Saturday, July 27th from 11am to 8pm

EC celebrates your favorite collectibles with the return of one of your favorite EC events … it’s the return of POP!-a-palooza! Save on all of your favorite characters, complete your collections, and find new favorites during this special sales event!



For every $50 you spend on POP!’s and other FUNKO merchandise, you can spin our PRIZE WHEEL for a chance to win a FREE “CHASE” POP!

New Toys & Collectibles for 7/19/2019!


Celebrate the villain Maleficent from Walt Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty with this spectacular statue. The Disney Showcase Sleeping Beauty Maleficent Dragon Statue is made of stone resin. Measures about 8 1/4-inches long x 7 9/10-inches tall x 7-inches wide.


(A) Jose Gonzalez
Check your heartbeat and order this Heart-Stopping and Pulse-Pounding 3 pocket POP with 6′ ft tall standee, featuring the full-color, classic José González Vampirella. Made to hold your new Vampirella #1 comics and Vampirella graphic novels. It would be terrifying if you didn’t buy it!

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New Games! 7/19/2019


Under a blazing sun in 4th century BCE, traders come from all corners of the Mediterranean Sea to Corinth to sell their goods; Persian carpets, Cretan olive oil, Roman grapes, and Egyptian spices are highly prized by traders. Players have a few weeks to secure their place in Corinthian lore as its most savvy trader!

Corinth is a roll-and-write game akin to a dice-only version of the board game Yspahan. At the start of a turn, the active player rolls nine dice, then places all the dice with the highest value on the gold space at the top of the chart, then starts placing dice from the bottom of the chart up, with each value of dice being on a separate level.

The active player takes all the dice on one level, then the action associated with that level. The top level gives the player as many gold as the number of dice they took; the bottom level gives goats instead of gold; and the middle levels allow a player to deliver goods to a number of market stalls on their personal player sheet equal to the dice claimed. (You have four colors of market stalls, and once you start marking off, say, rugs in one of the blue areas, you have to finish marking off all the rugs in that area before you can start marking off another blue area.)

The active player can spend gold to roll up to three extra yellow dice and thereby increase the odds of getting to take a desired level; if the active player doesn’t take any of these yellow dice, they are removed from play, preventing others from benefitting at that player’s expense.

Instead of marking off gold, goats, or goods, you can use the value of the die or dice claimed (1-6) to move the steward on your personal score sheet. The steward starts in the middle of a 5×5 grid on your sheet, and you must move it as many spaces as the number of pips on the die value claimed, not crossing over any line you’ve drawn previously. You can pay 1 gold to move the steward one more or one fewer space, and you can pay as much gold as you want to do this. You can receive gold, goats, or goods from where the steward stops, but beyond that, you can earn points. When the steward stops on a corner space of this grid, you count the number of spaces circled to this point, with some spaces counting twice, then you write down that number, scoring that many points at game’s end. If you stop in another corner later, you do the same thing again, which compounds the value of all your previous movement.

You can spend gold or goats to construct buildings that give you bonus powers, such as collecting two additional gold whenever you collect any gold or moving the steward up to two spaces more or less without paying.

After 16 turns (with four players) or 18 turns (with two or three players), the game ends and you tally points for goods delivered, spaces visited by the steward, buildings constructed, and goats and gold still on hand.




Unlock! Heroic Adventures features three “escape room” scenarios that you can play on your tabletop.

Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc. The three scenarios are…

“Sherlock Holmes” — The master detective faces a most bizarre affair and could use your assistance as he pursues his investigation.

“In Pursuit of the White Rabbit” — Discover Wonderland and its strange characters, helping Alice to escape in time.

“Insert Coin” — Complete the levels of a virtual adventure, and avoid “Game Over” to escape!

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Saturday, July 20th at 11am

Don’t miss out on the “Dark Days” panel at Nerdier Than Thou this weekend, as we discuss dark fiction and horror in entertainment. Advance screening passes and posters for Fox Searchlight’s upcoming thriller READY OR NOT will be given away during this panel to celebrate its upcoming release. Don’t miss out on all the THRILLS at Emerald City this weekend!

#ReadyOrNotMovie comes to theaters August 21!

