Thursday, December 22, 2011

Warren Ellis : Captured Ghosts - Screening at the Vault! 1/6/12

Warren Ellis sees the future. He is a comic book writer and cyberpunk philosopher living on the edge of tomorrow. He speaks to a cult audience of artists, journalists, scientists and fans who hail him as INTERNET JESUS.

See the documentary in the Ultralounge on January 6th! 

$7 at the door to witness the magic.  OR, you can purchase Patrick Meaney's previous creation "Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods" for $15 and witness the magic for free!

The film features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given, and spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation of Red. Along the way, Ellis’s acerbic wit and core belief in humanity comes across like never before.
Complimenting Ellis’s own words are interviews with his artistic collaborators, friends and admirers from across all media, including actress Helen Mirren, Director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), comedian Patton Oswalt, Adult Film Star Stoya, Musician Claudio Sanchez (of Coheed and Cambria), comics writers Matt Fraction and Antony Johnston, and futurist Jamais Cascio. Ellis's comics collaborators like Marvel Comics CCO Joe Quesada, artists Darick Robertson, Ben Templesmith and Phil Jimenez also provide insight into Ellis's mind and creative workings. The film features numerous ambient interludes that spotlight Ellis’s prose and writing from both his online columns and his comics.
The film was shot over the course of 2010 and 2011 in England, San Diego and New York. It was completed in Fall 2011 and will premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival in November 2011, before a worldwide theatrical and special engagement run. DVD release will follow in February 2011.
The film was directed by Patrick Meaney, shot by Jordan Rennert, and produced by Respect Films and Sequart, as a followup to the critically acclaimed Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Kagan McLeod at the Vault!!

VERY excited to announce that Kagan McLeod, creator of Infinite Kung Fu (one of the absolute sweetest books of this or any year) will be all up in this comic shop! He will be signing things; he will be talking about his art and work; he might, perhaps, kick something if we ask really politely. More details to come, but this is a Must-Attend event.

Stay Tuned For More Details!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ARBCO Presents! 12/23/11


Alleyway entry!


Scared To Death
Scissor Now!
Baron Knoxburry
Lord Centipede

UM Flint and Mott Community College Class Presentations! 12/16/11

We’re edging ever closer to the end of the academic semester, which means it’s time for NOT one, but TWO OF RYAN'S STUDENTS’ IN-STORE SIGNINGS!!!  Here are their respective promotional postcards.

Chiba City Studios Film Screening 12/3/11

10pm to 1am.

Chiba City Studios and the Vault of Midnight present a special screening of "Lights Out" and "In Between". The screening starts at 10:00pm. Please enter through the alley behind the store. Members of the production team will be at the screening. Please join us. The event is *free*.

Here's a little about these dudes.

In 1997, Joe met Dave at Michigan Tech.  They became friends and shared a passion for film and music.  Joe often discussed his desire to make films.  At the time,  the only way to do this was to go to film school.  So, the dream was (temporarily) unobtainable.
Joe and Dave kept in touch after graduating from Michigan Tech.  In 2000, Joe moved to Ann Arbor, MI.  While hanging out at the Vault of Midnight comic book store in 2002, Joe met Jamie and Chris.  Jamie and Chris also shared a passion for film.  Fortunately, Jamie said "I'm a writer" and Chris said "I'm a photographer".  Joe was developing an interest in writing and film editing.  Jamie, Chris and Joe collectively said "We need to make films together".
Not too long after this, Dave also moved to Ann Arbor.  Joe introduced Dave to Jamie and Chris.  Dave expressed an interest in sound design.  He also started taking acting classes.
Finally, after a lot of discussion, the group of friends decided to form a production company.  They developed a first draft screenplay for a feature length film.  This feature length film, called "The Last Haunted House", was going to be their first project.  Thankfully, before one frame of footage was shot, they realized that making a feature film without any practical production experience was a very bad idea indeed.  They quickly rebounded and started developing short films.
Production on their first film, "Lights Out", started in March 2010.

David Barker - Composer, Sound Design, Actor
Christopher Beal - Director of Photography, Writer
Jamie Cleaveland - Writer, Production Designer, Actor
Harlan Cleaveland - Production Assistant
Joseph Rozner - Director, Editor, Writer

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Covers: A Benefit for 826michigan 11/5/11

7pm to 2am

Covers: A celebration of the power of reading and writing! A benefit to help kids continue to read and write! A dance party that just won't stop (till 2in the am.)

Come enjoy a night of art and writing in the, extremely classy, Vault Ultralounge. Together we will celebrate the uniting power of literature in all its forms.

Local artists will be re-imaging covers of their favorite novels, poems, comics, etc! Local writers will share their thoughts on the power of storytelling. And, local djs will totally keep it real and get our booty's shaking!

All benefits from the show will go to 826michigan, an Ann Arbor organization which helps children develop essential reading and writing skills and is just generally awesome.
Cost is sliding scale $3-7 (you can always pay more! it's a benefit!) There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction!

