On Comics Retailing

A version of this post was posted on my FB wall in December.

Comic shop closures are a thing the community is discussing, as is usually the case when we end the year and start the next. The holidays can be a make or break time for many comic shops. We closed our retail operation in the spring of 2015, but the decision to close was made in January 2015.

Personally, I think we’re in for a few more shuttering in the GTA in the new year but it’s also a year of changes as we see some downtown stores relocating as their old locations are being renovated or demolished for new developments or current leases end. Continue reading “On Comics Retailing”

Best of 2016? Comic writers

gmruz3t4zfvzaa2c5xfz.pngIt’s hard for me to pick a best of comics list from those I read this last year so here instead are the writers I’m reading:

5. Mark Waid (Avengers, Black Widow, Champions)
4. Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Clone Conspiracy)
3. Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians, Spider-Man, Iron Man)
2. Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader)
1. Jason Aaron (Mighty Thor, Unworthy Thor, Dr. Strange, Star Wars)

The single most satisfying comic Marvel published in 2016 was Darth Vader, in my opinion, but Aaron gets the edge for volume.

5. Grant Morrison (Wonder Woman Earth One)
4. Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman)
3. Peter Tomasi (Superman)
2. Tom King (Batman, Omega Men)
1. Scott Snyder (Batman, All Star Batman)

The single most enjoyable comic series for me from DC in 2016 has been Superman (post Rebirth), but the Batman guys get the edge from me for keeping it fresh.

5. Rick Remender (Black Science)
4. Jonathan Hickman (East of West, etc)
3. Robert Kirkman (Invincible, Walking Dead)
2. Ed Brubaker (Fade Out, Kill or be Killed)
1. Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Paper Girls)

Tough to rank this group.

Rest in Peace, Paul Rocchi

A long time customer of Dragon Lady Comics and the Comic Book Lounge, Joseph PAUL ROCCHI passed away on December 14, 2016. He was 54 years old. A reliable part of my week, Paul had been coming to visit me at the office every Thursday to pick up his new comics subscriptions since the College Street store closed. I was his stop on the way to 401 Games where he would moderate Heroclix games and tournaments. He would offen show up with cases of his freshly painted Clix creations and modifications to show me what he had been working on.

It was odd that he did not come to see me on December 15, but I had chalked it up to the bad weather we had that afternoon/evening, until I saw the email from his sister Sarah later that evening letting us know that her brother had passed the day before.

Everyone associated with Dragon Lady Comics and the Comic Book Lounge send our condolences to the Rocchi family. Here is the official notice:

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ROCCHI, Joseph Paul July 26, 1962 – December 14, 2016 Joseph Paul “Paul” Rocchi, of natural causes, suddenly at his home in Etobicoke; he was 54. Paul is predeceased by his father Joseph and mother Patricia; he is survived by his younger siblings, Ann, Sarah, Daniel and James and a large circle of family and friends. A loving and beloved older brother, a devoted son, a skilled and hard-working systems engineer, a true friend, and a volunteer blood donor for years, Paul was also a delighted and dedicated uncle to his nieces and nephews: Miranda, Natalie, Claire, Fiona, Weston, Siena and Caelum. A graduate of Cardinal Newman Secondary School in Stoney Creek, Paul went on to earn an Honours Degree from Scarborough College, majoring in Computer Science, with a minor in History. Paul worked as a systems engineer and programmer for a variety of companies on a vast array of corporate and infrastructure projects. A good neighbour and proud resident of Toronto, Paul received a commendation from the TTC in 1984, after coming to the aid of a driver who was attacked. Paul was stabbed himself during his efforts; it was, in its selflessness and civility, an action that in and of itself summed up Paul. Visitation will be at CRESMOUNT FUNERAL HOME, 1020 UPPER JAMES ST. in Hamilton on Tuesday, December 20th from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, December 21st from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. A memorial service and reception at Cresmount will immediately follow the Wednesday afternoon visitation. In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation in Paul’s memory.


Welcome to 2017

The Comic Book Lounge exists only now as a space to promote my upcoming comics related events and shows where I’ll be vending (I still have a lot of stock left from the retail days). All of our remaining subscription customers have been moved to All New Comics.

UPCOMING SHOWS (Retail)spidey-274x300

TORONTO COMICON – March 17-19, 2017

FAN EXPO CANADA – August 31 – September 3, 2017



Toronto ComiCON MAR 17-19
Fan Expo Dallas MAR 31 – APR 2
Fan Expo Regina MAY 6-7
MegaCon Orlando MAY 25-28
Boston Comic Con AUG 11-13
Fan Expo Canada AUG 31 – SEP 3
MegaCon Tampa Bay SEP 29 – OCT 1
Dallas Fan Days OCT 20-22
Fan Expo Vancouver NOV 10-12
Toronto Fan Days Holiday Show TBA



Fan Expo Canada 2016

Fan Expo Canada takes place on September 1-4, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Look for the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery at BOOTH 510 in the South Building. We’re now officially part of the ALL NEW COMICS section.

