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We’ve got a full week of new comics at the shop, with Marvels, DC’s and Small Press!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, July 8th, 2020!


As Batman heads into the Joker War, we’ve got two new books to get you there.

If you read Batman #93 you understand why the Joker has become more powerful than ever. Issue #94 continues this revelation.

We also have a new issue of Detective, prominently showcasing the Joker as well.

For fans of DCeased, a new six issue mini series begins this week by the original team of Taylor and Hairsine! DC zombies!

For the kids, there’s a new original DC Superhero Girls original graphic novel.

There’s over 40 episodes of this show out there and they’re a big hit in our household. (We’ve been digging the recent-ish Justice League Action’s too.)


Over at Marvel we have another opening salvo for Empyre with Fantastic Four Empyre #0.

Witness the end of the Kree/Skrull War!

For fans of Hickman’s X-Men run, the first Marauders graphic novel is out, one of the fan favorite spin-offs from the original run.

Why isn’t Kitty allowed to teleport into Krakoa?


We have two great Image collections as well, Undiscovered Country by Snyder and Soule, and Killadelphia.

Be sure to add the second issue of Adventureman to your file as well!

Community Update

The big extra news is that as of July 4th, masks are now required in the City of Cleveland.

Please understand that we are doing the things we need to do to keep the shop open and operational while keeping everyone safe. I’m all about personal responsibility until the law of the land decides otherwise. We are complying with that law. We have paper masks for sale at the counter if you need one for a dollar each. Please help us out and come in with your mask on! Be a Hero Cleveland! (art by Emma Munger )

Free Comic Book Summer

We’re getting closer to our first Free Comic Book (Summer) Saturday in two weeks

The books that will be available on Saturday July 18th include X-Men, My Little Pony, Power Rangers, Captain Canuck, Asterik and the Weirn books sampler. You can get all six books for free starting a 10 am on that day. If the shop’s at capacity then please come back and shop some other time. You can also buy a print for $5 to help us out!

Oh yeah, as previously stated, we will NOT by closed from noon till 4 pm on Thursday, July 9th. We will now be closed on Tuesday July 14th from noon until 4 pm.

Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for understanding!

Happy 4th of July weekend! Marvel and DC only have new graphic novels this week, but Image and Robert Kirkman have filled the void with a NEW Walking Dead story and a NEW original graphic novel!

4th of July Sale

First up, to help stimulate some sales this week in light of the lack of new comics, we will give 50% off back issues from Monday June 29th to Sunday July 5th!

The Books

To help comic book shops, Robert Kirkman has written a new Walking Dead Negan Lives comic!

They provided us with the comics for free and they retail for $4.99, so every sale goes to help comic shops out during the pandemic! Classy move Kirkman!

Supplies are limited so we’re limiting the book one per person, and if you had Walking Dead on your file we automatically put one aside for you. (so be sure to come in and get it.)

They also timed this with the releases of Robert’s new ongoing title, Fire Power, which is sort of his take on the Iron Fist mythos. This book begins with a FREE first issue and a $9.99 original graphic novel. We have lots of the free book as it used to be a Free Comic Book Day title. (this book exists outside of the current FCBD selections, and we have enough for everyone so don’t worry about it not being in the checklist.)

The original graphic novel is an incredible value at $9.99, I’ve read it and it’s really cool.

Did we mention it has art by shop favorite Chris Samnee?!

Speaking of Free Comic Book Day (Summer), checklists are available for file customers in good standing to fill out and select ten books from, to be delivered to your file hassle free.

We also got a big reorder from TKO studios, the company producing original graphic novels outside of the Diamond distribution stream. Great books with creators like Garth Ennis, Jeff Lemire and Steve Epting.

Check them out here and pick them up at the shop.

We also got in a new selection of discounted Marvel hardcovers. We did great with the Omnibuses, and now we have titles like Civil War, Spider-Man, Captain America, Thanos and more at less than 50% off. People want reading material right now and we’re all about it. (We picked books that we personally recommend.)

Masks are Back

Oh yeah, we also got in a new batch of Marvel masks! They’re $10 each and we do not profit from them in any way. The go fast because they’re pretty cool. In shop only, no holds.

Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and we’ll all be fine! Here’s a link to the seamstress’ website for mail order!

On the subject of holds, we’ve gotten a lot stricter now that the pandemic is making running a retail operation more difficult. If you call and say, “I’ll be in today or tomorrow to pick it up”, we’ll hold it for you. Beyond that we do not need more stuff waiting to be picked up on a shelf behind the counter. This is something we allowed to happen over the years so please respect that it’s not something we can continue to do. Every penny counts in our current situation.


Lastly, we sent out an email yesterday about the new prints we have available. We decided to commission three images to hang in our windows as a reminder that we are always stronger when our friendships include as much diversity as possible. CNJComics will always be a safe space for diversity in all the possible forms it can take. These three prints are FREE with any purchase.

For more information on the thought process behind the project check out TOGETHER with CNJComics, and thanks to Tim Switalski for the amazing artwork!

It’s the first truly “full” new comic book week since the pandemic first shut us down in March! Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, June 24th, 2020!

DC Titles

Green Lantern gets his own 80th Anniversary Special this week. All of these books have been super fun and we keep selling out and getting them back in.

100 pages and $9.99 with stories by Geoff Johns, the late great Dennis O’Neil and lots, lots more.

Batman continues to be a great read as we head into the Joker War.

It’s like this cover is almost pandering to the tragedy in Columbine. Yikes.

We’ve been doing great with DC Black Label titles, and we’ve got two really good ones this week.

Batman the Killer Smile is a one shot follow up to Joker the Killer Smile by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, told from Bruce Wayne’s vantage point.

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #2 (of 4) is written and drawn by Amanda Conner, so that should be all you need to know.

Both books are for mature readers only!

Marvel Titles

 This is Marvel’s first week with both comics and graphic novels, and the first salvo of Empyre is thrown in Empyre Avengers #0.

The Immortal Hulk’s Al Ewing will be running this show, with both the Kree and Skrulls teaming up to fight the heroes of Earth.

I’m super stoked for the Captain America Marvels Snapshot one shot.

It’s got a story by Mark Russell (Second Coming and Wonder Twins, great up and coming writer) art by Steve Rude, and set during Jack Kirby’s 1970’s Madbomb story!

Ben’s been waiting patiently for the new issue of Donny Cates’ Thor, which he says is one of his favorite ongoing titles right now.

We might not get a Black Widow movie till November, but we’ve finally gotten our action figures in.

Indie Title

The Power Rangers hit a landmark 50th issue, with the return of a major character.

Free Comic Book… Summer?

Finally, announcements have been made about Free Comic Book Day 2020, which is now Free Comic Book Summer 2020!

With the pandemic still in full swing, the decision has been made nationally to drag FCBD (er, FCBS) into a nine week event with five or six books coming out each week. The good news, for us at least, is that we can reduce the size of our orders to a managable level, to reduce the financial burden of hosting event.

We have decided that the best course of action is this:

We will print out a check off sheet of all the FCBS books and file customers in good standing (meaning there is nothing sitting in your file.) will be able to pick ten books that will be delivered directly to your file.

Every Saturday, starting July 18th, we will put the rest of the books out and you will be able to pick up one of each until they are gone. This transfers the traffic off of Wednesday and makes it more manageable on a Saturday morning, while also taking care of the Wednesday regulars. All Social distancing policies will be strictly enforced, and if you feel it’s too busy to stick around and shop, no worries. Enjoy the books.

We will not be having a Go Fund Me to pay for the comics, we’ll take care of it. So what can you do to help? Buy a FCBD print for $5, which will help us to offset the cost of the books! (Plus, they’re super cool.) Buy more than one! Buy one for a friend! Another thought is to make an effort to come back and shop at a later date, or the next time you’re regularly in the shop, buy something beyond your usual shopping parameters. It all adds up and we’re grateful for the support. I’ll also look at hosting another Facebook Live Sale, with proceeds going to support FCBD. (dang it, FCBS!) That sounds like fun.

It sucks that we can’t have the big year even that we usually do but it would just be too socially irresponsible at this point. Next year, we’ll hopefully be back in full swing.

We are still hopeful about having Chris Claremont in the shop for our 30th Anniversary in November!

Thanks Everyone! Stay Safe!

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