New Games! 4/19/2019

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: JOURNEYS IN MIDDLE EARTH

Embark on your own adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic world with The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, a fully co-operative, app-supported board game for one to five players! You’ll battle villainous foes, make courageous choices, and strike a blow against the evil that threatens the land — all as part of a thrilling campaign that leads you across the storied hills and dales of Middle-earth.

Each individual game of Journeys in Middle-earth is a single adventure in a larger campaign. You’ll explore the vast and dynamic landscapes of Middle-earth, using your skills to survive the challenges that you encounter on these perilous quests. As you and your fellow heroes explore the wilderness and battle the dark forces arrayed against you, the game’s companion app guides you to reveal the looming forests, quiet clearings, and ancient halls of Middle-earth, while also controlling the enemies you encounter. Whether you’re venturing into the wild on your own or with close companions by your side, you can write your own legend in the history of Middle-earth.

 

 


KIWETIN

There is something odd about the Kiwetin forest: Its spirits have entered into a thrilling race. With the help of the wind, you will have to find your way from one branch to another and catch the sacred flower first. The forest will play tricks on you, though, which could be a help or a hindrance.

Kiwetin is a simple and addictive fast-paced board game. You play as one of these spirits, and your character’s caliber affects the way you move on the board. The randomly placed action tiles offer a unique experience during each game.

Beware of whirlwinds because you might turn everything upside down!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/19/19

I could have found another $150 book to feature this week, that way all four books on this week’s list would have been $150 each.

Part of me really wants to do that just to maintain the theme.

However another part of me really likes Sabretooth, so…

 

Iron Fist #14, first appearance of Sabretooth, CGC 7.5 (Very Fine Minus), $275.

 

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/16/19

HOO-BOY!

X-Men #1 here folks!

First Cyclops!
First Jean Grey!
First Beast!
First Angel!
First Iceman!
First Professor X!
First Magneto!

FIRST X-MEN!!

X-Men #1, Very Good/Good (3.0), $5,000.

 

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New sign over EC!

We are proud to unveil our new “EC logo” sign over the entrance of Emerald City Comics!

A big THANK YOU to EC Family Member Justin Redden at DJR Enterprises for the sign!
https://justinredden.myportfolio.com

New Toys & Collectibles for 4/17/2019!

 

SAILOR MOON COSTUME KEYCHAIN
GREAT EASTERN ENTERTAINMENT

From Great Eastern Entertainment. Sport the colors of your favorite Sailor Scout with these costume Keychains! Choose from Sailors Uranus, Neptune, Moon, Pluto, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury! Each costume keychain measures about 2″ tall.

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New Comics & Books for 4/17/19

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

STAR WARS TIE FIGHTER #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jody Houser (A) Roge Antonia, More (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Elia Bonetti
ENTER SHADOW WING! THE EMPIRE’S SALVATION! THE REBELLION’S DOOM!
As the war against the REBELLION stretches on, it is the innocent people of the GALACTIC EMPIRE who are most at risk. An elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots is assembled to help protect Imperial interests and hammer the Emperor’s fury down upon the treasonous and violent Rebel Alliance. But how far is this untested team willing to go to preserve law and order? And are the pilots of SHADOW WING as loyal to the Empire as they seem? This April, JODY HOUSER (THRAWN, AGE OF REPUBLIC) and ROGÊ ANTÔNIO’s (X-MEN RED) TIE fighter tale chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the heroes of the Empire in the last days of civil war – but what about the heroes of the Rebellion? Be sure to pick up the first book of TIE FIGHTER’s sister novel series, STAR WARS: ALPHABET SQUAD by Alexander Freed. From Del Rey Books, on sale this June.

 

NAOMI #4
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker (A/CA) Jamal Campbell
The newest sensation in the DC Universe discovers the secret behind her birth, her adoption and her connection to the great Multiverse. Hop on board a look at the DC Multiverse you never knew existed and the new mysteries and threats it brings to our world. From the creators behind Jessica Jones and Bitter Root comes a brand-new look at the world of superheroes through the eyes of a most unlikely hero!

