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First up, we’re excited to annouce that even though there will be no San Diego Comicon this month, we will still have our “Not At Comicon” sale!

From Thursday July 22nd to Sunday July 25th we’ll be giving 50% off all back issues, as well as 10% off everything else in the shop. We’ll also be filling up the foyer next to the shop with thousands of comics from our storage locker for only one dollar each. (50 cents each for 100 or more as always.)

50% off back issues will be a rare thing now that the pandemic is fading, so plan to take advantage when it happens!

This Friday is (finally) the premiere of the Black Widow movie! I’ve got a free comic to give everyone who stops in starting that day, while supplies last, with a purchase. 

Come check out our selection of Black Widow graphic novels too!

I’m a big David Harbour fan, and it’ll be cool to see Yelena added to the MCU. Plus, Taskmaster!

On to this weeks new releases!

MARVEL COMICS

X-Men #1 comes out featuring the new team by Gerry Duggan. 

Duggan does a great job on Savage Avengers and this will be an easy way to check out the book if you’ve lapsed during Hickman’s run. 

Extreme Carnage Alpha is the first in a series of eight one shots that will detail the aftermath of Venom #200 in a post Cates world. 

DC COMICS

The final issue of Batman Fortnite is out, #6. The book that caught everyone off guard this year. Thanks for sticking by us as we figured things out. 

SMALL PRESS and NETFLIX

Master of the Universe is getting a new comic to go with the upcoming Netflix Show, written by Kevin Smith of Clerks fame. 

Skybound X #1 is new from Image and it’s a spotlight book for their properties. Each issue is supposed to introduce new characters and is spearheaded by a new Walking Dead story by Robert Kirkman, Rick Grimes 2000! 

The first issue also has the first appearance of Clementine from the Walking Dead video game. 

We’ve also decided to featured three great new indies this week. (well, one’s from DC, but it’s not superhero and it’s awesome.)

The first issue of Nice Houe of the Lake was likely my favorite read last month. By James Tynion IV (Something is Killing The Children) and it’s a twelve issue mini series. You just have to read it to not ruin the surprise concept, trust me it’s good. 

Geiger by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank is another standout, a irradiated man defends the bunker his family is (hopefully) living in.

Nocterra is Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel’s “trucker across the wasteland” story. It’s fun to see him work with characters he’s allowed to do whatever he wants with.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who came out to buy VIP passes for Chris Claremont. We sold out day one so thanks for the support. More info on FCBD is forthcoming and we’re excited to get back at it this year!

For now just check out www.freecomicbookday.com to see all the books that will be available. Every person will be able to pick ten on August 14th!

Hello from Universal! I’m writing this one from the road so I’ll keep it quick!

DC COMICS

The big book this week is the $9.99 Green Arrow 80th Anniversary Special, full of short stories by some of Ollie’s most important creators. 

Expect names like Grell, Lemire, and a really important story by Lenny O’Neil, Denny O’Neil’s son. Decades variant covers too, so be sure to research the one you want. 

Like Neal Adams 1970’s and Gary Frank’s 1980’s.

MARVEL COMICS

I’ve really been looking forward to this next book, The United States of Captain America mini series by Christopher Cantwell, who’s a rising star in the shop. 

The shield has been stolen and Cap and Sam hit the road to find it. Along the way they meet new ordinary people who have adopted the mantle of Captain America. 

First up, Aaron Fisher, the Captain America of the Railways!

The Hellfire Gala concludes this week and Marvel promises a very important issue with X-Factor #10.

KIDS

For the kids we have a Young Readers John Constantine book?

Ryan North is the Squirrel Girl and Adventure Time guy, so looks like fun.

We also have two new board books from DC, as well as reissues of some old favorites. We sell a lot of these books when we can get them.

CHRIS CLAREMONT

Lastly, Thursday is the day tickets go on sale for the Chris Claremont VIP event on Friday August 13th. All the info is here in our previous email at the bottom. We know tickets will go fast so plan accordingly. 

Claremont VIP Info!!

Remember, even if you don’t get tickets we still have an open signing with Chris for FCBD from 10am to 7pm on August 14th, the next day!

Congrats to Ben for running the Comic Shop last week in Jim and I’s absence. Thanks to the staff (and you!) for supporting him as well. I’m sure John Shearer as senior advisor is helpful. See you all soon at the comic shop. 

Hey everyone! First we’ll be going over the featured new releases for the week, then we’ll go over how to get tickets for our Claremont VIP package on Friday August 13th, the day before Free Comic Book Day! 

Alright, here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, June 23, 2021!

