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Hey everyone! It’s John D here and I’m back to give you a low down on our upcoming events at the comic book shop!

I hope you’re all enjoying Rafael’s emails, it’s something he’s wanted to do for some time now and I feel he’s doing a great job.

I’ll try and pop in once a month to let you know about the other things that are going on at the shop!

First up, Halloween!

While we’re not up to having full scale events just yet, we will be having Trick or Treating for Comics and Candy at the shop on Saturday October 30th. We’ll be set up all day so stop in anytime between 10am and 7pm to grab some treats.

There was no official “Halloween ComicFest” again this year, but we did manage to put together some fun books for the kids. (and for everyone for that matter.)

Marvel graciously produced four comics especially for Halloween and we’ll have more than enough of each. (I always over order so I can take the rest home to hand out Halloween night.)

Books include a Miles Morales Spider-Man, a Kate Bishop Hawkeye, Daredevil and Star Wars High Republic. Truly a great assortment!

We bought books that were meant for Batman Day (9-18) and Wonder Woman Day (10-21) and we’re just saving them to use on Halloween. There are three Batman titles as well as three Wonder Woman one’s. Each character basically has an all ages book, a young adults book and an adults book. I’ve scanned them all and there’s nothing really objectionable in any of them, but parents should flip through the adults ones to make sure they’re comfortable with the content.

BATMAN BOOKS

The Batman all ages book is Batman Knightwatch.

The Batman young adults book is Batman / Fortnite.

The Batman adults books is Batman The World.

WONDER WOMAN BOOKS

The Wonder Woman all ages book is Diana: Princess of the Amazons.

The Wonder Woman young adults book is Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed.

The Wonder Woman adults book is the Wonder Woman Day Special Edition.

We’ll keep the two adult books up and away from the rest as always parents, not to worry.

MARVEL ZOMBIES

We also have a really special treat we’ve been saving. We have hundreds of copies of the Marvel Tales Marvel Zombies book to give away for FREE, a $7.99 collection of the first appearance of the Marvel Zombies by Mark Millar, as well as the first issue of the series by Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman.

It’s a great read and worth the trip to the shop alone. It’s got standard zombie gore but nothing really crazy beyond that. If you determine it’s not a good pick, we will have other Marvel Tales books for you to pick from instead, like Fantastic Four and Captain Britain. (which has a really great Spider-Man story in it for the kids!)

PHOTO OPS AND MORE

We’ll set some fun photo ops up outside the shop, as we’ll be on hand for any questions you might have about the books.

We’re a big believer in healthy snacks but not so much on Halloween, so we’ll have candy for everyone as well!

People in costume can take whatever books they would like, one of each even. If you’ve not in costume you’re welcome to take a couple books. (including that Marvel Zombies book, so stop in!)

Also, here’s a heads up that on Saturday November 6th we’ll be doing another fund raiser for Genghis Con, to help support the local indie comic con that means so much to our community. That day we’ll be pulling 60 long boxes of small press comics out of our storage locker and putting them into the foyer at $1.00 each. (50 cents each for 100 or more!) All funds from the sale of those books on that day will go directly to Sequoia, Amalia and Quill to help keep the show alive in 2022.

So we’re essentially using independent comics to support local indie comic creators! Please come in and help support your local art community!  This is a rare opportunity to dig through our massive small press selection that we don’t have room for in the store and for a good cause too. Most books are grouped into letter order to help out a bit. This will also be the only time these books will be out in 2021. Plan accordingly!

Black Friday! We will not be doing a midnight sale again since the pandemic is still creeping around the edges of our lives, but we will be having a great sale from Friday November 26th to Sunday the 28th. With all the collections we’ve been buying and putting out this will definitely be the year of “Making Black Friday Great Again, Again.”.

Thanks to you all for your support and understanding over some pretty big transitions here these past couple months!

See you on the 30th! I’ll bring a handful of costume changes!

Greetings and Happy New Comic Book Day everyone! I’m your host this evening, Count Rafula, and it’s the spookiest week of the year, the week of Halloween!  Beware! At the shop this week, we’ve got plenty of new comics to get you in the macabre mood, with stories that will have you watching over your shoulder for all that goes bump in the night. There’s no time to waste, let’s check things out.

