Tagged: Archie

Chris’ Comics: Jughead #2

Jughead2-webJughead #2

Chip Zdarsky, Erica Henderson

Archie $3.99

So aside from Phonogram: TIM and Spider-Woman, I had to choose between picking up Jughead and Ms Marvel this past week. I went with Jughead, as it’s a buck cheaper, I love the creative team, and I now have an excuse to pick up Ms Marvel in trade. It’s a win for everyone involved who’s not my checking account! Also I have bought 2 consecutive issues of an Archie comic in the year of our lord 2015, this is definitely a personal record of sorts! Be proud of me.

The 2nd issue of Jughead was something I found highly enjoyable. Jughead’s Time Police is something I’ve heard about in whispers for some now time, so seeing Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson tackle it in this reboot was certainly intriguing. Much like the previous issue, the issue is broken down by first act, “fantasy”-based second arc, the final act, and then a reprint of a classic Archie strip with an hilarious introduction from Chip. While the older material isn’t my cup of tea, I appreciate the format Zdarsky and Henderson have established, and the extra content certainly justifies the $4 price tag.

Jughead2015_02-11-666x1024The 2nd issue continues the debut issue of Jughead and his pals having to deal with the new over-zealous staff at their high school. First and foremost, I love how much Erica Henderson draws from current fashion for the cast’s looks. I’m already familiar with how expressive her art is from her work on Squirrel Girl , but with Jughead, she’s allowed to draw less super heroes and more every day clothing, which is rad. Of course, the stuff with the Time Police requires to take the book’s visuals in a different direction, which is fine, because Henderson’s experience with TUSG gives her some experience with the fantastic. I’m a fan of her colors, well at least I think I am, because I’m 98% certain half the copy I picked up was a victim of several errors when I was printed. But the stuff I’m positive wasn’t messed up come printing looks great, and looking at panels from the digital copy of the book confirmed that my book is sadly a victim of a printing press error.

Everything Chip Zdarsky contributes to this issue is gold. Obviously the humor is on point, which comes as no surprise, give his…well everything. Like go check his twitter account right now for proof. Okay back? Too bad, I’m continuing without you if you’re not. Anyway, Chip’s dialogue is great, chock full of snark and jokes, making this incarnation of Jughead very Spider-Man-esque with the amount of wisecracks per page. But it’s never Jughead2015_02-7overdone, as Zdarsky knows when to reel it back a bit as to not to interfere with the plot. And despite the teen rating due to a realtively dark twist at the end, the book is a clever read that I feel kids who watch stuff like Adventure Time and Steven Universe would dig.

(( I also want to give props to whoever decided Jughead should come off as asexual, but I’m not sure if that’s Chip or Mark Waid‘s doing. It may not be intention, but it’s cool to see a high school male character who’s not all girl crazy for a change, and has very little interest in smooching. ))

Jughead #2 is another fun installment of this really interesting Archie reboot. I really like the overarching “Jughead vs the man, but is still kinda lazy” plot of this new series, while weaving in some weirder elements of Archie’s publishing history into the narrative. It serves the spirit of classic Archie will, but also gives the franchise a much needed modern make over, resulting in a fun, relatively all ages experience.

 

 

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Archie’s Betty DVD Signing with Filmmaker Gerald Peary at Forbidden Planet NYC

Gerald Peary Forbidden Planet Arhie's Betty Signing EventFilmmaker Gerald Peary will be here at FPNYC on Saturday October 3rd at 3pm with DVD copies of his new documentary “Archie’s Betty,” a terrifically swell Americana piece on the real-life inspirations for the Riverdale gang.

Here’s the official trailer:

Here’s The Boston Globe’s article on the film.

There’s a pre-order for signed copies up on our website (available here) if you can’t make it it the gig.

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Daily Deals for November 6th 2014 – The Art of John Alvin and More

John Alvin has produced some of the greatest movie poster art the industry’s ever seen and we’ve got a great offer on his new retrospective book from Titan. While you’re at it, you can check out the American McGee produced graphic novel Akaneiro or, if you missed it the first time around, The Death of Archie at deep discounts.  These are today’s Daily Deals

John Alvin Art,Forbidden Planet NYC

The Art of John Alvin… ($35) $14.99

Akaneiro HC($15) $4.99

Death of Archie 2nd Print Magazine format ($10) $1

*Forbidden Planet’s DAILY DEALS are updated every morning. Prices are valid in-store til the shop concludes its business day (10pm or 12am, depending on the day) and online for roughly 24 hours. Prices are valid while in-stock supply lasts.

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What we do is secret… unless you watch the Tuesday Transmission.

Javier of Mini-Mate Minute fame joins me for a full episode.

“Can you see it? No wait, can you see it?”

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Dean Haspiel Signing January 8th

IMPORTANT! DATE CHANGE!

The Fox Signing will now be on the same day as our MINIMUM WAGE #1 on January 8th at the same time! YES!

