Mike McKone – The JHU Interview!

Monday, September 28, 2009

By Jeffrey O. Gustafson

British artist Mike McKone is best known for his work on Teen Titans, Fantastic Four, and Exiles. Recently, he has made a big splash penciling the return of the Black Cat into the life of Peter Parker in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man as well as his cover work on Deadpool and Punisher. Last week I chatted with him (while he signed books and sketched for our customers - click here for EXCLUSIVE photos) about his process, which characters he’d like to work with, his upcoming work, and so much more. The FULL interview follows the jump

You’ve had some notable runs on Teen Titans and Fantastic Four… Is there a particular team or group that you prefer to draw?

I really enjoy drawing Exiles, actually, because it was a different setting and different costumes [each issue], so that was a lot of fun… a little bit more work than it is drawing the Fantastic Four.

In the back of your first Fantastic Four collection with J. Michael Straczynski, there are some pictures of a clay model you did of Ben Grimm. Do you often use sculpture reference in your work?

It was just for The Thing. I was never going to be able to have the plates on his body consistent, so I thought the least I could do was try to get the plates on his face consistent. The easiest way to do that was to take a—I had a phrenology bust, and I just got some kids’ plasticine [and worked on it] until I got the shape I wanted. Because he didn’t have to look human, it was pretty easy to do.

I just moved here a few months ago and I was going to bring it, but in the years since I made it, the plasticine had dried out. When I picked it up, it fell apart, and I was left with the phrenology bust. So it was a one-off, now it’s a none-off.

Is it more difficult to draw characters with abnormal body proportions like Morph or Reed Richards?

Mr. Fantastic is difficult, because he looks odd if you don’t if you don’t stretch him in just the right way. But Morph is real easy to draw – it’s not so much the stretching with Morph, it’s that he can change into anything, which is a lot of fun to draw.

Do you prefer to work off detailed scripts, or do you prefer what’s known as the “Marvel Style”…?

I really don’t mind, because it’s-- if I have to add stuff, then that’s just part of the job, if I have to condense a really detailed script, again that’s part of the job. Generally, I’m just working with the script up until the point where I’ve drawn the thumbnails, and then I leave the script behind. Once I know the placement of the characters and what they are meant to be doing in a thumbnail, then I don’t really have to refer to the script. There’s an old joke that you read it once and whatever you don’t remember cannot really have been that important. It’s not quite as mercenary as that, but I don’t mind.

Are there any characters that you haven’t done that you’d like to do?

Ooh… I really like the cosmic characters, actually.

I’m a big fan of the Marvel Cosmic stuff…

Yeah, one of my best friends is Andy Lanning [noted inker and co-writer with Dan Abnett on Marvel’s cosmic books - Jeff]. I’d really like to work on some of the stuff that they are working on.

Speaking of inkers, with inking over your pencils, do you prefer a particular inker--

Yeah, I prefer Andy, really. I mean that’s not to say the other inkers that I’ve had have been bad or anything, it’s just that he seems to be able to make me look a little bit better than anyone else. He works primarily in pen, and I like that a lot. He doesn’t allow himself to be overworked – I think he pretty much divides his time between myself and Phil Jiminez. So he really spends a lot of time on the inks, and I appreciate that. And I guess he can do that because he’s a writer, too. But apart from his personality, I like him a lot! [Laughs]

Do you have any desire to do creator-owned work?

Yeah, yeah. I’ve got a few things I could [have done], it’s just a question of finding a place to do them.

How did your current Amazing Spider-Man gig come about?

Steve Whacker asked me to draw a couple of issues, which I did. Then he asked me to draw a couple more, and I said I couldn’t, I was going to DC. And he said, do you mind if we offered you a contract? They made a better offer than DC, and I’ve really enjoyed drawing Spider-Man.

So you’re exclusive at Marvel, right?

Yeah, Marvel were good enough to sponsor me for my work visa so I could come and live in New York.

Now the work visa, that’s a benefit to creator exclusivity that hadn’t occurred to me.

Well, I’m not even exclusive in the way I used to be exclusive because I’m actually an employee of Marvel now. I pay taxes… I guess I’ll be invited to the Christmas party, now.

How long are you on the book?

Indefinitely, really.

This is a two-issue arc, you mentioned you’ve got another coming up?

Yeah, I’m going to be doing an arc with [CLASSIFIED writer]… It’s [CLASSIFIED character], but I’m not sure if you can [reveal] who it is.

It’s classified?

It’s on you now! [Laughs]

So I won’t mention that…

(Customer: He runs the blog!)

That recorder should have been a dead giveaway! I don’t know if I’ll do that first, or a [CLASSIFIED character] thing with [CLASSIFIED writer].

Some of the Spider-Man writers live in New York, Marvel editorial is in New York… When you work with a writer, do you meet with them, or is it all scripts?

It’s all just scripts. I try-- Its not that I got anything against the writers, or editorial, it’s just that I spend so much time working on the books, that who wants to spend spare time with them? I talked to Dan [Slott] a couple of weeks ago actually, and we’re going to meet up and talk about what to do [together…] That could be useful actually.

[JHU Manager Steven Norman] How did you get the recent Green Lantern gig?

Eddie Berganza asked me if I would do it, and I said no. And then he called me up a few months later and said “OK, I’ve put you in Previews so you’ve got to do it!” [Laughs] Honestly, that’s how it happened. I was just about to start work on Spider-Man and I had to push that back three months to do Green Lantern. Never make friends with an editor because they will abuse you! But I got to work with Geoff [Johns] again, so it was all good.

[SN] When you guys started the Titans series, did you decide on the black t-shirt for Superboy or was that Geoff’s call?

I think it was more his, actually, because I just did a generic superhero costume type thing. He wanted least one character with regular civilian clothes. At the time I thought it was crazy, but it came out perfectly, because it just worked for the character. And he’s really easy to draw.

[Customer] That must have been easier than with Exiles where you had to redesign everyone in the Universe every two issues, right?

I did that for two years, but it wasn’t meant to be that way. The locations were meant to change, obviously, but the costumes were meant to remain constant. But I’ve got a terrible memory for costumes, and since I designed most of them, I could never remember them, so every issue I changed them!

