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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!

Here’s all the info on this years annual Holiday Party / Art Show / Sale / Fundraiser to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

On Saturday, December 22nd from 10 am to 7 pm we’ll be hosting an art show featuring local artists who created custom covers to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. These covers can be won in a basket raffle system where one food item or one dollar gets you a ticket. You get to pick which cover your ticket goes to so you can win a cover you really like. This year’s party and art show theme is ‘Stan Lee” so expect a lot of really amazing heartfelt pieces.

Here are a few of the covers:

Art by Len Peralta

Art by Kenny Peris

We will shut down the store at 7 pm only to reopen at 8 pm for our annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Party! The party lasts till around 11 pm and features snacks, beverages and the required holiday cheer. Winners of the basket raffle are drawn promptly at 10:30 pm. Winners need not be present but if you’re there you can take your artwork home with you.

All the money collected during the art show will go to the Cleveland Food Bank, who have the amazing ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need during the holidays.

We will also be having a holiday sale from Thursday December 20th to Monday December 24th. (We thrive during this time period, when it’s to late to successfully order stuff through the mail.) This sale will obviously be in effect during the art show as well.

This sale includes:

  • 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

Local artist Jeff Ritchie has created a custom print for us depicting my favorite cameo by Stan Lee. “I have so many more stories to tell…”

If the moonscape looks familiar, it should. It’s Cleveland. This 11 x 17 print will be free with any purchase during the holiday season starting…NOW!

This is our tribute to Stan that we’re sharing with you Cleveland!

As with previous prints, if you would like a second copy, please throw $5 into the Food Bank fund. You just helped to created 20 more meals!

The Party:

All are welcome to our holiday party which, as previously stated, runs from 8 pm to 11 pm on Saturday December 22nd. Our first party gift to you is this coupon good for 50% off any one item in the shop! Please print this image out or show it to us on your smartphone when you check out.

Coupons MUST be used at the party between 8 pm to 11 pm period. (sorry, no exceptions.) Limit one coupon per person.

We have also brewed two beers just for the party this year in celebration of Stan’s legacy. The “Excelsior Holiday Spice Ale” and the “The Man” Lager.

The Holiday Spice Ale comes out at about 5%ABV and mixes Centennial and Hallertau Hops with just the right amount of Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg.

“The Man” Lager comes in at a drinkable 4.5% ABV with a crisp taste from the Perle and Tettnang hops.

These beers are free and go pretty quickly starting right at 8 pm. We’ll also have other beers as well as non alcoholic refreshments. (For the record, our holiday party is and will always be an all ages affair.) While refreshments are free, our bartender Macklin works solely on tips, so please do the right thing.

We will also be serving onomatopoeia chocolates by Fear’s Confections in Lakewood. Thanks Cassandra!

Yes, Carol will be at the party this year, though she is retiring her Mrs. Claus costume. Our regular Santa Rick is converting over to a Johhny LaRue schtick (It’s a John Candy SCTV thing) so I think that leaves me to suit up as Old Saint Nick this year. Look out Christmas! We always have cool photo ops around the shop so charge up that phone and wear your holiday finest. Fact: wearing stupid holiday clothing makes everything more fun.

This is our way of celebrating Stan Lee in the best way possible, by bringing our community together in a way that helps people in his name.  Over the last five years we were able to assist the Cleveland Food Bank in creating over 50,000 meals for those in need with YOUR help.

The chance to use Stan as a beacon of friendship and camaraderie is our tribute to him. He told stories and that brought people together. We will never forget that “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”. It’s all about living up to that ideal and making it mean something.

Happy Holidays Cleveland!

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