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Collector’s Paradise brings FREE COMIC BOOK MAY to Los Angeles!

Collector’s Paradise ANNOUNCES THAT MAY 2012 IS TO BE KNOWN AS “FREE COMIC BOOK MAY” at both Collector’s Paradise stores!

Los Angeles area’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Chain expands the concept of Free Comic Book Day into a month-long event with Free Comics events every Saturday in May and 8 creator signings during the month of May!

Canoga Park, Calif., April 26, 2012 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, is proud to announce that we will be bringing the Free Comic Book MAY idea to Los Angeles area this year, in celebration of the National Free Comic Book Day!

When I first heard of the Free Comic Book MAY concept, created by an amazing comic book store in Florida, “A Comic Shop”, I was blown away.” said owner Edward Greenberg, adding:  “It took a couple of years and friendship with one of that stores’ owner, Jason Blanchard, to organize properly and bring this monumental event to LA.

The concept of Free Comic Book MAY is simple. Come to either Collector’s Paradise store on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th, get your free books, and a Stamp Card.  Come back the following Saturday, and get another stamp, and get more free books (details below). As long as you have a stamp from the previous week, you can keep coming back every Saturday in May and get more free books, including, during the last week of the month, FREE Graphic Novels. The four weeks are designed to spotlight different types of books:

May 5th – Free Comic Book Day, books provided by many publishers, range of options.

May 12th – Free Superhero Day, free superhero comics by Marvel Comics & DC Comis

May 19th– Free Independent Comics Day, free indie books, chosen by us, and contributed  by our good friends, publishers like Top Cow Productions, Boom Studios & Aspen Comics.

May 26th – Free Graphic Novel Day, free Graphic Novels, once again chosen by us and contributed by our sponsors.

Collector’s Paradise will also hold eight Creator Signing Events during the month of May, to promote some of the most interesting new creators and projects out there.  Some of the events will be targeted towards a more mature audience, and at those events, alcohol will be served to those over the age of 21.

May 2nd 12pm-3pmMind the Gap Release Party with Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback in the Canoga Park store.

May 2nd 6pm-9pm:  Mind the Gap Release Party with Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback in the Pasadena store. Mature reader event, alcohol & snacks served.

May 5th 12pm-5pm: Free Comic Book Day Signings in both stores, featuring Ed Brubaker, Joshua Fialkov, Kyle Higgins, Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback in the Canoga Park store from 12pm-3pm, and Steve Niles, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Chris Houghton, Shane Houghton, & more 2-5pm in the Pasadena store.  

May 9th 12pm-3pm:  Higher Earth Release Party with Sam Humphries, in the Pasadena store. Also, celebrating release of Ultimates #10, Fanboys vs. Zombies #1, John Carter Gods of Mars #1.

May 9th 5pm-8pm:  Higher Earth Release Party with Sam Humphries, in the Canoga Park store. Also, celebrating release of Ultimates #10, Fanboys vs. Zombies #1, John Carter Gods of Mars #1.

May 12th 6pm-9pm: Dames in the Atomic Age Release Party, 40s Noir/Sci-fi Costume Party/Contest with Chris Ryder, Mark Sandroni, Mike Vosburg, Tone Rodriguez, Andy Suriano, Tony Fleecs, Chris Moreno, Mark Dos Santos & Rahsan Ekedal.  Mature reader event, cigars, alcohol & snacks served.

May 26th 12pm-3pm: Hands On Fire, Comic Art of Jack Kirby Signing with Charles Hatfield, for the Eisner Award  nominated book. In the Canoga Park store.

May 26th 6pm-9pm: Sweetness Art Book / FOX SISTER HC Release Party with Christina Strain, to celebrate release of her and Adrian Alphona’s artbook, as well as the brand new HC reprint of her web series, Fox Sister. Mature reader event, alcohol & snacks served

Please visit Collector’s Paradise’ official site, ComicsAndCards.net for full details about our Free Comic Book Day and Free Comic Book MAY Events.

For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise @ 818-999-9455 (business) or by email, at store@comicsandcards.net

Collector’s Paradise Canoga Park is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, at Sherman Way in Canoga Park.  Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar  in Pasadena.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from creator appearances, to  proprietary online subscription manager software, and an Art Gallery. A year ago, the store opened its second branch, on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Del Mar in Old Town Pasadena. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture.

