Meanwhile... Back at The Hall of Comics
We currently have a limited number of the John Tyler Christopher Boba Fett Action FIgure variant covers for Star Wars #4 available in our online store. If you've been following the new Marvel Star Wars comic book series, you know that the action figure styled variants have been extremely popular. So far, we've seen Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Obi Wan Kenobi. The standard variant for Star Wars #4 was a Chewbacca Action Figure cover. But the artist of all of these, John Tyler Christopher, also created an extremely limited Boba Fett version. We're excited to make these available on our website while supplies last.
Renowned Marvel Comics cover artist John Tyler Christopher helped us celebrate the release of Star Wars #1 with an in-store appearance on Wednesday, January 14th. John did the art for the "humorous" variant cover as well as the Luke Skywalker action figure cover. He's since continued that theme with several other action figure variant covers that've become hugely popular. John was a thrill to host, very down to earth and clearly a big Star Wars fan himself. For 4 hours, he signed books, offered prints & original art, and talked about the industry with a steady stream of fans. The appearance was very successful and it was great to see so many new visitors discovering The Hall, as well as all you dedicated supporters who always make our events so worthwhile.
Our first ever holiday event, Deck the Hall with Craig, was as much fun as it was a success. We raised over $200 and brought in a LOT of toys for Westborough Youth & Family Services. But it wouldn't have been possible without the generous effort of local comic book artist, Craig Rousseau. In exchange for a new toy or $10 donation, Craig did sketches for fans during a 4+ hour marathon (#writerscrampisforquitters). He effortlessly filled requests for all manner of superhero imagery - from Harley Quinn punching out Deadpool to Wall-E dancing with Groot. We were overwhelmed by the support from so many new & regular customers. Seeing so many happy faces during this exciting time of year was really fulfilling.
We commissioned Craig to do a piece especially for the occasion. It was limited to an edition of 25, each signed and numbered, and made available to customers that day. He really knocked it out of the park, with the only requirements that it use our favorite Batman characters and incorporate The Hall somehow. He contributed the Norman Rockwell approach and it suited the idea perfectly. We love it!
Rob Logan, host of the Geek Generation podcast, joined us bright & early to interview John & Jake about the life of a comic shop owner. The show'll air on Monday, December 29th. While it may not be as controversial as "The Interview", we are prepared for John's emails to Aquaman's Fan Club to get hacked. Rob even made time to speak with Craig while he finished off the last couple of sketch requests. The man is a machine! We highly recommend that you check out the Geek Generation podcast for some great pop culture insights and commentary.
Once again, thank you to artist-extraordinaire Craig Rousseau, Rob Logan, and all of you in the HoC Community. You guys keep us goin' and make everyday a true pleasure! Happy holidays and have a SUPER New Year!
We'll also be offering gift wrapping for a donation to Maple Farm Animal Sanctuary in Mendon, MA. Rob Logan from the Geek Generation Podcast will be recording the day's festivities, as well. There'll be a raffle to win a copy of the very hard to find Black Cat variant of Amazing Spider-Man #4 when you buy a $1 ticket to help Carry the Fallen. Carry the Fallen raises money for veterans and their families dealing with PTSD and the epidemic of veteran suicide.
So join us to celebrate the Hall's first Christmas. A one of kind, original piece of art by Craig would make the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for geek in your life. Or for you!
Here's a sample of Craig's prowess - a fan at our Batman Day event requested this sketch of Nightwing on a blank comic cover that he brought with him.
Our first Original Comic Art Night this past Friday, October 3rd, was quite a success. Thanks so much to everyone who come by to check out the variety of portfolios presented by Michael Alexandropoulos from More Great Art.
Visitors browsed loose sketches, commissioned pieces, penciled pages, inked pages, and covers. There were even a couple of items that hadn't been printed yet, like the cover of a Captain America/Deadpool team-up one shot by Ed McGuinness. Our guests made fast work of the refreshments - pesto "pepperoni" bites, cupcakes, pumpkin brownies, and chocolate pretzels (all vegan!).
