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I never wanted to board up the windows of our shop, but I thought about it for a moment there. That made me realize I’d rather stand behind the values I learned reading comics as a kid then operate behind a wall of fear.

Instead, I decided to commission some artwork to hang in our windows that remind me of those values, that we are always stronger when our friendships include as much diversity as possible. That’s something I feel I can stand proudly in front of.

Captain America meets the Falcon in 1969. Steve Rogers is the World War II hero that came home to a Vietnam welcome. He spends a great deal of that time alone, and suffering from PTSD from losing his best friend in the war. When he runs into Sam Wilson he not only needs a friend, he needs something to widen his gaze enough to look beyond his own issues. Help others to help yourself. Sam needs someone to point him in the right direction to assume the mantle of the Falcon, as much as he needs to see that the American Dream still lives in the hearts of good men. When they part after that meeting, Sam worries more about Cap than Cap worries about him. That’s the start of a true friendship. It’s a great moment.

The strength of their relationship relies on their differences presenting them with new viewpoints on their own lives.

Power Man and Iron Fist were both products of popular culture, Luke Cage came from the Blaxploitation films of the early 70’s, and Danny Rand road on the success of martial arts movies like Enter the Dragon. By 1978 neither character could support his own book, and the charcters meet in Power Man #48, only to share the title by issue #50.

Issues of race rarely come up in the comics, though the characters do spend more time in Luke’s world in the streets of Times Square then they do in Danny’s corporate office. Danny absolutely looks up to Luke as a mentor though, and the two of them would balance each other out perfectly over the years, finding the parity between brawn and finesse.

(They were just a cool team in general too.) I would later find out that one of my favorite stories was the first published work by Kurt Busiek, drawn to perfection by Denys Cowan, pitting the duo against Unus the Untouchable in issue #90.

My comic book collection is quite small, and when we opened the shop all I kept were my Avengers, Marvel Two In Ones, and Powerman and Iron Fists.

Not much more can be said about the relationship between Peter B Parker and Miles Morales.

As much as Miles needed a mentor, Peter needed to feel like he still had value. Into the Spider-Verse is an incredible display of the value of diversity in our friendships, family and lives. Again, through helping others we help ourselves.

So, we not only have these images hanging in our windows, we also printed them out for you to have as well. We’ll be giving these three images out as 11×17 prints free with any purchase. (Seriously, just spend a dollar on a button and we’ll give you all three prints.)

There’s still a considerable amount of work to go, but thanks to comics I’m ever optimistic that the good guys will win in the end, albeit while overcoming a great deal of strife and adversity along the way. Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop will always be a safe space representing diversity in every way you can define it. That’s my job and please let me know if there’s ever an issue that needs my attention. Thanks to Tim Switalski for the amazing artwork too!Watch out for each other Cleveland, John Dudas

Well, we didn’t get a Payroll Protection Loan from the CARES act, what a mess that turned out to be, so it’s time to take care of ourselves again, with a lot of help from you!

FACEBOOK LIVE SALE #4

Our 4th Facebook Live Sale will take us back to the Marvel Comics I love so much.

We’ll have 150 Late Silver / Early Bronze age books at 50% off guide sold live at 6 pm EST this Sunday! Just tune into our Facebook Page!

As always we’ll be posting a gallery of the books ahead of time so you can see the condition. Last week was a technological failure while being a overall success. Due to the storm (?) we had major connection issues that I’m sure were awful for everyone. (It was incredibly stressful for me.) Thanks for hanging in there with us though! We sold 100% of the books, 90% live and the rest in the gallery overnight! The new system worked well, Ben reviewed the video to make sure all the time stamps were correct, then posted a list of the winners that night!

Thanks to everyone for helping to keep Ben and Jim employed. As stated before, until we are open to the public I will not take any money out of the store. It all goes to the basics, rent, utilities, their salary and medical. 

