Panini NBA Player of the Day 2018

The Panini NBA Player of the Day Promotion runs Monday, March 5th  through April 3rd!

The prizes this year are amazing. Winners have chances at:

  • Special Player of the Day Promotional Card Packs [Click here for a preview of this year’s set]
  • A Signed Henry Ellenson (Detroit Pistons) Photo 
  • Store grand prize: A numbered Andre Drummond autograph card plus entry into Panini’s national sweepstakes where you could win a day with an NBA player and a $250.00 shopping spree at Fanfare

How to Play

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2017-18 Panini brand NBA Cards. This includes popular brands such as Donruss, Hoops, Revolution and others. There is a no-purchase-necessary option as well (ask us to see the official rules for details).

Step 2 – To win, you must open a pack of cards you have purchased in front of a store employee. If you “pull” the highlighted Panini NBA Player of the Day or any of the Wild Cards (Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant) you are a daily winner and will receive two special promotional packs on the spot.

You can also become an automatic daily winner by purchasing a box of any eligible product. 

Each time you are a daily winner you earn one raffle entry towards being that week’s “weekly winner”.

You may only be a daily winner once a day and up to seven days a week. 

Step 3 – Four times during the promotion we will randomly select one of the daily winners as a weekly prize winner and award a prize package from a kit provided by Panini. Weekly winners will then be put into a raffle to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed Andre Drummond card.

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the 30-day promotion, we will randomly select one of the four weekly winners as the store grand prize winner. The winner will be awarded the grand prize, an autographed Andre Drummond card, and entered into the Panini national sweepstakes where they have a chance to spend a day with an NBA player and a $250.00 shopping spree at Fanfare!

Step 5 – After we have selected our grand prize winner, we will then do a drawing for our runner-up prize, an autographed photo of Detroit Piston Henry Ellenson! All of our daily winners, with the exception of our grand prize winner, will be entered in this drawing!

Here is a look at both our grand prize and our runner-up prize:


First up, the grand prize (an autographed Andre Drummon card):


And our awesome runner-up prize, an autographed picture from Detroit Piston Henry Ellenson:

Advance Review (Spoiler-free!): Gideon Falls #1

Expected Release Date: Wednesday, March 7th
(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. 

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

Very shortly after I wrote about Gideon Falls in the last Previews post, we received an advanced copy for review. I mentioned how much the solicit made me think of Twin Peaks. Part of this may come from me steadily watching the series from the beginning as of this past October, but also because Lemire is an outspoken fan (check out his amazing print of Special Agent Dale Cooper) and The Black Barn sounding quite a bit like The Black Lodge.

Though it does share some similarities with Twin Peaks, I’m happy to report that Gideon Falls is very much its own work of art. And a work of art it is — Sorrentino’s panels are striking as ever with some truly beautiful page layouts. I’ve only seen bits of Sorrentino and Lemire’s work on their Green Arrow run, but reading Gideon Falls has definitely moved that up my backlog.

The first issue does a great job of both setting the scene for the series and introducing its (presumed) two main characters. As mentioned in my Previews post, Jeff Lemire is one of my favorite comic creators and I like to give his new works a shot whenever they come along. Gideon Falls is definitely a book that is staying on my pull list after the first issue and I’m looking forward to learning more about the characters, the world they’re living in, and the greater mystery at hand. Take me back to The Black Barn.

January 2018 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Gideon Falls #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. 

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

Even if I wasn’t automatically buying Lemire’s creator-owned work, this book seems tailor-made for me. The solicit is giving off some massive Twin Peaks vibes (ha, I love “The Black Barn”) and it’s great to see Andrea Sorrentino on art. I can’t wait for this one!


