244 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01609
Past EventsMarch 14, 2018: Hulk Returns Celebration
Hulk Out at That’s Entertainment! Marvel Comics mainstay Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk, was “killed” almost two years ago, felled by the Avenger’s archer, Hawkeye in the CIVIL WAR II series. But super-heroes rarely stay dead for long, and Bruce Banner finally returns in AVENGERS #684, on sale Wednesday March 14th!
“Bruce Banner is back,” Marvel announces. “He’s angry. And you’ve never seen a Hulk this angry before. The iconic goliath officially returns in all his green glory… Bruce Banner, unprovoked and unchecked, will take you on a frightening adventure as he battles to save the universe.”
Worcester’s That’s Entertainment, the Eisner-Award-winning pop culture emporium at the corner of Park Avenue and Lois Lane, is gearing up to celebrate the occasion in a big way on March 14th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. They’re calling their event a “Hulk-out.” There’s fun for all ages, and the public is invited.
First, you’ll be able to get a photo of yourself holding one of the most sought-after comic books of all.
“We have a Hulk #1,” reveals store Marketer, Sorana Gatej, “and we’re giving fans a photo-op with it!”
“It’s a nice original copy of Incredible Hulk #1 from 1962,” continues store Manager Ken Carson, “graded at 4.0, or Very Good Plus. Some people may not realize that the Hulk was actually gray, not green, in his first appearance. Comics like this are artifacts of a different era, before super-heroes dominated the mainstream. First issues for the early Marvel heroes have become like museum pieces as time goes by!”
The issue will be put out for sale on the Saturday following the event, but for Wednesday night everyone can commemorate a moment with it for posterity. People who post their Hulk #1 photos to social media, and tag and like That’s Entertainment, will be eligible for a $5.00 store credit slip, which they will be able to retrieve starting Friday, March 16th.
There will also be a cosplay contest. Contestants are encouraged to dress as their favorite comic book superhero or villain to compete for one of three top prizes: $100, $50, or $25 in store credit! Photos will be taken of each participating cosplayer and posted on Facebook. Winners will be determined by That’s Entertainment staff members. Winners will be contacted after the event, and will also be announced on Facebook.
Comic artists Derek Rook and Laith Alabbad will be on hand drawing free sketches of the Hulk and related characters for fans.
Derek Rook has provided artwork for such notable works as Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell and Zombie, The Dead, Deadworld, and Gore Shriek. Under his comic book company label, Rough House Publishing, Derek plans to release his creator-owned titles, Beautiful Worcester and Angelduster. Although Derek works on numerous horror-related titles, he also passionately draws superheroes.
Artist Laith Alabbad has worked on various independent projects in storyboards, book illustrations and comics. He’s worked with independent self-published comic creators on a book called The All New Union! He is currently working on a personal project called Karbala.Sept. 23, 2017: Harley Quinn Day 2017
Batman Day returns to That’s Entertainment in Worcester, Massachusetts. This year, one of Batman’s arch-enemies is taking over the show. Celebrating 25 years of Harley Quinn with friends and employees of That’s Entertainment all day on Saturday, Sept. 23rd from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guest artists Bob Noberini and Doug Chapel will be offering free sketches and taking small commissions from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Each artist will be giving away a Batman Day commemorative print which will feature his artwork. Requests for commissions and free sketches are limited to one per person from each artist.
Customers are strongly encouraged to cosplay. Everyone who arrives in full costume will receive an instant $5 in store credit. Cosplayers are then welcome to enter in the store’s costume contest for a chance to win first, second, or third prizes of $10, $25, or $50 in store credit. Cashiers will be handing out free Batman and Harley Quinn comic books and masks to everyone upon request, while supplies last (limit one mask and one comic book per person).
Marketing coordinator Sorana Gatej says, “Last year on Batman Day, dozens of fans came into the store in costume,” she adds. “It’s a wonderful sight, with people of all ages dressed as Batman or his friends and foes milling around and posing for photos.”
