Friday, October 31, 2008

FlyCo League of Just Us!

And how was your Halloween?

Starman... Green Arrow... Black Canary... Zatanna... Black Canary Too, and the evil Two Face, along with Clark Kent!

And there was cookies, too!


ITEM:Starting Sunday November 2, 2008, Flying Colors will now be open 11am-7pm seven days a week (and we'll still stay open an extra hour on each and every New Comics Day---usually Wednesdays)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Super Visit!

A big Flying Colors shout-out to author Marc Tyler Nobleman, who visited us in the store today.

Marc's picture book, "BOYS of STEEL", illustrated by Ross MacDonald, tells the story of the creators of Superman--- Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster---and how they came to create the world's greatest super-hero.

Marc has been speaking this week at a number of schools in Contra Costa, as well as at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. We had a nice time chatting about the evolution of comics culture and some of the sordid history of the comics' business. Thanks, Marc, for taking the time to come and visit with us at Flying Colors.

Halloween is tomorrow--- and we hope to see you (in costume!).



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween at Flying Colors!

• There will be free comics for those in costume!
• There will be guest appearances by super-heroes who will be substituting for our regular Flying Colors' Retailing Brigade members!
• And did I mention treats?

Open on Halloween from 11am until at least 6PM...

Peace 'n' Spookiness!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Flying Colors to Host BONE & RASL Creator Jeff Smith

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and ComicsPRO Team on Benefit Auction

Really BIG news here!
Flying Colors Comics will host Jeff Smith, creator of the mega-selling BONE and RASL series, in his only North American book store appearance this year on Saturday December 6!

As the press release says:

The exclusive appearance was bid on as part of a fundraising auction available only to members of ComicsPRO, the trade association for comic book specialty retailers. The winning bid amount of $4650.00 will be donated in its entirety to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

"I’ve known Jeff Smith and both admired and been an enthusiastic retailer of his work for more than 15 years, but this will be the first time his legions of fans will be able to come meet him at Flying Colors Comics," said Field. "Knowing Jeff has also admired the work ComicsPRO does on behalf of all comics specialty retailers coupled with the splash this makes for the CBLDF makes this even more special."

The auction idea was conceived at the 2008 ComicsPRO Annual Meeting, of which Cartoon Books, publisher of BONE and RASL, was a sponsor. After praising the effort of comics specialty retailers in selling out the initial 20,000 print run of RASL #1, Smith offered to make his only comic book shop appearance this year a benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund via the ComicsPRO auction.

"I owe everything to the comic shop owners who continue to believe in Cartoon Books and my work. The membership of ComicsPRO are among the best of the best," said Jeff Smith. "Any retailer dedicated to selling comics in the specialty market needs to seriously consider joining ComicsPRO, as well as support the important work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. I’m also excited to finally do an event at Joe Field’s Flying Colors Comics."

"The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is moved by the generosity of Joe Field and all the other ComicsPRO members who bid on this unprecedented auction," said Charles Brownstein, executive director of CBLDF. "We’re also grateful to Jeff Smith, Vijaya Iyer, and the team at Cartoon Books for going above and beyond to support the Fund and the membership of ComicsPRO. This effort will go a long way towards helping us perform our important work in this season as we support the defense of Iowa collector Christopeher Handley."

Jeff Smith is the award-winning creator of the beloved BONE series, originally published by Cartoon Books and now being published in color by Scholastic Books. Time magazine selected BONE as one of the 10 greatest graphic novels of all time. Cartoon Books will publish the first collection of Smith's new sci-fi series RASL, titled "The Drift," this winter. Recently for DC Comics, he wrote and drew SHAZAM! Monster Society of Evil.

Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff of Concord, CA is a proud recipient of the Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Award for Retailing Excellence, a "Hall-of-Fame" award recognized internationally among comic book professionals. He is also President of ComicsPRO and the founder of Free Comic Book Day, the comic industry’s only concerted outreach event.

We’ll have more details of this great event in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Peace ‘n’ Comics!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Update on the Tease...

Really, this is taking longer than even I would like!

The good news is it looks like we'll be able to announce our Big Special Thing, hopefully in the next day or two. Maybe Monday at the latest.

In the meantime, don't let the delay of our announcement stop you from coming to visit Your Friendly Neighborhood Flying Colors!

It's a huge week for the big events from Marvel & DC. New issues Secret Invasion and Final Crisis are both in as each comes closer to conclusion---and the respective universes

(At least for awhile.)



Thursday, October 09, 2008

We're #2!

ITEM: The votes are in at's BayList Best of the Bay Area voting and I'm happy to report that Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff came in at #2.

Big congratulations to the first-place vote getter, Comic Outpost in San Francisco--- a very cool shop and they do deserve recognition for the work they've done in The City.

I'm actually OK with placing #2... because it gives us more incentive to work harder to make Flying Colors even better than it already is.

In case you didn't know, Flying Colors is now emailing our store newsletter via Constant Contact. Each newsletter also features an exclusive offer, so it's worth a read.

To be included on the list for the Flying Colors "In-Frequent E-Flyer", please email us at to let us know you'd like to be added. (Put "FlyCo Flyer" in the subject line.)

