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And now, a potential game-changer: NYC comic book store Midtown Comics has announced local comic book delivery on Wednesdays. In a city willing to pay $3000 for 10 cronuts, this seems like a no-brainer; but what's most fascinating is that this hits squarely between visiting your local shop, and a subscription service... And most importantly, seems like a shot across the bow at the convenience of digital services like Comixology.

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By Ali Colluccio

"...he’s someone who is going to challenge Superman physically, emotionally, and psychologically all at once." - Scott Snyder

The first Saturday in May has a very special distinction. We’re not talking about the race at Churchill Downs; we’re talking about Free Comic Book Day! Local comic book shops open their doors to long-time and new readers alike and offer them a selection of comics at no cost. As one comics fan put it, “it’s a cheap, easy way to check out new comics you might not know about and to get your friends to try them out, too.”

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On December 27, "Spider-Man" writer Dan Slott waded into a sea of fans at New York City's Midtown Comics to sign copies of the controversial "Amazing Spider-Man" #700, the final issue of the iconic series. <a href="Based on the frenzy ignited by the startling revelation at the end of the issue, there was a measurable level of uncertainty about whether or not Slott would encounter a pitchfork-wielding mob demanding the man's head, or a gathering of adoring and appreciative fans who simply want one of the definitive Spider-Man writers' signature on their books. Thankfully, it was the latter group, and as you can see in our exclusive video, even if fans weren't thrilled with Slott's narrative choices, they still respect his work and always keep a piece of Peter Parker in their hearts.

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New York’s Midtown Comics may be the biggest comic book retailer in the US, but on July 13th, they’re about to get even bigger. National Geographic is getting ready to launch Comic Store Heroes, a one hour special about the store, as they gear up for New York Comic-Con.

Specifically, the special – which, as we found out chatting with Charlie Parsons, VP of Global Development for Nat Geo is a back-door pilot for a potential ongoing series – focuses on Alex, the store’s buyer; Thor, the marketing guru; and Gerry, one of the owners. Along the way, we also get to meet some of the other people that make comics in New York unique, including blogger Jill Pantozzi, and some of Midtown’s quirkier customers. Read More...

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In response to yesterday's big announcement of the Astonishing X-Men proposal and wedding of homosexual characters Northstar and Kyle Jinadu, New York's Midtown Comics is looking for same-sex couples to marry in the one of the company's stores on June 20, 2012.
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If there’s a few big trends I noticed this year on Free Comic Book Day, it was these:

1) Kids were out in force.

2) People were actually buying comics.

3) Have you heard of The Avengers?

Not that any of these are particularly shocking, but after trekking all over Manhattan (and a bit of Brooklyn) to get as much of the Free Comic Book Day 2012 experience as I could handle, these were the constants I heard from every store owner, every customer, and every worker: this year, Free Comic Book Day finally became what it was always meant to be… A way of bringing in new customers, and selling comic books to the next generation of readers. Hey, it only took a decade, right? Read More...

Where most areas - even big cities - in the United States might be home to one, maybe two comic book stores, New York City might have the largest concentration per capita of funny-book purveyors. More than that, New York hosts not just big chains, like Midtown Comics, but also a plethora of smaller, independent comic book shops, like Brooklyn’s Bergen Street and Desert Island. So MoCCA Fest was the perfect place to host a discussion about the art - and commerce - of running a comic book store.

The panel was anchored by the CBLDF’s Alex Cox - himself a former store owner, of the much beloved Rocketship in Brooklyn - with Tucker Stone (Manager, Bergen Street Comics), Gabe Fowler (Desert Island Comics), Thor Parker (Midtown Comics), and Robert Conti (Manhattan Comics, and Brooklyn Comics) on the panel. Read More...

The most surprising thing about Marvel Comics’ launch of Avengers VS X-Men in New York City? Given the fighting focus of the book, you’d expect things to be coming to blows... But nope, this wasn’t a Civil War, it was more like a Civil... Thing that was civil*.

