Illusive Comics & Games

1270 Franklin Mall
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Phone Number
(408) 985-7481
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Current & Upcoming Events

Illusive's Batman Day
Sept. 23, 2017

Time to don your finest Batman universe costume and come geek out and have a great day with us! All attendees will get at least one free comic. Attend in costume and you'll get at least one more!

AND all Batman universe Comics, Back Issues, Pops, Games and novelties will be 35% off*!!

Will be wearing our Batman Onesies? Come and find out!

*Excluding New Releases, Special Orders and Hold Box items. Other restrictions may apply

Pashmina Book Signing with Nidhi Chanani
Nov. 8, 2017

Meet Nidhi Chanani, debut author of the graphic novel PASHMINA. Nidhi will do a short presentation about her process, path to comics and sign copies of PASHMINA.


Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

Chanani's presentation covers her journey into comics, what makes a comic, diversity in comics, and more.

"Colorful and deeply personal, Pashmina illuminates the experience of an Indian-American teenager and invites us to contemplate the power of our choices." --Gene Luen Yang, national bestselling author of American Born Chinese

"Spectacular debut graphic novel." --Teen Vogue

Past Events

Legend of Korra Signing, Part II
Sept. 13, 2017

Guest: Irene Koh

The first signing in July we sold out of this title and we had a much larger than expected crowd. THIS TIME we've ordered a ton more books and Irene will be back with prints to sell, again! Buy your copy online to reserve it! (No fee for the autograph)

Legend of Korra Launch Party
July 26, 2017

Guest: Irene Koh

Artist Irene Koh appears at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, July 26th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the release of the first LEGEND OF KORRA comic from Dark Horse! She will also will be signing and selling exclusive 5×7 Korrasami prints (but not doing sketches).

Rickmobile in Santa Clara
July 15, 2017

The Official #Rickmobile will be at Illusive Comics & Games, Santa Clara, CA on July 15th from 12-3p. The #Rickmobile sells Rick and Morty merchandise. Limited quantities in the Rickmobile but more stock will be available in Illusive. There is a 2-item limit per person for Rickmobile purchases.

More info here:


Infinite Seven with Dave Dwonch
July 12, 2017

Guest: Dave Dwonch

Meet writer Dave Dwonch and get V. 1 and Issue #5 of Infinite Seven signed. And bring your comic ideas and art portfolios for a Portfolio Review by the former President and Creative Director of Action Lab.

Comic Drive for Soldiers
July 8, 2017

Saturday, July 8th, from Noon-4pm we will be accepting boxes of comics, which will be sent to soldiers, care of Operation: Care and Comfort. They will also be accepting cash donations to defray shipping costs of the comics.

You will be able to receive tax donation forms.

Illusive's 10th Anniversary
June 3, 2017

Come celebrate Illusive Comics & Games' 10th Anniversary which also happens to be Wonder Woman Day!

Wear your finest Wonder Woman Cosplay (come as Diana or anyone else from the cast) and participate in:
- Free Wonder Woman comics and giveaways
- Costume Prizes
- A big Clearance Sale (we found boxes more of clearance that we missed for FCBD)
- A special Store Sale
- Face painting
- Button/Magnet making (make your own or use Wonder Woman Comics to make them thematic)
- Tabletop gaming
- Cake!!!

We'll also have Rafael Navarro and Mike Wellman signing their comic Guns A-Blazin'. Rafael design the Illusive Logo and both gentlemen have been huge supporters of me and all of my companies.

Please join us for this momentous event! Watch me cry with gratitude for all of you.

Free Comic Book Day at Illusive
May 6, 2017

Every attendee can pick 3 free comics from our special selection (view what will be offered at With a donation of $5 or more, per table, to Parents Helping Parents, attendees may select one of each comic from the table.

There will also be:
* A Huge Store Sale!
* Cosplayers including the 501st Storm Troopers, Thor, Belle, and a T-Rex
* Face painting
* Balloon twisting
* A Magic Show at Noon
* Gifts for the first 50 purchases that exceed $50

Parking is available all around Franklin Square and down the streets adjacent.

Fair Warning, the weekly Farmer's Market is Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Royals Signing With Jonboy Meyers
April 19, 2017

Guest: Jonboy Meyers

Check out Marvel's new series "Royals" and meet artist Jonboy Meyers! See more of his art and past projects at

Issue #1 releases 4/5 and issue #2 releases 4/19.

Coast to Coast Comics Saturday
March 4, 2017

Coast to Coast Comic Con 2017 will be presented in comic shops via a live streaming broadcast on Saturday, March 4 from noon to 8:00 p.m. ET. The stream will broadcast live on location from one of ReedPOP's premier shows, Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, who also is a sponsor of the event. Professional host and all-around comic geek, Geeks of Comedy's Kevin White, will be the master of ceremonies for the entire event.

Signing: Who Are You? The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity
Feb. 25, 2017

Join the author of this delightful book for a reading and craft time!

This brightly illustrated children's book helps anyone ages 3+ understand and celebrate gender diversity, with straightforward language for talking about how we experience gender: our body, our expression, and our identity.

White Elephant/Potluck Party Saturday Night!
Dec. 10, 2016

Bring a wrapped gift to exchange. It can be anything from Very Silly to Very Awesome. There is no ceiling on how much you can spend, and there are no rules as to how ridiculous the gift can be... as long as it's legal.

