Blockbuster movies, the most popular TV shows, and powerhouse characters known the world over all  have one thing in common: They were born in comic books and have been made popular through the work of artists, writers, and a dedicated group of fiercely independent small business owners. On Saturday, November 28, it’s time to shine the spotlight on comic book retailers, the fire-starters of pop culture. It’s time to celebrate Local Comic Shop Day!

Aw Yeah Comics is among the select group of comic shops making available unique and limited editions of the hottest new releases to exclusive hardcover versions of popular collections. On Saturday, November 28, coinciding with Small Business Saturday, Local Comic Shop Day makes it easy to shop for the comic book fan in your life.

Available exclusive products include:

Archie Comics:

Jughead #1 LCSD exclusive cover (750 copy limited edition) 

The Shield #1 LCSD exclusive cover (500 copy limited edition)

Hangman #1 LCSD exclusive cover

Black Mask Studios:

We Can Never Go Home LCSD Hard Cover Graphic Novel

Space Riders LCSD Hard Cover Graphic Novel

Secret Black Mask LCSD Box Set

BOOM! Studios:

Klaus #1 LSCD exclusive cover

Dark Horse Comics:

Call of Duty: Black Ops III #1

DC Comics:

Dark Knight III: Master Race – Dave Johnson LCSD exclusive cover

IDW Publishing:

“Disappearing Marty” LCSD exclusive cover of Back to the Future #1 (2,500 copy limited edition)

Image Comics:

Bitch Planet LCSD Hardcover Graphic Novel (750 copy limited edition)

Magnetic Press:

Luminae Limited Black and White Line Art Edition by Bengal (500 copy limited 


All-New Wolverine #1 Bengal Sketch LCSD exclusive cover (500 copy limited edition)

 All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 Marquez LCSD exclusive cover

ONI Press:

Invader Zim #1 exclusive cover

Rick and Morty #1 exclusive cover

Exodus: The Life After #1 exclusive cover

Valiant Entertainment:

Book of Death: The Fall of Harbinger #1 LCSD exclusive cover  (1000 copy edition)

Z2 Comics:

Welcome to Showside #1 Saltel Variant

Make sure to visit Aw Yeah Comics on Saturday, November 28 for the above items plus the author MARJORIE LIU will be signing her new comic book MONSTRESS from 2:30 to 4 PM! We will also have special sales including But one/get one free Dorbz, all statues 20% off, t-shirts for only $10.00, select action figures 40% off, $1 off all posters, and more!!!

 Local Comic Shop Day™ is a new event conceived and implemented by ComicsPRO comic book specialty retailers to call attention to locally owned independent comic book specialty stores, celebrating their unique and vital role in pop culture.

ComicsPRO is the only trade organization dedicated to the progress of direct market comic book retailers. The goals of ComicsPRO are to help direct market retailers speak with a single, strong voice on important industry issues, to provide educational and mentoring opportunities to current and future retailers, and to offer opportunities for retailers to reduce fixed costs. For more information about ComicsPRO, please visit

Marjorie Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen novels.  Her comic book work includes X-23, Black Widow, Dark Wolverine, and Astonishing X-Men, for which she was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Her new book Monstress is set in an alternate 1900’s Asia and tells the story of a teenage girl who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power - a connection that will transform them both, and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. 

Aw Yeah Comics is located at 107 N. High Street in beautiful Downtown Muncie, Indiana. Owned by comic book writers Mark Waid and Christina Blanch, the store aims to be a destination for comic book lovers where everyone is welcome and comfortable. The store has two floor of comic book goodness and is striving to be the pop culture hub for East Central Indiana. 




Muncie Sesquicentennial Videos

Muncie 150th- Garfield Treatment

Ball State University's IDIA Lab in partnership with Muncie officials and Paws, Inc. has created a special video in honor of the city's sesquicentennial celebration. Jim Davis' Garfield virtually hosts the montage, which features historical imagery and clips of Muncie mentions in pop culture.


MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State University's IDIA Lab in partnership with Paws, Inc. has created a special digital art event in honor of Muncie's sesquicentennial celebration. The multimedia event will take place during Muncie's ArtsWalk at 8 p.m., Oct. 1 at the corner of East Charles and South Walnut streets in downtown Muncie.

Muncie History

Uploaded by IDIA Lab: Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts on 2015-09-30.



October Featured Partner: The Star Press


The Star Press, along with its online partner,, is the leading source of news for Muncie, Delaware County and the surrounding communities.

The Star Press is a Gannett company. Gannett is a media and marketing solutions company with a diverse portfolio of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing companies.

Gannett provides consumers easy access to the things that matter most to them – any way and anywhere.



September Featured Partner: Ball Brothers Foundation

Ball Brothers Foundation

Established in 1926, Ball Brothers Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Muncie, Delaware County, and Indiana through grantmaking. From the historic Ball Stores department store to Ball Corp.’s headquarters, the Ball family has had deep, historical roots in downtown Muncie. Their commitment to making downtown Muncie a thriving center of commerce and activity with attractive amenities lives on through grantmaking. Over the past decade, BBF grantmaking has supported downtown infrastructure improvements, branding of the downtown area, and events that bring residents and visitors to the city’s center.   



August Featured Partner: Mutual Bank

Mutual Bank

MutualBank is a proud supporter of DWNTWN Muncie for over 125 years! MutualBank started out helping people live better lives in 1889 providing the community with a source of funds for the building and purchasing of homes. Today, MutualBank offers full-service banking from personal to commercial banking along with wealth management, trust services and investments. The dedicated effort to provide convenient services to the customer, along with the community’s commitment to banking local has aided the success of MutualBank. MutualBank is proud to be a partner of the efforts and events of DWNTWN Muncie.



Muncie Three Trails Music Series Presents: Junior Brown

You don’t find stylists today like you did in the Ernest Tubb era. That’s what sets Junior aside from a lot of other artists. He’s got his own style. And his rapport with his fans, he draws a vast audience, from young college kids up to the older, traditional country music fan.   David McCormick, owner, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Nashville

Junior told me once that he was very impressed by Jimi Hendrix, by the way he was very wild, and yet he was very controlled. He knew where everything was going in a solo, and [   ] I think Junior tries for the same effect and I think he hits it virtually every time.

Mitch Mitchell, drummer, Jimi Hendrix Experience


With his bass voice, songwriting, and, famously, his double-necked “Guit-Steel,” there simply has never been anyone quite like Junior Brown. Born in Cottonwood, AZ and raised just outside Kirksville, IN (yes, he’s a Hoosier!), the music bug bit Junior early on. In high school he formed a series of dance bands. Then, still in his teens, he left home to hit the Country dance-club circuit full time. This continued for decades, as Junior recounts: “I played more nights in honkytonks during the 70’s and 80’s than most musicians will see in a lifetime…. I did so many years of that, night after night, four sets a night, 15 minute breaks; I mean, after that, you gotta get good or get out.” Eventually settling in Austin, TX, Junior signed to a major label and swiftly garnered massive critical acclaim, including a Country Music Association (CMA) award, three Grammy nods, and  a Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award with Ralph Stanley. He has performed vinyl and video duets with everyone from Hank Thompson and George Jones to the Beach Boys and Stone Temple Pilots. His music can be heard in many movies (Me Myself and Irene, Trespass, Dukes of Hazard) and TV shows (X Files, Austin City Limits, the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul). Junior has also performed on Letterman, Conan, and Saturday Night Live. While Country & Western is his favorite music, his catalog of recordings (ten in all!) reveals a broader virtuosity, not just in C&W, but in swing, rock, surf, Hawaiian, blues, traditional jazz, pop, bluegrass, and even Mariachi. And one must, of course, speak about the Guit-Steel guitar that is synonymous with his name. Junior says the idea for the Guit-Steel came to him in a dream. “I was playing both steel and guitar, switching back and forth a lot while I sang, and it was kinda awkward. But then I had this dream where they just kinda melted together. When I woke up, I thought, “You know, this thing would work!” He called on guitar maker Michael Stevens and, by 1985, the Guit-Steel moved from dream to reality. While there are many other Guit-Steel players now, Junior was the first, and for many years the one and only. Thanks to his unique instrument, his wide-ranging abilities across a variety of genres, his awards and numerous multi-media appearances, and his ever-growing catalog, Junior Brown is that rare performer who is not only a first-rate talent, but also a true American original.


