The Comics Alliance Guide to Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales [AVARICE]
For many Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time of blessing and gratitude that facilitates the coming together of friends and family both close and disparate to break bread, reflect upon their lives and relationships with one another, and to contemplate the depths of their unspoken disdain.
For other Americans, Thanksgiving is all about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The busiest shopping days of the year come with bargains accurately advertised as “insane,” and they’re to be found in virtually every dimension of the retail universe. It’s the ideal time of year to fill the deep, dark holes in our souls with material goods that reflect or enhance our personal brands and lifestyle idioms, and you can believe comic book merchants are getting in on the action.
Because we are the second kind and know you are too, we've assembled some helpful comics-related sellers who will be offering some unbelievable bargains this holiday season.
- Image Comics is having a massive 50% off sale on all products in its digital web store. Notably, the Image products sold from directly from the publisher come without DRM protection, meaning you're free to use your digital comics however you want and on whatever device you prefer. The sale begins today and runs through midnight on Cyber Monday, December 2. You can check out Image's full catalog right here.
- Comics retailer TFAW is currently selling select graphic novels at 50% off and select comics and "Nick & Dent" (slightly "shop worn" items) at 70% off. On Black Friday the discounts top out at 60% and 80% off, respectively. TFAW tells us they'll also be adding hundreds of items at 50% off including toys, statues and other collectibles along with more specials for Black Friday. The sale ends 12/2 with new "doorbusters" for Cyber Monday.
- Comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly is having a very attractive 40% discount on any item in its web store between now and December 2. They've broken it all down helpfully in the graphic above.
- Comics publisher Archie Comics has compiled some special bundles for Black Friday, each containing some assortment of subscriptions, comics, graphic novels, art books. In addition those special packages, the Archie store is offering a 30% discount on your entire order (excluding the aforementioned bundles and Afterlife With Archie, which you should already own anyway). The sale runs only through December 1.
- Comics artist Ulises Farinas is offering a selection of handsome 11" x 17" prints for $10.00 each (plus $10 shipping/handling in the U.S.) Each is also available as a 18" x 24" version for $50. The sale runs through all of November and December.
- A retail division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Diamond Select Toys is having a 10% off sale on all in-stock action figures, minimates, statues and other merchandise in its web store using the promo code DSTX10. Additional items are also available at special bargains, and the following items are available for 20% off with the code DSTX20.
The sales run from November 28 through December 2.
- All Minimates Vehicles
- Alice: Madness Returns Minimate
- Battle Beasts Minimates
- Expendables Action Figures and Minimates
- Femme Fatales Darkchylde Statue
- Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi Statue
- Ghostbusters Series 4 Minimates
- Knight Rider License Plates
- Marvel Minimates Series 39 - Thor Movie
- Marvel Minimates Series 47 - Outback X-Men
- Marvel Minimates Series 48 - Human Torch and Blastarr
- Marvel vs. Capcom Minimates
- Star Trek Retro Figures
- Street Fighter X Tekken Minimates
- Tomb Raider Minimates
- Universal Monsters Minimates
- Walking Dead Minimates Halloween ComicFest 2-Pack
Comics publisher BOOM! Studios (and its Archaia imprint) is rolling out a number of holiday discounts in its web store, which break down thusly:
ALL WEEKEND LONG (starts Thursday, November 28, 8:00 pm PST; ends Monday, December 2, 11:59 pm PST)
- Every order over $25.00 qualifies for free domestic shipping
- All trade paperbacks of licensed titles (i.e. ADVENTURE TIME, ROBOCOP, PEANUTS, BRAVEST WARRIORS, PLANET OF THE APES, and more) in stock are 15% off
- Several bundle packs will be discounted (check the site for details)
BLACK FRIDAY (starts Thursday, November 28, 8:00 pm PST; ends Friday, November 29, 11:59 pm PST)
- Get 25% off all orders from $60.00 to $99.99
- Get 35% off all orders from $100.00 and up
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (November 30, starts 12:00 am PST; ends 11:59 pm PST)
- All leather-bound Archaia editions in stock are 50% off
- All other Archaia items in stock are 25% off
BONUS BOOM! SUNDAY (December 1, starts 12:00 am PST; ends 11:59 pm PST)
- All trade paperbacks of licensed titles* in stock jump to 25% off (*Excludes ADVENTURE TIME products)
CYBER MONDAY (December 2, starts 12:00 am PST; ends 11:59 pm PST)
- Free mystery gift packed with every order
- Buy one, get one free for all main covers (A or B) to single issues in stock
- Any order over $50.00 is automatically entered into a raffle to win THE ULTIMATE GIFT PACK, featuring one copy of every single issue** BOOM! Studios and KaBOOM! has released in 2013 to date (**Some issues may be filled with variant covers)
The official online store for toy manufacturer Mattel, MattyCollector.com is offering discounts of 10% on orders from $100-$199 and 20% off on orders $200 or more. Additionally, Cyber Monday will come with hourly flash sales which offer special pricing.
