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Here’s all the info on this years annual Holiday Party / Art Show / Sale / Fundraiser to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

On Saturday, December 22nd from 10 am to 7 pm we’ll be hosting an art show featuring local artists who created custom covers to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. These covers can be won in a basket raffle system where one food item or one dollar gets you a ticket. You get to pick which cover your ticket goes to so you can win a cover you really like. This year’s party and art show theme is ‘Stan Lee” so expect a lot of really amazing heartfelt pieces.

Here are a few of the covers:

Art by Len Peralta

Art by Kenny Peris

We will shut down the store at 7 pm only to reopen at 8 pm for our annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Party! The party lasts till around 11 pm and features snacks, beverages and the required holiday cheer. Winners of the basket raffle are drawn promptly at 10:30 pm. Winners need not be present but if you’re there you can take your artwork home with you.

All the money collected during the art show will go to the Cleveland Food Bank, who have the amazing ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need during the holidays.

We will also be having a holiday sale from Thursday December 20th to Monday December 24th. (We thrive during this time period, when it’s to late to successfully order stuff through the mail.) This sale will obviously be in effect during the art show as well.

This sale includes:

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

Local artist Jeff Ritchie has created a custom print for us depicting my favorite cameo by Stan Lee. “I have so many more stories to tell…”

If the moonscape looks familiar, it should. It’s Cleveland. This 11 x 17 print will be free with any purchase during the holiday season starting…NOW!

This is our tribute to Stan that we’re sharing with you Cleveland!

As with previous prints, if you would like a second copy, please throw $5 into the Food Bank fund. You just helped to created 20 more meals!

The Party:

All are welcome to our holiday party which, as previously stated, runs from 8 pm to 11 pm on Saturday December 22nd. Our first party gift to you is this coupon good for 50% off any one item in the shop! Please print this image out or show it to us on your smartphone when you check out.

Coupons MUST be used at the party between 8 pm to 11 pm period. (sorry, no exceptions.) Limit one coupon per person.

We have also brewed two beers just for the party this year in celebration of Stan’s legacy. The “Excelsior Holiday Spice Ale” and the “The Man” Lager.

The Holiday Spice Ale comes out at about 5%ABV and mixes Centennial and Hallertau Hops with just the right amount of Cinnamon, Ginger and Nutmeg.

“The Man” Lager comes in at a drinkable 4.5% ABV with a crisp taste from the Perle and Tettnang hops.

These beers are free and go pretty quickly starting right at 8 pm. We’ll also have other beers as well as non alcoholic refreshments. (For the record, our holiday party is and will always be an all ages affair.) While refreshments are free, our bartender Macklin works solely on tips, so please do the right thing.

We will also be serving onomatopoeia chocolates by Fear’s Confections in Lakewood. Thanks Cassandra!

Yes, Carol will be at the party this year, though she is retiring her Mrs. Claus costume. Our regular Santa Rick is converting over to a Johhny LaRue schtick (It’s a John Candy SCTV thing) so I think that leaves me to suit up as Old Saint Nick this year. Look out Christmas! We always have cool photo ops around the shop so charge up that phone and wear your holiday finest. Fact: wearing stupid holiday clothing makes everything more fun.

This is our way of celebrating Stan Lee in the best way possible, by bringing our community together in a way that helps people in his name.  Over the last five years we were able to assist the Cleveland Food Bank in creating over 50,000 meals for those in need with YOUR help.

The chance to use Stan as a beacon of friendship and camaraderie is our tribute to him. He told stories and that brought people together. We will never forget that “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”. It’s all about living up to that ideal and making it mean something.

Happy Holidays Cleveland!

Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop is looking for artists who would like to contribute a cover to our 6th Annual Holiday Art Show to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.

It’s easy! Are you a local artist who would like to turn his talents into food for those in need during the holiday season? Stop by the shop and pick up a free blank cover (or two). Some are completely blank and some have a logo to help you get started.

After the loss of the patriarch of our industry, we have decided to make this year’s theme ‘Stan Lee’. You can take this into whatever direction you would like, be it a picture of Stan, or a piece inspired by one of his creations.

Art by Jeff Ritchie

Create a custom cover, sticking to the front only for display purposes. (we do not have frames that accommodate an open book. If you’d like to do that and frame it yourself we’d be happy to hang it!)

