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First off, I’d like to give a big round of applause for Jim and Ben, who took orders, wrapped up and delivered over 80 packages in three days.

“In a world quarantined by a global pandemic, one millennial, armed with only Purell and a strict non-contact protocol, will attempt to deliver 52 packages covering over 100 miles, spreading hope and comic books to Cuyahoga County. Stay put Cleveland, we’re coming to you. (While also not coming anywhere near you.)”

Thanks to everyone who gave Ben a wave from a safe distance. Can you see yourself on the map?

There are offically no new comics next week, or for the forseable future, but we are still taking orders for backstock and graphic novels, delivered free within in the county. Otherwise we can ship it out to you for a cost. Just send us your lists and we’ll see what we can dig out for you. We’re grateful for the sale!

Email info@cnjcomics.com or just call us at 216-252-0606. (If you call and no one is there shoot us an email.)

On that note, this Sunday will be our first Facebook Live Sale at 6pm, with the funds going to keep Jim and Ben employed throughout this quarantine.

“Join us here Sunday at 6pm for our first Facebook Live sale to benefit Jim and Ben’s ongoing employment. I personally will not take a single dollar out of this store while we are shuttered. I plan to keep Jim and Ben, our two full time employees, working full time as long as I can, with the medical coverage they need to make it through. I will present 100 fun late Silver/early Bronze books for 50% off list. (Fun means not a major key, but I’ll give you a story behind each book so it has a purpose in your collection.) We will never ask you for something for nothing, you will get a great value for your dollar. But this is a way to help two of the people who help you with your comic book needs on a weekly basis. I will always take care of them, but now you can help a bit too. Thank you Cleveland!”

Just hop on over to our Facebook Page at 6pm this Sunday and chime in when you see a book you would like. These books can also be delivered within the county for free or shipped outside of that. The sale will be all Marvel, and there will be a bit of an educational component to it as well, as I review each book’s significance. If you cannot attend the live sale fear not, you can just watch the video later and email us any requests for books that were left over. Payment will be through credit card over the phone after the sale.

Here’s where you go!

This is our first attempt at this, but we will be doing more in the future while we are shuttered down. (Please forgive us for any hiccups that happen, again it’s our first time.)

We’re prepared to start bleeding money, but things like this will help to keep us afloat longer. We thank everyone so much for helping us through this time period.

Okay Cleveland, let’s keep washing those hands at look out for our at risk population!

Yes, we are shut down for two weeks starting at midnight on the 23rd!

We expect this to go on longer but let’s get through this week first!

<it’s worth noting right away that this will be the last new comic shipment for an unknown amount of time>

https://ew.com/books/diamond-comics-distributors-stops-accepting-new-issues-coronavirus/

So, how do I get my new comics this week?

We have read through the Govenors orders and we will not be allowing anyone inside of the shop, we will also not be doing any curbside pick up.

We can deliever your books to you within the county for free, we can also ship them outside of the county for a fee.

Just contact us at info@cnjcomics.com with anything you’d like added to your already existing file. You can also just send us an order if you do not have a file. You can find everything that came out this week here:

https://www.previewsworld.com/NewReleases

We may not have everything listed there but it’s a good start. You should also go to our Facebook page and watch Jim, Ben and John’s Shearer’s walk through of the new comic table. (I actually find the video to be quite comforting too.)

https://www.facebook.com/carolandjohnscomicbookshop/

Seriously, even if you’re not a Facebook person, I recommend follow the page for a bit during the lockdown, it’s the best way to keep up with what’s going on with the shop during this time in history. 

When you send us an email please include your phone number and we’ll give you a call with your total where we can ring up your credit card over the phone.

You can also just call us directly at 216-252-0606 on Wednesday between noon and 8pm to set up an order and pay. If you get a busy signal please call back, doing a credit card while on the phone takes up both phone lines so you may get that rare busy signal.

Jim and Ben will be in the shop and apart from each other, as they are allowed to do to maintain inventory and do paperwork.

I’ll actually be working from home and occasionally broadcasting on our Facebook page from lockdown throughout the week.

The delivery will be non contact, so we’ll wave at you from a distance.

We can also easily add anything to your order from back stock. All back issues are 50% off and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Send us your back issue want lists and we’ll dig around for you. We can add bags and boards to give you something to do. Have us pull some graphic novels off the wall or recommend some reading material.

We’ll gladly take any business you’d like to give us.

Rest assured that if you just want to wait this out, we will continue to hold your books until we are allowed to open the shop again. As stated above, we believe this may go on longer than two weeks.

But we hope for sooner rather than later. When we do open, there still might be no new product, but we’ll convert our model over into back issues and graphic novels, which we’re more than happy to do for awhile. If you need to cancel your file due to financial changes in your life, please just let us know. We totally understand. Another great thing people have been doing for small businesses they support is calling in a gift certificate and putting it in their files for us to deduct funds from when thier books come in. We know this is not possible for eveyone, but we are grateful when people can do it.

On a personal note, Carol is doing fine in her locked down senior apartment complex in Strongsville. I had a non contact visit with her outside yesterday.

I also sat down with Winston and he told me his family went through this same thing in 1918, and they made it through it okay.

So take care of yourselves and your familes! Make good choices when you do things, and we will see you on the other side!

This is it! By orders of the Governor of the State of Ohio we’ll be closing up for two weeks at midnight on Monday. 

Zoe tells me everything will be okay!

So Monday, March 23rd will be your last chance to shop in the store for two weeks. We’ll be open from noon until 8pm. 

Please stop by to clear out your file if you can. Back issues are also 50% off (and will be for the forseable future!)

We will be looking at our curbside, delievery and shipping posibilities, but for now we just wanted everyone to know that we were expecting this, we’re ready for it, and to get in the shop if you can to help us out before we shutter. 

Remember the advice of Skottie Young:

Look for a follow up email on Tuesday and think about how you’d like your new comics handled during this time period. 

We are easy to reach by emailing us at info@cnjcomics.com or a phone call to 216-252-0606!

Peace everyone. Let’s all hunker down and get ready for what’s to come. 

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