Is it difficult to convey emotion when you are dealing with fully masked characters like Spider-Man or Deadpool?

Not particularly, I rely a lot on body language. Deadpool is a lot easier because you can kind of draw on his mask, as it were, showing through the mask. With Spider-Man, I just rely on his gestures and body language to do it, a tilt of the head…

I asked Steve Dillon this when he was here a couple of months ago: Do you prefer to draw regular clothes or do you prefer tights and capes and the like?

Actually, I used to be afraid of drawing people in regular clothes, because I just couldn’t draw them well enough. But then I did Vexed for six issues where everyone was wearing regular clothes, so I was forced to do it. After that, I didn’t mind at all. For me, it’s better to draw people in [regular] clothes, because you can suggest movement much more easily then when people are wearing skin-tight costumes.

But original art tends not to sell when if you’ve got a bunch of civilians running around in regular clothes. [Laughs].


Interview and photos by Jeffrey O. Gustafson.

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Exclusive Photos: Mike McKone 9/23!

Mike McKone dropped by our Manhattan Location last Wednesday to sign and sketch for fans. Mike was extremely generous with his time and everyone had a blast. Click here for our interview with Mike. And here are some EXCLUSIVE pics from this fun event!



All photos by Jeffrey O. Gustafson. The pics can be seen individually here.

Jeff

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics, graphic novels, manga, books, action figures, statues, magazines and more coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday, September 30, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Blackest Night: Titans 2
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer:SC-Comp: 2-5 Predator + Prey
Green Lantern(4) 46
Hulk 15
Logicomix
R Crumb:HC-GN: The Book of Genesis
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 607
Thor(3) 603
Umbrella Academy:SC-Comp: 2-Dallas
Superman/Batman:Video-DVD: Public Enemies


The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest 135
Archie: Betty 182

Boom! Studios
Die Hard: Year One 1
Disney: Mickey Mouse and Friends 296
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep 4
Unknown: Devil Made Flesh 1

Dark Horse Comics
Aliens: 2009 3
Berserk:SC-GN: 31
Bride of the Water God:SC-GN: 4
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer:SC-Comp: 2-5 Predator + Prey
Gunsmith Cats:SC-GN: Burst 4
Hellboy:HC-Comp: Library Ed 3:<>
Hellboy:SC-Illustrated Novel: Ice Wolves
Indiana Jones:SC-Comp: Omnibus: Further Adventures 2
Lovecraft:HC: Lovecraft Unbound Novel E+HB>
Rapture(3) 4
Star Wars: Legacy 40
Umbrella Academy:SC-Comp: 2-Dallas
Usagi Yojimbo(3) 123

DC Comics
Animal Man: Last Days of Animal Man 5
Astro City: Astra Special 1
Batman: Gotham City Sirens 4
Batman: The Brave And the Bold 9
Batman: Widening Gyre 2
Batman:SC-Comp: The Black Glove
Blackest Night 2 <2nd> Johns + Reis/Albert>
Blackest Night: Titans 2
Fables: Jack of Fables 38
Fables:HC-Comp: Deluxe Edition: 1<>
Final Crisis: Aftermath: Ink 5
Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors 4
Green Lantern(4) 43 <2nd> Johns + Mahnke/Alamy>
Green Lantern(4) 46
High Moon:SC-GN 1
Icon:SC-Comp: A Hero's Welcome McDuffie + E+HB>
Justice League of America: 80 Page Giant 1
Justice Society of America(2) 31
Promethea:HC-Comp: Absolute: 1<>
Sleeper:SC-Comp: Season 2<2:> Ed Brubaker + Sean Phillips>
Superman(2) 692
Superman/Batman:SC-Comp: 1-Public Enemies
Superman:SC-Comp: Kryptonite (Confidential)
Teen Titans(8) 75
Trick R Treat:SC-GN:
Unknown Soldier (3) 12
Wonder Woman (3) 36

Drawn + Quarterly Books
John Stanley Library:HC-Comp: 1-Nancy

Dynamite Entertainment
Army of Darkness 25
Garth Ennis' Battlefields:SC-Comp: 3-Tankies
Red Sonja: Presents Thulsa Doom 2
The Boys: Herogasm 5

Fantagraphics Books
Angry Youth Comix:SC-GN: Prison Pit 1

IDW Publishing
GI Joe: Cobra: Special 1

Image Comics
Bad Dog (2) 3
Bomb Queen (6) 1
Cyberforce/Hunter Killer 2
Darkness(3) 80
Existence 2.0 3
Fusion: Cyber Force/Hunter-Killer/Avengers/Thunderbolts 1 Abnett/Lanning + Kirkham/Regla/>
Sky Pirates Of Neo Terra 1

Manga Mania!
Manga Kamishibai:HC:

Marvel Comics
Avengers/Invaders:HC-Comp<1-12> Krueger/Ross + Sadowski/Herbert>
Black Panther:HC-Comp: 6: 1-Deadliest Of The Species
Dark Reign: Lethal Legion 3
Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man 4
Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead 5
Hood: Dark Reign 5
Hulk 15
Hulk: Skaar: Son of Hulk 15
Marvel Divas 3
Marvel Masterworks:SC-Comp: Avengers: 2 2 <11-> Lee + Kirby>
Marvel Masterworks:SC-Comp: Avengers: 2 2 <11-> Lee + Kirby>
Marvel Mystery Handbook: Timely Comics 70th Anniv Special
Marvel Previews 74
Marvel Universe:HC-Comp: All New Off HbA to Z 10
Marvel Zombies(5): Return:Avengers 5
Punisher(8):Annual 1
Runaways(3) 14
Secret Warriors 8
Shang-Chi: Master Of Kung-Fu: Black & White (One-Shot)
Spider-Man: Clone Saga 1
Spider-Man: Marvel Adventures 55
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 606 Kelly + McKone/Lanning>
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 607
Spin Angels 2
Thor(3) 603
Thunderbolts(1) 136
Ultimatum:HC-Comp:
Ultimatum:HC-Comp: Requiem E+HB>
Wolverine: Weapon X 5
Wolverine:SC-Comp: Weapon X Files
X-Factor(3) 49
X-Force(3) 19
X-Men: Deadpool:HC-Comp: Suicide Kings<>
X-Men: Forever 8
X-Men: New Mutants(4) 5
X-Men:SC-Comp: Magneto Testament

