CA – Free Comic Book May 2013

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Press Release:

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, is proud to announce that we will, once again, be bringing Free Comic Book MAY to Los Angeles area this year, in celebration of the National Free Comic Book Day!

“Last year’s Free Comic Book May was an exhilarating event.” said owner Edward Greenberg, adding: ” We learned so much about how to do this, and will use the lessons this year to provide an even better experience for our patrons.”

The concept of Free Comic Book MAY is simple. Come to one (or both) Collector’s Paradise stores on Free Comic Book Day, May 4th, get your free books, and receive a Free Stamp Card. Come back the following Saturday, and get a stamp, and get more free books (details below). As long as you continue to attend and receive stamps, you can keep coming back every Saturday in May and get more free books, including, during the last week of the month, FREE Graphic Novels. The four weeks are designed to spotlight different types of books:

- May 4th – Free Comic Book Day, books provided by many publishers, range of options. PLUS: BUY 3 GET 1 FREE on anything in the store.

- May 11th – Free Superhero Comic Day, free superhero comics by major publishers. PLUS: 50% OFF All single issue Comics on the Shelves.

- May 18th- Free Independent Comic Day, free indie books, chosen by us, and contributed by our good friends, creators and publishers. PLUS: Comics by the Pound.

- May 25th – Free Graphic Novel Day, free Graphic Novels, once again chosen by us and contributed by our friends. PLUS: BUY 1 GET 1 FREE on all Hardcover Graphic Novels.

Collector’s Paradise will be holding Creator Signing Events during the month of May, to promote some of the most interesting new creators and projects out there.

Saturday May 4th, Free Comic Book Day:
San Fernando Valley Store: 12-3 pm
J. Michael Strazcynski – Creator of Babylon 5 TV Show, creator/writer of the hot new series TEN GRAND, as well as Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, writer on Superman Earth One HCs, Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman.

Philip Tan – Artist on DC’s NEW 52 Savage Hawkman, and the new Masters of the Universe series, as well as Uncanny X-Men, Spawn, Batman & Robin, and many more.

Rahsan Ekedal – artist on the hot new series THINK TANK, as well as Top Cow’s ECHOES and Pilot Season, Solomon Kane, Creepy and DC’s The Unexpected.

Andy Suriano – artist on DC’s Batman Brave & The Bold, Image Comics’ Charlatan’s Ball and Doc Bizarre MD, as well as an amazing animator.

Rick Basaldua – a fantastic inker on many projects from Top Cow (Artifacts, Magdalena, Darkness), as well as Marc Silvestri’s run on HULK.

Troy Peteri – an accomplished leterrer, working with J. Michael Straczynski on TEN GRAND, as well as past projects, plus many titles in the Top Cow library of books.

Pasadena Store: 2-5 pm
Whilce Portacio – Legendary comic creator, co-founder of Image Comics, co-creator and artist on the hot new Image Comics series, Non-Humans, with Glen Brunswick, as well as creator of Wetworks, and artist on Uncanny X-Men, Hulk, Iron Men and much more.

Glen Brunswick – co-creator and writer of Non-Humans, as well as many other fantastic books for Image Comics, including Gray Area (with John Romita Jr), Jersey Gods, and Killing Girl.

Mike Kunkel – an incredible Animator, and creator/writer/artist on the Classic comic book series, Herobear & The Kid, which comes back on Free Comic Book Day via Boom! Studios, as well as the artist on DC’s Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam.

Chris Moreno – Creator / Artist on Zombie Dickheads, as well as the artist on Image Comics’ and more recently Kickstarter-resurrected Sidekick, as well as Disney’s Toy Story and more.

Saturday May 11th, Free Superhero Comic Book Day
San Fernando Valley Store

IMAGE COMICS SIGNING, 12-3 pm, featuring:
Jim McCann – Mind the Gap, Lost Vegas
Ken Kristensen – Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth
MK Perker – Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth
Kel Symons – I Love Trouble
Sina Grace – Lil Depressed Boy

A WAKE FOR I, VAMPIRE, 7-10 pm
Joshua Fialkov & Friends – we say goodbye to a critically acclaimed and loved by fans series with a party featuring thematically named alcohol drinks for anyone over 21, a Eulogy contest, as well as many other highly inappropriate hijinx, more details to be announced soon on our website and Facebook/Twitter feeds.

Pasadena Store, 12-3 pm:
Mark Sable – Creator/ writer of Graveyard of Empires, as well as Grounded, Hazed and many others.

Saturday May 18th, Free Independent Comic Book Day

San Fernando Valley Store, 12-3pm
Jason Brubaker – ReMIND
Mark Sable – Graveyard of Empires
James Ninness - In Sanity, AZ
Shannon Forrey – Dust GN

Pasadena Store, 12-3pm
Jim McCann – Mind the Gap, Lost Vegas
Ginger Rabbit Studio – Jared Sams, Giulie Speziani, Rob Harrington

Please visit Collector’s Paradise’ official site, ComicsAndCards.net for full details about our Free Comic Book Day and Free Comic Book MAY Events.

For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise @ 818-999-9455 (business) or by email, at store@comicsandcards.net

Collector’s Paradise Canoga Park is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, at Sherman Way in Canoga Park. Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar in Pasadena.

