New Comics Wall!

Here’s our New Comics Wall, to use as a “menu” to order “curbside delivery” or mail order while our storefront is closed due to the COVID-19 threat!

  • call us at 727-398-2665 or email us at orders@emeraldcitycomics.com with your order, and we’ll give you your total (with shipping if mail order)
  • purchase EC Gift Certificates on our online shop to pay for it (it’s the first item when you select “SHOP!” on our website emeraldcitycomics.com, and just remind us what it’s for in the Shipping Notes field):  http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/Emerald-City-Comics-Gift-Certificate.php
  • either we’ll mail your stuff out to you, or you call when you’re in our parking lot and we’ll deliver your order to your vehicle!

 

 

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Vintage Back Issue Comics Wall!

Here’s our Vintage Back Issue Comics Wall, to use as a “menu” to order “curbside delivery” or mail order while our storefront is closed due to the COVID-19 threat!

  • call us at 727-398-2665 or email us at orders@emeraldcitycomics.com with your order, and we’ll give you your total (with shipping if mail order)
  • purchase EC Gift Certificates on our online shop to pay for it (it’s the first item when you select “SHOP!” on our website emeraldcitycomics.com, and just remind us what it’s for in the Shipping Notes field):  http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/Emerald-City-Comics-Gift-Certificate.php
  • either we’ll mail your stuff out to you, or you call when you’re in our parking lot and we’ll deliver your order to your vehicle!

 

DC COMICS & other publishers:

 

 

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 4/3/20

SOoo here’s the thing … we’re not allowed to have any Guests in the store right now.

So what! No big deal!

If you like these books, just give us a call or email and we’ll figure something out.

Check out our website for info on how to set up a curbside pickup or a mail order.

THEY CAN’T STOP US! THEY CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN US!!!

Well … I guess that they could stop us if they wanted to, but they haven’t yet … so y’know … we’ll just bring the comics out to your car or send them to your house.

It’s all good!

 

Secret Wars #8, origin of the symbiote suit, Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0), $125.

 

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EC BOOK CLUB – SAGA VOL 6 BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & FIONA STAPLES!


Wednesday, May 6th 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 (or by remote conferencing using ZOOM if there is still a COVID-19 “stay at home” order), 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!

Zoom invite:

Topic: EC Book Club: SAGA vol 6
Time: May 6, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/893839357?pwd=aWM0ZmU3QnM3RzZpOGNycm5FWnhLZz09

Meeting ID: 893 839 357

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…

SAGA TP VOL 06
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her star-crossed family learns hard lessons of their own.

Lady Mechanika’s Joe Benitez helps comic book shops during the coronavirus pandemic!

 

http://www.joebenitez.com

 

And if you’re new to Lady Mechanika, here’s a link to read Issue #0 (from the FCBD issue) for FREE!

http://www.joebenitez.com/lmfcbdissue0

TKO Studios helps comic book shops during the Coronavirus threat!

We carry some of TKO’s graphic novels, such as SARA by Garth Ennis and Steve Epting!

We offer curbside pickup and mail order if you are uncomfortable entering a storefront right now – just call 727-398-2665 or email orders@emeraldcitycomics.com!

And our friends at TKO Studios have an offer of their own to help comic book shops during this difficult time:

 

https://tkopresents.com

“NEW2U” COMIC BOOK DAY!


Wednesday, April 1st from 11am to 8pm

Since our comics distributor has temporarily suspended shipping during the COVID-19 crisis, we won’t have a new comics shipment for Wednesday 4/1/2020.

…but – EVERY comic and graphic novel is new to SOMEONE! We still have many comics on our NEW WALL and tons of graphic novels! Now’s the time to try out a new book or start on a new series, and we’ll help you out with a little enticement…

ALL DAY, ALL COMICS ON THE NEW WALL AND ALL GRAPHIC NOVELS IN THE STORE WILL BE 20% OFF!

FREE COMICS FOR BORED KIDS!

We still have FREE 5-packs of comic books available for pickup while supplies last!

We ask that you please respect a 1-per-household limit so we can get these into the hands of as many different folks as possible. As you can see in the photo, the selection is a wide variety of comics that will make for some great kid-friendly reading!

