One of the best parts of ECCC each year is when we get to meet creators from other states and countries who are nice enough to bring their work by to add to our esteemed indy section which has now gone international like french toast!

First, from Germany we have--


(W/A) Robert "Mr. Roberto" Rennwanz (C) Patrick "Marok" Rennwanz

From Moerser Attack Comics in Germany comes a steampunk styled robot adventure set in Feudal Japan! Featuring two stories as well as a handful of pinups from German creators, this digest sized, full color comic is but the first volley in what is sure to be the inevitable invasion of the German comic scene here in a America!!


Then, from the deviously decadent City of Angels comes Love Machines, an anthology featuring an international cast of artist dealing with how romance and technology connect in unexpected ways.


(W) Josh Trujillo (A) Ryo Kawakami, Michael Schisler

Workers of All Lands, Unite!
Stories of romance and technology come together for LOVE MACHINES! In this issue: The spirit of Karl Marx transforms young Ritsuko as she adjusts to her new job at a Japanese theme park. Also: Can two appliances overcome circumstance and make a love connection?


(W) Josh Trujillo (A) Ben Bishop, JB Wolfe

Black Beauty
Josh Trujillo's LOVE MACHINES returns for two more stories of romance and technology. Wheels are turning and changing the world!

IN THIS ISSUE: A small Colorado family's way of life is threatened by the latest invention: A bicycle! ALSO: Can Raj overcome temptation long enough to win the big pinball tournament?



(W) Josh Trujillo (A) Dave Valeza, Patrick Horvath

Applications / Lung
Xavier finds love via his smartphone, but what kind of connection is he really making with this dude? ALSO: Forces are pulling Mattie and Harvey's burgeoning romance apart. She's going to college and he's... in an iron lung.

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(W) Josh Trujillo (A) Kate Glasheen, Colin Andersen



(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Ross Campbell

Showtime, Synergy! Meet Jerrica Benton -- a girl with a secret. She and her sister Kimber team with two friends to become ... Jem and the Holograms! But what does it mean to be Jem today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in the most outrageous comic of 2015!




(W) Joe Casey (A) Jim Mahfood

Iconoclastic creators Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood turn the world of Miami Vice on its head in a way that's got to be seen to be believed! Detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs are taking on crime in a city rampant with danger at every turn! An '80s classic is now a Lion Forge reimagining for a bold, new audience!




(W) Alex De Campi (A) Chris Peterson

Garcia is back, and this time the shotgun-toting Latina is sporting the latest in bad-ass cybernetic enhancements! But can her new augmentations prepare her for the giant man-eating ticks that now rise from a small southern town's mysterious blood lagoon?!

recommended by morgan!



(W) John Arcudi (A) James Harren

The return of Cogan! The one-armed man finally returns to answer your questions about this strange new world over a couple of stiff drinks. Also, Del the loveable skinhead prepares Rathraq (and himself) for war against an army of monsters. But can they even get past one?

recommended by erin.



(W) Matt Kindt (A) Scott Kolins

2015: the distant past. A crash landing strands five deep-time explorers in a primitive world of internal-combustion engines and Internet 1.0 and tears a rift in space-time that spouts dinosaurs, giant robots, and other strange phenomena! Only the marooned "PastAways" can defend the twenty-first century, unless the tensions of their unexpectedly prolonged mission tear them apart!



Zanadu is proud to announce another great addition to our ever growing local and indy section-- Creator's Edge Press! In their own words, "Creator’s Edge Press is a small company focused on helping independent creators print and distribute their comics and graphic novels. We strive to be a stepping stone for the early career creator that can not garner the attention of the larger publishers. We believe in helping creators to bring their work to the fore front of the public mindset and letting them expand into the greatness we know they have."

This statement stands right in line with our own mission to give local and independent creators a stage with which to showcase their work that will hopefully be but a stepping stone in a long comic book career.

Support local art and make sure you check these books out when you stop in on Wednesday! They will be on the rack with our regular shipment.


(W) Chad Anderson (A) Robert Keough, Jeff Coney, Thom Fuegel, Victor Claudio, Robert Simon, Gabe Strine

Delaware City was a peaceful little port town until its citizens started getting slaughtered! At the scene of each crime, all that is left is a small pile of ash and one creepy little mushroom. The police bring in two expendable detectives, Sterling Silversmith and Emerald Johnson, who are in way over their heads as they try to stop any more deaths!