Prism Stalker #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Sloane Leong (CA) Darius Ou

For fans of Octavia Butler, Sailor Moon, and the biopunk horror of David Cronenberg comes PRISM STALKER, an ongoing sci-fi adventure series by SLOANE LEONG. 
Vep is a young refugee raised away from her devastated home planet as an indentured citizen in a foreign colony. She works tirelessly for her insectoid hosts, but there is no exit in sight in this viscous, dripping citynest. The eye of opportunity is closing. Her duty is to her family and her siblings, but what more can she do for them here? The answer appears faster than she is ready for.

From the snippet of setup we get in the solicit, this sounds pretty rad. I really enjoyed Sloane Leong’s work on From Under Mountains and I’m looking forward to see what this one is like! There’s a trailer for Prism Stalker you can check out here.


Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Max Fiumara

This dual-narrative story set in the world of the Eisner-Award winning Black Hammer series chronicles the legacy of a Golden-Age superhero. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he got his powers, his exciting astral adventures, the formation of some of Black Hammer’s greatest heroes, and more in this heartbreaking superhero tale about fathers and sons.

The Black Hammer universe’s version of Starman. That should enough to buy this book along with what I’ve seen of Max Fiumara’s art. If you’ve not read Black Hammer or its first spinoff, Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, jump on them now!


Eternity Girl #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A/CA) Sonny Liew

Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including both a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. The very act of living reminds her that, to the rest of existence, she is an anomaly. All of that could change, however, when her old foe, Madame Atom, comes to her with an intriguing offer. Madame Atom can give Caroline the power to end her life; she just has to destroy the rest of the world.
This brand-new DC’s Young Animal miniseries spins out of the Milk Wars event, written by GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim) and illustrated by Eisner-winning artist Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye).

I’m still really digging DC’s Young Animal imprint and along with the new iterations of some of its titles — Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye and Shade the Changing Woman — comes Eternity Girl. I’m new to this creative team but the concept sounds great and I’m excited check out this addition to the Young Animal lineup.


Shock Anthology

Publisher: Aftershock Comics

(W) Neil Gaiman (A) Michael Zulli

AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting its very first anthology collection featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. Presented in the European Album format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Dalibor Talajic, Bill Willingham, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Marguerite Bennett, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze and more! Cover art by John Cassaday! From the multiple Eisner and Havery Award-nominated editor of the classic Negative Burnanthology series.

I love anthologies and I love a good horror book. Slap the two together and toss a bunch of great creators in there and hopefully, you’ve got a stew goin’. 


Extremity #12

Publisher: Image Comics

(W/A/CA) Daniel Warren Johnson

In this extra-sized finale, the Paznina and Roto go to war, with Thea caught in the middle. But in war, there are no winners…

All good things must come to an end, eh? I don’t know that I’m ready for this one. You better believe I will be on board for whichever project Daniel Warren Johnson does next.


Halloween Comic Fest is tomorrow! We can’t wait to give you some awesome comics and check out your costumes this Saturday! Here is Matt with his final entry in our Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest blog series:

Hello Everyone! Well here we are. It’s been fun sharing all of the things I love with you guys, but all good things must come
to and end. So, as they say,  I’ve saved the best for last!

My final comic selection is master horror writer Junji Ito’s finest work Uzumaki (Spiral).

Uzumaki takes us to Kurozu-cho a coastal town faced with a curse; the shape of a spiral. The image of a spiral haunts citizens and drives them mad with obsession. They will do anything to make themselves closer to the spiral, even to the point of causing bodily harm to themselves. The madness of the spiral spreads and threatens the entire town with its all encompassing madness.

This is by far the creepiest book I’ve ever read in my life. It cements Junji Ito as one of the absolute greatest
minds horror has ever seen. After finishing this book I felt unsettled for days afterward. I have never seen or read anything quite like it.

It’s not a gore fest that grosses you out its a book that plays with you on a psychological level and makes things seem out of place. I cannot recommend this book enough if you want something scary!

Now, to turn away from the page and to the screen. Today’s film recommendation is one of my favorite recent horror movies, it is noneother than 2016’s The Void by writer/directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. 