These are available on a first come first served basis, and there is no purchase necessary. Our hope is to try and provide even a sliver of entertainment for those with some young ones at home while showcasing the fun and benefits of reading comics!

VAULT ANNOUNCES LOCAL COMIC SHOP GIFT CARD INITIATIVE!

Buy a Gift Certificate at Emerald City Comics, and Vault Comics will send you free advance copies of HEAVY #1 and HUNDRED WOLVES #1, months in advance!

Vault Announces Local Comic Shop Gift Card Initiative

Vault’s LCS Gift Card Initiative has five easy steps:

  1. Call, email, or reach out via social media to your local comic book retailer.
  2. Purchase a gift card from them for any amount. You can purchase Emerald City Gift Certificates here!
  3. Submit any proof of purchase, along with the local comic shop you purchased your gift card, here: https://bit.ly/2xrRxZ
  4. Vault Comics will send participants an email containing free, advanced, digital copies of HEAVY #1 by Max Bemis & Eryk Donovan, and HUNDRED WOLVES #1 by Myke Cole & Tony Akins.
  5. If you like the two issues, add them to your subscription list at your local comic shop.

Sell your “indie comics” at EC!

Emerald City is always happy to sell local/indie creators’ comics on consignment!

First, we review the work to ensure it’s relevant to our Guests and our image (creators can stop in with a sample of their work, or send a sample to email@emeraldcitycomics.com). If approved, we display the work on consignment, and split the cover price 50/50 when they sell. We put a “NEW” tag on the shelf to draw attention to the work during its first week in stock, plus a “Local Creator” tag if applicable.

This is our Consignment Agreement Form in case anyone would like to sell their book or comic on consignment. It can be filled out and emailed back to us (local creators can bring in a filled form, or fill one out at the store).

The form has a few more details that might answer questions you may have. If you have any more questions, please send them to email@emeraldcitycomics.com!

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/27/20

I’m pretty sure that all of the characters in the books featured this week are immune to any earth-born illnesses – so that’s good, right?

Possible exception of Beta Ray Bill when he isn’t transformed into Thor mode.

He’s an alien so he may actually be more susceptible to earth diseases when he’s not in Thor mode.

Better keep that hammer handy, Bill!

 

NYX #3, first appearance of X-23, Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0), $400.

 

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EC BOOK CLUB – FRANKENSTEIN HC by JUNJI ITO – on Zoom!

EC BOOK CLUB – FRANKENSTEIN HC JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION! 
Wednesday, APRIL 1ST from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
on Zoom! 
https://zoom.us/download

“EC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.”

Topic: EC Book Club: FRANKENSTEIN by Junji Ito!
Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/535209974

Meeting ID: 535 209 974

Zoom has a 40 minute limit for meetings. Here’s a 2nd “meeting” that starts a half-hour into the first meeting, so we can get our usual hour+ meeting in!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/496583649

Meeting ID: 496 583 649

The Emerald City Book Club normally 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. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are going to meet “virtually” on Zoom! 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…

FRANKENSTEIN HC JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION
VIZ MEDIA LLC
(W/A/CA) Junji Ito
Junji Ito meets Mary Shelley! The master of horror manga bends all his skill into bringing the anguished and solitary monster-and the fouler beast who created him-to life with the brilliantly detailed chiaroscuro he is known for.
Also included are six tales of Oshikiri-a high school student who lives in a decaying mansion connected to a haunted parallel world. Uncanny doppelgangers, unfortunately murdered friends, and a whole lot more are in store for him.
Bonus: The Ito family dog! Thrill to the adventures of Non-non Ito, an adorable Maltese!

COVID-19 update for our EC Family!

Our 03/24/2020 new comics shipment was the last one for what should hopefully be a short time. Everyone’s comic book distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors, has TEMPORARILY shut several of their warehouses due to the Coronavirus. Some printing outlets have also been closed due to the pandemic. Many states have ordered all non-essential work places closed for an unspecified amount of time. With the warehouses closed, there is no way to process and ship the comics. With so many businesses around the country being forced to close, it also doesn’t make sense to keep shipping new material when there’s no one to receive it and no way for many of them to sell it. Diamond is “shutting down” their receiving of new material until it is safe and effective to start shipping again.

