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Here’s the latest updates on how we’re handling this week in relation to new comics and the coronavirus.

Yes, we are open, and will be open for new comic day on Wednesday with a full shipment of comics. Please give yourself a pump of hand sanitizer as you enter the shop, we have it by the door. Also give yourself a pump at checkout, we have some there too. We will limit any excessive crowds we have in the shop, if it comes to that. (It likely won’t.) We will also do curbside pick up if you do not feel like entering the shop. Call us from the parking lot (216-252-0606), pull up to curb, we’ll charge your credit card and bring out your books.) We do considering reading material to be an important part of the social distancing process, and we are trying to help ‘flatten the curve’ by minimizing exposure. If you are sick, stay home, we also have delivery and shipping options, just contact us at info@cnjcomics.com . Rest assured that the shop is sanitized regularly throughout the day. At this time, we plan on being open our normal hours with a reduced staff. This is how we are managing the situation at this time, but we are absolutely reassessing things daily. Please check our Facebook page for any updates between emails!

Wash those hands America!

As for Free Comic Book Day this year, we are in a holding pattern, but I highly doubt it will happen on May 2nd. This already falls with the the CDC’s recommended eight week ban on gathering of 50 or more people. We will keep you posted, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Comicpro, we are actively trying to get a ruling on this at a distributor level. But ultimately, the decision to do the right thing for our community falls to us, and we will make that decison when the time comes. Rest assured, we’ll do something awesome at some point this year.

Oh hey, we need your help too. Please come in and pick up your file if you can, or make arrangement to pay for it and have it delievered or shipped. If you need to cancel your file due to work issues, just let us know. We get it. Times are going to get a bit tough and we need to keep product moving through the shop to stay viable. If you don’t want to stop in you can call in a credit card, we’ll ring up the purchase and it will be waiting for you when you’re ready to stop in.

So, here are some spotlighted items for this week!

Robin is celebrating his 80th anniversary with a $9.99 100 page Anniversary Issue. Just like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash before this, there will be decades variants you can pick from. Lots of great writers and artist doing stories about all of Batman’s protege’s.

Spider-Woman is back in her own ongoing series, and Marvel says they’re really proud of his one.

More of an action based Spider-Woman series this time around, with lots of fun covers too!

Self quarantined and looking for a good book? It’s time to catch up on the Immortal Hulk, with volume six of the graphic novels out this week.

Al Ewing’s series has totally redefined the character. Very dense read so it will occupy alot of your time!

Finally, Mike Allred is back with a new series from Dark Horse Comics.

“Max is a family man seeking a more interesting life. While conducting a new experiment at work, the fabric of his reality is torn before his eyes, and a robotic figure appears, claiming to be his 277-year-old self. The robot is able to “X-Ray” multiple dimensions and battles a nihilistic entity from another dimension who wants to take all life to its “Pre-Big Bang” status.  Max and the robot embark on an interdimensional roadtrip through past and future to take down the “Nihilist” and save the universe!”

Okay everyone, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you get your books. Hang in there, and remember…

Hey everyone, a quick word about CNJComics and the current social climate.

CNJComics will remain open and will continue to do the cleaning we have always done. In fact we’ll even ramp it up quite a bit by wiping down all major surfaces several times a day, and a deep cleaning once a week. We also have liquid hand sanitizer both at the front door and at the register. 

If our staff members feel sick, they will be advised to stay at home. Heck, if you feel sick, we advise you to stay at home too. If anyone is feeling ill or is over the age of 60 (or just plain feeling scared to leave the house in general) you can call in a credit card and we’ll get your books hand delivered to your house within a couple days. (within the boundaries of Cuyahoga County.) If you’re outside the County, we’re willing to mail you your books for orders of $100 or more.

We know that a lot of you have kids that are now at home for the next three weeks. Surprise! Last night I placed a reorder for over $3,000 worth of books for our kids section, based on the top selling original graphic novels for that age bracket. We’ll make sure we’re a good stop to help you put some books in front of their eyes over the weeks to come. 

Free Comic Book Day. We are waiting until the end of the month to make a call on that, as the Govenor has a ban on gatherings of over 100 people and we respect that decision. Things may look better or worse next month so we’re going to wait for a bit to make any calls. At this point, we are proceeding as if the event is happening. If it cannot happen as usual, I have thoughts on how to trim it down to get everyone their free books while maintaining a safe enviroment. (But as we said, let’s give it a few weeks till we see what the horizon looks like.) Chris Claremont is 69 years old, and I don’t want to be responsible for anything that makes him feel uncomfortible. Rest assured, if the social climate does not look very inviting in May, we’ll find a way to get him back here in the future. 

On a personal note, my mother is 76 years old, and ironically a big part of her legacy is the culture of cleanliness around the shop. I want to keep my mother safe in the weeks to months ahead, so while I don’t live in fear of the virus, and have a healthy respect for how it impacts the lives of everyone through the decisions we personally make.

If there’s anything else we can do to assist you please feel free to reach out to us.

For now, remember to keep washing those hands and I assure you we are open!

Winston World is underway, and that means 50% off back issues and 10% off everything else in the shop from now until Sunday, March 8th.

We’ll be set up at Wizard World this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so stop by and see us at booth 330. This also means that the Silver Age comics will be taken down to the con on Thursday, so be sure to stop in the shop before then if you want to check them out at 50% off.

New Comic Releases

We’ve got some good new releases this week, starting with Flash #750!

This is another oversized anniversary issue with lots of decades covers at $7.99. Lots of stories by writers like Francis Manapul, Geoff Johns, Michael Moreci, Mary Wolfman and Joshua Williamson.

Here’s a sweet 60’s variant by Nick Derington. (the above is the 2000’s variant by Jim Lee!)

We’re incredibly stoked for Strange Adventures #1 this week, featuring Adam Strange (who’s a top ten character for me) by the same creative team as Mister Miracle, writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads.

In the way that Mister MIracle disected PTSD, this book will take a look at the problems with celebrity.  I’ve read a preview of number one and it’s a big thumbs up. Twelve issue mini series, just like Mister MIracle.

The “Marvel” six issue mini series will expand on Alex Ross’ Marvels, with new creative teams showcasing big events from the Marvel Universe from a bystander point of view, quite in the spirit of the original book.

(There’s an Avengers story with art by Steve Rude in there!)

Another book Marvel is putting a big focus on is Strange Academy, to the point where it looks like they have plans for it beyond the comic. (Marvel could use a good “Harry Potter” type book.)

Imagine the Xavier Institute if it taught magic and was run by Doctor Strange. Expect lots of magical guest instructors, and a whole new cast of characters as students. Oh yeah, written by Skottie Young with art by Humberto Ramos!

Lastly, might we recommend the Something is Killing the Children Graphic Novel?

If you’re looking for an engaging horror story with some action in it too, this is the book. A sleeper hit that came out of nowhere and lives up to it’s reputation.

“When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. The few children that return alive have terrible stories – impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. That is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.”

Thank you for all the support (and sales) during “Winston World”. Money collected during this time period directly affects how awesome we can make Free Comic Book Day, and with Chris Claremont coming in this year, we hope to pull out all the stops. (That means move fast with no thoughts of slowing down!)

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