December 1, 2012

Reader Reviews: Adventures of Augusta Wind and Bravest Warriors

Reader Reviews: Adventures of Augusta Wind and Bravest Warriors

By Alexandra Henderson
The Adventures of Augusta Wind 

The Adventures of Augusta Wind starts off with a seemingly normal girl, Augusta Webster, telling the story of her arrival in this world to her younger brother and sister. She tells of how she landed in this strange world after being carried by an incredible wind that guided her to their family. In the middle of her retelling, she sees a strange creature in the window, a Snabbit - half-snake, half-rabbit. Nobody else sees the animal, and Augusta's mother, concerned by Augusta's dreams and now hallucinations, sends her to therapy. The therapy doesn't help her, however; It only reveals more strange things and soon Augusta realizes that her stories might be more real than she ever imagined. With the help of the Snabbit, she starts to remember her past, but she is soon interrupted when a group of evil Balloonies carry her off into the wind and the next issue. Currently this all-ages fantasy comic is scheduled for a five-issue miniseries, but creator J.M. DeMatteis calls the story of Augusta Wind a "huge mystery that spans many worlds and realities" and hopes to continue writing about her for several years.

Bravest Warriors 

The Bravest Warriors series chronicles the adventures of five teenage misfits who roam the galaxy and save the oppressed. The series comes from the same writer who created Adventure Time, Pendleton Ward. The art in these comics is very similar to the art of the show, but the jokes are a little bit more mature as Adventure Time is geared mainly towards children. The first two issues introduce the group and send them on a mission to save a planet of clowns from Sadness, but their quest is interrupted when a nameless evil stops their ship. The action in these comics is a little slow-paced, but the random quirky storylines keep the reader entertained while they wait for the next big thing to happen.

November 26, 2012

Reader Reviews: Finding Gossamyr, Courtney Crumrin & Lookouts

 Reader Reviews: Finding Gossamyr, Courtney Crumrin & Lookouts

By Alexandra Henderson   

Finding Gossamyr tells the story of a brilliant young boy named Denny who excels at solving problems, despite his social issues. Denny's older sister, Jenna, overwhelmed by the difficulties of caring for him, decides to enroll Denny in a program for gifted children. The program requires the children to further attempts in solving a complicated theorem whose solution has evaded adults for three years. Denny begins to solve the theorem, but soon sees how dangerous the consequences would be if he succeeded. Under pressure from Doctor Hamilton, the program manager, and his overwhelmed sister, Denny completes the theorem and unlocks a bridge to a magical world called "Gossamyr" that we see only a glimpse of in this first issue.

                This all-ages comic employs a unique combination of math and magic that, along with the personalities and backgrounds of the characters, creates a more realistic side to a story about a fantasy world. Jenna is struggling to manage her brother who has severe social issues and needs to adhere to a very specific schedule. She gave up her own dreams to take care of him and we are left to wonder why they are in this situation. We see a glimpse into the family's troubled past and hear a conversation between Jenna and her mother in which Jenna tells her "you can barely take care of yourself." Denny's condition and the broken status of their family advance the comic from just another kid fantasy story to something that has a certain draw even for adults.

                Courtney Crumrin has been the star of several miniseries and one-shots, but to introduce readers unfamiliar with her story to her magical world, Ted Naifeh created a new character in this issue, Holly Hart, who learns about Courtney as the reader does. Holly Hart is the new girl in school and her clothes and attitude cause everyone, including herself, to view her as an outsider. On her first day she quickly notices the other outcast in school, Courtney. The two become friends and Holly soon learns about Courtney's magical family and abilities, while Courtney tries to remain realistic about their growing friendship. She struggles to balance the happiness she feels over her new friend with her fear that Holly might abuse the magic she is learning. Courtney assumes that she is just being paranoid, but the evidence of Holly's lies build up until their friendship is destroyed. The ending of the issue displays Courtney's intelligence and the benefits of her skeptical nature, but just when you think the story is all wrapped up, Naifeh leaves the reader waiting for answers and more action.        
                The Lookouts are a group of mediators responsible for protecting humans from the dangers of the Eyrewood where the story is set. The organization recruits the young and this issue focuses on a group of Lookouts in training. Each six-issue miniseries arc will center around the Lookouts earning a new badge and the first badge they attempt to get is the Riddle Badge. An elder gives their group the task of stopping a powerful sphinx that has been guarding the road to Yarrow. The sphinx destroys those who answer his riddles wrong, and the Lookouts must protect his victims while attempting to discover the reason behind his appearance. The issue shows character development, particularly of Dore, Boli, and Lark and their older leader, Samson. The tension between the elder and Samson hint that there are more dangerous things than monsters in this story and creates another intriguing side of the plot.

