New Games! 2/15/2019

BEHOLDER TROPHY

Capture beauty in the eyes of the Dungeons & Dragons Beholder Trophy Figure, but beware, one glance can put you to sleep, place you under a charm, or even lead to your demise!

The Dungeons & Dragons Beholder Trophy is made of foam rubber and latex that’s carefully hand-painted for realistic detail. It also features spectacular “glass-like” eyes for stunning realism. Nothing can escape its gaze!

The Beholder Trophy is designed with an integrated multi-point hard point system which allows you to hang the figure from the ceiling (secured to a truss or structural element). A hard point eyelet at top enables the figure to hang level looking straight ahead. A second eyelet positioned further back on head allows for hanging higher with a downward glance towards the Beholder’s prey.

 

 

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: CRASH COURSE

Sonic, Tails, Knuckes, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik are on a crash course! Speeding through the classic Green Hill Zone, players in Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course race to be the first player to save (or capture) the most Flicky Birds! If you want to take the victory, then you gotta go fast!

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HELLBOY DAY / ARON POHARA SIGNING!


Saturday, March 23rd from 11am to 8pm

Dark Horse Comics has declared March 23rd to be HELLBOY DAY 2019, in advance of the April 12th release of the all-new HELLBOY film!

The first 100 Guests will receive a free HELLBOY DAY 2019 BUTTON and the HELLBOY DAY 2019 SEED OF DESTRUCTION comic book – a special 25th anniversary edition of the first issue of Hellboy!

We will also have a FREE all-day raffle for a Hellboy fan pack, which will include a HELLBOY DAY 2019 WINDOW CLING & TEMPORARY TATTOO SHEET, and the HELLBOY INTO THE SILENT SEA HARDCOVER GRAPHIC NOVEL! (other items to be announced soon)

Also, writer Aron Pohara will be here at 11am** to sign his new comic book – BOOK OF LYAXIA! Pohara says, “BOOK OF LYAXIA has been 10 years in the making … and I want people to enjoy this crazy take on mythology that I have!”

* One entry per person, please. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible. All winners must collect their prizes within 2 weeks of the drawing date. EC reserves the right to alter / substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur.

** Scheduled to appear; times and details subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/15/19

How’s this for a Spider-Man story idea?
Otto Octavius possessed by the Venom symbiote!

They haven’t done that one yet have they?
DOCTOR OCTO-VENOM!
NOT A WHAT-IF!!
NOT A HOAX!!!
NOT AN IMAGINARY STORY!!!

Well … I guess it would be an imaginary story in the sense that it would be a fictional story…

But it would NOT be imaginary in the sense that it would be a story set in the main Earth-616 Marvel continuity…

If it ever actually WAS a story that Marvel would publish…

Which in all honesty seems unlikely…

 

Amazing Spider-Man #3, first appearance of Doctor Octopus,
CBCS 9.0, $14,500.

 

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EC BOOK CLUB: MISTER MIRACLE BY TOM KING & MITCH GERADS!


Wednesday, April 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

The Emerald City Book Club meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, in “The Hub” at the center of the store, to chat about the featured book. We usually begin each meeting with a “Comics 101” slideshow giving some historical, artistic, or social background on the book, and then we dive right into discussion!

The featured book for the next meeting will be announced at the end of the current ECBC meeting. That book is 20% OFF for the month leading up to its ECBC meeting! (The discount will be calculated at the register, and does not combine with any other discounts or programs).

In an EC first, we are “pre-announcing” the selection for the April 3rd meeting, so that it will be 20% OFF from the day it arrives: Wednesday, February 13th!

This month’s featured book is…

MISTER MIRACLE BY TOM KING & MITCH GERADS
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Mitch Gerads
Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former Female Fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks. You might say Scott Free has everything … so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick-except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

New Comics & Books for 2/13/2019

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Ron Garney (CA) Alex Ross
THE ANCIENT CULT OF KOGA THUN. A MYSTICAL TREASURE.
AND THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN SAVE THE HYBORIAN AGE!
Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew…one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing!
An all-new age of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN begins with a five-part tale of swords and sorcery by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL, INFINITY WARS) and illustrated by legendary artist Ron Garney (DAREDEVIL, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER) with covers by the incomparable Alex Ross, and breathtaking variant covers by Garney, Rahzzah, comics legend George Perez, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman!
Welcome to the deadly Hyborian Age-hope you survive the experience!