We will have graphic novels and books, Pop! Vinyls, statues and more! CGC Signature Series Services area also available.

July Update


New orders: As of July 1, all new product orders will go through All New Comics.

Book customers – previously ordered products will be processed through the Comic Book Lounge until we have received all outstanding orders from Diamond.

We will continue to exhibit at local events so long as we have the inventory.

Please note: Contrary to previous announcements, we will be providing CGC Witnessing services at the Comic Book Lounge booth at Fan Expo Canada September 1-4.

Here’s what still available. Mostly Bowen Marvel.
Keep in mind Bowen released four waves of Marvel Statues, so beside each Bowen entry is the wave number and the statue number.

Character – Company – Type – Series – Item #

Baron Zemo BOWEN MINI-BUST 1 60
Mister Sinister BOWEN MINI-BUST 1 65
Beta Ray Bill BOWEN MINI-BUST 2 122
The Lizard BOWEN MINI-BUST 3 127
Frankie Raye Nova BOWEN MINI-BUST 3 134
Baron Blood BOWEN MINI-BUST 3 152
Peter Parker BOWEN MINI-BUST –
Wolverine Weapon X BOWEN MINI-BUST
Wolverine (Morrison Era) DIAMOND SELECT MINI-BUST
Mary Jane Jackpot DIAMOND SELECT MINI-BUST (large)
Daredevil (red) BOWEN STATUE 1 1
Thor (one hair strand broken) BOWEN STATUE 1 3
Captain America (modern) BOWEN STATUE 1 5
The Thing BOWEN STATUE 1 6
Black Widow BOWEN STATUE 1 11
Invisible Woman BOWEN STATUE 1 12
Phoenix BOWEN STATUE 1 15
Spider-Man (on building looking down) BOWEN STATUE 1 18
Mister Fantastic BOWEN STATUE 1 20
Human Torch BOWEN STATUE 1 22
Spider-Man Black BOWEN STATUE 1 24
Iron Man Classic BOWEN STATUE 1 27
Dr. Strange (foot broken) BOWEN STATUE 3 59
Black Cat Diamonds BOWEN STATUE 4 ?
Black Widow (gun up) BOWEN STATUE 4 ?
Hulk Savage (normal face) BOWEN STATUE 4 ?
Scarlet Witch (arms up to face) BOWEN STATUE 4 ?
Black Cat Original DIAMOND STATUE
Gwen Stacy Many Loves of Peter Parker DIAMOND STATUE
Mary Jane Many Loves of Peter Parker DIAMOND STATUE
Scarlet Witch Medium DIAMOND STATUE
Peter Parker Spider-Man Rooftop Cover DIAMOND STATUE
Kongzilla (some damage) BOWEN STATUE

STILL ON HOLD (payment pending)
Moon Knight (silver) BOWEN STATUE 3 63
Dr. Doom Statue BOWEN STATUE 1 9

Platinum of the Metal Men
Batgirl Statue (Lau)
Zatanna Statue (Hughes)
Hawkgirl Statue (Hughes)
Big Barda Mini Bust (Hughes)
Hawkgirl Mini Bust (Hughes)

Please Inquire

Darwyn Cooke
Jim Lee
Frank Miller

Ozymandias (Jae Lee Watchmen)
Superman (New 52)
Man of Steel – Superman v Zod mini-statue

April Update

captain-america-civil-warSo we had a great and busy Toronto ComiCON a few weeks back, and after some recovery time are ready to get moving on Spring. Goodbye Winter!

Batman V Superman: The Dawn of Justice has come and gone, and now we prepare for the next big comic movie of the summer: Captain America Civil War – out the first Friday in May.

Upcoming shows:

in Oakville, ON

80s TOY EXPO (with All New Comics)
in Mississauga, ON

While we do special book orders for customers, we only order extras of a select number of titles per month.

Archie Vol. 1 (2015)
Batman: The Killing Joke (back in stock)
Batgirl Vol. 2
East of West Vol. 5
Giant Days Vol. 2
Gotham Academy Vol. 2
Hellboy in Mexico
Manhattan Projects Vol. 6
Paper Girls Vol. 1
Phonogram Vol. 3 Immaterial Girl
Rat Queens Vol. 3
Starfire Vol. 1
Tokyo Ghost Vol. 1
Walking Dead Vol. 25
Wonder Woman Earth One Vol. 1 HC

Coming Soon:
Amulet Vol. 7 (reorder)
Black Magic Vol. 1
Deadpool Vol. 1 World’s Greatest (2015)
I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1
Jem and the Holograms Vol. 2
Mary Wept at the Feet of Jesus
Star Wars: Vader Down
Wolverine Origin (reorder)
Wolverine by Claremont and Miller (reorder)
Wolverine Weapon X (reorder)
X-Men Dark Phoenix Saga (reorder)
X-Men Days of Future Past (reorder)

