had a great first day with a very steep learning curve, but we made it through
with your help and understanding. Carol even stopped by to wish us Godspeed.
It’s really hard for a
business that trades on browsing and hand selling (and large events) to work
behind facemasks and limit the number of people in the shop. But the harder it
is, the more it feels like the right thing to do.
So no new comics but here’s some awesome reason to stop in the shop!
50% off all back
issues and 20% off all statues, action figures and pop funs until May 19th! We
even got some new early bronze DC’s in that have never been in a live show or
We have ten hand picked
graphic novels for only $5 each to give you lots of reading material to help
you #staysafeathome .
Titles including four
five star Batman trades, Scott Snyder’s Batman Court of Owls Volume One, Tom
King’s Batman I Am Gotham Volume One, Batman Earth One Volume One by Geoff
Johns, and All Star Batman My Own Worst Enemy by Snyder and Romita Jr. (which
is one of my favorite Batman stories.)
We also have Greatest
Hits Volumes for Justice League, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn! (so we can get
some female characters in the mix!)
We also have all ages
selections like SuperPowers (great early reader comic book), Lil’ Gotham and a
Batman Animated Series Greatest Hits!
When brought back a
few of the part timers and got them back into the swing of things by organizing
some dollar bins!
So we now have 25 long
boxes of comics on the new comic table IN ORDER for only $1.00 each!
Oh yeah, we also got
our ‘Free Comic Book Day Cancelled Until Further Notice’ prints in! You get one
FREE with any purchase!
We also got ‘Support
Your Local Comic Shop’ stickers, also FREE with any purchase!
See, it’s like we
And finally, by
popular demand, we gave Winston a Star Wars A New Hope Medal too! (Good job
everyone. We basically just rewarded a cat for doing nothing because you
Well, we’re finally on ‘the other side’. CNJComics is set to reopen as per the Governor’s orders on Tuesday, May 12th!
We’ve got a lot of
measure in place to keep both staff and customers safe, many of which we were
already doing before we were shuttered on March 23rd.
We’ve been closed
up for seven weeks now, and while we’ve been doing well with Facebook Live
Sales and your ongoing orders, there’s nothing like selling stuff to people
face to face. (or mask to mask for awhile.)
you need to know about our reopening protocals.
To be clear, we
will be compliant with all Mandatory standards for Govenor DeWine’s Responsible
RestartOhio program, as well as some recommended Best Practices that his office
has suggested. (These protocols have also been cleared with the staff, and they
are comfortible with them, which is a really important thing to know.)
In a nutshell, it’s
all about distancing, sanitizing and face coverings.
For distancing we
have installed a barrier at check out, and we’ve learned the bigger the better.
It’s so big you hardly know it’s there.
The staff will also be wearing face coverings, as required. We will not be mandating that customers wear one, but we do STRONGLY recommend it. To that end we will have disposable masks available if you feel you need one. For the at risk members of our community, those 65 and older or immunocompromised, we had a local seamstress make up Marvel masks that we will give you for free. We consider our older clientele to be our national treasures and they will be treated as such. (You know, like Carol.)
We have put up
distance markers six feet apart in the shop to help you gauge your space from
others. Please be cool and respect other people’s space.
We have established
our max CoVid-19 occupancy as 15 plus staff. Please respect this if you’re
asked to wait outside. We don’t think it will be a problem but it kind of
removes any event plans for the summer.
When you enter the
shop you will see a hand sanitizer station that looks just like this:
Please use it! We
are restocking it with hand sanitizer made locally at the Western Reserve
Distillers in Lakewood. They also sell vodka!
Employees will be
sanitizing their hands regularly throughout the day, and we will also be wiping
down high traffic areas hourly.
Employees will do
an assestment of themselves daily to determine if they are fit for duty. If
they’re sick, they stay home, period. (the balance between hung over and sick
will have to be determined.) Respectfully, this also applies to you. If you’re
sick, stay home and we’ll figure out how to get your books to you.
