Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Once-A-Decade Sale Continues with A Free New Year! (And a Blackest Night)

Remember that our Once-A-Decade Sale continues today! The sale starts at noon for everyone but if you are following us on Twitter, then you know the secret phrase that lets you come in early to save.

BUT WAIT!

Even if you came by already and took advantage of the amazing savings, you will want to stop by again today. Come into any one of the three Comic Stop locations today and you will receive a FREE 2010 Marvel Calendar courtesy of Marvel Comics and The Comic Stop.

The calendar features 12 beautifully illustrated, full color pin ups from artist MARKO DJURDJEVIC and comes with an Avengers ID card! A $9.99, yours free just for coming in and taking advantage of our Once-A-Decade Sale!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!

Not only that, but we will throw in a free "Origins of Siege" comic written by Brian Michael Bendis with art from Olivier Coipel. We will also have a limited quantity of the newest issue of DC's Mega Event - Blackest Night #6 at 50% off!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Once-A-Decade Sale!!!


We said it was going to be big and we meant it! To kick off our year long 10th anniversary celebration, this Wednesday starting at noon The Comic Stop is going to do something we have NEVER done before. We're giving you 50% off of everything! Yes, I said EVERYTHING!

Comics and trades? 50% off.
CCG's and Magic cards? 50% off!
T-shirts and sweatshirts? Yes, 50% off!
Posters and toys? Half off!
EVERYTHING IN THE STORE WILL BE 50% OFF.

If it's in one of our three stores on Wednesday, it's 50% off! Nothing will be excluded.

START SAVING EVEN EARLIER BY BECOMING A SAVINGS SUPERHERO!
But wait! If you want to start saving even earlier, then follow us on Twitter. On Tuesday we will announce, only on Twitter, the secret password that will activate your amazing super saving powers. Once you have that, you can come in starting at 6pm on Tuesday and start using your Savings Powers! But the ONLY way to get the password is to follow us on Twitter! It's the only place where we will announce the secret password on Tuesday.

In the past 10 years you have helped make The Comic Stop the success that it is and although the past year was a rough one for many small businesses, you, our faithful customers, made this one of our best years ever.
This sale is just the start of our year long celebration of being in business for over a decade! In the coming weeks Brian, George, Jim, Chris and myself will be making more big announcements that are going to blow you away! The first ten years was nothing compared to our next 10!

So follow us on Twitter and save like never before this Wednesday!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

One Week Till THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!


Come back next Sunday for an announcement of monumental proportions! Perhaps bigger than Everest! (Ok. Not really. BUT PRETTY DARN CLOSE!)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Big Announcement Sunday, Dec 27th!



We have a big announcement to be made on Sunday, December 27th. Check back then. It will be well worth the time!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Three Little Birdies: You Gotta Have Faith


It's not easy being a Robin.

Robin - as a character - has had to deal with more loss, and carry more guilt, than any other major character in the DCU right now. This is examined through a number of new books this week, and if the theme was intentional then I have to give kudos to the DC Editorial team.

There have been 5 Robins overall - Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and the current Boy Wonder, Damian Wayne. I'm going to leave out Jason Todd because I don't like the character (never have) and he's not really on the radar this week. I'm also omitting Damian Wayne because he's too new to the job, and Damian is a completely different kind of Robin altogether. That's an essay for another time. I'll be focusing on Dick, Tim, and Stephanie here.
  • Dick Grayson: Just when I thought I was out...
Dick Grayson has ceased to be Nightwing, accepted the Cowl, and become the new Batman in the wake of Bruce Wayne's death during Final Crisis. He's making the job his own, has taken Damian on as his Robin, and is coming to terms with his place in the universe. So why not pick off the one scab that won't ever heal?

Over in "Blackest Night: Batman" #3 Dick is face-to-zombied-faces with the Flying Graysons after they've been resurrected as Black Lanterns. He's aware that these monsters aren't his parents, but once he hears his father's voice say "Heads up, Richard! Time to FLY!" he throws his arms up and joins the Graysons on the trapeze inside the circus tent they've constructed. Dick remains lucid and knows that he has to do everything he can to stop them, but once Black Lantern Zucco arrives, Dick flies into a rage. He begins to beat the former circus owner to a pulp, making his heart ripe for the plucking. With the help of Etrigan and Deadman, Dick comes to his senses and evades the Black Lanterns. He'll fight the Graysons again, and he'll win, but he won't like it.

