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    10 Free Comic Book Day Books You Need To Pick Up

    Free Comic Book DayEvery year, Free Comic Book Day grows by leaps and bounds. What started as just a few comic companies giving out a handful of comics has transformed into over 15 companies and 50+ comics! With many stores implementing strict limits on just how many books you can pick up, you need to make every choice count.

    Luckily, your friends at TFAW have come through with a list of the 10 comics you need to grab this Free Comic Book Day. Why 10? Because that just happens to be the number of comics we generously give at each of our retail locations.

    If you’re a Portland, Oregon or Los Angeles, Calfornia resident and want to join in on our Free Comic Book Day festivities, check us out on Facebook (Milwaukie , Portland, Beaverton, Universal Citywalk) for all the info you could want about our Free Comic Book Day event, including signing schedules. If you aren’t local, keep an eye on our website as we’re going to offer a sale you won’t want to miss starting on May 6th. Plus every order placed on May 6th will recive a Free Comic Book Day comic at random! (While supplies last)

    Want to visit your Local Comic Shop? Visit ComicShopLocator.com to find your nearest Comic Book Store!

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    Bandette Returns for More Fun

    Presto! Bandette is back and this time she is after clues to an elusive secret society filled with wisdom and riches in The House of the Green Mask. However, famed villain, The Voice is after the same thing and so he has stolen Bandette’s greatest treasure to leverage her help.

    For those unaware, Bandette is series from Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover about the greatest thief of all time. Set in Paris, Bandette is a beautiful blend of Robin Hood, The Pink Panther, The Great Muppet Caper and Tin Tin. It is a series that balances suspense and levity, genre and sincerity, cutesiness with reliability.

    Bandette graphic novels at TFAW.comThe newest volume of Bandette is as light on its feet and whimsical as ever. True moments of mystery and magic show us a new side to the Bandette oeuvre. Not tasked with the introduction of characters, you are able to spend time exploring relationships.

    Tobin excels at conversation that cracks open the hearts and minds of the ensemble to reveal deeper and more meaningful moments than can be had with straight exposition. Coover brings the script to life effortlessly. The romance is explosive, the chases are enveloping, and the humor is enchanting. There is a real love that shines through in the their work. The mastery that they bring makes this a thrilling read that will stay relevant and sought after for years to come.

    As an all-ages comic, Bandette is full of heart and encourages everyone to live life on the edge where it’s more exciting. She never second guesses her feelings. She seizes the day. She radiates passion and excitement! As a beautiful and timeless melodrama, no character is bogged down with self-doubt or loss of conviction, instead they are bursting with vitality and form a sort of Commedia dell’arte heist adventure. I would feel comfortable giving this book to anyone. Take a small break with a large candy bar and enjoy this book.


    Bandette Vol. 3, Dark Horse, rated 12+, Released October 12, 2016, Written by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, $11.99

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    Plants vs. Zombies Invades the Portland TFAW 11/9

    Plants vs. Zombies™: Lawnmageddon Signing With Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, and Matthew J. RainwaterMmm . . . BRAINS! Experience the PopCap® game that’s won 30 Game of the Year awards — and counting — at Things From Another World’s signing for Dark Horse Comics’ Plants vs. Zombies™: Lawnmageddon hardcover with Paul Tobin (Bandette), Ron Chan (Husbands), and Matthew J. Rainwater (Garage Raja), Saturday, November 9 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Portland TFAW. Make sure to bring the kids!

    Get your picture taken with an official PvZ zombie, enter to win prizes from PopCap Games, Sock Dreams, and USAopoly, and play Plants vs. Zombies in the store, courtesy of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade. Free snacks and beverages provided.

    Tell all your friends, and RSVP now!

    The confusing-yet-brilliant inventor known only as Crazy Dave helps his niece, Patrice, and young adventurer Nate Timely fend off a “fun-dead” neighborhood invasion in Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon! Bring your signed copy home November 9 for just $9.99.



    Do you play Plants vs. Zombies? What’s your favorite part of the game? Post your comments below!

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    Meet Portland Creators and Support Free Speech in Comics 10/9

    CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 Signing and Membership DriveThe Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has fought for the First Amendment Rights of the comics community since 1986. Now here’s your chance to join the fight for free speech at our CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 signing and membership drive October 9 at the Portland TFAW!

    Meet the contributors to Image Comics’ CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013, including Jeremy Atkins (Charles de Ghoul), Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies), Emi Lenox (EmiTown), Michelle Madsen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Dave Stewart (Hellboy), and Paul Tobin (Bandette), and learn how you can join the CBLDF for as little as $25! Complimentary food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID) provided.

    Bonuses Courtesy of Dark Horse Comics:

    • Sign up for CBLDF membership at the $50-$249 level to receive a Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1 Limited Edition hardcover, while supplies last!
    • Sign up at the $250 or greater level to receive a Give Me Liberty hardcover, signed by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons, also while supplies last!

