We’ve got a full week of new comics at the shop, with Marvels, DC’s and Small Press!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, July 8th, 2020!

DC COMICS

As Batman heads into the Joker War, we’ve got two new books to get you there.

If you read Batman #93 you understand why the Joker has become more powerful than ever. Issue #94 continues this revelation.

We also have a new issue of Detective, prominently showcasing the Joker as well.

For fans of DCeased, a new six issue mini series begins this week by the original team of Taylor and Hairsine! DC zombies!

For the kids, there’s a new original DC Superhero Girls original graphic novel.

There’s over 40 episodes of this show out there and they’re a big hit in our household. (We’ve been digging the recent-ish Justice League Action’s too.)

MARVEL COMICS

Over at Marvel we have another opening salvo for Empyre with Fantastic Four Empyre #0.

Witness the end of the Kree/Skrull War!

For fans of Hickman’s X-Men run, the first Marauders graphic novel is out, one of the fan favorite spin-offs from the original run.

Why isn’t Kitty allowed to teleport into Krakoa?

INDEPENDENT COMICS

We have two great Image collections as well, Undiscovered Country by Snyder and Soule, and Killadelphia.

Be sure to add the second issue of Adventureman to your file as well!

Community Update

The big extra news is that as of July 4th, masks are now required in the City of Cleveland.

Please understand that we are doing the things we need to do to keep the shop open and operational while keeping everyone safe. I’m all about personal responsibility until the law of the land decides otherwise. We are complying with that law. We have paper masks for sale at the counter if you need one for a dollar each. Please help us out and come in with your mask on! Be a Hero Cleveland! (art by Emma Munger )

Free Comic Book Summer

We’re getting closer to our first Free Comic Book (Summer) Saturday in two weeks

The books that will be available on Saturday July 18th include X-Men, My Little Pony, Power Rangers, Captain Canuck, Asterik and the Weirn books sampler. You can get all six books for free starting a 10 am on that day. If the shop’s at capacity then please come back and shop some other time. You can also buy a print for $5 to help us out!

Oh yeah, as previously stated, we will NOT by closed from noon till 4 pm on Thursday, July 9th. We will now be closed on Tuesday July 14th from noon until 4 pm.

Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for understanding!

Happy 4th of July weekend! Marvel and DC only have new graphic novels this week, but Image and Robert Kirkman have filled the void with a NEW Walking Dead story and a NEW original graphic novel!

4th of July Sale

First up, to help stimulate some sales this week in light of the lack of new comics, we will give 50% off back issues from Monday June 29th to Sunday July 5th!

The Books

To help comic book shops, Robert Kirkman has written a new Walking Dead Negan Lives comic!

They provided us with the comics for free and they retail for $4.99, so every sale goes to help comic shops out during the pandemic! Classy move Kirkman!

Supplies are limited so we’re limiting the book one per person, and if you had Walking Dead on your file we automatically put one aside for you. (so be sure to come in and get it.)

They also timed this with the releases of Robert’s new ongoing title, Fire Power, which is sort of his take on the Iron Fist mythos. This book begins with a FREE first issue and a $9.99 original graphic novel. We have lots of the free book as it used to be a Free Comic Book Day title. (this book exists outside of the current FCBD selections, and we have enough for everyone so don’t worry about it not being in the checklist.)

The original graphic novel is an incredible value at $9.99, I’ve read it and it’s really cool.

Did we mention it has art by shop favorite Chris Samnee?!

Speaking of Free Comic Book Day (Summer), checklists are available for file customers in good standing to fill out and select ten books from, to be delivered to your file hassle free.

We also got a big reorder from TKO studios, the company producing original graphic novels outside of the Diamond distribution stream. Great books with creators like Garth Ennis, Jeff Lemire and Steve Epting.

Check them out here and pick them up at the shop.

We also got in a new selection of discounted Marvel hardcovers. We did great with the Omnibuses, and now we have titles like Civil War, Spider-Man, Captain America, Thanos and more at less than 50% off. People want reading material right now and we’re all about it. (We picked books that we personally recommend.)

