New Direction, Look for Wonder Woman

Things are changing for Wonder Woman! Pictured here is the new costume as designed by Jim Lee. Read more at The Source.

Closed this Sunday

FYI, The Launchpad will be closed this Sunday in observance of Independence Day. Have a great weekend, be safe!

Comic-Con Tickets Contest WINNER

The winner of the two 4-day passes to Comic-Con 2010 is RAYMOND C!! Come by and pick up your winnings!


4th of July delays New Comic Day next week

FYI, Next week's new comics shipment will be delayed by a day due to the 4th of July holiday. So new comic day and the X-men Day Party will be 7/8 not 7/7. This weeks shipment is on schedule as usual and wil be here 6/30.


MONDAY TELEMETRY For June 28th, 2010

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store this week.

ITEM! Next week, Wednesday July 7th is our X-Men Day Party! We'll be celebrating the release of X-Men #1, a landmark first issue in a new ongoing series that will bring together what promises to be an unusual X-Men lineup. We'll be giving away limited edition prints with each copy of the comic and be offering a sale on our X-Men TPBs!

"eXogenetic" Part 4
Gruesome Bio-Sentinels. Genetically-augmented Brood. Someone is taking the X-Men's biggest threats and making them nightmares. As Cyclops and his team struggle to survive long enough to confront the one responsible, their tormentor has something even more horrible awaiting them!

Beginning the biggest changes in the Marvel Universe since Civil War! Acclaimed writer Victor Gischler and rising star artist Giuseppe Camuncoli enter the Heroic Age by killing one of the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous villains. But just why does this put the future of the Marvel Universe at stake? Find out in Death of Dracula #1!
He is the legendary Lord of the Vampires.  Dracula.  Who would dare attempt to overthrow him? Only Dracula's son Xarus, a ruthless and clever upstart with the bold ambition to unite all the world's vampire sects under one flag.  But Xarus's older brother Janus isn't sure he likes the idea of a new regime and seeks allies to oppose Xarus.  The ultimate battle to control Earth's Creatures of the Night unfolds, with the future of the vampire race - and possibly the Marvel Universe - at stake.

BRIGHTEST DAY continues with the start of an all-new, 5-part JLA/JSA crossover! The return of one hero heralds the release of the powerful Starheart that empowers Green Lantern Alan Scott. Now this chaotic force is unleashed on Earth, causing magic to go wild - and new metahumans to emerge! It's more than one super-team can handle, but can even the combined efforts of the Justice League and the Justice Society contain the light and dark power wielded by one of their own? Witness the transformation of the moon and a journey into the Shadow Lands that will corrupt a hero!

The Dragonmir Vampire Clan has all but succeeded in wiping out the the Gangsters who run 1920s New York. Only mobster Eddie Falco stands in their way.  Bloody, bruised and on the run, he finds an unlikely ally in the form of the interplanetary smuggler known as Squeed. But can even the brother from another planet turn the crimson tide?  Hard-boiled pulp action from start to finish!

New Comics In Store 06-30-10

The full list after the jump.


IT Crowd Series 4

Series 4 of the IT Crowd has begun and the first episode includes roleplaying games as an element of the plot. Roy works through some issues as only a player and Dungeon Master can.


Michael Fassbender to be Magento in X-Men: First Class movie

From Showbiz 411
I told you some time ago — exclusively–that Michael Fassbender, hot as a pistol, had to choose between roles in the new “X Men” and “Spider Man.” I am told he has made his choice, and will appear in “X Men: First Class.” James McAvoy and Benjamin Walker are also cast in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming blockbuster. All this news makes me want to see this movie before it’s even made!…
It's getting to the point where so many actors have been cast in two or more comic-to-film adaptations. This will be Fassbender third comic book film, he was in 300 and Jonah Hex. James McAvoy was in Wanted.


MONDAY TELEMETRY For June 21st, 2010

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store this week.

ITEM! Big week this week! After two somewhat underwhelming weeks we've got a bunch of stuff showing up this week. Check out our other blog posting for a full list of comics, trades, and toys. 

