Feb. 9th: 1st Year Anniversary Minicon + Sale + On the Couch + Industry Night = AWESOME!

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Hard to believe it has been a year since we opened our doors on February 8th, 2012 and we would like to celebrate by holding some special events on the weekend of February 9-10.

We’re planning a three stage celebration – an in-store MINICON on Saturday afternoon, followed by the return of On the Couch with Ty Templeton and an Industry Night Party after that.

We’re also having an anniversary sale — books at 20-75% off, some recent back issues at 50% off and a lot more!

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Special appearances and signings all day. Guests include:
MINICON – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH – Noon until 7pm

Jeff Lemire – unfortunately Jeff has to head out of town for a conference and won’t be able to attend – he has relayed his regrets and promises to come back in March for a signing to celebrate the launch of Constantine #1.

NoNotTyEredTy Templeton (Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man, Bun Toons)

Scott Chantler On The CouchScott Chantler (Two Generals, Three Thieves)

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Agnes Garbowska (MyMisiu, You Me & Zombie)

Rob Walton (Ragmop)

Richard Pace (Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword)

David Cutler (Heroes of the North, Zombies vs. Cheerleaders, Robyn Hood)

Christopher Yao (Artist in Residence)

(There may be more surprise creator guests if their schedule permits!)

PLUS

SEAN WARD

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TORONTO BATMAN

TORONTO ROGUE COSPLAY

THAT JOKER GUY

TORONTO IRON MAN

TORONTO PUNISHER

TORONTO JOKER

TORONTO BANE

and MORE!!!!! 

The February gallery show will be a multi-creator installation of original artwork from Kevin’s personal collection.

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7-11pm On the Couch with Ty Templeton returns!

An intimate and interactive Q&A with Ty the Guy and a roundtable of industry professionals.

THIS EPISODE’S TOPIC: COLLABORATION VS. CONTROL

The pros and cons of doing collaborative work (i.e. teams such as writer, artist, inker) vs. the freedom of doing your own thing as a cartoonist. Guests include: Richard Pace, Rob Walton and more! Audience interaction is a must!

Followed by an Industry Night Party with music by DJ SEAN WARD. 

Industry Night is a licensed event.

Artists: you won’t want to miss:

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Exploring Digital Comics – Sketchbook Pro Day!
Come in and see how Sketchbook Pro can work for you – we’re planning a day of drawing demonstrations and talks between Noon and Five to show you what the software is capable of doing for you. Autodesk has sponsored the event and will be providing hardware and software for use in the drawing demonstrations.

Featuring drawing demonstrations and talks by:

– Michael Cho

– Agnes Garbowska

– Mike Del Mundo

– Tyrone McCarthy (Guerilla Printing)

– Ty Templeton

– Christopher Yao

These are free events, there is no admission charge for any of them!

HALLOWEEN COMICSFEST – OCTOBER 31, 2012

We are participating in the first annual HALLOWEEN COMICSFEST on Wednesday, October 31st!

From NOON until 9PM we will be playing halloween themed music and giving away candy and FREE COMICS!!!!! The list of free titles includes:

– Batman / Scooby Doo
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
– Ultimate Spider-Man / Avengers
– Tales from the Crypt
– The Littlest Zombie
– Ghostbusters
– Strawberry Shortcake
– Cow Boy Hallow’s Eve Special
– New Crusaders
– Adventure Time
– Ernest and Rebecca
– Little Miss Daredevil
– Spacehawk
– Johnny Boo and Harold in Tricky Treaters
And many more!!!

PLUS! There will be prizes for best costume and you can participate NOW in Diamond’s Greatest Halloween Costume Contest!

PLUS! A professional make-up artist will be on hand to do face painting for Halloween! If you want to enhance your costume, or maybe you haven’t picked one yet — well now is your opportunity to expose your inner ghoul!!!!!

PLUS! It’s Wednesday, so all of the normal new releases will be available for purchase. The Book Lounge provides FREE bags and boards for all new release comics purchased at the store, and all new releases are U.S. COVER PRICE (in Canadian dollars) as are graphic novels, trade paperbacks, books and magazines. We also have a large selection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers available at reduced prices — including our NEW Marvel Omnibus section.
PLUS! We will be launching a new original art gallery show at the event…. but shhhhh…. it’s a surprise…. you’ll have to come down on Wednesday to see what it is!!!!!! We won’t let the cat out of THAT bag until Thursday.

PLUS! We will be featuring a mini ARTIST’S ALLEY in which a number of comic book creators will be appearing at throughout the day! You’ll see some of your local favourites like CHRIS YAO, RACHAEL WELLS and MARVIN LAW but we’ve also got a number of comics superstars who say they will be popping in for appearances like MARCO RUDY (Swamp Thing), TY TEMPLETON (Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man and artist of 2 of the Halloween giveaway comics — Batman/Scooby Doo and Ultimate Spider-Man/Avengers) and CARY NORD (X-O Manowar, Conan), LEONARD KIRK (X-Factor) (tentative) — among others!!!!!!

PLUS! Halloween ComicsFest at the COMIC BOOK LOUNGE is also the location for the launch of the ANOTHER GHOST comics anthology! Some of the creators will be appearing at the Lounge on Halloween to celebrate it! SHANE KIRSHENBLATT, VINCE SUNICO, KENT BURLES (tentative) and CHRIS BURKE will be in later in the afternoon/early evening to promote the launch.

