Black Cat Comics Summer Sale on July 22nd & 23rd, 2017!

Black Cat Comics Summer Sale!

50% Off back issues & graphic novels & manga all weekend of July 22nd & 23rd, 2017!

 

Sale! July 22nd & 23rd!

THOUSANDS of back issues!
Not going to SDCC? Neither are we! Come get awesome deals on comics right here in Salt Lake City, UT with our summer sale at Black Cat Comics.

Like us on facebook for more information about all upcoming events including a very wonderful signing in August.

Signing With Claudio Sanchez on April 22nd!

We’re excited to announce that Coheed & Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez will be at Black Cat Comics from 2pm-3pm on Saturday, April 22nd during the first day of our sale!

Many people know Claudio Sanchez as the frontman for Coheed & Cambria, but did you know that he’s been writing comics for years, too? Well, he has written several comics including Kill Audio, Transference, Key of Z, and the epic story of The Amory Wars that tell the mythology of many of Coheed’s albums.

Claudio Sanchez will be at Black Cat Comics signing *comics only* on Saturday for a short time before Coheed & Cambria’s show at The Complex  in SLC, UT later that night.

Signing is for comics only, two comics per person, and, please, no pictures. Show up early and get an exclusive variant of Sanchez’s newest comic The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV issue #1. Limited supply, so it’s on a first come first serve basis. These variants will only be $8 and we will also have copies of his other works.

We thank you in advance for adhering to these rules outlined above, we want this to be a smooth signing and want as many people as possible to get their books signed and meet Claudio Sanchez. We’re so excited!

Thanks Boom Studios, Coheed & Cambria, and Claudio Sanchez for the opportunity to host this event. It will be fantastic!

Don’t forget, we are having our Grand-Reopening-Sale that Saturday and Sunday! 50% Off Back Issues & Graphic Novels. Like us on facebook  for live updates.

Local Comic Shop Day 2016 This Saturday 11/19/16!

LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY

Tomorrow is LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY!

It’s a celebration of brick & mortar comic shops around the world and right here in Salt Lake City, UT we’ve got some great and very limited exclusives for you wonderful people.

In addition to these cool exclusives (we unfortunately don’t have everything that is listed on the official LCSD website!), we’ll be doing some giveaways of our Black Cat Exclusive variants including James Bond, Doctor Who, Transference, Kiss, and Li’l Depressed Boy. Offers are in-store only.

We’ll be open regular hours on Saturday. 11am-7pm. Check out our facebook for more updated information!

Check in with us on Facebook and Twitter using #LCSD2016 and @blackcatcomics.

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11th Anniversary Signing with Michael Moreci, Phillip Sevy, and Joshua Crowther!

On Saturday June 27th we’ll be celebrating Black Cat’s 11th anniversary/birthday with Michael Moreci, Joshua Crowther, Phillip Sevy, and you!

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Writer Michael Moreci has worked with Image, Black Mask, Boom Studios on Roche Limit, Dawn of The Planet of the Apes, Hack/Slash, Hoax Hunters, Army of Darkness, Burning Fields, and more. This will be the premiere of Moreci’s Transference from Black Mask Studios and Phillip Sevy’s new Top Cow book, Athena IX! Joshua Crowther from Jay Crow Comics will also be signing with copies of his kickstarter comic, Super — grab an issue 1 for free and pay what you want for issue 2!

Here’s our Black Cat exclusive cover of Transference #1 done by Phillip Sevy! Limited to 250! 

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We’ve got some 1st prints of Moreci’s Burning Fields #1 from BOOM! Studios, here’s Greg modeling them:

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Head Bitch In Charge: Exploring Bitch Planet with Kelly Sue DeConnick

By Taylor Hoffman
Originally posted on SLUG Magazine!
Kelly Sue DeConnick’s tour-de-force for feminism, Bitch Planet, is a critique of patriarchy and power.

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday gift for anyone you love—or hate, for that matter—grab a copy of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s latest and greatest contribution to the comic world, Bitch Planet. This dystopian series features a patriarchy out of control that exiles women who don’t comply with its expectations to a prison planet. I spoke with Kelly Sue DeConnick about her busy writing schedule and how she plans to dismantle the patriarchy one panel at a time.

