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It’s time for our yearly sale for all of us who are left behind while San Diego Comicon is in full swing, our ‘Not-At-Comicon’ sale!

Running the exact dates as Comicon, July 21st to the 24th, our sale features two major discounts, 50% off ALL back issues and 10% off everything else in the shop.

The biggest part of the sale is that it’s one of only two times during the year (the other being Black Friday weekend) that we take over the foyer attached to our shop and fill it with all the overstock we’ve accumulated over the year. This year we’ve set a record with over 160 long boxes going out, all at only $1.00 per book. (50 cents each for 100 or more, so be ready to dig.)

While the books aren’t in perfect order, we do tend to throw them in the right direction to make digging easier.

This Thursday, July 21st, the first day of the sale, will also be our first “Late Night Comics” event, where we clear off the new comic table and fill it with even more dollar stock.

We’ll keep the store open from 8 pm to Midnight, play some records, hang out, and whatnot. This move is inspired by the new Late Nite Records shop on Walton Road, which reminded us of the fun of shopping late at Tower Records back in the day.

This will also be a more mellow way to dig through all that dollar stock in the foyer as well.

 We hope to continue this tradition on the third Thursday of every month, again filling the new comic table with dollar stock each time. (Hey, it’s not doing anyone any good in our storage locker!)

Another big announcement is that we will host Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) at the comic shop on Friday, July 29th, from 5 pm to 8 pm! Laura Wimbels, Lenora from the Big Bad B Movie Show, will also be joining us!

This effort is in conjunction with the Cleveland Haunt Club, a great local Facebook group that creates an online map of some of the best Halloween displays in the area. Mrs. Dudas and I are big into decorating, and we’ve had our house on the map for several years!

Butch is bringing the Munsters Koach, and for a bit of money, you can take a ride in it. We’re not in charge of this end of it, but we’ve been told a photo is $10, a Photo and Autograph is $20, and a ride in the Koach is $50.

Local legend and DJ Kung Fu Bob will also be around spinning some horror soundtracks and music to keep the evening moving.

Butch will also appear at the Haunted Garage Sale the next day, a meet-up run by the Cleveland Haunt Club, where people sell and trade old Halloween Decorations! (It’s gotten to be huge over the years!)

We hope everyone’s summer is going great, and thank you from the entire staff for embracing our bizarre events and culture! (Also, Happy 50th Birthday to senior staff member John Shearer!)

Hey everyone! This week is our big summer sale at the shop, but more on that in just a bit. We’ve got new exciting issues this week too! Let’s get into it.

Marvel Comics

“In the land of the righteous… The X-Men claim they’re the planet’s new gods. The Eternals know that position is already filled. The Avengers are about to realize exactly how many secrets their so-called friends have kept from them. Years of tension lead to a volcanic eruption as two worlds burn. Who has leaked the X-Men’s secrets to their latest foes? Why is Tony Stark abducting an old friend? And who stands in judgment over the whole world? Judgment Day from Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti is the apocalyptic emotional event to define the summer.” After last week’s Eve of Judgement, the AXE: Judgement Day event officially kicks off now with issue #1.  

One of the most underrated Marvel series of the past year or so, Defenders: There Are No Rules by Al Ewing and Javier Rodriguez, was a cosmic trip. Doctor Strange, the Masker Raider, and the team ventured across time and space to the birthplace of Galactus and even met Taaia, Galactus’ mother. The team of Ewing and Rodriguez now returns for Defenders Beyond! “When Doctor Strange sends a dire warning from beyond the grave, Blue Marvel, America Chavez, Taaia, Tigra, and Loki assemble to defend reality itself! Plus, you won’t believe who shows up on the final page!” If you haven’t checked out the previous series, we have the trade, but you can also jump right in with this new series.

DC Comics

I finally got caught up on DC Vs. Vampires! Thanks to the reprints that came out last week (we sold out fast!) I was able to read the series so far. It’s super dark! Very much a spiritual successor to the hit DCeased series, it’s the DC universe getting taken over by vampires, and there’s a lot of bloodshed. And now new, this week is a brand-new mini-series that takes place within this dark new universe in DC Vs. Vampires: All Out War #1. John Constantine teams up with Booster Gold, Deathstroke, and Mary Marvel to assassinate a key lieutenant of the vampire army. Shearer called this the Black, White, and Blood series of the DCVV series, and he isn’t wrong. The series is monochromatic but with plenty of blood red. A cool companion piece to the main series.

