Saturday, July 31, 2021

Special Guests at Flying Colors for Free Comic Book Day!

What: 20th Annual Free Comic Book Day!
When: Saturday August 14, 11AM-7PM
Where: Flying Colors Comics (of course!)

We're thrilled to welcome our Special Guests to Flying Colors for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday August 14!

Our special guests have long and varied careers in art, design, comics and animation... and all three are featured in the FCBD special edition comic "10 Tons of Fun" from 10 Ton Press!
 
Brandon McKinney's art can be seen in RED DAWN, featured in the FCBD 2021 special edition from 10 Ton Press.
In Brandon's 30+ year career, he has worked as a storyboard artist for television animation (Harley Quinn among many others), as a comic book artist (Journeyman, Godzilla, Jackie Chan, Elfquest) and children’s book illustrator. Brandon's resume includes work for Warner Bros., Hasbro Animation, Marvel Animation, Darby Pop Comics, Warp Graphics, Dark Horse Comics, Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm, and a lot more!

 

Mel Smith is the mastermind behind the popular Rock and Roll Biography series from Acme Ink, plus other series including Dead Ahead, 7 Lives of Dr. Phibes, Death Race: Lords of the Road, Heavy Metal, Vincent Price Presents--- and the new series Becoming Frankenstein, featured in the 10 Ton Press FCBD 2021 special edition.

 

John Hageman is an artist and publisher for 10 Ton Press. He hails from the verdant and majestic hills of the East Bay, wandering California and spreading mirth through comic books. John is currently drawing the adventures of classic KTVU Fox 2 characters from the crazy mind of Pat McCormick--- Bay Area favorites Charley & Humphrey!

Get a taste of Charley & Humphrey in "10 Tons of Fun" the FCBD special edition comic.

These guests will be signing at Flying Colors on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday August 14 from 11AM until 2PM.

 









 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Please wear your mask!

Please note:

Masks are required for shopping inside Flying Colors Comics.

While we'd love the COVID era to be forever in the past, wearing masks inside is the strongest recommendation from California's public health officer.

We'll continue to do what we need to for the health and safety of our FlyCo Faithful and our FlyCo Retailing Brigade.

Thanks for understanding.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Early Flying Colors logo ideas...

 
In the beginning...

Did you know the original concept for Flying Colors was going to be called Heroes Corner? It's true.
Way back in the mid '80s when ideas were being formulated for the Field family comic book business, the first idea was to do a combination comic book shop and old time '50s soda fountain. 

 
Once we took a look at the actual costs of doing that grand plan, we summarily ditched it. At the time, it likely would have added another $100K to our opening and operating costs. And just think of trying to keep comics in nice shape with all that sticky ice cream around!
 
I can hear someone asking "Is this comic mint?"
"No, but it has a little chocolate on it..." 
 
Long story short, here are a couple of the earliest (and rejected) logo ideas for Flying Colors Comics, the Superstore of Comics & More! These logos are amateurish to say the least, but there's a lot of energy that went into every bit of the business that became Flying Colors. 
 
So why did we name the shop Flying Colors? The term "passing the test in flying colors" means to do everything top-notch and with distinction. There's a nautical history behind the phrase and it comes from a time when ships would return from battle with their "colors" (another word for flags) flying to show victory was achieved. 
 
As a comics reference, "flying colors" is a subtle way to refer to the colorful costumes worn by super-heroes with the power to fly... hence, "Flying Colors." 
 
We try to do everything the best way we can with the hopes of winning your loyalty and business as Flying Colors Faithful... and you can still get your ice cream next door at Baskin Robbins!
 
We thank you for continuing to be supportive of what we do here to bring a world class comics shop to Concord, to Contra Costa County... and to the Cosmos!

A little Flying Colors history (and logo design)

In the beginning
(actually before the beginning!)
...

Did you know the original concept for Flying Colors was going to be called Heroes Corner? It's true.

Way back in the mid '80s when ideas were being formulated for the Field family comic book business, the first idea was to do a combination comic book shop and old time '50s soda fountain.

Once we took a look at the actual costs of doing that grand plan, we summarily ditched it. At the time, it likely would have added another $100K to our opening and operating costs. And just think of trying to keep comics in nice shape with all that sticky ice cream around!

I can hear someone asking "Is this comic mint?"
"No, but it has a little chocolate on it..."

Long story short, here are a couple of the earliest (and rejected) logo ideas for Flying Colors Comics, the Superstore of Comics & More! These logos are amateurish to say the least, but there's a lot of energy that went into every bit of the business that became Flying Colors.

So why did we name the shop Flying Colors? The term "passing the test in flying colors" means to do everything top-notch and with distinction. There's a nautical history behind the phrase and it comes from a time when ships would return from battle with their "colors" (another word for flags) flying to show victory was achieved.

As a comics reference, "flying colors" is a subtle way to refer to the colorful costumes worn by super-heroes with the power to fly... hence, "Flying Colors."

We try to do everything the best way we can with the hopes of winning your loyalty and business as Flying Colors Faithful... and you can still get your ice cream next door at Baskin Robbins!

We thank you for continuing to be supportive of what we do here to bring a world class comics shop to Concord, to Contra Costa County... and to the Cosmos!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Masks Required at Flying Colors

Following the recommendation of Bay Area health officials---

Masks are once again REQUIRED for entry to Flying Colors Comics.

It's not a big ask...
Wear Your Mask!

Thank you!