Other Cool Comics
1-800 Mice 3
Bad Kids Go To Hell 4
Cavewoman: Cover Gallery 2 Budd Root>
Cavewoman: Red Menace (One-Shot) Rob Durham>
Deformitory:SC-GN:
Echo: TM 15
Endless Summer:Poster:
Futurama Comics 45
Gangsta Rap Posse 1
Glamourpuss 9
Gold Digger: Halloween Special 2009 5
Gutter
Hercules(2): Knives of Kush 3
Heroic Club
Joe and Azat:SC-GN:
Knights of the Dinner Table 154
Know Thyself:HC-Comp Maryam Naville>
Logicomix
Myth of 8 Opus:SC-GN: 5-Labyrinth
Night Business 2
Ninja High School (3) 173
Phantom: Generations 5
Phantom: Ghost Who Walks 5
Points of Connection:SC-GN:
President Evil: 100 Days Later
Rotten 4
Sherlock Holmes:SC-GN: Hounds of Baskervilles
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose 58
The Crush
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow 0
The Pound
Under Red Sky

2010 Calendars
Disney:Calendar: 2010 Disney Day to Day

Cool Books
25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom:HC:
A.D.: New Orleans After Deluge:SC-GN:
Ball Peen Hammer:SC-GN:
Best American Comics:HC-Comp: 2009 2009
Boilerplate:HC: Historys Mechanical Marvel
Created + Produced By Total Television Productions:SC:
Deviant's Pocket Guide:SC: to the Outlandish Sexual Desires
Edgar Allan Poe:HC: Tales of Death and Dementia
Hypochonfriac's Pocket Guide:SC: to the Outlandish Sexual De
Johnny Cash:SC-GN: I See A Darkness
Lio:SC-Comp: Lio's Astonishing Tales From The Haunted Crypt
Logicomix:SC-GN: An Epic Search For Truth
Outlaw: Legend of Robin Hood:SC-GN:
Piecebook Reloaded:HC: Rare Graffiti Drawings 1985-2005
R Crumb:HC-GN: The Book of Genesis
Refresh,Refresh:SC-GN:
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters:SC-Novel:
Star Wars:SC: Essential Atlas
The Monster Hunter Hunter's Handbook:HC:
Trotsky:HC-GN: A Graphic Biography
Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek:HC-Comp Comp Color Sund<1903-1905> Gustave Verbeek>

Magazines
Alter Ego:Mag:(2) 89
Back Issue:Mag: 36
Comic Shop News:Promo-Bundle: 1163
Comics Buyer's Guide:Mag: 1659
Illustration:Mag: 27
Paracinema:Magazine 7
Play Magazine Presents Girls of Anime:SC-GN: 1
Play Magazine Presents Girls of Gaming:SC-GN: 6
Previews(19) 1646
Wizard: The Comics Magazine 217

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
Classic Marvel Figurine Coll Mag:102-Hobgoblin 102
Classic Marvel Figurine Coll Mag:103-Baron Zemo 103
Daredevil:Bisque: On Gargoyle Statue
DC Superhero:Fig: Figurine Coll Mag: 36-Hitman 36
DC Superhero:Fig: Figurine Coll Mag: 37-Batgirl 37
Heroes of the DCU:Bisque: Superman Bust
Hint Mint: James Jean: Chocolate
Hint Mint: James Jean: Cinnamon
Hint Mint: James Jean: Peppermint

Toys
Buddy Christ:Fig: 6-Inch Statue
Rat Fink:Bank: Glow in the Dark:
Star Trek:Veh: Enterprise: Mirror Mirror ISS Enterprise Ship
Star Wars:Lightsaber: Force FX: Count Dooku
Star Wars:Lightsaber: Force FX: Obi-Wan Ep 1
Terminator 2:Fig:Ultimate 1/4 Scale: 1-T-800

Trading Cards + CCG’s
Magic: The Gathering:CCG: Zendikar Booster Display
Magic: The Gathering:CCG: Zendikar Intro Deck
Yu-Gi-Oh!:CCG: Tin Jack Atlas

Video + DVD’s
Haunted World of El Superbeasto:Video-DVD
Superman/Batman:Video-DVD: Public Enemies

Jeff



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Magic: The Gathering ZENDIKAR Launch Parties 10/3!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Jim Hanley's Universe and Wizards of the Coast present Magic: The Gathering Zendikar Launch Parties SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3!

The wait is over, Magic fans! Be at Jim Hanley’s Universe this Saturday, October 3 for the much anticipated launch parties of the new Magic expansion, Zendikar, at both JHU locations, EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley’s Universe!

The format, times, and prices are the same as our hugely successful Zendikar pre-release tourneys from 9/26, but as a reminder, here is the info:

FORMAT: Sealed (Get 6 booster packs of the Zendikar set and build a 40 card deck to use and play against opponents for 5 rounds.)

ENTRY FEE: $25

TIME (NYC): Main Event, 2:00 - 6:30 PM, Side Events 6:30 - 10:30 PM
TIME (SI): Main Event, 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Side Events 5:30 - 8:30 PM

THE NYC Main event is capped at 50 people!
The SI Main event is capped at 36 people!

We sold out both pre-release events September 26 - Sign up for the lauch events begins at noon at our Staten Island Location and at 1:00pm at our Manhattan Location! First come, first served!

SIDE EVENTS: $15 Booster Drafts, size of events based on participation.

-Stephen Whalen

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Baron Misuraca Performing and Signing 10/30!


Exclusive Devil's Nightperformance and signing by Baron Misuraca October 30!

Goth-tronic musician and the writer of the comic In Flesh and Spirit, Baron Misuraca will be signing copies of his books and doing a special Devil's Night performance at our Manhattan Location, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30! The signing starts at 8:00pm and the performance starts at 9:00pm, EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley's Universe - Where Art and Literature Meet!

For more on Misuraca's music, click here for his MySpace or here for one of his music videos!