NYC – Graveyard of Empires Talk

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MARK SABLE and PAUL AZACETA talk about their exciting new comic GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES this week at Comic Book Club. This comic has all of us super-excited, come see what all the buzz is about! Hosted by Pete LePage, Justin Tyler, and Alex Zalben

…And you know all of the news about the show, RIGHT?!

1. We’re at a new location on the East side! Brand new!

2. There is a beautiful bar in the new location that is extremely suitable to hang out in. So plan on coming early and hanging out late!

3. We are giving away tons and tons of free comics!

Also, you could win a $25 Gift card to Midtown Comics!

And all the comic book news and opinions IN THE WORLD!

Tuesday, June 14 @ 8:00pm
@ The Peoples Improv Theater
123 E. 24th Street, btwn. Park & Lexington, New York, NY

Tickets: $5
Online: ThePIT-NYC.com
Phone: 1-800-838-3006
Questions? 212-563-7488

AND AS ALWAYS…
The show is sponsored in part by Midtown Comics

Check out our podcast!

Want to watch the show live, but can’t make it in NYC? Check out our livestream of the show!

NYC – Graveyard of Empires Release Party

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Join Mark Sable and Paul Azaceta for a night of comics and more on Wednesday June 15th! Signing begins at 6:00 PM and to participate, you MUST purchase GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES here at Jim Hanley’s Universe either before or during the signing.

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

CA – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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David Petersen, Len Wein, Jim McCann, and many more sign at Collector’s Paradise on May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day!

Press Release:

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce that it has purchased the famous Pasadena hobby landmark, Comic Odyssey, and has turned it into the second location of the company’s store brand, Collector’s Paradise.
 
Everyone knows that with the current economy, consumers are spending less than before on their hobbies.  Collector’s Paradise believes that as the economy changes for the better, the comic book industry will recover and with the proliferation of comic-based movies, a whole new audience will continue to grow for our products. “Opening a new location has always been a dream of mine, and bringing more business to such a fine area as Pasadena is an exciting opportunity we just could not pass up”, said Edward Greenberg, one of the co-owners of Collector’s Paradise. 
 
The timing of the opening of the new store could not have been better, as it gives Collector’s Paradise the opportunity to unveil the new location during the most exciting day of the year for the whole industry, Free Comic Book Day.  An annual event that happens every year on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become the most attended day of the year for most stores participating in the celebration. This year, on May 7, Collector’s Paradise will present to its customers a very exciting  event, that will showcase the store’s commitment to continue being not just a retail store, but a “Destination” where consumers come to meet the industry’s finest creators face to face.
 
On May 7th, Collector’s Paradise is presenting one of their best line-ups of comic book creators to date, including:
 
Len Wein - creator of such characters as Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus. As an Editor, Len oversaw such books as Crisis on Infinite Earths and Watchmen. Len is currently writing DC Universe Legacies. Len will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign for fans. 
 
JT Krul - a bright rising star at DC Comics. Having started at Aspen Comics, where he took over writing duties from Michael Turner on books like Fathom and Soulfire, this past year, JT has left his mark on Green Arrow and Teen Titans, an upcoming Flashpoint tie-ins, in addition to his first creator-owned title, Mindfield. JT will be on hand from 3pm to 5pm to sign for fans.
 
David Petersen is known all around as the creator /artist / writer of the amazing All Ages book, Mouse Guard, from Archaia. The book has won all types of awards and is considered a shining example of a graphic novel for fans of ALL ages. David will be on hand from 4pm to 6pm to sign for fans.
 
Jim McCann’s latest graphic novel, The Return of the Dapper Men, from Archaia, has been a huge critical hit and commercial success, selling out the whole first printing in a matter of days.  His Marvel work, Avengers: The Reunion and Hawkeye & Mockingbird, among others, has also received some high praise.  Jim will be on hand from 4pm to 6pm to sign for fans.
 
Mark Sable’s career in comics started with creator-owned Grounded, Fearless, and Hazed. He’s done some DC work including a Teen Titans Cyborg mini-series. His original series, Unthinkable, from Boom Studios! was too close to real life for TSA Agents, and right now he’s working on a new series, called Graveyard of Empires, for Image Comics. Mark will be on hand from 11 to 2 to sign for fans.
 
Sheldon Mitchell has done a great deal of work for Top Cow Studios, including Freshmen Summer Vacation Special, and his current run on The Darkness. Sheldon will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign and sketch for fans.
 
Rick Basaldua has been an artist/inker for many years on many Top Cow books, including the hot Artifacts mini-series, as well as Rising Stars, Pilot Season, and Utopia at Marvel Comics. Rick will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign and sketch for fans.
 
Tess Fowler is a rising star. So far her works has been featured in Michelle Obama Year One, Wonderland Annual 2010, Grimm Fairy Tales and Charmed, as well as Heavy Metal Magazine. Tess will be on hand from 3pm to 5pm to sign and sketch for fans.
 
Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD.  The event will feature costumed characters for the kids to take photographs with, as well as several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.
 
In addition to the free comics, Collector’s Paradise Pasadena will hold their biggest sale of the year, especially on comic book back issues, which will be sold at incredible price of just 50 Cents each, or $50 for an approx. 300 count box. The is the biggest reduction of price for back issues in the history of the store and will only happen on that day.    

The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Pasadena from 11am to 7:00pm, with creator signings and character appearances throughout the day. 
 
Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar, in Old Town Pasadena.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise @ 626-577-6694 (business) or 818-326-2517 (cell), or at store@comicsandcards.net