 

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New Games! 4/12/2019

POWERGRID: RECHARGE EDITION

What better way to earn money than with electric power! But how should you do it? Will you use old-fashioned coal or oil? Maybe you’ll be on the forefront of burning garbage. Nuclear power is tempting, as long as you can acquire uranium. You can always be independent of resources if you go the ecological route.

However you decide to generate the energy, you’ll have to compete with your opponents not only for the most attractive power plants, but for the necessary resources and the sites to build your network of energy distribution.

You’ll need to watch your opponents closely, carefully manage your money, and expand your network thoughtfully in order to generate income. The player that is able to build the largest network AND successfully power it will be the winner.

Power Grid Recharged has all the strategy and fun of the classic first edition, but adds some updates that improve the (already great) gameplay.

 

 


MAGIC THE GATHERING: 2019 CHALLENGER DECKS

Challenger Decks are your on-ramp to Standard. These four individual 75-card decks are geared toward Standard play for the Friday Night Magic player and forged out of some of the most powerful strategies in Standard.

Each Challenger Deck comes with a complete 60-card main deck and a 15-card sideboard, and is intended to be playable and competitive at a local level right out of the box. All cards will have been previously printed in Standard and are Standard-legal.

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Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected JUNE 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 #367, APRIL 2019 (for books arriving mainly in JUNE 2019)…

 

EVENT LEVIATHAN #1
DC COMICS
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Alex Maleev
The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (Jinxworld’s SCARLET, Marvel’s Daredevil) reunite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive Leviathan wipes out all its competition and now turns its sights to molding the world into its vision of order. Can the new threat’s growth be stopped…and who’s guiding its new agents of chaos?

 

 

SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #1
DC COMICS
(W) Frank Miller (A/CA) Danny Miki, John RomitaJr
From the burning world of Krypton to the bucolic fields of Kansas, the first chapter of SUPERMAN YEAR ONE tracks Clark Kent’s youth in Kansas, as he comes to terms with his strange powers and struggles to find his place in our world. DC BLACK LABEL is proud to present the definitive origin of Superman as rendered by the legendary comics creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.!
PRESTIGE FORMAT
MATURE READERS

 

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New Toys & Collectibles for 4/10/2019!

FORTNITE DRIFT 7IN PREMIUM AF
TMP TOYS / MCFARLANE’S TOYS

The Fortnite Series 1 Drift 7-Inch Action Figure features design and paint decos from in-game assets. The Figure is hyper-articulated at over 18 points of articulation: perfect for Emote posing! The Drift figure is showcased in premium glossy Fortnite themed window box packaging and stands tall on a Fortnite branded display base!

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Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Paul Mounts signing!

They’re some of our favorite “EC Family Members” – and they’ll be here at EC for a special visit on Free Comic Book Day!

2 autographs each from each creator are FREE, then $5 each –
OR $10 fee for ALL autographs to be graded. Amanda & Jimmy will not have time for sketches;
Paul will be here early for commissions!

Agents of SLABS will be here to accept CGC autograph and grading submissions!

About the creators…

Amanda Conner began her professional art career as an illustrator for New York City ad agencies. However, her love of comic books and cartooning soon led her to the comics world where she initially found work at companies such as Archie, Marvel and Claypool Comics. Since then she has worked on a number of high profile projects spanning a variety of genres. Her works include Vampirella, Painkiller Jane, as well as creator owned projects such as Gatecrasher (with co-creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Mark Waid) and The Pro (with co-creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis). Her work for DC Comics includes CODENAME KNOCKOUT, BIRDS OF PREY, TERRA, a well regarded run on POWER GIRL and BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE.

Jimmy Palmiotti is a multi-award-winning writer and comic artist and the co-founder of Event Comics, Black Bull Media, Marvel Knights, and most recently Paperfilms, where he currently partners with Amanda Conner and Justin Gray. Together they have created and co-created: MONOLITH, 21 DOWN, THE RESISTANCE, and THE TWILIGHT EXPERIMENT for DC Comics as well as The New West, The Pro, Gatecrasher, Beautiful Killer, Ash, Cloudburst, Trigger Girl 6, Splatterman, Thrill Seeker, Trailblazer, Ballerina, and the TV series, Painkiller Jane. Palmiotti’s other comics work includes POWERGIRL and JONAH HEX for DC Comics, The Last Resort for IDW, Back to Brooklyn for Image Comics, Spartacus for Devils Due, and Time Bomb for Radical Comics.

