22 Years Together

Can you believe a whole year has passed since my 21 Years Working For You post? The passage of time is always strange if you’re a comic book reader. If you have twelve issues in front of you, that is one year. Or more likely in today’s market, if you have twenty four issues of the same series in front of you, that is one year gone by. Or, if you like, two graphic novels. Just some thoughts to put into perspective on how time passes for me.

This one will be a little brief as this anniversary has caught me by surprise and I should be helping put preorders way and various other things to prepare for new release Wednesday circa 9/19/18.

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Still not really up for picture taking..

What I’d like to get into in the time that we do have is a little backstory on how September 23rd 1996 came to be my first official day working at Acme Comics. As you know, or maybe you don’t know, I was a customer at Acme Comics since somewhere between 1986 and 1987. I say that because I remember seeing some of the iconic Watchmen covers on the newer release shelves. I wasn’t interested in Watchmen, but the covers stuck with me even as a kid who was no doubt looking for Star Wars, Transformers, or G.I. Joe comics. I saw all that to let people know that I was a kid back then because some people think that I was working at the store back then. I’m not that old, people!

By 1994, I’d graduated from Grimsley High School (Go Whirlies!) and over that Summer became a familiar face around Acme Comics. I’d shopped other places, but Acme had become my shop of preference. Not just because of the merchandise available, a lot of the merchandise was available at other stores or flea markets or conventions. I’d say that was the least of it at the time now that I think about it. What kept me coming back was the atmosphere, the camaraderie, the conversation. On a side note, I hope that some of you feel the same way from time to time now. Joe Schram was the actual employee at the time, but a little group formed around him and I was a part of that group. Some customers have told me that they do remember seeing me around before 1996.  There were guys around before me and I think before Joe. Reuben M., the shop kid Stephen B., they come to mind as being in place as regulars who were haunting this place well before me. We introduced each other to new things. Joe championed Mike Mignola’s Hellboy stories. I brought my knowledge of Marvel back issues to the table. Reuben M. introduced me to Mike Allred’s Madman. Dan M. was the DC Comics expert. I learned about series like Stray Bullets and Strangers in Paradise from Stephen B. There came a point where it wasn’t just about hanging out talking about comics and action figures and movies. There was work to be done and we all wanted to help. Bagging comics, filing unsold overstock comics away alphabetically, etc. What we really wanted though was to help connect people to the stories we knew to be good and in some cases had recently learned to be good. There came a day when it was time for Joe to move on, an official spot came open, and I was recommended for it. I was already a known quantity by that point and it was my turn at bat.

Flash forward to 2018. Acme Comics is still here and going strong. This is actually year 35 for Acme as a Greensboro institution. The Oldest and Largest Comic Book Store in the Triad (regionally known as the cities of Greensboro, High Point, and Winston Salem). I’m still here too. Multiple satellite locations, multiple Will Eisner International Spirit of Comics Retailing award nominations, multiple economic fluxes, multiple highs and lows later. We are still here. They say if you stay in the same place long enough, people will wander back to you. In the last several months, so many people I haven’t seen in years have come through the door and that has been a great thing. They seem to really enjoy knowing that Acme Comics is still here and so am I. But I don’t exist in a vacuum. Here in 2018 it takes a lot of people to make sure that I don’t stay at work too late, or forget to eat, or lose track of what day it is. Continued thanks to the official and unofficial Acme Comics Lord Retail Support team who keeps this show on the road to 2019!

Speaking of Lord Retail, I did some research and I actually know the official birthday of “Lord Retail.” But that’s a story for another day.

And now the moment you’ve been waiting for….

We don’t do back issue sales often and when we do we like for them to be worth while to you. Significant. Worth the drive. About something. I had something in mind, but then I lost track of time and this whole thing is super last minute. So I’m going to do something different than what I had planned. Let me know if this sounds good.

 

CELEBRATE 22 YEARS OF JERMAINE AT ACME COMICS

Friday September 21 10AM-7PM Saturday September 22 10AM-7PM Sunday September 23 Noon-6pm
  • General Bagged Back Issues shall be 80% (eighty percent) off marked sticker price.
  • Wear your “Lord Retail” button to be able to buy 1 hardcover of your choice for 50% (fifty percent) off. This can be used ONLY once per business day for a total of three times.

Discount NOT applicable on:

  • New Comics unbagged on shelves
  • Variant Edition comics
  • Silver/ Bronze Age Boarded Vintage Comics
  • Preorder comics on reservation

New to comics? This is your chance to get up on what came before you began? Been out of comics for a minute? This is your chance to get your collection going again.

Let’s connect you to the good stuff for an unbelievable savings!

This Week’s Comics & Merchandise for June 20th 2018!

