ANDY’S PICKS :: At this past weekend’s Discussion Group–and we had a blast, join us for the next one!!-two books were strongly recommended by our Discussioneers (c): WAKE the ten issue horror mini series from Batwriter Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy. It is set at the Arctic Circle and it sounds horrifying. And KINSKI the six issue miniseries from Gabriel Hardiman about a man and his dog, but that is not what it is really about. Both books are collected in book form and are well worth your time, money and effort.
SUPERMAN GOLDEN AGE SUNDAYS 1946-1949 HC| $49.95
WALLACE & GROMIT NEWSPAPER STRIPS HC VOL 02| $14.99
WALT KELLY POGO COMP DELL COMICS HC VOL 02| $60.00
BOB POWELL COMPLETE CAVE GIRL HC| $49.99
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE TP BREAKING STEPHAN| $14.99
MUTTS TREASURY LIVING THE DREAM SC| $19.99
GET FUZZY TP YOU CANT FIGHT CRAZY| $14.99
You can’t go wrong with any of these collections. Mutts, Get Fuzzy and Pearls Before Swine are three of the most consistent and entertaining contemporary strips. So is Wallace & Gromit and these collections are the only place in the colonies to find this gem. Powell was a good girl art master to rival even Matt Baker. You can’t go wrong with Walt Kelly’s swamp folk in any medium. But it is those full page, full color Wayne Boring Sunday strips that really melt my butter. Yours too if you are so inclined to give them a try!
Another huge week for the Classic Comics Commandos (what we call ourselves to impress the babes!) Action Philosophers collects all the issues Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey cartoon history of Philosophy from Socrates (the old dude in the bedsheet from Bill and Ted!) to Jacques Derrida (Dream and Death’s younger brother Deconstruction)! Good stuff Maynard (Keynes!) With HELLBLAZER TP VOL 09 CRITICAL MASS the John Constantine Library continues its classic reprint run with issues #84-96 featuring stories by Jamie Delano, Sean Phillips as well as the beginning of the long run by Paul Jenkins. PLUS– 3 stories written by EDDIE CAMPBELL!! But if you can only afford one classic reprint this week it has to be WALT DISNEY UNCLE SCROOGE HC VOL 02 SEVEN CITIES GOLD. It’s Carl Barks at his prime. Even sub-prime Barks is better than 95% of all other cartoonists. Prime Barks is not just essential, it’s required!!! Enjoy!!!
Use your imagination with THE BOXTROLLS! A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge.
On Sunday, September 14 from 1-3PM, head over to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find for THE BOXTROLLS Cardboard Challenge! THE BOXTROLLS are teaming up with the Imagination Foundation to invite kids of all ages to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.
Participants will receive fun prizes from THE BOXTROLLS, and can enter-to-win a “What’s in the Box” Prize Pack, including an Xbox One. Post your creation on Twitter or Instagram with #TheBoxtrollsCC for a chance to win the national overall prize, the “Imagination Box,” including an Apple iMac, an iPad Air, and more! THE BOXTROLLS, in theaters September 26!
Date: Sunday, September 14
Location:Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find – 1957 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC 28204
JUSTIN’S PICK :: PROPHET STRIKEFILE #1: I love anything encyclopedic. I can while away days with a few Official Handbooks of the Marvel Universes, or Who’s Who?es, or what-have-you. The cumulative nature of serial fiction – and especially comics – gets so awe-inspiring when everything is condensed down to its most basic summary…something about it compels me. We’ll let the mystery be. Anyway, now Prophet gets the treatment, and with the wild talents of Brandon Graham and Simon Roy at the helm, this little pamphlet o’ factoids is sure to fascinate. And we can all use a scorecard, sometimes.
We will be open today until at least 6PM for all your comic shopping needs. If you haven’t been in the store lately, be sure to check out our $1 comics, they’re going fast and won’t last long. Southern Bastards #3 came out this week and it has a great looking fried apple pie recipe in the back. Impress your family and friends with that today!
Our web store is always open. New items coming soon!
HeroesCon 2014 is only one month away and even more great creators are being added to our guest list every week! It’s getting SO CLOSE! We’ll see you at the Charlotte Convention Center June 20-22, 2014. Tickets for are on sale now! Check out our full line-up of comic creators here!
CREATORS! Artists Alley tables are still available but they are going fast! Reserve your space today!
LUIGI ANDERSON – Colorist: The Auteur
FRANK BARBIERE – Writer: Five Ghosts, Solar: Man of the Atom, The White Suits
BRIAN CLEVINGER – Writer: Atomic Robo
MICHELLE DELECKI-DAVIS – Painter
BRYAN JL GLASS – Writer: Mice Templar, Furious
KERON GRANT – Concept Artist: Robocop, Transformers, GI Joe
MIKE HENDERSON – Artist: Nailbiter
JANET LEE – Artist: Return of the Dapper Men, Jane Auten’s Emma, Wonderland Alphabet
HEIDI MACDONALD – Writer: The Beat
BEN MCCOOL – Writer: Pigs, Lookouts
MIKE MCKONE – Artist: Justice League United, Avengers: Endless Wartime
STEVE NILES – Writer: Criminal Macabre, 30 Days of Night, Frankenstein Alive Alive
STEPHANE ROUX – Artist: Harley Quinn, Batman, Birds of Prey
TOM SPURGEON – Writer/Historian: The Comics Reporter
KARL STORY – Inker: Adventures of Superman, Serenity, Tom Strong
DEXTER VINES – Inker: Amazing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers, Batman
SCOTT WEGENER – Artist: Atomic Robo
Heroes Convention takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 20-22 2014. Get your 3 day passes today! The full guest list (so far) is here.
HEATHER’S PICK :: X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #2: The conclusion to this year’s X-Men event is finally here! Has it only really been 10 weeks since mutants from past, present, and future have had me on the edge my seat for what happens next? Admittedly, I love any book that features a Quentin Quire Phoenix, but this has been a series that I have been looking forward to as each new book as it came out week to week. While I am excited to see how it ends, I will hate for it not to be in my reserve bag after Wednesday.
SETH’S PICK :: SIN TITULO HC: It’s been quite a month if you’re a fan of big company books. As for me, while I’ve enjoyed Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity series, and appreciate the marketing success of DC’s 3D cover bonanza, I’m much more interested in the underdog books lately. That’s why I’m picking Sin Titulo by Cameron Stewart this week. The book did win an Eisner back in 2010 for Digital comics, so some of you out there might object to me calling this an underdog. Still, in a week where every speculator in the country is going to be trying to make quick cash on the Joker’s Daughter 3D cover, it’s nice to have a solid, gimmick-less book to talk about, and on a week like this one, Sin Titulo is likely to get lost in the 3D wave. I will admit that I only started reading Sin Titulo in its digital format recently, and mainly because I wanted to write about it. I am, however, familiar with Stewart’s work, particularly at DC and Vertigo. If you read reviews of Sin Titulo, you’ll see words like ‘noirish’ and ‘Lynchian,’ and it’s safe to say that Stewart was likely influenced by that genre and famed director David Lynch. It is a unique read though, and, dinosaur that I am, I’m happy to have it arriving in a book format. So if you want something with a little more depth and aesthetic value beyond the brightest and shiniest of the week’s big company offerings, I’d encourage you to give Sin Titulo a look.