Two versions of ANYTHING GHOST will be offered for sale: The standard edition, which has the full colour wrap-around cover ($10) and the sketch edition ($20 or more, depending on the sketch detail) and it has a blank image area, in case someone wants to get it sketched by one of the creators in attendance.

Details re: ANYTHING GHOST can be found here: http://indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7617

Written and Illustrated by Chris Burke (Art), Kent Burles (Art), Shane Kirshenblatt (Art), Andrew Kwan (Art), Vince Sunico (Art), Lex Wahl (Stories)
Standard Sized Trade Paperback:
Black & White
Page Count: 94
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Enjoy five personal paranormal experiences, as selected by the Anything Ghost audience. Includes the original stories as they were heard on the show (unedited, in plain text format) as well as character sketches and rough layouts.

Since 2006, The Anything Ghost Show has been a popular forum for people all over the world to share their personal paranormal experiences. Now for the first time, we have collected fan favorite stories into this single volume, adapted into the comic book form! Perfect for ghost enthusiasts and fans of the classic EC comics.

TONIGHT Sept 7 HOLMES INC 3 RELEASE PARTY @ THE LOUNGE

Congratulations to the students who participated in the latest installment of the Holmes Incorporated Anthology series!

To celebrate the completion of this summer’s Fit to Print course and the publication of Holmes Incorporated 3, the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop is throwing a release party.

Since the TCW is located at the back of 587A College, The Comic Book Lounge will be open for the duration of the event (around  10-11 pm)

Come on by and do some late night shopping and check out the latest issue of Holmes Incorporated.

Holmes Inc. created by Ty Templeton.

MORE NEWS & EVENTS:

This weekend, SEPTEMBER 8-9, the Little Italy business association is throwing another event – THE FIERA TARANTELLA FESTIVAL. What this means for us is that College Street will once again be blocked between Bathurst and Ossington – no public transit or vehicles will be allowed on College during the Festival. WE WILL REMAIN OPEN DURING THE FESTIVAL.

SEPTEMBER 14-16 – THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE will be set up at the MONTREAL COMIC CON – the store will also be open on the weekend

SEPTEMBER 22
UYSFABER DAY AT THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE

SEPTEMBER 29 NUIT BLANCHE – we are one of the participating sites and will be open from 7PM to 6AM. More details TBA

OCTOBER 10
UNCANNY AVENGERS RELEASE PARTY – ALL DAY LONG – PRIZES!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST
HALLOWEEN COMICSFEST -FREE COMICS & PRIZES FOR COSTUMES + SPECIAL GUESTS details TBA.

Comic Book Lounge upcoming events and conventions – August 18-September 16, 2012

Yes, it is going to be a busy month for us here at the Comic Book Lounge, as we are preparing to go to not just one, but TWO major conventions over the next month and we’ll be co-sponsoring two in-store events.

AUGUST 18 – LOUNGE WITH A LEGEND: AN EVENING WITH PLAYBOY CARTOONIST DOUG SNEYD

7-10 PM at the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery

Co-sponsored with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop and Iceberg Vodka.

$10 admission or free admission with purchase of the Art of Doug Sneyd.

Please note: the store will be open that evening until 10pm.

AUGUST 23-26 – FAN EXPO CANADA: METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, SOUTH BUILDING

Look for us at booth 614 which we will be sharing with the TORONTO CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP and RED HERRING BURLESQUE.

We’ll have plenty of great hardcovers and trade paperbacks on sale, along with a selection of comics, prints, statues and toys for sale.

Also, we will be a CGC submission centre, we will be accepting Signature Series requests as well as regular submissions.

Please note: The Comic Book Lounge will be closed on August 23-26 as we will be at the Expo. If you would like to pick up your comics at the Expo please let us know at info@comicbooklounge.com

SEPTEMBER 7 – HOLMES INC. #3 RELEASE PARTY

A Toronto Cartoonists Workshop event.

The Fit to Print students have produced another exciting volume in the Holmes, Inc. series.  Come by and check out the original art for issue 3 and meet the women and men behind this exciting project!

7-11 pm. The Lounge will remain open until 11pm.

SEPTEMBER 14-16 – MONTREAL COMIC-CON
Our first out of town show as the Lounge! We’ll have plenty of great hardcovers and trade paperbacks on sale, along with a selection of comics, prints, statues and toys for sale.

Also, we will be a CGC submission centre, we will be accepting Signature Series requests as well as regular submissions.

The 2012 Montreal ComicCon is also the host convention for the Joe Shuster Awards which will be presented Saturday, September 15th.

The Lounge will be open September 14-16.

New Comics Arriving on July 18 and more!

NEW AT THE STORE:

NOW OPEN MONDAYS

Yes, we are now open every day of the week, starting THIS Monday, July 16th!  Hours are 12-7, like every other day except Sunday, which is 12-5.

THE LOUNGE’S SUMMER SALE
CONTINUES INTO IT’S THIRD SMASH WEEK – TONS OF GREAT MARVEL, DC, IDW and DARK HORSE collections at 1/2 price or less. More books being added on Wednesday!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 21 – KIDS COMICSFEST
11am-4pm in conjunction with sponsors the Toronto Cartooonists Workshop, Playful Grounds Coffee Shop and the Joe Shuster Awards! Guests include Willow Dawson, Agnes Garbowska, Chris Yao and Karly McDonald. (We will be open one hour earlier than normal on July 21)

August 18 – A NIGHT WITH PLAYBOY CARTOONIST DOUG SNEYD
7pm-10pm $10 Admission. In anticipation of the event we have lots of copies of THE ART OF DOUG SNEYD in stock. Let Joe know if you are interested in getting one for the event. We’ve seen the image for the exclusive Black Canary print for the event and it is something that you are going to want to get.