 

NEW COMICS (RECOMMENDATIONS IN BOLD)

 

 

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 FINAL ISSUE – Writer Dan Slott wraps up nearly ten years working with Spider-man and fan favorite artist Marcos Martin returns for this end of an era issue! Get ready for a brand new direction Amazing Spider-man #1 (with legacy numbering for classic fans) by Nick Spencer and Ryan “Invincible” Ottley! And this week Dan Slott launches his new ongoing series Tony Stark: Iron Man!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #20 WEIRD SCIENCE PART 1

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #2 (OF 5) – From the pages of Infinity Countdown! The Wasp rescues Scott Lang from microspace, but they encounter larger problems than either expected!

AQUAMAN #37 KINGSLAYER PART 3

ARCHIE’S SUPERTEENS VS THE CRUSADERS #1 – The two most well known super hero teams of the Archie brand meet for the first time!

AVENGERS #3 THE FINAL HOST PART 3 – The Dark Celestial’s plot for revenge against Earth intensifies despite the efforts of the newest group of Avengers! Plus, Loki takes an active hand in the outcome of events! First printings on issues #1-2 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness are still available here!

BARBARELLA #7 (MATURE READERS)

BATMAN #49 THE BEST MAN CONCLUSION – The Joker makes his move and has Batman at a disadvantage. Now, in a rarely seen moment, it is Catwoman versus the Joker! While you wait for issue #50 on July 4th, get caught up on Tom King’s Batman Rebirth series via graphic novel!

BATMAN PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING PART 4 RED HOOD VS ANARKY – Jason Todd is tasked with preventing any interruptions during Catwoman’s night out, but Anarky thinks he may be able to turn the Red Hood to his way of thinking!

BATMAN SINS OF THE FATHER #5 (OF 6)

BATWOMAN #16 FALL OF THE HOUSE OF KANE PART 4

BEEF #5 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #20

BLACK HAMMER AGE OF DOOM #3

BRAVE & THE BOLD BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #5 (OF 6)

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA VS BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #6 (OF 6)

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 THE RECKONING #1 (OF 4)

CABLE #158

CAPTAIN AMERICA #704 FINAL ISSUE – Captain America returns in a new series by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu on July 4th!

CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #4 (MATURE READERS)

CHAMPIONS #21 – The Champions take on Alpha Flight! Don’t forget that Champions is home to Nova, Ironheart, the Totally Awesome Hulk, Miles Morales Spider-man, and others!

CRUDE #3 (MATURE READERS)

CURSE WORDS #15 (MATURE READERS)

DAMAGE #6 NEW AGE OF DC HEROES – Damage takes on Gorilla Grodd! Featuring Swamp Thing!

DAREDEVIL #604

DAYS OF HATE #6 (OF 12) (MATURE READERS)

DEADLY CLASS #35 (MATURE READERS)

DEATHBED #5 (OF 6) (MATURE READERS)

DELTA 13 #2

DOCTOR STRANGE #2 – Trapped on an uncharted world that apparently lacks magic as a concept, Doctor Strange struggles to survive!

ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #2 (OF 5)

EVOLUTION #7 (MATURE READERS)

FATHOM #1 – Art by Siya Oum!

FENCE #7

FLAVOR #2

FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS #11

GIDEON FALLS #4 (MATURE READERS) – If you enjoy horror suspense stories with multiple layers to investigate, Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino from Image Comics is the place to be!

GOD COMPLEX #6 (MATURE READERS)

GREEN HORNET #4

GREEN LANTERNS #49 REBEL RUN PART 2

HARLEY QUINN #44

HIT-GIRL #5 (MATURE READERS)

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #2 (OF 4)

INFIDEL #4 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

INFINITY COUNTDOWN BLACK WIDOW ONE SHOT – The Black Widow is back and has been tasked with protecting the powerful space stone, but this may be a level of responsibility she even she is not familiar with!

INFINITY COUNTDOWN CHAMPIONS #1 (OF 2) – The Champions answer the Nova Corps distress call in their battle against Warbringer!

INJUSTICE 2 #28

JAMES BOND THE BODY #6 (OF 6)

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 THE TOTALITY PART 2 – Martian Manhunter’s new Justice League faces an immeasurable threat from the fallout of Dark Nights Metal’s conclusion! Don’t miss out on DC’s new flagship series written by Scott Snyder!

LOST CITY EXPLORERS #1 – New from Aftershock! The secrets of Atlantis are revealed as a teen searches for her missing father who is a professor of antiquities.

MAD MAGAZINE #2

MAE VOL 2 #1 – The series written and drawn by Gene Ha returns with new publisher Lion Forge!

MAN OF STEEL #4 (OF 6) – Superman and Supergirl face their oldest opponent for the first time!

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 SHATTERED GRID

MOONSHINE #11 (MATURE READERS)

NEW CHALLENGERS #2 (OF 6) NEW AGE OF DC HEROES – The newest team of Challengers embark on their first mission to recover an artifact connected to the fall out from Dark Nights Metal!

NINJA-K #8

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 – Art by Mike Allred and Chris Bachalo!