Meanwhile, back at the Batcave (in "Batman" #691), Dick is sparring with another monster - Harvey Dent. See, Harvey has figured out that This is Not His Batman, and has breached the Batcave so he can throw a major league hissyfit over it. (Seriously...Harvey is grieving. It's a little unsettling to watch.) Dick and Alfred join forces to convince Harvey that this "new" Batman - the one that smiles, allows himself to be photographed, and has obviously allowed most of the security measures on the cave to expire - is, in fact, the "same" Batman, but Harvey's point was heard loud and clear...if Dick is going to be different then he needs to make a clean break.

Dick is letting Bruce go, and opts to mothball the Batcave. Everything goes into storage (including the Robin tunic worn by Jason Todd; "That is Bruce's cross to bear, not mine." Dick says.) or to the new HQ underneath the Wayne Industries building. While taking down the case that hold's Bruce's costume, Dick discovers a flash drive hidden in the base. On the drive is the case file on the murder of the Flying Graysons - something Bruce was reinvestigating at the time of his death. Even from the grave, Bruce knows just what buttons to push.

If there's one thing that Dick Grayson has in spades, it's Faith. Faith that no matter how bad today was, tomorrow will be better. In "Booster Gold" #25, Dick and Damian bust Booster breaking into the Batcave to put back a few items that he "borrowed." Dick and Booster have a long conversation about Booster's role in the DCU, and about what Booster calls "solidified time." There are little things that you can tweak in history, but there are things that just are the way they are and cannot (or should not) be changed. The death of Dick's parents is solidified time, and Dick knows that. Dick needs a little Faith Restoration, and asks a favor of Booster. Dick goes back in time, to a Christmas long past, and stands outside the house of his parents while his younger self is opening presents. This is all Dick needed to see to buoy his spirits, and strengthen his resolve.

Dick has more than one family name to carry on, and he will do so proudly.
  • Tim Drake: Running with the Devil...
Tim, in contrast to Dick, won't let anything go. Tim has lost so much in such a short period of time, he's kind of becoming the Sipowitz of the Bat-Family. First his mom, then Stephanie, and then his dad, and Connor, and Bart, and Bruce...Tim is suffering from serious Survivor's Guilt, and is admittedly "all screwed up right now."

Tim has changed his costume as well, donning the heavy leathers of the Red Robin uniform. Tim wants to physically feel the weight of his burdens, and as Connor points out in "Adventure Comics" #3, punish himself for not being able to save anyone he's cared for. In Tim's titular book, he's on a quest to prove that Bruce is alive. Tim doesn't know where (or when) but he knows Bruce is out there, and he's in league with Ra's al Ghul to help him find out.

In "Blackest Night" Tim's demons are manifested as Black Lanterns. Jack Drake and Captain Boomerang replay the night they killed each other, and Tim BEGS Dick to let him save his father this time. Tim walks right into the scenario, gets his "father" out of the way of the boomerang that killed him, and then proceeds to - like Dick with Zucco - beat the tar out of the Black Lantern Boomerang. Pure Rage. He's pulled out by Dick, and admits that he was wrong about his parents, but reiterates his belief that Bruce is alive.

Back in "Adventure Comics," Tim has the first real conversation he's had with Connor since Connor returned from the 31st Century during Final Crisis. These two are best friends, and each are struggling with their new identities. As they discuss what's going on - Tim's search for Bruce; Connor's need to find some good in Lex Luthor - they both start to relax and realize that they don't have to go it alone. In the end, Connor says the three words that Tim most needs to hear: "I believe you." Francis Manapul's art beautifully shows the sorrow on Tim's face turn to hope and resolve, his Faith restored.
  • Stephanie Brown: I've been dead before...
Stephanie had the shortest, and most controversial, run as a Robin. After operating for years as Spoiler, Stephanie forced Bruce to take her on when Tim went on a sabbatical after Jack Drake found out he was Robin. Despite her training, Stephanie still felt she had something to prove and went off the reservation a few times, and Bruce cut her loose. When Stephanie attempts to take on the Gotham Underworld on her own using one of Batman's famous "contingency plans," things go horribly awry, and she is tortured by the Black Mask, and dies of her injuries.

It is later discovered that her death was manufactured by longtime Batman confidant Dr. Leslie Thompkins, who takes Stephanie out of the country with her and away from Bruce and that life. I found this to be a HUGE disservice to both characters, mostly because this was completely out of character for Leslie.

