When approached about writing an article for Black History Month, I didn’t want to look backwards, because History is being made every day. Enter writer Vita Ayala, a striking talent honing her skills in comic book writing through the DC Talent Development workshop and debuting amazing works for the comic book world to save the day! I was fortunate to meet Vita a few months ago, and was instantly taken aback from her charm and charisma. There are writers, and then there are talents. There are those who tell a great story, and then there are those who make you feel a good story. The difference is passion. Vita’s passion was as obvious to me from our first encounter, and I know that passion will carry her far in her career. This passion has opened doors for her to from writing Livewire, Supergirl, Wonder Woman to Submerged (and more!), she’s worked for the powerhouse publishers sharing her talent across the pages of comics. So when this opportunity arose to tell a story for Black History Month, I wanted her voice to be included. Lucky for me I had the privilege to speak to her about her feelings about Black History Month, her life and experiences, and her impressions of how race and gender influence her field. I can’t imagine how it feels to be on the cusp of history, adding a valuable voice to the fabric of comics being made today. So naturally, I asked her (along with a handful of foodie questions!): 1. What do you think American Society as a whole thinks about when they hear “Black History Month?” I think it depends on what sub-group of society we are talking about. Generally, I think, it is treated as the time of year we are allowed to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments and struggles of people from the African Diaspora. Like at Christmas, when you are allowed to listen to the music and wear the ugly sweaters and people nod and accept it because it is that time of year. 2. Black History Month was created to give not only respect, but a voice to the community, but considering what is going on in this country, what does Black History Month presently mean to you? I think this is a month in which we ask for the very basic human empathy that – especially in the last few years – is often not extended to us as Black people. Now more than ever, it is important to uplift and celebrate not just WHAT Black people have done for America (we are more than the things we make/produce/invent/etc), but WHO we are. We have a history that is rife with adversity, but also JOY, and we need that joy (our joy) and ourselves as people to be valued. 3. As far as minority representation in comics (and the larger media) is concerned, what was your relationship/experience with it like growing up? Were you ever cognitively aware of misrepresentation and erasure? How is it different from your experiences now? I think I had a sort of double advantage coming up, because I grew up in New York (Alphabet City), and most of the people I knew and saw everyday were some sort of Brown. Even in school, most of my classmates were of color, many Black and Lantinx, so I viewed the world through a lens that centered people of color. I read comics as a kid, and also grew up watching Science Fiction and Horror, where even though very much sidelined, people of color EXISTED. I often misidentified white people in media as Brown (Wonder Woman as Puerto Rican and Dr. Strange as half-Chinese most famously, haha). I think it hit me first in prose. We were CONSTANTLY reading about white people – especially white boys and men – doing things, and at best Black people were servants and villains. And then from there, I started to reexamine the characters I thought of as of color, and realized that I had been doing a lot of erroneous filing in, and it really hurt. I suddenly felt like I was dying of thirst while adrift in this ocean of water that could not sate me. Things have VERY much improved. It is truly amazing the changes even the last decade has made. In really fleshing out older characters of color, really making them three dimensional, and in the creation of new characters and stories that depict versions of people who weren’t seen before. 4. In regard to accurately depicting diversity, what do you see for the future of comic books? I couldn’t know for sure, but the fact that comics are now more accessible than ever (in terms of creating them), I think that we will see more and more inclusion and authentic Own Stories. It would be VERY hard to put that genie back in the bottle, considering how hungry readers are IN GENERAL to see new and inclusive stories. I am very hopeful. 5. Your characters always feel fully realized and emotionally 3-Dimensional. It’s clear that you put a lot of heart and thought into them. How have your life experiences impacted your work and the way you build your characters? Absolutely! I try to connect with each character I write – whether creator owned or on a work for hire project – try to find something in me that can empathize with them. When I create the characters whole cloth, I get to really think about what I want each character to represent, but even WFH leaves a lot of room to play. I am a huge fan of world building, and characters are a very important part of that process. 