    These bonuses are in addition to the CBLDF’s own membership incentives, which include T-shirts, sweatshirts, buttons, and more. Plus, the CBLDF has donated extras of these items for our raffle, which will take place during the event! Make sure to RSVP now.


    Are you a member of the CBLDF? Post your comments below!

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    Colleen Coover Shares Comic Book Stories With Us

    Colleen Coover at SDCC 2008. Photo by Lori MatsumotoPortland, OR is an embarrassment in riches in terms of talented comic book creators, and one of our very favorites is Colleen Coover. Recently, the Gingerbread Girl creator has had a lot of success with her new series, Bandette, with co-creator Paul Tobin.

    If you’re in the Portland Area, be sure to stop by Colleen’s Bandette Gallery Reception on Friday, August 10th at our Portland Things From Another World shop, but you’ll read more about that later…

    We had the chance to chat with Coover about her introduction to the world of comics, her favorite part about working in the industry, and what we can expect from her soon.

    TFAW.com: What are your earliest memories of comics? What was the first comic you read?

    Batman and Robin. Biff! Pow!Colleen Coover: I honestly can’t remember. My sister is seven years older than me, and our grandmother had already been giving her all the “stripped” coverless comics from the five-and-dime store where she worked. I’ve literally been reading comics since before I knew what the words meant.

    TFAW.com: What inspired you to work in the comic book industry?

    Coover: Again; early, early childhood. I remember “drawing” the characters from the Batman TV show. Batman was a scribble, Robin was a scribble with an R on his chest.

    TFAW.com: How did you break into the comics industry?

    Colleen Coover's Small Favors at TFAW.comCoover: Pretty much when I finished one comics story and did not stop. A successful comics career is not a matter of when you get your first paycheck, but when you put your first story out into the world. Submitting a hundred finished pages of Small Favors to Fantagraphics/Eros was probably the biggest step forward I’ve ever taken.

    TFAW.com: How has your experience been as a female in the industry?

    Coover: As opposed to my experience as a dude? *wink!* I’ve been gratified to have the respect of my peers and colleagues from the word go. I couldn’t ask for more than that.

    TFAW.com: What’s your favorite part of telling stories in the sequential arts?

    Coover: The best is when I draw something that tickles me in some way. It doesn’t have to be overt; once I cracked myself up by signing my name in a scrawl for a mock New Yorker strip. If I’m having fun drawing, that will communicate itself to the readers, and they’ll have fun too.

    TFAW.com: What do you think comic book publishers should be doing or have been doing to attract female readers?

    Coover: Diversification of genre, diversification of target age group, diversification of art and storytelling style. Most of the independent publishers have figured that out already.

    TFAW.com: What aspect of comics have you struggled with, as a creator?

    Coover: I will sometimes lose focus and dawdle on a project if I don’t have a definite deadline. Fortunately, I’ve had great editors and co-creators who help me stay motivated and keep on track!

    TFAW.com: What advice can you give aspiring comic book creators?

    Coover: I kind of hate the word “aspiring.” What’s that line from Rocky Horror? “Don’t Dream It, Be It.” If you are making comics, you aren’t aspiring to be a creator, you’re doing it.

    TFAW.com: Who’s work has had an influence in your art?

    Coover: Short answer: everything I’ve ever read. I’m always confused by artists who can point to a single source of inspiration and say “that’s it; that’s where I come from.” I like to encourage young artists who maybe haven’t grown up with comics the way I did to make an effort to read stuff from before they were born, especially, or if they’ve only read one genre, to make an effort to look out side of that. The more varied influences a person has, the richer that person’s art can be.

    Some of my major influences are: Milton Caniff, Los Bros Hernandez, Alex Toth, Harvey Comics, Jack Kirby, Archie Comics, Hayao Miyazaki, Wendy Pini, Wally Wood, Darwyn Cooke, Peter Arno, and Jack Davis. I could go on.

    TFAW.com: Who’s one woman in comics that you admire?

    Coover: Marie Severin is a giant of American comics. She did it all, in every genre: coloring, art, and production work. Kate Beaton is one of my favorite contemporary cartoonists. She’s so smart and funny, and I love that she’s doing exactly what she enjoys. That’s what makes a person truly successful.

    TFAW.com: What was the last comic you read?

    Coover: I read the web comic Oglaf weekly. It updates on Sundays. [Editor’s Note: Adult themes! Be warned! Enjoy.]

    Colleen Coover and Paul Tobin's Bandette #1 now available digitally through comiXologyTFAW.com: Can you tell us a little about your newest comic, Bandette?

    Coover: Bandette, which is written by my husband Paul Tobin and drawn by me, is one of those dream projects where you get to do anything and everything you want to do. It’s a faux-French crime caper — “faux” in that neither of us is French or knows the language. It takes everything we love about European comics, ’60s spy movies, heist stories, girl detectives, and boy’s adventure stories and mashes it all up. It’s published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics through ComiXology [for just $0.99!, BTW].

