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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Here are the titles scheduled for release this week.  Which ones are you looking forward to reading?

Comics

Action Comics 894
Amazing Spider-Man 646
Angel 38
Avengers 6
Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet 3
Avengers Vs Pet Avengers 1
Bart Simpson Comics 56
Batman The Brave and the Bold 22
Beasts of Burden Hellboy
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam 21
Billy The Kid Ghastly Fiend London 2
Black Widow 7
Bruce Wayne The Road Home Oracle 1
Bruce Wayne The Road Home Ras Al Ghul 1
Bulletproof Coffin 5
Captain America 611
Captain America Patriot 3
Constantine Hellblazer City of Demons 2
Creepy Comics 4
DC Comics Presents Superman 1
DC Comics Presents Young Justice 1
Deadpool Team-Up 888
Detective Comics 870
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep 16
Dracula Company of Monsters 3
Dynamo 5 Sins of the Father 5
Fame Justin Bieber
Fantastic Four 584
GI Joe Cobra II 9
Gravel 21
Green Arrow 5
Green Hornet Blood Ties 1
Hotwire Deep Cut 2
Incognito Bad Influences 1
Incorruptible 11
Incredible Hulks 615
Incredible Hulks Enigma Force 2
Incredibles 15
Jack of Fables 48
JLA The 99 1
Justice League Generation Lost 12
Justice Society of America 44
Klaws of Panther 2
Madame Xanadu 28
Savage Dragon 165
Scalped 42
Secret Avengers 6
Secret Warriors 21
Shadowland Moon Knight 3
Spider-Man Fantastic Four 4
Spider-Man Vs Vampires 1
Star Wars Blood Ties Tale Jango and Boba Fett 3
Star Wars Invasion Rescues 5
Supergirl Annual 2
Superman 704
Teen Titans 88
Terminator 1984 2
Tick New Series 6
Time Masters Vanishing Point 4
Torchwood 4
Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 3
Ultimate Comics Mystery 4
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 15
Uncanny X-Men 529
Weird World of Jack Staff 5
Wonder Woman 604
X-23 1 2nd Printing
X-Men Curse of Mutants X-Men Vs Vampires 2
X-Men Forever 2 10
X-Men Legacy 241
Zatanna 6

 

Books & Trade Paperbacks

Astonishing X-Men Exogenetic HC
Bent HC
Cereal Geek Magazine 6
Doomwar HC
Doonesbury and the Art of G B Trudeau HC
Duncan The Wonder Dog Vol. 1 TP
Dungeon Monstres Vol. 3 Heartbreaker GN
Exotique Vol. 4 SC
Famous Monsters of Filmland 252
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 3 HC
Gothic and Lolita Bible 35
Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 3 TP
H Day HC
Hi Fructose Vol. 2 Counter Culture HC
Hobby Japan September 2010
Hulk World War Hulks Hulked Out Heroes TP
Illustration Magazine 31
Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 World War Hulks HC
Inkstuds SC
Last Run A Queen and Country Novel HC
Lone Pine GN
Mad Magazine 506
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol. 3 HC
Marvel Universe End HC
Mome Vol. 20 GN
Northlanders Vol. 4 The Plague Widow TP
Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature SC
Secret Warriors Vol. 4 Last Ride HC
Superman Earth One HC
Top 100 Horror Movies SC
Wizard Magazine 232
XKCD Vol. 0 TP
Zabime Sisters GN

 


Okay, I don’t mean to freak everyone out but there are only six days left till Halloween. And honestly four days left if you are like me and start celebrating on Friday night. And I know some of you still are trying to figure out what be. Don’t worry, I have put together a list of some comic inspired Halloween costumes that are easy on the pocket and don’t require too much work.

Wilson by Daniel Clowes / Drawn and Quarterly

Almost every guy owns a long white button up shirt and black pants. So why not dress dress up as Daniel Clowes’ latest character Wilson. Just add some facial hair, glasses, and go to the goodwill to pick up some brown shoes. You’ll love that it didn’t cost you much to put this costume together. However you might hate having to explain constantly who you are supposed to be.

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes/ Fantagraphics Books

To be everyone’s favorite cynical teen Enid Coleslaw, head over to Goodwill and grab a green and black skirt. Go to any wig shop costume store for a short black wig and wear a pair of thick-framed glasses. Photoshop a screen cap of the movie recreate “the raptor” t-shirt. Not handy with Photoshop? Here’s a link that can help you out.

Unlovable Vol.1 and 2 by Esther Pearl Watson/ Fantagraphics Books

To be 80’s teen Tammy of Unlovable, head to your local thrift store and pick up the very best in tacky 80’s clothing. And don’t forget – a crimper and hair teasing will be your best friend.

