Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Musings & gratitude: Flying Colors 30 Year Anniversary

Our 30th anniversary party is coming up Saturday October 13... but the actual anniversary of the day Flying Colors first opened for business is October 3.

I'm out of profound words of wisdom about this occasion. I'm honestly a bit shocked we got this far since I knew little to nothing about running a business way back when... and I still feel the longer I go, the less I know. But here we are. Phew!

Even without having much in the way of real world business acumen at the time, I can tell you one thing: When my family joined me in this crazy dream to have our own business, we had a plan--- almost a dream--- really.

We summed it up in this line: "Flying Colors is the one comic shop for the whole family."
Our goal is still that no matter who you are, if you like to read, if you enjoy art... Flying Colors is the shop for you, for us... for all of us! That mission statement still guides us after all these years.

Back on Monday October 3, 1988, it was a quiet day. We did all of $63 business for the eight hours we were open. Those early days we operated on the razor's edge, often wondering if we'd make it to our one year anniversary, let alone 30!

Along the way, I have been one very blessed shop owner! In 30 years, we've had just 51 employees--- our fabulous FlyCo Retailing Brigade! Special thanks to Mike Eriksson and Marty Messner for their combined 29 years of service here!! And to Anna and Casey for being the right women for the job over these last three years! Along the way, our FlyCo Retailing Brigade members have become part of our family and we are very grateful to all 51 of you!

Libby and our three daughters, Michelle, Jenny & Cindy, have all worked in the business in one capacity or another. And wherever they travel in this world, they always take in other comics shops to get new ideas, to keep up with their favorite art & stories and to brag about their Free Comic Book Day founder dad. ;)

Libby is the one who deserves heaping helpings of thanks for everything! Especially for going along with the crazy idea to open... a comic book store!?!

Little known fact, if it wasn't for Libby, we likely would not have gotten a lease in Oak grove Plaza. Our original landlord here was reticent to give a lease to what he thought was a low-brow no-good business... a comic shop. But once he met Libby, then met our three young daughters, he caved in! How could he not?

Libby, as everyone knows, is the sweetest person on the face of the planet! She is the glue behind the scenes of the success of Flying Colors. I'm in awe of her in so many ways... and always grateful to her for understanding that crazy dreams can lead to a business like this, which is a *community* as much as it is a thriving enterprise.

Finally, we THANK YOU, all of you who are or have been a part of our 30 years history, all of you who give us your business month in and month out. Please, more than ever, we need you to continue to hang in there with us as we head into our 31st year of "Slinging Comics to Concord, Contra Costa County & the Cosmos."

And one last plug: We'd really like to see you at our party on Saturday October 13. I'm hoping a good number of our past Retailing Brigade members will be here.
We'll be cutting the cake at 3PM... and it's going to be 30 years worth of sweet!

Peace & love & comics!
--- Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field

(PS: If you have any photos from Flying Colors events or any stories you'd like to share about Flying Colors, please share them on our Facebook 30th Anniversary Event Page or Twitter or Instagram and please tag me "@flycojoe". We will also give you the opportunity to sign, write, draw in our scrapbook on October 13... and we hope you will!)

FlyCo's 30th Anniversary! Join us for all these Special Events!

We're been planning a ton of fun here at Flying Colors!
Please join us Saturday October 13 when we'll celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Flying Colors Comics! Yowza!

Please stay in touch on our Facebook Events page.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Spider-Gwen! Mystique! Seanan Mcguire Strikes Again!

Who: Author Seanan Mcguire!
What: Signing Event
When: Thursday October 25 from 11AM-1PM
Where: Flying Colors Comics, of course!
Why: To celebrate the release of two new Marvel Comics written by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Seanan Mcguire... Spider-Gwen #1 and the X-Men  Black: Mystique one-shot.
An awesome addition to our signing event: Heart of Hero will be here!
Have your photo taken with Spider-Gwen and her writer Seanan!

Can't make it to our October 25 singing event? Then pre-order your signed copies NOW!
If you're local to Flying Colors, reserve these comics on your next visit to the shop.
If you require the comics to be sent via mail order, please contact us for all the info!

 Here's a look at cover images from to X-Men Black: Mystique and Spider-Gwen #1...

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Win tickets to the San Francisco Giants Super Heroes VIP Experience!

The San Francisco Giants Super Heroes VIP Experience 
is Wednesday September 26!
Enter to win a pair of tickets NOW in-store at Flying Colors!

Please note: Don't enter if you can't attend this event. Winner will NOT be transferable and must be able to attend the Super Heroes VIP Experience on Wednesday September 26 at about 4:30PM prior to the 7:15 PM San Francisco Giants' game vs the San Diego Padres. Entries open to those 18+.
Winner will be notified on Monday September 24.
Can't wait? Get your tickets now at SFGiants.com.

Monday, August 20, 2018

FlyCo Mini Indie-Con Guests!

What: 4th Annual FlyCo Mini Indie-Con
When: Saturday September 1, 11AM-4PM
Where: Flying Colors Comics, Treat Blvd @ Oak Grove Road, Concord

What It's All About: FlyCo Mini Indie-Con brings together local and independent comics publishers and creators. These artists and publishers will have their comics, prints and books available for sale at Flying Colors during the event.

This is a wonderful opportunity to discover local and indie talent. Today's indie creators could very well be tomorrow's top comics talent!  FlyCo Mini Indie-Con is a great way to
"Expand Your Comics Vision!"

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Special Events coming soon to Flying Colors!

Make plans to attend the Special Events we have lined up for you!

Wednesday August 1 at 5PM: Seanan Mcguire's X-MEN debut signing!

Saturday September 1, 11AM-4PM: Our 4th Annual FlyCo Mini Indie-Con!

Saturday October 13: Mystery Event! Stay tuned for more info!

Saturday October 27: Halloween Comic-Fest at Flying Colors!

Saturday November 17: Local Comic Shop Day! An awesome kick-off to holiday sales with unique and exclusive items for comics fans!

Please connect with us on Facebook for the latest info.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Seanan Mcguire Comes Home to Flying Colors

X-MEN GOLD ANNUAL #2 Writer Seanan McGuire Returns to Her Hometown Comics Shop

Hugo and Nebula Award Winning Author grew up on X-Men comics she found at Flying Colors when she was a young girl.

This is a signing event nearly 30 years in the making! Read the sweet story HERE!

For those on Twitter,  click HERE to how this all unfolded.

Be here on Wednesday August 1 at 5PM as we welcome Seanan back to Flying Colors and pick up a copy or two of  her first X-Men writing gig in X-Men Gold Annual.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Flying Colors OPEN July 4th from 11AM-5PM

The comics wedding of the century happens Wednesday July 4th when Batman marries Catwoman in the pages of Batman #50. 

Be here at Flying Colors on July 4th at Noon when we cut the very special wedding cake for this momentous occasion. You gotta be here!

Also debuting on July 4th is the new Catwoman #1 by artist Joelle Jones. We know you're going to want to read this one right after Batman #50. 

And, hey, it wouldn't be the 4th of July without Captain America, right? Best selling writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and fan favorite artist Leinil Yu team up to bring you new adventures of the Star Spangled Avenger! 

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Free Comic Book Day videos!

We hope you had a great time here on Free Comic Book Day at Flying Colors. Check out the fun videos here!

The Hulk was here! 

Captain America, Star-Lord and FlyCoJoe give a tour of Flying Colors FCBD party!

The Geek Speak Show at Flying Colors' FCBD Event!