Bloggerinos! Raph here, with a conversation with Friend of Midtown, Matt Fraction! We talk mostly about his Marvel work, but I also got a peak at Satellite Sam, which is his latest series over at Image Comics! Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »


Marvel cosplayers at the Marvel Cake Boss event. Photo by Ron Gejon.

This Monday, February 18th, at 9/8c, TLC’s hit series Cake Boss celebrates over fifty years of Spider-Man with a one of a kind super heroic cake that is nothing short of amazing!

In this special episode, Buddy, the Cake Boss himself,  is summoned to Marvel Entertainment’s headquarters and takes on the ultimate super heroic challenge- create a cake worthy of Spider-Man 50th Anniversary for a special rooftop celebration brought to you by Marvel and Midtown Comics! It’s a battle of super heroes and super villains as the team struggles to complete one of their most complicated cakes ever—but just what does that mean for everyone’s favorite Friendly Neighborhood Super Hero?

Don’t miss a moment of this historic event—check out TLC’s Cake Boss on Monday, February 18th at 9/8C!

For more on TLC’s Cake Boss, please visit

30 Jan, 2013


Posted by Raphael in: Opinion | 6 Comments

MIDTOWN BLOGGERINOS! Raph here, with a sense of nostalgia. I happened to think about a list a few days ago, a list I didn’t like. In issue 70 of Wizard Magazine, way back in 1997, they had a list of the 10 toughest superheroes. At the time, I could understand some of their choices, but I was baffled by others. Normally, I try to be above the typical fanboy debates, because they can last forever without a clear cut winner. There’s plenty of reasons why Spider-Man loses to Iron Man, or Thor beats Wolverine… but I did happen to buy this issue of Wizard from our back issue bin, and thought, let’s have some fun! I’m going to follow the same basic rules Wizard did:

  1. We’re limiting these to active superheroes: the dead and the villainous need not apply (Sorry Professor X, Sentry, Molecule Man and Ares…) Anyone deceased as of Jan. 30th,2013  is disqualified.
  2. We’re also limiting this to a certain degree of power: let’s leave Galactus and co. out of this one.
  3. This is a knock-down, drag-out fight to the death. No one is holding back.

For the sake of sanity I’m limiting this list to Marvel, doing Marvel vs. DC just makes my head explode.

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Gahl Buslov here! I’m one of the buyers for Midtown Comics, and I’ve got something I want to share with you.

I got a call from a publisher the other day, asking me if I would review an upcoming book for them, and if I liked it, and was so inclined, to then tell the world about it. Not an unusual request, but the source of the request was: Marvel! They wanted me to come down to the offices and review their new ongoing Nova series, by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. And it had to be done at the Marvel office, to ensure nothing was leaked. So that’s exactly what I did Thursday morning. Click through to read more! Spoilers will be clearly marked.

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The hit show Cake Boss is filming a very special episode for Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary this Saturday night in New York City and you’re invited!

Join Marvel creators and staff as they party it up on a NYC rooftop Spidey style! You’ll be part of an extremely limited and special event PLUS you’ll be on the TV show Cake Boss.  This will be the season finale episode for Cake Boss, so Buddy has gone all out for this Marvelous Spider-Man cake! And the best part? You get to eat the cake!!!

  • We want to see your best Marvel costumes! We want this event to be as MARVELous as possible and your cosplaying expertise will do just that!
  • This event will be limited to a very small guest list of COSTUMED Marvel fans. To be put on the list, email your name, age, and a photo of your Marvel costume to be sure to have CAKE BOSS EVENT in the subject line!
  • You will be informed of the location and time once you are confirmed. All guest must attend in a Marvel costume. This list will fill up extremely fast so don’t wait!


New York, NY, June 18th, 2012- Midtown Comics in New York City is proud to announce the wedding of Scott Everhart and Jason Welker, and Khris Wilson and Chris Orme in celebration of the historic wedding of X-Men characters Northstar and Kyle, unfolding in Astonishing X-Men #51,from Marvel Comics, available today.  Midtown Comics will hold this wedding event on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:00AM at their Downtown location. Hotel accommodations for the couples will be provided by Eventi A Kimpton Hotel, where a private reception will take place after the ceremony. 

The wedding is not open to the general public, but fans are welcome to share the excitement outside the store for photo ops.  Midtown Comics’ Downtown store opening will be delayed until 10:30AM due to the wedding.

“We are geeks in love, and what better way to tie the knot than in a comic shop!” said groom Scott Everhart.  Khris Wilson, another groom, had this to say: “The idea of having a ceremony with some of my fictional icons in the same room as me is pretty cool.” “We’re honored to take part in this event today, and to help promote equality and tolerance, in the spirit of the X-Men themselves”, said Gerry Gladston, co-owner of Midtown Comics.

“Eventi and Kimpton are honored to be proud partners alongside Marvel and Midtown Comics of this important milestone for both couples and show their support as a leading LGBT community member in the US” said Shannon Spillett, city director of marketing, Kimpton Hotels NYC.

Matt Lotr will be the officiant, and Andrew Altenburg of is the wedding planner, and will present a cake provided by Empire Cakes. Marvel Comics and wedding-themed music will be provided by Brian Barrentine and Funikijam.

MIDTOWN COMICS opened its first store in 1997, and is now the industry’s leading retailer of comic books, graphic novels, and manga, with its online store as well as three landmark NYC locations in Times Square, Grand Central and DowntownFollow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the Midtown blog! More information available online at:

EVENTI is the first luxurious hotel in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, residing on the entire block of Avenue of the Americas between 29th and 30th Streets. Eventi’s 292 rooms and suites transform a place to stay into a cosmopolitan lifestyle experience for business and leisure travelers alike. The Eventi Plaza is also home to the Big Screen Plaza, a 30 x 16 ft high-definition LED screen broadcasting an eclectic mix of programming, ranging from cinema to sports, from the arts to fashion.  Eventi also offers the Spa @ Eventi, a fitness center, more than 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and events space and a 530-car parking garage with valet service.  Eventi is operated by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the country’s leading and largest boutique hotel operator. Eventi is part of the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants family which has been named by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies To Work For in 2011” and by Crain’s New York 2011 as one of the “50 Best Places to Work in New York City.” Eventi is located at 851 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. For more information call 1-800 KIMPTON or visit or

Nashville’s award-winning FunikiJam Musicwas founded in 1999 to meet the need for quality music programs for 21st century families. Now a licensed ARTS program provider for the New York City Schools, FunikiJam provides innovative education and entertainment programs that explore world culture for newborns and up. For more info please visit

14 Stories’s mission is to ensure that all LGBT couples have the most positive, supportive experience while planning their wedding. Our commitment is to produce gorgeous, meaningful and fabulous legal weddings with a holistic approach that guarantees that couples also receive resources to build and protect their family. 14 Stories promotes marriage equality and reduces homophobia in the wedding industry through our educational seminars for wedding professionals.” You can visit 14 Stories at

Matt Loter is a CT Justice of the Peace and NYC registered wedding officiant. He has done hundreds of ceremonies for couples from all over the world, ranging from just the couple saying a few words at city hall to lavish affairs with hundreds of guests. Visit his site at

Empire Cake brings you the best in American baking with a gourmet twist. We feature fresh-baked cakes, cupcakes, cookies, breakfast pastries, brownies and bars, and sophisticated versions of classic snack cakes, including our own “twinkies,” “snowballs” and swiss rolls.

Our custom-designed cakes range from traditional tiered wedding cakes to one-of-a-kind creations for birthdays and other celebrations, corporate events and promotions, and advertising and fashion editorials. For more info visit