Small Press

Rogues’ Gallery from Image this week is The Purge meets Scream. In this new series, superfans of the Red Rogue comic are displeased with the Red Rogue TV show and especially with the titular star of the show, actress Maisie Wade. These twisted kids hatch a plan to steal something valuable from the actress’ home, but they’ve got a surprise once they get there. Written and drawn by relative newcomers in Hannah Rose May and Justin Mason, respectively, this new Image #1 is the story of unhealthy fandom gone too far.

Do A Powerbomb is back! Daniel Warren Johnson’s latest series was a smash, both with the staff and customers, and issue #2 this week was the first thing we read. It continues the fun from the last issue while also delivering a great hook for the start of this otherworldly tournament. The best part of this issue, in my opinion, though, was the gag that the necromancer running this deadly show believes that pro wrestling is real… that’s a secret that we all learn in time, like Santa Claus not being real (sorry kids, you didn’t hear that from me!).

From the creative team behind the Source Point cult hit Good Boy, comes Little Red Ronin. “A terrible beast has haunted the citizens of Poletown for decades. Although the monster hasn’t been seen in years, disappearances and gruesome killings still plague the townsfolk. Determined to clear her family name, Red hunts The Great Wolf in hopes of exonerating her grandmother, who lives in exile for spreading terrifying propaganda.” A sick and twisted take on Little Red Riding Hood that could only come from the likes of Garrett Gunn and Kit Wallis, Little Red Ronin #1 is a great start to this new miniseries.

And that’s just some of the goods this week. We’ve also got our HUGE Not-At-Comic-Con sale too starting this Thursday!

Running from this Thursday until Sunday, we’ll have 50% off all back issues, 10% off everything else, including trades and action figures, and the biggie; we’ll have the foyer open with a smorgasbord of dollar boxes. Plus, a first for the shop, this Thursday evening, we’ll have our first Late Night Comics event!

We’re going to keep the lights on, and the store is open after-hours from 8 pm until midnight, and we’re going to wipe the new comic table clean! In its place, we’re going to put out 40 more long boxes that we couldn’t fit in the foyer for one night only. On top of the regular weekend sale, this is a dollar bin shopper’s dream, and it’s this Thursday night, July 21st. Don’t forget too, that once you crack 100-dollar books, they become 50 cents each! John Dudas’s plan is to make this a recurring event each month, so come out this week for the inaugural launch of a future CNJ’s staple. Keep it cool this week, and we’ll see you around

Hi, Carol and John’s Shoppers! I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July. This week is MASSIVE, with an insane amount of new and exciting books, perfect for those back-to-work blues after the holiday weekend. Let’s check things out.

DC Comics

The next big Batman run begins! Chip Zdarsky has been lighting up the Marvel Universe with his Daredevil run and has been dipping his toes into the DC Universe recently too, but now he takes on the Dark Knight full-time with Batman #125 new this week. “Bruce Wayne is at a turning point, haunted by dreams of a dark future, while Gotham City billionaires are being gruesomely murdered. With the discovery of an archenemy’s involvement and a tragedy unfolding, the Dark Knight’s nightmares are just beginning. Failsafe starts here.” And while I don’t typically read the backups, this issue has the beginning of a pretty exciting one with Catwoman tasked to track down the 10 kids of the supervillain [REDACTED]. You are NOT going to want to miss out on this new Batman run. It even has a trailer!

Dark Crisis continues! After the death of the Justice League and the shocking finale to issue #1, things continue right after that with the assault on Titans Tower. It’s Dick Grayson Nightwing versus a powered-up Slade Wilson Deathstroke with the fate of the Titans in the balance. All the while, Pariah and the Great Darkness are approaching. Fans have been waiting a while for the next DC Universe Crisis, and Dark Crisis #2 does not disappoint.

“The Clown Prince of Crime had one more trick up his sleeve—a thrilling, surprising final issue! How did Gordon escape Texas? What happened to Bane and Vengeance? Did The Joker get the last laugh? Find out!” When this series was first announced, I was skeptical about why we really needed a Joker miniseries, let alone whether it’d be good or not. But this series, written by James Tynion IV (who seems to write just about everything these days), has been one of DC’s best and has a dedicated following. This final issue is just the end of the beginning, with DC already planning a new series to follow up with an announcement of the new creative team hopefully sooner rather than later. We’ve got volume 1’s of this series coming back in stock soon, so keep an eye out for those.

DC has a HUGE week of new releases this week, with more than I could possibly cover individually in this email. To name a few, we have new issues of Flashpoint Beyond and Batman: Killing Time, the finale to Batman 89 (finally), and the triumphant return of the main DC Vs. Vampires series, and the follow-up to the excellent Poison Ivy #1 with issue #2 all-new this week. If you’re a DC diehard, this week is for you.