ITEM! Wanna go the Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego? Admission has been sold out, and four-day passes in particular went very fast indeed. Well, The Launchpad happens to have two four-day passes to the con and we're going to give them away to one lucky customer. Just come into the shop from June 22nd through June 27th and everyone making a purchase of at least $10 or more will be entered into the drawing (just mention the Comic-Con Giveaway, one entry per person)!

The Grim Hunt continues as many Spider-powered characters find themselves prey of the Kraven Family! Guest starring Kaine, Spider-Woman, AraƱa and Madame Web. Plus Spidey Sunday Feature and Kraven backup stories!

The Avengers have assembled and the villainous Kang has revealed that they must travel to the future to save their own children from destroying the universe! Yes, the entire universe. But it will take one more Avenger to make the trip complete. Who is the newest hero to join the ranks of the Avengers true?  And why is the once-great hero Wonder Man hell-bent on stopping the Avengers at every turn? Backup feature:  Another brand new oral history of the Avengers chapter by Bendis!

Everyone who bought a DC comics last month probably saw the preview to Green Arrow #1, and here it is! A Brightest Day tie-in that spins off out of the aftermatch of Cry For Justice.
BRIGHTEST DAY shines its light on Star City in this oversized first issue from up-and-coming writer J.T. Krul (BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS, GREEN ARROW #30) and future superstar artist Diogenes Neves (New Mutants)! "The Fall of Green Arrow" has ended. Now who carries the heavy bow of the Emerald Archer? Coming out of the devastation, what miraculous event has occurred in Star City and what mysteries await inside that bring the forces of good and evil in search of its lone protector? Aim for a whole new era starring Green Arrow in this exciting ongoing series!

The beginning of a new era for Superman. If you liked War of the Supermen then you'll want to jump into the regular series here!
DC Comics proudly presents the 700th issue of SUPERMAN, a 56-page extravaganza full of tales celebrating the Man of Steel's past, present and future! First up is a story by the man who actually killed Superman, Dan Jurgens! Then, James Robinson brings his epic run on the title to a close with a touching story featuring art by Benard Chang that brings Superman back to Earth after his time on New Krypton. Finally, we preview the exciting new SUPERMAN ongoing creative team as J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows provide a story that sets the stage for an explosive, all-new direction for The Man of Steel! (Seriously! Wait till you read this!)

New Comics In Store 06-23-10

The full list after the jump.


Today's Game Order

Got a game order in: Restock on Heroclix (BatB, M&M, JL, AA, Avengers, SI, Blackest Night Starter), got a small stock of Gamescience dice in, the new color edition of Munchkin, the Archenemy packs for Magic the Gathering, Exalted 2nd ed core book, the new edition of Legend of the Five Rings, and for D&D we got Monster Manual 3, PHB Races Tiefling, and Desert of Athas map tiles.


Heroclix Tourney this Sunday

So... Here's the deal with Sunday's game (the 20th @ 2pm). First it is 600 pts, unrestricted, constructed.

Full details after the jump....

How to play Heroclix

A great video on youtube that teaches the basics for playing Heroclix (part #1 of a series).


MONDAY TELEMETRY For June 14th, 2010

Welcome to another installment of Monday Telemetry, a weekly blog from The Launchpad that covers some of the more interesting releases or events that are coming to the store this week.
ITEM! Batman Beyond is still listed as shipping this week on the DC Comics website, but it has been delayed until 6/30.

ITEM! New Avengers #1 is here! Come on by and get your copy this Wednesday. If you haven't checked out Secret Avengers #1 yet, you should. I think I like it better than Avengers #1. It's got a crazy team line-up in that one.

ITEM! This Saturday is Free RPG Day! If you like tabletop roleplaying games stop on by and pick up some free gaming stuff like adventures and quick start rules!

By now, you must realize that there's nothing that Deadpool would never do, right? "Wrong," you say? Well, guess what? Deadpool is now Weasel's sidekick. Deal with it.
It's the Heroic Age!

Top creators lend their talents to a new installment of THE JOKER'S ASYLUM - a special month-long, weekly series of one-shots starring the greatest villains in Batman's rogues gallery.
Each issue is narrated by The Joker and tells a special stand-alone story that gives readers an inside look into the insane lives of The Dark Knight's greatest adversaries! This batch of tense tales spotlights The Riddler, Harley Quinn, Mad Hatter, Clayface and Killer Croc! Can you stand the madness?!