Uh, really, they're emails, but "letters" sounds so much more important--- and that's the way we treat every comment we get from our Flying Colors Faithful.

Here's a couple of recent comments:
I think it would be nice if there was a bench or couple of chairs in the store for the significant others, parents or spouses to sit at while our "kids" shopped.

Love your in-frequent e-flyer!

Thanks for the idea. I actually tried to plan some reading space into the new design of the store but ran out of room because we just love to have a wide and deep selection of comics, graphic novels and other cool stuff. But don't give up hope! You never can tell when I'll spring more changes on you!

Hi Joe!

I moved away from the San Francisco Bay Area last summer but I still get your e-mail newsletters.

Here's what I miss about Flying Colors Comics:

* The incredible selection! You guys pretty much have every comic printed under the sun, every week.
* And you have plenty of the recent issues on hand too! That way if I didn't show up early every Wednesday to get the comics I wanted, I knew I could swing by any day at any time and find what I was looking for.
* Your dedication to comics. You're not a Collectible card cames store, or a miniatures game store, or a role playing game store nor do you sell medieval weaponry. You sell comics, and that is what you focus on.
* Flying Colors is a clean, bright and vibrant store. There's no nerd stench!
* Flying Colors is family friendly. You've got the kids comics right up front. My wife always felt comfortable coming in because there's no giant posters of Vampirella, Witchblade or some other half naked chick hanging on the walls.
* The friendly staff. I never felt like I was breaking up Comicdom's inner circle. And the staff wears logo shirts. You don't have to be a store regular to know who staff is.

Well, that's what I loved about Flying Colors Comics. It's the greatest comic store in America and I wish every city could have a comic store that's just as good.

Thanks for the great year of service while I lived in the Bay Area.

Man, that was nice to hear! Thanks for the kind comments. And please remember to visit when come back to the Bay Area.

One of the things I've noticed here is that Flying Colors has become a traditional visit for a lot of out-of-towners. Some come here to visit family once or twice a year and make it a point to stop by Flying Colors. Grand-parents coming in with their kids and grand-kids from out of state, friends bringing friends in to show them their favorite comic shop. Believe me, I appreciate everyone who goes to the effort of making a trip to Flying Colors a special experience and a fun time out for family and friends.

Thank you--- for twenty years of being able to stay in business and to serve you. It really is our pleasure!



Friday, October 03, 2008

"It Was 20 Years Ago Today..."

...that Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff first opened for business. Yes, it's our anniversary today. And while we have no big celebrations for today, please stay linked in for news coming (hopefully) soon.

So here's a little photo look-back at the early days. Up top, that's FlyCoJoe and his pal (and still FlyCo Faithful) Jerry Fuentes setting up as comic dealers at Stockton's Cosmic Heroes convention, back in probably '87. We had a kick of a time talking comics all day long, selling a few along the way, probably acquiring even more than we sold.

Jerry was a friend from the moment he joined the staff of KJOY radio when I was on staff there in the sales department and he was a DJ. As a comics fan, Jerry was always in on my little schemes to combine comics and radio. When Stan Lee came to town to accept a key to the city and tell the world that Stockton had officially become the "birthplace of the Fantastic Four", Jerry was on the air that day to do a live interview with Stan the Man. Good times!

These days, Jerry works for the Army Corps of Engineers, but dabbles at night as an author. Jer's first book
Deliverin': The Legend of POCO is soon to be published.

If you click on the link provided, you'll find a cool web-site with tons of live concert info about POCO, Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina and other cool country rock bands. Check it out!
The second photo shows one of the two original Flying Colors Retailing Brigade members, Anne Goodrich, in a very empty store (a lot of days were like that back then).

And the third shot shows part of the store on our Grand Opening event day, Saturday October 28, 1988. My, how things have changed!

Bottom line, I want to thank everyone who has allowed us to stay open all these years by continuing to give us your business. We've made a lot of friends over the years and as a wise one once said "The best is yet to come!"



Thursday, October 02, 2008

Oh, my darlin'! Look Who's 50!

Another day, another milestone.

Thursday October 2 is the 50th anniversary of the initial airing of the Huckleberry Hound TV Show! .

Now, FlyCoJoe was only two years old when this show debuted, but soon after that became of huge fan of Huck, Yogi Bear and the gang.

So much so that FlyCoJoe's 4th b-day party in 1960 was a Huckleberry Hound themed affair.

And then again, FlyCoJoe's first ever "music" purchase from a record store was a 45 RPM platter of Quick Draw McGraw's two-sided hit "The Ballad of El Kabong" b/w "Ooch! ooch! Ouch!"

Somehow it makes sense that FlyCoJoe's first favorite cartoon character's anniversary is only one day before that of Flying Colors Comics.



Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Super Wit Hits 20!

Big Birthday Wishes to Flying Colors Retailing Brigade member Melissa as she celebrated her b-day Tuesday September 30.

Her super-hero character code-name is "Super Wit" because, well, Melissa can come up with a very witty angle on just about everything. She's shown here in this photo with a specially homemade (by Libby) Chocolate Kahlua cupcake. Sweet!

Since Melissa's birthday is her 20th, that makes her exactly four days older than Flying Colors! Attaway to make FlyCoJoe feel even older, Melissa.