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July Featured Partner: Quirk & Hunter, PC

Quirk & Hunter, PC

Quirk & Hunter, PC, a well-known and respected general practice, has been providing legal services for the last 44 years. As a father-son-daughter team, they offer counseling for litigation, mediation and legal negotiation, with both specific and broad areas of expertise. With more than 120 years of combined legal experience, they have the quality experience and wisdom coupled with the youth and vigor to complement each other in their representation of clients.

They are a family business and DWNTWN Muncie is a part of their family. They have a deep commitment to the community and are dedicated to serving individuals, families, businesses, government entities and organizations throughout the Muncie community and greater Indiana area as well.



Update Meeting

The next Downtown Update Meeting is tomorrow, Thursday, June 25th, at 3:00pm at the Downtown Business Connector. Please use the High Street entrance, located at 420 S. High Street in The Lofts at Roberts.

We will be discussing the construction progress of the streetscape project. This meeting is open to all and we encourage you to come and learn more details about the improvements.

Future meetings will be every other Thursday at 3pm in the same location.

Go to for news and details about free events throughout DWNTWN Muncie.



June Featured Partner: Muncie Sanitary District

Muncie Sanitary District

The Muncie Sanitary District provides services to the public in the areas of code enforcement, engineering, sanitation, sewer maintenance, storm water management, water pollution control, Bureau of Water Quality and recycling. In addition to these services, the MSD maintains a statewide position of leadership in green infrastructure through its commitment to programs and initiatives that make the Muncie community a better place to live. Its most recent green initiative was opening East Central Indiana's first compressed natural gas station, GreenLine.



May Featured Partner: Muncie Visitor's Bureau

Muncie Visitors Bureau

The Muncie Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting all aspects of travel and tourism in Delaware County. From lodging to dining and retail, the MVB provides guests with information to make their trip the best possible. Their up-to-date information on all the happenings throughout Muncie help visitors find the perfect events and attractions to attend during their visit.  The MBV takes pride in greeting Muncie's visitors with genuine Hoosier Hospitality. 


DWNTWN Parking Map

Here is our map of DWNTWN parking lots, street parking, and pedestrian zones during the construction process for this month. Any changes or updates in the future will be posted.

Thank you for your patience and help support our DWNTWN businesses!


DWNTWN Road Access

Construction Update - High & Charles Intersection

The Muncie Sanitary District has issued an update regarding the sewer project. The intersection of High Street and Charles Street will be closing this week while concrete and paving occurs on High Street. Traffic on High Street will need to divert to Walnut or Liberty. Paving will also begin on Franklin Street, and the Franklin and High Street corridors will be opening soon with minimal restrictions.

While the intersection is closed for new paving, parking is available on Walnut Street, in parking lots, and on side streets, in order to access businesses and apartments in the 100 west block of Charles Street. Access to businesses and housing in the 400 south High Street block will need to divert using alternate routes.

Muncie Downtown Development Partnership will continue sharing information with everyone as the progress of the construction continues, and as updates become available from the Muncie Sanitary District.

We appreciate your patience and support of our businesses during our current construction period.

Check this website weekly for additional changes in road openings.



April Featured Partner: Mursix


Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, Mursix is a technology-driven company characterized by its use of state-of-the-practice equipment and technologies in the production of value-added product solutions. Capabilities include tool design and construction, punch press and multislide stamping of both large and small components (including the stamping of precious metals), precision machining, in-machine processing, injection and insert molding, plating, and sophisticated multi-part assembly.

