A Calamitous Continuance of Cosmically Creative Comics Creeping into our Collective Consciences!

The book that more or less is firing off the summer like a starter’s pistol is in the shop as of Noon Wednesday, April 4th – AVENGERS VERSUS X-MEN #1, but we also have fun selections like the second printing of ADVENTURE TIME #2, our own foray into Role Playing Game stock with the MARVEL HEROIC RPG, HULK #50, SWEET TOOTH #32, the eternally entertaining WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #8, and finally – FINALLY! – Joe can read FLEX MENTALLO (well, he could have illegally earlier but it always made him feel guilty to think about it…).  Nope – all in all a GREAT week for comics!

Scottie Young's AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1 Variant Cover just to mix it up for y'all...

FEB120178D  ACTION COMICS #8 3.99

JAN128240F  ADVENTURE TIME #2 2ND PTG 3.99

FEB120633D  AGE OF APOCALYPSE #2 2.99

FEB120566D  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #683 3.99

FEB120217D  ANIMAL MAN #8 2.99

FEB120551D  AVENGERS ACADEMY #28 2.99

FEB120195D  BATWING #8 2.99

FEB120905E  BOYS #65 4.99

SEP110627D  BRILLIANT #3 3.95

SEP110630D  CASANOVA AVARITIA #3 (OF 4 4.99

FEB120042D  CREEPY COMICS #8 4.99

FEB120420D  DANGER CLUB #1 2.99

FEB120608D  DAREDEVIL #10.1 2.99

FEB120190D  DETECTIVE COMICS #8 3.99

FEB120283D  FAIREST #2 2.99

FEB120828F  FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #1 MAIN CVRS 1.00

FEB120502D  FATALE #4 3.50

FEB120607D  FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #12 (OF 12) 2.99

OCT110285D  FLEX MENTALLO MAN OF MUSCLE MYSTERY DLX HC 22.99

NOV110934E  GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #11 3.99

JAN120775F  GLAMOURPUSS #24 3.00

FEB120174D  GREEN ARROW #8 2.99

FEB120507D  HELL YEAH #2 2.99

DEC111130F  HONEY WEST #5 3.99

FEB120598D  HULK #50 3.99

FEB120331E  INFESTATION 2 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONE SHOT 3.99

JAN120400E  INFESTATION 2 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 3.99

JAN120943F  INCORRUPTIBLE #28 3.99

FEB120293D  IZOMBIE #24 2.99

FEB120164D  JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #8 2.99

SEP110990E  KIRBY GENESIS #6 3.99

FEB120552D  MARVELS AVENGERS PRELUDE FURYS BIG WEEK #3 2.99

DEC112061F  MARVEL HEROIC RPG BASIC GAME 19.99

NOV110463D  MUDMAN #3 3.50

FEB120631D  NEW MUTANTS #40 2.99

DEC111011E  QUEEN SONJA #28 3.99

FEB120211D  RED LANTERNS #8 2.99

JAN121070E  RED SONJA WITCHBLADE #2 3.99

OCT110790F  RICHIE RICH GEMS #45 3.99

DEC110568D  SAVAGE DRAGON #179 3.50

FEB120523D  SPAWN #218 2.99

FEB120220D  STORMWATCH #8 2.99

FEB120409D  SUPREME #63 LARSEN CVR 2.99

FEB120858F  SUPURBIA #2 (OF 4) 3.99

FEB120212D  SWAMP THING #8 2.99

FEB120299D  SWEET TOOTH #32 2.99

FEB120616D  THUNDERBOLTS #172 2.99

FEB120557D  ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #9  3.99

FEB120573D  VENOM #15 2.99

OCT111055E  WAREHOUSE 13 #5 3.99

FEB120622D  WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #8 3.99

FEB120620D  WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #4 3.99

FEB120636D  X-CLUB #5 2.99

FLEX MENTALLO - Saviour of us all. FINALLY AVAILABLE AS A GRAPHIC NOVEL!
(yes, Joe's very happy...)

Here’s how things looked in our recent appearance on SPACE: THE IMAGINATION STATION!

Here’s the InnerSPACE feature on us courtesy of LOUNGER and friend, Mark Askwith!

THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE + GALLERY & GUERILLA PRINTING – Together on SPACE!

 

More from the party at THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE + GALLERY - see the piece that InnerSPACE ran to help celebrate our opening at
http://www.spacecast.com/article/As-Seen-on-InnerSPACE-Comic-Book-Lounge

No BATMAN love on television, but apparently we’re getting a GREEN ARROW pilot intended for prime time…

…which is not, in and of itself, a bad thing at all. GA was always treated a something of a Batman knock-off in his earliest appearances,and was definitely treated as a surrogate Batman in his appearances on SMALLVILLE. BATMAN is as hot as ever but the WB seems to be a little shy in allowing Bruce Wayne et al to grace our presences on the home version of the wide-screen.

