New Toys & Collectibles for 12/19/2018!

UNIVERSAL MONSTERS REACTION FIGURES
SUPER 7

From Super 7. It’s an all-new series of ReAction figures replicating the classic Universal Studios Monsters! Choose from: Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Wolf Man, the Metaluna Mutant (from This Island Earth), The Mummy, The Mole People, the Phantom of the Opera as The Masque of the Red Death! Each expertly sculpted 3.75″ action figure features five points of articulation and comes with beautiful new original painted blister card art by the legendary Ed Repka. Collect them all!

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New Comics & Books for 12/19/2018!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

STAR WARS DARTH VADER #25
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Charles Soule (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Elia Bonetti
FORTRESS VADER: FINALE!
• The FORTRESS is complete. The door will be opened.
• VADER finds everything he has ever desired.
• THE DARK LORD gets everything he deserves.

 

LIVEWIRE #1
VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC
(W) Vita Ayala (A) Raul Allen, Patricia Martin (CA) Adam Pollina
ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE!
Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?
From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

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VERSUS SYSTEM 2PCG TOURNAMENT 1/13/19!!!

Sunday, January 13 from 12:30pm to 4pm

This event will start at 1pm. Please arrive by 12:30 to register and get pairings done.

$5 entry fee, and all players get a foil card!

RULES!
You must use a Photographic Universe deck.

During this Format you can use cards from the following expansions:

  • MCU Battles
  • MCU Heroes
  • MCU Villains
  • Buffy Battles

PRIZES!
Organized Play Kit #5 will be used as prize support. First place gets to choose either the acetate card or the playmat. The other will be raffled to a random other player.

  • 1 Acetate Main Character Card
  • 1 Playmat
  • 5 Extended Art Foil Supporting Character Cards (Top Finishers Prizes plus one for Head Judge)
  • 25 Alternate Extended Art Foil Supporting Character Cards (Participation Prizes)

AND … if there are 7 or more players, a $10 EC Gift Certificate will be added to the prizes! Another $10 EC Gift Certificate will be added for every 3 additional players (10, 13, 16, 19, etc). These Gift Certificates will be offered as options for the top players, and/or raffled to a random player if the acetate card and playmat are already taken before the raffle.

Black Panther Day 12/8/18 photo album!

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THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE – AND EC IS COMING TO THE RESCUE!!!

Of course, you know that EC is the place to find the most personable gifts ever, and this year is no different!!!
Plus, we’re here to make things easier by giving you the tools you need to make gift-giving simple, and hassle-free!!!

Our EC Team Members are extremely knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to brain-storming ideas for the hard-to-buy-for folks on your list.

In addition, we have a Gift Registry form you can fill out in the store, or online at emeraldcitycomics.com/ec-gift-registry, we’ve listed our holiday hours below, and … last but definitely not least, is the always-appreciated EC GIFT CERTIFICATE, which can be pre-loaded with any amount you wish!!!

Of course, we also have a HUGE SELECTION of books, comics, games, toys, collectibles, tchotchkes and more, so don’t stress about the holidays … EC is here to make your holidays a success!!!

EMERALD CITY COMICS’ HOLIDAY HOURS:
MONDAY, DEC. 24TH – CHRISTMAS EVE – OPEN 11AM-6PM
TUESDAY, DEC. 25TH – CHRISTMAS DAY – CLOSED
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26TH – BOXING DAY – OPEN 11AM-8PM
MONDAY, DEC. 31ST – NEW YEAR’S EVE – OPEN 11AM – 6PM
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1ST – NEW YEAR’S DAY – OPEN 11AM – 7PM

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 12/14/18

Comics are a wonderfully unique gift item.

Take a look at the prices on this week’s books!
Very affordable.

How much does one of those gift baskets with the cheese and summer sausage cost? Fifty bucks?

C’mon! Comics are a way better gift idea than snacks…

 

Amazing Spider-Man #194, first appearance of Black Cat, Fine Plus (6.5), $125.

 

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New Games! 12/14/2018

PANDEMIC 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Celebrate a decade of curing diseases with the game that started it all. With new art, a special box, and quality components, this special anniversary edition is a must-have for fans of Pandemic. Comes with Special pre-painted promo figures! (While Supplies Last)

 

 

MARVEL STRIKE TEAMS

Marvel Strike Teams puts players in the role of some of their favorite Marvel Universe heroes and villains. Two to five players face off in a classic battle of good versus evil. Everyone gets a character with a HeroClix combat dial to track their level and build points. One player is the villainous mastermind and is able to guide the direction of each encounter; the rest are the heroes who each control a single hero for the mission and must work together by combining their vast array of powers and abilities to complete various objectives, such as infiltrating an enemy warehouse or saving hostages.

