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This coming Wednesday is our annual anniversary sale as Big Planet Comics turns 26! Come celebrate with us on Wednesday, we will be open from 11 am to 4 pm since it is a holiday, but we WILL have new comics on Wednesday too!
Thanks to everyone who came out to our live podcast this week! We had a great turnout and some amazing audience participation, from an open Q&A session to an audience trivia challenge, official sponsorship by Pepsi, free cupcakes and banana bread, a live musical number, and an amazing laff track! Some pictures are posted on our website along with the audio for the episode, check it out!
In 1986, Big Planet Comics was born, so come celebrate 26 years with us on the 4th of July when we do our annual sale! All stores!
20% off most everything in the stores, plus special other deals!
We will only be open 11 am to 4 pm but we WILL have all the new comics!
Get Jiro HC
by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose and Langdon Foss
In the near future, all that is left for entertaining the privileged parts of America are the amazing chefs and restaurants of two competing styles of cooking - expensive food shipped from all over the world, or locally sourced only! Into this mess comes Jiro, a deadly and perfectionist sushi chef who each faction wishes to recruit. A Yojimbo like showdown soon develops, with truly amazing art by Langdon Foss!
Fatale 1: Death Chases Me SC
by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
The Criminal and Incognito team return for their best noir thriller yet! A man meets a gorgeous woman who quickly destroys his life, yet this same woman existed in the 1950s looking as young as ever! '50s noir and corruption crossed with supernaturnal terror in this amazing new series!
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1
by J. Michael Straczynski, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert
A young man obsessed with his hero the Nite Owl manages to make contact with him, and asks to be trained as his new sidekick! But the Nite Owl has other plans. Another filling in the gaps of Watchmen with some great Kubert family art!
The Hypernaturals #1
by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker and Andres Guinaldo
In the far future, a science-powered group of superheroes is completely wiped out on a mission, and now a group of retired heroes must team up with the up and coming trainees to attempt to preserve the peace of the galazy while discovering what happened to the Hypernaturals, and if it was truly the return of their greatest enemy!
by Mark Fearing
When 9 year old Bud accidentally gets on the wrong school bus, he is taken to the interstellar Cosmos Academy where Earthlings are the most feared creatures in the galaxy and Earth is a forbidden zone! Bud has to blend into this strange new school while trying to find a way back to Earth without revealing that he is an Earthling himself! Great new one by an animator.
The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3: 2009
by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
Well, it took a few years, but we finally have the conclusion to the newest League story! Covering 100 years, the last chapter takes place in 2009 as a magical antichrist comes to power and Orlando must find Mina Harker and Allan Quartermain before the Earth is destroyed... and their foe just happens to have attended a secret magical school hidden in the wilds of England where he was hailed as a magical prodigy!
Hit-Girl #1 (of 5)
by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
In between the events of Kick-Ass 1 and 2, young Mindy McCready tries to adjust to life without her father's guidance as she enters public school for the first time of her life. At the same time, she wants to train Kick-Ass to actually learn how to fight, if he will help her survive school! Plus the rise of the Red Mist!
Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1 (of 4)
by Gilbert Hernandez
A new drug called Spin is hitting the streets, and it's turning people into flesh-eating zombies! Too bad it's so popular that everyone is trying it! Fatima is working to stop the drug flow, but it may already be too late, so she may just end up killing a lot of zombies!
Atomic Robo Flying She Devils Of The Pacific #1 (Of 5) Attack On Titan Vol 1 SC Batman Illustrated By Neal Adams Vol 1 SC David Mazzucchelli Daredevil Born Again Artist Edition HC Defenders By Matt Fraction Vol 1 SC Gloriana HC Journalism HC Mind The Gap #2 Morning Glories Vol 3 P.E. SC Mr Twee Deedle Raggedy Ann Cousin Gruelle HC Mystery Men SC Prophet #26 The Song Of Roland SC Spandex HC Tales Of The Beanworld Vol 3.5 HC Usagi Yojimbo Vol 26 Traitors Of The Earth SC X-Men: Schism SC
Big Planet Comics Podcast #50 "#50!"
