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Arriving 7/8/15

Brian Hibbs

This is an incredible week of comics! SAGA #30 and ARCHIE #1 for all of the Fiona Staples you could want. Plus BLACK SCIENCE, BATMAN, DESCENDER, INJECTION and so much more!

Check the cut for the rest of this summer breeze that is new comics.

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Happy Birthday, America!

John Kane

Sometimes I think the world would be a better place if every country took a whole weekend off to high-five itself. As humble as ever I’m sure I speak for every man, woman and child in the United Kingdom when I say there are no hard feelings from over The Pond . So, after you folk have read Brian Hibbs’ important update on his Graphic Novel Clubs below, well…kick off your Sunday shoes and cut Footloose! Put that needle in the groove and let The Loggins loose! America loves its Loggins! Happy Birthday, America! FOOTLOOSE!
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Art by Russ Heath, an American.

Comix Experience Graphic-Novel-of-the-month club update!

Brian Hibbs

(Oddly, this was supposed to post 2 weeks ago, gr)

 

We’re almost ready to launch the Graphic-Novel-of-the-Month club, so here’s your latest news!

 

STATUS UPDATES

We’re super-excited to tell you that the adult club has 206 members signed up – which means we only need 128 more members in order to hit our funding goal of 334 members.

 

Minimum Wage raised in San Francisco to $12.25 on May 1st, but thanks to our membership, as of July 1st we’re now not paying any staff member less than $13.50 per hour! So thank you very much for that! After we achieve our goal, every 25 members over and above that we gain will yield a 25 cents per hour raise for every staff member as well. There is no limit on this, and my most fervent hope is we can drive the club membership high enough to have the awesome Comix Experience staff be the highest paid comic store employees in the world!

 

The Kid’s Club is having a slightly slower start, and we’re just at 26 members today – but I really do think this has the potential for thousands of members, and we’re going to spend most of the summer figuring out the ways to get the word out there for the fall and the gift-giving season. If you have any thoughts or connections, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Help us spread the news on your social media!

 

FIRST BILLING STARTS ON JULY 1st!

We’re just about to bill, and start shipping the first books, so there’s still time to join us and be in from the start! just go to www.graphicnovelclub.com to join!

 

OUR INAUGURAL CHOICES

Our inaugural pick to kick off our Graphic-Novel-of-the-Month Club is exactly the kind of book that we hoped it would be: smart and poignant, touching and emotional, showing the full range of what comics can do, by a real master of his craft, and, above all else, an eminently human read: “Room For Love” by ILYA.

 

A middle-age and washed up writer and an on-the-streets rent boy meet and have a remarkable and complex relationship. “Room For Love” eschews most standard romantic tropes for a sometimes painful, and always authentic, fully rounded study of its two characters. Like all of the best fiction, the characters are deeply changed by their encounters, and ILYA doesn’t shy away from exposing the truths at the heart of the characters and their assignations.

 

This is a story of opposites, and how they attract, as well as repel. This is a work of great intimacy, and is a markedly original work. We truly think this is one of the best graphic novels we’ve read this decade, and we could not possibly be happier that this is our debut pick.

 

All members of the club will receive a copy of “Room For Love”, but if you’re not an Adult club member, and would like to purchase a copy, or if you would like additional copies, please order below!

 

http://mkt.com/comix-experience/room-for-love-by-ilya

 

 

We are also EXTREMELY thrilled to announce that ILYA is going to be here in person for our first book club meeting, all the way from England – how cool is that? This is tentatively planned for Wed 7/29, but we will be confirming all of our dates in early July.

 

 

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Our inaugural pick for the KIDS club is a rollicking adventure: “Junior Braves of the Apocalypse” by Greg Smith and Michael Tanner, and Zach Lehner

 

The Junior Braves of Tribe 65 return from a camping trip to find swarms of bloodthirsty mutants have overrun their town, bringing death and destruction everywhere they go! With their families missing and their homes destroyed, these plucky kids must use all their scouting talents, combined smarts, and teamwork to survive the end of the world! Junior Braves: A Brave is Brave is the beginning of an exciting, new, young adult graphic novel series that is one part Goonies and one part The Walking Dead, full of zombies, adventure, and handy tips for wilderness survival!

