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Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 9 Days to Go!

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, take it away Matt:

Today’s selection is a story by one of my favorite creative teams, Brian Azarello and Eduardo Risso, entitled Moonshine!

Moonshine takes place during the Prohibition era and follows a crime family’s top gun in the midst of smuggling back the best hooch NYC has ever seen. While acquiring the contraband from a clan of hillbillies the unexpected happens when werewolves show up to make
things interesting. If you like a good werewolf story or are a fan of this team’s work on 100 Bullets this is one you cant
miss!

With the book recommendation done, it is time to go to the movies with today’s film recommendation Beyond The Gates!

Did you grow up in the 80s? Do you remember VHS interactive board games? Then this may be a treat for you.

This story follows two brothers. Their father is missing and presumed dead and it is now up to them to get all of his affairs in order. One major task they face is boxing up their father’s Video Rental store where they stumble across an eerie VHS board game. The game quickly becomes all too real…but not in the fun Jumanji kind of way

Beyond the Gates came out last year and I decided to take a chance and check it out on Netflix. I was not disappointed. It is low budget, but nonetheless it delivers with an original concept and good atmosphere which seems harder and harder to come by these days within the genre.,.and wow, what a theme song.

Well I hope you enjoy these recommendations.  Thanks for checking this out and be sure to come back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 10 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Today’s selection is a series of stories from Horror master Junji Ito entitled Tomie.

Tomie follows different characters and their interactions with a girl who seems normal at first but is definitely not someone you would want to meet. She has the ability to drive men to such extreme levels of desire that they will hurt others or even her. Not that it matters much to her since Tomie always has a very eerie way of putting herself back together for another story.

Probably one of Ito’s less flashy entries but not one to miss!

Today’s movie recommendation is The Monster Squad!

Ready for some fun? Ready to stop the universal monster crew from destroying everything? Well these kids definitely are!

Monster Squad follows a group of kids who love horror movies, hanging out in one of the coolest tree houses I’ve ever seen, and maybe fighting monsters on the side.

Dracula has returned and is resurrecting all the monsters to help him rule the world. But not if this squad has anything
to say about it! It’s good lighthearted fun but with a cool classic 80’s horror vibe. Frankenstein is particularly great in the film as well.

And of course, you can’t have a halloween mix without including the Monster Squad Rap Song. Definitely worth a watch. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 11 Days to Go

Matt is counting down to Halloween Comic Fest (October 28th) with comic and movie suggestions! Here are his recommendations for the day:

Hello everyone! today’s weather feels a bit chilly so why not talk about Colder?

Colder follows Declan Thomas, a man committed to an insane asylum who somehow has the ability to “cure” madness. As Declan uses his ability, his body temperature drops to the point where no one should be able to survive. Eventually Declan comes in contact with a  strange character by the name of Nimble Jack…and that is when the fun really starts to kick in. This book has some crazy imagery (including a cover to Volume 1 we decided was a little too extreme for the blog -Ed.) and an awesome story.

Today’s movie recommendation is Event Horizon.


This is a film about a spaceship called the Event Horizon which is set to travel through a black hole.
After the ship goes through ,all contact is lost. That is until one day it randomly shows back up with a distress beacon.
A crew boards the ship to investigate but finds out that the ship has traveled to somewhere far more sinister. 

Well that’s all for today I hope you Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 12 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Today’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest entry is none other than Scott Snyder and Jock’s hit series Wytches!

This book follows the story of a family torn apart after their daughter goes missing while exploring the woods a little too deeply. This is an amazing book by a fantastic team with plenty of good writing and art to get you deep into this season’s offerings! If you enjoy the book, you can find even more Wytches in the pages of the newest volume of  Image +

Today’s movie recommendation is Tucker and Dale Vs Evil! Follow the adventure of Tucker and Dale, two best buddies who purchased a fixer upper cabin in the woods and are going off to renovate it into a vacation home. At the same time, a group of college kids having a weekend of fun in the woods are absolutely sure these two loveable hillbillies are psychos who kidnapped their friend. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil such an amazing film. I’ve watched this one probably a dozen times since its release and still haven’t gotten bored with it. There is loads of slasher fun but at the same time it’s a very funny comedy film. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

 

 

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 13 Days to Go!

