Stadium Comics has declared Wednesday June 12th 2013 to be MAN OF STEEL DAY to celebrate one of the biggest days in comic book history with the release of Superman Unchained #1 by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee, the perfect kickoff to the week that will bring us the release of Man of Steel, in theaters on June 14th!
Has there been a comic in the last couple of years that has been more heavily anticipated than this one? Has there been a movie more heavily anticipated than Man of Steel? This is an event you’re not going to want to miss!
To celebrate the movie and the new comic, Warner Brothers and DC Comics have provided us with some amazing giveaways. First up we have FREE copies of issue #1 of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s iconic All Star Superman comic, one of the greatest Superman stories ever told! These free issues are available with no strings attached.
We also have a very LIMITED number of Man of Steel mini-posters provided to us by Warner Brothers that will be available on a first come, first serve basis with the purchase of Superman Unchained #1. Get here early if you want one!
And to further celebrate the day, we’re going to have DC Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers available at 25% off the regular price!
Also joining us to sketch for the day will be comic book artist Adam Gorham, who also has a Stadium Comics Exclusive cover for Aspen’s Bubblegun #1 coming out on the same day! He’ll be signing copies of Bubblegun #1, and is the perfect person to get a Superman sketch from! Click here to get all the info on Bubblegun #1.
Get a great start to this most SUPER of weeks right here at Stadium Comics, on Wednesday June 12th!
About Superman Unchained #1: When thirteen satellites fall from the sky in one day, the logical suspect is Lex Luthor-even though he’s still locked up in prison! But a stranger question remains: If Superman didn’t stop the last satellite from falling, who did? There’s an mystery hidden where even Superman can’t see it-Can The Man of Steel drag a decades-old secret into the light? Don’t miss the debut of this red-hot new series from two of comics’ brightest superstars: SCOTT SNYDER and JIM LEE!
We are so very pleased to officially announce the opening of our brand new, second Brampton location on Saturday June 29th 2013! And what better way to celebrate the opening of a new store, than with an event like FREE GRAPHIC NOVEL DAY!
Stadium Comics’ second location – our “Sidekick” location as we like to call it – will have some pretty cool things going on that you’ll definitely want to check out:
Lots of people have asked where the back issues have gone from our store at Shoppers World. They’ve moved to their permanent home at our Sidekick location! This includes “bargain bin” comics. The most recent back issues (6 months to 1 year) will still be found at our Shoppers World store.
Do you like the discount graphic novels we’ve been carrying at our store? Well you’ll be able to find more of them at our Sidekick store!
This is what has us the most excited! Our new store will feature a large event room, allowing us to do the things we couldn’t do at our current mall location! We’ll be hosting events like tournaments, board game nights, midnight book launches, comic jams, workshops, movie nights, gallery events, and so much more! We’ll be releasing an event calendar closer to our grand opening. It’s basically going to be Jay Gatsby’s house, but nerdier.
Our new store will be located at 2 Bram Court, which is in the Rutherford Rd/Steeles Avenue area of Brampton. It’s a location convenient for public transit, and is a short walk to the Grande movie theater, Lowes, and a brand new WalMart that will be opening in the near future.
FREE GRAPHIC NOVEL DAY
To celebrate the grand opening of our new store in grand style, we figured a free comic book just wouldn’t do! Come to our new location on Saturday June 29th 2013, and receive a FREE graphic novel for making ANY purchase that day. The item you buy can be as cheap as that $1 back issue in our bargain bin (though we’ll gladly help you spend more with the awesome sales we’ll be having!)
We’ll have a selection of 5-10 different graphic novel titles for you to choose from. We’ll have a good quantity of them on hand to give away, but you’ll want to come early for the best selection!
Also what would an event at Stadium be without some awesome comic artist signings, and a huge sale? We’ll have both of those happening as well on Saturday June 29th. Keep watching our website and Facebook and Twitter pages for more details coming soon.
Do you like what you’re hearing so far? So do we! Mark June 29th on your calendars now – we hope to see you all there! In the meantime, if you want to get a sneak peek at what our new place looks like so far (there’s still lots of work to do), you can watch our latest Unboxing Wednesdays video which was filmed on location!
