TCBS 2015 Year in Review!

Team Titus with Steranko!

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW

2015 was a big year for The Comic Book Shop! We celebrated our third year in this location and our fifth year with the Tituses as owners! We met cool new people and had fun and promoted community and ate a lot of good food.
These are some of the things we did:

 

(Semi!) REGULAR EVENTS

In 2015 we started a few new events. Some happened regularly and some weren’t so regular. We’ll add some more new meet-ups in 2016, so stay tuned!
Board Game Night!
A place to play your favorite games or learn a new one with the TCBS community! It’s always fun, generally have snacks, and sometimes we even get to play test some new games!
Creative HangOut!
Early in the year we had a few Creative HangOuts in the Danger Room, a time for writers, artists, & knitters to unite! People with considerate and non-intrusive hobbies were welcomed to come and work on projects and help each other out!
Comics Ruckus Party!
We opened the Danger Room for friendly nerds & geeks to meet and be nerdy & geeky together! There was a huge turnout of new readers and longtime fans, all talking together about what they love!

 

SHOP EVENTS

  • 5.15-18.15 – First Ever Kids & Teens Graphic Novel Swap! Kids and teens aged 7-17 were invited to swap out their old books at our graphic novel swap table.
  • 6.14.15 – First Ever TCBS Toy Show & Toy Sale! In June we invited a few select vendors for our first ever Toy show and sale. It was great!
  • July 2015 – Giving in July! We collected Books, Clothes, School Supplies, and more for local communities.

 

CREATOR SIGNINGS & GUESTS!

  • 1.3.15 – Dave Bullock of BATMAN ’66 Signing & Art Class!
  • 1.11.15 – HERALD: LOVECRAFT & TESLA #1 signing with John Reilly & Dexter Weeks.
  • 3.8.15 – Launch of BLACK HOOD #1 and CANARY signing with Duane Swierczynski.
  • 3.28.15 – TCBS 5th Anniversary Sale & Signing Featuring JIM STERANKO and Ren & Stimpy Creator BOB CAMP with Vanguard Publishing!
  • 5.2.15 & 5.3.15 – Free Comic Book Day Weekend! Guests included Dean Haspiel, Gregory Benton, & Josh Neufeld of Hang Dai Editions, Enrica Jang & Red Style Media, Erica Schultz, & Dawn Griffin.
  • 10.24.15 & 10.25.15 – Halloweekend Spookabration 2015! Signings featured Matthew Roberts, artist of MANIFEST DESTINY and Mark Poulton & Dexter Weeks of A CAT NAMED HAIKU.
  • 11.27.15 – Black Mask Black Friday! We hosted some of the Black Mask Studios crew including Matt Miner (writer Liberator, Critical Hit & Toe Tag Riot), Christian Dibari (art for Hoax Hunters and cover artist of Toe Tag Riot) and Sean von Gorman (artist of Toe Tag Riot and other cool stuff).

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MONTHLY CLUBS

Teen Time: Second Sunday of the Month from 12:30 – 2p

In addition to all of our other monthly clubs, we started TCBS TeenTime for ages 13+!
Each month the group votes on which graphic novel to read and discuss next. That book is then on sale for the entire month for 25% off!
All TEENS who come to the shop on Second Sundays get 25% off graphic novels!

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Kids Club: Second Thursdays from 4p-6p, for Kids age 7+ with Adult

In addition to our regular monthly meetings, this year we had SUMMER EDITION: Create Your Own Card Game!
From June 11th – July 30th we met every Thursday to develop, design, and play a customized strategy card game.
All KIDS who come to the shop on Second Thursdays get 25% off graphic novels!

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Ladies’ Night: Third Thursdays from 7p – 10p, for Trans or Cis Ladies & GenderQueer People age 16+

We meet to share and learn about comics, women’s issues, current events, pop-culture news, and whatever else comes up in a safe, friendly environment. We’re not here to put anyone else down, we’re just here to support each other as best we can.
The Ladies’ Night Book Club book is on sale every month for 25% off!

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Book Club: Fourth Thursdays from 7p – 8p, for Considerate Readers age 14+

Whether you’re a new reader or a lifetime veteran, we welcome your perspective and discussion about comics! The group votes on which book to read next, making sure to mix stand-alone graphic novels with continuing series and superhero stories with independent creations.
The TCBS Book Club book is on sale every month for 25% off!

