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    TFAW Security Changes

    I CAN’T ACCESS TFAW.COM!!!

    If you are unable to connect to tfaw.com, you likely have a browser that doesn’t support TLS 1.2. Please read the below information carefully, as you won’t be able to visit or purchase from TFAW.com until you upgrade your browser.

    TL;DR

    For PCI compliance reasons, we stopped supporting browser encryption older than TLS 1.2 on June 26th, 2018. Please upgrade your browser or enable TLS 1.2 to continue using TFAW.com. You will not be able to access TFAW if you don’t upgrade your browser.

    Sample errors

    Firefox: “The connection was interrupted”

    Opera: “Unable to complete secure transaction”

    Chrome: “SSL connection error”

    What’s Going On?

    TFAW takes security very seriously. The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is an organization that sets security standards for websites that handle credit cards. The newest revision of their policies requires that we disable security protocols considered to be outdated and insecure. We made these changes to remain PCI compliant and to continue operating. As of this deadline, we’re required to block any browser connection to TFAW.com that does not use at least the TLSv1.2 secure connection standard, which may prevent some people from viewing our site.

    How Am I Affected As a Customer?

    A secure connection requires that both the sending and receiving ends work together. This means that not only must our end be secure, but as a visitor to our site, so must your browser. If your browser is too old, you may not be able to access our site and may find yourself reading this blog post to determine why this is happening. If you’re using a current web browser, then you should already be protected.

    If you’re unable to connect to www.tfaw.com, you may need to upgrade your browser version, change your browser’s security settings, or even upgrade your computer’s operating system. More details on how to do this can be found at the bottom of this post.

    Why Is This Happening?

    Online security is always evolving. As vulnerabilities are found in older security standards, new standards are created to address those vulnerabilities and increase security. One such type of security is the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, which makes sure that information passing between your browser and a website is encrypted and unreadable to outside parties. The PCI Security Standards Council has determined that vulnerabilities in versions older than TLSv1.2 are at risk for being breached. In response to this, the newest revisions to their security standard establish a new baseline for the level of encryption that must be used by sites that process credit card information. As a website that processes credit card information and a company that values our customers’ security, we updated our security to meet the deadline for this upgrade on June 30th, 2018.

    What Does All This Technical Mumbo-Jumbo Really Mean?

    When you’re viewing a website, a lot of information is being sent back and forth: Information about the site and what it looks like is sent to your browser so you can view it. When you submit information like your address and credit card for a purchase, that information is sent from your browser back to our website. This information can either be unencrypted (“http://”) or encrypted (“https://”).

    Transporting this information is like putting important files in a car and driving it to another location. An unencrypted connection is like driving a regular car with the doors unlocked; someone could stop the car along the way and get all the files inside. An encrypted connection is like using a security truck, with features to make sure no one can get anything inside while it’s moving. However, even with a security truck, there can be different levels of how difficult it is to break into the truck. This is like the different types of encryption protocols which have names like “SSL 2.0”, “SSL 3.0”, “TLS 1.0”, or “TLS 1.2”. As technology advances, criminals have learned how to break into older security trucks, so we learn to build bigger and stronger vehicles.

    However, having a big security truck moving all your files means you need a big garage in order to park the truck and unload it. If your garage isn’t big enough, you won’t be able to park any of the new security trucks that are sent to you. In this case, your web browser is the garage.

    The PCI Security Standards Council is saying that we can only use the newest, safest trucks to transport your information, so your garage has to be big enough to receive them. If your web browser does not use support newest security standards, you won’t be able to use those protocols to send and receive information, and you won’t be able to access our website.

    How Do I Make Sure I Can Access TFAW.com?

    There are several factors that can affect whether your browser supports the latest security protocols, including your browser version, your browser security settings, and even your operating system version. You can go to www.howsmyssl.com and look under “Version” to see what version of TLS your browser is using. If it lists anything lower than TLS 1.2, here are the steps you can take to ensure that you are using TLSv1.2.