Please also bring a dish to share for our potluck dinner. (21+ only.)

Chew Finale Signing
Nov. 23, 2016

Guest: John Layman

Writer John Layman, co-creator of CHEW, appears at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 4:30 – 8:30 PM to sign the series’ final issue! John has also worked on dozens of other comics, including Batman Eternal, Cyclops, Detective Comics, and Deadpool.

Writer John Layman Signing
Nov. 23, 2016

Guest: John Layman

Come meet the Harvey and Eisner Award Winning author of Chew! He will be siging the final issue of Chew, which releases this day.

John has also worked on dozens of other comics, including Batman Eternal, Detective Comics and Deadpool.

There is no entry fee for this event, but we hope you will buy copies of his comics from us for the signing.

Not able to attend? No problem! Just call or email us and we can order you his comic, get his autograph and ship it to you!

Local Comic Shop Day
Nov. 19, 2016

Local Comic Shop Day® celebrates locally owned independent comic book specialty stores, showcasing their unique and vital role in being the primary fire-starters of pop culture. We will have a bunch of exclusive items availble for sale that aren't available for pre-order or holds, so come on down Saturday!

Decorate Safety Pins
Nov. 17, 2016

Be a superhero. Come decorate Safety Pins to wear and share. Safety pins mean, "I am a safe ally." Wear them to support solidarity and intolerance for hate.

This event is free. All materials will be provided. Donations are welcome.

Darick Robertson Signing
Nov. 16, 2016

Guest: Darick Robertson

Come meet creator Darick Robertson and get his autograph on Harbinger Renegade #1!

Darick is the artist and co-creator of The Boys, Happy and Transmetropolitan and has worked on dozens of other fantastic comics.

Not able to attend the event? No problem! Call or email us and we'll arrange for comics to be signed and mailed or set aside for you.

Halloween ComicFest
Oct. 29, 2016

We have a special collection of Halloween ComicFest comics and each attendee will receive one free comic per person, but if you come in costume, you will get 3 free comics!

We will also have a store sale on Saturday:

25% off All
Toys & Action Figures
RPG's and Games
(excluding New Releases, Hold Box Items and Special Orders)

Illusive's Halloween Party
Oct. 22, 2016

Come to our Annual Halloween Party! We'll have prizes for the best costumes! This year's theme is Gene Wilder Movies, but you can come as anything else.

Please feel free to bring food or drink to share!

21+ only, please.

The Doubleclicks & Lucia Fasano
Sept. 18, 2016

The Doubleclicks are touring California this fall with opening act, musician Lucia Fasano (Portlandia, Catty B’s)! On Sunday, Sept 18, the bands will play an all-ages afternoon show at Illusive Comics in Santa Clara, CA! The show begins at 2pm. Suggested cover $10, at the door only. Lucia Fasano will play songs from her debut album “Radio Silence” and the Doubleclicks will play old favorites and new songs from their album “President Snakes,” and the groups call this tour “Snakes On The Radio.” Kids welcome!

Lucia's debut album RADIO SILENCE is on Kickstarter now!

Illusive's Grand Opening
Sept. 16, 2016 to Sept. 17, 2016

Illusive Comics & Games Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting. Join Team Illusive, Mayor Lisa Gillmor, the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Storm Troopers from the 501st!

Then, on Sat. the 17th at 7:30, we'll have a big party celebrating the Grand Opening!

Gene Yang Signing
Sept. 14, 2016

Guest: Gene Luen Yang

Writer of the New Super Man will be signing the new Issue #3 on September 14th, from 6p-8p.

Premature Labor Day Sale
Aug. 26, 2016 to Aug. 28, 2016

Friday through Sunday Save:

75% off Clearance Items
25% off All Games
25% off All non-Pop Toys &
Action Figures
10% off All Funko Pops

*Excludes New Releases, Special Orders and Subscription Box Contents

Doctor Who Comics Day
July 9, 2016

Come join us this Saturday for Doctor Who Comics Day!

Spectrum Signing
May 11, 2016

Guest: Alan Tudyk

Actor Alan Tudyk (Con Man, Frozen, Firefly, Star Wars: Rogue One) appears with co-creators Shannon Denton and PJ Haarsma to sign SPECTRUM at Illusive Comics and Games on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM! Free tickets are available at the link!

Press Release:

Come meet the creative team behind Spectrum, the comic within the Kickstarted show Con Man at Illusive Comics & Games!
The first issue of Spectrum releases on Free Comic Book Day, May 7th. We have 300 copies of the comic for this signing.
The tickets are free, but we hope you’ll donate to Parents Helping Parents. And, if you live too far to drive, we are offering a limited amount of tickets to have a signed comic mailed to you.


1. How many items can I get signed? One per person.

2. Will there be a fee? No, but we will be collecting donations for Parents Helping Parents.

3. What can I get signed? Just the comic Spectrum.

4. Can I get a photo? Only a very brief one, if your camera is ready, with Alan sitting at the table.

Free Comic Book Day Is Saturday!
May 7, 2016

Every customer will receive 3 free comics, which they can choose from our tables of All Ages, Teen and Mature comics. If you would like more, we ask you to donate at least $10 to the non-profit Parents Helping Parents and you can get one of each comic from a single table.

