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As far as New Comics and Graphic Novels are concerned, April is going out like a lion! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— ASCENDER #1 JEFF LEMIRE and DUSTIN NGUYEN launch an all-new sequel series set ten years after the conclusion of DESCENDER's storyline, where magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed... Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from DESCENDER, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all-powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But, like her parents, Mila doesn't like to play by the rules, and when a certain robot pal of her dad's shows up, nothing will ever be the same! *you do not have to have read Descender to enjoy this beautiful series* SHARE YOUR SMILE RAINAS GUIDE TO TELLING YOUR OWN STORY Have you ever thought about telling your own story, whether it be true or imagined? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? If the answer is yes, this fun, colorful, and interactive journal is for you! With guidance from Raina herself, brainstorm ideas, make lists, paste in personal photos, and use your imagination like never before to create your own stories. For additional inspiration, behind-the-scenes info from Raina's own comics-making adventures is featured inside. QUICK & EASY GUIDE TO QUEER & TRANS IDENTITIES In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and J.R. Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- LITTLE GIRLS (GRAPHIC NOVEL) Something hunts people on the outskirts of town... Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia. They're dealing with the kind of problems that all kids have: judgmental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation... and a legendary brain-eating monster straight out of folklore. Sure, it's not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it. WAR OF REALMS UNCANNY X-MEN #1 The War of the Realms has come to Midgard...and Westchester! Malekith's forces are invading Earth, and the heroes of Earth are joining with the heroes of Asgard to fight them back! Who better to lead the X-Men into that war than their very own Valkyrie, Dani Moonstar? This series continues official Uncanny X-Men legacy numbering, starting at #635. I THINK OUR FRIEND DAN MIGHT BE A DOLPHIN "He tried to pass it off as back sweat, but there's no mistaking a blow hole stain on the back of a shirt." This is a very funny comic book for grown-ups (printed in fluorescent blue and black ink on thick matte cover stock) by celebrated Gnartoons creator James Stanton. All I've ever wanted is a life with a porpoise... STAR WARS GALAXYS EDGE #1 Black Spire Outpost has long been frequented by smugglers, merchants and travelers from every corner of the galaxy looking to make their score on the infamous black market - or experience the exotic thrills only the remote world of Batuu has to offer. But the evil FIRST ORDER has come to Batuu and the survival of the entire outpost is at stake! THANOS #1 Thanos is dead. Executed by the deadliest assassin in the galaxy...his daughter, Gamora. But before their relationship came to a bloody end, how did it begin? Find out in this all new miniseries by Tini Howard and Ariel Olivetti. JUGHEAD HUNGER VS VAMPIRONICA #1 In the world of JUGHEAD THE HUNGER, there are no vampires, having been wiped out in their great war with the werewolves. In the VAMPIRONICA universe, the opposite is the case, as it was the vampires who were the victors. So what happens when these two eternal enemies are brought together again? Whatever it is, it can't be good for poor ol' Jug and Vampironica... PUNK MAMBO #1 Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to the Bayou. Now, she's a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti. QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS #1 When a dream entity known as a figment emerges from a dreamer's mind, it's Daher's job as an IJ to track them down and make the call: reinsert the figment, or grant them agency in our world. After an especially powerful figment escapes the dreams of an even more powerful politician's son, Daher is pulled headlong into an investigation that traces all the way back to the incident that sent dreams, even nightmares, spilling into our reality. STAR TREK YEAR FIVE #1 A new continuing series about the end of the Five-Year Mission! Step aboard the Enterprise with Kirk, Spock, Bones, Uhura, Sulu, Scotty, and Chekov as they begin the end of their original Five Year Mission and boldly go into an uncertain future in this new continuing Star Trek series! DICK TRACY FOREVER #1 Dick Tracy is Sisyphus, pushing the law boulder up the hill as he struggles for reason and order in a world with none. His attempts at law and order are met with crime and chaos, in the form of unpredictable and absurd villains. But Dick Tracy will never give up trying, no matter the era or incarnation. Join Michael Avon Oeming on a startling case through time and space! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20, HEROES IN CRISIS #8, WICKED + DIVINE #43, AVENGERS #18, CRIMINAL #4, A WALK THROUGH HELL #9, DETECTIVE COMICS #1002, and FANTASTIC FOUR #9! 2019 is turning out to be the best year for comics yet!
