Speak On It: SAVE 20% on Asterios Polyp!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Speak On It, the monthly JHU discussion group will be meeting again at the JHU Underground Wednesday, January 6 beginning at 7:00pm. This month's book is the best graphic novel of 2009, Asterios Polyp by David Mazzuchelli. Still not sure if you want to give this significant work a try? Then use this coupon to save a whopping 20%! Take advantage while supplies last, and see you there!

Jeff

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Wednesday Roundup: Sales, Photos, Lists and More!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A lot has been announced over the past week, so here is a rundown of all things JHU you need to know!

First and foremost, we're having a HUGE 50% off sale right now!: All nice price products and all back issues under $20 are 50% Off and when you buy one graphic novel, the second is half off! Click here for all the important details!

Click here for our Holiday Hours, and Click Here for our updated Holiday Gaming Schedule.

December 30 is a big day here at JHU... its Indy Comic Book Week (where we are spotlighting dozens of the best indy creators alive!) and the Marvel New Year's Eve Eve party starting at 6:00pm! There will be cake and free comics, calendars and more! Click here for the details!

Speak On It, the JHU Discussion Group meets on January 6 at 7:00pm. Discussed will be Asterios Polyp. Click here for details and a money saving coupon.

This week's checklist, and all past checklists can be seen at our checklist index located here. And for those who follow RSS feeds, the new JHU RSS can be seen here or by clicking the RSS sidebar on the left.

In addition to our already jam-packed gaming line-up, we've just announced that we are carrying Games Workshop Games! Click here for the details!

We have a really nifty photo retrospective of JHU 2009 here.

And finally, both Vito and I have put up our Best-Of Lists for 2009, and they are packed with recommendations that you can take advantage of in this week's sale! Click here to read Vito's list, and click here to check out mine!

See you at the store!

Jeff

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Blackest Night #6!
Fall of the Hulks Alpha!
Origins of Seige #1!

Don't forget, its Indy Comic Book Week, too!

See you at the store!

Jeff

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Jeff's Best Comics of 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Best Comics of 2009, by Jeffrey O. Gustafson

When all is said and done, when this era of comics history is being looked at by the cultural historians of the future, 2009 will be seen as one of the most significant in our history. There have been many seemingly sudden seismic shifts throughout comic history, and the period around 2009 will be remembered for the corporatization and full financial exploitation of the comics medium and the transition from the paper comic book to the digital one. Disney bought Marvel, Warner's shook up DC, the con wars began, prices went up while the global economy took a nosedive, all as a generation of new readers come to think of comics as pixels on a screen rather than bound pieces of cultural ephemera that also happen to tell stories. What a weird, scary, exhilarating time to be a comic fan!

But what about the stories, the whole rhyme and reason for all of this? I think it is too early to categorize the entire year under any particular umbrella, but many folks are quick to point out the rather dark creative direction of the Big Two. The DCU has fallen under the Blackest Night of emotion-manipulating pseudo-zombies while at Marvel the 616 has fallen under the Dark Reign of the Green Goblin and the Ultimate universe went through a rather senseless armageddon. Dark Reign and Blackest Night have both been entertaining in places, with a payoff in sight for Marvel fans with a guarantee of a new, lighter, more self-contained Heroic Age. But there are no larger parallels, no grander meanings to be derived from the direction of mainstream superhero comics, which are frankly not representative of anything - not the current cultural or financial landscape, not the state of the industry; the darkness put forth by Marvel and DC has nothing to do with reality in which we live, sadly. It is just another storytelling mechanism, a plot device to move whatever larger universe-wide agenda forward. If anything, the continuing rise of the crime comic may hold more fascinating, deeper, long-term parallels with the state of the world than anything the cape and tight set has put forth this year. The worlds of DC and Marvel are not the totality of comics, of course... Right now, what can be said for sure when the ink dries on this chapter on the important works of this point in time in comics history, is that this is the year Asterios Polyp was published. Everything else will sit in its formidable shadow.

And the American comic industry really hasn't all been creative doom and gloom, despite what Alan Moore wants to tell you. For my best-of list, in the same year that we had dark, challenging works as Scalped, Incognito, and Final Crisis, we also had fun, light, and above all pretty damn good comics in the all-ages wonder of the Marvel Oz books, to the sheer goofy fun in Incredible Hercules and Johnny Hiro.

All that said, we'll start with the best ongoing and best graphic novel of the year, then my full list of the fifteen or so best comics of 2009.

The Best Ongoing Series of 2009 - Scalped by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guerra

There are few things that I look forward to as much as writer Jason Aaron's Scalped. Everything I said last year about this ongoing character driven masterpiece from Vertigo holds true. By a mile, this is consistently the best ongoing comic being published by anyone. This is more than just the tragedy of a man who has completely lost himself in a maze of drugs and of the sins of the past bubbling up and overwhelming him, it is the tragedy of an entire people trying to survive in one piece while mired in third world conditions, an inescapable gang war, an ocean of drugs, alcohol, and corruption. The near-universal desperation never overwhelms, the art is gritty yet not stylistically so (in essence, it is not dark for darkness sake). This is the rare comic that exposes a state-of-being for a group of people without being preachy, and disappointingly rare for so many stories of any media, it is a work that begins and ends with the characters and their actions... this is no plot inhabited by paper cutouts. If you like crime comics, spy books, westerns, quality realistic fiction that is just off the beaten path, or just plain good comics, then this is a comic you should be reading.

The Best Graphic Novel of 2009 - Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

Is it cliche to call this the best graphic novel of 2009? A decade in the making, David Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp from Pantheon is the one of the singular achievements of the comics medium, a symphony of design, a story that says more in its astonishing use of color and inventive lettering than some novels are capable of saying in 600 pages. A light character study about an artist and a relationship in decline as much as it is about the very nature of art itself, there has never been a more perfect melding of art and words and design, a comic that cannot exist as anything but a comic. I find myself at a loss for words at trying to describe the wogboggling perfection of this novel, its depth and level of formal reinvention, the dozens of levels that it works on. Chris Ware's Acme Novelty #19 is still the finest single comic ever produced, but I'd be hard pressed not to call this a close second, at least aesthetically.

As momentous a work as this is, so much has been written about it, and deservedly so. Go ahead, look online, read the reviews, there is no praise high enough for this work. Or you could take the advice of Scott McCloud and stop reading the reviews, and read the comic... that if you buy one graphic novel this year, this should be it.

The best comics of 2009...

1 - tie) Asterios Polyp and Scalped (see above).

2) The Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca from Marvel is the best ongoing superhero comic of 2009. The year opened with "World's Most Wanted," Tony Stark on the run, not just from Norman Osborn's forces, but from his own past, both the people he has effected and his past sins. To keep Osborn form accessing his secrets and technology, Stark incrementally destroyed his own greatest weapon, his true superpower, his own mind. How unique is it that the methodical destruction of a superhero is at that hero's own hands? Certainly Osborn's intentions act as the catalyst, but it is Stark and Stark alone who is responsible for his own destruction. True heroism lies in sacrifice and not fancy powers or advanced technology, and here Tony Stark's colors really shine. Also shining is the supporting cast, reluctantly yet dutifully aiding Stark in his quest for self-destruction. As we close out the year, Marvel's trinity has reunited to do what they can to save what is left of the former Iron Man, Tony Stark trapped in a prison of his own mind. "World's Most Wanted," despite its length, was a tightly plotted, emotional and thrilling work, and the current ark, "Stark Disassembled" is shaping up to be just as good (with, incidentally, the best covers of the year). And how can I not comment on the superb art of Salvador Larroca (with Frank D'Armata), which is not just consistently better than most superhero comics, but just as notable in an age of accepted delays, on time as well.


