Thursday, September 13, 2012

Big Planet Comics Orbit Newsletter - September 13, 2012

Big Planet Comics
September 13, 2012

Small Press Expo (SPX) this weekend

I hope everyone had a great time at Baltimore Comicon last weekend, it was good to see some of you there, and there were some amazing costumes again! The local convention scene continues this weekend, as the Small Press Expo (SPX) returns to North Bethesda on Saturday and Sunday! I cannot recommend SPX highly enough, it is my favorite convention. Focusing on independent publishers, small press, and self-publishers, SPX is a show unlike any other. Instead of a room full of dealers, you are almost always buying comics directly from the person who made it, and you will see a lot of amazing comics you've never heard of before! Plus this year has a lot of amazing guests, like the Hernandez Bros., Adrian Tomine, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware, and more!

SPX is at up in North Bethesda, 2 blocks from the White Flint metro on the Red Line.

Marriott Bethesda North Hotel &
Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

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- the Big Planet Comics kids


UPCOMING - September 22 - Raina Telgemeier signing Drama

Raina Telgemeier, creator of the New York Times bestseller Smile, will be appearing at both our Vienna and College Park stores on Saturday, September 22, for her brand new book Drama!

Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of Smile, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Vienna facebook event

7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

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Doctor Strange: Season One HC

by Greg Pak and Emma Rios

Another smash hit from the new origin stories of Marvel's Season One line! After crippling his hands in an accident, skeptic Dr. Strange ends up talking to the Ancient One, and meeting his kung fu disciple Wong, traveling the world for mystical artifacts he doesn't believe in. Great adventure, amazing art by Rios, crackling dialogue, and great character interactions! Highest recommendation!

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl SC

by Ben Hatke

The sequel to Zita the Spacegirl is finally here! Her adventure in the first book has made her an intergalactic superstar! But throw in alien invaders and a robot Zita duplicate, and you've got another crazy Zita adventure again!

all ages! Plus Ben Hatke will be appearing at our stores on November 3!

Trail of Steel 1441 A.D. SC

by Marcos Mateu-Mestre

Condottiero Martin and his son Sancho and his band of medieval mercenaries take three prisoners on a mission that pushes their limits and their choices. Amazing art in this grim adventure story!

The Cavalier Mr. Thompson SC

by Rich Tommaso
In 1920s oil town Texas, a drama and mystery swirl around a hotel and the people who live and work there, as a criminal on the run crosses their paths, and the owners and servants collide.

Stumptown 2 #1

by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth

P.I. Dex Parios is back for another case! A guitarist from a Portland band has her favorite guitar stolen, Parios is asked to find it. Unfortunately, that may lead her into a much bigger problem that she didn't know about! A crazy twist ending kicks this new case into high gear.

Team 7 #0

by Justin Jordan and Jesus Merino

A prequel to the New 52, this origin book introduces a bunch of characters, some new, some familiar. A group of tough military people are assembled to deal with the rise of the powered heroes like Superman. Quick action adventure by the writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Justin Jordan!

Alien: The Illustrated Story SC

by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson
A classic movie adaptation, back in print and reshot from Simonson's original watercolored art! The first movie of horror in deepest space, as Ripley and her team are woken from cryo sleep to investigate a strange signal from an unknown planet! Yeah, THAT always ends well!

Crossed: Wish You Were Here 1 SC

by Simon Spurrier and Javier Barreno
The awful horror of the Crossed universe continues, this time in a small island off the coast of Scotland. After escaping from London, our narrator must try to survive with the small community of strangers, as they debate heading back into the mainland.
Bucko HC
Bulletproof Coffin Vol 2 Disinterred SC
The Crackle Of The Frost HC
Creep #1
Drama SC
Drama HC
Fear Itself Secret Avengers SC
Hugo Tate SC
Is That All There Is? SC
Love And Rockets New Stories Vol 5 SC
Nemesis SC
Oz Dorothy And Wizard In Oz HC
Powers Definitive Collection Vol 5 HC
Punk Rock Jesus #3 (Of 6)
Rocketeer Cargo Of Doom #2 (Of 4)
Star Wars Crimson Empire Saga HC

Big Planet Comics Podcast #58
"Breaking News"
We're taking the week off to prep for SPX, so expect a full convention report next week!
This week, things get DRAMAtic, Nick fights spiders, and Jared watches béisbol, and we review a bunch of new comics! Download now or subscribe on iTunes!

