...and we've got the BEST FRIENDS in the whole wide world!

On Saturday, July 18th, we celebrated our one year anniversary in STYLE!

To honor the occasion, we brought out some pretty heavy hitters to celebrate along with us!

Archie artist extraordinaire, Fernando Ruiz was here to wow the crowd with his stellar drawing skills for Archie fans and comic fans alike!  As the artist on various Archie titles including the new Archie vs Predator series, it was a complete honor hosting him for a second time.  A nicer guy there never was, Fernando came here right after teaching his class at the amazing Kubert School to "wow" our customers with his talent! Here is an example - a sketch cover he did for us on our Spider-Gwen #1 blank cover.

New to the scene, Isaac Goodhart was on-board as well.  He draws a new comic called "Postal" for Top Cow and currently resides in Astoria.  He and his lovely girlfriend were nice enough to come check out our little slice of heaven here in Montclair, sign copies of the first trade paperback for Postal that just came out and sketch for our customers!  Here's a little something he whipped up for us.

Joe Caramagna, the AMAZING Marvel writer, joined in the party too!  He signed copies of his work that include Avengers Vs, Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors and SO MUCH MORE!  Joe is a Jersey-guy unlike any other and, although he doesn't draw much anymore, even he got in the action by sketching us this amazing piece:

Last but NEVER least, our good friend and neighbor Brian Smith - artist and writer for books such as Spongebob Squarepants, Stuff of Legend, Voltron Force, the Intrepid EscapeGoat and MORE - came by his LCS (local comic shop for those wondering) and hung out with fans, customers and friends while sketching, signing and even ran home to grab some original art he'd been working on in his free time to show some fans including US!

NOTE:  Special shout-out to Greg Schigiel (artist/writer for Pix) and Stephen Coughlin (artist/writer for Sanctuary) for stopping by and hanging out with us!  We really do have the best friends!

If you thought all that wasn't amazing enough, we held an all day raffle called PACK WARS.  See - you buy a pack of baseball cards and when raffle time came, we would see who had the best stat for the prize - most home runs, fewest strike outs, most innings pitched, best on base percentage, etc.  Check out some photos below of all our amazing winners!

The day ended with a STELLAR, AMAZING, OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD performance by a local band comprised of some of Montclair's most talented high-schoolers - Tula Vera!  They performed in the store and ROCKED IT!  You can check out the videos but it doesn't do them justice.  They are destined for greatness and it was an honor having them in the store.  The future of rock looks bright indeed!!!

To top it all off, in style, we received this from Mr. Stan Lee himself!  BIG THANK YOU to Chuck Robertson for making the connection and being an all-around awesome guy with great sons!

Needless to say, we had a blast!  We have met some amazing people who work in comics and some even more amazing customers who truly love comics, art, stories, reading and fun over the last year and it looks like we'll be here for a long time to come!  We swell with great anticipation about who we'll meet in the next year and the years to come!

Thank you so much to all the artists, writers and - most of all - the customers and fans of comics for keeping the medium (and us) alive and thriving!  We couldn't have done this without all of you and your support and our greatest pleasure is paying that back to you by hosting fun, exciting and entertaining events for you to attend and enjoy!

Keep it coming cuz we're not done yet...

Much love,

Everyone involved at East Side Mags

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!  

ENJOY!

DK Publishing and LEGO sponsored a kids costume contest at East Side Mags on Free Comic Book Day - May 2nd 2015!

Ladies and Gentlemen, your FCBD 2015 Costume Contest Winner is:

Thank you to all the great kids who came out in costume!  You can see all the runners-up below:

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 www.freecomicbookday.com or click here!

We're sitting on Cloud 9 right now and had the best day with Ron Marz and Tom Raney!

Ron Marz is a personal favorite of mine as I basically went through my teenage years of discovery at the same time Kyle Rayner was figuring out what to do with that Lantern ring of his.  When East Side Mags opened, one of the things I knew I had to do was meet Ron in person, thank him for the amazing stories he wrote (and continues to write - see John Carter Warlord of Mars, Skylanders, etc.) and find out if he'd be interested in coming to the shop for a signing.  Needless to say:

Picture courtesy of Steph Vargas

Tom Raney is AMAZING!  His art is fantastic, detailed and so crisp!  He breezed through at least a dozen sketches for customers today and he made it look effortless!  Check out the Facebook or Twitter feeds for some customer-posted pics but here's one of our Zombies Vs Robots sketch cover that we was gracious enough to do for us!

Great new friends and getting to host a legendary comic book writer 20 years in the making - like Ice Cube said - it was a good day...

Picture courtesy of Steph Vargas

East Side Mags was proud to host Paul Castiglia and Fernando Ruiz today in-store.  Writer and artist for Archie Comics, Paul and Fernando were amazing guests.  We stocked up on all things Archie, Paul brought some of his own work like Midnight Marquee Actors Studios:  Vincent Price (in which he wrote a chapter) among others and Fernando provided free sketches for our customers and signed copies of his work from Life with Archie, Archie's Weird Mysteries (of which he worked with Paul), Death of Archie, Archie's Favorite Christmas Comics and so much more!

Two nicer guys - you will NEVER meet.  Happy to talk to their fans about Archie or comics in general, they came, they saw, they drew and they laughed!  It was a true pleasure to have these guys with us today and extend the Halloween celebration for one more day!

Thank you to Paul and Fernando on behalf of Montclair and East Side Mags!  We had an amazing time!

