Five years ago when Sam moved to Seattle and started buying comics from us, who knew the impact his excitement for four color nonsense would have on the Mighty Zanadu. However many hundreds and hundreds of videos later, Comics Should Smell Good has morphed into a hyperbole filled hiccup in your day; something to brighten the mid week blues and remind you about the important things in life--like comics.

Thank you to Will Harris for being the guest monkey who never left; to past comic monkeys Anna and Howard for always stepping in when needed; and to Perry for letting us do pretty much whatever we wanted.

From all us monkeys here at Comics Should Smell Good, we cannot thank each and every single one of you enough for watching us rant about our very favorite thing in the world every Wednesday. Much love to you all and keep it tuned here for the inevitable resurrection!!


It's tough to be optimistic when the end is in sight, but team CSSG is still here and still excited about this week's new books!!

Real talk though--this is getting rough. The store is emptying out, fixtures are being sold and the end times are almost upon us. It's hard to express how thankful we are here at Zanadu for all of you that have listened to us rant, rave and straight just make crap up sometimes week in and week out for the past 5 years. 5 years... damn. Who'da thought we'd still have an audience after the first week? Anyway, make damn sure to stop in and say goodbye to the mighty Zanadu one last time!


Team CSSG is here with your final transmission for 2017! We hope everyone had a great holiday and be safe out there on the streets of the city on New Year's Eve. People get stupid. Be smart. Think. Enough life lessons, the future is just around the bend, kids--keep it weird! Thank you all so so much for your support this year! It means everything to us here at the MIGHTY ZANADU!


Christmas has come early this year, baby!! Today sees the release of a gamma powered double punch of pure comic perfection in the form of NIGHT BUSINESS by Benjamin Marra and X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN by Ed Piskor!! First, get ready to cruise a neon wave of sleazy, 1980s themed hard core street walking sequentials in the NIGHT BUSINESS hardcover from Fantagraphics, (complete for the first time!) Then ready yourself for the hallowed recordings of the Watcher as he lays down time and space at your feet to give you the history of Marvel's mutants through pure cosmic knowledge in X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN! Of course there are all sorts of other good stuff this week, but new Marra and Piskor is true cause to celebrate!

Finally, may all our CSSG viewers have a great holiday season and thank you so much for watching the monkeys rant all year. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL FROM THE MIGHTY ZANADU!


While the rest of the world enters the Holiday madness vortex, the CSSG crew at Zanadu remains your pure light glowing center of peacefulness... Yeah, right, F that, you clearly have been watching different monkeys rant about comics for the past 4 years. But, hey, that's why you love us! Lots of good stuff this week, so get your butts in here and buy some comics!!

And don't forget that tonight is our FINAL longtable meeting at the store. Come talk nerdy with you fellow Seattle geeeks at 6:30pm! Free candy for all!


Casey is back and immediately starts to crap on his co-stars performance from last week. Hit play to watch Will and Morgan kick the crap out of Casey because they've had enough of his sh*t. F'ing primadonna. After that, we talk about comics.

Also, the dreaded "Closing Sale" has begun...but have no fear, you've still got TWO months to come in and give these comics a home!
-Huge selection of 50% off graphic novels including books from Marvel, DC and all other major publishers
-20% off Marvel, DC and Image graphic novels
-50% off Statues
-25% off T-shirts
-25% off Toys (includes vintage toys)
-$5 posters
-10 for $10 back issue section
-Super blowout $3 graphic novel section


It might be a monsoon outside, but inside Zanadu, we've got waves and waves of shiny new comics!! Morgan and Casey are here through the magic of the Video Monkey to help you navigate yet another week of new books with the expert eye you've come to expect from CSSG!

And don't forget that-this weekend, Saturday the 18th, is Local Comic Shop Day!! A holiday designed to celebrate the pivotal role that comic book retailers play in the grand pyramid of comic distribution. Not only will we have 17 exclusive items, but we are also having a MASSIVE sale in honor of the holiday that is happening RIGHT NOW!!

-50% off select Marvel and DC graphic novels
-50% off graphic novels on genre bookcases (includes books from all major publishers)
-25% off T-shirts
-50% off Statues
-25% off Toys (includes vintage toys)
-$5 posters
-10 for $10 red tag back issue section
-Super blowout $3 graphic novel section

There's nothing better than a 50% off sale, so get in here TODAY before things start to VANISH! Seriously, the boss never goes this high on discounts so TAKE ADVANTAGE and do some holiday shopping early!