Each hero is unique with individual play styles, giving players multiple options to play the way that best suits them. The environment also lends to the game play, putting obstacles in the way of players and granting them objects they can use as weapons. A wooden crate may block Captain America’s path, but he can pick it up and hurl it at enemy Hydra soldiers. Players will quickly pick the role that best suits their team and lead the heroes to victory — or at least they hope so!

Aside from standalone missions, Marvel Strike Teams includes a campaign-based game in which the players can improve their heroes over the course of several missions. With randomly generated scenarios, multiple map tiles, and thousands of possible encounters, each mission will feel like a fresh experience!

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Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected FEBRUARY 2019!

Here are the comics and graphic novels that caught our attention in this month’s Previews!

To ensure that you get these books when they arrive, please call the store at 727-398-2665, or email our Books & New Comics Merchant at comics@emeraldcitycomics.com, to reserve a copy!

From the Previews Catalog #363, DECEMBER 2018 (for books arriving mainly in FEBRUARY 2019)…

 

FEMALE FURIES #1
DC COMICS
(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Adriana Melo (CA) Mitch Gerads
All their lives the Female Furies have been raised to be the meanest, most cunning and most ruthless fighting force on all of Apokolips. So why are Granny Goodness’ girls left behind every time the men go to war? With the might of New Genesis hanging over the planet, and the Forever People making mincemeat out of Darkseid’s army, Granny thinks it’s about time that changed.
And so, Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth and Stompa set out to beat the boys at their own game. Little do they know the game is rigged-and one accidental murder could spell disaster for them all!
FEMALE FURIES is an exciting new miniseries starring some of Jack Kirby’s coolest Fourth World characters by the writer of SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL and the artist of PLASTIC MAN!

 

 

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!

 

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New Games! 12/7/2018

MAGIC THE GATHERING: ULTIMATE MASTERS

Throughout the history of Magic, many of these spells have drawn their power from the graveyard. Ultimate Masters celebrates that legacy by bringing together some of the most potent graveyard-themed cards and mechanics ever printed. Master the power of life and death as you draft your way to immortality.

Forty of the most exciting cards in Ultimate Masters also appear in a special set: Ultimate Box Toppers. There’s one of these cards in each booster display in a special 1-card booster pack.

 

 

POKEMON TCG: POKEBALL TINS

What’s Inside a Poké Ball?

The answer is Pokémon cards, of course! The Pokémon TCG: Poké Ball Tin contains three Pokémon TCG booster packs and a Pokémon coin inside a collectible tin!

Each Sun & Moon Series pack includes 10 cards and 1 basic Energy. Each XY Series pack includes 10 cards.

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MYSTERY COMIC PACKS ARE HERE!!!

Everyone loves a good mystery, and comics grab bags are always a great surprise!!!

EC is now offering mystery, or “MysterEC!” comic packs!!!

Each pack contains 12 COMICS for ONLY $9.99!!!

We’ve made getting comics you’ll love even better by marking on the outside the age ranges included and the category, such as ONLY DC COMICS SUPERHEROES, TOTALLY RANDOM, CAPELESS (NO SUPERHEROES), CHARACTERS SEEN ON TV & MOVIES, and more!!!

Remember when you used to get those 3-packs of comics when you were a kid? We certainly do, and this is just like that, only you get EVEN MORE comics in the bag!!!

SPIDER-VERSE DAY 12/15/18!!!


Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 8pm

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into theaters on Thursday, Dec. 13th, introducing Miles Morales and a plethora of Spideys to audiences everywhere… and EC is ready to get the party started!!!

On Saturday, December 15th, The FIRST 100 Guests at 11am will receive THEIR CHOICE of a FREE “SPIDEY” #1 COMIC (Rated T) or a “TRUE BELIEVERS: WHAT IF SPIDER-MAN…” COMIC!!! (Rated T)
(We’ll have an alternative prize for young children!)

MEET MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN & PETER PARKER SPIDER-MAN for FREE PICS & AUTOGRAPHS from 11a-1p and 3-5p!!!**
(Local cosplay actors, not associated with any Marvel TV or Movie production.)

PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a SPIDER-MAN FAN PACK!!!