From its administrative, engineering, and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Asia, Mursix serves a diverse customer base in a wide variety of markets, and has earned its reputation as a "one-stop solution" for its customers.



February Featured Partner: Horizon Convention Center

Horizon Convention Center


The Horizon Convention Center is an innovative mix of historic beauty and modern design. Formerly Muncie's Federal Building, the Horizon Convention Center is beautiful, as is evident in the glass-enclosed pavilion, the outdoor terrace, and the classical splendor of the lobby's original interior. A 1996 expansion increased the facility's meeting space to 47,000 square feet.

The Horizon Convention Center is ideal for conventions and conferences of 30 to 750 attendees, with space to accommodate everything from large main sessions to small breakout sessions.  On-site catering and an in-house audio/visual department make for easy planning and coordination, along with a staff dedicated to make your event perfect.



Introducing Muncie Check-in for Charity at The Arsenal

February 1 marks the first day we’ll be launching Muncie Check-In for Charity. This will allow you to make an impact with your Facebook check-ins at The Arsenal. Every time you check-in on Facebook for a workout, The Arsenal will donate 37 cents to a local cause. At the end of each month, a check will be delivered to the sponsored not-for-profit located here in Muncie!

Check-in on Facebook and use the hashtag: #ArsenalArmyCharity.


This effort is an extension of a major pillar of The Arsenal: Community. Yes, our strong culture within the box is a major force in helping all of us realize our potential and live out our values each day. As a downtown business, we feel it is our obligation to give back when and where we can, expanding our impact on the community we call home, Muncie. This is a simple way for us to make that type of impact every day and in turn raise awareness for local organizations.

This month we will be launching with Boys and Girls Club of Muncie. As you’ll view in the video above, Executive Director Micah Maxwell will introduce you to the organization that he leads. We are excited to partner with Boys and Girls Club of Muncie and are hopeful that each of you will join us by checking in every time you’re in to throw down at The Arsenal.

If you have a not-for-profit that you would like us to consider for the coming months, please email us as we know there are a lot of worthy causes right here in Muncie.



January Featured Partner: City of Muncie


The City of Muncie is celebrating its sesquicentennial year this year. That's 150 years of developing and improving our community. Dennis Tyler is the Mayor of Muncie.

The Mayor is the city executive and the head of the executive branch. The specific duties and responsibilities are defined by state statutes (Indiana Code 36-4-5). A few of those items include: enforcement of City and State statutes, informing the legislative body a variety of required items of information, make recommendations to the legislative body, supervise subordinate officers, ensure efficient government of the city, and approve or veto ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body.



IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation Makes $3 Million Impact

MUNCIE- A $3 million commitment from the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation has been pledged to create job training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Specific healthcare focused training will be an option at The Arc’s Training Institute and Teaching Hotel, which is affiliated with the Courtyard by Marriott and attached to the Horizon Convention Center at 601 South High Street in downtown Muncie.  

“IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is optimistic that the partnership with The Arc of Indiana will have a positive influence on the hospital, the participants in training, and our community as a whole,” said Michael Haley, President and CEO, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  “IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is proud to be at the forefront of such an innovative program.”   

The Teaching Hotel, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 and will provide people with disabilities postsecondary educational opportunities and other training to lead to greater self-sufficiency. 

“We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership brings,” stated Kim Dodson, executive director, The Arc of Indiana Foundation.  “Participants at our training institute will complete a rigorous training program with an emphasis on a people first culture.  This specific skill set can aide in improving customer satisfaction which is important in several business areas especially healthcare.”   

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will be able to work with training institute staff to build on the customer experience training and create a detailed supplementary program that fits the hospital’s needs.   

