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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!

Good morning CNJ Shoppers and Readers! It’s Turkey week, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have new comics. This time around there are a bunch of exciting new #1s! New graphic novels HIGHLY recommended by the staff and our huge Black Friday Sale and Local Comic Shop Day exclusives to cap off the holiday week.

Marvel Comics

Smashing into stores this week is the brand-new Donny Cates Hulk! We’ve been looking forward to this title for a while now and it does not disappoint. It picks up after the events of Immortal Hulk, which was a big character redefining series, but you don’t need to have read that title to be hooked (I didn’t read it). Cates’ writing is big and action-packed, and Ryan Ottley is the perfect artist for this series (he was the artist on Robert Kirkman’s Invincible and this is just as big). I could say more, but that would ruin some of the surprises. Do not miss out.

“Secrets from T’Challa’s past have come back to haunt him! Fresh from returning from his travels in space, Black Panther receives an unexpected and urgent message from a Wakandan secret agent. Now T’Challa must race the clock not only to save his agent but also to keep his true agenda under wraps. Because if the truth comes out, it could cost T’Challa everything…” This new #1 is a brand-new relaunch written by John Ridley who has been really nailing it with deep personal storytelling with titles like I Am Batman and The Other History of DC Universe. I slept on the Ta-Nehisi Coates run of Black Panther, and have been looking for a great place to jump on since. I’m stoked to read this.

Hey, have you heard they’re doing a Hawkeye Disney+ series? Just in time for that, Marvel’s got a new five-issue miniseries starring Kate Bishop. She’s moving back to New York and looking for a simple, easy mission to boost her confidence, but for superheroes, they’re never simple or easy. Otherwise, what’d be so exciting to read about that? This is a fine introduction to Kate for the uninitiated and also fun for fans who have been looking for more from her.

DC Comics

It’s a light week from DC, we all finally get a break from a new Batman miniseries this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to be excited about. The weird and wild tale of Batman Reptilian wraps this week, the final fate of Leviathan is revealed in the last issue of Checkmate, and the color-coordinated anthology of Wonder Woman Black & Gold comes to a close, but maybe the most exciting title from DC this week is Task Force Z #2. Issue 1 was a lot of fun and had a great lineup and mission that of course went to s***, and so I’m excited to see where things pick up from there. 

Small Press

Cleveland’s own Brian Michael Bendis has a new indie book this week with Joy Operations from Dark Horse. “Fifty-five years from now. Joy is an EN•VOI. A special agent of one of the JONANDO TRUST. Trusts are corporate-owned cities that are the centerpiece of modern society. She rights wrongs for the trust. She is excellent. Perfection. Hard on herself. Driven. Almost legendary in some parts. Until one day a voice pops in her head trying to get her to betray everything she has ever believed.” Bendis has some of the best dialogue and writing in comics, and being a hometown boy himself, makes this one be sure to grab this week. 

And speaking of best in comics, Geiger’s first volume is finally collected in trade this week from Image Comics. From one of the best creative teams in comics, writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank bring it in this post-apocalyptic superhero tale. “Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him the Meltdown Man. But his name… is Geiger.” The guys all really love this series, and now finally I can get caught up before the series returns.

And those are some of the big titles new out this week. And in celebration of Local Comic Shop Day this Wednesday, we’ve got tons of exclusive variant covers in store for LCSD. These include special covers for House of Slaughter, Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body, Joy Operations, Detective Comics, The Walking Dead, and Radio Apocalypse (oh hey, a lot of my recent featured new releases). I’ve got a few I’m excited to snag this week.

Black Friday and Charity Art Show

Don’t forget that after you’ve had your fill of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and football (if that’s your thing) our BLACK FRIDAY sale is ON! Running from Friday through Sunday, we’ll have 50% off back issues, 10% off everything else in the store! That includes trades and figures and our dollar room open with DC and Marvel overstock. It’s shaping up to be our biggest weekend sale of the year and the perfect time to grab whichever of those killer bronze and silver age books John has been putting out at a sweet discount. 

And while you’re in, don’t forget that our Charity Art Show has begun taking submissions as well. We’ve got plenty of blank covers in the shop that is just dying for your artwork on them. The theme this year is What If!?, so that could be anything, like what if Santa Claus had the Infinity Gauntlet or Darth Vader was a Holiday Caroler. Or what if Marko from Saga was in a Taco Bell commercial (seriously, that’s a thing). We’re all very excited to see what everyone comes up with. But in the meantime, stop in for Local Comic Shop Day, enjoy your friends and family this Thanksgiving, and stop by for Black Friday. Have a great week everybody.

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