    First, you can check that you are using a browser that supports TLSv1.2. This includes:

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and higher
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile (Windows Phone 8.1) 11 and higher
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Mozilla Firefox 27 and higher
    • Google Chrome 30 and higher
    • Google Android OS Browser Android 5.0 and higher
    • Apple Safari 7 and Higher
    • Apple Safari Mobile (iOS 5+) 5 and higher
    • Opera and Opera Mobile 12.18, or 17 and higher

    It’s also possible that your browser supports TLSv1.2 but it needs to be manually enabled.

    The following is a list of browsers which support TLSv1.2, but is not turned on by default:

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8-10 on Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile (Windows Phone 8) 10
    • Mozilla Firefox 24 – 26
    • Google Android OS Browser Android 4.4
    • Opera and Opera Mobile 10 – 12.17

    Instructions on how to enable TLSv1.2:

    Note that these instructions may not work across all operating systems and devices. You may need to search for instructions fitting your circumstances.

    Internet Explorer 8-10:

    1. Click Tools > Internet Options.
    2. In the Internet Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab.
    3. Scroll to the Security section, select the Use TLS 1.2 check box, and click OK.

    Firefox version 24 and later:

    1. Open a Firefox browser and enter about:config in the address bar.
    2. When prompted, click I’ll be careful, I promise! and accept the warning.
    3. Search for security.tls.version.max.
    4. Double-click security.tls.version.max and change the value to 3 to configure the browser to support TLS1.2.

    Google Chrome (note newer versions of Chrome do not have this setting):

    1. Select “Settings” or “Preferences” from the application menu.
    2. Scroll down and select “Show advanced settings…”
    3. Scroll down to the Network section and click on “Change proxy settings…”
    4. Select the “Advanced” tab.
    5. Scroll down to the “Security” section.
    6. Locate and check “Use TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2”.
    7. Then, press the “OK” button.

    Opera:

    1. Open Opera
    2. Click Ctrl+F12
    3. Click on “Security”
    4. Click on “Security Protocols…”
    5. Check on “Enable TLS 1.1 & TLS 1.2”
    6. Press the “OK” button.
    7. Then, press the “OK” button.

    Safari:

    • There are no options for enabling SSL protocols. If you are using Safari version 7 or greater, TLS 1.1 & 1.2 are automatically enabled.

    In some cases, you may be using a browser that supports TLSv1.2, but your operating system does not support the protocol. If you are running an operating system that falls under this case, you will need to update your operating system before being able to use TLSv1.2. Many older operating systems don’t support TLSv1.2 at all, while some newer ones only support it after certain security updates. The following is a list of operating systems that DO NOT support TLSv1.2:

    • Windows versions older than XP (ME, 2000, 98)
    • Windows XP before certain security updates
    • Windows Vista before certain security updates
    • Windows 7 before version 6.1.760 1.23xxx
    • The update for Windows 7 can be found here
    • OS X version 10.8 or older

    Most customers shouldn’t be affected by these changes, but if are using outdated security protocols we highly recommend you update so you may continue to access TFAW and your other favorite online stores.

    Now What?

    If you were redirected here from TFAW.com, then we recommend you upgrade or change web browsers.

    You will need to resolve this problem in order to shop at TFAW.com.

    If you have any questions, please contact service@tfaw.com.

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    July Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Boy, did we get a lot of great product reviews last month! As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked people who submitted product reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Matthew from Macon, GA is the first of this month’s winners. Here’s one of his reviews for our $3.00 Grab Bag Graphic Novels:

    You can not go wrong when ordering this. I always get a grab bag with my other purchases they’re affordable and fun–you can get some very good books this way. I just wish there was a DC graphic novel grab bag!

    Leonardo from Doral, FL also wrote a few reviews last month. His review of the Fables Vol. 17 TPB was succinct, but it piqued our interest in the book:

    Once the North Wind is dead, which cub will be his heir? And Bufkin is the leader of something, he doesn’t know what. Amazing TPB.

    Megan from Idaho wrote a review of the New 52 Batman, Incorporated #1. While her review isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement, it that doesn’t make her review any less useful to a potential reader:

    After hearing so much about Batman, Inc., I was excited to read this first issue. But honestly, I was disappointed. The art is great (no complaint there!) but the story is just so… weird. It’s like someone mixed Batman and Robin with Alice in Wonderland. Bottom line: if you liked all the pre-New 52 issues, you’ll probably like this one too. But if you’re looking for a classic Batman story, check out a different series.

