It's no secret that I am an unabashed fan of Francesco Francavilla, almost as much as he is a fan of the Pulp era of storytelling. Francavilla's love of the era is on display monthly with his covers to THE SHADOW and THE SPIDER for Dynamite Entertainment.
That love of pulp noir stories will be brought to GAME ON COMICS next month with the debut of Francavilla's THE BLACK BEETLE, a five-issue mini-series featuring his creator-owned character of the same name. The character debuted roughly four years ago as a regular feature on Francavilla's PULP SUNDAY art blog (pulpsunday.blogspot.com).
If you are a regular reader of DARK HORSE PRESENTS, then you are already
familiar with Colt City's protector, but this new series is just that -
a never-before seen adventure that evokes the best of the classic
Hollywood cliffhangers (or, for the younger readers out there, Indiana
Jones before Crystal Skull).
If you missed the BLACK
BEETLE in DARK HORSE PRESENTS, don't worry. In December a Zero issue of
BLACK BEETLE is due, reprinting the three-part BLACK BEETLE: NIGHT
SHIFT, followed in January with the debut of BLACK BEETLE: NO WAY OUT.
Francavilla, who won the 2012 Eisner Award (think the Oscars of comics) for Best Cover Artist, brings the feel and look of the classic pre-comic heroes up to date, and makes it a compelling and thrilling action story. Give us a call, or send us an email to reserve your copy of THE BLACK BEETLE today!
This week's post was supposed to promote Francesco Francavilla's upcoming BLACK BEETLE series, but that will come later. I'm sure he'd understand.
Starting today, GAME ON COMICS is taking donations to help those in need after the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast.
Disney (and former Marvel) Graphic Designer Rich Ginter has created ART FOR SANDY RELIEF (Links: Facebook - Twitter) to help families and First Responders in the hardest hit areas. Many of Rich's comic creator friends and their fans have stepped up and donated several pieces of original art to auction for this cause (you still have time, by clicking here, to bid). This gives fans a chance to help out a great cause, and own some wonderful art at the same time.
For the next two weeks (and longer if need be), every time you come in to the shop and make a purchase, you can round up your purchase total to the next dollar, or more, and those monies will be given to A4SR, currently dispersing those funds to the Tunnel to Towers foundation. Our goal is to hit $100 before the next new comic book day, so stop by and help out!
Email or call us for details, and in advance, thanks for your help for this great cause!
First, thank you to everyone who came and sampled the offerings for the inaugural Free Comic HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST for 2012! Due to the storm, we made the comics available beginning last Saturday, and still have some left. Many of the offerings are previews or new stories of previous publications, including the amazing COW BOY and AXE COP, so if you liked the free previews, let us know and we can order the original books!
We also want to thank the parents who brought their kids in costume to make our first Halloween so awesome. Some of our junior cosplayers included:
Ali, A Buffalo Bill
Johan as Iron Man (aka "Tiny Stark")
Sara, as Minecraft's "Steve"
Ethan, aka "Link"
While the Buffalo Bill would be a good choice, based solely on the fact that it's a brave choice in the heart of Redskin country, our winner of the $10 GAME ON! Gift Certificate is...
(You have to admit, that goatee is a nice touch.)
Congrats to Johan and his folks, and thanks again to EVERYONE that came by. See you next Halloween! (Okay, hopefully before next year, but you know what I mean.)