DC Comics is having a timed holiday giveaway for the debut issues of some of its digital-first comics -- which is to say, original stories which first go on sale digitally and are reissued as print products later. Each book is available in DC Entertainment's web store, ComiXology, iBooks, Amazon, etc. -- wherever you prefer to buy digital comics. The giveaways last just 24 hours per book and break down thusly:
- The Vampire Diaries #1 - available for free on Thursday, November 28
- Smallville #1 - available for free on Friday, November 29
- Batman Beyond 2.0 #1 - available for free on Saturday, November 30
- Batman: Li'l Gotham #1 - available for free on Sunday, December 1
- Adventures of Superman #1 - available for free on Monday, December 2
Toy and collectibles merchant Entertainment Earth is offering deep discounts throughout its massive web store, with free shipping for orders $50 or more. The sale runs from now through December 2.
Comics publisher Dark Horse is offering a compelling deal for Star Wars fans not yet acquainted with its line of comic books based on the popular film franchise. From November 29 through December 1, a "megabundle" of 150 digital Star Wars comics are on sale for $100 in the Dark Horse digital store.
Dark Horse says the bundle includes "Classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Get a taste of Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Star Wars series. Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with Darth Maul and Darth Vader series, plus the latest series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Your favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is here, plus the Imperial spy comic Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, travel to hundreds of years after the films end with Legacy, and more!"
Then for Cyber Monday, the Dark Horse digital store is offering a 50% discount on every product with the promo code "DHDCYBER2013". That sale runs only on Cyber Monday and requires a minimum purchase of $20.
Geeky apparel source Her Universe very helpfully sent out this press release about its holiday sale:
Shopping for a fangirl this holiday season? Her Universe™ has you covered! Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of Her Universe, the leading fangirl fashion apparel company, has made your gift-giving a little easier this year. Eckstein and The Araca Group debuted new Her Universe designs today that will launch for the first time online on Black Friday. Revealed today is the fourth annual collectible Star Wars pin with signed certificate by Eckstein featuring the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. This highly coveted pin is free with any order while supplies last. Plus, from November 29th (Black Friday) through December 2nd (Cyber Monday), Her Universe will be offering free economy shipping via FedEx SmartPost on all orders (U.S. only). Beginning December 3rd and running till December 15th, Her Universe is offering free economy shipping via FedEx SmartPost for U.S. customers only on any order of $50.00 or more.
Darth Vader dons the famous Santa hat for this year’s highly collectible Star Wars by Her Universe holiday pin. Only 1,000 pins have been made and each one comes certified with Eckstein’s autograph. Following the highly sought after R2-D2, Yoda and Chewbacca holiday pins from previous years, which sold out in record speed, Darth Vader will now join this exclusive collection. A $30.00 retail value.
Her Universe customers will find the largest holiday selection of new fangirl fashion items ever offered of which only a few are highlighted here – new apparel from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and The Walking Dead. In addition, since 2013 has been recognized as the “Year of the Fangirl,” Her Universe has released it’s first-ever FANGIRL hoodie for Geek Girls to proudly wear.
All the special deals and exclusive holiday products kick-off November 29th, Black Friday, on HerUniverse.com.
Geek apparel source We Love Fine is having a differently themed sale every day between now and December 6. Your best bet on the details and discounts is to visit the site on the day whose merchandise appeals to you, but make sure to go on Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 2) to see what special deals will be available. The themed sales break down thusly:
- Cartoon Hangover clothes - November 28
- Marvel clothes - December 1
- Adventure Time clothes - December 3
- Star Trek and Elfquest clothes - December 4
- WeLoveFine contest clothes - December 5
Comics retailer Midtown Comics made it all nice and easy with the graphic above. Their online store can be found right here.
A fixture of our Best Art Ever feature, illustrator Michael Cho is offering a selection of gorgeous prints for 15% off for the holidays. Check them out here.
Purveyor of prints and other artworks, Gallery 1988 is offering 30% off on much of its inventory from now through December 31. Be sure to see what's available, as a lot of this is stuff you'd very likely want to hang in your home or office.
- Purveyor of fine art prints, apparel and other high quality items, Society 6 is offering free shipping on all purchases through Cyber Monday. Society 6 is the retail partner of numerous comics artists and illustrators including ComicsAlliance contributor Chris Haley and Best Art Ever fixture Ramon Villalobos, so check out the store to see what's available.