Saturday, November 28, 2020

Tower Records Fall & the Rise of Flying Colors Poster/Calendar

A look back at the last 14 years of our Flying Colors exclusive calendar/poster...and the story of how we came up with the idea to do a calendar/poster.

Basically, we stole the idea from Tower Records. In late 2006, Tower Records had declared bankruptcy and was closing all its stores.

You can read my blog about the final fall of Tower Records HERE!

As most old-time music fans know, Tower Records was a chain of great shops (even though in this last years of the company, customer service was way less than stellar).

But music lovers really depended on Tower as a place to find not just current best-selling albums/cassettes/CDs, but as a place to discover music we didn't even know we wanted.

Every year, Tower would produce a poster to give away to anyone visiting their stores. So when Tower was on the slow death march to shutting down, I was a bit bummed that the tradition of getting their annual poster was going to end.

So, I thought, let's begin a Flying Colors' tradition to pick up what Tower dropped... but do it in our own comic book lovin' style!

The first year of the Flying Colors poster, 2007, we went with an all John Romita Jr look.

JRJR had done a commission for us featuring several Marvel characters on the roof above Flying Colors. We made that the centerpiece of the calendar (and our exclusive cover to Amazing Spider-Man #666)... and that's how it started.


Over the years, we've distributed thousands of these poster calendars every year to schools, libraries and to FlyCo Faithful.

2021 will be our 15th annual poster/calendar... and we'll let you know when it's available (hint: very soon!).

These poster/calendars are designed by cartoonist Jeff Bonivert.
Read Jeff's TMNT/Casey Jones graphic novel HERE!

Read more of Jeff's kooky comics HERE!


Thanks for reading... and please share this with your friends!

As always, more Comics & Other Cool Stuff are on the way!

Monday, November 16, 2020

SyFy Wire looks back on Mark Gruenwald's Squadron Supreme

I was recently contacted by the good folks at SyFy Wire. They were putting together a feature about Marvel Comics' SQUADRON SUPREME series, so they asked to use a screenshot from my 1988 interview with the late writer and editor Mark Gruenwald.

See the the Squadron Supreme feature HERE!

And HERE's my original interview with Mark Gruenwald from WonderCon 1988 in Oakland CA... one of a very few interview videos with him. Mark is a well remembered, highly regarded writer and editor for Marvel in the '80s. Besides Squadron Supreme, his Captain America run is still sought after...and it's still a fun read!


New Comics & Other Cool Stuff Every Wednesday @ Flying Colors Comics!

NEW DC COMICS FOR WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2020

AQUAMAN #65

BATMAN #103

BATMAN BY TOM KING & LEE WEEKS DELUXE EDITION HC

BATMAN THREE JOKERS HC

CATWOMAN #27

DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #5 (OF 7)

DOLLAR COMICS THE SANDMAN #23

FLASH VOL 13 ROGUES REIGN TP

FLASH YEAR ONE TP

JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #6 (OF 8)

JUSTICE LEAGUE #57 (DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL)

LOONEY TUNES #257

NIGHTWING #76

PLUNGE HC

RORSCHACH #2 (OF 12)

SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS VOL 03 LEVIATHAN HUNT TP

TEEN TITANS #47

UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP


...plus all these cool titles from Marvel Comics, Image Comics and other publishers!



Friday, October 30, 2020

Local Comic Shop Day is Wednesday November 25

Check these out!

There are going to be some very cool items we'll have for Local Comic Shop Day,  Wednesday November 25.

The Spawn cover is a variant edition with the names of participating LCSD retailers, including Flying Colors! 

 

Make your plans to be here by visiting our Facebook event page

Local Comic Shop Day is presented by ComicsPRO, the trade organization for comic book specialty retailers!



 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

A COVID-safe Halloween at Flying Colors

 

We invite you to visit Flying Colors on Halloween, Saturday October 31.

Finally, a day we can all actually look forward to wearing masks!!

Even during this strange COVID-era, we know many kids and adults will want to dress up and have fun.

We'll have FREE comics for anyone visiting Flying Colors while also maintaining safe protocols, including hand sanitizer at several stations around the shop, limiting the number of folks in shop and maintaining some distance.


We hope you can join us!

Flying Colors Comics in the San Francisco Chronicle!

Flying Colors is featured in the San Francisco Chronicle's October 25 Culture section. The topic is FEAR... and this year, we've had to face our fears head on!

Read the article HERE! 


And I was asked to give a few reading recommendations, some dealing with fear and some just because I think they are terrific reads!

You can read that article HERE!



Friday, October 16, 2020

FlyCoJoe's "Shirt Off My Back" Fundraiser!

 

Join us Saturday October 24 for a very low-key COVID-aware event.


This one is simple: Donate to our fundraiser for The Hero Initiative and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) and, YES!... you could go home with a well-worn t-shirt from the personal archives of FlyCoJoe and/or a copy of the new edition of STAN'S SOAPBOX: The Collection featuring the wit and wisdom of the late great Stan Lee, signed by FlyCoJoe (a contributor to the book).

All proceeds from the donations will go to benefit The Hero Initiative helping comics creators in need and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation benefiting our nation’s independent booksellers and comic retailers in their time of need.

The thing is, at Flying Colors we've been so blessed to get this far!
2020 has been a nightmare year for most of us...but between the help received from government programs, BINC and especially YOU, our FlyCo Faithful, we WILL make it through to the other side of COVID. Brighter days are ahead!

To be honest, the shirts you'll get from FlyCoJoe's collection for donating are indeed well worn... and some have seen moments of comics history. We will be supplementing FlyCoJoe's collection with more tshirts from comics and movies from the last 30+ years.

The important thing for us is to help give back to the charities giving a lot to the comics industry.

We hope you'll join us.
(Please visit our Facebook Events page for updated info.)

Friday, October 02, 2020

Flying Colors 32nd Anniversary!

Saturday October 3 is the 32nd anniversary of the opening of Flying Colors Comics.

We invite you to visit the shop, pick up some FREE comics... and maybe even buy some!

The entire Flying Colors retailing Brigade and the Field Family are grateful for your continued enthusiasm for what we do here, delivering the best in Comics & Other Cool Stuff and building a community around comic books which are honestly powerful nexus of Pop Culture.

Thank you, all!

For a look back at previous FlyCo anniversary musings, hit this LINK... and this LINK and this LINK!





Thursday, September 24, 2020

Bonus New Releases Day Friday Sept 25 at Flying Colors!

Good News!
The DC and Black Label comics we didn’t get during our two week shutdown have finally arrived.

These comics and their variant editions will all be available when we open Friday September 25 at 11. We hope you can be here for our bonus New Releases Day this week
!



Friday, September 18, 2020

Old Comics at their Original Cover Price?! Yes!!

Comics from the '70s and '80s at their original cover price?
Get yourself to Flying Colors soon to check out this special selection of fun reading at great prices!!