Pulp Fiction Newsletter Week of 12/20/17

Hello everyone! We’re starting to wind down a little bit here at the North Pole, so I’m going to try and get back to a little up front commentary once again. Please observe our holiday hours for the rest of the year. We’re checking out early on both of the Eve’s. And if prior years are to be remembered (or not remembered), I’ll be opening a bit later on Jan 1st, at least mentally. Mr Jim Higgins will be ushering in the new year with his Making Comics Class and there’s still time to sign up! Or to gift it to another aspiring creator for the holidays.

I saw The Last Jedi! So feel free to chat me up about it, but please be sensitive to those that have been too busy to go yet. Short version: I loved it! Let’s high five or let’s fight about it. I’m here for you either way. I read some stuff last week! I highly recommend Judas and Giants. I think both stores are sold out, but we should have more on the way. Judas was very pretty and provocative. Giants was a really energetic, colorful read. Imagine a Mad Max Kaiju story with younger versions of Sing and Bone from Kung Fu Hustle. I also really enjoyed Gravetrancers, but I’d only recommend it for the horror boys and girls. It s was demented and fun!

For this week, we have more of the very “Silver Age in a heavy metal wrapper” DC event that is Dark Nights Metal, a Christmas Hellboy one-shot drawn by Adam Hughes, the triumphant return of half of the Fantastic Four, a new X-Men book by Hip Hop Family Tree creator Ed Piskor, and a Kill Bill style book drawn by Gilbert Hernandez! Something for everybody! If I don’t see you, have a happy and safe holiday weekend!

Upcoming Events
Black Friday SALE Continues!

Lot’s of clearance toys, collectibles, and omnibuses! You know the drill. If we have too much of it, it has to go! We’ll have another Sidewalk Sale (fill up a small comic box for just $9.99) with a new selection of comics for both stores as well.

Holiday Hours
Sunday, Dec 24th and Sunday, Dec 31st – closing 4pm

 

Making Comics Class with Jim Higgins

Making Comics is a 12-session class that focuses on the fundamental skills of creating comics. The class is for both writers and artists. In it, writers and cartoonists learn the essential knowledge needed to write a story with interesting characters, an engaging plot, and a satisfying ending. The artists will be given drawing tips, instruction about technique to help with visual storytelling, composition, light and dark, figure work, and other drawing skills. Writers will be given example of the best formats for comics scripts, examples of pro scripts, and info on how to find and work with artists. The goal for the artists is to have a finished 8 to 10-page mini-comic that is a complete, self-contained story at the end of the classes. The goal for writers is to have a completed script for a self-contained, 14 to 15-page short comics story. 

PS You may be forced to read some great comics for homework.

It runs for 12 Saturdays from 12 to 3pm starting on January 6th. The class costs $350.  GIVE THE CLASS AS A GIFT! Come in to Pulp Fiction, pay for the class, and send the name and email address of the recipient to Jim at the email address below. To sign up, e-mail Jim, the instructor, at Jim@newsuit.net or just show up on December 16! 

The class is taught by Jim Higgins who has been teaching comics writing and drawing classes at places like CalArts, the School of Visual Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, and many other fine institutions. Jim is a former DC Comics editor and works as a freelance writer and comics editor.

New and Noteworthy Comics 
Click here for a full list of all of the week’s new releases.

Dark Knights Metal #4

(W) Scott Snyder (A) Greg Capullo

The Justice League has been broken and scattered to the far corners of the DCU, each member forced to face their worst fears alone…and the fears are winning. When an unlikely ally reveals a glimmer of hope, they must seize their chance, or risk their window of opportunity closing for good!

X-Men Grand Design #1

(W/A) Ed Piskor

From Eisner award-winning creator Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree) comes a thrilling new series chronicling all of X-Men history! X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN stitches together the most important moments in mutant history, creating a comprehensive narrative celebrating the X-Men’s past, present, and future. The first in a trilogy, GRAND DESIGN returns to Charles Xavier’s assembly of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and Beast! A must for fans looking to brush up on their X-Men lore or as jumping-on point for Marvel’s merry mutants.

Hellboy Krampusnacht One-Shot

(W) Mike Mignola (A) Adam Hughes

The only thing more exciting than pitting Hellboy against this Satanic spin on Santa is the team-up of Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes.

Super Sons of Tomorrow Crossover (Parts 1 & 2) 

Superman #37

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Doug Mahnke

“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” part one! The four-part crossover between Superman, the Super Sons and the Teen Titans starts here! The Batman of Tomorrow travels to the present to prevent a cataclysmic disaster before it happens, revealing that Superboy will soon be responsible for the death of millions. But Superman will do anything to protect his son… and the Batman of Tomorrow is unwavering in his resolve to take down the Boy of Steel. Don’t miss a clash of titanic proportion in the opening chapter of this game-changing story!

