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My Favorite Thing is Monsters is One of Our Favorite New Books

Fantagraphics published Emil Ferris’ debut graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters last week and we’ve been singing its praises to our in-store customers since it hit our shelves.

Here’s the publisher’s marketing:

FullSizeRender (23)My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is a murder mystery, a family drama, a sweeping historical epic, and a psychological thriller about monsters, real and imagined. Set against the political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor. Rendered in a kaleidoscopically visual style, Emil Ferris’ draftsmanship echoes the drawing of Otto Dix, George Grosz, and Robert Crumb.

Sweet Jeebus (!), that does not even hint at the deliciously bonkers art and story Ferris has produced. Not by a fraction. Check this out:

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They also snagged a quote from Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) for the back cover.

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For a little background on this new graphic novelist you can visit The New York Times’ fascinating profile of Ms. Ferris and interviews with The Guardian and  Entertainment Weekly

Oh… one last thing. BUY THIS BOOK!

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The Lego Batman Movie Giveaway

We’re giving away THREE sets of bags, t-shirts, toys and tickets to see the Lego Batman Movie on our Twitter feed! Just head over and RT to enter. Simple as that.

Here’s the synopsis of the flick:

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Image Comics Day 2017 at Forbidden Planet NYC

Wednesday February 1st is Image Comics Day, in honor of the revolutionary publisher’s 25th anniversary, and Forbidden Planet’s joining the celebration with a bunch of great offers and specials and a huge jam-signing with Image creators!

Image Comics Day giveaways and signings New York City Forbidden Planet Paper Girls Cliff chiang Karen Berger Sale,

Lemme sum up the details of FPNYC’s participation on 2/1:

  • 8am-midnight FREE copy of Walking Dead #163 for all (or at least everybody we can while supply lasts – a few thousand should last though).
  • 8am-midnight 40% OFF all in-stock Image comics and graphic novels! In-store and online at fpnyc.com
  • 8am-midnight Giveaway contests for Image stuffs run all day in-store and on the @FPNYC Twitter account.
  • 6-8pm Creator Signing with 11 of Image’s most dynamic and best-selling writers and artists.

Hope to see you ’round the shop on the 1st!

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DC Rebirth Paperbacks are Here

It’s the second New Comic Book Day of 2017 and the first four trade paperbacks featuring DC Comics’ 2016 Rebirth event are now available.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s currently on Forbidden Planet’s shelves:

Batman Rebirth Gotham I am Gotham Scott Snyder Tom King

Batman Rebirth TP Vol 01 – I am Gotham … “The Caped Crusader has never been stopped. Not by the Joker. Not by Two-Face. Not even by the Justice League. But now, in the wake of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, Batman faces his most challenging foe ever-the idealistic hero known as Gotham, who wants to save the city from Batman himself! Collects the pages of BATMAN: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-6 of the new, hit BATMAN series! This collection features a new cover by superstar artist David Finch!” Written by Scott Snyder and Tom King, with David Finch providing interior art as well.

Superman Rebirth TP Son of Superman Peter TomasiSuperman Rebirth TP Vol 01 – Son of Superman … “After the stunning events of DC REBIRTH, the world is left without Superman! Luckily, there is another Man of Steel to fill his shoes: the pre-Flashpoint Kal-El! However, can this new Superman protect the world while raising a super-son with his wife, Lois Lane? And should they help their boy use his new and rapidly increasing abilities, or hide them from the world? Don’t miss these stories from SUPERMAN: REBIRTH #1 and SUPERMAN #1-6!” Written by Peter Tomasi, with interior art by Doug Mahnke.

 

 

Auaman Rebirth The Drowning TP

Aquaman Rebirth TP Vol 01 – The Drowning … “Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In these tales from AQUAMAN: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-6 of the new series, the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to choose whether to live his life above the waves, or below them. Plus, Black Manta makes his bloody return and seeks to destroy everything and everyone Aquaman loves!” Written by Dan Abnett with interior art by Scot Eaton.