Did you enjoy The Thing and have been looking for something to scratch that itch since the 80’s?
Then you will love this movie! It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years and as a bonus it also has Lovecraftian themes.

The Void  is an impressive film about a cult that’s stalking an injured man. A local sheriff finds the man and takes him to a hospital to tend to his wounds. However, the hospital ends up not to be the safe haven it was intended to be as the cult members finally catch up. Madness begins to spread inside the hospital in the cult members presence and soon all hell breaks loose.

This film looks like it was pulled right out of the 80’s and seems like John Carpenter himself could have been its creator. It uses practical creature effects throughout the entire film which is a style that, sadly, is almost nonexistent now. The Void is currently on Netflix, and I cannot suggest it strongly enough.

Well thanks for reading these posts everyone. The horror genre means a great deal
to me. It’s always been there to help me along in my life and bring me joy . This year I wanted to share that passion with you and I hope you enjoyed yourselves along the way!

If you have any questions about the books or films I’ve written about in this blog series or just want to chat with me about this awesome genre please feel free. I’m (almost) always at the store
and more than willing to chat about what I love. Well thanks again everyone and have a happy Halloween!!!


Halloween Comic Fest is just two days away! We hope you’re all ready to show off your coolest costumes and get some free comics!
Here is Matt with today’s suggestions:

Hello everyone! Today’s comic recommendation is the vampire masterpiece 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith.

You may already be familiar with the premise of this book due to its 2007 film adaptation. Just in case you aren’t though, this story takes place in a small town in Alaska that goes through full month stretches of no daylight. Aka: an all-a-vampire-can-eat buffet! The writing and art work flawlessly together to create a modern day vampire classic.

Today’s film recommendation is House of the Devil from writer/director Ti West.

This slow burning 80’s throwback film follows Samantha, a financially hard-up college student, who decides to take a strange babysitting job to help cover her expenses. She has so many warnings that taking the job is a bad idea, but more and more money thrown into the offer make it almost impossible for her to refuse.

Samantha eventually accepts the job and finds that her task is to watch over an elderly woman for an evening. The evening in question just happens to coincide with a lunar eclipse. As the night goes on, horrific things begin to occur and Samantha finds she may have wanted to negotiate for a life insurance policy before she accepted the job.

This is one of the best occult movies I have ever seen and this film alone cements Ti West as a master of tension building. If you enjoy this one, I strongly suggest you also check out his other film Inkeepers.

Well thanks again everyone. I will be back tomorrow on Halloween Comic Fest Eve for my final recommendations of the season!


Only 3 days until Halloween Comic Fest! Be sure to stop by this Saturday for free comics and to show off your best Halloween costumes! Matt is helping to get us all in the Halloween Spirit with some comic and movie recommendations. So without further ado, here is Matt with today’s suggestions:

Hello everyone! Wow only 3 entries left? I hope you’ve been enjoying this as much as me.

Today’s comic suggestion is  Providence,  the follow up to Neonomicon, a book that appeared earlier on this very countdownJust like Neonomicon, this book is the work of the brilliant writer Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows.

Providence tells a tale of a reporter digging deep into what will be the strangest story he has ever uncovered. Set deeply entrenched in the Cthulhu Mythos , Providence delivers a madness filled tale where each word and image is placed with painstaking perfection. From the horrors that lurk just out of sight to the deep exploration of character provided at the end of each issue in the form of personal letters written by the protagonist, this work demands your attention and is one you will not soon forget.

I know I’m hyping this one up a lot, but I will stand by what I have said. This is the definitive H.P. Lovecraft Comic.

If it is a movie recommendation you are here for, look no further than today’s film The Taking of Deborah Logan by director/writer Adam Robitel and co-writer Gavin Heffernan.

This is one I’ve been handing out for years as my “must see if you want to get super creeped out” movie.

