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It’s an AMAZING week at the comic shop, as the big two debut their new storylines on the same day! (we save all caps for when things are really important.)

Marvel’s Secret Empire and DC’s ‘The Button” give you two reasons to run to your local comic shop!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, April 19th, 2017!.


Earlier this month Marvel revealed it’s plans for the year to a select group of comic book retailers. I was lucky enough to be chosen and even had to sign a non disclosure agreement. I can tell you that as a lifelong Marvel Zombie, every one is going to be very excited about how this year plays out. For reals. Expect to see the return of the classic elements and characters that have always ‘Made Mine Marvel.’

This all begins with Secret Empire #0.

Earlier this year there was controversy over Steve Rogers being revealed as an agent of HYDRA. What you really have is a hero with pure intentions who cares about the future of America and believes he is doing the right thing. In this issue he steps out from behind the curtain and reveals his affiliation to the world. HAIL HYDRA! (A gag we’ve been running for years now.) It is not a throw away zero issue! Great read with a lot happening and artwork by Daniel Acuna. Forget the disappointing big events of the past few years, I’m all in on this one.

There will be a Secret Empire Free Comic Book Day Book this year, we’ve read that, and the reveal at the end hit the entire staff as stellar. Be sure to pick up this book on FCBD and don’t spoil it for yourself before hand. Let yourself have that moment geek out moment on FCBD! (after I read it, I immediately ordered an additional 500 copies to give away.)

If you need a little catch up, we’ve got a great deal for you. We’ve packaged up sets of the doubled sized Captain America #7, as well as the aforementioned Captain America Steve Rogers #1 – 3 for only $5.00. (A $19 retail value.) Don’t ask how we did it! This is the controversial story that nerds blew the internet up about. And not good nerds, but bad nerds that don’t understand that this stuff is all made up.


DC’s finally revisiting the events of the Rebirth Special from last year in “The Button.” A four part storyline crossing over in Batman #21, #22, and Flash #21, #22. We learn more about the button Batman found in the wall, and the possible connections to the Watchmen Universe. All four books will have a $3.99 lenticular cover, as well as three $2.99 variants. (We applaud DC for making this important story so financially obtainable. Really, you can get the whole storyline for under $12.)

It all starts this week in Batman #21. We will have all four covers hitting the table on Wednesday.

While this story has been written by series regulars Tom King and Joshua Williamson, the plot was developed by Geoff Johns’ himself.

I have some ideas about where this story is going but I’m keeping them to myself in case I’m right. Time to reread Flashpoint.


Lastly, Free Comic Book Day is upon us! We’ll have all the details out later this week but we’ve got an excellent year lined up. 2017 Lithographs are now available at the shop for only $4. The coolest thing you can do to support the event (other than spreading the word about it) is to buy one and help the cause. By request, we’ve also printed up small amounts of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 litho’s for people that would like to catch up.

Be sure to check out www.freecomicbookday.com so you can start to pick out your books. We’ll have the early release event on Friday May 5th from 10pm to 2am, and the main event will be on Saturday May 6th from 10am to 7pm.

Here’s a cool cover image to use on your Facebook Page to help spread the word!

Thanks everyone!

Our third annual Winston World Sale is coming to Cleveland from March 17th – 19th at Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop.

We legitimately can’t afford to set up at Wizard World, so we’re hosting our yearly sale that same weekend, and passing those saving on to YOU!

We do like attending Wizard World, and both the staff and my family will be going down to check things out, however…


  • 50% off back issues.
  • 20% off graphic novels
  • 75% off discount graphic novel bins
  • 10% off action figures and statues
  • 10% off everything else in the shop (yes, that includes supplies, which we never typically discount because they weigh too much.)

You save money by just walking in the door!

We’ve also created a sticker to celebrate this incredible occasion and the fact that Winston World starts on St. Pat’s Day this year! (In case you didn’t know, Kamm’s Corner’s becomes the O.K. Corral on St Pat’s. So you can pick up some comics and dip into our ‘Green Mile’ bar scene.)

This sticker if free with any purchase starting…NOW!