What does this mean for YOU, comics reader? New comics will be delayed for a little while, until we’re in the clear from this virus. On the other hand, Emerald City has TONS of comics and graphic novels in stock for your reading pleasure! Now’s the time to get caught up on your subscription file, or any comic book stories you’ve been meaning to read! We are still getting some new shipments of tabletop games and toys & collectibles! And we’re still buying private collections of comics, games, and toys that we don’t already have!

We are still open for now! 12-6 Sundays, 11-7 Mon & Tue, 11-8 Wed-Sat.

We continue to look out for everyone’s health and safety: we are regularly cleaning surfaces with disinfectant wipes, washing our hands, and using hand sanitizer. We are monitoring the amount of Guests in the store at one time, and also practicing ‘social distancing’ with everyone in the store at any given time – giving everyone expanded “personal space”!

If you are not comfortable entering the store, no worries! We offer “curbside” pickup and mail order – call us at 727-398-2665 or email us at orders@emeraldcitycomics.com!

New Comics & Books for 3/25/20!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

ROAD TO EMPYRE KREE SKRULL WAR #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Mattia De Iulis, Javier Rodriguez (CA) Phil Noto
EMPYRE IS COMING!
The build-up to Marvel’s massive event series of the spring begins here-but in actuality, it began a millennia ago, with a challenge on the moon! In the wake of INCOMING, everything has changed for the Kree and the Skrulls. And out in the cold on Earth, the Warner family (MEET THE SKRULLS) need to work out what has happened and what it means for the future of their family and their race! And that means educating their kids on just how the Kree and the Skrulls first went to war!

 

SUPER DUCK #1
ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
(W) Frank Tieri, Ian Flynn (A/CA) Ryan Jampole
BRAND NEW SERIES! Super Duck is the greatest hero of Ducktropolis. Brash, arrogant and virtually unbeatable, he’s defeated all threats to the city and routinely foils the schemes of his greatest rival, criminal genius and corporate billionaire Dapper Duck. But now, three years later, Super Duck has fallen on hard times. Down on his luck and with his superheroing days a distant memory, he is reduced to appearing at comic conventions for measly appearance fees. So when he’s approached by a rival of Dapper to be his personal bodyguard/accompany him on his many adventures, Supe has to decide if he’s ready to don his cape once more in this series for mature readers!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/20/20

Things to do while under quarantine:

Read comics … that’s really all that you’re allowed to do.

Read comics … nothing else….

Oh! I guess that you can play board games too. As long as there are less than ten people playing.
You can also play with and/or admire action figures, but really you should just read comics; that’s all that you’re allowed to do.

Pretty sure that I saw that on the news or something.

So you know, comics! Stock up!
Hoard them! The news has been encouraging you to hoard comics!

PANIC-BUY COMICS! NOW!! BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!

 

Captain America #110, first appearance of Viper a.k.a. Madame Hydra, Fine Plus (6.5), $100.

 

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“EC Curbside Delivery” and Mail Order!

Starting Friday, April 3rd, Emerald City Comics will be able to offer only “curbside delivery” and mail order through April 30th, in compliance with the state-wide COVID-19 orders on 4/1/20 and 4/2/20:
  • call us at 727-398-2665 or email us at orders@emeraldcitycomics.com with your order, and we’ll give you your total (with shipping if mail order)
  • purchase EC Gift Certificates on our online shop to pay for it (it’s the first item when you select “SHOP!” on our website emeraldcitycomics.com, and just remind us what it’s for in the Shipping Notes field):  http://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/Emerald-City-Comics-Gift-Certificate.php
  • either we’ll mail your stuff out to you, or you call when you’re in our parking lot and we’ll deliver your order out to your vehicle!
Be well and stay safe, EC Family!

New Comics & Books for 3/18/2020!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

BATMAN #91
DC COMICS
(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez
To save Gotham City, Catwoman will have to commit the greatest heist in the city’s history! But hot on her trail are the Penguin, the Riddler, a horde of assassins, and the master criminal called the Designer! And the most dangerous person standing in her way is the man she’s trying to save: Batman. And what complications will his arise from his new sidekick, Harley Quinn?

