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WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELVES IN 100 WORDS OR LESS?

EC has been in business since 1989!

We make our Guests happy by offering you the pop culture merchandise you want in a clean and neat store staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable Team!

We carry a stellar selection of comic books, games, and toys for all ages and interests!

Your best memories are here at EC!

 

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WHEN DOES MY EC ONLINE SHOP ORDER SHIP?

We ship USPS Priority Mail, insured. Orders ship on the next business day, and usually arrive within three days after shipping. You can also choose an in-store pickup option if you are near our physical location.

 

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DO YOU ACCEPT PAYPAL FOR ONLINE PURCHASES?

For international orders, or if you do not have a credit card, you can send an email to orders@emeraldcitycomics.com with your PayPal email address and shipping address, and a detailed list of what you want, and we can send you a PayPal invoice that includes your shipping quote.

 

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WHEN ARE EACH WEEK’S NEW COMICS AVAILABLE?

New comics are usually available when we open every Wednesday.

Games and other merchandise can arrive almost any day of the week.

 

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HOW DO I FIND THE COMICS I WANT?

New comics are racked alphabetically by title. Exception: superhero titles are racked by the character’s name instead of title (“Amazing Spider-Man,” for instance, is racked under “Spider-Man”). This week’s new comics have a “New!” label in front of them for easy browsing.

Graphic novels are racked as follows:

  • DC Superheroes / DC Vertigo
  • Marvel Superheroes
  • Image Comics
  • Young Adult
  • Kids & Animation
  • Manga
  • Art / Reference
  • Fiction & Literature

Back issues are filed alphabetically by title (as listed in the annual Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide).

 

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WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Every week, the Emerald City staff recommends a selection of new comics for their quality story and art. You’ll find these picks at the register counter. We also feature a section of graphic novels from recommended comics creators, and a “Featured Books” table of some of our favorite and best-selling graphic novels. We’re always happy to help you find a comics story you might enjoy, but we will not recommend any new comics for their potential future investment value — we believe the primary value in comics is the reading experience.

 

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WHAT IS THE EC REWARDS CARD?

Sign up for our in-store Rewards Card — we promise not to sell your information or otherwise use it for nefarious purposes! Currently, back issue comics (non-vintage), graphic novels, games, and toys count towards their own frequent-buyer programs. After you buy so many, you get a discount on the next one equal to the average you’ve spent on the previous items. For back issues and graphic novels, it’s 10 items. For games or toys, it’s 20 items. You have a full year to purchase all the items you need to complete each program. Then you have another full year to use the credit you receive for completing a program!

Read all about it on our Rewards Card page here: http://emeraldcitycomics.com/rewards-card/

 

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DO YOU OFFER A MILITARY DISCOUNT?

Yes we do! A discount is offered to all active military, retirees, and veterans with a valid military ID or proof of military service: 10% off new comics, non-vintage back issue comics, and books & graphic novels; 5% off everything else in the store, including toys & collectibles, games, vintage comics, collecting supplies, apparel, trading cards, wall art, and snacks & drinks (excludes consignment items). Just sign up for a Rewards Card and present it with each purchase, and we will add the Military discount to your account. This discount will supersede our Rewards Programs, as it is the better savings of the two. Our system always gives you the best discount available, so when we have a sale with a larger discount, you will be upgraded to that instead of your Military discount for that purchase.

 

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WHAT IS YOUR IN-STORE COMICS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE?

This service holds new comic books and graphic novels for you, so you never miss a chapter of your favorite stories. Here’s how it works:
• It’s FREE. You pay only for the merchandise as you pick it up.
• Just let us know which comic book titles and graphic novels you would like, and we will hold them for you when they arrive. Please subscribe to at least three titles.
• Please pick up everything in your file at least once a month. Delinquent subscription files will be put on hold, and the books will be returned to stock.
• We will gladly try to keep you informed about upcoming comics and merchandise, but we also recommend Previews, our distributor’s monthly catalog. You can use this catalog every month to order items that are not already on your subscription file.
• If you order an item that cost $75 or more, please leave a 50% deposit. This deposit is nonrefundable unless the item is canceled by the manufacturer or distributor.

