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The New 52 Reviews: The Flash, Aquaman, Superman, Firestorm & More

September 28th, 2011 Comments off

We Review Every #1 Issue of The New 52!

It’s our final week of DC’s The New 52 #1 reviews! Where did the time go? In this edition, we review all 13 of the September 28 #1 issues, including Aquaman #1, The Flash #1, Batman: The Dark Knight #1, Superman #1, Fury of Firestorm #1, Green Lantern New Guardians #1, Savage Hawkman #1, Teen Titans #1, All-Star Western #1, Blackhawks #1, I, Vampire #1, Justice League Dark #1, and Voodoo #1!

We’ve divided all of these comics into three bite-sized videos, below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

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TFAW Partners With buySAFE for Even Safer Online Shopping

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

buySAFE GuaranteeIf you’ve shopped at TFAW.com lately, you’ve probably noticed a blue triangle in the lower-right-hand corner of your screen from buySAFE. Wondering if it’s legit? (Yes!) Want to know how it will benefit you? (It will!) Read on:

It’s no secret that people are concerned about Internet security these days. At TFAW, that’s been one of our top priorities since we launched our website in 1998. That’s why we’ve partnered with buySAFE, a company that provides shoppers with ultimate peace of mind by giving them a confident and guaranteed shopping experience.

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buySAFE provides a 3-in-1 Guarantee that includes:

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  3. Lowest Price Guarantee for 30 Days. If the price at TFAW.com drops within 30 days of your purchase, buySAFE will pay you the difference, up to $100 per transaction and up to a maximum of $200 per claimant in any 12-month period.

Some restrictions apply–for more details, click the link below!

Why Did buySAFE Email Me? Am I Going to Get a Lot of Spam?

Each time you finalize a purchase at TFAW.com, you will receive a one-time email from buySAFE to inform you about A.) the issuance of your 3-in-1 Bond Guarantee, B.) your coverage expiration date, and C.) the protection and benefits that you received. You will also receive a claim number for reference. buySAFE is legally obligated to send this email. However, you won’t get any additional emails from buySAFE, unless you opt in to services such as their Smart Buyers Club. Plus, buySAFE will not sell customer emails or information to outside parties!

Our goal is to help everyone who shops at TFAW.com to feel comfortable and secure with their online shopping experience, and we’re happy to report that we’ve already gotten a lot of positive feedback on our buySAFE guarantee!

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The New 52 Reviews: Batman, Supergirl, Red Hood & More

September 21st, 2011 Comments off

We Review Every #1 Issue of The New 52!

Welcome back to our comics reviews of The New 52, DC Comics’ rebirth of its superhero (and horror!) universe. This week, we review all 12 of the September 21 titles, including Batman #1, Wonder Woman #1, Green Lantern Corps #1, Birds of Prey #1, Supergirl #1, Nightwing #1, Captain Atom #1, Blue Beetle #1, Catwoman #1, Legion of Super-Heroes #1, DC Universe Presents #1, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #1!

We’ve divided all of these comics into three bite-sized videos, below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

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The New 52 Reviews: Green Lantern, Batwoman, Superboy & More

September 14th, 2011 Comments off

We Review Every #1 Issue of The New 52!

It’s time once again for our comics reviews of The New 52, DC Comics’ ambitious re-imagining of its entire superhero universe. This week, we review all 13 of the September 14 titles, including Green Lantern #1, Batwoman #1, Batman & Robin #1, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Mister Terrific, and much more!

Like last week, we split up the comics between three videos, which you can view below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

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Georges Jeanty Talks Buffy Season 9 on Geek in the City

September 10th, 2011 Comments off

Buffy Season 9What: Buffy Season 9 Q&A/Release Party with Georges Jeanty & Scott Allie
Where: Hollywood TFAW: 4133 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
When: Wednesday, September 14 from 7-10 pm.

Our Buffy Season 9 Premiere Party with artist Georges Jeanty and editor Scott Allie is right around the corner–come to the Hollywood TFAW in Portland Wednesday, September 14 from 7-10 pm for a Q&A and signing you’ll never forget!

Georges Jeanty isn’t just the acclaimed artist for Buffy Season 8 and 9–he’s a huge fan of Buffy, too! Check out the interview he did with Aaron Duran of Geek in the City about his experiences working with Joss Whedon, which storylines he objected to in Season 8, and what he’s looking forward to in Season 9.

You’ll be able to get all of your burning questions answered–the Q&A starts at 7 pm sharp! Dark Horse Comics is giving away free Buffy swag bags with purchase of Buffy Season 9 #1 (while supplies last) containing exclusive goodies usually only available at conventions. Plus, enjoy free beer from Columbia River Brewing Company (with valid ID) and complimentary food! See you there!

