Sunday, April 30, 2017

Talk'in Comics - The Longbox in Hillsboro, Oregon

If you live west of the Portland metro area you've kinda notice there isn't a lot of comic book stores. Well you have Things From Another World in Beaverton which is a great store in its own right. Yet the buzz around town was there was another complex store arriving in Hillsboro. Once I got word of this store called The Longbox.  I just had to check them out, funny part was there just five minutes away from our office so I took a quick drive to see them.

I personally have high hopes for this new store, I want them to grow and have a successful business it's things are still fairly new for the store but I want to do my part by helping them out so today I went out and visited The Longbox in Hillsboro Oregon. Located at 7598 NE SHALEEN St. at the corner of Baseline and Cornelius Pass Road this little store is unique in its own way.

Let's meet the staff at The Longbox!

Charlie co-owner
Charlie has been collecting since the late eighties, a fan of Batman, and Marvel comics. He got into the business by going to the swap meets in Vancouver BC saying up a small table selling unwanted toys. He then later start to switch to comic books which is Father introduced into. Charlie then started have a passion for comic books after being an assistant manager at other comic books stores Charlie thought he would bring his talents to Hillsboro. Charlie loves reading horror comic books, jungle comic books, one of his big things that he enjoyed is Indie titles. Charlie is a fantastic guy. You could sit down and talk comic's all day and I can see his passion for the business.

Mark co-work owner
Mark Co-work owner of The Longbox. Mark is a very cool laid-back co-owner he love comics and enjoys interacting with all the customers that come through the door. Mark a big fan of Captain America, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, Superman and Spawn just to name a few titles. Mark grew up reading Spider-Man, Superman, Batman titles. He start collecting the early nineties, he loves magic and he loves doing promotions for the store. If you need something from The Longbox then Mark is going to be your person to go to for all your comic needs.

Laura co-owner
Laura is by far an absolute joy to have an comic book store. Don't be fooled everybody this girl knows her stuff from comics to games. Laura's a fan of Guardians of the Galaxy and Punisher. When you visit The Longbox you can usually catch Laura working with Yu-Gi-Oh cards, Magic the Gathering cards and any other card games. She's kind the card specialist at The Longbox. Her father was in the Star Wars, Back to the Future and Star Trek novels. From there everything Sci-fi just grew with her growing up. Laura who loves everything that is geek and by far has a grear outgoing personality she'll greet you with a smile and absolutely do her best to make she have a great time at the store.

So how is The Longbox different from other stores? Well the simple answer is they have back issues in their store. If you been a complex store some stores have ended their carry on a back issues. Some other stores are way too far away but at the long box they Pride themselves on having back issues for comic book fans to come see what they have and add missing numbers to their already awesome collections.

As a comic book fan I'm very sold that the idea who come bookstore is the amount of back issues that you have it's what makes the store unique in its own way. The Longbox has a range of different things from Yu-Gi-Oh cards to Magic the Gathering to tabletop games to video games to all the newest and latest comic books arriving each and every Wednesday.

I love the idea of seeing a range of comic books and different variant issues on the walls, he kind of reminds you of my childhood wanted to my old local carpet store Corvallis and see all the pots on the walls and just being amazed by the different artist back then. The Longbox is the store worth going to and checking out it's very clean store, the staff is nice and we here at Northwest Comics & Games want to wish them the very best of luck in this business!

Events at The Longbox:
If you choose to visit them this week! May 4th is Star Wars day and they will be doing something but they will announce something soon on Facebook.  This coming Saturday May 6th on Free Comic Book Day, The Longbox will have free comics! Yes, free comics!!!  Plus a cosplay contest for whomever likes to dress up and raffles all day for comic books fans!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Comic Book Preview - Sacred Creatures #1

Sacred Creatures #1
Story: Klaus Janson, Pablo Raimondi
Art / Cover: Pablo Raimondi
Variant Cover: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson
July 05 / 72 pages / FC / M / $4.99

When the supernatural forces maintaining the fragile balance of power in this world start to unravel, Josh Miller, a young college grad and expecting father, is caught in the middle of a vast conspiracy threatening to tear apart the foundations of humanity as we know it. As myth and reality collide, Josh finds himself on the frontline of a battle against an enemy dating back to the beginning of time itself. Comic legends KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil, Dark Knight Returns) and PABLO RAIMONDI (X-Factor, Book of Doom) proudly present SACRED CREATURES, their first-ever creator-owned series, with a monster-sized first issue featuring 66 pages of color art!

Comic Book Preview - ASTONISHING X-MEN #1

Variant Cover by ARTGERM
Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Character Variant Cover by TERRY DODSON
Villain Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN  TYLER CHRISTOPHER
An ancient evil is attacking the world’s most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-MEN discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. PSYLOCKE, OLD MAN LOGAN, BISHOP, ARCHANGEL, FANTOMEX, ROGUE and GAMBIT will attempt to save a world that hates and fears them. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE THE X-MEN.
From blockbuster writer CHARLES SOULE and joined by a roster of superstar artists beginning with JIM CHEUNG. ASTONISHING X-MEN. It’s the X-book you need.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

Comic Book Preview - STAR WARS #33

Star Wars 40th Anniversary Variant Cover by David Lopez
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
• The Hero of the Rebellion & the Princess of the Revolution!
• Luke and Leia finally get some time alone.
• Unfortunately, it’s stranded on a desert island.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Comic Book Preview - UNCANNY AVENGERS #25

Cover by R.B. SILVA
• Manhattan is under siege! In order to survive this endless night, the Avengers must face darkness without and darkness within.
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$4.99

Friday, April 28, 2017

Comic Book Top 5 TPB Countdown

Greetings Comic Book Fans,

Happy Friday to everyone out there! Northwest Comics & Games Presents the Weekly Top 5 TPB Countdown! We hope you'll check out these awesome titles and keep on reading!

