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Arriving 4/15/15

Brian Hibbs

New comics are on their way! Are you excited for CHRONONAUTS, GIANT DAYS, LUMBERJANES, STARY BULLETS and THOR! Plus the long awaited SABRINA #2!


Plus much more under the cut!


Arriving 4/8/15

Brian Hibbs

Business as usual, right? Lots of comics this week, especially this SAGA book we have been hearing about. Those two are going places.

More under the cut!


Help Keep Comix Experience Alive!

Brian Hibbs



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 has a fixed cover price set by the publishers, therefore we can’t raise prices) means that it will be virtually impossible to raise that additional income organically.


Comix Experience is a healthy business, and has consistently been that way for all of the 26 years of its existence. However, like most small retail businesses, every dollar that is earned is invested directly back into the business. That means we will have to do something radical to generate the additional $80,000 in annual sales to meet this payroll mandate.


A Solution that Reflects our Core Values


Many other stores in San Francisco are obviously faced with the same issue, and each are approaching it in a manner that works for them. Some stores may choose to downsize, or cut staffing or even close all together. Others, like our compatriots at Borderlands Books, have turned to sponsorship to alleviate their issues.


When deciding what path to take to increase sales to meet the new wage requirements, we kept a few of our guiding principles in mind.


  1. Comix Experience would strongly prefer to figure out a way to let the market solve the problem rather than raw patronage. While we have no problem with a fund-raising type approach, for us creating a way to generate new customers and provide our loyal patrons with added value is better.
  2. Our solution would need to reflect the passion and curation we offer to you every single day. We don’t sell comics merely to make money from them – we sell comics because we literally can’t think of a better way to spend our days than communicating the boundless love we feel for great comics and their amazing creators! And we don’t just love comics – we really know them as well; we get the secret alchemy that makes the best comics so. Every member of our staff feels just the same way: We burn for comics, and we want to ignite your passion for the best that our medium has to offer!
  3. We want to build on our efforts to foster a build community through our stores. We seek to build a safe space so that regardless of your circumstance, regardless of your race, gender or creed, you’re welcome and participatory in your own fandom.


Therefore the path we’ve hit upon to try and save Comix Experience is this:


Comix Experience’s Curated Graphic Novel of the Month Club


Beginning in July 2015, every month the staff and I will use our passion and experience to choose the single best brand new graphic novel to give you. This book will always be either a stand-alone experience, or the first volume of a new series. As a member of the club, you’ll also be entitled to unique benefits that won’t be offered to anyone else:


  • A curated selection of the best new graphic novel each month
  • An invitation to a monthly live book club meeting and social event to discuss that book. We will record and stream the in-store meeting so club members all over the world can also participate.
  • We will regularly have the writers and artists of each of our picks participate in our monthly club meetings, (e.g. in person, speaking and doing a live event, or a video chat to answer questions).
  • For select in-person appearances at the store, you’ll receive an exclusive club-only invitation to attend a private after-hours event with the guest.
  • We will create a social media group for members to discuss the book internationally
  • Finally, we will provide you with nice swag (like posters or bookmarks) for the selected book wherever possible


Ways to Join the Club


  • Month-to-Month: If you would prefer to take it one month at a time, the price will be $25 a month, a tremendous value considering all the benefits we are offering.
  • Annual: If you are willing to commit to a full year, the price drops to just $20 a month! You can quit at any time for a full refund on your unused balance.


You can sign up today at www.graphicnovelclub.com 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


  1. When does the club start?
  2. We’re launching this today in order to start monthly shipping of books for July – the month that the first (and largest) of the mandated wage hikes kicks in.


  1. What books will I get?
  2. Some months we might send you a more expensive book (If we had started this in February, the pick would have been Scott McCloud’s excellent “The Sculptor,” which is $29.95), while some months it may be something less expensive – but every month you’ll get an accessible, compelling, and thoughtful piece of graphic fiction, and the value will be equivalent to the average price of a graphic novel over the course of the yearly plan.


  1. What if I don’t live in the Bay Area – can I still join?
  2. Yes, absolutely! We’ll just have to add $6 a month for shipping and handling for domestic US priority mail. We haven’t yet figured out a “one size fits all” solution for international shipping, but if you’re outside the US and you want to participate, call or e-mail, and we’ll work out an individual shipping solution for you.


  1. What if I can’t make it to a meeting or I live out of town?
  2. We will also record all club meetings so if you’re out of town you’ll still be able to enjoy that benefit.


  1. What happens if you sell more memberships than you need to meet the wage increase?
  2. In order to fully cover the shortfall, we need to sell 334 memberships at the yearly rate. If we beat that goal then we will use it to pay our excellent staff more than the minimum wage hike requires. This means we could really use your participation.