Stephanie is back in Gotham now, and has taken over the role of Batgirl, abandoned suddenly and without any real explanation by Cassandra Cain (another big problem for me). Stephanie needs this. While she still has a great relationship with her mother, Stephanie found a real family in Tim and Bruce and is not going away without a fight. In the middle of a battle with Scarecrow, Barbara discovers Stephanie's new hobby and is not pleased. Barbara is dealing with her own issues, and still has some unresolved anger over being put in a wheelchair by the Joker - something else we've learned in the "Booster Gold" series that is solidified time; Booster tried to prevent the incident several times and was unable to. Babs sees that she is needed as a mentor and teacher not only to Stephanie, but also to recently paralyzed Teen Titan Wendy Harris, who she's counseling at Leslie Thompkins' clinic.

Barbara breaks into the Batcave (this also seems to be a recurring theme) and gets Stephanie through her initial melee with Dr. Crane, and sees the potential Stephanie has. At the end of "Batgirl" #3, Barbara and Stephanie go through the Pledge in the Batcave. Barbara here is finally - and officially - passing the torch of Batgirl to someone else, complete with a modified version of the original Batgirl costume, which Barbara says is "something [Stephanie has] earned the right to wear."

Barbara and Stephanie vow to have Faith in one another; something that Stephanie needed to get, and Barbara needed to give.
  • In Conclusion: Shut the frak up.
I think we may be looking at the genesis of one of the most cohesive Bat-Families in years. Now, if they would only get together now and then to recite the Serenity Prayer...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bullet Point Reviews

Going to try something new, and just do some quick reviews of the books on my pull list this week.