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August Product Review Contest Winners

September 9th, 2011 Comments off

As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked three reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

Samuel from Ruston, LA is the first winner this go around. His review of the Return of Bruce Wayne Series 1 Witch Hunter Batman Action Figure was just what the doctor ordered:

Bruce Wayne time traveling through various ages in American history is cool. This is a neat twist on the Batman legend with him posing as a witch hunter in Colonial America. This, and the High Seas version also serve to ignite an appreciation of our history!

Dan’s review of The Sixth Gun TPB Vol. 2: also caught our eye as we were looking through last month’s reviews:

Loved this as much as Vol.1 TPB. A must read for western/supernatural fans. Only complaint…TFAW.com needs to submit more info on the comics they intend to sell. Such as, number of pages in a comic book (TPB or single issue), how many volumes of issues per TPB. This alone greatly increases my chance on buying such comic’s.

Thanks for the suggestion, Dan. We’re diligently working to add that kind of info when it is provided to us. We’re right there with you–it’s important info to have. ;)

Finally, beebull from Baltimore, MD dropped by really quick to share his thoughts of the Jericho TPB Season 3.

Jericho was my all time favorite shoe because of the great investigative writing team. The incredible story was also casted perfectly, the actors were incredible and amazed us each week with love,action, and mystery played by a really cool music score. The comic picks up where the cliff hanger season ended and that is what makes this comic so great with the original writers still on the job. I haven’t picked up a comic in 40 years but have multiple copies of every issue and was surprised that only one issue of the graphic arrived at my store. Where is my next issue coming out TFAW? beebull needs his fix bad!

Thanks again to everyone who shared their thoughts via a product review last month! If you’re submitting product reviews, please don’t submit duplicate reviews or submissions from other merchant websites. You don’t have to like the product to snag a winning review, so feel free to rant or gush.

So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

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The New 52 Reviews: Action Comics, Batgirl, Detective Comics & More

September 7th, 2011 Comments off

We Review Every #1 Issue of The New 52!

It’s time once again for our comics reviews of The New 52, DC Comics’ ambitious re-imagining of its entire superhero universe. This week, we review all of the September 7 titles, including Detective Comics #1, Action Comics #1, Green Arrow #1, Justice League International #1, Animal Man #1, Batgirl #1, Batwing #1, Hawk and Dove #1, Swamp Thing #1, Men of War #1, OMAC #1, Static Shock #1, and Stormwatch #1.

Whew! It was so many comics, we actually split it up into three videos, which you can view below. MILD SPOILER ALERT! We’ll avoid any big spoilers, but we will give out a few details as we go. So were these comics Box-Worthy, Fence-Worthy, or NOT Worthy? Listen to our opinions and then post your own below.

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Sam Humphries Takes Us Through Our Love Is Real

September 7th, 2011 Comments off

Our Love Is Real Sam HumphriesWord to the wise: Sam Humphries’ Our Love Is Real, while hysterically funny, is centered around material that is best left to mature readers, and those who aren’t easily offended by, um, alternative sexual preferences. REALLY alternative sexual preferences (not that there’s anything wrong with that). If you can handle it, get ready for an excellent interview with Sam Humphries–as well as preview pages–after the jump!

Our Love Is Real is Sam Humphries’ hilarious satire of sexual mores and relationships, set in an undetermined future where almost anything goes. This one-shot, set for release by Image Comics November 2, features art by Steven Sanders and has caught the attention of Wolverine scribe Jason Aaron, MTV Geek, and more! We had the chance to send some questions to Humphries–read the resulting interview, below!

TFAW.com: How did the idea for this book come about?

Sam Humphries: There was a notorious website years ago at dolphinsex.org. It was a one-page memoir, very explicit, by a guy who claimed to have a romantic relationship with a dolphin. It was a mind-blower.

TFAW.com: This is clearly a satire–how do you feel about our current attitudes about relationships, sex, and sexuality?

SH: Well, part of me wants to plead the fifth on this–someone’s experience of Our Love Is Real shouldn’t hinge on my personal attitudes.

On the other hand, I’m totally in favor of equal rights for gay people, I feel pretty wretched about our current attitudes, and I don’t feel like staying quiet about it. I believe it’s a civil rights issue and the current state of “equality” in this country is an unforgivable double standard. There’s been some great advances, but there’s still a long way to go.

TFAW.com: There are a lot of unusual sexual preferences in Our Love Is Real: vegisexuals, who have sex with plants, zoosexuals, who have relationships with animals, etc. In our society, we still have issues with gay marriage–how did everyone get here in your story?

SH: A lot of sexual attitudes these days come from a place of fear–for example, a fear of AIDS, which forced everyone to make a direct, literal connection between sex and lust and disease and death. It’s absolutely necessary to be sexually responsible in the face of AIDS. What if that fear was lifted? What if everyone was able to take fear out of the sex and lust equation? And Steven Sanders was there to make it all look gorgeous?