Gatej continues, “Harley Quinn is one of my favorite DC villains. She’s a deranged sweetheart with a deadly edge. You never know what you’ll get, but you can be sure it will be both frightening and delightful.”
According to DC Comics, The annual fan-favorite event, now in its fifth year, was first introduced to honor the iconic character’s 75th anniversary. Continuing the BATMAN DAY tradition, DC Entertainment has combined forces with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country to bring fans exciting festivities in honor of Gotham’s protector.
Comic artists and cartoonists Bob Noberini and Doug Chapel are both locally renowned for their artistic contributions to the Worcester art scene. Some of Doug Chapel’s most recent work, a colorful mural featuring one of his signature robots, can be seen on the side of the WCUW radio building on the corner of Hawthorne and Main St. in Worcester, MA.
That’s Entertainment, located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, is a pop culture emporium that specializes in everyone’s inner “geek.” They carry a wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and other items.Sept. 12, 2017: Aftershock Comics Signing
That’s Entertainment hosts AfterShock Comics creators Joe Pruett and Paul Jenkins for an in-store signing on Tuesday, September 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Pruett is an Eisner award-winning comic book publisher, editor, and writer; Jenkins is an widely-acclaimed writer and editor. The creative duo will be at 244 Park Ave. in Worcester, MA as part of their AfterShock Comics North American Tour, signing copies of their comic books work past and present, and promoting their upcoming titles at AfterShock. Admission and signatures are free, and all ages are welcome to attend.
“If you’ve read comic books in the last twenty years, it’s a safe bet you’ve read comics by Joe Pruett and Paul Jenkins,” says store manager Ken Carson. “They’ve scripted the adventures of characters like Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man and X-Men, among many others. They rank among the very best of comic writers, and now they’re key members of the AfterShock Comics team.”
Single comic book issues and collected trade paperbacks by Paul Jenkins and Joe Pruett will be available for purchase at That’s Entertainment before and during the event. Please forward any questions regarding the authors to comic book specialist Pete Beaudoin at email@example.com, or call the store at 508-755-4207.Sept. 9, 2017: Tim Sale Signing
That’s Entertainment of Worcester, MA continues to celebrate its 25th year of business on Park Avenue in a BIG way! Highly revered Batman artist Tim Sale will be appearing at That’s Entertainment on Saturday, September 9th from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for an in-store signing. Also, all back-issue, trade paperback, and hardcover comic books will be 25% off all day long, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All “display” comic books retailing between $19.95 and $100 and under will also be 25% off.
Mr. Sale will be offering up to five signatures per person, free of charge. Fans are encouraged to bring comic books featuring Sale’s artwork and related memorabilia to be signed. He will also be drawing free mini head sketches, one per person, upon request. Sale will be offering to draw more elaborate sketches for $50 each. Depending on the volume of requests, some attendees may be asked to pick up their paid sketches at a later time. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend.
Tim Sale is the artist on the Eisner Award winning BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN and SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS, for which he won an Eisner for Artist of the Year. Along with writer Jeph Loeb, Sale also created DAREDEVIL: YELLOW, SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, HULK: GRAY and CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE for Marvel Comics. In 2018 he and writer Richard Starkings will debut the noir series, THE BROKEN MAN. Sale lives in Seattle with the beautiful and talented Susan Bailey, their two dogs and Bat-cat.
Manager Pete Beaudoin says, “I grew up a Marvel zombie, but Tim’s Batman and Superman books were so gorgeous I had to read them. This opened up the world of DC Comics to me.”
Supervisor Chad Julian states, “The Long Halloween by Tim Sale is my all-time favorite comic book.”
Located at the corner of Lois Lane and Park Ave. in Worcester, MA, That’s Entertainment is a pop culture emporium which specializes in everyone’s “geek.” Check out their wide variety of comics, vinyl records, vintage and modern video games and systems, anime, collectible card games, roleplaying games, board games, sports cards, memorabilia, toys, posters, and so much more!