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6/18/14 Signing Bundle Package

In case you missed it, FPNYC is hosting a rather large event Wednesday the 18th of June. It’s kind of a big deal.

Forbidden Planet NYC Paul Pope signing Escapo

We’re extremely fond of all five of these gents, and as an incentive for you to pick up all five books we’re promoting Forbidden Planet’s bundling them all together at a discounted price the day of our event! Normally a full set of Escapo, Fear My Dear, Shackleton, Thomas Alsop #1 and Minimum Wage #6 would retail for about $69…

We’re bundling the full set of books (SIGNED) for $45! That’s nearly 35% OFF! Crazy pants.

PLEASE NOTE: There are only a limited number of these bundles available! They go on sale at the shop at 8am Wednesday morning.

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Black Devil Doll From Hell/Tales From The Quadead Zone DVD Release Party! Meet Director Chester Turner!

Friday November 1st 7PM Forbidden Planet NYC

832 Broadway Manhattan, NY 10003

Meet Director Chester Turner and celebrate the release of both his 80′s classics, Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone on DVD for the first time ever! These must see to be believed, completely bonkers cult classics were saved from being lost in VHS limbo for the rest of time by the wonderful Massacre Video. Grab a copy of this deluxe edition DVD box set and get it signed by Turner himself or live the rest of your life wishing you did!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/616108928434843/

QUADEADCan’t make it to the signing? Don’t sweat it, Forbidden Planet has got your back dawg! You can pre-order a copy of the Black Devil Doll From Hell/Tales from the Quadead Zone DVD box set from our web store and we will have Chester Turner sign it for you before we ship it out!

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We’re The Village Voice’s Best Comic Book Shop 2013!

Critics’ AND reader’s pick! I’ll have to ask them to fix the address and pic, but we’re extremely honored. Here’s a link to the article.

village_voice_best_newYork_Forbidden_PlanetForbidden Planet is insane—the noise, the size, the sheer staggering display of comic force at work, complete with manga, Marvel, graphic novels, and everything comics freaks ages five to 85 could possibly hope for. For that reason, it’s always crowded, a joyous throng of kids and teens and older, quieter devotees. But the noise is in itself kind of beautiful. At a time when comic books are now Real Art and Taken Very Seriously, it’s nice to mingle with a lot of very short, very young people who love them simply for existing. The toys and collectibles are impressive too, as is the knowledgeable, non-attitudinal staff. As a special bonus, Forbidden Planet’s newest location is just steps away from Strand, making for a full afternoon of contented book-browsing.

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Last Night was a Blast

MANY many many thanks to everyone who made last night’s Adventure Time Encyclopaedia celebration at Forbidden Planet so special.  So sorry we had to cap the line and turn some folks away, but I’d like to think the hundreds of attendees who met the AT crew here last night walked away happy as all get-out.

Martin Olson, Olivia Olson, Adventure Time, Jessica Diccico, Celeste Moreno, Mahendra Singh
l-r Mahendra Singh, Martin Olson, Celeste Moreno, Olivia Olson, Jessica Dicci

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Battling Boy and Yi Soon Shin Signing and Walking Dead Midnight Release Tuesday 10/8/13

This coming Tuesday:

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  • Paul Pope’s Battling Boy FINALLY releases!!! We’ll be selling it for 25% OFF cover in-store day of release only.  It’s also available for mail order at that discount as of this posting (and will be so thru Tuesday) here and here.

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  • Frequent FP guest, writer Onrie Kompan, and artist Giovanni Timpano (his first trip to the U.S. if I’m not mistaken!) will be signing copies of their Yi Soon Shin books for a few hours, starting at 5pm,

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  • We will close at 10pm, but re-open two hours later for a special MIDNIGHT RELEASE of The Walking Dead #115!  Exclusive variant cover and maybe some chocalate milk if you’re good.

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Not To Miss!