READY OR NOT follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.


“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/19/19

Absolute Carnage is right around the corner folks!

Don’t be the last kid on the block who doesn’t have a copy of the first appearance of the character.

The other kids on the block are super mean!

If you don’t have an Amazing Spider-Man #361 they’re going to tease you until you cry.



Amazing Spider-Man #361, first full appearance of Carnage, Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0), $175


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$1 OFF Once & Future #1!


com·ics om·ni·vore
[kom-iks om-nuh-vohr]
A person who consumes all manner of comics, regardless of publisher, age, genre, or format, with the only requirement being quality.

COMICS OMNIVORE is a new national program aimed at growing the readership of quality comics!
Publishers may submit a title to the Comics Omnivore Panel for consideration. There are a few things they require of any individual title, but the first and foremost has to be quality! The Comics Omnivore panel is looking for books that might slip a little below the radar, or something that they think can be grown with a more focused initiative.

Here’s what this means for YOU:
Offer valid from August 14th through the 20th!
(Price will be automatically reduced at the register; does not combine with any other discounts)

Once & Future #1
BOOM! Studios
Story by Kieron Gillen
Art by Dan Mora
When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day – especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain’s history!

Read a Q&A with the writer and artist!

Why It’s Cool:“What if your Grandma used to hunt supernatural entities? And now she has to come out of retirement because some bad guys are trying to wake up the King Arthur of legend who’s return may or may not cause a bunch of even worse stuff to happen? This is the basic premise of Once & Future: Arthurian myth set against a 2019 background. And it rocks. Gillen displays his usual wit and deft characterizations, while Mora brings his clean line and eye for detail. Oh, and did I mention The Questing Beast shows up in the first issue? If you’ve liked any of Gillen’s other work, from Wicked & Divine to Dr. Aphra, you won’t want to miss this one!”
-Edward Uvanni, Comics Omnivore Director

Watch the trailer!

New Comics & Books for 7/17/19!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

(W) Christopher Preist (A) Ergun Gunduz (CA) Frank Cho
In July 1969, the world was first introduced to Vampirella. 50 years later, she doesn’t look a day older!!!! Now, to celebrate her gold anniversary, Dynamite is launching a brand-new, ongoing series featuring the talents of Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Quantum & Woody, Justice League) and European star/American star-in-the-making, Ergün Gündüz (Tales of the Great War, Taxi Tales)! You’ll experience the first, mysterious taste of things to come in Vampirella Free Comic Book Day #0, and the story continues here!!!


(W) Daniel Kibblesmith
EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO! ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! After dying a grisly death in THE WAR OF THE REALMS, Loki learned a valuable lesson in warmongering: Don’t get caught. But now he has a whole new set of responsibilities – and his brother Thor is not about to let him walk away from them this time. Late Show and BLACK PANTHER VS. DEADPOOL writer Daniel Kibblesmith takes the god of mischief in a thrilling new direction!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/12/19

It’s a DC kind of week!

There are a lot of Marvel loyalists out there, but we must remember that if DC hadn’t paved the way, there would very likely be no Marvel Comics as we know it today.

We all love Marvel – they make fine comics and fine motion pictures, but remember to leave plenty of love in your heart for DC Comics, folks!

Love all comics equally. That’s the message for this week’s Jabber.


Flash #110, first appearance of Wally West and Weather Wizard, Good Plus (2.5), $300.


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New Comics & Books for 7/10/19!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!


Featured Comics:

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Travel Foreman (CA) J. Scott Campbell
Felicia Hardy prides herself on the fact that she can get into ANYWHERE… but does that REALLY include Doctor Strange’s SANCTUM SANCTORUM?! Can the Black Cat get into the most protected house in the Marvel Universe? YES. But the question really is… can she handle what’s inside?


(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Nick Derington
Available to comics shops for the first time! Following the theft of a priceless Fabergé egg, the Riddler leads the Dark Knight on a wild hunt after its true owner: Jinny Hex, descendant of Jonah Hex! Guest-starring Deathstroke, Green Arrow and dozens of Riddler look-alikes in stories by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Nick Derington, originally published in BATMAN GIANT #3 and #4!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 7/5/19

Anyone remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles breakfast cereal?