3) The vanguard of the crime comic revolution is being led by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips - there simply isn't a better creative combination working in comics today, and the one-two punch of Criminal and Incognito from Icon definitely represents a high-water mark for noir comics in 2009 (sorry 100 Bullets - while superb, it became more about the conspiracy than the crime aspect, though its everyone-looses ending lived up to its wonderfully noir core). When Brubaker and Phillips work together, there is some kind of voodoo at work, Brubaker writing some of his best, down and dirty stuff, and Phillips doing the best work of his career. An expectedly superb Criminal chapter closes out '09, with the pulpy, vile, exhilarating super-villain comic noir Incognito filling out the rest. In Incognito, Zack Overkill is a super-powered villain of the highest order stuck in the crushingly mundane existence of a file clerk while in witness protection. His powers suppressed by government drugs, he is seemingly still a villain at heart, and living in his head-space as he is forced to live a normal mundane life is a thrill. Outside forces bear down to try to control him, and all hell breaks loose in this subtle, deliciously absurd pulp super-villain comic populated by a wonderful supporting cast. Also seeing release in 2009 were Brubaker and Phillips' complex and twisting first super-spy noir masterwork, Sleeper from Wildstorm (which I had the sheer pleasure of reading for the first time this year), and the absolutely gorgeous Criminal hardcover (soon to be back in print) collecting the first three volumes. If you see a comic with Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' names on it, buy it, you won't be disappointed.

4) There is nobody better at writing war comics than Garth Ennis, and his ongoing Battlefields anthologies from Dynamite certainly add to his growing legacy as the best there is. In addition to his usual striving for the utmost historical and technical accuracy, Battlefields has the additional appeal of spotlighting the forgotten aspects of World War II, the Night Witches and Dear Billy minis focusing on the role of Women in the war. Ennis' war comics tend to do any of a handful of things: showing individuals simply trying to do their jobs in the face of great adversity, the effect of war on a person, and/or, usually most fascinating, the people who need war, waging their own private one-person crusades. Battlefields: Dear Billy, by Ennis and Peter Snejbjerg, starts out as a tale of romance between a shot-down pilot, Billy, and a nurse, Carrie, and is told as a letter from Carrie to Billy. But there is more going on: war effects everyone it touches, and Carrie is no exception, carrying far deeper wounds than the men she is trying to heal. Ennis has a penchant for zigging where you think the story would zag while still respecting character and logic above all else (his amazing take on Dan Dare, for instance), and Dear Billy takes some surprising, heart-breaking turns. This isn't a Hollywood romance, and what romance forged in the shadow of the horrors of war could be? This isn't about good vs. evil, nor is it a preachy exploration of the muddled shades of gray that so often cloud the battlefield. Dear Billy, is a multi-layered exploration of revenge and the way the quest for vengeance can poison life as much as War itself, set against the backdrop of one victim's experiences in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War II. In 66 pages or so, this is one of Garth Ennis's finest works and this, with an ouvre as impressive and consistently good as his, is no small feat.

5) L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young from Marvel: what an uplifting delight are Marvel's Oz books! As an all-ages comic, the storytelling is uncomplicated, the paragon of simplicity, distilled to the core elements yet told with a respect, knowledge and love for the source material that only someone like Eric Shanower could pull off. The art by Skottie Young is some of the best in mainstream comics this year, stylish and beautiful, with superb colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, every panel is a new wonder to behold. I have no affection for the original Oz books or their myriad of adaptations and have not been exposed to them all that much, so maybe that lack of knowledge benefits my reading experience. Nevertheless, it still seams to me that Shanower and Young pull off the feat of making an adaptation that stands alone by sheer force of artistic quality, truly transcending the original. These books are an utter joy to read! This is the rare comic that can be shared and appreciated by adults and children alike, and if Marvel does their jobs properly, these books will hold their own as the definitive retelling of the Oz cycle for decades to come.

6) A Drifting Life by Yoshihiro Tatsumi from Drawn & Quarterly. Last spring, I had the unexpected thrill of reading Tatsumi's fascinating, revelatory 800+ page opus on the rise of manga in post-war Japan one day followed by meeting the master the next. This graphic memoir is a must read for anyone wanting to learn about the history of comics in Japan, post-war Japanese culture, or a look at the creative process from one of the masters. Click here to read my original review of this important work, as well as to see pictures of Tatsumi at JHU!

7 - tie) The Incredible Hercules by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, et al, from Marvel. This book is one of the most intricately plotted, most fun superhero books on the stands. Folding in intricacies of greek myth, quantum mechanics, asides that do everything from brilliantly extrapolating the mechanisms of the afterlife to the best sound effects in comics (SUKKA-PUNCH!), rip-roaring action set pieces and complex yet accessible stories, this is the smartest comic on the stands while never loosing its goofiness. All those who rail against the grim and gritty clearly haven't read this little gem nor the equally inspired Agents of Atlas (good guys pretending to be bad guys, there's a gorilla man, a 50's killer robot, a time displaced g-man, a siren, and an alien in a flying saucer!) now running as a back-up in Herc. If you want some extremely well produced yet light-hearted superhero fare, look no further than The Incredible Herecules.

And speaking of good old fashioned fun, how can I not include one of my personal favorites, The Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al, from Marvel? I'm a sucker for space operas, and both Guardians and Nova delivered the goods in the Kree-Inhumans War of Kings. But it was The Guardians that had the best run, suffering the most death as a result of the interstellar war while never losing the book's near-trademark sense of humor. This was a space-action-adventure book with great art and repeated, shocking twists. No character was safe from death as the war waged on, and, like Nova, all the plot threads that had been dangling for years around the edges came together beautifully within the larger cosmic picture of the Marvel Universe. Good, clean, cosmic fun. (And I guess I'll give a shout out here to Green Lantern. Though I don't read many (any?) DCU books, I do enjoy the Green Lantern stuff, which has been a lot of fun throughout the Blackest Night event. But I find event fatigue starting to set in, and the main Blackest Night mini becomes more and more irrelevant to me as it the focus increasingly falls on various DCU characters outside of the Lantern books that I just don't know, nor care about. Nevertheless, Geoff Johns has hooked me as a Green Lantern fan for years to come, and this year he produced, with Doug Mahnke in Green Lantern #43, one of the creepiest origin stories produced by anyone in a long while.)

8) Johnny Hiro by Fred Chao, from AdHouse. A love letter to love, New York City, wacky celebrity cameos, kung-fu, monster attacks and cover-ups, and misadventures in restaurant work, amongst so much more, Johnny Hiro is a wonderful little book about the things a city will throw at you and what it takes to hold it together.

9) Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke from IDW. Further evidence of the noir renaissance lies in this taut little adaptation of one of the all-time greats by one of the all-time greats, Darwyn Cooke. Cooke's art, much like Guy Davis, Jean Paul Leon and Jimmy Cheung, really hits a spot for me that I can never quite identify, and find myself attracted to. It is not damning to say Cooke has a "cartoony" style, yet it is a style that gets in your face and dares you to call it cartoony. He may have launched his career with the bright 50s pop of the New Frontier, but it's his Parker work that has truly launched him into a new frontier of dark, restrained, emotional work. This and his recent Jonah Hex work have really upped his game, and I am looking forward to the next installment of this great little slice of gritty noir.

10) Mike Mignola's BPRD by John Arcudi and Guy Davis, with Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, et al, from Dark Horse. Mike Mignola's Hellboy-verse is one of the best cohesive fictional universes in comics today, with a deep history, fascinating cast of characters, and a large yet not unwieldy epic story. As noted above, I really have a thing for Guy Davis' art and BPRD is the perfect platform for his work. While he took most of 2009 off, Moon and Ba (where fore art thou Casanova?) stepped in with inspired work in the surprising 1947. The BPRD and Hellboy books are deliciously moody and beautifully weird, and I am really looking forward to the conclusion of the Frog War coming in 2010.

11 - tie) George Sprott by Seth from Drawn & Quarterly and 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man by Matt Kindt from Dark Horse. George Sprott is easily Seth's best whole work. Like many of his graphic novels, it meanders, strolls through the past, in this case in the forgotten corners of a quirky local Canadian TV show that has been off the air for decades and looking at the titular character. Part of the book is sifting through the remains of a man's life, trying to piece together a larger picture from scattered, forgotten fragments, and part of the book is a fever dream of a man's last moments in life, all packaged in a wonderfully oversized hardcover from D&Q. 3-Story is Matt Kindt's most emotional work to date, and certainly his best artistic effort in full color. The story of a man who did not stop growing, the lives he effected, and the mystery behind his loss, 3 Story, similar to George Sprott, is trying to piece together the reality of a man's past life, and the story of how he grew away from his family and humanity, all packaged in a wonderfully compact hardcover from Dark Horse.

12) Echo by Terry Moore. Echo is a beautiful, subtle science fiction story of a woman on the run from corporate forces, and the cosmic forces infecting her body, the way business can use Science for ill, and so much more. This is a story featuring powerful female characters, a great deal of trippy science, and one of the most accurate and sympathetic portrayals of mental illness seen anywhere in comics. Great stuff.

13) Ex Machina by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris, from Wildstorm. Surprises abound! As Ex Machina draws to a close, (in addition to the always great NYC political stuff) the true nature of the story and revelations about Mitchell Hundred's past and his powers have cemented this book as one of the great sci-fi/superhero books of the decade, with the final issues all but guaranteeing the book's placement high on next year's list. I wish I could tell you specifics about what has changed, but that would spoil a great deal. Rest assured, this is a completely different book than we thought it was, and that is a very good thing.

14) Final Crisis by Grant Morrison, et al, from DC. Ah, Final Crisis. I guess I had the advantage of reading the whole thing at once in the gorgeously packaged hardcover edition rather than spread out over four-too-many months. I still have no idea who half the characters were, but once the stakes became clear, it really gelled into one hell of a superhero comic. Final Crisis is part acid trip, part multi-dimensional super-hero epic, part dark, part eternally hopeful, I've never read anything quite like it. The book is decidedly not perfect, but in the end it was better than Secret Invasion from Marvel that, while fun, was too long and only served to set up further stories where Final Crisis had a beginning, middle, and end. I think I'll give the eventual Multiversity a try even though I'm pretty darn sure I won't have a bloody clue what's happening.

15) The Brave & The Bold by J. Michael Straczynski and Jesus Diaz from DC. This was a late addition to the list, fueled in part by my lack of familiarity with the characters being used and extreme familiarity with the works of J. Michael Straczynski, as I've seen some of the themes brought forth in the comic by JMS elsewhere. But the sheer quality of the characterizations coupled with themes usually unexplored in superhero comics won The Brave & The Bold a spot on the extended list. Also important to note is JMS's use of the done-in-one... What he elevated to a high art form in his Thor run he uses to great effect here, telling volumes in 22 pages through emotion and characterization, and Jesus Diaz lives up to the daunting task at hand. Great stuff that has fallen under a lot of readers' radar, and worth trying out.

Honorable mentions, in no order: The Wintermen, Thor, Godland, The Unwritten, The Amazing Spider-Man in places, 100 Bullets, X-Factor, Ganges, and The Boys.

Finally, a caveat about my personal biases: I'm a Marvel guy (clearly), I appreciate formal reinvention though I read far too few mini-comics, and I don't read nearly enough manga either. I read a lot of books each week, both new stuff and old stuff I'm discovering for the first time, but I don't read everything I reckon I should. And I can't really speak from the retailing perspective - I'm just a grunt in the trenches - nor do I have any more authority than any other lone voice in the wilderness crying out for you to please read this book or that book. What I can speak to is my own personal taste, so feel free to take a look at my best-of list from last year to get an idea of what I like. I LOVE COMICS, and had to leave off quite a bit that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's been a long year here at JHU, and I reckon by the time I finish this I'll wake up in a cold sweat with the revelation that I missed something that I really ought to have included, but c'est la vie. Like all best-of lists, don't look at this as the definitive be-all end-all of good comics for 2009, but as a starting-off point for anyone looking to read some good books they may have overlooked. I hope you give one of these great comics a try (heck, why not take advantage of our Buy-One-Get-One-Half-Off graphic novel sale starting 12/30, eh?), and I'll see you at the store!

-Jeff

Jeffrey O. Gustafson is the editor of the JHU blog. You can read more reviews by the great JHU staff by clicking here. c) 2009 Jeffrey O. Gustafson. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

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Warhammer Comes to JHU!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

We are very excited and proud to announce Games Workshop games have arrived at JHU!


We will be carrying a full line of Games Workshop paints and miniatures for use with the games Warhammer, Warhammer 40000 and The Lord of the Rings tabletop game. We will soon be hosting tournaments for all of these games as well, so stay tuned for updates!

Keep reading to see what Warhammer is and what all the excitement is about!

What is Warhammer tabletop gaming and how does it work?

First, there is assembling your army...

Playing one of these games is one of the most fun and rewarding hobbies around. In reality it is two great hobbies rolled into one. First there is the modeling and painting aspect of the hobby. You get to choose from hundreds of detailed models to add to your army. There is truly something for everyone, from giants, elves, vampires and goblins to space marines, tanks and aliens. You get to customize them with any number of different color schemes and convert your models to your own unique specifications. This alone is hours of fun and it is incredibly rewarding to paint an army and display your models for all to see.

Then there is the actual gaming aspect of your army...

Now that you have assembled and painted your army, you get to play an amazing strategy game
against an army of the same size. Two generals (the players) line their massive armies up on opposite sides of a 4' by 6' gaming surface (this can be anything from a regular table to incredibly detailed replicas of terrain). The game is a turn-based strategy game that has inspired tons of video game copy cats (think Starcraft or Warcraft).

Die (like you'd find in almost any board game) are used to determine success and failure: to decide whether a bolter shell hits its target, or whether a lascannon blasts through the armor of a tank. Each game is played, not on a regular 'board' but in a special gaming area where models are not confined to "squares," but are free to move as their controller wishes. Because Warhammer is not played on a set game board, tape measures or rulers are used to see how far a miniature can move - a horse can run faster than a stumpy-legged dwarf, after all.