 

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WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND THE ITEM I WANT?

If you see an item in the Previews catalog that you want, or if you don’t see an item in the store that you’re looking for, please ask us. We can often special order it for you. If you order an item that cost $75 or more, please leave a 50% deposit. The deposit is nonrefundable unless the item is canceled by the manufacturer or distributor.

 

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DO YOU OFFER LAYAWAY?

Yes we do!
• The service is free — there is no layaway charge.
• The down payment is 20% of the total pre-tax retail price of the merchandise. This payment holds the merchandise for up to two months.
• Merchandise on layaway must be paid for in full within two months, or the layaway will be canceled. No partial takeouts of a multiple-item layaway are permitted.
• You may cancel this layaway at any time before your last payment is made.
• In the event of cancellation, we will refund all money you have paid, less a cancellation charge of 20% of the total pre-tax retail price of the merchandise.
• Sales and discounts do not apply to merchandise on layaway.

 

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HOW DO YOU PRICE BACK ISSUE COMICS?

Back issue comics (vintage and regular) are graded for their condition and priced according to the current price guides (both in-print and online). Most newer back issues are priced at their cover price, plus the price of a bag & board.

 

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DO YOU SELL GIFT CERTIFICATES?

Absolutely! Don’t know what to get that special someone? That’s why we offer EC Gift Certificates! They are available in any amount over 99 cents. They are available in increments of $10 on the online shop, but they are currently only usable in our physical store.

 

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WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?

For in-store purchases, we accept:
•    Cash
•    Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, ATM/Debit cards
•    In-state checks up to $50 with a valid Florida driver’s license (for mail orders, we ship the order after the check has cleared)
•    EC Gift Certificates
•    Store credit

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CAN I RETURN AN ITEM I PURCHASED?

You may return an item
•    for store credit
•    with a receipt
•    within 15 days of purchase
•    if the item and packaging are in their original condition.

If the above points do not apply, we may be unable to accommodate a return, but we will do our best to take care of you.
Our goal is making our Guests happy!

 

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WILL YOU BUY MY COMICS AND COLLECTABLES?

We do buy comics and collectables that we are sold out of, and that we think we can sell. Most of the comics we need are those published before 1970, but there are some modern comics we could use. If you have a large collection, send or bring us a list we can review. If you have a small box of comics or collectables, call ahead to make sure a buyer is available before bringing them in.

 

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DO YOU MAKE CHARITABLE DONATIONS?

We are always happy to donate comics for a good cause. Please bring a letterhead or receipt for our records.

 

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And the original EC TV ad from wayyyyyy back in the day!!!

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    4902 113th Ave N
    Clearwater, FL 33760
    727-398-BOOK (2665)

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    Sun 12–6

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    HORROR MOVIE FANS - AND 80'S FANS, REJOICE!!! MEET "POLTERGEIST" STAR OLIVER ROBINS SATURDAY @ EC!!!

    You don't have to feel bad if you can't make it to Tampa Bay Comic Con this weekend, because for those of you who have to stay home, EC's got you covered!!!

    At our TBCC Sale with Poltergeist Star Oliver Robins at EC! event this Saturday, everyone will SAVE 10% STORE-WIDE ON EVERYTHING except consignment items, plus you can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win a $100 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!

    And as if that's not enough, you can MEET Poltergeist (1982) and Airplane 2 star Oliver Robins from 11a-1pm, and his latest costar, Alissa Schneider Actress & Model!!! They just taped a scene for their upcoming film, "Celebrity Crush," right here at EC this past Sunday!!!

    If you ARE going to the Con, be sure to stop by and see us at TABLES 1101 and 1200, and our friend JOHN CROWTHER at TABLE E11 to see his amazing books, Rochelle.The Teen Cockroach, and Squared Circle Comics' pro wrestling comics, featuring some of your favorite 80's WWE Network favorites, like Nikolai Volkoff, Brian Blair of The Killer Bees and more!!!

