Free Comic Book Day - 5.4.13
Free Comic Book Day was simply amazing for Team Cosmic Times! We were spread out across the country with our special FCBD book – The Cosmic Sampler. This is the second issue of the Sampler and our fourth Free Comic Book Day offering. The purpose of Free Comic Book Day is to bring new readers to comics and our mission was to bring those readers to Cosmic Times. Publisher Martin T. Pierro was located in his home town of West Palm Beach, FL and attended the event at Past Present Future Comics & Games. (Cosmic Times had also paired up with PPF for the Iron Man 3 premiere the night before Free Comic Book Day.) Cosmic Times Creative Director Zach Bassett was set up at Mile High Comics in Lakewood, CO. Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew writer Nate Hill was at Galactic Quest Comics in Lawrenceville, GA while his partner and GRWMC artist Mervyn McKoy was selling prints and doing commissions at the Davie, FL location of Past Present Future. From Blood (issue 2) embellisher/inker Kenneth Leinaar was located at his LCS Cashman’s Comics in Bay City, MI. Two other stores carried the Cosmic Sampler - the Lauderhill, FL location of Past Present Future and A Comic Shop in central Florida.
The day was a celebration of comic books
where comic shop owners could reach out to their communities and
give back to their loyal customers while brining new readers to
the hobby. From all reports, the turnout was spectacular at
every location where Team Cosmic Times was present - making not
just a success for us but for the industry as a whole. If you
are finding this page because you encountered one of our team
members at a store – please take a few minutes to look around
our site – get to know Cosmic Times … and perhaps order some of
our books from the Cosmic Shop. In the meantime take a look at
the photos below to get a sense of the amazing day we had.
To see an amazing video shot at Past Present Future: Davie click - HERE.
For more information about Free Comic book Day click - HERE.
Star Wars Night - 4.27.13
With well over 2,500 in attendance - Star Wars Night was
a rousing success for our local ball park
Roger Dean Stadium. Fans
of our local minor-league teams and Star Wars came out to enjoy
the evening. For this event Cosmic Times was out in full force
to promote our upcoming convention
PalmCon (September 21st).
also teamed up with local comic book chain
Past Present Future
Comics & Games to promote the upcoming Free Comic Book Day (May
4th). We were joined by artist
Alison Berrios who came dressed
as Jedi Barriss Offee and you can bet that she
drew the attention of the 501st, especially from Darth Vader who
more than once expressed his disdain for the Jedi.
The night was a success on all fronts as we were able to reach out to the community and let them know about our plans for PalmCon. Past Present Future was able to spread the word about Free Comic Book Day (while selling Star Wars merchandise) and Alison had a great time meeting fans while avoiding the 501st. We were honored to be invited and look forward to possibly returning for future events at the ballpark.
ComicFest - 4.19.13 - 4.21.13
Artist, writer and Cosmic Times Creative Director Zach Bassett represented Team Cosmic Times at the 2013 ComicFest in Denver Colorado. ComicFest is part of the mega StarFest convention that also includes GameFest RoboFest and HorrorFest. Zach was on hand selling Cosmic Times comics as well his own original art.
More information about the StarFest can be found - HERE
Miami Hurricon - 4.14.13
Artist Mervyn McKoy who is the co-creator of our hit mini-series Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew attended the Miami Hurricon
at the Miami University on April 14th and had a spectacular
time. The show was a well attended Anime heavy event with a
costume contest, karaoke, live music and artists and vendors
from all over South Florida. The Miami Hurricon was hosted by
the Anime club at UM with as assist from the guys at Florida
SuoperCon and took place on two levels as well as the quad
outside, giving this small event a festival feeling. Mervyn was
promoting Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew as well as his
new book C-Listers but his prints and original art were the
popular items of the day. Mervyn's partner-in-crime for the
event was none other than cos-play queen ZipperTan who along
with "SuperCon" Mike hosted the costume contest.
More information about the Miami Hurricon can be found on their Facebook page - HERE
A review of Mervyn's new project C-listers can be found - HERE
More information about ZipperTan can be found on her Facebook page - HERE
Ultra-Con - 3.23.13 - 3.24.13
Ultra-Con was a two day "hotel" show that was very toy heavy, however it has the distinction of being the first time Cosmic Times and Creature Entertainment teamed-up to share booth space. Though small the show proved to be fun and successful for both Cosmic Times and Creature.
