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We have a tradition each year where Jameson signs 100 FREE copies of his yearly FCBD lithograph, and we decided to keep this alive on the final weekend of Free Comic Book Day Summer.

Jameson has signed and number 100 prints and we will give them away starting at 10 am on Saturday September 12th. We will continue to hand them out into Sunday (and even Monday) if they’re still around.

Thanks to everyone who has bought a print up to this point. You have done your duty to keep the ‘event’ afloat, and we never needed a go fund me to finance it.

We hope there will be a Free Comic Book Day next year, but if circumstances prevent it we will bounce back in some manner. The most important thing about FCBD wasn’t the comics, it was you, the community. We’ll figure something out.

There are three new FREE books this week, and here’s a list of them and what’s left over from previous weeks.

All Ages:

  • Sue and Tai-Chan
  • Only a Matter of Space Time
  • Super Mercado Mix Tape
  • Jack Kirby The Epic Life of the King of Comics
  • Owly
  • CBLDF Defend Comics
  • Stepping Stones
  • Donut the Destroyer
  • Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics

Teen:

  • Legend of Zelda
  • Naruto
  • Mean Girls
  • Street Fighter
  • Lady Mechanika
  • Best of 2000AD
  • Spider-Man (we actually found some of these we lost track of! Written by Donny Cates!)
  • Usagi YoJimbo

Adult:

Enter the Incal

Manhwa Contempory Korean Comics

So yes, you can take one of each and get 19 FREE comics this weekend as well as a free signed lithograph.

We also have 150 long boxes of comics in the foyer at $1.00. All Marvel and DC and mostly in order. (50 cents each for 100 or more.) These will remain in the foyer till the end of day Monday. You can keep getting the free books on Monday as well, if they’re still there.

So, this is us, signing off for Free Comic Book Day Summer 2020.

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

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