Jeff

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CLAUDIO SANCHEZ Signing October 8!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

CLAUDIO SANCHEZ sets the world of KILL AUDIO loose on NEW YORK!

Writers Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, and illustrator Sheldon Vella will be signing copies of their new BOOM studios comic Kill Audio, EXCLUSIVELY at our Manhattan Location on Thursday, October 8 beginning at 6:00pm!

Claudio Sanchez is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the influential rock band Coheed and Cambria. Sanchez is also the creative force behind the Amory Wars comics and graphic novels. Kill Audio, featuring art by the up-and-coming Sheldon Vella, "is the tale of an immortal little man, seeking out his purpose in life by traipsing across a hip musical landscape with his wildly eccentric, sarcastic posse."

Claudio, Chondra and Sheldon will be signing copies of the first issue as well as the new Kill Audio toy EXCLUSIVELY in New York at Jim Hanley's Universe, Where Art and Literature Meet!

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics, graphic novels, manga, books, action figures, statues, magazines and more coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday, Month xx, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man:SC-GN:
Avengers: New Avengers 57
Batman: Detective Comics 857
Best American Comics 2009
Blackest Night: Superman 2
Dark Reign: The List: X-Men (One Shot) 1
Fantastic Four 571
Invincible 66
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 606
Superman: Secret Origin 1
Wednesday Comics 12
Wolverine: Giant-Size Old Man Logan 1
X-Men: The Astonishing X-Men:HC-Comp: Omnibus

The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie's Double Digest 202
Archie's Pal Jughead (2) 197
Archie: Sonic Universe 8
Archie:SC-Comp: Archie & Friends All Stars: 1-Veronica

Boom! Studios
Farscape: Gone + Back 3
Monsters, Inc: Laugh Factory 2
Muppet Show: Peter Pan 1
Muppet Show: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson 3

Dark Horse Comics
3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man:SC-GN:
Conan (2): The Cimmerian 14
Conan:SC-Comp: Chronicles:18-Isle of the Dead and other stor<135-142> Jones/Grant + Buscema/Chan>
Eden:SC-GN: 12
Goon:SC-Comp: 9-Calamity of Conscience
Indiana Jones:SC-Comp: Adventures: 2
Neon Genesis Evangelion:SC-GN: Shinji Ikari Raising Project 2
Spirit:HC-Comp:Archives: DH: 1-
Zero Killer 5

DC Comics
Batman and Robin 2 <3rd>
Batman: Detective Comics 857
Batman:HC-Comp: DC Library: A Death in the Family
Blackest Night: Superman 1 <2nd> Robinson + Barrow/Jose>
Blackest Night: Superman 2
Final Crisis: Aftermath: Dance 5
Flash:SC-Comp: Chronicles 1 E+HB>
Hellblazer 259
Justice League of America(4) 37
Justice League: Cry for Justice 1 <2nd> Robinson + Cascioli>
Justice League: Cry for Justice 2 <2nd> Robinson + Cascioli>
Killapalooza 5
Madame Xanadu 15
Palette of 12 Secret Colors:SC-GN 6
Power Girl 5
Push:SC-Comp:<1-6> Bernardin/Freeman + Redondo>
SHAZAM!: Billy Batson And the Magic of Shazam 8
Spirit:SC-Comp: 2<7-13> Darwyn Cooke + friends>
Super Friends 19
Supergirl(5) 45
Superman/Batman 64
Superman: Secret Origin 1
Vigilante(3) 10
Web 1
Wednesday Comics 12
Wildcats: Worlds End 15
Wonder Woman:SC-Comp: The Circle<14-19> Simone + Dodson/Chang>

Dynamite Entertainment
Buck Rogers 4
Project Superpowers(2): Chapter Two 3
Zorro(6) 16

IDW Publishing
American McGees: Grimm 5
Doctor Who: Black Death/White Life
GI Joe(8) 9
Star Trek: Spock: Reflections 3

Image Comics
'76 5
Darkness(3) 75
Darkness/Pitt 2
Darkness:SC-Comp: Accursed 2
Invincible 66
Madman Atomic Comics 17
Underground 1
Witchblade 125

Marvel Comics
Anita Blake: Laughing Corpse: Necromancer 5
Avengers: New Avengers 57
Avengers: The Initiative 28
Avengers: Ultimate Comics 1 <2nd>
Dark Reign: Made Men
Dark Reign: The List: X-Men (One Shot)
Ender's Game: Enders Shadow: Command School 1
Fantastic Force (2) 4
Fantastic Four 571
Fantastic Four:HC-Comp: Masters Of Doom Premier<562-569> Millar/Ahearn + Hitch/Immonen>
Guardians of Galaxy (2) 18
Halo: Helljumper 3
Hulk: Incredible Hercules(2) 135
Hulk: Incredible Hercules:HC-Comp: Dark Reign<126-131> Van Lente/Pak + Buschemi/Smith>
Hulk: Incredible Hulk (1) 602
Iron Fist: Immortal Weapons 3
Marvel Apes:SC-Comp: Evolution Starts Here<1-4> Kesel/Peyer + Bachs>
Marvel Masterworks:HC-Comp: The Invincible Iron Man: 6 <14-25>
Marvel Masterworks:HC-Comp: The Invincible Iron Man: 6 <14-25>
Marvel Zombies(5): Return: Hulk 4
Ms Marvel (2) 45
Nova(4) 29
Pet Avengers:SC-Comp: Classic
Riftwar 4
She-Hulk:SC-Comp: All New Savage She-Hulk<>
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 606
Spider-Man: Ultimate Comics 1 <2nd>
Spider-Woman(4) 1
Thor + Avengers:SC-GN: Marvel Adventures
Thor:SC-Comp: 1-Jurgens And Romita Jr<>
Wolverine: First Class 19
Wolverine: Giant-Size Old Man Logan 1
Wolverine: Origins 40
X-Men: Dark X-Men: The Confession (One-Shot)
X-Men: Deadpool(4) 13 <2nd>
X-Men: Origins:HC-Comp:
X-Men: The Astonishing X-Men:HC-Comp: Omnibus<1-24/gsaxm> Whedon + Cassaday>
X-Men: The Uncanny X-Men 514 <2nd>
X-Men: The Uncanny X-Men 515

