Apr 282014
 

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HOLY COW, THIS WEEKEND IS THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY!

That means it’s already time for Free Comic Book Day! It’s a national event we’re proud to have been a part of since its inception. Free Comic Book Day is always a ton of fun, and Chapel Hill Comics will once again participate in 2014! Here are some of the comics we be giving away:

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FCBD 2014 ALL ROCKET RACCOON

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FCBD 2014 ARCHIE DIGEST #1

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FCBD 2014 ATOMIC ROBO & FRIENDS

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FCBD 2014 BONGO FREE-FOR-ALL

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FCBD 2014 DARK HORSE: AVATAR & ITTY BITTY HELLBOY

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FCBD 2014 DC: THE NEW 52 FUTURE’S END

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FCBD 2014: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

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HELLBOY 20TH ANNIVERSARY SAMPLER

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FCBD 2014 HELLO KITTY SURPRISE

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FCBD 2014 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE TWO-IN-ONE

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FCBD 2014 KABOOM SUMMER BLAST: ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, STEVEN UNIVERSE, GARFIELD

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FCBD 2014 MOUSE GUARD, LABYRINTH & RUST HARDCOVER

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FCBD 2014 SMURFS

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FCBD 2014 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG / MEGAMAN FLIPBOOK

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FCBD 2014 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES

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FCBD 2014 TEEN TITANS GO #1

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FCBD 2014 TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE

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FCBD 2014 WALT DISNEY: UNCLE SCROOGE & DONALD DUCK

You’ll also be able to get a free sketch from artist Warren Wucinich between 11am and 5pm! Here are some sketches he’s done previously to give you an idea of what he can do for you. The sketches will be free, but Warren will accept tips!

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JUST ADDED: FREE ADMISSION AT DSI COMEDY THEATER ON FCBD!

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Our pals at DSI Comedy Theater have relocated to West Franklin Street, just a hop, skip and jump away from the store! On Free Comic Book Day, if you buy anything at Chapel Hill Comics, you can take the receipt to DSI for free admission to any of the shows on the flier above!

JUST ADDED: FREE CHAPEL HILL COMICS PATCHES!

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We just found a small stack of Chapel Hill Comics logo patches and will be giving them away to the first 15 folks who buy something on Free Comic Book Day!

Store hours are from 11am until 9pm. Last year, we ran out of free comics for the first time ever around 7pm. We bought in more comics this year to give away, but to have the best selection available to you, we suggest getting here early!

Thanks, and we hope to see you on Saturday!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2014
MAY 3, BEGINS AT 11AM
Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
http://chapelhillcomics.com

Dec 242013
 

It’s not quite the end of 2013 yet, but I’m jumping on this list thing because it’s list time. Here’s what I liked this year. Ten things from ten different publishers, and four of them are from self-publishers or very small presses whose books aren’t available through Diamond, the big comic distributor. But hey! I’m no snob: there’s a Marvel Comic on there too! Let’s do it:

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COPRA by MICHEL FIFFE

Michel Fiffe wrote, drew, colored, self-published and distributed twelve issues of his own comic series over the course of a year, and they are great. They’re entertaining comics, full of violent insanity and almost incomprehensible character designs, and they’re beautiful objects, full of the most purposefully idiosyncratic linework and coloring you’ll see in a comic these days. Most of the individual self-published issues are sold out, but Bergen Street Comics has been collecting them in three-issue compendia, and those are just as cool. $12 each for the compendia.

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HIP HOP FAMILY TREE by ED PISKOR

The first volume of Ed Piskor’s comprehensive history of hip hop culture is both educational and entertaining. The art, coloring, and design (down to the enormous size) are reminiscent of Marvel’s Treasury Editions from the seventies, which makes the style of the work contemporary to the subject matter. Brilliant. Whether you’re an old school head or a new jack, you’ll want to peep this. $24.95, and currently between printings at the distributor level, which means you should snatch a first print while we have them. And oh yeah: they’re signed too! Having Ed at the store this year was a lot of fun!

MY DIRTY DUMB EYES

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MY DIRTY DUMB EYES by LISA HANAWALT

Dirty jokes and lovely watercolor art are the way to my heart, and Lisa excels at both of those things. We also hosted Lisa at the store this year (Have you noticed the trend? I’m a big fan of a cartoonist, so I invite them to the store! Nepotism!), where she painted animal portraits of fans. Delightful. $22.95, and more than worth it. If you’re looking for a cheaper entry to Lisa’s work, we still have at the time of this writing a few copies of her self-published mini-comic SAVE A HORSE, RIDE A HANAWALT at seven bucks.

