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!


Saturday, May 05, 2018

Contest! Draw Captain Four-Color!


Hey, artists! Get your pens and brushes ready!
Draw CAPTAIN FOUR-COLOR!
You could win a prize! Your art could be published!
Entry deadline is Sunday May 20.

Vote NOW! Vote HERE!

Read these Contest Rules carefully and fully:
1) Draw Captain Four Color! He's Flying Colors' official Super-hero mascot. He's known throughout the universe as the sworn protector of comic books and all those who love to read comics!
2) Bring your original Captain Four Color drawings to Flying Colors for contest submission, starting April 16, 2018. Entries will only be accepted in person in-store at Flying Colors.

3) Each contestant must completely fill out a contest registration form. Incomplete and incorrect entry forms will lead to disqualification from this contest.
4) The maximum size your drawing can be is 8.5" x 11" (can also be "landscape at 11" x 8.5"). Larger pieces will be disqualified from contest entry.

5) Contestants agree to have their original art displayed in-store at Flying Colors and on Flying Colors social media.

6) Limited to one original art entry per person, please!

7) Get creative! Your Captain Four Color contest entry can be a single image, it can be a joke panel or a multi-panel comic page with many characters. Feature Contra Costa area landmarks, like Mount Diablo! Feel free to use images of the Flying Colors' logo and store, too.
8) You may also use well-known copyrighted comic book characters in your original art, but you cannot use your own original characters. Entries with original characters will be disqualified.
9) Contest voting begins May 8, 2018 when entries will be displayed in-store and on Flying Colors social media. Voting will end on June 2, 2018.

10) Voting will occur both online and in-store. Each Facebook "like" will count as a single vote. Each in-store paper vote will count as two votes. One in-store vote per person per week is allowed during the contest.
11) Total number of prizes awarded will be determined by the number of contest entries received. Flying Colors will award at least one $100 Flying Colors Shopping Spree.
12) Flying Colors reserves the discretion to classify original art by the age of the artist.
13) In the event of a tie in the voting, tie-breaking votes will be done by Flying Colors staff.
14) Final judgments regarding entries, eligibility and prize-winning are at discretion of Flying Colors staff.

ALL entries will be considered for publication in an upcoming Flying Colors' "Captain Four-Color Capers" comic book!



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Free Comic Book Day 2018: You Gotta Be Here!


Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 5 at Flying Colors Comics!
• Thousands of FREE comics for readers of all ages & interests!
• Special guest artists:
From 11AM-3PM
   • Mick Gray (Superman, Batman & Robin)
   • Jeff Bonivert (TMNT, Fun Boys, Captain Four-Color)
Get your FREE copy of the exclusive Flying Colors Sketch Comic (while supply lasts)
From 3PM-6PM
   • John Hageman (Charley & Humphrey)!
   • Matt Harding (Pop Apocalypse) drawing sketches to benefit The Hero Initiative
• Get your FREE copy of Flying Colors' exclusive edition of DC Nation #0!
• Costumed characters!
• Kids Costume Contest!
• Cool deals!  
• Fun for everyone! Bring your family & friends!

Visit our Facebook event page!





 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Five Great Comics That Should Be Made Into Movies!

FlyCoJoe was interviewed by Jim Harrington, the music critic and pop culture writer for the San Jose Mercury News.

The task Jim gave Joe was to name Five Great Comics That Should be Made Into Movies.
Here's a link to the article:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/26/here-are-5-great-comic-books-that-should-be-made-into-movies/

And the video to go with the article:



Remember, the greatest ideas Hollywood has come from comics! isn't it time you visited Flying Colors to find out what the Next Big Thing in Hollywood is going to be?


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Announcing Flying Colors 2018 FCBD Sketch Comic!













Here's your first look at Flying Colors exclusive 2018 Sketch Comic. Get your copy ONLY during our Free Comic Book Day signing with artists Jeff Bonivert and Mick Gray on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 5 from 11AM-3PM.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

New Free Comic Book Day Guest Announcement!




Flying Colors is pleased to welcome artist
John Hageman Jr 
to our Free Comic Book Day festivities.

John brings professional-grade cartoon silliness to our event.

Big news here, especially for Bay Area kids of a certain vintage--- John is working on a revival of a Bay Area favorite for decades... Pat McCormick's Charley & Humphrey!!

The TV kids' show fave is returning, this time in comic books!

Be among the first to get a free taste of the soon to be released Charley & Humphrey comic book. John may just have more cool goodies for FCBD fans at Flying Colors!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Free Comic Book Day Guests!

We hope you're making plans to join us on Saturday May 5 for the 17th annual Free Comic Book Day.  


