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fightclubissue3Begin Disclosure: This disclosure is important, because I’m about to start this blurb about a signing at Comix Experience with the hyperbolic statement “Fight Club 2 is one of the top ten titles of 2015.” I respect Chuck Palahniuk greatly as an author, I believe Cameron Stewart is one of the most important comic artists working, and I consider Fight Club to be a rare perfect film.  This disclosure is important, because I want you to be aware of my bias.  This disclosure is important, because I want you to consider that while Palahniuk has long been one of my favorite authors I haven’t been enamored by every word, sentence, and paragraph he’s written. He’s even penned entire books where I reach the final period, close the book, and say “meh.” Even so, he remains an author I read in hardcover because of his approach to the narrative craft. By “approach,” I mean the way he’ll use a long-bearded ax to tear away the traditional narrative shield, hack the status quo into little pieces, and reassemble it with the rhythm of war drums as his guide.

This disclosure is important, because I believe my hyperbolic statement “Fight Club 2 is one of the top ten titles of 2015″ should carry extra weight. My first thought when reading the solicits was that a sequel was unnecessary. A sequel in any format would take away from the original novel and film. My childhood would be ruined. Human beings only have a tentative hold on nostalgia and the smallest affront to that nostalgia, like making Ghostbusters all women, would destroy one of the building blocks that made me. If it happens too often the Universe would likely collapse. The previous four statements are all lies (especially the bit about Ghostbusters). On February 24, I shared a link to the solicit on Facebook and wrote “this is interesting.” This disclosure is important, because this disclosure is unreliable. End disclosure.

Fight Club 2 is one of the top ten titles of 2015. If you’re already aware of this indisputable fact Comix Experience wants to reward you. If you weren’t aware, but wish to become aware, Comix Experience wishes to reward you.

On August 29, Chuck Palahniuk will be signing copies of his Dark Horse Comics series at Comix Experience’s 350 Divisadero Street location. There will be lines and there will be rules.

  1. If you’re a Comix Experience patron with Fight Club 2 on your subscription list you’ll receive a number for the priority line.
  2. If you’ve never purchased a copy of Fight Club 2, but go to Comix Experience on the day of the event and purchase all four issues you’ll receive a number for the priority line.
  3. If you’ve purchased issue one through three at a different location, but subscribe to issue four at Comix Experience (this is so very clever) you’ll receive a number for the priority line.
  4. There is a secondary line if you have a general disdain for comics as an art form, would prefer to not spend your hard earned dollars on funny books and supporting a local business, and would like for Palahniuk to sign your first edition of the only true Fight Club while asking “oh my god, how could you create this bastardization of such an important book?”
  5. There will be an exclusive line for speculators and flippers forming at the end of Pier 39. Palahniuk will meet with you, tell you you’re special, and sign every single item in your box. Please be at Pier 39 promptly at 11 a.m. and do not go to Comix Experience.

For an accurate and clear breakdown of the rules of the lines please visit the Comix Experience website.

The signing will begin at 11 a.m., but your numbered place in line will better determine when you should show up.  Again, visit the Comix Experience website to better understand your place in line.

Be prepared for the unexpected at this signing. Palahniuk events are known for mayhem.

#mayhemsf #chuckpalahniuk #lindayuknavitch

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Moving Day is at hand.

Mission: Comics and Art will be closing doors at 3520 20th Street on August 30 and reopening at 2250 Mission Street on August 31. The new location will provide greater foot traffic for the popular Mission District comic shop as well as an opportunity to fulfill the objective of putting up a proper sign. Mission opens at noon on August 31.

LastDaysofAmericanCrimeHC_900pxOn August 29 comic creator Rick Remender will be the focus of a signing and after party at Isotope Comic Book Lounge. Remender has a long history with the Hayes Valley comic shop and was one of the initial contributors to the infamous Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum. The event is to celebrate Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime coming back into print in a collected edition.

From Isotope:

Isotope proudly welcomes Rick Remender, author of some of our favorite creator owned books including BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS, LOW,FEAR AGENT, STRANGE GIRL, NIGHT MARY and what is sure to be one of the best books of the year TOKYO GHOST with the always brilliant Sean Murphy. Rick also has written some of the best Marvel comics of the last decade including UNCANNY X-FORCE, WINTER SOLDIER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS, THE PUNISHER, and the coolestVENOM comic ever.

When we heard that one of our favorite Remender “lost treasures” THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME was coming back into print, we had to invite Rick in to celebrate with us. Check out more about this fantastic book here. Remender is a long time friend of the shop, he co-founded the Isotope’s famous Comic Rockstars Toilet Seat Museum and was our featured guest at our very first event ever, so we couldn’t be excited to have him back and as part of one of our most superstar-laden years ever!

Saturday, August 29th 2015
4pm – 6pm

After Party:
Saturday, August 29th 2015
8pm – Midnight
21+ please

Berkeley comics publisher Last Gasp has launched a Kickstarterbarefootgen in an effort to print 4,000 hardcover editions of the historic World War II manga, Barefoot Gen. The manga, originally published in the mid-70s, tells the story of six-year-old Gen Nakaoka and his interactions with other survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Gen not only struggles with the horror that followed the aftermath of the bomb, but also being the son of a father who believes Japan’s participation in the war is led by the greed of the ruling class. It’s a gripping story dealing with themes of class, warfare, and power.

Last Gasp is seeking $36,000 to publish a hardcover edition of Keiji Nakazawa’s story and distribute it to schools. According to the Kickstarter “Keiji Nakazawa’s manga illustrates the true impact of nuclear weapons when used against a civilian population. It is vital reading for people of all ages, and especially for today’s youth. By keeping this tragedy in our collective consciousness, we can strive to never repeat it and guide humanity towards a course of peace.”

One interesting component of the Last Gasp Kickstarter is backers have the option of letting the publisher ship the finished product directly to a school of choice.

Mission: Comics and Art will soon be on the move. The comic shop and art gallery will be moving from 3520 20th Street to 2250 Mission Street. Nearly two years ago Mission launched a successful Kickstarter campaign intended to raise funds for a new sign at the 20th Street location. Unfortunately, landlord issues came up preventing Mission owner Leef Smith from attaching the sign to the building. Smith noted on Kickstarter that while he loved the space it was an important moment because “the location in this building and the landlords here are not going to be conducive to further growth and the business will be better served by moving to a new location.”

One of the many benefits of moving to the new location is Smith will finally get his sign. The new location, previously occupied by Vimy Electronics, comes with a large box sign jutting out over the sidewalk. The location will help Mission: Comics and Art capture more eyeballs than ever.