Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Sat Dec 10: Artist/Animator Brandon McKinney!


You are invited to join us Saturday December 10 at Noon when we will host artist & animator BRANDON McKINNEY!

Pick up a copy of the first issue of Brandon's new series, CRIMSON STORM!

We will also have copies of GIANTS UNITE!, the special edition comic book celebrating the 10th anniversary of the San Francisco Giants 2012 World Championship! Brandon did the art in that special comic book.

This is a great chance to get a cool signed gift for you or anyone on your gift list!

Monday, December 05, 2022

New Comics Every Wednesday @ Flying Colors Comics!

New Comics and Graphic Novels   
for Wed December 7, 2022     

NEW MARVEL COMICS!

AVENGERS 63

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY 7

CAPTAIN MARVEL 44

DAMAGE CONTROL 5

DAREDEVIL 6

DARK WEB 1

FANTASTIC FOUR 2

GHOST RIDER 9

IMMORTAL X-MEN 9

MARAUDERS 9

MARVEL COMIC BOX: MARY JANE & BLACK CAT

MARVEL COMIC BOX: MILES MORALES

MARY JANE & BLACK CAT 1 POSTER

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN 1

MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR 1

NEW MUTANTS 32

PREDATOR 5

PUNISHER 8

SECRET INVASION 2

SPIDER-MAN 3

STAR WARS: HIDDEN EMPIRE 2

THANOS: DEATH NOTES 1

THE VARIANTS 5

THOR 29

TIGER DIVISION 2

X-FORCE 35

X-MEN RED 9

X-TREME X-MEN 1

 

 

NEW DC COMICS!

BATMAN #130

BATMAN & THE JOKER THE DEADLY DUO #2

BATMAN JOKERS ASYLUM TP

BATMAN KNIGHTWATCH #4 (OF 5)

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 FACSIMILE EDITION

DARK CRISIS WAR ZONE #1

DC POSTER PORTFOLIO GEORGE PEREZ TP

GOTHAM CITY YEAR ONE #3

JOKER THE MAN WHO STOPPED LAUGHING #3

MAD MAGAZINE #29

MONKEY PRINCE #9

OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE TP

POISON IVY #7

SWORD OF AZRAEL #5

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Substitute Santa at Flying Colors Comics!

Just what is a 

SUBSTITUTE SANTA?

Santa Claus is super busy this time of year, so we've enlisted the help of super-heroes from The League for Hope to help him out!

Instead of of going to the mall and waiting forever to see the same old boring Santa Claus, join us Saturday December 3 at Flying Colors to have your Christmas photo taken with our Substitute Santas...
Scarlet Witch! Wasp!
Harley Quinn! Poison Ivy!
Christmas Joker!
Captain America! Captain Marvel!

(Maybe these photos will become your holiday card for 2022!)

Friday, November 25, 2022

Thank you for Shopping at Flying Colors Comics!

There are so many more reasons to #ShopLocal!

We have so much gratitude for our FlyCo Faithful keeping us going by shopping here week after week for the last 34 years!



 

Monday, November 21, 2022

SHOP CONCORD bonus gift-cards are back!

NOV 28th UPDATE! All the bonus funds in the SHOP CONCORD have been claimed!

The City of Concord is stepping up again to do something good for locally owned shops, restaurants and services... and that means something good for Concord area shoppers!

Right now and for a limited time, when you buy a $100 SHOP CONCORD gift-card, you'll be rewarded with a $50 bonus gift-card! 

The gift-cards are valid at dozens of locally-owned Concord businesses, including shops, restaurants and --- you got it!--- Flying Colors Comics!

Buying SHOP CONCORD gift-cards is an awesome way to support the local shops you love while also scoring a bonus gift-card. You can either give the bonus gift-card as a gift... or keep it for yourself. It's like buying yourself a 30% discount at your favorite Concord businesses!

Been eyeing one of the pricier classic comics on the wall at Flying Colors? Get your SHOP CONCORD gift-cards, score your bonus, then bring 'em by Flying Colors!

Here's the link again: https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/concord
This is a limited offer, so get on it now!


Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Gorillas are good for sales!

 Silver Age Comics Trivia:

Did you know sales of a comic book went up when a gorilla was featured on the cover?

What the heck? We figure it's worth a try in this modern age.

See you tomorrow, okay?

Read the gorilla history HERE!


Monday, October 24, 2022

Monday, October 03, 2022

Flying Colors 34th anniversary


34 years is 12418 days.
Today is the 34th anniversary of the opening of Flying Colors Comics in Concord CA.


All new enterprises start with the wide-eyed hope of something good, viable and sustainable.

The truth is this:
* 20% of new businesses fail during the first two years of being open.
* 45% fail during the first five years.
* 65% during the first 10 years
.
* Only 25% of new businesses make it 15 years or more.

Flying Colors Comics has beaten those odds with our secret formula:

* Service first... profits in time.
* Be good to others and they'll be good to you.
* Add in our frankly fantastic Flying Colors Retailing Brigade!
* Represent comics as amazing entertainment first, last and always!


