Thursday, September 21, 2017

Buffalo Comicon 2017

The 18th Annual Official Buffalo Comicon! Official website  

Exclusive interview by Joe Tell (JT) with Queen City Bookstore's own Emil Novak, Sr. (EM) about the upcoming 18th Annual Buffalo Comicon 2017. 
Thank You Emil!

JT: Howdy folks, this is Joe Tell. I'm a local music and comic book blogger covering the Buffalo scene and I'm here with Emil Novak, Sr., proprietor of Queen City Bookstore. They have been in business since 1969, almost 50 years. We're here to promote the Buffalo Comicon, which is coming up at the end of September and the beginning of October. Hello, Emil please fill everybody in on all the fine details of the show. 
EM: Hey Joe, thank you for having me on today, it's a lot of fun. I really appreciate you wanting to do the interview and just to clarify the Buffalo Comicon is being held on Saturday, Sept. 30th and Sunday, Oct. 1st at the end of this month. 
JT: Where is the Buffalo Comicon going to be held this year?
EM: Well this is the third year in a row for the larger show that we do which is in dowtown Buffalo at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The smaller shows that we do in the spring are held at the Marriott Inn. So this one happens to be the larger show and we have a whole bunch of guests' and people coming in and entertainment and panels. 
JT: Who are some the comic book artists' that you have coming in for the show?
EM: We've got some local talent that's really popular and famous who will be here again. We have Graham Nolan who's a really good friend of ours. Graham lives in the WNY area and he created the character Bane which is probably Batman's biggest villain now next to the Joker. His other characters are still popular but Bane seems to have popped up to a larger degree from the Tom Hardy movie roles. We have another good artist who's a good friend of mine and he did alot of work for Marvel in the 90's his name is Steve Geiger. He was at Marvel during the era when the guys that formed Image comics were still at Marvel, they hadn't formed Image yet. We're talking about Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee and Erik Larsen. Steve did alot of cool stuff in that era, he did alot of real famous covers and he did a spin on the Hulk for a bit. We have Tony Isabella coming in who's a real famous comic book writer. He created the Black Lightning character for DC comics after he left Marvel. We comic book panels downstairs, we're going to have a big panel about Jack Kirby. We're going to have some experts talking about different decades of Jack's work and we're going to show some video and after that we'll have Q&A it should be alot of fun. We have a lot of good artists' and vendors, it's a good time for a bunch of nerd balls to hang out and have a good time.
JT: You are having a Cosplay contest right?
EM: Yes, we have a Cosplay show and a big Cosplay contest. Later in the evening we're having a Cosplay awards banquet at the end of the night, we'll have some free finger foods. 

...There will also be Queen City Bookstore Awards. We're giving out a special metallic award, one's named after my father and some other people who've done great things for comics. It's really nice because it's the first time we will be doing it. Buffalo is an older city in many ways because it's one of the pioneering cities for comics in America. Queen City is 50 years old but there was people wheeling and dealing in comics in this city in the 40's and 50's. The heartbeat of fandom sort of sprang from Buffalo in many ways, of course New York City and Chicago and those places also but Buffalo was thriving in that area and there was a lot of people who really contributed to fandom which is basically the essence of what the hobby is all about. So I could go on and on but you may want to go the website and check out all the goodies we have listed it's   
JT: In my opinion this show is the best one in Buffalo, other stores in town do shows but this is the one that truly highlights comics and brings them to the forefront.
EM: Well thank you I glad you noticed that, that's how it should be because that's what we do. I don't sell autographs, I don't sell sports memorabilia, we'll leave that to the people who think they are comic book people because they are not. They don't bother me, not a big deal.
JT: The Buffalo Comicon is the biggest and best comic show in town. Emil does a great job, I've been to quite a few shows and I always had a great time.     
EM: You've helped out as own of our associates and worked with us and we appreciate that.
JT: If you need Buffalo Comicon tickets you can come to Queen City Bookstore.
EM: Pre Sale tickets are available at the store and on the website at a discounted price. If you wait until the day of the show you can buy them at the door for $15 for an adult for one day and $10 for Sunday, you get a better price if you buy 2 tickets. That works for Saturday and Sunday for adults and youths.
JT: It's an all ages event.

