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It’s that time of year again!

If you’re new to the culture of the shop, our Black Friday event is our longest-running event, going on for over 20 years now.

We host this event from 7 pm to midnight on Friday, so our staff can be with their families and you can get any other shopping chores out of the way before hanging out with us. It’s a really fun social event too, and a fun tradition for a lot of our customers. It’s more about enjoying the hobby than a mad consumer battle. It’s our biggest sale of the year too, and one of only two times that we pull all the books out of our backroom and storage locker and make them $1.00 each. (50 cents each for 100 or more!) We’ve got lots of stuff that’s never been picked through before, as we’ve been buying up collections left and right lately. It’s about 75,000 books. They’re in pretty good order too, so get your list together!

Also that night, from 7 pm to midnight:

  • 50% off all Back Issues
  • 20% off EVERYTHING else in the shop. (yes, everything. This is a first for us.) The most important part of the night, the part that adds the camaraderie, is the raffles!
  • We’ll be raffling off 50 hand-picked graphic novels at a rate of five every half hour starting at 7:30 pm. You get a raffle ticket for every $10 you spend and the tickets stay in all night. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! Tickets are non-transferable and you can win up to three times. Every half hour we also have one MEGA prize, all of which are pretty spectacular this year. They include stuff like:

An entire set of Scott Snyder Batman Graphic Novel Volumes 1-10


A full set of Walking Dead Graphic Novels Volumes 1-32 (!)

More stuff that we won’t even tell you about so there’s still some surprises!

We also end the night at midnight with a raffle for a $100 gift certificate. Lots of people do their shopping, then shuttle back and forth between Red Lantern and Working Class Brewery for drinks between raffles.

We also provide some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks during the night to keep you going!

This is one of my favorite nights of the year, it’s just a really great vibe. Ask around. Even if you hate Black Friday I believe there’s a primal urge that wants to buy something on that day. Let it be on your terms and have some fun. Great night, great people.

Which leads us too…

Small Business Saturday!

The day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday and a much more mellow way to browse through the $1.00 bins. We’ve found a growing culture of people who want to shop local on that day. All weekend long (including during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) we offer:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 10% off everything else in the shop

As stated above, we keep the $1.00 books out all weekend, so you can really start browsing them on Friday at noon.

I always make sure I pop out of the store to do a little local shopping of my own. (Paisley Monkey in Lakewood is a favorite.)

If you stop anywhere that weekend snap a photo and tag it with #smallbizsat #shopsmall and #cnjcomics. A big part of the day is not just shopping but raising awareness of some of your favorite local shops. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Shop Small and Feed the Cat!

Back up for a moment! Before that whole weekend, we’ve got Local Comic Shop Day on Saturday, November 23rd. Local Comic Shop Day is in the spirit of Small Business Saturday and is a day to draw attention to the fact that Local Comic Shops are still out there.

The day has a list of exclusive items available that you can only get in an independently owned brick and mortar shop. We’ll be carrying just about everything, (which you can check out here at the Local Comic Shop Day website) but some of the items are so ridiculously allocated that they’ll only make a couple of people happy. We’d like to focus on two items that we believe are the highlights of the day. (and that we are getting lots of!)

The first is Brain K Vaughan’s (Saga) Walking Dead story “The Alien” in print for the first time ever!

This is the only in-continuity Walking Dead story that Robert Kirkman has not written and it’s a great stand-alone tale about what happened to Rick’s younger brother Jeffrey in Spain, which was briefly mentioned all the way back in issue #3.

It’s a subtle story that would be a great purchase to celebrate how Walking Dead started out in local comic shops like ours and grew into what it was after that. The fact that Brian K Vaughan is a native Clevelander just makes it all the better. $5.99

The other book is for fans of Umbrella Academy on Netflix, and it’s the Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas one-shot.

The two assassins track down a plot to discredit Christmas! $4.99

As a special thank you for shopping local during these events, we’ve reprinted some of our most popular prints, featuring art by local artists. These prints will be free with any purchase on November 23rd, 29th, 30th and December 1st. You can take all four!

They include Ladies Night by Erin Caruso:

Superman Americana by Erin Caruso:


Stan Lee “I had so many more stories to tell” by Jeff Ritchie

We’ll also have copies of our map to Superman’s History in Cleveland, which was made exclusively for the shop.

What better way to celebrate the local comic shop then to give you something you can only get here.

Thank you in advance for your decision to shop local this season, even if it’s not with us!

I just got back from out of town, so here’s a real quick featured release email!

Here’s the featured new releases for Wednesday, November 6th, 2019!

Marvel Titles

Two new X-Titles this week!

So far X-Men #1 lightened the mood and was a fun read, Marauders #1 was really great and Excalibur #1 was just okay.

This week the original New Mutants return with a few friends and a story co-written by Hickman himself.

Rod Reis’ art is pretty great too!

X-Force will by the covert team of Krakoa, with an intelligence and a black ops team lead by Wolverine.

DC Titles

The reason Bendis came over to DC in the first place was to write Legion of Superheroes, and the new ongoing is here!

“Small” Press Titles

Image has been hyping up Scott Snyder and Charles Soule’s new book for a bit now. Undiscovered Country hits the table this week!

“In this special oversized first issue, readers will journey into the near-future and an unknown nation that was once the United States of America-a land that’s become shrouded in mystery after walling itself off from the rest of the world without explanation over thirty years ago. When a team seeking a cure for a global pandemic breaches U.S. borders, they quickly find themselves in a struggle to survive this strange and deadly lost continent!”

If you were a fan of Brubaker’s “Criminal” and “My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies”, check out the new November original hardcover by Matt Fraction. The first in a series of three crime noir OGN’s.

“One phone call for help and all hell breaks loose for three strangers connected by bad luck, a twist of fate, and a gun in a puddle of rain. In the middle of a dense criminal underworld, these strangers’ lives collide on one fateful and bloody night in this epic novelistic thriller!”

If you’ve never explored Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer Universe before, we’ve got a huge book reprinting three key #1’s for only $1.00! Beware, you will love it.

We finally put up the photo gallery from our Halloween ComicFest event, you can check that out here for some fun:

That’s it! Have a great week everyone!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019.

We’ve decided to feature some Spider-Man books this week, starting with the main title, Amazing Spider-Man #32. 

Miguel O’Hara is back, and that means Spider-Man 2099 is as well. (You may remember him from the awesome end credits scene in “Into the Spider-Verse.”)

Also, this week is a very special giant-sized one-shot, Spider-Man Full Circle.

A huge $9.99 issue that’s full of impressive creators passing the ‘torch’ of the story to each other. As per Marvel: 

“Essentially, Jonathan Hickman and artist Chris Bachalo are going to drop Spider-Man into the middle of the action. Gerry Duggan and Greg Smallwood will pick up from the cliffhanger and go from there. Then, Nick Spencer and Michael Allred will try to top it, followed by Kelly Thomspon & Valerio Schiti, Al Ewing & Chris Sprouse, Chip Zdarsky & Rachael Stott, and Jason Aaron & Cameron Stewart with Mark Bagley.”

It’s also guest-starring Wolverine, Nick Fury, and Spider-Ham!

Mary Jane gets her own title this week, with an Artgerm Variant cover.

The Amazing Mary Jane will be an ongoing title!

Spider-Man Life Story was incredible,  following Peter Parker through six decades as if he was aging appropriately as the years went by. 

This week you can get the complete story in one graphic novel, and we’re definitely adding it to our must-read list. From Captain America talking Peter out of going to Vietnam to a very satisfying tear-jerker of an ending. Seriously, pick this up if you’ve ever been a fan of Spider-Man. (And really, who hasn’t?)

Gwen Stacy has a new issue this week with Ghost-Spider #3. 

Gwen is now taking classes in the main Marvel Universe, right down the hall from Peter Parker. 

Marvel Action Spider-Man is the All Ages recommended spider title from IDW.

This issue featuring the debut of Venom in this title. 

Branching off from Spidey, Marvel has two more big offerings this week. 

The first non-Hickman X-title is out; Marauders #1 by Gerry Duggan.

Kitty Pryde leads a team funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club consisting of Bishop, Storm, Ice-Man, and Pyro. 

The Immortal Hulk has an extra-sized issue with Immortal Hulk #25. 

This book has gotten trippier and trippier in all the right ways, and this looks to be a very cosmic issue. This title is a big candidate for a future book club, so keep up!

This Saturday is Halloween ComicFest, so stop in, get some free comics and candy, and get your picture taken in costume! And oh yeah, 50% OFF ALL BACK ISSUES ALL DAY!

Here’s all the details on the day!

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