• It's Into the Wormhole Tuesday!
    EC admin 2 days ago

      A gator man from the Gamma Quadrant gets loose on the station, and Chief O'Brien gets put in charge of gator sitting.  Will the Chief channel his inner Florida Man and save the day, or will Tosk the Gator eat the crew alive?  Tune in to find out!  New episodes of Into the Wormhole ever… Read More

     
    Dungeons & Dragons Meetup is Saturday, July 30th!
    EC admin 3 days ago

    Saturday, July 30th from 1pm to 4pm We're thrilled to announce that we are forming a new Dungeons & Dragons group to meet and play D&D on a regular basis!!! This is a meetup for those of you who are interested in playing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS fifth edition! ALL ARE WELCOME to join… Read More

     
    Vote for Creative Loafing's BEST OF THE BAY!!!
    EC admin 5 days ago

    We just voted for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay ... and we hope YOU will, too!!! Voting is open through August 16th! If you were so inclined, you COULD vote for Emerald City under the following categories: Best Store Staff Best Comics Shop Best Customer Service Cast your vote her… Read More

     
    STAR TREK PANIC Game Demonstration is Sunday, July 31st!
    EC admin 5 days ago

      STAR TREK PANIC Game Demonstration! Sunday, July 31st from noon to 5pm Double Exposure, Inc. Envoy and Emerald City present a Stark Trek Panic game demonstration! Herald Bill Eastman will be with us once again to demonstrate the game. He will be teaching new players how to play… Read More

     
    Warmachine and Hordes Casual Play is Saturday, July 30th!
    EC admin 5 days ago

      Saturday, July 30th from noon to 5pm Emerald City presents Warmachine and Hordes miniatures games in a casual play environment! Our games guru and merchant, Dennis, will be on hand along with other friends of EC! They will be teaching Warmachine and Hordes to all new players!… Read More

     

It’s Into the Wormhole Tuesday!

 

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A gator man from the Gamma Quadrant gets loose on the station, and Chief O’Brien gets put in charge of gator sitting.  Will the Chief channel his inner Florida Man and save the day, or will Tosk the Gator eat the crew alive?  Tune in to find out!  New episodes of Into the Wormhole every Tuesday!  Rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes!
#startrek #ds9 #deepspacenine #wormholepodcast #floridaman

Into the Wormhole is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine podcast where two long time Star Trek fans take a franchise noobie into the Gamma Quadrant and beyond!

Join host Poey Gordon, along with Quark’s biggest barfly, Ben Sharp, as they guide their confused friend, Vince Caffiero on a chronological exploration through this classic entry in the Star Trek canon!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/into-wormhole-ds9-podcast/id1128484151?mt=2

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wormholepodcast

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wormholepodcast

Twitter : @Wormholepodcast
https://twitter.com/WormholePodcast

Instagram: Wormholepodcast
https://www.instagram.com/wormholepodcast

E-Mail: Wormholepodcast@gmail.com

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Dungeons & Dragons Meetup is Saturday, July 30th!

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Saturday, July 30th from 1pm to 4pm

We’re thrilled to announce that we are forming a new Dungeons & Dragons group to meet and play D&D on a regular basis!!! This is a meetup for those of you who are interested in playing DUNGEONS & DRAGONS fifth edition!

ALL ARE WELCOME to join our Saturday meetup to get to know one another, discuss and create characters, and prepare for the adventure!

If you are not experienced in D&D (or haven’t played in a long time), this is a great time to ask questions and learn more about playing strategies and rules that are less familiar to you!

The meetup will take place in our Event Room, and is a great time to get back into the game!!!

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Vote for Creative Loafing’s BEST OF THE BAY!!!

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We just voted for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay … and we hope YOU will, too!!! Voting is open through August 16th!

If you were so inclined, you COULD vote for Emerald City under the following categories:

Best Store Staff
Best Comics Shop
Best Customer Service

Cast your vote here:
http://www.cltampa.com/botb

THANK YOU for inspiring us to be our best! We appreciate your support!!!

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STAR TREK PANIC Game Demonstration is Sunday, July 31st!

 

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STAR TREK PANIC Game Demonstration!
Sunday, July 31st from noon to 5pm

Double Exposure, Inc. Envoy and Emerald City present a Stark Trek Panic game demonstration!

Herald Bill Eastman will be with us once again to demonstrate the game. He will be teaching new players how to play the game and to show off to the public all the fantastic components that make up this excellent game!

Here’s some info about the game:

Star Trek Panic is a cooperative light strategy game based on Castle Panic that challenges players to defend the U.S.S. Enterprise from enemy attacks.

