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Alpha Comics located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Top Ten Comics Subscriptions at Alpha Comics. April 2015

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Now and then Alpha Comics will share what are the top subscribed to comics at the store. We offer an in-store subscription service that helps us help you to make sure you get the comics you want. Compare to last year to see how things have changed.

10. Wytches
9. All-New X-Men
8. East of West
7. Princess Leia
6. Darth Vader
5. Deadpool
4. Saga
3. Star Wars
2. Batman
1. Amazing Spider-Man

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Congratulations to Caanan Grall – Winner of Calgary Artist Challenge IX

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Our Calgary Artist Challenge IX judge, Chip Zdarsky has made his picks for the top three challengers!

Congratulations to the winners!

1. Caanan Grall

2. Nick Johnson

3. Anna

CAM HAYDEN: Excellent use of stippling. VERY erotic depictions of ducks.

JARET MURPHY: I’m stealing this idea. Love, Chip.

NICK JOHNSON: You’ve wonderfully captured the life of a private investigator. Also, my life.

STEVEN CHARLES ROSIA: I want to adopt that duck and I want to eat that pig. Bravo!

CAANAN GRALL: You read the comic! And drew an amazing Gatherer. This is beautiful. YOU are beautiful.

ANNA: You have perfectly summed up the 80s with this. Amazing.

ROBERTO DUQUE: I legally cannot respond to this (but it’s great)

DARREN LA ROSE: A duck of mystery! I like it.

MARK MATCHEM: I love it. I’m picturing that the cover is all of them posing at a SEARS portrait studio.

I just want everyone to know that you’re ALL winners, except for everyone who lost.

FIRST PLACE: Caanan Grall.
SECOND PLACE: Nick Johnson
THIRD PLACE: Anna

This was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make (my life is pretty easy)

-Chip

Thanks to Chip Zdarsky and all of the challengers! See everyone’s art here.

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Calgary Artist Challenge IX Howard the Duck Covers

Howard the Duck, trapped in a world he never made. Now starring in a new series by Marvel comics. Local artist accepted the challenge of drawing a Howard the Duck. Here are all the entries.

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Cam Hayden

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Jaret Murphy

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Nick Johnson

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Steven Charles Rosia

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Caanan Grall

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Anna

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Roberto Duque

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Darren La Rose

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Mark Matchem

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Mayday Launch Signing with Curt Pires and Chris Peterson UPDATE: POSTPONED

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UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the launch date for Mayday #1 the signing has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce the return of Curt Pires and Chris Peterson to Alpha Comics! Visit March 25th between 12-6pm to meet the writer and artist of Mayday.

 

MAYDAY #1 (OF 4) (MR)
BLACK MASK COMICS
(W) Curt Pires (A/CA) Chris Peterson
A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on Armageddon. As our intrepid, damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, even they wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain crazy. Probably both. The latest project from Curt Pires (POP) sees him teaming with art sensation Chris Peterson (Grindhouse) for a story that cuts to the very center of Hollywood mythology and depravity itself.

 

 

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Calgary Artist Challenge IX

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This is a public invite for all local artists to visit Alpha Comics on Wednesday, March 11th. The challenge is to create the best cover for Howard the Duck #1. You will be given one copy of the the Howard the Duck #1 blank variant. Then at the store, use your art skills to create a cover that will make jaws drop. Bring your own supplies. There is no restriction with medium, only that the art has to be on the blank variant. Alpha Comics will be open 11am – 9pm that day and artists can visit anytime on that date to work on and submit their cover. Art must be done in the store. Each submitted cover will be scanned and uploaded to alphacomics.ca. On Thursday March 12th entries will viewed by our guest judge. Prizes will be awarded to the top three covers as decided by Howard the Duck writer, Chip Zdarsky. (Guest judge will not be appearing in the store, they will be sent scans of the entries to view.)

Why should you participate?
This event will showcase local art, supporting the local artist community.
Your art will be exposed to thousands of people who are paying attention to Alpha Comics on the internet, including industry pros and comic fans across North America.
Prizes include blank variants that you’ll be able to create art on and sell at conventions or online. First place winner will receive a Copic marker set, the best markers used by industry pros.

 

3rd prize - Three Howard the Duck #1  blank variants.

2nd prize – Five Howard the Duck #1blank variants.

