Not able to make it to San Diego Comicon this week? We’ve got you covered with our annual Not-At Comicon sale and inventory purge.

notatccNOT AT COMICON?!

This week from Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 24th we’ll be pulling out over 60,000 comics from out back room and putting them into the foyer for you to dig through at your leisure.

All these books are only $1 each and include a lot of new collections that we have only recently purchased.

We’ll also be giving 50% off all back issues, as well as 10% off EVERYTHING else in the shop.

This is a rare opportunity to dig go through our entire back stock as we only get to do this twice a year.

Winston calls is the ‘Purr-age’

While spending time in the shop remember we are a Pokemon Go Pokestop!

PokestopThis means you can spin the stop every five minutes or so and rack up some free items on your app while you shop! We’d also like to see any pictures you can take of Pokemon in the shop, just hashtag them #cnjcomics on Facebook or Instagram so we can check them out.

RNC PROMOTION

Our custom made 2016 RNC Coin promotion is doing great, and we’ve got a lot of positive press and feedback on it.

http://coolcleveland.com/blog/2016/07/cool-items-created-for-the-rnc-that-clevelanders-can-enjoy-too-by-dru-thompson/

http://www.wkyc.com/news/politics/rnc/local-comic-book-shop-gets-in-on-rnc-frenzy/274577846

coinssTo reiterate:

“This coin will go for $20, with ALL money collected going to the New Avenues to Independence‘s yearly Holiday Ball in December. “New Avenues to Independence, Inc. is an organization that proudly provides services, programs and opportunities for the over 750 people with disabilities in Northeast Ohio to become more independent and productive members of the community.”  They have been serving the Greater Cleveland Community for over 60 years, with the holiday ball going on for thirty years. This event is supported and attended by the amazing Superheroes to Kids In Ohio, which is how we originally got word about it. Your money will not only provide individuals with tickets to this event, they will also receive transportation, an outfit for the occasion, a trip to the salon and assistance by a staff member throughout.”

CoinsOur personal goal is to try and raise $5,000 for the cause. We’ll be selling them up until the end of the week on Sunday, or until we run out. We’ll post our results on Monday!

We still have lithographs available too. 😉

Other than that, Ben got Winston into the latest issue of Patsy Walker Hellcat, issue #8.

winstonzThat frickin cat. Meh.

Stay Classy Cleveland!

The Republican National Convention is almost here! Let’s all enjoy learning and listening to other’s points of view, while we show the world what we’ve always know about our city, that It’s the best. (And a plum, and you’ve got to be tough, etc.)

Here at the shop we’ve put together a unifying and bipartisan agenda to that effect, raising funds for a worthy cause and engaging in that greatest of social commentary, parody.

RNC-Poster_FINAL2bWe’ve created a 11×17 Lithograph to help you celebrate the impending “Mad Bomb” that may be heading towards Cleveland. This print is FREE with any purchase. Imagine the conversation and respect from your peers as you hang this piece of semi accurate propaganda up in your home or place of work. Much respect to Kirby and Romita, they were well ahead of their time.

CAPTAIN AMERICA FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016

In 1980, Captain America considered running for President on an independent ticket in the now classic issue by Roger Stern and John Byrne.

Captain America #250Captain America bowed out upon realizing his connection was more to the American Dream than to the compromise and negotiation it takes to makes that dream a reality. He left us with these words, “You need but to look within yourselves to find the people you need to keep this nation strong… and God willing, to help make the dream come true.”

We’re paying tribute to the past while keeping our head in the present by presenting a commemorative coin for this year’s RNC; a homage to the cover and concept behind Captain America #250.

CoinsThis coin will go for $20, with ALL money collected going to the New Avenues to Independence‘s yearly Holiday Ball in December. “New Avenues to Independence, Inc. is an organization that proudly provides services, programs and opportunities for the over 750 people with disabilities in Northeast Ohio to become more independent and productive members of the community.”  They have been serving the Greater Cleveland Community for over 60 years, with the holiday ball going on for thirty years. This event is supported and attended by the amazing Superheroes to Kids In Ohio, which is how we originally got word about it. Your money will not only provide individuals with tickets to this event, they will also receive transportation, an outfit for the occasion, a trip to the salon and assistance by a staff member throughout.

We believe people with disabilities who are making efforts to be more independent and productive deserve an awesome party. With Superheroes. 

