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It’s one of two new comic book days today! What are you excited to get? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait to stock up on comics, here’s some comic news from around the web.

PennLive – Tintin comic book art breaks auction record at $3.1 million – So we’re going to be rich from our art is what you’re saying.

Brewbound – Liquid Gravity Brewing Company partners with EC Comics – Very nice!

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: INARIME brings a new battle of the gods to Earth – Free comics!

Pale From the Crypt

Hellboy Beer Gets 666 Limited Edition Boxes

Oregon’s Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to create 666 Limited Edition Hellboy Collectors Boxes, featuring Hellboy beer, based on award-winning cartoonist Mike Mignola’s legendary character. The acclaimed Hellboy beers were introduced in 2019 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction.

The Hellboy Collectors Boxes contain all six of the Gigantic Hellboy Beers, limited edition 6×9 collectors print of the art for each custom label by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart (printed for this release only), and a taphandle magnet for each character. There are 666 cases for sale and each is hand numbered -/666.

The Limited Edition Hellboy Collectors Boxes feature all six different Hellboy beers, with flavors inspired by fan-favorite characters from the Hellboy comic books:

  • Hellboy – Maple Syrup Pancake Beer (6.66% abv)
  • Liz Sherman – Mole Chili Stout (6.66% abv)
  • Johann Kraus – Citrus Wit Beer (6.66% abv)
  • Abe Sapien – Indigo Blue Fruit Ale (6.66% abv)
  • Blood Queen – Cranberry Yuzu Sour (6.66% abv)
  • Trevor Bruttenholm – British Barleywine (9.99% abv)

The Limited Edition Hellboy Collectors Box will retail for $99.00. 600 of the boxes will be orderable on the Tavour.com app beginning February 10th, 2020. The remaining boxes will go on sale at the Gigantic Taproom at noon on February 29th, 2020.

Only those who enter the code “hellboy” into the Tavour app before 2/10 will get first access. Steps:

  1. Download the Tavour app for iOS or Android
  2. Allow push notifications
  3. Enter code “hellboy” on the promos screen
  4. Receive a push notification on 2/10 to order the Hellboy box
Limited Edition Hellboy Collectors Box
Limited Edition Hellboy Collectors Box

Atlas Brew Works and Awesome Con Debut 2019 Beer Collaboration

Photo credit: Atlas Brew Works

Ivy City brewery Atlas Brew Works is partnering with Washington DC’s Comic Con Awesome Condebuting Hop Bot, a limited-release pale ale canned exclusively for the convention and available for purchase at local restaurants on Monday, April 22, and the brewery’s Tap Room starting Friday, April 26, while supplies last.

The seventh annual Awesome Con returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday, April 26, to Sunday, April 28. Before then, guests can visit outstanding area restaurants and bars, including The Capital Burger, City Tap Penn Quarter, Espita Mezcaleria, Iron Horse Tap Room, Jackpot, Lost & Found, Morris American Bar, Moxy Washington, DC Downtown, and Penn Social.

Hop Bot is generously hopped with funky Citra and juicy Mosaic hops. Atlas adds wheat malt to the grain bill of the pale ale to give the beer a robust body and silky mouth feel that perfectly complements the floral and citrus flavors from two of the brewery’s favorite hops. The blend was derived to play off the iconic robot face that has become emblematic of Awesome Con since it began in 2012 and will be used on the cans and tap handles at participating locations.

666 Cases of Hellboy Beer On Tap from Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics Featuring New Bottle Art by Mike Mignola colored by Dave Stewart

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Oregon’s Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to create 666 cases of Hellboy beer, based on award-winning cartoonist Mike Mignola’s legendary character. All told, Gigantic Brewing will release six different Hellboy beers, with flavors inspired by fan-favorite characters from the Hellboy comic books. Each new beer will be a limited edition run of 666 cases and will be released approximately every seven weeks. The first beer, Hellboy, features a maple syrup and pancake profile. Gigantic Brewing’s first Hellboy beer will be released in March, ahead of Hellboy Day on March 23, 2019, when comic book stores and fans across the country will celebrate twenty-five years of Hellboy comics and graphic novels.