The Fan Pack includes:
1 Spider-Man Homecoming Marvel Select action figure,
1 The Little Book of the Amazing Spider-Man (2017; 192 pgs.),
1 The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Back to Basics paperback (2018; 144 pgs.),
1 Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1: Into the Twilight paperback (2018; 144 pgs.), and
1 Spidey: School’s Out (First Time in Print!; 2018, 136 pgs.)

The winners will be called on Monday, Dec. 17rd!

* 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. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 12/7/18

If you don’t happen to follow us on social media, do us a solid and give us a follow on all of the majors.

https://www.facebook.com/EmeraldCityComics

https://www.instagram.com/emeraldcitycomics

https://twitter.com/ECComicsFL

If you’re a back issue collector, and I have to assume that you are if you’re reading this, pay particular attention to our Instagram feed as I always post the best new key issues we get there and Instagram updates are up to the minute … perhaps even up to the second, depending on how good your cell network is…

 

Captain Marvel #17 Second Print, first appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Near Mint Minus (9.2), $800.

 

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EC BOOK CLUB – BLANKETS BY CRAIG THOMPSON!!!


Wednesday, January 2nd 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…

BLANKETS GN
DRAWN & QUARTERLY
(W/A/CA) Craig Thompson
Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson’s poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence. Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that.

New Comics & Books for 12/05/2018!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

SHAZAM #1
DC COMICS
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Dale Eaglesham
The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)
Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions! Also, witness the bizarre team-up of Dr. Sivana and Mr. Mind as they set off to build a society all their own! Don’t miss the start of an epic run in the making as “Shazam and the Seven Realms” begins!

 

PRODIGY #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) Rafael Albuquerque
Edison Crane’s not content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman-his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and now international governments are calling on him to fix problems they just can’t handle.

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EC in-store Gift Registry!

Take the hassle out of gift giving & getting!

Here’s how it works:

  • Write down anything you want as a gift that’s available at EC!
  • We keep this list.
  • Tell all your friends and family that you’re registered at EC!
  • You’re already done!

When your friends and family come to the store, all they have to do is tell us your name and we’ll show them this list. They get to choose what to buy from it, and as items are bought, we’ll cross them off, so you’ll never get duplicates.

Our inventory changes quickly, so be sure to list several choices!

Register HERE!!!

 

New Toys & Collectibles for 12/05/2018!

 

GHOSTBUSTERS SELECT AF SERIES 9
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to get real! The Ghostbusters get animated in the newest assortment of Select action figures from Diamond Select Toys, with figures based on the classic Real Ghostbusters cartoon! Egon, Winston and Slimer make up the assortment, with the two ‘Busters wearing their color-coded jumpsuits and packing cartoon-accurate gear, and Slimer coming with a support stand and three interchangeable faces! Plus, each figure includes pieces to build a larger diorama – collect all 15 figures in Series 6-10 to construct the firehouse headquarters’ sign front doors! Designed by Yuri Tming, and sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios!

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BLACK PANTHER DAY 12/8/18!!!


Saturday, December 8th from 11am to 8pm

Black Panther’s greatest villain, Killmonger, gets his own Marvel Comics series, and it will be available on EC’s New Comics Wall on Wednesday, Dec. 5th!!! To celebrate, we’re bringing back T’Challa himself, as he stops by to help our Guests improve their warrior skills!!!

On Saturday, December 8th, The FIRST 100 Guests at 11am will receive THEIR CHOICE of a FREE BLACK PANTHER MOVIE STICKER!!!
The FIRST 60 Guests at 11am will receive THEIR CHOICE of a BLACK PANTHER BRACELET!!!

MEET BLACK PANTHER for FREE PICS & AUTOGRAPHS from 11a-1p and 3-5p!!**
(Local cosplay actor, not associated with any Marvel TV or Movie production.)
AND, PLAY BLACK PANTHER’S BUCKET BALL BATTLE for a chance to win ADDITIONAL PRIZES!!!

PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* one of TWO RAFFLES!!!

Our KIDS RAFFLE consists of:
1 Black Panther Adventures graphic novel (2018; 112 pgs., All Ages),
1 The Threat of Thanos Little Golden Book (2018 24 pgs., All Ages), and
1 $25 EC Gift Certificate!!!

Our ADULT RAFFLE consists of:
1 Black Panther Captain America: Civil War Pop! Vinyl, and
1 $100 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!

The winners will be called on Monday, Dec. 10th!

* 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. Costumed Heroes are local cosplay actors, not affiliated with any movies or TV shows.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 11/30/18

I’m not trying to slander the name of a beloved cultural icon here, but I just want to make sure that anyone reading this is aware of the fact that Santa Claus doesn’t know a whole lot about comics.

