Wednesday, 31 March 2010

New posters - now available in store

We've had some excellent new posters featuring Kick Ass, the Eleventh Doctor, Batman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman.

We also have the classic Giant Chicken Vs Peter Griffin fight poster from Family Guy, Marvel Heroes, the Uncanny X-Men, and Watchmen.

They're £4.00 each or three for £10.00 - pop in store and brighten your wall.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Big Game Hunting - a special offer for in store customers

A big thank you to everyone who is getting involved with yesterday's appeal for help growing the Pride!

The shiny bonuses on offer are all comic and graphic novel related, but Proud Lion is more than just a comic shop.

We also sell boardgames and other shiny items and we wanted to treat gamers to a little something special too.


From now on, Proud Lion will Price Match boardgames!

This offer will not be advertised in store, only visitors to this blog will know about it.

If you want a boardgame, we will match any price you find online. This offers only applies to customers who come into the shop, proudlion.co.uk will not be participating at this time.

The matched price is subject to the following criteria:

a) the price must come from a retailer based in the UK
(we regret, eBay stores are not elgible)

b) the product must be in stock with said retailer

c) the price must include any relevant shipping costs
(i.e. the price Proud Lion matches will include price plus P&P)

d) Proud Lion reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time

Also remember the stock we hold in store is a fraction of what we can get from our suppliers, so if we don't have it in stock - please do ask!

Sadly, we cannot offer to price match any other product department at this time.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Proud Lion needs you!

Hello true believers! This is a call to arms!


We want more fans! More followers! Narcissism demands it!

FACEBOOK

If you are on Facebook, become a fan of Proud Lion here then suggest the Proud Lion page to your friends!

The 500th fan will win a free graphic novel (the lucky fan will be able to choose from a select list), and will able to nominate the person who suggested the page to them to win a free graphic novel too!

If several people suggest the same 500th fan, said fan will be able to choose who is the benefactor, so be nice to people!

No adding and removing yourself from fans to try to cheat the system - we will be paying close attention.

TWITTER

Over on the Twitterverse, you can find Proud Lion here. Spread the word by copying and pasting the tweet below every Friday!

#ff #followfriday @proudlioncomics, Gloucestershire's premier comic and gaming shop, RT for the chance to win a free comic!

Every such tweet on a Friday will be entered into a draw to win a free comic of our choosing. You benefit from spreading the word. Tweet more than once to improve your chances!

The draw will be done on Saturday and the lucky Twitter user will be notified via direct message.

The 500th follower will also win a free graphic novel (again from a select list)!

Again no following and unfollowing yourself to try to fool the system - we will be watching.

Get involved!

We're also looking for bloggers to contribute to this very blog! If you're interested, please email shop@proudlion.co.uk and put "Potential Blog Contributor" in the subject header.

Thanks everyone, see you in store!

Easter Opening Times

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Scott Pilgrim teaser trailer...

How awesome is this?


You can buy the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels here.


The sixth and final book is due out in the summer.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Nemesis - Preview

Looking forward to Mark Millar's new comic Nemesis? Comic Book Resources have an artwork preview of the first eight pages.


We featured Nemesis last month, have a look here. It's going to be awesome!

Nemesis #1 should arrive in store Thursday 25th March.

Serenity and Firefly fans! Wash one-shot! Shiny...

Here's some news that Browncoats have been eagerly awaiting!

Firstly in early June, we get a one-shot comic book looking at the late and great Hoban Washburne. Two covers available. We're taking pre-orders now. Email your order to shop@proudlion.co.uk.


SERENITY: FLOAT OUT

Patton Oswalt (W), Patric Reynolds (A), Dave Stewart (C), Frank Stockton (Cover), and Jo Chen (Cover)

On sale June 2
FC, 40 pages
$3.50 (Proud Lion price: £2.75)
One-Shot

Acclaimed writer/actor/comedian Patton Oswalt (The Goon, Batman, JLA, Dollhouse, Ratatouille) brings back one of Firefly’s most beloved characters in this special spotlight issue!

Always ready with a brilliant aerial maneuver and a terrible one-liner, Wash was pilot of the Firefly-class ship Serenity in Joss Whedon’s cult-classic TV series before being killed in the movie. Float Out includes three brand-new stories of Wash in a series of exciting smuggling raids, each providing a hair-raising escape or daring last-minute rescue! Featuring a cameo that will leave Serenity fans reeling, this special one-shot presents new tales of the Serenity universe’s past and tantalizing hints about its future!