Happy Sunday everyone! Today’s recommendation for a good horror book is Neonomicon by legendary comic book writer Alan Moore. This book is heavily themed in the Cthulhu mythos. It follows an undercover detective who is chasing down the source of a new street drug, a drug that is more than meets the eye. There are dreamscapes, Deep Ones, and plenty of Eldritch knowledge to go around for everyone.

Today’s movie recommendation is  From Beyond by Stuart Gordon who brought you the cult classic Re-Animator.

This movie is based on one of H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories about a scientist who uses a super-powered tuning fork to see dimensions beyond our own. There is lots of creepy imagery here and plenty of 80’s practical creature effects to satisfy anyone’s hunger. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 14 Days to Go!

Hello again everyone! Today’s recommendation for all things tasty and horrific is the follow up book to yesterday’s post. This book is called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It tells the story of Sabrina on her 16th birthday, when she must decide whether to become a part of her family’s coven or become the bride of C’thulhu. This one is good fun. Enjoy!

My film recommendation is Late Phases. If you want a solid werewolf horror movie, but have already seen all of the classics we know and love, then this one is for you! Late Phases follows the story of a blind Vietnam veteran who moves into a retirement community where something strange is happening. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017! 15 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Matt here, your friend at Fanfare and connoisseur of all things spooky!
 
Halloween time is one of my favorite times of the year and each day as we approach October 28th, aka Halloween Comic Fest, I will be sharing with you all a horror book recommendation that you can pick up right here at Fanfare along with a horror movie recommendation.
 
I’ve enjoyed horror since I was about 6 years old so I hope you have fun with my COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST!
 
Today my book recommendation is Afterlife with Archie – A dark take on the Riverdale gang. Jughead’s dog is hit by a car and is rushed to Sabrina so she can bring his friend back but things go awry when she accidentally unleashes a zombie outbreak in the process!
Since today happens to be Friday the 13th and I am a big Jason fan, why don’t we start off the movie recommendations right?
If you want to get in the seasonal mood, the Friday the 13th franchise is a must-have on your list. My personal recommendation for the best in the series is Friday the 13th Part 4 – The Final Chapter
 
This is the last film before they changed Jason into a super-powered monster. The film is creepy, atmospheric and completely entertaining from start to finish. Plus you get to see a young Crispin Glover do an incredibly awkward 80s dance!

Well that’s all for today! I look forward to sharing more tomorrow as we count down to Halloween Comic Fest which takes place right here at Fanfare on October 28th.
  

Ixalan Pre-Release Sign Ups

 

Our online calendar is experiencing technical difficulties and may not be displaying correctly. If you are looking to sign up for any of the Ixalan Pre-Release events, please follow the links below.

 

Friday Midnight Pre-release 
(Technically Saturday morning at 12:01 am): 
[9/23/17 at 12:01 am]
http://fanfareland.com/event/ixalanpre1/

Saturday Morning Pre-release: [9/23/17 at 10:00 am]
http://fanfareland.com/event/ixalanpre2/

Saturday Afternoon Pre-release: [9/23/17 at 3:00 pm]
http://fanfareland.com/event/ixalanpre3/

Sunday Pre-release: [9/24/17 at 12:00 pm]
http://fanfareland.com/event/ixalanpre4/

The Panini NFL Player of The Day Promotion is Back!

POTD2017We are happy to be a participating store in Panini’s NFL Player of the Day Promotion. What is the Player of the Day Promotion? Well, it is your chance to win great prizes including special promotional packs of Panini brand football cards! The winner of our store grand prize will receive a card autographed by none other than the Detroit Lions first round draft pick Jarrad Davis (pictured below)! Not only that, but the store grand prize winner will be entered into Panini’s national contest for a chance to win a day with an NFL player! The fun starts on September 15th and runs all the way until we close on October 16th!

