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Hey everyone, while we can’t have a Christmas Party this year, we won’t let the pandemic stop our yearly efforts to assist the Cleveland Food Bank, which likely needs help now more than ever. Help us to turn your artwork into food for the needy by submitting a cover for our Holiday Art Show! 

Each year we round up our community and ask local artists to stop by and pick up a blank comic book cover to turn into a work of art to be displayed during the art show. 

Covers are won through a basket raffle system with all money collected going to the Cleveland Food Bank. (Who have the uncanny ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need!) Last year, with your help, we were able to assist them in creating 14,276 meals, bringing our all time total to 77,644 meals! 

While in the past the art show has been a one day event ending with a party, we will now stretch the it over the course of five days, from Wednesday December 16th to Sunday December 20th. This will help reduce the amount of traffic at any one time while also providing even more exposure for the artwork. On the evening of the 20th we will pull the winners on a Facebook Live feed. (So it’s sort of like we’re all there together again.)

Last year we had a record amount of submissions at 118, and this year we’re shooting for even more. 

This year’s theme is… you guessed it, “The Pandemic”. Simply use your suffering this year as a muse and combine it with any comic book character for your submission! It can be about sheltering at home, wearing a mask, the virus itself or just spending to much time at home with your cat. (which can never really happen.) 

Here’s some previous submissions to give you an idea what we’re talking about:

At by Craig Worrell @notsquid

Art by Jeff Ritchie @fredpaints23

Art by Kelsey Cretcher @kcretcherillustration

Here’s how you participate! Stop by the shop and pick up a blank cover from us. They are free of charge and you can do two if you like. Please complete the cover with any medium you choose. (This includes digital! A lot of people now print their art out on cardstock and glue it to the cover of the book.) Artwork needs to be turned in by Sunday December 14th at 5pm. Please keep artwork to the front of the cover only, we only have the ability to display them this way. When you stop by to pick up a cover please connect with an employee so they can take down your contact information. We also use this info to promote you after the event though a Facebook Gallery of all the artwork! Dig around on our Facebook Page for previous years work. We also ask that you put your info on the inside front cover so we have a back up. (If you’ve submitted a cover in the past we likely have your info on file and we can double check it for you.)

Over the five days of the art show people can purchase tickets for a dollar that can go towards the artwork of your choice. No food will be collected this year due to the CoVid. Winners will be pulled starting at 6pm on Sunday the 20th on Facebook Live, you do not have to be watching to win. (We will likely be drinking, and we hope you will be too.) ALL of the money collected will go directly to the food bank. Last year they even sent out representatives!

We know that everyone likes to do something to help others during the holiday season, well this can be your thing, becoming a part of the bigger picture that connects our community together. Now more than every we need a big win to show 2020 that we’re just not going to take it anymore! Please share this info with any artists you think may be into it, and make a plan to stop by and see the artwork. We hate that this year stole our events from us, but we are not going to let it interfere with the most important part, bringing people together for a common good. Thank you so much for the help this year everyone! Let’s set a new record! Creepy Santa Rick is always watching…

Hey everyone, first up is a big thank you from us for a really fun month of October. From the CD sale to our 30th Anniversary and then through Halloween, we had a good time the whole way through. Thanks to everyone who came out for any of it to support us. 

We’ll keep this week’s email really quick, as we’re still decompressing from the aforementioned month.

November is Native American Heritage month, and Marvel put together some really cool variant covers by Veregge, here’s a video on that and about a one shot that’s coming up this month by Native American creators.

This week’s new issue of Thor is even sporting one.

If you’ve fallen behind on Donny’s Cates’ Thor the first graphic novels comes out this week too, with issues #1-6 inside.

Marvel’s got their $1.00 reprints this month with some cool first appearances, including Black Knight and Doc Samson.

This is especially important if you’re excited about Kit Harington playing the Black Knight in Eternals.

DC’s bringing back their Dark Mutliverse One Shots, so think DC “What If” issues. They’ve all been pretty fun in the past.

