Avengers vs. X-Men Party Tuesday April 3rd 7:00
The mega-crossover is nearly a pone us and to celebrate the launch of the big event we are having a party and are being allowed to sell issue one that Tuesday night. We will also have Sales, Discounts, Prizes, first shot at Variant Covers, maybe some cake and – of course – Free Beer!
I know several of you are into costuming and by all means you are encouraged to dress as an Avenger or an X-Man. We might try and come up with a game or two as well.
Should be a good time and think about it, what else are you doing on a Tuesday night?
Launch of Adventures of Nikki Harris #4, ALSO on April 3rd
Local comic creator Carter Allen will be launching issue #4 of The Adventurs of Nikki Harris Tuesday, April 3rd. While another comic company (who must not be named) is launching their own universe-shattering event, Nikki and her friends and foes battle it out in the far future, with the fate of the galaxy at stake! Or was it for a new iPad(tm)? Either way, creator Carter Allen will be signing copies of the Giant-Sized issue, sketching, having the occasional beverage and offering his opinions on why the comic cross-over peaked around the time Gary Coleman met Knight Rider… or was it when Simon and
Simon teamed up with Magnum P.I.?
For more info and some art check out the comic book bin AND if you want to get an earlier issue… early… One through three are at the shop right now.
So, Yeah.. We’re moving…
I’m going to continue with the discussion I started last week. I’m going to try and answer some of the questions we’ve been asked lately concerning this.
Where is this new place? 2608 Beaver. It is on the main business strip in the Beaverdale neighborhood district of Des Moines.
When does this start? Technically, May 5th and yes, that is free Comic Book Day. We are planning to have our midnight party on May 4th. Then pack up the comics and move the shop overnight (sounds crazy, but… yeah.) We plan a grand opening May 5th at 9am the next morning.
After that we will have very specific hours at the Fleur location. There will be options of hold lists (for two weeks) at one place or the other. Coffee will be available on the South side when we are open too.
Why do this? There are a lot of reasons. Most revolve around different financial reasons, as most would when talking about small businesses and a move. You need to remember, we are a business and if you want us around in two years, we can’t stay where we have been for ten years. If you’ve looked on the south side you know there is not a plethora of great retail options here. We were also looking at ever increasing costs that needed to be decreased, not increased. This move does that in numerous ways.
Please remember, we didn’t want to go through this. We didn’t do this as some kind of personal attack on you, the south side or our customers in general. If you have further questions on why, come talk to me. I will explain MUCH more.
What changes are you doing? The new shop is not going to be a full coffee bar, but we will have free coffee. (see below in my ripping of Newsarama.) We will be MUCH heavier stocked with comics and trades. We will have a larger kids section too. Some of the seating will go away, but much will stay. We will still encourage you to hang out, have a cup of free coffee, browse and read. Plain and simple, minus the coffee bar, not much will change.
What does the future hold for The Cup? We are planning on FINALLY getting our book bindery up and running. We want to get a much larger online presence AND an online shop. All three of these should be up and running by fall. However, overall comic-wise, we want to provide even better customer service to our comic book customers. So many people tell me they love us because we talk to them about comics. Without having to make coffee in-between ringing up comic customers will make it easier for us to help you find the best books on the racks.
And the long term future… I can’t talk about all the irons we have in the fire, but if the Des Moines Social Club moves into the Firehouse we would work strongly with them in that endeavor.
If you have further questions, please e-mail or stop in and talk to any of us. If we can answer it, we will. When I say we thank you for being our customer, we mean it. You are the life blood of our business and are a part of this move. Talk to us if you need too.
So, why does Comic Book Resources suck ass?
Last week we were mentioned on CBR about our shop moving. In the tiny piece they say we are dropping the coffee aspect of our shop. Well, that is incorrect, but then when “news” journalists don’t check their facts and just write what they want, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they would get something wrong.
We are NOT dropping coffee. We are stopping the bar part and will no longer be charging for it. Like nice friendly local book stores or banks or a mechanic’s waiting room we will have coffee for you while you peruse the books.
I guess, when it comes to CBR, we aren’t Robert Kirkman or another person they need to hob nob to, they don’t need to e-mail or call for information. Little makes me more angry than poor journalism. (I used to work as a news producer and finally quit due to seeing a systemic failure in modern corporate journalism.) Bloggers are journalists and if they want to be taken seriously they need to get their damn facts right.
So, who’s running for that elected office? A Super Villain!?!…
Since most elected officials seem to be, or at least turn into, super villains after elected why not just come out and say it… before you get elected. “Hello, my name is Von Doom and I am running for President.” But that isn’t fair. Doom has an extreme amount of cool and, frankly, none of the candidates running for President are as cool as Doom!
However, comicsalliance.com had a great post this week with some awesome art of campaign posters for super villains. They of course also had the cover from Superman after Lex Luthor won the presidency. Remember that? Good times.
