**Send your support directly to Sam: Sam Sommer, E571, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, P.O. Box 1997, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997**
We’d like to introduce you to Sam. We’ve never met Sam, but he is our hero.
Sam is six years old, loves turtles, hates mint, and has recently been diagnosed with cancer: Actue meyloid lukemia. He and his family have a long, tough fight ahead as they face weeks at the hospital, pain from cancer, pain from treatment, and physical and emotional exhaustion. His family has set up a blog, Superman Sam, to report on his progress and share his adventures with his nurses and new friends in the Hematology/Oncology/Transplant ward.
As a story lover and six year-old boy, Sam loves superheroes. As a six year-old, Sam doesn’t yet grasp the enormity of the world or the healing power we all have and can share with each other. Sam’s parents have created Superheroes for Sam: A Photo Project to help him find the strength he needs and understand how many people care about him.
- Put on your favorite superhero shirt or superhero costume.
- Take a picture.
- PRINT OUT THE PICTURE.
- Put it in an envelope and mail it to:
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 1997
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1997
- Put on your favorite superhero shirt or superhero costume.
- Take a picture.
- Email the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will print it out and send it for you! **We’re getting so many responses we’re going to send multiple packages! As long as we get pics and drawings we will send support to Sam and his family. Thank you!**
- Put on your favorite superhero shirt or superhero costume.
- Come in to The Comic Book Shop.
- Pose for a photo.
- We will print it out and send it for you!All the pictures and drawings will be hung up in Sam’s hospital room…
Team Superman Sam!
There is something else you can do to help: Send positive energy by visualizing Sam whole. Imagine this silly, sweet, cheeky, fighting kid healed and playing at home. Imagine him graduating from college, getting married, having kids of his own. Imagine him living a long, happy, healthy life. Hold that image in your minds and in your hearts and in your souls. And pray that it will come to be.
For those who love books, there’s nothing more satisfying than a nicely bound edition. Image has recently put out a hardcover edition of their title Severed. As far as hardback graphic novels go, this one is supreme. Featuring an extremely detailed, creepy image on the cover, Severed catches your attention right off the bat. The title is printed in high gloss, as well as the hand ‘tearing’ through the cover, blood dripping down the front that stands out against the matte imagery. Featuring quotes from IGN and MTV Geek, the front boasts “As good as horror comics get” and “Sheer terror in comic book form.” I must admit, I haven’t actually read the comic yet so I can’t attest to these review.
Part of the charm of this edition is the fact that it doesn’t have a dust cover, a rare thing in hardcover trades these days. It lends a clean, polished look to the seven part title. On the back, you’ll be treated to a high gloss image of the main character, deep in thought under a full moon. The back cover is framed in glossy gold detailing and features more reviews from Fangoria, Comic Book Resources, among others. The quote along the top is sure to draw you in even more: “1916. A man haunts the roads. A man with razor-sharp teeth and a hunger for flesh.”
Once you open the book, you’ll see a sepia and black artwork that promises more creepiness if you were to turn the page. And when you do turn those pages, the beautiful art of Attila Futaki will caress your eyes. Go ahead, ogle a little.
Overall, this hardbound collection is absolutely beautiful and calls to me like a siren from across the shop. In short, this book gives me a library *censored adult content reference*
Down and Dirty:
- Amazing Spider-Man #683 Ends of the Earth: Spidey and the Avengers against the Sinister Six. Marvel crossover event DONE.
- Avengers Academy #28 War with the Runaways Part 2/2: I had fallen out of love with AA around the trip to the future – sprawling story, inconsistent and lesser quality art, forced crossovers. This issue is bringing everything back on track.
- Criminal Macabre: Die, Die, My Darling one-shot: Fans of Goon or Hellboy will also love Criminal Macabre. Spice up your stack with our hero Cal as he and his trusty partner battle monstrous evil.
- Daredevil #10.1: A proper Point One: Background info on the main and supporting characters, recap of what’s currently happening, and a lead in for what’s next. Or you could also buy it for the cover alone.
- Fairest #2: Aladdin woke Sleeping Beauty with true love’s kiss and the know-it-all genie just won’t bugger off.
- Fanboys vs Zombies #1: Sam Humphries. $1. Do the math.
- Fatale #4: Keeps getting better. The essay at the end of every issue invites you to continue the pleasure of the story by keeping you in the world a little longer.
- Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery HC: Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly. For the experienced Grant Morrison reader. Titus’ Pick!
- Joe Golem & the Drowning City III HC: I was sold when I saw the cover. I was sold when I read, “Illustrated novel…creator of Hellboy…100 illustrations.” Then I read the rest of the solicitation. I need to read this NOW.
- Men of War #8: I enjoyed the first seven issues of this relaunch because they were in a world almost completely absent of traditional superheroes. With this issue Jeff Lemire deftly brings Frankenstein to the series and sweeps another title into his fold.