Cheap Laffs Art Show! 10/15/11

9pm to 2am!

CHEAP LAFFS ART SHOW! Come to the Vault Ultralounge and see and purchase original art from your favorite comic, CHEAP LAFFS, by creators Nate Higley and Tavi Lux Veraldi!

This art show doubles as the release party for CHEAP LAFFS #3, which includes a special treat- a MAKE BABIES OR DIE TRYING 7" flexi disc from our friends at ARBCO Records! Flexi disc includes music by Bitchcopter, Scissor Now!, Baron Knoxburry, Wolfie Complex, and Suicide By Cop.

Stay and listen to the LIVE music of Nickie P. and TBA. Music starts at 11pm. Soundtrack for the evening provided by Dick Jones.

Limited edition merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Snacks will be provided. $3 donation at the door. 18+ only (sorry kids!) See you all there!

Find us here:

ARBCO Presents! 10/7/11

9pm to midnight!

Fuckin' A! is releasing the 2nd LP from the Vinyl Countdown and to celebrate they're gonna rock you along with Mare Crisium and Magic Missile.

All Ages, just $5!

Yard Sale in the basement! 9/25/11

Sunday, the 25th day of September from 11am to 5pm!! Come on by and scoop up some goodies.

The Sullivans are having a yard sale! You know: The Sullivans (They own the comic shop that sponsors this newsletter)! Liz Sullivan would like to pass this message along:

"Since we live pretty far from the downtown area, we thought we'd have a sweet garage sale in the basement of the Vault to make it as accessible as possible to all the people who might be interested! We'll be posted from 11am to 5pm. Swing by and check out the stuff. I wouldn't be surprised if you found ten things you wanted! Fifteen years worth of THINGS! It'll be awesome. Trust me, I've seen all of it."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ARBCO Presents! 9/11/11

The Return of COBRA YOUTH on the 10th Anniversary of National Terrorism Day with FUCKIN' A! and BARON KNOXBURRY. Come join the Cobra Youth Brigade, get an armband, ID card, Cobra uniform and rock out to the classic hardcore jams of the COBRA YOUTH!

$5. Enjoy.

8pm to midnight.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

All You Can Build Action Figure Bar 9/4/11

Wait, what? Again, for real?! Yep. One more time for ODB.

Pop in from 2-6, pay your $8 and build away! As always, art supplies will be provided as well as an assortment of spare parts!

Adorn your home with one more piece of handmade fine you!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ARBCO Presents! 8/19/11

Counter Cosby


Magic Missile

$5 cover

Prepare to be amazed.

8pm to midnight!

ARBCO Presents! 7/29/11

The release of Blue Snaggletooth's first full-length LP warrants a rockin' release party with Lord Centipede, Mare Crisium and, of course, Blue Snaggletooth playing live in the Ultralounge, The Vault of Midnight's basement vault of rock n' roll. It's ALL AGES and just $5! Use the mysterious back alley entrance for maximum something, something.

9pm to midnight!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dunny 2011 Release/Trading Party! 6/23/11

5pm to 8pm

Light refreshments will be available (hopefully).

Buy! Trade! Live! Love!

You better make room in your collection, because on beginning June 23, Dunny Series 2011 hits Kidrobot stores, and specialty retailers worldwide. Featuring 18 designs from 15 inspired artists, 2011’s curation is killer – thanks to styles by KR vets Aya Kakeda, Chuckboy, Huck Gee, Kronk, MAD, Dirty Donny, Mister F®ame$ and Mishka, and debuting designs by deserved artists and customizers such as Squink!, 64 Colors, DrilOne, Elphonso Lam, Le Merde, Travis Lampe and Betso, 2010’s MUNNY MUNTH winner. Whatever your Dunny bent, Series 2011′s got you covered. $9.95/blind box.

Each 3-inch vinyl figure comes blind boxed, with a trading card, and a little somethin’ extra.

While supplies last, alternate version of Huck Gee’s zombie Dunny for free with case pack purchase at Kidrobot retail stores,, and select retailers worldwide.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Four Horsemen Free Nightmares

Friday, June 17 from 9pm to 1am

Four horsemen

Free nightmares

Free art and music

James tatum. Aaron bobzien. Ben saginaw. Sam haddix.

Music from compartment. glass eels. anonymous touch. the jobys.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ARBCO Presents 6/3/11

Friday, June 3rd from 9pm to ...

ARBCO Presents: Suicide By Cop, Fuckin' A! and Mare Crisium.

$5 cover

All Ages Welcome!

Suicide By Cop - Dissonant Punk Rock
Fuckin' A! - Pop Punk
Mare Crisium - Math Metal

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Exquisite Corpse 5/27/11

Friday, May 27th from 8:30pm to late.

Vault of Midnight proudly presents the vastly diverse works of DJ Turner, Adam Weiss, and Alyssa Olson. These three artists are as different as the day is long. Please join us and be captivated by the charisma that is their art.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oh, shit! Action Figure Bar Redux!!! 5/15/11

Sunday, May 15th from 2pm to 8pm!