 

RESISTANCE #1
ARTISTS WRITERS & ARTISANS INC
(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Rahzzah
J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One, returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr., the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

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Stuck Indoors? Longer Board Games!

When everywhere is closed and we’re stuck inside, what better thing to do than play board games! Here are a list of a couple of our favorite longer games to play on those days when you’re stuck inside all day!

 

 

FURY OF DRACULA

Fury of Dracula features all-new art and graphic design crafted to complement the game’s intuitive, thematic mechanisms. Rounds are now broken into day and night, with hunters taking actions during both, while Dracula can act only at night. Combat is now more streamlined and decisive, and new rumor tokens allow Dracula to mislead hunters and extend the terrible reach of his influence. Count Dracula triumphs if he advances his influence track to thirteen; if the hunters can defeat him before then, they save the continent of Europe and win the game.

 

 


SHERLOCK HOLMES: CONSULTING DETECTIVE

Have you ever had the desire to walk the streets of Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes in search of Professor Moriarty? To search the docks for the giant rat of Sumatra? To walk up Baker Street as the fog is rolling in and hear Holmes cry out, “Come, Watson, come! The game is afoot!”? Now you can! You can enter the opium den beneath the Bar of Gold, but beware, that may be Colonel Sebastian Moran lurking around the corner. You can capture the mystery and excitement of Holmes’ London in this challenging and informative game. You, the player, will match your deductive abilities against your opponents and the master sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes.

In Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, you are presented with a mystery to solve, and it is then up to you to trace the threads of evidence through the byways and mansions of nineteenth century London. You will interview suspects, search the newspapers for clues, and put together the facts to reach a solution.

Why were two lions murdered in Hyde Park? Who is responsible for the missing paintings from the National Gallery? Who murdered Oswald Mason and why? These are just a few of the cases that will challenge your ingenuity and deductive abilities.

This is not a board game: No dice, no luck, but a challenge to your mental ability. The game has been thoroughly researched for Holmesian and Victorian accuracy so as to capture a feeling of that bygone era.

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 3/13/20

I didn’t watch Lost, but please don’t “@” me about not having watched the show; maybe I will one day but I haven’t yet, OKAY?!

Apparently there were a few unresolved plot threads in Lost, including whether or not the numbers on the cover of Catwoman #51 had any significance to the events of the show or whether or not Adam Hughes was just having a little fun with everyone by adding them to the cover art for the aforementioned Catwoman issue.

I have always assumed that Adam Hughes just included the numbers on his cover as a declaration of admiration for Lost, but when I tried to reach him for confirmation of this assumption back in 2010 I was initially ignored.

My repeated attempts to contact Mr. Hughes in regards to my inquiry eventually resulted in threats of legal action, so I am forced to seek answers elsewhere….

 

Catwoman #51, Very Fine Plus (8.5), $75.

 

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New Games! 3/13/2020

THE SHINING

All work and no play…

You’ve traveled into the heart of the Rocky Mountains to take charge of the Overlook Hotel while it is closed for the winter — except you aren’t alone. The Hotel’s bloody history has made some of its past guests a permanent addition to the building, and with them come terrifying visions that begin to corrupt your mind. Snowed in, you desperately explore the rooms of the Hotel, attempting to gain enough willpower to withstand the evil influence around you. Worse still, one of you has already succumbed to the terrible forces of the Hotel and secretly acts to keep you here forever and ever…

The Shining is a suspenseful game of co-operation, deception, and terror!

 

 


7 SOULS

“It is our time, and we must rise up.”

In 7 Souls, originally announced as Rise of the Elder Gods, players will become the gods, vying for control over their supporters, from cultists and acolytes, to betrayers, prophets, and more. Controlling these weak human parasites in an effort to gather support, power and souls to feed their hunger and desire.

This beautifully creepy game for 1-6 players, taking only 30-40 minutes, will have players cheering and cursing as they compete with their sanity to outdo each other and corrupt the investigators! Time sensitive simultaneous action selection, “Callings” (secret objectives), “Blessings” (awards), and sacrificial altars help players focus their strategies while providing multiple paths to victory.

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