EM: Yes it is, we're giving away 5000 free comics. There's also a nice event that happens in September it's right around the time of the show, it's called Batman day. This is the third consecutive year, this particular year Harley Quinn takes over the Batman title. She kidnaps the holiday for herself. There will be three specific Harley Quinn based comics we'll be giving out free this year...

...Come to the show, buy your ticket and enjoy the day. There's so much going on, there's so much entertainment you may want to pay me more if you want to for all that the price is so low for the amount of entertainment. We definitely would like to see everyone, all ages friendly for boys and girls. We want you to stop by and enjoy the show.
JT: If you don't have any comic books and you want to pick a couple up for free to start your collection you can go to Buffalo Comicon.
EM: It's a great hobby, it encourages you to read. Comic books are American originals just like jazz, hamburgers and baseball. Comic books are as American as you can get. Be proud of it and celebrate comics. We always have time if you stop by the store or the convention. Any one of the people that are here will spend time and talk to you and tell you about the history, how to collect it's our pleasure, we don't shut up, we'd love to talk to you about comics!

Thank You Emil! 

Buffalo Comicon Official website

Marvel Legacy

Marvel Legacy will be starting in the Fall. Many titles will be continuing and returning back to the original numbering system. Such as Amazing Spider Man #789.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pulp 716 - North Tonawanda, New York

The Comic Book Dude recently visited a new comic book store called Pulp 716. Brand new store stocking, what looked like, every new comic title currently being published. Nice selection of graphic novels as well. Pulp 716 also offers hot coffee, tea and yummy deserts to enjoy your new comics with. Picked up a free Marvel Legacy preview, Weird Love #19 (pictured below) and a hot coffee.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Comic Book Events

2017 is turning out to be a great year for comic book fans!
Here are some great events that are coming up...

*FanExpo takes on August 31 thru September 3rd at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto.
*RocCon takes place September 15th - 17th at the Kodak Event Center in Rochester.

*Buffalo ComicCon takes place September 30th - October 1st at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Tickets are available at Queen City Bookstore.

*Niagara Falls Comic Book and Toy Show takes place on October 8th at the Frontier Volunteer Fire Hall in Niagara Falls. 

*Please Support Your Local Comic Book Stores...
-The Card Shop, 4016 Union Rd. Cheektowaga
-Halley's Comics, 1144 Oliver St. Tonawanda
-House Of Fantasy, 1709 Pine Ave. Niagara Falls
-Pulp 716, 45 East Ave. Lockport
-Foxprowl, 5 Brookland Ave. Batavia
-The Comic Book Cafe, 1771 Love Rd. Grand Island
-Queen City Bookstore, 3184 Main St. Buffalo
-Gamerz Haven, 1363 Nash Rd. N. Tonawanda
-1811 Comics, 56 E. Spring St. Williamsville
-Collector's Inn, 2931 Delaware Ave. Kenmore
-Chautauqua Comics, 214 Fairmount Ave. Jamestown
-Dave & Adam's 8075 Sheridan Dr. Williamsville 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Comic Book Q&A with Queen City Bookstore's own Emil Novak, Sr. by Joe Tell

JT: Emil can you name your top three favorite comic books of all time?
EM: It's an extremely complicated question because there are so many great comics in the history of comics.

to be continued...

Monday, March 6, 2017

Buffalo's newest and most bravest Super Space Hero, Comic Book Dude!

Comic Book Dude's latest and greatest appearance as Cap playing 8 string electric bass on Halloween. 
Thank you Cheryl.

