Free Comic Book Day at Wow Cool Alternative Comics

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 6th!

The Wow Cool® Alternative Comics store in Cupertino is having it’s
fourth annual Free Comic Book Day event from 10am-7pm on Saturday, May 6th. 

There will be tons of free comics for kids and adults, arts and crafts activities for kids, a lemonade stand, and everything in the store will be 20% off. There will also be several bargain bins of manga and comics (including superhero stuff). The sale continues at our Cupertino store on Sunday and all weekend online at

Indie comics legend Steve Lafler will be signing his latest comic Death in Oaxaca #3 and doing sketches for the kids.

Local cartoonists Peter S. Conrad (Cringe, Attempted Not Known) and Christina ‘Smudge’ Hanson (To Kill A Dragon) will also be drawing and signing their books.

We are right off of the CA-85 Cupertino/Stevens Creek exit near the intersection with I-280. Look for the giant Paul & Eddie’s sign — we are in the same parking lot — way around the back of the Share World building.

Our normal business hours are Tuesday, Friday-Sunday noon-6pm & Wednesdays-Thursdays noon-7pm

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Wow Cool Sidewalk Sale Saturday & Sunday March 18-19

It’s STILL inventory time and we need to clear out hundreds of new and used graphic novels and books at deep discount. Most books 50¢ – $2.00. There will be stacks of free books and comics too. Saturday & Sunday, March 18-19, Noon – 6pm at Wow Cool Alternative Comics, 21607B Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014. So, please give a visit to the only new book and comic shop in this neck of the Silicon Valley. We will have dollar waters, and organic tea & coffee too. Most of these books have never before been offered by us at all in the shop and never before at these prices. We seriously need to make room to shelve all the new books that keep coming in every week. There will also be 50 cent bins of comics and books. We are right off of the CA-85 Cupertino/Stevens Creek exit near the intersection with I-280. Look for the giant Paul & Eddie’s sign — we are in the same parking lot — way around the back of the Share World building, behind the acupuncturist. Not in Silicon Valley? Dozens of comics are on sale everyday in our online store at Several books have been added or reduced while we prepared for this year’s inventory reduction sale.

Resist! is at Wow Cool in Cupertino

The Resist! Free newspaper is now available in our Silicon Valley store

RESIST forces that would divide us. RESIST the normalization of fascism.

RESIST! is a free 40-page tabloid newspaper of political comics and graphics by mostly female artists. It is edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman. RESIST! was printed at 58,000 copies. The newspaper was distributed for free by a grassroots network of volunteers during the Women’s Marches across the country.

First come. First served. While supplies last.


Wow Cool 20% Off Sale November 25–28 2016


In celebration of the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Whatever Sunday Is/Cyber Monday buying frenzy, Wow Cool will be holding a 20% off everything in the store sale from November 25–28th online; and, Friday the 25th and Saturday the 26th in our Cupertino store. We will be open the usual hours noon–6pm. Discount is available on any pre-paid special orders and first month of subscriptions.

Every order completed online from Midnight Thursday, November 24th/Friday, November 25th through Midnight Monday, November 28th/Tuesday, November 29th (Mountain Time) will be discounted 20%. Discount is applied when you add items to your cart.

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The Magic Whistle – Douchebags


After a little hiatus, new Magic Whistle comics every Monday and Thursday has returned. More info at Magic Whistle 3.2 will be in stores later this month.

The Magic Whistle – Oh, You Again


After a little hiatus, new Magic Whistle comics every Monday and Thursday has returned. More info at Magic Whistle 3.2 will be in stores later this month.

Join the King-Cat Comix Fan Club


I got some exciting mail from John Porcellino today — an official King-Cat Comix Fan Club membership card. Hand inscribed by John P himself to me. You too can get yours by supporting John’s work on King-Cat Comics and Stories and the Spit and a Half publishing imprint and distro on Patreon. I even get a serial number on that card. That number (as you can see above) is 191. What I want to know is why that number is not 5,191 or 36,191 or higher? I admit I felt like I was pretty late to the Patreon party. It took me a while to ‘get it’ I wasn’t quite sure how to interact with it. Once I added my (logged in) Patreon landing page to my daily reading it started to make sense. Oh look, I get new comics and messages from some of my favorite artists several times a week, and it’s all creative work I would not have access to without being a patron. I’m going to explore more creators on Patreon and support a few more. I’ll share them here.

Seth Kushner October 30, 1973 to May 17, 2015


Seth Kushner left us one year ago today. Some four months before his book Schmuck would finally be released to the world through Alternative Comics. An event that was to have taken place many months earlier, but was delayed due to his illness. I just found this piece on The New York Observer site that I had never seen before. Go read it: “Lost and Found: Seth Kushner—October 30, 1973 to May 17, 2015

Darwyn Cooke Has Left Us

Unbelievable news today: first, this morning, that comic book artist and animator Darwyn Cooke had gone through a very serious battle with cancer; and then, this evening, that he was dead. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually properly met or talked to Darwyn, but we’ve stood very close to each other a couple of times at different events. I’ve been a huge admirer of his art since right when I got back into comics nearly a decade ago. His New Frontier was one of my gateways back into a form I had been so frustrated with when I stopped working full-time in comics in the late 90’s.

Darwyn was one of that odd group of comic makers that came in through the side door through animation work. There’s probably been at least a hundred others. That transition often works in the other direction. He was one of the few crazy people that stuck with it and made a whole bunch of really good comics and ultimately did more work for print than screen.

Cast in the light of recent events and revelations coming out of his frequent employer DC Comics certain of Darwyn Cooke’s better known works there seem even more revolutionary and downright subversive. It could be argued the he did more good in his depiction of female characters at that company than any other creator of his generation. Ironically much of this was done with more than a nod in the direction of mid-20th century cheesecake pinup art. Catwoman received the best makeover ever for such a long-running character from Cooke and Ed Brubaker. Wonder Woman got the best portrayal in her original costume she’s had since the 1940s… she was thick, she was hot, she was powerful and she could put Superman in his place in a way that I doubt we’ll see again anytime soon in a comic.

Darwyn Cooke revived Will Eisner’s The Spirit—a job I would wish on no cartoonist. It was an epic dozen issues that no other follower of Eisner has come near to. Cooke’s art was retro in the extreme, but with an intelligence, sense of humor and impeccable aesthetic that sets it apart. His comics storytelling skills are a masterclass. Vintage done right, with a nod and a wink and—if not an agenda, per se—than an awareness that was in the right place, and drew your attention to what should be obvious failings of most comics, that he could casually tear up and do it the right way. I wish I could read many more new comics by Darwyn Cooke than I will get to.


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