Collector’s Paradise Announces Joe Keatinge / Hell Yeah Day on March 7

Collector’s paradise ANNOUNCES THAT MARCH 7, 2012 IS JOE KEATINGE DAY AT BOTH STORES!

Los Angeles area’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Chain promotes release of Image Comics’ HELL YEAH #1 with a special event and Exclusive branded Cover for the first issue! 

Canoga Park, Calif., February 29, 2012 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, is proud to announce that the on March 7, starting at 12pm and lasting until 10 pm on Wednesday, they are celebrating Joe Keatinge / Hell Yeah Day at both store locations.

I first left Los Angeles ten years ago, then only dreaming of someday creating comics.” said Joe Keatinge, adding:  “Coming back after a decade with HELL YEAH, the one I’ve been conceiving since I was a kid, is beyond exciting. Collector’s Paradise is an ideal venue in making that happen.

“Joe Keatinge grew up in Los Angeles, emmersed in the early Image Comics culture. He exemplifies the true spirit of Image Comics, the biggest and best of the Independent comic book publishers.” said Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise, adding:  “Joe has been a friend for a long time and it makes me very proud to be the one helping him release his first major creator-owned work in his birth town for all his fans and family.

Collector’s Paradise is planning two events on March 7.  First, from noon to 3pm, Mr. Keatinge will be signing at the San Fernando Valley branch in Canoga Park.  Copies of both regular and Collector’s Paradise Exclusive covers of Hell Yeah #1 will be available at the signing.  Joe will answer questions from his unique perspective as a writer, Eisner-Award winning editor, and former publisher representative.

After a small break, the Release Party will start at 7pm at the Pasadena branch of Collector’s Paradise. This will be an “18 and over” event where alcohol will be served for anyone over 21 years of age.  Industry professionals and fans alike are invited to celebrate release of Hell Yeah #1.

For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise @ 818-999-9455 (business) or by email, at store@comicsandcards.net

Collector’s Paradise Canoga Park is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, at Sherman Way in Canoga Park.  Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar  in Pasadena.
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Joe Keatinge is a writer of comics like HELL YEAH with illustrator Andre Szymanowicz, GLORY with illustrator Ross Campbell, BRUTAL with co-creator/co-writer/illustrator Frank Cho, Stardust the Super Wizard with illustrator Michael Allred and Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies with illustrators Erik Larsen/Dean Haspiel/Simon Fraser/Joe Infurnari/Michael Cavallaro/Tim Hamilton/George O’Connor. He was also the Executive Editor of the Eisner & Harvey award winning Image Comics anthology PopGun.  He lives in Portland, OR and works out of Tranquility Base.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from creator appearances, to  proprietary online subscription manager software, and an Art Gallery. The store recently opened its second branch, on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Del Mar in Old Town Pasadena. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture.

Collector’s Paradise Announces Richard Starkings / Elephantmen Day on January 25!

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Collector’s Paradise ANNOUNCES THAT JANUARY 25, 2012 IS RICHARD STARKINGS DAY AT THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY STORE!

San Fernando Valley area’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Chain promotes release of Elephantmen Vol. 0 with a special event! 

Canoga Park, Calif., January 18, 2012 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, is proud to announce that the on January 25th, starting at 12pm and lasting until 7pm on Wednesday, they are celebrating Richard Starkings / Elephantmen Day, at the Canoga Park store location.

“Richard Starkings is a comic book industry legend and one of our stores’ biggest supporters.  We have had several events with Mr. Starkings in the past, and he makes dozens of new fans of his work every time, by being 100% engaging and charming with every single person,” said Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise, adding:  “His enthusiasm for his own product, and for the industry as a whole is unparalleled. Richard is the ultimate creator of comics, someone who all the new creators should be looking up to.”

Richard Starkings and Collector’s Paradise will have FREE Copies of Elephantmen comics for anyone who has not tried the book yet, which Richard will sign, as well as a complete selection of ALL Elephantmen Graphic Novels (both hardcover and softcover editions), including the Brand New Elephantmen Vol. 0, Armed Forces, which reprints some of the earliest Elephantmen adventures, in color for the first time.

Collector’s Paradise Canoga Park is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, at Sherman Way in Canoga Park.