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DISTRICT 14 by PIERRE GABUS & ROMUALD REUTIMANN

This comic is translated from the French. It features incredible black and white art with very strong cartoony lines and expert use of dot tone. The story is totally ridiculous noir, with a little bit of everything else thrown in: animals, people, aliens, and superheroes. It’s full of crazy-detailed world-building stuff. The whole thing makes me think of Brandon Graham’s KING CITY, in that the whole setting is so ridiculous it’s almost comedic, but the characters are involved in very serious situations. $39.95 for a great big hardcover. Volume two is scheduled for sometime early 2014.

IT WILL ALL HURT

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IT WILL ALL HURT by FAREL DALRYMPLE

When I say that Farel Dalrymple’s comics are emotional fantasy, I’m not saying they’re about crying hobbits, I’m saying that the emotions he depicts are at least as important as the story. IT WILL ALL HURT is so far along the sliding scale between story and emotion that I usually don’t know what’s happening, but I definitely feel it. There’s one print comic of this so far. It has a two-color risograph cover and lovely full-color watercolor insides. It’s eight bucks. We just sold our last copy, so I’m about to order some more from Zack Soto, his publisher. Bonus trivia: I own the original art for the panels depicted here!

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AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE by ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA & FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

This is such a great idea for a comic. Almost everyone in comics fandom knows who the Archie characters are, even if they’ve only read Archie comics covers. I learned to read on Archie comics, so I feel qualified to say that while the dialogue tends a bit toward the Buffyish, the characters are true to themselves, even as they are eaten alive and transformed into shambling ghouls. Plus, the art is perfect; Francesco Francavilla is killing it. $2.99 a comic. Two of them are out, and we have them both, but we’re out of that chessecakey Bettie cover of the first issue.

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SAGA by BRIAN K VAUGHAN & FIONA STAPLES

All the great reviews you’ve read about Saga are true. It’s a great comic. The story is a lot of fun, the art is gorgeous, and the dialogue is really funny and dirty. The two paperback collections are our best selling books of the year, and with good reason. Paperbacks: $9.99-$14.99. Individual comic issues: $2.99.

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HAWKEYE by MATT FRACTION, DAVID AJA, JAVIER PULIDO, ET AL

Like Saga, Hawkeye has gotten so many great reviews that I could really slack off here, but I’ll still say: Matt Fraction’s versions of these characters are full of heart and humor, David Aja’s art is like somebody strained Batman Year One era Mazzuchelli through Steranko and Chris Ware, without being a ripoff of any of that stuff, and the fill-in artists are better than the primary artists on any other superhero book being published. It’s not just “good for a superhero comic,” it’s one of the best comics being published right now, period. Comic issues are $2.99, paperback collections are $16.99, and the big hardcover collection is $34.99.

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WHITE CARDS by ADAM MEUSE

Adam Meuse is the creator of our best-selling mini-comic of all time, SAD ANIMALS, as well as the designer of our t-shirts with the bear on them. And then you got this thing, which is a collection of throwaway jokes from his former day job, in which he mercilessly depicts his coworkers, forcing them into horrible, dirty situations. It’s a bunch of in-jokes to be sure, but I think I laughed harder at his dirty giraffe drawings than anything else I read this year. It’s $4.

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FANTASY BASKETBALL by SAM BOSMA

I love Sam Bosma’s illustration, so I picked up a copy of this mini from him at SPX. It’s got a very nice screenprinted cover. The story inside is of some dungeon-crawling adventurers who get into a life-or-death pickup game with an undead basketball master. It’s funny, and fun, and for a guy who primarily produces single illustration work, he’s a really excellent storyteller! I don’t carry this thing because he only printed a few, but I think you can buy a digital version direct from him.

That’s certainly not all the comics I liked this year, but I think it’s a good representation of my very favorites! Thanks for reading!

Andrew Neal, Owner
Chapel Hill Comics

2013 LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

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Dec 202013
 

Holy corn, the holidays are upon us, and while I assume most of you are more than ready, perhaps there are one or two of you who would benefit from a list of gift suggestions… right? Ahem. Here are some suggestions:

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FOR LOVERS OF HIP HOP CULTURE, MUSIC HISTORY, AND COMICS WHICH ARE BOTH ENTERTAINING AND EDUCATIONAL: HIP HOP FAMILY TREE by ED PISKOR

We hosted Ed for a signing of this fantastic comic/history book in November, and we have signed and unsigned copies in stock. The book is sold out at the distributor level right now, and it’s in demand for gift-giving season, which means we’ve been selling them very consistently online and in-store. We have about a quarter of our great big initial order left, and we may still have them in stock on Christmas Eve, but I’m not going to promise anything. At any rate, if you’re interested in hip hop history and culture, this book is absolutely incredible. I’m working on my Comics of the Year list, and this guy is going to be at the top. $24.99.

