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Wow. Lots of great stuff coming out and going on this week and beyond! Fun new releases, Local Comic Shop Day on Saturday, and a primer from Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

NEW RELEASES

First up, here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, November 14th, 2018!

Have the X-Men titles been overwhelming you lately, even when you consider yourself a fairly knowledgeable fan? Well this week is for you, as Uncanny X-Men will be the only X title for the next ten weeks, coming out weekly and starting with issue #1.

Being dubbed “X-Men Disassembled”, the X-Men will be deconstructed and maybe put back together again. Great hop on point, and written by all three X-writers, Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg! Lots of cool covers too, so be ready to pick one out.

Be warned, it’s 72 pages and $7.99. (but that’s not a bad thing.)

Somehow in the world of Marvel math, Avengers #10 is the 700th issue of the Avengers, and they’re celebrating with an over-sized issue. Jason Aaron’s run is worth taking note of anyway, I mean, Ghost Rider is officially on the team! We’re also supposed to get a hint about Wolverine’s current status, as well as a new member. This is the best Avengers run since Remender’s early work on Uncanny Avengers.

So, what’s going on at the other end of the pond? Wonder Woman has a new writer in the ever popular G Willow Wilson!

Artwork by Cary Nord, who you might not know but who did have a killer run on Conan, so I’d say he’s good to go here.

It’s a good week for the Whedonverse, with two new indie titles.

BOOM Studios has the license to Firefly, and a new #1 comes out this week written by Greg Pak of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

For the first time learn the story behind the War of Unification, as well as Zoe and Mal’s first meeting. Heck, let’s see how he assembles his whole crew as well.

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge Firefly fan, pretty much just like everyone else I guess. I like to think of the shop as a ship and the employees as it’s crew. So excited to see this play out at BOOM.

Dark Horse may have lost the license for Firefly, but they’re not sweating it. They’ve got Doctor Horrible #0 written by Josh Whedon himself.

It’s a team up! Hourglass is the main villain but expect cameos by everyone. This is another property I can’t get enough of.

LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY

Local Comic Shop Day is Saturday November 17th!

Local Comic Shop Day is the Comic Book World’s answer to Record Store Day, with exclusive items for sale you can only get at a brick and mortar independent comic book shop. It’s also meant to remind people about the existence of the local comic shop before the holiday season. If you’re reading this then you pretty much already know about us. Hi! We’re you’re local comic shop.

Since we have such a big Black Friday event, and Small Business Saturday has really come into it’s own, we’re never quite sure what to do on the day but sell the merchandise.

But this year we were contact by local creator Ted Sikora, who has two new comics coming out this week. Apama #5 and Tap Dance Killer #3.

We’ve worked something out with Ted where he’ll be signing and handing out free copies of his two new books starting at noon that day. This is a great time to meet Ted and check out his stuff. If you enjoy the books, please consider adding them to your file. Ted will also have all his other books on hand to sell.

Oh yeah, the Local Comic Shop Day merch! That will be available first come first serve at 10 am on Saturday. Here’s a link to all the stuff with even more info.

Some items are so alarmingly limited, that shops only got one of each book. Specifically the items limited to 500 copies. This includes the Green Lantern #1, the Marvel Knights #1, and the Blackbird #1. So to be fair, we’ll be raffling these items off on Saturday, you get a ticket for every $10 you spend. (These books will likely go for hundreds each in the after market, so it may be worth a trip to the shop to throw your hat into the ring.)

Other cool easier to get items include a Rick and Morty Treasury Edition, an exclusive cover to the aforementioned Uncanny X-Men #1, and a X-O Man O War Deluxe Hardcover with new content. Again, see the link above for all the details.

BLACK FRIDAY

Next, one of the funnest nights at the shop and out longest running event, our (anti) Black Friday Sale!

Here’s a link to all the info about the whole weekend, including Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!

We can also add that we recently acquired a new collection that will only be in the back room during the Black Friday Sale for only $1.00 each. Always a great night and just another great reason to come up.

GOODBYE STAN

Lastly, I’d like to give an official Rest In Peace to Stan Lee at 95 years old.

Joan passed away in July of 2017 at 95 as well, and when that happens the clock really starts to tick. It’s not a sad thing so much as a loss. Every time I feel something about it, like how I wouldn’t have the life I have without Stan, I realize it’s an amazing thing. A beautiful thing. Man, what a life.

The outpouring of stories people have been sharing on social media has been overwhelming. I’ve never seen any celebrity that had such a connection with his fans, that every encounter with him became it’s own story. I even threw mine out there:

“I was 15 years old when I met Stan Lee in June of 1988 at the International Superman Exposition at the Cleveland Convention Center. I waited in line for Stan’s autograph for over an hour. The first three volumes of Marvel’s new Masterworks line had just come out and I wanted to get one signed. I was only a few people away when his handlers shut down the signing and said Mr. Lee was done for the day. I snuck around to the back of the room afterwards and caught him as he left. I asked him if he would sign my book and his handlers replied for him, “Son, Mr Lee is done for the day.” In the best form possible he brushed them away with a,” Nonsense! I always have time for one of my True Believers!” He asked my name, signed my book and said, “What do you have to say for me?!” I went with, ” Make mine Marvel!” He finished with “Exactly! Excelsior!” and wandered off into the convention. I never felt the need to meet him after this. It was a perfect encounter, and it’s the one I get to keep. Thanks for everything Stan. Thanks for giving us all a chance to be a hero.”

