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Help Keep Comix Experience Alive!

Brian Hibbs

HELP KEEP COMIX EXPERIENCE ALIVE!   San Francisco is about to raise minimum wage to the nation’s highest at $15/hour over the next three years – a 43% hike. While we at Comix Experience absolutely support a living wage, this unprecedented increase will put a huge pressure on small businesses like ours. To put it into raw numbers, given our current staffing (and we run very tight), we will soon have to generate an additional $80,000 a year in sales just to meet the rise.   Absorbing that kind of wage hike on our single biggest business cost (our talented people) is going to be a challenge. Historical rates of growth and the nature of selling comics (what we sell…  Read More…

Arriving 4/1/15

Brian Hibbs

April begins with an ending. The final week of the New52 and the beginning of Convergence. Plus SOUTHERN BASTARDS and DYING THE DEAD.   SO much more under the cut!

Arriving 2/4/15

Brian Hibbs

It is SAGA week, so show up for that and stick around for the penultimate HAWKEYE, the new volume of STRAY BULLETS, SQUIRREL GIRL and EAST OF WEST. There are so many more comics just under the cut though!

Things that make me sad: the bookstore division

Brian Hibbs

http://borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2015/02/borderlands-books-to-close-in-march.html Aw, lame.  Borderlands is a swell store. What gets me the most is they’re planning to shut down as a result of the new $15 minimum wage law, but they would otherwise be a going concern — I, too, am super concerned about this law, as it radically scales up our cost of doing business is a way that really does little for us. Like Borderlands, we sell products with a SRP printed right on the cover and we can’t “raise prices” in any significant way to cover increased expenses. Going from $10.74/hr in 2013 to $15/hr in 2018 is a massive increase in a very short time! The thing is, a higher minimum wage is unlikely to sell…  Read More…

Tilting #239 is live!

Brian Hibbs

The newest column is up at Comic Book Resources; I very much like to hear YOUR comments!   -B

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE SAVAGE CRITICS!

John Kane

Image by Russ Heath & Robert Kanigher. Taken from Our Army At War #259 (DC Comics, 1973)

Abhay: 2014– Another Year that I Mindlessly Consumed Entertainment

Abhay Khosla

Best-Of lists!  Do those deserve an exclamation mark?  Probably not!

Abhay: BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS — Spoilers Galore!

Abhay Khosla

Below the jump is a little essay about BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS, the Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoet graphic novel published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2014. WARNING: THIS IS AN ESSAY ABOUT WHY I LIKED THE BOOK SO MUCH, NOT A CLASSICAL REVIEW, SO I POTENTIALLY SPOIL PLOT DEVELOPMENTS. There are two spoilers– one, I spoil the premise (which … it’s the kind of book if you can go in relatively cold, I’d suggest it), and then near the end, I spoil the ending.  I’m very sorry if you’re looking for a review on this one– I can assure you other people have reviewed it, it’s a terrific book and you should go read a review of it if you’re curious.  There’s also a preview…  Read More…

TIlting #235 is live

Brian Hibbs

Available at Comic Book Resources, as always, this month we talk about ways the market has changed since I turned in my first order form in 1989, and survey how the various publishers are handling the challenges those changes have created. Feel free to comment here if you don’t want to comment there. -B

Abhay: A Stack of Comics I Mostly Haven’t Read in About 15 Years

Abhay Khosla

I went to my home town for the first time in some years.  And while I was home, I had cause to go through the old comics “collection”. I wanted to find one book in particular that I thought might help me on a project not yet worth mentioning, a foreign comic whose name I didn’t know that I’d bought on a trip outside the country around 1992-1993, impossible to find unless I went through box after box of disorganized, yellowing comics. I found this mystery comic the last day I was there, but as I was going through the boxes, occasionally I’d spot some other comic that made me pause.  One of the last times I was home, I’d mentioned the comics I’d looked…  Read More…

“Why Did You Turn Us From Pets Into Slaves?” COMICS! Sometimes It Is Christmas On The Planet of The Apes (Part 4)

John Kane

Believe you me when I say I share your relief as we thunder into the fourth and final part of what people as far away as the chair next to me are calling a Planet of The Apes Weekly gallery! Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho! Anyway, this…

“Because I Loathe Bananas!” COMICS! Sometimes It Is Christmas On The Planet of The Apes (Part 3)

John Kane

“Beware the beast Man, for he is the Content’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he scans for the attention of strangers during Internet lulls. Yea, he will politely ask his work-mate to borrow his work-mate’s Planet of The Apes Weekly collection. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will spend most of his time washing, cleaning and generally running about to little result before finally sitting and staring dully into the far distance. Shun him; drive him back into his new-build lair, for he is the harbinger of death.” Thus spaketh The Lawgiver. And so Part Three of the Planet of The Apes Weekly cover gallery begins: Anyway, this…

OSU Marching Band gets right in 105 seconds what Zach Snyder, David Goyer, Chris Nolan and a 225 million budget couldn’t figure out in 2 1/2 Hours.