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How to Play

Step 1 – You can enter by purchasing a pack of 2017 Panini brand NFL Cards starting on September 15th and going all the way through October 16th. This includes popular brands such as ScoreCertified, Prestige 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 NFL Player of the Day or either of the Wild Cards (Andrew Luck or Leonard Fournette) you are a daily winner and will receive two promotional packs on the spot. You can also become an automatic daily winner by purchasing a box of any eligible product. For each daily win you also will earn one raffle entry to be that week’s weekly prize winner. You may win 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 prize kit provided by Panini. Weekly winners will then be put into a raffle to win the store’s grand prize, an autographed Taylor Decker card.

Step 4 – At the conclusion of the 32-day promotion, we will randomly select one of the four weekly winners as the Panini NFL Player of the Month winner. The winner will be awarded the grand prize (an autographed Taylor Decker card) and additional prizes from the prize kit.

Step 5 – The grand prize winner will also be entered into the national sweepstakes with a chance to spend a day with an NFL player!

August 2017 Previews: Carman’s Picks

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Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil #1

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) David Rubin

Lucy Weber, daughter of the Black Hammer, grew up to become an investigative reporter for the Global Planet. Now she’s on the hunt for the true story about what happened to Spiral City’s superheroes after they defeated Anti-God and saved the world. All answers seem to lie with the dangerous super villain tenants of Spiral City’s infamous asylum. As she gets closer to the truth she uncovers the dark origin stories of some of her father’s greatest foes, and learns how they tie into the puzzle of what happened to Spiral City’s greatest hero.

Ohhhh, yes. Black Hammer has been one of the greatest superhero stories in the past several years and I am very excited to be getting more stories in that world. Villains, no less! I’ll definitely be grabbing this Mike Mignola variant cover, too. If you haven’t read it already, go grab the first volume of Black Hammer and then jump on this one!

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Expansion

Publisher: AdHouse Books

(W/A/CA) Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean

Ten thousand years ago, agents of an advanced civilization clash with a pacifist cult over control of prehistoric human society. This sci-fi epic from the creators of the critically acclaimed Ancestor also contains additional comics from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy.

Ancestor might be my favorite thing to have come out of Island (an anthology magazine put out by Image) and it’s one of my favorite sci-fi stories, period. I can’t wait to read more from this team along with the included new comics from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy. It’s practically a Prophet reunion!

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Eternity #1

Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, LLC

(W) Matt Kindt (A) Trevor Hairsine (CA) Jelena Kevic Djurdjevic

A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits!

This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

Valiant is cool, do you know that? I’ve really been enjoying their universe for the past few years and the books written by Matt Kindt are top-tier. After their excellent work with creating Divinity, I’m more than on board for Kindt and Hairsine’s next Valiant character debut. If you’re looking to catch up on some Valiant before this one, grab The Valiant.

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Ragman #1

Publisher: DC Comics

(W) Ray Fawkes (A) Inaki Miranda (CA) Guillem March

After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda! 

I don’t own many comics that were published before I was born. Among that small collection, though, is the first appearance and mini-series featuring Ragman. I’m not entirely sure what it is that draws me to the character, but there’s something about him. A reboot is a fun surprise! I really enjoyed Fawkes’ creepy foray into the DC Universe with Gotham By Midnight. In capable hands, it will be fun to see what Ragman looks like in 2017.

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God Complex #1

Publisher: Image Comics

(W) Paul Jenkins, Bryan Lie (A/CA) Hendry Prasetya

In the futuristic city of Delphi, a young digital-forensics investigator named Seneca finds himself embroiled in the bizarre murders of three church acolytes. Guided by his cryptic mentor, the Ruler named Hermes, Seneca uncovers a stunning conspiracy and a mystery that will turn his entire world upside down. From writer PAUL JENKINS (Inhumans, Wolverine: Origin) and artist HENDRY PRASETYA (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) comes a unique vision of a digital future powered by mythological gods.

That sure is a melting pot of a description there, isn’t it? A true crime book with robots revolving around a religious conspiracy. I’m not familiar with the creative team, but it sounds like just the right amalgam to get my interest.