6. Everyone has a fictional hero; typically, the ones we are drawn to the most are the ones that reflect ourselves, either in representing a part of who you are, or a dream of what you want to be. What character (comic book or otherwise) do you relate to the most? Why? My top three characters of all time are Xena, Wonder Woman, and Renee Montoya. These are characters who make a very conscious choice to use their power (whether it be their skills, strength, or authority) to do good. Renee Montoya was the first time I can remember seeing a queer Latina character in anything that wasn’t played for a joke. Her struggles with anger and depression speak really deeply to me. Her choice not to give in to the urge to seek vengeance (which she totally would have gotten away with) moved me, as did her drive to helping people, even after she gave in the badge and gun. 7. Comic books have been around for so long, and some people out there wish nothing would ever change about them. Yet, no industry or genre is perfect. That’s why they must grow, evolve and adapt to the culture around it in order to survive. What is one thing you hope comic books or the industry will evolve, moving forward? I think comics is one of the most accessible and welcoming mediums for people able to experience them. They are ways in which people have been able to see themselves as fully realized characters long before most of mediums, and a wonderful vehicle for empathy. I hope that as an industry, we don’t lose sight of that. 8. What inspired you to get involved in an industry that historically has been produced by and represented predominately white male culture? I grew up in a city of millions, where you could find all sorts of things that maybe you couldn’t other places. My comics had Brown people in them from the beginning. And as I continued to read, I was exposed to independent comics and then manga. Maybe the mainstream was for and by cis-het (mostly white) men, but comics for me was much richer and broader than that. What made me want to get into comics is the desire to tell the stories that I needed to see as I was coming up, but didn’t. I write for younger versions of myself, and for people different than me because representation is key to empathy. 9. Every creator brings something special and unique to their work, whether they intend to or not. A good character is like a good meal, with layers of flavors to be enjoyed. What flavors of your writing style do you hope your audience tastes? I can only bring my own perspective to my work. Whether I am writing characters that are very much like me, or not at all, everything will be through the lens of my experience. I hope that people that read my work find themselves connecting with my perspective, whether or not we are alike. 10. And just for fun, because the weather has been so crazy this month: What’s your comfort food on a cold day? Knishes! I don’t get to have them much anymore, but that is the perfect cold day snack! Also pasteles… Author Kristen J Linder This article expresses the opinions of the author, and not the opinions of Midtown Comics The post appeared first on .
February 12, 2019
HELP WANTED! FULL TIME HELP WANTED IN THE PURCHASING DEPARTMENT AT MIDTOWN COMICS WAREHOUSE IN NEW HYDE PARK, LONG ISLAND! Who wants to join the mighty Midtown Comics team in New Hyde Park? We are currently looking for a Full Time Buyer’s Assistant for our Purchasing Department. Could that person be you? Read on to see if you are qualified! Enter the fabulous world of comics and work for the premier retailer. In addition to your natural born love of comics, the following are the basic skills required: Skills and Abilities: Expert in purchasing, inventory and cost reduction systems and methods. Negotiate purchasing agreements with suppliersExcellent interpersonal skills including a proven ability to successfully interact and foster open dialogue with vendors, internal departments, field operations and Customer base.Ability to Organize and execute assigned projects according to their individual requirementsSuperior organization, attention to detail and analytical skills with emphasis in managing multi-site requests, workload prioritization.Able to work independently on assigned activities or as part of a structured team as required.Must demonstrate and maintain an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information.Provide purchasing information by collecting, analyzing and summarizing data and trendsResolve shipment error with suppliersOversee all phases of inventory movements, including ordering, re-ordering and transfersResponsibility for maintaining inventory according to stated levelsCreate and implement new processes to reduce inventory and waste.Insure purchasing information is updated – pricing, unit of purchase, etc.Monitor shipments to ensure that goods come in on time and trace undelivered goodsReview/ resolution of open orders to ensure product delivery expectations are met.Ability to identify and cultivate new trends in the market placeAbility to create and indentify new product linesAbility to simplify and communicate complex data/informationPerform other duties as requiredExpert in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Knowledge & Experience Must know the Toy/Merchandise Industry1-2 years as Buyer’s Assistant Schedule Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Think you are the right person for the job? Please e-mail jobs@midtowncomics.com, with your resume, cover letter, and the subject line: “Buyers Assistant” We hope to hear from you soon! Thank you, Your friends at Midtown Comics The post appeared first on .
