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Every January when things slow down a bit we try to put on one cool event to help make the winter in Cleveland more tolerable. 

This time we’ve paired up with Working Class Brewery, located right next to the shop, for a night of FREE comics, good company and craft beer!

On Friday January 25th from 5 pm to 9 pm, the entire CNJ’s crew will be guest bartenders at Working Class Brewery!

Yes everyone, Ben, Josh, Jason, both John’s, Kevin and even Jim. (Not pictured because he’s aloof.)

Starting at 5:30 we’ll be handing out three free Marvel True Believers comics, great reprints of classic Marvel material. 

Every half hour after that we’ll give away three different books, so if you last the whole stretch that’s 24 books. 

So books at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00.

What’s more, all of these comics have been hand-picked by the staff, and we’ll also have that staff member give a quick story about the significance of the book, both to them and in general. 

We were going to have a schedule about who was going to speak and when but we just figured whoever’s ready will dive in. Looking at the staff picks, they are very heavy on Marvel Netflix characters. If you’re looking for direction on what to read after watching the shows then this event is for you. 

In addition to staff members rotating out behind the bar, we’ll also be running a table selling all the different True Believers books for only $1.00 each. There’s just shy of a hundred, so if you want more personal recommendations, go to the table and talk to whoever’s there for more help. 

Our goal is to introduce their customers to comics and ours to craft beer. 


Scratch that, we just want to get drunk and talk comics. I can imagine some great conversations around those stacks of classic Marvels with a few in me. 


Working Class does not have a kitchen, but BBQ 216 will be setting up a pop up space with food for sale that we hear includes Pork Shoulder and Tacos!

Looks to be a fun night! Stop by to just say hi or be in it to win it all night long, one way or another we’ll keep the taps running for ya!

We’d like to thank everyone for a really fun Holiday Party and for all the support for the food drive. 

With your help, we’ll be assisting the Cleveland Food Bank in creating 12,084 meals this year!

We’ve also been informed by the Fitch Family, who take logistical responsibility for the actual food, that the food count was an amazing 1,879!

To put that into perspective, our previous high was 1,207.

Thank you to the artists for all their hard work!

We would like to congratulate Kelsey Cretcher as the artist who collected the most tickets for her artwork. Her ‘mod’ style Fantastic Four cover really hit the mark with a lot of people, and I have donated an extra hundred dollars to the food drive fund in her name. Congrats Kelsey! We look forward to seeing more of your work around the shop.

I’m actually going to give a little shout out to my seven-year-old daughter Zoe, who showed up to the art show with a picture of Stan Lee that she drew.

She looked at a picture of a Stan Lee Pop Fun online and copied it. Good job kiddo.

Thanks to all who came out, we think the first hour of the party was as packed as the shop has ever been, so thank you for bearing with us on that. I think Stan would have been proud, not just of the food drive, but of the camaraderie that revolved around it. We had -zero- issues this year with anything.

We will have a photo gallery of all the artwork going up, as well as some photos from the party when we get the event completely demobilized. 

This will be very small new comic week, almost to the point of being a skip week. Marvel only has four titles and DC just has a handful of graphic novels. 

The big book of the week is Fantastic Four #5, where the Thing finally marries Alicia Masters. 

To quote the parlance of the day, “Not a joke, not a hoax, not an imaginary story.” This one’s an actual wedding folks, and with Marvel Two In One being one of my favorite books as a kid, it’s a long time coming. 

We also have a 2019 Marvel Calendar we’ll be handing out for free this week with any purchase. 

Since it’s such a small week, so what a great time to clear out your file for the new year! Christmas is over, but…

In all seriousness, please make the effort to come in and clear out your file before the new year. Like a car dealership, we have to pay taxes on unsold inventory at year-end. Those books sitting on the shelf are doing double damage to us in they’re still there after the first. 

Finally, since everyone was asking. Winston lost a bunch of weight because he had a rotten tooth that had to be removed. Surgery went fine and he’s be convalescing in his X-Mas robe.

That’s it. We made it another year. Long live the local comic shop!

Sure we’ve got our Holiday Party / Art Show / Fundraiser coming up on December 22nd, but let’s talk about our Christmas Sale first!

From Thursday, December 20th till Monday, December 24th, we will have:

  • 50% off all back issues
  • 20% off all graphic novels
  • 20% off all action figures, statues and pop funs.
  • 10% off everything else in the shop

We recently got in a great bronze age collection, and to answer everyone’s questions, YES, it will also be  50% off starting when we open at noon on Thursday.

I’ve even been diligently drinking and grading the collection at home, so there will be lots to go through.

Here are a few of the keys that were up two days ago.

We will be open our normal hours during these days for all the last minute shopping, so when Amazon says, ‘too late’, we’re happy to say “come on in.”

Thursday 12-8
Friday 12-8
Saturday 10-7
Sunday 12-5
Monday 12-8 (Ben will be staying late night on Christmas Eve for all your last minute needs, stop by and say hello)

We do have gift certificates available for any denomination above $5.

Keep in mind that we’re also still giving away our holiday print from Jeff Ritchie FREE with any purchase. We should have enough to last past Christmas.

Here is our Customer Appreciation Coupon, which can only be used at the Christmas Party from 8 pm to 11 pm on Saturday. Sorry, no exceptions. (It’s a bummer if you can’t make it, but super cool if you do!)

Here’s all the info on the party!

Lastly, GO SEE Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse!

It’s a perfect movie. No need to worry about it living up to all the hype because it goes beyond that. What an amazing swan song for Stan Lee, as it’s really about the core values he placed into the character. Lots of surprises beyond the trailer, and visually it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. So respectful of comics as an art form and medium too. Miles has been around in comics for over seven years now, and I’m so glad the rest of the world will get to meet him.

I was tearing up through about 20% of it it was so good.

Thank you for shopping with us this holiday season!

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