PLANET OF THE APES URSUS #6

RICK & MORTY PRESENTS KROMBOPULOUS MICHAEL ONE SHOT

RUNAWAYS #10

SHADOWMAN #4

SHANGHAI RED #1 – A young woman is taken aboard a boat bound for Shanghai in the late 1800s and starts down the path of revenge that will lead her back to the United States. New from Image Comics.

SKYWARD #3 (MATURE READERS)

SPIDER-GWEN #33 THE LIFE OF GWEN STACY PART 4

STAR WARS POE DAMERON #28 – Poe, Rey, and Finn catch each other up on events they participated in during The Force Awakens!

TAARNA #2

TANK GIRL ALL STARS #1 (OF 4) (MATURE READERS)

TMNT UNIVERSE #23

TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #2 – Reprinting the Image Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series in full color for the first time! Be sure that this is on your Acme Comics preorder subscription list!

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 SELF MADE MAN PART 1 – Former Amazing Spider-man writer Dan Slott takes over as ongoing storyteller for Tony Stark, Iron Man!

TRUE BELIEVERS ANT-MAN INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DOOM #1

TRUE BELIEVERS SCOTT LANG ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1

USAGI YOJIMBO #4 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN

WARHAMMER 40000 DEATHWATCH #2 (OF 4)

WAYWARD #26 (MATURE READERS)

WEAPON H #4 – Featuring the Man-Thing.

WILD STORM #14

WITCHFINDER GATES OF HEAVEN #2 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

WWE #18

X-MEN GOLD #30 TILL DEATH DO US PART PART 6

 

ACME COMICS PRESENTS

COMICS FOR KIDS

AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER PROMISE LIBRARY EDITION HC

ENCOUNTER #4

JIM HENSON FRAGGLE ROCK #2

MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #7 ANT-MAN

MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE MYSTERIES #2

SIMPSONS COMICS #244

SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #6

STAR WARS ADVENTURES TP VOL 03 ENDANGERED – Contains issues #6-8.

STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #17

TANGLED THE SERIES ADVENTURE IS CALLING TP

TEEN TITANS GO #28

WRAPPED UP #8

 

NEW LIMITED EDITION VARIANTS

(Pricing dependent upon rarity, first reserved-first served, serious inquiries only please)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 RAMOS CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

AQUAMAN #37 MIDDLETON VARIANT EDITION

ARCHIE’S SUPERTEENS VS CRUSADERS #1 GRUMMETT VARIANT EDITION B

AVENGERS #3 ART ADAMS VARIANT EDITION

BARBARELLA #7 TIMPANO VARIANT EDITION d (MATURE READERS)

BATMAN #49 STANLEY ARTGERM LAU VARIANT EDITION

BATWOMAN #16 CHO VARIANT EDITION

BLACK HAMMER AGE OF DOOM #3 CHO VARIANT EDITION

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 THE RECKONING #1 (OF 4) JEANTY VARIANT EDITION B

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 12 THE RECKONING #1 (OF 4) MOLINE ULTRA VARIANT EDITION C

CABLE #158 LIEFELD VARIANT EDITION

CAPTAIN AMERICA #704 TEDESCO CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

CURSE WORDS #15 VILLALOBOS VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

CURSE WORDS #15 VIRGIN VARIANT EDITION C (MATURE READERS)

DEADLY CLASS #35 SCALERA VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

DOCTOR STRANGE #2 SHALVEY VARIANT EDITION

ETHER COPPER GOLEMS #2 (OF 5) POPE VARIANT EDITION

FLAVOR #2 VIRGIN VARIANT EDITION B

GIDEON FALLS #4 NGUYEN VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

GREEN LANTERNS #49 LOUW VARIANT EDITION

HARLEY QUINN #44 CHO VARIANT EDITION

HIT-GIRL #5 BLACK & WHITE RISSO B (MATURE READERS)

HIT-GIRL #5 KERSCHL VARIANT EDITION C (MATURE READERS)

HIT-GIRL #5 YILDIRIM VARIANT EDITION D (MATURE READERS)

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #2 (OF 4) SANDOVAL VARIANT EDITION

INFIDEL #4 (OF 5) SHIMIZU VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

INFINITY COUNTDOWN BLACK WIDOW ONE SHOT DEL MUNDO YOUNG GUNS VARIANT EDITION

INFINITY COUNTDOWN BLACK WIDOW ONE SHOT SEINKIEWICZ VARIANT EDITION

INFINITY COUNTDOWN CHAMPIONS #1 (OF 2) DEODATO VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 JIM LEE PENCIL VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 RETAILER APPRECIATION VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 VARIANT EDITION

LOST CITY EXPLORERS #1 SARRASECA VARIANT EDITION B

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 1:25 VILLA INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 GIBSON SUBSCRIPTION VARIANT EDITION