February 07, 2019
Happy Birthday to the Great Noel Neill: The Screen’s First Lois Lane Noel Neill clocked more screen time as Lois Lane than any other actress ever. With her endearing portrayal, she won the hearts of millions of Superman fans for decades to come. Co-starring with George Reeves, Noel Neill was Miss Lane in TV’s The Adventures of Superman from 1952-1958 for a total of 78 episodes! The romance between Superman and Lois was always teased, but never took flight. This was presumably due to potential backlash from sponsors in the 1950s. There was an exception, however in one very special episode. Often cited by Neill as one of her favorite episodes, The Wedding of Superman found the Man of Steel unabashedly showing his love for Lois, and asking for her hand in marriage. After Superman: Beloved as Lois Lane, Noel Neill found a second career on the college lecture circuit in the 1970’s. There, legions of now grown up fans welcomed her and the charming stories of her years as “Miss Lane.” Though we lost her in 2016 at age 95, her memory lives on. In fact, a life size statue of Lois Lane–in Noel Neill’s likeness–stands in Metropolis, Illinois. For many, Noel Neill has always been, and always will be…Lois Lane! Fun fact: Though she was the second actress to portray Lois Lane in the show The Adventures of Superman, and best known for the role, Noel Neill was actually the first actress to ever play the character on screen! How can that be? Easy. Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane in the first season, but Neil took over afterward, reprising the role she originated in the 1940’s Superman serials that starred Kirk Alyn. Why this Lois Lane is still so relevant: In the pre-feminist 1950’s, Noel Neill’s Lois Lane was a ground-breaking, independent, career-minded investigative journalist, at a time when many female leads were housewives or secretaries. She showed young girls a different kind of woman on screen: a strong-minded one. Top 3 Favorite Lois Lane-centric episodes: The Wedding of Superman – Lois is elated to receive flowers from Superman, along with his apology for being so busy with a recent crime wave. Thus begins Superman’s courtship of Lois Lane in a truly super-romantic style, culminating in their wedding—but will a lead-concealed time bomb hidden in the wedding cake put a damper on the ceremony? Five Minutes to Doom– In a feverish race against time, Clark, Lois, and Jimmy gather evidence to prove the innocence of death row inmate Joe Winters, scheduled for execution by electric chair at midnight! Superman saves the day (in bravura black and white film noir style), but could not have done so were it not for Lois Lane, who provided key evidence proving Winters’ innocence, via persistent, ace investigative reporting! Disappearing Lois—in this very Lois-centric and comedic episode, Miss Lane concocts an elaborate scheme to “disappear,” leaving Clark confused and flustered, so she can scoop him on the story of the year when she tries to interview infamous bank robber Lank Garrett, just released from a seven year stint in the Big House. Plot twists and hilarity ensue as Lois gets more than she bargained for, and turns the tables on Lank’s henchman with yet another brilliant scheme! The post appeared first on .
November 21, 2018
Welcome back Anime NYC! From November 16th to November 18th, this anime convention returned to the Jacob J. Javits Center in the city for its second year! It’s been awhile since I’ve been to an anime con in NYC. Historically, NYC hasn’t been able to hold on to a big anime convention. Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) was ended in 2005, Anime Next skipped town from NY to Secaucus NJ, and the big problems with Anime Fest at NYCC this year. But Anime NYC is promising! With 36,000 attendees (compared to last year’s 20,000) from all 50 states and over 15 countries this con could be on track to outdo Otakon. Otakon has had a series of issues including overcrowding, 3 hour lines and other issues involving the neighborhood (it used to be in Baltimore’s inner harbor but has since moved to DC)! I was amazingly surprised that even at 2 years old, anime NYC seemed to know how to do it right! Sponsored by Crunchyroll and several other staple companies in the anime Fandom world including AniPlex, VIZMedia, Funimation, and many, many more, this convention brought everything we love about anime into the show. There were amazing panels, fun dancing and music, great cosplay, video games and more! Utilizing a much smaller space than New York Comic Con even though they are held in the same convention center, Anime NYC had a much more comfortable feel to it. NYCC, which uses the entirety of the Javits Center, felt like moving through a crowded subway car due to its large attendance, and made it difficult to really enjoy all it had to offer. Anime NYC, on the other hand, has plenty of room to grow and places weren’t packed to uncomfortably full. Lines for merchandise, video games and food (and Starbucks coffee) were all reasonable, and I waited less than 5 minutes. The show room floor and artist ally had a feeling of newness and excitement. I could stroll down each aisle and idly look at all the items without being pushed along or shoved by a massive crowd. There were fun stages set up, a section for arcade video games including Dance Dance Revolution and Soul Caliber, which kept the whole experience interactive. There was also a Sailor Scout Scavenger Hunt, to match their Sailor Moon Crystal voice actor guests; it brought the whole theme together! One of the booths, selling a glowing workout stick, had a DJ and impromptu dance party in the center of the show room floor, pulling participants from the crowd and onto the stage to teach them some moves. There were even fun photo ops’s everywhere! Like this set up, from “That Time I Was Reincarnated as a Slime.” There was a clear feeling of enthusiasm despite the cold weather from con-goers, although that could have been the amazing idea of having a special changing room for cosplayers! No longer will you have to trek through the cold in that thin Sailor Scout fabric! Artist alley was tucked away in a scenic room on the top floor, and offered great displays of art and crafts (I bought an angry cat shirt!) My pockets feel much lighter, but so does my heart. It’s been a long time since I attended a con that had such a great feeling of the anime culture. I will definitely be attending next year’s convention as well, and marking Anime NYC as the new up and coming anime con that cannot be missed. For information on the con, check out their website: http://animenyc.com/ Check out all the amazing AnimeNYC and AnimeNYC cosplay photos below! The post appeared first on .