The big Indie this week is from Donny Cates and Image Comics, Crossover #1.

“Imagine everything you thought was fantasy…was real. And now join us, in a world where reality is dead…and anything is possible…”

We love Donny Cates.

Also on the Indie front Stranger Things gets a Dungeons and Dragons crossover.

It’s been a year since the third season but they’re making the rounds again in our house soooo…

Artists it’s that time of year again! Time to pick up your blank cover for this year’s artshow to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. This year’s theme is “Pandemic”, so anything that ties comic book characters into the Pandemic this year. Expect a full email with what you need to do this week. The art show will be over the course of a week this year instead of a day, to allow more people to view it safely. We’ll then draw the winners on Facebook Live at the end of the week!

Here’s the details on what we’ll be doing for Halloween this year at the comic shop!

While there is no official “Halloween ComicFest” this year, we have managed to put something together on our own with FREE Comics, FREE Candy and FREE Paper Masks!

From 10am to 5pm on Saturday October 31st we’ll be opening up the foyer next to the shop for trick or treating. We’ll be letting one family/trick ot treating group in at a time to walk past three tables, one with candy, one with comics and one with the paper masks. We’ll have a hand sanitizer station outside the foyer, masks are required, and please maintain your six foot social distance from everyone else while waiting. If you’re sick, stay home! All staff members will have their tempertarure checked in the morning, and will regularly sanitize the area (and themselves). After that if you want to enter the shop you can exit the foyer and go in the main doors of the shop, where we will keep the occupancy rating at the regular 15 plus staff. If the shop is busy and you don’t want to wait, don’t sweat it. Just try to come back some time in the future if possible. (Photographing your group and posting on social media with #cnjcomics is a great way to say thank you for your treats!)

So what do we have? Each person in costume will get ten different reprints of classic Marvel Comics that outline the history of the Black Widow! People not in costume can pick three. (If you have to ask if you’re wearing a costume then you’re not wearing a costume.)

These book include reprints of:

Tales of Suspense #52 (and #53): The first appearance of the Black Widow from 1964!

Avengers #42: The first appearance of Red Guardian from 1967!

Amazing Spider-Man #86: the first appearance of the Widow’s all black jumpsuit by John Romita Sr from 1970!

Amazing Adventures #1 (and #2): The Widow’s first solo stories with art by John Buscema, also from 1970!

Daredevil #81: The first meeting of Daredevil and Widow from 1971!

Avengers #111: DD and Widow guest star in the Avengers from 1973!

Marvel Two In One #10: I don’t know why this is one of the books but I love MTIO! From 1975!

Champions #7: First appearance of the Russian super heroine Darkstar from 1976!

Avengers #196: First appearance of Taskmaster from 1980!!! (!!!)

Marvel Knights Black Widow #1: first appearance of Yelena Belova from 1999! (parents, this is the only book that has a teen plus rating)

There’s nothing we like more than loading people up with classic Marvel Comics Books.

Other than candy, everyone in costume will be able to pick two paper masks from the eight featured below!

Catwoman’s feature the art styles of Bruce Timm, Jim Aparo, Darwyn Cooke and Joelle Jones.

Joker’s feature the art styles of Bruce Timm, Frank Miller, Neal Adams and Greg Capullo.

These masks are actually really well made considering, and are super fun in social media photos. #cnjcomics !

Finally, because again we love comic book history, we bought up hundreds of old EC reprints from the 1950’s and we’ll be selling them for only $1.00 each all day!

Fun stuff like Tales From the Crypt, Weird Science, Shock Suspense Stories and more! Not for kids……well, maybe for kids. (kids from the 1950’s that is.)

Here’s a little history on EC Comics!

Our primary goal is to create a safe environment for trick or treaters all day long, so bear with us as we try to make that happen. If there are any comics left over we’ll continue to hand them our after 5pm, and on Sunday, inside of the shop. As always, come early for the best selection. I have alot of books that I plan to have all day but it’s impossible to predict how many we’ll need.

Have a safe Halloween and again please share any photographs with us!

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