Marvel Comics

“The end of the first arc of this historic new volume is here, and you won’t believe what we’re putting the Web-Slinger through! Spider-Man and Tombstone have their most brutal battle ever, but I fear the worst damage to Peter isn’t going to be physical. Also, did you notice that this was ASM Legacy #899?! That means the next issue is…” 900! The next issue is a huge milestone for the Web-Head, and we’ll be sure to celebrate it when it comes out later this month, but this week’s issue #5 is not to be overlooked. There have been plenty of spirited discussions amongst the staff and customers about John Romita Jr.’s art, but nobody can deny that this new Spider-Man story has been exciting and unpredictable for both new and old readers alike.

Jason Aaron’s Avengers Forever has been a lot of fun! Featuring the Avengers of the Multiverse, with the mightiest heroes of every Earth assembled, it’s a new shop favorite that Marvel and Avengers fans need to read (Volume 1 just came out collecting issues #1-5, BUY IT). This week, in issue #7, it’s the escape from the Prison of Steves! We have met Tony Stark, Invincible Ant-Man, as well as a Deathlok who refuses to die, a brutal Wonder Man, a half-built Vision, and the Infinity Thing, but now we meet several different Steve Rogers from across the multiverse who have been plucked from their worlds and are now being held captive in a mysterious prison out of time and space. What mysteries do these Steves of the multiverse possess, and who has imprisoned them together and why? This issue is awesome, especially for Cap fans.

I’d be remiss to not mention that King Conan wraps up this week also with issue #6. It’s a bittersweet moment, with this being the final Marvel Conan story, but Ben’s now inadvertently turned me onto another Marvel fantasy series with the 70’s cult-classic John Carter: Warlord of Mars. He jokingly pitched it as Conan on Dune, two of my favorite properties, but after reading the first issue and doing some background research (the entire 28+ issue Marvel series takes place between the third and fourth paragraphs of chapter 27 of the first Edgar Rice Burroughs book!) I’m preparing to go down that wormhole now. Thanks, Ben!

Small Press

“Revered creator Liam Sharp cuts loose in his visually stunning six-issue masterpiece, Starhenge: Book One! A future Merlin travels to 5th-century Britain to prevent monstrous time-traveling killer robots from robbing the universe of magic, and Amber Weaver’s lively present-day narrative reveals how she becomes drawn into a war across time! The Terminator meets The Green Knight in 30 enthralling story pages, setting the scene for this original epic inspired by the Arthurian sagas!” This series has a big, weird, and lofty premiere issue, with stunning artwork from Sharp. I’m excited to dive into this one, it’s a trip.

“Edison Crane is the world’s smartest man, but what happens when he’s targeted by an entire club of geniuses who also fly too close to the sun? Meet the Icarus Society.” Mark Millar is a comics writer who needs little to no introduction, responsible for such hits as Kick-Ass, Wanted, Kingsman, Jupiter’s Legacy, The Magic Order, King of Spies, and many more. His newest, Prodigy: Icarus Society, is a five-issue miniseries that boasts starring his favorite creation in Edison Crane. Issue #1 is new this week.

Brian K. Vaughan, you’re a son of a gun. After a delay last week, we finally have another issue of Saga with issue #60 this week and it’s the end of the first story arc after the much-awaited return earlier this year. And it’s a heartbreaker. No spoilers here, but you’re going to want to read this one first to get it out of the way, and also because it’s the best book every month. My new goal is to get my girlfriend Amber to catch up and read this series; I told her it’s important for the future of our relationship that she reads it. And it’s issues like this one that back up that crazy statement.

There’s a lot for comic fans to be excited about this week in the shop, but we’ve got more than just great books to be excited about this month. Like our annual Not at Comic-Con Sale coming up!

From July 21st through the 24th, it’s our biggest sale of the summer! We’ll have 50% off back issues as well as 10% off everything else in the store including trades and figures. We’ll also have over 50,000 books in the foyer (Winston’s favorite vacation spot) for only $1.00 each. Hit the 100-book mark, and each issue becomes only 50 cents each. We’ve got a lot of cool issues from collections we’ve bought recently, and we’ve been refreshing our Marvel and DC back issue bins, so there’s plenty to dig through.

Also, we’ll be hosting The Munsters’ own Butch Patrick at the shop on Friday, July 29th with special guest Lenora of the Big Bad B-Movie Show! Meet the actor, get a photo, and get a chance to ride in the Munster Koach here at CNJ’s! Photos start at $10, autographed photos are $20, and a ride in the Koach is only $50.

There are lots for everyone to look forward to this month. Take care, and we’ll see you around.

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