November 20, 2018
Article by Henry Varona One of my earliest memories as a comic book connoisseur (I say with an air of ironic self-awareness) is of watching the animated pilot on VHS. While the series itself only had one episode, it served as an important introduction to an uncanny force for good that would change my life. No, I’m not talking about the X-Men — though they’re pretty neat — I’m talking about Stan Lee, who charmingly introduced the cartoon and intrigued my imagination. Who was this charismatic voice speaking to me? How did he know so much about the X-Men? Why was his presence so effortlessly endearing? If only I knew then what an impact he would make on not just my life, but the lives of countless fans and the entire comic book industry. Stan Lee was an icon who reshaped the entire comic book industry. Through his landmark writings at Marvel, he helped build a universe of mind-expanding possibilities. Alongside phenomenal collaborators such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan created a modern mythology that changed Marvel Comics into a juggernaut of the entertainment industry. So much of what made Stan Lee special was his ability to see what makes people special. While other publishers were focused on creating characters with limitless potential and a sense of moral righteousness, Stan embedded flaws into all of his creations as a way of making them more human. The X-Men were outcasts, rejected by society for being different in ways they couldn’t control. Iron Man was an industrialist who needed to protect the world from the dangers of his own technologies. Spider-Man was just a geeky kid from Queens who learned the hard way that with great power comes great responsibility. These faults were weaved into the fabric of the Marvel Universe and resonated with an audience that found heroes and characters that they could identify with on a profound level. One of the other great strengths of Stan Lee was his ability to adapt to a changing world. He had a sharp understanding of society’s natural evolution, and he always worked diligently on creating a diverse playground for readers to enjoy. Stan imbedded the Marvel Universe with more than just the adventures of prototypical super heroes. He gave us heroes like Black Panther, Magneto, Falcon, and Black Widow, who defied the perceived cultural and societal norms of the time by having intricately woven backstories and characterizations. These characters created a foundation for a better tomorrow, and opened up doors for even more diverse creations in the years to come (Many of which he oversaw the creation of as a publisher and editor-in-chief for Marvel). For me, Stan’s greatest work will always be his epic run on Fantastic Four with Jack Kirby. To be honest, they defined the word epic for me, with tales of gigantic cosmic beings and enthralling alien races. There was a sense of wonder in those old issues of FF, and the tagline of “World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” really meant something to me. The Fantastic Four were so unique because you could have the impending destruction of New York at the hands of an underwater tyrant juxtaposed with Johnny feeling underappreciated by his family. A maniacal ruler was a jealous genius with mommy issues. Even Reed and Sue, who seemingly had an idyllic relationship, had a complicated dynamic that took time to work through. By subverting the expected norms of the comic book medium at the time, Stan and Jack made a magical book that surpassed all others of the time, and which will forever be embedded in the bedrock of the Marvel Universe. I must also mention the delightful charm of an odd What-If? that reimagined Marvel’s Bullpen as the famed fab foursome, with Stan subbing for Mister Fantastic. Ultimately, Stan Lee’s legacy is that he led the charge to create a world of wonder that countless other creators would play in and expand on over time. His creativity and excitement for larger than life storytelling was appropriate for a man who himself was larger than life. Millions mourn in the wake of his passing, but those same millions are inspired to be better people through his work. Stan Lee was a symbol of hope and good that guided many generations to be their best selves, and that made all the difference. So thank you, Stan. Thank you for Beast, and She-Hulk, and M.O.D.O.K., and Nick Fury, and Cyclops, and Ant-Man, and Thor, and Falcon, and Spider-Man, and J. Jonah Jameson, and most importantly, thank you for being you and making it possible to believe in excitement, heroism, and marvels. ‘Nuff said! The post appeared first on .
November 14, 2018
Shop Fantastic Beasts: Grab your wand and get ready for adventure, because the wizarding world of Fantastic Beasts is back! Now is your chance to win tickets to watch the highly-anticipated installment in the famed world of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts Crimes of Grindelwald! What spell do you have to cast in order to win these tickets? All you have to do is enter our contest and you can win tickets to see Fantastic Beasts right here in New York City on November 7th! All you have to do is click the link below! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start clicking! Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Travel back to a world of magic and wonder in the next exciting chapter of Fantastic Beasts! In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided world. Shop Fantastic Beasts: The post appeared first on .