August 23-26 – FAN EXPO CANADA
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
We will have a booth at the show and we are offering CGC Signature Series services through the booth.

NEW RELEASES – WEDNESDAY, JULY 18th, 2012

Here’s the full list of items coming into the store next week – while some of these items may already be spoken for, please take a look through the list and let us know if there is anything else you would like for us to set aside for you.

FEATURED COMICS

Avengers vs. X-Men 8
Last stand in Wakanda as an out-of-control Namor invades this sovereign nation in pursuit of the Avengers! And a shocking truth stands revealed that may cause fractures in the X-Men’s alliance!

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre 2
“I’ve just come to a horrible realization…My mom would be really proud of me right now.” The unrevealed history of Silk Spectre II continues – by DARWYN COOKE and AMANDA CONNOR! Plus, a new CRIMSON CORSAIR backup feature from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS!

Captain Marvel #1
SHE’S BACK! The “Mightiest” of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! • Ace pilot. Legendary Avenger. 100% pure bad-a$$. • Carol Danvers has a new name, a new mission …and all the power she needs to make her life a living hell. • Guest starring Captain America.

Saga #5
The smash hit ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continues, as Prince Robot IV’s hunt for Hazel and her parents takes a deadly turn.

Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who Assimilation #3
The two greatest science-fiction properties of all time cross over for the first time in history, in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2! The true horror of the Borg-Cybermen alliance has been revealed, but what course of action will Captain Picard and the Doctor agree upon? And will the Doctor’s recently resurfaced memories shed new night on the dilemma?

X-O Manowar #3

The smash hit series of the summer continues! With the X-O Manowar armor now in his possession, all that stands between Aric and freedom is a legion of alien soldiers. When he at last comes face to face with Commander Trill — the alien responsible for his capture — the enormous power of the Manowar armor reveals its potential in a new and electrifying way. Can Aric lead his band of fellow prisoners off the Vine colony ship and back to Earth, or will their revolt be put down? Who will live and who will die?

NEW COMICS

ACTIVITY #7    3.5
ADVENTURE TIME #6    3.99
ALABASTER WOLVES #4 (OF 5)    3.5
AVENGERS ACADEMY #33 AVX    2.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #7 (OF 12) AVX    3.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #8 (OF 12) AVX    3.99
BALTIMORE DR LESKOVARS REMEDY #2 (OF 2)    3.5
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #6    3.99
BATWOMAN #11    2.99
BEFORE WATCHMEN SILK SPECTRE #2 (OF 4) (MR)    3.99
BIRDS OF PREY #11    2.99
BLUE BEETLE #11    2.99
BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #3 (OF 3) FEGREDO CVR    3.5
CAPTAIN ATOM #11    2.99
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1    2.99
CARBON GREY VOL 2 #1 (OF 3) CVR A EVANS & LOH    3.99
CARBON GREY VOL 2 #1 (OF 3) CVR B NGUYEN    3.99
CATWOMAN #11    2.99
COBRA ONGOING #15    3.99
DANGER GIRL GI JOE #1 (OF 4)    3.99
DAREDEVIL #15    2.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #14    7.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER MAN IN BLACK #2 (OF 5)    3.99
DARKNESS #105 (MR)    2.99
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #11    2.99
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #5 (MR)    2.99
ELRIC THE BALANCE LOST #11 (OF 12)    3.99
EXTERMINATION #2 MAIN CVRS    3.99
FABLES #119 (MR)    2.99
FANTASTIC FOUR #608    2.99
FATIMA THE BLOOD SPINNERS #2 (OF 4)    3.99
FINDING GOSSAMYR #1    3.99
GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #18 A CVR CAPPROTTI (MR)    2.99
GFT MYTHS & LEGENDS #18 B CVR REYES (MR)    2.99
GLORY #28    2.99
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #11    2.99
HELLBLAZER #293 (MR)    2.99
INFERNAL MAN-THING #2 (OF 3)    3.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #521    3.99
JENNIFER BLOOD ANNUAL #1 (MR)    4.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #641    2.99
JUGHEAD #214    2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE #11    3.99
KISS #2    3.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #11    2.99
MARS ATTACKS #2    3.99
MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #5 (OF 5)    3.99
NEW MUTANTS #46    2.99
NIGHT FORCE #5 (OF 7)    2.99
NIGHT OF 1000 WOLVES #3 (OF 3)    3.99
NIGHTWING #11    2.99
NINJETTES #5 (MR)    3.99
PROPHECY #2    3.99
RACHEL RISING #9    3.99
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #11    2.99
RESET #4 (OF 4)    3.5
ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #10    3.99
SAGA #5 (MR)    2.99
SECRET #2 2ND PTG    3.5
SECRET SERVICE #3 (OF 6) (MR)    2.99
SIMPSONS COMICS #192    2.99
SKULLKICKERS #16    3.5
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #1 2ND PTG    3.99
STAR TREK ONGOING #11    3.99
STAR TREK TNG DOCTOR WHO ASSIMILATION #3    3.99
STAR WARS DARTH VADER GHOST PRISON #3 (OF 5)     3.5
SUPERGIRL #11    2.99
THE SPIDER #3    3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #16 AVX    3.99
UNTOLD TALES OF PUNISHER MAX #2 (OF 5) (MR)    3.99
UNWRITTEN #39 (MR)    2.99
VAMPIRELLA #19    3.99
WOLVERINE #309    4.99
WONDER WOMAN #11    2.99
X-FACTOR #240    2.99
X-MEN #32    3.99
X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) #3 REG KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC CVR    3.99
YOUNG JUSTICE #18    2.99