I never got a picture with him, but Carol did.

I’ll always think of Peter lifting up that wreckage in ASM #33, something he shouldn’t have been able to do. It’s a metaphor for all the accomplishments in all our lives if we just keep at it, and that’s what Stan meant to me.

To this end, we have decided to shift the theme of this year’s Holiday Art Show to Stan Lee and the Characters he has created. This should still work with anyone who may have started on their X-Men cover already. This will also give our holiday party a theme, where we can celebrate Stan’s overwhelming influence on our culture.

So, one last time, Excelsior!

 

Mark your calendar for our longest running event, out (anti) Black Friday sale from 7 pm to midnight on Friday, November 23rd!

ANTI-BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Why is it an ANTI-Black Friday sale? Because we let our employees stay home with their families on Thanksgiving and we don’t have our event till 7 pm on Friday Night, so all our friends working that day can come in when they get off of a grueling day at work.

It’s also a really fun social hang out, and a tradition for a lot of customers. It’s more about enjoying the hobby than a mad consumer war.

It’s our biggest sale of the year too, one of only two times that we are able to bring all the comics out of our storage locker and sell that at only $1.00 each. (50 cents each if you buy 100 or more!)

This year we’ve built up and incredible inventory, so we will have books in the foyer and the back room. Lot’s of books have never been seen before, and there’s about 75,000 total. They are in pretty good order too, so be sure to bring your lists!

Also that night:

  • 20% off all Graphic Novels and Hardcovers
  • 50% off all Back Issues
  • 20% off the New Comic Wall
  • 20% off all Statues, Action Figures and Pop Fun’s. (Due to the demise of ToysRUs, we’ve made efforts to have a really great inventory for the holidays this year.)
  • 10% off EVERYTHING else in the shop. (Which includes comic book supplies, which we never have on sale.)

And most importantly…

THE RAFFLES! It’s the cornerstone of keeping you shopping longer than you like and what makes the night really fun.

We’ll be raffling off 50 graphic novels at a rate of five every half hour starting at 7:30 pm. You get a raffle ticket for every ten dollars you spend and the tickets stay in all night long. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! Tickets are non-transferable and you can win up to three times.

Expect lots of additional surprise items to keep things interesting. ($200 X-Men Adamantium Hardcover anyone?) We end the night at midnight with a $100 gift certificate raffle. Lots of people do their shopping, get their tickets, then head over to Red Lantern or Working Class Brewery next door between raffles.

We’ll also provide snacks and pop during the night to keep you going.

This is a really fun way to celebrate Black Friday even if you hate it. Just to tame that primal shopping urge on the day. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, and it’s one of my favorite nights of the year. Great conversations, great deals, great people.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

The next day is Small Business Saturday and a much more mellow way to dig through the $1.00 bins. The back room is closed, but we keep the foyer open and shove as many of the books in there as possible. Our hope is that you shop somewhere local on Saturday, even if it’s not with us. I make an effort to visit one of my favorite shops on that day, Paisley Monkey, to do a little shopping and let them know they are appreciated.

Shop Local and FEED THE CAT!

If you decide to shop with us that day let people know! use #smallbizsat #shopsmall and #cnjcomics to remind people of the importance of the day and that you participated in it proudly!

We will have a smaller sale going all weekend including:

  • 50% off all back issues
  • 10% of all Statues, Action Figures and Pop Fun’s.
  • 10% off all Graphic Novels and Hardcovers

We will also have a visit from Jason Fitch and Rick Lozano that day, and they’ll be handing out and autographing free copies of their new American Knight comic! Jae and Rick are staples of our Free Comic Book Day event and have created a comic together this year!

Thanks again for shopping with us this holiday season! A quick shout out for our Holiday Party / Art Show / Fund Raiser on December 22nd! If you are a local artist who would like to turn your talents into food just stop in the shop and pick up a free blank comic book cover to turn into a piece of artwork for the show! This years’ theme is X-Men and the Holidays! Excelsior!

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Winston’s got his Halloween sweater on, so that can only mean we’re only days away from this years Halloween ComicFest 2018!

 

The new Pop Fun Box is ready for Saturday! Taller! Bigger! There’s artwork on all sides! The box was actually too big to fit in my cargo van and I had to UHaul it to the shop. 

The Box will be in the foyer all day long to take pictures in, from 10 am to 7 pm. We will have a photographer taking pictures from 10 am to 3 pm. These pictures will be put up on Facebook before Halloween. You are also welcome to take your own pictures or have our photographer take another picture with your camera/phone. Feel free to work to get the angle you want, especially with artwork on all sides!

Please be careful getting in and out of the box! Parents help the kiddos! Seconds after taking this picture my daughter tripped over the front and damaged it, and I had to replace it. Whomp Whomp. 

I printed out an extra front in case it happens again but hopefully, we won’t have to. 

