By Jon Haehnle

We saw Ant-Man this week and it was super fun! Coming after the more epic scale Guardians and Avengers movies, Marvel’s latest is a refreshingly down-to-earth comedy with heart and plenty of action — but mostly lots of laughs. While it’s technically a solo film compared to the team movies, Ant-Man is basically a superpowered heist flick, so you know he rolls with a team of quirky but lovable knucklehead offenders (primarily Michael Pena who steals the show more times you can count) — not to mention a huge army of several different types of ants, and a solid supporting cast.

On top of all this, Ant-Man has tons of organic ties to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including a hilarious and surprisingly lengthy cameo from an Avenger which we won’t spoil, plus two great credits scenes — so make sure you stay til the very end!

The views expressed herein are solely those of the writer, and not Midtown Comics. Additionally, Midtown Comics makes no representations as to the accuracy of any of the information expressed herein.

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We are once again looking for new members to join the Midtown Comics Warehouse team in New Hyde Park, Long Island.  Read on for the complete list of job openings!

 

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HELP WANTED—ASSISTANT SHIPPING MANAGER

JOB SUMMARY
This position is responsible for assisting in directing the efficient and cost-effective operation of the warehouse facility, managing inbound and outbound activities.  It oversees outbound activities related to order-filling and stock replenishment and administers overall inventory management, productivity, accuracy..

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assists maintaining receiving, warehousing, and distribution operations by initiating, coordinating, and enforcing program, operational, and personal policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to and support all company programs and initiatives.
  • Maintain and enhance overall associate relations and job satisfaction through effective communication, fair and consistent treatment, respect for the individual, and establishment of clear expectations and accountability.  In an effort to improve overall performance, may be required to administer disciplinary action in a fair and impartial manner as necessary.
  • Maintains departmental calendars to ensure tasks are being performed.
  • Conducts interviews.
  • Ensures that all areas in the facility are in clean, neat working condition.
  • Provides feedback to Warehouse Manager on associates concerns and works on resolving quickly and amiably.
  • Observes and attends daily huddles and weekly meetings, communicates goals, objectives and company directives to Department Managers and Managers in a clear, concise, understandable manner. Provides proactive feedback to meeting facilitators on content and presentation. Ensures proper communications and listening techniques are being used (listening attentively and actively (paraphrasing)).
  • Utilize effective time management skills in the performance of all assigned tasks.

CRITICAL SKILLS

  • Excellent interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Strong organization skills, attention to detail and follow through to resolve any outstanding issues.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong leadership skills, ability to lead by example.
  • Must be available to work weekends.

PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR RESUME TO JOBS@MIDTOWNCOMICS.COM with subject line: Assistant Shipping Manager

Janitor

HELP WANTED—JANITOR/MAINTENANCE AT MIDTOWN COMICS’ WAREHOUSE

Responsibilities:

  • Sweep and mop floors.
  • Clean buildings by emptying trash, sweeping, and cleaning surfaces.
  • Use cleaning solutions to remove stains and clean surfaces.
  • Dust furniture and scrub surfaces clean.
  • Clean and service restrooms with mops and disinfectants.
  • Clean and wipe down kitchen
  • Identify and report possible repairs.
  • Fix minor plumbing leaks
  • Light maintenance knowledge required

PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR RESUME TO JOBS@MIDTOWNCOMICS.COM with subject line: Janitor/Maintenance

THAT SHRINKING FEELING…
Ant-Man opens next week, featuring a small character who needs to carry a big movie. Does size matter?  It certainly didn’t hurt the heroics of a handful of comic book characters. Here’s a small sampling of some of those characters…

  • Henry “Hank” Pym, the original Ant-Man made his debut in Tales To Astonish, and was a founding member of the Avengers.
  • His partner and eventual wife Jane van Dyne, aka the Wasp, made her debut less than a year later, and was also a founding member of the Avengers. Unlike Hank, who would change identities and size-shifting motifs, the Wasp stayed true to her insect-sized roots over the years, with membership stints in the West Coast Avengers and Mighty Avengers. In the Ultimates version of the team, Hank as  Giant Man and Janet as the Wasp had a tenuous relationship that echoed a troubled phase of their marriage in the regular MCU.