We're looking forward to doing another one of these before too long!
• Tactical Harness with Various Pouches and Stabby Thing Sleeves (sheaths)
• Two (2) Bitchin' Pistols
• Whoop Ass-ault Rifle
• One (1) Short Stabby Thing (Knife)
• Two (2) Big Boomin' Balls .. hehe...
• R/L Fists
• R/L Trigger Hands
• R/L Stabby Thing Hands
• Left Support Hand
• Left Victory, Two Finger Pointer, Peace, Chingadera Hand
• Right A-OK, @&$%#! Hand
• Right Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down, Tasty Chimichanga Hand
• Figure Support Stand
• Optional Plug in Word Bubbles for Explicit Thoughts and Witty Words
Don't delay! Sideshow items tend to sell out under normal circumstances. So given Deadpool's popularity (don't tell him we said so) he won't last long at all.
We're really excited to be in the running for the Best Customer Service category in Diamond Comics Distributors' Best Practices Awards! Voting is through October 2nd, so if you know any comic shop owners or employees, please suggest that they take a look at our entry. Just for voting, they'll be entered to win $250 (wholesale) worth of in-stock PX merch!
The Hall will be hosting a comic book art night on Friday, October 3rd. Art rep Michael Alexandropoulos from More Great Art will be presenting portfolios from artists like Ed McGuinness (Amazing X-Men, Red Hulk, Deadpool.) You'll be able to browse original pages and covers from well-known books like "Red Lanterns" and "Thunderbolts." Local comic book artist Joe St Pierre will also be present with many of his original works. We'll even be providing refreshments to create a "gallery opening" atmosphere. So whether you're in the market for your very first piece of original comic art, a longtime collector who wants to add to your walls, or just feel like browsing at this unique experience, come by and check it out!
Join us Wednesday, September 24th from 11am - 1pm for a guest appearance by Alex Cormack, artist on the new title "Future Proof". The book will be released that day, and Alex will be available to sign copies and talk about his experience as a comic book artist. Here are just a few reviews of advance copies...
"Future Proof #1 is a thought-provoking tale about the perils of time travel, and has this reader eager for more."-kastorskorner.com
"...the art, the writing, the concept itself just gets better and better. Buy this one. This one gets a very well deserved 5 out of 5 stars!" -whatchareading.com
"…I can say without a doubt that if you are a fan of the X-Files or any of the numerous shows that have aired in the last few years that take on some of society’s greatest mysteries then this is a comic series you will not want to pass up!"- PREVIEWSworld.com
Future Proof is an on-going, bi-monthly series which follows two outcast agents who are recruited into a systematic one-way journey back through time where ultimately their actions allow for the most monumental events in history to take place. We jump right into the action as the two agents get caught up in the middle of one of the greatest conspiracies of all time - the Kennedy assassination. Any wrong move will change the future as we know it.
Our celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary on Wednesday, July 23rd drew a huge crowd! We were thrilled to see casual and hardcore fans alike, families with small children, and plenty of members of the press in attendance. We provided 4 Bat-tastic cosplayers - Batman himself, Batgirl, Robin, and Nightwing - who posed for photos and shared superhero advice with adolescent counterparts. Also in attendance was the incredibly skilled artist Craig Rousseau. Craig has worked on numerous comic books, including many Batman titles. He generously sketched comic characters and signed books for a long line of impressed fans. There were Bat-cupcakes and plenty of Batman back issues that we unveiled especially for the occasion. An original page of art from "Batman '66" by Craig Rousseau was awarded to a lucky raffle winner at the end of the night. Be sure to check out some additional coverage by the MetroWest Daily News.
All in all, we couldn't have been happier with the response. Thanks to all of you who attended and to everyone who helped make it a success. As mega Batman fans ourselves, it was very gratifying that we got to host the hero's 75th birthday so soon after opening the store. We're already looking forward to our next big event, but this one is gonna be a tough act to follow. Stay tuned!