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 .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Shop Ant-Man HERE: Ant-Man is and he has a new partner – The Wasp! Now is your chance to win a Blu-Ray of the latest chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the world’s smallest heroes! Don’t fret, you won’t have to pull off an insane heist for your chance to win this movie! Entering is as easy as snapping your fingers, all you have to do is click the link below! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start clicking! And be sure to stop by our stores for free Ant-Man and Wasp posters! Ant-Man and the Wasp: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past. Shop Ant-Man HERE: The post appeared first on .
As NYCC comes to it’s close, we want to remind you of all the laughter and fun we had at the Midtown Comics booth this year! If you were there, you know how amazing New York Comic Con 2018 was! If you weren’t, live vicariously through us! Midtown Comics celebrated this comic conclave with BIG name artists like Mark Bagley, Joe Jusko and Francesco Mattina signing at our booth and the energy at booth #2336 was nothing short of electric! Then superstar Todd McFarlane stopped by for some insights on his new Spawn movie coming out next year! While we don’t have time to regale you with all the unforgettable moments from the whole weekend, inside and out of the con, here are some photo highlights for your delight! The post appeared first on .
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month:With your help, the American Cancer Society is working hard to celebrate survivors and raise awareness of breast cancer so that no one has to ever walk through a breast cancer diagnosis alone. ACS helps in many ways, including their , the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting communities with a shared determination to help free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer. This week, please join us in this fight from our little corner of the comic book world. The post appeared first on .
Saturday, October 13th is Walking Dead Day! Join us on this exciting all-day, globally celebrated event commemorating the world’s favorite long-running survival comic created by Robert Kirkman! Look for great freebies, and great comics, including The Walking Dead #1 15th anniversary variant featuring cover art by the one and only Charlie Adlard! Celebrate with Midtown Comics! The post appeared first on .
Shop Venom: Venom is coming to theaters for his first full-length movie and we are pumped! Now is your chance to win tickets to watch the highly-anticipated launch of the famed anti-hero for yourself! How do you get your tendrils on these incredible tickets, plus a free T-shirt and comic book backing? All you have to do is enter our contest and you can win tickets to see Venom right here in New York City on October 3rd! Entering is as easy as saying “symbiote”, all you have to do is click the link below! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start clicking! Venom: Journalist Eddie Brock is trying to take down Carlton Drake, the notorious and brilliant founder of the Life Foundation. While investigating one of Drake’s experiments, Eddie’s body merges with the alien Venom — leaving him with superhuman strength and power. Twisted, dark and fueled by rage, Venom tries to control the new and dangerous abilities that Eddie finds so intoxicating. Shop Venom: The post appeared first on .
Marvel Comics pauses to reflect upon the passing of the legendary Stephen J. Ditko and his amazing accomplishments as both an artist and creator. Steve was one of the original architects of the Marvel Universe, and his creations reflected his unique vision and philosophy. He lived to be 90 years old. Hailing from Pennsylvania, young Steve’s love for comic strips expanded to comic books through characters like Batman and Will Eisner’s The Spirit. During his U.S. Army service in postwar Germany, he began his art career by drawing comics for the Army newsletter and, after his discharge, found his way into the tutelage of one of his idols, Batman artist Jerry Robinson. By the early 1950s, Steve’s first work appeared in print: a short romance tale in DARING LOVE #1 from Gilmore Magazines and a science-fiction story in FANTASTIC FEARS #6 from Farrell. Steve found further mentoring in the celebrated circle of the prolific Joe Simon and Jack Kirby team, and he began gravitating toward more macabre and atmospheric types of stories, which would soon become his specialty. Working alongside one of his idols, artist Mort Meskin, Steve produced more published work, including a 1953 story he penciled and inked for Simon and Kirby’s BLACK MAGIC. Steve found a home at Charlton Comics beginning in 1954, the start of a long association with the company. There, he created the character of Captain Atom with writer Joe Gill. Shortly thereafter, Steve made his way to Atlas Comics, the