Amanda & Jimmy Palmiotti, and writer Justin Gray, currently work together via PaperFilms, a multimedia entertainment studio engaged in screenwriting, art production and development.

Paul Mounts is a Harvey Award-nominated comic book colorist who’s worked for almost every major comic publisher in his over 20-year career. Past projects include Marvel’s The Ultimates, an acclaimed stint on Power Girl for DC, and Tellos for Image. After finishing Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre for DC and a record-setting 130+ issue run on Fantastic Four, he is now working on X-Men for Marvel and Harley Quinn for DC, as well as several new projects yet to be publicly announced.

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

New Comics & Books for 4/10/2019!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

 

Featured Comics:

SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Peter David (A) Iban Coello (CA) Greg Land
Everyone knows that Spider-Man’s infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom – but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit’s sinister secret? Find out in this dynamic tale from comics legends PETER DAVID and GREG LAND!
Set during the original “Black Suit Saga,” this is an all-new tale that pits the wall-crawling wonder against that most mystifying of menaces…MYSTERIO!

 

BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #4
DC COMICS
(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
Batman is on a desperate hunt through Gotham City, tracking down the dark version of himself known as the Grim Knight. But the serum Batman’s been self-administering has started to transform his mind, making him into something much darker…something amoral…something like the Batman Who Laughs-and he’s starting to lose his grip on reality. Toeing the line between vengeance and justice, Batman must struggle to keep his moral code as the Grim Knight gains control of the Batcave, sending all of his vehicles and weapons on a collision course with Gotham City. The Grim Knight, the Batman Who Laughs, even allies like Jim Gordon and his son force Batman to pull the trigger…and activate the Last Laugh. Will Batman be the savior of Gotham City once more? Or is he the kill shot?

 

FAITHLESS #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Brian Azzarello (A) Maria Llovet (CA) Paul Pope
Faith. Sex. The Devil.
Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it’s cute-and not just a little off-putting, but it’s part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she’s a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She’s right, of course. It just took a while for that magic, that temptation, that unknowable thing to find her . . .
In short- Faith is bored as hell. And Hell has noticed.
New York Times bestselling writer Brian Azzarello ( 100 Bullets , Batman: Damned ) and artist Maria Llovet ( Loud ) with Eisner Award winning artist Paul Pope on covers coalesce in a story of self-exploration, eroticism, and maybe even love.

 

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Detective Pikachu Day / Manga Sale!


Saturday, May 11th from 11am to 8pm

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu hits theaters on May 10th!

On Saturday, May 11th, EC is celebrating its release!

The first 75 Guests at 11am will receive a “Free Comic Book Day 2019” POKEMON I CHOSE YOU & POKEMON ADVENTURES COMIC!

15% OFF ALL MANGA all day long!

Free Comic Book Day 2019!


Saturday, May 4th from 11am to 8pm

IT’S THE BIGGEST DAY IN COMICS!!!

Join us for our Annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!! FCBD is a celebration of comics, which allows you to get FREE comics, discover new titles, and cherish old favorites!!! And, as you would expect, at EC we celebrate it like no one else!!!

Join us Saturday, May 4th, when ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY will get FREE COMICS!
(Each Guest can choose ANY THREE FCBD 2019 comics of their choice!)

Meet local artists in our Events Room!**

Also in our Events Room…
COMICS IN THE CLASSROOM‘s Nicole Jobin
“Bringing to light the use of comics within a classroom to gauge student learning in new and innovative ways in core courses and in life!”
https://www.facebook.com/ComicsInTheClassroomFL

PLUS, all Guests will SAVE 25% on ALL BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS, ALL DAY LONG!

All Guests can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* one of TEN COMPLETE SETS OF EC’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019 COMICS!
See this year’s FCBD comic offerings at freecomicbookday.com/catalog

We will also have a sale on select Star Wars items on a display, in honor of “May the 4th”!

AND, from 5pm to 7pm, meet AMANDA CONNER, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, and PAUL MOUNTS!**

2 autographs each from each creator are FREE, then $5 each
– OR $10 fee for ALL autographs to be graded.
Amanda & Jimmy will not have time for sketches;
Paul will be here early for commissions!

