Black Friday Comic Book Sales!...

Black Friday isn’t just a day to camp out in the parking lot of your local Best Buy or Wal-Mart. It’s also the day to score some major deals on comic books. If you live in the New York City area, here are some stores that are having excellent Black Friday sales. If you’re outside of NYC (or buy your comics digitally), we have information for online and digital comic book Black Friday sales too! NYC Comic Book Stores:  St. Mark’s Comics The St. Mark’s sale starts Friday morning, and runs the runs all the way to Tuesday! All back are issues half price, plenty of comics will be priced at only a buck each, and much more! Midtown Comics In-Store: 25% off everything in the store at all three locations on Friday from 8 AM to 12 noon. 20% off everything in the store from Friday at noon through the close of business on Sunday. Online: Up to 75% everything on the site. Discount varies by category and item. Good luck using their online search tool. I can never get that thing to work correctly. But if you’re patient, you might find yourself with a very good deal staring back at you from your screen. Forbidden Planet 20% everything in the store on Friday, 9 AM – midnight. JHU Comics The sale starts today, Wednesday and run through Sunday. Note: they are closed on Thanksgiving. The more you buy the more you save! 40% purchases of $300 or more, 30% off purchases of $75-$299.99, 25% off purchases of $30-$74.99, and 20% off purchases of $19.95-$29.99. This is good at both locations. Online: Image Comics The Image Comics sale has started already, and runs until 12/2/15 11:59 PM at imagecomics.com. $0.99 single issues and 50% select...

Friday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Oct07

Friday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Friday is the first full day of NYCC. If you can get out of your day job, I highly recommend going on Friday. You won’t face anything near the large crowds of Saturday and you’ll have much more programming options than Thursday. Friday is the sweet spot on the NYCC baseball bat. 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Celebrity AutographingIf you’re interested in meeting Adam West, Burt Ward, Tom Felton, Sean Astin, Peter Davison, Lou Ferrigno or Christopher Lloyd, they’ll all be signing autographs today. Costs vary by person. For example, Batman’s signature is $10 more than Robin’s. 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM CBLDF: The History of Comics CensorshipAttention all Media Studies majors! 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image ComicsA few years ago, I saw Brian K. Vaughn speak with JMS, Colleen Doran and Jeff Smith at a panel called World Building. Brian K. Vaughn quipped that the comics he was writing both took place in New York City, so he wasn’t sure why he was invited to the panel. His new comic with Fiona Staples, Saga, takes place far, far away from New York City. This is a can’t miss panel for fans of what Image Comics is doing right now. 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Marvel: House of IdeasThe focus of this panel is on Marvel’s digital comics offerings: Infinite Comics, Marvel.com and the Marvel mobile app. Oddly, Mark Waid will also be on this panel. Not sure what that’s about. Maybe a digital Daredevil exclusive? 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM Comics, Hollywood – What Creators Need to KnowThinking about turning that spec script you wrote into a graphic novel? Thinking about trying to sell your graphic novel as a feature? This may be the panel for you. 12:15...

Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Sep24

Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Last year, New York Comic Con extended the con from three days to four days for the first time. I love it. If you don’t like crowds, Thursday is for you. You can only attend NYCC on Thursday if you have a 4-Day or VIP pass. Thursday is the day to check out the big booth displays on the show floor. With not that many people around, you can get some great photos without a sea of heads at the bottom of each shot. Want to take a picture of yourself in a life size Darth Vader action figure bubble card? The line for it on Thursday might be one or two people. On Saturday, that line is going to be much, much longer. No line! The only downside to Thursday is Artist Alley is the least populated on this day. But on the flip side, this is a great time to sketches from the artists who are there and get first crack at buying some original art. There are also quality panels and screenings to attend. Here are what I think are the best panels and screenings to check out on Thursday. Unfortunately, working time turners haven’t been invented yet, or else I’d attend all of these. 3:45 – 4:45 Hasbro: TransformersIf you’re a Transformers fan, you know you’re going to be here…unless you’re at the Hasbro booth, buying whatever their unannounced exclusive is. Unfortunately, this panel starts 15 minutes before you’re probably able to get in the door to NYCC. 4:00 – 5:00 Protecting and Selling Your Comic Book or Graphic Novel – The Building BlocksTrue story: I once paid a few hundred dollars to take a class at NYU SCPS to learn the same things you’ll probably learn in this class...