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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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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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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 27

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!

The Annual Sale Returns October 6th-9th!

Celebrate of Austin Books’ 40th Anniversary AGAIN!

Huge Discounts at all four ABC family stores: Austin Books, Guzu Gallery, Outlaw Moon and The Sidekick Store!

Austin Books & Comics

  • HALF-OFF bagged & boarded back issues $20 or less — recently restocked with a focus on the most popular titles, Silver Age and Bronze Age comics. This also includes Variant and Incentive Cover comics at the front counter priced $20 and less (though not books released this week.)
  • Buy 3 Toys, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 TPBs/GNs/Manga, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 Posters, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 T-Shirts, get 1 FREE
  • 25% off Showcase Comics — these are our Premium Back issues at the front counter, priced over $25 (THESE HAVE NEVER BEEN DISCOUNTED BEFORE — well, once!)

The Sidekick Store

  • Buy 1 Dollar Comic, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 Half-Off TPBs/GNs/Manga, get 1 FREE
    (including hundreds of titles added since Labor Day!)
  • Buy 3 25% Off Showcase Comics, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 Bagged Sets / Boxes, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 $5 Silver & Bronze, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 $2 Silver & Bronze, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 Discounted Toys, get 1 FREE
    (hundreds of toys added since the last sale)
  • Buy 3 Discounted Posters, get 1 FREE

Guzu Gallery

  • Buy 2 Books, get 1 FREE
  • Buy 3 Magazines, get 1 FREE
  • 40% OFF scores of items — on the sale table!

Plus the last days to experience the all-new artwork celebrating 40 years of Austin Books & Comics: Spirit of ’77!

Outlaw Moon Games & Toys

  • 40% OFF tables, new and ever-expanding!

Posted October 05, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Days of Specials – Week 5

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
It’s our 40th Anniversary and we’re going to continue the celebration until October 10th!

Each Monday through Sunday will feature an all new sale at all of the stores.

Get these deals Monday the 2nd through Thursday, October 5th.

Wait! What?

I thought the sales were going through the 9th… *ahem*, stay turned for an exciting announcement. I mean, whatever could we do on a Friday through Monday that would be a fitting end to our 40th anniversary MONTH? Check your email Thursday Morning for a major announcement.

Austin Books & Comics

Buy One Household item, Get One for 40% OFF*! No Limit! Includes Lunch boxes, Mugs, Pint Glasses, Bottle openers, etc…

Guzu Gallery

Buy One Print from the current show, get the second for 40% OFF!

Outlaw Moon Games & Toys

Supplies Buy One Item for Marked Price, Get One for 40% OFF!

Sidekick Store

Wednesday, 10/4 and Thursday, 10/5 ONLY.

  • 100 “Dollar Comics” for $40
  • 20 “$5 Comics” for $40
  • 40 “$2 Comics” for $40

*All 40% off items must be of equal or lesser value. No Limits on the deals. First item is sold at marked price / cover price, second item is discounted.

Posted October 03, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 26

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 origin?

Share your favorite couple in the comments section below!

Beyonder

Beyonder (click for full size)


The best origin? The Beyonder… it doesnt have origin, it doesnt have an end…

-David B.

Batman

Batman


I still think Batman’s origin story, parents gunned down on the way home from the movies, is one of the best.

-Dan J.

Daredevil

Daredevil (click for full size)

-Dan G.

Isaiah Bradley

Isaiah Bradley


Probably would have to be Isaiah Bradley.

-Benjamin B.

The Flash

The Flash (click for full size)


The Flash! Struck by lightning, later proven to be himself from the future going to the past to give himself his power!

-Daniel J.

The Punisher

The Punisher (click for full size)


Punisher….out of tragedy and trauma.

-James V.

Milk and Cheese

Milk and Cheese


The origin of Milk and Cheese (by Evan Dorkin): They’re from a single-parent farm. One cow, no dad.

-Brian C.

Immortal Brothers

Immortal Brothers


Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, and Ivar Timewalker. Three brothers from ancient times given immortality as a way to save the youngest of them, but at a terrible cost.

-Patrick K.

Posted September 28, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Days of Specials! – Week 4

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
It’s our 40th Anniversary and we’re going to continue the celebration until October 10th!

Each Monday through Sunday will feature an all new sale at all of the stores.

For the remainder of this week Monday the 25th – Sunday the 1st), get the following specials…

Austin Books & Comics

Buy One POSTER, Get One for 40% OFF*! No Limit!

Guzu Gallery

40% OFF Sales Table!

Outlaw Moon Games & Toys

Buy One Games Workshop item, Get One For 40% OFF*! No Limit!

Sidekick Store

40% OFF All Plush!

*All 40% off items must be of equal or lesser value. No Limits on the deals. First item is sold at marked price / cover price, second item is discounted.

Posted September 25, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 25

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 origin?

Share your favorite couple in the comments section below!

Spider-Man

Spider-Man


Spider-Man, normal high school kid bitten by a radioactive spider and having superpowers really resonated with me.