November 05, 2018
An army of Nazi’s is the least of their problems! When a group of American paratroopers drop down abroad on the eve of D-Day, they’ll find that the most terrifying threat they’ve ever faced has just been unearthed! We are pumped for the J.J. Abraims produced thriller Overlord, and to celebrate the impending release we are giving away tickets for two different screenings! Entering is as easy shooting a Nazi! All you have to do is click the links below! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start clicking! Overlord: On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. The post appeared first on .
November 05, 2018
You want to come down to Midtown Comics Downtown for one of our star signings, but you don’t know where to start? Well then, have I got all the answers for the questions you were pondering on! (And the ones you didn’t even think to ask!) Fans excitedly waiting for the NYCC signings to begin! How do the signings work? It’s so easy! Simply show up to the store (we suggest a little bit early) and purchase the comic book(s) or items you would like to get signed. Once you have those, you can jump on the line that forms outside the store. There, you will receive a ticket. Once the artist is ready, we take the first part of the line up into the store to wait inside. There, you can un-bag and un-board your comics so they are ready to be signed! When you reach the front of the line, a Midtown employee (most likely me!) will take your ticket and hand you Midtown Comics Certificates of Authenticity. When it’s your turn, head up to the creator table and VOILA! They will sign your books or items! Easy, right? What time should I get there? We try to run our signings at hours that work best for our customers. Normal signing start time is 6pm and it runs until the store closes at 8pm. However you should always check our Facebook Events page for every event to make sure that this is the scheduled time. We suggest you show up a little bit early, particularly for the higher volume, busier signings. This will ensure you get your item signed as quickly as possible. The line typically wraps outside. This means the closer you are to the front of the line, the less time you have to stand out in the cold. If you haven’t purchased a comic from us to be signed yet, make sure to show up a little bit early to make your purchase! How much does a Midtown Comics signing cost? We don’t charge for the signature itself, unless you choose to do CGC (have your comic sent out to be graded.) In this case there is a small creator fee that varies for every guest. Instead, we require that you purchase 1 item from the store to be signed. It could be a comic from the creator (perhaps a Midtown Exclusive variant cover), a POP or figure of a character the creator worked on, or even a piece of apparel! How many items can I get signed? You can get up to 3 items signed. If there are multiple creators, it is 3 from each creator. For those who want additional items signed, if there is time permitting, we will allow customers to get their first 3 items signed, receive another ticket and hop back on the line for those 3 extra items. What kind of items can I get signed? We only require that you purchase 1 item from the store for the signing. Although technically it doesn’t have to be one of your 3 items signed if you already have 3 things you had in mind. The other two items you can purchase from us as well or bring something from home- it’s entirely up to you! As long as it has a sign-able surface, and a link to the creator signing it, anything is game! Typical signed items include comics from the creator, variant covers from the creator and POP’s! But I have also seen some great atypical items signed like folios, purses, baseballs, art books, hats, posters, utility belts and tablecloths! While we don’t encourage you to get too creative, we suggest finding items that have value to you! Fans show off their Marvel Masterpiece cards to artist Joe Jusko to get signed! What kind of guests do you bring in for signings? Anyone related to our business, and most importantly, guests that have value to YOU! We’ve had comic book writers and artists like: Scott Snyder, Francesco Mattina. We also bring in musical artists like Lights, authors, actors, and voice actors. If there is someone you would love to get into the store for a signing, reach out to us on social media and let us know! Do I need to sign up? Is there limited space? There is no sign up. The only limitation we have for the majority of our signings is a time constraint. This is because most signings only run for 2 hours. We try to keep things moving faster for larger signings to ensure as best we can that everyone on the line gets into the signing. Where is the Midtown Comics Downtown store? Midtown Comics Downtown is at64 Fulton St, New York, NY, near the corner of Gold St. It is easily accessible from the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, and Z trains from the Fulton Street Station. Can I get sketches/commissions done? This depends on the artist at the signing, and the number of people waiting for the signing. Some artists are willing to do sketches for an extra fee. Some will do them for no fee. Some won’t do them at all. Sometimes one of our guests will be willing to do sketches, but the line and time constraints don’t allow for it. As a rule, it’s best to ask one of the Midtown Comics employees at the store at each signing for details. Mark Bagley working on a Spider-Man sketch Can I take a photo with the guests? I can’t give a definitive “YES” to this question because it depends on the creator. However, most signings guests we have are more than happy to put a grin on and get cozy for a picture. As always, it’s best to ask one of our Midtown employees for a swift and accurate answer. Do you offer CGC or other grading services? Yes! Midtown Comics is now offering in-store CGC to have comics signed at our signings graded and sealed for collectors! As a service which is almost exclusively reserved for convention attendees, we’re excited to bring this opportunity to our Midtown customers! Our store now has a CGC expert on hand and a CGC witness to facilitate yellow label Signature Series books. There is an additional fee for CGC. These include an artist, processing and shipping fees. But we’ve got an expert on hand to walk you through it! Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to have your signed books sent to be graded and sealed! It’s a collectors dream! Not sure if you want to dive into CGC? Stay tuned for next week’s post where we break down all your CGG Questions, concerns and give you the answers and information you crave! Well that’s all I got folks! As always, for any additional questions, concerns, suggestions which we didn’t cover here, feel free to reach out to us through our social media platforms! Find us on , and ! We’d love to hear from you! Till next time Midtowners! Kristen J Me making best friend’s with Francesco Mattina The post appeared first on .