For those of you not up to speed, Marvel’s mega-giant-humungo-Event would normally have gone on sale on Wednesday, April 4th - but due to an early shipping time, the Publisher was able to start parties all over the country (and even internationally) at 8pm on Tuesday, April 3rd. To spice things up a bit, they released Avengers and X-Men variant covers of the first issue, with stores having to choose a side before receiving one or the other Read More...

On the way to Midtown Comics’ release party celebrating Disney XD and Marvel’s new cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man, the following exchange happened between me and my two year old daughter, whose only knowledge of Spider-Man is based on stickers I’ve given her:

Me: Hey, we’re going to a Spider-Man party!

Her: Oh! Will Spider-Man be there?

Me: Maybe, I’m not sure. Some of the guys who wrote the show will-

Her: I want to see Spider-Man! Say, “Nice to meet you Spider-Man!”

Me: That would be great! I’m sure he’d love that.

Her: I want to give him a hug.

Me: That would be nice, too!

Her: (Pause while she thinks) Will Spider-Man’s parents be there?

Me: Oh… Probably not.

Her: His Uncle then?

And then I explained to her how death works, the transience of life, and impressed on her that with great power comes great responsibility. Just kidding, I handed her some Cheerios so I didn’t have to talk about it. Read More...

It’s six and a half hours before the Midnight launch of DC’s New 52, and there are already twenty-five people waiting on line outside Midtown Comics in Times Square. Another five minutes, and there’s another five people. By 10 PM, there were already at least 250 people on line (according to Midtown’s count, it may have stretched up to 300), and they had to start turning people away.

I’d say that’s a pretty successful launch, wouldn’t you?

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What’s one of the great things about living in New York? Readily available hot dogs, right? For a comic fan though, if there’s one thing that makes the busy world of New York an exciting place to live, it’s that (well, until recent changes), the “Big Two” of Marvel and DC both call NYC their home. Okay, the hot dogs are pretty exciting for comic fans, too.

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Next Movie casts 5 Comedy Icons As Comic Book Superheroes:

 

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Want to get schooled in comic book history, but not bored to tears? Look no further than Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s series Comic Book Comics, which teaches historically accurate lessons about the graphic format – but, you know: fun. To celebrate the release of the fifth, “All Lawsuit!” issue of the book, which illustrates (literally) events ranging from the Marvelman controversy, to the legal flap between Siegel & Shuster and DC Comics over Superman, Midtown Comics welcomed the Author/Illustrator duo for an extended chat and signing, and we were on the scene! I’m Scoops McGee, and… Okay, never mind, here’s what happened:

The majority of the event was taken up with Van Lente and Dunlavey reading a story each from the issue. Van Lente read first story in book, “Grabbers,” which is all about DC’s copyright battle with Siegel and Shuster, and Marvel’s battles with Steve Ditko – among others. One of the highlights of the issue, the literate and reader-friendly breakdown of just what “work-for-hire” means in the comics business is a great argument for why it’s necessary that Comic Book Comics exists. Van Lente read the story along with a PowerPoint presentation of the panels, peppering the reading with asides to the audience, and voices for the characters ranging from Ziggy, to a slightly hip-hop Darkseid.

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Midtown Comics in NYC's Times Square was buzzing and packed at 6pm on a Friday night, as I headed in for the very first Midtown Comics Book Club. The retailer was featuring newly hot American Vampire scribe Scott Snyder, with a focus on the recently published first collection of his Vertigo series. The Book Club wouldn’t start until 6:30pm though, so I spent a little time browsing, figuring I could pick up some recommendations from friends, and then set up early to cover the event.

At about 6:15pm, I decided it was enough dilly-dallying, bought the books in my hand, and asked he guy behind the counter where the Book Club would be held. He paused for a second, and then said, “Downtown.”

Oops.

You see friends; Midtown Comics has three locations in Manhattan, including a recently opened downtown space with an alcove for events like the Book Club. But on auto, I had headed to Times Square, and now had fifteen minutes to travel the equivalent of half the island. Thank goodness for the MTA actually running on time for once, as I only missed the introduction, and was all set up by the time hosts Thor Parker and Zoe welcomed Snyder up in front of the packed crowd.

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