I love the guy, but he’s charmingly out of touch with most modern pop culture trends.

The reason I bring this up is simply to remind you, dear reader, that when it comes to getting that perfect gift for the collector in your life, trust your friendly LCS to help you scratch that comic related gift off of your shopping list.

Don’t worry about Santa, he’ll definitely hook you up with all of those wooden toys and peppermint candy canes you need.

 

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1-4, complete first print set, Very Fine Plus (8.5) set, $175.

 

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New Games! 11/30/2018

THE RIVER

In The River, you and the other mayoral players each struggle to create the best pioneer settlement by developing land along a river bed in your town, collecting resources from the area, and constructing buildings. As you explore and build up the untouched frontier, your workers will settle down along the way, meaning that your other workers will shoulder more of the burden to do what you want to do, which includes making nicely organized landscapes to please the aestheticians in town.

Every decision counts in this fast and streamlined tile-placement game, and in the end the player with the most impressive settlement will win!

 

 

RWBY: COMBAT READY

RWBY: Combat Ready is an exciting cooperative game for 2-4 players. It captures the flavor and excitement of the animated web series RWBY from Rooster Teeth, with fast-paced battles, where all players are actively involved and engaged at the same time.

Players play as one of the four main heroines in the series: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, or Yang. Each of them have their own separate deck of cards, representing their attacks, actions, and moves. Each character plays a little differently, using their own unique tactics and strategies. Players record their key stats on their Scrolls (player tracking boards), including their Aura (health), Experience, Battle Fury, and their Semblance (unique special ability).

Before each game, players choose a scenario to play from the scenario book. Each scenario will have them fighting one or more battles. Battles are against a particular Villain, with a particular set of rules and may include one or more objectives. No two battles are ever the same!

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GAMING IN DECEMBER 2018 AT EC!

Every Wednesday from 6 – 8pm, EC and All Things Nerdy host “EC Game Night” where you can Learn & Play, where our friendly and patient friends from All Things Nerdy will teach you the game and answer your questions! Then you can join us for Open Play of the featured game, or any of our gaming demos!

Saturdays, gaming events with All Things Nerdy run from Noon – 2pm, and you can learn while you play!

 

 

12/1 – GIZMOS

The smartest minds of our generation are gathering together at the Great Science Fair. Everyone’s been working hard on their creations, but only one will be crowned champion. Contestants have to think on the fly to build their machines quickly and efficiently. Whose project will be the best?

In Gizmos, you want to build engines — engines within the game to get things done faster. Using the four types of energy marbles, plucked from the 3D marble dispenser, you purchase and construct new additions to your works. As you build, new attachments can trigger chain reactions, letting you do even more on your turn. Whoever builds the greatest machine and collects the most victory points wins!

 

 


12/5 – TORTUGA 1667

The year is 1667 and you are a pirate sailing the waters of the Caribbean. A Spanish Galleon floats nearby, and you’ve talked your crewmates into working together to steal all of its treasure. What you haven’t told your fellow pirates is that you have no intentions on sharing the treasure once you have it. Your crewmates have told you that they share your loyalty and that they’ll help you maroon the greedy pirates on your ship to the rocky island of Tortuga. But you’ve seen your friends’ loaded pistols and heard their whisperings of a mutiny. You know that nobody can be trusted.

Tortuga is all about the interactions you have with the other players. In some cases, such as when you and your shipmates are attacking the Spanish Galleon, you need to rely on your enemies in order to succeed. In the very next turn, however, your shipmates might stab you in the back with a mutiny in order to keep all the treasure for themselves.

Since nobody holds a “hand” of cards, this game is also about knowledge and communication regarding the community Event cards. Unless you are in desperation mode, it is not wise to reveal Event cards at random. Almost half of the Event cards can hurt your team drastically. It’s often in your best interest to use an action to view the cards first, or to rely on the knowledge of a trusted ally. Knowing where harmful Event cards are located allows you to force an enemy to reveal those cards and suffer the consequences. The most successful players are the ones who are able to discern who is on their team and then share vital information with them at opportune moments.

Vote cards also play a key role in the game. Each Vote card has three sections – one each for Attacks, Mutinies, and Brawls. Players must put themselves in the best position to use their Vote cards, since their hand of Vote cards may not always be ideal based on their pawn location. For example, sometimes it may be worth putting in Water, causing an attack to fail, in order to save a Crossbones card for when you want to Mutiny against your captain.

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