(W) David Lucarelli (A) Henry Ponciano

In 1954 hundreds of school children descended upon a Scottish cemetery armed with steak knives and torches looking for a vampire with iron teeth they believe had killed a couple of local boys. Today it is looked upon as an incident of mass hysteria. But what if some of them found what they were looking for?

Flash forward fifty odd years: Gavin and Doug are two juvenile delinquents drinking in that same graveyard the night the vampires come back. Sometimes the good guys are a couple of bad boys.

The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade is a four issue mini-series. A coming of age Gothic adventure described by film director Joe Doughrity as “Buffy meets S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders.”



(W) Sam Miserendino (A) Colin Blanton

For Two-Thousand Years You’ve Been Eating His Flesh and Drinking His Blood--Now it’s His Turn! From writer Sam Miserendino and artist Colin Blanton comes new take on the ressurection: Jesus is back and he is not happy.



(W/A) Lance Ward

Stovetop details the tragic story of Ern, a working stiff whose entire life is turned upside-down after he decides to go home from work early.



(W) Jerry Willoughby (A) Zane Degaine

The zombie apocalypse is here... and a lowly sanitation worker realizes that even after the world as we know it comes to and end, life is just the same old garbage.



(W/A) James Lacroix

A devastating nuclear war has left society crumbling and its citizens mutated. Nukey is a pet-named punk rock scientist working for the military – when he isn’t romping around the slums and serving his own hedonistic agenda. Though brain damage has impacted his memory, high-ranking figures soon recognize his ostentatious presence as a thorn in their side. It’s only a matter of time before Nukey is forced to address a plot for a new world order involving a mysterious substance created before his mental decline… making one last attempt to regain his self-respect.


Here is your definitive guide to DC Comics Convergence, two months worth of comic stories in April and May where “Every Story Matters.” Prepare to see the return of all the characters you love in the settings that you love them in. While DC is not completely abandoning the New 52 Universe, we’re finally getting back what we’ve wanted, mixed up continuity that you can’t always explain, but has always provided us with the most enjoyable stories. We've attached quite a few links to people who are explaining it better than us, and while it seems overwhelming, once you understand the structure of this event it’s quite easy—and exciting!!

Starting on Wednesday, April 1st, the nine part weekly Convergence mini series begins with issue #0.

Brainiac has captured multiple timelines from all across the Multiverse and placed them under domes on the same planet. (Much the way he saved Kandor and Supergirl back in the 1960s.) Now in the aftermath of Future’s End and World’s End (both of which will end on April 1st, and no, you don’t have to read them) all these domes are lifted, allowing us access to timelines we haven’t seen in years, along with the interaction of characters from these timelines.

Then, starting April 8th, DC will debut 40 two-issue mini series at a rate of ten a week with first issues in April and second issues in May. All series will tie into Convergence, and each week will have a different theme and cover a different forgotten time period.

Here is the best article we’ve found explaining the whole thing: Your guide to understanding DC “Convergence” Timelines. Each #1 issue is $3.99 and will contain a two page opening refreshing your knowledge about the characters contained within. As the weeks progress it is almost like you’re traveling backwards through DC’s History. Week one will cover stories from before Flashpoint (2011) till after Zero Hour (1994). This era is being dubbed “The Return of the Fan Favorites” and is basically DC bringing back every character that people are upset were absent from the new 52. This includes Wally West Flash, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain Batgirl, and the Gotham City Sirens. You’ll even get to see Gail Simone go back to the Nightwing/Oracle relationship with Barbara Gordon back in her wheelchair.

Here’s what week one looks like:

  • The Atom #1 (Tom Peyer and Steve Yeowell)
  • Batgirl #1 (Alisa Kwitney and Rick Leonardi)
  • Batman and Robin #1 (Ron Marz, Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson)
  • Harley Quinn #1 (Steve Pugh and Phil Winslade)
  • Justice League #1 (Frank Tieri and Vicente Cifuentes)
  • Nightwing/Oracle #1 (Gail Simone and Jan Duursema)
  • The Question #1 (Greg Rucka and Cully Hammer)
  • Speed Force #1 (Tony Bernard and Tom Grummett)
  • Superman #1 (Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks)
  • Titans #1 (Fabian Nicieza and Ron Wagner)

This is the week where everyone gets their old DC back. Here’s a great article where creators get to talk about their work on week one. 