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We just received a big shipment from our friends at Secret Headquarters in LA of their hot-off-the-presses collection of Michael DeForge’s first three Kid Mafia comics. The original three zines are long sold out and have never before been collected. Read the thrilling story of a high school dropout who skates and orders hits. It’s brilliant, and the probability that the person you’re buying this for already has it? Close to zero, my friend. We got the stuff. $10.

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FOR THE PERSON WHO STILL HASN’T READ THE BEST MAINSTREAM COMIC OF THE YEAR: SAGA by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN & FIONA STAPLES

It is, in fact, as good as everyone says it is. It has smartass hipster aliens, forbidden love, ghosts, sex, hilariously dirty dialogue, and incredible art. Vol. 1: $9.99, Vol 2: $14.99.

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FOR THE KIDS ON THE INTERNETS: MINECRAFT STUFF

Attention perplexed parents and grandparents: We have a ton of stuff for the kids who have been asking for Minecraft stuff for the last two years or so! I still have no idea what this is other than that it involves square pigs and a guy named Steve. Anyway: we have Minecraft plush toys, papercraft sets, and action figures in stock now! Come and get it!  $15.99-$44.99.

TARDIS MUGFOR THE 97% OF OUR CUSTOMER BASE WHO NOT ONLY LOVE DOCTOR WHO BUT ABSOLUTELY CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVEN’T WATCHED IT YET: DOCTOR WHO STUFF

We have Doctor Who Comics, Graphic Novels, Books, Sonic Screwdrivers, Socks (Crew, Knee, Over-the-Knee), Blind Package Titan Mini-Figures (Series One, Two, and Three),  Mugs, Keychains, Magnets, and a My Little Pony figure named Doctor Whooves. $2.50-$49.99

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FOR EVERYONE, APPARENTLY, CONSIDERING HOW INSANELY WELL IT’S BEEN SELLING FOR US: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CAT ABOUT GUN SAFETY.

Well, not for everyone, but for ten more people until we get our next shipment, which will be after Christmas. Just so you know. $2.50.

This is a mere sampling of our more accessible and exciting wares. We have lots and lots of other comics, graphic novels, and gift books too. Come on in and ask for help if you need it! Thanks, y’all!

 

12 Reasons to Die Ghost Variant!

Twelve Reasons to Die #1 Chapel Hill Comics Exclusive Cover!

Chapel Hill Comics is proud to announce that as part of our 10th/35th anniversary celebration, we will offer an exclusive CHC cover to the new Ghostface Killah comic, 12 Reasons to Die, as well as a super-limited variant signed by Ghostface.

UPDATE: MAY 8, 2013: There is also a Ghost Variant for 12 Reasons, which was top secret until it shipped! We have it, and the Chapel Hill Comics cover available in the shop, and at our webstore!

Here’s the press release, in which our esteemed boss is quoted:

Black Mask Studios, RZA, and Ghostface Killah are partnering with local comic shops along Ghost’s upcoming tour route to release ‘Tour Variant’ editions of the 12 REASONS TO DIE comic. The Tour Variant edition will feature an exclusive cover that ties in directly with the visuals of the album, and each store’s allotment of books will be branded with the store’s logo.

Each store will also receive a small number of ‘Ticket Variants.’ Limited to a pressing of only 150 copies, the Ticket Variant is autographed by Ghostface and gets the owner of the comic into Ghost’s local concert for free.

12 REASONS TO DIE hits stores on May 8th.

“There’s already a huge crossover between the worlds of comics and hip-hop, and I’m excited to be a part of the Tour Variant program. It should be a great opportunity to introduce hip-hop heads who might be new to comics to all the great storytelling we have to offer as a medium,” said Andrew Neal, owner of Chapel Hill Comics.

“Working with Black Mask means we’re supported by people who are actively trying to put our books in front of new readers, get new people in comic shops, and make people who would never step into comic shops find our stuff. It’s especially great to be doing the limited tour variants and the street team promotions for our book. The hip-hop community is both underappreciated and underrepresented by comic companies and it’s nice to be working with Black Mask to change that,” said 12 REASONS TO DIE writer Matthew Rosenberg.

All this stuff will go on Sale on Wednesday, May 8 at Chapel Hill Comics! For folks who want to order copies, here’s the link to our web store!

Twelve Reasons to Die #1 Signed Variant, signed by Ghostface Killah (also pictured: Ghost signing)!

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All right! Next Sunday, April 28, from 2pm until 3:30pm is our next book club meeting! This time, Alicia will host a discussion on Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman!

If you don’t have a copy, we are scheduled to receive a big shipment on Friday, April 19, so we’ll have them available!

Click here for the Facebook event if you would like to RSVP or invite your friends!

“Written by GRANT MORRISON. Art and cover by FRANK QUITELY. The complete 12-issue run of ALL-STAR SUPERMAN by Morrison and Quitely is collected in a single trade paperback! Witness the Man of Steel in exciting adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more! Plus: Superman goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet.”

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