That might all sound a little complicated, but most Warhammer players find that after just a short game or two they've grasped the basics. Seasoned Warhammer generals find that the rules become second nature, and they seldom need to refer to the rulebook at all.

Stay tuned! In the future we will be holding Games Workshop related events, such as miniature modeling, painting and terrain/table building workshops!

In the World of Warhammer there is no time for peace. No respite. No forgiveness. There is only WAR!

Click here for more on Warhammer!

-Drew

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The Best of JHU 2009, In Photos

Friday, December 25, 2009

In 2009, Jim Hanley's Universe had dozens of signings with the best comic creators in the world. That is nothing new for JHU, but the opening of the JHU Underground expanded our offerings to our great customers even further with exclusive lectures, panel discussions, and music and comedy performances seen nowhere else in New York City. We've tried to document as many of these signings and JHU Underground events as possible here on the JHU blog, and we are happy to say that the response has been overwhelming, with our pictures on flickr receiving more than 200,000 total combined views so far!

So as a year-end treat for one and all, below is a small sample of the best of 2009 in photos, featuring some of the great creators and events to drop by JHU in '09, as well as some photos of just some of the great JHU staff who make all this possible. Without hyperbole, the JHU staff is the best in the world at what they do, and are just as important as any of the wonderful creators who have graced us with their presence this year.

So as we look forward to a big 2010 of world-exclusive signings and events, enjoy this nifty little slideshow of these EXCLUSIVE pics, the best of JHU 2009.



Nearly all photos by Jeffrey O. Gustafson.
Click here to see our entire photo archive.
Click here to for links to JHU on Flickr.

Jim Hanley's Universe - For 25 Years and counting, Where Fans and Creators Meet!

Jeff

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All Things Must Pass

It's appropriate that those words came from my favorite Beatle, George Harrison. Because the time has come to step down. I'm sure when George wrote that, he had a deeper, maybe even graver, meaning. This announcement isn't so dark, however.

As of January 1, I am stepping down as Events Coordinator of Jim Hanley's Universe. I'll still be employed, obviously, but these responsibilities will be handed to someone else. More on that in a second.

When I first started doing signings here, there hadn't been an event since the Warren Ellis tour...about a year and a half to two years apart. I saw Mike Mignola in the store and asked, and the rest, as they say, was history. In the seven years (!) that I've been arranging signings, I've met a lot of people, made a lot of connections, and in some cases, made a few friends. It's the best part of the job, really. You sit at home, reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and then one day, you're on the phone with Kevin O'Neill, preparing for the first leg of a signing tour. And what's more fun than being a creator, setting up a signing for your book, and getting to sit next to Stephane Roux, Pete Carlsson, Adam Kubert, and Joe Kubert? Or getting to sit between an artist starting her career (Rachel Freire) and one of your personal heroes (Joe Staton)? I've had a great run with very few, if any, regrets (more like personal embarrassments, but that's not necessarily the same thing).

With the tragic news we've had to deal with this year, I've been given new responsibilities, and as a result, I don't have the ability to focus on events with the same amount of attention needed. So, I'd like to introduce you to your new Event Coordinator:

Steven Norman II (right) is one of our assistant managers and has been working here for a while and has actually been involved in a few signings...mostly as my back-up. Steven is beginning to make his abilities known in the comic industry, as a penciller and inker, and this is just a natural fit for him.

So...

If you are a creator or editor, and you are looking to schedule an appearance or an event, please contact Steven at events [at] jhuniverse [dot] com.

Thanks for seven years of fun, comic industry! See you at the store!

-Vito Delsante, Store Manager

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Vito's Best Comics of 2009

by Vito Delsante



Best Biographical Comic - Che by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon (Hill & Wang): And this coming from a guy who WROTE a biographical comic! Che Guevara is so much more than a hipster's t-shirt icon.

Best Anthology - Noir (Dark Horse Comics): You get Stray Bullets, Criminal, Mister X, a non-DC Batman story, and so much more for your buck.

Book of the Year - Parker: The Hunter by Darwyn Cooke (IDW Publishing): Seriously. Best book of the year. Beautiful, true to its source material (truer than any other adaptation), and Darwyn Cooke's first non superhero story in a long while.

Event of the Year - Blackest Night (DC Comics): Geoff Johns wrote an event book (Day of Judgment) early on in his career. It's no mystery that 10 years later, he can still do it. Green Lantern, as a result, is one of the characters of the year.

Best New Comic - Incognito by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Marvel/Icon): Judging by what I have above, this should surprise no one. I'll read anything by Brubaker and Phillips.

Comic of the Year - That distinction belongs to Detective Comics due to the Batwoman lead story. I love the Question, and I love Rucka and Hamner's take on her, but what Rucka and JH Williams II do in the Batwoman lead is nothing short of magical. If you've ever wanted to see a superhero comic done the way a superhero comic is done in your mind, this is the book to read. Apparently, this will all lead into a new Batwoman ongoing, and if these two are doing it (and they are) then look no further for the best book of NEXT year.

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Hey, Kids Comics!

In addition to our huge selection of comics and graphic novels, Jim Hanley's Universe also has a large section of all-ages comics! We have a deep selection of books for readers of all ages, including Tintin, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Simpsons, Archie, Disney and Pixar, Marvel Adventures and Johnny DC, NBM/Papercutz, and more! And as always, our deep deep selection of Archie, Sonic, Simpsons and all ages Batman back issues are always cover price! These comics are written with the younger reader in mind, and are appropriate for children of all ages - so next time you come to JHU, check out our All Ages section for the young reader in your life, or bring a kid along and let them pick something out!

Jeff

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HUGE POST-HOLIDAY SALE 12/30-1/3!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

HUGE SALE 12/30 - 1/3! Ring in the New Year in style with JHU!

At Both JHU Locations Wednesday, December 30 to Sunday, January 3 we are having on of our biggest post-holiday sales ever! Here are the details:

-BUY ONE GET ONE HALF OFF GRAPHIC NOVEL SALE! From 12/30 to 1/3, when you buy any graphic novel, trade paperback/hardcover collection, or manga, you get the second of equal or lesser value at 50% Off!

-HALF OFF NICE PRICE! ALL Nice Price books, statues, and action figures are 50% Off! That's half off on thousands of already deeply discounted graphic novels, statues and action figures from 12/30 to 1/3!

-HALF OFF ALL BACK ISSUES UNDER $20! That is a full 50% off our huge selection of back issues under $20 from 12/30 to 1/3!

All exclusively at Jim Hanley's Universe, Where Art & Literature Meet!

Jeff

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Holiday Schedule at JHU

First, from our family to yours, a happy and healthy holiday whatever you may celebrate. And if you are like me, a heart-felt humbug to all as well.

We will be closed on Friday, December 25. We invite you to check out the blog throughout Christmas Day as we will be posting reviews, a JHU in Photos 2009 retrospective, and more!

Wednesday December 30 might be the Diamond Skip Week, but we at JHU will still have a triple threat for you to enjoy at both our locations! Click here for more. Oh, and we've just announced a HUGE sale that starts on 12/30 as well - click here for the details on that!

We will be open for normal business hours on 12/24, from 12/26 to 12/30 and 1/2 onward. Below are our Holiday hours.