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Richard Starkings is a British font designer and comic book letterer, editor and writer. He was one of the early pioneers of computer based comic book lettering and as a result is one of the most prolific creators in the comic book industry.  In 1992 Starkings founded Comicraft, a studio which employs letterers and designers and provides “Unique Design and Fine Lettering” services for comic books from many different publishers. In 2006 Image Comics launched an ongoing series, Elephantmen, created and written by Starkings and illustrated by many fantastic artists, including Justin Norman, Boo Cook, Tom Scioli, Henry Flint, Chris Bachalo and Chris Burnham.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from creator appearances, to  proprietary online subscription manager software, and an Art Gallery. The store recently opened its second branch, on the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Del Mar in Old Town Pasadena. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture.

Collector’s Paradise Celebrates The Finale Of Samurai’s Blood

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COLLECTOR’S PARADISE AND OWEN WISEMAN CELEBRATES THE FINALE OF SAMURAI’S BLOOD
SAMURAI’S BLOOD, written by Owen Wiseman, illustrated by Nam Kim and featuring covers from Jo Chen, is an epic historical drama that’s been a hit with both fans and critics alike. The miniseries comes to a close with issue #6 and Collector’s Paradise is proud to announce that writer Owen Wiseman will be on hand December 14th, starting at 5:00 P.M., to sign copies.
Produced by Benaroya Publishing and published by Image Comics, SAMURAI’S BLOOD deals with three teenagers who must make their way through the world hiding their identities in order to find their destinies. As their village burns behind them, they are headed for a city they’d heard about only in stories. The three young samurai must now struggle to stay alive and take vengeance on the evil usurper who has destroyed the rest of their clan and the only world they’d ever known. Will they rise on the tides of vengeance, or they will they fall on the swords of fate?
Here are what some critics have had to say about Samurai’s Blood:

“I’ll be picking up the 6-issue run of Samurai’s Blood…I’d suggest you do the same.”IGN

“Samurai’s Blood is just another example of all the great stuff Image Comics is putting together this year…I recommend the entire series.”Comic Book Bin

“One of the best things about Samurai’s Blood is its strong period feel, which is carried in particular by Nam Kim’s idealized yet realistic art and Jo Chen’s more expressionistic covers.”Playback STL

“Once again (and unbelievably, I might add), Wiseman has upped the stakes with this story… I can’t honestly understand how this book keeps getting better every issue, but somehow it does. 5 out of 5”Comic Attack

The SAMURAI’S BLOOD autograph event will take place in Canoga Park at Collector’s Paradise on December 14th, 2011 from 5-7 P.M. at 7131 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, CA 91306. For more information, please visit www.ComicsAndCards.net or call (818) 999-9455

 

ABOUT COLLECTOR’S PARADISE

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from creator appearances, to proprietary online subscription manager software, and an Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. The store recently opened its second branch, in Old Town Pasadena.

 

ABOUT OWEN WISEMAN

Owen Wiseman writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Owen was raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, and fed a steady diet of appropriate books and inappropriate movies. In seventh grade, he was accidentally put into a Japanese class, and the venerable Furado-sensei convinced him to stay. He taught Owen about the language, culture, and fascinating history of this complex and beautiful island nation, and Furado-sensei’s passion for the Japanese culture triggered Owen’s love for it as well.

Collector’s Paradise Celebrates DC’s Relaunch with Midnight Release Party & more

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Collector’s paradise CELEBRATES DC COMICS’ RELAUNCH with a midnight release party, sale and announcement of signing events!

Los Angeles area’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Chain promotes DC’s Ambitious Relaunch with a special event!

Canoga Park, Calif., August 22, 2011 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, is proud to announce that the on August 30th, starting at 9 pm and lasting until 1 am on Wednesday, they are celebrating the Relaunch of the DC Universe with a Midnight Release Event, at the Canoga Park store location.

“What DC is doing is a gutsy and comprehensive re-branding of their brand, an event that eclipses anything else that’s been done in the world of comics, including their own “Death of Superman” storyline in ’93 which brought back thousands of lapsed comic readers and created many thousands more.” said Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise, adding: “We are very excited about the relaunch, and so are our customers. We have had many new faces in our stores, asking for the new books. This Relaunch is what our industry has needed for many years, a boost to excitement, sales and awareness.”