Amazing Spider-Man #608:
  • I'm kind of enjoying this book, and loved the hilarious cold open with the liveblogging villain Screwball. I'm grateful to writer Marc Guggenheim for not using any "world-wide webslinger" jokes so I could use that one here.
  • The narrative worked smoothly as it flashed back to Ben Reilly and Damon Ryder's beginnings, and Ryder/Raptor's battles with Peter in the present.
  • I also like that this storyline ties into the Clone Saga, as that storyline is being revised in a current miniseries. Saves me the hassle of having to track down a trade or do online recon, since I'm a Marvel Noob.
  • Elwood Says: Catch this one in your web.
Angel #26:
  • Anyone who's ever been to, or worked at, a comic book/sci-fi convention will love this issue. It's funny because it's true.
  • Anyone who's ever wondered if Nicolas Cage wants to play every comic book/sci-fi personality there is will laugh and cry. Nice cameo from Jorge Garcia, too.
  • Issue misfires at the end. I don't think that Angel is who Spike wants to be, at least not literally.
  • Elwood Says: Empty calories, but a smile-time read.
Batman and Robin #5:
  • Philip Tan's art is woefully misapplied here. I know that, to avoid delays, Frank Quitely is only doing so many issues at a time, but Quitely's art matches the goofy storyline much better than the more serious art of Tan.
  • Flamingo?!?
  • We get confirmation that the Red Hood is who we think he his, and he's gone red under the hood as well. Also, Scarlett is one messed up little girl. Wow.
  • Elwood Says: Still worth buying, but unless a steady team takes over the book I can see the novelty wearing off fast.
Batman Annual #27:
  • Kicking off a storyline that is set to continue in next week's Detective Comics Annual #11, This is acting as a backdoor pilot for the new "Azrael" series that begins in two weeks. I don't see why this was necessary, since Azrael got a 3-issue mini during Battle for the Cowl.
  • The "Lil Gotham" splash page was awesome!
  • The back-up story (also continued next week) was sloppy, especially Kelley Jones' art. That's sad.
  • Elwood Says: Blergh. You can skip this one.
Batman Confidential #34:
  • I'm digging this Russian story, and the return of the KGBeast, but sales aren't great for this title. I wonder if DC is just holding on to it as a way to keep Bruce Wayne on the reader's radar.
  • Andy Clarke's art is fun to look at. He does facial expressions almost as well as Keith Giffen or Amanda Connor.
  • I know that the letterers want us to know that the language being spoken isn't English when they use the "" format, but I keep looking for the "" later. Stupid internets.
  • Elwood Says: Decent reading overall. Worth a look.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #29:
  • This title has been consistently awesome since it relaunched, and this issue is no exception. The fact that not only Joss Whedon, but other writers from the show like the current arc's Jane Espenson, are involved with the book makes it a natural extension of the TV series.
  • The romance brewing between Xander and Dawn I'm unsure about. I know that by now Dawn's passed the age of majority, but I can't help but wonder if his feelings for her are anything but residual Buffy-crush. Also, Xander's on the rebound after his last girlfriend was killed in the line. I'm concerned.
  • The "redirecting" of the Magics has built new strengths in the team, but it takes a horrible toll on Oz near the end.
  • Elwood Says: If you're not reading this book, then we can't be friends.
Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #6:
  • Thank God. It's finally over.
  • Elwood Says: See the last bullet.
Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression #2:
  • After being rescued from the Old West by the new GB Rachel Unglighter, she and Peter Venkman are transported to Camelot in search of Ray Stantz. They find themselves immediately on the pointy end of King Arthur's sword. Hi-jinx ensue.
  • It might come as a shock to anyone who hasn't read comics, watched TV, or ever been to the movies before but the new chick might not be on the up-and-up. I know!
  • "Half-Sister." "But ALL hot!" I could hear Bill Murray right there. Good work.
  • Elwood Says: IDW is doing great things with their various licenses, but this might read better when the trade comes out. Up to you.
Justice League: Cry For Justice #4:
  • This miniseries has been all lead-up and no pay-off. While I'm liking Mauro Cascioli's art, the story just drags. I wish that this had been condensed into a couple of prestige format books, as it would have forced James Robinson to tighten up the narrative. I'm bored now.
  • Similarly, for a team that Cries For Justice ("What do we want? JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW!") enough to tell Superman where to stick his Kryptonite, they are not being at all expedient in their cause. Which is ironic when there's a Flash on the team.
  • Blah blah torture yadda yadda by any means...this book is about two years late to be considered social commentary.
  • Elwood Says: Whatever.
Models, Inc. #2:
  • This has been a surprisingly entertaining miniseries so far. Issue #1 had Tim Gunn donning the Iron Man suit, and set up a decent murder mystery. It's been interesting to see the number of non-comic readers asking about and/or buying the first issue just because of Tim Gunn. Marvel does find clever ways to market books to new buyers, that's for sure.
  • Special appearance by Johnny Storm in this issue. Where go models, so naturally goes the Human Torch, right?
  • Between this book and Marvel Divas, Patsy Walker is getting lots of face time these days.
  • Elwood Says: Light fun, and a book you might be able to get your girlfriend to read (if she's not already into comics).
Star Trek Romulans: Schism #2:
  • I really like the way IDW is handling the Trek comics franchise, but I wish they wouldn't throw so much work at John Byrne. I don't care for his art at all anymore. This story has been decent, and ties back to Byrne's last Trek mini ("Crew").
  • Byrne does capture the look and feel of Star Trek: TOS in this book, and I give props to colorist Lovern Kindzierski for that.
  • Cool reveal - the first Romulan Bird of Prey!
  • Elwood Says: For the die-hard Trekkies (Trekkers, if you prefer) this is right in your wheelhouse.
Superman: World of New Krypton #8:
  • Am I the only one reading this book that likes to call it "WONK?"
  • I have to admit, I'm unclear on the Thanagarian's motivation here. I didn't read any of the Rann-Thanagarian war miniseries, so I'm not sure what's driving them to attack the Kryptonians, aside from a long history of conflict. A quick flip through the last few issues confirms that I didn't miss a thread somewhere, and the fight is quickly dispatched, so I guess I'll roll with it.
  • A new enemy emerges on a final page reveal, so more of the same next month. I don't know why this miniseries went from being almost all about the internal struggles on New Krypton to being about external threats and how Kal-El deals with it, but it has.
  • Elwood Says: It was solid up until now, but there are 4 issues to go. I have faith in Greg Rucka, so I'll stick it out.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3:
  • This has to be one of my favorite books right now. Bendis' writing, paired with David LaFuente's art, makes this book pop. I didn't read USM before, but with the post-Ultimatum relaunch I got on board and I don't regret the decision at all.
  • Very emotional interaction between Aunt May and Johnny Storm, as they talk about where Johnny's been since the wave hit, and how Johnny needs to reach out to his sister. Equally emotional argument between Peter and MJ later, and I have to say...I don't miss high school at all.
  • The fight with Mysterio devolved into a Die Hard 3 rip-off, but this gets acknowledged in the dialogue, so that made it all better.
  • Elwood Says: Anyone with severe arachnophobia should avoid the splash page in the middle of the book, but otherwise you should all be reading UCSM. Seriously.