Agents of SLABS will be here to accept CGC autograph and grading submissions!

Here’s where to park:

 

* 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.

Avengers Endgame Day!


Saturday, April 27th from 11am to 8pm

10% OFF all AVENGERS-titled merchandise in the store!
(vintage comics & consignment items excluded)

$5 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE for every Guest dressed in AVENGERS COSPLAY!

FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE* for a chance to win an Avengers Fan Pack:

  • MARVEL SELECT – AVENGERS INFINITY WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA ACTION FIGURE
  • MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA HARDCOVER – 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
  • 5-MINUTE MARVEL GAME!

* 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.

Easter Egg Hunt!


Saturday, April 20th at 11am to 2pm (store open until 8pm)

EC will be closed on Easter Sunday in observance of the holiday!!! That means we’ll be celebrating a day early, and we invite you to take part in our annual EC Easter Egg Hunt!!!

On Saturday, April 20th, ALL GUESTS of ALL AGES can participate in our ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT from 11am-2pm!!! Each egg will have cool surprises – and bring your egg up to our subscription counter for an EXTRA PRIZE, which may include candy, $1 or $5 coupons, or a $25 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!
(ONE egg per person only, please! We will have extra prizes at the subscription counter if you wish to trade out the prize in your egg.)

PLUS, ALL GUESTS, ALL DAY can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE* for a chance to win one of TWO prize assortments of a kid-friendly toy, game, & book!

Two winners will be drawn…

The 1st to the store can choose 1 toy, 1 game, & 1 book!

The 2nd to the store will receive the other toy, game, & book!

 

* 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.

Hellboy Movie Celebration!

Saturday, April 13th at 11am

The all-new HELLBOY film premieres April 12th! It stars Stranger Things’ DAVID HARBOUR, with Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Thomas Haden Church.

EC is celebrating the new film by giving the first 100 Guests a FREE Hellboy BLOCKS figure!

Also, in the spirit of Hellboy, we will be having a “CREATURE FEATURE” SALE, with a table full of discounted monster merchandise!

PRE-“Free Comic Book Day”!!!


Saturday, April 6th from 11am to 8pm

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May, but here at EC we just can’t wait that long! We’re kicking off the action a month early with our very own PRE-“Free Comic Book Day” featuring a graphic novel sale and FREE COMICS!

ALL DAY, ALL BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS will be 10% off!
(Discount does not combine with any other discounts or Rewards).

FREE COMICS!!! We’ve got a selection of previous years’ comics, from Free Comic Book Day, Halloween ComicFest — plus a handful of “surprise” comics — and they are all yours for the taking! Each Guest may choose any three comics from the available selection.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/5/19

Spider-man villains … what’s with the haircuts, fellas?

Each and every Spidey villain: bad, BAD haircuts!

Weird costumes too.

Cool characters, don’t get me wrong; but those dudes need to take a step back, take a look in the mirror, and make some better decisions about how they present themselves to the world.

 

Amazing Spider-Man #2, first appearance of The Vulture, Fair (1.0), $500.

 

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EC BOOK CLUB: ISOLA VOL 1


Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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…

ISOLA TP VOL 01
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl (A/CA) Karl Kerschl, Msassyk
An evil spell has been cast on the Queen of Maar, and her Captain of the Guard will do anything to reverse it. Their only hope lies on an island half a world away-a place known in myth as Isola, land of the dead.
Gotham Academy creators BRENDEN FLETCHER and KARL KERSCHL reunite with series colorist MSASSYK and letterer ADITYA BIDIKAR for a breathtaking fantasy adventure two decades in the making.
Recommended for fans of Studio Ghibli and the work of Hayao Miyazaki.

New Comics & Books for 4/3/2019!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

 

Featured Comics:

WAR OF REALMS #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Jason Aaron (A) Russell Dauterman (CA) Arthur Adams, Matthew Wilson
Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor’s beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won’t even be there to see it.
All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion – and the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe watch as the Earth falls!

 

WALKING DEAD #190
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard & Various (CA) Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart
When the dust settles, what will be left of the Commonwealth? And if a community as large and as organized as the Commonwealth can fail, what does this mean for the world? Dark times ahead.

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