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    With Comic-Con International in San Diego coming to a close, and Tampa Bay Comic Con arriving this weekend, we're taking you back to last March, when the world's first online comic con made its online streaming debut!

    The Coast to Coast Comic Con gave comics fans an opportunity to have a convention experience without the lines, expense and hassle, which sounds great to us, so we're celebrating all cons with our Wednesday Raffle!

    Join us on Wed., August 2nd, when ALL GUESTS can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a FREE COAST TO COAST COMIC CON FAN PACK!!!

    The fan pack includes exclusive covers for Archie comics' Riverdale, BOOM! Studios' Power Rangers, Marvel Comics' Spider-Man / Deadpool, America Chavez, Top Cow Productions, Inc.'s Think Tank Animal, and DC Comics Justice League of America!

    The winner will be called on Friday, August 5th!
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    Coast to Coast Comic Con Raffle at EC!

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    With Comic-Con International in San Diego coming to a close, and Tampa Bay Comic Con arriving this weekend, we're taking you back to last March, when the world's first online comic con made its online streaming debut! The Coast to Coast Comic Con gave comics fans an opportunity to have a conventio...

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    We have lots of events celebrating superheroes, but even at EC we realize you just have to be "bad" once in a while!

    So, we decided to celebrate two of our favorite villains, and one artist who's work is so good, it's "criminal"!!!

    The Joker stopped by with his on-again-off-in-the-head-again lady friend, Harley Quinn.!!! We also invited our friend and DC Comics' Harley Quinn colorist Paul Mounts to stop by for a special meet and greet with his fans!!!

    In addition, we gave away free Joker figures, and Ghost In The Shell movie posters,(out on DVD/BluRay now), and held a free raffle for a Harley and Joker Fan Pack, which included Batman: The Animated Series and Funko action figures, as well as a DC Legion of Collectors box from Funko with a Batman villains theme!!!

    Joker and Harley can be pretty intimidating in person, and we're happy to say most of our young guests took to them pretty quickly, so a fun time was had by everyone!!!

    We had a great time as well, and we thank all of you who made our day so special!!!
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    Tampa Bay Comic Con is July 28th-30th, and in the spirit of the event, we're having a little comic con of our own!!!! We're celebrating with a BIG SALE and a chance to meet two special celebrity guests!!!

    Join us on Sat., July 29th, and SAVE 10% STORE-WIDE ON EVERYTHING - EVEN VINTAGE & NEW COMICS!!!
    (Okay, there is ONE exception, which is Consignment items.)

    Plus, They're heeerree...!!! You'll also get to MEET Poltergeist (1982) and Airplane 2 star Oliver Robins and his latest co-star Alissa Schneider Actress & Model, star of BTS: The Web Series from 11a-1pm!!! They're here to promote their latest movie, "Celebrity Crush," which was filmed in part, here at EC!!!

    Plus, enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a $100 EC GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!

    (The raffle winner will be called on Monday, July 31st!)
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    TBCC Sale with Poltergeist Star Oliver Robins at EC!

    July 29, 2017, 11:00am - July 29, 2017, 9:00pm

    Tampa Bay Comic Con is July 28th-30th, and in the spirit of the event, we're having a little comic con of our own!!!! We're celebrating with a BIG SALE and a chance to meet two special celebrity guests!!! Join us on Sat., July 29th, and SAVE 10% STORE-WIDE ON EVERYTHING - EVEN VINTAGE & NEW COM...

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    THE "THOR: RAGNAROK" TRAILER IS HERE!!! NOW WITH MORE HULK!!!

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    Marvel Studios' upcoming Thor: Ragnarok has just unleashed its new trailer, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to have another winner on its hands!!!

    Check out the trailer below!!! And, of course, if you need anything "Thor," EC is the place to begin your journey!!!

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    THE JUSTICE LEAGUE IS COMING SOON!!!

