Peterson and his wife, creator of Mouse Guard visited us at
BOSCO'S in Spenard
on Thursday March 4, 2010.
David spoke at the Alaska
Library Association conference in Anchorage and even went to Fairbanks
to talk to a school group. They are a nice couple and very friendly
Mouse Guard and
the Mouse Guard Roleplaying game are among our most recommended
books to new comic readers young and old. Good stuff. Add it to
Hour Comics Day
ended Sunday 10/4/09 with 4 creators going the whole time.
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Here are some friends
of BOSCO'S welcoming Gwen to a "Make
a Wish" shopping spree in the Dimond Center August 2008
GO TO THE END OF THE EARTH TO PROMOTE COMICS!
On December 6, 2008, John Bosco got to fly to Kivalina
to give out comics as part of the Air National Guard's Operation
They've been hauling goodies to the kids since 1956!
with the three most popular people on the planet: Santa and Sarah
and Piper Palin!
some links that describe the program better than I can:
Daily News Miner
D&D 4th Edition
June 6, '08. We
had a special adventure the evening of June 5. Here you see Peter
Newman leading the way.
Joshua Demain was the
first person to buy D&D 4th Edition at the stroke of midnight
at BOSCO'S in Spenard.
jump to a list of announced D&D 4th releases, click
Jim Mahfood visited us on August 27, 2008. He was in Anchorage
a mural painting event and lecture at UAA and took time out for
He's a nice
guy and very creative in his art and ways to combine it with technology.
picture he's parked in the same spot in the Spenard BOSCO'S where
Chris Claremont, Mike Grell and Steve Gerber signed comics years
lots of gaming events at BOSCO'S but our November 3, 2007
Worldwide D&D Day stands out for its distinction as the
Date" highlighted in the Anchorage Daily News. "...
if you're just looking for a fun, free and fey event to spice up
your relationship realm, an opportunity for some sexy scenarios
awaits you on Worldwide Dungeon & Dragons Game Day. Take your
warrior or Wizard by the hand and head to BOSCO'S ..."
writer Greg Rucka
visited BOSCO'S in Spenard September 29, 2007.
credits include Batman, Adventures of Superman, Wonderwoman, Spiderman,
Wolverine and X-Men Unlimited. His work has been highly regarded
in an array of comics published by Marvel, DC, Oni Press, Top Cow,
won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Short Story "Post Mortem," by
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, in I Am an Avenger #2 (Marvel).
thanking BOSCO'S comic order guy Jared for ordering so many of his
Post Office Marvel Stamps First Day of
Sale event! On
July 26, 2007 we
had special BOSCO'S "cachet" envelopes, tons of the stamps
and a Post Office official present to hand cancel them to create
a real collectible!
is some happy stamp collectors along with John Bosco and long time
BOSCO'S customer and post office executive, Mike Hovanec.
This fun and unique event was Mike's idea and he really spend a
lot of time with us planning it and cancelling stamps.
We had quite a crowd
for 2007's Free Comic Book Day! For more info on the friendly shoppers
pictured above, click the pic.
Comic Artist Jim Vining
visited us July 21, 2007. Check out his graphic novel from Oni Press,
"First in Space." It's based on the true story of Ham, the chimp
NASA trained for early pre-manned spaceflight and was a 2006 Xeric
winner. Take a look at www.firstinspacecomic.com
. Jim lived in Anchorage for a few years and in the early '00's.
BOSCO'S June 17 and 18 2006. He gave
a "Making Comics Workshop" and along with his charming daughter
Winter gave a lecture on Sequential Art. Scott's books Understanding
Comics, Reinventing Comics and Making Comics will
change the way you read comics. His visit to Anchorage and BOSCO'S
was a real honor.
The Shadow Chronicles
BOSCO'S sponsored one of just 12 big screen showings nationwide
on January 27 and 28, 2007. We were honored to have story
writer and editor Tom Bateman at the show.
you see Tom (right) with John Bosco at our table at the Bear's Tooth
during the premier.
Shadow Chronicles recently
won Best Animated Sci-Fi Feature at the 2006 International Horror
& Sci-Fi Film Festival."
Here's an important figure
in the world of baseball cards sitting with Cincinatti Reds great
George Foster. The World Series Winning member of the Big
Red Machine visited us June 19, 2006 and June 4, 2007.
artist PAUL GUINAN visited BOSCO'S in the Dimond Center
Saturday March 11, 2006 from 2-4pm.