For every donation of $10 and purchase of $50, people will get a raffle ticket. We will draw names every other hour, starting at 11am, for $25 Store Gift Certificates!

Subscribers Only Offer! For a donation of $75 to Parents Helping Parents, you can have one of all of the comics we ordered waiting for you to pick up when you want.

We will also have a balloon artist at Illusive from 9:30-2. Storm Troopers and other folk from the 501st and more cosplayers, throughout the day!

Illusive's Sale
75% off Variant Comics

50% off Back Issues from 10a-3p
75% off Back Issues from 3p-7pm

75% off Clearance Books

10% off Everything Else including Action Figures, Pop Vinyls and Books!
*Sale does not apply to Hold Box Contents or Special Orders

Comics for Heroes
Feb. 20, 2016


Donate to Comics for Heroes! Your comics will go to Soldiers and their children.

Bring as many comics as you like, and don't worry about them being age appropriate. The soldiers will be sorting them.

Your will receive a handshake or hug of a soldier, and my gratitude, in return.

People Helping Heroes puts comic books into the hands of active duty service member's children & those service members recovering from mental & physical wounds.

Halloween ComicFest
Oct. 31, 2015

Bring your kidlings in costume for a handful of FREE HALLOWEEN COMICS! Yep, all day on Halloween, every child will get 3 free comics from our ComicFest table. We'll also have our Halloween Sale going on!

Vertigo SFX Anthology Signing
Oct. 28, 2015

Vertigo SFX Anthology #3 signing with Ashlie Fairless on Wednesday, October 28th from 5:30-8:30p.

Premature Labor Day Sale
Sept. 1, 2015 to Sept. 7, 2015

In honor of my son, who decided to arrive prematurely on Labor Day, 6 years ago, we start our sale early.

Buy a Diamond Box of $1 Comics for only $10!
40% off Bobble Heads, Dorbz and all Action Figures (excluding Pops)
40% off Premium Comics
50% off Back Issues

E for Extinction Signing
July 22, 2015

Guest: Ramon Villalobos

Ramon Villalobos will be signing E for Extinction and any of his other comics you'd like to get signed on July 22nd, the day Issue #2 releases. He will be signing all day, according to our current confirmation with him.

Ramon has also worked on Archer & Armstrong, Original Sin, Ivar, Timewalker and What If? Age of Ultron. Not familiar with his work? Check out his Tumblr.

He will also have art and prints for sale. Sorry, he will not be offering free sketches.

8th Anniversary Celebrations
June 6, 2015

Happy 8th Birthday to Us! Thank you all for being so wonderfully loyal and supportive these past 8 years.

We have a little Thank You gift for every Subscriber and Regular Customer. Come by on Wednesday to get yours.

Join us Saturday Night for revelries!!! Feel free to bring food and beverage to share as we celebrate.

Saturday, from 10a until Party End, is a HUGE Anniversary Sale:

Overstock for a Dime or $10 for a full Diamond Box
80% off Clearance, Back Issues and Variants
25% off Premium Comics and Books
8% off All Toys

Have you been shopping at Illusive for all 8 years or more? Send us a video with how you found Illusive and what we mean to you, and be entered in a chance to win a $100 Store Gift Certificate! Entries should be sent with a Youtube link. The Winner will be announced on June 6th.

Convergence Signing
May 6, 2015

Guest: Dan Parsons

Come meet Dan Parsons, artist of Convergence Nightwing and many other comics on Wednesday, May 6th from 5-9p! Convergence Nightwing #2 releases that same day.

Free Comic Book Day 2015
May 2, 2015

Guest: Gene Luen Yang

Saturday from 10am-7pm is Free Comic Book Day. We will have a table of Free Kid's Comics, a table of All Ages Comics and a table of Adult Comics. Every visitor will receive 3 free comics. For a donation (suggested $5 per table) that will go directly to Parents Helping Parents, a family can receive one of each comic at a single Table.

We will also have the following Special Events:

Twisted Chill serving ice cream from 10am- 1p.

Artists Olympia Maxenchs and Mike Hampton doing custom sketches and selling their art all day

Gene Luen Yang, award winning artist and writer, who is also the author of the Superman story in Convergence and the Avatar Comic that we'll have at our FCBD tables, signing from 3-6p.

For every donation of $5 and more, and purchases of $50 and more, people will get a raffle ticket. Every other hour, starting at 11am, we will have Drawings for $25 Store Gift Certificates.

And we'll have this Sale:

Quarter Comic Bins on the Sidewalk
75% off Variant Comics
10% off Everything Else including Action Figures, Pop Vinyls and Books!

From 10a-3pm
75% off Back Issues and Clearance Books
From 3:01pm-7pm
90% off Back Issues and Clearance Books

International Tabletop Day
April 11, 2015

This Saturday, from Noon-2am is International Tabletop Game Day at Isle of Gamers! Come play games and have a great time! We have a huge box of exclusive swag we'll be giving away to Participants. For every game you play (or run), you get one entry to win stuff. Get more entries for ever $10 you spend, too! Drawings will be done every few hours.

Easter Egg Hunt and Sale on Sunday
April 5, 2015

Our Funnest Sale of the Year!! It's our East Egg hunt for ALL ages. Search for Easter Eggs filled with candy that are hidden in every nook and cranny of the shop, AND THEN spin our Wheel O' Discounts to save on your favorite stuff! (No sale, if you don't hunt!)