The Heated Debate

From Ctrl+Alt+Del comes this little bit of funnybook humor:




(Click the pic for Marvel Team-Up sized goodness)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Review: "Spider-Woman" #1

I'm not much of a Marvel Comics reader. I have always been a DC Comics guy, with "Crisis on Infinite Earths" being my gateway drug. Over the years I've dipped my toes into the Marvel pool as events, characters, writers, and/or artists have piqued my interest.

I've read "Astonishing X-Men" and "Runaways" for Joss Whedon, "She-Hulk" for Dan Slott, and I'm currently reading "Captain America: Reborn" just to see how they manage Steve's return. I'm reading "Marvel Divas" because Girl Friday told me too. "Models, Inc." for the novelty of it; "Punisher: Noir" because it's awesome.

So why did I pick up a copy of "Spider-Woman" #1?

I'm not going to lie. I thought it was a continuation of the Jessica JONES story from "Alias" and "The Pulse," both written by Bendis. I thought that Alex Maleev's art reminded me a lot of the Michael Gaydos art from "Alias" and I grabbed the book up. I really liked what I read, and despite the mistaken identity, I will continue to pull the title because now I want to see what happens.

I didn't feel like I had to go back and read through Civil War or Secret Invasion to get where the book was coming from, and that was accomplished with minimal exposition. Jessica DREW is having a hard time dealing with the fallout from the aforementioned events, we're dropped right in as Jessica is recruited by S.W.O.R.D. and attacked by a Spider-Man suit wearing Skrull. I found it to be a clean read, and a great place to jump into the outskirts of the Marvel Universe.

This is not so much to show how much I am not a Marvel Guy, that I took mistook this Jessica (Drew) for the other one (Jones), nor will this turn into a long calculated analysis about how Marvel and DC (and their respective readers) are oil and water, and cross-over on the pull lists is never 50/50. That's an essay for some other blogger, because if I wanted to write a dissertation, I'd go back to school.

In the end, I think this teaches that even when you're dead-to-rights wrong over the reasons you choose a book, don't let that discourage you from reading it, or even enjoying it. You never know what you're going to find in those 22 glossy pages.

Are there any other Marvel titles out there that a noob like me would like? Leave a comment if you think of any.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review: "Superman: Secret Origin"


Geoff Johns. The DCU Master Storyteller who has resurrected numerous characters without expolding most of the landmines involved with retroactive continuity.

Gary Franks. One of the best artists in comics today, and one of my favorites since "Midnight Nation" almost 10 years ago.

They knocked Action Comics out of the park over the last couple of years. What could go wrong with this re-telling of the humble beginnings of the Man of Steel?

Sadly, quite a bit.

Nevermind that when I personally think of the "true" origin of Superman I go back to the John Byrne relaunch following Crisis on Infinite Earths. Nevermind the fact that Mark Waid's "Birthright" series was only 5-6 years ago. I went into the first issue of "Secret Origin" with an open mind, excited to see what these creators could do, and I finished the issue saddened.

Writing: Not only was the story unoriginal, but because of the fact that Johns is writing for the show, and all of the properties are under the same corporate umbrella, I think that DC Comics is trying to make "Smallville" canon. So much so, I honestly expected a Chloe Sullivan cameo to happen before the book ended. Guess what...it did.

Clark breaks Pete Ross' arm. Clark discovers that his heat vision is triggered by sexual arousal. Lana Lang is a whiny, self-centered twit. All "Smallville" staples.

Lex Luthor is once again somehow a resident of Smallville. After being written out of the city's history in Byrne's Man of Steel, and then being re-injected as a Clark Kent peer by Waid, Geoff Johns introduces us to a Lex Luthor who is older than Clark, a basement scientist and conspiracy theorist, and who finds a chunk of Kryptonite out in the field after running away from his drunk father. Also, Lex has a sister?

By the time the issue is over, Lex hates Clark for the dumbest reason ever, flight has been established, and Lil' Clark is suited up. We're told to expect the Legion in the next issue.

I guess settling the lawsuit over "Superboy" has opened the floodgates for these storylines to come back.

