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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics – Week 9

2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.


Today happens to be May 25th, which in addition to being in the middle of Austin Books & Comics’ 40th year, it’s also the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential, important to popular culture, and greatest sci-fi fantasy epics of all time, STAR WARS!

There’s no question to Star Wars’ influence on cinema, whether it’s the distinct style of storytelling, the mashup of fantasy and sci-fi tropes, use of classic heroic archetypes (the most famous being Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey”), and just the distinct sense of adventure. From noble knights taking on one last mission, to dark lords hunting their prey across the galaxy, to selfish rogues discovering a sense of purpose, to humble farmers being thrust into greatness, Star Wars has inspired generations of fans.

Not only that, but by creating what was essentially an homage to the sci-fi adventure serials of his youth, George Lucas has inspired storytellers to share their tales of thrills and adventure. Filmmakers such as Ridley Scott (Alien), Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joss Whedon (Firefly, Serenity), and countless more cite Star Wars as a direct influence on their filmmaking style. Whether it’s the grungy, worn-in halls of the Nostromo in Alien, the colorful alien hub of Knowhere in Guardians of the Galaxy, or the small band of rebels fighting against an oppressive regime in space in Serenity, Star Wars is easily one of the most influential films of our time, and with every new film, TV show, book, comic, video game, and more, grows and inspires more and more fans.
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Posted May 25, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 8

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees if they could live in any comic location, what would it be.

Share your own in the comments section below!

Check back next week for more new features, and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Asgard
Asgard, it seems to me it would be pretty cool to live there amonst the Norse Gods and the more everyday Asgardians. They certainly know how to party and celebrate. You might even have access to the other realms, which would be good for vacationing. perhaps I could be the envoy or ambassador of Midgard.

-Daniel G.

Los Angeles
The City of Angels with Faith from Valiant!!

-Angelique M.

Gotham City
If I could live in a comic book location, it would be Gotham city!

-Edward M.

Kamar-Taj
Kamar-Taj, a cool place that opens the doors to so many other cool places.

-Shad R.

Earth-484
If I could be alive in any comic book location, I would choose DC’s Earth-484. I definitely choose Earth-484 because I everyone in the DC Universe is a Pirate! Image going on an epic adventure and then seeing a PIRATE JUSTICE LEAGUE!

-F.G.

Savage Land
The Savage Land in the Marvel Universe. Dinosaurs are always awesome.

-Christopher M.

TMNT Hideout
The New york of tmnt. Nothing like living with the amazing turtles in their sweet souped up sewer pad.

-Dwayne Y.

Posted May 18, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 7

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees if they could live in any comic location, what would it be.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week for more new features, and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Backstagers
I would live in the Backstagers universe. O the wonders under that stage!

-Laura B.

Star Wars
The Star Wars universe. More of a movie universe, but there are tons of comics so it counts! I just love the great sense of scale and adventure, from dusty plains to rainy swamps to bustling cities, and all the cosmic wonders in between.

-Patrick K.

The Sandman
If I could live in a comic book universe, I would live in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman universe. I’d love to live inside Neil Gaiman’s head, but the Sandman was one of my favorite series in the Vertigo lineup and pushed the boundaries with his fantastic mythology and characters.

-David H.

Moon Batcave
This is more of a recent locale introduced into DC, but Batman’s moon bunker as introduced in the first Superman Rebirth arc!! Tons of bleeding edge tech, time to be alone and reflect and produce a bunch of work, and it’s ON THE MOON!!!

-Garrett E.

Marvel Universe
The Marvel Universe, how crazy is it that places like NYC, DC and other cities have heroes save the day and have a massive following, or heroes that have problems like us but are relatable and always come out on top, that’s the universe I want to live in.
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Posted May 11, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics – Week 6

Patrick

Why I Love Austin Books & Comics

Hi there! I’m Patrick the ABC Web Guy, I keep the gears greased and the hamsters on their wheels here on austinbooks.com, but even before that, I already had a strong bond with Austin Books.

I started coming here in about 2009, and have always loved the huge selection of comics, TPBs, and back issues, but even more I loved how warm and welcoming it was. Employees were always quick to check and make sure I was finding what I needed, and were always happy to answer any questions and provide recommendations.

When I started working at ABC in February 2015 and saw the employee side of things, it only made me love the store even more. It’s so fun to connect with coworkers and customers by discussing and speculating on the latest big storylines and events, getting excited about the next big movie or show, and the best part, sharing our favorite series and publishers. I discovered so many new titles, publishers, and creators from discussions with employees and customers, and have had people come back to tell me how much they enjoyed a series I recommended.

That’s the great thing about working in or even going to a comic store: you already have something in common with everyone there. We love making people feel welcome, because nobody wants to go somewhere run by a real-life Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons. Creating that sense of welcoming and community is wonderful because you never know where people are coming from, so having a big friendly comic store is like taking a break from the world where you can relax and dive straight into your favorite hobby without any fear of judgment or anything like that.
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Posted May 05, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 5

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their all-time favorite comic storylines.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week for more new features, and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Brat Pack

So many great comics over the years it’s hard to pick just one storyline but Rick Veitch’s Heroica universe featuring The Brat Pack and The Maximortal is one of my all time favorites!

-Corey C.

All-Star Superman
All-Star Superman; even though it is out of continuity, Morrison and Quitely’s take on the final days of the Man of Steel defined what Superman is to me and set my expectations for what I’d like to see in live-action and animation. This run also cemented Supes as my all-time favorite superhero, making this run for me nothing to sneeze at!

