by Tim Regan May 3, 2016 at 4:50 pm 0

Photo courtesy of Esther KimFans of Marvel’s “Civil War” will be able to “join the fray” during a planned gathering in Dupont Circle this weekend.

Fantom Comics will hold a “Civil War flash mob” in Dupont Circle park just after 1:45 p.m. Saturday, the comic book shop at 2010 P St. NW first announced on Facebook. The event is planned as part of Fantom’s Free Comic Book Day festivities.


by Tim Regan October 21, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Don’t tell Biff, but there’s a DeLorean parked in Dupont Circle right now.

The iconic car is parked in front of Fantom Comics (2010 P St. NW) to celebrate the day that Marty McFly landed in the future in “Back to the Future Part II,” which just so happens to be today, Oct. 21, 2015.

Locals can head to the comic shop any time today to take photos of the car, snatch a “save the clock tower” flyer and even buy the DeLorean itself for the low price of $24,500.

Aaron DeNu, the man behind Dupont Festival and the MidCity Business District, was the one who helped the comic shop procure a DeLorean for the day’s festivities.

“It’s so exciting,” said Esther Kim, manager at Fantom Comics. “The DeLorean is the most iconic thing to come out of the movie, except for maybe Marty McFly’s vest.”

Fantom Comics will give away comics and play music outside the shop today in preparation for its Back to the Future costume party tonight at 6 p.m.

by Sean Meehan October 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle

(Update: A DeLorean will be at this event after all)

We may not be taking our hover-boards to see Jaws 19 in theaters, but later this month, Fantom Comics will hold a party to celebrate the day that Marty McFly landed in the future in the 1989 movie “Back to the Future Part II.”

The Dupont Circle comic store will hold a party on the night of Oct. 21 featuring Back to the Future costume, impression and trivia contests in celebration of Marty McFly’s arrival on Oct. 21, 2015.

Fantom owner Matthew Klokel has planned to hold a Back to the Future day party for years.

“I’ve personally been planning for this party for 12 or 13 years,” he said. “At the time I didn’t own a comic store, but I can’t think of a better venue.”

There will be a $5 cover charge for the party to help Fantom pay for its temporary liquor license so it can serve movie-themed drinks. Klokel said he plans to collaborate with a local bartender to formulate special themed drinks with names like “Biff Brew.”

One thing that won’t be at the party is a replica of the movie’s famous DeLorean time machine.

“Getting a DeLorean for Back to the Future day was going to cost five figures. I looked it up,” said Klokel. “It would be cheaper to get a Lamborghini and paint it like a DeLorean.”

Still, Klokel said he’s ready for the “hardcore committed geeks” that he hopes the party attracts, with plans to show clips of the movie and hold trivia, costume and impression contests to win gift cards to the comic store.

“Christmas comes every year but this is the only Back to the Future day,” Klokel said. “I missed the day he goes to in 1885 by almost a century, so this is really my last chance.”

by Tim Regan July 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

DC Zine Fest

More than 55 artists will set up shop at St. Stephen Incarnate (1525 Newton Street NW) in Columbia Heights this weekend as part of this year’s DC Zinefest.

Attendees will be able to view and buy small-press comics and zines from artists and creators from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local artists in attendance will include Andrew Cohen, creator of Howzit Funnies, Fantom Comics manager Esther Kim, DC Conspiracy co-founder and DC Punk creator Evan Keeling and comic book journalist Josh Kramer.

The event is free to the public.

Photo via DC Zinefest

by Tim Regan June 1, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Caped crusaders, local artists, and a smattering of celebrities packed the Walter E. Washington convention for Awesome Con last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ask one of the self-proclaimed geeks in attendance and they’ll all probably say the same thing: It was, well, awesome.

For many, the convention was a rare chance to embody a favorite character. Shaw and Foggy Bottom residents Andy Hill and Aaron Roenthal showed up as Street Fighter characters Guile and Zangief. Carlie Anne Peña, who lives in Columbia Heights, dressed as Jubilee from the X-Men.

“It’s my midlife crisis,” says Rich Willet from Sterling, Va. “Instead of buying a corvette, I bought a bat suit.”

For Matt Klokel, owner of Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle, Awesome Con is a yearly pilgrimage. “You can’t be a priest in the Catholic church and, when the pope comes to down, say, ‘eh, I’ll catch him later,'” he says. “This is why I got into comics. I love conventions.”

Local cartoonists Carolyn Belefski and Theresa Logan exhibited their work in artist alley. “It’s important to be here if you’re a D.C. area creator,” says Belefski, who illustrates and writes the webcomic Curls. “D.C. has a comic presence and it’s building heavily. Thanks to Awesome Con, we can have a bigger presence.”

“And it keeps growing,” adds Logan. “There are so many different cartoonists, comic artists, sequential artists here.”

But it wasn’t just comic book artists that showed up. One of the more heavily frequented booths belonged to the upcoming Museum of Science Fiction, where exhibitors set up an Oculus Rift so attendees could preview the museum in 3-D virtual reality.

“It’s D.C.’s Comic-Con,” says Museum of Science Fictions executive director, Greg Viggiano. “There is definitely a component of the museum that has a Comic-Con quality to it. On that basis, it’s pretty important that we be here.”


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