We just got our wrap up videos, so it’s time to do our yearly round of thank you’s for this year’s Free Comic Book Day!

This isn’t our usual email, but if you’d like a little look at what goes into FCBD than this is for you!

This is the year the everything came together for us. We were all waiting for the usual crisis that never happened, mostly because everyone knew their roles, we had lots of support, and a little luck played into it too.

It was also the year of Steranko. What a great idea that turned out to be. I know I got everything I wanted out of it, and I hope you did too. I can honestly say I’ve never met anyone like him before in any of my walks in life.

Someday I’m going to write a summary of the event that revolves around my interactions with him, but for now, let’s just keep going.

Here’s the aforementioned videos for both the day and night events. Enjoy!

First up I’d like to thank the volunteers this year. Having them around seriously lightens the workload on the staff and helps it become an enjoyable event for us as well, which is a really great gift.

So thanks to Todd Machuca, Jenn Clifford, Craig Chojnicki, Jason and Justin Fitch, Misty Klinger, Alex Karfault, Josh Fekete, Mark Biszantz, Sarah Kunz and Kelly Gleine. (who likely got the MVP for being everywhere at once and volunteering for every minute of the event.)

Thanks for letting us enjoy the event through your support.

I’d like to thank all the artists for donating their time and putting so much new artwork into our community in the form of free sketches. Another really great gift, only this time it’s to you. Do your due diligence and look up any artist you had an encounter with and follow them on social media. We’d also like to thank Dee Piotrowski for the Winston Cover, and Sean and Kristen Burns of the Breakneck Gallery for putting together the art show and helping to wrangle the artists. The show really covered the wide scope of Steranko’s career and I know he was moved by it.

Thanks to the Rust Belt Monsters for providing us with another great mural. I really dug the area outside of the shop during the day event this year and they added to the tremendously.

I’d like to thank Laura Wimbels and Joe Carroll for being Steranko’s handlers for the weekend, getting him where he needed to be and helping him out at his booth. Laura also pulled double duty and took photographs of the event during the day, which you can check out here!

Thanks to Macklin for bartending and keeping the positive vibe in that space. Always tip your bartenders! Thanks to Working Class Brewery and Wild Ohio Brewing for donating beer to the event.

Thanks to the Rubber City Cosplay kids for showing up and lending us their energy with the photo booth on Friday Night. Thanks to Heather Linn for giving us a great photo set from the night event. Thanks to Drones2You for giving us the first drone coverage of our event. Thanks to the Star Wars Groups for showing up and being awesome as always.

Rubber City Cosplay Photo Booth!

Heather Linn Night Event Photos!

Drones2You Video:

Thanks to Lisa and the crew at the Kamms Corner Ice Cream Co for the Infinity Gauntlet Ice Cream, which sold out! Thanks to Andrea from the Burning River Baking Company for the great Walking Dead cookies!

Thanks to the Panel Scanners for being our official Podcast crew. They’ve got three episodes up dedicated to this years FCBD!

Thanks goes out to John Woods for keeping the web site and emails up and running all year long, but especially during the info dump that the event always becomes.

A special thank goes out to Jameson for doing so much work on this event as always. From the lithograph to the beer labels to the graphic design of the Pop Fun Photo Booth, as well as the above recap videos. Every year he outdoes himself and his influence can be seen in every event.

That Pop Fun Box turned out to be a great idea. Expect a 2.0 version in the future.

Of course thank to the staff for being amazing and working long hours during every stage of the event. We are not a very big crew, but I like to equate it to Mal’s team on Serenity. Running a small business is a lot like flying a ship I reckon…

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: But it ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flying is? Well, I suppose you do, since you already know what I’m about to say.
River Tam: I do. But I like to hear you say it.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘Verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens. Makes her a home.
River Tam: Storm’s getting worse.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: We’ll pass through it soon enough.

So thanks to Ben and Jim and Jason and Josh and Kevin and John Shearer. We’ve kept this boat afloat for years in a changing world of retail because we love it.

Oh yeah, and thanks to my mom, Carol, for opening up a shop with me over 27 years ago. Carol was an all star this year, renting a scooter and cruising up and down the lines to talk to people. When she told me she was going to do that I initially thought it was a bad idea, but then every time I saw here jetting around it was just a very comforting feeling for some reason. Here’s to 27 more little lady.

I’d thank Winston but he seriously does nothing. Nothing.