Coming soon? GREEN ARROW on the small screen. Hopefully with a little more reverence for the core concepts than David E. Kelley managed to muster for WONDER WOMAN.

LOUNGErs interested in following GA’s TV progress are invited to check out a site devoted to just that at http://www.greenarrowtv.com

 

 

THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE isn’t LOST in SPACE!!

In fact, you can find us there quite easily!

We like to party - party...

 

Those of you who may have missed our Grand Opening party are advised to check out InnerSPACE tonight at 6 PM or tomorrow (March 28th) at 9:30 AM to see how they cover the festivities and their interview with Mighty Mike Del Mundo. For more information check out http://www.spacecast.com/  or your local listings!

 

Our "roomies" at GUERILLA PRINTING had their cover-prop set up - a great chance to get your face on a comic!

A Beautiful Bounty of Breathtaking Books Brazenly Breaching the Believability Barrier

The last few issues before next month’s incredible AVENGERS VS X-MEN event at Marvel, fast-rising favourites like COMIC BOOK LOUNGER & awesome artist Francis Manapul’s FLASH #7, favourites like Kate Beaton’s HARK, A VAGRANT and the exquisite  Euro-crime stylings of TORPEDO & much much more – all on the rack on March 28th, 2012

Francis Manapul's cover to FLASH #7 - in this Wednesday!

FEB121255   KIRBY KING OF THE COMICS HC

JAN120277D  ALL STAR WESTERN #7                                      3.99

JAN120336D  AMERICAN VAMPIRE #25 (MR)                                2.99

JAN120080D  ANGEL & FAITH #8 REBEKAH ISAACS VAR CVR                  2.99

JAN120079D  ANGEL & FAITH #8 STEVE MORRIS CVR                        2.99

JAN120215D  AQUAMAN #7                                               2.99

JAN120829E  ARCHIE #631                                              2.99

JAN120693D  ASTONISHING X-MEN #48                                    3.99

JAN120643D  AVENGERS #24.1                                           2.99

JAN120656D  AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #5 WITH DIG CDE                      3.99

JAN120834E  B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #223                         3.99

AUG110803F  BLACK CHARITY HC (MR) (C: 0-1-2)                        19.95

JAN120072D  BPRD HELL ON EARTH PICKENS COUNTY HORROR #1 (OF 2)       3.50

JAN120673D  CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #628                           2.99

JAN120448E  COBRA ONGOING #11                                        3.99

NOV110373D  COVER GIRLS HC (MR)                                     24.99

JAN120706D  DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #23                                 2.99

JAN120672D  DAREDEVIL #10                                            2.99

JAN120651D  DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION #4 (OF 5)              3.99

JAN120713D  DEADPOOL MAX 2 #6                                       3.99

JAN120670D  FF #16                                                   2.99

JAN120219D  FLASH #7                                                 2.99

DEC111007E  FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #4                                3.99

JAN121346F  FRANK FRAZETTA LIVING LEGEND SC

JAN120924E  FUTURAMA COMICS #60                                      2.99

JAN120686D  GHOST RIDER #9                                           2.99

JAN120453E  GI JOE 2 RETALIATION MOVIE PREQUEL #3                    3.99

NOV110226D  GONE TO AMERIKAY HC                                    24.99

OCT111034E  GREEN HORNET #23                                         3.99

JAN120257D  GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #7                           2.99

JAN121099   HARK A VAGRANT HC (MR)                                  19.95

DEC110914F  HELLRAISER #12                                      3.99

JAN120398E  INFESTATION 2 GI JOE #2 (OF 2)                           3.99

JAN120262D  JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7                                   2.99

JAN120103D  KING CONAN PHOENIX ON THE SWORD #3 (OF 4)                3.50

JAN120295D  LEGION SECRET ORIGIN #6 (OF 6)                           2.99

JAN120841E  LIFE WITH ARCHIE #18                                     3.99

JAN120667D  MIGHTY THOR #12                                          3.99

JAN120676D  MOON KNIGHT #11                                          3.99

NOV110462D  MORNING GLORIES #17                                  2.99

JAN120644D  NEW AVENGERS #23                                         3.99

JAN120332D  NEW DEADWARDIANS #1 (OF 8) (MR)                          2.99

JAN120981F  ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #6                              3.99

