Jameson for getting these together for us and for everyone who showed up to make it a great year. 

Here’s the link to the Panel Scanners Podcasts, recorded live at the FCBD night event! There’s even a segment with Carol in there! Good stuff and we thank them for coming out this year!

That’s it! Summer is here!

Summer is right around the corner and this week is a pretty good look into all the cool stuff that’s to come.

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo will be reuniting this summer with a big Justice League event and Batman is right in the middle of it, Dark Knights: Metal. This week one of two prequels is coming out that will be setting up that story.

Dark Days: The Forge is written by Scott Snyder with art by Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr. A Dark Multiverse is threatening Earth, and it just might be Batman’s fault.
When we think about the epic nature of Snyder’s run on Batman we can’t help but get excited about his take on the whole League.

You don’t have to wait till August 18th to get a look at the new Defenders on Netflix. The first issue of Marvel’s new ongoing series starts now. Since Brian Bendis created Jessica Jones and also gave us one of the greatest Daredevil runs ever, he was the perfect choice is helm this new project. Art will be provided by Davis Marquez, who’s worked with Bendis in the past on Ultimate Spider-Man. I can’t wait to see their rendition of Power-Man and Iron Fist.


Marvel’s due for a facelift, and it looks like that’s going to start with the current Secret Empire series. Event fatigue is real, but we’re all really enjoying this one in the shop. It looks like it will feed directly into Generations in the fall, where we get our classic heroes back, along with their new counterparts as well. One of the things that DC does better than Marvel is handling the lineage of their characters, from the Golden Age to the Silver to the present. I was selected to get a sneak peek into what’s to come by Marvel’s editorial staff, and it looks like Marvel finally going to figure out how to catch up in this regard. But for now, Secret Empire #4 is out!

Another highlight of this week was the premiere of the Black Panther teaser trailer.


T’Challa has a surprisingly great graphic novel selection, and we’re here to give you a few good recommendations.

Who Is Black Panther? is a great introduction to Wakanda, Klaw, and pretty much every aspect of the character by screen writer Reginald Hudlin. (He did Eddie Murphy movies and House Party.) Top it off with art by John Romita Jr. and you’re ready to go.

BP’s longest run was by Christopher Priest, and it was also my favorite. The first of the four volumes is a highlight, and introduces us to Everett Ross and fleshes out the Dora Milage. Great political satire, and we finally find out why the King of a country bothered to join the Avengers in the first place. Great stuff.

The Black Panther Epic Collection Volume One features T’Challa’s earliest appearances, including his first in Fantastic Four #52-53 by Lee and Kirby. It’s also got the legendary run by Don McGregor, which was created in the early 70’s and features an abundance of Blaxploitation.

The Black Panther Marvel Masterwork Volume Two is a trip of it’s own, as Jack Kirby returned to Marvel Comics in 1977 and jumped right back into the character he co created. Like all Jack’s stuff in the 70’s, prepare to have your mind expanded a bit. Don’t worry about the Volume Two designation, it’s the proper starting point for the Kirby stuff.

I’m going to level with you here, I haven’t read all the Ta-Nehisi Coates stuff, but I hear it’s good. Check this out!

Okay, that should get you through until next week! Oh yeah, I’m almost too excited about Spider-Man Homecoming. Less than a month away. (!)

I seriously couldn’t stand Andrew Garfield. Seriously.

The countdown to Free Comic Book Day has begun and another of our traditions is the yearly FCBD VIP Raffle!


Visit the shop between Tuesday April 25 and Monday May 1st and you will receive a raffle slip for every regularly priced graphic novel that you buy. There is no limit to the amount of times you can enter, you get a slip with every book you purchase. Winners will be drawn when we close down the shop on Monday May 1st; you do not need to be present to win. We will pull two winners. Each winner also gets to pick a friend to share in the VIP treatment!

VIP Winners receive:

  • Two swanky FCBD VIP Lanyards so everyone knows who you are.
  • Two full sets of all 50 FCBD books.
  • A Marvel 75th Anniversary Omnibus filled with the greatest Marvel stories of the last 75 years. ($100 value)
  • Two personally autographed FCBD lithographs.
  • VIP photos taken by our amazing photographers.
  • Two autographed Iron Man graphic novels by guest Marc Sumerak.
  • Two autographed Lake Erie Monster comics by Jake Kelly and John Greiner.
  • Be the first to try the FCBD custom beers at the night event. (must be 21 or older.)
  • Other things we decide to throw in the bag at the last minute to surprise you. (It’s not fun to know everything.)
  • Basically you get to enjoy every aspect of Free Comic Book Day without ever having to wait in line for anything.

Is that worth buying an extra graphic novel of two for a chance to throw your hat into the ring? Absolutely. Read the rest of this entry »

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