One quick reminder before I repeat last week’s info, BACK ISSUES ARE 50% OFF ALL DAY! With the resurgence in popularity of old comics, this is a great time to dip in and go through all the new stuff we’ve bought. The next time this will happen is on Black Friday weekend!

Get that costume ready, it’s time for our 7th annual Halloween ComicFest on Saturday, October 27th, 2018!

Halloween ComicFest is our yearly event featuring FREE comics FREE candy and FREE photography services running from 10am to 7pm.

The day is basically a miniature Free Comic Book Day, with publishers creating special books just for the day to be given away for FREE. This year there are 22 full size comics and twelve mini comics. People in costume are welcome to take one of every book they are interested in that are age appropriate. (So yes, you could walk out with 34 comics)  We also let customers not in costume to pick five books for themselves. What constitutes a costume? Our typical answer is, “If you have to ask us if you’re wearing a costume you probably aren’t.” However, we are committed to making everyone happy that day, so we’ll work with you on that one.  ðŸ™‚

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s full size comics:

The Superior Spider-Man #1: Doctor Octopus claims the ultimate victory over Spider-Man! After years of defeats at the wall-crawler’s hands, Otto Octavius achieves the unthinkable-putting his mind in the body of Peter Parker! As one Amazing era ends, a new one begins for a smarter, stronger, Superior Spider-Man!

Thor Road to War of the Realms #1: Featuring the bloody return of one of Thor’s greatest enemies, Malekith the Accursed! Once the former lord of the Dark Elves is freed from his otherworldly prison, the chase is on across the Nine Realms to capture him and end his vengeful reign of terror!

John Constantine The Hellblazer #1: Celebrate 30 years of John Constantine, one of Vertigo’s most enduring and controversial characters with one of  his  most memorable  tales written by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by his longtime artistic collaborator Dave McKean.  A dead homeless man is wandering around London but John Constantine has his own problems. Don’t miss this unforgettable haunting story of fear and loneliness. (T)

Hellboy and the BPRD 1953 Phantom Hand and Kelpie #1: Hellboy’s first experiences with Bruttenholm in England involve the phantom hand of a murderer and a demonic water spirit in stories reminiscent of the early Mignola masterpiece “The Corpse.”

Other full sized comics include:

  • Aposimz Sampler
  • Aspen Comics Presents Aspen Mascots #1
  • Battle Angel Alita Homecoming
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs Universe Genesis
  • Franken Junji Ito
  • Goosebumps Monsters at Midnight #1
  • Hilo Boy Who Crashed to Earth Sampler
  • Howard Lovecraft Kingdom of Madness
  • Jughead The Hunger
  • Lady Mechanika La Mama De La Muerte #1
  • Monstrous Three Monsters and a Baby One Shot
  • Ms Marvel #1 (Yeah! Go Marvel Rising!)
  • Princeless Raven Pirate Princess
  • Shibuya Goldfish
  • Windmaker Birth of a King
  • Witch Halloween #1
  • A Walk Through Hell #1 (Mature) (A really great new horror comic from Garth Ennis by Aftershock Comics)
  • Danger Dolls Amalgama Lives (Mature)
    (Don’t worry mom and dad, the two mature readers titles will be kept up and away from the other books.)

In addition, there will be 12 mini comics, all of which are rated “All Ages” including:

  • TMNT Rise of the TMNT
  • Archie’s Madhouse Mayhem
  • Ghost Friends Forever
  • Hollow Fields Sampler
  • Johnny Boo and the Spooky Tree
  • Nancy Drew
  • Over The Garden Wall
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Splatoon
  • Spookhouse Sampler
  • Vamplets Undead Pet Society
  • Zo Zo Zombie

To view complete descriptions of all the books as well as images for you to go over with your family, check here: https://halloweencomicfest.com/

Our best advice is the same as on Free Comic Book Day. Come early for the best selection. We have thousands of comics to give away but there is a finite number of them.

It goes without saying that we will have candy to go with those comics!

(We’re a big believer in healthy snacks but not so much on Halloween.)

Another HUGE part of the day is our FREE photography services from 10am to 3pm in the foyer next to the shop.  Laura Wimbels from the FacesOfCLE project will be around to perfectly capture your costume in our new custom Pop Fun Box 2.0. We’re building it bigger and better than last time so you can have a cool photo of your cosplay costume, your kids super cute costume, or a group photos with family and friends!

In case you never saw the old one, it looked like this:

Again, bigger and better this time. More sides.

Here are some galleries of pictures from previous years for you to check out for fun:

2014   –   2015   –   2016   –   2017

You do not need to buy anything to engage the event and get your free comics and whatnot, but it sure helps us out of you do! To help that along we’ll be offering 50% off all back issues all day long. (This is the last time we’ll offer this discount until Black Friday.)

If you take any cool pictures at the event be sure to tag them #CNJCOMICS and #HCF2018 !

I’m hoping Mrs. Dudas will let me steal the giant T-Rex Skeleton off of our lawn for the day to put outside.

Come on in and see why we won a national award for Best Halloween ComicsFest Event from Diamond Distributors! We put a lot of work into this one and I hope it shows!

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