 

All members of the KIDS club will receive a copy of “Junior Braves of the Apocalypse”, but if you’re not a Kids Club member, and would like to purchase a copy, or if you would like additional copies, please order below!

 

http://mkt.com/comix-experience/junior-braves-of-the-apocalypse-by-greg-smith-and-michael-tanner-july

 

The first KIDS CLUB meeting, with all three creators participating via video call is tentatively planned for Sunday 7/19 — more details will be released soon!

 

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In picking the best graphic novel of each month, we usually also find several other books that we rate nearly as highly. While we can only have one choice each month to send out, we thought it might be useful to you to hear what our alternates were. These are our runner-ups for July 2015!

 

 

“Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv” by Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem and Koren Shadmi

 

Writing about Middle Eastern conflicts is tricky, because the roots of those conflicts are deep and divisive, and those of us who aren’t a part of it probably know very little of what we’re talking about. So I, for one, always welcome a new insight from involved parties. Co-author Jack Baxter is an American filmmaker who was making a documentary about Mike’s Place, a bar in Israel, when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb out in front, killing three and injuring fifty, including Baxter. This is a comic of the inspiration for the making of the documentary and then the event and the aftermath that was filled with both triumphs and tragedies. Baxter co-wrote the story with Joshua Faudem, who was the cameraman for the documentary.

 

There’s something extremely compelling about first hand recollections in comics, and this would be a solid entry for your autobiography shelf.

 

http://mkt.com/comix-experience/mikes-place-a-true-story-of-love-blues-and-terror-in-tel-aviv-by-jack-baxter-joshua-faudem-and-koren-shadmi

 

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“The Divine” by Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka, and Tomer Hanuka

 

A civilian bomb consultant reluctantly accepts an off-the-books mining contract into an obscure Southeast Asian country, and becomes embroiled in civil war led by twin 10-year old guerillas wielding what about to be supernatural powers. Oh, and then there’s the Dragon…

 

This is a lovely lovely comic, filled with all the shimmering colors of a verdant paradise torn by war. My favorite sequence is set in a cave where the predominant color used is an inky purple, and yet the action and movement can clearly be followed. “The Divine” is the most action-driven comic in our July runner ups, and also, by far, the best drawn.

 

http://mkt.com/comix-experience/the-divine-by-boaz-lavie-asaf-hanuka-and-tomer-hanuka

 

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“Long Walk To Valhalla” by Adam Smith and Matthew Fox

 

Rory would love to forget about most of his life in rural Arkansas, maybe even including his brother Joe who has fits and sees visions in the fields and woods. When Rory’s car breaks down, he is befriended by a young girl named Sylvia, who emerges from the corn fields. Sylvia is a Valkyrie, sent by Odin to escort Rory to Valhalla. On their journey, Rory needs to confront the secrets of his life and family and come to learn the truth about Joe’s visions.

 

Sometimes you get a debut graphic novel that makes you think “Wow, I really have to keep an eye on those people!” The rhythms of comics are hard to master for people who have been doing it forever, so to see a first-time project done with such skill and assurance and verve, it thrills you to wonder where they’re be when they finally master their craft? Smith and Fox are two to watch for as this book missed being our Selection for the month by only a single point in the voting (out of forty possible)

 

http://mkt.com/comix-experience/long-walk-to-valhalla-by-adam-smith-and-matthew-fox-july

 

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We really think that ROOM FOR LOVE is a superb book, and there’s still time to join www.graphicnovelclub.com and be a part of our meetings, including ILYA live and in person in late July!

We hope you’ll join us!

 

-B

“People Come Here For Their Holidays.” NOT COMICS! PROSE! Sometimes They Probably Aren’t Going To Win Any Awards From The UK Tourist Board!

