We skipped our normal “this week in Clem’s” news last week because, frankly, there just wasn’t that much going on. We instead published all our plans for this year’s Free Comic Book Day, which by the way, is in TWO WEEKS!! (May 5th). But this week? Man, we’ve got so much fun stuff to share that my brain is about to pop. Let’s get into it…
This coming Saturday, we’re trying something we’ve never tried before – a board game LEAGUE. We’ve thrown around a lot of ideas about how this will work, and what games we could use, for our first run, we’re going to be running just one game – the Clem’s DOMINION LEAGUE kicks off this Saturday, April 28th, and will have 6 total dates, ending with a “Finals” at the beginning of August. The best part? You don’t need to come to all of the dates, or even most of the dates, to have a good shot to win! Each Dominion League date will bleed right into an open board gaming time in the late afternoon, so if you’re not a Dominion fan, you can still come hang out. Check out all the details here…
Also want to take a minute to advertise for our friends at Celebration Cinemas. The Avengers movie premieres on Friday, May 4th (yep, the day before Free Comic Book Day). To celebrate, Celebration is going to be doing a special all-day Marvel Movie Marathon on Thursday, May 3rd. Get to the theater at 11:30am and for only $30 bucks, you can watch Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Hulk, Thor & Captain America, all in succession with bathroom and meal breaks, that will lead right into a special midnight showing of the Avengers movie! ALL SIX MOVIES for only $30 bucks? It’s going to be a blast.
We’ll be at Celebration on that Friday night (May 4th), by the way, giving out free comics to the peeps going in to see the Avengers, and handing out special bookmarks to advertise our Free Comic Book Day the next morning – it’s a tradition of ours every May, and Celebration has been a great partner. They’re also donating a ton of those “free popcorn” things that we plan to give out on Free Comic Book Day in our store.
The final piece of cool news this week is a special SALE (sort of) on some very hot books. There has been a huge crush of really fantastic new, non-superhero, comic books in April, and we want to give you a cheap opportunity to try out a few more of them! THIS WEEK (from Monday, April 23rd through Saturday, April 28th), when you buy any two #1 issues from the selection below, you’ll get a 3rd for free!! Once again, BUY TWO, get ONE FREE. Here’s the list:
- America’s Got Powers #1 (Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch)
- Brilliant #1 (Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley)
- Manhattan Projects #1 (Jonathan Hickman & Nick Pitarra)
- Saga #1 (Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples)
- Secret #1 (Jonathan Hickman & Ryan Bodenheim)
- Secret Service #1 (Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons)
- Supercrooks #1 (Mark Millar & Leinil Francis Yu)
Let’s get into the calendar!
Tuesday, April 24th – New Video Games Releases – Prototype 2 arrives this week, the sequel to the heralded (was it really heralded) hit from 2009. The concept is an apocalyptic storyline, in which a spreading virus transformers human beings into some sort of monster-alter-version of themselves, with no other desire but to kill the remaining human beings who haven’t been infected yet. So, it’s essentially like Walking Dead except that instead of becoming a zombie, one of your arms can grow into a big pointy sword like the T-1000 from Terminator 2. I’m not sure about the plot, but I do know that this video trailer featuring Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”, is fantastic.
Wednesday, April 25th – New Comic Book Day! – I hate to beat a dead horse here, but this week, we get the release of Issue #1 of AvX: Versus. This is the only other stand-alone series that will be released alongside Avengers Vs X-Men, and it will focus exclusively on the dream matchups that we’ve always wondered about – each issue will just be two different battles, and this one features Iron Man vs Magneto.
Now there’s been quite a bit of debate about this around the store lately, particularly because we’re running a contest in which our customers can try and correctly pick the winners of these fights, and win some store cash for guessing right. You’ve got until Wednesday morning to try and pick the fights in issue #1, and after that, we’ll just remove these first two fights from the ballot – you’ll still get credit for the ones you guess correctly in the next five issues.