Toronto ComiCON was quite a smash for us with regards to sales of Pop Vinyls. We cleared out a lot of our old inventory and this will allow us to focus on new and existing stock at the upcoming events. There are simply way too many Pops Vinyls released each month for us to realistically order all of them, so we concentrate on the ones we think people will be interested in. If you want to special order any Pop! Vinyls from our inventory or from our distributor please email us at info@comicbooklounge.com


Recently added – In Stock Already
– Harry Potter Dementor
– Game of Thrones Rhaegl 6″
– Game of Thrones Daenerys on Drogon
– Game of Thrones Night King
– Sherlock Moriarty with Crown Jewels

Confirmed for arrival next week:
– Fallout 4 John Hancock
– Star Wars Force Awakens BB-8
– GI JOE Cobra Commander
– DC Swamp Thing Glow in the Dark Px Exclusive
– Crimson Peak Mother Ghost
– Sesame Street Snuffleupagus 6″

Pending (some may be in next week’s shipment):
– All four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
– Batman ’66 Batmobile
– Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man
– Fallout 4 T-60 Power Armor
– Harry Potter Dobby
– Sci-Fi Iron Giant and Car
– DC New 52 Batman
– Doctor Who 9th Doctor
– Doctor Who River Song
– Monty Python and the Holy Grail Black Knight
– Star Wars Darth Vader
– Star Wars Force Awakens Rey
– Star Wars Force Awakens Kylo Ren
– Alice in Wonderland Chesire Cat

And coming later this summer:
– Marvel Captain Marvel Carol Danvers Modern Version
– Marvel Spider-Gwen
– Marvel Dr. Strange Classic Version
– DC Supergirl
– DC Power Girl
– Batman ’66 Batman w/surfboard
– Batman ’66 Joker w/surfboard

Toronto ComiCon March 18-20, 2016

Since the show is next week, just letting people know that we are sharing our space with ALL NEW COMICS at booth 903. Comic Book Lounge will have trades and hardcovers, as well as a selection of statues, pop vinyls and other collectibles.

Since I am the Comic Expo Coordinator for the show I won’t be around the booth much and we are not offering CGC Signature Series Witnessing at this event.


Welcome to 2016

Hope you had a safe and happy holiday season, welcome to the new year! This will be our fourth year of operation.

Back in October 2016 I returned to working for Fan Expo again after a 3 year break from shows. Things have changed quite a bit since then as Fan Expo is now owned by Informa, PLC and has a lot more shows on the schedule — in Orlando (Megacon, Megacon Fan Days), Dallas (Fan Expo Dallas, Dallas Fan Days), Regina (Fan Expo Regina), Vancouver (Fan Expo Vancouver) and Toronto (Toronto ComiCON, Fan Expo Canada). As the comics coordinator that’s a busy annual schedule!

In order to free up my schedule – as of January 1, 2016 I’ve downsized the services that the Comic Book Lounge provides.

We have decided to stop carrying new comic book issues, instead we have worked out an arrangement with online subscription service All New Comics and a few local shops to transfer our comic subscriptions to these services and will work with these new providers to ensure our customers continue to get the service they have grown accustomed to. This transfer took place with comics that arrived this week, January 6th.

We are continuing to order books, magazines and specialty items for our customers and we will be a presence at local shows in 2016 – including the Toronto ComiCON in March and at Fan Expo Canada in September. We still have an extensive inventory of books and novelty items available for special order.

Fan Expo Canada this weekend and the CBLounge will be there!

30ba1cfd-3ad6-4a5b-a8b4-acc1be1c1fdaFAN EXPO CANADA™ boasts the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada, the third largest in North America. It is packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrity guests including Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), legendary creator Neal Adams and many, many more! The all-ages pop culture convention expects to host over 127,000 fans at 750,000 sq ft of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the four-day event September 3-6, 2015. www.fanexpocanada.com
The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery will be situated at Booth 514, facing the Artist Alley in the South Building at FAN EXPO CANADA on September 3-6, 2015. I will have a wide selection of Pop Vinyls, Statues, Recent Release and Perennial Seller Trade Paperbacks, Graphic Novels and Art books as well as some action figures and additional novelty items, art prints and some original art for sale.

Joining Kevin at the booth is our good friend, artist Christopher Yao who will have prints available  and sketch covers. We will have blank cover variants available for sale at the booth as well. Chris is currently taking pre-show commissions that can be picked up from him at the booth, and will be taking some at the show.

We will also be accepting a limited number of Signature Series requests as a facilitator. CGC will be setting up at Fan Expo Canada this year, so we can turn all submissions directly over to them at the end of the show (and you can save on shipping costs to Florida).