Turn the book in by Thursday December 20th at 8 pm at the latest. You can also mail your cover in if you live farther away, but we must receive it by this date.

Be sure to include your name, URL, and email contact inside the book.

Here are some submission from last year:

Art by Craig Worrell

Art by Amalia DiGirolamo

Art by Keith Allen

Covers will be on display at the shop all day on Saturday December 22nd and can be won through a basket raffle system where one dollar or one food item gets you a ticket!

Winners are drawn that night during our Holiday Customer Appreciation Party, which includes free food and drink, as well as some great shopping opportunities. Expect the whole party to have a Stan Lee feel to it, from the beer to this years give-a-way art print.

The Cleveland Food Bank has the incredible super power to turn one dollar into four full meals. With your help, we have been able to assist the Cleveland Food Bank in making over 50,000 meals over the last five years. We have also collected over 5,000 food items. We hope to make this one even more meaningful by invoking the spirit or Stan Lee and his creative process.

The artist who has the most tickets in his basket will be recognized at the party and have $100 donated to the Food Bank in their name.

All covers are put into an online gallery for all to see post event. We will attach your name and contact URL to this gallery to allow people to explore your artwork!

Here’s some previous galleries if you looking for more inspiration: – 

20172016 – 2015 – 2014 – 2013

We feel that everyone wants to do something to help others during the holidays, well this can be that thing! Your art can become food, and what’s more, it’s done in a way that brings people together.

We work with the Cleveland Food Bank because the work they do in the community is second to none.

I’m not an artist but I want to help. What can I do?

  • Send this email to a friend who is an artist and let them know about the art show.
  • Spread the word and attend the art show on December 22nd. You just may win a one of a kind piece of artwork while helping others.
  • Drop off food items at the shop anytime from now until December 24th. The food drive starts now!

I will be putting out boxes of dollar comics and refilling them all throughout the month. All sales from these boxes will go towards the food bank collection. So you get a comic book, and four meals are created. Everybody wins. It’s really awesome to see parents bringing their kids in each year to pick out books and explain to them that they’re helping the community while shopping. 🙂

Thanks everyone! We all have lots of feeling left over after the loss of Stan. Use this as a way to help process those feeling. Stan led an amazing and long life, and was loved by a terrific woman for over 70 years. His death is a loss, but it’s more inspirational than sad. Let’s get together and remember him on December 22nd in a way only Cleveland can. This is how I will process the loss, by creating something.

We only set the stage. This only works because everyone does a little bit which adds up to a greater whole, and that is what the holiday season is all about!

Just some quick last minute updates for this weekend! First up, Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be closed on Thursday only to open up at noon on Friday ready to go!

We have a sale all weekend but the best time to hit the shop is on Friday from 7pm till midnight where you’ll find:

  • 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. Look! We just bought a Pop Fun Collection!)

  • 10% off EVERYTHING else in the shop. (Which includes comic book supplies, which we never have on sale.)

It’s also 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! Books will be out in the foyer all weekend but the books in the back room will only be out Friday Night! (hint, the most recent acquisitions are in the back.)

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.

We have lots of cool bonus prizes to keep things fun through out the night. Check it out!

I’d confident that this is our best prize selection ever! Working Class Brewery next door even donated some $10 gift cards, so be sure to stop over that night and grab a beer  between raffles! It’s what everybody does!

We end at midnight with a $100 gift certificate raffle. This is always a really fun culmination to the night!

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

Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and a much more mellow atmosphere to shop in. We appreciate everyone who stops in to show their support of the shop that day. Even an extra $10 spent means alot to us. Even if you can’t shop with us try to throw some love at a small business that day!

We will have a smaller sale going Saturday (and all weekend long for that matter.):

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

This is a great time to go through the dollar bins and take your time.

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 starting at Noon!

So get on your shopping sweater and come by to see us!

Artists! This years holiday art show will be themed around Stan Lee! Both him and the characters he’s created.

(Art by Jeff Ritchie)

If you’d like to participate just stop in the shop and ask for a free blank comic book cover. Complete it and turn it in by December 20th at the latest and we’ll take care of the rest. The art show / fund raiser/ holiday party is on December 22, and all funds raised goes to the Cleveland Food Bank. Each year we’ve been able to help the Food Bank to create over 10,000 meals for those in need with your help! Let’s do it again this year in the name os Stan Lee!

Thank you for the support and we hope to see you this weekend! Excelsior!

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