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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 29

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’re having special weekly features including fan questions, videos, and more!

We have lots of fun stuff planned throughout the year, so check back weekly for more fun!

We recently asked, What is your favorite superhero costume change?

What’s your favorite? Share in our brand new message boards!

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel


It’s no secret that Captain Marvel is my favorite woman superhero (can’t wait for that movie!!!) and a large part of it is her awesome costume design from Jamie McKelvie (and later tweaked by Kris Anka). It’s modern, functional, incorporates both her military background with her high flying superhero role, and is just plain cool looking. I’m especially excited to see how it looks when the movie comes out!

-Patrick K.

Black Suit Spider-Man

Black Suit Spider-Man


Spidey’s black suit is one of the coolest redesigns ever. It’s slick and kind of intimidating (especially with Venom) but still distinctively Spider-Man.

-Steve D.

Captain America Punisher

Captain America Punisher


When the Punisher changed up his costume to honor Captain America after Civil War, it was a really cool change. Especially because he immediately went after a bunch of white nationalists and kicked righteous butt in the name of America.

-Emily S.

Iron Man Extremis Armor

Iron Man Extremis Armor


Iron Man’s Extremis armor redesign by Adi Granov was not only a great modern take on an old classic, but it helped influence the movie version of the armor.

-Bill V.

Future Foundation Fantastic 4

Future Foundation Fantastic 4


The Future Foundation version of the Fantastic Four’s costumes were really cool since they really played up the super-science/explorer aspect of the characters that had been missing for a while.

-Jay S.

Modern Captain America

Modern Captain America


One of the superhero costume changes that I’ve enjoyed witnessing has been most recent: Captain America. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the iconic value of the original especially the obvious symbolism of him in the Star-Spangled Banner suit punching Hitler, which is a very quintessential image. However, I don’t think that version of the costume would be of any help to Captain Rogers today during covert military operations; attempting to lurk in the shadows with a brightly colored suit would be futile. The contemporary design, to me, is more becoming a soldier, more practical. The patriotic symbolism is still evident in the updated suit, just not as pronounced, which again is quite logical for espionage work. Captain America is an essential character not just for the sake of the Avengers, but for the Marvel Universe, as well, so I’ve enjoyed seeing him receive a long-overdue updated costume that didn’t belie his contemporary significance.

-Pete S.

Punk Storm

Punk Storm


Storm with a mohawk. ‘Nuff said!

-Jean R.

Sam Wilson Captain America

Sam Wilson Captain America


Falcon becoming Cap was great because it combined the red, white, and blue with the functional design of Falcon’s modern suit.

-Dave N.

Tim Drake Robin

Tim Drake Robin


Tim Drake’s modern Robin costume looked really cool because the long red tights helped to set him apart as his own character from the other Robins.

-Sam R.

Posted October 19, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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Employee Recommendations for 10/18/2017

Employee Recommendations
Welcome to the weekly Austin Books & Comics Employee Recommendations! Here you’ll find a roundup of our top picks for this week.

Also be sure to check out our weekly recommendations video featuring SuperTy and ComicBookBrando!

Follow us and the employees on Twitter for more New Comic Book Day (#NCBD) recommendations every Wednesday!

What’s on your pull list this week? Share in the comment section below!

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Some of these may not be in stock in the store, but we are more than happy to special order it for you.

Brandon’s Picks

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Batman #33

Batman #33

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #12

Kill Or Be Killed #13

Kill Or Be Killed #13

Realm #2

Realm #2

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #5

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #5

The Wild Storm TPB Volume 1

The Wild Storm TPB Volume 1

Laura’s Picks

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Bitch Planet Triple Feature #5

Bitch Planet Triple Feature #5

Low Hardcover Volume 1

Low Hardcover Volume 1

Lumberjanes #43

Lumberjanes #43

Nekogahara Volume 3

Nekogahara Volume 3

The Scarecrow Princess

The Scarecrow Princess

Tea Dragon Society

Tea Dragon Society

Patrick’s Picks

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Star Wars Captain Phasma #4

Star Wars Captain Phasma #4

Faith and the Future Force #4

Faith and the Future Force #4

Star Wars Poe Dameron #20

Star Wars Poe Dameron #20

War Mother #3

War Mother #3

The Mighty Thor #700

The Mighty Thor #700

Patrick’s Top Pick

Bloodshot Reborn HC Volume 2

Bloodshot Reborn HC Volume 2


From the worst tropical vacation ever with a gang of new allies to everybody in New York City turned into mindless killing machines, the Bloodshot Reborn Deluxe Hardcover Volume 2 is non-stop, wall-to-wall action as only Valiant delivers.

Posted October 18, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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The $5 Sale Returns!

The $5 Sale

SAVINGS SATURDAY

November 25th, 2017

(the day after Black Friday)

10 AM – 7 PM

The last few $5 sales have been lame, BOO! We tried dragging out the same tired stuff leftover from the previous sales and it just wasn’t worth it. So boring, and we decided to take some time off. But… now we’ve recharged our batteries and stocked up on specially available march that is totally worth your time (and $5). We’ve accumulated boxes and boxes of awesome stuff for you to pick through, and we’re going to add some Graphic Novels and Hardcover books from Sidekick as well.

