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There’s lots of great stories going on right now, and the top three are all represented in this weeks’ picks!

We also have some info for you on this Saturday’s ‘Batman Day’ which basically features some FREE comics and discounts on Batman books and merchandise. 

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, September 18th, 2019! (My birthday!)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE

Absolute Carnage is the 90’s story you always wanted but crafted with a modern feel. It really shows how far comics have come when you hold this series up against the original “Maximum Carnage”, which we sold a lot of back in the day!

In addition to a new issue of the core series, we also have a new issue of Lethal Protectors, and reprints of Scream #1 and the Separation Anxiety One Shot coming in. 

Don’t get overwhelmed by crossovers if you don’t want to, the core five issue mini series is enough. (It’s fun to look around to though.)

HOUSE OF X

There’s not much of a team left after House of X #4, but issue #5 comes out this week. 

This whole thing has been fun. To see how Apocalypse and Mister Sinister really do play a role in the survival of mutants is a great element to the story. 

We’ve been getting big stacks of reprints in, and this week House of X #2 and Powers of X #3 will be hitting the table.

Don’t forget to grow your Krakoa plant and mark your calendar for our first ever BOOK CLUB reviewing the series on Thursday October 10th at 8:15pm.

BATMAN

Tom King kind of fell apart after Batman’s non-wedding in issue 50, but as he completes his run with ‘City of Bane” we’re back in with some of the best stuff he’s written to date.

Catwoman and Batman have one more job to do before they re-enter the city.

Reprints on issue #77 this week, which featured the death of…..I’m not sayin. 

SPIDER-MAN

I haven’t read it yet, but the new five issue Spider-Man series looks to be a big deal. 

JJ Abrams co-writes this book with his son Henry, and word is it’s got a very strong father/son theme to it. This is going to be a timeless story, and the art by Sara Pichelli will surely do it justice. 

The story is so off that people are tying to decide if it’s a What If story or possible cannon. 

“SMALL” PRESS

Also, this week is a huge Original Graphic Novel, Guts by Raina Telgemeier.

Raina is literally a comic book powerhouse all by herself, and her line of semi autobiographical books (Smile, Sisters, Drama, Ghosts) are the best selling in the genre. This book has over a million copy print run coming out of the gate. 

This week is also the release of the “Selling Comics Guide to Retailing” printed by Dark Horse and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

” Selling Comics is a practical guide to the nuts and bolts of modern comics retailing, with essays and “best practices” guidelines from some of the sharpest minds in the industry. Featuring articles on almost every aspect of comic retailing, including staging successful in-store events, training staff, and diversifying product lines, Selling Comics is a ground level guide to building, developing, and growing your shop.”

Why is this book in this week’s picks? Do I want everyone to run out and open up a shop? 

The answer is I got to write the chapter on Social Media! Hey! Cool! (it’s like a birthday present to myself.)

BATMAN DAY

Lastly, this Saturday is “Batman Day”. It’s gotten to the point where it caters to big box stores, but we still want to take care of everyone. We have stacks of the two FREE comics to give away that were made especially for the day. 

The Batman Who Laughs Batman Day Special Edition:

Batman Nightwalker Batman Day Special Edition

In addition to giving these books away FREE with any purchase, we will also give:

  • 50% off any Batman Back Issues
  • 20% off any Batman Action Figures, Statues or Pop Funs.
  • 20% off any Batman Graphic Novels or Hardcovers

When we say Batman it means “show me Batman in the book or on the cover and you get your discount!”

Thanks for tuning in everyone! See you this week at the shop!

With apologies from the humble webmaster of this site and store, this message is coming out later than intended. Following is the most excellent newsletter put together by your buddy and mine, Ben! Read on, enjoy, and see you all in store (and again, sorry!)…. Take it Away Ben!

Featured New Releases for 6-19-2019

The Big Boss is away on vacation for the week. Knocking his last state off his lifetime list of visiting the good ol’ U  S of A. Make sure to greet him with “Aloha” when he hits the mainland again next week.