Other Cool Comics
Beautiful Creatures 1
Cavewoman: Cover Gallery 2
Cavewoman: Red Menace (One-Shot)
Grimm Fairy Tales: Presents Little Mermaid
Grimm Fairy Tales: Tales From Wonderland: Tweedledee + Tweed
Hack/Slash Series 26
Labor Days:SC-GN: 2-Just Another Damn Day
Leprechaun: Lionsgate Films 4
No Hero 7
Salt Water Taffy:SC-GN: 3-
Simpsons: Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror 15
Stingers 3
Street Fighter:SC-Comp: 1-New Ed
Sulk:SC-GN: 3- Kind of Strength Comes From Madness
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello: Brain Thief
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tales of the TMNT 62
The Spider: Judgment Knight 2
Wasteland 26
Wasteland:HC-Comp: 1-Cities In Dust Johnston + Mitten>
William Shatner Presents: Tek War Chronicles 3
Zombies That Ate the World 5

TokyoPop.com
Chibi Vampire:SC-GN: 14
Fate/Stay Night:SC-GN: 5
Samurai Harem Asu No Yoichi:SC-GN: 2
Starcraft:SC-GN: Frontline 4

Cool Books
Alex Horley Sketchbook:HC:
Alex Horley Sketchbook:SC:
Joe Kubert:SC: How to Draw From Life
Tex: The Art of Mark Texeira:SC:

Magazines
Cinefex:Mag 119
Comic Shop News: Fall Preview 2009 1
Comic Shop News:Promo-Bundle: 1162
Geek Monthly:Mag:(2) 21
Juxtapoz:Mag: 34
Spider-Man Magazine 8
Star Trek Magazine 21
Video Watchdog:Mag: 151

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
Green Goblin:Fig: 1/8 Scale Model Kit
Spider-Man:Fig: 1/8 Scale Model Kit
Superman/Batman:Bisque: S/B DVD: Batman Maquette
Superman/Batman:Bisque: S/B DVD: Superman Maquette

Toys

Batman:Fig: Arkham Asylum Boxed Set
My Little Pony:Fig: Junko Mizuno Pony
Star Wars:Fig: Basic Asst 200903che
Jeff

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THE AWAKENING Tour and TONY LEE Wednesday 10/28!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Jim Hanley's Universe and Archaia Studios presents AWAKENING writer Nick Tapalansky and artist Alex Eckman-Lawn!

Awakening, the new hardcover collection of the critically acclaimed horror-suspense comic from Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn is being released and Archaia Studios is having a nationwide tour with Jim Hanley's Universe as the final stop!

This EXCLUSIVE NYC signing happens at our Manhattan Location on Wednesday, October 28 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm! And fans who purchase a copy of Awakening will receive a free, EXCLUSIVE Awakening print created exclusively for the tour!

All exclusively at Jim Hanley's Universe - Where Fans and Creators Meet!

UPDATE 10/21!

In addition to the Awakenings Tour, we will also be holding an extra special BONUS signing beginning at 6:00! On Wednesday, October 28 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm we will have Tony Lee, writer of the Dr. Who from IDW! Click here for all the details!

Jeff

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Eric Canete and Stephane Roux Signing 10/14!

Jim Hanley's Universe presents Eric Canete and Stephane Roux, Wednesday, October 14 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, EXCLUSIVELY at our Manhattan Location!

Eric Canete is an animator, designer, and illustrator who's comic works include Iron Man: Enter The Mandarin, Comic Book Tattoo, and The End League! Some of his animation work includes Aeon Flux, Justice League Unlimited, Ben10 and more.

Stephane Roux is a frequent cover artist for Marvel and DC including many covers for Birds of Prey, Countdown, Batman Confidential and most recently Amazing Spider-Man #603! You can see some of his interior work in Witchblade and Action Comics Annual.

So come on down to our Manhattan location for this rare U.S. appearance for Stephane, and a rare New York appearance for Eric - all going down Wednesday, October 14! EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley's Universe - Where Art and Literature Meet!

Jeff

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Magic: The Gathering ZENDIKAR Pre-Release 9/26!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jim Hanley's Universe and Wizards of the Coast present Magic: The Gathering Zendikar Pre-Release Tournaments SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26!

The wait is over, Magic fans! Be at Jim Hanley’s Universe this Saturday, September 26th for the much anticipated pre-release of the new Magic expansion, Zendikar, at both JHU locations! This is your chance to be the first to get a crack at this brand new expansion set, EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley’s Universe!

FORMAT: Sealed (Get 6 booster packs of the Zendikar set and build a 40 card deck to use and play against opponents for 5 rounds.)

ENTRY FEE: $25

TIME (NYC): Main Event, 2:00 - 6:30 PM, Side Events 6:30 - 10:30 PM
TIME (SI): Main Event, 1:00 - 5:30 PM, Side Events 5:30 - 8:30 PM

THE NYC Main event is capped at 50 people!
The SI Main event is capped at 36 people!

SIDE EVENTS: $15 Booster Drafts, size of events based on participation.

All events are first come, first served.

-Stephen Whalen

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Reminder: Americans UK, Tryptophan Performing Live 9/19!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

LIVE MUSIC returns to JHU Saturday, September 19 with Americans UK and Trytophan!