This Sunday, April 21st at Public Assembly in Williasmburg its the 2nd annual BROOKLYN ZINE FEST! Come out and support bright self publishing folks who all look like they could use a shower!

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space Toys In Stock

If you’ve never seen this amazingly campy sci-fi horror schlockfest you’re missing out.  No hyperbole.

If you have experienced its majesty (“It’s Craazzyy!”) you most likely get all or part of The Dickies theme song stuck in your head every now and then, and are wonderfully haunted by images of popcorn guns and other sideshow grotesqueries.

Consider this a heads up, fellow fans!  KKFOS toys from Amok Time are now in stock at Forbidden Planet NYC!!!

KKFOS toys tiny killer klowns toys from outer spaceAnd we all know the toys that touch our base fears come to life when we’re asleep, right?  Pick up Shorty and Tiny today, set up a spycam tonight, and watch these diabolical bozos’ mischief in the morning!

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Somewhere Around The Number Ten Best Comics That Nobody Told You About

Part 1:

I love Chris Ware. Bit redundant to say so this holiday season with everyone and their sister buying Building Stories, but with so much comic awesomeness that happened in 2012; between Charles Burn’s second installment to his X’ed Out trilogy, The Hive, and Brian K. Vaughn’s SagaSAGA… It’s too easy for amazing comics to get lost in the stacks, so I’m here to give my somewhere around the number 10 best comics of 2012 that nobody told you about…

LOSE #4

Michael DeForge might be the most prolific cartoonist working right now. He pumps more work and at a higher quality that would make any other cartoonist want to quit, or work harder…..no quit thats the correct response. On top of Lose #4 this year you can also see his work in the pages of Adventure Time comics, where he does the backgrounds,variant covers, anthology stories in  Nobrow 7 (more on that in a bit) and the newest  KUS, not to mention his on going serial Ant Comics, oh and his porn comic that he designs that features work by Johnny Negron, Brandon Graham, and Jillian Tamaki….more on all of them latter too…Bottom line, DeForge has a hand in everything and you’re probably a fan of his already, so read Lose, or Ant comics, or KUS, or Nobrow, or one of the million other things he worked on this year. King of comics 2012 goes to DeForge, no contest.

The Underwater Welder

Did I mention that DeForge is Canadian? Canadians….must be a universal sigh when cartoonist’s who aren’t Canadian talk about them. Jeff Lemire is another cartoonist hailing from The Great White North. Lemire had a full year of releases with Sweet Tooth Volume 4 and 5, the reprinting of his Xeric grant book Lost Dogs and Underwater Welder. Underwater Welder is for lovers of well paced, clear story telling, and the Twilight Zone. Lemire has an economy to his comics, the art is quick yet purposeful in the same manner as the writing, which rewards the reader with a world that they can envelope themselves in. Lemire is an odd school of cartooning, he’s not so deep into independent styled comics as DeForge, but he isn’t mainstream either (though he does write the only two books at DC still worth reading Animal Man, & Frankenstein Agent of Shade ). He’s a cartoonist in love with genre but doesn’t mistake comics to be only that.

Nipper Volume 3

Nipper Volume 3 finally came out! WOOOOOOO! I might be the only American to love Nipper so go buy it and prove my gross presumption wrong. Keeping in theme with brilliant Canadian cartoonists, Nipper volume 3 is the Canadian version of Family Circus, if Family Circus was anything like a real family and not so adorable that even your grandmother finds it lame. Always silent, black and white line work with one beautiful saturation of red dropped into each panel, Doug Wright creates multi-layered story telling, in the most simple yet still incredible complicated drawing. Just go look already, and then come meet me for coffee to talk about it, I’ll be here till next year trying to describe why it’s so effffffing smart.