Art: I was really happy when Franks took over Action Comics and began to draw Clark Kent/Superman to resemble Christopher Reeve (pictured left). I thought that was an inspired and iconic touch and I applauded it. That trend is maintained in "Secret Origin" except that Franks seems to have caught whatever bug plagues John Byrne, and is drawing everyone that way. Also, Teenage Clark looks 35.


Overall: I give it 2 "Mehs" and a "Whatever." Why fix things that aren't broken?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Best Comic I Read Last Week: Angel #25 (Spoilers)

One of the best things about the current "Angel" title from IDW is the willingness of the former show writers and actors to get involved with the continuing storyline after the show was - in my opinion, prematurely - cancelled after it's 5th season.

Like the "8th Season" theme Dark Horse's "Buffy" monthly, "Angel: After the Fall" is giving us what we might have seen had the show(s) continued. We're seeing the life and afterlife of every character, and the book will occasionally take a tangent to showcase a character that hasn't been seen. In the case of Issue #25 (and #24), it's our old friend and pet, Drusilla.

Written by Drusilla herself (Juliet Landau) with an assist from Brian Lynch, we are shown that Dru's been cooped up in the Cuckoo's Nest for a while, but with the entire world - or at least Los Angeles - literally going to Hell she sees her chance to re-enter society in a manner befitting her mental state.

After slaughtering most of the staff in issue #24, #25 finds us more in Drusilla's head as she revisits her origins in the convent, when she was converted by Angelus and Darla. Drusilla also begins having premonitions of what's happening outside the walls of her current housing, and all of this is captured brilliantly by Franco Urru's art.

Urru's faces here are unusually identifiable, something I'm sure the author had a say in.

The two remaining doctors in the facility attempt to analyze and dismiss Dru's visions, but when Drusilla's vision of all of those she has killed - including a cameo from Collin, The Annointed One - becomes reality (at least to her), those manifestations take over.

As the doctors run for their lives, Drusilla gives into her demons, and suddenly finds herself back in Victorian England, pre-vamp, and in her home with her dolls. Is Dru dust in the wind, or just missing in her own head? You be the judge.

The issue ends with a quote from C.S. Lewis: "Do I believe in actual Hell? One's own mind is actual enough." Drusilla didn't need to be in the literal Hell outside, when she was trapped in her own Hell already.

In the end, sometimes it's all just in our heads. I rather enjoyed this trip through the mind of Ms. Landau, and that of her muse, Drusilla.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

National Comic Book Day

Coming up next Friday on Sept. 25th, 2009 is National Comic Book Day.

Not to be confused with Free Comic Book Day, NCBD is a chance to share your love for comics with friends who might not be into them. You could also pick up a couple of titles you've never read before and give 'em try.
Maybe you have some trade paperbacks that you've read and don't want to hang onto any longer. You could donate them to the library or pass them along to friends.
You might like to make a comic book-themed cake to celebrate the day.

Or, perhaps you could just dress up in a superhero costume and worry your family and scare the neighbors.

Whatever you decide to do or however you want to celebrate is up to you.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Analysis On Being A "Red Shirt"

If you've got a few minutes to kill and want to read something funny, I suggest you take a look at this analyis of the "Red-Shirt Phenomenom".


It's an interesting subject, given that a lot of people (not just Trekkies... or Trekkers) are familiar with the phrase "Red Shirt".

For example:
The basic stats:
The Enterprise has a crew of 430 (startrek.com) in its five-year mission. (Now, I know that the show was only on the air for 3 years, but bear with me. 80 episodes were produced, which gives us the data to build from.) 59 crewmembers were killed during the mission, which comes out to 13.7% of the crew. So, that will be our overall conversion rate, 13.7%.
Data Segmentation:
However, we need to segment the overall mortality (conversion) rate in order to gain the specific information that we need:
  • Yellow-shirt crewperson deaths: 6 (10%)
  • Blue-Shirt crewperson deaths: 5 (8 %)
  • Engineering smock crewperson deaths: 4
  • Red-Shirt crewperson deaths: 43 (73%)
He goes on from there breaking it down into nice little statistics, but that ought to give you enough to want to read further.

In the meantime, please enjoy this...




(Red-Shirt analysis found via the Presurfer)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Room With A View

Who wouldn't love to look out and see Batman standing guard over Gotham City?
Well, probably not criminals.
But I'm sure the regular law-abiding citizens wouldn't have a problem with him keeping an eye on them and keeping things safe for everyone.

You know... if he were real.