Our Special Guests for FCBD 2018 are two titanic talents who also happen to be some of Flying Colors favorite pros! Please welcome ink artist extraordinaire Mick Gray ( Promethea, Batman & Robin, and so much more!) and Jeff "JayBee" Bonivert (TMNT, Atomic Man, Fun Boys and co-creator of Flying Colors' mascot super-hero, Captain Four-Color!)


Mick and Jeff will be signing at Flying Colors' Free Comic Book Day event on Saturday May 5 from 11AM-3PM. Stay tuned for more surprises!

FCBD is the world's largest annual comics' related event drawing nearly 1.5 million visitors to more than 2000 comic book specialty shops in over 60 countries all over the world.

...and it all started right here at Flying Colors! Read the FCBD origin story is right HERE!

















Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Binge on SitComics!

Try these comics!
FlyCoJoe tells you a bit about SitComics... now available at Flying Colors!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Save the date: Saturday May 5 is FREE Comic Book Day!




















Stay tuned for announcements related to our 17th annual Free Comic Book Day!

Our FCBD party is a big event with lots of fun things happening.

We'll be giving away THOUSANDS of FREE comics for readers of all ages and interests. We sure hope all you long-time comics fans will invite your friends who aren't yet into all the cool things happening all across the comics spectrum.

Over the next week, we'll be announcing our FCBD guests and more! You'll never know who you'll meet on Free Comic Book Day at Flying Colors!
Make your plans to be here!




Flying Colors CLOSED on Easter Sunday


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Reading Comics Opens Up New Worlds to Explore!






















Your Local Comic Shop --- and we hope that's Flying Colors!---  can guide you and everyone in your family to great art and stories in comics! Give us a try!

For fun shareable memes throughout the year and new about Local Comic Shop Day, follow Local Comic Shop Day on Facebook and Twitter.




















Saturday, March 17, 2018

To Do March 21: Batman, Wonder Woman & artist Liam Sharp!




















Meet artist/writer and FlyCo Favorite LIAM SHARP for the release of issue #2 of his new DC Comics six-issue miniseries---
The BRAVE & the BOLD: BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN!

A bit about this series: When a Celtic god's murder leads to a war between the fairy folk and a possible breach between worlds, Wonder Woman must find the murderer and keep the peace while Batman investigates strange occurrences in Gotham City. As Diana must turn to the World's Greatest Detective for help, the two heroes quickly learn their cases may be connected. 



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Advice for Aspiring Comics Artists

For the 8th year in a row, I had the honor of talking to a group of Diablo Valley College students, many involved in creating their own comics through a contest combining the English and Art departments. To learn more about the James O'Keefe Prize and see some of the comics work of DVC students, go HERE!

The goal for these students is to work some comics magic--- combining words and images into stories. I see my job there as to be encouraging to anyone and everyone wanting to do their own sequential storytelling.

This year,  rather than give the same talk I've given the previous seven years, I asked comics professionals who were kind enough to give me some words of advice for anyone wanting to work in the comics biz and do their own work. 


The advice was too good to let go into the wilds of the Twitter-sphere, so I'm posting it here with my thanks to all the comics pro who shared their wisdom.

Advice about the art & craft of comics creation...


The first bit of great advice comes from Dave Sim (creator of the 300 issue 1977-2004 Cerebus epic series), though it was indie self-publisher Randy Reynaldo (Rob Haines Adventures) who shared the advice:
"Get your first 100 pages out of the way."

Steve Lieber (artist of Whiteout, The Fix, Superior Foes of Spider-Man, etc):
"Start short: Do 4, 8, 10 page stories that hit an ending. The stories will improve a lot over time, and it's not fair to shackle the reasonably-skilled creator who is drawing page 100 to the awkward amateur who drew page 3." 

Jeff McComsey (Alterna Comics)

"1.Start small. I mean tiny. Jumping into doing work at 11x17 when starting out runs a lot of people off. Start off with 6x9 art areas and see how it feels.
2. Publish or self publish. You’ll hate it but there’s nothing else like it.
3. Thumbnail. Thumbnail. Thumbnail."


 

















Christos Gage (TV writer of Luke Cage, Law & Order:SVU, Comics: Buffy, Marvel, Valiant)

"Let the making of the comic, in the best way you can make it, be the goal. Not getting published, or working for a specific company, or appealing to a given audience. Do what inspires you and do it the best you can. And don’t quit your day job."



Marc Laming (Planet Hulk, Star Wars)

"Unless you are writing & drawing comics is a team sport. Remember you will be called on to draw everything so get good at drawing buildings, cars, trees, jungles, animals and real people wearing street clothes."



Jeff Parker (Batman '66, X-men First Class)

"Absorb any good story rules you can and then remember there's also No Rules- what matters most is to be interesting and engaging by any means necessary. Don't play fair!"