To help launch the Midnight Release Party in a big way, Collector’s Paradise is holding a big “52% OFF” Sale on specific DC products, as well as refreshments and snacks for all who attend. That night will also be their customers’ last chance to take advantage of the “All 52 #1s for $99.99” promotion, a huge incentive to try out all 52 of the #1 issues for almost 40% off retail price. The promotion ends when the Midnight Release Party ends.

The Midnight Release Party is just the beginning of the big month-long promotional plans for the Relaunch. The store has announced to its customers an amazing Risk-Free way to read the new #1 issues, by making all 52 books 100% Returnable. Customers can check out any or all of the books, and return them by the following week to receive 100% credit towards any other books in the store. The is the first time in the store’s 17 year history that a whole line of products was made returnable to everyone.

In another attempt to make the Relaunch “special”, Collector’s Paradise reached out to many of the store’s industry friends who reside in the LA area. Two major signing events will take place on September 21st and 28th, at both stores, to promote many of the new #1 issues coming out that month. An extensive list of Artists and Writers will be announced through all our promotional channels in the coming weeks.

Collector’s Paradise Canoga Park is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, at Sherman Way in Canoga Park.

Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar, in Pasadena.

For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise @ 818-999-9455 (business) or 818-326-2517 (cell), or by email, at store@comicsandcards.net.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from creator appearances, to proprietary online subscription manager software, and an Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. The store recently opened its second branch, in Old Town Pasadena.

Three Signing Events headline Grand Opening of Collector’s Pardaise Pasadena

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Collector’s paradise CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF THE COMPLETELY REMODELED PASADENA STORE WITH 3 SIGNINGS and a grand sale! 

San Fernando Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Welcomes Industry Creators to help promote Grand Opening of the new location in style! 

PASADENA, Calif., July 23, 2011 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, is proud to announce that the new Pasadena store has been completely remodeled to fulfill our vision of a modern comic book store, and will have a Grand Opening Celebration starting July 27th with a big sale and a series of signings.

“Taking over an existing store is not easy, and we wanted to make sure to turn it into what we feel (and our customers enjoy) as a modern vision of a Comic Book store.” said Edward Greenberg, managing partner of Collector’s Paradise, adding:  “We believe people who enjoy reading comics these days are a far cry from the typical stereotype of a comic book reader, and our stores should reflect that. Modern, sleek bookstore look with professional signage and easy-to-find merchandise should be the goal of anyone who tries to create an “experience” for their patrons.”

To help promote the Grand Opening event, Collector’s Paradise reached out to some of the store’s best supporters, publishers Top Cow Productions, Aspen Comics, and jack of all trades, owner of Comicraft and creator/writer of Elephantmen, Richard Starkings.  Three signing events, throughout the Grand Opening week, will help to celebrate three very different genres of comics, from espionage fantasy, to beautiful futuristic SCI-FI to chilling psychological horror.

 

Wednesday, July 27th, 5pm-8pm. Collector’s Paradise is excited to help Aspen Comics launch their HIT LIST AGENDA Crossover Event, which stems from creator David Wohl’s sequel to the critically acclaimed Executive Assistant Iris series. The event includes the second volume of Executive Assistant Iris, and a set of 3 mini-series, Lotus, Violet, and Orchid. Illustrated by an array of Aspen’s awesome artists, including Oliver Nome, with stunning covers that include superstar artist Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), HIT LIST is a hard-hitting, super-sexy, sword-wielding event.  Collector’s Paradise will host creator/writer David Wohl, writers Scott Lobdell, Vince Hernandez and Marc Andreyko, plus artists Joe Benitez and Oliver Nome.

Friday, July 29th, 7pm-10pm.  Collector’s Paradise is proud to announce our first adult-only night-time event at the Pasadena store, that will feature music, free Alcohol Drinks, and an awesome release party with some of our favorite creators,  Joshua Hale Fialkov (TUMOR, Elk’s Run, Superman/Batman, Echoes) and Rahsan Ekedal (Echoes, DH Solomon Kane, Warhammer).  We will be EXCLUSIVELY Pre-Releasing the limited San Diego Comic Con edition (300 made) of the ECHOES Hardcover, the only place to find it until the regular edition is released in August.  The event starts at 7pm with a Q&A Session with Josh and Rahsan, hosted by Andrew Leigl of ComicAttack.net, with the signing / party to follow.