John Kane

What could be better than War Comics? Western comics! But what’s better than Western comics? Why it’s surely when I don’t talk about comics at all, and start banging on about some book like I even know what the Hell I’m talking about! Truly, we here at The Savage Critics know how to serve your needs. Look, you’re probably going on holiday, so why not let a complete stranger recommend a really upsetting, but very well-written book? Dettol©® won’t help with this boo-boo, because this? This isn’t just violence, this is…GBH!

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Arriving 7/1/15

Brian Hibbs

The first week of July is not holding back at all. 8HOUSE from Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland debuts alongside WE STAND GUARD from Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce.plus collections of AUTUMNLANDS and WICKED + DIVINE and new issues of ZERO and SECRET WARS.

Check the cut for all the fresh comics!

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“I’m Not Sure I Ought To Have To DO It Alone.” COMICS! Sometimes I Return With You Now To Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear…!

John Kane

A bit of a break from war comics this time out. Because if there’s one thing I know you folks love more than war comics it’s Western comics. Damn, if I pander any harder I’m liable to break something!

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THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO by Truman, Magyar, Lansdale, Parsons & Joyce

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Arriving 6/24/15

Brian Hibbs

Smaller week than the others this month, but still excellent things! Return of BATGIRL plus new FIGHT CLUB 2 and MATERIAL.

Check under the cut for the rest of this weeks comics!

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New Tilting at Windmills is live!

Brian Hibbs

Been a few months, missed it?  If so, find it at Comic Book Resources!

 

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“You’re Catching On, Buster!” COMICS! Sometimes I Don’t Want To Ruffle Any Feathers But I Do Have To Say That Nazis Seem Like Really Quite The Most Awful People!

John Kane

I read a 1960s DC war comic. It was pretty neat. Don’t worry, it’s inevitable that we’ll hit some real shockers soon, but not this week.

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OUR ARMY AT WAR by Joe Kubert & Robert Kanigher

Anyway, this…
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Arriving 6/17/15

Brian Hibbs

This week has the debut of BLACK CANARY and PREZ at DC, the return of SOUTHERN BASTARDS and LOW and more SECRET WARS madness with THORS and new OLD MAN LOGAN.

Check the cut for all the new comics this week!

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“ARRRRRRRRUUUUGGGH!” COMICS! Sometimes I Should Have Probably Just Watched Valley of the Gwangi Instead!

John Kane

There’s a new JURASSIC PARK movie out! I’m not particularly bothered! I won’t be going to see it! But I did read a comic adaptation of the first movie! So why waste happenstance! And that’s about as zeity as my geisty gets.

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JURASSIC PARK by Kane & Perez, Simonson, Workman & Smith
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Arriving 6/10/15

Brian Hibbs

This is a big week! SAGA shows up for the month, the first collection of the always phenomenal BATGIRL hits the rack, IT WILL ALL HURT from Farel Dalrymple arrives and brand new TANK GIRL from Jamie Hewlett!

Check the cut for all the hot June comics!

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“Pop…EVERYTHIN’ I Want Costs MONEY!” COMICS! Sometimes I Slap Leather!

John Kane

Sorry, that garage clearing was a beast. Still, look what I found:

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Hawk, Son of Tomahawk by Thorne & Kanigher
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Insider Baseball: Comix Experience’s June 2015 Ordering meeting “Podcast”

Brian Hibbs

 

This is probably not a thing that we’re going to post publicly every month (at least not where it is currently hosted, which only allows 3 hours of upload for no ongoing monthly payment), but I thought as a value-add to my comics consulting side business (www.comixconsulting.com) that maybe we’d try to record one of our ordering meetings and see who might be interested in buying a monthly subscription to such a thing.  Then the staff said “just make it public”, so here it is.

It isn’t really a “podcast”, in that we’re not recording in front of a mic, there’s no production or editing or anything.  Just a (fairly) straight recording of one of our monthly ordering meetings.  This is probably MUCH better if you have a copy of this month’s PREVIEWS in front of you to follow along with.  Because of the length restrictions, you can’t play the “non comics” half hour — but, honestly, that’s probably for the best.

