'Buffy' meets 'The Guild,' 'Star Wars' meets 'Serenity' on FCBD
November 30th, 2011
06:24 PM ET

'Buffy' meets 'The Guild,' 'Star Wars' meets 'Serenity' on FCBD

It's never too early to get ready for Free Comic Book Day (or FCBD, to many collectors).

One reason collectors are already excited about the prospect of getting select comics for free in May of 2012: The closest thing to Han Solo teaming up with Mal Reynolds is coming from Dark Horse Comics.

A special "flip book" issue  of "Star Wars," paired with "Serenity" (based on the short-lived, much-missed Fox sci-fi series), was announced last week for Free Comic Book Day. Both stories (one of which can be read normally, and another by flipping the book upside down) are written by Zack Whedon, a writer on "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," "Fringe" and brother to "Serenity" and "Dr. Horrible" creator Joss Whedon.

Mal and Han are kindred spirits in a way, both being space cowboys with similar devil-may-care attitudes (even spawning more than a few geeky debates.) The combination of two stories from their respective universes are sure to fly off comic book store shelves in May.

Speaking of Whedon, his other creation, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is being paired in another flip book with Felicia Day's web video sensation "The Guild," another series recently translated to comics by Dark Horse.

Many fans of "Buffy" first became familiar with Day through her work on that series and "Dr. Horrible," so the Slayer pairing with Codex is a perfect fit.

Needless to say, it's going to be a little like Christmas for fans of the Whedonverse. Free Comic Book Day takes place on May 5, 2012 at a comic book store near you.

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New Comic Wednesday November 30, 2011
Archie Comics #627: The one where Archie meets KISS.
November 30th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday November 30, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

This week marks the fifth week of November and the first week following a big holiday. It has been my experience that this week - out of the whole entire year - leaves comic buyers with less new books available on Wednesday. However, one look at the release schedule this week confirms the true motive behind this anemic offering: fear. That's because this week KISS comes to Riverdale!

Yes, KISS, as in the rock band KISS, or as our friend Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia clarified, “Starchild, the Space Ace, the Catman, and the Demon.”

And yes, we are talking about Archie Comics #627 also known as "Archie meets KISS!"

If you have ever read an Archie comic, you know what is waiting for you behind the cover: A good, wholesome, fun story line that somehow never talks down to the readers.

“I daresay everyone in America has been exposed to the Archie gang at one point or another, and given their endless multimedia and merchandising dabbling the same can probably be said for KISS," Dean said. "You can just jump right in with this one, since the Archie books have always been very accessible to new readers.” FULL POST

‘Trek Nation’ explores Roddenberry’s final frontier
Fans, like this one in full Borg costume, contributed to "Trek Nation."
November 30th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

‘Trek Nation’ explores Roddenberry’s final frontier

Bernadette McDaid will never forget the moment that she first fell in love with Star Trek. She was 4 years old and playing with her dolls in the yard when her brother rushed outside and pulled her in the house to see something “important.” That was the first time she watched the Starship Enterprise seamlessly glide by on the TV screen.

“I remember seeing this incredible spaceship flying through the cosmos, which was an image I had never even contemplated, and I was hooked from them on,” she said.

McDaid, vice president of production for Science Channel, remains a self-confessed Trekker. So when word reached her that Rod Roddenberry, son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, was working on a documentary about his father and the Trek phenomenon, McDaid thought it was a perfect fit.

Then, Rod’s interviews with George Lucas, never-before-seen home movies and exclusive Star Trek footage began to roll through the network's office. In one of the true gems, a days-old Rod sits perched atop a model of the Enterprise in swaddling clothes, held in place by his parents.

Just profiling Gene Roddenberry would have been enough, but as the project developed, it became a truly personal look at both the creator and his handiwork, as seen through the eyes of his friends, colleagues, wife, actors, fans and ultimately, his grown son. FULL POST

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The most sought-after comic books
November 29th, 2011
05:56 PM ET

Comic book collectors' holy grails

Comic book collectors with a couple million dollars to spare are currently bidding on the highest quality condition issue of "Action Comics" #1 known to exist.

The issue is a part of comic book, not to mention pop culture, history, as it is the first real appearance of a superhero in comics (Superman, of course).

The current bid is more than $1.3 million as of this writing, and the auction will end Wednesday evening. The auctioneers at ComicConnect.com will not confirm or deny that it is the issue that had been missing from Nicolas Cage's collection for 11 years. Its condition is graded on the CGC scale (the industry standard created by ComicConnect.com) as a 9.0 out of 10.

If it sells for more than $1.5 million, it would beat the record previously set last year by another copy of "Action" #1.

Why do collectors shell out big bucks for these books? Click through the gallery above for the answer.

UPDATE: Bidding on "Action Comics" #1 has now exceeded $1.5 million.

FINAL UPDATE: This comic book sold for a record $2,161,000.

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The store where cute addicts go to die: Japan LA
November 29th, 2011
05:12 PM ET

The store where cute addicts go to die: Japan LA

I only lived in Los Angeles for a few years, but as anyone who lives there can tell you, it has something for everyone.

The glitzy scenery of Hollywood, the movie studios of Burbank and the shopping paradise of Melrose were just a few of the places that I liked to walk at night, watching passersby and hoping to discover hidden secrets.

When it came to the holidays, shopping in L.A. was always fun but overwhelming. So many things to choose from! So many malls! So many options! It was on one of these late November days that I rushed down to Munky King, the premier designer vinyl collectible store on Melrose, in hopes of scoring a limited item for a friend.

Unfortunately, I missed out on what was a very limited supply, and so I wandered down the street back in the direction of my car trying not to let my feet drag with disappointment. And, lucky for me, instead of staying on Melrose, I decided to turn down a side street and take a shortcut.

Seeing Japan LA for the first time was the kind of thing that makes a Japanese culture addict stop in her tracks. Or at least, I stopped in mine. Cold. FULL POST

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