They haven’t made it in years, which is a shame because it was top-notch.

Basically it was Chex with little marshmallows shaped like ninja stars and stuff like that.

I think we need the Turtles cereal back on the market immediately.

They brought back Crystal Pepsi and Ecto Cooler, albeit all too briefly.

C’mon corporate America! General Mills or whoever!
Hook it up with that Turtles cereal!


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2, first appearance of April O’Neil, Fine Plus (6.5), $100.


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Saturday, September 14th from 11am to 8pm

Justin Ponsor (“JPo”) was a world-class comic book colorist, and a friend to the Team here at Emerald City. He passed away in May after a two-year public battle with cancer.

“As anyone who ever met Justin Ponsor knew, he was never just a colleague or colorist or creative partner … he was family,” said Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski in remembering Justin. “He embraced life with the biggest of hearts, the widest of smiles & the deepest of laughs. He made comics a better place. JPo’s loss will be felt forever.”

Justin was also a huge fan of tabletop gaming – especially the “Vs. System” 2 Player Card Game!
His friends and fellow players have created this celebration of Justin Ponsor’s life, work, and play in the form of a charity event, with proceeds going to THE HERO INITIATIVE!

The Hero Initiative – “Helping comic creators in need”
The Hero Initiative is the first federally recognized not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators, writers and artists in need. Founded in late 2000 by a consortium of comic book and trade publishers, including Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Wizard Entertainment, CrossGen Comics and Dynamic Forces Inc., the 501(c)(3) charity aims to assist comic creators with health, medical, and quality-of-life assistance.

This event will raise money for The Hero Initiative through raffles, auctions, and a Vs. System 2PCG tournament!

Various people and organizations are donating items to this event! Contributors include:

  • David Marquez (comic book artist who worked with Justin Ponsor on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) – signed comic AND a sketch!
  • Upper Deck Entertainment (publisher of the Vs. System 2PCG)
  • CMON (“Cool Mini Or Not,” publisher of board & tabletop games)
  • CoolStuffInc (online tabletop gaming store)
  • Tampa Bay Rays – autographed baseball and prize pack!

Some “Friends of Justin” will also be demonstrating various games in honor of one of Justin Ponsor’s favorite pastimes! So to help get you in on the game, Emerald City will be offering 15% OFF ALL GAMES AND GAMING SUPPLIES!

More details to be announced soon!


Saturday, July 6th from 11am to 8pm

Celebrating the July 5th release of the film SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME!

FREE Spider-Man FCBD 2019 comic book for the first 100 Guests!

FREE all-day raffle* for a SPIDER-MAN FAN PACK:

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (2015)


ALSO, meet “SPIDER-MAN NOIR”** at 11am!


* 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; 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.


Wednesday, August 7th 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…

The Bone adventures tell the story of Fone Bone, and his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, who are banned from their homeland of Boneville. When the cousins find themselves mysteriously trapped in a wonderful, but often terrifying, land filled with secrets and dangers – and special new friendships – they are soon caught up in adventures beyond their wildest dreams!

Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected SEPTEMBER 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 #370, JULY 2019 (for books arriving mainly in SEPTEMBER 2019)…


(W) J.J. Abrams, Henry Abrams (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Olivier Coipel
The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is here as J.J. ABRAMS (STAR WARS, STAR TREK, SUPER 8) and his son HENRY ABRAMS are joined by superstar artist SARA PICHELLI (MILES MORALES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) team up for SPIDER-MAN! What do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?! Who is Cadaverous?! The Modern Master of Mystery Makes His Marvel this September!





(W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Esad Ribic
The creators of the legendary THOR: GOD OF THUNDER series that kicked off one of the most epic runs in Marvel history are back together for one last ride with the almighty Lord of Asgard! Seven years ago, Jason and Esad introduced the Thor of the far future, All-Father of a broken realm and a dying universe, as he stood in battle against the Butcher of Gods, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword. Now that nefarious blade has returned, in the hands of Thor’s all-time greatest enemy – his brother, Loki – for one final, cataclysmic showdown. Behold the book no comics fan should miss – the celebration of the end of a truly Marvelous era.