Haven't finished making your Easter Baskets? Here's some great stuffers, to go alongside the Chocolate and Peeps:

1. ANY NUMBER of our blind box toys. Get a selection! One for every member of the family.

2. Packs of Dragons of Tarkir. You never know if the East Bunny hid a major foil rare in there...

3. A Comic Book Cover Necklace. These will even fit in the little eggs!

4. A Pop Vinyl toy

5. Cards Against Humanity Expansions. For after the kids are in the other room, stuffing their faces with candy and you need a break.

Kenneth Rocafort Signing
Feb. 18, 2015

Guest: Kenneth Rocafort

Comics fans, I have a treat for you! DC artist extraordinaire Kenneth Rocafort will be signing on the 18th from 3-8pm. The newest issue of Teen Titans also releases that day, so be sure to bring your comics to get signed and pick up his new stuff!!

Illusive's White Elephant Holiday Party
Dec. 20, 2014

Time to whip out your unused... whips and wrap them up for our Annual White Elephant Gift Exchange Party and Feast.

Everyone should bring one WRAPPED present and we will have our usual fantastic time, filled with tons of laughter, as we exchange and steal gifts.

As this is also a group feast, please bring a dish to share in our Potluck. We will provide Drinks and Holiday Cheer.

(There is no dollar limit on gifts. Alcohol and Adult items are the most popular White Elephant Gifts, if you're wondering what to bring. But your video cassettes from 1992 are awesome, too)

21+ only, please.

William Harms Signing
Dec. 10, 2014

Guest: William Harms

William Harms signing Eternal December 10th from 4p-8p!

Check out the new comic from Boom! and meet the writer! Harms has also worked on Wolverine, Impaler and inFamous.

Thursday through Saturday Sale!
Nov. 27, 2014 to Nov. 30, 2014

90% off Dollar Comics

75% off Back Issues, Variant Comics & Clearance Items

50% off Vintage Comics

25% off Games, Collectible & Sports Cards and Toys

We'll have extra boxes of Dime Comics on the front tables

Subscribers in Good Standing as of November 27th get an additional 10% off all Sale Prices from 9am-11am on Friday.

Thanksgiving we will be open 11a-3pm. We'll have a feast for those of you who don't live near family or friends, and some fun boardgaming events. This is free and open to all. We'll also have our Black Friday Sale previewed during that Half Day. Be sure to RSVP if you'll be eating with us!

Black Friday we will be open 10am-11pm with our Very Special Huge Black Friday Sale.

Veteran's Day Huge Sale
Nov. 10, 2014

We will be open 11a-10p on Monday and have this sale.

Dollar and Clearance Comics will be $1 per Pound! (We'll provide boxes for you to fill)

75% off Posters, Adult Section Items & Back Issues!

20% off a sealed Case of Dicemasters!

Pop Vinyls- Buy 3 Get 1 Free!

(Active and Retired Military get an extra 10% off!!)

Halloween Party
Oct. 25, 2014

Come as a Hero or Villain to our Annual Halloween Party! Bring a food or drink to share! We’ll have boardgaming, local Comedians, costume contest and more!

Blood and Food Drive
Oct. 18, 2014

Our next Annual Red Cross Blood Drive will be Saturday, October 18th. If you can't give blood, we'll have a Canned Food Drive for The Second Harvest Food Bank at the same time, so you can bring that, instead! We'll have a special Sale and Giveaways for all participants!

To sign up as a blood donor go to and enter the sponsor name IllusiveComics.

Nick Dragotta Signing
Oct. 15, 2014

Guest: Nick Dragotta

Yes, the Eisner Award winning Penciller/Inker of East of West, Nick Dragotta, will be back to sign Volume 3!! (It releases the week before the signing, but he's going to be at New York Comic Con, and can't make it that day.)

This event is going to be extra special because Nick will hold a Q&A and Sketch Lesson before the signing! More details to come, but clear your afternoon and evening on the 15th of October, for sure! (Limit 1 sketch and 4 autographs per person at a time)

Nick's newest project "Howtoons," just released last month. Did you get a copy?

2nd Annual Augtoberfest
Aug. 16, 2014

Beer-makers and Beer-Drinkers!!! Join our Beer and Sausage Fundraiser! Win a weekend stay in Tahoe!

There will be prizes for the the tastiest of the home-made brews and to those who bring German food.

There will be a recommended $15 Tasting Donation, with 100% of the donated funds going to Yikes Tikes! We will have other great giveaways to participants and attendees, including t-shirts, gift certificates to 7 Stars Bar & Grill and Psycho Donuts!

One special attendee or participant will win a weekend stay in beautiful Lake Tahoe Rental Home!

German clothing is encouraged!

We'll have commemorative beer glasses for this special event that will be available for $15.

We will have many tables out for you to eat and play German Boardgames, such as Settlers of Catan. So come and have fun for a great cause!

Tax Donation forms will be available for all donation sizes.

21 and over only, please.

Kelly Sue DeConnick Signing
Aug. 13, 2014

Guest: Kelly Sue DeConnick

From 1-4, come have lunch, be a part of a Q&A and hangout with Kelly Sue. Then she'll sign and answer questions from 4:30-7:30p.

Derek McCulloch Signing
Aug. 6, 2014

Guest: Derek McCulloch

Derek McCulloch is an award-winning writer of graphic novels and other stuff. His newest Graphic Novel Displaced Persons releases August 6th.


Batman Day
July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23rd is Batman Day! The day we will celebrate Batman's 75th Anniversary! We will be giving out a Special Edition of Detective 27.

All DC Back Issues will be 50%!

This features a reimagining of Batman's 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by The New York Times #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer.

7th Anniversary Sale
June 7, 2014

In May of 2007, Andy Mead called me to ask if I'd buy his shop. Against any kind of logic or reason, I said, "Yes!"

In less than a month, I was the owner of the newly named "Illusive Comics & Games" which was named by the fans of my former comic publishing company.

To those of you who were customers since Brian's Books-- Thank you. Thank you for your patronage and support and friendship.

To those of you who have joined our Illusive Family since then, thank you for choosing us over all other shops in the area. I and my staff truly appreciate you.

This Saturday, June 7th, come celebrate with us! We'll have a Special Sale and Gaming Events all day.

At 7:30, our celebrations will begin, for Illusive customers that are 21+. There will be comedians, more gaming and lots of revelry. Please feel free to bring potluck dishes.

Neal Adams Signing
May 15, 2014

Guest: Neal Adams

Meet Comics Legend Neal Adams at Illusive Comics & Games on Thursday May 15th from 5:00-8:00pm!

The first autograph is FREE! (Additional autographs are $10 each) Portfolios, Art Prints, Comics, Books and Sketches will be available for purchase!

He is also taking on commissions, so now is the time to get a piece of art drawn up by Neal Adams. Maybe get a Batman: Black & White Variant blank with a Batman head sketch drawn on it. Jason Adams will also work out characters and prices with you. You can also call Jason at 212-869-4170 or email him at for more info.

Who is Neal Adams? He is a towering figure in the world of comic book creation and art. Neal has had legendary ‘runs’ on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and Deadman. Adams rescued Batman from the campy nostalgia of the television show, and re-fitted him in his present incarnation as an “Avenger of the Night.” When people say ‘modern Batman,’ they mean Neal Adams’ Batman. His run on Batman led directly to the new, more realistic incarnation in “Batman Returns” movie, which featured the character he created, Ra’s Al Ghul. Neal just did an 8 page story in Batman: Black & White #1. Don’t miss out on picking one up at the store and having Neal sign it.

Alina Chau Signing
May 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 11a-1p

Alina is a San Francisco-based creator that has the most amazing resume! And she creates comics and cool THINGS that are kid-centric, but appealing to All Ages. So bring your kids or just yourself for this fun signing!

Free Comic Book Day 2014
May 3, 2014

You can see all of the comics that we will have available at FreeComicBookDay.Com.

Of course we'll have a huge sale, the details of which will be revealed in next week's newsletter.

We'll have a Hot Dog Card (with vegan dogs!), and an Ice Cream truck. We have a volunteer doing balloon twisting; there will be cosplaying characters from Star Wars and more.

Feel free to come in costume yourselves!

Each patron may take 3 comics. If you want more, be prepared to donate at least $5 to our selected Charity, this year.

We'll have a WHOLE BUNCH of prizes you can win by donating funds to the charity, coming in costume, and spending money at our sale.

All Free Comic Donations twill go to Yikes Tikes!, a Bay Area preschool that works with Special Needs children. My son, who has Autism, attends this school, that is open to kids that can't find an appropriate preschool environment elsewhere. They are amazing, awesome and run just off of donations.

Easter Egg Hunt and Sale
April 20, 2014

It's coming! The Easter Bunny and our Funnest Sale of the Year!!

It's our East Egg hunt for ALL ages. Search for Easter Eggs filled with candy that are hidden in every nook and cranny of the shop, AND THEN spin our Wheel O' Discounts to save on your favorite stuff! (No sale, if you don't hunt!)

This Easter Egg hunt for you will be happening from 11am-7pm, Sunday the 20th. Perry works hard to hide these *very* well, and we tend to discover some months later...

Illusive Graphic Novel Club
April 19, 2014

Join our new Monthly Graphic Novel Group to discuss amazing comic book literature and kick ass artwork. At the next meeting we'll be discussing Y The Last Man.

We have plenty in stock if you have never picked it up. Yes, you now have the reason you always needed to really enjoy this. We'll supply pizza to all participants, so bring your Significant Other, Mom or Teenager. This should be a great discussion.


Nick Dragotta Signing
April 9, 2014

Guest: Nick Dragotta

In March, Nick Dragotta will be back to sign at the release of Volume 2 of East of West!!! He'll be in signing from 5p-8p! You can go through the line as many times as you like, but there will be a limit of 4 items each time. If you buy a Volume 2, you can get a small sketch, too!

Subscribers will get one sketch with their signing, even if they don't buy a volume (being a Subscriber has it perks, eh?!)

Wednesday Sale!
April 2, 2014

We're having a One-Day sale to thin out some VERY full stock shelves:

50% off Premium Comics

50% off Variant Boxes

(Excludes New Releases, and Subscriber Box Holds)

Get Double Stamps for all Gaming items purchased

Hellboy Day
March 22, 2014

March 22 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola's career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character's somewhat humble beginnings in an eight-page feature in Dark Horse's San Diego Comic-Con Comics special, Seed of Destruction would begin the long life of the beloved "beast of the apocalypse."

In December, Dark Horse declared that March 22, 2014, would be Hellboy Day, with events happening in comic shops around the world!

Illusive Graphic Novel Club
March 13, 2014

Join our new Monthly Graphic Novel Group to discuss amazing comic book literature and kick ass artwork. We'll be starting with what is known as the first Graphic Novel-- The Watchmen.

We have plenty in stock if you have never picked it up. Yes, you now have the reason you always needed to really enjoy this. We'll supply pizza to all participants, so bring your Significant Other, Mom or Teenager. This should be a great discussion.

Thursday, March 13th 7-9p

Drink & Draw Series
March 8, 2014

Our model Jean will be here for all you artists who bring pads of paper and drawing utensils of destruction. Please bring a few dollars to tip our lovely model who holds SO STILL! (Jean is a consummate professional who will be the featured model in the next issue of Culture Asylum.) If you have a particular kind of outfit you want her to wear, let us know. She's got Army, Steampunk and everything in between.

Saturday from 3-5p

The Fuse #1 Signing
Feb. 12, 2014

Guest: Justin Greenwood

Come meet artist Justin Greenwood and see his brand new comic The Fuse, which releases that same day, Wednesday Feb. 12th, from 6-8p.

Working homicide 22,000 miles up on an orbiting energy platform, in a five-mile-long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, with no help from your so-called colleagues back on Earth, is more than's murder!

Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran ANTONY
JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for a new crime series with attitude! Murder, mayhem, and mystery-22,000 miles straight up.

Santa and White Elephant
Dec. 21, 2013

Saturday, December 21st, Santa will be visiting Illusive, from 12p-2p, ready to hear from Kids of All Ages what they'd like for Christmas. We'll also have a Professional photographer on hand, to take your, your child's or your family's portraits with Santa! For only $5, he'll email you a digital pic that you can use as you like!

Then at 7:30p, we'll have our Annual White Elephant Festivus Party. Bring yourself, some food or beverage to share and a wrapped present for the White Elephant Gift Exchange, and be prepared to have a completely wonderful time! As this party is 21+ only, your present can be as Naughty or Nice as you wish.

Steampunk ABC Signing
Dec. 11, 2013


The perfect gift for the holidays- an alphabet book and coloring book made for kids of all ages, based in the Victorian Era!

Come dressed in a Steampunk outfit and get a surprise gift from the creator!

Dan Brereton Signing
Nov. 30, 2013

Guest: Daniel Brereton

Come meet Dan Brereton who will be signing his new series, Sorceress, as well as many of his other comics. He'll also be doing a Portfolio Review and selling 11 x 17 prints.


Blood, Food and Fund Drive
Nov. 16, 2013

We will be working with the Red Cross and Second Harvest Food Bank for a big donor event on November the 16th. Blood Donors can sign up for times from 11am-5pm.

We'll also have a Super Special Store Sale on the 16th of November for everyone that donates any Food, Blood or Funds (funds can go to the Red Cross or The Second Harvest Food Bank).

Ed Luce Signing
Nov. 6, 2013

Wednesday, from 6-8p, Ed Luce, the creator of Wuvable Oaf will be in signing with his comics. His stuff is so Wuvable!! Don't miss this fun event!

Oct. 26, 2013

Trick-or-Treaters, come on by for some free comics! (They're so much more delicious than candy). Come in costume for extra comics!

That evening at 7:30pm is our Annual Halloween Party. The theme is Adult Cartoons, such as Venture Brothers and Archer.

We'll have a Costume Contest and Professional Comedians at this raucous annual event. (21+ only please). The Comedy will be from 9-10pm. Come prepared to laugh yourself silly.

There will also be lots of gaming. Feel free to bring food or drinks to share!

Marcus Hill Signing
Oct. 9, 2013

Many of you loved having Marcus in with his color prints a few weeks ago. We're happy to announce that he'll be back Wednesday, October 9th, with Zombie Art, to commemorate the new Walking Dead season.

Mustache Competition & Comedy Night
Sept. 14, 2013

Ladies and Gents, it's time to get creative and create completely awesome mustaches for this silly contest. The winners will receive prizes.

The contest will be judged by the comedians that will perform immediately after the competition (and during judging too, I'm sure).

Gregg Hurwitz Signing
Sept. 14, 2013

Guest: Gregg Hurwitz

Saturday, 11a-11:45a

This Saturday for only 45 minutes, you can meet New York Times Bestselling author, Gregg Hurwitz! He has penned 13 thrillers, most recently, Tell No Lies (released 8/20). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been translated into 22 languages.

He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin).

Gregg has also produced and written screenplays for film and television (ABC's "V", "Expulsion" spec script to Warner Bros, and many more).

He recently announced that he will be developing his Tim Rackley books for TNT/Sony.

We will have copies of his latest book on hand, as well as recent comics he's written, for you to get signed by him.

Nick Dragotta Signing
Sept. 11, 2013

Guest: Nick Dragotta

We were advised last week that Volume 1 of East of West will be released later than planned. As such, Nick Dragotta kindly offered to move the signing to that date.

He'll start signing and sketching at 4pm and stay as long as he has fans here, or until we close. Whichever comes first.

Nick is the artist of best-selling East of West story, by Image Comics.

Premature Labor Day Sale
Aug. 30, 2013 to Sept. 2, 2013

Each Labor Day weekend, we run a sale, starting on Saturday, to commemorate my son's birth, which was very premature, 4 years ago. (Yes, it's been 4 years!)

Thus, Friday through Monday, the 30th-2nd, we will have a HUGE sale on:

Premium Comics
Back Issue Bin Comics
Clearance Books & Dollar Comics
Adult Books
Specially Marked Board Games & Card Games
Collectible Cards
Specially Marked T-Shirts

and more!

Artist's Drink and Draw
Aug. 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29th is our first Drink and Draw event for Comic Book Artists. Bring your portfolio to share with other artists. Bring a paper and drawing utensils if you want to sketch from our Live Model. Bring food and drink to share, if you like, as well!

Illusive Sausage & Augtoberfest
Aug. 3, 2013

It's the 5 week mark, Beer-makers! So get to brewin!

Saturday August 3rd, we will celebrate Beer, Sausage and Desserts! Bring your homegrown Beer, Mead or German Desserts (pretzels, yum!) and Sausage and we'll have a tasting of it all. There will be prizes for the tastiest of the bunch!

Costumes will be encouraged.

There will be a $10 Tasting Fee, with 100% of the fee being donated to Yikes Tikes!, a local co-op pre-school located in Redwood City, Los Altos, San Jose and Fremont that is open to both Regular Development and Special Needs kiddos, age 2-4.9 years. Anna's son attends this school which is free and works off donations only. So dig deep, Darlings!

If you will want to enter your Beer, Sausage or Dessert for this tasting, please contact Anna with your info so she can go over more details with you.

H. Valencia Signing
July 17, 2013

July 17th is H. Valencia from 11a-2p, Mr. Valencia will be signing his books Return of Halley's Comet and As Long As The Blue Canary Sings.

Thursday the 4th Sale & Special Hours
July 4, 2013

Thursday is the 4th of July! Everything will be completely normal this week (no late comics), except we're closing at 8pm instead of 10pm on Thursday. We will have Open Gaming all day, too.

AND spin the Wheel O' Discounts all day!

Pick out what you're going to buy and spin to see what sale special you get!

(Excludes Subscription Box contents and Special Orders)

Comedy Night
June 20, 2013

Illusive Comics and Games will be hosting the Funny Pages, a new geek-centric comedy show. Comedians will be waxing humorously about their love of comic books, movies, tv shows, games, and anything else worthy of being shoved into a locker. The Funny Pages will be an evening where people can come together and geek out and laugh about the things they love. The show will be hosted by David Nguyen, feature Imran G, Clare OKane, and Red Scott. The fun takes place on June, 20 2013 @ 8pm. $5 suggested donation. (Material will be PG13-R, so 17+ only please)

McCann & Esquejo Signing
June 19, 2013

Guests: Rodin Esquejo, Jim McCann

June 19th, from 6-9p, we'll have Eisner Award winning Jim McCann, creator of Mind the Gap, and writer of Lost Vegas in and Eisner-Nominated artist Rodin Esquejo.

Free RPG Day
June 15, 2013

The goal of Free RPG Day is to inspire gamers to play a new RPG! We'll play a variety of games giving away Role Playing Games for participating gamers! This event is free and open to all gamers 13+.

The following Role Playing Games will be played and are open to gamers on a first come, first served basis:

11:30-1:30 Cosmic Patrol
11:30-1:30 Pathfinder We Be Goblins I
2-p Shadow Run
4-7p Pathfinder We Be Goblins II
5-7p Star Wars

Alex Sheikman Signing
June 12, 2013

Guest: Alex Sheikman

June 12th Alex Sheikman will be signing with us from 5p-9p. Alex is the creator of Robotika and artist of Jim Hensen's The Dark Crystal.

Portfolio Review and Signing with M.A. Masterson
June 1, 2013

M.A. "Bat" Masterson, my publishing partner at Illogical Associates, and the writer and co-creator of Dorothy, will be doing a portfolio review, from 2p - 7p, for artists interested in being a part of the new creations of Dorothy. All art styles are welcome.

Dorothy is significant, because if the previous owner of Brian's Books hadn't been a fan, I wouldn't have learned of this shop and, subsequently, purchased it and turned it into the Illusive you know and love.

Celebration & Sales
June 1, 2013

We are celebrating the 6th Illusiversary & Brian's Books 33rd Birthday. We'll have a Sale, be giving stuff away, and at 8p the revelry begins! (21 and over, only, for that bit)

Spend at least $66 and get a FREE Illusive Bag. It's perfectly sized to hold your Comics or Game Supplies every week! It also has 2 bottle holders!

Here's *some* of our sale details (More to be revealed on Saturday):

33% off
Premium Comics
Specially Marked Games
and Game Accessories

66% off
Back Issues
Specially Marked Games

Jimmie Robinson Signing
May 29, 2013

Guest: Jimmie Robinson

Jimmie Robinson will be in signing on May 29th. He'll be signing from 11a-1p and 6p-9p.

Free Comic Book Day
May 4, 2013

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 4th!

