Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday - Halloween Comicfest / Fillbach Artist Spotlight Opening / Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival Launch Party!!

Three FREE Halloween Comicfest comics for everyone who stops by Alternate Reality Comics today (see fourth photo below!)! Fillbach Brothers Artist Spotlight Opening Reception from 2-8pm today (see details after photos!)! Today we're having an all day launch party (FREE sodas, adult beverages, and snacks!) for this Saturday's 7th Annual Vegas Valley Comic book Festival happening at the Clark County Library right behind my store! And yes, it's New Comics Wednesday too! Saga! Southern Bastards! Tuki Saves The Humans!

Artist Spotlight Opening Reception details!

This will be one of our MOST FUN Artist Spotlight Opening Receptions to date!! Anyone who knows the artistry of the Matt and Shawn Fillbach already know what a great local treasure they are! The Fillbach Bros. definitely appreciate their fans & make sure everyone has a FUN time! Their Artist Spotlight Opening Reception will also be our launch party for the 7th Annual Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival happening Saturday, November 1st! Matt & Shawn Fillbach are presently doing some great comics for the NEW First Comics (which will also be available during their Opening Reception), some of said titles include: Captain Freebird, Lives, Tales of the S.S. Junky Star, and Frickin' Butt-Kickin' Zombie Ants! Some of you may be familiar with their Star Wars Clone Wars comics, Roadkill, & Maxwell Strangewell - they will have original art on display from these comics! Everyone who comes gets FREE comics from this years Halloween Comicfest selections (did I mention they're FREE!?!)! Bring your friends for GREAT art, GREAT artists, a guaranteed GREAT time (special time 2-8pm), FREE comics, & you probably want to bring a designated driver (grin)!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mark your calendars NOW for February 2015, that's the release date for Scott MCloud's FANTASTIC The Sculptor!!

This past Tuesday, I won the lottery by getting an advance copy of Scott McCloud's new graphic novel, The Sculptor, in the mail from publisher, First Second (thanks Gina Gagliano!)! It took everything within me to not drop everything I was doing an read this immediately. But as The Sculptor is 500 pages long and one of my most anticipated upcoming graphic novels (it doesn't come out until February!), I wanted to really savor it and give it the attention I'm sure it deserved. So yesterday afternoon I finally had a good block of time to devote to reading The Sculptor and I'm going to put on TWELVE hype hats and tell everyone who loves sequential art that The Sculptor gets my ABSOLUTE highest recommendations!! Scott McCloud is most known for his excellent Understanding Comics and his much beloved Zot!, and he's been working on The Sculptor for years. The Sculptor is about a struggling sculptor who is trying to get his breakthrough. Scott McCloud has poured all of his considerable artistic chops into The Sculptor, hell even if the story wasn't as fantastic as it is, it would be worth picking up just on the strength of the art on display. But the narrative and characters in The Sculptor are so perfectly developed, with intrigue, humor, and action of the highest order. The Sculptor also has great musings on love and death, time, friendship, and the meaning of art. Seriously, the only negative thing I have to say about The Sculptor is that it's not on sale until February so I have to wait until then to share this FANTASTIC , PERFECT graphic novel with you all! Alternate Reality Comics will have a HUGE PARTY in early February to celebrate the release of The Sculptor! Thank you, Scott McCloud for creating such a marvelous book!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday! 10/22/14 - Multiversity, Superman, Walking Dead edition!

 I'm going to let all of this week's gorgeous new releases speak for themselves because I'm still catching up with "chores" from being out of town all of last week. And I still have just about all of last weeks comics to read! I did read Edge of Spiderverse #5 this morning and it was a great story of a new Spidey character written by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way - we still have copies left, but I expect to sell out soon as word of mouth gets around on this!
 I missed all of you New Comic Wednesday (and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, etc. - grin) new comic friends while I was gone, so I'm looking forward to seeing you all!
And how about the first two episodes of this season's Walking Dead!?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday! 10/8/14 - Sabrina #1, Wytches #1, Batgirl NEW DIRECTION, Miracleman #12, Batman New Story Arc, Thanos, Sex Criminals edition!