We will also
continue to do curbside, just give us a call and we’ll bring your stuff out to,
well, the curb outside our shop. We will also ship once a week, and if you’re
still really freaked out about leaving the house we can deliver for free within
a five mile radius of the shop.
Once we open up on
May 12th we will be back to our normal operating hours with a few exceptions.
The Govenor’s office has recommended a deep cleaning once a week and that’s
what we’re going to do. We will be closed on Monday’s for the forseable future
to do that deep clean. (we will be open for curbside that day.) We will also be
adding an hour on Thursdays. 11am to noon on Thursdays will be for our at risk
customers only. (e.g. elderly and immunocompromised.) We won’t be checking ID’s
but respect this time period for the safety of others.
If for any reason
we have an employee with a confirmed case of CoVid-19 I will shut the store
down and bring an outside agency in to sanitize the shop, period.
That’s it for the
Co-Vid protocals, let’s talk about comic books!
Let’s start out by
saying this. There has been alot of talk about different options for shipping
and distribution of product from publishers. Our stance is this, we’re
Rest assured that
you will get all the new comics that you requested, so trust us, we know what
we’re doing. We made decisons that are in the best interest of you, us, and the
industry in general. To us, Wednesday is new comic book day and it will
continue to be so within our shop.
So, here’s what the
forseable future looks like:
May 13th will be
our first Wednesday in the shop, and while there will be no new product, we
will have some fun stuff on the table, including piles of great discounted
graphic novels and employee recommendations. Stuff to read man! Because of this
we will give 50% off back issues and 20% off statues, action figures and pop
funs from May 12th until May 19th. Take advantage of this, and please use this
free week to clear anything out of your file.
On May 20th we will
have out first new comic book day! This will be a backlog of DC product as well
as some small press publishers. This is the day Diamond is ready to ship.
May 27th will see
Marvel returning to the table, albeit with only five new comics. Marvel’s
return to publshing will be very slow, with things only going back to normal by
mid July. I find Marvel’s plans to be very respectful of the industry though.
It’s going to take
awhile to get back to normal, just like every part of America, but we’ll be
there with you every step of the way, figuring out how to get your comic books
to you. That’s the job.
So what about my
home office and the Live Sales that have worked out so well?
Photo art by John
We’ll have one more
big one this Sunday, May 10th at 6pm to 8pm. Late Silver / Early Marvels which
I love. 180 books. From there I’m sure the idea will live on in one form or
another. I love the idea of a newsroom where we make regular announcements
about the shop, as well as some education presentations, which was what a lot
of the shows were about anyway.
We will always
favor selling comics in person, that’s the part of the job that I love the
most, and it’s the part that builds community. We can never thank you enough
for joining in on them and helping to keep the shop afloat during this
unprecedented time in history. It ain’t over yet, but we’re still here because
you saw value in what we do and decided to help out.
We made up stickers
we’ll be giving out as a thank you, and we’re also happy to do a ‘sticker swap’
with local artists to help decorate out plexiglass screen. (art by @peabe)
The good news is we
got our PPP loan, which will likely be forgivable!
Jim and Ben made the decision to keep working through all this and I can’t thank them enough. We did what America asked us to do, created a safe working environment and kept working. The PPP loan is to reimburse their salaries for the next eight weeks so we can get the shop up and running faster. The first thing I did was was to award them with a hazard pay check for $1,000 each as well as a medal of bravery from Star Wars a New Hope. We held a whole ceremony utilizing CoVid protocols that you can see on out Facebook page, and yes, even Chewbacca got his medal this time.
I’m basically just
a circus act, Ben and Jim are the ones who run the day to day activity of the
shop, and they were the ones who got your books to you during this crisis. A
running gag became, “We didnt we just go on unemployment again boss?”