We’re putting together a lot of information about Free Comic Book Day here in this one post for easy access to any and all the info you need about our event which happens right here at Stadium Comics on Saturday May 4th!
Q. What is Free Comic Book Day and why should I visit Stadium Comics on May 4th?
A. Free Comic Book Day is held on the first Saturday of May every year. Participating comic stores all across North America give away comics for FREE to anyone who enters there store on that day.
Free Comic Book Day is meant to promote and celebrate comic books as great literature for all ages, and a true art form.
Stadium Comics runs one of the largest Free Comic Book Day events in Canada. In addition to the free comics, the Brampton, Ontario comic shop brings in several guest artists and creators to sign and sketch for fans. Combined with the raffles and contests, and their biggest sale of the year, Free Comic Book Day at Stadium is one event that you don’t want to miss!
Q. When is Free Comic Book Day?
A. Free Comic Book Day runs from 9:30am-6pm on Saturday, May 4th at Stadium Comics. Here’s our address:
Shoppers World Mall
Brampton, Ontario L6Y 1N7
Q. Do I need to line up early?
A. In past years, we’ve had free comics well into the afternoon, but it’s hard to predict and the best free comic offerings go early. Also, our DOORCRASHER items below are very limited, and you’ll want to be there early for those. HELPFUL HINT – the mall generally opens their entrances at 8am!
Q. Who will be attending as guests?
A. We have about 16 creators showing up! They will be able to sketch and sign books for people in attendance. Visit http://www.stadiumcomics.com/fcbd for all the details!
Ken Lashley – DC Comics’ Cover Artist, “Black Panther”, “Flash” (2pm to 6pm only)
Marcus To – “Cyborg 009″ and DC Comics’ “Red Robin”, “The Huntress”, “Batwing”, more!
Ty Templeton – Marvel Comics’ “Ultimate Spider-Man (animated)”, Batman Animated titles!
Adam Gorham – “Teuton” Graphic Novel, “Undertow”, “The Vampire Conspiracy”
Agnes Garbowska – “My Little Pony”, “Spider-Ham”, “You Me and Zombie”,
Vince Sunico – “Shrugged” and “Jirni” Exclusive Covers, Spent Pencils Studio
Joe Osei Bonsu – Spent Pencils Studio
J Aaron Ong – Spent Pencils Studio
Alvaro Cruz – Spent Pencils Studio
Gemal Plummer – Spent Pencils Studio
Mark Williams – Spent Pencils Studio
Gen Ishihara – Spent Pencils Studio
Shane Heron – “Black Hole Hunters Club”, “Mike Gorbsmith”, “Horror in the West”
David Bishop – “Stranger”, “Deep Sea”, “Squirrels”, “Of Stone”
George Todorovski – “The Bear Stories”
Paris Alleyne – Independent artist
Q. Can I get them to sign books/sketch for me?
A. Of course! Guests will be happy to sign books. For sketches, please ask the artist in person. Depending on the guest, there may be a fee/donation required for a sketch. Guests will also have merchandise and awesome art prints for sale!
Q. What Books can I have for Free?
A. Great question! We’ve provided this handy little video for you below which shows all of the books that will be available on Free Comic Book Day. You can also check out the Free Comic Book Day website for info on each book.
Q. How many comics can I get for Free?
A. We ask that you only take 5 comics per person, and that you not take multiples of issues. Also, and this is important – you must be here in person to pick up the free books, we can’t let you take some for your friend or relative at home. We do this to be fair to the people that have actually come out to show their support, and so that as many people as possible who come to Stadium can enjoy free books!