 

We’re really digging Dean’s new series THE FOX, and to celebrate the new issue we’ll have the man/myth/legend himself on hand JANUARY 8th at 7p.m. to sign comics, draw some stuff, and whatever the heck else he feels like getting into.

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Here’s a trailer(!) the Archie crowd put together for issue numero tres:

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TP AND EGG TOSS OLYMPICS!

By this time next week we will all be Trick-or-Treating, giving candy to those who trick-or-treat or reminiscing about Halloween’s past. Well, most of us…there are three exceptions to this rule, and they are the religious, the foreign and the dead. Combos are particularly exempt. Pope John Paul II is EXTREMELY exempt from Halloween.

Every year I advocate giving unwanted comics (age appropriate, mind you) out instead of candy. Do it. It’s good for you, and maybe a few of the kids who nab freebie books will take to it. There’s still time to pick up a few fun Halloween comics for yourself, ya’ know?

We still have a few issues of Marvel Now What #1, this years annual funny book from the house of ideas. Not a bad outing, really! Well worth the read just to see the fantastic art of Jacob Chabot, the Skull Boy Army wonder kid who’s usually pencilling his fingers into stumps over on Sponge Bob Comics.

The best Marvel book for a fun Halloween treat would be EITHER Volume 1 of Essential Ghost Rider or Tomb of Dracula (Both fun titles) or the first two volumes of Marvel Zombies. For serious gang, if you haven’t read the first book of Marvel Zombies you best get to that. Whatever you do, please don’t drop that thun thun thun (AYE!)

Afterlife with Archie was a blast? Did you miss it? Well there’s a second printing on it’s way. Steve Niles begins a run on everybody’s favorite Groovy ghoul buster, Ash Williams, in Dynamite’s Ash and the Army of Darkness. Steve Niles plans on picking up the story right where the original film left off…and that’s great and everything, but that approach has already been sensationally done in the Army of Darkness Ashes 2 Ashes trade paperback! I’ll check out Steve’s new take, but I do urge you all to pick up a copy of Ashes 2 Ashes. Nick Bradshaw’s art is a blast!

THE BIG GUNS

Even if you DID drop that Thun Thun Thun, and I do urge you to take the greatest pains to prevent such a Thuntastrophy from occurring, there are a few books that you will NEED to scoop up this week.

First off is the debut issue of the brand new Sandman Overture #1, the first new Sandman material from Vertigo in quite some time! Neil Gaiman is back to tell a prequel story of Morpheous, the actual Sandman and ruler of the kingdom of Dream. For fans of the original, game changing Sandman series this is a dream come true. For anyone who hasn’t gotten around to reading the Sandman series yet, NOW is a perfect time to start.

NEXT is Dark Horse’s annual anthology of creepy Edgar Allen Poe tales as beautifully adapted by the incomparable Richard Corben. 2013 brings us The Raven and The Red Death. These books are a Halloween highlight year after year, and this time out Mr. Corben is bringing his a game! Everybody knows the Raven, Poe’s trippy treatise on birds mocking our pain, but the Red Death is the real bon bon of the bunch! What happens when you get all of your rich friends into your swanky castle for a masquerade galla, simply so the peasants have time to die of a horrid airborne disease and rid your land of the poor once and for all? Better be sure you’ve invited the grim reaper to your party, because he sure is going to be pissed if he shows up and he’s not on the guest list!

THEN you’ll have to sell some blood, because we still have Adventure Time’s Spooktacular Halloween issue and issue #2 of the snazzy Power Puff Girls comic!

LIFE IS SHORT

Halloween is special because we get a change to have fun with death, to be who we want to be and to celebrate the spooky and the macabre. Wether it’s props, last minute costume details or just some fun reading, make Forbidden Planet and comics a part of your celebration! Be safe, kids! Don’t eat any razor blade apples.

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DC/DC

DC has a few small comics coming out this week, no big deal. Just, you know, a couple of home-brewed, indie titles you might not care about…they’re so small and insignificant, they’ll prolly only sell a couple of copies. S’no biggie…just, uhm-

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1 AND EARTH-2 #2 FEATURING GAY PEOPLE! CALL THE MEDIA! PUT DOWN THAT SANDWICH! YOWZA, GO GET EVERYBODY!

FAIR IS FAIR

Unkiedev is by no means anti-gimmick. If DC put out a comic book with 3D glasses so Batman’s pointy ears were coming right at’cha, or a scratch and sniff cover of Superman’s armpit, I would be the first in line to buy. I do have a problem, however, with lying.

For DC to pretend that Watchmen sequels, prequels, and any other “uels,” is anything more than an excuse to let today’s top talents play in Alan Moore’s sandbox while we the audience get to look on for a nominal fee, they are blowing smoke up our collective kilts.

Listen DC, just don’t tell me this is because you feel there’s an insatiable desire for the compelling stories that may arise. A gimmick is a gimmick. Be honest.

