GameStop to Trial Selling Monthly Comics in Ten Days

Once upon a time, James Parker took the Hastings chain and put direct market comics into the chain store, creating hundreds of new comic stores ordering from Diamond Comic Distributors. And, it seems, that side of the firm worked really well, launching exclusive cover variants even as the rest of the store atrophied, and the stores closed. […]

Pink Slips On All Funko And Diamond Comics And Toys At Hastings Today

This is the Wichita Falls, Texas branch of entertainment store Hastings. This was the first to make the expansion into comics and collectibles back in 2009. And this is where it seems to end, as the company goes into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. See all those pink slips everywhere? Today, Hastings has ordered their staff […]

Hastings, The Largest Comic Book Chain In America, Is In Trouble

By Ian Melton News broke on Friday that Hastings Entertainment Superstore is changing their policies at all of their stores throughout the United States and that layoffs and store closings may be in the companies’ future as they search for investors to put capital back into the business.  As well as making employees and the […]

Hastings And Valiant Team For Comics College

Hastings stores across the country are teaming with Valiant Entertainment for a four-week Comics College. This follows up on last years The Craft of Comics series and will be broadcasted into 140 locations nationwide starting Saturday January 30th and running through Saturday February 20th. Each class will feature a Valiant writer or illustrator demonstrating the […]

Valiant And Hastings Create Live Streaming Events Every Saturday

We mentioned that the planned Local Comic Shop Day event from ComicPRO for November had been engineered with a “No Hastings” clause. Well, Hastings seems to have noticed, and have engineered their own series of days instead with Valiant Entertainment. Hastings will be live steaming a Q&A with Valiant to all of their 140 stores […]

Cover Feature: Hastings And Gamestop’s SHIELD, Manga Big Hero 6 And Doctor Who

On the left is the Gamestop variant cover for S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 out on Wednesday, while on the right is the Hastings version. They join a bunch of other variants… With another one-per-store B&W Party variant to join Deadpool’s colour standard Party version… Ooh look at that, that cover, as well as “cumin”, has Terrigen Mists […]

When Deadpool Macks On To The New Thor – 8 Exclusive Covers From Hastings

The largest direct market comic store in the US, Hastings, has a batch of new variant editions for upcoming Marvel, Image and IDW titles… let’s take a peek. Deadpool welcomes the new female Thor to the Marvel Universe as you might expect. And sees off Wolverine as… you might not expect.   We get to […]

Hastings Intends To Merge With NECA

In 2010 when we covered the launch of the Hastings Entertainment stores, we pondered if it was basically the first national chain of comic book stores. Now the multimedia entertainment retailer has entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Draw Another Circle, LLC and Hendrix Axquisition Corp. Both of which are wholly-owned by […]

Cover Variance: Labbits Come To Marvel, Via Hastings

Hastings, the largest direct market comic book store chain in the world, has announced a new run of exclusive covers, in a deal with Marvel and Kidrobot. They begin with Superior Spider-Man and feature the Marvel range of Labbit vinyl toys, the first featuring Venom. They will continue to Captain America, Wolverine and more, six […]

Bargain Of The Day: Fall Of The Mutants Omnibus Down From $100 To $16

It may be used, but reports on conditions have been positive. Hastings is selling the $1o0 Fall Of The Mutants X-Men Omnibus for $15 if you add the DEALOFTHEDAY codeword when picking it up, plus a dollar postage. It is selling on Amazon.com new for $90 and used copies for over $40. So… a pretty […]

Cover Variance: Jim Lee’s Sandman

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is running a retailer membership drive. After announcing DCBS and Things From Another World as their first comic store corporate sponsors, they will be giving exclusive CBLDF variant covers to retailer members who sign up. This includes a variant of Sandman Overture #1 by Jim Lee and a Comics […]

If Deadpool Was An 8-Bit Video Game…

He’s already in one video game. Looks like he may be getting another. Greedy sod. Welcome to a Hastings variant cover for Deadpool. I’m on the way back from the pub. I hope I’m making sense.

Welcome To Kansas – Dream Thief Hits Hastings

Next week sees the debut release of Dream Thief by Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood from Dark Horse. And also Dream Merchant from Image Comics. But more of that later. That said, Hastings has taken an interest in Dream Thief.  They’re doing an exclusive variant cover by Smallwood and the creative team are touring five […]

Hastings Puts Its Comics Online – Including The Variants

Bleeding Cool first broke the story that Hasting was to become the USA’s largest chain of comic stores, when it gave over a hundred of its stores Diamond accounts and started stocking comics in depth. And we’ve been following its progress ever since. One of the interesting wrinkles is Hastings commissioning of variant covers for […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Hastings From Kevin Eastman

There are certain Bleeding Cool readers who pay for their weekly comics bill by picking up a couple of Hasting exclusive covers when they know they’re out and flipping them on eBay. And fair play to them. Until the Variant Cover Event Horizon arrives and it all collapses around our heads. But here’s the latest, […]