The story follows a documentary crew who are recording a woman’s struggle with living with Alzheimer’s Disease. As the film progresses we start to find out that it may not be Alzeheimer’s Disease that is affecting her. Instead, it may be something for more evil that has this poor woman in its grasp.

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

October 2017 Previews: Carman’s Picks

Batman: Creature of the Night #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Kurt Busiek (A/CA) John Paul Leon

Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime…and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can’t keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce’s grief isn’t inside him after all? Modern masters Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon unite for the spiritual companion to the beloved SUPERMAN: SECRET IDENTITY, putting a new spin you’ve never seen before on the legend of Batman-and the dark emotions that drive him!

Kurt Busiek doing a cape and cowl book. That’s about all I need. Unless I’ve missed it, it seems like it’s been a while since he’s done a book in one of the Big 2 universes. I can’t wait to see what Busiek and Leon do with this span on the Batman origin story.



Publisher: Viz Media LLC

(W/A/CA) Junji Ito

This volume includes nine of Junji Ito’s best short stories, as selected by the author himself and presented with accompanying notes and commentary. An arm peppered with tiny holes dangles from a sick girl’s window… After an idol hangs herself, balloons bearing faces appear in the sky, some even featuring your own face… An amateur film crew hires an extremely individualistic fashion model and faces a real bloody ending… An offering of nine fresh nightmares for the delectation of horror fans.

If you’re at all a fan of horror, chances are you’ve heard of Junji Ito. If you haven’t, you’re in luck — there are plenty of collections of Ito’s short stories out there to catch up on. It may be a couple months before this is out, but the Halloween season’s got me excited for new Ito!


Judas #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W) Jeff Loveness (A/CA) Jakub Rebelka

Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writer Jeff Loveness (Marvel’s Nova) presents an exploration of the classical biblical character, perfect for fans of Preacher and The Goddamned.
Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and how much of his part was preordained. In a religion built on redemption and forgiveness, one man had to sacrifice himself for everyone…and it wasn’t Jesus.

The solicit doesn’t tell us too much, but I’d like to give this a shot. There’s definitely potential to take this premise in some interesting places.


Rocko’s Modern Life #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios

(W) Ryan Ferrier, KC Green (A) Ian McGinty (CA) Bachan

Ryan Ferrier (Regular Show) and Ian McGinty (Adventure Time) continue BOOM! Studios’ partnership with Nickelodeon with all-new stories about everyone’s favorite wallaby!
When Rocko faces unemployment, a terrible living situation, and increasingly slim job prospects, he is forced to find out just how far he is willing to go to get a job.
Features a backup story by KC Green where Ed Bighead finds himself in the dentist chair of Dr. Hutchison!

All right, I’ll admit that my interest in this is almost completely fueled by a nostalgic love for Rocko’s Modern Life. That said, it looks like the series is in good hands with this creative team and this will be fun to check out before the new movie comes out.


Only 4 days until Saturday, October 28th when Halloween Comic Fest takes over Fanfare! Which free comics will you choose? Have you made your final choices for your costume? Well, just in case you need some inspiration or you simply want to fully immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit, we have Matt on hand giving us both reading and viewing suggestions right up until the big day. Today’s suggestions both center around that classic trope of family homes where something is awry. Enough from me, your humble editor, take it away Matt:

Hello everyone! Today’s comic recommendation is Locke And Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

If the name Joe Hill sounds familiar but you can’t quite say why, it may be because he is the son of horror legend Stephen King. That said, Hill’s talent is his all his own and he is no slouch at writing horror, be it in the medium of comics or in any one of his numerous novels. 

Locke & Key introduces us all to the Locke family and the mysterious New England mansion known as Keyhouse. Events lead Tyler, Lindsey, and Bode Locke to their family homestead where the mysterious keys they find within the mansion unlock much more than the cellar door.  I’m being very vague here because this is one of my favorite books I have ever read and I don’t want to give away a single thing. The work Hill and Rodriguez do takes elements of Lovecraft and more and weaves a tale you simply must read.

