Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Top 5 Graphic Novels to Ease Your Tired Brain

Because sometimes you just want to read something fun!

By Liz Baker

Are you tired of reading books for school or work on material that feels basically pointless or forced upon you? Of course you are, who isn't! Well, here are a few top picks for those moments when you just want to turn off your brain and enjoy some of the more fun things in life. Or procrastinate, either way.  
  1. Adventure Time, Vol. 1 (Kaboom!)

Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Shelli Parline and Branden Lamb
ISBN: 9781608862801

This book is full of some serious fun! Not only is the artwork incredibly colorful and bubbly, but the story is pretty much an exact example of what it would be like to live in your favorite childhood dream. With big bad monsters, and a dog that can morph into anything, you’ll have a tough time reading anything else after this one!

  1. Deadpool: Dead Presidents (Marvel)

Written By Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn
Illustrated by Tony Moore
ISBN: 9780785166801

Nothing says epic escapism like zombie presidents and Deadpool in my book! With presidential resurrection upon us, Deadpool is our only chance to make our history…history once again! If you’re looking for something that packs a punch with some gory details and witty dialogue, this is an awesomely quick read. Plus, Harry Truman’s ghost has lightening powers in it. So there’s that.

  1. Rat Queens, Vol. 1 (Image)

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrated by Roc Upchurch
ISBN: 9781607069454

What better way to escape the toils of every day life than to grab a book that transports you smack dab in the middle of a Dungeons and Dragons paradise? Rat Queens is the perfect pairing of RPGs and fantasy fun, with that little hint of sass to keep it moving. If you like epic quests and celebratory murder drinking, try taking this rockin’ book for a spin. It’s just like taming a dragon, but less bloody.

  1. Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Dark Horse)

Written by Gerard Way
Illustrated by Gabriel Bá
ISBN: 9781593079789

Yes, you read that right. Gerard Way, from My Chemical Romance, wrote a graphic novel. And it turns out, it’s pretty great! Big bold coloring and outrageous super-kid antics make this a perfect book to escape that line at your local DMV with. Or, you know, anywhere else there’s a line.

  1. Batman 66 (DC)

Written by Jeff Parker
Illustrated by Richard Case
ISBN: 9781401247218

We’re back in 1966, and the Daring Duo are at it again! This delightful collection revisits classic Batman and Robin as they appeared in the TV series with that same Pow-ing Kablam-ing action. The art is audacious, the story is hilarious, and most of all, no one is worried about getting rid of a bomb. It’s definitely a gas, to be sure!

Reading is fun, but it’s more fun when you’re doing it instead of something else! So take a break once in a while! Grab a book from us instead of tearing your hair out over that complicated project you've been working on, and relax. After all, even the amazing Spider-man needs to escape sometimes.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Gift Graphic Novel Recommendations

By Corey Shroeder

The holidays can be a stressful time for shoppers and part of that is knowing, exactly, what to get someone without tipping your hand TOO much so the surprise can remain intact. Worry not, stalwart shopper, for Two Cats Comic Book Store has you covered. This is a list of comics for people with specific, discerning tastes, or just anyone looking for a great read over the season.

Chew Vol 01 Trade Paperback (978-160706159)- A massive avian flu outbreak not only killed millions, but made the FDA the most powerful organization in the US, giving them power to arrest and even use lethal force in the line of duty. Jon Layman's tale follows Agent Anthony Chu, a being dubbed a "cibopath," who can interact in strange, unique ways with food. Specifically, anything he eats (besides beets) gives him a strong, psychic imprint of how it came to be. This includes humans, leading to some grotesque humor. The book could have been a dark, dramatic tale, but instead is played almost solely for laughs, thanks to over-the-top cartoonish art by Rob Guillory. This is a perfect book for someone who likes their humor a little bit dark and a lot gross, but with plenty of wit and...BITING satire.

Elephantmen Vol 01 Trade Paperback (978-1607063377)- Treated as second-class citizens, the Elephantmen were genetically engineered to be super soldiers with the genetics of animals. While the backdrop may sound high science fiction, the execution is much closer to something like Blade Runner with the focus close to the streets with equal parts grime and moral gray-areas. Richard Starkings has created a world from the ground up that might take place in the future but still, like the best sci-fi, has plenty to say about the modern world. Various artists work on the title and they're all absolutely fantastic. The art is as much a selling point as the writing with spectacular visuals and this is a fantastic book for people who like their sci-fi dark and street-level rather than in the stars.

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Trade Paperback (978-0785144618)- The 90s were an odd time for comics and few people realize, and relish, in that absurdity like writer Warren Ellis. Along with artist Stuart Immonen, he created a standalone title that focused on some of Marvel Comics' most obscure characters, brought them together on a team, and proceeded to send them up against some of the most bizarre threats to reality imaginable. The book can be enjoyed on its own merits, though some familiarity with superhero tropes enhances the humor greatly, and the art captures the absurd spectacle absolutely beautifully.There are even enough background jokes to keep you reading and rereading time and again.

American Vampire Vol 01 Trade Paperback (978-1401229740)- Before he was revitalizing the DC's Dark Knight, Scott Snyder teamed with Stephen King and Rafael Albuquerque to create a whole new kind of vampire tale. Non-traditional would be the way to describe the story of the sadistic Skinner Sweet and the noble Pearl Jones, both a new breed of "American Vampires" in a universe where the place of a vampire's creation influences their abilities and weaknesses. The different volumes chronicle different time periods, from the late 1800s up to World War II and are excellent at melding horror, humor and action. The perfect gift for someone fed up with the new "woe is I" pontificating, lovey-dovey vampire stories, but still wants to read about everyone's favorite bloodsuckers. Dark and grim but never humorless, American Vampire strikes a fantastic balance, with absolutely incredible visuals, that are easy to get genre fans on-board with.

Go forth armed with knowledge and shop anew! Or just come on in and ask any of our Mega Sales Associates* (may resemble ordinary sales associates) about a personalized recommendation.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Doubleclicks were Awesome!!!

by Christian Nicholson

On July 23rd the Doubleclicks unleashed their brand of nerd quirky musicianship on our store and on some of our customers.  Great times were had by all.

In case you don't know who they are, they are the geek girls who created the amazing and powerful video to their song "Nothing to Prove"  which you can find after the jump.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

One Year Birthday Party

By Christian Nicholson

We'd like to extend a special thank you to all of the friends and family and excellent customers who came out to see us November 2nd 2012 at our One Year Anniversary Birthday Party.  It's been an exciting time with great forward progress.

Enjoy the time lapse video of the event, which was created and provided for us by Tim "Jersey" Clark.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

MTG RTR Pre-Release Party 9/29/2012

By Christian Nicholson

We managed to be one of the few stores in the SF Bay area that was able to feature the MtG Return to Ravnica Pre-Release party.  Basically, what that means is that some very cool cards were available for purchase and play one whole week before wide release.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Aw Yeah, Baycon!

By Christian Nicholson

We had a great time at Baycon connecting with new customers and old friends.

We eschewed the con provided table in favor of a more open booth approach.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Free Comic Book Day 2012 Aftermath

By Christian Nicholson
Lead Photo by Tim "Jersey" Clark

With clear eyes and humble hearts, we've reassessed our views on Free Comic Book Day.  Why?  Because it was awesome!

FCBD 2012 happened to fall on Cinco De Mayo this year.  With a little help from the 501st Legion and our customers, we made it one to remember.