Week Two will cover stories from before Zero Hour (1994) till after Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985). This era is dubbed “An Event For Everyone”. This is the time period when the shop first opened and comics were huge. The Death of Superman, Batman’s broken back, Green Lantern Parallax, and the high comedy era of the Justice League. We’ll even go back to those piranhas eating Aquaman’s hand again.  All this and more will be revisited this week.

Here’s what week two looks like:

  • Aquaman #1 (Tony Bernard and Larry Hama)
  • Batman Shadow of the Bat #1 (Larry Hama and Philip Tan)
  • Catwoman #1 (Justin Gray and Ron Randall)
  • Green Arrow #1 (Christy Marx and Rags Morales)
  • Green Lantern / Parallax #1 (Tony Bernard and Ron Wagner)
  • Justice League International (Ron Marz and Mike Manley)
  • Suicide Squad #1 (Frank Tieri and Tom Mandrake)
  • Superboy #1 (Fabian Nicieza and Karl Moline)
  • Supergirl Matrix #1 (Keith Guffen and Timothy Green II)
  • Superman Man Of Steel #1 (Louise Simonson and June Brigman)

You may have noticed that some of these creators are the same people who worked on these books back in the 90s. Here’s what they have to say.

Week Three will cover the time frame before Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985), specifically stories on Earth One from 1970 to 1985. Dubbed “An Age of Bronze Multiverse”, expect to see a return to the stories that defined this era. Wolfman’s Teen Titans, Lein Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s Swamp Thing, Batman and the Outsiders, Justice League Detroit and Supergirl’s headband. 

Here’s what week three looks like:

  • Adventures of Superman #1 (Marv Wolfman and Roberto Viacava)
  • Batman and the Outsiders #1 (Marc Andreyko and Carlos D’Anda)
  • The Flash #1 (Dan Abnett and Federica Dallocchio)
  • Green Lantern Corps #1 (David Gallaher and Steve Ellis)
  • Hawkman #1 (Jeff Parker and Tim Truman)
  • Justice League America #1 (Fabian Nicieza and Chriscross)
  • New Teen Titans #1 (Marv Wolfman and Nicola Scott)
  • Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #1 (Stuart Moore and Gus Storms)
  • Swamp Things #1 (Len Wein and Kelly Jones)
  • Wonder Woman #1 (Larry Hama and Joshua Middleton)

Here’s what the creators have to say on week three

In Week Four, we visit the time frame before Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) again, but this time it's all the other Earths aside from Earth One. Dubbed “DC’s Timelines Collide” we’ll see teams like Infinity Inc, the Justice Society, Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters, Shazam and the Fawcett Universe, along with Blue Beetle and the characters from Charlton.

Here’s what week four looks like:

  • Action Comics #1 (Justice Gray and Claude St-Aubin)
  • Blue Beetle #1 (Scott Lobdell and Yishan Li)
  • Booster Gold #1 (Dan Jurgans and Alvaro Martinez)
  • Crime Syndicate #1 (Brian Buccellato and Phil Winslade)
  • Detective Comics #1 (Len Wein, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz)
  • Infinity Inc #1 (Jerry Ordway and Ben Caldwell)
  • Justice Society of America (Dan Abnett and Tom Derenick)
  • Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1 (Simon Oliver and John McCrea)
  • Shazam! #1 (Jeff Parker and Even “Doc” Shaner) pictures above
  • World’s Finest Comics #1 (Paul Levitz and Joe Rubinstein)

This week contains some really fun real estate to explore, and here’s what the creators have to say about that.

Each issue will also have a cover priced variant cover by graphic designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd, combining classic artwork with modern art design.

Here’s another great article on the comics that are getting buzz already.

To keep you coming back for the second issue of each of these two issue mini’s in May, DC has announced that each issue #2 will features a brand new 8 page story that will tie into the company’s relaunch of titles in June.  You’ll also be able to get a sneak preview of this relaunch on Free Comic Book Day this year, with the FCBD DC Comics Divergence Special.

So what can you do beforehand to prepare? First, check out the checklist above which contains a list of each 2-issue series shipping in April and May amd the 9 issue weekly series. Second, DC has released a list of graphic novels that will be important to the over all narrative of Convergence. While not necessary, they will add to your overall enjoyment of the story.