    TFAW.com: Later this week, your art gallery opens at our Portland shop. What piece are you most excited to show everybody?

    Coover: I’m showing all 13 pages of the first issue of Bandette, plus two pages from another digital story called Rose’s Heart, which appeared in the Double Feature Horror #3 issue. Rose’s Heart is a story I wrote as an attempt to recreate the marvelously cheesy Gothic Horror-Romance comics from the early ’70s.

    TFAW.com: What projects do you have coming up soon?

    Coover: More Bandette! That’s going to be my focus for some time. I also have some work for a major book publisher starting up soon, and meanwhile I’m noodling away at writing the occasional gay romance prose story.


    We want to thank Colleen again for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer all of our questions! If you’re in the Portland area, be sure to come to Colleen’s Bandette Gallery Reception on Friday, August 10. You’ll want to get to our new Portland Things From Another World shop promptly at 7:00, because the first 100 people will get a free Limited Edition Bandette Print, made especially for the show!

    Have you read Bandette #1? Did you love it as much as we did? Let us know below.

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    Paul Tobin Tells All About Spider-Girl & Marvel Adventures!

    Paul Tobin Spider-GirlAs part of Kids Comics Month in December, we’ve been able to do some pretty cool interviews, including one with Spider-Girl and Marvel Adventures writer Paul Tobin! Sit down and relax as Tobin tells us about the evolution of Spider-Girl, why he loves writing kids comics, and more. Plus, learn how to create a kids comics subscription and save 20% at TFAW!

    TFAW.com: Hi Paul, thanks for “chatting” with us today! After years of publishing comics for an older audience, Marvel and other publishers seem to be trying to create more comics specifically for kids. What do you think kids want to see in their comics?

    Paul Tobin: Honestly, I don’t think it’s any different than what adults want to see: engaging and well-thought out characters, a storyline with action and depth. A sense of adventure . . . that anything can happen. I think a clear division of all-ages / adults comics is what hurt the all-ages market in the first place.

    TFAW.com: What do you like best about writing all-ages comics?

    PT: The freedom of being able to completely world-build. The all-ages material isn’t as bound by the Code of Continuity, so if I feel like bringing in some disparate elements, it’s all up to me.

    TFAW.com: I wanted to say how much I enjoyed Spider-Girl #1. How much input did you have in developing the character and her storyline?

    Paul Tobin Spider-GirlPT: Pretty much 100%. I was given the character, and beyond that I was able to go wild. It’s such a fresh start for Anya Corazon that no matter which way I wanted to jump, then-editor Nate Cosby just got out of the way. Nate has left Marvel now, and the rumor at least is that he’s amassing an army of bulldogs for some sort of world dominion quest, but until he takes over the world, my current editor Tom Brennan is taking a similar stance of trusting me to do what’s right for the story and the character.

    TFAW.com: The @The_Spider_Girl tweets in the comic are an interesting touch aimed at tech-savvy younger readers. You are the man behind the actual Twitter profile too, right? When and why did you decide to do that?

    PT: I run the Twitter, but Colleen Coover does help me from time to time when I’m avalanched by deadlines. As far as why I do it, I’ve written some 150 books for Marvel at this point, and pretty much every time I’ve had more story to tell when I run up against the 22-page wall. So, I’ve been thinking of ways to expand the storytelling . . . work in some more characterization, give the reader more of a feel for the characters. The expansion of Twitter allows me to do that. It’s an experiment that’s been working very well.

    TFAW.com: Is this the first time there’s been an official, in-continuity Twitter feed connected to a comic book? Do you see this continuing indefinitely?

    PT: I think Marvel has played around with it in smaller ways, but this is the first major one, yes. And how long will it continue . . . ? I supposed I’d have to cross-index that answer with “how long it continues to be an effective means of storytelling” with “how long I continue to hold on to my sanity.”

    Paul Tobin Spider-GirlTFAW.com: Spider-Girl is an all-ages comic that can really be enjoyed by readers of any age–much like Thor: The Mighty Avenger. How do you create that balance when you write?

    PT: I write every story so that it appeals to me, actually. If I’m having fun writing a story, if I feel there’s characterization and action that’s exciting and thought-provoking, then it can work for any book, whether it’s all-ages or not. Writing the Adventures line, I don’t have murders, or sexual situations, but I certainly don’t gauge the stories for younger audiences . . . I just make them accessible. Most of the books that I read when I was a kid were what we’d consider as mature stories today, and I enjoyed them immensely . . . so I suppose in some way I’m also writing for the young Paul Tobin, as well as the bald version in today’s world.

    TFAW.com: Unlike past Spider-Girls, Anya Corazon doesn’t have any powers (she lost her powers after The Grim Hunt). What are the challenges/benefits to having a superhero without any “super” powers?

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