To be clear, we are donating ALL money received for these coins, meaning we will be eating the cost of production as our donation to the cause.

We’ve also purchased some hand picked Captain America graphic novels that we’ll be selling at only $5 each. These books all feature stories that are very rooted in the time in which they happened , and are great reminders of the challenges both Cap and our country have been though.

Captain America New DealCaptain America: The New Deal – The first post 9-11 comic book story and we see Captain America struggling to make sense of Ground Zero. Captain ideal never burns brighter than in this story illustrated by John Cassaday.

Captain America: Man Out of Time – Mark Waid retells Cap’s origin. Includes a full reprint of Cap’s classic first Silver Age appearance in Avengers #4.

Essential Captain America Volume 3 – Reprints stories from 1970 to 1972 in black and white. College Riots, an Altamont like biker gang encounter and Steve’s short lived career as a New York Police Officer. Includes a great run of stories by drawn by John Romita.

Essential Captain America Volume 4 – Reprints of the legendary run by Howard the Duck’s Steve Gerber, as Steve Rogers abandons his post as Cap after finding out the villainous Secret Empire is run by current President, Richard M. Nixon. Steve wanders as a “Nomad”, disillusioned by the state of his country after Watergate.

Both essential volumes deal heavily with the relationship between Captain America and the Falcon, and their friendship is defined here.

Finally, let’s remember one thing during this important week in Cleveland history.

ComplainThanks to Jameson Campbell for helping to make this all a possibility through his design work.

We’re hoping you’ll help us to send a lot of people to this party and let the world know what our community is really about.

Peace

We’re going to lay out a blueprint for this summer’s shop events, including Carol’s final day this Wednesday 7-6-2016!

A LONG JOURNEY ENDS; A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS

Five years ago we had a retirement party for mom. At that point Jim began running the day to day of the shop, and Carol started to ease her way out of the business, cutting way back on days. Last fall she successfully handed over the operation and reduced her schedule to one Saturday a month. At 72 years old She’s fully retiring into the world of full time grand-mothering. We’re celebrating her final day at the shop from 7 PM to 9 PM on 7-6-2016. Carol will ceremoniously ring out her last sale at 7:59. We’ve even brewed a special beer for the event, the Ma Hunkel Retirement Ale.

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Thank you to  www.pencilero.com for the label artwork.

We’ll also have treats from the Burning River Baking Company, as well as other refreshments. All are welcome.

Stop by and say congrats to mom. She re-invented herself at 46 years old, and being only 43 myself it makes me feel like the shop has quite a few more years ahead of itself.

Speaking of which, here’s a primer to this Summer’s (and Fall’s) events.

CAP FOR PREZ

July 18th – 21st. The Republican National Convention hits town, and we’ve been working to put together something unifying during our city’s days of turmoil. Stay tuned as we go back to 1980 and announce our choice for President, Captain America.

Captain America 250ENTER THE PURR-GE  (SUMMER SALE)

July 21st – 24th. Our yearly Summer Sale, now officially known as the Purr-ge. We’ll have 50% off all back issues, 10% off everything else, and most importantly, we’ll be bringing out ALL of our excess back issues for only $1.00 each. This is one of only two times we do this each year. (And we’ve bought a lot of collections this year, so get excited. It’s about 60,000 books.)

KIRBY’S 99TH

August 28th. We’ll be celebrating Jack Kirby’s 99th birthday by working with Jack’s granddaughter Jillian Kirby and the Kirby 4 Heroes Initiative.

Kirby$HeroesIN STORE SIGNING

September 22nd. We’ll be hosting an in store signing from 8PM to 10PM with Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti celebrating Wonder Woman and woman in pop culture, both on the page and at the drawing table. This event in in conjunction with Kent State and the Cleveland Public Libraries Wonder Woman Symposium.

HALLOWEEN COMICFEST

October 29th. Halloween ComicFest. Halloween Comicfest is essentially an smaller free comic book day with a strong cosplay component. CNJComics won an award from Diamond Comics for best event in the country last year. Check out the official website as the books have already been announced!

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AKRON COMICON

Nov 5th – 6th Akron Comicon. Our favorite grass roots comicon returns for another year, and we’ll be making a rare comic convention appearance by physically and spiritually.

Akron ComiconTime to fill in your day planner! More information to come, and we think you’ll be pretty excited for some of the elements and details we’ve included in these events.

Hope to see you on Wednesday! Ever forward!

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