East Side Mags is proud to be working with Brigid Allanson - Kubert School graduate, freelance artist and graphic designer - to bring comic drawing classes right here in store every Saturday morning!  

Price of admission includes everything you need, all the supplies, a blank comic book and all 4 weeks of classes!  Each class takes place during the 4 Saturdays within each month.  

Just print out, complete and send us the form below and you're all set!  Or you can complete the form to the right and click "SUBMIT" and we'll get your registration info right away!

Pricing for the class works like this: $45 for the first week (includes all supplies needed) and $35 per week after that. OR buy out all 4 classes in the month and pay $120 for all 4 classes!

You can even keep taking the classes week after week, month after month! The best part about Brigid's teaching style is that she shows you how to draw, not how to draw specific characters.  The method she teaches can be applied to any character or object you are trying to draw!

For dates and space availability, you can reach out to us through out Contact page, jeff@eastsidemags.com or call us at 862-333-4961 and we'll be happy to answer any and all questions.  

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Ed Catto -  columnist for ComicMix and Founding Partner for Bonfire Agency - was kind enough to reach out and interview Jeff about East Side Mags and our origins!  You can check out the interview here!

Ed was kind enough to ask Jeff to be a part of a panel at NYCC 2015 about the 7 Archetypes of comic shops with Atom! Freeman of Valiant Comics, Marc Hammond of Aw Yeah! Comics and Gerry Gladston of Midtown Comics!  Everyone had a blast and the turnout was so good that, as Ed put it, they're putting the band back together for another round at NJ Comic Expo on November 21st!

Well, we're rested and relaxed after an AMAZING weekend at GSCF!

We had a wonderful time and would like to start by thanking Dave, Sal and Evan for putting together a stellar event and for inviting us to be a part of it!

We can't even begin to tell you about all the amazing things we saw, the wonderful people we met and the great friends we got to see - ALL IN ONE PLACE!

Our booth was more than just a way to sell product - we had some out-of-this-world talent at our table this weekend!  Brian Smith (Stuff of Legend, Intrepid EscapeGoat, Voltron Force, Spongebob Squarepants) was with us on Saturday along with Stephen Coughlin (Sanctuary) who were "WOW"-ing customers with their friendly, down-to-earth personalities and rockstar art skills - sketching for customers whether it was one of the characters they work on or Hulk, Batman, whoever!

We also had the pleasure of sharing space with Katie Coe - a cosplayer from Delaware - gorgeous and talented, she debuted her brand new Dr. Strange cosplay and had prints of all her previous cosplay characters available for purchase!  If you missed seeing her this weekend, you really missed out!

We got to hang out with a TON of "old" friends like:

Erica Schultz (Swords of Sorrow, Vertigo Pop SFX #1)

Fernando Ruiz (Archie, Archie vs Predator)

Anthony Marques (Shadow, Action Comics, Superman)

Joe Caramagna (Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors)

John Paul (NJComicBookShows.Com)

Big Kev and Matt Cipoletti (Big Kev's Geek Stuff Podcast)

Vincent DelVecchio Jr (local Artist)

Mike Grassia (indie all-ages artist/writer)

Howard Levy (GSCF Official Photographer, HSL Photography)

Our friends at Dog Walk of the Dead

And a TON of new friends:

Sean Von Gorman (Toe Tag Riot, Pawn Shop, Houdini)

Charles Paul Wilson III (Stuff of Legend)

Neal Adams (yes, we said Neal Adams)

Ethan Van Sciver (again, yes, we said Ethan Van Sciver)

Chris Campana (firstworldcomic.com)

Mark McKenna (Boonana Tales, Combat Jacks)

...and SO MANY MORE we can't get through it all!

The turnout was great at the Con.  We saw a bunch of really great cosplayers (including a great Clayface cosplayer, complete with Batman stuck inside) and met a plethora of new collectors and comic fans!  We also saw a bunch of our regular customers at the show who came out to show some love!

We had an amazing time overall and cannot wait to do it all again next year!

Special shout-out to Evan Conwell for getting up at the crack of dawn to help load in on a Saturday morning, Anthony Gaglione for spending his Sunday day-off helping out at the booth and assisting with load out and Marie Beck for her Mary-Jane Loves East Side Mags mash-up cosplay, helping out at the booth and being the rock she always is!  :)

Last, but never least, Susan Bittman, Dave Toussas and Steph Vargas for holding down the fort and keeping the store running smooth so we could take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

And on that note, we leave you with a short clip of the hardest working man in comics, the James Brown of comic books if you will endulge us, SEAN VON GORMAN fighting to get out of a straight-jacket to promote his book - Houdini!  This guy is hilarious and has a ton of great stories.  Enjoy!

-East Side Mags

Last Saturday, East Side Mags exploded with delicious baked goodness!

Einhorn's Epic Cookies came out from NYC and the only word to describe the day is EPIC!

Writer Brian Smith (Stuff of Legend, Spongebob Squarepants), Artist Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army, Hello Kitty) and Colorist/Letterer Steve Wands (Batman, Attack on Titan) were here in force to help promote these amazing cookies (with epic Unicorn comics inside) and sketch for their fans and newbies to the epic cookie community!  And they didn't just draw unicorns either!  Check out this awesome sketch cover by Jacob Chabot:

It was a packed house with all three guys and we had additional guests like co-creators Heather Einhorn and Adam Staffaroni and Mr. Einhorn (Heather's dad) HIMSELF!

Cookies were eaten and comics were signed.  Sketches provided on the spot for kids and adult fans alike!  Everyone even tried to sign a cookie with icing!

We all had a great time and a special THANK YOU to Simit House in Montclair for providing FREE hot chocolate to go with the cookies!

Cookies.  Comics.  Hot chocolate.  Unicorns.  Family and friends.  I don't think there is any better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Montclair!

East Side Mags will be carrying a variety of cookie flavors from Einhorn's Epic Cookies moving forward and look out for more ESM/EEC announcements coming SOON!

*Photos provided courtesy of HSL Photography!  Thanks, Howie!  :)

Let's face it.  The real weekend storm happened right here!  East Side Mags experienced a TALENT-STORM inside our store!

We had the pleasure of spending a chilly, snowy Saturday with the amazing Frank Barbiere (Five Ghosts), Anthony Marques (The Shadow 2014 One-Shot) and Matt Rosenberg (12 Reasons to Die) and it was great!

We saw Anthony draw some amazing art.  Frank and Matt had us laughing and sharing stories of their time in the comics industry and personal stories about collecting, what comics they love and the stuff they collect now that they are making comics!

In case you missed them, come see us because they were totally cool about signing stuff to leave here for their fans to pick up like copies of Five Ghosts TPBs and The Shadow 2014 One Shot!

You couldn't put together a nicer group of guys and it was our pleasure to have them.  I'm sure we'll be seeing them again VERY soon (wink, wink) so stay tuned.  Us Jersey guys gotta stick together!

Here is a sketch Anthony Marques was kind enough to do on our blank Shaft #1 cover!