Q. What’s the deal with the one-of-a-kind sketch covers that will be for sale?
A. The deal is that they are AWESOME. No seriously, they are! Check out this page for all the info on the limited sketch cover comics for sale starting at 9:30am Saturday May 4th. Cost is $29.99 each, limit one per person. First come, first served. Contributing artists are Vince Sunico, Paris Alleyne, and our very own Tiffany Medeiros! Here’s are some samples of what will be available from Vince Sunico:
Q. BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR, you say? Give me details!
A. That’s right – it doesn’t get bigger than this! Free Comic Book Day has become like the “Black Friday” of comic book sales. Here’s what we are doing to make it worth the trip out to Stadium on May 4th: IMPORTANT: All sales exclude new releases, and items on hold in customers’ pull boxes
25% off all regular priced Graphic Novels, Hardcovers, and Trade Paperbacks – If we are out of stock of the book you are looking for, we’ll special order it for you at the sale price! (Prepayment required on special orders)
Up to 75% off a huge selection of Discounted Marvel and DC Graphic Novels, Hardcovers, and Trade Paperbacks These are marked as:
2 for $12
3 for $12
2 for $20
PLUS! Spend $50 on the above discounted books and get a free discount book!! (up to $11.99 value) Excludes Doorcrasher books
50% off recent Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Image, IDW and Indy back issue comics, PLUS: buy 20 or more, pay only $1 each! Reg price up to $4.25 only, this excludes “Batman” and “Amazing Spider-Man”.
20% off Selected regular priced Action Figures, Toys, and Statues
50% off all regular priced Variants
50% off all regular priced Blank Covers
NO TAX on all in-stock CGC Books
$9.99 for all regular priced Posters PLUS: 2 for $15, 3 for $20!
$9.99 for selected discount T-Shirts (prices as marked)
Q. What about these Doorcrashers?
A. They are amazing, they are awesome, and they are extremely limited! You’ll want to get here early for these guys. Once they’re gone they’re gone. Limit 1 of each doorcrasher per person.
Q. It’s also “May the Fourth” – how will you be celebrating that?
A. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! We’re excited that FCBD and Star Wars day are going to be on the same day. We’ve got some costumed Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion that will be showing up for photo opportunities, and the guys from Teddy N’ Me will be demoing the Star Wars Deck Buidling game! We’ll also have some special Star Wars items available for purchase, as well as a Star Wars FCBD book!
Q. Will there be people dressed up in costume?
A. Yes! Cosplay has become such a huge part of comics culture. Norm Antonio will be here with some friends showing off his latest superhero designs from Heroes in Tights, as will Daniel Goodland and Troy Bowman in their Starwars costumes. We’re also told that twin Poison Ivys will be attending, and many more!. We hope some of YOU show up in costume as well!
Q. How are you doing this all in your tiny store?
A. We kind of take over the mall on May 4th. The doorcrashers, sale items, and free comics will be in our store. The artists will be in our artist alley in front of our store in the hallway. We are also taking over the former Game Stop (across from Pharma Plus) for our Star Wars Card Game, additional discount graphic novels, prizes, and more!
Q. What else can we expect on Free Comic Book Day?
A. Aside from the free comics, awesome deals, and the chance to chat with or get a sketch from some of the most talented artists working in comics today – we’ll have prizes to give away, balloons for the kids, and people dressed up in superhero costumes!
Q. I have a question you didn’t answer!
A. Feel free to leave a comment and we’ll answer your question below.
Ricky and I got the opportunity to get an advance look at all the Free Comic Book Day offerings for 2013, and we thought we’d share them all with you here in this special UNBOXING FREE COMIC BOOK DAY episode!
Stadium Comics runs one of the largest Free Comic Book Day events in Canada, and this year is no exception! In this episode we run through all of the FCBD books, plus we discuss the special guests that will be visiting our store on May 4th as part of our FCBD artist’s alley!
Highlights of the FCBD Comics include the Superman: Last Son of Krypton book with a sneak preview of Superman Uncahined, Marvel’s Infintiy, Walking Dead FCBD edition featuring an all-new Tyrese story – and much more!
See the entire list of FCBD 2013 Comics below. (more…)
There will be new comics on shelves as usual this Wednesday December 26th, and there are great books coming out such as the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and the beginning of the Throne of Atlantis event in Justice League #15 and Aquaman #15.
In addition to all that, we’ve got great deals in-store for you for our Boxing Day Sale! These offers are available for just one day only, from 9am-6pm on the 26th. If you didn’t get that comic book or graphic novel you really wanted under the tree, or if you just wanted to give a new series a try, our Boxing Day Sale will be the perfect time to buy!