October 17, 2012

Save The Date At Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Wednesday November 21st, 2012, Friendly Neighborhood Comics is hosting....something.....

I've been working on this event for a while now.  It's pretty high up on my wish list.  Finally, the stars aligned and things are coming together.  Block off the afternoon of Wed. 11/21.  It's the day before Thanksgiving.  Get out of work early.  Delay any travel plans. Trust me. More to follow soon...

October 16, 2012

New Walking Dead Issue at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

A new issue of The Walking Dead arrives at Friendly Neighborhood Comics this week!

The Walking Dead #103: “It is a new beginning for THE WALKING DEAD. Rick Grimes is no longer in charge, and nothing will ever be the same again. It’s such a perfect jumping on point, it could easily have been a new first issue – but instead, the world’s best selling creator-owned comic just keeps moving forward, with #103 and counting!”

September 27, 2012

Meet Indiana Jones at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

This Saturday, September 29th, meet Indiana Jones from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Friendly Neighborhood Comics!

Free photo opportunity!

All Indiana Jones movies 20% Off!

All pulp reprints, collected editions and pulp character comics 20% Off!

Spidey Cover Homage to Superman vs. Spider-man

 Writer Dan Slott's well regarded run on Amazing Spider-man continues this week with issue #694, featuring the new character, Alpha.

Here's the solicit:
Spider-Man's 50th Anniversary adventure ratchets up as an old foe returns! And an ALL-NEW character joins the Marvel Universe! WHO IS ALPHA?!

The cover is a homage to Superman vs. Spider-man, originally published in 1976!

July 14, 2012

Meet Batman At Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Meet Batman at Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Bellingham, MA on Saturday July 21st, from 10:00 am to 4:00pm!  Have your picture taken with the Caped Crusader!

July 2, 2012

Friendly Neighborhood Comics to Host Stall Brook Summer Book Club

Friendly Neighborhood Comics will host the Stall Brook Elementary School Summer Book Club on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm!  We will be donating cool prizes to kids who enjoy reading all summer long!

June 27, 2012

Friendly Neighborhood Comics to team up with Friends of the Library to support the Bellingham Public Library!

I'm really proud of this program:

Friendly Neighborhood Comics! is teaming up with the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library!

Friendly Neighborhood Comics is offering select titles from school reading lists for sale at FNC and also at the Bellingham Public Library. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Friends of the Library to support the Library and its' programs.

June 18, 2012

Avengers vs. X-Men Continues AT Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Avengers vs. X-Men #6 arrives at Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Bellingham this week!

The hit series of the summer continues!

Act Two of this monumental crossover kicks off here! What is Pax Utopia? The Phoenix has come to Earth, and the Scarlet Witch enters the fray!

You can preview the issue here!

Walking Dead #99 at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

The Walking Dead #99 arrives this week at Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Bellingham, MA.

The unthinkable happens, as we all gear up for next month's monumental issue 100!

June 14, 2012

Free RPG Day This Saturday at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Free RPG Day at Friendly Neighborhood Comics this Saturday June 16th!

For Free RPG Day, Friendly Neighborhood Comics works with participating RPG publishers to bring NEW RPG Quickstart Rules and Adventure Modules into the hands of gamers.

Players will be able to grab brand new material for a variety of RPGs --- no overstock, retail-priced or dead product here.

The goal of Free RPG Day is to inspire gamers to play a new RPG!

Free Pathfinder demos ongoing!

Special sales!

Star Trek Dr Who Artist Signing At Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Meet Star Trek / Dr Who artist J.K. Woodward on Saturday 6/16/12 from Noon - 4pm at Friendly Neighborhood Comics!

IDW Publishing will make history when two of the greatest science-fiction properties of all time come together in a comic book for the first time. The world’s most popular time traveler teams up with the U.S.S. Enterprise crew in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2, taking fans on an adventure where no man has gone before.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION2 will feature fan-favorite villains the Borg and the Cybermen as they create an unholy alliance resulting in potential disaster for all humanity. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.

Meet series artist J.K. Woodward at FNC! We have copies of the now sold out and hard to find first issue available for the signing!

As a special bonus, anyone purchasing Star Trek / Dr Who will be entered into a free raffle to win an original painting by J.K.!

May 4, 2012

Free Comic Book Day at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when Friendly Neighborhood Comics joins shops across North America and around the world to give away comic books absolutely free (while supplies last)!