Kevin, Nick and Jared celebrate podcast #50 with a live recording in front of a live studio audience, and review all the new comics! Live! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!
PODCAST REVIEWS: Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 (of 4) by J. Michael Straczynski, Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert Birdseye Bristoe HC by Dan Zettwoch Dinosaurs vs. Aliens HC by Grant Morrison, Barry Sonnenfeld and Mukesh Singh Earthlings! SC by Mark Fearing Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1 (of 4) by Gilbert Hernandez The Furry Trap HC by Josh Simmons Get Jiro! HC by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose and Langdon Foss Hit-Girl #1 (of 5) by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The Hypernaturals #1 by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brad Walker and Andres Guinaldo
5 Centimeters Per Second Action Comics #11 Adventures Of Buck O Rue SC Age Of Apocalypse #5 Amazing Spider-Man #689 Animal Man #11 Artifacts #19 Avengers Assemble Vol 4 SC Avengers Vs X-Men #7 (Of 12) AVX Avengers West Coast Zodiac Attack HC Batman & Robin Vol 1 Born To Kill HC Batman Earth One HC Mike Norton's Battlepug Vol 1 HC Batwing #11 Before Watchmen Ozymandias #1 (Of 6) Bleach Vol 42 SC Bleach Vol 43 SC Boys #68 Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 Vol 1 Freefall SC The Cape 1969 #1 (Of 4) Castle Waiting Vol 2 #17 Claymore Vol 20 SC Creator Owned Heroes #2 Dan The Unharmable #3 Danger Club #3 Deadpool #57 Detective Comics #11 Dial H #3 Doctor Who Classics Series IV #6 (Of 6) Earth 2 #1 2nd Ptg Earth 2 #3 Epic Kill #3 Executive Assistant Assassins #1 Fables Vol 17 Inherit The Wind SC Fairest #5 Fanboys Vs Zombies #4 Femforce #160 Ferals #6 Fury My War Gone By #4 Garfield #3 GI Combat #3 GI Joe A Real American Hero #180 GI Joe Cobra Command Vol 2 SC Green Arrow #11 Green Hornet #26 Green Lantern Emerald Warriors Vol 1 SC Hack Slash #17 Haunt #24 He Man And The Masters Of The Universe #1 (Of 6) Hellraiser #15 Hero Worship #1 (Of 6) Hulk #55 Hulk Heart Of Atom SC Incorruptible Vol 7 SC Infernal Man-Thing #1 (Of 3) Invincible #93 Invincible Iron Man #520 Invincible Vol 16 Family Ties SC Izombie #27 Justice League International #11 Kirby Genesis Captain Victory #6 Knights Of The Dinner Table #188 The Lone Ranger #7 Leonard Starr's Mary Perkins On Stage Vol 10 SC Mind Mgmt #2 Morning Glories #20 The Muppets #1 (Of 4) Naruto Vol 57 SC Night Force #5 (Of 7) Ninjettes #5 Orchid #8 Other Sides Of Howard Cruse HC Paris Soirees HC Peanuts Vol 1 SC Pokemon Black & White Vol 8 SC Popeye #3 Punisher #13 Red Lanterns #11 Rocketeer Adventures 2 #4 (Of 4) Scooby Doo Where Are You #23 Showcase Presents Showcase Vol 1 SC Sketchbook Adventures Of Peter Poplaski HC Smallville Season 11 #3 Sonic The Hedgehog #238 Spawn #221 Spider-Man Return Of Burglar HC Stormwatch #11 Suicide Squad Vol 1 Kicked In The Teeth SC Super Dinosaur Vol 2 SC Supergods Vigilantes Mutants Sun Gods Teach Being SC Sweet Tooth #35 Thief Of Thieves #6 Transformers Robots In Disguise #7 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #12 Uncanny X-Men #15 AVX Warlord Of Mars #19 Robert Jordan Wheel Of Time Eye Of The World #27 Wizzywig HC Wolverine #310 Wonder Woman The Twelve Labors SC World Of Archie Double Digest #19 Worlds' Finest #3 X-Factor #239 X-Men Beauty And Beast HC Zombies That Ate The World Vol 2 HC
Bethesda, Maryland; June 28, 2012 – Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the acquisition and subsequent donation to the Library of Congress of original art by various Small Press Expo alumni and exhibitors. Sara Duke, curator of Applied and Graphic Material in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress had this to say about the donation:
We are excited that our partnership with SPX is leading to a greater understanding of the patrimony of comics; the wealth of original cartoon art here at the Library of Congress now includes independent and small press cartoonists. We are looking forward to the Expo in September, and hope that more talented artists will join the ranks of Raina Telgemeier, Jim Rugg, Jen Sorensen, Matthew Thurber, Keith Knight, Jim Woodring, and Matt Bors in the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress.