Acclaimed writer/actor/comedian Patton Oswalt pens Serenity!


Then in November we FINALLY get the Shepherd Book miniseries! Comic Book Resources have a full confirmation here along with interviews with some of the people involved.

Four little titbits of information to tide you over till then.

Derrial Book is known for his biggest mistake.
Derrial is not his real name, he took that name from a man he killed.
A part of him is artificial.
He found God in a bowl of soup.

When we get the full solicitation for the miniseries, I'll post it here. Should be in September's Previews catalogue.

Keep flying.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Proud Lion now accepts Nochex

The Proud Lion webstore has had a minor tweak here and there and now we can take payment via Nochex - the leading independent UK based online payment company.

Nochex joins PayPal, allowing us to take payment from any major debit or credit card when you order online.


Here at Proud Lion we appreciate that some customers don't care for PayPal, so Nochex offers a suitable alternative. The payment process is fast and secure, no matter what option you choose at the checkout.

There is some misconception that to pay via PayPal, you will need a PayPal account. Whilst this is not the case, the option to just make a one-off payment via PayPal is somewhat hidden.

Nochex is incredibly straightforward and easy to use, so hopefully that will make your online shopping experience with Proud Lion much easier. Of course, if you like using PayPal, that option remains.

The addition of Nochex comes in response to customer feedback. Proud Lion is a small, independent retailer and we do listen to your comments. Where we can, we will meet your needs.

You can also choose to pay and collect in store using cash or card.

With any order you can choose to collect your item in store, or have it mailed to you.

In store collection costs nothing extra.

Postage is now a flat rate charge of £2.50 for your first item, plus 50p per additional item.

We regret that the introductory offer of free delivery has now been discontinued.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Friday, 12 March 2010

Wouldn't that be something...

Wow, what a week. Two new amazing trailers blew my big cat brain this week. So much, so I've only just got around to blogging.

So here they are. I'm sure you've seen them already, but regardless - feast your eyes on the new trailers for Iron Man 2 and Tron Legacy.

Shiny.

IRON MAN 2 TRAILER




TRON LEGACY TEASER

Friday, 5 March 2010

Proud Lion Recommends Kevin Smith's Green Hornet, Prelude To The Deadpool Corps and Stephen King's N

Four new titles for you to check out this week.

First up is Kevin Smith's Green Hornet.

In 2004, Kevin Smith was working on bringing a Green Hornet film to the big screens.

Eventually the project was put on the back burner and by 2006, Smith was no longer involved.

A new film adaptation is due later this year, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen, along with Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz and Edward James Olmos.

Dynamite Entertainment have given Kevin Smith the chance to reinvigorate his vision for the masked vigilante, by adapting his screenplay into a comic miniseries with art from Jonathan Lau.

The first issue sets the scene, re-introducing the original Green Hornet and Kato as they decide to hang up their masks. We then jump forward to meet Green Hornet's son - a man far from ready to take up his father's mantle.

It's a wordy and oddly paced first issue, as Smith's comic scripts sometimes are, but the art is wonderful and I have no doubt that the focus of the series will be the new Green Hornet, who has yet to make his mark.

I don't often recommend titles where the first issue make me feel that I have to see issue #2 before I can have real faith in the series. But as a fan of Kevin Smith's work, I remain hopeful that this title will flourish in the subsequent issues. Definitely worth a go.

Next up is a title taking a healthy swipe at the Green Lantern Corps. In recent issues of Deadpool, Merc With A Mouth, the crazy assassin for hire crossed the multiverse with the undead head of his Marvel Zombies double. On their journeys, they met several other alternate universe versions of Deadpool, including Lady Deadpool with whom our own DP shared a somewhat ill-advised smooch.

Well now Deadpool has been asked to save the universe and he's assembling a motley crew of himself to help him. Prepare to meet Lady Deadpool, Headpool (the zombie head), Kidpool and Dogpool.

I kid you not.

If you want something wonderfully daft, give it a go!

Finally we have a new Stephen King adaptation. Following on from the Dark Tower series and The Stand, Marvel have picked N and short story from King's recent collection of short sotries, Just After Sunset.

With art from former Daredevil penciller, Alex Maleev, and a script by Marc Guggenheim, N is a four issue miniseries. Marvel fist adapted the short story as a series of motion comic webisodes. Having been viewed over a million times, the webisodes are now expanded and adapted into comic books.