- Whispers #2: The Luna Brothers have a unique style to their works which is clear in this, Joshua’s first solo work, but there’s also something distinctly different here. And very, very good. My Pick of the Week!
- Wolverine and the X-Men #8: Another X-Man is pushed to his base nature. Also, do not make Beast angry.
See you next week! ~SaRah!
Week One Has Begun!
We hit the ground running with our First Day at our new shop and our Second Anniversary as owners on Sunday. Monday got us a little caught up on rest and comics and I’m glad to be back!
- Avengers VS X-Men #0 – The Scarlet Witch nearly wiped out the mutant race. Hope is to be the mutant messiah. Bendis and Jason Aaron bring humanity to the two most powerful mutants, neither of whom is in total control of herself.
- New Deadwardians #1/8 – London, 1910. The upper class has chosen to become vampires to escape the lower class who have become zombies.
- Avengers #24.1 – The Vision confronts his wife and her father for the first time since his body was destroyed during Wanda’s descent into madness.
- Avenging Spider-Man #5 – The title page alone made Titus’ day! My Pick of the Week!
- Daredevil #10 – Continually one of the highest acclaimed books on the shelf and one of the coolest covers* in a long time. *Thanks, Paulo Rivera!
- Walking Dead #95 – Larger World Part 3 – The gang finds Jesus’ camp but Rick is still uneasy. Do you blame him?
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8 – The brothers’ home is overrun with chomping mouser-bots, Splinter is rat-napped, and April gets a surprise. If you’re not reading this you should be.
- FF #16 – The world has been saved, clean-up has begun, and a little girl is about to get into more trouble.
- Mighty Thor #12 – Thor VS Tanarus and the All-Mothers kick some butt.
DC New 52 #7 – In Reading Order
- Aquaman – Who are all these new people?
- I, Vampire – Can’t read this until I read Justice League Dark!
- Justice League Dark – How does magic have to do with vampires?
- Teen Titans – Solid story, every time.
Collections / Graphic Novels
- Garbage Pail Kids HC – 206 classic cards, 4 new cards, classic packaging dust jacket. And gross.
- Gone to Amerikay HC – Three intertwined, century-spanning tales of Irish emigrees to New York City.
- Rachel Rising Vol 1 TP – Rachel is dead and keeps dying and a creepy lady is involved somehow. Terry Moore, say no more!
- Secret Warriors Vol 6 TP Wheels Within Wheels – The final volume of Hickman’s masterwork following Nick Fury’s team of untrained super-teenagers. I’ve already read this series a few times and will read it a few more this year.
- Previews April 2012 – All the comics, toys, and more for the coming two+ months. New titles, creator changes, sneak peaks, reorder options, special order options. Let us know what you want and we’ll get it for you!
- Uncanny X-Force #23 – The trial of Fantomex concludes!
- Ultimate Ultimates #8
This week is unlike any other.
Although it is an exciting experience moving The Shop has left little time for anything else and my weekly comics have been knocked out of priority. I know. Take a moment. I can’t believe it either. So when faced with a stack of 25+ books from, for clarity’s sake, 3.21, still to read the night before books from 3.28 come home, I took a hard look at which comics I’m reading and why.
Here’s what’s in my stack:
- Hoax Hunters #0 – The first and only book I read from Tuesday of 3.21 until Friday. (Friday!) I chose wisely.
- Rebel Blood – Sold out at Image days ago. Looks pretty creepy.
- Super Crooks – Mark Millar and Lenil Yu. Come on.
- John Carter: Gods of Mars Part 1/5 – Sam Humphries and Ramon Perez. COME ON! All ages.
- Rocketeer Adventures 2 – Anthology by the best in the biz. If you love comics and pinup girls you need to read this. (*Dang, I did Not read the solicit before I chose my quick alliteration and I’m not taking it back.)
- Ragemoore – A living castle, as drawn by Roger Corben.
- Smoke and Mirrors – The solicitation says Locke & Key and Memorial so I’m in.
- Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child – New Orleans. Supernatural. I’m in.
- No Place Like Home – This isn’t Wizard of Oz anymore, Toto.
- Road Rage – Stephen King and Joe Hill do Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
- Prelude to Avengers: Fury’s Big Week – Movie tie-in.
- Goon #38 – The second book I read, because it’s easy and fun and gorgeous. Goon’s aunt!
- Memorial #4 – Bizarre and wondrous. Good for slowing down and changing your perspective.
- Prophet #23 (#3 of relaunch) – The previous issue was more gross than the first, which was kinda gross! Spaceman on space planets with space planet people. Like Memorial, Prophet is also good for taking you out of this world!
- Amazing Spider-Man #682 – End of the World Part 1 – Always a good comic book.