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COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

Each year we are asked by more schools, libraries, and community centers for support for their programs and we couldn’t be happier! We are glad that comics are being accepted and utilized fot education and social awareness.
  • The Brandywine Hundred Library on Foulk Road has become a regular partner in their kids, teens, and graphic novel programming. This year we donated free comic vouchers as awards for kids during the Winter Read Challenge where 357 children logged over 5,000 hours of reading. We also helped out on their Marvel Movie Mondays where we held a discussion to inform, debate and discuss the inner workings of the comic book universes followed by a viewing of a Marvel movie.
  • Warner Elementary School in Wilmington, the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, DuPont Children’s Hospital at Nemours, and Adopt-A-Family of New Castle County all received donations directly from TCBS and from contributions from the TCBS community. THANK YOU!
  • Lancashire Elementary School received donations of comics, buttons, and stickers for their very first comic-con.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware received a donation of a Comics & Toys Grab Box for their 101th Annual Diamond Dinner, which supports their programs including two summer day camping programs for children with disabilities.
  • Westside Family Healthcare received a donation of a Comics & Toys Grab Box for their 25th Annual Westside Way Superhero 5k/10k Run and Fitness Walk.
  • Avon Grove Public Library received a donation in the form of prizes and rewards for ’s Summer Reading program, which theme was “Every Hero has a story.”
  • Continental Jewelers received a donation for a Small Business Saturday raffle to encouraged the local community to shop small and shop local.
  • The First State Potion Masters – Harry Potter Alliance Delaware Chapter invited us to collect canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Delaware. Thank you for your contributions!
  • Inspired by the CCSA Riveters Feminist Club at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, we collected feminine hygiene products to benefit the women’s clinic at Andrews House in Wilmington. Thank you for your contributions!

 

MISCELLANY

  • We got our first ever TCBS t-shirts! They were a test run and by now you’ve probably seen some floating around the store for sale. If you’ve been interested but haven’t been able to grab one in your size order them now for our first official batch!

 

COMIC CONVENTIONS WE WORKED THAT YOU SHOULD GO TO

We significantly cut back on out-of-shop events this year, allowing us to focus on and expand our core community offerings. These are the shows that we strongly suggest you check out!
  • First State Comic Con at Millcreek Fire Hall, Kirkwood Highway, DE -Want to go to a comic-con but are worried you’ll be overwhelmed? Don’t have tons of cash to spend on tickets, parking, and actors’ autographs? Looking to bring your family for a fun day of comics, creators, costumes, and more? Then this is the show for you! We look forward to this show because we get to see (and buy!) cool collectibles, spend the day with our vendor friends, and meet new excited fans and readers! We hope to see you there on 1/10/16!
  • Phillipsburg Comic Con at Phillipsburgh High School, NJ – Organized by a teacher and run by the Comic & Anime Club teenagers, this convention was surprisingly successful for a first-time show! Guests included Joe Kelly, Adam Kubert, Rags Morales, Dr. Sheena Howard. The students decided to donate 75% of proceeds to RAINN, a resource for survivors of rape & sexual abuse; 25% goes to purchasing books for school programming. We hope to see you at the next show on 5/14/16!
  • Insta-Con 2015 at Kennett Public Library, Kennett Square, PA – The second year was a success! Guests Greg Pak (he writes superheroes that you really want to read!) and Brooke Allen (artist of Lumberjanes) were definitely excited to be there, spoke on a few panels, drew lots of sketches, and were generally the best guests you could ask for! With various activities throughout the day, the clear winner of the day was the Ultra Robot Contest where kids battled their custom robots to the death!
  • Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD – A favorite every year, BCC has just the right mix of big name creators, upcoming artists, publisher booths, and all types of merchants. We love that you can speak personally with your heroes, get some original art, and score unique crafts without busting your budget! *Highlight of the weekend: Drinking into the wee hours of the morning with Swamp Thing co-creator BERNIE WRIGHTSON & his witty wife Liz. Also, getting Walt Simonson’s cell phone number.

 

We could not possibly do the things we do without your continued encouragement, ideas, suggestions, and feedback. So many of the events we plan, donations we organize, and products we offer are because YOU asked for them, because YOU want to see our store thrive for the next generation.
THANK YOU!


We look forward to spending 2016 with you ~ Higher, Further, Faster, MORE.