The eponymous title character suffers from OCD and paranoid delusions, according to his psychiatrist. N believes a monster called Cthun is trying to break through from another reality, using a stone circle near the town.

Fascinated by his patient's claims, Dr Bonsaint travels to the field to investigate and discovers more than he bargained for. Mental health isn't contagious, he knows that. And yet he discovers that in his own professional opinion he is also suffering from OCD and can see demonic faces in his dreams.

Dreams that warn him that Cthun is now free.

Sleep well...

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Would you like to read my comic book? The Guild comes to comics...


Fans of the online sitcom, The Guild, will be pleased to hear that a three issue comic book series is coming out, beginning at the end of March.

Written by the wonderfully talented Felicia Day, who created the series.

If you've never seen The Guild, you may recognise Felicia as the star of Dr Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, Vi from season seven of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, or Mag from Dollhouse.

You can catch up with the three seasons of The Guild that have been created so far here at www.watchtheguild.com

Illustrated by "Street Angel" artist Jim Rugg, The Guild comic is published by Dark Horse and will explore how Cyd became a MMO gamer known as Codex. You'll also learn about how the Knights Of Good group came together. Effectively it's the untold origin story of these six entertainingly dysfunctional gamers.

Comics Alliance have an interview with Felicia here and Comic Book Resources have a six page preview plus the two different covers for issue #1 featured here.

If you definitely want The Guild added to your reservation order, contact us now.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Free Comic Book Day is coming...

Every May, the comic book industry does something brilliant. They give away free comic books on the first Saturday of the month, and this year is no exception.


Now into its ninth year, Free Comic Book Day returns and this will be the third year running Proud Lion has joined in the celebrations.

For those of you on Facebook, you can add FCBD @ Proud Lion as an event.

For 2010, we are serving up nine awesome titles for you to come and grab (whilst stocks last). And here they are...

IRON MAN/THOR FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Matt Fraction (A/C) John Romita, Jr.

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

The perfect jumping-on point for any and all readers...and it's FREE! When rogue mega-billionaires with world-destroying technology threaten the safety of the entire world...and the moon...Thor and Iron Man join forces! In time for the exciting launch of new stories and a bold new direction for Invincible Iron Man and Thor, superstars Matt Fraction and John Romita Jr. team up to bring you two of Marvel's heaviest hitters like you've never seen them before! A major new direction for the Marvel Universe kicks off HERE - on Free Comic Book Day!


IRON MAN: SUPERNOVA FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Paul Tobin (A) Craig Rousseau (C) Ed McGuinness

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

What happens when an armored billionaire teams up with a hot-headed, cosmic-powered teen to fight a trio of massively-powered super-apes? Find out when Iron Man and Nova take on Red Ghost and The Super-Apes! Out-numbered, the Golden Avenger and the Human Rocket will have to trust an apparent traitor in the gorillas' midst if they are to survive and save an entire city. Will they succeed or are they being played? Find out in this all-new, action-packed adventure, which happens to be FREE!


WAR OF THE SUPERMEN #0 FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) James Robinson (A) Eddy Barrows, Ruy José (C) J.G. Jones.

Publisher: DC COMICS

A war is coming, and all that stands between Earth and 100,000 vengeful supermen is one Superman! The conflict between Superman and General Zod erupts into all-out war this summer in a series that will shatter the worlds of Superman, Supergirl and the entire DC Universe — all brought to you by the hit creative team of James Robinson and Eddy Barrows! This special #0 issue featuring all-new material previews the conflicts to come while spotlighting a savage strike on Metropolis and the world — an attack that will shake Superman to his very core. After this, there’s no turning back — the War of the Supermen is here!

DC KIDS MEGA-SAMPLER FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Landry Walker, Art Baltazar, Franco, Sholly Fisch (A) Eric Jones, Art Baltazar, Mike Norton, Dario Brizuela (C) Baltazar

Publisher: DC COMICS

This sampler is the perfect place to check out the sensational line of titles aimed at readers of all ages! It includes exciting, all-new stories starring Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Tiny Titans, Billy Batson & the Magic of Shazam! and Super Friends!


