With the presidential election coming up in November, people are already getting ready to cast their votes toward their favored presidential candidate. Be it Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, time will tell who voters will decide to take the reins of our country for the next four years. However, in the world of the “Ultimate Universe” of Marvel comics, that decision has already been made. That’s right folks; the new commander-in-chief is none other than the star-spangled man himself, Steve Rogers aka Captain America. And contrary to how we often do things on the Clog, no, we’re not joking. read more »


As you may have read on the Clog, Fantastic Comics held a book signing yesterday for the first issue of “Danger Club” written by Landry Q Walker and illustrated by Eric Jones. Of course, come Saturday afternoon, we at the Clog took a visit to Fantastic Comics and came away with the prize:

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Check out those sweet autographs

Walker and Jones were very friendly and showed us a sneak peak (which we unfortunately couldn’t take photos of) of two pages that will be in the second issue, releasing in May. As we left Fantastic Comics with an autographed copy of “Danger Club” in our hands, we knew we had to read it. read more »


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Random assortment of pretty covers!

For the comic book fans out there, Fantastic Comics will be hosting a book signing for the first issue of  “Danger Club”, a new title from Image Comics today at 5 p.m. In the world of “Danger Club”, the powerful and established superheroes left earth to battle a dangerous and evil force. However, the superheroes do not return, leaving their young apprentices to take control.  As you would expect from young, adolescent children, bitter inner conflict and violence ensue.  This interesting take on the superhero genre, which one review compares to Willam Golding’s “Lord of the Flies,” is written by Landry Q. Walker and illustrated by Eric Jones who both worked previously on titles such as “Batman: the Brave and the Bold” and “Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in 8th Grade.” If you’re curious, Image Comics has some preview pages up on their website.

It’s always fun to meet authors and artists in the flesh, so take up this opportunity while you have free time during the weekend. And of course, get their autograph (and give them to us).

Image source: kickthebeat under Creative Commons


Reading is fun!

Reading is fun!

Every one of us has a hobby or interest that we love to nerd over and shower with our time and money (the little we have of it, at least). It could be a love for reading, in which nothing is better than being surrounded by a bevy of novels to dig through, or a love of music in which an album collection can number in the hundreds. Whatever the case, Berkeley is fortunate to have a myriad of stores and passionate sub-communities that seem to cater to every nerdy obsession we could possibly have. For music and movies there’re Rasputin’s or Amoeba Music. For books, there are Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Pegasus Books, Half-Price Books and many others. For games ranging from the tabletop variety to PC/console games, there’s Eudemonia and Games of Berkeley.  Really, exploring Berkeley reveals many cool shops that could easily be missed.

One store that recently caught our eye is Fantastic Comics which, as the name suggests, is dedicated to comic books. Replacing the now dead Comic Relief, Fantastic Comics offers an excellent selection of newly released comic books, graphic novels and a small, but respectable variety of Japanese manga. Of course, once we discovered the store, we had to explore the shelves and came up with a small list of recommendations. Although our recommendations may seem to vary wildly in terms of genre, art-style and popularity, one thing they all have in common is that they are quality reads (obviously). And isn’t that the most important thing? In any case, let’s begin our list:

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We know that you are all really excited about the 24-hour comic book day coming up on Oct. 2. In case some are behind on their nerd agendas we will fill you in. Comic book day is an event held all around the world at comic book stores and other stores that are, uh, comic-inclined. The stores host artists whose goal is to create a 24 page comic in, you guessed it, 24 hours.

At Berkeley, the event will be happening read more »


Yay America!

For those of you who weren’t too lazy to get your ass out of bed Tuesday morning and witness history (and for those of you who hit snooze–for shame), you saw America’s first African-American president get sworn into office (he had a little trouble, but eventually he got it done). But witnessing this historic inauguration led us to ask, “Has American politics become a joke?”

A ginormous crowd gathered around Sproul Plaza at around 7:30 a. m. to watch history unfold on the big screen, the biggest crowd we’ve seen since … the day Obama won the election. As each political personality walked through the golden double doors and strutted down the red (and blue) carpet, it kinda felt like we were watching royalty make their way into some kind of fairy tale ball. read more »


Today is Free Comic Book Day! From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., comic book stores around the nation–indeed, around the world–will be giving away copies of select titles to lucky store goers. The closest store to campus, Comic Relief, numbers Superman, Hellboy, X-Men and Sonic the Hedgehog among the several dozen comics offered. Did we mention the adorable tiny tot munchkins who can shoot lasers out of their eyes and fly? Whatever your inclination, the website provides a handy list of everything that will be in stock.

Check out the store locator for the United States and Canada, or hop on over to the global store locator, for our international readers. We know you’re out there.

FCBD Store Locator [Free Comic Book Day]
Comic Relief: the Comic Book Store [Comic Relief]