Saturday, July 30th, 12pm-3pm.  On Saturday, Collector’s Paradise is proud to host again, for the first time in Pasadena,  one of the store best friends, Richard Starkings, fantastic letterer for many comics published, as well as writer/creator of the fantastic Sci-Fi series, ELEPHANTMEN.  Richard is going to be joined by Boo Cook, one of the artists on the ELEPHANTMEN series. Attendees to the signing will have an opportunity to receive a free J. Scott Campbell ELEPHANTMEN Poster with any Elephantmen purchase during the signing, while supplies last. The poster is very rare, only available at San Diego Comic Con and our event.

In addition to the signings, Collector’s Paradise will have a great sale at the store, starting on Wednesday.  For sale details, please visit the store’s website, ComicsAndCards.net.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from creator appearances, to  proprietary online subscription manager software, and an Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. The store recently opened its second branch, in Old Town Pasadena.

Collector’s Paradise partners with Pacific Theatres for Green Lantern Giveaway

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE and CALENDAR LISTING:

 

Collector’s paradise PARTNERS WITH PACIFIC THEATRES TO CELEBRATE RELEASE OF THE NEW GREEN LANTERN MOVIE! 

 

San Fernando Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store partners with two West Valley branches of a popular movie chain to raise awareness of comic books by giving away a free Green Lantern Comic Book to movie goers who see the newest comic-related movie. 

 

CANOGA PARK, Calif., June 16, 2011 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce that it has partnered with the popular movie theater chain, Pacific Theatres, to promote the latest Warner Bros. release, Green Lantern, with a FREE Comic giveaway, through the Winnetka 21 and Northridge Shopping Center branches.

Comic Book related movies are overtaking the popular culture, and Hollywood is the biggest beneficiary of the new trend. Already this year, we have seen releases of several comic-related movies, in Marvel Studios’ “Thor” and Fox’ “X-Men First Class”. Warner Bros.’ biggest comic release of the year, “Green Lantern”, opens this weekend, and Collector’s Paradise co-owner Edward Greenberg felt it was the right time to partner up with movie theaters to promote the store.  “I have always felt that working with movie theaters would present a fantastic promotional opportunity, but was never able to step up and take advantage of it.  This year, DC Comics offered us a chance to purchase a large quantity of a Green Lantern Secret Origin issue at a promotional price, and I felt it was perfect timing to do a big campaign around a movie release”, said Edward Greenberg, one of the co-owners of Collector’s Paradise.

Starting today, June 16th, and until supplies run out at the theaters, everyone who purchases a ticket to see Green Lantern, will receive a limited Edition Green Lantern Secret Origin comic book, part of a limited run produced specially for Collector’s Paradise.  The comic book is branded with Collector’s Paradise store information, and a fantastic coupon offer for a special discount on DC Graphic Novels, to be redeemed at the store’s Canoga Park and Pasadena locations.

Collector’s Paradise Canoga Park is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave. at the corner of Sherman Way. Collector’s Paradise’ Pasadena branch is at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar, in Old Town Pasadena.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, co-owner of Collector’s Paradise @ 818-999-9455 (business)  or by email, at store@comicsandcards.net

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Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from monthly creator appearances, to the proprietary online subscription manager software, to the Art Gallery. For the last four years, Collector’s Paradise was picked by fans as the Best Comic Book Store in Los Angeles County, according to online polls done by Fox LA and LA CityVoter.  Earlier this year, Collector’s Paradise opened its second store branch, in Old Town Pasadena.
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Collector’s Paradise opens store #2, Celebrates with FCBD Launch!

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Collector’s paradise DEFIES THE BAD ECONOMY BY OPENING A SECOND LOCATION AND CELEBRATES COMICS WITH FREE COMIC BOOK DAY ON MAY 7 

San Fernando Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Welcomes Industry Creators to help promote launch of the new location and Free Comic Book Day, a day of Celebration of the Comic Books Industry! 

PASADENA, Calif., April 30, 2011 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce that it has purchased the famous Pasadena hobby landmark, Comic Odyssey, and has turned it into the second location of the company’s store brand, Collector’s Paradise.