    And with all the craziness leading up to and during SDCC last month, we were delayed in our choices for June’s Product Review Contest Winners. These three folks wrote outstanding reviews during June.

    Matthew from Portland, OR typed some words on a screen and they magically appeared on our website for the Batman: The Court of Owls HC:

    A good anthology book is hard to find these days but Dark Horse Presents never fails to deliver. I’m usually more into story than art, but the art was mind-blowing. I’m looking forward to the Night of Owls conclusion.

    Paul from Australia put a lot of thought into his review of the Ghost Rider Danny Ketch: Addict TPB:

    Danny Ketch: Addict tells the tale of just how Danny came to be in the service of the rogue angel Zadkiel. It also kicks off the premise that there are many Ghost Riders all over the world. I enjoyed this TPB, it’s not overly long, but it tells a pretty good story and makes a very nice addition to the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider Heaven’s on Fire storyline. Recommended if you’re a fan of the Ghost Rider and want to know why Danny Ketch is sapping the power of the other Spirits of Vengenance.

    Once you see Khalifa’s review of Meanwhile Pick Any Path 3856 Story Possibilities, you’ll know why we picked his review. Here’s what he had to say:

    A great experiment of using comics as a medium for the Choose Your Own Adventure genre. The book makes use of tabs on the side of each page to lead the reader to the next page. The story is fun and simple, suitable to anyone as young twelve but the humor kept my twenty-six year old self entertained until the end. The story involves a young boy who works as a lab assistant for a day and his adventures with each device he finds in the lab. The reader’s choices can be as simple as choosing an ice cream flavor to choosing whether or not to operate a doomsday device. One of the main themes of the story is time travel so expect to go in circles and create paradoxes. Overall, Meanwhile is a fun read for children and adults alike and my only complaint is that there isn’t any more books like it.

    Thanks so much to everyone who’s written reviews in the past couple months and throughout the years. You are good people. 🙂

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    April Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

    Nicholas from Phoenix is the first of this month’s winners. He’s written a bunch of great reviews for Mass Effect stuff these last couple months, and we couldn’t help but notice his review for Mass Effect: Invasion #4:

    Amazing. This story has almost nothing to do with Commander Shepard, but Aria T’loak is a likeable anti-hero in this action packed comic. Cereberus begins to show its true colors as humanity’s worst attempt to invade the bastion of sin in the Terminus Systems. A “must read” for any Mass Effect fan.

    Next up is Ed from Arizona, who wrote some of the most in-depth reviews we’ve seen in quite some time. Here’s an excerpt from his three-star review of Geoff Johns’ Superman Secret Origin:

    Geoff Johns is an immensely talented writer, and I can understand his desire to kinda/sorta want to put his own creative stamp on the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN, but there’s a part of me who firmly believes this isn’t all he wanted to do with Clark Kent and his alter-ego, Kalel . . . with another Super-flick headed to the box office, methinks the suits probably saw the need for housekeeping, so why not hand the reins to a proven innovator like Johns?

    Knowing how the industry tends to re-visit already established characters once more after a major relaunch, perhaps the book is required reading in order to not feel inundated or lost with the monthlies that have followed since this six-issue miniseries came to be.

    Still, what Johns accomplishes here isn’t so much adding any fresh perspective as it feels like cashing in. I didn’t walk away from those same sentiments when John Byrne did it, and I certainly didn’t walk away with that sense of disappointment when Jeph Loeb did it with the still stellar SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS . . . couldn’t we have brought something “fresh” to the perspective of Superman instead of trampling out another corporate rehash of what everyone already knew? Recommended only for newbies to the Superman universe, as any serious long-term fan has already tackled this stuff elsewhere.

    Good stuff, no?

    Finally, Logan from Minneapolis stopped in to let us know what he thought about Archaia’s Rust HC Vol. 1. Here’s what he had to say:

    Picked this up @ C2E2’12 and read it on my way back from Chicago. Loved it! Fantastic start to an amazing book series! Artwork is amazing! Can’t wait for the next book! Only 4 stars because it’s part 1 of a 6 (I believe, or 4) book series. 5 stars once I can read the entire story! Can’t wait for the live action movie too!