This recording is NOT FOR EVERYONE, it is really “here’s the sausage getting made”…. but if you’re interested in how a pair of stores view what’s coming up in August, well this is for you.  It is broken up in chapters based on publisher, but IF you’re going to listen to it, it’s probably to go All In.  But only if you’re interested in Sausage-making!

Anyway, thoughts and comments will be the only way we ever ever ever do this again :)

-B

Arriving 6/3/15

Brian Hibbs

June is here and with it comes a sizable first week of comics. New SECRET WARS and STAR WARS plus the debut of AIRBOY from James Robinson and Greg Hinkle, BROKEN WORLD from Frank Barbiere and Christopher Peterson and the first week of the new DC books, including MIDNIGHTER.

 

Check the cut for the rest of the new comics this week.

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Arriving 5/27/15

Brian Hibbs

The final week of May brings big things. The debut of FIGHT CLUB 2 from Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart, the return of, and penultimate issue, of SANDMAN OVERTURE and the final week of DC’s CONVERGENCE event and much more!

Check the cut to see what else is landing this week!

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“WHO’S Stubborn?” COMICS! Sometimes Only The Sea Sees!

John Kane

No, no, no! Oh, Sgt Rock, the optimum method of seagull attracting is to be a small child stood in St Ives holding a rapidly collapsing ’99, as my still somewhat traumatised son will attest. Naturally I realise it isn’t the fault of the seagull but rather that of the idiots who persist in feeding them in flagrant contravention of the many signs prohibiting this precise behaviour. (I am particularly proud of how middle-aged that sentence sounds; it’s the written equivalent of rolling up my jacket sleeves and nodding fiercely along to a shitty Phil Collins “number”. At a wedding.)

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SGT ROCK by Heath & Kanigher

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Arriving 5/20/15

Brian Hibbs

This week brings the first proper week of Marvel’s Secret Wars with a handful of the related titles, including A-FORCE from G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Molina. Plus new issues of LUMBERJANES, FADE OUT, JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS, STAR WARS, STRAY BULLETS and the return of OPTIC NERVE.

Check the cut for all of the comics this weeks brings with it.

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“Who Will Buy My Biggish Shoes?” COMICS! Sometimes I Suddenly Realise What A Weird Idea Laugh Tracks Are!

John Kane

This time out it’s The Bojeffries Saga by Steve (RESIDENT ALIEN) Parkhouse and Alan (CROSSED PLUS ONE HUNDRED) Moore. What? Yes, I am still in a mood.

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THE BOJEFFRIES SAGA by Steve Parkhouse & Alan Moore

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Arriving 5/13/15

Brian Hibbs

Riding high on all this excitement, let us not forget that new comics are still coming Wednesday!

It is a big one, too! SAGA, WALKING DEAD, SECRET WARS, MS MARVEL and EAST OF WEST, plus INJECTION from Warren Ellis, Declan Shavley and Jordie Bellaire, the team responsible for the recent MOON KNIGHT revival.

Check the cut for the rest of the books this week!

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AND THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD: Comix Experience expands GN of month club to kids!

Brian Hibbs

Announcing the Kids’ Graphic Novel Of The Month Club!

www.graphicnovelclub.com/kids

Comics are going through an incredible renaissance at the moment, with more astonishing tales being produced than the average person could possibly hope to keep up on. One of the most explosive areas of growth is comics aimed at kids!

Kids love comics – our 26 years of running a comic book store can attest to that. But parents usually don’t know how or where to start. Parents want books that they can trust, so they usually fall back upon the same few characters and licenses that they see in other media, not knowing or having the time to figure out which are the truly special and thoughtful books with a passionate creative vision. And that’s understandable! How can you have time to stay up on children’s literature when you barely have time to stay current with your own likes?