Everyone knows that with the current economy, consumers are spending less than before on their hobbies.  Collector’s Paradise believes that as the economy changes for the better, the comic book industry will recover and with the proliferation of comic-based movies, a whole new audience will continue to grow for our products. “Opening a new location has always been a dream of mine, and bringing more business to such a fine area as Pasadena is an exciting opportunity we just could not pass up”, said Edward Greenberg, one of the co-owners of Collector’s Paradise.

The timing of the opening of the new store could not have been better, as it gives Collector’s Paradise the opportunity to unveil the new location during the most exciting day of the year for the whole industry, Free Comic Book Day.  An annual event that happens every year on the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become the most attended day of the year for most stores participating in the celebration. This year, on May 7, Collector’s Paradise will present to its customers a very exciting  event, that will showcase the store’s commitment to continue being not just a retail store, but a “Destination” where consumers come to meet the industry’s finest creators face to face.

On May 7th, Collector’s Paradise is presenting one of their best line-ups of comic book creators to date, including:

Len Wein – creator of such characters as Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus. As an Editor, Len oversaw such books as Crisis on Infinite Earths and Watchmen. Len is currently writing DC Universe Legacies. Len will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign for fans.

JT Krul – a bright rising star at DC Comics. Having started at Aspen Comics, where he took over writing duties from Michael Turner on books like Fathom and Soulfire, this past year, JT has left his mark on Green Arrow and Teen Titans, an upcoming Flashpoint tie-ins, in addition to his first creator-owned title, Mindfield. JT will be on hand from 3pm to 5pm to sign for fans.

David Petersen is known all around as the creator /artist / writer of the amazing All Ages book, Mouse Guard, from Archaia. The book has won all types of awards and is considered a shining example of a graphic novel for fans of ALL ages. David will be on hand from 4pm to 6pm to sign for fans.

Jim McCann‘s latest graphic novel, The Return of the Dapper Men, from Archaia, has been a huge critical hit and commercial success, selling out the whole first printing in a matter of days.  His Marvel work, Avengers: The Reunion and Hawkeye & Mockingbird, among others, has also received some high praise.  Jim will be on hand from 4pm to 6pm to sign for fans.

Mark Sable‘s career in comics started with creator-owned Grounded, Fearless, and Hazed. He’s done some DC work including a Teen Titans Cyborg mini-series. His original series, Unthinkable, from Boom Studios! was too close to real life for TSA Agents, and right now he’s working on a new series, called Graveyard of Empires, for Image Comics. Mark will be on hand from 11 to 2 to sign for fans.

Sheldon Mitchell has done a great deal of work for Top Cow Studios, including Freshmen Summer Vacation Special, and his current run on The Darkness. Sheldon will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign and sketch for fans.

Rick Basaldua has been an artist/inker for many years on many Top Cow books, including the hot Artifacts mini-series, as well as Rising Stars, Pilot Season, and Utopia at Marvel Comics. Rick will be on hand from 11am to 2pm to sign and sketch for fans.

Tess Fowler is a rising star. So far her works has been featured in Michelle Obama Year One, Wonderland Annual 2010, Grimm Fairy Tales and Charmed, as well as Heavy Metal Magazine. Tess will be on hand from 3pm to 5pm to sign and sketch for fans.

Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD.  The event will feature costumed characters for the kids to take photographs with, as well as several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.

In addition to the free comics, Collector’s Paradise Pasadena will hold their biggest sale of the year, especially on comic book back issues, which will be sold at incredible price of just 50 Cents each, or $50 for an approx. 300 count box. The is the biggest reduction of price for back issues in the history of the store and will only happen on that day.

The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Pasadena from 11am to 7:00pm, with creator signings and character appearances throughout the day.

Collector’s Paradise Pasadena is located at 319 S. Arroyo Parkway Unit 4, at the corner of Del Mar, in Old Town Pasadena.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise @ 626-577-6694 (business) or 818-326-2517 (cell), or at store@comicsandcards.net

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Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery has been a mainstay in the Southern California Comic Book scene since 1994. In recent years, the store has focused on offering their customers an exceptional experience that goes beyond collecting comic books, from monthly creator appearances, to the proprietary online subscription manager software, to the recently-opened Art Gallery. The store’s future plans include many new and very different ways to experience the comic book culture. For the last two years, Collector’s Paradise was picked by fans as the Best Comic Book Store in Los Angeles County, according to an online poll done by Fox LA.
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Free Comic Book Day event @ Collector’s Paradise in Canoga Park, CA

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Collector’s paradise’ free comic book day EVENT ON Saturday, May 7, TO Support importance of Literacy and TO celebrate the comic book culture

Valley’s Leading Retail Comic Book Store Welcomes Industry Creators to Raise Money for an Important Charity

CANOGA PARK, Calif., April 11, 2010 – Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery, San Fernando Valley’s Premiere pop culture store, is excited to announce this year’s big Celebration for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, featuring some of the best talent in comics, charity fundraiser event, and many great giveaways for all attendees.