1st prize – Five Howard the Duck #1 blank variants.  Copic Markers 12-Piece Neutral Gray Set

Limited copies of the Howard the Duck #1 blank variant will be ordered. Email

Alpha Comics to R.S.V.P. and secure a copy or if you have any questions.

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Curb Stomp Launch with writer Ryan Ferrier at Alpha Comics February 25th.

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Alpha Comics is pleased to announce that Ryan Ferrier will be returning to the shop to launch his new comic Curb Stomp! Visit Alpha Comics on Wednesday, February 25th between 2 and 8pm to meet Ryan Ferrier. Don’t miss his other new release, D4VE!

 

CURB STOMP #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Ryan Ferrier (A) Devaki Neogi (CA) Tula Lotay
WHY WE LOVE IT: Punk rock isn’t dead…yet. Turf wars, breaking rules, crushing violence, and Black Flag-these are a few of our favorite things, and we can’t wait for Curb Stomp to straightup
knock our teeth out (in a good way).
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Writer Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) is a creator on the rise, and newcomer Devaki Neogi’s art will hook you with its aggressiveness but keep you coming back with its heart. Curb Stomp is an unflinching, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect her friends, her family, and her home-perfect for fans of Rat Queens and the seminal ’70s cult-favorite film The Warriors.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the selfappointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever-Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt-to defend their turf at all costs.
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BATTLEWORLD

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Marvel Presents the Second of Three New Series Banners For SECRET WARS!

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Press Release – New York, NY—January 22, 2015— The Marvel Universe has been destroyed! One by one, each and every universe across the cosmos has been eliminated. All that exists is a new, patchwork planet made up of the remains of decimated universes.  Today, Marvel is proud to announce BATTLEWORLD, which joins LAST DAYS as two of the three unique umbrella brands of titles launching during Secret Wars!

“If you want the full story of what’s happening across the surface of this new planet,  BATTLEWORLD branded titles are for you,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Who polices Battleworld? How do the various domains interact? What happens when those domains go to war?  What strange, never-before-seen creatures inhabit this world? What familiar faces will make appearances? Fans who want to fully understand how each sector interacts with the others can’t miss out on these books!”

Titles carrying the BATTLEWORLD banner will focus on the interworking and interaction of all the domains now fused together throughout the one and only remaining planet! The Secret Wars are waged as the last remaining fragments of dead universes fight for survival. Who rules these domains? Who comes out on top? Who lives? Who dies?

“The inner machinations of Secret Wars happen here,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “BATTLEWORLD branded titles will be clearly marked through the Marvel Previews solicits as well as with well distinguished cover trade dress, this way both retailers and fans will know what they’re getting. Think of these as the new core monthly titles. “

What secrets are about to be revealed? Find out this may as Secret Wars enters BATTLEWORLD!

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Congratulations to Jen Marie, Winner of Calgary Artist Challenge VIII!

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Our Calgary Artist Challenge VIII judge, Cameron Stewart has made his picks for the top three challengers!

Congratulations to the winners!

1. Jen Marie

2. Nick Johnson

3. Christopher Peterson

Thanks to Cameron Stewart and all of the challengers! See everyone’s art here.

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Calgary Artist Challenge VIII: Batgirl Takes Over Alpha Comics

Last summer DC revealed the new Batgirl redesign by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. Using the Batgirl #38 blank variant, local artists have been challenged to draw the new Batgirl. Artists had Wednesday to complete their art piece at Alpha Comics. Here are all the entries. Click on them to view them at full scan size.

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Jen Marie

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Jaret Murphy

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Mark Matchem

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Batgirl-Shae

 Shae Frank

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Jon Boy Hartz

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Batgirl-Mac

Mackenzy Peters

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Nick Johnson

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Sho Uehara

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Cam Hayden

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Roberto Duque

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Steven Charles Rosia

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Boxing Day Sale Friday December 26th

Boxing Day Sale! Fill out your comic collection at low prices! The first 10 people at the door will be awarded a ticket that can be redeemed at the counter for a grab bag packed with free comics! Alpha Comics opens at 11am.

 

  • Buy one comic - get one free (of equal or lesser value) in our Alpha Kids section.
  • Marvel comics, 10 for $15. Get 10 Marvel single issue comics for only $15. Regular price $3-$6 each.
  • 40% off on blank variants. Take 40% off these heavy blank cover-stock comics. Intended for artists to draw a one-of-a-kind cover.
  • Select comics for $1 or less!
  • and more unannounced sales!

 

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