JAN120227D  SAVAGE HAWKMAN #7                                        2.99

JAN120645D  SECRET AVENGERS #24                                      3.99

JAN120342D  SPACEMAN #5 (OF 9) (MR)                                  2.99

JAN120467E  STAR TREK ONGOING #7                                     3.99

JAN120232D  SUPERMAN #7                                              2.99

JAN120993F  TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #73 (MR)                   2.95

JAN120278D  TEEN TITANS #7                                           2.99

DEC110436E  TORPEDO HC VOL 05                                       24.99

JAN120689D  TWELVE #11 (OF 12)                                       2.99

JAN120649D  ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #8 WITH DIG CDE                3.99

JAN120701D  UNCANNY X-FORCE #23                                                 3.99

JAN120346D  UNWRITTEN #35.5                                                            2.99

JAN120274D  VOODOO #7                                                                        2.99

JAN120608D  WALKING DEAD #95                                                       2.99

NOV110894E  WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #11              3.99

JAN121053E  WARRIORS OF MARS #2 (MR)                                      3.99

JAN120704D  X-MEN LEGACY #264                                                       2.99

A tense moment from this week's THE WALKING DEAD #95

More on SUPER BEST FRIENDS FOREVER and THUNDER & LIGHTNING

Interviews with Lauren Faust & Lynell Forestall on their DC NATION animated shorts, with a surprising admission that they’ve been allowed to be entertaining   HUMOUROUS where a lot of the source material isn’t anymore.  I, for one, would love to see a full 10  minute Blaxsploitation-styled Black Lightning cartoon…  Also freeze-frame to see Lauren’s designs for Commissioner Gordon and Bizarro while she’s chatting with the host.

 

 

 

X-O Manowar battles his way into the Lounge on May 2nd!

I make no bones about the fact that I’m a huge fan of the original X-O Manowar comic series published by Valiant Comics back in the early 1992. With creators like Jim Shooter, Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith involved in the original it was a fun book with it’s interesting concept of what would happen if you gave a barbarian warrior an advanced suit of alien armor and set him loose in corporate America post-Wall Street (a what if Conan was given the power of Iron Man scenario). While the original X-O series ended a mere four years later with issue 68 (with a great send-off by Layton and Jackson “Butch” Guice), there was a follow-up series when the Valiant line relaunched as Acclaim comics. While writer Kurt Busiek did the best with what he had to work with, the series limped along for 21 issues with a modern guy in a suit of alien armor premise.

Thankfully, when the new guys relaunching Valiant Comics for a new generation got together to figure out which character should headline their line, they specifically targetted Aric of Dacia, the original X-O Manowar as their headliner and then when about recruiting some great creative talents to put the series together.

Here’s the solicit for #1:

ImageThe all-new Valiant Universe kicks off with a landmark, oversized # 1 issue of X-O Manowar by New York Times-bestselling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, The Homeland Directive) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan)! Born into battle, Aric of Dacia — heir to the throne of the Visigoth people — has never known peace. After a brutal encounter with a mysterious enemy known as The Vine leaves him a prisoner on an alien world, the only hope Aric has of returning to his family and saving them from slavery is to seize a weapon of incalculable destruction and become X-O Manowar!

  • Price: $3.99
  • Rating: T+
  • Pages: 40
  • On Sale: May 2, 2012

 

The first issue comes in two editions – one is the regular cover by ESAD RIBIC, and there’s the PULL BOX variant cover by CARY NORD. The thing about the PULL BOX variant is that you have to actually pre-order the book with your retailer to get a copy. We know you are going to want the Nord variant, so speak up and let us know!

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Ramon Perez – John Carter: The Gods of Mars signing 3/21 pics

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for the signing! Ramon generously signed a number of copies for the store so we have signed and unsigned copies available for sale at the Lounge while they last.

At one point an impromptu roundtable discussion with comic creators broke out in-store over this week's new releases - from left to right - J. Bone, Kalman Andrasofszky, Gibson Quarter and Ramon Perez!

Lauren Faust’s first Super Best Friends Forever short subject

For the hardcore DC Comics femme-fans who come up to The Lounge and complain that the folks at DC don’t seem to understand why their female heroes are cool, we offer this respite from the madness:

 

 

We love them too, and yes, you’re welcome.

 

 

 

BlogTO visits The Comic Book Lounge + Gallery

Yesterday, BlogTO ran a feature on the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery!

The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery is a new edition to the world of hobby shops. Founded on February 8th of this year by owners Sean Menard and Kevin Boyd, the idea was not to simply create another store. After taking over from Dragon Lady Comics, which shut its doors earlier this year, Sean and Kevin sought to take a different direction.

“We want to build a community,” Sean Menard told me, “and we want to support local artisans and promote their work.”