Collector’s Paradise has a long history of working closely with comic book industry creators. The store holds monthly events with artists and writers from all corners of the industry, and the full time gallery hosts art events and gallery shows.  “Our goal is to be more than just a comic book store. There are many comic book stores in our city. We want to stand out, to become a Destination where one can interact with the people that produce the books.”, says Edward Greenberg, the owner of Collector’s Paradise.  Comic book industry has been very supportive of Collector’s Paradise’ efforts in this endeavor, working with them to organize numerous events to promote their new releases and special projects.

This year Collector’s Paradise is presenting one of their best line-ups of comic book creators to date, including:

Whilce Portacio – Co-founder, Image Comics, Creator and Artist – Wetworks, Uncanny X-men, Artifacts…

Joshua Fialkov – creator – Eisner-award nominated TUMOR graphic novel, Echoes, Elk’s Run

Tomm Coker – creator – Undying Love, artist on many Marvel titles including Daredevil NOIR, 5 Ronin

Tone Rodriguez – artist – Tyrese Gibson’s Mayhem!, Snake Plissken Chronicles, Radioactive Man

Tony Fleecs – creator/writer/artist – In My Lifetime, a critically-acclaimed autobiographical comic book

Chris Moreno artist – Toy Story for BOOM! Studios, Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick from Image Comics.

Ray Friesen – kids graphic novel author – Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken, Cupcakes of Doom…

In addition to the great creator line up, the event will feature the annual “Sketches for HERO Initiative” fundraiser, where all of the artists featured will do $10 sketches for the fans, with 100% of the proceeds directly going to HERO Initiative, a fantastic charity that helps comic book creators in need.  Collector’s Paradise has been working with HERO for the last five years to make sure that those creators who need financial and medical help are taken care of.

Kids are a big focus of Collector’s Paradise’ effort on FCBD.  The event will feature costumed characters for the kids to take photographs with, as well as several thousand kid-friendly comic books given away to all fans in attendance.

For the first time at our FCBD Event, a famous Korean / Latin fusion Food Truck, CALBI, will be parked at our event from 11am to 3pm, selling their delicious fusion tacos and burritos to event attendees.

The event will be held at Collector’s Paradise Comics & Cards from Noon to 7:00pm, with creator signings and character appearances from noon to 3:00pm.

Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery is located at 7131 Winnetka Ave, on the corner of Winnetka Ave and Sherman Way, in Canoga Park.  For additional information, please contact Edward Greenberg, owner of Collector’s Paradise Comics & Gallery @ 818.999.9455 (business) or 818.326.2517 (cell), or at store@comicsandcards.net

Fialkov and Ekedal’s Echoes Signing at Collector’s Paradise

Official Press Release

FIALKOV & EKEDAL’S ECHOES RELEASE SIGNING AT COLLECTOR’S PARADISE

LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 27, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that the creative team of Joshua Hale Fialkov (TUMOR, PILOT SEASON: ALIBI) and Rahsan Ekedal (CREEPY) will be doing an in-store signing for the debut of their suspense/thriller series ECHOES at Collector’s Paradise in Southern California on Wednesday, December 29, 210 from 5pm to 7pm.

ECHOES centers on Brian Cohn, who was learning to deal with the Schizophrenia inherited from his father.  Supportive wife, new baby on the way, drugs to control the voices.  But when on his father’s deathbed, he learns that he also inherited the trophies of his father’s career as a serial killer.  Will his madness send him further down into the crawlspace of his father’s mind?

For more information, sneak peeks and exclusive content of Echoes, follow @echoescomic on Twitter, friend Brian Cohn on Facebook and visit www.echoesthecomic.com.  For more information on Top Cow, visit www.topcow.com.

Collector’s Paradise is located at 7131 Winnetka Avenue, Winnetka, CA 91306.

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