The limited edition beers will be released in the following order and feature different flavor profiles:

  • Hellboy – Maple Syrup Pancake Beer (6.66% abv)
  • Liz Sherman – Mole Chili Stout (6.66% abv)
  • Johann Kraus – Citrus Wit Beer (6.66% abv)
  • Abe Sapien – Indigo Blue Fruit Ale (6.66% abv)
  • Blood Queen – Cranberry Yuzu Sour (6.66% abv)
  • Trevor Bruttenholm – British Barleywine (9.99% abv)

Fans attending Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con will get a chance to be the first to taste Hellboy beer at its official release at an offsite event on March 15th at an as-yet-undisclosed event. Hellboy beer will subsequently be available in select locations across the US. Gigantic Brewing will also be selling prints and t-shirts featuring new Mike Mignola’s illustrations for each of the six Hellboy beers.

Hellboy - Maple Syrup Pancake Beer (6.66% abv)
Liz Sherman - Mole Chili Stout (6.66% abv)
Johann Kraus - Citrus Wit Beer (6.66% abv)

“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Beer Nationally Released by Shmaltz Brewing Company!

Shmaltz Brewing Company brought to the official Star Trek Las Vegas Convention 2018 a unique Collector’s Edition release commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 2018 marks 25 years since Star Trek: Deep Space Nine premiered in 1993. CBS Studios has teamed up with Shmaltz for the only officially licensed Star Trek beers in the United States.

In 2016, Shmaltz debuted two critically acclaimed Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Star Trek. 2017 brought quadruple the excitement commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with four limited edition Star Trek specialty beers under license by CBS Consumer Products: Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter (7.3% ABV), Star Trek Symbiosis (5.5% ABV), Star Trek Captain’s Holiday (5.5% ABV), and Star TrekMirror Universe (5% ABV). In August 2018, the latest offering Star Trek Profit Motive transports itself in 4-packs to retail outlets and will be available on draft at select bars in 30 states across the country through Shmaltz’s new national sales relationship with Artisanal Imports.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 25th Anniversary Ale — Profit Motive
Quark’s Bar, Grill, Gaming House and Holosuite Arcade is the central attraction of Deep Space 9’s Promenade, offering drink, food, gossip, gambling, and fantasy fulfillment. Quark, the establishment’s proprietor, is a Ferengi entrepreneur and sometimes petty criminal who conducts all his business in gold pressed latinum. Quark, like all Ferengi, is motivated by profit and piling up strips, bars and bricks of latinum.

Shmaltz Brewing Company is hyper motivated to brew high quality award-winning beer, and the hopped up golden ale Star Trek Profit Motive is no exception. Whether you’re a Trekkie or a craft beer enthusiast, get motivated to drink this latest extraterrestrial offering in the Star Trek beer series. Gar-day latinum sou-tah! (This is worth its weight in latinum.)

“Star Trek” Captain’s Holiday Craft Beer Commemorates 30th Anniversary of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”

Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Shmaltz Brewing Company nationally releases a new Collector’s Edition beer commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Shmaltz Brewing is following its summer release of Star Trek Symbiosis with the latest tropical getaway that’s brewed with orange peel and lime, Star Trek Captain’s Holiday. CBS Studios has teamed up with Shmaltz for the only officially licensed Star Trek beers in the United States.