Unkiedev is, as well, not opposed to capitalism. If it was good enough for Ben “Master Turkey Baster” Franklin, it’s good enough for yours truly. I WANT the comic book industry to make money, to thrive and survive. I want great comic book shops like Forbidden Planet to keep the lights on and the registers ringing. I want super-talented writers and artists to earn their living in the industry I love.

I just wish we didn’t need to stoop so low as new Watchmen comics in order to put a dent into the collective attention of mainstream audiences. Breakaway titles, such as Walking Dead, 30 Days of Night, Scott Pilgrim, and Kick-Ass have proven that comics still play just as well to the masses when given the proper room to shine!

AND FOR THE RECORD, Unkiedev is not opposed to being a hypocrite. I will eat an entire bag of Frito corn chips and tell you, all the while, that I hate them. I can’t stand smoking…except for cigars, and pipes, and the occasional “jazz cigarette.”

With one hand I will be waving a finger at myself, accusing “shame” with every waggle as my other hand passes the cash to the cashier in order to get my copy of Before Watchmen The Minutemen #1.

I can hate the sin, and like the sinner, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to like these sinful comics despite myself.

QUEER AS SUPERFOLKS

Similarly, if DC’s publicity department hasn’t ruined the surprise for you, an old DC stalwart is coming out of the titanium closet in Earth-2 #2. I WON’T BE TELLING YOU WHO, but here’s a hint: it’s not LOBO. The New York Times and several other media outlets have beaten me to that punch, but I will be asking a few questions.

Why couldn’t this have happened sooner? Why couldn’t it happen to a current character, not an Earth-2 reboot character? Why did DC feel the need to tell every paper in town about their “little secret?” Is this about storytelling or marketing?

Comics is a business, I can accept that. Marvel made a big public splash getting ink off of the gay marriage between the Alpha-Flight member Northstar and his boyfriend, and Archie comics did the same with their token GLBT character Kevin Keller.

When Marvel announced a few years back that old-timey western comics hero the Rawhide Kid was gay it seemed less like a marketing ploy and more like an interesting story. NOTE TO ANYONE WHO READ THOSE ISSUES: too bad it wasn’t a good story.

And that’s the point. I will support my favorite comics companies, their books, and the stores that sell them…I just wish the industry was getting ink in the press over great stories and not gimmicks, reruns, and controversies.

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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The Weekly Pulse – In Store Events

There’s a lot going on this week! Not only do we have a stack of books to cover, but we have not one, but TWO upcoming signings!!

Wednesday, April 11th at 7pm meet the creators of “Archie Meets K.I.S.S.”: Alex Segura & Dan Parent

Then April 23rd at 6pm, it’s a DVD signing for “The Story of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” featuring Director Ilko Davidov and original “Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics” artists JAY ALLEN SANFORD, HEATHER DAWN, SPIKE STEFFENHAGAN, and ROBERT V. CONTE

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Summer Comics Romance

Yes you love comics, but do you like comics about love? Do you LIKE like them, you know, more than as a friend?

Comic books are usually about punching crime in the gonads, or being a warrior mouse who lives in a medieval mouse kingdom. Some comics, however, are about real people and feelings. Difficult to imagine, I know.

Here are a few great and historical relationship books with a few weirdies thrown in to shake things up! There may be some dating pointers in there; mostly of the “What not to do” kind. To make this column smoother I’ve arranged the titles from the most kid friendly books to the least kid friendly.

Need I mention that almost all of these books can be picked up at the amazing, stupendous, and diverse comic book repository known as the Forbidden Planet Non? Bon Appetit, Bon Amie! Continue reading

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Archie in the NYT, Flight from the Jersey Shore

Well, I’m back.” -Sam Gamgee

I just spent a day on the Jersey shore with some family, and my return trip to Astoria, Queens is a four hour saga that will live in infamy in my memory for a long time to come.  But I won’t use this space to describe the horrors of the New Jersey Transit combined with a Giants/Jets game letting out followed by a sweltering 34th Street station wait for an N train that never seemed to come, and the drunken teenage riot of karaoke that plagued the final leg of my journey.

I will, however, use this space to hip you onto an article I came across in The New York Times’ business section (of all places) discussing Archie Comics…

Archie_NYTAt 68 years old, Archie is suddenly looking awfully spry.

His new zest for life is the work of new management at Archie Comics. The team is aggressively trying to take the tried, true and previously lethargic Archie family of characters, including Betty and Veronica, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Josie and her bandmates, and transform them into global brands in comics, film, apparel and more.

“We’re at the beginning of the beginning,” says Jon Goldwater, co-chief executive of Archie Comic Publications. “We’re going to expand. Publishing will always be part of it, but we must morph into a multimedia company.”

With more than $40 million in print and digital sales last year, Archie Comics, based in Mamaroneck, N.Y., is a small player in a large but unforgiving market dominated by DC Comics and Marvel Entertainment. Archie’s titles capture less than 1 percent of sales at comic book specialty shops, and the competitive challenge is only growing: Comics in general are battling the popularity of other distractions like video games and YouTube. And traditional readers of comics are aging, with no steady stream of new ones to take their place.