NEW MAGAZINES AND DIGESTS
ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #231    3.99
JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #59     10.95
JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #183    3.99
LOCUS #618     6.95

NEW BOOKS & COLLECTIONS
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY TP LIFE OF BUCKY BARNES    14.99
CONCRETE THREE UNEASY PIECES ONE SHOT    2.99
COUNTER X TP X-FORCE RAGE WAR    19.99
ENDERS GAME FORMIC WARS SILENT STRIKE PREM HC    24.99
FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP VOL 02    19.99
GET JIRO HC (MR)    24.99
GHOST RIDER TP COMPLETE SERIES BY ROB WILLIAMS    29.99
HERC TP COMPLETE SERIES BY PAK AND LENTE    29.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY PREM HC TERRORISM MYTH    19.99
MARVEL SUPER HEROES VS VILLAINS EXPLOSIVE POP UP RIVALRIES 29.95
MMW GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 07    74.99
MMW GOLDEN AGE MARVEL COMICS HC VOL 07 DM VAR ED 183    74.99
NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 21     12.99
RADIOACTIVE MAN HC VOL 01 RADIOACTIVE REPOSITORY     25.99
RESISTANCE GN VOL 03 VICTORY     17.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS RIP HUNTER TIME MASTER TP VOL 01    19.99
SUNSET HC (MR)    19.99
TRANSHUMAN TP VOL 01     14.99
WAREHOUSE 13 TP VOL 01     19.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN PREM HC ALPHA AND OMEGA    24.99
X-23 TP VOL 02 CHAOS THEORY    16.99
ZOMBIE KID DIARIES GN VOL 01 PLAYING DEAD    10.99
ZOMBIE KID DIARIES GN VOL 02 GROSSERY GAMES    10.99

New Releases – Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

UPCOMING EVENTS:

July 21 – KIDS COMICSFEST 11am-4pm in conjunction with sponsors the Toronto Cartooonists Workshop, Playful Grounds Coffee Shop and the Joe Shuster Awards!

August 18 – A NIGHT WITH PLAYBOY CARTOONIST DOUG SNEYD – 7pm-10pm $10 Admission. In anticipation of the event we have lots of copies of THE ART OF DOUG SNEYD in stock. Let Joe know if you are interested in getting one for the event.

August 23-26 – FAN EXPO CANADA at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

NEW RELEASES – WEDNESDAY, JULY 11th, 2012

Here’s the full list of items coming into the store next week – while some of these items may already be spoken for, please take a look through the list and see if there is anything else you would like for us to set aside for you.

FEATURED COMICS
– something new to our e-blast, here are some of the bigger releases we think you might be interested in checking out next week!

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #9 — Spinning out of events featured in Secret Avengers, this issue features the debut of Ms. Marvel’s new costume and adopting of a new identity – that of Captain Marvel. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, who will be writing the new Captain Marvel series with artwork by fan favourites Terry and Rachel Dodson.

AVX VS. 4 -THE PREMIERE AVENGERS VS. X-MEN TIE-IN! Two incredible fights every issue, torn from the pages of AvX. Daredevil vs. Psylocke! By Rick Remender (UNCANNY X-FORCE) and Brandon Peterson (NEW AVENGERS, UNCANNY X-MEN)! Thor vs. [CLASSIFIED] by Kaare Andrews (ULTIMATE COMICS covers, SPIDER-MAN: REIGN)!

BATMAN #11 – The stunning conclusion to “THE COURT OF OWLS” epic by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo! Plus all is revealed in “THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WAYNE” back-up story.

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #2 —
by DARWYN COOKE – “This isn’t a book. It’s a bloody confession!” Plus, a new CRIMSON CORSAIR backup feature from writer LEN WEIN and artist JOHN HIGGINS! Issue 1 was very well-received by Lounge patrons.

BLOODSHOT #1 —
Acclaimed writer Duane Swierczynski and artists Manuel Garcia & Arturo Lozzi blaze a trail of destruction straight to the heart of the Valiant Universe when America’s one-man war on terror embarks on his deadliest mission yet! You are Bloodshot. You are the pinnacle of human technological achievement and the most dangerous weapon ever assembled. You’ve had countless missions, but none more brutal, more exacting than the one that now rattles through your skull. But the clock is ticking and if you don’t uncover answers fast enough, your old war buddy Apanewicz will die as a POW. No, wait — that’s not right. Apenewicz is fine. It’s your parents. Your parents are being held hostage by terrorists and they won’t make it out alive. Or was it…your wife and baby…? Learn the truth behind the most dangerous man in the Valiant Universe when Bloodshot #1 begins an all-new tour of duty this July 11th! And don’t forget to ask us about how to sign up for the one-of-a-kind Bloodshot #1 Pullbox Exclusive Variant by red hot artist Mico Suayan!