Well that was the answer boys. Good job.
socially, I believe it is time to reopen America with as many safety
procautions in place as possible. It has to start some time, and we will be
following the Govenor’s lead and making changes daily as needed, under his
direction. I watch his 2pm briefings, and while I may not agree with everything
he has decided, I always feel very well informed, and that knowledge is very
empowering. I believe in the City of Cleveland, and I now believe in the State
Lastly, Winston has
been living at Jim’s house, and he’s now ready to return to the shop so he can
stay six feet away from you. 🙂
So we will be reopening (with alot of measures in place) on Tuesday May 12th! This week I will compose an email with all the details on how we will do that while keeping you and us safe! We’ve been working like crazy to meet up with the Governor’s expectations and then some. The first new comic book week will be on Wednesday May 20th and Marvel states they will resume shipping on Wednesday May 27th (Just a little product each week until July.) Again, more to come on that. Oh yeah, we’re also open for non contact curbside now too!
This Monday will be our 6th Facebook Live Sale from 6 pm to 7:30 pm EST.
May the 4th be with You! It’ll be more late Silver / early
Bronze Marvels (mostly early Bronze) and yes there will be some Star Wars in
We’ve pretty much got the system down. Look for a gallery of the
books on our Facebook Page early tomorrow, then when we go live claim the book
after it is presented with the price so everyone has the same starting point.
Ben will re-watch the video afterwards and check time stamps then publish a
list of winners. As always contact us at email@example.com or
216-252-0606 for payment.
Expect a Gallery Sale on Thursday, and one more (?) live Sale on Sunday the 10th at 6 pm EST.
As we said before, we think you’d be very comfortable with the
lengths we’ve gone through to create a safe shopping experience for you.
Also for the record, I have been tested for CoVid-19, so both
the active virus and antibodies, both came up negative. So I do not have it,
and I haven’t had it in the past. I attest that to good hand-washing. I will be
retested again in three weeks. (I volunteered for a research study at Metro
Hospital. That swab goes all the way up and beyond)
Lastly, here’s might thoughts on what should have been Free
Comic Book Day this past weekend.
“Free Comic Book Day 2020. We’ve been doing it
since the first year in 2002 when there were only four books to choose from.
The event grew organically, and in 2009 we started having a midnight event, the
main event of which was a race around the plaza by Superman and the Flash. We
thought it would just be this dumb thing but hundreds of people showed up. At
that point, attendance grew dramatically. This morning when I woke up I
immediately felt like I had something to do, and I realized it was Free Comic
Book Day. I always felt like FCBD was a wedding I get to throw each year, if
you had to make each wedding better than the last one. But we only set the stage,
it fills up with the best people possible after that, and that’s you. Literally
the best thing that happens to me in the shop are when two customers seem to
know each other that I didn’t realize were friends and when I ask how they met
they say ‘here.’ That’s the best, man. That’s the stuff. The staff works so
hard and so many members of the community donate so much of their time and
effort that it’s still fascinates me after all these years. There’s a line in
A-Team where someone says ‘They’re the best at what they do and they specialize
in the ridiculous.’ That’s my crew, my boys. Four years ago I got to visit Joe
Field, the founder of FCBD, in his shop in Concord California. We went out to
lunch and talked about comics. That’s a great memory. A big part of FCBD comes
from concepts I learned working at Burning Man for ten years, the most
important of which is ‘radical inclusion’, which is going out of your way to
make sure everyone feels included. Everyone.
So fear not! It ain’t over, not by a long shot. I have a plan
in my brain that changes daily when new information presents itself. If I had
to guess, I’d say a no frills dispersal of the books near the end of the
summer. Just getting the books to people in a safe and controlled manor will be
a feat in and of itself. We’re up for the challenge. Six months from now will
be our 30th Anniversary, and if the social climate is clear, we will have a
party. Oh yes! Full of all kinds of stupid and ridiculous stuff, the kind that
we love to put together. And guess what? You’re all invited. Everyone.”
It’s far from over Cleveland. Never give up and stay hopeful!
Art by the talented Erin Caruso at www.supergrouphugs.com/ .
(Yes, we’ll make it into a free print as soon as I can find a printer that’s