But comics alone are not what generate the hundreds of millions of dollars that characters from DC and Marvel can rake in, which is what Mr. Goldwater wants to emulate.

The full article can be found here.

And to the comic fan who interrupted me while I tackled the crossword, here’s the full list of this week’s new comics to answer your question.

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How to Create Cool Comic Book Characters

Comic books are all the rage, and tomorrow’s star of the printed page will be the next big thing on the silver screen! Yep, Hollywood money is whipping up every able-bodied creator into a creative tizzy. WHO will create the next Iron Man, Batman and Jonah Hex so that they can be watered down into unrecognizable action figure grade silhouettes of themselves for a feckless public to mass consume?

Maybe YOU!

But classic comic book characters like Constantine, The Mystery Men and Tank Girl don’t just bubble up out of the ground like some sort of addictive, mind controlling white food substitute, they (unfortunately) have to be thought up in the minds of human beings, those rotten jerks.

“Ah dangit!” you weakly bleat. “I’m barely a human being as it is. How the heck am I supposed to come up with a new comic book character with warmth, foibles and features…especially when I only want to do so to enjoy the contemporary financial windfall that comic books are (supposedly) enjoying?”

Well, the real question, sir or madam is “Do you want a little cheese to go with that whine?”

Never fear, peasants. Unkiedev is here to tell you what to think. Follow these simple steps and you too can create legendary comic book characters! Continue reading

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New Comics From Smaller Publishers

by Unkiedev

THE SMALL 5

It used to be easy: the “Big Two” in comic books referred to the two biggest guns in the world of super hero publishing, Marvel and DC. Then the Nineties happened and everybody had to amend the playing field to make room for “The Big Three,” meaning Marvel, DC and the new upstart Image. My favorite publisher is unabashedly Dark Horse, and they often have a strong presence in the marketplace, as well.

Everybody who knows comic books knows these companies. There are a handful of smaller publishers who continue to share a good portion of the spoils while still remaining obscure or seemingly outdated. Let’s take a look at a few of these fellows in “The Small Five.”

ARCHIE

You know who they are, but what you don’t know is they still move titles. This week they have Betty and Veronica Double Digest #182, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog #214 and Veronica #201. Look out, Deadpool, Veronica could give you a run for the money as far as titles per week goes!

See, parents will always buy Archie comics for their kids, especially daughters. These titles are selling because they fill a niche no one else wants to touch: dependable all ages, all gendered comics, a.k.a. cheap family entertainment.

Archie and friends are doing fine! Continue reading

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New Comics Worth Reading

By Unkiedev

When we grade comic books for resale quality we use terms like Mint, Near Mint, Fine and so on. Descriptions are necessary so we can quantify worth. These terms, however, cannot hope to reflect the actual story in question. We may judge a book by its cover in the Overstreet Price Guide, but there’s no guide for merit.

I’d like to demonstrate three types of comics I like to collect by themes of story quality. Instead of Mint or near mint I’d like to introduce you all to the Fine Art/Indie appeal books, books by talented creators telling quirky stories that stand out from the pack. These books I like to call “Stand Outs.” For example:

Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites, Evan Dorkin(W) Jill Thompson(A), Dark Horse

I know it’s talking animals and I know it’s a kids comic. Those facts are irrelevant considering how much fun, wonder and top=notch art goes into these stories. I’ll just come out and say it: Beasts of Burden is amazing work from two of the most unsung talents in the industry today.

The stories are weird: Dogs and a cat solve animal based paranormal activities, almost like T.A.P.S. but on four legs. The humor is gentle and all ages, but there is some damn spooky $%*@ in there. The watercolors of artist Jill Thompson are the stuff of legends, and a text book of “YES!” for any aspiring artists today. Continue reading

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Coming Saturday May 1st, 2010: Free Comic Book Day!

fcbd2010This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, and I’m here to give you the skinny on what Forbidden Planet NYC has planned for our participation in 2010’s event.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event that now takes place on the first Saturday of May each year wherein participating comic shops all over the world give away comic books for FREE.  Forbidden Planet has participated in FCBD since its inception and has given away hundreds of thousands of comics on this special day.

Each year publishers produce comic books intended to be given away that day- often samplers of what they normally publish, or reprints/previews of  first issues and jump-on points of established series.  Here is a list of what’s being given out Saturday (Click on the thumbnails for full pics):

ArchieFCBDArchie’s Summer Splash #1 FCBD 2010 Edition- “Whose BEACH is it Anyway?”: Sun, sand, swimsuits and cool rockin’ tunes — no, it’s not a cinematic “beach party” blast from the past, but a whole new summer splash from Archie and his friends! In this fun-filled free issue, Cheryl and her snooty friends from Pembrooke form an all-girl group to compete head on with the Archies at a summer beach music festival. Will Cheryl’s group be a tuneful treat, or mistaken for bellowing whales?