Magic Trixie by Jill Thompson/ HaperCollins

Have a kid who wants to be a witch for Halloween? Well why not have her go as everyone’s favorite spunky little witch Trixie from the Jill Thompson graphic novels Magic Trixie. For Trixie’s costume, get a black dress and some orange tights. Go to any store selling costumes and get a witch hat and a pink or orange wig. Tie a green ribbon around the hat and your little witch is ready to head out.

I hope this gave you some last minute costume ideas for this weekend. I’m still not sure on what I’ll be for Halloween but I’ll post a picture once I decide. I would love to hear what my readers are going to be for Halloween.


Halloween has to be the best holiday around there is no forced family interaction and you get to dress up. It’s the holiday were nerds, Goths, and suburbanites can actually party together and no one looks out of place. Alas, for some people scary decoration is not enough to get into the Halloween spirit and they need a good kick in the butt to get in the mood. And that kick in the butt is coming from Alamo Drafthouse in Houston, Texas, which is the place to be to get in the Halloween spirit. Alamo Drafthouse has tons of films sure to scare you and make you laugh, and there is still time to get in on the fun.

Horror Remixed: Halloween

Wednesday, October 20th  @ 10pm FREE Alamo Drafthouse West Oak

Join Alamo as they present Horror Remix a collection of cheesy horror films that have been boiled down to the essentials: central plot, gore, cheese factor, and oh yeah nudity (none of no skin showing shower scene here). The theme for tonight’s edition of Horror Remix is what else but Halloween featuring Hack-O-Lantern (1988), Night of Demons (1988), and Hollowgate (1988).

 

Night Of The Living Dead in HeckleVision

Saturday October 23rd, @ 8pm Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park

Join Alamo’s Mason Park location for a special screening of ‘Night of the Living Dead’ where you can text along with the movie. Pay tribute zombie film legend George Romero by instering own witty comments onto the screen via your mobile devices and see what awesome things your movie-going neighbors have to about the classic film. HeckleVision lets the audience write texts on their cell phones and then have those messages appear on the screen under the movie.

 

Horror Remixed: Zombies

Wednesday, October 27th  @10pm Free Alamo Drafthouse West Oak

Alamo is serving up another Horror Remix this time giving you two hours of undead madness. Which can only mean that this week’s theme is all about Zombies. So join Alamo fellow zombie lovers for condensed versions of The Dark Power, Soul Survivor, and Let Sleeping Corpses Lie.

 

Dawn Of The Dead Mall Party

Friday, October 29th @ 8pm $10 bucks gets a film and dance/ $3 bucks gets you a zombie dance party

It’s a Dawn Of the Dead Mall party at Alamo Draft House West Oak. This epic zombie event is great to get you in the mood for the premier of The Walking Dead. The mall party will consist of a Zombie Dance Party in West Oaks Mall food court with a live DJ, zombie trivia, costume contest, and an 8pm screening of Dawn Of The Dead. I’m not sure about you but a zombie dance party sounds like a great way to spend the weekend.

 

The Walking Dead

Saturday, October 31st @ 9pm Alamo Drafthouse West Oak

Join Alamo Drafthouse West Oak location for the premier of AMC’s new Series The Walking Dead.



I recently visited one of my favorite cities: Austin, Texas. While there I popped into Austin Book & Comics located on 5002 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78751.  I’m not sure if it was the giant Hulk, the knowledge of the staff, or just how organized the store is. Whatever the reason, Austin Books & Comics is probably one the best comic book stores I’ve been to in a long time. photo by vegantiff

Austin Books & Comics has a great number of comics from genres such as Scfi-Fi, Action, Western, Action, War, Fantasy, and Horror. Being a fan of indie comics I have to say that I was super impressed with Austin Books and Comics selection of indie titles which includes the works of Liz Prince, Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel, Hernandez Brothers, and Aaron Renier. ABC is a great place to go if you are into getting trade paperbacks and their graphic novels are 10% off every day. Not to forgetting the kiddos, Austin Books offers up a section of all ages comics for kids. And if you can’t find what you are looking for, their friendly staff is more than willing to order it for you. Austin Books and Comics also has a  large selection of overstock single issues. The selection of single issues varies between classic series and those that might have been forgotten. Combing through one box of issues a friend I was with came across a comic book featuring former President Ronald Regan.

photo by vegantiff

If you need another reason to love ABC , well how about their selection of comic book related shirts and toys.  With the holidays coming up soon ABC is the place to shop for the geeky person in your life . The store has a Venom mask, Legion of Super Heroes action figures, and Hawk Women shirts.

photo by vegantiff

It literally took me three hours to see what the store has to offer, and I still feel as if I didn’t see everything. While in the store you get a sense of community that is often hard to find in many stores. I highly urge that if you ever find yourself in the Austin, Texas area make sure you pay a visit to the gang over at Austin Books & Comics.