TFAW.com: Our main protagonist, Jok, is fine with being a zoosexual, but later in the story he worries about being gay, which seems ironic. What’s your take?

SH: If I was Jok’s friend, I would tell him to relax and stop being so uptight. Don’t worry about fitting into a rigid, pre-defined category and just follow your <3. And I would buy him a beer.

TFAW.com: What struck me is that people are choosing to become intimate with, er, entities that can’t talk back: plants, animals, crystals. It seems like a power issue to me. What’s your response?

SH: I see it as people yearning for a romantic and sexual connection with something outside the human experience. A relationship where being human isn’t the star of the show. Most of those people would disagree with you that these entities can’t talk back; they just speak differently. But I think you may have given me a new story idea.

TFAW.com: The book has gotten a lot of good buzz from writer Jason Aaron and MTV Geek, among others. Did you think it would make this much of a splash?

SH: Haha–not at all. It’s a smutty sci-fi book. I had high hopes, but I figured about half of the original print run would go to friends and acquaintances, and the other half would go to curious perverts. I guess I underestimated the size of the latter.

TFAW.com: Are you planning any more stories that take place in this universe?

SH: If this wide release of the one shot does well, who knows what could happen? I’ve written the first page of Our Love Is Real, Volume 2, I know what happens next with Jok and Brin . . . but there are no current plans to publish more stories, no.

TFAW.com: Our Love Is Real is pretty different from some of your past work, which includes Fraggle Rock. What kinds of creator-owned work would you like to do in the future?

SH: I’d love to do a romantic period drama.

TFAW.com: What’s next for you?

SH: I’m self-publishing a new comic. It comes out in December. There are zero dogs in it.

We want to thank Sam for taking the time to answer our questions! Make sure to pre-order your copy of Our Love Is Real today.

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New Avengers Movie Set Photos From NYC + SPOILERS

September 6th, 2011 Comments off
Avengers Movie Set Pictures From Comic Vine

Courtesy of Comic Vine.

Comics blog/encyclopedia Comic Vine posted some new photos from the Avengers movie, as did comics culture blog The Beat (The Beat also has some spoilers as to how the movie might end cloaked in white text, so don’t highlight anything if you don’t want to know!).

Here’s one comment from Comic Vine:

There’s some running going on. It’s kind of funny how Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye appears ultra calm in these shots. Guess that’s just how cool he is. It’s great to see Black Widow in her traditional costume versus a generic SHIELD suit but I have to say Captain America’s costume looks a little weird.

My first thought was that the wig Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a. the Black Widow) is wearing is much more natural looking than the one from Iron Man 2–and better suited to fight scenes! My second thought is . . . Captain America looks like Evel Knievel. I’m not sure about this updated costume, folks–it’s very bright and new looking. I liked the battle-dirtied, WWII-style costume from Captain America: The First Avenger, but perhaps it will look better on the big screen?

Also, wow: Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are tall–there’s a great candid group shot of the actors, including Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo, in which the Asgardian gods tower over everyone else. It’s only fitting, I suppose!

Finally–oh, Chris Evans looks like a complete square as Steve Rogers, and that is totally awesome. I really love that they’re not suddenly transforming him into a super-cool modern hero just because he’s traveled back to the future.

Check out all of the pictures over at Comic Vine, and then come back and tell us what you think! Are you as excited to see the Avengers movie as we are?

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Save 60% on Nick & Dents During Our Back to School Sale

September 2nd, 2011 Comments off

Discount Graphic Novels

Hold onto your hats! We’re throwing a huge Back to School Sale that features 60% off our ever-popular Nick & Dents. We currently have more than 2,300 great-quality graphic novels, statues, toys, and more at 60% off. It’s a fantastic way to get a whole shelf-full of books or add to your figure collection without emptying your wallet.

If you haven’t ordered our Nick & Dents before, here’s a quick primer: our Nick & Dent graphic novels have been handled and might have minor damage to the outside cover–such as a slightly bent corner or scuffing–but they’re excellent reading copies. Our Nick & Dent toys and statues are fantastic finds for collectors who display their pieces out of the box: only the packaging is damaged, not the figures inside!

Here’s a recent testimonial from a happy Nick & Dent customer:

Your nick & dents continue to AMAZE me! What a great deal! I’ve wanted this book for a while now and when I saw you had a nick & dent I JUMPED on it! Not only is that a wonderful story by Quesada w/brilliant art by Rivera…but the condition of the book is almost PERFECT..would’ve paid 25 bucks for this anywhere else! Thanks so much TFAW! I love you!!
–Brian from VA, who purchased Spider-Man One Moment Time HC Quesada Cover Edition – nick & dent (now sold out, unfortunately–make sure to start shopping today)

Make sure to check out our excellent deals this weekend (and the rest of the month), including items from Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, and more!

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