The originals include examples of Kurtzman and Glyph Award winner Keith Knight's daily comic strip, The Knight Life as well as examples from his other strips K Chronicles and (Th)ink. 2012 Herblock Award winner Matt Bors donated a number of originals, as did Jen Sorensen, whose Slowpoke syndicated strip won the 2012 AltWeekly Award for Cartoons.
Every year SPX is honored to have flyers, posters, tote bags, badges, and a program guide decorated with original works by creators attending the show. In addition to gifting copies of the 2011 Small Press Expo's posters, flyers, etc., to the Library of Congress, creators such as Jim Woodring, Matthew Thurber and Jim Rugg donated their originals to be alongside the printed versions. This activity, which will be performed on a yearly basis, will enshrine the artistic heritage of the annual Small Press Expo festival in the Library of Congress cartoon and comics holdings.
The Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress is a first of its kind partnership to preserve the legacy of the indie comics community by focusing on original art by SPX exhibitors, as well as limited edition mini-comics and other publications that are created by the SPX community.
Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit that brings together more than 300 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators, as well as a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year's guests.
As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, go to their website athttp://www.cbldf.org.
SPX 2012 will be held Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16. For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visithttp://www.spxpo.com.
The Official Monkey See GAFFE-B-GON Primer: Big Gay Mutant Wedding Edition by Glen Weldon National Public Radio's Monkey See blog (June 25, 2012) http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/06/25/155354009/the-official-monkeysee-gaffe-b-gon-primer-big-gay-mutant-wedding-edition
Big Planet Comics is running a serialized online comic I did leading up to the debut of Xoc: The Journey of a Great White next month at Comic-Con. The spinoff Xoc Pup will be updated Weds and Fris over the next few weeks. Enjoy! :)
We're actually giving you a weekend off this week, to allow you to prepare for next Wednesday night's live recording of the Big Planet Comics Podcast #50! To celebrate this milestone, we are recording the podcast live at the Vienna Big Planet Comics store Wednesday, June 27. Come at 8 and watch, or if you are brave, you can take our trivia challenge or participate in other surprise activities! If you are coming, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook invite! https://www.facebook.com/events/456726937672051
New comics for you! Matt Dembicki, editor of the amazing Trickster and upcoming District Comics anthologies, has a new graphic novel called Xoc about the life of great white shark coming out in July. We're having him for a couple of signings, but we are also proud to present an exclusive new 8 page Xoc story! We will put up a new page every Friday and Wednesday, page 1 is up now! You can view it at: http://www.bigplanetcomics.com/xoc-by-matt-dembicki-page-1
We had a great Free Role-Playing Game Day last Saturday too, thanks for everyone who came out, and to those who dared take the Random Die-Roll Pricing Challenge in College Park! Baby needs a new pair of shoes!
UPCOMING July 4 - Big Planet Comics 26th Anniversary Sale
In 1986, Big Planet Comics was born, so come celebrate 26 years with us on the 4th of July when we do our annual sale! All stores!
Since the 4th falls in the middle of the week this year, we may do even shorter hours than our normal holiday schedule, but we will let you know!
