Two big releases, one from each of the big two, highlight this week’s new releases!

FANTASTIC FOUR

First, after years of absence and some petty rights issues, the Fantastic Four return this week with a new book by Dan Slott.

There has definitely been a hole in the center of the Marvel Universe since the end of Secret War, and it’s a hole that contained it’s heart. Marvel Two in One has been an outstanding stop gap book, but there’s nothing like having the Fantastic Four back on the racks.

There are so many great covers that you’ll just have to check them out here.

We won’t have all of them, but we will have a lot. As a ComicsPro member store we will have the Jen Bartel variant, which we highly recommend.

There’s even a short story inside drawn by Skottie Young!

We’ve even got classic John Romita pins to give away with your purchase!

Here’s the cover to the Kirby Variant just to give the whole “legacy” perspective.

SANDMAN

It’s the 30th Anniversary of Sandman! Feel old yet?

Over at DC we’ve got the launch of the new Sandman Universe titles with a new one-shot plotted by Neil Gaiman himself!

This one-shot will lead into four new titles including:

  • The Dreaming
  • Lucifer
  • Books of Magic
  • and a new “House” is introduced after 50 years of Secrets and Mystery with the Hour of Whispers.

Here’s an article with a video from Neil explaining the project,

This book will also have some appropriate variants by Sam Keith, Jim Lee, David Mack, Dave McKean, P Craig Russell and Jill Thompson!

Even if you’re not a variant chaser it is still nice to be able to pick out the cover you want. As always we suggest hitting the shop early Wednesday for the best selection!

That’s it except for another shout out for our in-store signing with Sina Grace on September 21st in conjunction with Flaming River Con that same weekend.

 

Well, San Diego Comic Con has come and gone and left us with some pretty cool trailers and hints of what’s to come. We also had a very cool event at shop, our first annual swap meet in conjunction with NEO-TACC! Thanks to all who came out, set up, and participated! It was great, totally cool vibe, well attended and we’re calling it a success. We’re excited to do it again next year and expand on the idea. I had a really good time with my family, which is always the standard I hold our events up too.

Here’s a link to some event photos taken by Laura Wimbels. 

NEO-TACC also has regular monthly meetups, so be sure to check them out here.

This big new release for Wednesday, August 1st is Infinity War #1. We’ve been building up to this since Infinity Countdown Prime, and last week’s Infinity War Prime was an instant sell out and set the stage for this week’s #1.

We’re also going to give you a heads up on the new Fantastic Four #1, which will be coming out next week on August 8th. Marvel’s had a great run lately, and this will come to a head with the return of the first family of comics. Marvel Two In One has been great, but bring on Dan Slott’s new Fantastic Four! In addition to all the standard variants that will be coming out, we’ll be carrying an exclusive COMICPRO Variant by the incredible https://www.jenbartel.com/Jen Bartel. This variant will be cover-priced, and only ComicPro member stores will be carrying it. I’m on the board of directors at ComicsPro and was a part of the process of hand-picking Jen to be our cover artist of choice. I love her work, and we wanted to find someone up and coming that we felt needed to be exposed to a larger audience.

Just ask us to hold you a copy!

Another heads up, we’ll be hosting a signing at the shop on Friday September 21st with Sina Grace, in conjunction with Flaming River Con. <https://flamingriverarts.org/>This signing will be free from 6pm to 8pm and you’ll get some free comics for attending! Sina is the writer of numerous Images graphic novels as well as the writer of Ice-Man for Marvel. His new Ice-Man #1 will be out on 9-12-2018, so that’s pretty good timing for a signing.

The rest of this email is going to be a Comicon Trailer wrap up, so sit back and enjoy. Also, go see Teen Titans Go To The Movies! It’s hilarious, with lots of jokes aimed at old fans, including a running Challengers of the Unknown gag.

Aquaman!

Hopefully cool, but who knows!

Shazam!

A good change of pace for DC. I like it.

Glass (!!!)

Not a comic book but Unbreakable and Split are classic superhero/villain films and M Knight does get my respect, even with all his ups and downs he’s a master storyteller. I like Lady in the Water.

Titans. In the same way that I love Teen Titans Go To The Movies, this is the kind of thing that makes me embarrassed for the hobby. One ‘shocking’ F bomb and you’ve disconnected with half your audience. I’m no prude, but who exactly is this for? Sigh. Back to the drawing board.

Anyway, I’m not always right. If any of this stuff looks interesting to you ask for help finding something related in the shop. We live for those questions.

Thanks for tuning in!

We’re in full swing here at the shop True Believers! The 2018 ‘NOT-AT-COMICON’ sale is on!

We’re pulled all the books out of our storage locker and out of the back room and they are in the foyer next to the shop for only $1.00 each! (Or 50 cents each if you buy 100 or more, so bring your $50! That’s less than a one day ticket to Comicon!) 