doctorsolarmagnusDocror Solar/Magbus- The dawn of a new age of superhero excitement begins on Free Comic Book Day as Dark Horse Comics proudly presents the return of two of the most legendary characters in the annals of comics: Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom and Magnus, Robot Fighter — re-imagined for the 21st century by comics legend, writer Jim Shooter! This FCBD extravaganza offers all-new Solar and Magnus stories, each heralding new series launches in summer 2010, and featuring interior art by fan-favorite Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir) and cover art by Raymond Swanland!

fractured fablesFractured Fables- This special FCBD issue offers a small taste of the new hardcover anthology from Silverline Books due later in the year. An all-star cast of writers and artists have been assembled to turn familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes on their ear to make kids LAUGH! These humorous interpretations will delight any reader, regardless of their age!  Features the talents of Bryan Talbot, Doug TenNapel, Alexander Grecian, Derek McCulloch, Ted McKeever, Camilla d’Errico, Christian Ward, Anthony Peruzzo, and Mike and Laura Allred.

IDW_GI_Joe_155G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #155½- It’s free, it’s awesome, and it’s ALL-NEW! Picking up from where the original G.I. Joe comic book ended, issue #155-1/2 is a core fan’s dream come true! Featuring spectacular art from Agustin Padilla, Larry Hama continues his classic G.I. JOE run right here, and RELAUNCHES THE ORIGINAL SERIES- one of the great comics of the 1980s! G.I. Joe has closed its doors, leaving COBRA to pillage, burn, and plunder!

IronManThor_FCBDIron Man/Thor FCBD 2010 Edition- The perfect jumping-on point for any and all readers…and it’s FREE! When rogue mega-billionaires with world-destroying technology threaten the safety of the entire world…and the moon…Thor and Iron Man join forces! In time for the exciting launch of new stories and a bold new direction for Invincible Iron Man and Thor, superstars Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr. team up to bring you two of Marvel’s heaviest hitters like you’ve never seen them before! A major new direction for the Marvel Universe kicks off HERE – on Free Comic Book Day!

Archaia_MouseGuard_FCBDMouse Guard/Fraggle Rock- Archaia is proud to present two amazing all-new stories in one fantastic flip-book! First writer/artist David Petersen presents a story from the spring of 1153 where the Mouse Guard deal with the onset of the spring thaw and the havoc it wreaks on their territories. Meanwhile, it’s time to dance your cares away as Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red return for a brand-new series of hilarious and heartfelt Fraggle Rock adventures written and drawn by some of the most imaginative creators in comics!

Ape_Entertainment_ShrekPenguinsKiZOIC Presents: Shrek & The Penguins of Madagascar- Ape Entertainment proudly offers KiZOIC Presents: Shrek & The Penguins of Madagascar! Featuring four stories by the artists and writers of the up-coming Shrek and Penguins of Madagascar comic books, these stories are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone and leave you begging for more! All-ages fun for everyone!

Interested in more Shrek comics?  The Shrek prequel book is now on sale with even more comics on the way this spring!

Drawn_&_Quarterly_Yow_FCBDYOW! The John Stanley Library- D&Q delivers another wholly original and boisterous FCBD issue that will entertain readers of all ages! YOW! The John Stanley Library spotlights the world’s greatest all-ages cartoonist, John Stanley, in a beautiful package designed by Seth. YOW! features new stories from the John Stanley Library: Melvin Monster, Nancy and 13 Going On 18, plus a story from the legendary one-shot Choo Choo Charlie and a Tubby story!

BOOM_Toy_Story_FCBDToy Story FCBD 2010 Edition- With Toy Story 3 hitting theaters this summer, don’t miss this opportunity to get kids hooked on comics with a FREE issue from the ongoing Toy Story series from BOOM Kids! More all-new adventures featuring the world’s favorite toys with Woody, Buzz and the gang!

If you’re interested in more Toy Story comics I highly recommend the Toy Story Mysterious Stranger graphic novel. It’s a great book for young fans and potential new readers.

FCBD10_WOTSM Cv0 fnl.inddWar of the Supermen #0- A war is coming, and all that stands between Earth and 100,000 vengeful supermen is one Superman! The conflict between Superman and General Zod erupts into all-out war this summer in a series that will shatter the worlds of Superman, Supergirl and the entire DC Universe — all brought to you by the hit creative team of James Robinson and Eddy Barrows! This special #0 issue featuring all-new material previews the conflicts to come while spotlighting a savage strike on Metropolis and the world — an attack that will shake Superman to his very core. After this, there’s no turning back — the War of the Supermen is here!

Archie_Sonic_FCBDSonic the Hedgehog FCBD 2010 Edition- “Hide & Seek & DESTROY!”: Dr. Eggman has vanished – or has he? As Sonic searches for clues, he stumbles across an old weapon from the bygone days of his childhood. Will Dr. Eggman allow Sonic to be destroyed by this threat from yesteryear? Will Sonic discover the truth behind his old rival’s disappearance? All the answers lie in this free issue!  Sonic’s comic book adventures are consistently Forbidden Planet’s best-selling all ages material.

