The St. Charles Store is Proud to Present:
Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifiers (PPTQs) are the first step for new players on their path to the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. By winning a Preliminary PTQ, you will qualify for that season’s Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ).
Tournaments will be run at Competitive REL (Rules Enforcement Level).
Saturday, February 21st | Format: Sealed Deck | $30 Entry Reg: 9:00 am | Start: 10:00 am
Saturday, February 21st | Format: Standard | $25 Entry Reg: 1:00 pm | Start: 2:00 pm
Sunday, February 22nd | Format: Modern | $25 Entry Reg: 12:00 pm | Start: 1:00 pm
1st Place: 1 booster box PLUS an invitation to participate in a Regional Pro Tour Qualifier (RPTQ).
2nd - 4th: 12 packs each. 5th- 8th: 9 packs each.
Additional prizes based on attendance.
This weekend is Pro-Tour Khans of Tarkir and for the first time since 2012 a Standard Pro-Tour event will be played without Shocklands, Sphinx's Revelations, or Pack Rats. The rotation shakes more than just the standard metagame but also the way that Magic will work into the future as it will be the last time that a 3 set Block and a Core Set will all rotate out at the same time, thanks to the change in the way that Wizards will be releasing sets in the future. If you want to see what the future of Standard looks like you should see what the pros decide to play, and you can watch all of that HERE.
But once the dust settles and the cards shuffle their last in Honolulu this weekend there will be more Magic to play. Because next weekend (10/18 - 10/19) is Khans of Tarkir Game Day. And all 4 of the Fantasy Shop locations will be hosting Game Day events as they usually do, but this time there is an additional reward beyond the full art foils for everyone who comes in the top 4 of their local Game Day event.
St. Charles: www.facebook.com/events/1468587180068892/
South County: www.facebook.com/events/808978812479837/
St. Charles will be running it's very first StarCity Invitational Qualifier on Sunday the 19th of October (the winner of which will get $250 in cash!). And if you place in the top 4 of one of the Game Day events then you get to play in the StarCity IQ event ... For free. That means that 16 lucky players who invest $5 in the event entry of the Game Day Event of their local shop and play hard and have luck fall their way will get to play in a $30 event for free!
So you'll have the opportunity to test the field and make last minute adjustments after Game Day to make sure that you have the best chance to put your best foot forward during the SCGIQ.
Another innovation from The Fantasy Shop!
Fall Used Gaming Auction & Silent Bid Tutorial
9/27/14 Used Gaming Auction - Miniatures 12:00pm - 5:00pm
9/27/14 Used Gaming Auction - Roleplaying Games 5:00pm - 12:00am
9/28/14 Used Gaming Auction - Board, Card, and Other Games 1:00pm - 5:00pm
We will be taking material at ALL locations starting Thursday September 11th and through Tuesday September 16th.
We will, once again, have a week of Online Silent Bidding leading up to the auction as we have for the last few auctions.
Silent Bidding Online begins Monday September 22nd and runs through Friday September 26th.
The actual auctions occur at The St. Charles store and will be on Saturday September 27th at Noon where we will feature All Miniatures Games, and at 5pm where we will feature Role Playing Games and all accompanying material and on Sunday September 28th at 1pm we will feature Board Games and Other Gaming!
This weekend the Florissant and South County stores will both be holding Grand Prix Trials for the forthcoming Grand Prix Chicago!
Details for Saturday's Event at the Florissant store can be found here:
Details for Sunday's Event at the South County store can be found here:
The Customer Bazaar
May 31st, 2014
Noon ‘til 6:00 PM
Do you have stuff to sell?
This is the perfect opportunity to clear out your basement or attic of unwanted comics, games, statues, miniatures, and pretty much anything else related to what the Fantasy shop carries.
All you have to do is sign up, pay for your table, and any money you make during the bazaar is yours to keep!
Wizard World Comic Con returned to St. Louis this past weekend with a vengeance. It was an awesome celebration of all things nerdy. Attendance was high as were my spirits as I stepped onto the convention floor. It was total sensory overload from the retail tables to the cosplay. Several local vendors were on hand with comics, graphic novels, collectibles and all the nerdy things that I love.
