Friday, November 7, 2014

6 Must-Have Holiday Gifts That Will Make You The Best Gift-Giver Ever

Or, "How I Became The Favorite."

By Liz Baker

Now, we know it's only November, but we figured since Christmas decorations go up for sale even before Halloween, we want to make sure you have the correct advantage when it comes to actually awesome presents. Since the real purpose of giving gifts--aside from bring joy into the hearts of our loved ones and showing our affection for one another--is to become the coolest person on the face of the planet, we've thrown together a list of some of the best gifts for 2014 that are bound to get you on the "Nice" list for life. Or at least land you a few extra pieces of turkey at dinner. 

5. Bone Graphic Novel Box Set

Written/Illustrated by Jeff Smith
ISBN: 978188896327415000

Think about every daydream you've ever had where you get to wander around in your own fantasy world, fighting bad guys, and taking names of anyone who gets in your way. Now put those adventures into a graphic novel, and prepare to have your brain electrified! This charming collection of all 10 Bone graphic novels is a perfect set for almost any age, and doesn't fall short in the humor department either. It's full of whimsy and wonder, as well as quizzical quests and heart-warming heroes, You really can't go wrong here. 

4. Munchkin (The Card Game)

From Steve Jackson Games
ISBN: 978155634473252495

Looking for the perfect present for your favorite D & D-loving, card game playing, imagination-having friend or family member? Well, have we got a game for you! Munchkin a multi-player card game where each player must build a hero from their hand, and use all sorts of fun pun-based spell and weaponry cards to help beat various monsters from the deck. These include things like "Eye of the Beholder" "Potion of Idiotic Bravery" and the infamous "Duck of Doom" cards, to name a few. The games can run a variety of lengths, and can have a good amount of players, which make it great fun at any party! Just make sure you don't play with people who hate word play and/or sword fighting, and you're bound to be the talk of the town with this one.

3. Battle Damage: Pacific Rim Action Figure Gipsy Danger

From Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Collection

We all know you've seen the ultimate action classic, Pacific Rim. And if you haven't, you better get up right now and go find a copy of it somewhere, because you have a serious hole in your life. But either way, its a fact of life that getting a robot for any occasion is pretty much the coolest thing anyone can ever receive. Luckily, now you have have just that! This super awesome Gipsy Danger figure comes with functioning LED core and guns, and is guaranteed to make any tech enthusiastic or robo-centric mighty jealous! The receiver can defend the world with Gipsy's ultra-awesome armor and power-punch, and still have time to make it home for dinner. Bottom line: Giving a robot = Giving pure happiness. And that's all we really want this Holiday Season, right?

3. The World of Ice and Fire: An Untold History of Game of Thrones (HC)

Written by George R.R. Martin
Illustrated by Elio M. Garcia Jr. and Linda Antonsson

It goes without saying that Game of Thrones has taken the literary world by storm. Since the release of Game of Thrones (Book 1) the fantasy world of Westeros has just gotten bigger, and even more terrifying. This beautiful new collection is a great gift for that perfect someone in your life who just can't know enough about White Walkers, and is always one step ahead (or so they think) of these witty and charismatic characters. The book goes into great detail about the workings of the world and people within it, as well as the history and culture of the realm. Oh, and the illustrations are downright gorgeous, so you even get a break from the rich blocks of text every once in a while. If you want to make someone's bookshelf smile (and maybe the someone as well) this is a great start.

2. Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia (HC)

From Dark Horse and Nintendo
ISBN: 978161655041753499

We know what you've been waiting for. No, it's not a chocolate chip cookie. It's the other thing. That's right! A book all about the wonder that is the Legend of Zelda series and it's making! This crazy collection is awesome for any Zelda fan who wants to learn more about video game creation, character design, and actually have a list of the games in order (which is actually pretty helpful.) Not to mention, there's full color super secret concept art included too, which just makes whoever receives this book into an instant video game lore ninja. Don't you want to make someone into a knowledge ninja this holiday season? You know the answer.