November 02, 2018
Greetings Midtowners! Welcome to our first Midtown Comics signings blog-post! Don’t Know About Midtown’s Signings? GASP!? Maybe you’ve been to a signing before at a convention, maybe you haven’t! Well Midtown Comics brings the convention to YOU, right in the heart of Manhattan! This saves you the money, time and effort of having to haul all your comics over to a pricey convention for access to the signatures you desire. PLUS you get to hang out in Midtown Comics Downtown, the coolest comic capital of NYC (and keep us company! I promise, we are as excited to have you there are you are to be there!). Midtown For You! We reach out to various comic book writers, artists and even singers to come into our stores to sign comics for our wonderful clientele. That’s because we’re in the business of turning your comic book collection into an elite collection of signed books! And now, Midtown Comics offers services on site at our store signings for your convenience! No longer will the convention world and their crazy crowds and lines inhibit you from the signed book collection you deserve! Midtown Comics to the RESCUE! Watch these superstars sign! Some of the signings we’ve done include: Mark Bagley Joe Jusko Francesco Mattina Ryan Stegman Daniel Kibblesmith Ricardo Lopez-Ortiz Gerry Duggan Charles Soule and much more! And those are just from the last month! What’s in Store Every month we try to get as many guests as possible for our signings at our Midtown Comics Downtown Store! Now does that spark your interest a bit? Come check out our guests for this month! For the month of November, we have: 11/13 Musician Lights @ our Grand Central store location 11/15 Frank Miller For a list of all the upcoming events, check out our ! Keep an eye on it cuz we updated it as new signing confirmations come in. Also, here is a link to a quick FAQ to help walk you through some of the basic questions about our in-store signings: Reach Out! We want to hear from you! We here at Midtown seek to bring you all the comic creators you want to meet! So as always guys, let us know who YOU want to meet at an in-store signing! Leave comments here, or reach out to us on any of our social media platforms on , and ! We’d love to hear from you, and make your signing dreams come true! See you in the store! Kristen J The post appeared first on .
November 02, 2018
The Boba Fett movie is officially dead, but new details have recently emerged that reveal plot points for what might have been in the standalone story. , the Boba Fett film would have followed not just the infamous Mandalorian clone, but the bounty-hunting associates seen standing next to him in The Empire Strikes Back. RELATED: The lizard-like Bossk, the head wrap-sporting Dengar, a rogue protocol droid dubbed 4-Lom, the insectoid tracker Zuckuss, the IC-88 assassin droid, and of course Boba Fett himself, were all hired by Darth Vader in Empire to find the Millennium Falcon, “by any methods necessary.” The Sith lord noted in particular to Fett that he wanted the Falcon’s crew alive, wagging a finger in his face and pointedly instructing, “No disintegration.” The backgrounds of these bounty hunters have since been expanded to varying degrees over the years, both within and outside of main Star Wars continuity. Boba Fett seemingly would have fleshed-out their characters more, however, as they worked with and against each other to capture the Falcon and her crew. RELATED: Before being loosely attached to , the Boba Fett film was originally planned with director Josh Trank at the Helm. His allegedly erratic on-set behavior during the 2015 Fantastic 4 reboot, however, forced Disney to reconsider his appointment before ultimately firing him from the project. After the returns of Solo: A Star Wars Story reportedly disappointed the studio, Disney quietly let the film stall. Last week, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy officially announced, via journalist Erick Weber, that “the Boba Fett movie was 100% dead.” Luckily for fans of Boba Fett lore, Jon Favreau’s series, , has been confirmed to hit Disney’s streaming service in 2019. How much that will deal specifically with Boba Fett, however, remains to be seen. The post appeared first on .