CREEPY COMICS #9 —
No rest for the wicked! Uncle Creepy doesn’t need a summer vacation when he can spend the time scuba-diving through comics’ darkest, murkiest waters. In this issue he’s surfaced with a batch of our most fearsome features to date, as Doug Moench and Kelley Jones (Batman: Unseen) continue their tale of Lovecraft insanity, Doselle Young (The Monarchy) delves into the murderous side of parallel universes, Emily Carroll (His Face All Red) brings horror from a spooky kitchen knife, and more, plus a classic reprint from Creepy magazine. (Emily Carroll is a Shuster-Award winning webcomics cartoonist from Vancouver, BC).

THE CROW #1 —
“Death and Rebirth,” Part 1. THE CROW is reborn—in Tokyo. Can a dark spirit fight for the light? THE CROW has always done just that—striking from the shadows, a kind of shadow himself. The spirit of the Crow is back, transfiguring Jamie Osterberg, an American studying in Tokyo and deeply in love with his Japanese girlfriend, Yumi… until the love of his life is stolen. The Crow must once more make the wrong thing right—but this time he might have to do it by killing his own true love…

FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33 — The Thing and The Human Torch investigate a mysterious magical paradox in space and time with the help of Doctor Strange! by ALAN DAVIS, this is the first in a series of summer annuals by the fan-favourite writer/artist and this should be a treat for old school Marvel fans like Kevin and Joe.

HARBINGER #2 — The hunt for Peter Stanchek intensifies after an epic battle with Pittsburgh S.W.A.T forces him to use his powers in an all too public episode. Now he faces the most difficult decision of his life – continue to put his friends in harm’s way or abandon them for the safety of Toyo Harada’s Harbinger Foundation? There’s a battle brewing for the fate of humanity – but just where do the lines between right and wrong, between revolution and all-out anarchy fall in the Valiant Universe? Peter Stanchek chooses his side as the definitive super-hero coming of age story for a generation with nothing to lose gambles on its future this July 11th in Harbinger #2 – arriving in stores the same day as Bloodshot #1!

HOAX HUNTERS #1 —
‘DIE OFF ANOTHER DAY,’ Part One The acclaimed backup begins its own series! A rash of mass animal deaths leads the Hoax Hunters to the Louisiana bayou. What they find is a mystery that harkens to Jack’s past – and a dangerous cryptid bent on revenge! By Michael Moreci and Axel Medellin.

THE MASSIVE #2 —
Hidden from pirates in the ice and fog of the Bering Sea, the crew of the Kapital weigh the risk of detection against the need to rescue their missing crewmates. Revealed are details about the events of the crash, including the Kapital’s resupply visit to an underwater Hong Kong and the new city that has, literally, grown out of the debris. Hyper detailed world building meshed with forward-thinking social sci-fi.

NEW AVENGERS #28 —-
an epic tie-in to Avengers VS. X-Men from the blockbuster creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato! With the Phoenix Five pursuing and imprisoning Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it’s up to the New Avengers to stage a prison break! But can Luke Cage, Hawkeye, and Spider-Woman escape from the heart of X-Men territory? It’s non-stop action!

REVIVAL #1 —
Written by Tim Seeley, art by Mike Norton, cover by Jenny Frison, variant cover by Craig Thompson. For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it’s up to Officer Dana Cypress to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots, and government quarantine that has come with them. In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect. A beautiful “farm noir” that puts a new twist on the zombie genre.

SPIDER-MEN #3 —
Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli bring you the next chapter in the ultimate Spider-Man event of the year! Now that Peter Parker and Miles Morales have met, can they both work together to defeat their foes, or will they require the help of Nick Fury and his Ultimates? Fans and critics agree, Spider-Men is a hit!

WALKING DEAD #100 —
“SOMETHING TO FEAR” CONTINUES! This extra-sized chapter contains one of the darkest moments in Rick Grimes’ life, and one of the most violent and brutal things to happen within the pages of this series. 100 issues later, this series remains just as relentless as the debut issue. Do not miss the monumental 100th issue of THE WALKING DEAD! Featuring covers by Adlard, Ottley, Phillips, McFarlane, Silvestri, Quitely and Hitch, plus an additional wraparound cover by Adlard in both regular and Chromium editions.

WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #13 —
They’ve helped fight the Phoenix before, and this July – the Imperial Guard brings the might of the Shi’Ar army to Earth to take on the Phoenix Five! With his son caught in the crossfire, Gladiator must take matters into his own hands to save him. The blockbuster creative team of writer Jason Aaron and artist Nick Bradshaw bring you high-stakes action AND the secret history of Warbird!

FULL LIST OF NEW COMICS

ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE SCREAM QUEENS #1 MAIN CVRS    3.99
AFTER THE FIRE 100 PG SPECTACULAR    7.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE LORD OF NIGHTMARES #2 (OF 5) (MR)    2.99
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #5    3.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #9    3.99
AVX VS #4 (OF 6)    3.99
BATGIRL #11    2.99
BATMAN #11    3.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #11    2.99
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED #4    2.99
BATTLE BEASTS #1 (OF 4)    3.99
BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #2 (OF 6) (MR)    3.99
BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) #1 PULLBOX SUAYAN CVR    3.99
BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) #1 REG LOZZI CVR    3.99

