A Day in the Comic Shop…

In Ohio, there is a store. In this store, there are Nerds. Nerds are magical people who hate sunlight, vegetables, and sports…

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Not really, can you imagine? This store in Ohio I mentioned; it’s run by PEOPLE. People who have feelings and personalities, right? They’re not just walking stereotypes you would see off a popular Sitcom.

I was hanging out in my Local Comic Shop, Superfly Comics and Games, last Saturday, and was on the verge of considering leaving. I go there at least once a month and hang out awhile, and I’ve known the owners for a good few years. There had been a lot of foot traffic that day, 20-30 people just walking in, scoping the goods and walking back out again.

As one group was leaving, one of them turned and asked the owner “Has Sheldon been in here yet?” Tony, one of the managers; just played it off and said “Not yet, thank god”. So the group just laughed collectively and left. It was then I learned that this was not an uncommon occurrence. Apparently this kind of thing happened enough that Tony was just a bit sick of it.

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Reminder: Labor Day Brings Some Delays

This is just a reminder that due to Labor Day, many comic shops have not received their shipments yet.  Make sure to contact your local comic shop before making the trip.
Remember to come back to rate and comment on the comics you pulled this week.  And stay tuned, we have some reviews and Ghostmann will be posting his Pick of the Week Review later day.

Happy Wednesday!

Why Aren’t You Reading This? 9/4/13

Each week, the gang will share various comics we think you should pull on Wednesday.  These issues will be picked based upon just how excited we are for them to come out.  Remember, these may not be the best books to come out this week, but they are ones we cannot wait to get our hands on.  Feel free to chime in in the comment section below!

Event fatigue is for the weak…Ukerupp thinks
you should try:

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Forever Evil #1

Geoff Johns and David Finch

I know I am going to catch a bunch of flack from
some of you, but I am really
excited for this follow-up to Trinity War.  While TW
suffered from the boring chaos during the middle
chapters, it began interesting and ended with a
perfect cliff-hanger.  With all the different reveals in
the final issue (The Grid, anyone?!?), I cannot wait to
see what comes next.  Johns has me hook, line, and
stinker sinker for this series.

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Tuesday’s Top Ten: DC Villain Edition (updated!)

Each Tuesday, the gang will comprise their own top ten list for whatever the topic is for that week.  In the comments section, we can all compare the lists to see if there were any patterns. Also, feel free to post your own top ten lists.
As it is Villains Month over at DC, we decided to create a top ten list of our favorite DC baddies.  Despite your feelings for DC’s cash grab  strategy, the publisher has some of the greatest villains–maybe of any medium.

Ghostmann’s Top Ten DC Villains

1. The Joker

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Jock’s best cover ever!

Come on, do I even need to explain myself?

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Thank You! A message from Erik

Dudes (and hopefully and dudettes. Come on girls, I know you are out there), what can I say, I am so grateful to see this site booming with activity  – it is beyond what I thought it was going to be and I am ecstatic! I want to thank each and everyone of you for coming by and saying hi and commenting and starting discussions and just being a part of this site. This is what I want – I want this to be YOUR sandbox, not just mine. I created this site to share my love of comics, but  what makes it better is if you share your love for comics too.

Man, this Labor Day weekend was a whirlwind – I feel like things were going a million miles an hour, but what a blast it was. I had woke up Sunday and went about my normal routine for the day which always included heading over to iFanboy to check out their podcast. That is when I read the news that they were ceasing their day to day operations. “NOOOO!” I thought, “This sucked! Where was I gonna go now to talk about comics and post profane reviews?” This was when I decided to take action!

A year ago I had created this site on a whim as a vehicle for my comic writing – just something to pass the time. But I never did anything with it and it gathered dust for months – until Sunday.

I quickly logged in to WordPress and started refurbishing this site and getting pull lists up and some old articles I had written for content. I was determined to make a place where my fellow Fanboys could hang out and talk comics. Once I got the bare bones done I contacted Conor at iFanboy and asked his permission to post the link to Nothing But Comics on iFanboy. He gave his blessing, and the rest as they say, is history.

In only two days this site has gone from lowly blog, to a full-blown comic book community and it staggers my mind. I woke up today and remembered, “Oh yeah, I totally started a kick-ass comic book website! FUCK YEAH!” =)

I also want to give a shout out to my two new staff members – Josh and Alex. These dudes answered the call with a quickness and have already become an integral part of things. Alex finished up the Comic Pull Lists last night and Josh already has an article waiting in the wings. I am stoked to have them on board. In the next couple of weeks we will be adding new staff members, some of whom you may already know.

There are good things ahead. Better things ahead. We are just getting started man. Like Arnold told that dude he stabbed with a bowie knife in Predator, “Stick around.”

-Erik

History of Comic Book Movies: Part 1 – “Look at the ears on that bat!”

With The Avengers movie breaking all sorts of records and being cheered as the greatest comic book movie ever made (a sentiment with which I just might agree) I thought I would take some time and go through the history of films based on comics books – both the highs and lows.

