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Alright! Here’s the complete info on our annual Holiday Party / Art Show / Sale / Fundraiser to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

THE BASICS

On Saturday December 16th from 10am to 7pm we host an art show featuring local artists doing custom covers to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. These covers can be won in a basket raffle system where one food item or dollar gets you one ticket.  You get to pick where your tickets go so you can win a cover you really like! This years theme is “The Holiday Season” so expect covers celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc…

This year it looks like we will have a record number of covers! Thank you Cleveland! Here’s a few:

Art by Sequoia Bostick.

Art by Len Peralta

We will then shut down the store for an hour at 7pm only to reopen at 8pm for our Annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Party! The party last till around 11pm and features snacks, beverages and holiday cheer! Winners of the basket raffle are drawn promptly at 10:30pm and if you win you can take your piece of artwork home with you!

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

Jason Fitch and his new organization P.O.P.C.O.R.N. will be taking responsibility of the food collection at the party and making sure it gets to the right place.

THE DAY

In addition to being able to check out all the artwork early, we’ll also be running a massive store wide sale. These discounts will continue into the party as well.

(Yes, you can check out the covers and put your tickets in all day long, it’s becoming a popular way of circumventing the crowd at night.)

  • 50% off ALL Back Issues
  • 20% of ALL Graphic Novels
  • 20% of ALL Action Figures, Statues and Pop Funs.
  • 10% off EVERYTHING ELSE in the shop.

Local artist Erin Schechtman Caruso; from Super Group Hugs; has created a custom print for us modernizing the classic Superman Americana poster from 1949/1950’s. This image was recently rediscovered and highlights the best sentiment this hobby has to offer.

We are very proud of this poster as it is in line with the values of our shop. 60 years old and it’s a great reminder for today. Here are some articles about the history of the original piece of artwork:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/superman-poster-american-values_us_5650a695e4b0879a5b0b42a7

http://mentalfloss.com/article/89914/whats-story-behind-superman-comic

https://www.snopes.com/superman-1950-poster-diversity/

This poster will be FREE with any DC purchase and will be available all day as well as through the holiday shopping season. (As with previous prints, if you would like a second copy, please throw $5 in the Food Bank Fund. You just helped created 20 more meals!)

We will also be giving away a free Warrior’s Three – Dog Day Afternoon Hardcover with any purchase while supplies last. (we have over 200 copies from some BOGO thing Marvel did.) This book was written by Fables’ author Bill Willingham and features the warriors from the Thor movies. It also includes a classic Hulk reprint detailing his first visit to Asgard, which is pretty relevant after Thor Ragnarok. ( just another little thing to sweeten the pot.)

THE PARTY:

All are welcome to our Holiday Party which runs from 8pm to 11pm. Our first gift to you is this coupon good for 50% off any one item in the shop! Please print it out or show us this image on your smart phone when you check out.

Coupons MUST be used at the party between 8pm and 11pm. (Sorry, no exceptions.) Limit one per person.

We love to use local vendors at our events, and we also love women who are running their own businesses. We’ll have desserts from Fear’s Confections; as well as the Burning River Baking Company.

Cassandra will be putting together a geeky holiday chocolate tray, while Andrea is working on superhero cat cookies and CNJ branded cupcakes.

 

That do nothing Winston scrawled out a beer recipe on a napkin and we actually turned it into something drinkable. “Winston’s Winter Warmer’ will be available while supplies last when the bar opens at 8pm.

We’ll also have beer from Great Lakes, Platform and Saucy Brew Works. There will be non Alcoholic options. (For the record, our holiday party is an all ages affair.) While refreshments are absolutely free, our bartender Macklin works solely on tips, so please do the right thing.

Carol will be coming out for the party escorted by our own creepy Santa Rick. (She may even dress up as Mrs. Claus depending on how her lambic framboise is treating her.) We’ll have some cool photo op areas set up around the shop so be sure to charge your phone. It’s also worth noting that wearing stupid holiday clothes makes everything more fun. Ugly Christmas Sweaters are a thing. Laura Wimbels from FACESofCLE will even be wandering around for a bit taking photos!

We’ve had a really great year and this is our way of giving back to our customers, community and city. We are grateful for everyone’s support, from the artists to the vendors to YOU for showing up and making it happen. Last year as a community we were able to help the Cleveland Food Bank to create over 10,000 meals, as well as collecting over 600 food items. (It takes me a second to wrap my head around that from time to time.) This turns the party into much more than a good time. It gives it a meaning in line with what the holidays really stand for, that we can do more good gathered together than we can alone. Let’s never stop trying to help people who could use a little, especially at this time of year.  I’m really proud of the relationships that have formed around the shop, and it’s always fun to see everyone together.

Even that jerk Winston.

Peace!

It’s time for our annual Holiday Party / Art Show / Sale / Fundraiser to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

On Saturday December 16th from 10am to 7pm we host an art show featuring local artists doing 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 one ticket.  You get to pick where your tickets go so you can win a cover you really like! This years theme is “The Holiday Season” so expect covers celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and maybe even Wookiee Life Day.

Art by Ryan Finley 

We then shut down the store for an hour at 7pm only to reopen at 8pm for our Annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Party! The party last till around 11pm and features snacks and beverages, and holiday cheer! Winners of the basket raffle are drawn promptly at 10:30pm, and if you win you can take your piece of artwork home with you!