SHOP UPDATES

Hopefully we’ll be able to open in some capacity on May 1st! Who knows? Rest assured we will take every precaution upon reopening. Yes, a plexiglass screen is going up, we’ll have to limit the amount of people in the shop, lots of hand sanitizer lying around, face masks for staff. Whatever it takes, we’ll do it. I even have what may be the first Steranko / Kirby Captain America face mask out there. 

Looks like Diamond is shooting for Mid to late May for new comic releases, which I’m fine with. 

We get to sell back issues and graphic novels until then. (we’ve also sold a record amount of bags and boards, people gotta keep busy.)

Yes, DC has a plan for early distribution, but it’s super slim shady, and we likely won’t participate. Check out the dummy companies used to hide Midtown (who I do like personally) and DCBS (who I do not care for personally.)

It would only be one week’s worth of books spread out over three weeks anyway. We will absolutely get you all your books though, not to worry!

Lastly, please try to contact the shop to clear out any books remaining in your file, we need the money dude!

We also understand if you no longer have the finances for your comics, please just let us know!

Okay everyone, thanks for all the support. Here’s one to grow on:

art by @josephryanhill

We could just go on and sing the praises of some of the best stories on the market right now. (Yes, Absolute Carnage Immortal Hulk is out this week by Al Ewing. Yes, Batman and Catwoman head back to Gotham to retake the city in Batman #80. And yes, House of X #6 is this week as well.)

But instead, let’s enjoy then season and talk about some Halloween related titles coming out this week!

I’m sensing a theme here…

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019! 

DCeased #5 (of 6) continues Tom Taylor’s DCU zombie story. This book has had some great horror homage covers and has been a fun read all around. Taylor did some great work universe building early on with the Injustice books. 

Marvel’s following suit with a weekly five-issue mini-series called “Contagion”, which obviously has some zombie elements to it. 

Those Mole People always looked like they had something. 

It’s not necessarily horror per se, but Ghost Rider’s new ongoing features the reunion of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch. 

With Johnny being the new lord of hell, there’s lots of potential here. (Didn’t read Doctor Strange Damnation by Donny Cates? Go read it! It’s great!)

Todd Phillips’ new Joker movie is out this week, and you can expect to see a lot of great products this month to go with it. (A one-shot by John Carpenter, a mini-series by Lemire and Sorrentino are some highlights.)

This week you just get a $1.00 reprint of the 1975 Joker #1, but we’ll take it!

Walking Dead is over, but artist Charlie Adlard has a new book from Ablaze Comics, Vampire State Building. 

“Terry Fisher is a young soldier on the verge of being sent away for active military duty and is going to meet his friends at the top of the Empire State Building for a farewell party. But suddenly a legion of vampires attacks the skyscraper and massacres its occupants. Hounded in the 102 floors that have become a deadly trap, Terry must take decisive action to save himself and his friends – and the city of New York – before the army of abominations, and the terrible vampire god within, walled in the building since its construction, spill into the city!”

BOOM! Studios had a big hit with Once and Future, followed by Something Is Killing the Children. Both sold out and went to multiple printings. This week we finally have a big pile of Something Is Killing the Children hitting the table. (4th printing!)

This book is a great pick for Halloween and definitely lives up to the hype and its title. 

Star Wars Adventures brings it’s weekly Halloween anthology back with Return to Vader’s Castle.

Each issue is stand alone and has art by horror masters like Kelly Jones and Francesco Francavilla!

Coming events

All this should be prepping you for Halloween Comic Fest on Saturday, October 26th, featuring free comics, candy and photography services for all in costume!

We will also be hosting our first-ever book club on Thursday, October 10th at 8:15 pm to cover the events of House and Powers of X!

I’ll be hosting the event with Valentino Luca Zullo in the shop and we’ll be reviewing each issue as well as posing some questions to the group. This will be a SPOILER FILLED ZONE!

(So pick up and read your copy of Powers of X #6 the day beforehand!)

Here’s the event page! That’s it for this week! Keep those Krakoan plants growing, there’s a $100 gift certificate on the line!

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