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Many of Kansas City’s comics creators have made the journey to this weekend’s New York Comic Con, including Jason Aaron, Bill Amend, Nathan Fox, Erik Lundy, Kevin Mellon, B. Clay Moore, Andrews McMeel Publishing marketing guru Amy Worley.

Wolverine and the X-Men #1
Wolverine and the X-Men is written by Kansas City's Jason Aaron. (Click to enlarge)
Elite Comics has added a signing by Jason Aaron to the schedule for the Elite Comics Halloween Bash II planned for October 29th.  Aaron’s latest Marvel series are scheduled to debut that week. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 and Incredible Hulk #1 are among the most anticipated new Marvel series of the fall.

Comics writer and novelist Alex Grecian was in New York City earlier in the week meeting with the publishers of his upcoming novel The Yard. “Had a terrific meeting at the Penguin offices yesterday. The Yard is getting much TLC,” Grecian tweeted.

Brian Fyffe has a new full-color edition of Zombie Chuck. On Thursday Fyffe tweeted, “Full color Zombie Chuck is now in-hand. I’ll put them up on the site tonight or tomorrow.”

Nathan Fox is lending his talents to the new arc of Todd McFarlane’s Haunt. Bleeding Cool has a peek at the ashcan preview of Fox’s work on the series that was distributed at New York Comic Con this weekend.

Cartoonists Cathy Guisewite and Kansas City’s Bill Amend were featured in a video by Tom Gammill for this year’s Reuben Award ceremony.

Elite Comics celebrates the new DC 52

Overland Park comics shop Elite Comics is planning multiple events in celebration of the relaunch of 52 titles by DC Comics.

The first event ties in with tomorrow’s release of Justice League #1. Local comics artist Arie Monroe will be in the store throughout the day on Wednesday, August 31st, doing sketches of fans as their favorite JLA member.

Each DC New 52 book purchased includes a ticket for one of 52 prize drawings at Elite’s Halloween Bash on October 29th. Attendees of the Halloween Bash who attend in costume will also be entered in the drawings at no charge.

In addition, Elite Comics is discounting all back issues and all Marvel trade paperbacks at 50% off.

Elite Comics is located at11842 Quivira Rd, Overland Park, KS 66210. They are open Wednesday, August 31st from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Local Comics Shops and You!

Guest Column By CW Cooke

CW Cooke
CW Cooke is a professional comic book writer based in Kansas City.

Have you ever used the website comicshoplocator? It’s an amazing tool that can show you places you’ve never been. It can lead you to a wonderful world of comics that you might have never even knew existed.

I can tell you right now that I haven’t used it in years. I used to use it once in a blue moon just to see if a new shop opened without me knowing about it. And it seems that today there are two comic shops I had no idea about, right under my nose.

Go to the site and put in an area code. I used 66204 just for grins and it came up with six different comic shops. Three are legit comic shops I’ve been to many times, one is Vintage Stock which has their own pull lists and comics that actually does indeed make it a comic shop, and two I’d never heard of. But I will be checking out. That’s for sure.

Put in any zip code you can and it might lead you on an adventure you never thought possible. But you might also be wondering why I’m asking about this. It’s simple.

Last week it was announced that all four Atomic Comics shops were closing. They were located in Arizona and had an amazing website devoted to selling comics and comic book related merchandise. I used to frequent their website as well, checking out books before they came out, using their website often as a link for many people across the country to find books that I was reviewing for another website.

And now here we are, and they’re closing.

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