MOONSHINE #11 GRAMPA VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 GARRON VARIANT EDITION

RICK & MORTY PRESENTS KROMBOPULOUS MICHAEL ONE SHOT MACLEAN VARIANT EDITION B

SHANGHAI RED #1 BOSS VARIANT EDITION B

TAARNA #2 ACHILLEOS VARIANT EDITION B

TMNT URBAN LEGENDS #2 LARSEN VARIANT EDITION B

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 ADI ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 AJA VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 ALEX ROSS VIRGIN VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 BLACK AND GOLD ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 CLASSIC ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 CONNECTING PARTY VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 FRACTION SALVA ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 GRANOV VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 GUARDIANS SPACE ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 HEROES REBORN ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 HEROES REBORN KURT ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 HULKBUSTER ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 IRON MAN 2020 ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 MARQUEZ ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 MODULAR ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 NOSE ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 ORIGINAL ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 PARTY SKETCH VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 PREMIERE VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 ROSS VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 SILVER CENTURION ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 SPACE ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 STEALTH ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 SUPERIOR IRON MAN ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 THORBUSTER ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 UNDERSEA ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

TONY STARK IRON MAN #1 WAR MACHINE STARK ARMOR VARIANT EDITION

WILD STORM #14 VARIANT EDITION

WWE #18 SCHOONOVER RAW CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

 

NEW TRADE PAPERBACKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, & HARDCOVERS 

ALTERS TP VOL 02

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN WORLDWIDE TP VOL 08 – Contains issues #794-796 and Annual #25 leading up to the Red Goblin epic!

AQUAMAN TEMPEST TP – Aqualad is no more, behold Tempest! Contains the four issue Tempest mini series and more!

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN COMPLETE COLLECTION TP – Contains both Scott Lang Ant-Man by Nick Spencer series.

BAD MACHINERY POCKET EDITION GN VOL 05 CASE FIRE INSIDE

BATMAN DETECTIVE COMICS REBIRTH TP VOL 06 FALL OF THE BATMEN – Contains issues #969-974 and Annual #1.

BATMAN THE DARK PRINCE CHARMING HC BOOK 2 (OF 2) – The conclusion of the debut graphic novel by Europe’s extraordinary newcomer illustrator Enrico Marini is here!

DARK NIGHTS METAL DARK NIGHTS RISING HC – This is key reading for the Dark Nights Metal event that is not to be overlooked! Contains the origins of the Dark Knights and more!

DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES TP VOL 01 GOD OF MAGIC – Doctor Strange has lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme to Loki! Stephen Strange prepares to do the unthinkable to foil whatever Loki may be up to including reviving one of the most dangerous characters in the Marvel Universe! Contains issues #381-385 written by Donny Cates with art by Gabriel Hernandez and Niko Henrichon. Buy with confidence!

HARD PLACE TP (MATURE READERS) – New from Image Comics.

HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 STRANGE PLACES – Reprinting Conqueror Worm, Right Hand of Doom, Box Full of Evil, and other beloved Hellboy stories by Mike Mignola.

HIT-GIRL TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS) – Contains issues #1-4 of the current Image Comics series by Mark Millar and Ricardo Ortiz.

ICE CREAM MAN TP VOL 01 RAINBOW SPRINKLES (MATURE READERS) – Macabre and unexpected tales are united by the appearance of a seemingly sinister ice cream truck vendor. Contains issues #1-4 of the breakout sleeper hit from Image Comics.

JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 06 PEOPLE VS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE – Contains issues #34-39.

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC – Exhausting guide to allies, enemies, items, and more! Plus the Legend of Zelda timeline across the games!

LUISA NOW AND THEN GN

MULTIPLE WARHEADS TP VOL 02 GHOST TOWN (MATURE READERS)

MYSTIK U TP – Contains the three issue series featuring Zatanna and other magical DC Universe characters!

PATHFINDER RUNESCARS HC VOL 06

SON OF HITLER HC (MATURE READERS) – New Image Comics original graphic novel inspired by the movie Inglorious Basterds.

SPACE RIDERS TP VOL 02 GALAXY OF BRUTALITY (MATURE READERS)

SUPERMAN ZERO HOUR TP – From the era of the Zero Hour story that reshaped the DC Universe, this reprints Action Comics #0, Adventures of Superman #0, Superman #0, Superman Man of Steel #0, and more!

TRINITY REBIRTH TP VOL 02 DEAD SPACE – Contains issues #7-11.

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL TP VOL 08 MY BEST FRIENDS SQUIRREL – Contains issues #27-31.

VENOMNIBUS HC VOL 01 – Contains a wealth of 1990s Venom goodness from Lethal Protector to Carnage Unleashed!

WEAPON X TP VOL 03 MODERN WARFARE – Contains issues #12-16.