DeConnick is a true heroine and force for feminism within the comics industry. The majority of our discussion focused on her newest project and what it means to write what you want to write. It’s not easy being a woman in the industry because misogynists are inhumanly persistent with their hate. As such, even feminists can be fooled into thinking that comics are a boys’ game, all spandexed Barbie dolls for preteen masturbation. Well, get ready everybody—it’s time to sit down for some education and a tall glass of MRA tears with Bitch Planet. It’s a prison planet for bitches—

the businessmen call it an “auxiliary compliance outpost,” just like “torture” is recoded as “enhanced interrogation program.” Women who defy the will of their fathers, husbands, employers, etc. are shipped to a prison industrial complex supercharged with omnipresent technology. It’s all about power—who has it and who doesn’t—and who’s really in control of the story of the human race. It’s a feminist re-imagining of the Genesis story, an examination of sin, and just one damn-well written story with an extremely diverse cast of characters that we’ve barely met in the first issue. This familiar exploitation setting (Caged Heat, anyone?) is subverted, as the women on Bitch Planet are raw, emotional people.

DeConnick had a lot to say about her newest series published by Image Comics, from the technical to the thematic. Foremost is her affection and gratitude for the fans. Girls everywhere are already picking up this series and immediately understanding the dire warnings within. Reader support is passionate and expressive. Several people have already gotten “Non-Compliant” tattoos (myself included) to proudly stand in solidarity for women’s rights to stand individually.

It’s no wonder. By the end of the first issue, DeConnick’s characters are already distinct and vibrant. From the large and boisterous Penny Rolle to the switch-protagonist Kamau Kogo, these women are caged and enraged and already resonating with fans. Kogo in particular is “so strong and so tenacious,” says DeConnick—she’s an homage to Foxy Brown and the ass-whooping martial art stylings of Superfly. DeConnick credits artist Valentine De Landro for capturing that familiar and enchanting prison-funk vibe and being “able to say so much with just her posture.” Speaking of scripts to come, every third issue will detail the backstory of an inmate, with fan-favorite Penny up first. And for those afraid that the unnervingly plausible dystopia depicted would grow too depressing over time, we’ll find a hero in the uncompromising Violet, whom DeConnick loves because she is, DeConnick says, “as ‘classic hero’ as you can get.”

Photo: Image Comics

Photo: Image Comics

Naturally, DeConnick has received some negative feedback as well. The stark and annoying reality of overtly writing about feminism and addressing issues within a male-dominated society is certainly a scary experience. However, you must ask yourself, “Are you woman enough to survive Bitch Planet?” just as the cover does in all of its pink glory, the outline of a woman giving two middle fingers to the world behind her. What she is doing is spearheading a movement—one that is tongue-in-cheek, but extremely well-educated and not overly academic. The book is meant for anyone who can read at a mature level, of course, but you don’t have to have a master’s degree in gender studies to understand exactly what is going on. It’s intersectional reading via Grindhouse and a twist on science fiction. If you enjoy Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, DeConnick deliberately references the secret police and the Eyes of God, aka males with eyes, watching with panoptic surveillance. “There’s some Tarantino DNA in there,” she says, that helps frame the narrative, as we’re constantly going to be filling in details. DeConnick, De Landro, and colorist Cris Peters present a world of contrast as bright and uneasy fluorescents of Earth clash with the dark and foreboding Planet of Bitch. There is so much space on Bitch Planet, the panels in which there isn’t rioting are almost bare, adding in an element of Lovecraftian horror underneath the overall structure of the story. Yet, at this point in time, it’s about women in prison who must prove their strength against all odds.

If it sounds familiar, you might be thinking about the recent Netflix binge-watching trend about women in prison, Orange Is The New Black. The similarities are basic, but with DeConnick’s writing, it’s not the story of a white feminist trapped in a hell of Otherness. All of the women are “non-compliant” for a variety of logical, legal and irrational reasons. One woman is punished for driving her husband to an affair because she wasn’t as interested in sex. Bitch Planet shamelessly stresses the pervasiveness of victim-blaming and the patriarchal sense of entitlement and privilege at the forefront. The message of recognizing oppression that these fictional characters must endure is further complemented by a beautifully challenging and critical essay about real life, right now, written by a professor of gender studies, Danielle Henderson. “But I’m Not Oppressed” is just part one of the back-matter writings, an exciting addition nestled in at the end as the perfect capstone to the comic. I highly recommend checking out Henderson’s writings and seeking out her memes “Feminist Ryan Gosling.” DeConnick laughs a little as she contemplates her feelings on finally unleashing this book unto the world. It’s “terrifying,” she replies with all honesty, “I have the gift of finding the glass half empty, so as thrilled as I am with how the book is being received, it’s kind of an incredibly insane reception, and now all I can think is ‘issue two is never going to live up to this!’”