Friday, August 21, 2015

Kirby4Heroes Benefit at Flying Colors on Fri Aug 28

Libby and I just got back from a great trip to the other side of the Atlantic, visiting Ireland, London and Paris over the course of two weeks.

Along the way, we visited a number of world-renowned museums, including the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the British National Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern Museum in London.

I saw many beautiful and historically important pieces of art in those museums. Picasso, Monet, Manet, Gaugin, Van Gogh, Klee, Klimt…the list goes on all the way to Leonardo DaVinci. Really breath-taking stuff.

In the Tate Modern, though, I saw one painting that left me feeling a bit blue. During the 1960s, the Pop Art movement, led by Andy Warhol, took the art world by storm. Warhol and others liberally "borrowed" from other avenues of pop culture to create work that has since become some of the world's most recognizable and valuable art. 

You've seen Andy Warhol's Campbell soup can painting, his Marilyn Monroe diptych--- very famous pieces.

Roy Lichtenstein was also a prime mover in the pop-art field. He made millions off of enlarging and re-positioning the work of famous comic book artists, like Jack Kirby, John Romita and Russ Heath.

Lichetnstein's "Whaam!" is a direct swipe from Russ Heath's All American Men of War comic published by DC Comics. Lichetnstein made million from it. Heath got nothing. That's why I've got the glum look on my face in this photo taken at the Tate Modern last week.

Read Russ Heath's own short comic about this HERE!

That leads me to inviting you our event celebrating the 98th birthday of Jack Kirby, the King of Comics---and one of the artists ripped off by Lichtenstein.

On Friday August 28th, Flying Colors is proud to once again take part in Kirby4Heroes, a campaign started by Jillian Kirby, Jack's granddaughter, who isn't even old enough to have met her prolific and uber-talented grandfather, who passed away in early 1994.

Please join us as we raise funds for the Hero Initiative, a great organization dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life.

Read more about Hero Initiative HERE!

And be sure to pitch in when you join us on Friday August 28th. We've invited artists to come in a draw, so we'll likely have some art to sell, with 100% of the proceeds going to Hero.

Flying Colors will have original Jack Kirby art on display on Friday August 28th.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Flying Colors on YouTube

Please hit this link to check out our YouTube page!

We've posted a lot of videos for comics fans:
• Our interviews with comics professionals!
• A few short documentaries shot here at Flying Colors!
• Old Flying Colors TV ads!
• Footage from the early years of WonderCon!
• And our newest regular feature--- "Top of the Box" in which we open the first box of our weekly shipment to show you what cool items come out first.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Potential Opportunity for the Right People

We hope to do some interviews very soon, so if this potential opportunity is speaking to you, get your resumé to us now! 
.... and PLEASE read the instructions carefully! 

FlyCo Mini IndieCon on Saturday July 25!

Please join us for the first ever FlyCo Mini IndieCon... a celebration of local independent comics and the artists that make them!

Our featured guests for this event are:
Jason Dube of Scattered Comics!
Bryan Hill, writer of Top Cow's Postal!
Robert Stewart, artist/writer of Afterburner, Tales of the Cool & Wicked!
Mel Smith, publisher/artist of Acme Ink!
Matt Harding, artist/writer of Pop Apocalypse!
Omar Morales, writer/publisher of CruZader, Agent of the Vatican!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Comic-Con Programming!

For those planning to attend Comic-Con International in San Diego this week, here's where you can find FlyCoJoe!

Friday July 10 
Programming for Retailers Only, unless otherwise noted
 9:30 - 10:15 Fresh Start - Room 19
Your day at Comic-Con gets off to a friendly and professional start with ComicsPRO, the retailer trade association. Retailers, publishers, and distributors are welcome to kick off their convention day with colleagues, coffee, bagels, and conversation. Bring your business card!
10:15 - 10:35 Local Comic Shop Day - Room 18
ComicsPRO introduces Local Comic Shop Day!  What is it? When is it? And why is it?   LCSD is a day to celebrate comics and  the local comic shops that are the backbone of the comics industry.  Be here for the launch of this new event that puts the spotlight on local comic shops!
10:35  - 11:10  Back to Back Issues - Room 18
Join us as we explore an old category that is gaining massive new momentum in many comic shops.  How should retailers sell their back issues?   How much back issue business is your store doing online versus in the store?   Are you slabbing your books?   How does the exponential growth in number of titles affect your back issue strategy?   Join ComicsPRO to discuss these issues.
11:10 - 11:45  Categorically Expanding - Room 18
Looking beyond comics and graphic novels, there's potential gold in other merchandise categories. ComicsPRO has discount agreements set up with many companies such as Ata-Boy, BCW, USAopoly, ICUP, Monogram, Asgard Press, and Poster Emporium.   Come learn about these member benefits and let's discuss how to diversify your sales. 
2:30 - 4:00 Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award Video Parade - Room 18 
Open to all convention attendees
The Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award is the industry's "Hall of Fame" for progressive retailers. Spirit Award facilitator and award recipient Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, CA) presents the videos for this year's award finalists, with discussion about each nominated retailer, the store's display techniques, and other unique features every attending retailer can learn from. Hey, retailers! Come here to steal some great ideas!
4:00 - 5:00 So You Want to Be a Comics Retailer? (open to the public) - Room 28DE
Open to all convention attendees
The comics business is growing and that means a growing demand for more comic books.  You've got questions and these veteran retailers have the answers!  ComicsPRO director and panel host Joe Field (Flying Colors Comics, Concord CA) is joined by retailer Christina Blanch (Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie IN), retailer Ryan Haggerty (Ryan's Comics, Murrieta CA), retailer Peter Birkemoe (The Beguiling, Toronto, Canada), retailer Terry Stevens (Star Port, Lynchburg, VA), and Diamond Comic Distributors VP Chris Powell.
Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 28DE
Open to all convention attendees 
The Seven Comic Shop Archetypes: Who Will Triumph, Thrive, and Survive
In the ever-changing landscape of retail and pop culture, how do the best comic retailers connect with the community and interact with fans? This panel explores the wild world of comic shops, provides analytical (and nostalgic) insights, explores the ever-changing consumer demographic, and asks panelists to forecast the future. They include Joe Field (founder, Free Comic Book Day), Atom! Freeman (Valiant Entertainment), Christina Blanch (Aw Yeah Comics, Ball State), and Glynnes Pruett (Comic Book Hideout). Moderated by Ed Catto (Bonfire Agency).