Although comic book films have been around for over 70 years I really think they are just now entering their Golden Age. With the advancement of computer effects, the stories of flying men are getting easier to tell and more believable. The Avengers is primed to become the biggest grossing film of all time. This is going to lead to two things: One –  more comic book movies than ever before are going to be made in Hollywood. And Two – a lot of those movies are going to suck balls. But such is the case with any thing that does well – the copy-cats that want to cash in on the phenomenon are never as good, and ultimately doom the whole deal. This happened in the early 90′s after Tim Burton’s Batman blew everyone away – a shit load of shit followed and brought the comic book movie genre to its knees. But I’m getting ahead of myself  – let’s start at the beginning…..
The 1940′s
adventures_of_captain_marvelAdventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
Directed by – William Witney, John English
Starring – Tom Tyler
This was the very first superhero movie, based on the character appearing in Whiz Comics (heh, whiz). At this point in time Superheroes had only been around for less then 10 years, starting with the debut of Superman back in 1932. The character of Captain Marvel is of course a copy-cat of Superman but the twist was, Captain Marvel was just a 12-year-old kid that could speak the magic word “SHAZAM!” and would turn into a fully grown man with super powers. Fucking brilliant twist, as pretty much every 12-year-old boy would kill for that power.
The flying effects for this 1941 serial weren’t too bad either. Get yourself some fishing line and a paper mache dummy and there you go, instant Captain Marvel. These shorts played in the theaters before the main feature and would start the ball rolling for Superheroes and the silver screen.

Comic Book Greats: Frank Miller

Ah my comic book loving friends, welcome to Comic Book Greats. Let’s take a trip through time. Today our journey will follow the incredible career of Mr. Frank Miller. Now, sit back while I calculate our first destination here in the time-machine computer console. Yes, there, all set out first stop in time is…..

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Daredevil – Issue #168
Frank Miller’s first job as Writer and Artist came in the form of Matt Murdock. Daredevil at the time wasn’t selling that great so Marvel had no problem handing over the title to a young upstart with no experience. But Miller seized this opportunity and forever changed the character of Daredevil and himself as a comic book creator. The stories he wrote over thirty years ago still have resonance in theDaredevil comic being published by Marvel in 2013. What Miller did has rarely been duplicated – adding to the history of a comic book character and having that history become part of the legend. Oh, and he also gave us ninjas.

Man, that sure was great comic. Worth picking up the reprints in trade paperback at your LCBS. Now then, let’s head on to our next stop…..

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Hello Comic Book Fans!

Welcome to Nothing But Comics! I hope you keep coming back to rate and talk about comics. Just real quick, things to look forward to on this website…..

* Weekly New Comic Book Lists – Every Monday I’ll have New Comics up from all the major publishers. You can scroll down the list then post which ones you’ll be picking up. Then come back after you’ve read them and rate them.

* Pick of the Week – I’ll be writing a review for my pick of the week. I also plan on having guest reviewers (YOU) post a review for their Pick of the Week.

* Best Covers of the Week – Only the best baby

* Special articles on Comic Book Greats – I already have a Frank Miller retrospective done and will be posting it soon. Look for ones on Alan Moore and Mike Mignola in the near future

* Top 5 Lists  – of course

Ok, well thanks again for coming by and please post some shit in the comments! =)

New Avatar Comics for 9/3/14

AVATAR COMICS

Tell us which Avatar books you will be picking up this week.

 

 

Crossed Badlands 60Crossed Badlands #60

The Crossed have taken everything from humanity – civilization, dignity, and hope are all gone in an instant. And in their disease riddled homicidal brains, their mission will never end until the last of the uninfected are writing in pain. How can you survive in a world gone mad? You don’t…

JUSTIN JORDAN proves that in a world of maniacs there is no hope. There is only the Crossed. Available with Regular and Red Crossed Incentive covers by Christian Zanier,Torture cover by Tim Vigil, Wraparound cover by Rafa Ortiz, and Fatal Fantasy cover by Matt Martin.