But you can almost have the next best thing by plastering a wall in one of your rooms with an image of the Dark Knight keeping vigil 24/7.
A company called Room Mates is selling quite a few wall murals with comic-related themes for uber-geeks to choose from.
You could have Superman flying over Metropolis. Spider-man webswinging.
Maybe you can't decide on any particular hero and would want to decorate your wall with a myriad of classic comic book covers. Well now you can do that too.

Or maybe, just maybe you want to go all out and proclaim your geektitude to the world (or whoever happens to visit your home).
You could decorate the walls with the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise:
But don't stop there.
You'll want an official replica of Capt. Kirk's chair to go with it.
And while you're at it, pick up a wall mural of the Carina Nebula to really set the mood and make the "experience" complete.

If all that is a little too much for your wallet, you could just change a few switchplates in your house for a more "subtle" nerd effect.


Happy decorating!

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Comic Stop Fantasy Football League


As many of you know, George, Chris and myself are big sports fans. Football, hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball. You name it and chances are that one or more of us loves it.

Our love of sports also translates to our love of fantasy sports and after many years of debating it, we have finally decided to start a fantasy football league just for The Comic Stop! That's right. Now you will be able to talk smack to George "on the field"!

If you would like to join the league, just send an email with "I Want To Join" as the title to:

redmond@comicstoponline.com

We will only be accepting 13 people for the inaugural year, (plus George, Chris and myself). If we get a lot more than 13 people that want to play, we might consider having 2 leagues but the plan, at the moment, is for just one league of 16 people.

The league dues will be a paltry $10.00 a person. We will be holding a live draft on Monday, Sept 7th. Your team name MUST be comic related in an obvious way. Any other questions? Just let me know.

I look forward to completely kicking your arses this football season!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller creator dead at 59



John Hughes has died of a heart attack at the age of 59. And I'm not ashamed to admit I'm crying as I write this. Rest in Peace Mr. Hughes

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Star Trek vs. Star Wars

On Wired.com there's a funny article about which is better, Star Trek or Star Wars.

I won't repeat the whole article, but the writer is a fan of both and makes a good case for either franchise, eventually giving one of them the edge overall.

I feel the same way, but not sure I can really pick a "winner" in this case.
Afterall, one the one hand you do have green alien chicks in Star Trek. But in Star Wars, you have slave Leia.
*SIGH* It's a tough call for sure.

Maybe this will help:


... or maybe not.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Robot Guardian

I'm not much of an anime fan, but this caught my attention:
Gundam! Mecha Monument Towers Over Tokyo


Check that bad boy out!

Standing over 50 feet tall, it was erected to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Gundam franchise.

It's only expected to be on display for a few months and then afterwords it's unknown what'll become of it.
So if you want to it in person, you'd best head on over to Japan right away.
In fact, in August they will be hosting a comic book convention and Gundam festival not too far from where the statue is located.

Whether or not you're a fan, it's certainly a sight to behold.

Monday, July 27, 2009

TRON Legacy

I got this forwarded to me just a little bit ago so if you all have already seen it, I apologize.

There's been talk of a sequel to Disney's 1982 classic "TRON" for a while, but at SDCC they finally unveiled a teaser for the fans.

Enjoy.....


I L-O-V-E that Jeff Bridges is going to be back in it!


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If the video doesn't play, try going here or here to see it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"ECHO" To Maybe Make the Big Screen

Author/artsist, Terry Moore, recently sold the screen rights to his self-published comic "ECHO" to producer Lloyd Levin (Watchmen, Hellboy, The Rocketeer)

The comic is about main character, Julie Martin, who is taking photos in the desert when a government test goes wrong and causes an expolsion and she is covered with a liquid metal that has unknown properties.
Soon afterwards, the government is looking for Julie but she's now on the run with the help of some friends.

Movie studios, looking to cash in on comic-related properties, are expanding their vision to non-super-powered or caped characters.
The sci-fi element of "ECHO" coupled with Terry's ability to write characters with a lot of depth to them, is ripe for the Hollywood film treatment.

If you still haven't read "ECHO", the second TPB came out a few weeks ago and should be available at the store. Vol. 1 is issues 1-5 and vol. 2 is issues 6-10.

Friday, July 10, 2009

*Updated* Will the real Green Lantern please stand up. I'm talking to you Mr. Reynolds!