 

BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3
DC COMICS
(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
All the pieces are starting to fit together as the Batman Who Laughs acquires another key element in his plan-one that is linked to the founding fathers of Gotham City and to a legacy started by the Wayne family and protected by none other than Oswald Cobblepot. While the Penguin goes head-to-head with the darkest version of his mortal enemy, Batman is forced to compromise his principles and purge the serum that protects his heart from the deadly Joker Toxin! It’s a no-win situation as writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock return to the sociopath they created in “Black Mirror”: James Gordon Jr.

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New Toys & Collectibles for 2/13/2019!

BATMAN TAS PREMIERE HARLEYS HOLIDAY HARLEY QUINN STATUE
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s time for a holiday! Harley Quinn debuted 25 years ago in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, and for this new Premier Collection statue, she’s taking a day off with her two pet hyenas! Based on the title card for “Harley’s Holiday,” this approximately 12-inch resin statue was meticulously sculpted by the masterful Clayburn Moore, and features detailed paint work. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a hand-numbered box with a certificate of authenticity.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL DAY / WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION!


Saturday, March 9th from 11am to 8pm

The Captain Marvel film arrives Friday, March 8th!

AND, March is Women’s History Month!

Help us celebrate both on Saturday, March 9th from 11am to 8pm:

Free CAPTAIN MARVEL comic book for first 100 Guests!

Free all-day raffle* for a Captain Marvel fan pack:

  • Mighty Captain Marvel #1 comic
  • Marvel Universe Comic Pack: Cosmic Marvels action figures
  • Fearless and Fantastic! Female Superheroes Save the World HC

 

20% OFF BOOKS STARRING FEMALE LEAD CHARACTERS!

* One entry per person, please. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible. All winners must collect their prizes within 2 weeks of the drawing date. EC reserves the right to alter / substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/08/19

Batwoman, The Red Death, Ace The Bat-hound, Batwing, Batman Beyond, Chief-Man-Of-Bats, BAT-MITE (a personal favorite of mine, as the capitalization indicates).

…just a few of the many of faces of Batman.

 

Detective Comics #233, first appearance of Batwoman, CGC 3.0, $1,500.

 

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New Games! 2/8/2019

NARABI

In Narabi, players are dealt 3-4 cards at the start of the round, with those cards bearing either a blank or a number from 0 to 9. Each card is sleeved, and within the sleeve on its back is a rule explaining how this card can be swapped with another card: swap it with a red card, a card with an even number, a card with a higher number, and so on. You can look at all the rules on cards in front of you, but you cannot communicate to others what those rules are. You cannot change the order of cards in front of you.

On a turn, a player must swap one of their cards (following that card’s rule) with another player’s card, then someone records that move on a chart. Blanks are considered to be 0 and an even number for the purpose of swaps. When one of your cards is swapped, you can look at the rule on the card you receive. You can suggest moves to others or ask questions of them, and they can respond with “yes” or “no” answers as long as they don’t identify the rule on any of their cards.

If you place all the numbers in numerical order (disregarding blanks) in either clockwise or counterclockwise order before you would need to make a 25th move, you all win the game. Your team’s score is “Great”, “Good”, “Horrible”, etc. based on how many moves it took you to win. If you don’t win, then you must all be worse than horrible, which is very bad indeed.

In the game’s expert mode, you cannot speak at all and you cannot undo a player’s swap on your next turn.

 

 

JOURNEY: WRATH OF DEMONS

In Journey: Wrath of Demons, a cooperative miniatures board game based on a classic Chinese novel, four Pilgrims band together to search ancient China for the Sutras, sacred scriptures that will bring salvation to a world overrun with Demons. After fighting different Bull Demon minions, the climax of the game is the battle against the Bull Demon King. Game cards and custom dice combine for fast, tense action and critical choices enhance the Pilgrims’ skills during the game.

Journey is designed for 1 to 4 players, each controlling one of the four Pilgrims: Tripitaka, Monkey, Monk Sha and Cho Hakkai. The game’s AI controls the Demons and other creatures. Diverse playing styles are possible, with a strong emphasis on cooperation because the players win or lose as a team. Each game will take 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the quest and the style you play.

The core game comes with ~10 quests, each with different goals and unique rules. Do you ruthlessly hack and slash, killing all demons in the Pilgrims’ path? Or take a more virtuous path, cleansing the demons’ souls, saving villagers and collecting good karma. Your decisions affect the Pilgrims’ abilities, skills and equipment. Killing demons may be quick but can you risk accumulating that bad karma? Side quests may enhance your Pilgrims’ skill and karma, but with more demons spawning, can you afford to spend that time?

Solo play is almost identical to multi-player games. Instead of multiple players controlling 1 or 2 pilgrims each, 1 player will control all four Pilgrims. There are no other changes to the game.