BROKEN PIECES #3 CVR A SMITH (RES)    3.5
BROKEN PIECES #3 CVR B TO (RES)    3.5
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #11 JEANTY VAR CVR    2.99
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #11 NOTO CVR    2.99
BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED #6 (OF 6) (MR)    3.99
CALL OF WONDERLAND #2 (OF 3) A CVR MYCHAELS (MR)    3.99
CALL OF WONDERLAND #2 (OF 3) B CVR SPAY (MR)    3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #14    3.99
CHARISMAGIC #6 CVR A RANDOLPH    3.5
CHARISMAGIC #6 CVR B OUM    3.5
CHEW SECRET AGENT POYO #1 (MR)    3.5
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #6    3.5
CREEPY COMICS #9    4.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #9 (MR)    3.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #9 RED CROSSED CVR (NET) (MR)    3.8
CROSSED BADLANDS #9 TORTURE CVR (MR)    3.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #9 WRAP CVR (MR)    3.99
CROW #1    3.99
DANCER #3    3.5
DARK AVENGERS #177    2.99
DEATHSTROKE #11    2.99
DEFENDERS #8    3.99
DEMON KNIGHTS #11    2.99
DOCTOR WHO 100 PG SPECTACULAR    7.99
EERIE COMICS #1    2.99
ENORMOUS ONE SHOT #1    9.99
FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33    4.99
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #11    2.99
GAME OF THRONES #9 (MR)    3.99
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #14 (MR)    3.99
GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #15    3.99
GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES #4    2.99
GRIFTER #11    2.99
HARBINGER (ONGOING) #2 REG LOZZI CVR    3.99
HOAX HUNTERS #1    2.99
KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #10    3.99
KIRBY GENESIS #8    3.99
LEGION LOST #11    2.99
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #21 DECARLO CVR    3.99
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #21 KENNEDY CVR    3.99
LIL DEPRESSED BOY #12    2.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES #4    2.99
MASSIVE #2 LEON CVR    3.5
NEW AVENGERS #28 AVX    3.99

NEW MUTANTS #45    2.99
PANTHA #2    3.99
PATRICIA BRIGGS ALPHA & OMEGA CRY WOLF VOL 01 #8    3.99
PETER PANZERFAUST #5 (MR)    3.5
PLANETOID #2    2.99
PUNK ROCK JESUS #1 (OF 6) (MR)    2.99
QUEEN SONJA #30    3.99
RAVAGERS #3    2.99
RESURRECTION MAN #11    2.99
REVIVAL #1 CVR A FRISON    2.99
SAUCER COUNTRY #5 (MR)    2.99
SCARLET SPIDER #7    2.99
SHADE #10 (OF 12)    2.99
SMOKE AND MIRRORS #4 (OF 5)    3.99
SOULFIRE FAITH #1 CVR A RYAN    3.99
SOULFIRE FAITH #1 CVR B OUM    3.99
SPACE PUNISHER #1 (OF 4)    3.99
SPIDER-MEN #3 (OF 5)    3.99
SPONGEBOB COMICS #10    2.99
STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT ESCAPE #2 (OF 5) (C: 1-0-0)    3.5
STRAIN #6 (OF 12) (MR)    3.5
SUICIDE SQUAD #11    2.99
SUNSET FIRST LOOK ONE SHOT (MR)    1
SUPERBOY #11    2.99
SWAMP THING #11    2.99
TAKIO #2    3.95
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS #3 (C: 1-0-0)    3.99
THE LONE RANGER SNAKE OF IRON #1    3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #14 DWF    3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #27    3.99
VENOM #20    2.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CHROMIUM ED (MR)    9.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR A ADLARD (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR B SILVESTRI (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR C QUITELY (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR D MCFARLANE (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR E PHILLIPS (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR F HITCH (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR G OTTLEY (MR)    3.99
WALKING DEAD #100 CVR H ADLARD WRAP (MR)    3.99

WALTER KOENIG THINGS TO COME #2 (RES) (MR)    3.99
WILD CHILDREN ONE SHOT (MR)    7.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #13 AVX    3.99
YOUNGBLOOD #72    2.99

DIGESTS & MAGAZINES
AMAZING FIGURE MODELER #52 (C: 0-1-1)    8
BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #203    3.99
COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1692 AUG 2012 (C: 0-1-1)    5.99
DC SUPERHERO FIG COLL MAG #109 ROBOT MAN (C: 0-1-3)    14

FEATURED BOOKS

BIG JOHN BUSCEMA COMICS & DRAWINGS HC — John Buscema has been called one of the finest comic artists who ever put pen to paper. His work for Marvel Comics on The Avengers, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer are all classics, highly regarded by fans from around the world. The same is true for his definitive rendition of Conan the Barbarian-Buscema breathed life into Robert E. Howard’s legendary creation in a manner that has rarely been rivaled. IDW is proud to announce the first American publication of John Buscema: Comics & Drawings, a special edition of the fine art catalog created for the most extensive exhibition of Buscema’s art ever staged. Weighing in at nearly 300 pages, this gorgeous hardcover book is a dream come true for fans of the visual mastery of John Buscema, an artist who’s ilk we are unlikely to see again.

BLACKSAD SILENT HELL HC —
Detective John Blacksad returns, with a new case that takes him to a 1950s New Orleans filled with hot jazz and cold-blooded murder! Hired to discover the fate of a celebrated pianist, Blacksad finds his most dangerous mystery yet in the midst of drugs, voodoo, the rollicking atmosphere of Mardi Gras, and the dark underbelly that it hides! Features an extensive making-of section, with tons of prelim sketches and watercolor studies.