Looking Forward to Having You as Part of the Comix Experience Family


Our belief is that there are a lot of people who like comics, like the store, or simply want to help keep San Francisco iconoclastic and support small business. Perhaps you just don’t have the time to get into a comic store every month to stay on top of new releases.


The comics medium is truly in a second Golden Age right now, but with so much top notch, innovative work being released, how can you tell which new releases are the best? We are going to provide that curated experience for you.


I urge you to join us. If you know someone else who would like to subscribe, I also urge you tell them about this service (or give them a gift subscription). Please help us spread the word! Each and every person truly matters in reaching our goal, and keeping Comix Experience alive to continue to take comics into a better place well into the future. On behalf of myself and the staff of Comix Experience, thank you so much for your support!


If you have any questions, please feel free to call either store, or reach out to me directly.


Brian Hibbs, Head Cheese, brian@comixexperience.com

“…A Fish Pedicure, Whatever That Was…” COMICS! Sometimes I Skull The Future Is Going To Brown In All Our Mouths, Hurrrm!

John Kane

Okay, hurrmmm, I spent a lot of time writing a lot of words about some recent comics, but something happened there that means they won’t be appearing. Bit unexpected that was, and it left me on the back foot. I’ve cobbled together a piece on Crossed Plus 100 which will, I hope, achieve several aims: 1) stop the site looking cobwebby over Easter, 2) bring attention to one of the many good books everyone doesn’t talk enough about and 3) burn up any goodwill I’ve earned with you. I’m sure there’s something wrong with that list but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Anyway, I’m going to post this – what could go wrong?

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CROSSED PLUS ONE HUNDRED by Andrade, Moore, Reed & Digikore

Anyway, this…

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!


“I’m Starting To Miss My Trolley.” COMICS! Sometimes I Purr Like A Kitten!

John Kane

Alright, let’s try that capsule business again. Took a little bit of the wormwood out this time around and drizzled it with some milk of human kindness. Serves two. Should be plenty of leftovers then.

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By Scioli and Barber

Anyway, this…

Arriving 3/25/15

Brian Hibbs

This week as absolutely filled to the brim with new comics! So many comics. New AUTUMNLANDS, GOTHAM ACADEMY, WALKING DEAD and MULTIVERSITY. Plus IDW debuts JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS and Black Mask releases the promising WE CAN NEVER GO HOME AGAIN.

Check the cut for the rest of the hot comics action for this, the last week of March!


“I Was Gone For Only THREE YEARS.” COMICS! Sometimes A Bit More Thought Wouldn’t Go Amiss!

John Kane

Okay, here are some words about some (near)recent comics. I guess they are capsules, relatively speaking that is. Although, after this one some of my relatives won’t be speaking to me, particularly the Morrison branch.

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Anyway, this…

Tilting #241 is up!

Brian Hibbs

I am the worst self-promter ever, as I am almost 24 hours behind telling you this!




Always interested in your thoughts…


“SHAL TO’RE AMZI!” COMICS! Sometimes You Find The Newstand Is Still There!

John Kane

I don’t know if you noticed but I spent much of the first part of this magical year telling you how Marvel©™ chose to present and package their comics in the United Kingdom during the 1970s. Through the somewhat cumbersome time travel device of being old I am now in a position to tell you how Marvel©™ present and package their comics in the United Kingdom in the science fictional sounding year of 2015.

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Captain America by Romita Jnr, Janson, White, Remender & Caramagna

Anyway, this…

CEO: Welcome to Wednesday 3/18/2015

Brian Hibbs

I won’t be linking to this each and every week (go ahead and subscribe on the page there!), but, since I lost last week’s due to User Error (mine!), I figured I would remind you this is a weekly thing.  Should be considerably more smooth this week….


Praise or brickbats, all is welcome!



Arriving 3/18/15

Brian Hibbs

Slower week leading to the end of the month, but still lots of solid comic bookery to be had. Two different BATGIRL comics, both written by Cameron Stewart and Brendan Flecher, #40 with the always spectacular Babs Tarr on art and the ENDGAME special featuring guest art from the legendary Bengal. Also Mark Millar and Sean Murphey launch CHRONONAUTS and the new DEADLY CLASS collection is released this week.


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


Abhay: Quickly on Two Recent Superhero Comics

Abhay Khosla

(Work on getting back to this year’s Inquisition series is proceeding slowly.  Sorry for the delays.  I just woke up and started to write a little brief thing about two superhero comics that I’d read the other night, to get my fingers moving for work– I thought I’d write one or two paragraphs. Anyways, it started running long, so I’ll just put it here rather.  Just a quick pointless little note:)


“If I’m Reading Those Erect Nipples Right, YOU’RE Having A Good Time.” COMICS! Sometimes They Might Be A Wee Bit Too Hard-Boiled.