- Avengers X-Sanction #4/4 – Titus read and said it was good!
- Uncanny X-Men #9 – I stopped reading this after a few issues of the restart of the series but thought I would try it again with the whole Avengers VS X-Men thing happening. I flipped through and read a few random pages. Verdict: Looking forward to reading the rest!
- Reed Gunther #9 – A cowboy who rides a bear and fights monsters with a lady friend. All ages. A zany non-superhero book for kids that grown-ups will also find entertaining! With a strong female counterpart to our hero and his bear.
DC New 52 Issue #7 -In reading order:
- Wonder Woman
- Birds of Prey
- Justice League
- DC Universe Presents: Challengers of the Unknown Part 2/5
- The Last of the Greats Vol 1 – I read the first issue and dug it. Customers keep telling me how good it is!
- Strange Talent of Luther Strode #6/6 – I keep hearing about how brutally awesome this book is but I missed the first few issues. Hurry up, TPB!
- Invincible Iron Man #514
Titus’ Graphic Novel Recommendation
- X-Men Season One – Just like I wouldn’t shut up about how perfect Fantastic Four Season One is, about how it’s just what a new reader to comics or the family needs to get started, about how the art and story flow so you don’t want to put it down… ditto.
Hey, folks! That’s right, our blog is back in action. Or at least, it will be soon. In the mean time, the blog will be under construction and will soon be all shiny and new.
Much like our new shop! We’re all a little crazy right now, as the shop is moving 1/4 mile down the road, to a bigger space with more parking. The new shop will be open April 1st, 2012. Which just happens to be our 2nd Anniversary Celebration! Star Wars characters! Snacks! Comics!
Be sure to keep an eye out as we post updates, industry news and reviews.
TCBS: So Duffy, how long have you been a Comic Book Geek?
DUFFY: In some form or another I’ve been a comic geek all my life. I grew up with the toys and cartoons of the 80’s. I loved (and still do) Transformers, G.I. Joe, He-Man, and Thundercats! The 90’s introduced me to The X-Men and that pretty much set the path for my life. Be it sad or not I first learned of the Merry Mutants with the re-launch by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee. (Every comic shop in America is still choking on those books.) That comic series along with the animated cartoon that shortly followed educated me on the X-Men and to this day no X-Men cartoon series since has been able to top it. Then in 2002 I got some very wonderful news. The Transformers were returning to the comic book scene after an 11 year absence! At this point in my life I had a job and my own money. My true comic book collecting had begun. During the course of the next year I knew my calling was to be completely immersed in comics 24/7. I had to become a comic book shop employee!
TCBS: Did you have comics as a kid? What was your first comic?
DUFFY: I don’t really recall having a comic book to call my very own. The earliest comic I remember seeing is Marvel’s run with Transformers. For some reason the cover to issue #10 is emblazoned in my brain. It depicts Devastator blasting Ironhide and Bumble Bee.
TCBS: What is your current favorite?
DUFFY: I’m really enjoying Avengers and New Avengers at the moment. Unfortunately I’ve been really disappointed with all the X-Men books aside from the Messiah Complex, Second Coming and X-Force (not Uncanny) story lines. I’m also enjoying the re-launch of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
TCBS: Who is your favorite Comic Book character?
DUFFY: My favorite comic character is from the world of X-Men of course. That would be Gambit. Something about him really appeals to me. He has a dark past that he is trying to atone for. (Granted we have now found out what that is.) He is also a pretty slick dude. He could have just about any woman he wanted but the one he wants, he can’t have. I think that’s a pretty cool dynamic. I guess it speaks to the hopeless romantic in me.
TCBS: And what about behind the scenes? Who’s your favorite writer and/or artist?
DUFFY: I don’t really have a favorite writer. There are writers I enjoy like Bendis, Loeb and Straczynski, but I don’t make a point to read or buy something based on the writer alone. Now artist on the other hand……
John Romita JR. is my most favorite absolutely awesomest artist. I will buy and go out of my way to get anything he is working on. I remember when I first laid eyes on his work and it just spoke to me. I don’t know why, I just really enjoy his work. I really wish the folks at Marvel would give him a run on X-Men again, and then maybe I wouldn’t be so disappointed with the book anymore. My most favorite work that he did has to be Dare Devil: The Man Without Fear. A five issue mini-series also written by Frank Miller. I must have read it 100 times over when it first came out in 1993. How awesome is that? I’m 11 years old at the time and appreciating comic book art work!
TCBS: Nice! So now we know a bit more about your comic life, what are you up to when you’re not at the shop?
DUFFY: You mean there’s life outside comics? Ha ha… I watch a lot of TV, go to Phillies games, and spend time with my wife and my folks.
TCBS: Thanks for chatting with us today, Duffy.
Stay tuned folks for the next installment of “Meet the Geeks!”