    We want to thank everyone again for sharing their product reviews last month. You guys really do a lot to help other customers each time you submit a review. Thanks for your efforts! You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    Save 40% on DC New 52 Second Wave #1 Issues at TFAW.com

    DC took the comic book industry by storm in September 2011 with The New 52, when they relaunched their entire line of books with #1 issues. In May, they’ll be launching six new series with The New 52 Second Wave!
    Batman Incorporated #1Earth Two #1Worlds Finest #1Ravagers #1Dial H #1GI Combat #1

    If you were to buy all six #1 issues at retail price, you’d shell out about $20. If you order at TFAW by 3/31, those issues will cost you just $11.94 as part of our Second Wave offer. That’s 40% off all six #1 issues. There’s no better way to try out these new books!

    LEARN MORE ABOUT DC’s NEW 52 SECOND WAVE

    Don’t forget about the ongoing adventures of your favorite DC superheroes. Many of DC’s New 52 series have new creative teams and are starting new story arcs. It’s a great time to start reading these blockbuster series.

    SEE ALL DC NEW 52 #9 ISSUES

    SEE ALL DC NEW 52 #8 ISSUES

    SEE ALL DC NEW 52 #7 ISSUES

    Which series are you excited to begin? Are you picking up all the Second Wave #1 issues? Let us know below.

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    Dynamite Month: Garth Ennis Talks About the End of The Boys

    Garth Ennis The BoysWhen Eisner Award-winning writer Garth Ennis debuted The Boys in 2006, he declared that the comic book series would “out-Preacher Preacher,” his legendarily violent and profane epic with Steve Dillon.

    Centering on a group of superpowered CIA agents who are tasked with keeping the world’s “superheroes” (an utterly corrupt, lewd, and selfish bunch known as the Seven) in check, The Boys is hilarious, offensive, emotionally gut-wrenching, and . . . over, with issue #72. With issue #59 due out today, that gives us just over a year left with the boys of The Boys.

    We had the fantastic opportunity to pepper Ennis with questions about the end of The Boys, as well as the limited series The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker, as part of Dynamite Month. Read his responses below and check out our eight-page preview for The Boys #59!

    WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT FOR MATURE READERS AFTER THE JUMP–18 AND OLDER ONLY!

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    Farscape Contest Winner Announced

    We asked you to tell us your favorite moment from the Farscape television series or comic book series as part of the Farscape Contest last week. There were a lot of great Farscape moments that you all reminded us about, so it was difficult to choose a winner.

    We’re excited to announce that we’re sending Will Sliney’s original sketch of Scorpy (pictured here to the right) to Dewayne in Petersburg, Indiana who posted his favorite moment via Twitter. Here’s Dewayne’s favorite Farscape moment:

    @TFAW Issue 0 of Scorpius, wth nary a word spoken Scorp comes to terms with his exile, pure genius. #Farscape

    Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks again to Will for providing the sketch!

    READ BOOM! MONTH INTERVIEWS & MORE

    SEE ALL FARSCAPE PRODUCTS

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    March Product Review Contest Winners

    It was another great month for product reviews! A lot of you wanted to tell us what you thought of the products you got from TFAW.com. We read your reviews, and picked three lucky winners for our Product Review Contest for March. This month, we’re sending out $25 TFAW gift certificates to the following winners:

    Michael in New Hampshire shared his thoughts on the Sock Monkey: Uncle Gabby HC.

    I don’t know if this was intended to be the last Sock Monkey story, but it reads like a summing up not only of the adventures of Gabby and Crow but of childhood itself. It’s bittersweet and beautiful and very possibly the best thing Tony Millionaire has done. A wonderful book.


    Celmalena wrote from Maine to tell us about the new Star Trek Romulan Bird Of Prey Model Kit:

    Round 2 brings back the Romulan Bird-of-Prey that’s been long out of production going on 35 years now so folks who missed out on the first release or just want to reminisce can enjoy it. Not the most accurate model out there but Round 2 saw that the major issues were addressed – most notably, the forward plasma weapon and the replacement nacelle caps. A jewel for anyone’s mantle! A “must get” kit!

