It’s only a little over a week away! Our Holiday Art Show to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank begins on Wednesday, December 15th!

We’ve been rounding up submissions but there’s still time to do a cover and support the cause. The due date is Sunday, December 12th, so that we have a few days to scan the covers and get the show together. You can pick up a free blank cover at the shop, just ask at the counter.

This year’s theme is “What If…?” which has a lot of possible directions it can be taken in. Here are a few of this year’s submissions:

Art by Keith Dull
Art by Dave Wendt @doodlindave
Art by Randy Crider @randycriderart

Stop by the shop between December 15th and the 19th and check out the covers in the foyer next to the shop. Covers are won through a basket raffle system where one dollar gets you one ticket towards the cover of your choice! Just buy the tickets at the counter, write your name and contact number on them and drop them in the numbered bag that matches the cover you want. It’s that simple!

All funds collected go to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, which has the uncanny ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need!

We will draw the winner in a Facebook Live Stream on Sunday the 19th at 6 pm.

You do not need to be in the stream to win, but it sure is fun to watch! Pour yourself a drink and enjoy time with the entire staff as the whole thing becomes a variety show of sorts.

We will post a gallery of all the artwork on Facebook on Saturday night (the 18th) so that on Sunday the 19th from noon until 5 pm you can call in your tickets orders from afar. Just call 216-252-0606 and have your credit card or PayPal info ready. We can put the tickets towards cover you pick or we can randomly through them in there.

This is one of the most important things we do all year, as we pull everyone together for a greater purpose, helping those that need it. From artists to customers you are all awesome and our gratitude is off the hook. We know everyone likes to do something for others during the season, well here’s a way to help and maybe even win a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork too! Last year you helped the Food Bank to create 20,360 meals, a new record for the event.

We will also have a Holiday Sale from the 15th to the 24th, with 50% off all back issues and 10% off everything else!

So stop on by Cleveland, and tune into the Live Stream for some holiday fun!

It’s time to make Black Friday great again. Again.

Black Friday Details

This year we will once again be extending Black Friday throughout the whole weekend, from Friday, November 26th to Sunday, November 28th.

For the first time in a long time, we will be having 50% off all back issues in the shop!

Over the last three months, we’ve gotten in three large Silver / Bronze collections that everyone has been enjoying. This will be the first time they will be at 50% off!

There will be at least 20 long boxes of late Silver and early Bronze Marvels’s and DC’s to go through, and I add more books every day.

A lot of the keys may be gone, but it’s time to enjoy the bread and butter books to help fill your collection at a great price.

We will also be giving 10% off everything else in the shop! It’s worth noting that because of some foresight on our part, we do have a full inventory of all comic book collecting supplies, including bags and boards. (you know, the good stuff man! 2 mil polypropylene, not that 3 mil polyethylene garbage.)

We will also be pulling the Marvel and DC books out of our storage locker and putting them into the foyer at $1.00 each. (50 cents each for 100 or more)

We will be closed on Thursday so our staff can spend Thanksgiving with their friends and families.

We’ll be open from noon till 8 pm on Black Friday.

Small Business Saturday

We’ll be open from 10 am to 7 pm for Small Business Saturday.

Sharing your love of a small business on social media on Small Business Saturday is a really great way to help the business you care about. Shop Small and Feed the Cat!

We’ll then close the week out on Sunday from noon until 5 pm.

Genghis Con

Sunday Genghis Con will also be hosting another pop-up event at the Pivot Art Center so please make the time to check that out too! (this past weekend we were able to collect $581 to donate to Genghis Con from the sale of our small press dollar stock, thank you all for helping with that.)

Art Show Information.

Every year with your help we put together an art show to help benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. We provide the theme, the blank comic book covers, and the venue, while you provide the artwork!

For this year’s theme be prepared to answer the question “What If…”

You can take the theme in any comic book-related direction that you’d like to go. Create a “What If” situation of your own and have fun with it!

Here’s how you participate! Stop by the shop and pick up a blank cover from us. They are free of charge and you can do two if you like. Please complete the cover with any medium you choose. (This includes digital! A lot of people now print their art out on cardstock and glue it to the cover of the book.) The artwork needs to be turned in by Sunday, December 12th at 5 pm. Please keep artwork to the front of the cover only, we only have the ability to display them this way. When you stop by to pick up a cover please connect with an employee so they can take down your contact information. We also use this info to promote you after the event through a Facebook Gallery of all the artwork! We also ask that you put your info on the inside front cover so we have a backup. (If you’ve submitted a cover in the past we likely have your info on file and we can double-check it for you.) If you do not want to letter the “What If” prose to your cover on the front just write the scenario you’re depicting inside the front cover and we’ll make sure it’s printed on the frame we display it in. Meaning, If you want to fill the cover with artwork for “What If Thanos became Santa Claus?” just let us know and we’ll print the words out so everyone knows what they’re looking at. Here are a few past covers for inspiration:

At by Craig Worrell @notsquid

Art by Logan Dorado

Art by Tim Switalski

Over the five days of the art show, people can purchase tickets for a dollar that can go towards the artwork of their choice in a basket raffle system. The art show will last from Wednesday, December 15th to Sunday the 19th in the foyer next to the shop. Winners will be pulled starting at 6 pm on Sunday the 19th on Facebook Live, you do not have to be watching to win. (We will likely be drinking, and we hope you will be too.) The live video is sort of an employee variety show and we had a lot of fun doing it last year.