Conan the Slayer Volume 1: Blood in His Wake TPB $19.99 Dark Horse Comics
Alone, on the brink of death, and with nothing but his sword, Conan of Cimmeria finds refuge in a camp of Kozaki raiders. As Conan's wounds heal, he gains acceptance into the clan . . . only to discover that mortal danger is closer than ever. Penned by Cullen Bunn (Harrow County) and with art by Sergio D├ívila (Red Sonja), this volume collects issues #1–#6 of Conan the Slayer!

Street Angel After School Kung Fu Spec HC $19.99 Image Comics
Jesse 'Street Angel' Sanchez takes the Ninja Kid to school! Her fists are the facts and his face is the report card! Don't miss this very special After School Kung Fu, er, uh...Special? Meanwhile, Saturday night's the big dance and Jesse doesn't want to go! Is love in the air? No.

Green Lanterns TPB Vol. 02 Phantom Lantern (rebirth) $19.99 DC Comics
In this second collection of tales starring the mismatched Green Lanterns of Earth, Jessica Cruz at last learns why her partner, Simon Baz, carries a gun in addition to his power ring! And the Guardian's greatest secret, the Phantom Lantern, falls into the hands of an evil presence from Jessica's past, giving him control over all aspects of the emotional spectrum! Collects GREEN LANTERNS #7-14.

Justice League Unwrapped By Jim Lee HC $39.99 DC Comics
Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's JUSTICE LEAGUE gets the unwrapped treatment! In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the Earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an undersea monarch. This unwrapped edition collects issues #1-6 and 9-12 of JUSTICE LEAGUE.

X-Files (2016) TPB Vol. 02 Come Back Haunted $17.99 IDW Publishing
For years, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully toiled in the X-Files Unit, a one-office division of the Bureau dealing with cases deemed unsolvable and related to unexplained phenomena. Eventually, both agents left the FBI and began new lives in peaceful anonymity. However, recent events prompted them to return to the Bureau and the X-Files. In 'Came Back Haunted,' a thwarted attack puts a community of refugees at risk, but when a connection to a recent mall shooting is found, Mulder and Scully must determine the cause of the violent outbreaks, why the government is covering it up, and just what the connection to old secrets they'd believed dead and buried really is. Collects issues #6-9.

Comics, Comics, Comics!

Greetings Comic Book Fans,

Got any plans this weekend? Well, how about checking out these awesome comic book titles you might enjoy! 

Steven Universe #3 $3.99 Boom! Studios
When Steven and Connie fuse into Stevonnie to sneak into a PG-13 film, they run into Kiki and agree to take her to the prom!

Action Comics #978 $2.99 DC Comics
'Superman Reborn Aftermath' part two! Superman's life has been changed, some good is back, but the bad is back as well-with a vengeance! As Superman's allies gather to address the looming threat of Mr. Oz, another Squad seeks revenge against the Man of Steel-and you won't believe who made the team!

Kiss #7 $3.99 Dynamite Entertainment
The residents of Blackwell face the music as they navigate a new and uncertain world. With the Elders no longer in power, a new generation takes charge. But they quickly discover that the universe is a big place as they attempt to find their way back to Earth.

Magdalena #2 $3.99 Image Comics
'HOUSE OF FLIES' Training a Magdalena brings the same agony as being one, as Patience struggles with the limits of her injuries and Maya tries to correct a dangerous mistake.

Weapon X #2 $3.99 Marvel Comics
With Weapon X's killer cyborgs now able to hide in plain sight, Old Man Logan and Sabretooth have formed an uneasy alliance to find the revived Weapon X program and stomp it out before it gets any stronger.

Comic Book Preview - ACTION COMICS #983 & #984

Written by DAN JURGENS
Cover by CLAY MANN
Variant cover by GARY FRANK
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“REVENGE” part one! A beaten and battered Superman can barely hold his own against the revenge squad of his greatest foes—but hope rushes from the horizon as the Superman family arrives!
On sale JULY 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Written by DAN JURGENS
Cover by CLAY MANN
Variant cover by GARY FRANK
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“REVENGE” part two! A battle of titanic proportions rages through Superman’s arctic fortress as General Zod reveals his ultimate plan by accessing the Phantom Zone. Superman’s family’s lives hang in the balance as “Revenge” concludes.
On sale JULY 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Comic Book Preview - Moonstruck #1

Moonstruck #1
Story: Grace Ellis
Art: Kate Leth, Shae Beagle
Cover: Shae Beagle
July 19 / 32 pages / FC / E / $3.99

A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal...werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie's dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who's going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics.