Last April, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian plunged into the world of comic books with their collaboration with Art Baltazar & Franco, CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & KAZARIAN WRESTLE AW YEAH COMICS. And now, fresh off their appearance on COMIC BOOK MEN last night promoting that book, CD, Kaz, and Aw Yeah Comics are proud to announce….


Later this year, Aw Yeah Comics will release AW YEAH COMICS TEAM UP WITH CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & FRANKIE KAZARIAN, a two-part extravaganza written by Christopher Daniels, with art by Art Baltazar & Franco (TINY TITANS, ITTY BITTY MASK), Scoot McMahon (SAMI THE SAMURAI SQUIRREL), and Kurt Wood (RRRUNT, Wunderwear). Also contributing a special pin-up will be comic book legend JOHN BYRNE! So keep your eyes peeled to this website and to for more information in the coming months! AW YEAH!!!

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A year and a half ago, writer and digital comics advocate Mark Waid became part owner of Alter Ego Comics of Muncie, Indiana. Today, he is announcing a major change for the store, and in this exclusive interview, he opens up about the lessons he’s learned from his involvement in both the direct market and digital distribution.

The writer of numerous popular series, including “Daredevil,” “S.H.I.E.L.D.,” and the soon-to-be rebooted “Archie,” Mark Waid partnered with John Rogers in 2012 to launch the digital comics platform Thrillbent, which hosts his work and that of others. Since then, he has spent the past three years experimenting with different digital formats and platforms.

In 2013 he added another venture when he became co-owner, with Christy Blanch and Jason Pierce, of Alter Ego Comics. They soon teamed up with another creator-owned comic shop, Aw Yeah Comics of Skokie, Illinois, which was founded by “Tiny Titans” team of Art Baltazar and Franco and business manager Marc Hammond.

Today, Waid is announcing that he and Blanch are reincorporating Alter Ego Comics under a new name, Aw Yeah Comics Muncie. They will continue to be co-owners of the store, although, as with the last store, are trading a percentage of the business for a share in Art and Franco’s Skokie store.

CBR News spoke with Waid about the new changes, and what he’s learned about the industry through his experiences as both a brick-and-mortar retailer and a digital distributor.

Read the entire story on Comic Book Resources:

81CR4YfwneL.jpg.w560h802Dino-Mike is on the trail of a T. rex in this chapter book adventure! The son of a famous paleontologist, young Michael Evans travels the world with his dino-huntin’ dad. As dad digs dino bones, Mike does some exploring on his own and winds up finding a live T. rex! After tracking what couldnt possibly be real, Mike meets a mysterious kid that seems to know why and how the real dinosaur got here. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page, Dino-Mike chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. Written and illustrated by the Eisner-Award winning creator of Tiny Titans, Franco!

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Aw Yeah Games has arrived in Beautiful Downtown Skokie!

 Aw Yeah Games opened in January at 4904 Oakton St., next door to Annie’s Pancake House, and 1/2 block away from their sister store, the legendary Aw Yeah Comics.

Specializing in all forms of tabletop gaming – board games, card games, role-playing games, and more – Aw Yeah Games welcomes gamers of all ages and experience levels. Whether you’re looking for a lighthearted party game or deeper, strategy-laden fare, Aw Yeah Games has something for everyone, ages 4 to 104.

Ample seating areas offer customers a safe, welcoming and free environment to sit with friends, play an old favorite game (or discover a new favorite). Gamers are welcome to bring food from their favorite nearby restaurants to enjoy while they play.

Regular events include weekly board game night, Magic: The Gathering & Pokémon tournaments, and more.

The Private Gaming Room is available for rental by groups seeking a quiet, luxurious place to game. The Private Gaming Room is also a great space for birthday parties! Call the number below for rates and availability.

Aw Yeah Games will be having their 2-day Grand Opening celebration on March 14th & 15th, 2015 – offering demos, tournaments, raffles, giveaways and prizes.

Aw Yeah Games is open Monday through Friday from 11-7, Saturday from 10-6, and Sunday from 10-4. The store remains open later on evenings when an event is being held.

For more info, call 847-983-4320, or find them on Facebook:

Aw Yeah Games
4904 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60077

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Skokie, IL – December 12, 2014 – Mego Museum in conjunction with Aw Yeah Comics is pleased to announce that Mego Meet 2015 will be held June 5th and 6th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago – North Shore Conference Center. Registration information for vendors and attendees will be posted on the Mego Meet 2015 page at in the coming weeks.

For the past ten years, the annual Mego Meet made its home in Wheeling, WV. It was clear after Mego Meet 10 that maximum density had been surpassed in Wheeling and that a change of venue was in order. The move to Skokie, IL. will allow for easy access for those travelling by plane, as well as provide a myriad of options for family entertainment. The facilities at DoubleTree offer award-winning guest rooms and event space for presenters, vendors, and attendees.

Perhaps the most exciting byproduct of the new location is that it makes possible a partnership with Aw Yeah Comics, located in beautiful downtown Skokie. Eisner Award-winning artist and co-owner Art Baltazar will be in attendance with the entire Aw Yeah gang. Art is a long-time Mego Meet attendee and is thrilled to host the Meet in it’s new home.

As in years past, Mego Meet 2015 will feature dealer rooms packed full of vintage toys; presentations by collectors, customizers, and toy companies dealing in the classic 8″ “Mego scale;” a customs contest; and an auction to benefit the Mego Museum. The addition of Aw Yeah Comics will add another dimension that will diversify and improve what is already a great annual event.






Art Baltazar - website | twitter:@artbaltazar

Famous Cartoonist, ART BALTAZAR is the creative force behind The New York Times Best Selling, Eisner Award Winning DC Comics’ TINY TITANS, Co-Writer for Billy Batson and the Magic of SHAZAM, Young Justice, Green Lantern Animated (Comic), and Artist/Co-Writer for the awesome TINY TITANS/Little ARCHIE crossover, SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES and Itty Bitty HELLBOY! Art is one of the founders of AW YEAH COMICS comic shop and the ongoing comic series! Aw Yeah living the dream! He stays home and draws comics and never has to leave the house! He lives with his lovely wife, Rose, big boy Sonny, little boy Gordon, and little girl Audrey! AW YEAH MAN!

  • #8 on the New York Times best Seller March 2009 for Tiny Titans vol. 1 Trade Paperback!
  • Eisner Award 2009 Best Publication for Kids
  • Eisner Award 2011 Best Publication for Kids
  • Eisner Award 2014 Best Publication for Kids
  • Harvey Award 2011 Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
  • Columbia College Chicago 2012 Alumnus of the year Award
  • AW YEAH COMICS 2013 Skokie Merchant of the Year


Franco - website | twitter: @awyeahfranco

Franco is from the great state of New York. He and his forehead have traveled the world and in between he writes and draws stuff and sometimes throws paint around on canvas. He is the creator, artist and writer of Patrick the Wolf Boy and AW YEAH COMICS! He has also worked on titles for various Comic companies including but not limited to the critically acclaimed SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, YOUNG JUSTICE, BILLY BATSON and the MAGIC of SHAZAM, GREEN LANTERN the animated series, itty bitty HELLBOY, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and the New York Times bestseller, multi Eisner award winning series TINY TITANS…Aw Yeah.

  • New York Times best Seller March 2009 for Tiny Titans vol. 1 Trade Paperback!
  • Eisner Award 2009 Best Publication for Kids
  • Eisner Award 2011 Best Publication for Kids
  • Eisner Award 2014 Best Publication for Kids
  • Harvey Award 2011 Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
  • AW YEAH COMICS 2013 Skokie Merchant of the Year


Marc Hammond – twitter: @awyeahcomics

Marc Hammond is one of the co-founders and the General Manager of the Aw Yeah Comics location in beautiful Downtown Skokie. With nearly 20 years of experience in comics retail and convention planning, he moved from sunny Florida to Chicago for the endeavor. In what little spare time he has, he writes funny short stories for AW YEAH COMICS, and will actually be doing some work for other comic publishers in 2015, and beyond. He enjoys a good pun, and long walks around the city exploring. His weaknesses include magic, Nerf weapons, and anchovies.

  • AW YEAH COMICS 2013 Skokie Merchant of the Year


Scott “Scoot” McMahon - website | twitter: @scootah91
Scoot McMahon is a versatile cartoonist based out of Rossford, Ohio. His talents include writing and drawing comic books, children’s book illustration, character design, and story boarding. Scoot is the proud creator behind SAMI the Samurai Squirrel and the co-creator of the weekly web comic Spot on Adventure! He’s also the current artist for another weekly web comic, Tales From the Con, for Emerald City Comic Con! Scoot loves creating entertaining cartoons for Aw Yeah Comics! He also loves pizza, basketball, and ninjas.


Kurt Woodwebsite  | twiiter: @kurtwood81
Kurt Wood is a full-time time traveller and part -time Jedi master of awesomness. He has worked for Imaginary Tales Comics, HERO Games, Amateur Thumb War Comics, and is currently a bullpen artist for AW YEAH Comics Publishing. Kurt is currently working on Daycare By Night with co-writer/artist Kellie Syd featuring a cast of itty bitty monsters! He really likes the Universal monsters. Maybe a bit too much. I mean how many Frankenstein monster toys can one grown man own? Answer? NOT ENOUGH. When he’s not drawing he can be found having various adventures with his daughter, Lorelei. Grand adventures. Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune. And. Glory..


P. Scott Holtzwebsite | twitter: @pscottholtz
Scott is the the site designer for both Aw Yeah Comics and the new Franco and Scoot’s Spot on Adventure site. Scott was recently promoted to the “In case of emergency, break glass” guy at the Skokie store. In the early days of working at the Skokie store he was first to receive the coveted “you are not Marc” recognition by most customers when they walked in. In his day job Scott  makes websites and has over the past 16 years designed/built hundreds of them. When not working he is a bit of a Star Trek/Golden Age D.C./beautiful Downtown Skokie nerd.


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