Contemporary illustrator and comics creator MALACHI WARD will be in our store Sunday, May 15th. He will have beautiful, limited edition prints and original artwork for sale. Or, just come in for an autograph on one of his comics, and talk about art making.  Join us!tumblr_o5v1ricm4M1rth6jao1_1280

Art Hop was amazing

Well, personally, I thoroughly enjoyed myself at this winter’s Art Hop, held on 1/16/16. A favorite painter and ‘zine artist John Thomason came down to do some live painting and sketching. We painted our faces and painted some kid’s faces. Great time, as usual! Art Hop is held quarterly throughout the downtown area. See their facebook for details. -Elaine

Central Valley Con

We were excited and impressed with the crowds at the first ever Central Valley Con this weekend! Lots of friendly vendors, a wrestling ring (!), lots of game rooms downstairs, a separate Artist’s Alley with some great talents, some snacks available and some actually dang good coffee (which makes my day extra happy). Modesto came out in force with some great cosplayers, too. And overall a really friendly vibe! I recommend this con a lot! -Elaine

Pictures of Superhero Craft Day

Our second craft day was a big success. Our first one was on Halloween. These pictures are from last week, where kids got kitted out in awesome gauntlets and masks and capes. Follow us on our Facebook page to stay up to date on all our in-store events.

Next up is our Star Wars/Holiday party on December 19th, 2015. Hope to see you there.

DEMO DAY and Pathfinder Game Day

A lot of fun was had last weekend at our DEMO DAY: where we try out the newest in board gaming. We also ran a Pathfinder RPG game on the same day. Lots of enemies were vanquished, also lots of friends made. Come join us on our next DEMO DAY, later this month, exact date TBA. Stay in touch via our facebook page, or the google calendar on this site, for event announcements!

Thanks for looking!

Comic review: THE ISLAND

This week, I want to tell you about a new sci-fi and fantasy magazine called THE ISLAND, edited by Brandon Graham and Emma Rios, and put out by Image Comics.

Yep, a sci-fi collection. The concept has an old-timey feel to me (and that’s a good thing). In short, comics anthologies have not been common in this new century. There are many notable exceptions, including my favorite KRAMERS ERGOT. But none, as far as I know, with a sci-fi theme.

So, a nostalgic feelnig for sure, but with the superstar artist editors, this magazine of course features the BEST in CURRENT comics and illustration. The layouts are stunning, beginning the issue with a gorgeous, 6-page wordless future landscape story. Also featured are mummies who eat donuts and drink coffee (or try), and body-swapping.

Some are one-offs, some are serialized: longer stories that are divided up over many issues. I’m hooked, wondering if this is the start of something enduring. I hope so.

Issue #2 is out today, and we also still have a few copies of #1 at RED SKY COMICS.

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