Even better, to continue the fun of the 40th Anniversary, we’re going to add a few wrinkles.

First, buy one item for $5, or get 10 for $40 (ten or more items selected for a single purchase are $4 each).

Second, we’re going to work in a carnival component. For every $20 you spend at any of the Austin Books stores (or the $5 tent) on Saturday the 25th, get a ticket good for items in our PRIZE TENT. Lots of plush and goodies for Christmas gifts.

For more information:

Posted October 16, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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Sidekick Store Special for 10/18/2017

Vampire Tales

VAMPIRE TALES TP VOL 1

MARVEL COMICS

(W) Gerry Conway & Various (A) Mannie Banks & Various (CA) Pablo Marcos

Morbius the Living Vampire and Satana the Devil’s Daughter – the reluctant revenant and the sinister succubus, two of Marvel’s most preternatural protagonists – up against demons, cults and mortals even more monstrous than themselves! Black-and-white horror tales from the 1970s horror boom and some of the genre’s greatest talents, collected for the first time! Plus: adaptations of classic terror tales from literature! Collecting VAMPIRE TALES #1-3.

200 PGS./Black & White/Rated T+

Cover Price $19.99

Sale Price $5.00

 

The SATURDAY and SUNDAY SPECIAL:

Stop in for ANOTHER sale special and tune in to our Sidekick Facebook page for more information.

Posted October 16, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Release Pick of the Week for 10/18/2017

Kid Lobotomy #1

KID LOBOTOMY #1 (MR)

IDW PUBLISHING

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Tess Fowler
Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein in KID LOBOTOMY, a dark, demented, monthly satire that follows a dysfunctional family of hoteliers. Will sibling rivalry, seduction, and shapeshifting eventually lead to sanity or salvation?

Big Daddy is a rich hotelier who, in a cracked echo of King Lear, appoints his youngest descendant to manage The Suites, a peculiar hotel located behind the Black Crown Pub. Affectionately known as Kid, his good looks and swagger can’t hide a rough childhood of strange therapies and brain operations that have awakened inner demons and psychodramas. This of course makes him eminently qualified to perform lobotomies. A failed rockstar/successful madman gets one last change to prove his worth-and regain his sanity-by turning the hotel that was once his childhood sanctuary into a lucrative business, despite a host of obstacles-including his own sister-who would love nothing more than to see him fail miserably.

Kid Lobotomy is co-created/written by Peter Milligan (Shade, the Changing Man, Brittania, Hellblazer) and illustrated by Tess Fowler (Rat Queens) with “A” covers by Fowler, a “B” cover by Frank Quitely, and a retailer incentive cover by comics superstar Frank Quitely (Jupiter’s Legacy, We3)

Bullet points:

  • Grab your cockroach! Black Crown debuts here!
  • Special 23 pages of story in the first issue!
  • Letter columns, creator interviews, process pages & more!
  • Previews for upcoming Black Crown series!

$3.99

Posted October 16, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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New Black Panther Trailer!

Black Panther

Marvel Studios has released the new trailer and poster for BLACK PANTHER! What do you all think? Share your thoughts in the comments section or our brand new Marvel Comics forum!

Check out these great titles and get ready for the new film, coming this February!

Black Panther (2016) Volume 1

Black Panther (2016) Volume 1

Black Panther (2016) Volume 2

Black Panther (2016) Volume 2

Black Panther (2016) Volume 3

Black Panther (2016) Volume 3

Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Black Panther (2005) Volume 1

Black Panther (2005) Volume 1

Black Panther (1998) Volume 1

Black Panther (1998) Volume 1

Posted October 16, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 28

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’re having special weekly features including fan questions, videos, and more!

We have lots of fun stuff planned throughout the year, so check back weekly for more fun!

This month’s question:

What is your favorite superhero costume change?

Spider-Man’s black suit? Azrael Batman? Armored Captain America?

Give us your thoughts in the comments, and SHARE THIS POST to be entered for a chance to win a $40 Center of Austin Fandom Gift Card!

Posted October 13, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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Sidekick Store Special for 10/11/2017

New Avengers: Siege

SIEGE NEW AVENGERS TP

MARVEL COMICS

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Various (CA) Stuart Immonen

The Avengers are on the run! The villainous Norman Osborn was the unlikely hero of Earth’s victory over the alien Skrulls in the Secret Invasion, and he has used his newfound political cache to set himself up as the head of H.A.M.M.E.R., the new national peacekeeping force. Driven underground by the Superhuman Registration Act, the Avengers must battle Osborn behind the scenes. Osborn has anointed the Hood as the new kingpin of crime, and the Avengers must take on a gauntlet of the Hood’s cronies – including the Mandrill, the Griffin and the Purple Man. All the while, Osborn’s mania increases as he leads H.A.M.M.E.R., the U.S. military, and his own Dark Avengers in an invasion and siege of the fabled city of Asgard. Collecting NEW AVENGERS #61-64, NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #3, THE LIST – AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS FINALE.
224 PGS./Rated A

Cover Price $24.99

Sale Price $5.00

The SATURDAY and SUNDAY SPECIAL:

Stop in for ANOTHER sale special and tune in to our Sidekick Facebook page for more information.

Posted October 09, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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