They include:

Batman/DeathBlow: After The Fire
By Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. The Dark Knight faces the daunting task of finishing a job that someone else started but – for reasons that remain a mystery – refused to finish. That someone was Michael Cray. It’s a tale of secret agents, double agents and a charismatic madman with a fiery, lethal touch. (Bermejo’s pre Noel Batman work, and Azzarello is known from 100 Bullets) $14.99

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
By Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell. Presenting for the first time the adventures of the Victorian Era Batman in one 112-page edition! This volume includes the breakthrough Elseworlds specials GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT and MASTER OF THE FUTURE that pit the Dark Knight against Jack the Ripper and a death-dealer from the skies over Gotham! (Early work from Hellboy’s Mignola and one of the first Elseworlds books from DC) $12.99

Crisis On Infinite Earths
By Marv Wolfman and George Perez. This is the story that changed the DC Universe forever. A mysterious being known as the Anti-Monitor has begun a crusade across time to bring about the end of all existence. As alternate earths are systematically destroyed, the Monitor quickly assembles a team of super-heroes from across time and space to battle his counterpart and stop the destruction. DC’s greatest heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Aquaman, assemble to stop the menace, but as they watch both the Flash and Supergirl die in battle, they begin to wonder if even all of the heroes in the world can stop this destructive force. (This is the biggie, that every comic reader has to wrap their head around at least once) $29.99

Crisis On Multiple Earths Volume One
By Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. The much-demanded early “Crisis Crossover” stories are finally collected, featuring the Justice League of America (Earth-One) meeting their Golden Age predecessors, the Justice Society of America (Earth-Two)!  This volume collects the first four 2-part “Crisis Crossover” adventures, reprinting JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #21-22, 29-30, 37-38, and 46-47.  Our heroes battle the Injustice Society, the Crime Syndicate of Earth-Three, the evil Johnny Thunder, and the Anti-Matter Man! $14.99 

Crisis On Multiple Earths Volume Two
By various. Four more summer meetings between the legendary Justice League of America and Justice Society of America are collected in this highly demanded volume! Collecting JLA #55-56, 64-65, 72-73, 83-84.  $14.99 

Crisis On Multiple Earths Volume Three
By various. Even more stuff to get newbies through week four. $14.99

By Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. When Barry Allen wakes at his desk, he discovers the world has changed. His family is alive, loved ones are strangers, and close friends are different, gone or worse. It’s a world on the brink of a cataclysmic war – but where are Earth’s Greatest Heroes to stop it? (The story that created the new 52, and a cool story in it’s own right. Recommended) $16.99

JLA Earth 2
By Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. The legendary Crime Syndicate of America stars in this new edition of this unforgettable tale, with a new cover by artist Frank Quitely! Nothing has ever seriously threatened the global corruption they proudly enforce, but now a twisted mirror image of the CSA has arrived from the flip side of reality. Can anything stop this so-called “Justice League,” or will the perfect evil of the Earth 2 fall victim to the tyranny of law, virtue and freedom. (Should be called Earth 3. A cool modern re-imagining of the 1960′s stories.) $14.99

Kingdom Come
By Mark Waid and Alex Ross. This is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies – against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes. (Alex Ross’s big work at DC. Will tie into week two. They’ve written books about this book. Highly Recommended.) $19.99.

Superman Last Son of Krypton
By Richard Donner, Geoff Johns and Adam Kubert. Superman and his “son” verse Zod and the Phantom Zone Villains. (Richard Donner returns to Superman years after writing the first two movies way back when. Recommended.) $19.99

Superman Red Son
By Mark Millar and Dave Johnson. In this tale of Cold War paranoia, the spaceship carrying the infant Superman lands in the 1950s Soviet Union, where he grows up to become a symbol of Soviet power. $17.99

Do not be overwhelmed by this event.  If you have any questions or want to pre-order any titles, please ask an employee next time you're in the store and we'll sort you out. While it may seem confusing and nothing more than a stop-gap to get to Divergence, DC says, in a nutshell, this whole thing is about “revisiting family”. We’re just glad to have that family back again.

Huge, Huge thanks to John over at Carol and John's comic shop for putting together this template!



(W/A) Kyle Starks

The Former World's Greatest Assassin leaves the world of killing to a small town only to be pulled back in. An exciting action romp in the style of classic '80s Action Film.