Austin Books and Comics is opened seven days a week

Monday,Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 11 am – 7pm.

Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

Sunday: 12pm – 6pm


As always I’m an advocate of helping people spend their money on important things like comics. So here is your list of new comics this week.

Comics

Alan Moore Neonomicon 1
Alan Moore Neonomicon 2
American Vampire 7
Authority 27
Avengers Academy 5
Baltimore Plague Ships 3
Batman Confidential 49
Batman Hidden Treasures 1
Batman Odyssey 4
Boys 47
Brightest Day 11
Buffy The Vampire Slayer 37
Captain America Forever Allies 3
CBLDF Liberty Annual 2010
Chaos War 1
Clint 1
DC Comics Presents Green Lantern 1
DC Comics Presents Jack Cross 1
Deadpool Pulp 2
Deadpoolmax 1
Digested 2
Doom Patrol 15
Fantastic Four In Ataque Del Modok 1
Freedom Fighters 2
GI Joe 23
Greek Street 16
Hawkeye and Mockingbird 5
Hi Fructose Magazine Quarterly 17
House of Mystery 30
Incorruptible 10
Iron Man Legacy 7
Izombie 6
JSA All Stars 11
Klaws of Panther 1
Lady Mechanika 0
Life With Archie Married Life 3
Lone Ranger 24
Madame Xanadu 27
Marvelman Familys Finest 4
Meta 4 3
Metalocalypse Dethlock 1
Morning Glories 2 2nd Printing
Namor First Mutant 1 2nd Printing
Nancy In Hell 3
New Mutants Forever 3
Orc Stain 5
Rebels 21
Red Hood Lost Days 5
Scalped 41
Secret Six 26
Shadowland Spider-Man 1
Shield 4
Spider-Man Back In Quack 1
Star Wars Old Republic 4
Superman The Last Family of Krypton 3
Sweet Tooth 14
Taskmaster 2
Thor For Asgard 3
Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom 5
Tron Betrayal 1
Ultimate Comics Thor 1
Uncanny X-Force 1
Unknown Soldier 24
Wolverine 2
Young Allies 5

 

Books & Trade Paperbacks

14th Dalai Lama Graphic Biography
Archie and Friends Vol. 6 Archies Christmas Stock TP
Art of Neal Adams SC
Back Issue 44
Batman Unseen TP
Bear Nuts Vol. 1 Book of Prozac GN
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol. 7 Twilight TP
Dark Tower Long Road Home TP
DC Super Heroes Ultimate Pop Up Book
De Tales HC
Doctor Who Online Vol. 2 Tessaract TP
Final Crisis Novel SC
Fluorescent Black GN
Gear School Vol. 2 GN
Green Woman HC
Hi Fructose Magazine Quarterly 17
Irredeemable Vol. 4 TP
Liquid City Vol. 2 GN
Locke and Key Vol. 2 Head Games TP
Marvel Masterworks Spider-Man Vol. 2 HC
Nipper Vol. 1 1963-1964 TP
Palooka Ville Vol. 20 HC
Richard Starks Parker The Outfit HC
Sanctuary GN
Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 8 TP
Secret Six Danse Macabre TP
Shonen Jump November 2010
Star Wars Unleashed Vol. 2 GN
Starman Omnibus Vol. 5 HC
Stephen Kings N HC
Walking Dead Covers Vol. 1 HC
X-Force Vol. 2 Old Ghosts TP


It takes a lot for me to use the words “smart” and “charming” in the same sentence to describe anything. But rarely do I ever read anything that embodies the over used description. The book to do this for me is The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Illustrated by Jim Rugg.

The Plain Janes tells the story of high school student Jane who is forced to move from the happening Metro City to suburbia. At first Jane thinks her life is over but soon finds her tribe in three girls all named Jane. Together the Janes form a secret club called P.L.A.I.N – People Loving Art In Neighborhoods to liven up their town. Some people love their art, but most are frightened, and the police deem P.L.A.I.N’s art attacks as form of terrorism.

In The Plain Janes, Castellucci offers up characters that have their have their own personality, making it easy to care for and identify with these girls. The illustration done by Jim Rugg helps to bring these girls to life and is done in a clean style that is reminiscent of Craig Thompson. One of the things that made me fall in love with The Plain Janes is the importance that it places on art; which in these days of budget cuts causing art programs in schools to disappear is a nice reminder. If you have a sister or a girl in your life I high recommend that you make them read The Plain Janes.


A big “congratulations” goes out Bedrock City Comics for winning Best Comic Book Store in the Houston Press Best of Awards. It’s one of my favorite comic book shops to go to in Houston and they have four locations so there is bound to be one near you. If you ever find yourself in the Houston, Texas area make sure to visit the shop the best in Houston.