ORCHID TP VOL.1 — When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves. Delve into the first chapter of Orchid, the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her. Written and created by musician Tom Morello with artwork by RAID studios’ SCOTT HEPBURN!

OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS CONVERSATIONS FROM COMIC BOOK STORE SC — The first Our Valued Customers book arrives next week! $11 for 96 pages featuring a bunch of your favorite OVC webcomic strips and 45 brand new comics appearing only in this collection! Our Valued Customers is a great webcomic that features illustrated comments overheard at comic book stores.

OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 42 —
Featuring two different covers — The Avengers by Joe Jusko and Catwoman by Adam Hughes. Available in hardcover and softcover versions. If you are a back issue collector, this is an annual must-buy. It’s also a great reference book for old and new comics published, and the market reports section is always an interesting read. Our own KEVIN BOYD is an Overstreet Price Guide Advisor and submitted a Market Report for this volume.

RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE SCORE — It was an impossible crime: knock off a huge plant payroll, all the banks, and all the stores in one entire city in one night. But there was one thief good enough to try — Parker. All he needed was the right men, the right plan, and the right kind of help from Lady Luck.The men and the plan were easy; Lady Luck was another story. She turned out to be a good-looking blonde with a taste for booze and eyes for Parker. And Parker knew this chilling caper could either be the perfect crime…or a set-up that would land him in jail-for life. Adapted and illustrated by DARWYN COOKE!

BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
ANT-MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC    24.99
AWKWARD SILENCE VOL 01 (MR) (C: 1-1-1)    12.99
BATGIRL HC VOL 01 THE DARKEST REFLECTION    22.99
BIG JOHN BUSCEMA COMICS & DRAWINGS HC (C: 0-0-1)    59.99
BLACKSAD SILENT HELL HC (C: 0-1-2)    19.99
CASANOVA TP VOL 03 AVARITIA (MR)    14.99
CREEPY PRESENTS RICHARD CORBEN HC (C: 0-1-2)    29.99
DEMON KNIGHTS TP VOL 01 SEVEN AGAINST THE DARK    14.99
ESSENTIAL WEB OF SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 02    19.99
FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREM HC VOL 05    29.99
FLUTTER GN (MR) (C: 0-1-2)    12.95
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING TP VOL 02    17.99
GUERILLAS TP VOL 02 (C: 0-1-2)    17.99
HELLBOY LIBRARY HC VOL 05 DARKNESS CALLS WILD HUNT (C: 0-1-2    49.99
HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME HC (C: 0-1-2)    12.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY PREM HC TERRORISM MYTH    19.99
LOEG III CENTURY #3 2009 (MR) (C: 0-0-3)    9.95
MMW AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 14    69.99
NEIL GAIMANS MIDNIGHT DAYS DLX ED HC    24.99
ORCHID TP VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) (MR)    17.99
OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS CONVERSATIONS FROM COMIC BOOK STORE SC    11
OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 42 AVENGERS (C: 0-1-2)    35
OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG HC VOL 42 CATWOMAN (C: 0-1-2)    35
OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 42 AVENGERS (C: 0-1-2)    29.95
OVERSTREET COMIC BK PG SC VOL 42 CATWOMAN (C: 0-1-2)    29.95

PHANTOM COMP SUNDAYS HC VOL 01 1939-1942 (C: 0-1-2)    60
RICHARD STARKS PARKER THE SCORE    24.99
SECRETARYS JOB GN (MR) (C: 0-1-2)    12.95
SHADOW SHOW ALL NEW STORIES CELEBRATION OF RAY BRADBURY SC (    15.99
VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 05 (MR) (C: 0-1-2)    49.99