Like I said the first time, Curtis has a TON of toy parts. Round one of Build Your Own Action Figure barely put a dent in the surplus! Join us next month to do it all over again. The only catch is that this's $8.00 a figure. How's that for inflation? You love it! See you on Sunday, May 15th!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

All You Can Build ActionFigureBar - 4/23/11

Saturday, April 23 from 4pm to 10pm!

Ok, here's the deal. Curtis has been saving action figure pieces and parts for, like, a million years. Arms, legs, heads, guns, whips, chains, minions, belts, hairpieces, eyeballs, name it, we probably have it. We have decided to put them to use. On this day, you can pay $5 to hang out in the Ultra Lounge and build your very own incoherent action figure. All the parts, all the glue, all the putty, and all the paint. Everything will be here for you to utilize. You get one body and unlimited 'other stuff'. If you finish up and want to do another one, you can buy another body! Give it your all, build the action figure you always wanted but could never buy because your needs were too hyper-specific! Now is your chance. Live your dream!

Friday, April 22, 2011

UM-Flint Comics Class Book Signing and Presentation 4/22/11

Join the University of Michigan Flint Comics and Visual Narrative Class for their artist presentations and book signing!

Class taught under the direction of Ryan Claytor of Elephant Eater Comics.

Presentations start at 6:00pm and are followed by book signings.

Comic creators include:

Sarah Reed

Chris Reed

DeMarcus Smith
Web: TBA

Jasmyn Lee
Web: TBA

Lindsay DuRussel
Web: TBA

Nick Looney
Web: TBA

Sara Cameron
Web: TBA

Jessica Justice
Web: TBA

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Paradox Explorer in the Ultralounge - 4/16/11

Paradox Explorer is an Ann Arbor based group that uses music, video, photography, electronics, lights and dance to create immersive performances. With a hybrid musical style that incorporates electronica, psychedelic, funk and classical genres, the group paints sonic landscapes which titillate your mind and inspire your body to dance. Paradox Explorer charts new territory on stage with the incorporation of Virtual Reality gloves, sensors and other interactive electronics. The human body is used as a tool to shape the sounds, images and lights emanating from the stage. Far from being a gimmick, the group strives to incorporate these technologies organically into the creative process.

The performance on April 16th is based on the theme of traveling into deep inner and outer space. The event will begin at 9:30 PM with a set by DJ Erika (Ectomorph / The main act begins at 11:00PM. For this performance, Paradox Explorer will be joined on stage with dancer Mabel Syrup from Tickled Fancy Burlesque Company.

For more information on Paradox Explorer:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

All Hands Active Art Show - 3/26/11

Saturday, March 26th from 3pm to 10pm.

All Hands Active is a group of folks that makes stuff and does things! They are located on Liberty (with Digital Ops!) and offer workshops to help you do it, too! They will be hosting a multimedia exhibition and auction of their work with live art and music. Take this opportunity to meet their members and artists at the Vault!

Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

LLIC Silent Auction - 2/18/11

We are auctioning the work created during the LLIC Art Battle to benefit the LLIC and Fly Children's Art Center!
Hosted by the Vault of Midnight in Downtown Ann Arbor.

Doors open at 9:00pm
Event starts at 9:30pm
18+ Please show ID
$3 cover -- $5 total to enter into the raffle! (look below for more details)
BYOB (if you are 21)

This is a classy event, with jazz music and wine. Please feel free to dress nicely, and use the alley entrance (look for the red light).

Musical Performances by: Nicholas Painter and Graham Lapp
Food will be provided by the Peoples Food Co-op

We will also be raffling off a 5-foot tall Squid Lamp, created by the handsome Cre Fuller (of

Artwork from these groups will be auctioned at this event:

Joanna Archetti
Bri Howard
Adam Kahn
Rob Todd
Mary Thiefels & John Vance

"Imaginary Love Position"
Robb N Johnston
Cristina Mezuk
Heather Herrera

"Fivel Goes West"
Joanie Newberry
Chris Girolamo

"The Unicorns of the Sea"
Kelly Goodman
Nathan Goodman
Casey Dixon

"Team Hoecakes"
Scott Everett
Keasa Davis
Craig Kelley

"SS Flying Buttress"
Monica Szydlowski
Leigh McLinden
Ryan Bogan
Jake Ritter
Alex Mandrila

Special Shout out to artists that participated in the Artbattle:

Mary Perrin
Jennifer Simon
Jessica Grabowski
Yousuf Seyam

"The Untouchables"
Sarms Jabra
Joseph Tyler
Jon Humphrey
Vieene France
Lee Devito

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tha Brown Bomber!

Enter through the back door in the alleyway!

tha brown bomber is performing LIVE at the Vault!

$3 cover @ the door.

All ages welcome!

Snacks!...comics!....CDs!...seriously, why WOULDN'T you come?? If you love us, please come support us!