October 29, 2018
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Episode 4, Season 9 of . Tonight, The Walking Dead might have just clinched how Rick Grimes will leave the series. The man who’s led the show from its nascency only has one episode left before leaving for good and irrevocably changing the face of one of the most popular shows in television history. RELATED: Andrew Lincoln announced his departure from the series he’s helmed for nine seasons earlier this year, citing the desire to spend more time with family start a new chapter in his career. But rumors also swirled that he’d been creatively frustrated with the decision to kill off Carl, which makes sense, given how important Lincoln always believed Carl was to Rick’s motivation. Carl has continued to serve in that capacity even from beyond the grave. It was essentially his dying wish that Rick offer amnesty to the Saviors and try to build a better world run by mercy and compassion. Rick’s been so committed to bringing that vision about, he’s grown blind to the fact that it might not work. This week, those problems came to a head when Daryl actively aided Maggie in her assassination of Negan by intentionally keeping Rick away from Alexandria. The two wind up trapped in a pit near the bridge as two different walker herds close in on them. As they try to find their way out and work together, Daryl forces Rick to face the possibility that Rick’s grief might be motivation for him to forgive the Saviors, but he can’t demand it work that way for everyone else. RELATED: He pleads with Rick to let Carl go and abandon a utopia that might not be realistic, no matter how much Rick wants to create it in his son’s honor. Rick seems like he’s finally hearing Daryl for the first time in a long time, but they don’t get much further before gunshots ring out nearby and the two men are forced to get out of the pit with more urgency. Things don’t get much better once they’re freed, what with two walker herds approaching. Rick decides to stay and lead them away from the bridge as Daryl rides off to see what’s going on, but the herds spook his horse and he gets thrown. He’s impaled on a piece of steel poking out of some reinforced concrete, putting him right back in the same position he was in in the pilot – wounded, alone and beset by monsters. RELATED: The episode ends on a cliffhanger, with no hope of rescue since Rick can’t move and no one’s around to carry him to safety. It’s doubtful we’re going to see an entire night dedicated to him writhing on a rock only to be devoured by walkers. Of course, it’s even more doubtful that Rick suffering a catastrophic injury in his penultimate episode will lead to anything but his tragic demise. How exactly everything will actually play out remains to be seen, but it’s looking more and more likely that Rick Grimes will follow in his son’s footsteps when it comes time to leave the show he started nine years ago. Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The post appeared first on .
October 29, 2018
Of all the character deaths at the end of this summer’s — and there were plenty to choose from — the one that hit most viewers the hardest was the young Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) disintegrating in the arms of his mentor, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. Always ready to poke fun at their own pain, fans have developed a running joke out of the scene, finding creative new ways to remind each other of the tragedy. RELATED: With Halloween around the corner, Twitter user shared a festive twist on Peter Parker’s death found in her neighborhood: “Friends decorate outside their house for Halloween each year,” she wrote. “This is not ok.” Friends decorate outside their house for Halloween each year. This is not ok. — Tasmen (@tasmen) The photo shows a stack of pumpkins decked out in an Iron Man mask, gauntlets and an arc reactor. A limp Spider-Man costume is draped against the pumpkins, halfway covered with fallen leaves, which seem to be dispersing as if his body is coming apart from the feet up. RELATED: Reactions to the display range from “TOO SOON” to “THOSE ARE NO LONGER FRIENDS,” but one response quoted an instantly recognizable line from the movie, edited to fit this particular interpretation: “Mr. stark, I don’t feel so gourd.” The post appeared first on .
October 28, 2018
With the character only briefly seen in silhouette or out of focus in flashbacks, speculation has mounted as to who portrays Bruce Wayne on DC Universe’s . And with the latest round of casting rumors debunked, it appears the mystery of who portrays the premium streaming service’s Caped Crusader continues. that Lewis Tan, who previously appeared in this year’s Deadpool 2 as Shatterstar and as Zhou Chen on the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist, was portraying the series’ incarnation of the Dark Knight. This rumor was compounded by this past June, holding a stack of Batman comics presumably for research. RELATED: Despite this alleged evidence, the rumor of Tan portraying Titans’ Batman has been refuted by Umberto Gonzalez, reporter for entertainment news site The Wrap. No, Lewis Tan is NOT playing Bruce Wayne in TITANS. — Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) With Tan evidently not portraying Bruce Wayne on the series, that leaves two major questions: Who is playing Batman on the inaugural DC Universe original series and what role did Tan meet with DC Entertainment for exactly this past summer? RELATED: Now streaming on DC Universe, Titans stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, Ryan Potter as Beast Boy, Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, and Lindsey Gort as Amy Rohrbach. A new episode debuts each Friday. (via ) The post appeared first on .