Rio: The Complete Saga HC
by Doug Wildey
One of the greatest Western adventures done in comics is finally collected together, along with 2 never before published stories! Rio is a gunslinger/highwayman now pardoned by President Grant and operating as a lawman. He heads out to deal with a crooked train magnate who is angering the Indians and also crossed paths with Jesse James, Doc Holliday, the Earps, and plenty of lowdown thugs. Wildey's amazing art really sets this apart, and the entire book is shot from his originals so you can see every detail!
New York, Mon Amour HC
by Jacques Tardi, Benjamin Legrand and Dominique Grange
A series of New York-based stories by Tardi, including the surreal tale Cockroach Killer, about an exterminator who gets mixed up a group of killers, and tales of a Vietnamese woman who comes for revenge, a Parisian who instinctively flies to NYC, and a man who looks a lot like John Lennon. All set in the decrepid New York of the 1980s! Great and strange.
Before Watchmen: Comedian #1
by Brian Azzarello and J. G. Jones
The story of the Comedian begins! Interestingly, this takes up with the Comedian hanging out with the Kennedys in the bright spot of America, even as he is still being sent to do dark things, as a focus is built on the alternate history of the Watchmen universe. Intriguing start!
Angel & Faith 1: Live Through This SC
by Christos N. Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, and Phil Noto
After the events of Season 8 of the Buffy comic, Angel and Faith find themselves thrown together as a very disfunctional team. Angel attempts to find redemption by resurrecting someone who died (read Buffy to find out who!), and we all know how well bringing people back from the dead goes! Plus a one-shot Harmony story.
by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari
As the Persian invasion fleet draws near to landing in Greece at Marathon, Eucles the messenger is sent to run to Sparta and beg that they help Athens fight off the invaders. The true story of the marathon race, set against a dramatic background of battles, treachery, and chases! Pretty cool art by Infurnari too!
Team Cul de Sac HC
by Richard Thompson and everyone!
When Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson's, this tribute book was put together to raise money for charities fighting against Parkinson's! Not only do you get pinups and comic strips from some of the best comic strip artists out there (including many local DC cartoonists), you even get such things as a painting by Bill Watterson! A great huge book.
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb HC
by Michael Gallagher and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
A historical look at the development and creation and use of the atomic bomb project in America, this very well-researched book also deals with the ethical issues raised during and after the bomb attacks on Japan.
Mars Attacks #1
by John Layman and John McCrea
The classic Topps card scifi series returns to comics with a prequel about the first Martians crash-landing on Earth. When one is taken prisoner and sold to a carnival, things aren't going to go well! New "cards" set the scene for each chapter heading in a nice nod to the original collectible cards. Pulpy alien carnage!
Adventure Time #5 Avengers Vs X-Men #6 (Of 12) Challengers Of The Unknown Omnibus By Kirby HC Complete Flash Gordon Library Vol 1 On Planet Mongo HC Daredevil #14 First Wave SC Frankenstein Agent Of Shade Vol 1 War Monsters SC Glory #27 Godzilla #2 Grim Leaper #2 (Of 4) Hardcore #1 2nd Ptg Higher Earth #2 Judge Dredd Digest: Cursed Earth Saga SC Judge Dredd Digest: The Day The Law Died SC Liberty Meadows Sunday Collected 1 HC Lost Dogs SC Meskin Out Of The Shadows SC Mickey Mouse Vol 3 Noon Inferno Gulch HC Saga #4 The Shadow #3 The Twelve Vol 2 HC Wonder Woman #10 X-9 Secret Agent Corrigan Vol 4 HC X-Men: X-Club SC