(W) Chris Claremont (A/CA) Bill Sienkiewicz
Don’t miss this momentous event as legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite with Magik, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, Cypher, Mirage, Karma, and Sunspot to share this never before told story of the New Mutants’ past! When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it’s up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves…and doubly so when Magik’s inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Also, a special guest appearance by none other than Kitty Pryde!


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New Toys & Collectibles for 7/03/2019!


A Diamond Select Release! How deep is your Gallery? The DC Gallery line of PVC dioramas goes even deeper with another addition to the Dark Nights: Metal series of sculptures – The Drowned! Leaping from the water surrounded by the tentacles of some huge beast, this aquatic Batman from the Dark Multiverse is the perfect addition to any Batman or Aquaman collection! The 10-inch diorama features detailed paint applications and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar and sculpted by Alterton!

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New Comics & Books for 7/3/2019!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!


Featured Comics:

(W) Zhou Liefen, Greg Pak (A) Pop Mhan, Keng (CA) Keng
CATCH THE WAVE! ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES! The breakout stars of WAR OF THE REALMS: AGENTS OF ATLAS debut in an oversized team-up book! Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of AERO, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created for Marvel by Zhou Liefen and Keng! And in a brand new story written by PLANET HULK writer Greg Pak, Aero teams up with WAVE, Marvel’s newest Filipina superheroine! What strange forces have turned the buildings of Shanghai into monstrous golems? And what is the SECRET ORIGIN OF WAVE?


(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
On the road and out of Metropolis-and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman’s life-Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits.

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Celebrating our national pastime and the MLB All-Star Break!

From Tuesday 7/9 through Sunday 7/14 we will be showcasing our autographed baseballs and batting helmets in “The Hub” at the center of the store – at low low prices!

We have a huge selection of Tampa Bay Rays!


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!



Rush to prepare and slurp up delicious bowls of ramen filled with tasty ingredients in the use-your-noodle card game Ramen Fury. Collect combos of cards to score for different recipes while adding garnishes to boost your points. At the same time, watch out as other players throw spicy chili peppers your way or swipe foods right from your bowls! It’s “take that” fun that will have you calling for takeout!





It’s a game day centered around all things STAR WARS!

On Saturday, June 8th, from 2-6pm, join us for an open play event for Star Wars Legion, Star Wars Destiny, and Star Wars X-Wing!

We will have multiple tables set up with game mats for X-Wing and Legion and space for Destiny!

We will also be celebrating the release of Star Wars Destiny: Spark of Hope!

Promo cards for all three games will be given out depending on which games you play!
(Promo cards will be given out on a first come, first served basis)

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 6/28/19

You ever run into one of these folks who pronounces the name Darkseid “Dark-seed”?

C’mon folks! The character’s name has been spoken aloud in plenty of cartoons and movies and video games and stuff.

If you’re still trying to convince everyone that the name is pronounced “Dark-Seed” then you’re clearly in violation.

It’s “Dark-Side” not “Dark-Seed.”


Jimmy Olsen #134, first cameo appearance of Darkseid, Very Good Plus (4.5), $125.


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New Games! 6/28/2019


Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about impatiently, restless in the new wind sweeping through the country. They smelled something in the air, something unfamiliar.

Perhaps, if we had listened closely, we would also have heard it. We may have heard the sound rising from the forgotten and sealed caverns in the depths: the muffled pounding from something trying to get out.

Welcome back to the world of The Loop – things are different now.

Simon Stålenhag’s paintings of Swedish retro futuristic suburbia, populated by fantastic machines and strange creatures, have won global acclaim. The award-winning Tales from the Loop Roleplaying Game was released in 2017 and let you experience this amazing world first hand. Now you can return to the Loop in this standalone sequel game that continues the story into the 1990s. But remember – this time you can die.




Some thieving jobs deserve a professional approach. When you absolutely must acquire it, call Acquisitions Incorporated! This renowned multi-planar corporation has years of experience snagging all the loot that isn’t nailed down. Each Upper Management character comes with a unique deck reflecting their talents. Use them in the original Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, or with a franchise established in Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated!

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