October 28, 2018
Over the course of a decade, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced many types of moviegoers, be they longtime comic fans or people completely new to the world of comics, to newer, more modernized origins for many of Marvel’s characters. But Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says the origin story in will be of a very different type. In an interview with at the British Academy Britannia Awards, Feige was asked about Captain Marvel. After praising the film’s cast and progress, Feige said, “This one is very different and very exciting… It takes place in the 1990s and while it is an origin story of our hero, it is a very different type of origin story, which we’re excited to unveil to audiences.” RELATED: Kevin Feige: is "a different type of origin story" — Variety (@Variety) Feige’s comments about the movie beg the question as to just how much Captain Marvel’s origin story in the film will differ from other MCU movies and the comics themselves. In the comics, Carol Danvers gained her original powers after the explosion of a Kree device called the Psyche-Magnetron merged her genetic structure with that of the original Captain Marvel, Mar-Vell, turning her into a human-Kree hybrid, Though Marvel’s adaptations are often faithful to their source material, the films have taken creative liberties with the origin stories of their characters, such as situating the creation of Iron Man in Afghanistan instead of Vietnam. RELATED: Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace and Annette Bening. The film arrives March 8, 2019. The post appeared first on .
October 28, 2018
WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Season 3, streaming now on Netflix. One of the most welcome additions to the third season of Daredevil was FBI Special Agent Ray Nadeem, a beleaguered family man who struggles to provide for his wife and son. At the beginning of the new season, incarcerated crime lord Wilson Fisk cuts a deal with Nadeem to transfer to house arrest but is eventually killed by fellow FBI agent gone rogue, Benjamin Poindexter who works with the Kingpin as the villainous Bullseye. In new interview, actor Jay Ali, who portrays Nadeem, revealed that the FBI agent’s death was not always a sure thing. RELATED: “When [showrunner Erik Oleson] told me that [Nadeem would die], I was like, ‘Okay, this is gonna be great. It’s gonna be a great arc,'” explained Ali in an interview with when he first learned of Nadeem’s impending death. “Then I remember halfway through the season, he came to me and he was like, ‘Look, we’re thinking of not actually killing Ray.’ But we had a discussion about it, and we were like, ‘It’s the right thing to do for the story, to do that.'” So while Nadeem’s death had been originally intended for character, a proposed last-minute rewrite could’ve saved the character to potentially appear in future stories across Netflix’s Marvel series. Instead, the family man became another victim at the hands of Poindexter and helped illustrate the former lawman’s descent into psychotic villainy. RELATED: Now available on Netflix, Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie, Wilson Bethel as Benjamin Poindexter, Jay Ali as Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk. The post appeared first on .
October 28, 2018
A tide is coming in the latest banner for DC’s . The banner, which was first unveiled on , looks to be a on one of the film’s most recent posters. Like in that poster, Arthur’s hand is seen emerging from the ocean while sporting his classic costume and gripping a trident. RELATED: from The new banner comes as have finally hit for Aquaman, suggesting the DC film is looking at a modest $40-$60 million opening. Of course, estimates this far out are likely to change leading up to the film’s release. After all, official tracking typically doesn’t hit until approximately a month out from the release date. And as Wonder Woman has shown, estimates are merely that until the final box office numbers come in. Despite the film’s current estimates, it’s clear the cast and crew are ready to jump into a sequel should Warner Bros. greenlight one, with Jason Momoa even pitching a few ideas of his own. Perhaps a tide is indeed coming and DC will finally see a new box office king take over as it’s rumored that the studio’s . RELATED: Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Temuera Morrison as Thomas Curry, and Dolph Lundgren as Nereus. The film opens Dec. 21 in the United States, and Feb. 8, 2019, in Japan. The post appeared first on .
October 28, 2018
As continues principal photography in London, new set photos show star Gal Gadot sporting a new look in her civilian persona as Diana Prince. Posted by , the photos show Gadot in costume on set, enjoying a cup of coffee between filming scenes on location. RELATED: A post shared by (@cylintw) on Oct 27, 2018 at 4:30am PDT The upcoming DCEU sequel, which moved filming to London earlier this month after beginning principal photography in Washington, D.C. over the summer, follows the adventures of the titular DC Comics superhero as she confronts the deadly Cheetah in the 1980s. A post shared by (@cylintw) on Oct 27, 2018 at 4:36am PDT Previous set photos from the London shoot showed Kristen Wiig’s , presumably after she obtains her powers as Cheetah. Filming on the sequel is expected to continue through next month with over a year of post-production scheduled after the release date was pushed back to the summer of 2020 to capitalize on the more competitive box office period. RELATED: A post shared by (@cylintw) on Oct 27, 2018 at 4:34am PDT Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman 1984 stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Kristen Wiig as Barbara Minerva/Cheetah, Pedro Pascal, and Natasha Rothwell. The film opens on June 5, 2020. (via ) The post appeared first on .
October 27, 2018