The first thing we do when we buy collections is to separate them into Marvel, DC, and Small Press. There is somewhat of an order to the books, and here’s some tips to make the most out of your time in “The Pit.”

Marvel Comics A-I and X-Z are fully in order. The boxes between those letters contain some order but are really just J-W mixed up. DC has about 20 boxes in perfect order, 8 boxes of New 52 DC’s in perfect order, and a lot that is not in order, but has never been processed.

The Small Press boxes are in order by letter, meaning all the “A”‘s are together, all the “B”‘s are together, etc. This ends with some out of order boxes. The DC Vertigo boxes are completely in order. 

Here’s the best tip I can give. If you’re looking through a box in no order what-so-ever you’re more likely to find some great stuff because we’ve never gone through it. The boxes on the lower level will tend to have the crazier unprocessed stuff. 

Keep at it! The strong shall prevail!

I also get that’s there’s only so long you can look at discount bins before your head explodes. 

Other discounts are easy!

  • 10% off Graphic Novels and Hardcovers
  • 50% off all other back issues. (We’ve even separated out three boxes of Silver Age for easier browsing, meaning books with a cover price of 15 cents or lower.)
  • 20% off all Action Figures, Statues and Pop Funs. We’ve actually just bought a bunch of stuff to restock for the sale and make the shop look good for people visiting for the swap meet. 

The Swap Meet

This is actually looking to be awesome and a touch overwhelming!

Watching the activity of everyone getting their toys and table together online has been a trip. This is going to be an awesome first time out for us. 

The Swap meet will be at 17430 Lorain Avenue in the plaza. (1,000 feet from the shop, the room we use for Free Comic Book Day.) It runs from 1pm to 4pm. 

Expect a very active marketplace that may be very busy! NEO-TACC conducts a lot of business online and these transactions play out at these meetups. If it’s too busy you have some other options in the plaza to take a breather and come back. 

17448 Loran Ave is Working Class Brewery, they will be open all day and will have a special beer on tap for this event. They will also host an after party from 4-6pm, so stop by if you want to regale us with stories of your deals.

17462 Lorain Ave is the comic shop, with the above sales going on. The foyer with the $1 comics is technically 17468 Lorain Ave but you access it from inside the comic shop. 

3764 Rocky River Drive, same place, other side, is the Kamm’s Corner Ice Cream Co, which is making their special Infinity Gauntlet Ice Cream just for the day!

Jeff Ritchie @fredpaints23 was kind enough to sign and number 105 prints for us, add we’ll be giving them out to the first people in the door at the swap meet. These feature our selected characters, Wheelie, Fisto and the Fridge. (We have plenty to give out beyond the 105 signed, not to worry.)

We just found out that Jeff did double duty and there will be another print available at this event! 

This was a big surprise and NEO-TACC will have 150 to give away. (They even made 50 that are kid friendly, ie no beer.) There will be another 50 available to buy in the back of the room for $5 each, so if you find you’re having a good time throw $5 down and buy one as all the money goes to the org and Jeff Ritchie to support their efforts and endeavors. 

Winston has another claim to fame this week, as his account was selected by Instagram’s official business account to show what life is like when you are not at Comicon. Check that out Here!

“It’s no wonder John Dudas, co-owner of Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop (@comiccatwinston) in Cleveland, Ohio, has had a lifelong love of comic books. His grandfather, a Polish immigrant, taught himself English through the genre, and left John his collection of comics when he passed away.

“I always thought it was cool that I opened a business at age 17, but looking back, it is pretty inspiring that my mother successfully reinvented herself at the age of 46,” says John, who co-owns the shop with, you guessed it, his mom. Today, the brand’s Instagram account features the day-to-day adventures of a shop cat, Winston, who observes the world of the comic book shop from a cat’s point of view. “Through this unique lens, people feel like they’re gaining insider information into the industry,” John says.
The shop occasionally throws an Instagram Story up, but John has found that his customers relate more with static images, largely because they are used to them from comic books. “We’re also big on seizing a hashtag and making it your own; we started using #cnjcomics early on,” he adds.

What advice would John offer other small businesses considering an Instagram account? “Have your objectives clear in your mind, as success can be measured in many different ways,” he says. “Don’t feel you need to give the hard sell; people will tune out if the message isn’t genuine. We’re always trying to find a way to bring people closer to our personal brand. When customers walk into the shop and say, ‘Where’s Winston?’, we know there’s a value to what we are doing.”
Check out our stories to see how Winston is taking part in the #ComicCon festivities without actually being at #ComicCon2018.”

Tag your photos with @comiccatwinston 
 #IGBusinessSpotlight
#SDCC

You can also check out Winston’s story this week at www.instagram.com/comiccatwinston !

Okay! Let’s just sit around and wait for that Aquaman trailer now I guess. 

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