But, anyhow, the debate – the debate has centered on whether Iron Man is currently using a suit of enough non-magnetic material to fend off Magneto’s attack. Because if he’s not, it just seem like a no-brainer to pick Magneto in this fight. A little more internet research and debate has shown that he IS in fact using current alloys that would be susceptible to magnetism – but if it seems so simple, why would Marvel lead off the series with this matchup? Grab this issue on Wednesday to find out!
Wednesday, April 25th – 6pm & 7:30pm – D&D Encounters – We’re officially into Season Six of Encounters!! A new format of play for D&D that has really been a hit, the Encounters experience allows you to essentially “drop in” on Wednesday nights for a quick, one-hour D&D encounter that is not part of a sequential story. In other words, you don’t need to worry if you can’t make it every week, because the experience is setup in a way that whoever shows up each week will not need to have participated in anything prior. If you participate regularly, you can bring back the same character that you begin with since week 1, but character progress is well-paced enough so that you can show up for the first time in week 7 and not be totally outclassed with your brand new character. Each Encounters season lasts 13 weeks, and is supported by our RPG Reward Points program. You can also read more about the Encounters program here, on D&D’s official website.
Thursday, April 26th – 6:30pm – Magic the Gathering Standard tournament – Avacyn Restored is almost here!! The pre-release is this Sunday, but do have two more Thursday tournaments to run before those cards kick in. We run fully sanctioned Standard tournaments for Magic every week, starting around 6:30pm, and you can now incorporate some Dark Ascension cards into your deck. We also support these tournaments with great prize support using our Magic Reward Points program. Of course, for these tournaments to be sanctioned, we need 8 participants – most of the time, that’s no problem, but sometimes during college finals or bad weather, it can be a stretch, so make sure you call around and get your friends to come with you! Make sure you come in and trade in the cards you’re not using anymore and get ready to pick up a box or two of the next set! Check out our current stock online, and figure out which cards we’re taking in.
Saturday, April 28th –– 10:30am – Heroclix tournament – Every Saturday at 10:30am, the longest-running game at Clem’s gathers, the time for Heroclix. Ever since this game released, we have had a sure and steady cast of players, and it shows in our weekly turnout. We’ve hosted pre-release tournaments, marquees for every set, special tournaments for promos and big-figure sets… and the best is yet to come!! Typically, though, every Saturday is a constructed tournament, with details being released on our message boards usually within 5 days of the next tournament. The tournaments are all in good fun, and are supported by prize support from the game’s manufacturer, Wizkids, who send us limited-edition figures to give away each and every Saturday.
The new Galactic Guardians sets are in-stock, and you can use those figures in our tournaments! Plus the new “Avengers Movie” Heroclix – there’s a lot of fresh figures around here lately, making our Saturdays even more creative. Plus, if you’ve entered our Supremacy League (or if you would like to), you can usually get in a few of those games on a Saturday here too.
Saturday, April 28th – 2pm – Dominion LEAGUE / Open Board Gaming – Our first league event for Dominion kicks off here. If you want to read all about what we’re doing, hit this link and head over to our website to read all about it. But if you just want the Cliffnotes, here it is – six different league dates, each one followed by an open board-gaming time around 6pm. The cost for each event is $5, and a portion of the prize pool will go to the winner of each league event, and the rest going to the grand prize pool that will be given out at the Finals, here in August. The sets that will be used at each event, will be randomly chosen / announced at each event. And like I said, if you’re not a big Dominion fan, just come by around 6pm to play some other games with your friends!
Sunday, April 29th – Noon – Magic the Gathering PRE-RELEASE – Avacyn Restored is upon us! This third set in the immensely popular “Innistrad” block, our pre-release is set for noon this Sunday. What’s more, this pre-release is propped up with the Helvault, a special obelisk full of extra prize support that was sent out to participating stores. So above and beyond the extra packs or boxes that you can win at the pre-release, will be this unique vault full of exclusive cards to be distributed! The first (and primary) tournament will cost $25 (with which you get 6 sealed boosters) and will be a Swiss-format tournament, the number of rounds played will depend on attendance.