Drama SC by Raina Telgemeier
Fashion Beast #1 by Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren, Antony Johnson, and Facundo Percio
Green Lantern #0 by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke
Guarding the Globe #1 by Phil Hester and Todd Nauck
Lookouts #1 by Ben McCool, Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik, Cory Jones, and Robb Mommaerts
Message to Adolf 1 HC by Osamu Tezuka
Prince of Cats SC by Ron Wimberly
The Voyeurs HC by Gabrielle Bell

Send us questions to or leave a voicemail at 1-703-539-CAST! (1-703-539-2278)

9/8-9 - Baltimore convention
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

9/15-16 - SPX convention
The area's coolest convention!
Marriott Bethesda North
5701 Marinelli Rd.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

9/22 - Raina Telgemeier
Signing Drama
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Drama
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

9/29 - Gordon Harris
Signing Pedestrian
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

10/27 - District Comics
1520 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

11/3 - Ben Hatke
Signing Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA 22180

Signing Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

New Next Week 9/19

(Let us know if you want any of these!)
100 Bullets Book 3 HC 
Naoki Urasawa 20th Century Boys Vol 22 SC
Adventures in Cartooning Christmas Special
Artifacts #21    
Asterix Wheres Asterix? SC
Atomic Robo Flying She Devils of the Pacific #3 (of 5)
Atomic Robo Real Science Adventures #6  
Avengers #30 AVX
Avengers Academy #37
Batman Beyond Unlimited #8
Batwoman #0
Before Watchmen Nite Owl #3 (of 4)
Berserk Vol 36
Birds of Prey #0           
Blue Beetle #0            
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike #2 (of 5)
Call of Wonderland #4 (of 4)
Captain America and Hawkeye SC
Captain Atom #0            
Catwoman #0                    
Classics Illustrated vol 9 A Christmas Carol & Mug SC
Cobra #17   
Danger Girl GI Joe #3 (of 4)
Daredevil #18                   
Daredevil by Mark Waid Vol 3 HC
Dark Avengers #181               
Dark Country HC                  
Dark Horse Presents #16          
Dark Tower Gunslinger Man in Black #4 (of 5)    
DC Universe Presents #0
Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe #3 (of 4) 2nd Ptg
Deadpool Kills Marvel Universe #4 (of 4) 2nd Ptg
Deadpool Vol 10 Evil Deadpool SC 
Extermination #4
Fables #121
Fatima the Blood Spinners #4 (of 4)    
Gambit #1 2nd Ptg
Garth Ennis Jennifer Blood #17
Ghost #0             
Ghostbusters #13
Godzilla Half Century War #2 (of 5)   
Godzilla Ongoing #5             
Green Lantern Corps Vol 1 Fearsome HC   
Green Lantern New Guardians #0   
Harker Vol 1 Book of Solomon HC
Harvest #1 (of 5) 2nd Ptg
Hellblazer #295
Hypo Melancholic Lincoln HC
invincible Iron Man Vol 10 Long Way Down HC    
John Carter: The Gods of Mars SC
Journey into Mystery Vol 2 Fear Itself Fallout SC   
Justice League #0          
Kodt Bundle of Trouble Vol 38 SC
Legion Lost Vol 1 Run From Tomorrow SC
Legion of Super Heroes #0       
Lil Depressed Boy #13          
Lobster Johnson Caput Mortuum #1
Merciless Rise of Ming #4     
Mighty Thor #20 Burns     
Mr Big Tale of Pond Life SC
Marvel Universe Avengers Earth's Heroes Comic Reader 3 SC  
New Mutants #49          
Nightwing #0              
Peanuts Vol 2 #2 (of 4)        
Penguin Pain and Prejudice SC
Peter Panzerfaust #6     
Princess Magazine 8      
Punisher by Greg Rucka Vol 2 SC 
Rebel Blood SC
Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 
Revival #3               
Roger Langridges Snarked #12  
Sailor Moon vol 7 SC
Secret of the Stone Frog HC
The Shadow #5            
Simpsons Comics #194        
Sonic Universe #44            
Spider-Man Spider-Island SC
Spider-Men #5 (of 5)          
Star Trek Next Generation Hive #1  
Star Trek #13         
Star Wars Darth Vader Ghost Prison #5 (of 5)
Supergirl #0                    
Superman the Black Ring Vol 2 SC
Sword of Sorcery #0                
Thanos Final Threat #1           
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #15 DWF 
Untold Tales of Punisher Max #4 (of 5)
Unwritten #41              
Venom #25                        
Venom Circle of Four SC
Walking Dead #102
Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris #15
Winter Soldier Vol 1 Longest Winter SC
Wolverine: Goodbye Chinatown SC
Womanthology Space #1          
Wonder Woman #0
X-Factor #244                  
Young Justice #20
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