ARTIFACTS: FIRST LOOK FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Ron Marz (A) Top Cow's Finest (C) Stjepan Sejic

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS/TOP COW STUDIOS

Building on the success of First Born and Broken Trinity, Top Cow finally reveals the secrets of all 13 Artifacts - which include The Darkness, Witchblade, Angelus, Magdalena's Spear of Destiny, and more. Launching a massive 13-issue event beginning in July 2010, this series will literally define and redefine the nature of the Top Cow Universe! The final identity of the remaining hidden Artifacts will be revealed, characters will perish, and the very existence of the Top Cow Universe will be at stake. And it begins here!

GREEN HORNET #1 FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Kevin Smith (A) Jonathan Lau, Ariel Padilla, Aaron Campbell (C) Alex Ross

Publisher: D.E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
ENT

Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents the return of the Green Hornet! In 2010, Dynamite will unveil three brand-new Green Hornet series, starting with the worldwide debut of Kevin Smith's vision for the masked crusader (based on his unproduced screenplay)! Get a first look with this special edition featuring not only Smith's version, but the award-winning work of creators Matt Wagner and Brett Matthews as well! All in one Free Comic Book Day comic event!

IRREDEEMABLE #1 FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Mark Waid (A) Peter Krause (C) John Cassaday

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Last year's comic book industry event is this year's best way to get more readers hooked on Mark Waid's best-selling original title, Irredeemable, the series that dared to ask the question: what if the world's greatest hero decided to become the world's greatest villain? And 12 issues later, that question has been answered with a best-selling comic series, two best-selling trade collections and Incorruptible, the companion series.

MOUSE GUARD/FRAGGLE ROCK FCBD 2010 Edition

Creative Team: (W/A) David Petersen, TBD.

Publisher: Archaia Entertainment

Archaia is proud to present two amazing all-new stories in one fantastic flip-book! In the spring of 1153 the Mouse Guard deal with the onset of the spring thaw and the havoc it wreaks on their territories. Meanwhile, it’s time to dance your cares away as Gobo, Mokey, Wembley, Boober and Red return for a brand-new series of hilarious and heartfelt Fraggle Rock adventures written and drawn by some of the most imaginative creators in comics!

THE SIXTH GUN #1 FCBD 2010 EDITION

Creative Team: (W) Cullen Bunn (A/C) Brian Hurtt

Publisher: ONI PRESS

During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time, the Sixth Gun - the most dangerous of the weapons - vanished. When the gun resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way!

As well as these nine exciting comics, we also have a free HeroClix miniature of War Machine, co-star of Iron Man 2!

MARVEL HEROCLIX: WAR MACHINE FCBD 2010 FIGURE

Publisher: WIZKIDS/NECA

When Iron Man needs backup, he calls upon War Machine! War Machine is slated to be a major part of the May 2010 Iron Man 2 movie, and to capitalize on this, WizKids will be modifying the popular War Machine sculpt from the Marvel HeroClix: Armor Wars series as 2010's Free Comic Book Day figure. This exclusive figure comes with an all-new dial and character card.


These are the freebies we will have available on the day. All you have to do is pop in on the day!

There are other titles available on Free Comic Book Day 2010. Proud Lion Reservation Service customers may pre-order up to FIVE titles from the list below at no extra charge. For more information head to the Free Comic Book Day website.

ARCHIES SUMMER SPLASH
ATOMIC ROBO AND FRIENDS
BONGO COMICS FREE FOR ALL
DEL REY SHOWCASE
DOCTOR SOLAR MAGNUS ROBOT HUNTER
FEARLESS DAWN ASYLUM PRESS SAMPLER
FRACTURED FABLES
FREEDOM FORMULA SPEED METAL OVERTURES
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #155 1/2
LIBRARY OF AMERICAN COMICS #0
LOVE & CAPES #13
ONI PRESS FREE FOR ALL
OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING COMICS
OWLY & FRIENDS
RADICAL BIGGER BOOKS BIGGER VALUE
S E HINTON FAME #1
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG HIDE SEEK DESTROY #1
STUFF OF LEGEND & MORTAL INSTRUMENTS
TICK #1 SPECIAL EDITION
WEATHERCRAFT
WORLDS OF ASPEN
YOW THE JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY

You can email your orders to us or pop in store.

Orders must be received by Sunday April 18th.

Change of Wednesday Opening Times

Just a note that from this Wednesday, Proud Lion will be altering the shop's opening times from 10:00am - 5:30pm to the new times of 12:00pm - 5:30pm.

This only affects Wednesdays, all other times remain unchanged.

PROUD LION
OPENING TIMES
Mon: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tues: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wed: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thurs: 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: CLOSED