RIP WOLVERINE: A Eulogy…

"The Death of Wolverine" - Issue One

So just in case you’ve been living under a rock in Latveria, Wolverine is dead…

(Potential Spoilers Ahead!)

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Membership Cards Are Here!

The Big Kahuna here with an update on some awesome store stuff!

Back in May I mentioned that I wanted to create some form of Membership Card so that you, our wonderful and valued customers, would be able to get your discounts at both stores and so that we could have another way of rewarding you for being such great customers!

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Catching up with… THE SHORT BOX!

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As always, our friends over at The Short Box (Jacksonville’s premiere comic book podcast!) have been rather busy these past couple months, bringing you some of the coolest cats in the biz! So what are you waiting for?! Download, bookmark, and check them out now:

“What’s Up My Nigma?”
Sep 29, 2014
As promised, part two from last week! The crew reviews the pilot episode for Gotham, Cesar takes on Thanos and Kiss, Adam talks about his visit at Halloween Horror Nights, and Ice-T makes a cameo!

Order the MOYAMOYA album: fortlowell.blogspot.com 

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PREVIEWS – October 2014

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It’s October, you know what that means? …Halloween candy and sexy witch costumes? NO! Time to get ready for the Holidays! This month’s Previews covers A TON of awesome stuff coming our way from Santa this December, so be sure to make a list, check it twice, and order some awesome super hero memorabilia for your loved ones this jolly holiday season. Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah!

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HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST!

Halloween Comic Fest 2014

Coming Soon… to a store near you!

This October 25th (that’s 2014 - for you time travelers out there), HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST is coming to a comic shop near you! Yes that’s right, Super Hero Beach and the Super Hero Hive will be hosting this annual event. So come down in costume for a chance to win some free stuff. But wait there’s more! – we’ll also be giving away several selections of Free Comics that Saturday before Halloween.

Yes that’s right FREE!!!

triumphant kid meme: Yes - Free Stuff!

Mark your calendars folks for this year’s Halloween Comic Fest – Saturday, October 25th, 2014or else!!!

Click here for more information!

"The Big Bang Theory" cast dressed as the Justice League!

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PREVIEWS – September 2014

PREVIEWS

It’s that time again True Believers! Welcome to our monthly look ahead in PREVIEWS where we (the crew here at the HQ) champion what we’re looking forward to in the weeks to come! EXCELSIOR!

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THE BEST DC ANIMATED MOVIES (Part 1)

DC - Animated Super Hero Movies

We are living on the edge of a nerd renaissance (a nerdaissance?) – we all have Trek-esque communicators, Dr. Who is a household name, video games are finally being recognized as art, and every single summer, movie theaters across the world are jam-packed with Super Hero blockbusters! That said there’s a whole library of spectacular Animated Super Hero features that for whatever reason still don’t seem to get the attention they very much deserve… I would even argue that many of these titles from the last couple decades are in some cases better than their live action contemporaries.

The Joker (Under the Red Hood)

Many people automatically assume that if it’s animated it’s geared towards kids, because here in the US the most mainstream animated films just so happen to be Disney or Pixar (which tend to be family friendly, not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Although that may have been true at one time or another, that misconception can be very easily dismissed by many award-winning Japanese classics that are simply put – not for kids (Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Cowboy Bebop, Ninja Scroll, most movies by Miyazaki, etc).

As any critic can tell you, animation itself is not actually a genre, but rather a medium of storytelling and much like graphic novels can be just as immersive and compelling as books that don’t utilize sequential art. Which brings me to DC comic’s recent line of animated movies. Although Marvel has been killing it at the box office as of late, it’s DC that’s really been hitting it out of the park with their line up of PG-13 straight to digital Animated Movies.

Bruce at his parent's grave in 'Batman: Year One'For starters there have been A LOT of them over the last ten years or so, and they’ve all been good, which made narrowing down a list of them that much more challenging. There’s a few factors that make these especially noteworthy: they’re faithfully based on the actual comics, unlike most live action super hero movies that are ‘inspired by’ the source material, these ones even emulate the art styles of the original creators. Not only that, but the comic creators themselves are often heavily involved in adapting these stories for the screen. And lastly if nothing else, these are all worth watching for the voice talents alone (including many a celebrity) who bring these iconic characters to life.

So without further ado…

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Don’t call them “Indie” Comics!

Alternative Comics Publishers

So this last Wednesday I stopped by the shop as one often does on New Comic Book Day, and something completely unprecedented happened: I had NOTHING in my pull! (que music)

This forced me to venture into unfamiliar territory, i.e. the comics beyond the ‘Big Two’ (DC and Marvel). This of course wasn’t my first time perusing the other publishers, but this time I had an opportunity to really delve into many of the awesome non-super hero titles on the outskirts of the comic continuum. I know it sounds scary for some, but I assure you it’s well worth it.

I actually made the mistake of referring to some of these as ‘indie titles’. Turns out that’s a huge misconception. Image, Darkhorse, IDW, Valiant, Dynamite, Chaos, and Zenescope are anything but small ‘indie’ publishers, but they often get grouped together as this ‘other’ non-DC/Marvel category, which is in all honesty kinda unfair. Some of the most original and innovative comics coming out today are coming out of these ‘alternative’ publishers.

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Meet Adam Wollet…

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I wasn’t sure if you were aware but we’ve got a whole lot of talented people that grace our shops with their amazing creativity-filled presence. From time to time I want to spotlight a local Jacksonville creator and learn more about them. First up is Adam Wollet. Adam is the letterer for the Action Lab comic “Southern Dog”. He is part of The Shortbox Podcast, an all around good dude, and a great asset to the local comic scene. Here’s what he had to say:

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“Grim Times” are upon us!

Are you tired of dealing with an endless tirade of depressing news stories while encountering legions of stupidity that consistently chip away at your sole on a daily basis?

Then do I have the comic for you!

This one ^

This one ^

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