Marvel Comics

One of Marvel’s biggest new titles has a new installment in Moon Knight #4 out this week. While I haven’t been following what’s going on (or ever read a Moon Knight book either :/), we’ve gotten a lot of interest in this book recently and seen some new faces coming in to the shop to grab their copies too. It’s a Cleveland thing, I guess. John Dudas will be the first to tell you there is something about Moon Knight that makes him resonate well with Clevelanders. Maybe I’ll grab this week’s issue, it’s got Tigra.

Following up after the stellar and creepy Darkhold Iron Man one-shot, this week’s hero whose life and reality is twisted by the Darkhold is Marvel’s Vampire Hunter himself; Blade. In this tie-in, vampires have taken over and rule the world and Blade is their king atop the throne. And there’s no way that could go well, right? A delicious one-shot for a criminally underappreciated Marvel character.

DC Comics

Fresh off the success earlier this year of the Batman/Fortnite crossover, there’s a new one-shot this week co-written by Scott Snyder and starring The Batman Who Laughs. This Batman is the scariest one yet, and that’s kinda saying something. I call him Hellraiser Batman myself. And just like the previous issues from the miniseries, this one does include codes for in-game unlockables: a character skin and loading screen both featuring The Batman Who Laughs. 

One of the most popular and celebrated Batman storylines ever (and fresh new animated movie too), Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween is certainly a classic. And new this week, the original creative team is back to tell one more story set in the Long Halloween universe. DC’s been keeping things under wraps on this one, but teases a mystery that could destroy Batman, Gordon, and Two Face. A must have for any Batman fan this week.

If it worked with zombies, of course it could work with vampires too, right? Co-written by James Tynion IV, DC Vs. Vampires is the next 12-issue horror-themed apocalypse set in the DC multiverse. And just like DCeased, no character is safe. I read the preview for this first issue, and there’s a great surprise ending to this one that I think will hook fans. 

“In life, they’ve terrorized the people of Gotham. Now, they are Gotham’s last hope. Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! On A-DAY, the attack on Arkham Asylum left hundreds of Gotham’s most cunning and deranged criminals dead. Now, a mysterious benefactor has activated the government’s TASK FORCE clause to bring them back as the ultimate army of the night! To lead this team of the undead, only a person who knows exactly what it feels like to be brutally murdered and brought back to life can handle the job…enter: RED HOOD. But when Jason Todd unravels the mystery surrounding Task Force Z’s creation, will he try to destroy it or embrace it?” A really cool new Suicide Squad-esque book with a team consisting of Red Hood, Bane (!), Man-Bat, Arkham Knight, Sundowner, and Mr. Bloom.

Small Press

Something Is Killing the Children has been one of the biggest horror smash hits since The Walking Dead, and this week sees the universe expand with a brand-new spinoff series House of Slaughter. Co-written by James Tynion IV (busy guy), and with double team art from original series artist Werther Dell’Edera and The Autumnal’s Chris Shehan, this spinoff series promises to delve deeper into Erica Slaughter’s shadowy organization and one of her biggest rivals within its monster hunter ranks. I’m all caught up on SIKTC and am excited to see where things go next.

And lastly this week, this next trade paperback collection is one we’ve been waiting for for some time now: Aftershock Comics’ Maniac of New York Volume 1. If Jason Takes Manhattan was actually good, there’s a brutal force of nature that haunts and stalks the citizens of New York, and has been doing so for years. Until now, when one detective becomes determined to bring his grisly reign of terror to an end, or die trying. I didn’t finish the series, but what issues I did read were awesome. A shop favorite, and soon to be yours for the scary holiday season.

And that’ll be a wrap on new comics for October 2021. Don’t forget that we’ll be celebrating Halloween in the shop all day Saturday October 30th with trick ‘r treating and tons of free comics and candy to give away for all in costume. We will also be using this opportunity to give out our Batman Day and Wonder Woman Day free comics from DC. 

We’re all big fans of the holiday here, and have decked out the shop in our best spooky decorations, and we’re all very excited to see everyone’s costumes. Thanks for reading, we will see you Saturday, and we hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween this year.