Thursday, December 31
Our Manhattan Location will be open from 9:00am to 8:00pm.
Our Staten Island Location will be open from Noon to 7:00pm.

Friday, January 1
Our Manhattan Location will be open from 11:00am to 9:00pm.
Our Staten Island Location will be open from Noon to 9:00pm.

And click here for our revised gaming schedule for the holiday season.

See you at the store!

Jeff

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics, graphic novels, manga, books, action figures, statues, magazines and more coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday, December 23, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Archie {Comics} 604
Avengers: New Avengers 60
Batman: Detective Comics 860
Blackest Night: JSA 1
Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield (One-shot)
Garth Ennis' Battlefields: Happy Valley 1
Green Lantern(4) 49
Hellboy: Bride Of Hell: One Shot (osw)
Last Days Of American Crime 1 <>
Unclothed Man In 35th Century Ad:HGN:

The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie {Comics} 604
Archie: Betty and Veronica Digest 200
Archie: Sonic Universe 11

Boom! Studios
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep 7
Farscape:HC: Gone And Back
Irredeemable 9
Irredeemable:TPB: 2
Monsters, Inc 4
Wall-E 1

Dark Horse Comics
Beasts Of Burden 4
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer: Willow (One Shot) Joss Whedon + Karl Moline>
Fear Agent:TPB: 5-I Against I
Gantz:GN: 8
Goon:TPB: 6-Chinatown and the Mystery of Mister Wicker
Hellboy: Bride Of Hell: One Shot (osw)
Neon Genesis Evangelion:GN: Shinji Ikari Raising Project 3
Star Wars: Clone Wars:GN: 4-Wind Raiders Of Taloraan
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 48
Star Wars: Legacy 43
Star Wars:THC: Thrawn Trilogy 1
Usagi Yojimbo(3) 125

DC Comics
Batman: Arkham Reborn 3
Batman: Detective Comics 860
Batman: Gotham City Sirens 7
Batman: The Outsiders (2) 24 <2nd>
Batman:TPB: The Wrath Bedard/Barr + Morales/>
Blackest Night 1 <4th>
Blackest Night: JSA 1
Fables: Jack of Fables 41
Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: Nightmare Warriors 6
Green Lantern(4) 49
Green Lantern:TPB: Chronicles 2 <4-9> Broome + Kane/Anderson/Sekowsky>
Justice Society of America(2) 34
Madame Xanadu 18
Mighty:TPB: 1-<1-6>Tomasi/Champagne + Snejbjerg/Samnee>
Northlanders 23
SHAZAM!: Billy Batson And the Magic of Shazam 11
Supergirl:TPB: Cosmic Adventures In The Eighth Grade: 1-<>
Superman(2) 695
Teen Titans(8) 78
Unknown Soldier(3) 15
Victorian Undead 2
Web 4
Wildcats: Worlds End 18
Wonder Woman (3) 39
World's Finest (2) 3

Drawn + Quarterly Books
Big Questions 13

Dynamite Entertainment
Black Terror 6
Dracula: The Complete Dracula 5
Garth Ennis' Battlefields: Happy Valley 1
Zorro(6) 18

Fantagraphics Books
Conceptual Realism In Service of Hypothetical:SC: 1
Gahan Wilson:THC:50 Years of Playboy Cartoons Ltd Ed 1
Great Anti War Cartoons:SC:
Prince Valiant:SC: Companion
Sublife:GN: 2
Unclothed Man In 35th Century Ad:HGN:

IDW Publishing
Buffy: Angel: Annual 1
GI Joe: Origins 10
Original Johnson:GN: 1-
Transformers:TPB: 5-Classic Transformers
Winterworld:HC:

Image Comics
Chew 7
Cyberforce/Hunter Killer 1
Dead@17: Afterbirth:TPB: 1
Fantastic Worlds Of Frank Frazetta:HC: 2
Frank Frazetta's Dark Kingdom 3
Image United 1 <2nd> Kirkman + E+HB>
Image United 2
Invincible 69
Milo Ventimiglia Presents Berserker 2 Rick Loverd + Jeremy Haun>
Olympus:TPB: 1-<1-4> Edmonson + Ward/Powell>
PTA Night:HGN:
Tracker 2
Witchblade 133
Witchblade: Angelus 1

Manga Mania!
Electric Hands:GN
Our Kingdom:GN: Arabian Nights
Samurai Deeper Kyo:GN: 35/36 3536

Marvel Comics
Agents of Atlas:TPB: Dark Reign<1-5/gsma>Parker + Pagulayan/Hardman>
Anita Blake:THC: 1-Laughing Corpse: 2-Animator<>
Avengers: Dark Avengers: Ares 3
Avengers: New Avengers 60
Avengers: The Initiative 31
Black Widow and Marvel Girls 2
Captain America: Who Will Wield The Shield (One-shot)
Criminal (3): The Sinners 3
Daredevil:THC: Omnibus: Brubaker + Lark: 2
Dark Reign:TPB: Hood
Dark Reign:TPB: Sinister Spider-Man<>
Dark Reign:TPB: Skrull Kill Krew<>
Dark Reign:TPB: Young Avengers<>
Dark Tower: Battle Of Jericho Hill 2
Doctor Voodoo: Origin Of Jericho Drumm One-shot
Ender's Game: Command School 4
Ender's Game: Enders Shadow: Command School 4
Fantastic Four 574
Fantastic Four:TPB: Masters Of Doom<562-569> Millar/Ahearn + Hitch/Immonen>
Guardians of Galaxy (2) 21
Guardians of Galaxy:THC: 3-War of Kings
Halo: Blood Line 1
Hulk: Incredible Hercules(2) 139
Hulk: Incredible Hercules:THC: Mighty Thorcules Premiere<>
Iron Man Vs Whiplash 2
Marvel Masterworks:THC: Nick Fury: 2
Marvel Masterworks:THC: Nick Fury: 2
Marvel Masterworks:TPB: Uncanny X-men: 2- (Dir Mkt Ed)<101-110> Claremont/Mantlo + Cockrum>
Marvel Masterworks:TPB: Uncanny X-men: 2- (Mass Mkt Ed)<101-110> Claremont/Mantlo + Cockrum>
Marvel Zombies:THC: 5-Return
Marvel:TPB: Brian Michael Bendis: 10 Years At Marvel
Marvels:TPB: Kurt Busiek + Alex Ross>
Mini Marvels:GN: Ultimate Collection Digest
Ms Marvel:THC: 8-War of Marvels<42-46> Reed + Takeda>
Powers(3) 2
Punisher(8) 11 <2nd>
Punisher(8) 12
Punisher(9): MAX 1 <2nd>
Runaways:THC: 4-True Believers Premiere<>
Scourge Of Gods:THC: 1-Fall Premiere
Secret Warriors 11
Spider-Man: Marvel Adventures 58
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 611 <2nd>
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 612 <2nd>
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 616
Spider-Woman(4) 4
Sub-Mariner:TPB: Depths
The Stand: Soul Survivors 3
Thor(3) 605
What If?: Astonishing X-men
What If?: Spider-Man/House Of M
Wolverine: Origins 43
Wolverine: Weapon X 8
X-Force(3) 21 <2nd>
X-Force/Cable:TPB: Messiah War
X-Force:THC: 3-<>
X-Men: Deadpool(4) 17 <2nd>
X-Men: Forever 14
X-Men: Legacy(2) 231
X-Men: New Mutants(4) 8
X-Men: Psylocke 1 <2nd>
X-Men: The Uncanny X-Men 519