DC COMICS

Batman Reptilian looks to be a sure fire winner, with an all new Batman story by Garth Ennis, creator of Preacher, The Boys, and writer of numerous Punisher stories. 

Brian Michael Bendis returns to the prepandemic project begun in Event Leviathan with the creation of Oliver Queen’s new underground team, Checkmate. 

Brian’s partner in crime Alex Maleev is with him again on the art, and he’s a personal favorite. 

Wonder Woman finally gets her own six issue mini series featuring some of the top talents in the industry telling short stories, all in Black and Gold.

Infinite Frontier is here and it’s a six issue mini series detailing the layout of the new DCU through stories about characters that have returned or are still lost after Death Metal and Future State. Important book. 

MARVEL

Marvel has their $9.99 Pride One Shot this week, which complement DC’s from a few weeks ago. 

Heroes Reborn concludes this week in the Heroes Return One Shot. What a fun run this has been.

The Hellfire Gala continues this week, with the usual party stuff like gatecrashers and after parties. 

Sword, Wolverine and Way of X are the titles to look out for. Marvel is promising a big conclusion in next week’s X-Factor. 

INDIE AND TOYS

Spawn branches off into its own Universe with the first new title since 1992, Spawn Universe #1. Three new titles will come out of this one shot.

We’re also getting in some new Marvel Legends figures, the X-Men set as well as Thanos and MODOK.

Side note is that we are also finally getting in Silver Age Backer Boards, with another shipment on it’s way. I’ve been told that the comic supply issues are going to get worse before they gets better, so buy up what you think you’ll need while we have it in stock. Thanks Pandemic. 

FREE COMICS BOOK DAY

OKAY! Let’s get into the Claremont VIP Event. (We posted a video about this on our Facebook Page and I highly recommend checking it out.)

To be clear, in addition to this VIP Event, Claremont will be doing an open signing from 10am to 7pm on Saturday August 14th on the actual Free Comic Book Day. Your first signature is free in the spirit of the day, and we’ll even have free Claremont books to hand out in case you’re new to the hobby and don’t have anything to sign. The below outlined event helps that to happen, so thanks in advance to all who decide to participate. 

So, on Friday August 13th from 6pm to 9pm we’ll be having a special Q and A with Claremont, followed by a signing. There are fifty seats and they cost $80 each. This will happen in the store front next to the shop that we use for FCBD. 

For the $80 you get:

  • To sit in on a Q and A between Chris and I. I’ve been doing a lot of research and am ready to go back and forth with him.
  • Three items of your choice signed for free. Chris is not a signature machine so you’ll get to meet him personally and say hi while you get your signatures. 
  • A big stack of reprints written by Chris, some really great stuff too. ($40 value)
  • You get to pick out your Free Comic Books early! While you’re waiting to get your stuff signed you can wander over to the free books and pick ten books out. 
  • First look at the Claremont Art Show, so essentially first dibs on buying the art. 
  • Raffles for stuff signed by Bill Sienkiewicz, that you can get signed by Chris if you win!
  • Tom Orzechowski, the letterer for Claremont’s X-Men run, will be in the crowd that night to talk to. Tom has the World’s Record for most issues of a single title lettered, all of Spawn except one issue. (Which was done by his wife Lois, but that’s a different story…)
  • Plus you get the satisfaction of knowing that you helped fund Free Comic Book Day and Chris’s appearance for everyone else. 

The above conditions are set in stone with a contract, with no exceptions. (ie, can I bring more stuff for him to sign and pay him $10 each to do it? No. Can you let just one more person in? No.) Please respect the process and what it took for us to get here. 

So how do I get these tickets?

On Thursday July 1st at noon we will open our doors and sell the tickets in person. One person can buy two tickets. At 1pm we will start accepting phone calls with credit cards. (That’s a good one hour where we favor people who are actually walking into the shop out of respect for out regular customers.) Remember, even if you can’t get tickets you still have every opportunity to talk to Chris the next day. Mrs Dudas says I should make it clear that there’s a really good chance tickets will be sold out before 1pm, so plan accordingly. Respectfully, do not contact us for exemptions to this process, only clarifications.

We are going to try and broadcast the Q and A live on Facebook that night, so everyone will get a chance to see it and get jazzed up for the next day!

I’m personally super excited for the whole thing. We had a different format for our Steranko event but that turned out to be a heck of a night. 

Thanks to everyone for helping us to get this together. Having Chris out is our way of trying to glide back to normal, and we’ve gotten great feedback so far!

Both Jim and I are out of the shop this week, so please support Ben as he assumes command of the Bridge. (Shearer is like Spock in this scenario. Raph is likely Sulu. I suspect Felipe is Chekov.)

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