precursor of Marvel, where he would make history. Steve’s first work at Atlas/Marvel appeared in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #33, and from there he would make his mark on classic sci-fi, horror and mystery titles such as STRANGE TALES, AMAZING ADVENTURES, STRANGE WORLDS, TALES OF SUSPENSE and TALES TO ASTONISH. Later, Stan Lee rechristened AMAZING ADVENTURES as AMAZING ADULT FANTASY (later AMAZING FANTASY) in order to showcase Steve’s talents on these short fantasy tales. In 1962, that collaboration led to one of the most popular comic book characters of all time. The introduction of Spider-Man in AMAZING FANTASY #15 stands as one of the landmarks of both Steve’s career and Marvel history. Steve and Stan breathed life into the character of Peter Parker, giving him myriad personal traits and visual cues that would cement themselves in readers’ minds around the globe. Steve’s design for Spider-Man’s costume was innovative and unique. The character is identifiable even when seeing any small part of his figure, and since he was covered from head to toe, broader audiences could personally identify with the character because Spider-Man could really be anyone underneath that costume. Spidey Sense by Steve Ditko More Marvel work followed for Steve, and while Spider-Man was the main focus of his efforts, he also lent his talents to other characters at the House of Ideas. Steve redesigned Iron Man’s armor into the red-and-gold design the character still dons to this day. In the Hulk comics, he codified Bruce Banner’s transformations into the Hulk to be a function of his anger—before that, the transformation happened in a variety of ways. It is perhaps with Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, that Steve truly expressed his visionary impulses in work that predated and influenced the burgeoning world of psychedelic art. The early Doctor Strange stories in STRANGE TALES could only have come from the mind of Steve Ditko. Steve also designed the first Marvel trade dress and corner box. After more than four years on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and other Marvel titles, Steve left to pursue work at Charlton and then DC in the mid- to late 1960s. He created and drew a bevy of characters during the period, including the Question, Blue Beetle, the Creeper and Hawk and Dove. Steve also became a devotee of objectivist philosophy, which would become a very important touchstone in his life and work. Inspired by these concepts, Steve applied them to a new character, Mr. A, who appeared in Wally Wood’s witzend magazine. Returning to Marvel in 1979, Steve worked on books such as MACHINE MAN,ROM and THE MICRONAUTS. In the 1990s, Steve helped create new characters for Marvel, including Speedball and Squirrel Girl. Eschewing interviews or publicity, Steve continued to work on his own personal projects. Though he had been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, he had refused many of them on the grounds that his work should speak for itself. Steve was one of the greatest talents in comic book history and an artist-writer whose unparalleled vision produced some of the most legendary works of all time. The comic book industry was forever changed by his imagination and ideas. Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko Art by Steve Ditko
Statement from Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley: “Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time.” Statement from Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada: “Only a small group of individuals can claim that they have effected and redefined not just an industry, but popular culture worldwide. Steve Ditko was one of those few who dared to break molds every time his pencil and pen hit a blank sheet of paper. In his lifetime he blessed us with gorgeous art, fantastical stories, heroic characters and a mystical persona worthy of some of his greatest creations. And much like his greatest co-creation, Steve Ditko’s legend and influence will outlive us all.” Statement from Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski: “It’s impossible to put into words the impact that Steve Ditko had not just on comics, but on modern pop culture. With ink and imagination, he thrilled readers with amazing and awe-inspiring adventures. Ditko didn’t just create characters – he built worlds. But today it is our world that is saddened by his loss. While he may no longer walk this mortal plane, Steve’s legacy will continue to endlessly inspire us all.” Statement from Marvel Executive Editor, Spider-Man Office and VP of Content, Digital Publishing Nick Lowe: “Steve Ditko’s hands and soul are all over the best character in all of fiction. He was a pillar of the House of Ideas who not only co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but many of the best villains in comic book history. Steve was the first to make Marvel truly weird, and for that we are forever grateful.”