We were able to meet some new fans and catch up with some old
friends in the intimate setting. At various points during the
event Cosmic Times Publisher Martin T Pierro and Creature
Entertainment EIC Juan Navarro changed places and Martin sold
copies of Zombie Years and Tommy while Juan talked up Deep Space
Tragedy and Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew - both
MegaCon - 3.15.13 - 3.17.13
MegaCon 2013 was an amazing experience for us … not only did we release THREE new titles, it gave Team Cosmic Times a chance to bond with each other and meet fans. With the power of our catalog behind us and a remarkable group of individuals in the booth – we were able to expand the force of our brand. This was the first time that Cosmic Times moved up to a publisher booth (from the indie-press section) and the location truly gave us the attention needed to put us over the top.
Publisher/writer Martin T. Pierro, artist/writer “Mighty” Mike Wagganer, writer “Dashing” D.J. Strong and artist “Jazzy” Jeramy Hobbs were on hand promoting their Cosmic Times projects … and they had a great time doing it. Joining us in our booth on Sunday (and part of Saturday) was Star Wars artist Vanessa “Banky” Farano who provided us with an incredible Deep Space Tragedy print.
We launched Mike Wagganer’s robot rock ‘n roll epic – Deep Space Tragedy at MegaCon 2013. To celebrate, we also released the DST: Bots of Cog Sketchbook as a MegaCon Exclusive. This book gave readers a glimpse of the hard work Mike put into the creation of Deep Space Tragedy, and it was so popular we sold out before the convention ended. As mentioned before, Banky created a special Deep Space Tragedy print. We also released Mike Wagganer’s DST: Red Rain print as a high quality art piece. However we quickly learned this print was impossible to autograph (due to the special coating). So Mike very graciously autographed the back of each one and when time permitted even sketched on some of them.
Also launching at this event was What I.F. by D.J. Strong, Jeramy Hobbs and Zach Bassett. What I.F. was a popular item thanks to the D.J.’s hard work promoting it through social media (click HERE to follow him on Twitter). Speaking of Zach … his book Yurushi was finally released (with a special print) along with the highly anticipated From Blood issue 2. Rounding out our new MegaCon offerings was Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew #3 and the Arthur: The Legend Continues – Volume I trade paperback.
Unfortunately due to the constant flow of customers, we were unable to really leave our booth to interact with others attending the convention. However we were able to attend several after hour dinners and events where we mingled and talk with many old friends and met some new ones. On Thursday we attended a dinner with the guys from Nerd Nation, Graven and Monica Ravenwolf from Ravenwolf Studios, and our old friends Kevin LaPorte and Amanda Rachels from Inverse Press. Friday evening we co-sponsored a Drink & Draw at the Rosen Plaza with Creature Entertainment and Nerd Nation. We met so many awesome artists and fans that we couldn’t begin to list them all. Saturday we had a quite dinner with our friends Manny and Sue Aguilera before attending a mixer where again we met so many great folks.
MegaCon was the real kick-off for our 2013 convention season and it was a great start. Here’s to MegaCon 2014.
Free Comic Book Daze - 3.9.13
Free Comic Book Daze was a three day event held at the Past Present Future Lauderhill location from March 8th through the 10th 2013. The event was the brain child of store manager (and podcast host) Gene Hoyle; it was his way of letting the local comic book community know now that PPF had taken ownership of the store (formerly Cross Roads Comics). He wanted everyone to know that going forward things were going to be different. Hoyle’s intent was to show customers that the store was now focused on providing the BEST customer service in the area and to let everyone know that PPF: Lauderhill is a true comic shop in every sense of the word.
Gene invited guests from all over Florida to come and participate in the festivities. Guests included golden age legend Allen Bellman, artist Manny Cartoon, Marvel Comics cover artists Jeff Dekal, sketch card goddess Vanessa “Banky” Farano, Marvel Comics inker Austin Janowsky, Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew co-creator & artists Mervyn McKoy and cover artist Vinnie Tartamella. For Saturday (March 9th) both Cosmic Times and Miami based Creature Entertainment were on hand to celebrate the day with PPF.
We were able to highlight our current catalog of titles and show off some of the exciting books that will be released at MegaCon. It was great chance for everyone to meet and interact with the Lauderhill fans that came out in droves to support PPF. All of those local comic buyers were treated to 5 FREE comics just for walking through the door and had the opportunity to buy back issues at 20% off the sticker price and they did – Gene personally sold copies of Avengers #1 and Hulk #181 (the first appearance of Wolverine).
Beyond the great guests, free books and awesome deals on back issues – Past Present Future also hosted the Free Comic Book Daze costume contest! Giving out prizes to both adults and kids – everyone had a great time – but the big winner was the family Doom … both Doctor Doom and Little Doom took first place making it a true family event.