Thursday, November 09, 2017

Comic Shops in the Bay Area: Then & Now

Commemorating the publication of Dan Gearino's excellent book "COMIC SHOP: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture," here's our interview conducted by the author with comic business pros from the early days of the comics specialty market.

Featured are Bud Plant, Mike Friedrich, Dick Swan, Jim Friel, along with relative newcomers Brian Hibbs (Comix Experience, San Francisco) and me.

Copies of the book are still available at Flying Colors (at the time of this writing). The book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the long strange trip of the comics' biz and history.

My thanks to Henry San Miguel and the Geek Speak Show for shooting and editing the video.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Every Wednesday is New Releases Day @ Flying Colors Comics!

LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY event on Saturday November 18

You're invited to join us at Flying Colors Comics for the 3rd Annual
Saturday November 18.

Local Comic Shop Day also coincides with the release of the Justice League movie,  so it's gonna be a big day for comics' fans!

We'll have exclusive LCSD items, available only in participating shops. Get here early for best selection!

In addition, Flying Colors will welcome the creative team from the newly released NOT FORGOTTEN Anthology of the "World's Best Public Domain Super-Heroes!"

Copies of NOT FORGOTTEN and Local Comic Shop Day items are prime choices for holiday gift-giving!

We've Got Your Cool Stuff Right Here in
Flying Colors!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sat Nov 4: "Comic Shop" Book Event

Join us for this very special event at Flying Colors.

November 4 4PM-8PM

With the release of COMIC SHOP: The Retail Mavericks Who Gave Us a New Geek Culture, we're inviting some of the key players from the early days of comic shops in and around the Bay Area. This is going to be a fun evening of lively conversation and a look behind the history of comic shops, especially in the greater Bay Area.

Guests include: Author Dan Gearino, writer/publisher/business executive/talent agent Mike Friedrich, comics retailing pioneers Bud Plant and Dick "BigGuy" Swan (Comics and Comix), Joe Ferrara (Atlantis Fantasyworld, Santa Cruz), and Brian Hibbs (Comix Experience, San Francisco).

The Geek Speak Video Show will be shooting a live interview with author Dan Gearino and the attending guests.

Beverages and appetizers will be available.

The early 1970s saw the birth of the modern comic book shop. What's the story behind the fall of comics at your local newsstand and the rise of market for comic book specialty shops? COMIC SHOP is the story of dynamic entrepreneurs, and the deals that led to a resurgence for comics in the U.S. and Canada. In this way, The growth of comic shops created new spaces for quirky ideas to gain an audience and helped transform small-press series, from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Bone, into media giants.

COMIC SHOP is the first book to trace this history, from the origins of comic shops to the present day, when the rise of digital platforms has the industry at a crossroads even as sales are robust. Author Dan Gearino traveled to see comic shops around the country. Along the way he interviewed those who shaped comics retailing from the early days, to the shop owners who continue to push the industry in new directions.

Dan Gearino is a lifelong comics reader with tastes that swing from the classic Legion of Super-Heroes to the work of Michel Rabagliati. As a business reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, he has won national recognition for his work.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween ComicFest at Flying Colors Comics!

Free comics, costume contest, candy, kid friendly...
You're going to love Halloween ComicFest at Flying Colors Comics!

Saturday October 28, 11AM-7PM
2980 (Trick or) Treat Boulevard
Concord CA 94518

Halloween ComicFest is the best reason to start celebrating Halloween a little earlier. 

Be here for the fun!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The history & the future of Flying Colors!

Click here for a new interview with Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field posted at

In the interview, conducted by Jim McLauchlin, there's some of Flying Colors' 29 year history, along with some news of a potentially exciting evolution for Flying Colors.

We thank everyone for the continued support of what we do here at Flying Colors. If you haven't visited us recently, please make plans to see us soon.

Every Wednesday, we're stocked with the newest in comics, graphic novels and other cool stuff. 

When it happens in comics, it happens in Flying Colors!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Marvel Legacy #1 Special Offer from Flying Colors!