STORE SPOTLIGHT!
BATMAN!!!! In Batman #500 everything changed for Bruce, Tim, Alfred, and Jean-Paul Valley ? That’s right! A new Batman and new costume! All 3 locations got in near mint copies and more back issue delights!

TIED UP IN NOTS…
This week, San Diego Comic Con is in full swing, and just in case you were wondering, no, we are NOT going to be there. We are so NOT there that we’re having an in-store sale to commemorate it! Yet technically, the internet is practically everywhere, so if you ARE there, you could still shop HERE via our website. And here in the back issue department, we are so inspired by the declaration of our NOT-ness that I thought I would apply it to a few random back issue listings…

  • We are NOT sold out of Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane back issues. You should buy some for the ridiculously sublime covers and antiquated pre-feminist motivation for Lois’ shenanigans. And pick up some Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen while you’re at it, because gingers need love too.
  • We are NOT saying that Firestorm comics are going to become a hot commodity because of his television appearances, but hey – you never know, so you should buy some just in case.
  • We are NOT sure why more people don’t buy the Brave and the Bold back issues, but we like to think more people would appreciate the steadfast pencils of Jim Aparo if they did.
  • We are NOT going to pre-judge the Fantastic Four movie before it is released, but we think you should buy some of their comics so you have something to compare it to.
  • We are NOT claiming that the stories in World’s Finest Comics are better than the ones in Superman Batman or Batman Superman, but they do have a certain corny charm and tales featuring the Super-Sons.
TRENDING THIS WEEK…
Elektra has been cast for season two of Daredevil, and Aunt May has been cast for theSpider-Man reboot… a promo image from the upcoming Outcast By KIrkman & Azaceta Cinemax series has been released… Dark Horse Comics has reportedly signed a deal that would bring properties like Umbrella Academy, Concrete, andHarrow County to the small screen… and the hero from Army of Darkness returns in new images from the upcoming Ash vs The Evil Dead cable series.
-Brian Jay


We introduce Brandon T. Snider as the official/unofficial fill-in guest host. He fills in for Sam who is living the life at San Diego Comic Con! We play a new trivia game created by Andrew called “Name That Reboot” and talk the news out of Comic Con so far (whether they are real or false). We also discuss the weeks new comics including some number ones like Strange Fruit and the new hip Archie!

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our Twitter, Facebook, or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

To read the books that we talked about in this episode visit www.midtowncomics.com and have them delivered right to your door anywhere in the world!

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FULL TIME HELP WANTED:  BACK ISSUE SUPERVISOR AT MIDTOWN COMICS’ WAREHOUSE IN NEW HYDE PARK, NY!

Put your passion for comic books and pop culture to work for the premiere comic book retailer! Midtown Comics is seeking a Back Issue Supervisor, a full time, challenging, and highly rewarding position.

Back Issue Supervisor Job Duties:

  • Accomplishes department objectives by  orienting, training, assigning, scheduling,  and disciplining employees; communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring; adhering to company policies and procedures.
  • Meets department operational standards by resolving problems and identifying warehouse system improvements.
  • Moves inventory to and from warehouse; coordinating inventory transfers to multiple locations.
  • Maintains storage area by organizing floor space; adhering to storage design principles; recommending improvements.
  • Maintains inventory by conducting quarterly physical counts; reconciling variances; inputting data.
  • Accomplishes department and organization mission by completing related results as needed.


Skills/Qualifications:

  • At least two years of supervising experience
  • Advanced Comic Knowledge a must
  • Dependability
  • Ability to analyze information
  • Dealing with Complexity
  • Time Management
  • Organization

MUST be available Monday through Friday, 8:30AM – 4:30PM

Please send your resume via e-mail to: jobs@midtowncomics.com, and in the subject line, enter “Back Issue Supervisor Job.”

We hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you,

Your friends at Midtown Comics

Former guest Brandon T. Snider stops by again and we catch up with what he’s been up to! He chats about the books he’s working on, gives us a preview of a huge announcement at San Diego Comic Con next week, and giving a dog the bachelor party he deserves.  We also talk about Jurrasic World, go over the All New Marvels Preview of the books that are coming out this fall, make heads and tails of Snapchat, and come up with a new phrase the kids will be sure to be saying this summer.

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our Twitter, Facebook, or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

To read the books that we talked about in this episode visit www.midtowncomics.com and have them delivered right to your door anywhere in the world!

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