Jordan Smith

I know I promised Prophet but take a few minutes to watch and I guarantee heart growth commensurate to The Grinch on Christmas. Anywho, The Best Damn Band in The Land made their Oscar case a little early this year by delivering a Hollywood extravaganza at halftime of the Penn State game. The trauma of Man of Steel is that for a second I FULLY expected Superman to fly through that building of band members and shatter it into hundreds of falling / uniformed pieces / corpses. I should have known that a flipping marching band would be able to better see the soul of a creation than those who’ve made careers out of exploiting someone else’s better ideas.

Whither Watterson?

Jordan Smith

Oh, I’ve missed you comics internet. Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted here (perhaps you’ve taken it as a welcome respite?) but with the donut business a-booming and my tour of Oktoberfest concluded I am returned to you. Let’s talk legends! Dear Mr Watterson (link to the forthcoming documentary) We’re coming up on 20 years since the end of Calvin & Hobbes and by extension 20 years since the end of Bill Watterson’s public cartooning life.  He was only 37 years old when he dropped the mic and walked off stage – never to return.  Some 6 years before that decision, in 1989, he made a short speech at the Festival of Cartoon Art at Ohio State University.  I…  Read More…

Comic Reviews… for the Internet. OR “I’ve Got a Ticket to Snide!” So, hey, guy, how long do you think these subject lines can be? Here’s the first paragraph of Dickens’s David Copperfield– let’s find out: Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.

Abhay Khosla

I went to a shop yesterday and did my impulse buying.  Now, because I’ve had a long day, I will write sloppily about those impulse buys, from the back of my motorcycle, which I have ridden to a cliff, one of those cliffs that you see in Tom Cruise movies.  Look at this view!  Oh no, my motorcycle is on fire!  Damn, sometimes my lifestyle is almost TOO dangerous.  COMIC BOOKS!

“…So Whose Matches Are THOSE?” ME! Sometimes I Make It So Hard On Myself!

John Kane

Aha, it is I! According to the word cloud over there I’ve shimmied past my 100th post! Whooo, me!  Actually it seems to have been about 8 posts back. It would have been serendipitous indeed had my 100th post been the one about Peter Cushing’s centenary. However, I am a pretty poor planner so it wasn’t. To belatedly commemorate the fact I have actually done something constructive for a lengthy period of time, I offer this not brief enough by half entry about something the site isn’t remotely about. How appropriate! Anyway, this…

Arriving 9/4/13

Brian Hibbs

This week is bursting at the gills with comics! A lot of those happen to be the DC villains books, which kicks off this week, but it is also another Hickman heavy week with the next chapter of Infinity and the launch of his NEW series from Avatar, God is Dead. If those aren’t for you, I am sure you will find something you want after the cut!

Favorite Page Turns in Comics! Pt. 1 of Infinity

Jordan Smith

So a friend of the Donut shop happened to bring me in a boot box full of late 70’s Creepy and Eerie as well as about 30 very early issues of Heavy Metal he’d found while doing flooring work in a basement. “Yeah,” He started, “she just said to take it all.  So I did.  You want any of these?” They stunk and were in horrible condition.  I’d just spent the better part of six months giving away nearly all my comics. “Hell yes.” So, anyway, look forward to some scans of that stuff in the near term. But, just giving all that musty heartache a flip I was really impressed with how many beautiful…and I mean beautiful… page turns…  Read More…

If I (you) had a million (200) dollars I’d (You’d) buy…?

Jordan Smith

So, as my “give it all away” enterprise has continued I’ve started to run dangerously low on single issues of “all ages” material for the shop.  I’ve done my good deed, internet.  I think it’s “me time.” Still, continuing in the spirit of “paring down” I made another drastic decision. In short, I “sold” the following GN’s, Trades, and what have you’s:

Kim Thompson Died a Month and Four Days Ago…

Jordan Smith

  ((As ever and always my own opinions and speculation follow)) (J_Smitty_ enters a small and darkened room.  The feeling is almost claustrophobic.  He twitches, nervously, almost reflexively as a panel slides back to reveal a small figure barely perceptible and perched on the sill of the opening – cloaked in darkness)   “What have you come to confess?”   “Sir, I only just picked up my first Fantagraphics book at the tender age of 33.”   (The little figure sighs deeply and shifts its weight – testing the heft of something)   “10 hail Kim’s and take this brick with you!”   KLUNK

Them’s Fightin’ Words, Joe Casey.

Jordan Smith

In the absence of the dulcet tones of Mssrs. Jeff and Graeme… It should go without saying that all that follows is my opinion. So, quietly and without much advance hullabaloo Dark Horse Comics made its entry…or rather its re-entry…into the world of Superheroics with Catalyst Comix #1     There’s a lot to recommend this book.  There’s a lot to recommend this series, really.   But, as with all things…a caveat.  

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