Other Cool Comics
2000 AD:Pack: June 2009 6
Absolution 5
Action Philosophers:TPB: More Than Complete
Atomic Robo:TPB: 1
Atomic Robo:TPB: 3
Bad High School Poetry 1
Bad High School Poetry 2
Black Coat Or Give Me Death 4
Book of Biff:GN: 1-
Book of Biff:GN: 2-
Book of Biff:GN: 3-
Book of Biff:GN: 4-
Call All My Dawgs
Charleys War:HC-Comp: 6-Underground & Over The Top
Chimichanga 1
Crossed 8
Dead Duck:GN
Gold Digger II:GN: 8-
Grimm Fairy Tales 43
Gulp! 1
Judge Anderson:GN: Psi File
Jumbly Junkery 8
Land Of Oz:TPB: 2-
Last Days Of American Crime 1 <>
Luke McBain 2
Mr. Big:TPB: 1
My Every Single Thought
Okko: Cycle of Earth 4
Only Skin 4
Pin Comics
Salvager Kain 5
School Book of Sorcerer's Apprentice:HC: 1- Level 1
Sherlock Ninja: Curious Case of to Iron Monkey 1
Simpsons: Bart Simpson's Comics 51
Snake Oil 5
Spartacus: Blood And Sand 3
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tales of the TMNT 65
Unknowns 1

Cool Apparel
Apokolips:TS: Represent
Aquaman:TS:
Flash:Buckle: Logo Circular Belt Buckle
G.I. Joe:Belt Buckle: Silver Logo
G.I. Joe:Hat: Logo Flex Cap
G.I. Joe:Wallet: Logo on Green
Green Lantern:Web Belt
Jason:Beanie: Hockey Mask
Marvel:Beanie: Hero Wrap Around
Marvel:Hat: Allover Print Flex Cap
Punisher:Hat: 3D Emblem Flex Cap
Punisher:Messenger Bag: Bullet Holes
Robotman:TS:
Shazaam:TS: Logo
Spider-Man:Hat: Eyes Red Flex Cap
Spider-Man:Wallet: Red Leather w/ Eyes
Superman:Beanie: Striped w/ Logo
Superman:Hat: Navy Flex Cap w/ Logo
Teen Titans:TS: New Teen Titans
Wolverine:Beanie: Comic Print

Calendar
Heavy Metal:Calendar: 2010 - Arantza
Heavy Metal:Calendar: 2010 - Melanie Delon
Heavy Metal:Calendar: 2010 - Victoria Frances

Cool Books
Dirty Dishes:GN:
Flight:TPB: 2
Footnotes In Gaza:GN
Jarvis:HC: The Sorcerers Apprentice
Kiss:THC Kompendium
Little Prince:THC: Pop-Up
Luke On The Loose:GN:
MegaMan X:SC: Official Complete Works
MegaMan:SC: Official Complete Works
Palindromania!:GN:
Red Snow:HGN:
The Fixer:GN:
Tintin:HC: Art of Herge Inventor of Tintin: 2-
Torchwood:HC: Consequences
Torchwood:HC: Encyclopedia
Torchwood:HC: Official Yearbook 2010 2
Torchwood:HC: Risk Assessment
Torchwood:HC: Undertakers Gift

Magazines
Comic Shop News:Promo-Bundle: 1175
Comics Buyer's Guide:Mag: 1662
Star Trek Magazine 23
StarGate: SG-1:Mag: 32

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
3D Glasses<2>
Blackest Night:Button: Asst
Blackest Night:Magnet: Black
Blackest Night:Magnet: Blue
Blackest Night:Magnet: Green
Blackest Night:Magnet: Indigo
Blackest Night:Magnet: Orange
Blackest Night:Magnet: Red
Blackest Night:Magnet: Sapphire
Blackest Night:Magnet: Yellow
Chess Set: African Animal
Chess Set: Mandarin
Church of the SubGenius:Bag: Bob
Danny Ketch Ghost Rider Mini-bust
DC Superhero:AF: Figurine Coll Mag: 42-Cyborg Superman
DC Superhero:AF: Figurine Coll Mag: Special 8
Ghost Rider:STA: Johnny Blaze Mini-bust
Hulk:STA: Retro Grey Statue
She-Hulk:STA: Comiquette
Star Trek:Button: Asst
Star Wars:Lightsaber: Asajj Ventress Force FX
Toon Tumblers:Glass: DC Heroes Asst #2
X-Men:STA: Rogue Bishoujo Statue Long Coat Ver

Toys
G.I. Joe:AF: 12-Inch Cobra Officer
G.I. Joe:AF: 12-Inch Storm Shadow
G.I. Joe:STA: Recon at Waypoint 12 w/ Timber
History of the DCD:AF: 3-Case
Marvel Select:AF: Daredevil
Monster:AF: Terrifying Finger Monsters
Smoking Baby:AF:
Star Wars:AF: 12-Inch Lando Calrissian
Star Wars:AF: Battle Pack Asst 201001
World of Warcraft:Fig: 5-Master Case Asst
Zombie:AF: Glow Zombie Finger Puppet

Jeff

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Holiday Gaming Schedule

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ahoy, Magic fans! The holidays are upon us, and our gaming schedule has been effected as follows:

The Saturday Draft at the JHU Underground for December 19 has been canceled. Tournaments for Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 at both JHU locations have been canceled.

Monday Free Play for Monday, December 21 and Monday, December 28. All Yu-Gi-Oh! tourneys will go on as scheduled.

Because of our second Comedy Night at the JHU Underground, Saturday Magic for January 16 will take place from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Click here for our full holiday schedule for both JHU locations.

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Hey, Look! Salvador Larocca!

Last week, Salvador Larroca, the uber-talented penciler of Marvel's best superhero comic Invincible Iron Man, dropped by the store and we asked him to sign some copies of his recent work. Signed copies of Iron Man are available at JHU while supplies last!

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Avengers: Dark Avengers 12
Brave And the Bold (2) 30
Captain America: Reborn 5
Daredevil(2) 503
Ditko:HC: Art Of Steve Ditko
Gelaskins:iPhone: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Green Lantern Corps 43
Incorruptible 1
Next Issue Project: Silver Streak Comics #24 2
Rocketeer:THC: The Complete Collection 1
Thor:TPB: Ages Of Thunder<>
Transformers: Ongoing 2
X-Men: The Astonishing X-Men(3) 33

The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie: Betty and Veronica 245
Archie: Jughead's Double Digest 156
Archie: Tales From Riverdale Digest 36

Boom! Studios
Dead Run:TPB: 1-
Disney: Uncle Scrooge 386
Disney: Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 701
Farscape: Ongoing 2
Finding Nemo:GN: Reef Rescue
Giant Monster:HC:
Hunter's Fortune 2
Incorruptible 1
Nola 2
Unknown: Devil Made Flesh 3

Dark Horse Comics
Crossing the Empty Quarter & Other Stories:HGN:
Drawing Down The Moon:HC: Art Of Charles Vess
Emily the Strange:THC: Art of