In addition, the game features mission cards that have unique challenges based on the original Star Trek series as well as character cards so that players can assume the roles of Star Trek icons like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Here’s a link to the BoardGameGeek page for the game:
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/193737/star-trek-panic

And here’s the page from USAopoly:
http://usaopoly.com/games/star-trek-panic

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Warmachine and Hordes Casual Play is Saturday, July 30th!

 

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Saturday, July 30th from noon to 5pm

Emerald City presents Warmachine and Hordes miniatures games in a casual play environment!

Our games guru and merchant, Dennis, will be on hand along with other friends of EC! They will be teaching Warmachine and Hordes to all new players!

Some basic info of the games:

Warmachine –steam-powered miniatures combat– is a table-top miniatures game published by Privateer Press. Players take on the role of an elite soldier-sorcerer known as a warcaster. While a warcaster and his army is a formidable force on the battlefield, a warcaster’s true strength is in their ability to magically control and coordinate the actions of their mighty warjacks steam-powered combat automatons that represent the pinnacle of military might in the Iron Kingdoms.

Hordes can be viewed as either an expansion to Warmachine, or a totally separate game using the same system. Either way, it contains four new factions and is based on the same system. It is 100% compatible with Warmachine. Rather than the steampunk theme of Warmachine, Hordes focuses on the more primitive tribal powers: Trollblood, Skorne, Legion of Everblight, Circle Orboros, Farrow (pig-men) and Gatormen. They wage war with great warbeasts in place of warjacks and, instead of warcasters, have warlocks that draw power from their beasts.

Here’s a link to the BoardGameGeek page for the games:
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4741/warmachine
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/19679/hordes

And here’s the page from Privateer Press:
http://www.allnewwar.com/

And a gameplay tutorial from Privateer Press:
http://privateerpress.com/privateer-press-prime-video-channel/warmachine-gameplay-tutorial

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Super Women Day is Saturday, July 30th!

 

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SUPER WOMEN DAY!!!
Saturday, July 30th from 11am to 9pm

Female superheroes have risen to the forefront of today’s comics, and are among the most popular characters ever!!! Join us as EC celebrates the super women who are taking over comics and pop culture!!!

On Sat., July 30th, the FIRST 50 GUESTS at 11am ONLY will receive a FREE “TRUE BELIEVERS: SPIDER-GWEN” #1 COMIC BOOK!!!

MEET SPIDER-GWEN, LIVE and IN-PERSON** for FREE pics and autographs, from 11a-1p & 3-5pm!!!

AND, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY, can enter our FREE, RAFFLE for a chance to win* 1 of 2 FUNKO MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS “WOMEN OF POWER” PACK!!!

The Funko Pack includes:
1 Size XL Spider-Gwen T-shirt,
1 Squirrel Girl Pop! Vinyl,
1 Captain Marvel Mini Figure,
1 She-Hulk Mini Figure,
1 Civil War Pop! Variant Comic,
1 Ms. Marvel patch, and
1 Spider-Woman Pin!!!

(All winners will be called on Monday, August 1st!!!)

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

** Scheduled to appear; subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates.

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Star Trek Beyond Give-Away & Raffle is Wednesday, July 27th!

 

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The latest Star Trek epic, “Star Trek Beyond” is in theaters now, and EC helps get you ready to beam aboard with our Wednesday Give-Away & Raffle!!!

Join us on Wed., July 27th, when the FIRST 30 GUESTS at 11am and 7pm will receive a FREE STAR TREK 50TH ANNIVERSARY FAUX 50-DOLLAR BILL!!!

Plus, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY, can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a “STAR TREK BEYOND” FAN PACK!!!

The Fan Pack includes
1 Star Trek Beyond Baseball Cap,
1 Star Trek Beyond IMAX Marathon Poster,
1 Star Trek Beyond Lanyard,
1 STB Starfleet Federation Patch,
1 Captain’s Shirt Bottle Coozie, and
1 pair of Star Trek Beyond Ear Buds!!!

All winners will be called on Thursday, July 28th!!!

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

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Pokemon GO @ EC! “Happy Hours” & Community Events

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EC is your place to play Pokémon GO!!! We are an official PokéStop, and you can play here at any time!!!

However, to make things even more fun, EC is hosting EC POKEMON HAPPY HOURS every TUESDAY and THURSDAY from 6:30-8:30pm until further notice!!!

During these events, we will have Lures set up for you to capture Pokemon characters and have fun with fellow gamers!!!

Also during each Happy Hour, you can SAVE 10% ON ALL SNACKS & SODAS!!!

Plus, until further notice, we’ll be having EC POKEMON GO COMMUNITY EVENTS EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY!!!