 

 

Green Arrow Rebirth TP Vol 01 Life and Death of Oliver Queen

Green Arrow Rebirth TP Vol 01 – The Life and Death of Oliver Queen … “Green Arrow’s life will be forever changed as he is betrayed by those closest to him! A budding relationship with Black Canary forces Ollie to confront the fact that he can’t fight “the man” if he is “the man.” And one by one, his friends desert him-and all the money in the world won’t bring them back when he needs them most. Collects GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH #1 and GREEN ARROW #1-5.” Written by Ben Percy with art by Ben Schmidt.

 

Next week we get Justice League and Flash.

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The Unquotable Trump

Back in stock after a tremendous instant sellout and just in time for Dear Leader’s inauguration, it’s the Unquotable Trump mini-comic by R. Sikoryak!

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What’s more- they’re made right here in the good ole USA, by real Americans, so there’s no border tax. That’s right, we pass the bigly savings onto you and sell this at a low low price. Make your comics collection great again by picking up your copy today.

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Please Consider Helping a Member of the FPNYC Family’s Family

Many of you may remember our old colleague Ruben Miranda (he of Comic Guys videos infamy). He’s a fine fellow.

Unfortunately one of Ruben’s closest family members, his godson/nephew Manny, tragically passed away in a car accident this past weekend. Ruben spoke of him often and with love. It’s incredibly difficult for me to imagine what he and his family are going through right now.

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Of course, this came as a surprise to people not prepared for such a young death in the family and, as such, they’ve posted a GoFundMe campaign to help with his funeral expenses. I humbly implore you, especially those customers in the FP community whom Ruben introduced to the wonders of his favorite comics and graphic novels, to donate even a couple of bucks if you can.

Thank you.

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Black Friday 2016 at Forbidden Planet NYC

Time to announce this the details of this year’s Black Friday in-store sale!  Here ya go:

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That’s right, chums, this coming Friday (November 25th) Forbidden Planet’s offering savings galore on the whole range of stuff we carry.  30% OFF all regularly-priced books, comics and graphic novels (the highest discount we’ve ever offered on Black Friday), t-shirts at 25% OFF and 20% off just about everything else!

FYI – we’re CLOSED on Thanksgiving, the 24th, but we’ll be open bright and early at 9am on Black Friday with a TON of great geeky stuffs on sale. Bring a shopping cart. Better yet, rent a van.

*Please note: We cannot combine other offers/discounts to this sale. Items already on sale will not be discounted. ALSO, items cannot be put on hold beforehand to be purchased in-store on Friday at the discounted price.

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Available 3/30/16 – Paper Girls TP by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

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The first Paper Girls TP of one of our best-selling comics of the last year is releasing on New Comic Book Day 3/30/16.

From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA and THE PRIVATE EYE, and CLIFF CHIANG, legendary artist of Wonder Woman, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure.

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Collecting PAPER GIRLS #1-5, this book is only $10 and is gonna be huge. Don’t worry though- we’ll have a ton of copies. Be sure to pick yours up at FP.

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Arriving This Week – Muppets Figures From Diamond Select

Yaaaaaaay! Forbidden Planet NYC’s receiving new Muppets toys from Diamond Select this week!

New Muppets toys action figures from Diamond Select

These multi-packs will be on sale Wednesday 3/28/16 in-store and are available to order via mail order through the following links:

Gonzo and Camilla – “If you were a chicken you’d be im-peck-able!”

Scooter and Fozzie

Kermit with Robin and Bean Bunny

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Chris’ Comics: Spider-Woman #5

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Dennis Hopeless, Javier Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez, Rachelle Rosenberg

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Above is list of ways I would describe this issue of Spider-Woman. Marvel, feel free to us any and all of those for the trades pull quote, it’s cool, I grant you permission to do so. Also in case you can’t tell by now dear reader, I dug the hell out of this fifth issue of a series that has been excellent since this team was assembled.].

The last 3 issues of Spider-Woman were home to one of the DOPEST story arcs to grace a Marvel comic in some time (DIE HARD IN SPACE, BUT JOHN MCCLANE IS PREGANT!), and while issue 5 is a little more grounded, it’s an excellent celebration of Jessica Drew, who is now officially a single mother. While exploring this major change in Jessica’s life, creators Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez reunite Jess with her IMG_7517old supporting cast, and a few guest stars, including her ex who is my favorite Avenger. Oh and some villains from another Marvel book I adored show up for a brief cameo, making this comic the most on-brand Chris Troy comic of 2016 (so far).

