Monday, January 25, 2021
Thursday, January 07, 2021
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Here's the new Scotch Parlor short documentary focusing on Flying Colors Comics.
We've worked hard for many years to build this community of comics lovers, so we dedicate this to our FlyCo Faithful.
For Scotch Parlor's deeper dive into the Flying Colors story, hit this LINK!
Friday, December 18, 2020
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If video does not show here, please hit THIS LINK!
Thursday, December 17, 2020
The event, which traditionally takes place on the first Saturday in May, will be celebrated in August 2021 in the hopes that much of the uncertainty and disruption related to COVID-19 will have passed.
Joe Field, founder of Free Comic Book Day and owner of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff in Concord, CA said, “Celebrating 20 years of FCBD is a fantastic milestone. Free Comic Book Day continues to be the introduction to comics for so many. While the world has changed over these last 20 years, our love of comics and the power of comics to entertain and enlighten is stronger than ever. I’m thrilled we’re focusing on a fun-filled worldwide single-day FCBD again for 2021. I can’t wait to see all the first-time comic-curious readers, as well as our long-time faithful fans come together once again.”
“I am so happy to be making this announcement today and so proud of our work with retailers and vendors these last 20 years to bring more awareness to the comic books we all love,” said Steve Geppi, President, Chairman & CEO of Geppi Family Enterprises. “In the past two decades, fans have experienced some truly remarkable Free Comic Book Day events because of the commitment of our partners to create an incredible celebration of comics. It’s such an energizing day and we look forward to making our 20th anniversary celebration the best one yet!”
This celebration marks the 20th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day and plans to commemorate this anniversary include themed T-shirts, posters and a commemorative 20th anniversary logo.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
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
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!
Friday, October 30, 2020
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!
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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 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!