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics, graphic novels, manga, books, action figures, statues, magazines, hats and more coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday, September 16, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Avengers: Dark Avengers 9
Batman and Robin 4
Beasts Of Burden 1
Blackest Night 3
Brave And the Bold (2) 27 Straczynski + Saiz>
Captain America: Reborn 3
Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression 1
Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars 1
Walking Dead (2) 65
Wolverine(3): Dark Wolverine 78

The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie {Comics} 601
Archie: Betty and Veronica Double Digest 174
Archie: Jughead and Friends Digest 34

Boom! Studios
28 Days Later 2
Caped:SC-GN:
Mr Stuffins:SC-Comp< Cosby/Stokes + Axel Medellin>
Poe: (3) 3
Swordsmith Assassin 2
Unthinkable 5

Dark Horse Comics
Beasts Of Burden 1
Citizen Rex 3
Star Wars: Clone Wars 9
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 45

DC Comics
Air 13
Alcoholic:SC-GN
Bad Girls:SC-Comp:< Vance + Graves/Norrie/Krall/Bone>
Batgirl(3) 2
Batman and Robin 4
Batman: Streets of Gotham 4
Batman: The Outsiders (2) 22
Batman:HC-Comp: Cacophony
Blackest Night 1 <2nd Print> Johns + Reis/Albert>
Blackest Night 3
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps 2
Brave And the Bold (2) 27 Straczynski + Saiz>
Ex Machina 45
Fables 88
Final Crisis: Aftermath: Escape 5
Green Arrow/Black Canary 24
Green Arrow/Black Canary:SC-Comp: Wedding Album
JSA: JSA vs Kobra: Engines Of Faith 4
King of Debris:SC-GN 2
Lapis Lazuli Crown:SC-GN: 2
Prototype 6
R.E.B.E.L.S. (2) 8
Scooby-Doo(7) 148
Starcraft 4
Superman: Action Comics 881
Tiny Titans 20
Tom Strong:HC-Comp: The Absolute Edition: 1<1-12> Alan Moore + E+HB>
Venus In Love:SC-GN 7
Warlord:SC-Comp: Showcase Presents 1
Wednesday Comics 11
World of Warcraft 23

Dynamite Entertainment
Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama 2 < Serrano +Padilla>
Athena(2) 1
Battlestar Galactica: Galactica 1980 1
Battlestar Galactica:SC-Comp: Ghosts
Lone Ranger 18

IDW Publishing
Buffy: Angel: After the Fall 25
Doctor Who: Classics (2) 10
Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression 1
GI Joe: Origins 7
Locke and Key:HC-Comp: 2-Head Games
Star Trek: Romulans: Schism 1
Transformers: All Hail Megatron 15
Transformers: All Hail Megatron:SC-Comp: 2-< Shane McCarthy + Guido Guidi>
Veil 3

Image Comics
Spawn:SC-Comp: Book of the Dead< Niles/Hine + Wood>
Sword 19
Tiffany's Epiphany:HC-GN
Walking Dead (2) 65
Witchblade:SC-Comp: Origins: 3-< Wohl/Christina Z + Turner/Green>

Marvel Comics
Agents of Atlas(2) 11
Avengers: Dark Avengers 9
Avengers: Mighty Avengers 29
Captain America: Reborn 3
Captain America:SC-Comp: Man With No Face<43-48> Brubaker + Epting/Guice/Ross>
Dark Reign: The List: Daredevil One Shot
Dominic Fortune 2
Haunt Of Horror:SC-Comp: Corben + Margopoulos>
Hercules:HC-Comp: Prince Of Power (Direct Mkt Ed) Bob Layton>
Hercules:HC-Comp: Prince Of Power (Mass Mkt Ed) Bob Layton>
Hulk: Skaar: Son of Hulk:HC-Comp: 2-Planet Skaar
Hulk: Skaar: Son of Hulk:SC-Comp: 1-Son Of Hulk
Iron Man: Invincible Iron Man 18
Marvel Spotlight: Marvel Zombies Return
Marvel Zombies(5): Return: Wolverine
Modok: Reign Delay
Moon Knight(8): Vengeance Of Moon Knight 1
Punisher(8) 9
Punisher: Noir 2
Secret War:SC-Comp
Secret Warriors:HC-Comp: 1-Nick Fury Agent of Nothing< Bendis/Hickman + Caselli/Rudoni>
Spider-Man: Amazing Spider-Man Presents Anti Venom 1
Spider-Man: Noir:SC-Comp
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 601 <2nd Print>
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 605
Thor: Annual (3) 1
Thor:HC-Comp: Balder the Brave Premier (Direct Mkt Ed)
Thor:HC-Comp: Balder the Brave Premier (Mass Mkt Ed)
Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars 1
War Machine 9
Wolverine(3): Dark Wolverine 78
X-Factor(3) 48
X-Men: Deadpool(4) 12 <2nd Print> Way + Medina/Vlasco>
X-Men: Deadpool: Merc with A Mouth 2 <2nd Print> Victor Gischler + Bong Dazo>
X-Men: Deadpool: Merc with A Mouth 3
X-Men: Deadpool:HC-Comp: 2-Dark Reign
X-Men: First Class: Uncanny X-Men 3
X-Men: Legacy: Annual 1

Other Cool Comics
2000 AD:Pack: Aug 2009 3
Apple Anthology:SC-GN: 3
Atomic Robo: Shadow From Beyond Time 5
Boneyard 28
Executive Assistant: Iris 3
Judge Dredd Megazine 288
Legend of Isis(Bluewater) 4
Neil Jam:SC-Comp:
Simpsons Comics 158
Sullengrey: Sacrifice (Double-Sized) 1
Thicker Than Blood 3
Vincent Price Presents 12
We Kill Monsters 3

Viz Media
Oishinbo:SC-GN: 5-
Oishinbo:SC-GN: Vegetables
Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka:SC-GN: 5
Usurper of the Sun:SC:
Zoo:SC-GN:

Apparel
Batman:Hat: Dark Knight White Print
Batman:Hat: Joker Movie Emblem
Batman:Hat: Joker Print Chem Knit Cap
Batman:Hat: Logo
Batman:Hat: Washed Brushed
Superman:Hat: Anicent Symbol
Superman:Hat: Symbol
Transformers:Hat: Urban Recon
Muppets:Hat: Kermit
Wonder Woman:Beanie: Screen Printed
DC Heroes:T-Shirt: Super Heroes Have Issues XXL