PODCAST REVIEWS: Astonishing X-Men #51 by Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins Before Watchmen: Comedian #1 (of 6) by Brian Azzarello and J. G. Jones Marathon SC by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari Mars Attacks #1 by John Layman and John McCrea New York, Mon Amour HC by Jacques Tardi, Benjamin Legrand and Dominique Grange Rio: The Complete Saga HC by Doug Wildey
All Star Western #10 Amazing Fantasy 15 Spider-Man Amazing Spider-Man #688 American Vampire #28 Angel & Faith #11 Anna And Froga Want A Gumball HC Aquaman #10 Archie #634 Archie & Friends Double Digest #17 Archie Double Digest #230 Atomic Robo Flying She Devils Of The Pacific #1 (Of 5) Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #3 Attack On Titan Vol 1 GN B & V Friends Double Digest #226 Back Issue #57 Barry Sonnenfelds Dinosaurs Vs Aliens HC Bart Simpson Comics #72 Batman #1 5th Ptg Batman #5 4th Ptg Batman Illustrated By Neal Adams Vol 1 SC Batman Incorporated #2 Batman The Dark Knight #10 Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1 (Of 4) Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1 (Of 4) Combo Pack Betty & Veronica #260 Bill The Boy Wonder Secret Co-Creator Of Batman HC Birdseye Bristoe HC BPRD Hell On Earth Exorcism #1 (Of 2) Captain America And Iron Man #633 Conan Vol 11 Road Of Kings SC Courtney Crumrin #3 David Mazzucchelli Daredevil Born Again Artist Edition HC Defenders By Matt Fraction Vol 1 SC Dorothy And Wizard In Oz #8 (Of 8) Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms #2 Earthling SC Fatale Vol 1 Death Chases Me SC Fatale #6 Fatima The Blood Spinners #1 (Of 4) FF #19 FF By Jonathan Hickman HC Flash #10 The Furry Trap HC Fury Of Firestorm The Nuclear Men #10 Gears Of War #24 Get Jiro HC Gloriana HC Goon Vol 11 Deformed Body & Devious Mind SC Gotham City Sirens Vol 3 Strange Fruit SC Green Lantern New Guardians #10 The Guild Vol 2 SC Hell Yeah #4 Hit-Girl #1 (Of 5) Hypernaturals #1 I Vampire #10 Incredible Hulk #10 John Carter Gods Of Mars #4 (Of 5) Journalism HC Jugheads Double Digest #182 Justice League #10 Justice League #10 Combo Pack Justice League Dark #10 Kirby Genesis Silver Star #6 Legion Of Super Heroes Vol 1 Hostile World SC The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen III Century #3 2009 Lord Of The Jungle #5 Lovely Horrible Stuff HC Magic The Gathering Spell Thief #1 Manhattan Projects #4 Marvel Previews July 2012 Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #3 Marvel Zombies Destroy #4 (Of 5) Mighty Thor #16 Mind The Gap #2 Marvel Masterworks Uncanny X-Men Vol 5 SC Morning Glories Vol 3 P.E. SC Mr Twee Deedle Raggedy Ann Cousin Gruelle HC Mystery Men SC New Deadwardians #4 (Of 8) Nick Fury Classic Vol 1 Agent Of Shield SC Previews #286 July 2012 Prophet #26 Reset #3 (Of 4) Resident Alien #2 Savage Dragon #180 Savage Hawkman #10 Scalped #59 Simpsons Super Spectacular #15 Song Of Roland GN Sonic Universe #41 Spaceman #7 (Of 9) Spandex HC Spellbinders Signs And Wonders SC Spider-Man Death Of Stacys SC Spider-Men #2 (Of 5) Star Trek #10 Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation #2 Star Wars Blood Ties Boba Fett Is Dead #3 (Of 4) Superman #10 Superman Family Adventures #2 Supreme #65 Tales Of The Beanworld Vol 3.5 HC Teen Titans #10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #11 Terry Moore How To Draw #4 Funny Transformers More Than Meets Eye #6 Ultimate Comics Ultimates #12 Usagi Yojimbo Vol 26 Traitors Of The Earth HC Usagi Yojimbo Vol 26 Traitors Of The Earth SC Voltron #6 Voodoo #10 Whispers #3 Witchblade #157 Wolverine And X-Men #12 AVX X-Men #31 X-Men Legacy #269 AVX X-Men: Schism SC