John Kane

Hey, I wrote some words about a comic. They’re under the break, somewhere. I think that’s how it works. Mostly this one is about how people will still be awful in the future and how Rick Burchett is The Balls. Sorry, still shaking the rust off.

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PULP FANTASTIC by Burchett, Chaykin & Tischman, Bruzenak & Loughridge
Anyway, this…

The new DC Costumes

Brian Hibbs

Not that anyone really needs to hear what I think, but several of the new costume designs for the DC icons look like pure sales death for those characters.

I’m not so worried about the Batman Robot look because Snyder and Capullo have been SLAUGHTERING it on BATMAN, and I’m more than willing to give them the benefit of the doubt as a result; and the Green Lantern with a hoodie look is terrible, but GL sales have already dropped to their lowest point in a decade or more, so there’s not a lot of bottom to find there any longer.


But these two?




Here’s the thing: to me, Superman should visually be a character that you would want to run TO, not run FROM.  Whether or not that’s his ripped cape on his hands, and not blood, he does absolutely have splatters of blood all over his pants and boots.

I’m OK with the T-shirt look, but it’s a signifier, to this reader, of looking back, not forward, which I think is a mistake.  The other real mistake is losing the spit curl in front (which, maybe you’re dumb like I was for the longest time, but it, too, was an “S”)

But, yeah, the main thing to me is that THIS guy looks angry and horrible, and not some one who is inspiring and heroic.  Grant Morrison once said his most fervent aim was to literally have the DC universe come to life.  I once thought that would be awesome, but I’d be petrified if TODAY’s DCU were to do that.



Wonder Woman’s costume is kind of more appalling.  I’m perfectly fine with “losing the skin” (though why oh why would they keep the “cheescake” artist on the book, if that’s the direction?), but y’know, I think it would be better to not then give her a GIANT SCARLET “V” on her crotch with WHITE ARROWS POINTING TOWARDS IT.

The claws are pretty awful, and the pauldrons are pretty pointless — the reason one HAS pauldrons is to protect the joints of your plate mail armor — there are no joints involved here.  I also question those stars, because they look like such an after thought rather than a real design choice.

I just wish the entire costume didn’t “read” so dark — and that’s, I think, the impact of replacing the skin with a dark navy blue.  That and, how on earth would would get into boots like that, and/or fight in them?

But, yeah, giant white arrows pointing at the scarlet V of her crotch. Ugh.



Arriving 3/11/15

Brian Hibbs

Ales Kot and Langdon Foss’s SURFACE and Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s SOUTHERN CROSS both debut this week, which is enough reason to show up. But if you need more convincing to give the week a shot, also be looking out for SPIDER-GWEN, ASTRO CITY, CASANOVA, EAST OF WEST, THOR and the new HOWARD THE DUCK from Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones.

Check the cut for more exciting comics!


“Welcome To Wednesday” episode 1

Brian Hibbs

New low-tech web series from Comix Experience Outpost — Watch it!  Like it!  Subscribe!

It is the first one, and no one had the slightest idea of what we’re doing, but I think it has a certain rough charm. In the next month or so we’re also planning to add a companion show with the staff from the main store.

Embedded below, too, if I am doing this internet stuff right.


Arriving 3/4/15

Brian Hibbs

It is a new month and that brings with it a fresh week of exciting new comics! In addition to the always hotly anticipated SAGA we have the new issue of Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s NAMELESS and a pair of launches from Jeff Lemire, DESCENDER at Image and ALL NEW HAWKEYE over with Marvel.


Check the rest of the new comic hotness under the cut!


BookScan 2015 is up!

Brian Hibbs

Comic Book Resources has it up — go read!! http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/bookscan-numbers-show-big-book-market-growth-for-comics-in-2014

Arriving 2/25/15

Brian Hibbs

The last week of February is ready show you what the shortest month of the year is all about. Brubaker and Phillips have a slight return to their seminal creation, CRIMINAL, plus new WICKED + DIVINE and LOW. Squarely in “BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT” territory we have Latour and Rodriguez’s SPIDER-GWEN as the big launch this week.

Plus new collections of SEX CRIMINALS, FADE OUT and ZERO!

Click the cut to see more comic action than you can possibly stomach!


Arriving 2/18/15

Brian Hibbs

This is a smaller week than the past few, likely the eye of the storm. We have some big contenders though, with BITCH PLANET, BATGIRL, DEADLY CLASS and MULTIVERSITY all landing on the racks.

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


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