Saturday, May 2nd: Free Comic Book Day! Plus, new comic figure pre-orders!

Don’t forget!

This Saturday, May 2nd, is Free Comic Book Day! An international event celebrated by most major comic book retailers where you can pick up a number of free comic books from indie publishers, as well as from the Big Boys like Marvel, DC and Dark Horse. All told, there are about 2 ooo ooo publications being given away, so get thee to a comic shop this weekend and enjoy! Just watch out for lineups: the crowds are going to be huge!

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Meanwhile, over at our online store, we’ve got a ton of comic-related action figures. And it would take a while to list ’em all, of course, but here are a couple of the upcoming items we’re getting ready to add to our shelves. You can already order all of them for pre-order, of course, but they don’t ship just yet! To get a look at what else we’ve got in store for the future, you can always take a look at our pre-order page here.

The Marvel Legends Universe figures make up a very successful line and this latest series includes some hotly-anticipated new additions: Ultimate Captain America, Green Hulk, Grey Hulk, Green Goblin, Ronin and Iron Fist. This batch ships in May.

Kenzei Hiro, Peter, Nathan, Elle and the Haitian make up the latest series of figures from NBC’s Heroes. They’re from Mezco so you can expect some pretty decent articulation with the detail. Shipping in May!

Wheter or not Alan Moore likes it, his creations are getting a ton of merch (including that from Watchmen) and the latest is this new 13-inch figure of V, from the graphic-novel-turned-film, V for Vendetta.


Great Hockey Books to Read

The Game by Ken DrydenAs the NHL season draws to a close, we will enter into a hockey withdrawal state….and to stop this from happening you will need to read some good hockey books during the off-season.

Ken Dryden’s The Game has been hailed as the best hockey book ever written and included in Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 best sports books of all time. Dryden was one of my idols growing up (along with Guy Lafleur, the Flower Power) so this book has a special place in my heart.

Dryden played goalie for the Montreal Canadiens, a true and longtime hockey dynasty. During Dryden’s eight seasons with the Canadiens in the 1970s, the team won the Stanley Cup six times. Dryden does not fit the stereotype of a hockey player. He is one of hockey’s most intelligent and insightful commentators. He “retired” for one season due to a contract dispute and decided to finish requirements for a law degree. He is currently a member of the Canadian Parliament. The Game is both thoughtful and articulate and I highly recommend reading this book. You can pick up a copy at either Amazon or your local book store (ie. B and N, Chapters).

Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux s PoolThe next hockey book I recommend is different: Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool? Follow the true exploits of the most celebrated of sport’s trophies beyond the champagne toasts and all-star embraces. Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool is a wild, globe-trotting romp filled with zany, surprising, and often touching accounts of what really happens once hockey’s greatest quest has been conquered and the celebration begins-off the ice.

What did the sport’s greatest players do when, king for a day, they spent an eventful twenty-four hours with the Stanley Cup? The prestigious trophy has held everything from beer to infants, and has been carted from Moscow’s Red Square to Bob’s Big Boy. Why is The Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool? includes:

  • Stories of raw emotion and personal triumph-a visit to MIKE KEANE’S one-hundred-year-old grandmother’s nursing home, and a presentation by JOE NIEUWENDYK to his blind professor during a reception at Cornell University
  • Raucous anecdotes of high comedy-nights abandoned on street corners, visits to strip clubs, golf course hi-jinks, and a trip to the bottom of MARIO LEMIEUX’S pool
  • Unbelievable twenty-four-hour world travel to Sweden, Russia, and beyond, mysterious tales of the Stanley Cup ghost, and reflections from hockey’s greatest of the greats -HOWE, GRETZKY, ESPOSITO, and HULL

Would you drink from the Stanley Cup if you knew where it had been? This is one of the funniest hockey book I have ever read. Being a hockey fan, I ate these stories up like no tomorrow. You don’t need to be a crazy fan like myself to enjoy the stories though. The Stanley Cup is definately the most well traveled hunk of silver around and its story is still being written.

Guy Lafleur McFarlane Action Figure

I will post some more good hockey books shortly. I am still impatiently waiting for McFarlane Toys to make a Ken Dryden figure in his classic stance. They did release a Guy Lafleur figure which you can buy online at: We have tons of other hockey figures that you can check on the site.

Lego Rock Band Announcement and Guitar Hero Figures

Coming later this year to all the major consoles and the Nintendo DS/DSi, fans of Guitar Hero and Rock Band will be getting a quirky new treat from the team of Harmonix, MTV Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games: LEGO ROCK BAND.

Aimed at players of all ages, the songs will not include lyrics unsuitable for younger players, which many considered a problem with the original Rock Band title, especially since its style was definitely not one that would otherwise alienate the youths. But adult gamers shouldn’t be put off: the lineup of songs announces so far might have a younger lean, but is by no means ‘kiddie’, including Blur’s Song 2, Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting, Europe’s The Final Countdown, Good Charlotte’s Boys and Girls and Pink’s So What.

This will definitely be one to check out for fans of the Lego series OR the GH/RB games when it hits stores this Christmas!

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Also for those who can’t get enough of rockin’ out on their consoles and want to take that love to the real world (without actually picking up a guitar), we’ve got some stellar McFarlane action figures based on massively successful Guitar Hero franchise. Whether you’re looking for the God of Rock or Johnny Napalm, Lars Umlaut or Slash, we’ve got a number of figures and their variants available in the Guitar Hero section over at CMDStore.