DC Comics
Air 16
Authority: The Lost Year 4
Batman 694
Batman Confidential 39
Batman: 80 Page Giant 1
Batman: Azrael(2) 3
Batman: Streets Of Gotham 7
Batman: The Brave And the Bold 12
Batman: The Outsiders (2) 25
Batman:THC:Archives: The Dark Knight Archives: 6
Brave And the Bold (2) 30
Ex Machina 47
Fables 91
Fringe:TPB: 1 <1-6> E+HB>
Go West:GN: 4
Green Arrow/Black Canary:TPB: Enemies List<15-20> Kreisberg + Norton/Rubenstein>
Green Lantern Corps 43
Hellblazer 262
Justice League of America(4) 40
Power Girl 7
Simon Dark:TPB: 3-The Game Of Life<13-18> Steve Niles + Scott Hampton>
Supergirl(5) 48
Superman/Batman 67
Tiny Titans 23
Vixen:TPB: Return Of The Lion
Wonder Woman:TPB: Showcase Presents: 3-<138-156> Kanigher + Andru/Esposito>
World Of Warcraft: Special 1

Dynamite Entertainment
Alice In Wonderland: The Complete Alice 1
Battlestar Galactica:TPB: Cylon War
Project Superpowers(2): Chapter Two 5
Red Sonja: Presents Thulsa Doom 4
The Boys:THC: 3-Good For The Soul<15-22> Ennis + Robertson>
The Boys:THC: 4-We Gotta Go Now Garth Ennis + Darick Robertson>

Fantagraphics Books
Gahan Wilson:THC: 50 Years of Playboy Cartoons 1
R. Crumb:TPB: Complete Crumb: 7-
R. Crumb:TPB: Complete Crumb:12

IDW Publishing
Buffy: Angel: After the Fall 28
Buffy: Angel: Hole In The World 1
Ditko:HC: Art Of Steve Ditko
Doctor Who: Ongoing 6
Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression 4
Ghostbusters: Past Present Future (One Shot)
GI Joe(8) 13
GI Joe: Movie: Snake Eyes 3
GI Joe:TPB: Classic 6
Last Resort 5
Life And Times Of Savior 28:TPB: 1-
Little Orphan Annie:THC: 4-Complete
Locke andKey: Crown Of Shadows 2
Rocketeer:THC: The Complete Collection 1
Star Trek: DS9: Fools Gold 1
Transformers: Bumblebee 1
Transformers: Ongoing 2

Image Comics
Amory Wars:TPB: Second Stage Turbine Blade 2
Darkness/Pitt 3 <>
Godland 30
Hip Flask: Elephantman 23
Next Issue Project: Silver Streak Comics #24 2
Nightmare World:TPB: 1-13 Tales of Terror(Image Ed)
One Model Nation:GN:
Underground 4

Marvel Comics
1602: Spider-Man 3
Avengers: Dark Avengers 12
Avengers: Mighty Avengers 32
Black Panther(6) 11
Captain America: Reborn 5
Daredevil(2) 503
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural 3
Hulk 18
Kookaburra K 2
Marvel Illustrated:GN: Kidnapped
Marvel Super Hero Squad 4
Marvel Universe: Official Index 12
Moon Knight(8): Vengeance Of Moon Knight 4
Ms Marvel (2) 48
Nomad: Girl Without A World 4
Oz: Marvelous Land Of Oz 2
Punisher:THC: 8: 2-Dead End Premiere<8:> Remender + Huat>
Punisher:TPB: M: 12-Welcome To the Bayou<>
Secret Warriors:TPB: 1-Nick Fury Agent of Nothing<1-6> Bendis/Hickman + Caselli/Rudoni>
Spider-Man: Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti Venom 3
Spider-Man: Clone Saga 4
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 615
Thor:TPB: Ages Of Thunder<>
Thunderbolts (1) 139
Thunderbolts:THC: Widowmaker Premiere<>
Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars 3
War of Kings: Realm Of Kings: Inhumans 2
What If?: Daredevil Vs Elektra
Wolverine(3): Dark Wolverine 81
X-Factor(3) 200
X-Force(3) 22
X-Force/New Mutants: Necrosha 1 <2nd>
X-Men: Cable(3) 21
X-Men: Deadpool: Merc with A Mouth 6
X-Men: Deadpool:TPB: 2-Dark Reign<6-7/10-12> Way + Medina/Vlasco>
X-Men: Legacy(2) 230
X-Men: New Mutants(4) 6 <2nd>
X-Men: The Astonishing X-Men(3) 33
X-Men: X-Infernus:TPB<1-4/saga> Cebulski + Camuncoli>

Other Cool Comics
Black Jesus:GN:
Captain Action: Lady Action: Special (One Shot) 0
Crypt of Horror 7
Fearless Dawn: Special Ed 1
GI Joe: Vs Cobra: Crimson Strike Fall Special
Gold Digger: Christmas Special 3
Gold Digger: Tiffany and Charlotte: 2nd Semester 4
Gravel:TPB: 2-The Major Seven
Grimm Fairy Tales: Escape From Wonderland 3
Grimm Fairy Tales: Giant Size 2
Love And Capes 12
Ninja High School(3) 175
Okko: Cycle of Earth 3
PS 238 42
Simpsons Comics 161
Street Fighter II: Turbo 10
Sullengrey:GN: Sacrifice
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello: Brain Thief 4
Transformers: Timeless: Wings Of Honor Fall Special
Wolverine:TPB: Weapon X 100 Project
Zombies That Ate the World 7

Viz Media
Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys:GN: 6 6
One-Piece:GN 23

Magazines
Comic Shop News:Promo-Bundle: 1174
Comics Revue:Mag: Presents 2
Lee's Toy Review:Mag: 205
Lost:Mag: Official Magazine 26
Newtype:Mag: 29
Star Wars:Mag: Insider 114
Tomart's:Mag: Action Firgure Digest 183

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
Batman:STA: Batman Family: Multi Part Statue Part3
Gelaskins:iPhone: Amano
Gelaskins:iPhone: Amano
Gelaskins:iPhone: Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Gelaskins:iPhone: Creepy
Gelaskins:iPhone: Goon
Gelaskins:iPhone: Goon
Gelaskins:iPhone: Goon
Gelaskins:iPhone: Hellboy
Gelaskins:iPhone: Hellboy
Gelaskins:iPhone: Umbrella Academy
Gelaskins:iPhone: Umbrella Academy
Gelaskins:iPhone: Umbrella Academy
Green Lantern:STA: 1/4 Scale Museum Quality Statue
JLA:STA: Trophy Room: Green Lantern Rings Prop Replica
Leonidas:STA: 1:8 Scale Statue

Toys
Cinema of Fear: Michael Myers
Ghostbusters: Minimates Box Set
Green Lantern: Uni Formz Asst
Spider-Man: Classic Heroes

Jeff

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FREE Twilight New Moon T-Shirt with Purchase of any Twilight Poster!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

FREE Twilight: New Moon t-shirt with purchase of any Twilight poster!

For a limited time, while supplies last, when you buy any Twilight poster for the low price of just $6.95, you get a FREE Twilight: New Moon T-Shirt of your choice! So hurry in - unlike the love triangle between a hunky vampire, a hunky shirtless werewolf, and someone that looks a lot like Kristen Stewart, this offer won't last forever.

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The New York Comic Con Tour Comes to JHU New Dorp 12/23!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

THE NYCC PROMO TOUR COMES TO JHU NEW DORP DECEMBER 23!