Meet veteran inker Bob Almond at Friendly Neighborhood Comics! on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 5th, from 9am - Noon. Bob has numerous ink art credits and is the founder of the Inkwell Awards!

Also appearing: Meet artist Andy Fish and Veronica Fish! And and Veronica have illustrated numerous indy projects and are always a crowd favorite! they will be appearing from 9am - Noon.

The MadKnits Monsters will be joining the Neighborhood on Free Comic Book Day! These lovable monsters will delight young and old alike!

May 3, 2012

Avengers Assemble at Midnight Premiere with Friendly Neighborhood Comics!

Join the Friendly Neighborhood Comics Community tonight at Regal Cinema in Bellingham for the midnight premiere of The Avengers as geek culture officially takes control.

Free comics and surprises!

All the cool kids are doing it!

Thursday, May 3rd  Midnight

Regal Cinema, Bellingham, MA 

And if you can't attend the premiere, we'll be giving away Free Comics both Friday and Saturday nights.

Also don't forget Free Comic Book Day on Saturday @ FNC!

April 10, 2012

Meet Caitlin Kiernan This Saturday 12-2 at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

International Horror Guild Award-winning author Caitlín R. Kiernan (The Red Tree) returns to Friendly Neighborhood Comics, and this time she brings one of her most enduring and popular creations!

For nearly as long as she can remember, Dancy Flammarion has fought monsters, cutting a bloody swath through the demons and dark things of the world, aimed like a weapon by forces beyond her control or questioning.

But now, for the first time, Dancy finds herself alone—and the wolves are closing in.

• A new Dark Horse Comics series by Caitlín R. Kiernan with art by Steve Lieber.

• For fans of Vertigo’s supernatural horror.

We'll also have copies of her prose novels available!

April 6, 2012

Meet Ben McCool Saturday 4/7/12 2-6pm at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Meet Ben McCool, the writer of CHOKER, MEMOIR and PIGS.

Saturday April 7th, 2-6pm

About Pigs:

HELLO, CRUEL WORLD From writers NATE COSBY & BEN McCOOL along with hotshot newcomer artist Breno Temura comes PIGS, a brand new ongoing series to join Image's elite ranks. The story centers around a second-generation KGB Cuban sleeper cell, activated & assigned to overthrow the U.S. Government through a series of kidnappings, assassinations and acts of terrorism. But why has the call come now, 50 years after the original cell last heard from Mother Russia?

About Memoir:

Lowesville is a small town in the American Midwest, peaceful and quaint. But one morning the population awakens with no idea of who they are, where they are, or what's happened. The town's memory has been completely erased. All except for one man. He remembers everything.

About Choker:

Industry superstar BEN TEMPLESMITH teams up with writer BEN McCOOL for this deliciously skewed tale of hardboiled noir. Johnny 'Choker' Jackson, once one of Shotgun City's most promising police officers, is a bitter private detective with a terrible case of Alien Hand Syndrome. But he's unexpectedly been offered a job back on the force: provided he can nail a twisted drug dealer selling a very exclusive product, that is...

March 13, 2012

Secret History of DB Cooper Revealed At Friendly Neighbohrood Comics

The most infamous airline hijacker of all time, D.B. Cooper remains on the FBI's most-wanted list almost 40 years after the crime. For the first time, the secret history of the man and the hijacking will be revealed. During the height of the Cold War, a fringe group within the C.I.A. wages a crusade on the deadliest battlefield of all: the mind. Aided by powerful psychotropic compounds, Cooper assists in a campaign of psychic assassination against the Soviets. But as he mentally and physically deteriorates, the line between two worlds blurs, and he goes rogue on his governmental overlords.

The Secret History of D.B. Cooper #1 now available!

Vertigo Brings Unique Take on the Presidential Race and Illegal Aliens with Saucer Country, now available at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Written by PAUL CORNELL; Art and cover by RYAN KELLY; 1:10 Variant cover by SEAN MURPHY
Arcadia Alvarado, the leading Democratic candidate for President of the United States, says she was "abducted by aliens."
As the Mexican-American Governor of New Mexico, she's dealing with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. She's about to toss her hat into the ring as a candidate for President in the most volatile political climate ever.
But then...a lonely road and a nightmarish encounter have left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories. And now she has to become President. To expose the truth-- and maybe, to save the world.
Arcadia's quest is at the heart of this new monthly series from writer Paul Cornell (DEMON KNIGHTS, ACTION COMICS, Doctor Who) and artist Ryan Kelly (NEW YORK FIVE, NORTHLANDERS). With the help of her quirky staff, Arcadia will pursue the truth of her abduction into danger, mystery and awe. SAUCER COUNTRY is a dark thriller that blends UFO lore and alien abduction with political intrigue, all set in the hauntingly beautiful Southwest.