Your newest and most favoritist hero of all times, your hero and my hero, the Comic Book Dude! The Comic Dude is here to save the day and save the day he will! 
"Down with drama! I am here to save the planet Earth and all of the hometown music! I will bring down the mundane redundancy and all of the evil musical mediocrity that all of the evil doers feed on for their very existence. Thank the almighty heavens for delivering me, The Comic Book Dude, to this god forsaken planet full of scum and villainy! For I, Comic Book Dude, am the lone savior of all the hometown music and I come from the powerful planet of Perfection. Follow me and you will not be allowed to be yourself. For I am not the real me around you so it's all fair and square in love and war...or was it the other way around? I'm so confused! but I will still continue to shout in heroic tones and timbres!...was it? you're not the real you around me in war and peace?...anyway..."
Can you figure out Mr. Comic Book Dude's secret identity, true believers!? Only a select few are allowed into the fortress of perfection!
"All of my loyal female followers will be asked to make out! Because let's face it folks, who can resist me? The Comic Book Dude! Please follow me for I was told that you would in a long, lost dream on a not so distant planet, in a far, far, away, lunar land! Thank you and have a nice day!"
signed Mr. Hero~

Special Limited Time Offer! Send a check or money order for $19.99 and 3 official, Mr. Comic Book Dude approved box top flyers Today! to P.O. Box Dudemen, Buffalo, NY 14567 To Get Your Very Own, Official, Mr. Comic PPC safety belt buckle delivered to your doorstep. The Comic Book Dude wears his PPC safety belt buckle on all of his spacey, freak-filled adventures in honor of his home planet, The Planet Of Perfection! Our hero's parents secured him into his alien spacecraft with his PPC safety belt buckle tightly secured for his long journey to Earth just moments before his home planet blew up! It was a blinding, firey flash of a white-hot heat and smoke! A super space explosion! 
Every order is delivered with a Special FREE Bonus Prize! A limited edition, collector's item, #1 issue, your very own Comic Book Dude vs. Space Ace comic book.
Below is the splash page from Space Ace's first appearance "Death In Deep Space!"

It's a first edition, full-color, glossy comic book featuring A Battle for the Ages! It's 100% Guaranteed to be an instant collector's item or maybe you will get your money back! Kiss your $19.99 goodbye! 
Look for a brand new, run of limited edition Space Ace coffins coming soon! Made of super stainless steel so you can be preserved for the ages! 
Guaranteed to be an instant hit because dead people don't care if they get their money back. 

SPECIAL PPC BELT BUCKLE OFFER! Only $19.99! GET YOURS TODAY! continue on, now for some real musical crime fighters.

The Aquabats

Ever since they formed in 1994, the Aquabats have been fueled by one objective and one objective alone: to combat the evil in the world with music; music that has branched out from ska and punk roots into synth-tinged territory. The super-hero themed outfit boasts a background that includes a timeline of adventures, battles with villainous adversaries, and six studio albums. You can bet that their theatrical live shows are the kind of events that have been heralded as jocular musical showdowns. For their performances, the band of costumed musicians employ pyrotechnics, choreographed fight scenes, pool toys, and fried chicken. You heard right. At one show, during their song “Magic Chicken” a man in a chicken suit joined them on stage and proceeded to hand out fried chicken to crowd members.
Save me a piece! How's that for musical crime fighting, true believers?!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Defenders, Marvel Comics, Netflix

The Defenders is scheduled to be released in mid-2017 on the streaming service Netflix, worldwide, in Ultra HD 4K and high dynamic range. The 8 hour-long episodes will be released simultaneously, as opposed to a serialized format, to encourage binge-watching, a format which has been successful for other Netflix series. In January 2015, Netflix COO Ted Sarandos said Netflix planned to release a Marvel series approximately a year apart from each other after Daredevil's April 2015 release.

Above: Iron Fist, Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist
Below: Daredevil

The Defenders: The Coming Of The Defenders reprints the 1st 4 appearances of the Defenders from the early 70's.

Valkyries 1st app. in The Defenders #4. Thank You Dave!