WorldsofAspen2010Aspren Comics Presents: Worlds of Aspen- A special compilation issue featuring four exciting outtakes from several of Aspen’s hottest titles including Soulfire (Vol 2), and Executive Assistant: Iris! Also showcased are two of Aspen’s newest titles, Fathom: Blue Descent and Mindfield!  Featuring the talents of David Wohl, JT Krul, David Schwartz, Vince Hernandez, Joe Benitez, Scott Clark, Marcus To, Eduardo Francisco, Alex Konat, Michael Turner, and Peter Steigerwald.

Asylum_Press_Fearless_Dawn_Sampler_FCBDFearless Dawn/Asylum Press Sampler- Featuring a sampling of new and upcoming Asylum Press titles! Steve Mannion’s Fearless Dawn features our favorite new heroine battling a troop of mutants; Black Powder, a bloody frontier adventure by Dwayne Harris; Warlash: Origins is a tale of Bladeviper by Royal McGraw and J.C. Wong; Farmhouse by Elizabeth J. Musgrave and Szymon Kudranski, a tale of a drifter who falls in love with an artist undergoing an experimental art therapy; armored hero vs. brain-eating monsters in Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis by Frank Forte; and a look at Jason Paulos’ EEEK!, a retro-style horror anthology.  Steve Mannion will be signing copies of this book at FP from 1pm-5pm!

LGCover_FlatS.E. Hinton/Fame- S.E. Hinton, author of the The Outsiders, was – and still is – one of the most popular and best known writers of Young Adult fiction. And now Bluewater Productions proudly announces an exciting new partnership with the best-selling in this special FCBD preview issue, showcasing the new titles from Hinton. Plus: Your first look at the new biography series FAME, featuring Lady Gaga! Is it the costumes? The music? The voice? Maybe it’s all that stage blood. Whatever the reason, Lady GaGa has become one of pop music’s biggest stars. Fame examines her impact on her legion of fans.

Bongo_Simpsons_FCBDBongo Comics Free for All- The comic company that brings you The Simpsons and Futurama in the fantastic four-color format joins with retailers to reel in new readers, with a comic cornucopia of tantalizing tidbits and a spectacular sampling of the best in humor comics! Bongo’s FCBD books are always some of the best and most requested. “I’ve spent my entire life doing nothing but collecting comic books… and now there’s only time to say… LIFE WELL SPENT!”

BOOM_Irredeemable_FCBDIrredeemable #1 FCBD 2010 Edition- Last year’s comic book industry event is this year’s best way to get more readers hooked on Mark Waid’s best-selling original title, Irredeemable, the series that dared to ask the question: what if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain? And 12 issues later, that question has been answered with a best-selling comic series, two best-selling trade collections and Incorruptible, the companion series.

FCBD 10 DCKidsDC Kids Mega-Sampler FCBD 2010 Edition- This sampler is the perfect place to check out the sensational line of titles aimed at readers of all ages! It includes exciting, all-new stories starring Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Tiny Titans, Billy Batson & the Magic of Shazam! and Super Friends! Featuring Landry Walker, Art Baltazar, Franco, Sholly Fisch, Eric Jones, Art Baltazar, Mike Norton, Dario Brizuela and Baltazar. The DC Kids Sampler is a great tool for introducing even the youngest of your youngins to the joys of comics!

Del_Ray_FCBDDel Rey Sampler FCBD 2010 Edition- Featuring previews of Del Rey’s upcoming comics and graphic novels including: The Last Airbender by Dave Roman, Alison Wilgus, and Nina Matsumoto; The Talisman: A Collision of Worlds by Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Tony Shasteen; Odd is On Our Side by Dean Koontz, Fred Van Lente, and Queenie Chan; Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith, Tony Lee, and Cliff Richards.

Dynamite_Green_Hornet_FCBDGreen Hornet #1 FCBD 2010 Edition- Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents the return of the Green Hornet! In 2010, Dynamite will unveil three brand-new Green Hornet series, starting with the worldwide debut of Kevin Smith’s vision for the masked crusader (based on his unproduced screenplay)! Get a first look with this special edition featuring not only Smith’s version, but the award-winning work of creators Matt Wagner and Brett Matthews as well! All in one Free Comic Book Day comic event!

Fantagraphics_Weathercraft_FCBDWeathercraft: A Frank Comic- Are you ready? Because your life is about to change! Perception as you know it will cease! Fantagraphics proudly presents Jim Woodring’s Weathercraft! Every other free comic book will pale in comparison to our powerful and supernatural print-barge for both the enlightened and perplexed masses. Marvel at the toothy preview of Jim Woodring’s first original graphic novel, do your detective work with exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, and gasp at rare out-of-print images, comics and transmissions, all from Jimland! Beware! Manhog lurks near…

Overstreet_FCBDThe Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics- How do you collect comics? How do you take care of the comics you buy? How do you grade comics? How do you sell your comics? How do you evaluate their worth? The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, now in its 40th year of publication, answers the questions and more facing new collectors and experienced enthusiasts alike! And be sure to keep an eye out for this year’s guide, currently slated to ship this summer.