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EC BOOK CLUB – CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01: HIGHER FURTHER FASTER MORE!


Wednesday, March 6th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm

The Emerald City Book Club meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, in “The Hub” at the center of the store, to chat about the featured book. We usually begin each meeting with a “Comics 101” slideshow giving some historical, artistic, or social background on the book, and then we dive right into discussion!

The featured book for the next meeting will be announced at the end of the current ECBC meeting. That book is 20% OFF for the month leading up to its ECBC meeting! (The discount will be calculated at the register, and does not combine with any other discounts or programs).

This month’s featured book is…

CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 01 HIGHER FURTHER FASTER MORE
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) David Lopez
Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is launching headfirst into an all-new adventure! As Carol Danvers comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life – and the entire Marvel Universe – in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance and the Spartax! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time!

STAR WARS’ COLIN CANTWELL PRESENTATION & SIGNING, WITH THE 501ST!

 

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Saturday, March 16th from Noon to 4pm**
(EC store hours: 11am to 8pm)

Star Wars ship designer Colin Cantwell was the original concept artist and modeler for all things that flew in the first 1977 Star Wars movie, “A New Hope”!

He will give a video presentation in our Events Room at 12:30, followed by a “meet & greet”!
Autographs will be $25 each, and “selfie” photos will be $10 each.
A free 8×10″ print or photo will be provided with for the autograph if you do not already have an item for him to sign.
You may choose a 12×18″ print or photo with an autograph / selfie combination for $35!

Also, the 501st LEGION: FLORIDA GARRISON — TAMPA BAY SQUAD will be here for FREE PHOTO OPS!**
https://fl501st.com/

More on Colin Cantwell:

His designs include the X-Wing, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Star Destroyer, original Millennium Falcon, Y-Wing and others. Developing the process of “kitbashing” to build the ships, he revolutionized the modeling industry by tearing apart model kits of cars, boats, and planes and re-constructing the pieces into objects such as the Star Wars ship models. In addition to his contribution to Star Wars, Colin has been involved in several other iconic projects. His credits include:

• Working closely with Stanley Kubrick to design the space scenes and suggest the memorable music for “2001, A Space Odyssey”;
• Being the “Hal 9000 Computer” that conveyed the flight progress of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing to Walter Cronkite while Cronkite was broadcasting live on national TV;
• Designing the first OmniMax theater in San Diego which later became Imax;
• Developing the first multi-color computer monitor for HP
• Working on several other movies including, War Games, Close Encounters of a Third Kind and more!

You can learn about Colin and his other projects on his website http://www.colincantwell.com .

JUST ADDED! The owner of “Car2D2” will be back with a Star Wars themed vehicle named “Sith Soul” – on display in front of the store!

 

** Scheduled to appear; times and details subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/6/19

According to Wikipedia, bats are used as food across Asia and the Pacific Rim.

I’m a pretty adventurous eater, but I don’t know that I’d be too keen on consuming the flesh of a bat.

I dunno… maybe… if the bat were cooked well… I guess….

 

Batman #200, CBCS Verified Signature 8.5 (Very Fine Plus), signed by Neal Adams, $275.

 

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New Comics & Books for 2/06/2019!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

DAREDEVIL #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Marco Checchetto, Chip Zdarsky (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
CLASSIFIED

 

RED SONJA #1
DYNAMITE
(W) Mark Russell (A) Mirko Colak (CA) Amanda Conner
No man knows the place of her birth, nor where she learned to wield a sword to shame many a male. They know only that she is called The She-Devil of The Hyrkanian Steppes. That, and RED SONJA. MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan) bring a savage tale of metal and blood. A world conqueror possesses a massive army and a fatal prophecy. A bastard sorceress craves revenge. And a fearsome red-haired warrior is made wartime ruler of a homeland set for decimation.

 

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New Toys & Collectibles for 1/30/2019!

MARVEL SELECT AVENGERS 3 IRON SPIDER-MAN AF
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Toys release! This 7-inch scale action figure of Spider-Man features his “Iron Spider” look from the movie, and features approximately 16 points of articulation and interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged in the full-color, display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

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New Comics & Books for 1/30/2019

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Phil Noto
The age of X-Man dawns…
and the X-Men cannot stop it.

