Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day Saturday May 6th, 2017!

Free Comic Book Day is just around the corner, and all four of our Fantasy Shop Locations will be celebrating!

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Each store has unique and fun activities scheduled all day long on Saturday, as well as hosting our annual back issue sale the whole weekend! 

Check out the Facebook events for all our locations for more details!

St. Charles: https://www.facebook.com/events/441163746229563/

Creve Coeur: https://www.facebook.com/events/586261801569943/

Maplewood: https://www.facebook.com/events/1312801202130757/

South County:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1657574464271624/ 

Free Comic Book Day 2012

Let me start by saying that this was the best back issue sale I have been to since I started working for the Fantasy Shop.  There was a huge crowd waiting for us to open our doors at eleven o'clock.  The crowd reached from the front door of St Charles to Pizza Hut down the strip mall.

We had tons of books for everyone to choose from, the line to check out was super long, but everyone was is great spirits all day.  New friendships were made back in the quarter bins as people helped each other find books to complete their collections.

We had Batman, Batgirl, and Supergirl on hand to meet fans and take pictures.  I didn't take as many pictures of the excitement as I wanted too, but that's the price of being busy helping people find awesome comics! 

If you want to see more pictures from the St Charles sale, swing on over to our Facebook page and check them out! http://www.facebook.com/FantasyShopStCharles

And be sure to check out the other shops' pages as well!  They should all have pictures and/ or reviews of the weekend's events within a few days as well.

Free Comic Book Day & Back Issue Sale

That's right folks! Today starts the first 30th Anniversary Back Issue Sale at all 4 locations of The Fantasy Shop! Friday May 6th, Saturday May 7th and Sunday May 8th each store will be selling their regular stock back issues ($9.99 and under) for just 30¢ a piece!

And at the Saint Charles store they'll be pulling out all the warehouse back issues and selling them for 30¢ a piece Friday and Saturday (Not to mention the fact that they'll be open from 11am Friday until Midnight Saturday night [That's right you can shop for back issues for 37 HOURS straight if you want to]). And then on Sunday they'll drop the price to 10¢ a piece on the warehouse stock and open from 9am until they decide to shut the doors!

And if that wasn't enough reason to make it out to the Fantasy Shop this weekend then Tomorrow (Saturday May 7th) is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! 

So come out, get some super cheap back issues, and enjoy FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

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2010 FCBD Remembered

The day has come and past once again and I think that it is easy enough to say that once again Free Comic Book Day was a resounding success! From the overwhelming success of Saint Louis' own Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt's Sixth Gun from ONI, to the wonderful costumed appearances by the one and only Batman (and the rumored appearance of his sometimes nemesis Catwoman as well), to the slew of back issues that everyone took home with them from the various sales that we had at each of the locations. Once again we paired Free Comic Book Day with a company wide back issue sale (each store had their regular stock back issues at $1 a piece!) and a Warehouse Sale at the Saint Charles Location. This year we were glad to see many families returning to once again take part in the celebration (perhaps some would say the madness). We hope that everyone in attendance had a fantastic time and that you were able to find the books you were looking for (or perhaps you found something you never knew you needed) and that you're planning on making it back to The Fantasy Shop before another year rolls around. We got some great pictures at some of the stores and here are links to the galleries for the South County Store and the Saint Charles Store!

Sixth Gun Blows it's Free Comic Book Day Competition Away

When I think of Cullen Bunn I think of three things:

1. "Formerly the World's Youngest Hypnotist" (... yeah).

2. The really funny story about when he worked for the Fantasy Shop and was called to the old Saint Charles location by the cops when the security alarm went off in the middle of the night.

3. I can't imagine what it must be like inside the head of a guy who can craft complete worlds with such seeming ease.

One of Cullen's greatest strengths as a writer is that when you read his works you feel like the world is complete, from the ground up, you imagine that he knows the name of all of the characters who wander past in the background and that each of them has their own stories and that one day they might just become the focus of the story and you'll wonder how you never noticed them before. That is the kind of writer that Cullen is though, he crafts these complex and complete worlds and by the time you're finished reading the first issue of his most recent yarn you can't help but want to know everything there is to know about the nooks and crannies of the little lived in world to which he's just finished introducing to you.

It certainly doesn't hurt that he's got the partner in crime that he does. Brian Hurtt has a longer tenure in the comics industry (and if you haven't read his collaborations with Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis or the criminally under-read and underrated Hard Time from DC/DC Focus then you should do yourself the favor and check them out as soon as is humanly possible) but you can tell when he works with Cullen that he does so with the energy of someone who is working on their very first comic, the excitement is clearly visible on the page (and when you're drawing as many characters who wear suits and ties as wander around in a Cullen Bunn penned story you'd better be pretty excited about it). This is also some of the best work of Brian's career as he has really honed in on the character designs, layouts, emotive quality of his characters, and the general cartooning overall. 

But enough about the creators of this work, let's talk about the book itself. Sixth Gun takes place in a Magical American West that we all might wish had been. Enchanted guns, truly mystical tarot decks, undead Generals, haunted gallows tree, and more than you could even imagine. If you tell me that the Pinkertons are going to appear in a comic then you've immediately got my attention but in this book they are more than just a private policing agency, they're so much more. Honestly the book was just incredible, and there is so much about the pacing and the writing and the way that the pages lead you into the next that made me really excited as I was reading this book.

I honestly think that it is probably the duo's best collaboration to date and considering how big a fan of The Damned that I am that is really saying something. It is just a really well crafted story with bits of Cullen's creepy imagination right alongside Brian's great eye for detail. Everything from the characters to the logo feels like it wasn't so much created as found and communicated to us by master story-tellers. I honestly think that this is going to be one of the biggest hits that ONI has had in quite a while and seeing it all in color (and don't even get me started on how great the colors are) will have fans rushing back to the store to get issue #2 when it comes out in July. 

But if you want to talk to the creators themselves then you need not wait too much longer as they will be signing at the Fantasy Shop in South County on Wednesday May, 5th, the Wednesday after Free Comic Book Day! So make sure that you have your copy of Sixth Gun #1 and be ready to jump in with both feet into one of the most surprisingly enchanting comics of the year.