Saturday, September 26, 2009

Holy crap, where does the time go?

Sorry I haven't' posted any comic-related articles as of late. So much stuff going on it's CRAZY. As far as the shop goes, I did finalize an Art Baltazar signing at the Frankfort shop on Saturday November 7th from 12pm-3pm. It's going to be a special KIDS DAY at the Frankfort store. Not only will Art (fan-favorite artist on TINY TITANS and BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM) be on hand to sign books, he will be doing FREE quick sketches the entire time he's at the shop! Plus, free face-painting for the kids of all ages, so you can proudly display a Superman symbol or Batman symbol on your cheek for the rest of the day. How cool is that? There will also be a coloring contest for kids, featuring artwork by Art Baltazar. AND, if your kids come to the shop dressed as their favorite superhero, not only will I post their smiling mugs on my blog, and the store's facebook page, but you will receive a special coupon good for your NEXT visit to Amazing Fantasy. And if that's not enough, I will have special pricing on all kids comics and kids graphic novels during the signing. Lots of fun will be had. Come on out all kids-at-heart and bring your nieces, nephews, your own kids, or borrow one from a friend! It will be a total blast! More details as the event draws closer.

On a fun female power note, Amanda Conner is the first woman to make Wizard's Top Ten Hot Artists list! Congrats to Amanda, her work on the Supergirl strip in Wednesday comics has really made me quite the fan. It's rather sad that this is a news worthy piece of news, but such is the reality of the comic book industry. We've come a long way baby, but we've got a long way to go. More and more women are becoming part of and fans of the industry every day. Yay girls! Yay comics! Yay girls AND comics together! Every year more and more girls and women come into my shop to browse and buy comics and comic-related merchandise. It's pretty damn cool. I remember way way back in the day when I started at Amazing Fantasy, c. 1991, weeks would go by where wouldn't see another female in the store, but thankfully those days are behind us. I also remember going to comic book sales conferences, again c. 1991, and being the ONLY female retailer. Again, thankfully, those days are behind us. I would love to see the Eisner's dominated by nothing but women, for once, that would be cool. More and more women do get nominated every year, but it would be pretty damn awesome to see a whole list of chicks, it would do my heart good.

I promise next week to get back to a more regular posting schedule.

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