"SEXCASTLE is a perfect mix of homage and comedy, action and irony, loving tribute and hilarious send-up of the great, good, and ungodly-bad action movies of the '80s. I don't remember the last time a debut book hit me this hard. Literally, this book punched me in the face. It's THAT mean." - Matt Fraction

I'm seriously burnt out this week, but this book here looks to be somethin special. Who can resist a man that looks good covered in blood?




(W) Mark Millar (A) Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth

From MARK MILLAR (Kick-Ass) and SEAN GORDON MURPHY (Punk Rock Jesus) comes a bromance for the ages! Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly are two buddies who love to have fun. They're also scientific geniuses. When their research leads them to a time-traveling adventure, will they use their knowledge for the good of all mankind? Or use the space-time continuum for their own ends? This is the story of man's first, televised steps through the time-stream and everything going wrong in the process.




(W/A) Jeff Smith

Enter Kwarell! The adventure continues in Tuki's third action packed issue when he rescues three hostages from the clutches of a giant! But one of the creatures he frees just may be someone he'd like to forget. Surprises fill this game-changing issue of Tuki: Save the Humans (Winner National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award)!

recommended by erin.



(W) Xavier Dorison (A) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson

What happens when America's greatest a Russian Spy?
Soviet Agent Vera Yelnikov is sent to 1977 Los Angeles by the Kremlin to become an American Superhero and spread communist values in the land of Uncle Sam in a funky superhero romp straight out of a Tarantino film by TERRY & RACHEL DODSON (Uncanny X-Men, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Harley Quinn) and XAVIER DORISON (Long John Silver, The Third Testament).



As I'm sure you've gleamed from the first few seconds of this video, our venerable Video Monkey is not here this week, but we here at CSSG persevere!! It's usually at this point where we realize just how much our little Video Monkey actually does each week (other than y'know, fling poo and eat flies) and should be given due recognition for all his hard work. Yeah, right...what the hell kinda place you think we're runnin' here, boyo? Anyway, here's Morgan and Casey with COMICS!!!

Also, since there are no pictures this week, here are links to some of the books we talk about in this here motion video thingy.

Howard The Duck

Bill and Ted



Action Comics

Southern Cross

New Avengers


Just a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11th we will be holding our monthly meeting of all things comics from 6:30-8pm! This month we will be discussing the first three issues of Kelly Sue Deconnick and Valentine de Landro's BITCH PLANET!! There is still time to pick up the series if you have been a little slow on the uptake and see what all the hype is about!!

Check out our event page for more info!

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(W) Ales Kot (A) Langdon Foss, Jordie Bellaire

What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby? Maybe THE SURFACE!

Welcome to Africa. Ebola is no longer a problem. The West and the East are moving in-and three hacker lovers are searching Tanzania for the place that can change everything: THE SURFACE!

The first issue of a mind-bending action SF epic drawn by the esteemed LANGDON FOSS (Get Jiro!, Winter Soldier) and colored by the Eisner-winning JORDIE BELLAIRE (everything)! THE SURFACE!

I've noticed that in almost every solicit for a new book from pretty much any publisher, the book is described as BLANK meets BLANK with a BLANK twist or some other sort of dribble. And while yes, this book's solicit does start with that, I trust in something bigger than hype solicits, I trust in Ales Kot. This guy has been coming up with the craziest, multi-layered, meta heavy mind f*ck comics on the racks today and THE SURFACE looks to be another trip! Kot also has a great knack for collaborating with artists that really enhance the mood and metaphors of the book which brings us to Langdon Foss. Seriously, this guy draws every grain of rice in a piece of sushi. Damn. Plus y'know colors by Jordie Bellaire because if you can get her, why get anyone else?




(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Joe Quinones

• HOT off the pages of the ... the post-credits scene at the ... the end of a ... popular movie ... HOWARD THE DUCK is back! Join him as he takes on the weird cases that only a talking duck can crack as the Marvel Universe's resident private investigator!
• Let Sex Criminals' CHIP ZDARSKY (a writer known mostly as an artist) and JOE QUINONES (an artist known mostly as a lover) guide you through his new world as he takes on THE BLACK CAT and MYSTERIOUS FORCES FROM OUTER SPACE!




(W) Becky Cloonan (A) Andy Belanger

NOW BOARDING: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to TITAN!
Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister's steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though-how did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she's being watched?

Inspired by classic mysteries and weird fiction, SOUTHERN CROSS is a crucible of creeping anxiety and fear as Braith struggles with the ghosts of her past on board a ship that holds secrets best kept buried.