*Update*
Variety is reporting that Ryan Reynolds IS Green Lantern! Filming is to begin this January with a Summer 2011 opening in mind.

(Article and image taken from Dark Horizons)


Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake have made the shortlist to star as the titular superhero in "Green Lantern" for Warner Bros, Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The studio has spent the past five months searching for the actor to play Hal Jordan, the hot-shot Air Force pilot who is chosen by a dying alien to be his successor in an intergalactic police force known as the Green Lanterns.

The trio beat out the likes of Michael Fassbender, Henry Cavill and Jared Leto for the final list and performed two rounds of screen tests.

Unfortunately producer Donald De Line, director Martin Campbell and the studio each had a different favorite among the three finalists, making it difficult to come to a consensus.

The holding deal on all three actors expired on Monday, meaning they are now free to hook up to other projects making a decision on the casting an urgent matter.

The $150-200 million space saga is scheduled to begin production at the end of this year in Sydney for release Summer 2011.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Twitter Invades Azeroth!

It had to happen. The world of Twitter has breached the World of Warcraft.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Artist Mark Sable Detained By TSA in Los Angeles

Mark Sable, the artist for Boom! Studios title "Unthinkable" was detained by authorities during a recent flight.

Guards at the airport discovered the script for "Unthinkable" during a search and pulled him aside for 'extra screening'.
The story behind the mini-series is about a government think tank that plans for terrorist scenarios.

Mark says he "cooperated politely and tried to explain the irony of the situation" and that "in the end, I feel my privacy is a small price to pay for educating the government about the medium".

Monday, June 15, 2009

For All Your Superheroing Needs

Just place your order at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. and you too can be fighting evil with all the latest in techonlogical and biological advancements.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Info coming from the Licensing Show

The Licensing Show is being held this week in Las Vegas and various photos have begun to appear around the web. Here are a couple of comic related things that will probably be of interest.

First, a teaser image that has the release dates for various Marvel films.


I'm excited that we get a new Marvel movie every summer for the next 3 years but WTF? Captain America opening 2 weeks AFTER July 4th? If any movie needs to come out on on America's birthday this would be it, but what do I know.

Second, we have the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World poster.


Nothing too exciting here. Actually, I'm kind of amazed they are using O'Malley's art to promote the film. (As opposed to a photo collage of the cast)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fan made Green Lantern trailer

One of the better fan made trailers. Enjoy.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Bacon Love Fest '09 comes to The Comic Stop!


Last week I was speaking to Kristina, of Geeked fame, and the subject of bacon came up. (Don't ask) I mentioned to her that I had seen a news report about a "Bacon Festival" that was happening in Seattle that weekend. However, try as we might, we could find no info regarding the Super Secret Double Classified Bacon Festival.

And thus, sadness became the order of the day. (At least until the subject of Star Trek at the IMAX came up. Then the day was, once again, glorious!)

Now, like many of you, my love of bacon is boundless. I love it all. The smell. The taste. The sometimes crunchy and the sometimes chewy. The applewood smoked to the uncured. Simply put, I love the pure awesomeness that is all things BACON! I'm not ashamed (much) to admit that the thought of Diet Coke with Bacon isn't completely nauseating.

However, it also occurs to me that, like many of you, I tend to preform my "bacon love" in private. Many times having to awaken earlier than usual so that I might bake a rack of bacon and eat it all before the family wakes up and demandses to share my preciousssss. Nasty, nasty hobitses!! The baconses is mine! MINE!!!

*Ahem* Sorry.

I think it's time to come out of the bacon closet (wouldn't that actually be a hardwood smoker?) and embrace our fellow bacon lovers! To that end, I propose that The Comic Stop host Bacon Love Fest '09!

We'll keep things simple. Let's pick a Saturday and gather at the Lynnwood Comic Stop. Sometime in the next few weeks? Say, the 23rd? Around 6pm? Sound good? Open to suggestions.

Everyone should bring a bacon dish or two (or three or four). Post here what you will be bringing so we don't get a bunch of the exact same dish. Not that duplicate dishes are a bad thing but I think we should strive for diversity in out Bacon Love Fest.

Not a cook you say? No problem! Just bring some strips of cooked bacon and we'll let you partake of the meaty goodness that others bring.

I will start by volunteering to bring some Bacon Candy, Cornflake Bacon Cookies, Caribbean Beef and Bacon Stuffed Plantains and the amazing Porkgasm! ---->

See you at Bacon Love Fest '09!