Showing posts with label Fantom Comics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fantom Comics. Show all posts

Friday, January 05, 2018

Fantom Comics' top picks for 2017

from their website -

Fantom’s Favorite Comics of 2017

This past year was pretty depressing for the world at large, but there were still a lot of great comics that hit our shelves in 2017. Each Fantom employee has picked their favorite new comic and favorite ongoing series of the year!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Fantom Comics named City Paper's Best Comic Book Store (UPDATED)

It's its annual Best of D.C. edition, the Washington City Paper named Fantom Comics the city's best comics book store. Big Planet Comics and Third Eye Comics were runners up. 

The issue also had a nice-size photo of Fantom Comics manager Jake Shapiro stocking the shelves.

Perennial WCP staff favorite Exotic Planterium and Card & Comic Collectorama in Alexandria also got a shout-out.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ru Xu's News Prints

Webcomics cartoonist Ru Xu has a News Prints new graphic novel out from Scholastic's Graphix imprint.  She was at Fantom Comics on Dupont Circle yesterday and I'm sure they still have signed copies.

The book is the start of a steampunk series about a young girl who pretends to be a boy to sell newspapers on the street after her family is killed in an ongoing war. She falls in with a crazed inventor and then gets involved with high-level hijinks about the conduct of the war, and also has to contend with what journalism and truth really mean.

The art is heavily-manga influenced, and I liked it quite a bit. Ms. Xu told me that one of her influences for this book is Miyazaki and one can certainly see that. She's working on the next book in the series now. Her webcomic, Saint for Rent is here.

Recommended for tweens (and aging men who like Miyazaki)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Black Widow tour at Fantom Comics (catching up)


This was a fun event, although MARGUERITE BENNETT was ill and couldn't attend. More pictures are here.

Black Widow tour at Fantom Comics, October 11, 2016.

SAM MAGGS (Wonder Women, Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy) (far right)

RYAN NORTH (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time) (2nd from right)

JASON REYNOLDS (Spider-man: Miles Morales YA Novel) (far left)

MARGARET STOHL (Forever Red & Red Vengeance: Black Widow YA Novels) (2nd from left)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sneak peek: Fantom Comics' 'Fantoms' anthology

Local retailer Fantom Comics releases its first publication, Fantoms, on July 23 at the DC Zinesfest. Local artist Erin Lisette did the wraparound cover for the anthology.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Q&A: Bishop and Klokel on 10 years of Fantom Comics

by Matt Dembicki
Fantom Comics on Nov. 9 celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Dupont Circle store will celebrate on Nov. 7 starting at 5 p.m. with a 10-year retrospective, award show and more. Below, owners David Bishop and Matt Klokel answers a few questions about their store’s decade in the District.

The store has had several locations over the past decade, settling over the past year in Dupont Circle. In retail, it’s often said that it’s “location, location, location.” How is the new location compared to the previous ones?

Matt Klokel and David Bishop
Bishop: No disrespect to Tenleytown, Union Station or Pentagon City Mall, but wow do we really wish we were in Dupont from the start. It's just a fantastic cross section of everything that's happening in DC, and while new neighborhoods have sprung up around DC over the years the vibe of Dupont Circle as a hub for a lot of cultural and business and residential activities is helping to bring all sorts of different folks.

Klokel: Dupont Circle is the perfect mix of residential and business traffic. Union Station had the work crowd, but no weekend traffic. Dupont has them both. It's also a neighborhood, where Union Station wasn't, and that shows in the warmth we've received from residents since our arrival.

Is there something other than location that fosters success?

Bishop: This one is easy: Our staff. Finding the right folks who are energized about comics and about meeting and talking with new people and helping to link Fantom to the broader comic book scene with conventions and creators has had a huge impact. Matt K can add more to this thought.

Klokel: I second Bishop's 'staff' conclusion. We're a success because of them. Equally valid is that a major key to our success is that we've stopped looking at our business model as "selling comic books." We've moved the focus toward "building a community" instead, and as we've done that, with the help of our excellent staff, the books move off the shelves a lot more frequently.

The comics retail business is notoriously tough. What inspired you to give it a try back in 2005? Is it still what drives you?

Bishop: I imagine lots of people who have a love for comics have had some inkling about what it would be like to own a comic book store. Back in 2005 when I ran into Matt, I was looking for some business idea that could plug into one of the many empty storefronts in my neighborhood and even scale to open additional locations in other retail strips that were losing businesses. It was a thought about tipping the scales back toward a more vibrant and diverse mix of retail. But then I met Matt and he had already signed a lease for Tenleytown and we rolled in that direction.