 

FIGHT CLUB 3 #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Chuck Palahniuk (A) Cameron Stewart (CA) David Mack
Marla Singer is about to deliver her second child, but the daddy isn’t her husband-it’s Tyler Durden, who’s very invested in his heir, and the world he’ll inherit.
Marla, her first son, and her husband-the unnamed narrator in the novel, who now goes by Balthazar-live in a rundown motel with sketchy neighbors. In the FIGHT CLUB 2 graphic novel, Tyler transformed Project Mayhem into Rize or Die-now, as a road to paradise presents itself, a new group has implemented a ruthless and deviant plan to fine-tune mankind, leading Balthazar to forge an unlikely alliance . . . with Tyler Durden.
Chuck Palahniuk writes the sequel to the sequel to Fight Club.
Chuck Palahniuk & Cameron Stewart reunite!
A 12-part monthly comic book maxi series

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GAMING IN FEBRUARY 2019 AT EC!

Every Wednesday EC and All Things Nerdy host “EC Game Night” where you can Learn & Play a featured game from 6-7pm, then stay for Open Play of that game from 7-8pm — or any of our gaming demos of your choice!

Saturdays’ “EC Game Day” events with All Things Nerdy run from Noon-2pm, and you can learn while you play!

ALL ARE WELCOME!

 

2/2 – TREASURE ISLAND

Long John Silver’s crew has committed mutiny and has him cornered and tied up! Round after round, they question him about the location of his treasure and explore the island following his directions — or perhaps his misdirections? Who knows… The old sea dog is surely planning an escape, after all, after which he will definitely try to get his treasure back.

Treasure Island is a game of bluffing and adventure in which one player embodies Long John, trying to mislead the others in their search for his treasure. The hunt reaches its climax with Long John’s escape, when he will make a final run to get the booty for himself!

 

 

2/6 – QUEST FOR EL DORADO

Conquer the realm and bring honor to your clan in Battle for Rokugan! This turn-based strategy game of conquest and mayhem puts players in the role of Rokugan daimyo struggling for control over the rich land of the Emerald Empire. Leaders must balance their resources, plan their attacks, and outwit their enemies to ensure their clan’s victory. The land is there for the taking. The most honorable daimyo will win the day!

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New Games! 1/26/2019

VICTORIAN MASTERMINDS

Sherlock Holmes is dead! And with London’s greatest detective out of the way, those with villainous minds decide to wreak as much terror as possible on the populace — and you are one of those dastardly no-goodniks!

While Europe sits unprotected in Victorian Masterminds, you and other players send your henchmen to different cities to use their varied abilities, collect material for your steampunk-inspired contraptions, destroy buildings, and complete missions. At the same time, the Secret Service follows your path of destruction. Every contraption is unique and allows you to take different actions, leading to highly strategic, asymmetric gameplay.

In more detail, during the game, players take turns placing one of their five agent tokens — Henchman, Machine, Saboteur, Pilot, Number 2 — face down on one of the five action spaces. As soon as three tokens are on a space, those tokens are flipped and activated, first in first out, with each agent carrying out its individual action in addition to whatever takes place in that space. When an evil mastermind completes their contraption or the Secret Service brings this villainy to a halt, the game ends, and whoever has generated the most victory points wins.

 

 

JOUST

Brave knights take up their lances, tighten their saddles, and mount their birds. Who can defeat the most foes, capture the most eggs, and truly gain the glory of being the world’s best at Joust?

Joust brings the classic video arcade game to the tabletop in an action-packed, strategy board game. Requiring players to manage the speed and altitude of their knight, Joust features a unique momentum system that has players playing cards that immediately move their knight, but repeat effects for turns to come. Act quickly, but think ahead, because in the game of Joust speed can be your greatest ally — or biggest foe.

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 1/25/19

Yeah Baby! First appearance of ULTIMATE SPIDER-HAM!

I’m doing it! FEATURED BOOK!

We’re promoting it! Book of the year!! BOOK OF THE CENTURY!!!

 

Ultimate FF #4, first appearance of Ultimate Spider-Ham, Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0), $25.

 

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EC YARD SALE / BLACK HISTORY MONTH SALE!


Saturday, February 23rd from 11am to 8pm

DEEP, DEEP, DISCOUNTS on books, comics, games, toys, and more!!!

The Yard Sale ends by 6pm, but the store remains open until 8pm as usual!

20% OFF graphic novels & books starring black characters, in honor of Black History Month!

* One entry per person, please. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER! Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number/email given on the entry ballot. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible. All winners must collect their prizes within 2 weeks of the drawing date. EC reserves the right to alter / substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL DAY!


Saturday, February 16th from 11am to 8pm

FREE manga comic book for the first 100 Guests! Each Guest can choose one of the following comics…

Battle Angel Alita (Mature Readers)

 

My Hero Academia (Teen)

 

Pokemon (All Ages)

 

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