    San Diego's Comic-Con International released DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures' Justice League trailer today... and it has been worth the wait!!!

    Now, we just have to wait until November, when the film finally smashes its way into theaters!!!

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    GET A TASTE OF SAN DIEGO COMIC CON HERE @ EC!!!

    San Diego Comic-Con International is going strong, with lots of excitement about what lies ahead in movies, TV games, toys and more!!! But if you're not there, don't be sad... EC has you covered!!!

    You can meet a world-famous comics professional, hang out with cosplayers AND get some awesome free swag RIGHT HERE tomorrow, during our Joker & Harley Quinn Day at EC! event!!!

    MEET DC Comics' Harley Quinn. colorist Paul Mounts from 11a-2pm, and Batman's greatest enemies, The Joker & Harley cosplayers will be here from 11a-1p & 3-5p for FREE PICS & AUTOGRAPHS!!! (Joker and Harley are local cosplay actors; not associated with any DC / Warner film properties.)

    AND, THE FIRST 100 GUESTS at 11am ONLY will receive a FREE Batman (TV series) JOKER FIGURE from Kopf!!! (Compatible with Lego playsets.) AND a FREE Ghost In The Shell DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures!!!

    WE BEAM TV and Comic Book 101 will be popping in during the day, and All Things Nerdy will be here from 12-2pm hosting EC Game Day: Amun Re!!!

    Follow the Comic Con on line for all the big reveals, and then stop by to see your friends at EC for the best comic con experience, right here at home!!!

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    Join us during our Joker & Harley Quinn Day at EC!, as our friends from All Things Nerdy host EC Game Day, with our spotlight on Amun Re, from Tasty Minstrel Games!!!

    If you're new to the game, worry not!!! Our ATN friends will help you learn in a friendly, patient and welcoming atmosphere, and you're sure to have lots of fun!!!

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    Everyone knows of the pyramids on the Nile - eternal monuments of a powerful and beautiful culture, that can still take our breath away. The pharaohs choose their sites, build their pyramids, and thank Amun Re and the other Gods for their bounty. Each player wants, as pharaoh, to build the most pyramids. To accomplish this, he must first acquire a province, where he can trade and farm. With his profits, he can buy new provinces and building stones to erect pyramids. For all his actions, the player must make clever use of his power cards, and always offer appropriate sacrifices to Amun Re. Players must always keep their eyes on the goal of the building of the eternal pyramids or risk falling behind in points.
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    EC Game Day: Amun Re!

    July 22, 2017, 12:00pm - July 22, 2017, 2:00pm

    Join us during our Joker & Harley Quinn Day at EC!, as our friends from All Things Nerdy host EC Game Day, with our spotlight on Amun Re, from Tasty Minstrel Games!!! If you're new to the game, worry not!!! Our ATN friends will help you learn in a friendly, patient and welcoming atmosphere, and yo...

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    We just received a collection of pop culture standees, and there's a few here you might want to know about!!!

    We have Power Rangers, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (official), Chewbacca, Star Trek, Marilyn Monroe, and JOHN WAYNE!!!

    If you're gift-shopping for someone who's hard to buy for but have an obsession over one of these genres, you're in luck, because we've got just the gift that will STAND out above the rest!!! (A little Dad Joke for you there!)

    Stop by and see your friends at EC, where your best memories - and room accessories - are HERE!!!
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    Now through July 31st, EC is hiring Team Members for our Sales & Service Specialist position!

    Our Specialists work on the sales floor to assist our Guests, support our Merchants with special projects, and conduct sales transactions at the register. We are currently offering FULL TIME (40 hour) positions only.

    All candidates MUST meet the following conditions:

    • 1-2+ years experience in retail sales and merchandising
    • 1-2+ years experience in providing excellent customer service
    • Responsible, accountable and self-motivating; a proactive thinker, with a positive attitude
    • 1-2+ years experience with Point of Sale systems
    • Outgoing, friendly personality with the ability to resolve issues in a fast-paced environment
    • 18+ years old with strong knowledge of books, comics, games & toys

    All interested and qualified candidates can pick up an application at the front register, or apply online at emeraldcitycomics.com/jobs/

    For questions, or further information, please do not reply to this post. Instead, you may contact the store during our open hours at 727-398-2665!