 

NEW STATUES & ACTION FIGURES 

DC ARTISTS ALLEY BATMAN BY CHRIS UMINGA VINYL FIGURE

DC ARTISTS ALLEY SUPERMAN BY CHRIS UMINGA VINYL FIGURE

DC ARTISTS ALLEY WONDER WOMAN BY CHRIS UMINGA VINYL FIGURE

MARVEL GALLERY BLACK PANTHER MOVIE KILLMONGER PVC STATUE

MARVEL GALLERY BLACK WIDOW COMIC PVC STATUE

SUPERGIRL CW GALLERY PVC STATUE

TRANSFORMERS POWER OF THE PRIMES LEADER ACTION FIGURE ASSORTMENT

 

NEW FUNKO POPS!

HANNA BARBERA SERIES 5 JETSONS ASTRO VINYL FIGURE

HANNA BARBERA SERIES 5 JETSONS GEORGE VINYL FIGURE

HANNA BARBERA SERIES 5 JETSONS ROSIE VINYL FIGURE

JURASSIC PARK DILOPHOSAURUS VINYL FIGURE

MARVEL DEADPOOL PARODY DEADPOOL BOB ROSS VINYL FIGURE

MOANA TE FITI VINYL FIGURE

OVERWATCH JUNKRAT VINYL FIGURE

OVERWATCH SOMBRA VINYL FIGURE

PEE-WEE PLAYHOUSE CHAIRRY W/ PTERRI VINYL FIGURE

PEE-WEE PLAYHOUSE MISS YVONNE VINYL FIGURE

PEE-WEE PLAYHOUSE PEE-WEE HERMAN VINYL FIGURE

ROCKS WEIRD AL YANKOVIC VINYL FIGURE

SMALLVILLE CLARK KENT VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS BOB IN SCRUBS VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS ELEVEN ELEVATED VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS HOPPER W/VINES VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS JOYCE VINYL FIGURE

 

RE-ORDER GRAPHIC NOVELS AND HARDCOVER’S

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP GREAT POWER – Contains the first seventeen issues of the original 1960s Amazing Spider-man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION TP EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES – Contains the first twenty issues of the original Avengers series by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

AVENGERS VS THANOS TP

BATMAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY TP – Jason Todd’s fateful encounter with The Joker.

BATMAN DARK VICTORY TP – The sequel to Batman The Long Halloween by Loeb and Sale.

BATMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 01 – Original graphic novel by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, the team bringing you Doomsday Clock.

BATMAN THE LONG HALLOWEEN TP

BATMAN THE MAN WHO LAUGHS TP

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS

BATMAN NEW 52 TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY

BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 01 – Follow up to Blackest Night.

CATWOMAN A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC

CATWOMAN TP VOL 05 BACKWARD MASKING

CATWOMAN WHEN IN ROME TP – Takes place between The Long Halloween and Dark Victory!

DARK DAYS THE ROAD TO METAL HC 

DEATHSTROKE NEW 52 TP VOL 01 GODS OF WAR

FEAR ITSELF TP

FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 01

FLASH NEW 52 TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD

FLASH NEW 52 TP VOL 02 ROGUES REVOLUTION

FLASH NEW 52 TP VOL 04 REVERSE

FLASH NEW 52 TP VOL 05 HISTORY LESSONS

FLASH REBIRTH TP VOL 04 RUNNING SCARED – Lead up to Flash War!

GREEN LANTERN NEW 52 TP VOL 01 SINESTRO

GREEN LANTERN NEW 52 TP VOL 02 REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND

GREEN LANTERN NEW 52 TP VOL 03 THE END

HEAD LOPPER TP VOL 01 ISLAND OR A PLAGUE OF BEASTS (MATURE READERS)

HEAD LOPPER TP VOL 02 CRIMSON TOWER

INVINCIBLE TP VOL 06 A DIFFERENT WORLD

INVINCIBLE TP VOL 24 END OF ALL THINGS PART 1 (MATURE READERS)

JENNY FINN HC (MATURE READERS)

JLA TP VOL 01 – By Grant Morrison and Howard Porter.

JUSTICE LEAGUE NEW 52 TP VOL 01 ORIGIN

MARVELS TP

PRIDE OF BAGHDAD SC (MATURE READERS) ACME COMICS JUNE GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB SELECTION

SAGA TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

STAR TREK KHAN RULING IN HELL TP – Prequel story to Star Trek II Wrath of Khan.

STAR TREK KHAN TP

STAR TREK ONGOING TP VOL 13 LEGACY OF SPOCK – Special farewell story for Ambassador Spock and Leonard Nimoy.

TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE TP VOL 10

TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME TP VOL 03

UNCANNY X-FORCE BY REMENDER COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 02

 

RE-ORDER SINGLE ISSUES

ASTONISHING X-MEN #12

AVENGERS #2 2ND PRINTING MCGUINNESS VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN #48 VARIANT EDITION

GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #7 DRAGOTTA VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

GREEN LANTERNS #48 VARIANT EDITION

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE CLAWS OF KILLER #1 (OF 4) 2ND PRINTING GUICE VARIANT EDITION

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE WEAPON LOST #1 (OF 4) BUFFAGNI 2ND PRINTING VARIANT EDITION

RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #6 (OF 6)

SHERLOCK HOLMES VANISHING MAN #2

VENOM #1 2ND PRINTING STEGMAN VARIANT EDITION

WALKING DEAD #180 SIENKIEWICZ 15TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

WEAPON X #19

X-MEN GOLD #26 2ND PRINTING MARQUEZ VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN GOLD #27 2ND PRINTING MARQUEZ VARIANT EDITION

 

SUPPLIES

COMICARE CURRENT BOARDS (SOLD IN 100S)

COMICARE CURRENT BAGS (SOLD IN 100S)

COMICARE LONG COMIC BOXES

COMICARE SHORT COMIC BOXES

ACME COMICS PRESENTS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018: LOCAL HEROES

It is that time of year again and we are very excited to host the 16th Annual Free Comic Book Day 2018 right here at Lawndale Shopping Center in Greensboro NC!

This now international event has grown into something truly unique since the very first one in 2002! Comic book fans in our area and beyond look forward to FCBD all year to get a sampling of what comic books have to offer as entertainment and also as a major social event.

Across the nation, there is no FCBD event quite like the one at Acme Comics. New friends are made in line each year and you might even find out about your new favorite television show or video game from the people around you!

Free Comic Book Day brings whole community out together around the common interest in comic books, art, and creativity! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday May 5th!

 

 HOW FREE COMIC BOOK DAY WORKS

Free Comic Book Day is an international event that comic book stores can choose to participate in and each store runs the event differently.

The way FCBD works at Acme Comics is that we require no purchase to unlock access to the free comic books. Though the comic books are not free to us, we offer them free of any inherent or connected charge to the attendees to say “thank you” for your love of comic books and for supporting Acme Comics as a Greensboro institution since 1983.

Though available quantities will vary, on Free Comic Book Day attendees may have access 1 copy of each type of comic book that was available at the time you reached the distribution area. The earlier you show up, the more individual items will be available to you.

Attendees may select an “All Ages” bag which will contain only items appropriate for all audiences both young and old. There will be a “Teen” selection where the content will have slightly more action and tension than the All Ages option. Or attendees may select a bag with “everything” but some comic books may contain more action than others or may contain language and subject matter not intended for younger audiences.

It is important for parents and/or guardians to inspect the all of the offerings first to determine what is appropriate for whom to see.

WHEN DOES FCBD BEGIN:

FCBD begins on Saturday May 5th when Acme Comics open at 10AM. Acme Comics closes at 7PM, but when we are out of offerings, we are out of offerings. There will be more of some 2018 FCBD comics than other, so historically there has been at least one free comic left toward the later afternoon.

WHEN DOES FCBD BEGIN UPDATE: 

In order to potentially alleviate some of the traffic on May 5th that has at time prohibited participation due to the volume of people, we are trying something new this year. Something that we learned from other stores at various retailer meetings.

This year FCBD will begin at 12:01AM MIDNIGHT.

If there is a line at that time, the line will begin moving and attendees may receive the available FCBD comics. This special FCBD launch will end promptly at 2AM regardless of how many people remain in line or how close they are to entry. 

There will be no Local Heroes guests available at that time, but they will be on hand on for you on Saturday May 5th starting at 10AM.

Carpooling with friends or arranging to be dropped off and picked up is ideal!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2018 COMICS

Click the link above to see the Free Comic Book Day 2018 offerings. We will have all offerings available, but some quantities are more limited than others and will expend before others.

 

Acme Comics Presents FCBD Local Heroes

Not everyone is able to travel to comic book conventions as often as they would like so making artistic talent available is a part of our mission at Acme Comics. This year, as part of our 35th anniversary celebration and the 16th Annual Free Comic Book Day, we are specifically showcasing local talent! There are extremely talented and passionate artists and craftspeople right here in your very own community and this year you can meet them! This year is their time to shine!

Time to meet the FCBD Local Heroes!

Chris Gunter

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My name is Chris Gunter and I’ve been drawing on a regular basis for about 5 years, daily if possible. I enjoy drawing my favorite characters from comics, pop culture, and cartoons. I’ve been working with Acme Comics at various events and have drawn at the Greensboro Children’s Museum for Free Comic Book Day since 2015 as a regular guest.

This year I’m at the main Free Comic Book Local Heroes event and I’m excited to show you my art and draw for you there!

Kevin Hardin

Kevin Hardin is an illustrator and graphic designer from Graham, NC. A long time Acme Comics fan and Free Comic Book Day attendee, this will be his first time participating as an artist. He has presented in various art shows and conventions across North Carolina including SuperFamiCon 2017 and most recently the I AM North Carolina art exhibition. Some of his influences include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andrew Maclean, and Jake Parker. He has also participated in the annual World Art Drop Day in both Greensboro and Burlington, NC for the last 5 years so you may already have some of his art! He is a lover of comics, pizza, The Office, Cheerwine, and all things North Carolina. He currently works at North Carolina A&T University. He resides in Graham with his wife Rachel and 2 rescue dogs Cara and Lexi.