Halloween is almost upon us and the CSSG duo of Morgan and Casey are here to bring you treats and maybe some tricks with this week's best new comics! We've got a few holiday themed horror books for you as well as an assortment of other great shinies that won't rot your teeth, though maybe your mind. Plus, Morgan gets his revenge on blank starin Howard from last week...Just another episode full of tasty goodness from your favorite comics monkeys on the interwebs!


The rebirth of the Marvel Universe is here and we’ve got 5 exciting new books this week that follow directly on the heels of the stunning events of Marvel Legacy #1!! Since there are SOOOO many new books, we’ve asked our professor of Marvel, Will Harris of Comicsblend to provide his expert analysis on the new titles each week as they roll out over the next few months. Here are the new releases for Wednesday, October 25th!!

All of the books will ship with fancy lenticular covers as well as regular (flat) ones and a plethora of variants. We will have pretty much every cover available, though quantities of some will be less than others. In addition, the Marvel Value Stamps will ONLY be in the regular, non-lenticular covers so for those collecting the stamps, make sure you snag a regular cover.

Finally, don’t forget to watch our special “Comics Should Smell Good: Marvel Legacy” episode for more info on the biggest comic book event of 2017!


(W) Gabby Rivera (A) Joe Quinones (CA) Ben Caldwell

Everyone's favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, may have finally met her match. Introducing - the deadly and exotic Exterminatrix! Can America continue her hard-hitting journey to defend the multiverse against the oncoming warpath of Exterminatrix and the ominous Midas Corporation? It's the start of a daring adventure as America gains all-new untested powers, and she'll need them against the coming horde of villains! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Rated T+

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(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leonard Kirk (CA) Wesley Craig

Black Panther's greatest foe has returned - Ulysses Klaw is back and ready for war! Can T'Challa defeat the man who killed his father all while his country struggles to its feet? And as war looms, Wakanda's gods have disappeared. Enter the Originators! The former gods are back - but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them?

PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Rated T

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(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Dan Mora

As Captain Marvel, CAROL DANVERS has traveled to almost every inch of the planet - and beyond! Now she's heading to somewhere uncharted, where there's no familiar face to be seen except for...her own! Join Carol on her new cosmic journey through the past and future as Captain Marvel takes flight in an adventure you won't want to miss. The earth-shattering secrets of her Dark Origin are finally revealed, and the Marvel Universe will be forever changed. PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Rated T+

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(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Victor Ibanez (CA) Mike Mayhew

The Phoenix is coming and in its wake - death and destruction! Destined to become the Earth's host for the fiery entity, Jean is still not prepared for its arrival and the ensuing battle to come. Her only hope, a former host who can prepare and train her telepathic powers, but what cost is Jean willing to pay when Emma Frost, The White Queen, becomes her only salvation and the last line of defense from the world burning? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley!

Rated T+

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(W) Al Ewing (A) Paco Diaz (CA) Christian Ward

The U.S. Avengers have a new mission-to find their missing teammate! Squirrel Girl, Red Hulk, Iron Patriot, and more head into outer space to find Cannonball! The search leads them to strangest planet of all...Glenbrook, U.S.A.! Home - and fiefdom - of Ritchie Redwood, America's best loved teen! What shocking events will lead the U.S. Avengers to uncover the secrets of the seemingly idyllic planet of Glenbrook whose teenagers keep disappearing? And how will this lead them to Cannonball?

PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!

Rated T+

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We've got a very special episode this week as Howard fills in for Morgan and the Professor, adding a bit of all ages action to the usually adult skewed taste of CSSG. Lots of great stuff this week including the launch of Vertigo alum Shelly Bond's new imprint, the spooky super villain world of Sherlock Frankenstein and the magical realms of Maestros by master illustrator Steve Skroce! This is also week three of the Marvel Legacy initiative which includes the most massive issue of Mighty Thor #700!! By Odin, this mag is monstrous!! So stop in and pick up your new shinies to keep you company on this gloriously rainy Wednesday here in Seattle.