Never before in 11 years—a $0 cash day! Jumping thru hoops to be a part of the Wizards Play Network (for the Transformers card game). Bag-switching is still shoplifting, you know. Trying to change our payment terms with Diamond. Contest of Challengers Bingo continues! https://bingobaker.com/play/2017273 There are new safety protocols in place for picking up the weekly comics shipment at Geodis. BOOM! Studios stealth-launches a new Angel comic book series! Star Wars Celebration is bringing a bunch of new people into the shop and that’s really cool. WWE independent contractors Rusev and Lana say they are preparing to write the best-selling comic book of all time.
A stealth BOOM! Studios comic launch! The 2nd issues of LITTLE BIRD and ASSASSIN NATION! More WAR OF THE REALMS tie-ins! Another issue of BATMAN! This week has it ALL! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— LITTLE BIRD #2 Little Bird is reunited with her mother in a dreamscape where she begins to uncover the twisted roots of her family tree. Free after 30 years of imprisonment, The Axe once again takes the mantle as leader of the resistance and prepares to wage war against Bishop and his Northern Guard. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- ANGEL #0 Stealth-launched by those tricky vamp- lovers over at BOOM! Studios, this is a companion series to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Wait… can I say “vamp”? I can’t, can I? I’m being insensitive. That’s their term and not for me. I apologize. WAR OF REALMS WAR SCROLLS #1 Gifted the sight of the Bifrost, Daredevil watches all Midgard burn under Malekith's invasion. How will the Guardian of Hell's Kitchen...guard an entire Earth turned to Hell? And a new Howard the Duck story by Chip Zdarsky & Joe Quinones!), straight from the battlefield of WAR OF THE REALMS! MARY SHELLEY MONSTER HUNTER #1 Mary Shelley didn't just write Frankenstein, she lived it. Winter 1816, Mary, her fiancé Percy, sisters Claire and Fanny, and the celebrated poet Lord Byron, find themselves guests of the eerie Frankenstein Estate. The macabre and frightening events that follow lead Mary to both a gruesome and shocking discovery. Their mysterious host is not at all what they expected, and their intentions will change the course of Mary's life forever. STAR WARS TIE FIGHTER #1 As the war against the REBELLION stretches on, it is the innocent people of the GALACTIC EMPIRE who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests and hammer the Emperor's fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. PLANET OF THE NERDS #! Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019, an era ruled by nerds! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- ASSASSIN NATION #2, BATMAN #59, GIDEON FALLS #12, DAREDEVIL #4, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #4, UNCANNY X-MEN #16, PETER CANNON THUNDERBOLT #4 and SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY #2! Turns out YOU can have it ALL, too! You can own every comic on this list! You’re SO LUCKY!!
First! A conversation with CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comic Expo) organizer Jon Mastantuono about CAKE’s upcoming art auction and what to look forward to for this year’s show. Not recorded in a moving car! Dal played host to a group (gaggle? swarm? murder?) of Scouts in-store this Monday. 2019 has seen a sharp increase in donation requests. Contest of Challengers Bingo continues! https://bingobaker.com/play/2017273 The Comics Omnivore project from Coliseum of Comics. Wrapping up the Little Bird Sales Battle. Last minute product changes: Typos vs outright misinformation. Anticipating which books will garner speculator attention is a fool’s game. You just can’t trust comics retailers
We turn 11 today! It’s the return of everybody’s favorite— a recorded-in-a-moving-car episode (showing you why Car Con Carne is recorded in a stationary car). Bluetooth hijinks make listening to the first 36 minutes of this episode more challenging than usual! Up to the 36 minute mark. Contest of Challengers Bingo is a real thing! https://bingobaker.com/play/2017273 War of the Realms #1 may overshadow every other Marvel book next week, so why release Marvel Team-Up #1 and Major X #1 on the same day? A few more notes about C2E2 2019. Visiting Comics Cubed in Kokomo, Indiana. Kokomo Toys is large and filled with toys from your childhood.