-Jason F.

Green Lantern

Green Lantern (click for full size)


Geoff Johns’ retcon of Hal Jordan’s origin really snapped things into place for the character, and for me.

-Efrain R.

Hellboy

Hellboy


Hellboy! Demon summoned from Hell by Nazis you say?! Any normal person would’ve brought an end to that demon’s life pronto, but only Professor Bruttenholm was compassionate enough spare him, and raise the little devil as his own. Professor gave hope to the hopeless.

-Russel M.

Storm

Storm


I really love Storm’s origin story. She started off as a thief, become goddess, X-Man, queen, then a leader of mutants. Her story always inspires me to use what makes you different to prosper and be free. Love yourself and believe in yourself. Started from the bottom, now we’re here!

-Rodney D.

The Flaming Carrot

The Flaming Carrot


“…having read 5,000 comics in a single sitting to win a bet, this poor man suffered brain damage and appeared directly thereafter as—the Flaming Carrot!”

-Matt A.

Superman

Superman


Always a fan of a baby in a rocket shot into space, just beating the punch of the destruction of his homeworld, and under a yellow sun finds himself with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

-Ryan S.

Batwoman

Batwoman


I love Batwoman’s origin story. It gives me chills when I read it. I think it’s awesome that she was inspired by Batman, but became the Batwoman independently and never became one of his groupies.

-Ashley Marie F.

Cable

Cable


Cable, infected, sent to the future, raised by his parents (non-clone version of mother lol) after they get sent to the future, and then returns to the present older than they are. Can’t wait to see him in Deadpool 2.

-Sandals N.

Bedlam

Bedlam


Madder Red from Nick Spencer’s “Bedlam” may not have been a superhero but his transformation from a pure evil villain to a functioning member of society was something I’d never seen before in comics.

-Aaron A.

She-Hulk

She-Hulk (click for full size)


I love She-Hulk. When she gets powers from a cousin-ly blood transfusion she can now turn into a giant green lady which she totally owns. Jennifer Walters just keeps on being a top-notch lawyer, awesome friend, and successful super hero, all while choosing to stay a green giant all of the time. What a positive and kind super hero!

-Nora GB.

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer (click for full size)


Silver Surfer. So many marvel characters have quintessential selfless sacrificial origins, but this fool saved an entire planet AS A SET-UP FOR HIS ORIGIN. That’s awesome.

-Kris G.

Agent Venom

Agent Venom


Flash Thompson story arc is amazing and to go from bully to agent venom would make for not only a great movie, but inspiring to those who want to join the military

-Anthony T.

Posted September 21, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Days of Specials! – Week 3

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
It’s our 40th Anniversary and we’re going to continue the celebration until October 10th!

Each Monday through Sunday will feature an all new sale at all of the stores.

For the remainder of this week Monday the 11th – Sunday the 17th), get the following specials…

Austin Books & Comics:

Buy One T-SHIRT, Get One for 40% OFF*! No Limit!

Guzu Gallery

Buy One BOOK or MAGAZINE, Get On 40% OFF*! No Limit!

Outlaw Moon Games & Toys

ALL Star Wars Carded Action Figures 1995-Current 40% OFF!

Sidekick Store

Buy One Diamond Select Action Figure, Get One 40% OFF*! No Limit! (Includes Marvel, Muppets, NBX, Jay & Silent Bob and More.)

*All 40% off items must be of equal or lesser value. No Limits on the deals. First item is sold at marked price / cover price, second item is discounted.

Posted September 18, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics – Week 24

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary

What is your favorite superhero origin?

Murdered parents? Lost homeworld? Molded from clay? Secret military experiment?

Can you believe it? Since September 1st of this year, we’ve been helping you (and some of your parents and grandparents) discover your favorite comics for FORTY YEARS!

We have lots of fun stuff planned throughout the year, so keep an eye out for our ongoing celebration! Answer on our Facebook page AND SHARE for a chance to win a $40 Gift Card to ABC/Guzu/Sidekick/Outlaw Moon.

One selection will be chosen at random (as long as you comment AND SHARE.)

Posted September 14, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Days of Specials! – Week 2

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
It’s our 40th Anniversary and we’re going to continue the celebration until October 10th!

Each Monday through Sunday will feature an all new sale at all of the stores.

For the remainder of this week Monday the 11th – Sunday the 17th), get the following specials…

Austin Books & Comics:

Buy One Toy, Get One for 40% OFF*! No Limit!

Guzu Gallery

Buy One KidRobot item, Get One KidRobot item 40% OFF*! No Limit!

Outlaw Moon Games & Toys

ALL HeroClix and Dicemasters 40% OFF!

Sidekick Store

Buy One Bagged / Boxed Set, Get One 40% OFF*! No Limit!

*All 40% off items must be of equal or lesser value. No Limits on the deals. First item is sold at marked price / cover price, second item is discounted.

Posted September 11, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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