Until then you’ve got this email guest appearance from your favorite, candidly photo-ed, Friendly Neighborhood Comic Shop Employee, Ben. In the house! Let’s get to the exciting stuff shall we?

NEOTACC – CnJ Comics Swap Meet #2

Sunday July 21st 12 pm – 4 pm

Just like last year, connected to our Winston World / Not at ComiCon / Summer Sale, we will be teaming up with the larger than life dudes from NEOTACC (NorthEast Ohio Toys and Collectibles Club…you know who they are) to put on another wildly successful swap meet.

I love that picture mashup. Anyway. Tables are still available for reserve if you want to sell some stuff (probably only for the next 5 minutes. They all went SUPER fast last year). But this event is completely open to the public. Its like the yard sale of your dreams if you are hunting for nerdy pop culture treasures. Its a great end cap to our weekend long sale and a great alternative for geek culture if you can’t make it to San Diego for ComiCon that weekend. Speaking of which…

Winston World / Not-at-ComiCon Summer Sale

Thursday July 18th – Sunday July 21st

On that weekend that some special folks travel to the West Coast for the big event we make sure there is plenty going on in jolly ol’ Cleveland. We will have upcoming announcements about the specific sales that weekend but keep your calendar open. Everything in the store will be discounted. It’s a great opportunity to corner your favorite comic shop expert and insist they tell you what you should be reading that you haven’t gotten to yet. We read a bunch of stuff, so trust us, we know what we are talking about.

Ok. Onto the main event.

Here are the featured new titles for Wednesday June 19th 2019

DC TITLES

Frank Miller is at it again! He is going to redefine the origin of the Man of Steel himself!

Any comic fan knows that it has been difficult to consistently go to bat for Mr. Miller, but if Superman: Year One fulfills even half of the promises made by Batman: Year One we are in for a serious treat. John Romita Jr’s art for our native son, Superman, has always been electric (See Superman Men of Tomorrow).

I read a blurb about a part in issue #1 of Year One where they show baby Kal’s journey from Krypton in his rocket from the first person. I’m a little more than jazzed to see what happens from there.(

We will have 2 covers available for issue #1. The main cover by Romita and the B cover by Miller himself.

DC’s Year of the Villain is off to a great start since its FCBD debut.

Justice League #26 will continue the prologue of this status quo with more info about Lex Luthor’s “offer.” All of this is coming together in a way that promises to be EXPLOSIVE. The citizens of the world are having a hard time finding reasons to trust their heroes, maybe it’s time to put their faith in the hands of a darker cabal?

MARVEL TITLES

On to the portion of the show for all of us Marvel Zombies.

Donny Cates has been killing it lately. This is not up for debate. Silver Surfer: Black #1 last week was spectacular (2nd prints available this week in case you missed it) and coming up with Guardians of the Galaxy #6 he is concluding his first story arc, in which every galactic hero was thrown into a black hole like matchsticks in the wind, Gamora was “killed” by the Anti-Guardians, Thanos was reborn!…maybe! What’s left to happen? I’m in the void at the moment but i can’t wait to find out.

Speaking of great writing. All of Chip Zdarsky’s Marvel work will have a lasting effect for years. Just great storytelling. Take a look at ANY of his issues of Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man or Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. He just started a new story arc in Daredevil and it promises more of the same greatness. Check out Daredevil #7  this week to get caught up…That pesky Kingpin.

Okay. And would it really be a Ben kind-of post if I didn’t mention Deadpool in some capacity?

No. Of course not. Luckily Deadpool #14 is coming out this week so they made it easy for me.

Even during a full blown War of the Realms (see any issue of Jason Aaron’s Thor run…seriously do it! So much Giant-Demon-Fire-Golbin-Minotaur fighting. It’s incredible) the rest of the worlds heroes try and distance themselves from the Merc with a Mouth as much as possible. So last issue Deadpool was air dropped into Australia to deal with Ullic and his troll army.

So far he is doing… an okay job. This issue promises to go full Mad Max! Look at that cover! I can’t wait to see him tear it up on thousands of trolls. Especially alongside a new Australian hero named Nancy the Nuke. What could go wrong…or right?