Find out who the New Avengers are, where they call home (gotta see it to believe it!), which Dark Avenger has joined their ranks, and just who the interdimensional demonic threat to our existence is!  These heroes have gathered to take on the threats too dark, too dangerous, and too bizarre for any other team of heroes.  The New Avengers are back!!  And Bendis & Immonen are back with the Siege & Secret Invasion colorista Laura Martin!!  You didn't really think Marvel was going to cancel their number one ongoing title did you?  Heck no!! Backup feature:  Another brand new oral history of the Avengers chapter by Bendis!

Anna never suspected that werewolves exist, till the night she became one herself!  A rare Omega wolf, for three long years she's kept her head down at the bottom of the pack, learning to trust no one.  Now, Anna's caught the eye of a powerful Alpha wolf, who recognizes her true value as a member of the pack.  What will happen when Alpha and Omega come together?  Cry Wolf is the latest series of supernatural adventure by New York Times best selling fantasy author Patricia Briggs.  Set in the same world as her popular Mercy Thompson novels, it's sure to be a hit with fans old and new!


Heroclix this Sunday

Okay, for Heroclix this Sunday we're doing 300 pt Constructed Unrestricted. We're doing a "King of the Hill" variant. A 2-square by 2-square zone will move around the map, if you occupy that zone and your opponent doesn't at the beginning of your turn you may deal 1 unavoidable damage to one of your opponent's figures.... Kicks off @ 2pm this Sunday!

Wolverine #1

The cover from the upcoming Wolverine #1 relaunch. Cool enough cover, but it looks like he's about to have a poo or something. (Mike)

On Set Footage from the Thor Movie

Courtesy of ET.

First Production Still from Walking Dead

The first production still to be released from AMC's upcoming Walking Dead series. Based on Robert Kirkman's superlative zombie comic book series, this adaptation is set to air in October.


MONDAY TELEMETRY For June 7th, 2010

ITEM! June's Brightest Day and X-men Second Coming package deals start this week. Save big on these crossovers events. Check in at the shop for details.

Acclaimed artist Butch Guice joins award-winning writer Ed Brubaker as the summer begins with a blast from the past! Zemo returns to finish the job his father started -- Killing Bucky!

A perfect jumping-on point for new readers and a previously untold tale for old fans!
Critically acclaimed cult horror hit HACK/SLASH comes to Image Comics in a new miniseries that explores Cassie's first case! 16-year-old Cassie Hack has just been forced to kill her mother, the undead murderer known as the Lunch Lady! Now faced with overwhelming guilt, she must decide if she can make a life with her foster parents or use her new-found slasher killing skills to save other screaming teenagers! But does the apple fall far from the tree?

The most talked about new series of 2010 rages on! Nemesis's tour of terror hits Washington D.C. and hits it hard. That doesn't bode well for the citizens of the nation's capital or the man in the house on Pennsylvania Ave. Luckily, the Chief of Police has an idea on how to stop the super-villain-- but can you stop a one man hurricane of violence and mayhem? All this, thanks to the creative team that brought you CIVIL WAR- Mark Millar and Steve McNiven.

A team of Navy Seals is in the midst of a firefight when it suddenly goes dark. They awake to find themselves in a new and more deadly environment, stalked by a strange enemy. One by one these special-ops officers are killed by an unseen threat, until only one man remains. All alone in a strange world, he must do what he knows best-survive against all odds. Robert Rodriguez teams with Dark Horse for an action-packed weekly prequel to his forthcoming Predators film!

New Comics In Store 06-09-10

The full list after the jump.


Heroclix this Sunday

HEROCLIX SUNDAY: Okay... So we've been waffling about the format for this Sunday's Heroclix. Given the lateness of the hour we'll put off doing a "create-a-scenario" event til next week. For this Sunday we're doing 500 pt "Themed Team". What that means is you make a 500 pt unrestricted team and all your clix must share a single keyword or team symbol. Event starts at 2pm, prizes include the Indigo Lantern 3d object.