Klokel: I was 28 and it was my last chance to start a business — something I'd always wanted to do — before heading back to grad school and pushing forward in my think tank career. It was now or never was how I looked at it. I'd loved comics when I was younger and was aware that the quality and sophistication of the stories has significantly increased since I was a kid so I did a lot of research and had already committed when I ran into Bishop and it really came together. Back then I went into the comics business because I wanted to start a retail store and comics seemed like the smartest bet. What motivates me now is the community we've managed to build. They're good people, and they're the reason its fun coming to work every day. 

What are two to three things that you’ve learned over the past 10 years that are imperative to succeed in owning a comics shop?

Bishop: The number one thing that we are still learning is how to properly manage cash flow. There are new comic books coming in every week and that means that there is cash going out to pay for those new books and cash coming in when those books are purchased. So it's very challenging to keep a sharp eye and to make sure that things are balancing out. Related to that is how cautions we need to be when taking the available cash and reinvesting it into the business. We made many, many bad bets on investments in the early days, and we are now much more cautious about spending money to ensure that any investment will bring back positive value to Fantom. 

Klokel: I agree, inventory/cash flow is a hard lesson that needs to be learned. We can't return comics we don't sell, yet we upset customers if we don't have enough to sell. This is EVERY comic book store's top concern, and if a store doesn't master it, they won't be around too long.

What have been your proudest moments over the past decade?

Bishop: Making it to 10 years is very satisfying. And seeing the bet we made on a larger store that could support in-store events rather than a smaller newstand-sized store paying off is also something to be proud of.

Klokel: Frankly, every day I wake up and know we're still in business — and actually killing it — when Borders isn't is a source of pride.

What plans to you have to celebrate Fantom’s birthday?

Bishop: Matt K can answer that one.

Klokel: We'll be updating the Facebook event in the coming 10 days as we fill the agenda. There will be a retrospective at the beginning of the party.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jan. 25: Lewis & Aydin at Fantom Comics

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, co-authors of the March graphic novel series based on Lewis' experiences as a leader in the early days of the civil rights movement, will be signing the just-released second volume of the book at Fantom Comics (Dupont Circle) Jan. 25 from 1-3 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Newsarama did a Q&A with Lewis earlier this week.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Postcards on Fantom's move

Fantom Comics is letting its Dupont Circle neighbors know that it'll be opening its new store (which it says will be three times bigger than its current Union Station location) on July 23. Here's a postcard picked up at a Dupont Circle eatery.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 21: Geek Chic Fashion Show at St. Stephen's

Fantom Comics and PollySue's Vintage Shop are hosting a Geek Chic Fashion show Saturday night at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church in D.C. “Think nerdy street style, casual cosplay, steampunk couture, Hogwarts riot grrls, high-fashion superheroes, tiny princess super villains, Carol and Kamala Corps, and more!” according to the Facebook event page.

Tickets are $5 and a percentage of the proceeds will go to Con or Bust, a non-profit that sends fans of color to SFF conventions, according to organizers.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014

Fantom Comics' Free Comic Book Day

Under new manager, Esther Kim, Fantom Comics has an ambitious FCBD schedule.
Fantom Comics Free Comic Book Day 2014!
Saturday, May 3rd, 10am-9pm
Union Station, 50 Mass Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002









Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Special offer on 'By Chance or Providence'

Special offer from Fantom Comics: Be one of the first 20 people to pre-order Becky Cloonan's new hardcover book By Chance or Providence through ther store and get a free limited-edition, signed screenprint of her art from Conan.
Price: $20
Deadline: March 20th, 2014
How to Pre-order: Walkin, Call (202)241-6498 or email us at and ask to special order "By Chance or Providence!"

Monday, February 03, 2014

Greg Pak at Fantom Comics on Feb. 7

Comics writer Greg Pak (Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Eternal Warrior and Turok Dinosaur Huntvisits Fantom Comics Friday from 6-7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Greg Pak

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Friday, October 25, 2013

Events next week sponsored by Fantom Comics

Fantom Comics is hosting a discussion--one of its regular, informal, coffee house chats--on Oct. 28 at Chinatown Coffee from 7-9 p.m. The book: Watchmen. "Who watches the Watchmen? This month, we do. Alan Moore's subversive work on the perils of superhero power in the hands of the righteous continues to shape our understanding of the role of superheroes in a cynical and broken world. If you've ever read Watchmen or was looking for an excuse to read it, now's the time!"

Fantom Comics is also teaming with Fridge Gallery, which is hosting a Halloween Arty Party. "Come for the cosplay and stay for the party. Deejay Oso Fresh will be rocking the turntables all night and the Costume Contest takes place at 10 p.m. (with $100 Fantom Comics shopping spree as a prize).  We will have cool prizes, a raffle and giveaways all night long. No cover charge!"