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We’re in full swing here at the shop True Believers! The 2018 ‘NOT-AT-COMICON’ sale is on!

We’re pulled all the books out of our storage locker and out of the back room and they are in the foyer next to the shop for only $1.00 each! (Or 50 cents each if you buy 100 or more, so bring your $50! That’s less than a one day ticket to Comicon!) 

The first thing we do when we buy collections is to separate them into Marvel, DC, and Small Press. There is somewhat of an order to the books, and here’s some tips to make the most out of your time in “The Pit.”

Marvel Comics A-I and X-Z are fully in order. The boxes between those letters contain some order but are really just J-W mixed up. DC has about 20 boxes in perfect order, 8 boxes of New 52 DC’s in perfect order, and a lot that is not in order, but has never been processed.

The Small Press boxes are in order by letter, meaning all the “A”‘s are together, all the “B”‘s are together, etc. This ends with some out of order boxes. The DC Vertigo boxes are completely in order. 

Here’s the best tip I can give. If you’re looking through a box in no order what-so-ever you’re more likely to find some great stuff because we’ve never gone through it. The boxes on the lower level will tend to have the crazier unprocessed stuff. 

Keep at it! The strong shall prevail!

I also get that’s there’s only so long you can look at discount bins before your head explodes. 

Other discounts are easy!

  • 10% off Graphic Novels and Hardcovers
  • 50% off all other back issues. (We’ve even separated out three boxes of Silver Age for easier browsing, meaning books with a cover price of 15 cents or lower.)
  • 20% off all Action Figures, Statues and Pop Funs. We’ve actually just bought a bunch of stuff to restock for the sale and make the shop look good for people visiting for the swap meet. 

The Swap Meet

This is actually looking to be awesome and a touch overwhelming!

Watching the activity of everyone getting their toys and table together online has been a trip. This is going to be an awesome first time out for us. 

The Swap meet will be at 17430 Lorain Avenue in the plaza. (1,000 feet from the shop, the room we use for Free Comic Book Day.) It runs from 1pm to 4pm. 

Expect a very active marketplace that may be very busy! NEO-TACC conducts a lot of business online and these transactions play out at these meetups. If it’s too busy you have some other options in the plaza to take a breather and come back. 

17448 Loran Ave is Working Class Brewery, they will be open all day and will have a special beer on tap for this event. They will also host an after party from 4-6pm, so stop by if you want to regale us with stories of your deals.

17462 Lorain Ave is the comic shop, with the above sales going on. The foyer with the $1 comics is technically 17468 Lorain Ave but you access it from inside the comic shop. 

3764 Rocky River Drive, same place, other side, is the Kamm’s Corner Ice Cream Co, which is making their special Infinity Gauntlet Ice Cream just for the day!

Jeff Ritchie @fredpaints23 was kind enough to sign and number 105 prints for us, add we’ll be giving them out to the first people in the door at the swap meet. These feature our selected characters, Wheelie, Fisto and the Fridge. (We have plenty to give out beyond the 105 signed, not to worry.)

We just found out that Jeff did double duty and there will be another print available at this event! 

This was a big surprise and NEO-TACC will have 150 to give away. (They even made 50 that are kid friendly, ie no beer.) There will be another 50 available to buy in the back of the room for $5 each, so if you find you’re having a good time throw $5 down and buy one as all the money goes to the org and Jeff Ritchie to support their efforts and endeavors. 

Winston has another claim to fame this week, as his account was selected by Instagram’s official business account to show what life is like when you are not at Comicon. Check that out Here!

“It’s no wonder John Dudas, co-owner of Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop (@comiccatwinston) in Cleveland, Ohio, has had a lifelong love of comic books. His grandfather, a Polish immigrant, taught himself English through the genre, and left John his collection of comics when he passed away.

“I always thought it was cool that I opened a business at age 17, but looking back, it is pretty inspiring that my mother successfully reinvented herself at the age of 46,” says John, who co-owns the shop with, you guessed it, his mom. Today, the brand’s Instagram account features the day-to-day adventures of a shop cat, Winston, who observes the world of the comic book shop from a cat’s point of view. “Through this unique lens, people feel like they’re gaining insider information into the industry,” John says.
The shop occasionally throws an Instagram Story up, but John has found that his customers relate more with static images, largely because they are used to them from comic books. “We’re also big on seizing a hashtag and making it your own; we started using #cnjcomics early on,” he adds.

What advice would John offer other small businesses considering an Instagram account? “Have your objectives clear in your mind, as success can be measured in many different ways,” he says. “Don’t feel you need to give the hard sell; people will tune out if the message isn’t genuine. We’re always trying to find a way to bring people closer to our personal brand. When customers walk into the shop and say, ‘Where’s Winston?’, we know there’s a value to what we are doing.”
Check out our stories to see how Winston is taking part in the #ComicCon festivities without actually being at #ComicCon2018.”

Tag your photos with @comiccatwinston 
 #IGBusinessSpotlight
#SDCC

You can also check out Winston’s story this week at www.instagram.com/comiccatwinston !

Okay! Let’s just sit around and wait for that Aquaman trailer now I guess. 

It’s only one more week until out yearly “NOT-AT-COMICON” sale, and this year it’s going to be pretty amazing. It will also be our first annual swap meet in conjunction with the North East Ohio Toy and Collectible Club.

For everyone who is stuck at home and has to endure the unending bombardment of posts from friends at San Diego Comicon, we like to create a safe space for jealous and envious behavior. (I mean, who the heck do they think they are anyway? Out there having fun…)

We also have a sale the same days as the con, July 19th to the 22nd, with:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 20% off Action Figures, Statues, and Pop Funs
  • 10% off Graphic Novels and Hardcovers

This is also one of only two opportunities we have to bring out all the comics from our storage locker for only $1.00 each (or 50 cents each if you buy 50 or more.)

