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Hey everyone! You haven’t heard from us in awhile but we’ve got a great event coming up this Saturday September 11th at the shop!

Genghis Con is a really great independent comic convention that was put on hiatus due to the pandemic, having to cancel both of their yearly events in 2020 and 2021. To get back to where they need to be they’ve been hosting pop up events at different shops in the area and it’s our turn to host one!

We’ll have eight visiting creators setting up tables in the shop and selling their stuff, as well as three of the leaders from the con itself. For the first time in our history we’ll break down the new comic table for a day to make extra room, as well as using the foyer and some tables outside. (Don’t worry, we’ll have all the new comic table stuff in one place off to the side for easy browsing.)

Genghis Con is really important to alot of local creators, and to help with the fund raising we had local artist Tim Switalski  design an 11×17 cardstock print for us featuring a Guardians of the Galaxy / Cleveland Guardians mashup.

When the name of our new baseball team was announced alot of people mentioned we should do something like this, so we did! Rocket and Groot catching a ballgame in Cleveland!

We will be giving this print away for free BUT we strongly encourage making a five dollar donation to Genghis Con. Please do your part to help this awesome convention continue next year and throw them a few bucks. Tim will even be at the event to sign them! (We have lots, so even if you don’t make it in on Saturday you’ll be able to come in and get one later and help them out.)

Genghis Con assembled some new leadership recently, in the form of Sequoia, Amalia and Quill! We’ve wanted to do something fun with cats, plants and comics, so we commisioned all three to create a mini postcard print set we’ll also be giving away for free that day. All three of these fine individuals will be staffing the Genghis Con table outside the foyer so you can get your prints signed there if you like, as well as learn about what’s coming up for the Con.

From Sequoia:

From Amalia:

From Quill:

Other artists who will be setting up include Erin Caruso <from Super Group Hugs>. Erin helps us with a lot of our projects and will have a full set up in our shop for the first time! She is one of my daughter Zoe’s favorite artists so we’re pretty excited to have her be a part of this.

We will also have the legendary Gary Dumm in the shop, who worked with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor back in the day. Gary is a local treasure and has recently completed an original graphic novel with writer Scott MacGregory, who will also be joining us. Gary is a local treasure so be sure to say hi! Here is the book, about a true life disaster in the tunnels under Lake Erie in 1916.

Ashley Ribblett will also be there, and she’s always a welcome addition to any of our events.

 (I’m looking at a piece of Captain America artwork by her on my shelf right now!)

Brian Gliene is a shop regular and his sense of humor permeates all of his artwork nicely.

New to our shop events is Gabby Zemaitis and Leo Covault! We’re always happy to see new faces in the shop and we’re excited to dig through their tables!

All in all this looks to be a great day where you get to meet some amazing local creators, get some cool artwork and help a group of people who add style and culture to our fair city. We need to actively help the things we love to survive and still be around after the pandemic has cleared. We recently purchased two amazing comic collections, and I promise to have some new back issues going up that day, so you have even more cool stuff to look at and another reason to stop by!

Thanks Cleveland, you’re the best!

Hi! Here is your final Free Comic Book Day Email with things to clarify and add!

First up, to clarify. Chris Claremont will be signing from 10am to 7pm in the foyer next to the shop, so you will be lining up in a seperate place to see him. He will be taking a lunch break when he needs to and we will cut his line at 6pm, meaning we will add no more people to it at 6pm. Act accordingly!

We had a lot of people ask about having Tom Orzechowski out for Free Comic Book Day. He’s a living legend and likely the most prolific letterer in the history of comics. (And he’s a Wednesday regular now.) Tom lettered Claremont’s X-Men run, and he also has the Guinness World Record for ‘Most issues as a letterer for the same comic book series.’ for Spawn. Tom says he’ll be joining Claremont in the foyer next to the shop around 2pm Saturday if you’d like to meet him too!

In the back of the actual Free Comic Book Room:

From 10am till noon we will have Jameson Campbell signing and giving away 100 free copies of this years 2021 lithograph! We do this every year and are keeping up the tradition. 

From noon until 2pm in the same spot, Leopold and Lenora (our beloved Laura Wimbels) will be signing free 5 x 7 art prints we had made up just for the event by Erin Caruso. Here’s the prints:

We do have an event photographer for this year! Liz Adams will be taking photos out there so keep an eye out for her and be sure to say hi!