Cool Books
Alerto Ruiz:HC: Bocetto
Art for Obama:SC: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign f
Cameron Stewart:HC: Stewartwork
Chuck Norris VS. MR. T: 400 Facts About the Baddest Dudes
Complete Idiot's Guide to Drawing Superheroes
Diario De Oaxaca:HC: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Me
Doc Savage:SC-Novel: 29-Double Novel
Francisco Herrera:HC: Sketchbox 3
Frank Cho:HC: Jungle Queens
Humberto Ramos:HC: Art'n'Out
Marvel:SC: Marvel Heroes Glow in the Dark Sticker Book
Mineshaft 24
Part One:SC: The Death Squad
Pokemon:HC: Visual Guide
Pokemon:SC: Diamond and Pearl Sticker Book
Process Recess:HC: PR3
Shadow:SC-Novel: 30-Double Novel
Spider-Man:SC: Ultimate Sticker Collection
Transformers:HC: Movie Universe
Up!:HC: Insiders Guide
Up!:SC: Ultimate Sticker Book
Was Superman a Spy? + Other Comic Book Legends...Revealed!
Wolverine:HC: Inside The World of the Living Weapon
Wolverine:SC: Ultimate Sticker Book

Magazines
Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine 45
Cinema Retro:Mag: 15
Comic Shop News:Promo-Bundle: 1161
Doctor Who:Mag: 412
Heavy Metal: Magazine <2K>
Non-Sport Update:Mag: Card Price Guide(20) 5
Star Wars:Mag: Insider 112

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
Classic Marvel Figurine Coll Mag: Special 100
DC Superhero:Fig: Figurine Coll Mag: 17-Starfire
DC Superhero:Fig: Figurine Coll Mag: 5-Gorilla Grodd
Simpsons:Bisque: Classic Character: 1-Homer Simpson

Toys

Back to the Future:Veh: Delorean Mark I Car

Video & DVD’s

Transformers:Video-DVD: Season 2 - 25th Anniversery

Jeff



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ABSTRACT COMICS SIGNING 9/10!

Thursday, September 10, 2009


In addition to the Brown/Reilly/Giarrusso signing this Thursday (new comic book day!) we will also be having a signing for the new comics anthology from Fantagraphics, ABSTRACT COMICS!

Abstract Comics (now in stock at both of our locations) is "the first book to trace the history and survey the contemporary landscape of abstract sequential art," and features a selection of the most cutting edge abstract comics being produced today! Signing will be editor Andrei Molotiu, and contributing artists Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), Richard Hahn (Lumakick), Geoff Grogan (Look Out Monsters), Henrik Rehr (Tribeca Sunset), Alexey Sokolin, and Anders Pearson!

This all happens at our Manhattan location Thursday, September 10 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, EXCLUSIVELY at Jim Hanley's Universe, Where Art and Literature Meet!

Jeff

Technical note: This is a repost of a deleted post from 9/5.

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Weekly Checklist for Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics, graphic novels, manga, books, action figures, statues, magazines and more coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Thursday, September 10, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Adventure Comics 2
Avengers: Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus
Avengers: Ultimate Comics 2
Batman: Gotham Central:HC-Comp: 2-Jokers And Madmen 2
Blackest Night: Batman 2
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers (One Shot)
DMZ 45
G-Man: Cape Crisis 2
Green Lantern Corps 40
Hellboy: Wild Hunt 6
Hulk: Incredible Hercules(2) 134
Kick-Ass 7
Love and Rockets:SC: New Stories 2
Marvels Project 2
Masterpiece Comics:HC-Comp:
Unwritten 5

The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie and Friends 135
Archie: Digest Magazine 257
Archie: Sonic the Hedgehog(2) 204

Boom! Studios
Farscape: D'argos Trial 2
Finding Nemo: Reef Rescue 3
Muppet Show: Robin Hood 4

Dark Horse Comics
Achewood:HC-GN: 2-Worst Song Played 2
Art Of Tony Millionaire:HC:
Conan:SC-Comp: Savage Sword of Conan 6 Thomas + Buscema>
Emily the Strange:SC-Comp 2
Hellboy: BPRD: 1947 3
Hellboy: Wild Hunt 6
Little Lulu:SC-Comp:20 20

DC Comics
Adventure Comics 2
Batman: Gotham Central:HC-Comp: 2-Jokers And Madmen 2
Batman: Red Robin 4
Blackest Night: Batman 2
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps 1 <2nd>
Booster Gold: All New (2) 24
Cartoon Network Action Pack 41
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers (One Shot) 1
DMZ 45
Doom Patrol(5) 2
Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors 3
Green Lantern Corps 40
House of Mystery 17
Red Herring 2
Secret Six(2) 13
Shield(2) 1
Stormwatch: PHD 23
Superman: The World of New Krypton 7
Tangent: Supermans Reign:SC-Comp: 2
Titans (2) 17
Titans:SC-Comp: 2-Lockdown 2
Unwritten 5
War That Time Forgot:SC-Comp: 2 2
Warlord (2) 6
Wednesday Comics 10
Wildcats:SC-Comp: James Robinson's Complete Wildcats

Drawn + Quarterly Books
John Stanley Library:HC-Comp: 2-Nancy 2
Masterpiece Comics:HC-Comp:

Dynamite Entertainment
Dracula: The Complete Dracula 3
Red Sonja (6) 48

Fantagraphics Books
All & Sundry:HC-Comp: Uncollected Work 2004-2009
Giraffes In My Hair: A Rock N Roll Life:HC:
Love and Rockets:SC: New Stories 2
Red Monkey Double Happiness Book:HC-GN: Two Stories
Rock Candy:HC-Comp:
Side of Jordan
Squirrel Machine:HC-GN:
West Coast Blues:HC-GN:

IDW Publishing
Astro Boy: Movie Adaptation 4
Astro Boy:SC-Comp: Movie Adaptation
Astro Boy:SC-Comp: Movie Prequel: Underground
Buffy: Angel: Only Human 2
Buffy:HC-Comp: Angel: After the Fall: 4- 5
Fallen Angel:(3): Reborn 3
GI Joe:SC-Comp: Classic 5
Grimwood's Daughter:HC-Comp:
Life And Times of Savior 28 5
Locke and Key: Welcome To Lovecraft 1 Joe Hill + Gabriel Rodriguez>
Star Trek: Nero 2
Transformers: Tales of the Fallen 2

Image Comics
Dead Space: Extraction (one Shot)
Dead@17: Afterbirth 4
Descendant 3
G-Man: Cape Crisis 2
Hip Flask: Elephantman 21
Milo Ventimiglia Presents Berserker 1
Olympus 4
Tyrese Gibson's Mayhem 2
Witchblade 130

