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It’s finally here! Our Holiday Art Show / Sale begins this Wednesday December 16th!

Way to go Cleveland artists! We’ve got well over 100 covers in the art show to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

Stop by the shop between Dec 16th to the 20th and check the covers out in the foyer! Covers are won through a basket raffle system where one dollar gets you one ticket towards the cover of your choice! Just buy the tickets at the counter, write your name and contact number on them and drop them into the numbered bag that matches the cover you want! It’s that simple! 

Because the Food Bank is so awesome, each dollar you spend will create four full meals for those in need!

We will draw the winners in a Facebook Live Stream at 6pm on Sunday! You do not need to watch the stream to win, we’ll let you know on Monday. (But hey! pour yourself a drink and tune in! The whole staff will be here to pull the winners.)

Due to popular demand (and a pandemic) we will post a gallery of the books in the show on Saturday evening. You may then buy tickets remotely by calling in a credit card to 216-252-0606 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Sunday. We can also set up a paypal payment over the phone. We will then put the tickets towards the cover(s) that you want. Please have the numbers of the covers ready to go. We are only doing this on Sunday and we will have an employee dedicated to this task alone. 

Here’s a peak at somemore of the covers:

Art by Haley Mortensen – Thistlebury.etsy.com

Art by Gary Dumm – www.Dummart.org

Art by Tim Switalski – @timswit

We are also having our Holiday Sale, which will also start on the 16th but will last all the way to the 24th.

  • 50% off back issues!
  • 20% off statues and action figures!
  • 20% off graphic novels and hardcovers!
  • 10% off everything else in the shop! 

We also have our yearly holiday print in stock! This year’s swank artwork is by Kelsey Cretcher and we’ll be giving them out free with any purchase!

We’re going to miss the holiday party this year but please help us to make the art show shine as brightly as possible! Everyone likes to do something for others during the holidays, and this can be your thing. (and you might just win something too!)

Happy Holidays from the CNJ Staff

Just because we can’t have a Holiday Party doesn’t mean we can’t have an Art Show!

Everyone year we reach out to Cleveland’s Art Community to help us put together an art show to help the Cleveland Food Bank, who have the amazing ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need. (and the need is currently greater than ever.)

Local artists turn blank comic covers into works of art that can be won through a basket raffle system where one dollar gets you one ticket towards the cover of your choice. In the past this has been a one day show where the winners are drawn at the end of the night at our yearly customer appreciation party. 

Due to CoVid-19 this year the show will extend over five days and winners will be drawn on a Facebook Live stream to help offset the traffic in the shop at any one time. 

This year’s theme is ‘The Pandemic’ and artists were tasked with creating covers combining the CoVid-19 life with their favorite comic book characters. 

Here’s a few of this year’s submissions:

Art by Kyle Goers @RubyRoadrash
Art by Sarah Worhrman www.sarahsartlife.com

Stop by the shop between Wednesday December 16th and Sunday December 20th, buy some tickets and check out the artwork!

  • Art is displayed in the foyer attached to the shop
  • One dollar = one ticket. Five dollars = six tickets (you can buy as many tickets as you like.)
  • Each piece of artwork has an associated paper bag to place your tickets into, so you only win the artwork you like. 
  • Winners will be drawn live by the whole staff at 6pm on Sunday December 20th. (you do not need to be watching the stream to win, but it sure will be fun.)
  • We will have some extra prizes and hardcovers to give away for people that are in the live stream.
  • Anyone not in the stream will be notified the next day, so you can pick up your cover and maybe use it as a present for someone. 
  • ALL funds collected go directly to the food bank. (I’ll drive a check over there myself so they don’t lose any of the funds to credit card fees.)
  • If you want to contribute to the fund raiser while sheltering at home, you can call in a credit card for tickets and we will randomly place your tickets in different bags. 
  • After the art show is over we will post an online gallery with all the artwork and contact URL’s for the artists. Please follow think links and check out their other work.
  • Full CoVid protocols will be in place, including mask wearing, social distancing, occupancy limits and regular surface decontamination.

We want everyone who comes in to walk away with a piece of artwork, so we had Kelsey Cretcher create this year’s FREE swank holiday print.

December 16th to the 24th will also be the week of our holiday sale, which includes:

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

Please help us out by shopping local when possible this holiday season!

We cannot thank everyone enough for helping us to keep this traditon alive during these trying times. I’m really going to miss the holiday party this year, but after thinking about it the charity is the heart of the whole event. It’s what needs to be preserved so the event can live again next year under better conditons. Thank you to everyone who contributed a cover this year! Your artwork will be turned into food during the holiday season. You did your part. 

Last year with your help we were able to assist the Cleveland Food Bank in creating 14,276 meals. 

This year we aim to surpass this total. (Why? Because FU 2020, that’s why.)

Thank you as always for your support!

Before we start we’d like to remind you about our Pandemic Art Show for the benefit of the Cleveland Food Bank!

The show will run from Wednesday December 16th to Sunday December 20th in the foyer attached to the shop. You can win all the artwork through a basket raffle system where one dollar gets you one ticket towards the cover(s) of your choice. We’ll have another email this week laying it all out but for now please mark your calendar! 

On to this week’s new releases!

DC Comics

In December DC is completing it’s current incarnation to give way to less continuity in 2021 and beyond. It likely means I very different DCU after the new year, even beyond the Future Slate books coming out in January and February. To that avail, lots of heroes have their final moments in this weeks Dark Nights Death Metal Last Stories of the DC Universe One Shot. They’ll still be around, but they might never be the same again. 

From Superman by Mark Waid to Green Arrow and Black Canary by Gail Simone to Green Lantern by Jeff Lemire. These stories and much more as we head into closing time. 

Big old $8.99 special. 

Another DC anthology this week is Batman Black and White #1 (of 6)

Five stories told in Black and White with art by J H Williams II (!) Andy Kubert, Tradd Moore and, well, more. 

DC has been having luck with their ‘Dark Multiverse’ one shots, basically What If stories revolving around major DC storylines. This week’s Flashpoint one shot had record preorders for us for this series. 

People love Flashpoint. 

For the kids we have another original graphic novel by Art and Franco, the team behind the still popular Tiny Titans.

Marvel Comics

Marvel has a super fun anthology this week too! The first of the big two to cash in on the current pandemic health crisis with the Heroes at Home one shot.

Good for ages ten and up, see what the Marvel Heroes are up to under quarantine! 

Avengers #39 is set in the past, but it’s setting up the big Dark Phoenix storyline everyone’s been asking about. 

Jason Aaron contributing to the Phoenix mythos seems like a dream. Can the Phoenix Force find a new host before Wolverine kills it?

Help us help you to keep up with the King in Black crossovers.  (just reading the main mini series is fine too.)

This week Venom #31 is front and center and also written by Donny Cates. 

The only other tie in is King in Black Namor #1 (of 5)

On the indie front, all fans of comics should be reading Donny Cates’ “Crossover.”

It’s an homage to collecting comics and word is it’s only going to get better. (I mean, it’s set in a comic book shop. What more could you want.) Lots of references to comic history in there.

Lastly, our yearly holiday sale will be timed to coincide with the aforementioned art show and beyond. We’re not sure about the discounts other than everything in the shop will be on sale from Dec 16 to the 24th, so stay tuned True Believer. 

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