Diary Comics 4

Dustin Harbin is yet another broken hearted cartoonist, upset that his nationality isn’t Canadian. Diary Comics 4 starts with Dustin talking about how amazing it is to be in attendance at the Doug Wright rewards (the Canadian version of the Eisners), and how he wishes we as American could take comics as seriously as they do. Why can’t we folks? Dustin’s beautifully minimalist drawings deceive readers with their simplicity, when they are really just the right amount of information needed, each mark done with purpose in mind and simply decroative. Go read em’ they’re good. And if your not a fan of memoir, you just like the punching and kicking comics, he did letter Casanova sooo…..I don’t know Matt Fraction wrote Iron Man for like a century right? See the full picture of creators not just the characters you like….

Pope Hat #3

Pope Hat #3 by Ethan Rilly. Rilly is surprise surprise, another Canadian. Pope Hats is technically 3 issues deep but you really only need/want two and three. In Pope Hats Rilly tells the story of Franny, a young law clerk at a massive law firm, picture Wall Street with less Charlie Sheen….okay no Charlie Sheen, just that one part where he gets punched in the face by Michael Douglas… Rilly drawings show traces of his influences but they don’t unhinge the story. You can see traces of Doug Wright’s drapery in the clothing, and bits of Shultz popping up in the rendering of grass and clouds. It’s like a love letter to days past when cartooning was a profession and getting a weekly strip in a newspaper was the dream. Pope Hats narrative shares a similar tone of nostalgia with its drawing, that bitter sweet pain, from an old wound.

Thats the end of Part 1. Part 2 on Sunday 12/23/12.

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Secret Adventures of Houdini Release Spectacular – Nov 21!

Sean Von Gorman will lock himself inside a steel cage until every copy of his new book sells out at FPNYC!

Come one, come all! At Forbidden Planet NYC on November 21st, illustrator and escape artist Sean Von Gorman will lock himself inside a man-sized steel cage until we sell every copy of his new release from Alterna Comics, The Secret Adventures of Houdini: Book One! Yes, that would be the very same Sean Von Gorman who handcuffed himself to a traffic light outside FPNYC last February, enduring wind, rain, and police inquiries in order to sell his comics. Now that’s dedication.

In the same spirit, he’ll be making his triumphant return to FPNYC for the Secret Adventures of Houdini Release Spectacular on the day before Thanksgiving. There will be special guests! There will be live video of this notorious spectacle on our YouTube feed! There will be a grown man proudly locked inside a cage for public viewing–and how often does one get to Instagram a photo of that in a context that’s actually safe for work? Drop by FPNYC on Nov. 21st and pick up a copy of The Secret Adventures of Houdini to help relieve his burden. If you can’t make it to the store that day, fret not: online sales also count.

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Secret Adventures of Houdini Alterna Comics Edition EVENT

In addition to our Ron Wimberly and Noku November events, Forbidden Planet will be hosting another day of shenanigans with Secret Adventures of Houdini artist Sean Von Gorman… this one even BIGGER than the one we threw in March 2012.

Don’t remember that one?  Well here’s some video of it to refresh your memory and/or acclimate yourself with the fellow.  *Please note that the following takes place moments before the fuzz tried to shut us down, as it often looks criminal when a man is chained to a city light pole.
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Wednesday November 21st (day before Thanksgiving) Sean will be caged (courtesy of humancages.com) in the front of our shop from noon until we sell out of the new edition of the book- signing copies for customers, performing tricks, taking abuse, doing interviews, running giveaways, and engaging all sorts of moderately insane tomfoolery.

Sounds like fun, no?

We’ll be LIVE on and off from the shop throughout event on our YouTube channel if you can’t make it and want to check in on our daring escape artist.  You can also pre-order signed books from our website for mail order.

If you are coming by be sure to get pick up a copy, have Sean sign it, and throw a plastic tomato at him for me!

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Forbidden Planet NYC is Open Today

Electricity and running water have kicked in again for much of lower Manhattan and we are open for the first time since last Sunday.