You can check out some of the previous art galleries here:

2016  –  2015  –  2014  –  2013

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

THE DAY: 

In addition to being able to check out all the artwork early, we’ll also be running a massive store wide sale. These discounts will continue into the party as well.

(Yes, you can check out the covers and put your tickets in all day long, and it’s becoming a popular way of circumventing the crowd at night.)

  • 50% off ALL Back Issues
  • 20% of ALL Graphic Novels
  • 20% of ALL Action Figures, Statues and Pop Funs.
  • 10% off EVERYTHING ELSE in the shop.

We also have local artist Erin Schechtman Caruso from Super Group Hugs creating a custom print for us modernizing the classic Superman Americana artwork from 1949/1950’s. This image was recently rediscovered and conveys a perfect message from the past that is relevant today. 

This poster will be FREE with any DC purchase and will be available all day as well as (hopefully) through the holiday shopping season. (As with previous prints, if you would like a second copy, please throw $5 in the Food Bank Fund. You just helped created 20 more meals!)

(The art from this project will be in next week’s email)

We will also be giving away a free Warrior’s Three – Dog Day Afternoon Hardcover with any purchase while supplies last. (we have over 200.) This book was written by Fables’ author Bill Willingham and features the warriors from the Thor movies. It also includes a classic Hulk reprint detailing his first visit to Asgard, which is pretty relevant after Thor Ragnarok. 

THE PARTY:

All are welcome to our Holiday Party, which runs from 8pm to 11pm. Our first gift to you is this coupon good for 50% off any one item in the shop! Please print it out or show us this image on your smart phone when you check out. 

Coupons MUST be used at the party between 8pm and 11pm. (Sorry, no exceptions.) Limit one per person. 

We love to use local vendors at our events, so we’ll have desserts from Fear’s Confections as well as the Burning River Baking Company

 

That fat lump of cat Winston has been dutifully working on this year’s craft beer “Winston’s Winter Warner” which will be available till it runs out.

We’ll also have beer from Great Lakes, Platform, Working Class Brewery and Saucy Brew Works. We will also have non Alcoholic options. (For the record, our holiday party is an all ages affair.) While refreshments are absolutely free, our  bartender Macklin works solely on tips, so please do the right thing citizen. 

If you’ve been missing Carol, she will be making an appearance in her full Mrs. Claus regalia, escorted by our own creepy Santa Rick. We’ll have some cool photo op areas set up around the shop so be sure to charge your phone. It’s also worth noting that wearing stupid holiday clothes makes everything more fun. 

We’ve set the stage, and on Saturday we will fill it with some of the best people imaginable, our customers. It’s in everyone’s nature to want to do something for those in need during the holidays, and we’ve created a way to make it as fun as possible. Last year we collected enough money to help the Cleveland Food Bank to create over 10,000 meals, as well as collecting over 600 food items. Help those in need and join our comic shop family as we celebrate the holiday season at the shop!

If you can’t wait to help out, we’ll be collecting food items from now until December 24th. We will also be donating all the money from the sale of our dollar books to the Food Bank fund. We have three boxes of brand new dollar stock just so you have some cool stuff to pick through, which will be restocked daily through the holidays. (So for every book you buy, you’re also creating four full meals!

Look for updated event info next week!

Carol and John’s Comic Shop is looking for local artists who would like to contribute a sketch cover to our 5th Annual Holiday Art Show to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. 

ARTISTS WANTED

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

This year’s theme is “The Holiday Season” which can mean Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Wookie Life Day, whatever. Take that idea and incorporate a comic book element into it, either super hero’s or indie comic characters, again whatever. We’re pretty liberal with the theme. 

Create a custom cover, sticking to the front of the book for display purposes. 

Turn the book into the comic shop by Thursday, December 14th at 8pm.  

Be sure to include you name, URL, and email contact on the submission form you will be given with the cover. You can also write this information inside the book. 

Here are some great examples from previous shows:

Art by Craig Worrell 

Art by Ryan Finley

Art by Dee Piotrowski

Art by Dave Wendt

Covers will be on display all day at the shop on Saturday, December 16th and can be won through a basket raffle system where one dollar or one food items gets you a ticket. 

Winners are drawn that night during our Customer Appreciation Holiday Party, which includes free food, drink and some pretty amazing shopping opportunities. 

The Cleveland Food Bank <http://www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/> has the incredible super power to turn one dollar into four full meals. With the help of you and our community, we have been able to provide meals for tens of thousands of people.

As said above, this is our 5th year doing this, and the results so far are:

2013     3,600 meals created     1,200 food items collected

2014     11,400 meals created     1,014 food items collected

2015     13,068 meals created     1,207 food items collected (the theme was Star Wars that year, and we nailed it with the help of the Star Wars Cosplay Community.)

2016     10,016 meals created     602 food items collected

The artist with the most tickets in his basket will also have a $100 donated to the food bank in his/her 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 are the previous galleries if you’re looking for inspiration:

2016  –  2015  –  2014  –  2013

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

We work with the Cleveland Food Bank because the work they do for the community is without question. 

But I’m not an artist and 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. 
  • Attend the art show and throw some money down for tickets. You may win a one of a kind piece of artwork while helping others.
  • Drop off food items at the shop at any time from now until December 24th, our food collections begins now!

We will be putting out new boxes of one dollar comics at the shop. All sales from these boxes will go to the food bank collection. I will restock these books all month with decent dollar stock. So you get a comic book, and four meals are created. Everybody wins. It’s awesome to see parents bringing their kids in all month to pick out books and explain to them how they’re helping the community by shopping. 

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

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