Cryptozoic's Comic Store Trip

By Mike Rosenberg

Wednesdays have a pretty important meaning to some people. For many, it is known as the middle of the work week, where many look forward to seeing Friday on the horizon.

For comic fans, however, it is something more. It's the day that comic stores sell the week's latest releases.

We've got more than a few comic fans in the offices of Cryptozoic Entertainment, along with more than a few gamers. Given the host of releases tied to comics in one form or another (DC Comics Deck-Building Game being our latest), we thought that it would be fun to stop in as a group to one of Orange County's game and comic shops to pick up some new releases, as well as check out what else is around. After all, the people who work on our games and trading cards are big fans of the brands that they work with, so why not get them away from their computers for an hour so that they can have a chance to catch up on their favorite comics?

Last Wednesday, we stopped in to Majestix CCG in Costa Mesa to see what is new and to shop around.

The crew included art director David Baron, art acquisition manager George Nadeau, creative developer Mike Sacco, retailer relations manager Sara Erickson, and brand ambassador Christina Sims.

As we walked in, we couldn't help but notice the board games that sat to the side of some of the comic shelving. Namely, one of them.

Penny Arcade The Game: Gamers vs. Evil available at our comic stop!

David Baron, who has an extensive history as a colorist, checked out some of his favorite titles, and moved to some that he had a hand in working on. "I went on a John Layman buying spree," he said, picking up multiple issues of Detective Comics and Chew. He also picked up issues 14 and 15 of Scott Snyder's Batman, issues that he had some involvement with as a color artist.

"And for the cherry on top of this comic book sundae, I purchased Legends of the Dark Knight, written by M. Clay Moore with incredible art by Ben Templesmith," David said, concluding his pick-ups, as he paid for his haul and went over to the tables to read a few.

David Baron catches up on a little reading during his comic store field trip from the office.

Chew was something that caught Sara's attention, and came highly recommended from David, who was a fan of Chew and its unique story and captivating art style. Sara checked out volume one of the popular Image comic book series.

George, who sees a variey of artistic styles each day at the office, just loves checking out the industry's top talent in action. He took a look at almost everything that was available, taking in the brilliant artwork that many of the covers display. 

Christina, however, was interested in a different comic from Image: The Walking Dead. She's been following this one for a while, and was more than happy to pick up the latest issue. "I started reading them when I got my hands on the first Compendium and I instantly wanted to read more," she said, as she picked up issue 105, keeping up-to-date on what's going on in the world of Rick Grimes.

Christina catches up with The Walking Dead issue 105.

Mike Sacco has been actively following the New 52 relaunch of DC Comics, and has been reading more than a few titles including Batman, Wonder Woman, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Batwoman, Supergirl, and Superboy. He picked up the latest issues of Batman and Wonder Woman while he was browsing. "I'm a big fan of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the ones behind Batman," he said. "Greg Capullo has also done World of Warcraft TCG work for us in the past, like the well-known Garrosh Hellscream card."

"As for Wonder Woman, I picked it up because Cliff Chiang's art captures her spirit perfectly, and Brian Azzarello gives us a really exciting Greek mythology-based storyline for her pre-JLA days," Mike said, as he explained why New 52's Wonder Woman interested him so much. 

Hmm... so many titles to choose from. Which ones should I get today?

As everyone wrapped up with their shopping, we headed back to the office to finish up our day's work. Thanks again to Majestix letting us come by! As fans of comics, and as people who work with comics for its products, it's always important to stay on top of the latest in the comic book world!

Another successful Wednesday!

Rosenfloggen's picture Mike Rosenberg

Mike Rosenberg has been a long-time trading card game fan and an active freelancer in the hobby game industry since 2004. He wrote, editted, and managed web content for Cryptozoic Entertainment from March 2012 until October 2013.