Fan service aside, I REALLY enjoyed what the creative team does with Jessica in this issue. The first few pages give a Kill Your Boyfriend/Sex Criminals vibe via Jessica talking directly to the reader, until it’s revealed that she’s talking to a pair of friends and not us. While it’s not exactly the first book to use that narration trick, it’s an excellent way to let the reader’s into Jessica’s head, all while Rodriguez gets to use his artistic skills to once again convey motion.

My favorite scene in this book involves the entire creative team fully in sync, resulting in 3 pages that don’t use emojis & imagery oppose to dialogue to tell the story. Aside from the usual brilliance from Hopless and Rodriguez, Alvaro Lopez use of black inks to make some fantastic imagery. Playing off the strong preference of a dark color is colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, who uses flat yeah bright colors to counter the black. It’s an excellent example IMG_7516of how well this team works together to produce one of the best super hero books on the shelves.

I also love Jessica’s journey in this issue, and how she deals with the idea of being both a mother and super hero. Granted while it plays out as you would expect given this being a super hero book, the journey is so spot on, and really making Jessica read and feel like such a full and fleshed out character. It’s hard not to smile when reading those final pages, as the book ends on series of feel good moments.

Next month begins the Spider-Women crossover, which means I’m taking a break from the title until it’s over. I love the character, but I’m not about to add 2 more titles to my pull, especially when the usual art team is on a well-deserved break. That being said, this book was a phenomenal comic, and an excellent portrayal of the title character. Spider-Woman #5 is an excellent done of one which shows how talent this creative team is, and I cannot recommend it enough.

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Game of Thrones Blu-Ray Giveaway Contest From Forbidden Planet NYC

Be sure you’re following Forbidden Planet NYC on Twitter. Lots of great stuff over there. Take this sweet Game of Thrones giveaway contest for instance…

ONE grand prize winner will receive all five seasons on Blu-Ray from us. FIVE runners up will receive one random season each. Follow us and RT that sometime before March 18th. Good luck!!!

UPDATE: Here’s a pic of the grand prize sitting on my desk to illustrate just how truly bodacious this giveaway is:

Forbidden Planet contest free giveaway Game of Thrones Blu-Ray DVD

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Darryl DMC McDaniels Returns to Forbidden Planet NYC This Wednesday

Don’t miss DMC at Forbidden Planet this Wednesday, March 2nd!

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The hip-hop legend will be here from 5-7 pm to celebrate the release of his two new comic books, DMC #2 and Guardians of Infinity #3. Our last signing with DMC was a blast- he’s definitely one of our favorite all-time event guests- and a few surprise celebrity friends popped by (Angelo Moore from Fishbone being my fave) so I HIGHLY recommend you clear your schedule and get the heck over here Wednesday.

Can’t make it to our event as you’ll be launched into space on that day? You can also mail order signed copies of these titles here.

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Order Your Lying Cat Talking Plush Toy From Forbidden Planet

Essential Sequential Saga Talking Lying Cat Plush Toy 19" Figure Brian K. Vaughan Fiona Staples

Forbidden Planet is pleased as punch to offer this beautiful talking plush figure from the #1 best-selling comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. At 19″ tall, Essential Sequential’s LYING CAT will be one of the most rad comic book collectibles we’ve ever sold!

Really, how cool is this???

You can be the first kid on your block with a Lying Cat plush by ordering yours from Forbidden Planet NYC here. The first production run of these is scheduled to ship for early May and will sell out, so get a move on it. As a thank you for buying yours from us, we’ll also be shipping you Saga issue #37 (which will continue the story following Saga TP Vol. 6) FOR FREE when it comes out later this year!

Not Lying,

Jeff Ayers
Manager/Buyer
Forbidden Planet NYC

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Oath of the Gatewatch is Now Available. Win FREE boosters from Forbidden Planet NYC

Magic the Gathering Oath of the Gatewwatch is now available at Forbidden Planet and we’re offering you two ways to win FREE booster packs via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Magic the Gathering fans… Tell us your favorite card from Oath of the Gatewatch in the comments below…

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