Extinction Parade War 3 Extinction Parade: War #3
The war between the aristocratic vampire race and the legions of the shambling dead turns into a worldwide massacre!
New York Times Bestselling Author, MAX BROOKS delivers a devastating blood-soaked new chapter in the horror event of the year! As the vampires learn to face the threat of extinction, new and frightening realizations turn their aloof attitudes to something new that they haven’t faced since their making� fear. Now the alpha species must evolve or die alongside the faltering human race. Available with Regular, Wraparound, End of a Species, Leather (limited to just 1000 copies), and Bloodwashed and Pure Art Retailer Order Incentive covers, all by series artist Raulo Caceres.
George RR Martin In the House of the Worm 2George RR Martin’s In the House of the Worm #3
The secret of the dire White Worm spells doom for Annelyn and his noble friends. The biggest name in fiction, GEORGE RR MARTIN, delivers one of his seminal works to the pages of comic books with In the House of the Worm! Fans of Game of Thrones and Wild Cards have a special treat on hand as the classic tale of science fiction fantasy is revealed. Forgotten planets, destructive creatures, and plots of revenge populate this fantastically fearful world of horror. Available with Regular, Wraparound, Regal Incentive covers by series artist Ivan Rodriguez and a painted cover by Michael Dipascale.
God is Dead 19God Is Dead #19
MIKE COSTA delivers the first chapter in the new God is Dead arc with a spiritual punch in the face.
Jesus’ miracle has changed the dying world but has it also opened the way for the final and utter destruction of the Earth? Just when you thought no blasphemy was left, a brand new story takes us all screaming to hell in a hand basket. Available with a Regular, End of Days, and Iconic covers by Jacen Burrows, a Carnage Wraparound cover by German Nobile, and a special Gilded Retailer Incentive Cover also by Burrows.
Uber 17Über #17
The extraction of Sieglinde forces Germany to unveil an all-new type of Über. One that can change naval warfare forever. But the Allies have not just be sitting idle and have a new trick up their sleeves as well. The next generation of Über enhancements is unleashed! Available with Regular& Wraparound covers by Daniel Gete, War Crimes cover by Caanan White, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael DiPascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover also by White.

New BOOM! Comics for 9/3/14

Big Trouble In Little China #4

Big Trouble In Little China #4

by Eric Powell, Brian Churilla

Jack Burton’s journey is coming to an end. He faces his final challenge, the one that will free his friend Wang! But what he and Egg must do may may be salvation for a friend… or doom for us all!

Clive Barkers Nightbreed #4

Clive Barkers Nightbreed #4

by Marc Andreyko, Piotr Kowalski, Riley Rossmo

A monster lies in wait in me.’ The faith that once kept the demon inside at bay is abandoned.

Ashberry’s quest for the end times will break the beast out in full form. In another time and another nightmare, Chocolat must rip her children free from the clutches of the Vatican. Though her children are made by monster, they were born by egg in the nest of priest’s clothing. A holy war for the ownership of her children must be waged.

Cloaks #1

Cloaks #1

by Caleb Monroe, Mariano Navarro, W. Scott Forbes

WHY WE LOVE IT: Who doesn’t love a good magic trick? From Hexed, to Hunter’s Fortune, to The Last Broadcast, we’ve always had a few tricks up our sleeves, and Cloaks continues the tradition with a Black Ops twist.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, Batman) and artist Mariano Navarro (PROTOCOL: ORPHANS) bring you the Robin Hood of Wall Street, combining street magicians with a spyfi thriller.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the Big Apple, a highly skilled street illusionist named Adam blows the minds of crowds with logicdefying acts, while surreptitiously using his artistry to steal from corrupt Wall Street investment bankers and redistribute their illbegotten wealth to those in need. He’s a modernday Robin Hood, but his travails garner the attention of the local authorities. While evading their pursuit, Adam is confronted by three suits and quickly ascertains that freedom has a cost-in order to maintain his liberty, he must join this clandestine Black Ops organization simply known as CLOAKS.

Garfield #29

Garfield #29

by Mark Evanier, Andy Hirsch

As everyone heads back to school, we’ve got a funfilled issue of Garfield for you! First, Garfield and Odie go on a strange trip with their mailman. Then, guest artist Maris Wicks (AllNew XMen, Primates) joins us for a tale of Pooky being abducted by aliens. Grab a pumpkin spice latte, and curl up this fall with more allnew GARFIELD.

Lumberjanes #5 (of 8)

Lumberjanes #5 (of 8)

by Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, Noelle Stevenson

Archery is a vital skill for any Lumberjane-it teaches balance and precision, which these scouts are definitely going to need with the Bear Woman back! The Lumberjanes are on a chase through the woods and it might be time for some answers…as long as they don’t lose anyone on the way…

Robocop 2014 #3

Robocop 2014 #3

by Joshua Williamson, Carlos Magno, Goni Montes

Killian has brought fear back to Detroit. Its people are are mobbing the city to reclaim their guns. RoboCop and Lewis are caught in the middle and everyone has them in their targets! As Killian’s secret plan goes into full effect, Lewis and RoboCop must find a way to uphold a gun law that has brought the city to its knees.

Steven Universe #2

Steven Universe #2

by Jeremy Sorese, Coleman Engle, George Caltsoudas

Steven is in the annual Beach City Bike Race, and he and Connie are deep into training mode! But everything gets a little crazy when the Gems get involved, and Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl’s worry about Steven might do more harm than good!

Woods #5

Woods #5

by James TynionIV, Michael Dialynas

Following last issue’s harrowing revelations, we catch a glimpse of Bay Point Preparatory High School before the fateful events of October 16, 2013 in this new story arc. On opening night of the school’s rendition of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ the lives of the students and faculty crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come.

Woods TPB Vol. 01

Woods TPB Vol. 01

by James TynionIV, Michael Dialynas

WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (BATMAN ETERNAL, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, smalltown horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel. WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of BATMAN writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re fan of teen conspiracy comics like Morning Glories, Sheltered, and Revival, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS. WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. Collects issues #1-4 of the critically acclaimed series.