Child Dies From Swine Flu in Texas


The latest news topic running wild is Swine Flu….

Found this article on

WASHINGTON — A 23-month-old boy from Mexico died at a Texas hospital Monday night from a variant of H1N1 swine flu, amid increasing global anxiety over a health menace that authorities around the world are struggling to contain.

The flu death was confirmed Wednesday by Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “As a pediatrician and a parent, my heart goes out to the family,” he said about the tragic death.

Health officials say a family member and others who had contact with the child are not sick. The child lived in Matamoros, on Mexican border with Texas, an official said. Kathy Barton, a spokeswoman for the Houston Health and Human Services Department, said Wednesday that the child had traveled with family from Mexico to Brownsville in south Texas. She says the child became ill in Brownsville, Texas, and was taken to a Houston hospital and died Monday night.

Meanwhile, probable swine flu is being reported in Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota. A Massachusetts health official says two siblings in that state have tested positive for swine flu after traveling to Mexico. he children from Lowell — about 35 miles northwest of Boston — are the first confirmed cases in New England. Health officials have not released the names or ages of the siblings, but the official said they are not hospitalized and are recovering.

Ways to Protect Yourself From Swine Flu

Experts agree that hand-washing can help prevent viral infections, a surprisingly effective way to prevent all sorts of diseases, including ordinary influenza and the new swine flu virus. Influenza can spread in coughs or sneezes, but an increasing body of evidence shows little particles of virus can linger on tabletops, telephones and other surfaces and be transferred via the fingers to the mouth, nose or eyes. Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers work well to destroy viruses and bacteria. Anyone with flu-like symptoms such as a sudden fever, cough or muscle aches should stay away from work or public transportation and should see a doctor to be tested.

Social distancing is another tactic. It means staying away from other people who might be infected and can include avoiding large gatherings, spreading out a little at work, or perhaps staying home and lying low if an infection is spreading in a community.

Aliens vs. Predator by McFarlane, Sideshow and Kotobukiya

When Aliens vs. Predator was first announced, there were few who could have foreseen its success. Considered a shoddy, needless reinterpretation of two classic franchises, it was critically panned but managed to find great success as a cult hit and has now returned to the mainstream–at least in terms of the incredibly popular merchandise from Sideshow and McFarlane.

McFarlane’s Aliens vs. Predator collection features 6-inch and 12-inch figures, plus a dark-yet-whimsical Queen Alien Head-Knocker. The figures are of the high quality you’ve come to expect from McFarlane, featuring amazing levels of detail and paintwork. Fans of the film will definitely want to take a look at his expansive collection.

Kotobukiya’s Mini-busts and figurines are sure to please not only fans of the movies, but also those who have come to know and love the impressive stuff that Kotobukiya has produced in the past.

Sideshow Toys’ AVP figures and collectibles are yet more proof of how well the franchise has done in terms of getting its license to the best of the best design studios. Known for the incredibly accuracy and detail they bring to every line they produce, Sideshow’s AVP works are no exception.

Nintendo Toys: Mario, Sonic and More!

On the heels of our post about The upcoming Legend of Zelda game, and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, we’ll continue our Nintendo theme with a look at some of the toys and collectibles we’ve got in our online store.

The Legend of Zelda is arguably Nintendo’s most epic franchise, a tale of stolen princesses, rogue magic and adventure in the land of Hyrule. It’s spawned over ten games so far, with more on their way, and we’ve got toys from every LoZ era. From plush toys to replica swords, we’ve got something for every fan! Plus, for a special treat, be sure to check out the Legend of Zelda albums for the sounds of your favourite games.

Definitely one for the retro fans, this vintage figure of Donkey Kong’s Pauline is a rare find, but represents some of the first merchandising Nintendo ever produced to support its North American releases.

Sonic the Hedgehog was originally a Sega property, but made the move to Nintendo when its original company gave up the ghost following the Dreamcast’s failure. Now new life has been breathed into the speedster and you can find some of the older figures here, or pre-order the upcoming Jazwares figures–shipping in May, June and July!

Super Mario and friends are the Big Names in Nintendo, the company’s signature characters. And Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad and the others are all here in a number of forms: plus toys, trading cards, Gashapon minis, and even magnets of Mario’s original 8-bit form.

New Legend of Zelda game on its way!

Announced at GDC 2009, there’s a brand new Zelda game headed for the Nintendo DS. Called The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the design matches that seen in Link’s previous adventures in Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass.

Check out the trailer!

According to an E3 2008 talk by creator Shigeru Miyamoto, the people behind Twilight Princess and Phantom Hourglass are working on bringing a new Zelda title to the Wii as soon as possible, but that players can expect some major changes from the formula we’ve all gotten used to. And it isn’t that the series is tired, but there are few who would still call it ‘fresh’.

And perhaps the best part of a new game would be that Wii-owners wouldn’t have to feel that mild disappointment that came with Twilight Princess: given the potential inherent to something as new and dynamic as the Wii’s control system, it was unfortunate that it was merely a Gamecube port.

But whatever comes next, it’s sure to have a more organic feel and could very well be Nintendo’s new “Ocarina of Time”.