Stop in and check out Locke & Key. We have the entire series of trade paperbacks and you will not be disappointed.

A Halloween Comic Fest Countdown post wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the movies. Today’s pick is the film We are Still Here by writer/director Ted Geoghegan!

This one caught me by surprise when it randomly came across my plate years ago.

We Are Still Here is the story of Paul & Anne Sacchetti who recently suffered the loss of their son and find themselves moving to the country to escape the constant reminders of their loss. Unfortunately for them they had the worst real estate agent ever.

Their new town has a dark secret the neighbors are hiding. A secret that seems to originate from the very house the Sacchetti’s have chosen to call their new home. 

This movie has very very awesome effects, atmosphere and enough buckets of blood
to go around! But don’t be confused, despite the gore, the movie at its core is still a ghost story and not a slasher film!

I hope you all enjoy today’s selections. Be sure to come back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!


Halloween Comic Fest is on October 28th…just 5 days away! We’re getting all the cool free comics ready for you and we are super excited to see what costumes you’ve all thought up. That said, if you still need some Halloween inspiration, Matt is here with today’s comic and movie recommendations for his Countdown To Halloween Comic Fest! Take it away Matt:

The comic selection for today is none other than American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque (one of my all-time favorite artists).

The series follows a new breed of vampire that now lives in America with a narrative that spans generations rather than focusing on just one specific time frame. In American Vampire you could be reading a story set in 1920’s LA or one that explores the history of these vampires during the time of the Old West. 

The first volume is definitely my favorite in the series and it happens to feature a story written by none other than Stephen King himself! Albuquerque breathes life into these undead characters with a style you simply need to see to believe. His use of deep blacks and masterful brushwork make this a vampire story you’ll want to sink your teeth into! [Nailed that vampire joke -ed]

Once you’ve caught your breath from reading American Vampire you can kick back on the couch and check out today’s film recommendation It Follows by writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

You may have heard about this film recently as it is relatively new (2014) and it stands out among the less than stellar entries in the horror genre from the last couple of years.

This film centers on a ghost. A ghost who targets a specific individual and will constantly, slowly, follow and hunt that person until it finally gets them or they do something to pass the haunting onto another person. 

The movie is definitely an original and welcomed entry into the horror genre. The cinematography is fantastic and feels like its plucked right out of the 80’s. I’m looking forward to seeing what David Robert Mitchell comes up with next.

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!


Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s comic selection is Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. 

This book follows the story of a young farm girl named Emmy who, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, finds something out about herself that will change her world forever. This life-changing epiphany? She may just be a reincarnated witch who used to terrorize Harrow County. Born from a cursed tree, the town decided to let Emmy live and grow and destroy her only if there were signs of abnormality. The bad news is that things have not been quite right with Emmy lately. 

Faced with a very different role in the world than she formerly held, she befriends a haint (which you have to see to believe) and starts to learn about her own past. The question remains is whether or not she will embrace a dark past she no longer remembers, or will she forge her own path?

This one comes from master writer Cullen Bunn, and in my opinion is one of his best works.

Now, let’s escape from reclusive Harrow County, into the city to take in a movie. A horror movie that is! Oh, and what film will we watch today? None other than the classic Fright Night!

What good is a list of top horror movies without a vampire movie?  

Fright Night introduces us to Charley Brewster, a teen who has an odd new neighbor; one who doesn’t seem to come out at all during the day. Charley’s curiosity gets the better of him and one night while he is spying on the odd house next door, he sees his neighbor burying a body! This is just the start of a series of events that leads to a tailspin of vampire film perfection. 

This movie is fun, has a great soundtrack, good practical effects, and is just creepy enough to keep itself firmly locked into the horror genre. Not to mention it has one of the most iconic horror film posters ever (as you can see above).

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!