Hello everyone! We ARE going to be open this 4th of July and we WILL have all the new releases for the week. We are going to close an hour early and catch some fireworks.
4th of July Hours 11am to 7pm
Artist Russ Heath has just moved to an assisted living facility in Long Beach. Jim McLauchlin of HeroInitiative.org is looking for occasional helpers (maybe once a month) to take Mr Heath to doctor appointments. Gas, lunch, etc will be gladly paid for. Russ is a pretty cool guy with a lot of AMAZING stories, so it’s usually a pretty cool experience for the helpers as well. If you’re interested in lending a hand, please email Mr McLauchlin at Jim@heroinitiative.org.
Mr Higgins continues to expand his catalog of comic classroom curriculum beginning this July with writing Horror comics! Want to get trained up before Halloween? Read below for more details.
Comics Class for Kids w/ Jim Higgins
July 7th, July 14th, July 28th, and Aug 4th at the Culver store
Does your kid love to draw? Do they like comics? Then they’d love this class for kids all about making comics. They’ll learn the fundamentals of telling a story in comics form, plus basic drawing tips, information on how to write good stories, and fun activities that will help them learn all these skills.
Cost: $120 total, payable at the first session. Parents MUST provide their email address and phone numbers. For more info: email the instructor, Jim Higgins, at email@example.com. Jim has been working in comics and teaching classes for 25 years.
Writing Horror Comics w/ Jim Higgins
July 7th, July 14th, July 28th, and Aug 4th at the Culver store
People have been telling scary stories for thousands of years. Some are cautionary tales, like Hansel and Gretel, some are monster stories, like Godzilla, some are apocalyptic, like The Walking Dead, and on and on. Many people find something viscerally attractive to the idea of being scared. There’s a feeling of having pushed their way past some real danger and a satisfaction that they survived. Horror tales bring us on a journey with people, often ordinary people just like us, who must fight a terror-inspiring foe in life or death situations. Perhaps it’s those real world characters and scenarios that have made the horror story such and enduring type of narrative.
In this seven-session online class, we’ll analyze various comics (and some films) in order to understand some of the tropes, methods, and techniques used to make great horror stories as well as the reasons behind our desire to be scared. We’ll look at different psychological issues and delve into the deeper aspects of the unconscious mind that inform these stories. We’ll discuss recurring themes that appear and resonate. And we’ll look at some of the metaphors that these stories deal in and how they relate to our lives.
Students taking the class will learn how to craft a great horror story using these themes and elements. Everyone will work toward finishing a scene-by-scene outline for their story, which can be short or longform. The class will meet live in an online platform TBA and will be recorded so that students can re-listen to it later or can listen for the first time if they can’t be in the class live.
When: Tuesday, July 24 to Tuesday September 4.
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Pacific Time.
To sign up, go here:
Want to buy the class as a gift? Pay for it and just e-mail me your confirmation and the name of who you’d like to give it to.
New & Noteworthy Comics
Click here for a full list of all of the week’s new releases.
Captain America #1
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu (CA) Alex Ross
IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?
It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.
The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!
Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 (of 5)
PART ONE OF A THREE-PART STORY THAT SEES THE DORA MILAJE TEAM UP WITH THE MARVEL U!
The blockbuster Black Panther film has everyone talking about Wakanda’s best warriors, the fierce Dora Milaje! Now witness the Dora outside of Wakanda – and in Spider-Man’s world! When the Dora catch wind of a Wakandan threat causing trouble in New York, they’ll leap into action – with or without their king. Don’t miss Okoye, Ayo and Aneka on a globe-trotting mission to protect the realm at any cost. WAKANDA FOREVER starts here!
Death of the Inhumans #1
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL – HERE LIE THE INHUMANS.
The Kree have gone murdering, leaving behind a message: Join or die. Thousands of Inhumans have already made their choice – the evidence floats bleeding in space. Black Bolt and his family are next. Rising star Donny Cates and PUNISHER: WAR JOURNAL artist Ariel Olivetti bring their brutal talents to the Inhumans!
In the seedy Los Angeles underworld, lives intersect like freeway overpasses. When a crime boss’s poker game is robbed, three lowlifes-a bad cop, a drug addict, and a haunted thug-attempt to stay one step ahead of the others, as redemption or destruction is their only ticket out…
New Lieutenants of Metal #1
Meet the New Lieutenants of Metal, a precision strike force ready to face any threat, and the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! Their names are legend: The Mighty Krieg, Vandenborg Riot, Manowarrior, Steppenwulf. Beset on all sides by a roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal are guaranteed to deliver you unto greater comic book glory.
On the night of the biggest storm in New York City history, Elysia Puente gets a call from her estranged little brother Angel, terrified, begging for help. When the call cuts out suddenly, despite the bad feelings between them, Ellie rushes into the night. Finding his broken phone in front of a barricaded subway station, Ellie follows echoes of her brother into the sinister darkness of the underground, desperate to find him before it’s too late.
(W) Mirka Andolfo (A/CA) Mirka Andolfo
Leslie is a simple pig girl. She loves sushi, she’s stuck with a job she hates, and she lives under a brutal totalitarian government-one that punishes transgressors for anything deemed “unnatural.” Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But those dreams are becoming dangerous…
This Italian hit series by MIRKA ANDOLFO (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, DC Comics Bombshells) will transport you into a colorful but terrible world-full of anthropomorphic creatures, but light on personal freedoms-by way of a breathtaking plot that travels between thriller and fantasy, with a hint of sensuality.
Graphic Novel Highlights
Avengers By Hickman Omnibus HC Vol 2
Jonathan Hickman’s epic Avengers run builds to the end of all things! A runaway planet is on a collision course with Earth. A.I.M. brings a corrupt version of the Avengers into the Marvel Universe. And the collision of the Avengers and the Illuminati is imminent! But as teammate faces teammate, the Time Gem takes the Avengers on a peril-filled journey into days-to-come – ultimately sending Captain America 50,000 years into the future to witness a true Avengers world! Meanwhile, as the Incursion crisis worsens, the members of the Illuminati struggle with the weight of the burden they’ve shouldered. Their desperate, world-shattering actions will leave the Avengers at each other’s throats – and give rise to the Cabal! And as the realities of the Multiverse collide, time runs out for everyone! Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #24-44 and NEW AVENGERS (2013) #13-33.
AVENGERS (2013) #13-33.
Cover Price: $125
Pulp Fiction Price: $87.50 (30% OFF)
Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus HC Vol 1
This new Omnibus collection kicks off with the introduction of Damian Wayne! Then, Batman and a group of global heroes face a killer on a mysterious island, and Batman relives an adventure in the life of young Bruce Wayne: the hunt for his parents’ killer. And when Bruce Wayne disappears, the Club of Villains begins a crime spree through the streets of Gotham City, while Batman’s allies attempt to keep order. Collects BATMAN #655-658 and #663-683, stories from 52 #30 and 47 and DC UNIVERSE #0. This title also includes two new story pages written and drawn by Chris Burnham that recap events from “The Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul.”
Cover Price: $75
Pulp Fiction Price: $52.50 (30% OFF)