Items of note:

  • We will be closing at 10pm every day until Wednesday the 7th.  In fact, today, in the interest of safety for all involved, we may close slightly earlier.  9ish, depending on a few factors.  Be sure to call in advance, please.
  • We do not have new comics and toys from this past week as UPS was not delivering to our area.  We hope to receive the shipment from October 31st this coming Monday, but that is not guaranteed.  Keep an eye out on this site, our Facebook page, and/or our Twitter feed for updates.  We’re aware some of our competitors have gotten their shipments but we are deeply appreciative of our customers and will definitely make it worth your while to pick up your comics from us.
  • Everything in the shop is ON SALE!!! 15% Off everything for everyone through Tuesday the 6th.  Well, not exactly everything.  T-shirt deals and other discounts do not apply, but that’s not too shabby.  Right?

CHARITY DRIVE: Obviously, the impact of Hurricane Sandy has left many in our area devastated.  This has been a local tragedy of unprecedented proportions and we are fully aware life is not so great for a lotta people right now.  That being said Forbidden Planet is holding a charity drive for victims of the Hurricane in Staten Island, The Rockaways, City Island, New Jersey et al.  If you have canned foods, bottled water, fresh batteries, flashlights you can bring by the shop as a donation we will give you a bag of the free comics we prepared to give away on Halloween.  You can see the list of freebies here.

On a personal level, many of my friends and family have it way worse than I do, but FP is my slight solace and I hope it will be for those who come by this weekend.

All my hopes and wishes go out to you and your families.

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10/28 Forbidden Planet Storm Warning!

Hey Dudes and Dudettes!

Turns out there is a storm of epic proportions coming our way and they are closing the subways down because of it.  Unfortunately this means we are closing early today, 6PM to be exact.  So make sure to head down here now and stock up on stuff to read, movies to watch, or some board games to play cause you just may be trapped in your house til Wednesday.

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Forbidden Planet is on Google+

We are indeed on Google+. Come share wonderful, geeky stuff with us!

I’ll be Hanging out On Air at 4pm today… fingers crossed.  Still working out the logistics, but the plan is to chat from the new shop’s basement as we process this week’s shipment, discuss some of tomorrow’s new releases, make a really neat-o announcement  regarding a forthcoming graphic novel… and try not to be completely awkward as this’ll be LIVE!

If you’re not on Google+ you can watch a livestream of the Hangout on our YouTube channel, fptransmissions, and chat with us via Twitter (@fpnyc) throughout.

Trust me folks, this is the first step in a huge undertaking for us here at FPNYC.  There’s a lot more such content we’re going to be rolling out this fall.  I hope you’ll join us and enjoy.

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New Location No Phones Yet

Verizon has failed to install our communications when they said they would and subsequently we have no phones or data lines at present time.  We apologize to all our customers for the inconvenience.  Any inquiries should be sent to our sales department or to Manager Jeff Ayers until they get of their collective butts.

And DEFINITELY come by and check out our new home!

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Grant Morrison MBE

Grant Morrison, a writer of trashy “funny-books,” has been made a Member of the British Empire. The decline of Western civilization now seems to be complete.

Morrison is not properly English, nor of gentle birth, having been born to Scottish commoners.  In fact, his father was an active dissident, so deranged as to protest against the construction of direly needed nuclear weapons.

A fan of the Christ-hating John Lennon, Morrison wasted his youth playing in a “rock group,” before achieving fame in the torrid underworld of comic-books.  He has since written hateful screeds against sexual repression, monotony, the joys of wage slavery, and even consensus reality itself – not to mention our beloved Archons – in such works as Doom Patrol, Animal Man, The Invisibles, Kill Your Boyfriend, the Filth, New X-Men, We3 and All-Star Superman.  During this time, he wallowed in the sins of cross-dressing and drug use, communed with extra-terrestrials of unknown origin, and honed his skills in the black arts of Chaos Magic.

There is no future.  And England is dreaming.

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