That’s where Comix Experience comes in – we eat, live and breathe comics, and while we’re mostly adults, we’re all kids at heart. Similar to our just-announced Graphic Novel of the Month Club, we’re introducing the Kids’ Graphic Novel of the Month Club to help put the best comics for kids in your child’s hand every month. Plus, the Kids’ Graphic Novel of the Month Club will have an 11-year-old on our advisory board – Ben, son of Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs!

Beginning July 2015 we’ll send your favorite kid an amazing, compelling self-contained graphic novel every month that’s going to light their mind up and leave them wanting more! This pick will be a newly released book that month, so you don’t have to worry about them already having it. And each pick will be suitable for a typical 8-13 year old.

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to a great graphic novel they’ll also get:

● Access to a monthly live-streamed book club meeting where kids from all over the country will be able to discuss the graphic novel they’ve just read.

● Whenever possible, we’ll have the writer and artist of the book involved in the video meeting, there to answer your kid’s questions. And when we have the authors actually in-store, we’ll have a special club-only mixer for your kids to meet.

● We will start an invite-only and moderated message group where kids can write their own reviews of the books we send, and talk about it amongst themselves. Every kid who writes 10 reviews will earn a free book!

● We’ll also offer cool swag for the book, like posters and bookmarks, whenever available!

The whole thing is just $15 a month, the average price of a kid’s graphic novel. If you are local in San Francisco you may pick the book up, otherwise we can ship it for a nominal charge.
Ways to Join the Club

Kids’ Club membership is available on a month-to-month basis. You can sign up today by clicking the buttons below or by calling either of our stores:

● Comix Experience on Divisadero St. at (415) 863-9258

● Comix Experience Outpost on Ocean Ave. at (415) 239-2669
Club FAQs

Q. When does the club start?

A. We’ll start shipping book as of July 2015.

Q. What books will I get?

A. Some months we might send you a more expensive book, perhaps a nice hardcover, while some months it may be something less expensive – but every month you’ll get an accessible, compelling, and fun piece of original graphic fiction aimed at an 8-13 year old audience.  We will seldom pick stories based on movies or television shows, except when the book is truly exceptional. The value of the book should average out over the course of a year to the price of the membership.

We plan a mixture of genres and styles – sometimes it will be adventure fiction, sometimes it will be non-fiction or history, sometimes it will even be slice-of-life – but always chosen for the sensibilities of your kids.

Q. What if I don’t live in the Bay Area – can I still join?

A. Yes, absolutely! We’ll just have to add $6 a month for shipping and handling for sturdy packaging in a domestic US priority mail. We can offer this outside of the United States, but the shipping costs are pretty horrible (more than the cost of the club, sadly).

Contact us if you’re interested in international shipping.

Q. What if I can’t make it to a meeting or I live out of town?

A. We will also record all club meetings so if you’re out of town your kid can still watch.

Q. My child is really sensitive; will this be right for them?

A. You’re the best judge of what your kid can handle, but we’re aiming at an “average” 8-13 year old. We will sometimes choose work that is more slightly more serious in nature, but we’re vetting every choice with our in-house eleven year-old who has a pretty gentle personality.

Q. Is this for boys or girls?

A. We find that most kids are looking for compelling stories, regardless of the gender of the protagonist. Having said that, we’re going to aim for as even of a mix as we can possibly manage over the course of a year, dependent on the books that are actually released.

Q. Why are you doing this?

A. We have a Graphic Novel Club aimed at adults, and a teacher who joined wrote us asking if our choices could be freely shared with her students. We had to admit that 100% of the choices would not be sharable, but that made us think that putting together a package aimed directly at the kids made a whole lot of sense!  Teachers: Always the smartest ones in the room!

Q. What if my kid hates the book?

A. You can cancel the monthly plan at any time, and if you’re dissatisfied with any of our choices just return the book, and we’ll give you a full refund.

Q. Can I give this as a gift?

A.  Yes! In fact that’s our main intent with this – introducing the joys of comics to kids you know all around the country.

Q. What if I wanted a bulk subscription for my school or organization?

A. We can accommodate you! Please contact Brian Hibbs directly at brian@comixexperience.com to discuss bulk subscriptions.

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