In 2016, Shmaltz debuted two critically acclaimed Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic franchise. 2017 brings triple the excitement with the limited release of three Star Trek specialty beers rolling out throughout the year. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, the first extraterrestrial elixir of 2017 was Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter (7.3% ABV). Star Trek Symbiosis launched at Comic-Con International in July 2017. This week, Star Trek Captain’s Holiday transports itself in 4-packs to retail outlets in 35 states across the country and will be on draft at select bars.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Ale — Captain’s Holiday

You don’t have to be a Starfleet Captain or negotiate a difficult trade agreement between the Gemarians and the Dachlyds to deserve a little rest and relaxation. In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Captain’s Holiday,” the crew convinces Captain Picard to take a much-needed vacation on the pleasure planet Risa. Number One (Commander Riker) tricks the Captain into buying a small statue called a Horga’hn when he arrives. After being accosted by a steady stream of women, he is told that displaying the statue in public suggests he is seeking Jamaharon. Whether for Jamaharon or simpler moments of pleasure, Shmaltz’s tropical getaway should be perfect for kicking back and escaping the stresses of everyday life here on Earth.

Enjoy the lemon, lime and orange citrus flavors of Captain’s Holiday Ale and engage in a well-deserved vacation with every sip!

Defending the Night, One Beer at a Time.


Write drunk, edit sober was never a truer statement. With New York Comic Con less than a month away, this past Thursday I journeyed to the far away land of Brooklyn (not really) for the sixth annual launch of the Brooklyn Defender.

Not a comic or Netflix spinoff, the Brooklyn Defender is a specially crafted beer made by Brooklyn Brewery for New York Comic Con and ReedPOP, the organizers behind Comic Con.

For the past few years Brooklyn Brewery and ReedPOP have collaborated on this beer, designing the bottles label by recruiting comic book artists like Cliff Chang, Khary Randolph and Jamal Igle to help create the look of that years Defender. According to the ReedPOP representative Fallon Prinzivalli, this year was a “special year as it’s the sixth time or 6-pack” Defender team-up with Brooklyn Brewery. This year had a departure from previous years as it looks like the art chores were handled in house by Brooklyn Brewery with a retro silver age style, cape, underwear on the outside, and even emphasizing the four color spot process of making comics. As a beer drinker, I love the Brooklyn Brewery brand and I’m generally ok with the Defender beers, I found this year’s crisp, flavorful and light, a definite step up from a solid beer, the Brooklyn Defender gets 4 capes.

Ms. Prinzivalli also told me that “for the first time ever we have a couple of backdrops and props that people are going to be creating their own story of them defending beer with their friends. So then we’ll have a giant fan going that you can stand in front of and you can pretend that you’re flying through the clouds of New York City.” In addition to the Instagram contest, there was also a raffle and cosplay contest, with winners taking home 3 day passes to Comic Con.

Fans who were lucky enough to make it onto the rsvp list were also treated to free pizza from local pizzeria Sizzle Pizza, cake, and of course a bottle of the latest batch of the Defender beer.

Brooklyn Defender can be found all around New York Comic Con which runs October 5-8th, but will still be available well after.

Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con teams with Empire Brewing Co for Pregame Event and Exclusive Beer

Salt City Comic-Con is partnering with Empire Brewing Co. to announce a Comic-Con Pre-Game Night on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.   This special event will be held at Empire’s downtown brewpub location from 6:00 to 11:00 and will help central New York fans prepare for June’s comic convention, scheduled for the following weekend at the Syracuse OnCenter.

Empire Brewery will debut their new beer, Barley Quinn, an exclusive beer especially crafted for Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con.

Salt City Comic-Con will host a Trivia Contest to award prizes to winners. Prizes include comic-con tickets, comics and merchandise.

Cosplayers will also be invited and prizes will also be awarded for the best cosplay.  Comics professional, and “Homegrown Hero”, Tom Peyer will be on hand to help judge the Cosplay Contest and autograph copies of his recent comic Captain Kid, published by Aftershock Comics.

Empire Brewery Co. will be offering select onsite specials for comic-con fans throughout the weekend.

Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con, celebrating its fourth year, moves to the Oncenter’s War Memorial building in downtown Syracuse this year during June 24th and 25th.  This pop-culture convention focuses on comics, toys, games, cosplay and collectibles.  Pre-sale tickets are available online.

