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Friday, March 25, 2011

Featured Collections!

Looking for a good read this week but craving more than the usual 22 pages?  Check out these acclaimed series, collected in book form and on shelves now!

  From the team that brought you Demo: Volume 1 and Jennie One comes Demo: Volume 2, on DC's Vertigo imprint!  Writer Brian Wood (DMZ) and artist Becky Cloonan (American Virgin) weave six gorgeous black-and-white glimpses into the lives of young adults struggling to live with strange powers they don't quite understand.  It's an alternative take on a common theme in comics, handled with grit and tenderness.

  For years creator Carla Speed McNeil(Queen and Country)'s self-published "aboriginal sci-fi" series Finder has been an under-the-radar favorite, unfamiliar to all but a devoted few despite winning an Eisner, and hard to come by.  Thank goodness Dark Horse recognized a good thing when they saw it- the first four volumes are out now in a big beautiful compendium!  Follow enigmatic hero Jaeger and a fascinating cast of others through the "Sin Eater 1 & 2", "King of Cats", and "Talisman" story arcs!

  Last but not least, superstar writer Greg Rucka (Batwoman) and artist Matthew Southworth (Spider-Man: Grim Hunt) serve up hard-boiled Northwest noir with Stumptown, out in hardcover from Oni Press.  P.I. Dex Parios is a tough, resourceful, and deeply flawed heroine as only Rucka can script, tracking down a missing girl and trying to get to the bottom of Portland's criminal underworld without getting killed (or thrown in jail, as her investigative methods often fall on the ambiguous end of the morality scale).  It's adult alternative comics at their finest, so give it a look!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Picks of the Week

FF #1

It's the FANTASTIC first issue of FF! A bold new direction for Marvel's First Family featuring new members, old friends, older enemies and uneasy alliances that will send shockwaves through the Marvel Universe. With stunning art work by Steve Epting and Paul Mounts, please join writer, Jonathan Hickman, on the second massive arc in the bold new direction for the 'World's Greatest Comic Magazine.'

Lorna: Relic Wrangler


But hidden in plain sight in the heart of our nation's capital is the one artifact that can turn back this nefarious entity. Now it's up to Lorna, Relic Wrangler to pilfer a certain Memorial and curry the sacred object to its destiny - unaware that she is delivering herself as a sacrificial party favor!
PLUS: Thrill to the Girl Fight on the Threshold of Doom when Lorna confronts her teenage adversary turned cat-suited villainess! It's high school all over again while two worlds collide on the National Mall!

Green Lantern #64

"War of the Green Lanterns" ignites with part 1 of the blockbuster event that'll burn into the summer! A malevolent force has usurped control over all the power batteries, leaving the Corps powerless except for a select few members. Now it's up to Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Sinestro to regain control - but can these warriors overcome their differences in time to save the universe?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Today is the Day

Don't forgot to stop by today for your copy of FF #1 Blank Cover and a free sketch by one of our great artists.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Return of Karn

"There is always a point in a father's life when he sees his child so far down a path that the potential to take another road is no longer a possibility.  I wonder when my creator first looked at me with jubilation and regret, seeing me unable to become anything more than what I was.  I think about that now, because I feel that way when I look upon my world." -Karn
In the wake of Scars of Mirrodin and Mirrodin Besieged, Magic the Gathering players are eager to get into the final set of this story block. This is one of the most exciting spoiler/speculation seasons I have experienced.  This set has already brought together major characters from multiple story lines.  In a way, Scars of Mirrodin has been the culmination of the entire history of Magic the Gathering. For me, one of the most enticing story points is the return of Karn. If you are not familiar with the character, he is a creation of Urza, arguably the most popular planeswalker of all.  Karn exists as the heart and conscience amongst a group of immortal and all powerful beings.  His history is as storied and epic as his creator's and the Scars of Mirrodin story block has seen his fall and corruption.  In the upcoming third and final set in this block, many hold their breathe as they wait for Karn to liberate himself from the hold of the Phyrexian praetors.  The quote at the start of this post leads me to believe he will succeed in doing so, but long past the hour of need.  I imagine his return will be bittersweet as we regain one of the most interesting characters Wizards of the Coast has offered us, but they will return him with a broken heart.  Hopefully, Karn will survive the potential fall of Mirrodin to it's invaders.  This block rocks the continuity of the entire Magic the Gathering Universe as it returns many well-loved story characters as well as the game's most evil villains. 

Play out the war between the Mirrans and the Phyrexians today with cards from Scars of Mirrodin and Mirrodin Besieged today and decide the future of an entire world.  Whether you choose to support the Phyrexians or the Mirrans, one thing is for sure, you can't afford to miss out on the conclusion of the Scars of Mirrodin block. 
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- Ryan

Sketch Day is almost here

Tomorrow is the big day, FF #1 is out. Remember that when you buy a blank cover you get a free sketch from one of the great artists hanging out. This is the schedule:

Tom Williams 10-6
Tim Fischer 10-6
Justin Ryan 11-7
Uko Smith 12-8
David Willis 12-6
Craig Bogart 12:30-6
Michael Neno 2-8
Andy Bennett 4-8
John Lara 4-8

Sunday, March 20, 2011

NEW T-Shirts and Posters

We have some snazzy new T-shirts in stock featuring Blue Beetle, Bullseye, Teen Titans and Loki. Sizes range from Medium to Double XL.

 We also have some brand new posters spotlighting Venom and Captain America. Guaranteed to make your walls look at least 50 percent more awesome.