NYCC is about 300 days away, but you only need to wait a few days to get some exclusive NYCC goodies, care of the good folks at Reed Exhibitions and Jim Hanley's Universe!

The folks behind 2010s New York Comic Con will be giving out FREE movies, posters, and soundtracks from Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing, raffling off toys from Diamond Select and Mezco, gift certificates for $5 off NYCC tickets, candy canes and more, all at our Staten Island Location on Wednesday, December 23 from Noon to 4:00pm!

And what is better than free stuff during the holidays? So drop by JHU New Dorp on 12/23 for some great FREE stuff!

Jeff

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Open Mic at the First Ever JHU Comedy Night!



We had the first ever Comedy Night at the JHU Underground went down November 21, and it wasn't just the pro comedians performing - we also had a killer open mic session as well. Hosted by our own Rachel Freire, the open mic portion featured Alex Karassavidis, Brendan Johnston, Vito Del Sante, Brendan Johnston, Jake Young, Chelsea White, and Chris Martins! Check out these exclusive photos from this event!



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

And Click Here to check out the pros doing their thing from earlier in the night!

Stay tuned for updates on our next Comedy Night, January 16 at the JHU Underground!

Jeff

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Weekly Checklist for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ahoy! Here are the comics, graphic novels, manga, books, action figures, statues, magazines and more coming to Jim Hanley's Universe Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

ITEMS OF THE WEEK

Adventure Comics 5
Avengers: New Avengers: Annual 3
Iron Man: Invincible Iron Man 21
Murderer: Pilot Season 2009 1
Punisher(9): MAX 2
Walking Dead (2) 68
Wolverine: Under Boardwalk (One-Shot)
X-Men: Dark X-Men 2

We have also just received another very large selection of new and classic t-shirts. Click here for all the details!

The FULL Checklist can be seen after the jump.



Archie Comics
Archie and Friends 138
Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest 137

Boom! Studios
Anchor 3
Cars: Radiator Springs(2) 4
Disney: Mickey Mouse and Friends 298
Farscape: D'argos Quest 1
Muppet Show 0
Toy Story 0

Dark Horse Comics
Citizen Rex 6
Groo: Hogs Of Horder 2
Hellboy: BPRD: War on Frogs 4
Star Wars: Clone Wars 11

DC Comics
Adventure Comics 5
Batgirl(3) 5
Batman: Red Robin 7
Booster Gold: All New (2) 27
Call Of Duty(2): Modern Warfare 2: Ghost 2
Dante's Inferno 1
Daytripper 1
DCU Holiday Special 2009 2009
DMZ 48
Doom Patrol(5) 5
Dorothea:SC-GN: 6
Ex Machina:SC-Comp: 8-Dirty Tricks 8 <35-39> Vaughan + Harris/Clark/Leon>
Gen 13(4) 33
Green Arrow/Black Canary 27
Magog 4
R.E.B.E.L.S. (2) 11
Red Herring 5
Scooby-Doo(7) 151
Secret Six(2) 16
Shield(2) 4
Super Friends 22
Superman: Action Comics 884
Titans (2) 20
Unwritten 8

Dynamite Entertainment
Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama 4
Battlestar Galactica:SC-Comp: Final Five<1-4> Fahey/Reed + Raynor>
Dracula: The Complete Dracula 4

IDW Publishing
Beyond the Wall 2
Ghostbusters: Past Present Future (One Shot)
Jon Sable, Freelance: Ashes of Eden 3
Legion: Prophets 4
Legion: Prophets:SC-Comp:<1-4> Stewart/Waltz + Gaydos>
Star Trek: Alien Spotlight: Cardassians

Image Comics
Astounding Wolf-Man 20
God Complex 1
Murderer: Pilot Season 2009 1
Noble Causes:SC-Comp: 9- 9 <>
Phonogram(2): Singles Club 6
Tank Girl: Nuggets (One Shot)
Walking Dead (2) 68

Manga Mania!
Azumanga Daioh:SC-GN: Collected Edition: 1-
Itazura Na Kiss:SC-GN: 1
Witchblade:SC-GN: Takeru Manga Collection

Marvel Comics
Avengers: New Avengers: Annual 3
Black Widow: Deadly Origin 2
Dark Reign:SC-Comp: Underside
Deathlok (4) 2
Ender's Game: War Of Gifts (One-Shot)
Ghost Riders: Heavens on Fire 5
House of M:HC-Comp: Spider-Man/Fantastic Four/X-Men
Hulk: Incredible Hulk (1) 605
Iron Man: Invincible Iron Man 21
Marvel Masterworks:HC-Comp: Golden Age Sub-Mariner: 3 3 <9-12>
Marvel Masterworks:HC-Comp: Golden Age Sub-Mariner: 3 3 <9-12>
Marvel: 70th Anniversary Frame Art (One-shot)
Ms Marvel:SC-Comp: 7-Dark Reign 7 <35-41> Reed + Olliffe/Takeda>
Punisher(9): MAX 2
Punisher: Noir 4
Runaways:SC-Comp: 3-The Good Die Young 3 <>
Sky Doll:SC-Comp: 1- 1
Spider-Man: And Secret Wars 1
Spider-Man: The Amazing Spider-Man 614
Spider-Man: Web of Spider-Man (2) 3
Spider-Man:HC-Comp: Red-Headed Stranger Premiere<>
Spider-Man:SC-GN: Marvel Adventures: 14-Thwip! 14
Tomb of Dracula:HC-Comp: Omnibus (Mass Mkt Ed) 2 <32-70> E+HB>
Ultimatum:SC-Comp: March on Ultimatum
Ultimatum:SC-Comp: X-Men/Fantastic Four E+HB>
War Machine 12
War of Kings: Realm Of Kings: Imperial Guard 2
What If?: World War Hulk
What If?:SC-Comp: Classic: 5 6
Wolverine: Under Boardwalk (One-Shot)
X-Factor:HC-Comp: 8-Overtime Premiere 8 <>
X-Men/Spider-Man:SC-Comp<1-4/xm> Gage + Mario Alberti>
X-Men: Dark X-Men 2
X-Men: Deadpool(4) 18
X-Men: First Class: Uncanny X-Men 6
X-Men: Forever 13
X-Men: Nation X 1
X-Men: Noir(2): Mark Of Cain 1
X-Men: Sword 2
X-Men: X-Necrosha: Gathering (One-Shot)
X-Men:SC-Comp: GeneXt: 2-United<>
X-Men:SC-Comp: Uncanny: First Class: Hated And Feared

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A Very Zombie Christmas
Anywhere 1
Days Missing 5
Echo: TM 17
Incarnate 3
Judge Dredd Megazine 291
Space Ace: Don Bluth's(3) 4
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello: Brain Thief
Tick- Mangalicious: Rise of the Setting Sun 4
Vampirella: Second Coming 4

TokyoPop.com
.Hack//:SC-GN: Legend of the Twilight: The Complete Collecti

Viz Media
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Cool Books
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Doctor Who:Mag: 415
Fangoria:Mag: 289
Rue Morgue Magazine 96
ToyFare: The Toy Magazine 150
Video Watchdog:Mag: 153
Wizard: The Comics Magazine 220
Wizard: The Comics Magazine 220

Statues + Other Cool Stuff
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Toys
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