Patch Zircher (Superman, Green Lantern)

"Have a reason for your choices; think about why you are choosing a long shot, close-up, extreme close-up, aerial view, character point-of-view. Every panel is informed by the panel before it."



 






Dan Brereton (Nocturnals, GiantKiller, Batman Thrillkiller)

"Be fearless, inventive and skilled!"


Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan, The Boys, Happy, Harbinger Renengades)
"I tell aspiring comic artists of the internal experience of being an artist. You live with that more than the external bits. The hours of self doubt, the agony and ecstasy of creating. Starting and finishing. Days when you have to do your thing even though you don't want to. Overcoming setbacks and creating anyway. Doing it for the sheer joy of creating despite the financial benefits or lack thereof.




Do it because you can't think of anything better to do.
Do it because it aches too much not to create.
Do it because you have something to show the world and let the work speak for itself.

If you want to make a lot of money, go into banking or law. Learn the stock market. If you're going into comics to be famous and rich, you're in for a huge let down. So make the act of creating the reward you're after and create the images and stories you believe are worthy of being read. If you wouldn't read your own stories, then why would anyone else? If you wouldn't buy your comic, then why would anyone else?



It's a lot of long hours, often spent alone, and if you don't like being in that mental space, it's not going to be fun. And if it's not fun, what's the point? Be humble and be prepared to learn something new, no matter how good you are. The growth is the purest form of joy from learning the craft."



Advice about the Business of Comics
More from Darick Robertson...
"Handshakes spread germs and make for lousy contracts. Get a contract, in writing. Pay for a good lawyer to read it and trust no one until that dotted line is signed. People will rob and use you up otherwise. 

If they're willing to hire you, they should be willing to pay you. Be friendly, be polite, but be firm about what's fair and know your worth. Know where friendship stops and business begins. It's vital to your future and mental well being.



If you work for free, people will expect that that is your rate. If there's something worthwhile in it for you, then make sure you gather that element. Being offered "exposure" or "back end once it's sold" is mining for fool's gold and your time is valuable. There are a lot of sharks in the water now; be careful.

Meet your deadlines, communicate if you can't and don't disappear on an editor. They'll remember that--- not that you drew really well."



Maggie Thompson (Comics Buyers Guide, First Lady of Comics Fandom)

"Creators who share work with another creator need to be clear about who owns what and whose rights are encumbered - or unencumbered. And what rights they're selling, if/when they sell. Collaborative art can be tricky."


Zack Davisson 
(Historian, manga translator)
"Shigeru Mizuki (Showa: A History of Japan, Kitaro) sold his first comic at 40 years old, and became one of the most beloved and successful cartoonists of all time. It's never too late."

Jim Lee (DC co-publisher, Batman, X-Men)

"Draw like you have the job already-- that means try and sit and draw 7-9 hours a day :) "



Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise)

"You get to create a world you like better."


What I can tell you from my 30 years of experience in selling comics and in working with comics creators, I can tell you this: 

If you're doing comics because it's the single thing you most want to do, then that's all the reason you need to keep plugging. Don't do it for the money or the fame or some elusive deal for TV or movie riches... do it because it's what you want to do, what makes you feel alive and creative. Don't ever let anyone rob that from you.

And I leave you with the words of immortal comics creator Jack Kirby:

(All art here is copyright by the respective rights holders.)

So after reading all this professional and free advice, why not treat yourself by buying some work by these comics creators? Stop by Flying Colors and let us show you their stuff!

Thanks for reading!
Peace!

Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BLACK PANTHER #1 Special Covers by Tom Beland

Place your advance orders NOW at Flying Colors!

A new Black Panther #1 is coming from Marvel Comics, due to be released on Wedensday May 23.
A couple of the variant covers for this issue are shown here, featuring the work by cartoonist Tom Beland.

When Tom drew this image and shared it on social media, it was then shared more than 10,000 times  including being shared by actor Michael B Jordan and others who worked on the sensational Black Panther movie. These two variant editions will be available at cover price of $4.99. 

Place your advance order on your next visit to Flying Colors.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Flying Colors Best Sellers

Presenting Flying Colors Comics Top 50 Best-Sellers of 2017 in Comics and Graphic Novels!

Please visit my Twitter feed for a series of stats and thoughts about these lists, along with commentary about the shifting landscape in the comics market. My Twitter thread starts here!

Thanks so much to all those supporting Flying Colors with your weekly purchases of comics, graphic novels and other cool stuff here at our Concord shop. As 2018 progresses, we'll bring you more fun events while continuing to sling the best in comics to Contra Costa County and the Cosmos!

Hey! Hit this link for a look at what's new this week--- then come and visit us, OK?

Peace!

Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field