Gen Con Expands Even More Into Lucas Oil Stadium and Name Sun King Brewing’s Beer

Gen Con is increasing its 2017 presence within Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS), adding exhibition and event space to the same play field used by the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. To commemorate 2017’s historic Gen Con 50, the convention will create a showcase area on the LOS field that honors the first Gen Con, held in the 1967. In this space, attendees will get to see gaming artifacts and tributes to the early Gen Con events, including a homage construction of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin’s Horticultural Hall.

As part of this new space agreement, Gen Con’s already large games library space will relocate from the Indiana Convention Center, expanding further in its new location on the LOS field. Game companies such as Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games, Twilight Creations, WizKids Games, and numerous event organizers will host activities in this new space. True Dungeon and Anime & Animation events will return to Lucas Oil Stadium. Free-to-play Kids’ events will have a dedicated space, as well. Further event details will become available in May.

Badges are currently available and registration for ticketed events, including those held at Lucas Oil Stadium, will begin on May 28 at noon (Eastern).

It’s time! The naming contest for Sun King’s Official Beer for the historic Gen Con 50 has begun! The Gen Con and Sun King teams need your help to come up with a signature name for an all-new, amazing brew.

If you’ve never participated before, this naming contest will determine the Official Beer name for the brew created in collaboration with Gen Con and its Promotional Partner, Sun King Brewing.

Will your submitted names have what it takes to join former winners? Past winners include 20-Sided Rye, Drink on and Prosper Aler, Froth of Khan, Flagon Slayer, and Ale of Destiny.

Help the Sun King and Gen Con teams come up with the perfect name for this year’s beer, and you can win the Grand Prize of two (2) complimentary badges to your choice of Gen Con 50 or Gen Con 2018. PLUS- $100 in Sun King Brewing Gift Cards and an official Sun King t-shirt. You’ll have a lifetime of bragging rights and will be able to buy a can of a beer that you named. This contest is only available to US residents, ages 21+. Additional rules can be found at the contest link.

Valiant and Pipeworks Brewing Co. Announce X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale

Valiant Entertainment and Chicago’s own Pipeworks Brewing Co. have announced a brand-new, cosmos-spanning collaboration with X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale – a limited-edition beer release set to debut this April during C2E2 2017 and coming soon to select beer retailers in Illinois and New York! A portion of the proceeds from all sales of the X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale will benefit Hope for the Day, a Chicago-based suicide awareness non-profit dedicated to outreach, education, and prevention.

In the wake of the sold-out debut of Valiant’s epic new ongoing series from visionary creators Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello, Valiant and Pipeworks have joined forces to create a delicious and delectable golden ale inspired by Aric of Dacia’s empire-toppling conquest of a hostile alien world. Forged by an alien army and bottled in battle, the only thing more powerful than X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale’s unstoppable hop aroma might be the ultra-powerful Shanhara armor itself…but you’ll have to do more than read the back of the bottle to find out!

Featuring a label emblazoned with the artwork of Valiant-exclusive superstar Lewis LaRosa, Pipeworks’ brand-new beer creation will make its official debut on Friday, April 21st at the C2E2 2017: X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale Release Part – from 7 to 11 pm CT at Chicago’s Cobra Lounge (235 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607)!

Co-sponsored by Valiant Entertainment, Pipeworks Brewing Co., and Hope for the Day, the first 75 party-goers will receive a strictly limited X-O Manowar (2017) #1 cover flat – a rare, unbound comic cover pulled directly from the printing press and signed by Valiant staff and creators!

Portions of the proceeds from the event’s $5 door charge and all pints of X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale poured will be donated to Hope for the Day, supporting their suicide prevention outreach and mental health education projects. RSVP online at Facebook or Eventbrite.

Pipeworks Brewing Co.’s X-O Manowar Galactic Golden Ale is a limited release and will be available in select Illinois and New York bottle shops. Find participating retailers and distributors via Pipeworks’ location page, or visit them directly Thursday through Saturday at the Pipeworks Brewing Co. Bottle Shop (3912 W Mclean Ave., Chicago, IL 60647).

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