 Sabrina #1, great new horror title set in the 1960s, inspired by the movie Rosemary's Baby, written by Afterlife With Archie author Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, with our first Alternate Reality Comics store variant!! Wytches, is a new Image comic by Scott Snyder & Jock and will definitely be one of the SMASH hits of the year! Second chapter of Moore & Totleben's Olympus Miracleman arc! New direction for Batgirl, Endgame starts in Batman, and Avengers & X-Men Axis starts!
 Sex Criminals! A new Thanos mini series!
A new Garth Ennis War Stories mini! A new DC weekly, World's End starts!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bumperhead; Gilbert Hernandez

Bumperhead is Love and Rockets creator, Gilbert Hernandez's follow up to Marble Season, with Marble Season being a look at the world from kids' perspective and Bumperhead being a teenager's perspective of the world. Bumperhead and Marble Season can both be read independently of each other though (they don't follow the same characters as Gilbert's Love and Rockets stories do).
Bumperhead's title comes from the derogatory nickname that some of the other kids / teenagers call the central character, Bobby, because his forehead looks like it has a big bump on it.

Bumperhead takes place largely in the 1970s and this graphic novel will especially resonate with readers who grew up during that decade (especially in regards to glam and progressive rock and the emergence of pink music), but this will speak to anyone who grew up feeling alienated amongst your peers, dealing with difficult home environments, and first crushes.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday 10/1/14 - NEW Thor, New Bucky (with Marcos Rudy art!), NEW Jason Aaron series, Men of Wrath, 3rd Death of Wolverine, & A MUST SEE Artist Spotlight Opening Reception tonight!!

We should have the entire shipment processed as close as possible at 11am Wednesday (we didn't get our shipment on Tuesday as we were supposed to - arrrgggh!) - call first if you were going to come earlier! Details of our BIG, exciting, Artist Spotlight Opening Reception below!

Wolverine in one issue closer to dying!!
 Thor is now a woman, no there wasn't a sex change (grin)! Who is this new character!?
 A whole new status quo for Bucky that was set up at the end of Original Sin #8 (I'm going to guess that you can jump onto this first issue even if you haven't read that though)! Can't wait to salivate over Marco Rudy's art!
 Miracleman #1-10 were great, taking the superhero concept to an entirely new level, but it's this third book of Miracleman issues #11- #16, GORGEOUSLY illustrated by John Totleben, that really made Miracleman the seminal comic it is! Can't wait to see the new colors on Totleben's art!
 If you're looking for another Southern Bastards hard edged comic written by Jason Aaron, I'm sure his new creator owned, Men of Wrath (illustrated by Ron Garney) will be your ticket!
Walking Dead! Will we find out about.... (I'm not going to say, because firstly I haven't read this issue yet, and secondly, I don't want to spoil what we may find out about in this issue)!

Here's details about tonight's Artist Spotlight Opening Reception!:

Alternate Reality Comics is happy to announce that our October Artist Spotlight is FANTASTIC local artist, James Bousema! Opening Reception is Wednesday, Oct. 1st from 5-8pm! We hope a lot of you can make it and lavish ego strokes to James Bousema in person regarding how awesome his art is! complimentary snacks, beverages, and wine will also be part of the opening!

James Bousema, has been creating art all of his life. An artist with the heart of a geek, James has never been afraid to put his influences into his work whether they stem from Saturday morning cartoons, comic books, or ancient mythology. He graduated the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a Drawing and Painting major in the Spring of 2013 and currently works as a Graphic Designer / Illustrator and Freelance Artist.

Please spread the word and bring your friends and neighbors for great local art and a great time!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy New Comics Day - 9/24/14; NEW A Voice in the Dark story starts, new Judd Winick, SAGA, Outcast!

 A Voice In The dark, written and drawn by Larime Taylor (who everyone knows lives in Vegas, right!?) is now in gorgeous color by another Las Vegan artist, Jay Savage! New Image siers, Roche Limit looks pretty wild!
 Booster Gold is back!
Loki is back after a few months absence! Third chapte of Edge of Spiderverse!