Peace, Love, and Comics

Rafael Calzada

Hey everybody, and welcome to a New Comic Book Day! Halloween is fast approaching and I hope you all have some fun plans in the works and some great costumes too. My girlfriend and I haven’t been able to agree on ours just yet (I suggested Hunter S. Thompson and his lawyer from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and she suggested Lady and the Tramp, so we’re a little ways apart right now haha), but one thing we can all agree on is that there are always great comics on Wednesdays. Let’s see what’s new this week.

Marvel Comics

Spinning out of the pages of Jason Aaron’s Avengers, this week sees the debut of a new solo miniseries for the newest host of the Phoenix force: Echo. She’s got a lot to learn about her new cosmic powers, but first and foremost, why was she chosen by the Phoenix? Look, I wish I had some super powers too, but I pity the fool who gets stuck with the Phoenix force. It never seems to end well for anybody.

And new this week also is Thor #18 starring Throg! He’s on a secret spy mission for Thor across the realms in this issue which also sees the reunion of the Pet Avengers. Since his brief blink-and-you-miss-it cameo appearance in Loki (is it safe to talk about that yet?), Throg’s been getting a lot of attention recently and it’s awesome to see him get some play now.

DC Comics

Probably my pick of the week, it’s a new DC Black Label book, and this is a big one; it’s Catwoman Lonely City. “Ten years ago, the massacre known as Fools’ Night claimed the lives of Batman, The Joker, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon and sent Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, to prison. A decade later, Gotham has grown up—it’s put away costumed heroism and villainy as childish things. The new Gotham is cleaner, safer and a lot less free, under the watchful eye of Mayor Harvey Dent and his Batcops. It’s into this new city that Selina Kyle returns, a changed woman with her mind on that one last big score: the secrets hidden inside the Batcave! She doesn’t need the money—she just needs to know… who is ‘Orpheus’?” Written, drawn, colored, and lettered by superstar artist Cliff Chiang, this is his Catwoman passion project and it really shows. It’s awesome!

Well this just goes to show how far behind I am on somethings, Nubia became Queen of Themyscira during Infinite Frontier!? That’s pretty cool. And new this week is the beginning of a six issue miniseries detailing her reign as Queen and the horror that waits beneath the island that threatens the Amazons. This sounds like a sleeper series that has potential for big changes for the DC Universe.

The Hill House Comics imprint from DC is back this week, with Refrigerator Full of Heads (what a gnarly title). The sequel to the original Basketful of Heads from a couple years ago, I missed out on the first series myself, but Ben recently got caught up and loved it. If the title didn’t give you a hint, this one looks just as twisted as the rest of the Hill House books. And this one even has a killer great white shark. Rad!

Small Press

Killadelphia has been one of my biggest recommendations this year (honestly, grab volume 1 if you haven’t yet and throw on the Nine Inch Nails Quake soundtrack from 1997 and you’ll thank me later), and new from the same creative team comes a spinoff book called Nita Hawes Nightmare Blog. Subbing out the vampires of Philadelphia, the streets of Baltimore in this book have demons and ghosts, and great covers too! I’m really excited to read this book.

And new from possibly the best creative duo in comics, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, comes the next installment in their crime noir original graphic novel series Reckless: Destroy All Monsters. Every one so far has been great stuff, as is expected from these two, and this one doesn’t look to be any different. Ethan Reckless has a new case, tracking down a real estate mogul, and while that sounds simple enough, we’ve learned by now that nothing in Ethan’s life is as simple as it sounds. Picking this up is a no-brainer if you’re a fan of Brubaker/Phillips or crime noir in general.

And that’s about it for my featured new releases this week. I’m trying to binge reread Saga now so that I’m all caught up again and all the feelings are fresh for issue 55 in January. We’ve got a lot of cool merch this week too. Some great $10 Kenner Marvel Legends Magneto and Carol Danvers Ms. Marvel figures and some Classic Hawkeye POP figures. These POPs are Previews Exclusives also so you won’t see them outside of comic shops.

Thanks everybody for reading. We’ll see you all in the shop this week.

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