    And Andrew, from Australia wrote a to-the-point review of Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage TPB. Here’s what he had to say:

    A fascinating arc in Spider-Man’s history. People have (rightly) complained that Carnage is a boring, one-dimensional villain; a hard claim to refute. Spider-Man’s response to Carnage, however, is what makes this worth reading. Don’t grab this book for Carnage, grab it for Peter Parker.

    Thank you to all of our customers for their product reviews last month. Good luck to you all for next month’s contest. Keep your reviews coming, and as always, we’re choosing our product reviews carefully. Please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    February Product Review Contest Winners

    Sorry this one’s so late folks! ECCC threw off our normal time line for picking the winners of our Product Review Contest. We’re sending out $25 TFAW gift certificates to this month’s winners:

    Alan from Washington DC reviewed New Mutants #15. Here’s what he had to say:

    Wasn’t quite sure I’d get into this story, but the whole series by Zeb Wells has come full circle. I’m so glad I decided to continue reading the series!

    Travis from Hillsboro, OR did a pretty cool write-up on the BSG Daybreak Cylon Action Figure Two-pack:

    These figures are very nice and detailed. The pistons in the new Centurion are even rigged up, so if you move its feet the pistons move, too.

    The new Centurion comes with different hands and gauntlets so you can have open/closed hands or guns extended/retracted on each arm. The hands aren’t too hard to swap out, but the gauntlets are really hard to snap on.

    The old Centurion is even more detailed and comes with a rifle. It’s a cool figure, but the rifle doesn’t sit well in its hand and it’s hard to stand up without making it look sort of like a hunchback.

    In both cases, certain joints are slightly loose so the arms won’t quite stay posed. Regardless, I give a reasonably high rating because they are well detailed and pretty cool looking.

    Last, but not least, there’s Brent from the UK. His review of the Classic Uncle Scrooge Series 2 Character #3: Uncle Scrooge “Cash N’ Carry” Statue was a quick little review that caught our eye. Here’s what he had to say:

    For an old Carl Barks fan, these little statues are the business and certainly do the old duck man’s memory due reverence. (Probably going to be damned collectible too!!!)

    Collectible indeed, Brent. That figure sold out in record time!

    We want to thank all our customers for their product reviews last month. Good luck to you all for next month’s contest. Get those reviews in, you just may be next month’s winner! As always, we’re choosing our product reviews carefully. Please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    Comic Book Subscriptions at TFAW.com

    There are a lot of reasons to start up a comic book subscription at TFAW.com. One of the best reasons is that subscription matches for this month will be 30% off!

    1) Price-You’ll save 20% off the cover price on all your subscriptions. That’s money you can use towards food, or rent, or more comics. You’re basically getting two free issues a year for each monthly series you subscribe to.*
    *Math: $2.99 x 20% = $0.60. $0.60 x 5 issues (@ $2.99) = $3.00 (or 1 $2.99 comic every sixth issue).

    2) Guarantee your copy-Ever walk into a comic book shop to find that they just sold the last copy of the book you went there to pick up? Yeah, that won’t happen again. Gone are the days you resort to an eBayer to fill the gaps in your series.

    3) Never forget an issue again-If you’re like me, you forget things from time to time. With so many great comics coming out each month, it’s hard for even the most avid comics reader to remember every issue they wanted to pick up. Set up your subscription once and it’ll be in there until you’re old and gray, my friend. (Or until they retcon the character or bring in a new creative team and you decide it’s not for you anymore).

    4) Comics come to you now-You don’t have to brave the elements to get your comics. No longer do residents of Phoenix have to go out in 113° heat to get their copy of Detective Comics featuring Mr. Freeze. Nor do folks from New York City have to trek 12 blocks in the snow to find out which Fantastic Four character just died. We’ll do the work: carefully pack up your comics, and ship ’em to your door.

    Our subscription service can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Subscribe by series that we’ve set up, or use our “Keyword” subscription and be sure to pick up mini-series, one-shots and other pesky issues you can’t live without. Spiffy, huh?

    I want you to take five minutes to read over our Subscriptions page. The time it takes to figure out our subscription system and set up your subscriptions will far outweigh you searching through TFAW each week/month for your favorite titles. We’ve got a handy walkthrough set up so you can see how easy it is to get your subscriptions started. As always, we’re available via Live Chat (M-F 9AM-5PM PST) to help troubleshoot any problems you encounter along the way.