The first place I stopped on my journey through the sea of people was the artist alley as they called it. This was where all the creator booths were set up. I had taken with me several things to get signed by some of my favorite artists that were present. Most notably Greg Capullo for which I hade taken three new 52 Batman comics to get signed. Approaching Greg I have to say he has the look of someone you would see at a rock concert rather than a comic convention. Next, I stopped by Ethan Van Sciver's table with a few comics. He seemed like a very down to earth guy who wanted to be there more than I did. Finally, I had some things for Salvador Larocca to deface. I dug deep into the comic collection and found my copy of Heroes Reborn: The Return #1 for which Salvador did the art. His reaction upon seeing a comic he had done back in 1997 was hilarious. He laughed and told me that I was the only one who bothered to buy this book. Upon telling him I liked it quite a bit when I was a teenager he reacted by saying I was definitely the only one who liked it. We both shared a good nostalgic laugh. With my signature time done it was time to move on to what was easily the highlight of the day for me.
Over the loud speaker at the convention hall came an announcement that informed me that Matt Smith (The Doctor) was signing at his booth and their was no line. The fanboy in me drove me to migrate over to where this was happening just to get a look at the man. Once I arrived there though that same fanboy in me was pushing me to spend the hundred dollars necessary to get closer to that man. I did not have the funds necessary to make this dream a reality. Luckily for me a wonderful woman who loves me very much could not let me walk away without meeting one of my personal heroes. I do not usually get nervous meeting celebrities but this was the doctor. While waiting in line I had mentally prepared so many things that I was going to say and as I approached Matt Smith all of those things were lost to me. When I finally did make it to the front of the line he greeted me with that smooth British accent we have come to know and love as fans. As nervous as I was all I managed to say was "you're awesome" to which he graciously thanked me for saying. I shook his hand and then it was over. In closing I just want to make it clear that the saying never meet your heroes does not apply to me. All in all it was a great show and I look forward to going back next year to make more of my nerd fantasies a reality.
Special thanks to Mike Brodeur, The Fantasy Shop, and my beautiful girlfriend Corrie for helping me to fulfill a dream.
I've been trying to figure out how to talk about this and not come across as a gushing, ridiculous fanboy and it's much harder than I would have imagined. Especially when I consider the fact that it wasn't until it was coming back that I had really realized how much I had missed Stray Bullets.
But sometimes life is like that.
David Lapham's Stray Bullets hit me at what must have been just about the perfect time. Because when I finally gave it a day in court I couldn't stop reading it. I devoured it. It started with the second hardcover collection "Somewhere Out West" which begins with the second half of a story that had started in the first hardcover "The Innocence of Nihilism" and even with that being the case I could not possibly have cared less. I loved being dumped down into the middle of a story that was so crazy that I couldn't help but be locked in.
I had often heard of Stray Bullets being spoken in the same breath as Strangers in Paradise, Eightball, Black Hole, Optic Nerve, and many of the other incredible independent black and white comics of the 90s that were starting to get collected during the early 2000s and as a result were becoming more available.
Stray Bullets was a unique story in that it was a period piece (set mostly in the 1970s) as well as being darkly twisted noir that lingered more in the world of suburbia than of the dark underbelly of the world of crime.
Lapham had experience in the world of comics prior to setting out on his own and creating Stray Bullets having worked on several books as an artist for comics written by Jim Shooter at Valiant Comics (most notably Harbinger) in the early 90s as well as some books at Defiant Comics (most notably Warriors of Plasm). His art style lends itself to the gritty content of both the books he had done previously as well as the work he began crafting in Stray Bullets.
And in 2005 it ended ... the siren call of making money enough to support his family wound up being too strong to resist and he left his creation behind for work from Marvel (Daredevil vs. Punisher, Terror, Inc., Spider-Man: With Great Power, DeadpoolMAX, and Age of Apocalypse) & DC (Detective Comics & Tales of the Unexpected), Vertigo (Young Liars, Fables, Silverfish, American Splendor) as well as Top Cow (The Darkness) and others additionally working quite a bit for Avatar Press (on titles like Crossed, Caligula, Ferals, and Dan, The Unharmable).
But finally, after more than 8 years of waiting we loyal fans will finally get the return of the book we've all loved and been waiting for.
Stray Bullets returns. And it doesn't just return one issue at a time. Oh, no. It comes back with a colossal bang. The long awaited issue #41 hits the shelves with the first issue of an all new story: Stray Bullets: Killers #1. AND!, AND!, The Stray Bullets: Uber Alles Trade Paperback which collects all 41 published issues all in one book!
The time has come friends. The time has come to once again stare deeply into the dark abyss where the human heart usually resides and let the despair of everyday life at it's most grim and desperate. The time has come to once again come to grips with the simple things that can take life down a dark path ... the extra curricular activities of teenagers, the secret lives of housewives, and the poor decisions of average businessmen.
The time has come to return to the pages of Stray Bullets.