Masks are Back

Oh yeah, we also got in a new batch of Marvel masks! They’re $10 each and we do not profit from them in any way. The go fast because they’re pretty cool. In shop only, no holds.

Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and we’ll all be fine! Here’s a link to the seamstress’ website for mail order!

On the subject of holds, we’ve gotten a lot stricter now that the pandemic is making running a retail operation more difficult. If you call and say, “I’ll be in today or tomorrow to pick it up”, we’ll hold it for you. Beyond that we do not need more stuff waiting to be picked up on a shelf behind the counter. This is something we allowed to happen over the years so please respect that it’s not something we can continue to do. Every penny counts in our current situation.

TOGETHER with CNJComics

Lastly, we sent out an email yesterday about the new prints we have available. We decided to commission three images to hang in our windows as a reminder that we are always stronger when our friendships include as much diversity as possible. CNJComics will always be a safe space for diversity in all the possible forms it can take. These three prints are FREE with any purchase.

For more information on the thought process behind the project check out TOGETHER with CNJComics, and thanks to Tim Switalski for the amazing artwork!

I never wanted to board up the windows of our shop, but I thought about it for a moment there. That made me realize I’d rather stand behind the values I learned reading comics as a kid then operate behind a wall of fear.

Instead, I decided to commission some artwork to hang in our windows that remind me of those values, that we are always stronger when our friendships include as much diversity as possible. That’s something I feel I can stand proudly in front of.

Captain America meets the Falcon in 1969. Steve Rogers is the World War II hero that came home to a Vietnam welcome. He spends a great deal of that time alone, and suffering from PTSD from losing his best friend in the war. When he runs into Sam Wilson he not only needs a friend, he needs something to widen his gaze enough to look beyond his own issues. Help others to help yourself. Sam needs someone to point him in the right direction to assume the mantle of the Falcon, as much as he needs to see that the American Dream still lives in the hearts of good men. When they part after that meeting, Sam worries more about Cap than Cap worries about him. That’s the start of a true friendship. It’s a great moment.

The strength of their relationship relies on their differences presenting them with new viewpoints on their own lives.

Power Man and Iron Fist were both products of popular culture, Luke Cage came from the Blaxploitation films of the early 70’s, and Danny Rand road on the success of martial arts movies like Enter the Dragon. By 1978 neither character could support his own book, and the charcters meet in Power Man #48, only to share the title by issue #50.

Issues of race rarely come up in the comics, though the characters do spend more time in Luke’s world in the streets of Times Square then they do in Danny’s corporate office. Danny absolutely looks up to Luke as a mentor though, and the two of them would balance each other out perfectly over the years, finding the parity between brawn and finesse.

(They were just a cool team in general too.) I would later find out that one of my favorite stories was the first published work by Kurt Busiek, drawn to perfection by Denys Cowan, pitting the duo against Unus the Untouchable in issue #90.

My comic book collection is quite small, and when we opened the shop all I kept were my Avengers, Marvel Two In Ones, and Powerman and Iron Fists.

Not much more can be said about the relationship between Peter B Parker and Miles Morales.

As much as Miles needed a mentor, Peter needed to feel like he still had value. Into the Spider-Verse is an incredible display of the value of diversity in our friendships, family and lives. Again, through helping others we help ourselves.

So, we not only have these images hanging in our windows, we also printed them out for you to have as well. We’ll be giving these three images out as 11×17 prints free with any purchase. (Seriously, just spend a dollar on a button and we’ll give you all three prints.)

There’s still a considerable amount of work to go, but thanks to comics I’m ever optimistic that the good guys will win in the end, albeit while overcoming a great deal of strife and adversity along the way. Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop will always be a safe space representing diversity in every way you can define it. That’s my job and please let me know if there’s ever an issue that needs my attention. Thanks to Tim Switalski for the amazing artwork too!Watch out for each other Cleveland, John Dudas

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