Boxing Day Specials – Wed. December 26th from 9am-6pm ONLY
25% off the US Cover Price on all regular-priced Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers! If we’re out of stock we’ll order in a book for you at the sale price!
FURTHER REDUCTION on discounted graphic novels – up to 80% off!
Select graphic novels was 2 for $20 NOW 3 for $20!
Select graphic novels was 2 for $12 NOW 3 for $12!
Select graphic novels was 3 for $12 NOW 4 for $12!
Recent and Back Issue Comics!
Get 20 NEW or RECENT comics for only $29.99! Pick any 20 books you want – choose from Marvel NOW, the New 52, and more! Some exceptions apply: Does not include last 2 weeks of new comics, pull list comics, comics on hold, and certain titles. See in-store for more info.
Select Back Issue comics 50 cents each when you buy 10 or more!
Select DC Direct Figures only $5.99 each!
All Scottie Young Baby variants only $2.50 each! Limit 2 per title per customer.
All Blank Variant covers only $2.99 each! Limit 2 per title per customer.
All other variant cover comics 50% off! Does not apply to new variants from the last 2 weeks.
Marvel NOW! Iron Man issues 1 to 4 only $6.99 – You save $10! Get issues #1-4 for less than the price of 2 issues!
Amazing Spider-Man #700 – Final Issue! Here are the covers that will be available to purchase:
On Friday, December 21st two noteworthy events are occurring:
The end of the word, according to some interpretations of the Mayan Calendar.
Our mall – Shoppers World – is making us stay open until 11pm for their annual “Moonlight Madness”
So with those two things in mind, we’re going to have a time-limited BLOWOUT sale at the store on Decemeber 21st from 9pm-11pm!
UPDATED 12/18/2012 – We are finally able to reveal what will be on sale this coming Friday! Remember, that all of these offers will ONLY be in effect from 9pm-11pm. Please don’t ask us to hold any of these items for you before they go on sale.
Marvel NOW! Iron Man issues 1 to 4 only $6.99 – You save $10!! Get issue #’s 1 to 4 for less then the price of 2 issues!
More door crasher items will be added!
RECENT & BACK ISSUE COMICS!
Get 20 NEW or recent comics for only $29.99!! Pick any 20 books you want! Choose from Marvel NOW! The New 52! And More!*
Select back issue comics 50 cents each!**
*Some exceptions apply
**When you buy 10 or more books
All Scottie Young Baby variants only $2.50 each! Limit 2 per title per customer.
All Blank Variant Covers only $2.99 each! Limit 2 per title per customer.
All Variant cover comics 50% off!
All Graphic Novels, hardcovers, & trade paperbacks on sale! From 25% to 80% off!
Select Graphic Novels 3 for $20!!
Select Graphic Novels 4 for $12!!
TOYS & POSTERS!
Select DC Direct Figures only $5.99 each!
Select Marvel Comics posters only $3.99 each!
If you’re looking for something to grab for the comic reader or pop-culture junkie in your life, Friday Dec 21st from 9pm-11pm will be the time to pick it up!
Also joining us will be our special guest comic artist ADAM GORHAM! Adam is currently the artist on TEUTON and has made a few very popular art prints over the last year that were well received by our customers. Adam will be on hand to sketch on blank covers for fans, and will also be signing copies of his book TEUTON, and his art prints. You can check out some of Adam’s work over at his blog: http://aprincelydreadful.blogspot.ca/
JUST ADDED – We are very excited to announce that AGNES GARBOWSKA will be returning to Stadium! Agnes is know for her cute illustrations and crafts, and she’ll have some holiday-themed items available at our event! Agnes is well known for her work on Marvel’s SPIDER-HAM and GIRL COMICS, as well as several series she’s created herself such as Waking Up Abbey, Imagination Station, and You, Me and Zombie! She’s also working on the webcomic Boo Bear and Flo. You can check out her work at http://www.mymisiu.com/
Join us on Saturday November 17th from 10am-6pm as we convert Brampton’s coolest comic shop into an art gallery for the day, featuring signed art prints by some of comics’ greatest creators! Comic art makes an excellent gift for the comic fan in your life.
