Wednesday night at 7pm Dan Fogler, actor, comedian and executive writer/producer of the Moon Lake anthology graphic novels from Archaia will be signing copies of the series’ brand new volume right here at Forbidden Planet!
Check out this recent Comic Book Resources interview with Dan for more info on Moon Lake.
See ya Wednesday night!
Forbidden Planet NYC will be closed tomorrow, November 28th, in observance of Thanksgiving. We’ll re-open Friday at 9am with damn near EVERYTHING on sale!
Forbidden Planet NYC is open today in observance of NEW COMIC BOOK DAY! If you’re traveling we’ve got plenty of great reading material to get you through the horrors of the NJ Transit or the long flight to Walla Walla.
In anticipation of our Suicide Girls event in a few hours we’ve got something special to give away to our NYC area pals… Two FREE tickets to Blackheart Burlesque on Sunday the 24th!
To enter, simply send your full name and contact info in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm TODAY. ONE winner will be picked after our signing and we’ll alert them promptly thereafter. Age restriction: 18+ only.
Not much going on at The Planet this week… just THREE bodacious in-store events and one 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!
3PM Tuesday November 19th
Meet the Suicide Girls from the Blackheart Burlesque tour tomorrow afternoon! They’ll be signing copies of their new book HARD GIRLS, SOFT LIGHT and we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets for their show at The Gramercy Theatre.
6pm Wednesday November 20th
Writer/producer Vivek Tiwary will be signing copies of his new graphic novel- The Fifth Beatle - at Forbidden Planet NYC. Signed copies ARE available for mail order as of this posting, so jump on that. I’ve had the pleasure of reading the book and (straight up, no hyperbole) it’s SUPERB. It’s also one of the prettiest books you will ever buy, should you choose to do so.
6pm Friday November 22nd
Warren Ellis signing. If I was the kind of jerk who wrote crap like “Nuff said” I would write “Nuff said” regarding our Warren Ellis event. No offense intended to the beloved writers, artists, singers, magicians, freakshow performers, internationally famous rock bands- what have you- who rocked Forbidden Planet events in 2013, but THIS WILL BE OUR BIGGEST SIGNING OF THE YEAR.
Saturday November 23rd
Some silly SF program on BBC celebrates its 50th anniversary with a global simulcast of “The Day of the Doctor.” We’ve got plans for something special to mark the occasion, and will announce them later this week. Watch this space, join our mailing list, follow us on Twitter, like us, wash, rinse, repeat.
Last night I was a guest on the Monocle Daily discussing Kamala Khan, Marvel’s newly-announced Muslim teen superhero. You can listen to it here if you skip to the 49:46 mark.
To the droves and droves of Warren’s fans this pretty much speaks for itself, but if you’re unfamiliar with his work, well, GET ON THAT. Or see below for his bio and a brief overview. You can also click here for a full list of the prolific writer’s books currently available from Forbidden Planet NYC.
Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures, with Tim Miller attached to direct. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He’s also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters, and is co-writing a video project called WASTELANDERS with Joss Whedon. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus. His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals.
A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.
Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society’s President’s Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.
Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.
On a personal note, Mr. Ellis is one of my favorite authors and I’m beyond blown away that he’s coming to FPNYC. Looking forward to a memorable night!
*ATTN: We will NOT be able to accommodate advance orders for signed books for this event, either by mail or for in-store pick up. Mr. Ellis will be signing on a first come, first served basis for in-store customers only. Thanks for understanding.
This totally boss and utterly gorgeous pumpkin from our old pals at Maniac Pumpkin Carvers currently resides in our front window display!
It’s lit from inside and’ll look similar to this when the sun’s down:
You can see more of their work (and commission them!) on their official website. They’re currently slammed, but are taking orders through the next few week or so.
I love you, Wednesday, but you’re killing me today.
We’ve processed another HUGE shipment in the FP vault this week and I’m astounded by how much great stuff we’ve just received… a sizable chunk of which consists of The Sandman Overture #1 and our the new ish of our best-selling comic series, Saga. There’s also Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel’s new comic The Fox, a Halloween issue of Adventure Time, Superior Spidey #20, Fabulous Killjoys, Five Ghosts #6 and a hell’a more single issues.
PLUS(!) The Death of the Family HC Batman volume 3, Avatar The Search pt. 3, Maria M by Gilbert Hernandez, Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen. AND we forgot to highlight last week’s Dogs of War, illustrated by Nathan Fox.
Whew. That’s only scratching the surface and doesn’t even cover a few pallets of new toys (
Ahem, cough cough cough Er, that was formerly a link to Boba Fett from Hasbro’s new Star Wars Black 6″ figure series but you kids subsequently went ape and sold us out the same day). See ya tomorrow.
We’re pleased as punch to announce that on Wednesday, November 20th, Vivek J. Tiwary will be signing copies of his new graphic novel- the highly anticipated The Fifth Beatle - right here at Forbidden Planet NYC!
The book, published by Dark Horse and releasing 11/19, has got a TON of buzz about it, with a feature film in the works. Vivek is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater and music and The Fifth Beatle is his first major comic work as writer/creator… And he’s a swell fella. Heck, he even mentioned FP in his bio…
“Vivek’s earliest childhood memories include browsing the comic book racks at Forbidden Planet with his parents and listening to their Beatles’ records at home.”
NYC area pals, we hope to see you here Wednesday the 20th when the festivities kick off at 6pm. Can’t make it to our event? You can pre-order signed copies by mail! Standard editions (only $19.99 retail!) can be purchased here and collectors editions can be purchased here.
Follow The Fifth Beatle on Twitter or check out the official website for more.
A Dance with Dragons finally releases in both mass market and trade paperback formats tomorrow, October 29th, and Forbidden Planet NYC will be selling them at a whopping 40% OFF cover price in-store and online throughout the day!
That’s $5.99 mass market, $10.80 TP. We’ll even throw in snazzy FP bookmarks if you like. Get your copy at The Planet.
Neil Gaiman’s signature creation returns this week in The Sandman Overture #1, and FP is gearing up for its giagantoid release with a sale on ALL Sandman backlist.
If you’ve never experienced The Sandman before now’s the time to do so. And if you have read the series, this is your opportunity to upgrade to sexy deluxe absolute or annotated editions.
Forbidden Planet WILL be participating in this year’s Halloween ComicFest! On Saturday October 26th starting at 9am we will be giving away FREE comics to boys and girls (and “whatevers…” no need to worry, Gonzo) of ALL AGES on a first come, first served basis.
Be sure to make it early on Saturday. We WILL run out quickly and will NOT have any left for Sunday. However, if you can’t make it tomorrow you have another shot at some free comics on Thursday the 31st as we give away comics instead of candy to numerous Trick-or-Treaters throughout the day.
Here’s a link to the books that will be available.
Happy early Halloween!
It’s New Comic Book Day(!) and the store is open from 8am to MIDNIGHT.
Here’s some of today’s new single issues. Our picks of the week include Pretty Deadly #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios, Velvet #1 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting and Marvel Now What.
Enjoy your day!
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.
Forbidden 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.
Steven-Charles Jaffe, the writer of Motel Hell and producer of a slew of terrific movies (Near Dark! Time After Time!), stopped by the shop for some graphic novels. He’s out and about, promoting Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird a new film he directed that’s opening at the IFC Center here in New York today.
“Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird is an insightful profile of the legendary cartoonist. For over fifty years, Gahan Wilson has been known for his ghoulish, twisted visions that combine horrific elements with comedy, as well as political and ecological cartoons. His cartoons have appeared in Playboy Magazine, The New Yorker, National Lampoon, The New York Times, Colliers, and Look. Wilson sees monsters and irony in ordinary, everyday situations and turns them into explosive cartoons. The documentary takes an intimate look at Wilson’s bizarre and personal inspirations, the inner workings of the cartoon world, and how his quirky creations have profoundly affected legions of fans, including some surprising celebrities. In addition to Wilson’s art, the film features interviews with Stephen Colbert, Stan Lee, Bill Maher, Randy Newman, Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Roz Chast, Lewis Black, Hugh M. Hefner, David Remnick, Peter Straub, Nicholas Meyer and more. As Wilson recounts his life and work, Born Dead, Still Weird reveals the genius of this icon of the cartoon world, who was drawing monsters before he could read or write as a way of coping with growing up with alcoholic parents during the Depression. The documentary also captures a behind-the-scenes look into the challenging life of professional cartoonists.”
Matt D and I are big fans of these flicks but Matt got to take the pics.