 

Rickie Hopkins

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Born in 1989 Rickie began expressing himself through art at the age of three. At the age of eleven Rickie’s father introduced him to comic books with Spider-man #1 by Todd McFarlane and that captivating moment would shape the direction of his artistic destiny. Rickie’s other influences are Greg CapulloArika ToriyamaAlex RossKatshiro Otomo, to name a few. In 2015, Rickie provided art for the “Capital Punishment” story written by Rodney Traynham published by Grayhaven Comics. He tabled at his first convention at Comic Book City Con, has participated in numerous Acme Comics events including Transformers Day and Local Comic Shop Day, and presented at the Four Seasons Grand Cinema.

Merryn Kepchar

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Artist, Mama, hippie, cat lover. I’m Merryn Kepchar and No Hard Felines Art is my parody project that creates humorous renditions of pop culture characters as cats!

Merryn received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2012 and currently resides in Greensboro, NC, where she is from, with her husband Chris, son Zevon, and their two cats Chick and MoMo.

You’ve seen her on Instagram now you can see her in person at Acme Comics’ Local Heroes Free Comic Book Day event where you can pick up prints, original art, and more for the cat lover in your life!

Jody Merriman

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Too young to remember his birth, Jody Merriman remembers being raised by a pack of wild dogs. He soon became the leader of the pack because of his opposable thumbs. Wait. Isn’t this the origin of Wolverine?

Anyways. Influenced by a diverse range of artists from Norman Rockwell to John Byrne to Alex Ross to Adam Hughes to Stuart Immonen, Jody uses all of those inspirations along with those opposable thumbs to create pictures for all to enjoy!

Jordan Morris

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JoMo is an NC based illustrator and Greensboro native, he is the self-proclaimed “grossest with the mostest”, Bringing his enthusiasm for pop culture and his crass sense of humor to make head turning pieces. Tees, Stickers, Pins, Patches, Logos, you name it he’ll do it. Shameless is as shameless does! You’ve seen Jordan’s work if you’ve been in the shop lately as he designed our new Acme Bat logo! Jordan’s art can be seen on his Facebook and Instagram page!

Griff Person

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I’m Griff Person and I’m a Greensboro native, born and raised. My first comic book was Batman: The Killing Joke which sparked an interest that led to a degree in art and graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In 2012, after a time away from both art and comics, I started scratching out doodles on Post-It Notes which developed into a commitment to keep putting pencil to paper nearly every day.

Due to consistent practice and evolution, I’ve branched out beyond doodles to create full-fledged, full color artwork.  With heavy influences from Bruce TimmShane Glines, and Cameron Stewart, I enjoy drawing strong women, dinosaurs, and the occasional cat. Most of my recent pieces are small which makes them easy to display and are primarily in marker and watercolor.

Aside from comic books and video games, my other interests include my wife & partner-in-crime of 24 years, our 3 dogs, 3 cats, collecting art, and Transformer figures.

Brian Richardson

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Hi, I’m Brian Richardson, but I sign all my drawings “PBR” because those are my initials. I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, mostly just for fun, but in 2013 I began to take it more seriously. That was the same year I began to participate in Acme Comics’ Free Comic Book Day event as an artist at Greensboro’s Children’s Museum. Later I would appear at Acme’s Comic Book City ConLexingCon, and Super Famicon, as well as various other events hosted at Acme Comics. So you have seen me around!

My artistic style is influenced by the art associated with Walt Disney characters, and my favorite being the ducks. Donald DuckUncle Scrooge McDuckDarkwing Duck, and Launchpad McQuack to name a few.

This year I will be at Acme Comics’ Free Comic Book Day Local Heroes event which is an honor and I’m ready to draw for you! See ya soon!

Dora Salinas

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Born in Greensboro, North Carolina and influenced by Saturday morning cartoons such as Sailor Moon, Pokémon and Spider-Man, Dora Salinas began drawing at the age of ten. By the age of seventeen, her commitment to art broaden to film and digital photography, watercolors, oil paintings and ink work.

Dora is a self taught artist, whose artistic skills were honed thanks to her teachers and professors at the Reidsville High Academy of Art and Rockingham Community College. Dora’s artist influences include Annie LeibovitzRodinMark Brooks, and Elizabeth Beals.  Dora enjoys creating pieces that allow her creative freedom to experiment with different styles, techniques, and mediums.

Brian Shearer

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Brian Shearer lives right here in Greensboro and you’ve seen his work regularly on comic book series from IDW Publishing such as G.I. Joe A Real American HeroTransformersDoctor WhoStar TrekGhostbusters, and more.

Other projects include his creator owned comics William The LastMurdock Madstone, and is the co-creator of the graphic novel, Vex. Brian can also be seen on his YouTube channel demonstrating the craft of making comics and giving advice on navigating the challenges of work as a freelancer.

Brian was among the very first artists to participate in Acme Comics’ earliest Free Comic Book Day events and this year he makes his return with prints, original art pages from published comics, and more! Brian will also be available for a limited time for portfolio reviews to help amateur artists refine their craft.

Shayla Simons

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Shayla Simons is a Rising Junior at East Carolina University concentrating in Animation and Interactive Design while also earning an Entrepreneurship certificate.

She lives her life in pop culture including video games, comic books, manga, and anime. Her creative influences include Steven Universe, Voltron, funky pastels, cutsy characters, and powerful women of color.

Over the last two years, Shayla has presented in the Art Live and Learn Community Art Show, the Art Living and Learn Community Spring Show, the Young, Black, and Gifted Showcase and also represented Greensboro by being published at the age of 15 years old in the award winning Womanthology hardcover published by IDW in 2013.

Barrett Stanley

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Barrett Stanley is a Greensboro-based artist, writer, and illustrator.  Upon graduating from Grimsley High School, Barrett studied painting at Appalachian State University and after a winding journey through many forms of art, he found his way to comics thanks to a love of visual storytelling. 

Barrett began writing and drawing comics in 2013 and in January, the popular website Bleeding Cool named his ongoing science-fiction graphic novel series Heartbreak Quadrant “The Best Independent Comic Book of 2017“. Heartbreak Quadrant volume one is available directly from Barrett and can also be routinely found in Acme Comics’ independent graphic novels section. His comics work has also appeared in anthologies such as Speculative Relationships and $19.84: the Dark Future of Retail.  In addition to comics, he is currently illustrating the role-playing game Rangers of the Shadow Deep, written by Frostgrave creator Joe McCullough.

Barrett makes his return to Acme Comics as part of the Free Comic Book Day Local Heroes event where you can pick up the second HQ graphic novel directly from him.

Riley Till

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Riley Till is just a simple dude trying to remain a forever lost boy right here in the Triad area and is a name that some of you will know. What you may not know is his focus on dark pen and ink illustration ranging from realistic portraits to spooky line art. Riley has advanced to freelance illustration, but has goals of becoming a tattoo artist.

Rodney Traynham & Kev Lyerly

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Rodney is a longtime familiar face around Acme Comics and has also written professionally since 2013. His first self-published work, The Adventures of Teague: Retail Specialist with art by Kev Lyerly, was first released in single issues starting in 2013 and the collected graphic novel edition was released late last year. A short story entitled “Capital Punishment” with art by Greensboro artist Rickie Hopkins was published by Grayhaven Comics in 2015. He is currently working on his first prose novel, a short story/poetry collection, and the color art for a new project with Kev Lyerly set for release later this year.

Kev Lyerly is a Winston Salem based fan art illustrator and an independent comic book artist with twenty years of art experience. His works range from the smallest sketch card to large paintings and everything in-between. Examples of his work can be found on his Facebook page, Klaws of Kreation. On the comics side, Kev is the creator of Solar Knight and the Equalizers and was artist on The Adventures of Teague: Retail Specialist with writer Rodney Traynham. He is currently at work writing and illustrating a new project coming later this year.

Sara Winans

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Sara Winans is a North Carolina based illustration artist and comic creator. Since her graduation from the Living Arts College in Raleigh NC, Sara has moved to more traditional media such as watercolor, acrylic, ink, and digital; taking on private commissions and contributing to the charity book duo Aberration Zine.

Sara is currently working on her first, self-published, sequential art book, Heebie Jeebies, which follows a magician by the name of (Greg)orious Fairfly. Heebie Jeebies is set in a pseudo-1880s/ 1920s inspired world where magic comes at a cost and mystery will grab readers from the first page.

Colby Ziglar

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Colby Ziglar is a North Carolina native and graphic designer who graduated from Guilford Technical Community College with a degree in Commercial Art and Advertising. Comics have been a part of his life since he was probably four years old. Just like they did for many others, comics helped him to learn to read and inspired his artistic creativity early on. “I am always honored when asked to participate in any comic related activity such as conventions or special events, but especially Free Comic Book Day events with Acme Comics.”

The Free Comic Book Day Local Heroes will be hosted inside of Smallcakes Cupcakery right here in Lawndale Shopping Center at 2138 Lawndale Drive Suite B.

 

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
AT THE GREENSBORO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

If you are unable to attend Free Comic Book Day at Acme Comics in Lawndale Shopping Center and are primarily interested in the All Ages material, we will make an allotment of comics available at the Greensboro Children’s Museum (220 North Church Street) on Saturday May 5th. Supplies will be limited. For more information call (336) 574-2898.

 

That’s the Free Comic Book Day 2018 run down! If you have questions call 336-574-2263 or email AcmeLWN@Bellsouth.net with Free Comic Book Day in the subject line.

Enjoy free comic books courtesy of Acme Comics, enjoy the company of your fellow fans, and enjoy visiting with local creators!