Prints will be available in-store only on Saturday November 17th. Come into the store to see pricing. Prints start as low as $4.99 and go up to $39.99. Most prints are hand signed by the original artists. Prints will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Please don’t ask us to hold prints in advance of Nov 17th.
Watch the video below to see Kevin and Ricky’s upper class alter egos take us through some of the comic art prints that will be available as part of Stadium Comics’ First Annual Art Exhibition and Sale. Plus – watch to find out how to win your very own TIGER RICKY limited print!
Join us for the release of All-New X-Men #1 on Wednesday November 14th from 10am-9pm and help us raise money for prostate cancer research! We’re going to Donate $1 from the sale of every standard copy of All-New X-Men #1 we sell on Wednesday November 14th to the Movember cause.
We will also be giving away Copies of Uncanny Avengers #1 or A Plus X #1 with a $2 donation to the Movember cause. If you haven’t had a chance to jump onto the Marvel Now! Bandwagon here’s your opportunity to do it while supporting a great cause.
Want Stadium Comics to make a donation to your mustache growing team? Tell us why you deserve the money, post it on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, or wherever you want and we will choose 2 teams and donate all of the money we raise to them.
We’ll also have some great artists on hand to sketch on your blank cover variant of All-New X-Men or any other item you’d like to have sketched on. In fact, we’ve been blessed with EIGHT new blank covers since our last sketch event:
ALL NEW X-MEN #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
FANTASTIC FOUR #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
X-MEN LEGACY #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
DEADPOOL #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
IRON MAN #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
SWAMP THING #14 BLANK VARIANT COVER
A PLUS X #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
Artists currently scheduled to join us are:
Vince Sunico (Spent Pencils
Daniel Wong (Spent Pencils)
Alvaro Cruz (Spent Pencils)
Gen Ishihara (Spent Pencils)
Joe Osei Bonsu (Heroes of the World)
All New X-Men Variants!
There will be many variants for sale so make sure you pick up one of our cover packs and save big! The All-New X-Men #1 cover pack is only $14.99 and will include the following covers:
ALL NEW X-MEN #1 REGULAR COVER
ALL NEW X-MEN #1 UNIMPRESSED DEADPOOL VARIANT COVER
ALL NEW X-MEN #1 BLANK VARIANT COVER
ALL NEW X-MEN #1 YOUNG BABY VARIANT COVER
This wouldn’t be a launch party without free stuff so make sure you come in early and pick up a FREE Lithograph and a FREE Coaster!
We’ve got some very important updates to share with you regarding our Halloween ComicFest/Free Comic Book Day event this Saturday October 27th at Stadium Comics!
First, we’ve got our Artist Alley Guest List pretty much finalized – it’s going to be HUGE! About 20 different comic creators will be in attendance to sign and sketch for fans – including folks like Ty Templeton, Alex Milne, Adam Gorham, Agnes Garbowska, Spent Pencils, and more! Check out the full guest list here. We’ve also just added Fearless Fred Kennedy to our guest list – who you may know from radio’s Edge 102.1, and TVs Teletoon at Night. He’s also an awesome comic writer! Check out his work at BigSexyComics.com
We’ve also got two book signings – “Horror in the West“, “The Bear Stories“, and “Deep Sea“, featuring the creators of both! More details can be found here.
Second, we’ve finally got details on our MASSIVE in-store sale. Here’s what you need to know:
25% off US Cover on all regular priced Hardcovers, Trade Paperbacks, and Graphic Novels. If it’s not in stock, we’ll order it in for you at the sale price!
Up to 75% offa HUGE selection of Marvel and DC Hardcovers, Trade Paperbacks, and Graphic Novels.
These books will be priced 3 for $12, 2 for $12, and 2 for $20.
25% off Selected Action Figures, Toys, and Statues. Some items are excluded, check in store.
No Tax on all CGC Graded Comics
Buy 1 get 1 FREE on Selected Recent Back Issues. Some titles are excluded, check in store.
Older Back Issues in our bargain bin – $1 Each!
Buy 1 get 1 FREE on all Posters!