1. Risk Legacy

From Hasbro Games

EAN: 978160584262255999

It's come down to this. The ultimately awesome gift that will make you a celebrity among gift-givers this season: a game that lets you take over the world in less than 3 hours (most of the time!) Risk Legacy is hands down the coolest thing we've seen in board games over the past few years, and if you haven't played, you need to! This game takes the Risk we know and love, and makes into a constantly morphing monster that differs with every board. In this version, players are given advantage and disadvantage stickers, faction powers, and even the ability to name countries. Anything stuck to the board during game play is just that--stuck there--so make sure you think it through before you decide to bomb Norway, because it won't be there next game! Another cool thing about this game--you unlock playing cards during game play. And they're a secret, so you have to play to find out what wonders (and horrors) lie within. All we can say is buy this game. You will increase someone's overall happiness by tenfold. At least, until you beat them at owning the world...but that's not until later.

Hopefully, you've learned a little bit about how to become an awesome gift-giver this season. And truthfully any gift is worth receiving. But any gift won't make you the favorite. So come on by Two Cats Comic Book Store and pick up one of these during your holiday shopping this year, and you'll be receiving envelopes of money from family and friends in no time. No need to thank us--we've got you. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

5 Horrifying Graphic Novels to Satisfy Your Twisted Soul

By Liz Baker

Well, it’s almost here again! Yes, its Halloween time, and no Halloween is complete without a gripping graphic novel putting some much fear into your heart that you’re afraid the book might actually suck you and all your dreams into it. If you’re looking for a great last minute book to satisfy your literary sweet tooth this Fall, look no further! Treat yourself to one of these graphic novels, and just try not to scream!

  1. Fatale Vol. 1: Death Chases Me

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Illustrator: Sean Phillips
ISBN: 978160706563051499

If you like classic noir and big bad scary monsters from the Underworld, this book should be at the top of your reading list! Brubaker and Phillips drag you into the perfect mix of Lovecraftian horror and old time murder mysteries, and give you a taste of the nitty gritty underground that even most forensic teams never get to see. At the very least, it will keep you away from dark alleyways at night, if you value your sanity that is.

  1. Afterlife With Archie: Vol. 1

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Illustrator: Francesco Francavilla
ISBN: 978161988908851799

We’ve seen Archie. We’ve seen Betty and Veronica. But this is a horse of a completely different color. This book says goodbye to that loveable, friendly world of Archie, and replaces it with dramatically dark illustrations, and a storyline full of creaking undead and unspeakable horrors. Don’t worry though, even zombie Jughead has a thing for hamburgers or some sort, so at least there’s that.

  1. Severed

Writer: Scott Snyder
Illustrator: Scott Tuft
ISBN: 978160706715351499

What is scarier than the early 1900’s? How about cannibalism and a thirst for blood? Severed is a supremely disturbing tale that is not only creepy, but cerebral and engaging on a whole new level as well. Any book can scare you, but this guy will give you nightmares for weeks. Not to mention, the art is beautifully realistic to boot. Just be careful reading in the never know what could be hiding in the shadows.

  1. Revival: Vol 1

Writer: Tim Seeley
Illustrator: Mike Norton
ISBN: 978160706659051299

Imagine that the guy at your local grocery store gets hit by a bus. Now imagine that he gets up, perfectly undead, and goes to work the next day. Revival brings us the horror of living with death--literally--and lets us look into a lifestyle where the dead walk among us, and sometimes buy groceries. This haunting story is a great thought-provoking take on terror, and will definitely have you second guessing if it’s the teeth that really make the monster, or something different entirely.

  1. Colder

Writer: Paul Tobin
Illustrator: Juan Ferreya
ISBN: 978161655136051799

This bone-chilling book is packed full of greatness, psychosis, and characters that put your pulse on ice from the geko. A combination of magic mind inception and chaotic insanity, Colder will seep into your brain and lead you through the halls of insanity first hand. The art completely takes over, and the story makes you wish you never had to go to sleep again--both awesome things to help lure you into the All Hallows Eve abyss. Just be sure to have a blanket nearby, or you might just freeze from shear terror!

Hopefully these gave you a good idea of where to start in the real of horror this Halloween. There's only a few days left, so don't waste any more time being not afraid and safe in the comfort of your own home! Come by and grab one of these spine-tingling horror-stricken graphic novels today, and we'll really give you something to scream about!

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.