IDW_Classic_Comic_FCBDIDW’s Library od American Comics #0- Presenting excerpts from the greatest comic strips of all time – from action/adventure to high drama, to fall-on-the-floor hilarious! IDW and the Library of American Comics present 32 pages of previews from upcoming volumes including Archie by Bob Montana, Secret Agent Corrigan by Al Williamson, Blondie by Chic Young, The Complete Bloom County Library by Berkeley Breathed, Rip Kirby by Alex Raymond, Polly and Her Pals by Chris Sterrett, Dick Tracy by Chester Gould, and Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray.

Image_Artifacts_FCBDArtifacts First Look- Building on the success of First Born and Broken Trinity, Top Cow finally reveals the secrets of all 13 Artifacts – which include The Darkness, Witchblade, Angelus, Magdalena’s Spear of Destiny, and more. Launching a massive 13-issue event beginning in July 2010, this series will literally define and redefine the nature of the Top Cow Universe! The final identity of the remaining hidden Artifacts will be revealed, characters will perish, and the very existence of the Top Cow Universe will be at stake. And it begins here!

LOVEcoverLove and Capes #13 FCBD 2010 Edition- The wedding and the honeymoon are over for comicdom’s favorite super couple, so what’s next? Getting settled, starting their new life… and finding out what really happened at the reception. It’s a whole new start for “Love and Capes”, and a great lead-in to the second trade coming from IDW in summer 2010! Last year’s Love and Capes giveaway was the sleeper hit and this series keeps picking up new fans. Jump onboard now.

Marvel_Iron Man-Supernova_FCBDIron Man: Supernova- What happens when an armored billionaire teams up with a hot-headed, cosmic-powered teen to fight a trio of massively-powered super-apes? Find out when Iron Man and Nova take on Red Ghost and The Super-Apes! Out-numbered, the Golden Avenger and the Human Rocket will have to trust an apparent traitor in the gorillas’ midst if they are to survive and save an entire city. Will they succeed or are they being played? Find out in this all-new, action-packed adventure, which happens to be FREE!

Tick_FCBDThe Tick #1 FCBD 2010 Edition- In honor of this year’s Free Comic Book Day, and to commemorate the first appearance of The Tick 24 years ago, NEC Press offers this special re-presentation of Ben Edlund’s legendary first issue of The Tick, in a special Free Comic Book Day special edition! The complete original first comic book appearance of The Tick, as it originally hit the stands in 1986! Destiny calls as The Tick arrives in The City to commence his superhero career… Spoon!

Oni_Free_For_All_FCBDOni Press Free-For-All 2010- Coming your way this Free Comic Book Day: the Oni Press Free-For-All! This all-ages anthology packs in three exclusive terrific tales from The Crogan Adventures by Chris Schweizer, Salt Water Taffy by Matthew Loux and the all-new series, Possessions, by Ray Fawkes. The Crogan Adventures and Salt Water Taffy are FP favorites and we’re absolutely ecstatic Oni’s offering this sampler to expose these quality titles to a larger audience.

Oni_6th_Gun_FCBDThe Sixth Gun #1- Also from Oni Press. During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun – the most dangerous of the weapons – vanished. When the gun resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way!

Radical_Comics_FCBDRadical: Bigger Books! Bigger Value!- For FCBD 2010, fans can read the first 8 pages of 4 incredible titles showcasing Radical’s innovative “Bigger Books! Bigger Value!” format. Wesley Snipes and director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) join writer Peter Milligan and artist Jeff Nentrup for the sci-fi saga, After Dark; Jonah Hex’s Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray deliver Time Bomb, featuring art by comics legend Paul Gulacy; Driver for the Dead will keep your heart racing with a tale of action, horror and voodoo from writer John Heffernan (Snakes on a Plane) and artist Clint Langley (Sláine); and finally, Radical presents The Rising, from creator/writer E. Max Frye (Band of Brothers) and artist J.P. Targete (Pixar’s John Carter of Mars)!

Red_5_Atomic_Robo_FCBDAtomic Robo and Friends FCBD 2010 Edition- Eisner Award-nominated Atomic Robo knows that the rain forests of South America hide many secrets…but none so deadly as “The Terror Bird”! Forgotten by time, these prehistoric apex predators are primed to devastate the modern world! (The word ‘terror’ is right there in its name!) Atomic Robo is always a Free Comic Book Day fave. Plus! Previews of 2010 adventures of Red 5 favorites and some new faces!

Storm_Lion_FCBDFreedom Formula: Speed Metal Overtures- Metal twisting tales of the meanest, fastest mechs in all-out heart-pounding action, the legend of the Freedom Formula races starts here in this collection of must-read stories. Spinning out of last year’s acclaimed mini-series and soon to be a major motion picture from New Regency with Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns). Brought to you by the folks at Storm Lion and featuring writers and artists Edmund Shern ,Brandon Jerwa, Andrew Dabb, Tony Lee, Puppeteer Lee, Zid, and Leah Liu.

