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Did You Know…Shop Edition: Gift Registry

What do you get the person that seems to have everything? How do you avoid that awkward moment when someone gets you a birthday present that you already have?  The Comic Book Shop has the answer! Gift Registry!

For any big event in your life, we’ve got you covered. Tell us the day of the event and a list of what you see in the store that you’d love to have. We’ll let all your friends and family know and make sure they buy just the right gift!

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Did You Know…Shop Edition #3: PaperKeg Podcast

“Ask me about PaperKeg Podcast!”

Have you listened to PaperKeg Podcast? Because you should. You’ll hear Roundtable discussions of the latest comics and a  Book Club Review hosted by some of the funniest and informative guys on the internet airwaves. On the spinner rack near the TARDIS we showcase graphic novels and trade paperbacks that PaperKeg has featured.

Looking for something to read? Pick up a book off the PaperKeg rack then download the correlative podcast on iTunes for free!


Did You Know…Shop Edition #2: We Can ReOrder For You

Did you know we can ReOrder some sold out items?

It’s happened to all of us, you’re looking for that one specific issue that you missed last week and now they’re all gone. Never fear! Simply ask us “Hey, can you still get that one issue of Space Explorers VS Aqua-Bots that came out last week?” We’ll see if we can order if for you and if we can, we will!

“But what if it’s not available for order? What do I do then??” you say. Lucky for you, we’re always buying collections of comics and toys, new and old. If the item you’re looking for isn’t available from our distributors, there is a chance it may find it’s way to us in one of those collections. If you ask nicely, we’ll make a note of what you’re looking for and let you know if we find one.

 


Did You Know…Shop Edition #1: Gift Certificates

It’s quite possible that if you’re reading this blog, you’ve visited our shop in North Wilmington. But there might be some things that you don’t know or haven’t noticed about our shop. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be having Shop Editions of Did You Know?, focusing on those things that our shop happily offers. Please, hands, feet, and tentacles in the blog vehicle at all times. Thank  you and enjoy the infunmational ride!

1. Gift Certificates, We Got ‘Em. So it’s your buddy’s birthday and what do you get the guy who seems to have everything? Or maybe a family member has a huge collection and you don’t quite know what they need. We have the solution with Gift Certificates! Available in any amount greater than $10 and always the perfect size!

How does one obtain a Gift Certificate you ask? Come to The Shop and ask “May I purchase a Gift Certificate, please?” It’s that simple!


What if….

With Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter out in theaters now, there’s a whole sub-genre coming to the forefront of fiction: Alternate History. This genre is where writers are free to play with and shape historical events and figures to their own purposes and we as readers see the ripple effect. There have been various uses of this is comics throughout their history, but here’s a few examples that you may want to look into.

 Superman Red Son, written by Mark Millar with art by Dave Johnson, is one of those great “What if…” stories. “What if Superman didn’t land in America?” Superman, who’s secret identity is a state secret, lands in the Ukraine and is raised to be ” the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.” Premiering in April 2003, this book was nominated for a 2004 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series.

 Watchmen, Alan Moore’s commentary on super-heroes, is an obvious choice for this list. A 12 issue series released from 1986 to 1987, Watchmen is one of the more well-known comics in pop-culture and for good reason. It presents a world where super-heroes emerged in the 1940’s and 50’s, helping America later win the Vietnam War. Shedding light on super-heroes in general, Moore brings us a gritty world where not everything is as it seems and masked crusaders are, at the end of the day, still human.

PT Barnum. A household name? For sure. Secret agent for Grover Cleveland who, aided by his circus companions, is given the task of thwarting an attempt to destroy the Union and defeating Nikola Tesla? Perhaps.

Alan Moore brings together some of the more adventurous figures in Victorian fiction in this action/adventure/mystery set in 1898. Mina Murray (Harker), Allan Quatermain, The Invisible Man, Dr Jekyll and his companion Mr Hyde and Captain Nemo join forces at the request of M, the mysterious head of the Secret Service. This is a group of people the likes of London has never seen.