Each Community Event will feature Lures to enhance your playing, and will take place each Saturday from 3:30-5:30pm & Sunday 4-6pm!!!

In case you don’t know, a Lure will attract Pokemon to a PokeStop for a set period of time. It is worth noting that the item will have an effect for EVERYONE playing the game who is in proximity of that PokeStop. Since EC is a stop within the game, we are able to provide the Lures to help everyone grow their collections and memories they make through the game and in real life!!!

All you have to do is come hang out at Emerald City Comics during the times provided and you will have increased chances to catch new Pokemon!!!

Since its launch, the game Pokemon GO has helped many people from all walks of life come together and make new memories and experiences in the real world. The game encourages everyone to get out, see the world, and meet new people along the way. We at EC love this idea and are glad that we were chosen to be a PokeStop, and it is our hopes that you will join us and come hang out in a safe environment where you can meet other people playing the game and make some of those memories and friends with us!!!

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Learn to Play @ EC! Wednesdays in July & August

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No one gets you into the game like EC!!! We know how scary it can be to venture into gaming if you’ve never done it before – you may not know the people you’re playing with, you’re not sure exactly what you’re doing, you’re afraid others will get frustrated or mad at you, etc.

EC feels your pain and has come to your rescue with our GAMING 101 SERIES!!!

This is a series of quick-and-easy lessons on how to play some of the most popular games, in an environment where you can learn one-on-one, ask questions, go over complex moves and concepts, and practice until you are comfortable joining a group and playing for real!!!

This series is being sponsored by All Things Nerdy, who will also meet at EC on Wednesdays, allowing you to graduate into a group of friendly, welcoming gamers, who will help you increase your skills, while you’re having fun!!!

There are NO DUES, NO ENTRY FEES, NOTHING TO BRING, just show up ready to learn, and ready to have fun!!!

Learn the game from 6pm to 7pm, then PLAY the game from 7pm to 9pm!

JULY / AUGUST SCHEDULE
(Subject to change.)

July 27th – BETRAYAL AT HOUSE ON THE HILL 6-7p class; open group play!
Aug.  7th – SMASH UP! 6-7p class; 7-9p open group play!
Aug. 10th – CASH ‘N GUNS! 6-7 class; 7-9p open group play!
Aug. 17th – TICKET TO RIDE! 6-7p class; 7-9p open group play!

Keep checking our events schedule for future Learn to Play nights:
http://emeraldcitycomics.com/events

 

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“Justin’s Jabber” — Back Issues! 7/22/16

Justin Wallner is the Back Issues Merchant at EC, and each week he likes to “jabber” about the new key back issues we’ve received! Here’s his latest report:

I dig Copper Age comics. The Copper Age of comics includes comics published from the mid 1980’s through the early 1990’s. Pretty short Age, eh? Most people who are into comics have heard of the Gold, Silver, and even Bronze Age of comics, but Copper Age is a relatively new term; there isn’t even a Wikipedia page for it; they include it in the “Modern Age.”

From a personal standpoint, the Copper Age is when I first started reading and collecting comics, and people my age tend to look back at this era with the same fondness that people who’re our parents’ age exhibit for the Silver Age.

From a comic collecting standpoint, I love Copper Age books because they can still be had for a price that makes them affordable to everyone, not just the hardcore collectors with deep pockets. If you want a Copper Age key you can shell out four figures for a graded 9.8, or you can buy a raggedy old reader copy for $10. That’s quite a range there, a nice wide spectrum.

Don’t get me wrong, collecting Silver Age and older is great fun, but it’s not exactly a hobby for the masses anymore. Collecting Copper Age, now that’s truly for the proletarian — collectible comics for the working man. Take the following books for instance — these ones here are in nice shape and they’ll cost you less than a trip to Taco Bell.

 

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Amazing Spider-Man #344, first appearance of Cletus Kasady (Carnage), Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0) condition, $15.

 

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What If Volume 2 #49, What If Silver Surfer Possessed the Infinity Gauntlet?, Very Fine Minus (7.5) condition, $15.

 

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 2nd print, Very Fine/Fine (7.0), $25.

 

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Hellblazer #1, Very Fine Minus (7.5) condition, $20.

 

And just think, at these prices you won’t mind taking them out of the bag and board and actually READING them. Novel idea, no?

 

(Please note that the digital samples shown are for clear image references only, and are NOT the actual books being offered for sale. Please call us at 727-398-2665 for condition, availability, or any other questions about the books!)

We have a lot more where those came from on our two — count em’ TWO — vintage comics walls! So stop in for a nostalgic treat, or check out our online shop for select vintage comics:
http://goo.gl/06UOhI

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