-Garrett E.

The Infinity Gauntlet

The Infinity Gauntlet in 1991. It was (and still is) the only company-wide crossover that made sense AND worked as a story. I was 13 when it came out. While everyone else was in line for Lollapalooza during the summer of 1991, I was at the comic book store wondering if Thanos was really going to do it or not.

-Brian C.

Ant Colony

Y’all are jerks for the -choose one- caveat but right now it is Ant Colony by Michael Deforge. Or it is Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron. Or it is Body World by Dash Shaw. Or Uzumaki.
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Posted April 27, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 4

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their all-time favorite comic storylines.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week for more new features, and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt
Kraven’s Last hunt, as previously mentioned, is by far my favorite. So much depth and insanity.
“They said my mother was insane.”
*thunder*

-Joel P.

Camelot 3000
The reimagining of Arthurian legends in a future setting was handled beautifully. That has stuck with me for many years.

-Kirk L.

Millie the Model
My cousin gave me Millie the Model comic books. I alwayse played with the paperdolls and designed clothes for her. They will always be my favorite.

-Jane K.

Usagi Yojimbo
Usagi Yojimbo’s Dragon Bellow Conspiracy arc. it has the right combination of historical detail and intrigue combined with action. imagine an Akira Kurosawa movie but with fuzzy animals.

-Mark R.

Transmetropolitan Vol 3
Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard from Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan #13-18. I read this every four years, so I am in the proper mindset for voting. Every election I’m older, and every election, this series and this storyline speaks to me more and rings truer every. damned. time.

-Tony S.

Star Wars: Tag and Bink Are Dead
Tag and Bink Are Dead was so much fun. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in the Star Wars universe.

-Kris K.

Posted April 20, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 3

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their all-time favorite comic storylines.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week, where we’ll feature more of our fans’ favorite comic stories (share yours here!), and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Amazing Spider-Man #31
“If This Be My Destiny!” from Amazing Spider-Man #31-33 has everything! It introduces a couple very important characters, it features a classic villain trying something new, and the most heroic scene in any superhero comic ever. This story is Lee & Ditko at their best.

And “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is the story arc that made me a hardcore comic book fan for life.

-Brandon Z.

Wolverine and the Punisher
For my 11th birthday, my good friend Roland got me the 3 issue miniseries Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence. This is when I really got into comics and decided to start collecting issues and trades.

-Philip A.

New Mutants Special #1
The Asgardian Wars (New Mutants Special #1 & Uncanny X-Men Annual #9). This is where I fell in love with the work of Art Adams, whose level of detail is still unbeatable; fell even harder for Illyana Rasputin, my first great comic book crush (and the one that persists to this day, if we’re being honest); and began to really embrace the interconnectedness of the Marvel Universe, as the mutants and Asgardian gods — two factions that seemed entirely dissimilar — melded perfectly to tell an epic story. I’ve read this story three times over the years, and it still holds up remarkably well.
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Posted April 13, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 2

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their first comic book.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week, where we’ll feature some of our fans’ all-time favorite comic stories (share yours here!), and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Venom: Lethal Protector #1
Venom: Lethal Protector #1 “Oh hi, we’re Venom” lol I will admit it was that shiny foil cover that got me. Well played Marvel.

-Manuel F.

Batman Adventures: Mad Love
My lovely husband Ryan got me Mad Love just 2 years ago! Now we come up there every Saturday! It’s our weekend ritual!

-Brittany B.

Doctor Mirage #1
While I always knew about comics and superheroes growing up, I didn’t get seriously into comics until 2005 with Bendis’ New Avengers, Brubaker’s Captain America, and Slott’s She-Hulk. However! Interestingly enough, as big of a Valiant fan as I am today, the earliest comic I remember having was a copy of the original Valiant Doctor Mirage I got at a kids fair giveaway when I was about 6 or 7.

-Patrick K.

Legion of Super Heroes #221
This is one of the first comics I can remember reading. I don’t know if I got it the month it came out (I would’ve been 5 tops) but I do know it ignited by passion for DC Comics in general and team comics specifically. The LSH is still my favorite super-team. I don’t imagine that will ever change.
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Posted April 06, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 1

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their first comic book.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week for more comic memories, and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Batman #240
My first was a hand-me-down copy of Batman #240 missing its cover. It took me many years of working at Austin Books & Comics to figure out which issue it was, based on my memory of the opening splash page. And of course, I bought the Near Mint copy we had.

-Brandon Z.

Uncanny X-Men #284
Uncanny X-Men #284. I saw it at a newsstand inside a convenience store and thought “what the hell is this about?”. I got hooked. “What lies beyond the void?”! What seven year old didn’t want the answer to that question?

-Ty D.

Macross #1
Macross #1. Robotech was my favorite cartoon, and became my gateway into comics. I read this thing cover to cover a dozen times — incidentally, its credits box was what clued me in that ACTUAL PEOPLE write these things, thus cementing my career aspirations at eight years old.

FUN FACT: Given the time, and the store at which I bought this issue, (Remember When, in Dallas), it turns out that it was almost certainly sold to me by Mark Waid. Neat!

-Dave J.

Silver Surfer #60
I can’t guess at my first comic ever, as they were always around as my dad used to collect. But something about Silver Surfer #60 made me the comic crazy dude I am today. Was it the fedora, plates for hands, or purple body suit? No idea.
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Posted March 29, 2017 by Patrick the ABC Web Guy

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