The Wasp has been through a lot—big and small—emotionally and physically. Her strong will has always carried her through, from her beginnings as a flighty teen seeking justice for her father to her influential role in the Avengers. Not only was she a founding member of the team, Janet was also responsible for naming the Avengers and also eventually became their leader. Through it all, The Wasp’s stalwart determination has made her one of the greatest Marvel heroes. Find out more about her astonishing adventures with these essential reads. TALES TO ASTONISH #44 (1963)Stan Lee, H.E. Huntley, Jack Kirby Tales to Astonish (1959) #44 Published: June 10, 1963 Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007 Writer: Penciller: Cover Artist: Henry and Janet weren’t meant to be ; Henry’s first wife Maria died tragically. Lonely, he wanted to bestow his powers to someone else so they could fight crime as a duo. When Professor Vernon van Dyne was killed, he accidentally summoned an alien to earth. It’s Vernon’s daughter Janet whose determination convinced Henry to ask her to join him as The Wasp, and thus begins a pairing for the ages. AVENGERS #1 (1963)Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Avengers (1963) #1 Published: September 10, 1963 Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007 Penciller: Cover Artist: has everything and everyone. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and the Fantastic Four, work with Ant-Man and The Wasp, all trying to thwart Loki’s tricks. In the end, our heroes are successful, prompting Wasp to suggest they work together as a team and call themselves…the Avengers. SECRET INVASION (2008)Brian Michael Bendis, Leinil Yu Secret Invasion (2008) #7 Published: October 22, 2008 Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 07, 2011 Rating: Rated T Writer: Penciller: , , especially when a Skrull Hank Pym is involved. With an evil serum, Janet’s corrupted Pym particles turn her into a bio-bomb. Sacrificing herself to defeat the Skrulls, Thor tries in vain to use Mjonir to help—seemingly killing Janet in the process. In a twist, after Janet’s death, Hank Pym becomes The Wasp. AVENGERS #32 (2010)Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Mayhew, Brandon Peterson Avengers (2010) #32 Published: October 24, 2012 Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 22, 2013 Rating: T+ Writer: Penciler: , The Avengers receive a which becomes a scientific find. Did Janet actually perish during the Secret Invasion? Or did a mishap with a certain Asgardian’s powers send her elsewhere? Janet’s whereabouts are revealed and we learn about her time in the Microverse. THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP (2017)Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier The Unstoppable Wasp (2017) #1 Published: January 04, 2017 Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 10, 2017 Writer: Penciller: Cover Artist: Nadia is the child of Hank Pym and his first wife, Maria Trovaya. Escaping from the Red Room—a Soviet training facility where she’s spent most of her life—and with both parents gone, Janet van Dyne takes Nadia under her wing with Nadia even taking on her surname. follows the beginnings of a truly inspiring hero who is a leader by example with Nadia starting the G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) program as a promoter of STEM. Can’t get enough our tiny heroes and want to read all these digital comics? Check out ! Find out if Janet van Dyne makes it out of the Quantum Realm when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. ! Follow on Twitter and like on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!
Shop Ant-Man HERE: Ant-Man is back in theaters and he has a new partner – The Wasp! Now is your chance to win tickets to watch the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unfold! Don’t fret, you won’t have to pull off an insane heist for your chance to see this movie, we have tickets to see Ant-Man and The Wasp right here in New York City on July 2nd! Entering is as easy as snapping your fingers, all you have to do is click the link below! So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start clicking! Ant-Man and the Wasp: From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside The Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past. Shop Ant-Man HERE: The post appeared first on .
Happy July 4th to all of Mighty Marveldom! In honor of this week’s holiday—and Wednesday’s highly anticipated release of by and —we decided to look back at the greatest red, white, and blue uniforms from over 75 years of Cap history. Whether worn by Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, or Sam Wilson, the Star-Spangled costume has always stood as a beacon of resilience, hope, and freedom across the Marvel Universe. And like the suit, Captain America’s shield—used in combat against and villains alike—has become an icon in and of itself. So revisit the most legendary looks, from Cap’s to his , in this comprehensive countdown of the Top 10 Captain America Costumes in history! And read , by writer and artist , on July 4!
Superstar artist Adam Hughes has been preparing to draw Superman for a very long time…since 1974, it turns out! Hughes, who teams with writer Brian Michael Bendis for this week’s Man of Steel #5, shared a childhood drawing he did of DC’s flagship superhero over four decades ago on his Twitter account. Even at approximately…