This Tales of The Multiverse story collects Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, Batman: Bloodstorm and Batman: Crimson Mist into one single volume. These stories, coming out in the 90’s and written by Doug Moench, bring us a dark, gothic Gotham with the Dark Knight in the middle of the sweeping darkness. Eric Van Lustbader writes in the foreword, “For, after all, though Batman is – and always has been – a champion of justice, his has been a cruel justice, one of fear, intimidation and dark vengeance.” For any guys out there wanting to get their lady friends who like vampires into Batman, this might be the perfect introduction.


Did You Know? #2

As soon as you walk into our shop, you’ll see the giant table of back issue bins. We’ve got the essential stuff, Batman, Superman, X-Men, Avengers and even a few bins of Silver Age comics. But occasionally you’ll come across some rather strange/odd/funny issues that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to be in our bins. Follow me and let’s take a picture tour of the oddities I’ve come across in the last couple days.

Devil Dinosaur was imagined, written and drawn by Jack Kirby and lasted only 9 months. After it’s cancellation, Devil Dinosaur

would go on to make guest appearances in other Marvel titles and one-shots.

In the Summer of 2011, Kaboom! brought back Duck Tales with an ongoing series. DUCKTALES! WOO OO!

I think this one speaks for itself.

Jersey Gods, written Glenn Brunswick and illustrated by Dan McDaid. Gods battle in Cherry Hill!

PvP #1, originally a webcomic that was put into print form for a limited run by Image.

Duckaneer.What collection doesn’t need this?

1986 acid trip?

You’ll gasp at the fate of Peter Parker! See what happens to Miles Morales!


Did You Know? #1

The New 52 of DC Comics has produced many a beautiful cover thus far. Wonder Woman, Justice League and Batgirl have all had covers that never get old to look at, for me at least. But did you know that some of the new DC covers have a strange similarity to each other? Over the course of the New 52 that have come out, Catwoman and Captain Atom have shared a very similar, if not sometimes exact, layout for their covers. Think I’m just seeing things? Have a look for yourself. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to look at layout, color, negative space and focal points. It’s important to note that the covers of these comics are not from one single artist. It’s also worth mentioning that these titles come out on the same Wednesday of every month, often beside each other when alphabetically shelved.

Issues #4

Here we see some similarities at first glance. Both covers have the title characters looking off cover into the distance to the left. Both have a fluidity to their bodies, the way that they are drawn. They’re also very serious in the face. But let’s look a little closer.

The main shapes of the layout, outlined in pink, appear to be the same. Call it coincidence, patternicity, what have you, but it’s there.

Issues #5

With these covers, color also comes into play. Each cover use a mauve/purple and shades of blue ranging from sky blue to a purple navy. As we break the covers down we see more patterns emerge.

We find the negative space and head on the Captain Atom cover form Catwoman’s goggles. Her shoulder/bicep is mirrored in Captain Atom’s chest. It’s also worth pointing out that the cut on Catwoman’s bicep, with it’s pink coloring, mimics Captain Atom’s chest symbol. It’s one thing for a cover to pay homage to another, like in the case of Honey Badger and Action Comics #1. But it seems DC has inadvertently done this.

Let’s continue the tour….and we’re walking…

Issue #8

With these issues, the main character is falling through the cover, with another character behind/beside them. They can also both be captioned with, “AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!”

The main character may be at a different angle, but the shapes are all there. Head; outstretched, bent, right arm; strawberry/triangle shape to the body area. As far as colors go, blues and purples reign supreme, but also the pink coming from the broken window of the Catwoman cover (a rectangle) echoes the red/pink subtitle of Captain Atom (also a rectangle).

There you have it. Similar? Possibly. The chances that I simply spend too much time looking at the New This Week wall? 100%. Hope you enjoyed this installment of Did You Know?

~Ashley