Thank you to NJ-12 News for stopping by East Side Mags this past Free Comic Book Day 2015!  

We received a number of calls from customers, friends and family telling us that we were on TV and finally have a copy to share with all of you!  


Check out an amazing Free Comic Book Day Video as produced by our good friend - Binh Nguyen from Montclair State University!

For details on Free Comic Book Day, go to or click here!

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!

So here we are, almost 1 month into 2015 and we couldn't be happier!  The community turnout for events and comics has been SO massive that we've actually neglected to update our "universe" so here we go:


We had Reilly Brown in house and Deadpool fans came out in waves!  Reilly had no shortage of fans asking questions about their favorite character, learning more about his Lobo run for DC Comics and getting some amazing sketches done by the man himself!

We had Allie Biondi - writer/artist for Ella's Electric - and we had a blast!  She had a great turnout and brought all kinds of cool swag with her including Ella's Electric guitar picks!

Eric Davies - creator of Hero Machine #1 and #2 was here.  A local living legend, Eric debuted the all-new Hero Machine sketchbook (which flew off shelves within the first week) and the Hero Machine app for smartphones!  Hero Machine is a GREAT all-ages book that gets kids excited about reading and creating their own heroes to use in the comics!  And the kids had a BLAST!

Jared Barel of Loaded Barrell Studios was here too!  He brought both graphic novels - Brielle and the Horror and Grey - written and drawn by him and his brother Jordan and they were a HIT!  He brought some prints with him of familiar faces and sketches for his fans - including a totally sweet Maxx cover that you can see below!


We had Ambary Lake in our store - rocking out some solid jams for comic fans and music fans alike!  Their set was amazing and they even had 2 encores!  We just couldn't get enough of these guys!


Our movie nights keep getting better and better!  We showed movies like Goonies, Home Alone and Guardians of the Galaxy!  These movie nights are turning into standing room only events so make sure you get here early and don't forget - we NEVER charge admission but do request a food donation of healthy canned food that we bring to Toni's Kitchen food pantry in Montclair!

Last but not least - STAR WARS #1 came out!  We had a great time watching the excitement on people's faces - from classic Star Wars fans to new one, giving out cool swag like Scottie Young lithographs and Star Wars buttons, watching the original trilogy on the TVs and just talking about the movies with all the fans that came out to show support!

Now that we're into 2015, our new year's resolution is to get you more frequent updates on all the cool things East Side Mags is doing so you can get excited and get down here to see what all the buzz is about for yourself!

We recently held our GRAND OPENING weekend celebration with tons of friends, family and community members all coming out to show some love for us, for comics, for art, for music and for FUN!  

We kicked off Friday night - 7/18 - with a live music performance from Policemen in Pickups ( which not only rocked the house but we also sacrificed a Game of Thrones pint glass to the rock 'n' roll gods - and they were pleased!

Day 2 - 7/19 - Brian Smith, writer/illustrator was in house to sign copies of his work and provide free sketches for the community at large.  Some of his includes, but is not limited to:  Spongebob Squarepants comics, The Intrepid EscapeGoat, Max Steel, Stuff of Legend, Voltron Force and more!!!  Brian is seriously one of the nicest guys we've ever met and having him here was a delight!  As a Montclair native, we hope to have him back in the near future!  He's also got a new book coming out called Tree Mail so keep your eyes posted for more news on this!!!


Day 3 - 7/20 - FINAL DAY - Dylan Klymenko of Upside Down Grin came to the store to sign copies of his prints and brought a limited edition EAST SIDE MAGS print that was only available for that day!  We've actually got a couple extra copies for sale if anyone is still interested!  The response Dylan got was great and everyone loves his prints!  Not only did we sell a bunch that day but people brought back their prints from previous purchases - just to have Dylan sign 'em!!!  How awesome is that?

Thanks again to everyone who came out, helped out, bought stuff, said hi, smiled, drew on our chalkboard wall, told us how nice/amazing the store is, welcomed us to the neighborhood and shook our hands!  It's great to be here in Montclair and the response has been nothing short of AMAZING!  We look forward to a LOOOOONG tenure here and hope to be here for many, many, many years to come!  

Enjoy the photos of our Grand Opening celebration - courtesy of HSL Photography!  (Thanks, bro!)

We had an AMAZING time at the Montclair BID’s sidewalk stroll on June 14th.  We had face painting for kids and a bunch of our super-hero / villain friends came out to show their support including Deadpool, Harley Quinn, She-Ra Princess of Power, the white Mighty Morphin Power Ranger, Wonder Woman and of, course Batman himself!  Our table outside and face painting area was also graced with Mary Jane Watson who also posed for a bunch of pictures with our very own (and the love of her life) Spider-Man!!!  We had an amazing time and we can’t wait for another great outdoor sale!!!  Maybe we’ll have our own coming up soon…