SMALL PRESS TITLES

Everyone should be excited by IDW’s acquisition of the historical comic staple Usagi Yojimbo!

A ronin rabbit adventuring through Edo Japan? Yes please. The material for this character has always been fantastic. Always overseen by comic legend Stan Sakai, he wrote, drew, and lettered the beginning of this series. That’s quite a feat! Check out issue #1 on Wednesday.

There are plenty of amazing stories being woven outside of the big two companies’ grasp. Here are two that I have really been enjoying.

Garth Ennis is telling some kind of story here. Walk Through Hell is part FBI investigation and part Susperia level mind wrinkle. I have been avidly reading it since issue #1 and the direction it is heading in still boggles my mind. It’s a great head trip. The first story arc is collected in a paperback. Be warned. You will have no idea what’s happening until it happens in the best way possible. Don’t go into any unknown portside warehouses anytime soon.

Boom Studios seems to have written Matt Kindt a creative blank check. He’s building a really fun universe. In Black Badge the clandestine workings of governments are executed by the Boy Scout troops of the world. “Prison riot down the road? Huh? We were just camping.” “Dam explosion that destabilized a small government? Nope we were just roasting weenies.” It’s an amazing concept and, again, the first story arc is collected for your reading pleasure.

See. I told you we were good at all of those off-the-wall recommendations.

That’s it for this week’s update True Believers! Thank you for bearing with my wordy-wordy-ness! If we don’t see you in the shop this week then we’ll see you in July for the Summer Sale and Swap Meet!

-Signing off

Benjamin J. Joines-Mundy

First up, we’re good to go on this year’s Swap Meet in conjunction with NEO-TACC, the North East Ohio Toy and Collectible Club!

Details are to come but this is a free event next to the comic book shop on Sunday, July 21st! Last year we had over 500 people in attendance! Hop on over to the NEO-TACC Facebook page and see if the group is for you! All tables will be distributed through them this time, so read their buy sell trade rules and join the group!

We’re also giving another shout out to Youngstown ComicCon; they’ll be hosting a Steranko dinner similar to what we did last year for FCBD. All the details on how to sign up for that are here! I’ve got my ticket, and I’m happy to be a part of something where I have no real responsibilities and I can just enjoy myself.

Okay, onto the Featured New Releases for Wednesday, June 12th, 2019.

DC Titles

Brian Bendis’ first big DC event book is here, and he’s bringing his regular collaborator Alex Maleev with him. 

Event Leviathan is a six issue mini series tracking the mystery of Leviathan across the DC Universe. Bendis and Maleev are responsible for one of the greatest Daredevil runs of all time, so expectations are super high on this one. It’s also part of DC’s overall Year of the Villain arc.

Speaking of Year of the Villian, Batman Who Laughs concludes this week with issue #6. 

This series by Snyder and JOCK has been a highlight of the year, and leads into what’s to come. 

Just for fun, here’s this week’s awesome cover priced Artgerm variant cover to Catwoman #12.

 Artgerm has an artbook out this week as well.

Marvel and More

Marvel’s big book this week is Silver Surfer Black by Donny Cates!

Five issue mini series springing out of Guardians of the Galaxy, but it also stands on it’s own. I’ve read it, and it’s a win. We will also have lots of variants on this one, including a cover priced ComicsPro variant by Adi Granov!

Also for fun, Rick and Morty Presents the Mr Meeseeks One Shot!

Looks like we’re getting more episodes in November, but till then…

Lastly, D.E. is reprinting all of Garth Ennis’s old ‘The Boys” comics into new graphic novels, this is in anticipation of the new Amazon Prime show. (So there’s no inventory fail like there was with Umbrella Academy.)

I’d link a trailer here, but you’re just going to have to go out there and find it yourself, it’s graphic and amazing. Imagined unchecked superheroes doing whatever they want and the people who are tasked to keep them in line. Garth Ennis all the way. 

That’s it everyone! See you soon at the shop!

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