Liz Adams has been a photographer and multimedia artist in the Cleveland area for over 20 years. Her latest project consists of 3 separate months driving around the US, documenting the pandemic around the country along with daily life here in Cleveland. and @fancypaintsadams for Instagram 

Lastly, and most importantly, CoVid measures. The key to successfully running this event will lie with you. We highly recommend unvacinated people wear masks. We highly recommend staying home if crowds are making you feel uncomfortible. We totally get the stress associated with what was usually a completely fun event. The key is to respect others request of you on the day, if someone asks for a little space, just help them out and oblige. Don’t take it as an insult or a disrespect. Be the better person and try to help them get themselves back together. We love you guys, and we want to have a fun and safe event. To be clear, if you see someone wearing a FCBD staff, artist or volunteer lanyard, they have been vacinated, and you can rest easy. We will keep the doors wide open to create and open air environment, we will sanitize high contact surfaces regularly, we will help keep the Free Comic “Pit” a civil and friendly place, but the rest is up to you. I will be there, my family will be there, and Carol will be there too, and we’re confident in a successful event based on what we know about this culture and it’s awesome people. 

Oh yeah, be sure to tag all event photos #cnjcomics on social media so we can check you out the next day!

Thank you.

John Dudas

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Hey! Here’s a handful of updates for this years Free Comic Book Day! 

If you haven’t read last week’s email yet with all the original info here’s a link to it!

Be sure to check all of that out first!

So, the Chris Claremont art show has come together really well, thanks to Kristen and Sean for that. Artists that will have work in the show include:

Ammie Doan – Angela Oster – Artemis Burns – Ashley Ribblett – Beckett Kashuba – Ben Hale – Brian Gleine – CHOD – Quill Kolat – Dave Wendt – David Franklin – Eric Kaplan – Heather Curtiss – J.J. Lendl – Jake Kelly – Janie Walland – Julia Whittaker – Katie Avila – Katie Kunze – Kristen Burns – Lashanta Knowles – Lauren Chaikin – Lisastarchild Pinkston – Michelle Littlejohn – Miguel Hernandez – Natalie Kurtz – Phil Fried- -Rick Sans – Robert Walland – Ryan Kacsandy – Sean Burns – Sergio Andujar II – Shawny Walthaw – Steve King – Taylor Reyes – Tim Switalski – maybe more!

(picture from previous art show)

Support Local Artists! Be prepared to to spend some money in our artists alley! It’s been a rough year and these fine people have kept at it. 

Local artists who will be setting up and doing free sketches at the event include:

Ashley Ribblett – Artemis Burns – Brian Gleine – CHOD – Dave Wendt – David Franklin – Heather Curtiss – J.J. Lendl – Jake Kelly – Janie Walland – Phil Fried – Rick Sans – Robert Walland – Ryan Kacsandy – Sergio Andujar II – Shawny Walthaw – Taylor Reyes

Sketches are free but artists will have tip jars so please do the right thing and help them out in any way you can! Spend some money at their tables!

I recently went and purchased 1,000 copies of X-Men #1 from 1991 by Claremont and it will be one of our extra free comic book day books this year! 

I love the idea of parents who bought a copy back in the day sharing the book with their kid(s) today. We love that comics are a shared and generational property!

The Panel Scanners will be set up and broadcasting their podcast from right outside the FCBD room.

“The Panel Scanners Podcast is a celebration of a truly original American art form; the comic book.

The Panel Scanners are proud to be recording live from the FCBD event for the fourth time. Stop by and say hello, and let us know which books you’re excited about.”

The Ghostbusters: Cleveland have decided to add themselves to the cosplay line up Saturday morning. Come and check them out.

Laura and Zachariah from the Big Bad Movie Show will be setting up from noon until 2pm and autographing free prints by local artist Erin Caruso  that we had designed just for the day.

Yes, Laura is our regular event photographer!

We loved Jameson’s art for the past three year’s lithographs that we decided to print them up on 5×7 postcards without text and give them away free with any purchase on the day. 

That’s it for now! Be sure to keep your eyes open for our final email on the event next week!

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