This is our single biggest event of the year, hands down, and here's what we've got planned:

- We'll be open 10am to 7pm.
- We'll have a HUGE Store-Wide sale.
- There will be Storm Troopers to make sure no one rebels against the Empire.
- We'll have Face Painting, and Balloons
- Artist Mike Hampton will be doing Character Sketches
- We'll give away thousands of FREE COMICS!
- We will be fundraising for Autism Speaks.

There will be comics for people of all ages. Each customer will get 3 Free Comics, but with a donation made at each table of comics, you can receive 1 of each of the comics on that table. 100% of the donations will go to Autism Speaks.

The list of comics and some info about them is available through this link:

Not local? That's ok, most stores in North America hold some kind of event that day.

May The Fourth Be With You.

Lark Pien and Thein Pham Signing
March 27, 2013

Lark Pien and Thein Pham will both be signing their books on March 27th from 6-8p.

Thien, who is currently featured in San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum, has worked on Level-Up (written by Gene Yang, drawn by Thien Pham) and SUMO (written and drawn by Thien Pham).

Lark's books are: Long Tail Kitty, Mr. Elephanter, and has been a part of the anthologies Flight #4, Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists.

They will both be doing sketches for fans that buy their books, and Lark will be taking Commissions, starting at $120.

St. Patrick's Day Sale
March 17, 2013

Many of you have been begging for a new sale. Well, here's your Green Opportunity (see what I did there?). Sunday, March 17th, wear Green and partake in this sale:

25% off Trade Paperbacks and Graphic Novels when you buy 3 or more
25% off Premium and Wall Comics when you buy 3 or more
50% off all Back Issues

(if you don't wear green, Anna reserves the right to pinch you and allow you to partake in the sale)

William Katt and Clancy Brown Signing
Feb. 28, 2013

Meet Actors William Katt (The Greatest American Hero), Clancy Brown (Highlander, The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers), and Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End)! They will be joined by Sparks creator Christopher Folino and artist Tyler Endicott in signing and celebrating the release of the Sparks graphic novel. Our own Derek McCaw, editor of the original Sparks series, will be lurking about, too.

The Sparks graphic novel will be officially released via Amazon on Friday, March 1st, but you can get it exclusively at Illusive Comics & Games, on Thursday the 28th!

The first 50 fans at Illusive Comics & Games on the 28th will get a copy of the original first issue signed by Katt. In addition, Folino will be giving away tickets to Friday night's World premiere of the movie adaption at Cinequest in the California theater.

Tickets are available now, in-store only.

Tickets cost $20 and cover the price of either a copy of Sparks, signed by stars in attendance, OR get One Memorabilia Item signed, or have One Photo taken with the stars. Max of 2 items per person (for a total $40). We are expecting a huge attendance, so I *strongly* recommend you buy your tickets asap.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dennis Amoroso Signing
Feb. 6, 2013

Dennis Amoroso will be signing his new sci-fi book Crystal City on February 6th from 5p-7p.

Robert Love Signing
Jan. 23, 2013

Robert will be signing Number 13 and Alpha Girl. The Preview Issue, Issues #1 and #2 of Number 13 will be available by that date. Robert Love also did art for Alpha Girl, Issues #1-3.

He will do sketches of Alpha Girl and Number 13 as well as be taking commissions.

Noon - 2:30p

Learn Mage Wars or Magic: The Gathering
Jan. 19, 2013

January 19th from 12-4 is How To Play Mage Wars game day. Come learn how to play this game that has such a huge buzz!

We'll also have our next Learn How to Play Magic Workshop from 12-3p that afternoon.

Doubleclix on Thursday at 7:30p
Jan. 10, 2013

The uber-awesome all-girl band The Doubleclix will be playing at Illusive again, on Thursday, January 10th at 7:30p.

The Doubleclix played our Anniversary party and everyone agreed they were AMAZING. Definitely make sure you don't miss this concert! This free event appropriate for all ages, so please feel free to bring your kids!

There is a $5-$10 artist donation, or you can buy one of their awesome CD's.

Darick Robertson Signing
Dec. 19, 2012

Illusive Comics & Games is hosting a signing with Darick Robertson on December 19, 2012 from 4-8pm. Robertson is the artist of Happy!, a new comic mini-series written by Grant Morrison; the first issue of which sold out in September before it hit the stands. He is also the original artist of The Boys, and the artist and co-creator of the long running series Transmetropolitan with Warren Ellis. Copies of his books will be available for purchase, and attendees will receive a free sketch with purchase. Autographs will be supervised so that signed comics can be submitted to the CGC. The price for a supervised autograph is $38 per book, which includes shipping. Robertson will also be accepting a limited number of commissions.

Happy! is the story of hitman Nick Sax, who finds himself working with a young girl’s imaginary, magical blue horse to save the girl from a pedophiliac Santa Claus. Not your typical Christmas comic, the book has mature themes and images.

Robertson began his career in comics at age 17, and has illustrated hundreds of comics in his more than twenty years in the industry. He has worked on many well-known titles from major comic publishers DC and Marvel, including New Warriors, Justice League, Wolverine, Spider-man, and Fury.

Free Comic Book Day Signings
May 5, 2012

"Geek Heaven"

Illusive Comics & Games will have the Alpha Girl creative team signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on FCBD 2012.

Come check it out!