SPECIAL OFFER exclusively from Flying Colors Comics! 

The biggest comic book release of 2017 is MARVEL LEGACY #1, releasing Wednesday September 27. This 64 page special edition is going to be the “must have” comic book for everyone and anyone who has ever loved the Marvel Universe!

Marvel Legacy #1 is such a monumental comics event, your comics-slinging pals at Flying Colors are sure new readers will love it, too!

So we came up with this Special Offer:
Buy your advance copy at Flying Colors from now until September 26 and we’ll slash the cover price from $5.99 to just $3.99 each. That's a 30%+ savings!

Make it even sweeter: Buy one for yourself & one for a friend and the price drops to just $2.99 each on this pre-pay deal. That’s 50% off! Wow!!

This offer is for the special edition Marvel Legacy #1 with a wraparound fold-out cover by artist Joe Quesada— and it is valid only on pre-paid copies in-store at Flying Colors until September 26 only & while our supply lasts! 

Want to know more?
The story in Marvel Legacy #1 begins at the dawn of time, and ends with a child's prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to dramatic surprises you won’t want to miss!

Writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic usher in a new dawn for the Marvel Universe- one with rays that will touch every reader who has ever loved Marvel Comics!

Visit Flying Colors to book your copies of the biggest comics event of 2017 --- Marvel Legacy #1 --- with this special exclusive offer!

Flying Colors is open every day from 11AM-7PM. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dan Brereton Highlights Guest for FlyCo Mini Indie-Con

Flying Colors to Host Local Comics Artists
3rd Annual FlyCo Mini Indie-Con Showcases Bay Area Talent, Benefits Charity

Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff presents the third annual "FlyCo Mini Indie-Con," a showcase of local independent comic book artists and writers on Saturday August 26 from 11AM-4PM at 2980 Treat Boulevard in Concord.

Featured guests are:
Daniel Brereton, award-winning artist/writer of Nocturnals: Sinister Path and Giantkiller (set on Mount Diablo!)
Ben Ferrari, artist, writer and publisher of Clayton's Pilot Studios
Robert Stewart of Concord (Afterburner Comics)
Matt Harding, Contra Costa resident and creator of Pop Apocalypse and publisher of Not Forgotten: The Best Anthology of Public Domain Super-Heroes
Sarah Leuver, Bay Area based cartoonist/creator of A.K.A.

All attending artists will have their work available for purchase at the event.

In addition, the event will commemorate the legacy of the late Jack Kirby, historically comics' most important creator. Kirby was the creator and co-creator of hundreds of comic book characters (Captain America, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Thor, Hulk, New Gods, Mister Miracle, etc.) in a career that lasted from the mid-1930s until his passing in 1994. 2017 marks the centennial of Jack Kirby's birth and the comics' industry is marking the occasion by raising funds in a campaign called "Kirby4Heroes" to benefit The Hero Initiative, a non-profit charity that creates a financial safety net for comic creators who need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Flying Colors will donate a portion of the day's sales to The Hero Initiative.  

"I'm thrilled to see how our third annual FlyCo Mini Indie-Con is shaping up. We love giving a spotlight to local artists to show their stuff. I know there's going to be something fun for every comics' fan at our event," said Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics. "Plus, our celebration of Jack Kirby's centennial will include some delicious cake. You've got to be here to see this Kirby inspired cake before you gobble a piece."  

Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff is an award-winning, internationally recognized comics specialty shop at 2980 Treat Blvd. The store first opened in October 1988 and has been recognized as a leader in comics' specialty retailing.

For more information, visit Extend your Flying Colors experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

To do Saturday August 26: FlyCo Mini Indie-Con!

Join the discussion leading up to FlyCo Mini Indie-Con at the Flying Colors Facebook event page HERE!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

GENERATIONS from Marvel Comics: Jump On Here!

Beginning in August, Marvel's GENERATIONS is a ten-issue event bringing back many of Marvel's most classic heroes. We encourage you to reserve your copies of this series now at Flying Colors!