Th3rd_World_Stuff_of_LegendThe Stuff of Legend: Mortal Instruments- Don’t be left in “The Dark” this year, as Th3rd World Studios presents not only a recap of the toys’ first adventure from The Stuff of Legend Volume I, The Dark, but also a first look at Volume 2, The Jungle coming in June. Also, get your first look at Th3rd World’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a young adult fantasy series in which a young teen girl discovers a shadowy world filled with demon-hunting warriors.

Top_Shelf_Owly_FCBDOwly and Friends FCBD 2010 Edition- Top Shelf is proud to join the 2010 Free Comic Book Day celebration with not one, but three all-ages tales! In this FCBD edition, we’ll not only present an all-new Owly adventure by Andy Runton, but also two other all-new, all-ages adventures from Owly’s friends: Johnny Boo by James Kochalka and Korgi by Christian Slade. Perfect for everyone in the family, this time around with a great cover by Christian Slade! Fantastic comics by featuring some of the most beloved characters and cartoonists in the industry.

Birh_Hurdler_FCBDBird Hurdler FCBD 2010 Edition- Teenage Dinosaur, Tugboat Press and Sparkplug present the release of Bird Hurdler by Andrice Arp, Theo Ellsworth, Faryl Dalrymple, Zack Soto, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg & Julia Gfrörer and printed at Brown Printing. Forbidden Planet is proud to be one of only a handful of stores to be offering this comic, continuing our tradition as one of the most indy-friendly comic retailers in the world. If you’re not reading the works of the creators in Bird Hurdler you’re really missing out on some great stuff.

Wizkids_War_Machine_FCBDMarvel Heroclix War Machine Figure- When Iron Man needs backup, he calls upon War Machine! War Machine is slated to be a major part of the May 2010 Iron Man 2 movie, and to capitalize on this, WizKids will be modifying the popular War Machine sculpt from the Marvel HeroClix: Armor Wars series as 2010’s Free Comic Book Day figure. This exclusive figure comes with an all-new dial and character card. *Please note- This item will only be distributed upon request and while supplies last.*

Now for how May 1st will be going down at Forbidden Planet NYC.  We will be giving away bags containing every different FCBD offering we receive on a first come, first served basis.  All ages bags will also be provided as this is a family-friendly event and there’s little else we like more than comics in the hands of a new generation of readers.  Once we give out all complete bags we will then distribute any remaining FCBD comics at our discretion.  Once our supply runs out we will give out stacks of comics that we have picked from our inventory from the last few years.  As always, we may also have some unannounced stuffs to give away as well.

Also, if you didn’t read it above, Steve Mannion will be on hand signing copies of Asylum Press’ FCBD offering Fearless Dawn #1, selling artwork  and taking sketch commissions.

Oh!  We’re also running an all day SALE on graphic novels!!!  15% Off all graphic novels, all day!

The shop opens, and our Free Comic Book Day festivities begin at 10am and run until we close at 12midnight.  I encourage you to come by as early as possible if you’re looking to get the full breadth of FCBD 2010 books or if you’re looking for a specific book.  It’s a loooong day and the FP staff works very hard to make it special.  Come on by and enjoy yourselves!

Online customers- please keep an eye on your email and on the front page of our website.  While FCBD and our sale is only for our NYC store customers, we will be offering you something special for all orders placed this coming weekend.  Not receiving FP mail yet?  You can join at any time on any page of the site in the box on the right labelled “Join Our Mailing List.”   Don’t worry.  We’re cool and won’t bombard you.

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Archie Loves Veronica

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Today Archie and Veronica have officially joined the ranks of geek power-couples like Joanie and Chachi, Zack and Kelly, Lois and Clark, Iris and Barry, Peter and MJ,  as American idol Archie Andrews proposed to Veronica Lodge in the pages of Archie #600.  And while I’m not as unhinged by the news, nor doling out slices of cake in the NYC FP as other comic retailers are (as documented by The Daily News with a nifty quote by Planet alum Olive Panter), I’ve always rooted for Veronica and am somewhat satisfied after having read the issue.

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Actually, let me clarify here: I’ve always rooted for Riverdale to be invaded by giant robots hell-bent on death and destruction, the human survivors huddled in bunkers crying their eyes out, Jughead starved to the point of eating his own flesh, and Mr. Weatherbee a post-apocalyptic badass with a cybernetic arm… But barring that I’ve always rooted for Veronica to end up with Archie (I like brunettes, what can I say?).

My only quam? Papa Lodge offers Archie a job, VP of Lodge Oil Holdings.  Dopus accepts, despite having no qualifications and no idea what the gig entails, and you know that’s gonna spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E in Riverdale City.

Jughead should totally make his move on Betty now, btw.

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