    Thank you... and good luck!!!
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    We're Hiring! Join the EC Team!

    July 19, 2017, 4:00pm - July 31, 2017, 9:00pm

    Now through July 31st, EC is hiring Team Members for our Sales & Service Specialist position! Our Specialists work on the sales floor to assist our Guests, support our Merchants with special projects, and conduct sales transactions at the register. We are currently offering FULL TIME (40 hour) pos...

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    Once the dust settles from Saturday's Joker & Harley Quinn Day at EC! event on July 22nd, it's time to let Batman take over again... and this time he's bringing some help in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!!

    Join us on Wed., July 26th, when ALL GUESTS can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE for a chance to win* a FREE BATMAN / TMNT BOOK SET from IDW Publishing and DC Comics, featuring the "BATMAN - TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES" & "BATMAN / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES" PAPERBACKS!!!

    (2017; color, 144 pgs.. All Ages, a $19..99 value, and 2017; color, 176 pgs., a $16.99 value!)

    The winner will be called on Friday, 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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    Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raffle at EC!

    July 26, 2017, 11:00am - July 26, 2017, 9:00pm

    Once the dust settles from Saturday's Joker & Harley Quinn Day at EC! event on July 22nd, it's time to let Batman take over again... and this time he's bringing some help in the form of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!! Join us on Wed., July 26th, when ALL GUESTS can enter our FREE, ALL-DAY RAFFLE f...

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    COMING SOON @ EC!!!

    Our friends from Internet and YouTube sensations WE BEAM TV and Comic Book 101 stopped by to see us today, and we'll be featured on their podcasts and videos from time to time!!!

    Be sure to check out WE BEAM TV for the latest in best business practices, geek news, tech, politics, spirituality and more!!!

    And, of course, since most of you are comic book fans, you'll definitely want to check out Comic Book 101 to stay on top of all the latest comics news, as well as hear from comics professionals, and engage in discussions on comics, geek culture and more!!!

    Stay tuned!!!
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    Join us as our friends from All Things Nerdy host EC Game Night!!! This week we're getting together to play Steam Park from IELLO!!!

    If you're new to Steam Park, you can attend our Learn & Play session in a friendly, patient, welcoming environment, from 6-7pm, and then stay for Open Play of Steam Park, or any of our many demos from 7-9pm!!!

    From iello:
    As owners of a fantastic steam park, you're to build gigantic, coal-powered rides to attract as many visitors as you can - but building attractions won't be enough. You'll also need to manage your employees, invest in advertising in order to attract and please the different kinds of guests visiting your park, and, above all, keep the dirt that your park produces under strict control! Steam Park is an easy-to-learn game with two difficulty levels: one for the less experienced gamers and a more strategic one for those who want a more exciting challenge. In this management game, you'll have to build your own amusement park and make it the largest and most profitable in the region. By constructing the three-dimensional, wonderful rides designed by Marie Cardouat, you will see your park grow right before your eyes. Choose your strategy! Build Stands to attract more Visitors, or Toilets to keep the Dirt under control. Whatever decision you take, take it quickly: The less time you spend planning, the more time you'll have to maintain your park. Thanks to a clever, original action-choosing mechanism, winning in Steam Park is as much a matter of being the best as of being the fastest!
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    EC Game Night: Steam Park!

    July 19, 2017, 6:00pm - July 19, 2017, 9:00pm

    Join us as our friends from All Things Nerdy host EC Game Night!!! This week we're getting together to play Steam Park from IELLO!!! If you're new to Steam Park, you can attend our Learn & Play session in a friendly, patient, welcoming environment, from 6-7pm, and then stay for Open Play of Steam ...

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