You can tell by the above images that my family’s a big part of the event. My eldest daughter looks forward to it now, which is pretty incredible to me. Images like this make me feel like we’re still headed down the right path. Thanks Apryl, Zoe and Luna too. You’re the best.

Thank You Cleveland. I’ve learned that we only set the stage, It only works when it’s filled with awesome people and that’s you. It’s sort of cliche to put the world ‘Community’ around a small business but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. I really like seeing everyone at the event and everyone contributes in their own way, so let’s just call it what it is. You’re a Community.

On Sunday June 17th we’ll be celebrating Father’s Day with some free giveaways for dad’s and their little buddies! 

More than anything, dad’s just want to spend time with their kids on Father’s Day. After that, they want comic books. 

In all seriousness, I’m so grateful to be sharing any part of my hobby with my daughters that when Marvel came up with a promotion for Father’s Day, I knew we had to join in. 

We’ll have two coloring posters we’ll be giving away all day long.

Marvel is pushing their “Marvel Super Hero Adventures” books for Father – Son’s and their “Marvel Rising” project for Father – Daughter’s. We could care less about the gender designation, the heart wants what the heart wants so just ask for one and we’ll give it to you. (If you want to stop in early to pick one up to have it fully colored for dad on Sunday just stop by and ask.)

They are also giving away double sided bookmarks which cover both properties. 

While we appreciate Marvel’s efforts, we wanted to add a little extra, so we’ve sweetened it up with this book, The Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Facsimile Edition Coloring Book!

This $24.99 book is actually a reproduction of six Marvel Coloring Books from the 80’s in one volume, complete with posters, stickers and stamps! It’s awesome and will really hit that Nostalgia mark for old dad. (If he’s my age at least.) 

We’ll be giving this book away for FREE all day Sunday to any dad who comes in with their kid!

Yes, Father figures who bring in a kid count as well. This is the world of comic books. We can’t forget all the Uncle Bens out there.

We’ll stock up on the two Marvel Superhero Adventures One Shots that have come out, in case dad want’s to get the kids something.

We’ll also have free copies of Marvel Rising #0 to give away as well!

So take dad out to the comic book shop for Father’s Day! I’m sure he’d love to sit down at the kids table and quiz you on all the characters there to reinforce what a great job’s he’s been doing raising you. 

Happy Father’s Day to all my dad’s out there!

We’ve got five new number one’s hitting the table this week, and they’ve all turned out to be fun reads!
Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, June 6th, 2018! ( D-day! )


The book of the week if the new Justice League by Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung, who recently came over from Marvel Comics.

Snyder only had a co-writing credit on Justice League No Justice, but you can definitely feel his presence as the only writer here. Cheung came ready to impress, as the work he put into this issue is phenomenal. A great starting point and it looks like it’s going to feature the return of the Legion of Doom. (which has been a hit since the 70’s. You can’t go wrong with a Super Villain team.)

MARVEL # 1’s

Next comes Deadpool #1 from Marvel Comics!

Skottie Young has taken over as writer and Wade has gone back to Merc’ing for a living. There’s a parental advisory rating on this one, and with Young’s work on “I Hate Fairyland” over at Image, we understand why.

Mark Waid pulls double duty this week, first with a new Ant-Man and the Wasp five-issue mini-series timed to coincide with the new movie next month.

It has art by Marvel Young Gun Javier Garron, so the book is looking great too!

Waid’s also taking over Doctor Strange this month with a new #1.

Donny Cates run will be tough to beat, but we’re excited to see Waid take Stephen to the stars!

Lastly, the book I thought would suck turned out to be an A Plus, The Immortal Hulk #1.

Al Ewing has never really written anything that I’ve liked, so this book was a total surprise. Relevant with a story about gun violence, and the new status quo looks to be Hulk and Banner co-existing in their old Night and Day arrangement.

Seriously, check this one out. I haven’t read Hulk in years and I’m glad to be back.

That’s it! We also got copies of Amazing #800 back in, with several different covers available. Thanks for making it the best selling book of the year!

We’ll also be doing a small promotion for Father’s Day on June 17th, with Father – Daughter and Father-Son coloring posters that Marvel has made for us.

Save the date for our ‘Not-At-Comicon’ Sale from July 19th to the 22nd. It’s one of only two times that we get to pull all the comics out of our storage locker for only $1 each. We also have a special announcement coming up about this week’s sale. Something cool on the final day that we’ve never done before.

That’s it! School’s out! Enjoy the summer!

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