Paul Guinan co-created
the monthly series Chronos for DC Comics, and was lead background
artist on the animated series Stripperella. With wife Anina Bennett,
he created Heartbreakers in 1989, the first female action hero in
comics (quickly followed by imitations such as Martha Washington
and Laura Croft).
Paul has drawn more pages
of Aliens comics for Dark Horse than any other artist. Other credits
include, Terminator, Punisher, Grimjack, Justice League, Ghost,
DHP, Barb Wire, Andrew Vachss' Hard Looks, and many entries in DCs
The Big Book of... series.
More info at www.BigRedHair.com
Big Bash at the Secret Stash!
Click that pic for pictures of this wild sale!
When BOSCO'S has a sale,
you REALLY don't want to miss it!
CONFESSIONS OF A COMICS CONVERT In Sunday January 23, 2005's
Anchorage Daily News, graphic novels
got nice coverage in an article by Cinthia Ritchie. She was assigned
to write an article on graphic novels. Starting with the standard
preconceptions about comics being for people who have trouble reading
"real" books, she came around to an appreciation of the comic genre.
Here's an excerpt:
"Walk into the Spenard BOSCO'S and enter comic book heaven.
The store is dim and smells of leather and book dust. The comic
book counter sprawls grandly across the middle of the room, the
titles arranged in neat order. On the far wall lurk the graphic
novels, shelves and shelves spilling out everything from 'Strangers
in Paradise' to 'Darwin for Beginners.'"
We hope you were among the thousands who met Bruce Campbell
(Ash in Army of Darkness) Sept 2 at our neighbor The Bear Tooth
Theatre Pub. He wrote the comic Man with the Screaming Brain
and starred in the movie version that had its Anchorage Premier
at the Bear
signing was sponsored by the great but now defunct Cook Inlet Book
a sunny evening waiting in line for a couple hours, fans
were treated to a brief visit and an autograph or two from the star!
You see here the dwindling stack of his new book "Make
Love the Bruce Campbell Way"
In the main
lobby, you could pick up Man with the Screaming Brain comics,
hats and t-shirts and Army of Darkness comics and cards provided
is good clean L5R fun at a full service dry cleaner!! After BOSCO'S
closed our Eagle River store, these gamers made space in Eagle River's
& Lois Lane!
They have been part of American culture for sixty years! The feisty
Lois Lane has been a role model for millions of strong and independent
women! Anchorage has an opportunity to pay tribute to this heroine
by simply changing a poorly named street in Spenard from "Lois
Dr." to "Lois Lane"
roadway was clearly named by an uncultured person. As the comic
reading elite, it falls on us to right his wrong.
more about our campaign to rename Lois Drive, click
We are pleased
that Anchorage's Channel 2 News covered this important issue on
its evening news shows on July 16, 2001. Bret Clark, former Chairman
of BOSCO'S Committee for Pop Culture was interviewed. He made a
clear case for making the name change. All we have to do now is
get 51% of the people living on Lois Drive to agree to this sensible
To see a clip from
the news program, click
Back in 1999, Anchorage was in crisis! The local cable station cancelled
Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Pokemon! BOSCO'S rose
to the occasion and fought to get these shows back on the air!.
It took over a year,
but we were ultimately successful.
Learn more at our campaign
three time Superbowl Champion and Anchorage homeboy Mark Schlereth
meeting fans at BOSCO'S on April 19, 1998.
Spiderman at BOSCO'S!
Spiderman came to BOSCO'S in April of 1994. He hung out at our Dimond
Center store for a while. He also went to an elementary school to
talk to the kids. Pretty great time with the webslinger.
BOSCO'S is very careful
about what we sell, particularly to the young'uns. In the fall of
1991 a well intentioned but overly broad law was proposed for Anchorage.
The way the law read, if even one person thought a book or comic
was too racy, the police would have to confiscate it and it would
he held until a judge could determine if it was obscene. Real bummer
if someone found the X-Men were not dressed adequately for saving
the universe. BOSCO'S helped defeat this proposal.
came to BOSCO'S May 11, 1991. This was about the time he jumped
from Marvel and the X-Men
What to learn more than
we're telling you? Go to www.adn.com
and search on "Bosco's" for a long list of articles and
mentions of your favorite store!