It’s about 60,000 books, with a great deal that are in order and a lot that have never been picked through. These books will be in the foyer next to our shop all four days. 

On the final day, Sunday, July 22nd, we’ll be hosting our first annual swap meet! The backbone of this effort is NEO-TACC, who have been hosting monthly meet-ups for about a couple years now.  This will be hosted in the same space we hold Free Comic Book Day in, 1,000 feet away from the shop near Marc’s in a vacant storefront. It will run from 1 pm to 4 pm, with an after-party at Working Class Brewery from 4 pm to 6 pm!

This event is so important that it’s replaced Lebron James sign downtown:

In all seriousness, we’ve always wanted to hold a classic swap meet. No admission costs, no price gouging, just good people trying to clear out and build their collections at the same time. Expect a very active marketplace, especially at the beginning. 

All table sold out instantly, but you are welcome to bring stuff to barter and trade if you are willing to carry it around. Remember, this is just stuff you want to get rid of cheap and feel good about it going to a good place, it is not a day for high ticket items. If you have comics you want to dump, bring them up and we’ll make a quick offer on them. 

For fun, we polled them membership on the worst G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Master of the Universe figure, then had NEO-TACC member Jeff Ritchie create a 5×7 print that we could hand out at the event. The first 100 people in the door will even have that print signed and number by Jeff, because waiting in line sucks. We should have more than enough for everyone though, and they will also be available down at the shop. 

The winners were:

Wheelie, the Jar-Jar Binks of the Transformers world!

 

The Fridge from GI Joe wins for the convoluted process to obtain, as well as really reaching as far character concepts go. He’s basically their gym teacher. 

…and Fisto from the MOTU wins because, well, Fisto! He looks like classic GI Joe broke into the Bionic Man’s storage locker, took some steroids and tried to reinvent himself. We all have one of those friends. 

As said above the day will conclude at the brewery to reveal in your purchases and sales. There will even be a special beer there just for the event. (Day drinking in small increments by running down to the brewery during the actual swap meet is also sanctioned.)

The Kamms Corner Ice Cream Company, also in the plaza, is bringing back their Infinity Gauntlet Ice Cream just for the day. This was a huge hit on FCBD (they ran out!) so here’s another chance to get some. It has actual Infinity Stones in it!

So there you go. We’ve never done something like this before so cut us some slack and let us know if any issues arise that we can deal with at the event. It might get cramped at first but you’re all collectors here, and the hobby is at it’s best when shared.

No collection should live in a vacuum. 

NEW RELEASES

On to this week’s new releases!

Last week was incredible, and we basically sold out of Batman #50 and Catwoman #1 at our midnight event. We will be getting more copies of both of these books this Wednesday, and if you ordered a copy it will be there as well. 

This week is the new Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Nick Spencer!

Nick Spencer is perfect for the job. His run on the Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a cult classic, and he’s shown he knows the characters. It’s a back to basics approach like all the new Marvel #1’s. Lots of ratio variants too. 

We also have a free book to give you when you buy a copy, the Amazing Spider-Man behind the scenes edition, with full penciled pages of the main story by Invincible’s Ryan Ottley. If you’re looking for old school Peter, it’s here!

Marvel is also releasing X-23 in her own book as…well, X-23. (There’s a thought out there that Laura is a better character as X-23 than as Wolverine, and it’s probably correct.) 

If you enjoyed ‘Logan’ than this one is for you.

After what I would call a successful start on Man of Steel, Brian Bendis’ first issue of the new ongoing Superman series is here. 

Bendis will be writing Action Comics as well! Ivan Reis is doing the artwork!

I really did like his start on Man of Steel, and I was pretty skeptical at first. I like how he handled Superman’s relationships with other heroes, like Batman and Green Lantern.

Well, that’s it for this week!

Hey everyone, I just got back from vacation but I’ve got some important stuff to get out here right quick!

BATMAN 50 MIDNIGHT RELEASE AND OTHERS

First up, we are having a midnight release for Batman #50 at 11:59 pm on Tuesday July 3rd! We’ll be around for a half hour or so and you can pick up all your new comics releases early as per the publishers!

BE WARNED!!! SPOILERS ARE EVERYWHERE! 

The New York Times themselves even published an article with a spoiler in the title, so don’t even dip your head in that direction. 

That being said, I’ve read it, it’s a good read, lots of good one page pin ups by amazing artists. That’s all I’m saying. Zip!

You can also get Joelle Jones’ new Catwoman #1. She’s the artist who designed Selina’s dress and made a name for herself on Lady Killer. 

She’s writing and drawing it so it should be pretty cool. (I’ve met her, she is cool.) As the cover says, read after Batman #50!

To celebrate the 4th of July pick up the new Captain America #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates!

It’s a pretty big deal for an African American political writer to take on Cap and as a big fan of the character I’m excited to see what he does with it. 

Lots of variant covers by past Cap artists! I mean come on! Get your 4th on America!

Donny Cates has two new books this week!

We are all excited about his Cosmic Ghost Rider mini series, branching off of his run on Thanos! How did Frank Castle get to be the Cosmic Ghost Rider anyway??

The sleeper title is his new “Death of the Inhumans” mini series with art by painter Ariel Olivetti!

Marvel keeps trying and failing with the Inhumans but they are great characters and if anyone can make them sing it’s Cates!

Lastly, the $1 True Believer Titles this month are all Fantastic Four, and one of them is one of my favorite classic stories, the wedding of Reed and Sue in FF Annual 3!

I give this issue away as a wedding present regularly! It’s Lee and Kirby at their best! Just but one! It’s a buck! 

That’s it! I have to unpack!

We’ll be around regular hours on Wednesday the 4th as well!

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