    BONUS: Sign up for a subscription by 2/23/11 and your first matches will be 30% off (FEB11 comics)!

    CHECK OUT OUR SUBSCRIPTIONS WALKTHROUGH

    LOGIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT & SET UP A SUBSCRIPTION

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    Choose Your Product Display at TFAW

    There are three ways to display search results at TFAW. Once you try ’em out and decide which one works for you, you’ll be able to search with ease.

    The first display option is “Text list,” which is perfect for those who just want to see the pertinent info like Title, Release Date and Price in a handy checklist-type display:
    Text View of Search Results at TFAW

    If you’re a visual person, you’ll love “Cover image grid.” The cover is shown next to the Release Date, Publisher, and Price. This one’s pretty handy if you don’t like to scroll a lot. We tend to default to “Cover image grid” around the TFAW office.
    Text View of Search Results at TFAW

    Finally, there’s “Text + covers,” which gives you all of the above info plus an brief description of the product. It’s the best way to learn a little about each product in your search query without having to click through to each and every product.
    Text View of Search Results at TFAW

    Go ahead and do a search now and play with the settings in the Search Results box near the top of the page. It’ll be a fun little exercise. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here…

    Figure out which display you prefer? Have any helpful tips for other TFAW users? Have a suggestion on how we can better display product info for you? Post your comments below!

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    December Product Review Contest Winners

    I can’t believe how many great product reviews we got last month. It was really difficult picking three winners for our Product Review Contest. This month, we’re sending out $25 TFAW gift certificates to the following winners:

    Joseph from New York reviewed Batman 80 Page Giant 2010 #1. Here’s what he had to say:

    I found most of the stories to be fairly underwhelming, with the exception of a rather creative vignette written by Sean Ryan and drawn by Joe Suitor and a quite delightfully sinister Joker story by Peter Miriani and Szymon Kudranski, which is in my opinion the highlight of the book. Which is not to say the other little tales are bad, all centering on slices of the lives of various villains, but they also strike me as fairly forgettable. Still, if you love seeing the Joker throw blood on the fourth wall you’ll have reason to pick up this issue.

    Margaret from New Hampshire wrote a helpful review for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Buffy Art Mug:

    I bought 3 of these for Christmas presents (big Buffy fans around here). When I was wrapping the mugs, I noticed on the bottom of the mugs that they are not microwave safe or dishwasher safe. Since most people use both, I’m recommending they do not use these and just display them. I wish you would have disclosed this on the website. It would have influenced my buying decision.

    Margaret’s review prompted us to contact the manufacturer regarding the microwave/dishwasher safety warning on the bottom of the mug. It turns out that the message was the result of an error at the manufacturing facility and we have been assured that the mugs can be used in the microwave and washed in the dishwasher. Just goes to show you that your reviews are being read and that we care very much about what you have to say.

    Last, but not least, there’s Daniel from our very own Portland, Oregon who captured our attention with his terrific review of the Cover Girls Of The DCU Harley Quinn Statue. Here’s what he had to say:

    I have every Cover Girls of the DCU since they’ve been coming out, and this is just another wonderful piece to add to the collection. The sculpting and paiting is actualy superb. Would definetly recommend to anyone a fan of the DCU or Adam Hughes.

    We want to thank all our customers for their product reviews last month. Good luck to you all for next month’s contest. Get those reviews in, you just may be next month’s winner! As always, we’re choosing our product reviews carefully. Please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

    So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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    Help us with our New Year’s Resolutions

    With Christmas becoming a fuzzy memory in the rearview mirror of the journey that is 2010, we reminisce on what we’ve accomplished this year, how far we’ve come. We want 2011 to be even more epicly epic than 2010! We want TFAW to be the destination for comics, graphic novels and pop-culture collectibles. That’s where you come in…

    We just posted a brief survey, and we’re looking for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don’t be afraid to let us have it. Your opinions will help us focus our efforts on the stuff that’s really important to the number one TFAW stakeholder–you.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot to mention that each month, we’ll be giving away a $100 gift certificate to one survey taker.* Thanks for choosing TFAW, folks. Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year to you and yours!

    *Entries are limited to one entry per person per month. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.

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