Written by Peter David, Marc Guggenheim and Stan Sakai
Art by Sandy Plunkett, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stan Sakai, Dave Stewart and Art Adams
Covers by Dave Stevens and Darwyn Cooke
What was the best book that came out last week, you might ask. Sometimes I might have two or three or there isn’t an easy answer, but last week it was so simple, The Rocketeer. It may be a new number one issue for the new volume; the format is the same for this round. You get great writers and artist to do short stories about one of the coolest superheroes ever invented.
I found what series editor Scott Dunbier said in explaining the book fit perfectly, “The Rocketeer takes us back to another time, one stuffed to the brim with heroism and thrilling adventures. Some might call these stories old-fashioned—and what’s wrong with that?” They are simple, old school stories set in the late 1930’s or 40’s in an anthology book – like nearly all comics were back in the 30’s and 40’s. Most have some kind of a statement or message to make or are pulling on our comic book heart strings, either comedically or emotionally. All things that comics, from the same time period these are set in, did too.
However, this book is, with no disrespect to the artist and production values of that time, so much better than any of those books. The first volume, as well as this first issue in the second volume, is each works of comic book perfection. Easily one of the two or three best books being published right now and hands down this and the first volume should be no brainer multiple Eisner Award winners this summer.
The book is set for a four issue run with other contributors to the series to include Kyle Baker, J. Scott Campbell, Eric Canete, Paul Dini, Michael Golden, Dave Johnson, David Lapham, John Paul Leon, Bill Morrison, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Chris Sprouse, Tom Taylor, Matt Wagner, Colin Wilson, and more.
In additional Rocketeer news – there is an ongoing book planned that will be written by Mark Waid and drawn by Chris Samnee. For more info head to Comics Alliance.
In additional IDW news – Some more publishing is coming from them too. New series from The Crow, Judge Dredd, The Cape and a formerly unpublished Dave Stevens project. More info on that can also be found at Comics Alliance.
Ronnie’s Best Bets…
BPRD – Pickens County Horror #1
This promises to be awesome. We got Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and Scott Allie (sometime BPRD writer and all the time editor) on scripts, Jason Latour (Noche Roja, Loose Ends) and Dave Stewart (everything good) on art, and the phenomenal Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan the Barbarian) on the regular covers. An all-star team for sure. This two issue mini is supposed to be the Mignola-verse take on vampires. I am confident that it will take the vampire idea back to its roots, strip it of all the current nonsense and bring it back to horrific glory. I am also betting this will be a great jumping on point for those not currently reading BPRD. I am really anticipating this. I am sure you will read it.
The New Deadwardians #1
Another new vampire and zombie book… But this time written by Dan Abnett, who along with partner Andy Lanning have written way to many good things to count. The premise is something along the lines that we follow a detective during post-victorian England. However, the catch is that all the upper classes are voluntarily vampires while all the lower classes are zombies. Sounds ripe with socio-political commentary… Hopefully.
American Vampire #25
Yep, this is the vampire week! Although anyone who’s read a bit of this series knows that this is vampires done very right and really awesome. This issue will be the conclusion to the 50′s era death race story which has been kicking butt for the last few. This was Scott Snyder’s (Swamp Thing, Batman) breakout series, and is still one of the best on the racks. Read it.
It was really cool seeing so many Des Moines-ers at Planet ComiCon this past weekend. The attendance has been growing every year, and this year showed a large surge. I got a chance to meet some awesome creators like Jonathan Layman and Tim Sale. I also had some great conversations with folks like Nathan Fox, Jason Aaron, Matt Kindt and Scottie Young. Des Moines Native Tyler Wapole had a tablet there and said he was doing really well. And for all those wondering, Billy Dee Williams is looking great. I also got a pile of old Batman and Detective Comics for really cheap. It was a really great time and I highly suggest y’all go next year. Maybe we’ll get a party bus headed that way.
And a Matty J’s Best bet…
Atomic Robo, Real Science Adventures #1
This is guaranteed – no really, I’m guaranteeing this book – the best thing you will read coming out this week. One of my other two or three favorite (Usagi Yojimbo is the other one, if you were wondering) comics from the last year. Just a fantastic, fun book that is comparable to Hellboy and BPRD, but with REAL science rather than occult as it’s driving force. Great, just freak’n great books so far and I expect the greatness to continue.
Don’t believe me. Fine. We will go to the creator’s website http://www.atomic–robo.com to see what they say. Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener give you this promise: No angst, No “cheesecake,” No reboots, No filler and No delays (that we have any control over, i.e. Diamond will be Diamond.) – THAT IS AWESOME!!! Seriously, what else do I have to say… how about that it costs only $2.75!! Take that evil corporate comics!! Oh, yeah, if you didn’t already know it is an indy comic, also making it better.