Preview Issue #1 HERE!

March 10, 2012

Upper Deck Series 2 NHL Hockey Cards at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

If there is one set that hockey fans love putting together every year, it is the base Upper Deck set. It is the flagship brand that draws in young and old collectors alike and the Young Guns rookie cards are always in high demand. Fans have been fired up to break open packs to find their favorite players.

One of the big draws for 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two is that it includes update cards of these other sets that were released earlier in the season along with rookie cards of top future stars like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

As you are flying through packs we wanted to put together some information that would help you about the release of 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two. Here is some key information that will help you as you go through the cards this week:

Autograph Content – There are absolutely ZERO redemption cards in the product. All autographs are live in the product. There are both sticker autographs and hard-signed autographs that can be found randomly in packs.

Young Guns Printing Plate Cards – There are One-of-One printing cards of Young Gun rookies from Series One and Series Two that can be found in random packs of 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two. This includes the checklist cards. That means there are four different Ryan Nugent-Hopkins printing plate cards (Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow) available of his iconic Young Guns rookie card.

Andrew Shaw – Chicago Blackhawks newcomer Andrew Shaw hit the ice a little too late for us to get him in the main Young Guns set, but we were able to include him in the Young Guns Canvas set. His Canvas Young Guns card will be his lone card in the product and it should create a lot of buzz around that card should he continue to play well.

Pelle Lindbergh – There are 15 retired stars featured in the UD Canvas set and a notable name that made the checklist is Pelle Lindbergh. This is Lindbergh’s first Upper Deck issued card in several years and this card will be his only appearance in this product so don’t miss it!

UD Canvas Autographs – Fans really seemed to enjoy the Canvas set in Series One so the hockey team worked to add a little more high-end content to it for Series Two. Collectors can look for two different on-card autographs in the Canvas set of hockey legend Bobby Orr (numbered to 66 matching his rookie season) and Canadien superstar goalie Carey Price (numbered to 31 to match his jersey number).

Sid & Ovi Buyback Autographs – We have been including some autographs of top stars like Sidney Crosby. In 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two puck fans can find hard-signed buyback autograph cards of both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Crosby signed just two copies of his 2008-09 Upper Deck Game Jersey card. Ovechkin on the other hand signed 21 copies of his 2005-06 Upper Deck Power Play rookie card. Each will include a hologram on the back and a Certificate of Authenticity card with a matching hologram.

Hockey Heroes Hard-Signed Autographs Return – For 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two the Hockey Heroes insert set looks at stars from 1960’s and included in packs are hard-signed autograph parallels. You can find autographed Hockey Heroes parallel cards of Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, Alex Delvecchio, Red Kelly, Johnny Bower, Rogie Vachon and Jean Beliveau number to just 15 copies. Also keep on the lookout for a rare dual signed card of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita numbered to just ten copies.

NHL Champ’s Content – As many fans know, Upper Deck has been pulling redemption cards from releases and producing less product in order to have more live autograph content in packs and reduce the use of redemptions. But what happens when we pull the redemptions and the cards come back in. We want to get those cards out to the public somehow. Such is the case with the 2009-10 NHL Champ’s Cam Barker mini autograph cards. We received them in after the release and after his redemptions were pulled. These will be randomly inserted into 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series Two in order to get them into the market and they are seeded as a bonus autograph card. The odds of pulling them are roughly 1:13,500 hobby packs and 1:2,300 retail packs.

February 17, 2012

The Red Ten #2 Pre-Release Party at Friendly Neighborhood Comics

Can’t wait until February 29 when THE RED TEN #2 releases in select comic retailers across North America? The get to Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA Saturday, February 25 for a special PRE-RELEASE SIGNING EVENT featuring THE RED TEN creators Tyler James and Cesar Feliciano!

The next chapter of the thrilling 10 issue maxi-series that’s an Agatha Christie-style whodunnit meets The Justice League debuts at Friendly Neighborhood Comics!

In the second issue, after narrowly escaping an explosion that took the lives of one of their own, The Alliance uncovers new and deadly horrors awaiting them on the island. Plus, the tragic origin of Red!

You can RSVP to the event on Facebook by clicking Here!

As an added bonus, Joe Martino (Shadowflame, Ripperman) will also be on hand to sign books and talk comics!

Hope to see you there!