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

Mar 172014
 

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MONSTER SALE: FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014!

UPDATE: ALERT! ALERT! NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SALE ARE LISTED IN RED!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the annual Chapel Hill Comics Monster Sale, in which traditional pricing methodologies are taken into due consideration and then ignored!

EXTENDED HOURS: We will be open for the sale from 10am until 9pm!

GRAPHIC NOVELS, BOOKS, MANGA, USED GRAPHIC NOVELS, BACK ROOM SALE BOOKS:

BUY TWO, GET ONE FREE!

This is the centerpiece of our sale each year. We have the area’s finest graphic novel selection, and for one day only, it’s all buy two, get one free. Mix and match different kinds of books; it’s all good! In the case of books with different prices, the cheapest one is free, but if you’re buying more than three, we’ll arrange the books to your advantage!

This sale also includes our back room sale books, which are already 50% off! We currently have big selections in the back of Marvel Masterworks paperbacks, Marvel Essential paperbacks, and Marvel Omnibus editions, as well as lots of other sale books from other publishers!

INDIVIDUAL BOOK DISCOUNTS:

For a few select books, we will be discounting them individually rather than making you buy three to get a discount. First up: STRAY BULLETS!

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STRAY BULLETS: UBER ALLES EDITION:

COVER PRICE $59.99, SALE PRICE $41!

This book collects all 41 issues of Stray Bullets by David Lapham. Sixty bucks is already a fantastic price, but for one day only, you can get the book for Forty-one dollars, which is a buck a page! Incredible! We’re big fans of this comic and would encourage anyone who is interested in crime fiction to check it out! This is an individual discount which is not cumulative with the buy-two-get-one-free offer.

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IDW ARTIST EDITIONS:

25% OFF!

These wonderful books, which showcase the original comic art of classic stories, will be 25% off for the day.  This is an individual discount which is not cumulative with the buy-two-get-one-free offer.

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MINECRAFT PAPERCRAFT SETS:

50% OFF!

Do you want to build paper versions of those video game things the kids like so much? Now you can do it for half price! Wow!

DOLLAR COMICS:

50 CENTS EACH OR
25 FOR $10 OR
50 FOR $15 OR
100 FOR $25 OR
A WHOLE LONG BOX FOR $50!

We need to make room for more dollar comics, so it’s time to get these guys out of here! For your information, a long box holds 300 to 350 comics, so fifty bucks works out to a pretty solid deal!

BACK ISSUE SETS:

50% OFF! 

Bagged sets of comics, some of which have already been marked down, will be half price for the sale!

SALE TOYS:

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!

All toys in our back room, which are already 50% off, will also be BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE for the day!

CHAPEL HILL COMICS T-SHIRTS

20% OFF OR FREE WITH $100 PURCHASE (while supplies last)!

ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE THAT ISN’T A COMIC
THAT IS TO SAY:
(NON CHAPEL HILL COMICS) T-SHIRTS
POSTERS
PLUSH TOYS
TRADING CARDS, GAME CARDS
BLIND PACKAGED FIGURES
COMIC SUPPLIES
PINS, MAGNETS, DOODADS AND WHATEVER
(but not gift certificates):

20% OFF!

THANK YOU!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

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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!

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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.

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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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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

CAT GUN SAFETY

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!

Nov 252013
 

GOBBLE-GOBBLE-2013

 

Chapel Hill Comics is pleased to announce our 2013 Day After Thanksgiving Sale!

We’ll be closed on Thanksgiving, and will reopen regular hours Friday, November 29, the Day After Thanksgiving, for a big sale! Everything in the store will be on sale! That’s right, EVERYTHING, from comics to graphic novels to toys to art books to whatever you can think of! The EVERYTHING part of the sale will run from 11am until 2pm, and there will be selected items on sale all day!

Here’s how it will work:

* 11-12PM: EVERYTHING IS 20% OFF!
* 12-1PM: EVERYTHING IS 15% OFF!
* 1-2PM: EVERYTHING IS 10% OFF!

Plus, we’ll have these other special discounts all day:

* ALL USED GRAPHIC NOVELS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE ALL DAY!
* ALL BACK ISSUE SETS 50% OFF ALL DAY!
* ALL DOLLAR COMICS FOUR FOR A DOLLAR ALL DAY!
* ALL LIQUIDATION BOOKS INCLUDING LOTS OF MARVEL OMNIBUSES 70% OFF ALL DAY (NORMALLY 50% OFF)!
* ALL CHAPEL HILL COMICS T-SHIRTS HALF PRICE ALL DAY!

Yay!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Friday, Nov 29, 11am-7pm

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