East Side Mags is proud to present our 2nd winner in our Halloween Costume Contest!  Here is Isadora as ZOMBIE ANNA from Frozen.  

Great costume and she thought of it HERSELF - which is the best part!  Zombie Anna will get a free t-shirt and $10 store credit.

More costume contest winners coming soon...

East Side Mags would like to give a BIG thank you to all our trick-or-treaters and Halloween friends for coming out last night, sharing their costumes, partaking in free comic give-a-ways and just having an all-around blast for the festivities!

East Side Mags would like to give a HUGE shout-out and congrats to Faye and her amazing costume (Avatar Kyoshi) for the big "W" in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi Category!  (And thanks to Dad for a super-rad Guy Fawkes costume too!)

Faye won a free t-shirt and $10 in store credit!  

More costume contest winners coming soon...

Hey everyone! Check out this AMAZING podcast I was a part of last night. Some really awesome guys, great talks about music and some really funny bits. **Please note that some strong language does occur (that's for you kids)**

Thank you SO much to Brian John Burdzy and Ronnie for having me on the show. I had a blast and I hope to be a part of this again soon!

Z is a customer of ours and there was an immediate connection.  Like most of our customers, Z collects.  He collects lots of things but not just comics or toys or statues or action figures.  Z collects anything related to Black Pop Culture!  His collection is expansive and includes - but is NOT limited to - comics, toys, tapes, vinyl records, CDs, posters, you name it!  He even has cassette recordings from throw-back hip hop radio programs from the 1980's!!!  His collection is VAST and spans the entire third floor of a house - floor to ceiling!

Here are some SMALL samples of his collection:

Z comes in regularly, looking for new things to add to his ever-expanding collection and always has something cool to share with us or turn us on to.  One thing in particular is this video featuring classic images from the Fantastic Four cartoon of the late 1960's:

Amazing, right?  You can also check out Z's internet contributions below.  Collections like his bring it to another level entirely!

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NOSTALGIC LUV 4 YA

Last night we hosted a Standard Draft for the new block - Khans of Tarkir.  It was a rousing success and TONS of fun!

East Side Mags is proud to present our winners of the Magic the Gathering - Khans of Tarkir Standard Draft - Marco and Eshaan!

Congrats, guys!  Hope to see you both again for our next MTG event!

He was there best there was at what he did.  And what he did wasn't always pretty.  But he was a solid soldier, a good friend, a formidable opponent, a cunning strategist and a respected teacher.  I am, of course, talking about Wolverine aka Logan aka James Howlett.

On Wednesday, 9/3, East Side Mags hosted a memorial service for the (soon to be) fallen hero while also commemorating the release of Death of Wolverine #1 by Marvel Comics.

We presented a eulogy and even had a guest appearance from Spider-Man who shared some his professional and personal thoughts from his previous experiences with Logan.  

Spidey brought along a set of dog tags, given to him by Mr. Howlett himself.  

Spider-Man's Eulogy Part 1

Spider-Man's Eulogy Part 2

It was a heart-felt moment and ESM dedicated its famed chalkboard wall to those who wanted to leave a message for the dearly departed.  The chalkboard wall will remain up all week for those to record their memories and share their thoughts with the community. 

We lost a great hero.  His death will surely leave scars and have ramifications across the entire Marvel Universe.  Time will tell what those ramifications will be - in the form of a series of upcoming comics centering on some of the people Wolverine was closest to and how they deal with his untimely demise.  

Don't forget - only issue #1 has been released!!!  To get the full story, get issues #2, #3 and #4 as they come out right here!!!

On Sunday, August 17th, East Side Mags hosted Ms. Kayla Miller - creator/artist/writer for indie comics CREEP and SMALL THING.  The response we got was incredible with familiar faces and new ones coming out to see Ms. Miller and check out her work.  

CREEP is a full size comic about a boy who, through an accident combining electricity and fruit punch, gains super powers.  Issue #1 is on our shelves as we speak!

SMALL THING is an ashcan comic and features a short story about a small girl.  We don't want to give too much away but the art and writing are amazing and quickly becomes a must read!

Check out some photos below of the signing and of Kayla herself!  She was the very first indie comic artist to take the plunge with ESM and our partnership continues to grow with more and more copies of CREEP and SMALL THING moving out the door at an incredible rate!

Check out both comics today!  You can find more of Kayla's art/writing here.

On August 7, 2014 we hosted Adam McGovern - writer of Nightworld #1 on Image Comics.  


We had a great time!  We had fans of Nightworld, friends of Adam's and other customers who didn't hear about the signing initially but - upon meeting Adam - became fast fans of the book!  We still have a few copies left so come on by and grab a copy!  It's the first book of a limited series so its a great jump on point for anyone new to comics or just looking for a cool book to read.

Batman Day was so much fun!  

In celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary, we provided customers with the ability to acquire one of four different Batman masks commemorating some of the most memorable moments in Batman's comic history including:

-Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns

-Adam West's Batman '66

-DC Comics The New 52 version of Batman

-Bob Kane's original Batman

Batman 75th anniversary capes were also provided and we worked really, really hard on our Christian Bale voice.  

Needless to say, we had a great day and so did all the kids, parents, youngsters and young-at-heart adults who came out to show their love of the Dark Knight!  

We also determined that Bruce Wayne is THE BEST LOOKING 75 year old man in the world...

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 (www.policemeninpickups.com) 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!)