* Make the shop a fun & welcoming place for long-time fans and curious new readers.
* Build the business on gratitude. Even when things are a challenge, we're grateful to learn from the experiences to make not only our shop better, but to hopefully make us better, too.


After 34 years, I've got at least 12418 different ways to say "thank you" but I'll try to keep it short.


Thank you to an elite group of 59 awesome people on staff here since 1988. You are my  Flying Colors Retailing Brigade!  

Thank you to our
FlyCo Angels. You know who you are and I'm deeply grateful for you.


For all those who have helped us by buying cool stuff here or spreading the good word about Flying Colors to your friends and families, you are the FlyCo Faithful... and I thank you!


To all of you---

and to my family and friends---
Libby and I send you love and peace and heaping tons of gratitude!

Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field


Monday, September 05, 2022

Coolest place in town...

It's always better to be cool than to be hot!

Visit Flying Colors... the coolest shop in Concord, Contra Costa County...and the Cosmos!

Open daily 11AM-6PM.

Friday, September 02, 2022

Open Labor Day weekend

Flying Colors will have regular hours this holiday weekend.
We hope you'll visit us soon!


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Stockton, Comics & National Radio Day

 

Today is National Radio Day. My professional days in radio at KJOY-AM in Stockton CA are definitely a fond part of my history.

Before the long story, though, let's talk about the awesome t-shirt I'm wearing in the photo here. It's a gift from the good folks at Visit Stockton. It debuted last week at StocktonCon. I was happy to get mine this week.

So what does the cool new tshirt have to do with this being National Radio Day? Read on for the long story!

I worked at KJOY from 1978-1988. While I was supposed to be just an advertising sales executive, I dabbled in other facets of the radio station operations. I wrote a ton of commercials, helped with some comedy bits, gave my opinions to the music director and spearheaded some station promotions. I even did traffic reports from a helicopter once!

During my years in radio, I was also a regular customer at Al's Comic Shop on Pacific Avenue in Stockton. The shop opened in the late '70s and is still going to this day. (Stop in when you visit Stockton and tell them I sent you.)

In the fall of 1985, as the 25th anniversary of the Marvel Age of Comics was approaching, I came up with a little scheme to combine my job at KJOY with my deep comics' fandom. I thought it would be cool if Marvel Comics would recognize Stockton as the "birthplace of the Fantastic Four"... and even better if it meant some good publicity for KJOY, for comics and for Stockton.

It was stated in the first issue of Fantastic Four in 1961 that the FF were from a place called Central City (later amended to "Central City, California"). Marvel characters were based in other real cities-- New York, Chicago, San Francisco... even Palos Verdes, fer cryin' out loud! Since there is no real "Central City CA" I wanted Stockton, the most central city in California, to be officially recognized as the birthplace of the FF.

So I talked with Al and Mike at Al's Comic Shop, asked them if I could post a petition in their shop. They agreed and helped to round up the hundreds of signatures we got on that petition. Once that happened, I took the signatures to a Stockton City Council meeting and asked the city to get behind the drive. After some silly mumbling questions from local politicians clearly embarrassed that I was asking them to get behind a comic book idea, they agreed and issued a resolution asking Marvel to recognize Stockton as the FF's home.

When that happened, it hit the Associated Press and United Press International newswires... and the fun really started. I did scores of interviews and the petition drive was covered all over the country. But the one with the most impact was the report from Charles "Chuck" Hillinger, a very well respected features reporter for the Los Angeles Times. As part of his report, he called Stan Lee to get a response. Stan said "Marvel is in the business of saving universes on a daily basis. This is the least we can do for good ol' Stockton."

And so it went. In February 1986, Stan Lee visited Stockton to deliver Marvel's proclamation declaring Stockton as the "Official Birthplace of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four." The 25th anniversary issue of Fantastic Four was released months later.


Shortly after that, Stan Lee called me to ask if I would consider doing freelance public relations' work for the release of his wife's first novel. I did this while still working at KJOY, but the allure and fun of comics would mean I'd soon be looking to make a professional career move away from radio and into comics. (Although I first tried to combine comics and radio again by creating and writing a short radio feature about comics and pop culture. After close to 20 rejection letters from radio syndicates, that little dream died.)

I then did some freelance advertising and promotion work for a group of Bay Area retailers starting an event that would become known as WonderCon. I loved hanging with those guys, talking comics and trying to produce the friendliest big convention ever. That led to the decision to leave radio and open a comic book store. And in fairly short order, I also became one of the managing general partners at WonderCon.

My shop, Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, is still going strong 34 years later, due to the kind support of so many FlyCo Faithful in and around Concord and all over Northern California.

And even though I live in Concord these days I still have a very fond spot in my heart for Stockton. It's a cool little city I can recommend visiting for a "fantastic" time.

Thank you, Visit Stockton, for the cool tshirt...and for the opportunity to share this story on National Radio Day.

Peace 'n Comics!
Joe "FlyCoJoe" Field
#NationalRadioDay