Super Sons #11

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A) Doug Mahnke

“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” part two! The Super Sons are on the run after discovering Superboy’s dark destiny. Will Robin be able to protect his friend from the Batman of Tomorrow?

Marvel Two-in-One #1

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Jim Cheung

The Fate of the Four Part 1
THE FOUR ARE NO MORE, SO TWO MUST DO! Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It’s the Marvel Universe reunion you’ve all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!).  Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!

Rom and the Micronauts #1

(W) Christos Gage (A) Paolo Villanelli

Baron Karza and D’rge, the Dire Wraith sorcerer, have joined forces to carry forward their equally malignant goals-Karza desires to conquer all of Microspace (again), while the Wraiths seek to awaken their Wraith God and conquer Earth! Now it’s up to Rom and the Micronauts to form their own alliance in order to stop the evil domination of two worlds! Christos Gage (Amazing Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Paolo Villanelli (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) team up to bring us this all-new adventure!

Tales of Suspense #100

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Travel Foreman

RED LEDGER Part 1 (OF 5)
SPRINGING FROM THE PAGES OF SECRET EMPIRE!
THE BLACK WIDOW is dead…but someone is killing her enemies. With a broken heart and a bloody trail to follow, HAWKEYE is looking for answers. And the only person alive who may have them is Natasha Romanoff’s OTHER ex-boyfriend, THE WINTER SOLDIER. Can they trust each other long enough to unravel the web of mysteries that Black Widow left behind?

Quantum and Woody (2017) #1

(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Kano

THE WORLD’S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM RETURNS IN AN EXPLOSIVE NEW ONGOING SERIES! This December, deeply alarming and untrustworthy writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and eyepopping artist Kano (Daredevil) give the Valiant Universe the adjective-worthy superheroes it deserves: QUANTUM AND WOODY!

Assassinistas #1

(W) Tini Howard (A) Gilbert Hernandez

Dominic Prince and the Semester Abroad, Part 1 of 6. Dominic Price is a college-age kid who just wants to spend the semester making out with his boyfriend, Taylor, in between rounds of TurboLight Fighter and maintaining a solidly passable 3.2 GPA. His mom, Octavia, formerly a badass action-movie-quality bounty hunter, didn’t pay his tuition, because she had to get back in the business and spend 40K on black market weapons and body armor. And she’s bringing Dominic with her, because the alternative is making lattes for a semester, and he’d rather die. Good thing in mom’s line of work, dying is an option.

Graphic Novel Highlights

Batgirl The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol 01 HC
(W) GARDNER FOX, MIKE FRIEDRICH, FRANK ROBBINS, DENNIS O’NEIL, BOB ROZAKIS and others (A) CARMINE INFANTINO, GIL KANE, DON HECK, BOB OKSNER and others

Throughout the 1970s, Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, was one of DC’s most popular heroes. Now, the adventures of Gotham City’s greatest heroine are collected in an oversize omnibus collection, BATGIRL: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS VOL. 1! This massive title features numerous appearances by Batman and Robin and collects DETECTIVE COMICS #359, #363, #369, #371, #384-385, #388-389, #392-393, #396-397, #400-401, #404-424, #481-499, #501-502, #505-506, #508-510, #512-519, BATMAN #197 and BATMAN FAMILY #1, #3-7 and #9-11.

Cover Price: $99.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $59.99 (40% OFF)

Deadly Class Vol 06 TP
(W) Rick Remender (A) Wes Craig

The freshman class has gotten a bloody welcome to Kings Dominion, as the newly empowered student council holds brutal sway over the hallways and dorms. If you’re not part of the group, you’re part of the body count. Meanwhile, Saya’s own mysterious past comes back to haunt her. Betrayal and subterfuge are around every corner. And far from the bloodshed are Marcus and Maria, rare survivors of the deadliest school on earth, harboring dark desires for revenge. Don’t miss the darkest and most revealing chapter of RICK REMENDER & WES CRAIG’s smash-hit series DEADLY CLASS. Collects DEADLY CLASS #27-31

Cover Price: $16.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $11.89 (30% OFF)

Star Wars The Last Jedi Ultimate Sticker Collection SC
This 72-page sticker book includes more than 1,000 stickers of main characters, locations, vehicles, and props. Featuring all-new content from the highly-anticipated film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Cover Price: $12.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $10.39 (20% OFF)

Star Wars The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary HC
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary is the definitive guide to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, revealing the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology from the new film. Packed with over 100 images and full of information as penned by Star Wars scribe Pablo Hidalgo, it’s a must-have for all fans who want to go beyond the movie experience! 
Cover Price: $22.99
Pulp Fiction Price: $18.39 (20% OFF)
That’s it for this week!

– Ryan