REORDERS – Many of these Marvel and DC items will be available for sale in our discounted trades and hardcovers section.
52 THE COVERS HC    19.99
AMERICAS BEST COMICS TP    17.95
ART OF BRYAN TALBOT SC    19.95
AVENGERS KORVAC SAGA PREM HC    34.99
AVENGERS PREM HC FIRST TO LAST    34.99
AVENGERS PREM HC HAWKEYE    24.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6 (OF 12) AVX    3.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #10    2.99
BATMAN COVER TO COVER HC    39.99
BATMAN KING TUTS TOMB TP    14.99
BATMAN THE WRATH TP    17.99
BATMAN TURNING POINTS TP    14.99
BATMAN UNSEEN TP    14.99
BEFORE WATCHMEN MINUTEMEN #1 (OF 6) (MR)    3.99
BLACK WIDOW PREM HC DEADLY ORIGIN    19.99
BLACK WIDOW STING OF THE WIDOW PREM HC    24.99
BLACK WIDOW WEB OF INTRIGUE PREM HC    24.99
CEREBUS TP VOL 03 CHURCH & STATE I    35
CLANDESTINE CLASSIC PREM HC    29.99
CLANDESTINE PREM HC BLOOD RELATIVE    19.99
CLOAK & DAGGER PREM HC CHILD OF DARKNESS    19.99
CODENAME KNOCKOUT TP VOL 01 THE DEVIL YOU SAY (MR)    19.99
CODENAME KNOCKOUT TP VOL 01 THE DEVIL YOU SAY (MR)    19.99
CONAN TP VOL 01 FROST GIANTS DAUGHTER    15.99
CONAN TP VOL 02 GOD I/T BOWL & OTHER STORIES    15.99
CONAN TP VOL 03 TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT & STORIES    15.99
CONAN TP VOL 04 HALL O/T DEAD    17.99
COVER STORY DC COMICS ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND HC    39.99
DC COMICS GOES APE TP    19.99
DC LIBRARY FLASH OF TWO WORLDS HC    39.99
DC UNIVERSE ORIGINS TP    14.99
DCS GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES TP VOL 01    19.99
DCS GREATEST IMAGINARY STORIES TP VOL 02    19.99
DOC SAVAGE THE MAN OF BRONZE TP    17.99
DOC SAVAGE THE SILVER PYRAMID TP    19.99
FANBOY TP    12.95
FANBOY TP    12.95
FANTASTIC FOUR IN SEARCH OF GALACTUS PREM HC    29.99
FRANK FRAZETTA LIVING LEGEND SC (MR) (PP #999)    15
HERCULES PRINCE OF POWER PREM HC    29.99
HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE TP    12.99
HULK PREM HC HEART OF THE ATOM    29.99
IRON MAN DOOMQUEST PREM HC    19.99
IRON MAN PREM HC DEMON IN A BOTTLE    24.99
IRON MAN PREM HC LEGACY OF DOOM    19.99
JLA ULTRAMARINE CORPS TP    14.99
JSA ALL STARS TP    14.95
MANHUNTER THE SPECIAL ED TP    9.95
MARVEL BOY PREM HC    24.99
PUNISHER PREM HC CIRCLE OF BLOOD    19.99
RASL TP VOL 02 FIRE OF ST GEORGE    15
STUMPTOWN HC VOL 01 (C: 0-0-1)    29.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SOLUTION    15.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 02 DEATHLOK NATION    15.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE TP VOL 03 DARK ANGEL SAGA BOOK 01    19.99
WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR)    59.99
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS    14.99
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE    14.99
WOLVERINE PREM HC NOT DEAD YET    19.99
X-MEN LONGSHOT PREM HC    24.99
X-MEN MAGIK STORM AND ILLYANA PREM HC    19.99
X-MEN PREM HC PHOENIX RISING    19.99
X-MEN PREM HC PROTEUS    19.99
X-MEN VS FANTASTIC FOUR PREM HC    19.99

Taste of Little Italy comes to the Comic Book Lounge!

Running this entire weekend on College Street between Bathurst and Shaw street it’s the annual TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY street Festival, and the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery is located right in the heart of it at College and Clinton!

We’ve got TONS of fun things planned, with great guests like Agnes Garbowska, Chris Yao, Mike Del Mundo and Spent Pencils Studio on Saturday, cosplayers (remember how awesome they made FCBD 2012?), Wii games and movies in the Lounge area, and we’ll have deals aplenty — like our first ever $2 Archie Digest Sale and bargain books table! Plus — our new door sign debuts today!

TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY EXTENDED HOURS!

FRIDAY – Noon until 10pm.

SATURDAY – Noon until 10pm.

SUNDAY – Noon until 5pm.

Here’s the official Press Release from the TOLI organizers:

COME TO THE TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY AND WATCH THE EURO CUP!
Mid-June weekend a celebration of Italian food, music and patio life June 15th to June 17th

College Street, Toronto – Italian villages celebrate life in the piazza, or town square, with music, food, a little vino and a lot of fun. From Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, Toronto lives its own piazza experience, with the fourteenth annual “Taste of Little Italy”.

College Street, from Bathurst to Shaw, becomes a pedestrian square for the weekend, lined by local restaurants sampling their very best fare, music on every corner, shopping and exploring, and some of the best people watching in the city. Over 45 restaurants will offer expanded patios. And many of those restaurants have large screen televisions perfect for watching your favourite soccer team play during the Euro Cup!

The Taste of Little Italy is a salute to everything that makes this neighbourhood, and really the whole City of Toronto, such a great place to live,” said Lenny Lombardi,
President of CHIN Radio and Chair of Little Italy’s business improvement association. “Little Italy is an exciting area in which to live and to visit. Our retailers and restaurants are operated by families who delight in getting to know their customers. Drop in over the weekend, and you’ll see why people love this neighbourhood. And then you’ll come back, again and again.”

During the Taste of Little Italy, over 20 bands, choirs and other acts will perform from street corners stretching the length of College from Bathurst to Shaw.

Some 45 College Street restaurants will be sampling the pride of their kitchens, serving up pasta specialties, meats, seafood, desserts and other treats, all for between $2 and $7. Restaurant patios will offer Sambuca Ramozzotti, and ice cold Coca Cola.

“The Taste of Little Italy allows you to experience a little bit of Italian culture and cuisine. Try a Ramazzotti Fresco and enjoy the music said Lombardi. “There’s more to
see, more to do, and more than enough to eat and drink. You can check it out for yourself on www.tasteoflittleitaly.ca, or better yet – see you on the Piazza.”

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!

Ramon Perez in-store signing: March 21st at 5PM for JOHN CARTER: THE GODS OF MARS #1

To celebrate the release of JOHN CARTER: THE GODS OF MARS #1 – Artist Ramon Perez has agreed to come and join us at the Lounge at 5PM for a special signing! We will have PLENTY of copies of the new comic (published by Marvel) on hand as well as some copies of Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

CGC has been kind enough to approve a Witness for the signing, so all copies signed are eligible to be submitted for grading under the prestigious Signature Series label!