Finally, we have something really special to share with you. We had Spent Pencils’ Vince Sunico create some AMAZING sketch covers that will be available starting at 10am the morning of our event on Saturday October 27th. Full details of how you can own one of these extremely limited and one of a kind comic books can be found below. There are a limited number available, shown below. Click on the image to see a higher-res version.
Vince Sunico Exclusive Sketch Covers
These original sketch cover comics will be available for sale at our store starting at 10:00 am on Saturday October 27th.
These sketches will be sold on a first come, first served basis; you have to be at the store to pick one up! They will sell for $29.99 each. Please don’t try to reserve one over the phone or via email. These particular covers will be limited to 1 per customer, although you are more than welcome to get additional custom blank covers sketched on at our event by any of the artists attending, including Vince!
In addition to all of the above, remember that FREE COMICS will be distributed during this event, while supplies last! Click here to see them all, or watch this handy video we made that shows each of the comics included in this promotion!
Who says Free Comic Book Day should just be held once a year, anyways? Join us at Stadium Comics on Saturday October 27th from 10am-6pm for our first annual Halloween Free Comic Book Day, held in conjunction with Halloween ComicFest!
We are going to be celebrating the day with lots of giveaways, exciting discounts, and an AMAZING lineup of artists to sketch and sign for fans!Currently scheduled to join us are:
Ty Templeton worked on these two Halloween ComicFest Free Comics!
TY TEMPLETON – One of Canada’s pre-eminent comic book creators, Ty Has written, pencilled, and inked on countless titles for DC, Marvel, and many other publishers. Ty also runs “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Bootcamp”, where he teaches up and coming creators the ins and outs of the comic industry! ***Ty will be signing two Halloween Free Comic Book Day titles he has worked on: BATMAN ADVENTURES from DC Comics, and ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN from Marvel Comics!***
ALEX MILNE – has worked on several titles for IDW’s Transformers series. Currently he’s working on the “Transformers: More than Meets the Eye” ongoing title.
AGNES GARBOWSKA – cute artwork enjoyed by all ages, Agnes has worked on Marvel Comics titles “Girl Comics”, and “Spider-Ham”. She also has many original series she is currently working on such as “You, Me, and Zombie”, “Imagination Station”, and “Waking Up Abbey” to name just a few.
SPENT PENCILS – The Greater Toronto area’s largest collective of artists, the Spent Pencils crew is always a fan favourite at Stadium and conventions across North America! Joining us will be VINCE SUNICO, GERARD DE LA COSTA, ALVARO CRUZ, and KEVIN BRIONES
ADAM GORHAM – is the artist of the gritty medieval tale ‘Teuton’ Previously Adam made quite an impression with his graphic novel adaptation of Canadian indie film ‘The Vampire Conspiracy’, and has also contributed to the Western Horror anthology “Horror in the West”.
MARVIN LAW – a fan favourite at Stadium Comics, bring him a Pepsi and he’ll talk to you about the comic industry and wresting for hours on end. Oh, and he’s an awesome comic artist as well!
Horror in the West Book Signing!
**HORROR IN THE WEST Book Signing**
“Horror in the West” is a horror anthology featuring eleven stories that combine the mysticism of the Old West with demons, zombies, aliens, and blood-curdling storytelling. PHIL McCLOREY, BRIAN EVINOU, SHANE HERON, and DAN SIMON will be joining us to sign for fans! Adam Gorham and Marvin Law also contributed pinups for this book.
**DEEP SEA Book Launch/Signing**
This Halloween a story will rise from the murky ocean about the depths of human depravity, self loathing, and ingenuity. Writer/Stadium Employee RICKY LIMA and Illustrator DAVID BISHOP (Creator of STRANGER) will be on hand to sign copies of their comic.
**THE BEAR STORIES Signing**
Everyone loves cute cuddly bears right? Well if you aren’t easily offended step on up and pick up a copy of “The Bear Stories”! What if the world’s most inconsiderate and rude being was – a cuddly bear! GEORGE TODOROVSKI and CHRIS HATZOPOULOS will be on hand to sign copies of their book. George and Chris will also have other merchandise for sale!
This will be one of our biggest sales of the year. If you know us and Free Comic Book Day – you know that we like putting LOTS on sale. Check back for more details as we get closer to the event!