Manga Mania!
Color of Heaven:SC-GN 3
Gundam 00:SC-GN 1
Higurashi: When They Cry:SC-GN: 4
Storm in the Barn:SC-GN
Tale Of Waning Moon Gn
X-Men:SC-GN: Misfits 1
Yotsuba:SC-GN: 6
Ze:SC-GN: 3

Marvel Comics
1602:HC-Comp:
Avengers: Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus
Avengers: Ultimate Comics 2
Avengers: Young Avengers: Dark Reign 4
Captain Britain And MI 13:SC-Comp: 3 3
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers (One Shot)
Ender's Game: Command School 1
Fantastic Four:SC-Comp: Lost Adventures
Guardians of Galaxy:SC-Comp: 2-War of Kings: Book 1 2 <7-12> Abnett/Lanning + Pelletier/Walker>
Hulk: Incredible Hercules(2) 134
Hulk: Incredible Hulk (1) 600 <2nd> Loeb + McGuinnes/Farmer>
Hulk: Team-Up (One Shot)
Kick-Ass 7
Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes 15
Marvel Super Hero Squad 1
Marvel Super-Hero Team-Up:SC-Comp:
Marvel Zombies(5): Return: Iron Man 2
Marvels Project 2
Models Inc 1
Ms Marvel:HC-Comp: 7-Dark Reign 7
Nomad: Girl Without A World 1
Punisher(7) 74
Runaways:HC-Comp: Good Die Young
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 600 <2nd>
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 604
Spider-Man:HC-Comp: Ultimatum: Spider-Man
Thor: Tales of Asgard 5
Thunderbolts(1) 135
War Of Kings: Who Will Rule
X-Men: Forever 3 <2nd>
X-Men: Forever 4 <2nd>
X-Men: Forever 7
Ythaq:HC-Comp: No Escape

Other Cool Comics
A World Without Superheroes 3
A World Without Superheroes 4
Amazing Adventures of Bill:SC-GN
Cursed Pirate Girl 2
Demonio 1
Domino Lady 2
Female Force: Condoleezza Rice 6
Femforce:SC-Comp: Omnibus
Joanes: or the Basque Whaler
Man Enough
Mine
Political Power: Barack Obama 2 Chris Ward + Azim Akberal>
Political Power: Barack Obama 2 Chris Ward + Azim Akberal>
Rotten 3
Saving Carlos
Soulfire: Volume Two 0
Street Fighter:SC: Art Of Street Fighter
Super Human Resources:SC-Comp: Season 01 1
Tear-Stained Makeup 8
Tick:SC-Comp: Paul the Samurai Complete Works
Vampirella: Second Coming 1
X and the City

Viz Media
Inu-Yasha:SC-GN: 40

Cool Books
Avenger:SC-Novel: Double Novel 2
Battlestar Galactica:Calendar: 2010
Full Frontal Nerdity:SC-Comp: 2-You've Got The Touch 2
Grown Ups Are Dumb (No Offense):SC-GN:
Hammer Films:SC: Memories of Hammer Films: Fanex Interviews
Little Fluffy Gigolo: PELU
Lucky Luke:SC-GN: 16-The Black Hills 16
Manga Kamishibai:HC: Art of Japanese Paper Theater
New Yorker:HC-Comp: On the Money Economy in Cartoons<1925-2009>
Peanuts:Calendar: 2010: Mini Day to Day
Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles:SC-GN: 2
Steve Rude Commissions Sketchbook: 2009
Stuff White People Like:Calendar: 2010: Day to Day
Toon Treasury of Classic Childrens Comics:HC-Comp:
Will Eisner:SC-GN: Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative

How To

DC Comics Guide to Digitally Drawing Comics:SC:

Magazines

Comic Shop News:Promo-Bundle: 1160
Fangoria:Mag: 287
Lee's Toy Review:Mag: 202
Rue Morgue Magazine 93
ToyFare: The Toy Magazine 147

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
DC Superhero:Fig: Figurine Coll Mag: 20-Booster Gold 20
Spider-Man:Bisque: Back in Black Comiquette

Supplies
Card Supp:Deck Box: Magic Planechase
Comic Supp:Bag-100: TV-Guide

Toys

Cinema of Fear 3-3/4-Inch :Fig: Series 1 Asst
Emily The Strange Rag Doll
Superman:Fig: Uni Formz Weighted Master Case Asst

Trading Cards + CCG’s
Epic:CCG: Time Wars Booster Display
Legend of the 5 Rings:CCG: Path of the Destroyer Boosters
Magic: The Gathering:CCG: From the Vault Exiled Set
Magic: The Gathering:CCG: Planechase Game Pack
Pokemon:CCG: 2009 Holiday Collector Tins
Yu-Gi-Oh!:CCG: Ancient Prophecy Booster Display
Yu-Gi-Oh!:CCG: Ancient Prophecy Booster Display

Jeff

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STRANGE TALES: A Different Take on Marvel's Iconic Heroes by Today's Best Indy Cartoonists

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Into independent comics but superhero comics aren't your thing? Into capes but reticent to dip into the pool of indy comix? Then why not enjoy the best of both worlds with the new Strange Tales mini-series from Marvel Knights. This killer new anthology features the best independent cartoonists in the world giving their take on Marvel's superheroes. Featured in the first issue alone are Peter Bagge (Hate), Nick Bertozzi (Stuffed!), Molly Crabapple (Backstage), Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship), Jason (High Moon), James Kochalka (American Elf), Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle), Paul Pope (Pulphope), Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comix), Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button) and more!

Highlights from the first issue include Kupperman's Namor story, Michael Ryan's two strips, the killer Dr. Strange story by Dash Shaw, the laugh-out-loud PBF strips from Gurewitch, and the Spidey vs. Doc Ock story by Jason. This is an excellent opportunity to read the best independent cartoonists at the top of their game doing their unique take on Marvel's stable of great characters.

And if this is your first exposure to these award-winning cartoonists, you should definitely take a look at their own books in stock now at Jim Hanley's Universe! Don't forget: not only do we stock the best in superhero comics from the Big Two, but we have a deep selection of independent comics from the top creators in the world... at Jim Hanley's Universe - Where Art & Literature Meet!

Jeff

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