“The hospital will supply internships and job opportunities that lead to independence and self-sufficiency,” said Ann McGuire, vice president, Human Resources, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  “Training programs may be designed for opportunities in the supply chain, patient transport, dietary, guest relations and environmental service areas.  This innovative approach will not only develop loyal team members but aid in reducing turnover.”   

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce Preparation found that hiring a worker with a disability is both a retention and employment strategy.  Workers with disabilities have higher-than-average retention rates and company loyalty.  

 “Healthcare systems require a skilled, reliable and stable workforce to provide effective and continuous patient care,” said McGuire.  “However, first-year turnover in the hospital sector (28.3%) is higher than for the rest of U.S. industries (21.5%).”   

“This commitment emphasizes the importance IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital places on improving the health of the communities we serve through education and outreach,” said Tricia Stanley, president, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation.  “IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation is honored to train students for employment opportunities in healthcare and participate in this model which demonstrates the strength and benefit of private, public and philanthropic collaboration.”



December Featured Partner: AEP

American Electric Power

Our featured partner for December is American Electric Power. Don't miss out on the Light Up DWNTWN events happening this month, powered by AEP.

AEP dedicates itself to providing reliable, affordable service and shareholder value, with a continued focus on safety. AEP's Mission is bringing comfort to our customers, supporting business and commerce, and building strong communities.

AEP's Values include: Zero Harm, Integrity & Stewardship, Adapt & Achieve, and Customer Focus



The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street

On line at or call the box office at 765-288-7529

Muncie Civic Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on the Mainstage Theatre December 5-6, 12-14, 18-20. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday shows are at 7:30pm and the Sunday Matinee on December 14this at 2:00pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for groups of 10+, and $11 for students & children. Reserved Seating.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids -- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem -- and the fun -- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

A Family classic for the Holiday Season!

Written by Barbara Robinson

Directed by Greg Gassman



Two World Premiers this Weekend at Muncie Civic Theatre

Muncie Civic Theatre hosts two staged readings,  a new play OIL IN THE BLOOD (Friday) and a new Musical, MASTER OF TIMESaturday)!

Oil in the Blood

Friday November 21, 2014 • 7:30 pm 


Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305 Show Map


Muncie Civic Theatre is proud to present an original play by the students of the Ball State University Immersive Learning Seminar, “Greatest Spectacle(s) in Racing" taught by Tyler Smith. Oil in the Blood, a premiere stage reading, is Friday, November 21st at 7:30pmFREE General Admission.

As the opening race of this year’s Mid-America Tires Sprint Car Series approaches, veteran driver Jeff Reno drops a bomb on his family: After two decades of racing, he’ll have to sit out the first half of the season with an eye issue.  The family’s shock quickly turns to chaos and disagreement as Jeff’s 19-year-old daughter Ash volunteers to take her dad’s seat.  She’s been racing smaller cars since she could reach the pedals, and she says she’s ready to move up with the big boys.  Ash’s older brother Jeff Junior has been racing alongside dad for five years now and isn’t so sure that Ash is ready for the leap.  Stella, Jeff’s wife and team mechanic, is torn between giving her daughter an opportunity and wondering if Ash is ready to handle a 700 horsepower sprint car. And what will Les, the family friend and team sponsor think of these new developments? Oil in the Blood follows the Reno family through a season of Midwest sprint car racing, with plenty of drama both on and off the track.

Master of Time

Saturday Friday November 22, 2014 • 7:30 pm 


Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305 Show Map



Join Muncie Civic Theatre as we present the world premiere of a brand new original musical! Master of Time is a new original musical with book, music, and lyrics written by Ball State University musical theatre student John Banes. It is the story of a boy named Matthew Crawford who is faced with a life-changing decision in the midst of turbulent circumstances. The show follows his journey to this decision under the silent scrutiny of the elusive Master of Time. This new work will be performed for the first time featuring a fantastic cast as a fundraiser for The Trevor Project. Come experience the first public concert reading!

Tickets are $5. General Admission. Rated PG13.
All proceeds benefit The Trevor Project.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by John Banes