ALL of the money collected will go directly to the food bank. We are bummed that we cannot do an in-person Christmas Party again this year (cue the eye roll.) but we just don’t think the metrics are quite there yet for a (very) close quarters gathering with alcohol. (Next year I promise!)

We used this format last year and set a record for meals created 20,360.

(This is how we tally the results, with $1.00 helping the Cleveland Food Bank to create four full meals during the holidays.) Our lifetime total of meals created sits at 98,004, so we’re excited to cross the 100,000 mark this year!

So please, reach out to any artist friends you have and let them know about this. We can turn your artistic skills into food for the needy during the holidays!

As always thank you for your help with all of our endeavors!

Hey there, CNJ shoppers! Raf here welcoming everybody to a New Comic Book Day. December is here already!? Some of the year’s best comics come out in December usually, and this month is no exception. We’ve got a lot of great anniversary specials, some returning series, and one big epic of a Wonder Woman book all new this week. Let’s get into it.

Marvel Comics

This week marks the 750th issue of Avengers, and to celebrate is this week’s oversized Avengers #50. There is a whole lot to unpack in this $9.99 issue including: the conclusion to World War She-Hulk, the story of the Iron Inquisitor, a brand-new team of villains coming for our world including Kid [REDACTED] and Young [REDACTED], Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider receives a new multiversal quest, and new members join the team ALL IN THIS ISSUE. This is definitely not one to miss out on; written by Jason Aaron with a host of other artists as well.

DC Comics

Batman has the best rogues gallery in comics (yeah, I said it) and Gotham is the city they call home. This special one-shot features stories about some of the baddest of the bad including the likes of Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, The Mad Hatter, Killer Moth, and the original Red Hood. Also in this issue is a Penguin story written by the man, the myth, the legend, The Penguin himself, Danny DeVito! Batman Returns is my favorite Christmas movie ever, and if there was one place in the multiverse I’d want to visit it’s Gotham during the holidays. We’ve got tons of variants for this one too, come in and grab a cool one.

Spinning out of the events of this summer’s big event, Infinite Frontier, there’s a new Justice League out protecting the multiverse and it’s the Justice League Incarnate, here in issue #1. With Superman of Earth-23, Flashpoint Batman, Captain Carrot of the Zoo Crew, China’s Flash from Earth-0, and a new hero Doctor Multiverse, they’re our only hope against the one true Darkseid. This five-issue miniseries will take DC fans across the multiverse on a quest to stop the end of everything. Right on.

This next project has been in the works for quite some time, and I’m happy to say it’s been well worth the wait. Superstar writer Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet) presents the entire story of the Amazons across millennia in Wonder Woman Historia. Trust me when I say this is the Amazons like you’ve never seen them before, in this DC Black Label book beautifully drawn by one of my favorite artists Phil Jimenez! Not for children, this epic three-issue series is an absolute must for fans of Wonder Woman and the Amazons. A true passion project for both creators, with subsequent issues drawn by Gene Ha and Nicola Scott. Just check this art out from Phil Jimenez!

You’ll be sorry if you miss out on this one this week.

Small Press

The horror series that was so popular fans practically demanded a sequel, the “Maniac of New York” is back in “Bronx Burning.”

“After the tragedy of The Death Train, Detective Zelda Pettibone and mayoral aide Gina Greene have lost the trail of the Maniac – and the support of the city. Copycats are springing up, tensions are high and traffic is a nightmare. So, what happens when your favorite unstoppable, mindless killer resurfaces in a Bronx high school? Can Zelda and Gina get there before Maniac Harry adds to his body count? Will the students tear their attention away from their phones long enough to notice there’s a monster in the halls?”

We’re all stoked to jump back into this one.

A new Mark Millar series this week, it’s James Bond meets John Wick (have the rights for this already been bought by Netflix I wonder), it’s King of Spies #1. The world’s greatest secret agent only has months to live, and he knows all the dirtiest secrets. But instead of laying down quietly, he’s going to expose all those who’ve done him and the world wrong. A quest to right the wrongs of the past, this four-issue miniseries is sure to be a hit, most anything Millar writes these days is.

Another shop favorite horror series returns this week in AWA’s Hotell Volume 2. Featuring interconnected storylines that all revolve around a mysterious motel out in the Nevada desert, this is one of the creepiest books out there. If you’re not familiar, check out volume 1 that we have in stock at the shop for only $10. AWA really puts out some great stuff, and I’m excited that we’re getting more from this series.

And that does it for this week at Carol and John’s Comic Shop. Thank you all so much for coming out and shopping with us over Black Friday weekend, it was a big success and we were happy to console everyone after the OSU game on Saturday. Don’t forget that our annual Charity Art Show is coming up soon too, and the deadline to submit a cover for the art show is rapidly approaching. Covers are due December 12th. We’ve started receiving some already and they are awesome. Thanks to all our artists out there. We’re excited to see what everyone comes up with, we’ve got plenty of blank covers available to giveaway at the shop too. In the meantime, have a great week everybody!

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