Be sure to follow Winston’s bonehead adventures on Instagram @ComicCatWinston !

Wizard World was stand up enough to allow us to grant weekend passes to four outstanding families in our community! (this will be announced next week.)

They would like me to remind everyone: Each adult admission purchased entitles you to two (2) free children’s admissions for children 10 and under.

The winner of out In-Store ticket raffle was Jim Rollins, and the winner of our online like/share tickets was Josh Fekete!

We also have a code they gave us for 10% off tickets, but we found a better one for 20% off. Use ‘RITCHIE’ when checking out and buying tickets. (Thanks to Jeff Ritchie for the updated code.)

This Saturday we’ll be attending the Cleveland Concoction at the Airport Sheraton!.

As per organizer Stan Paulson:

“If you’ve never been to ConCoction before, people often wonder — what kind of Con are we? We’re an all-volunteer, not-for-profit, fan-run convention that mixes and mashes different flavors of fantasy, sci-fi, pop culture, literature, film, comics, music, gaming (and just about anything else we can fit in the blender) in order to create a unique ConCoction experience each year. We have creative vendors, but we’re not a big commercial con. We have wonderful artists, but we’re not a comic con. We have amazing cosplayers, but we’re not an anime con. We have many fine writers, but we’re not a literature con. We have lyrical musicians, but we’re not a big filk fest. We have tons of gaming, but we’re not a (strictly) gaming con. We have wall-to-wall panels, but we’re not a professional development con. We’re none of those, and all of those, rolled into a weekend-long Adventure! We keep it kid friendly during the day, and adult friendly at night. In short, where others specialize, we follow the advice of Robert Heinlein and do a little bit of everything. We change things. We adapt. We try to make it better every year. We hope that this lets you, dear fans, come and share not just the things you love most, but perhaps find new and interesting aspects of fandom you haven’t come across before. Let you fan flags fly, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!”

This convention runs March 10th-12th, with rooms available so you don’t have to leave the premises. Here’s all the info.

We’ll be attending on Saturday with a photo booth and a table, as well as hanging out all night as a staff to check things out.

Remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about Free Comic Book Day!

Yes, March is somehow Convention Season Cleveland, to the point where it’s going to dictate the flow of our weekly email!

Coast to Coast In Store Comicon – Cleveland Concoction – Wizard World – Winston World.

Fun comes in many packages this month.

First up is Coast to Coast Comicon, a live broadcast that we’ll be showing in the shop tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, from noon until 9pm.

Here’s the schedule for the day, so stop by the shop during a segment that’s interesting to you and watch it with like minded individuals.

There’s also some variant covers that were made just for the day that we’ll have available for cover price.

Here’s a link to all the info as well as variant information.

For our end of it, we’ll be having a pop up sale with 50% off back issues, as well as 10% off all graphic novels.

We’ll also be hosting a raffle for two free weekend long passes to Wizard World that day, so be sure to fill out a slip when you visit.

Next up is the Cleveland Concoction on March 10th through the 12th.

The CNJComics team will be setting up there for the first time on Saturday, March 11th. We’ll be running a photo booth with our backdrop and props, as well as having a cool set up with some liquidated graphic novels.

If you’ve ever wanted a picture wearing the Ghostbusters backpack, or holding Cap’s Shield or Thor’s Hammer, this is your chance. We will also be staying the night to engage in some of the late night programing. (and drinks of course.)

Learn everything you need to know about this Concoction here! 

Wizard World is hitting Cleveland for it’s third year from March 17th to the 19th. (There’s a pretty good chance that Los Angeles doesn’t know what Cleveland looks like on St. Patrick’s Day)

While we will not be setting up at the show, we will be hosting our annual Winston World sale, an in shop extravaganza where everything will be on sale.

From March 17th to March 19th:

  • 50% off back issues.
  • 20% off graphic novels
  • 75% off discount graphic novel bins
  • 10% off action figures and statues
  • 10% off everything else in the shop (yes, that includes supplies, which we never typically discount because they weigh too much.)

I had fun with my family down their last year, and we will be going again on the ever manic Saturday.

Wizard was even kind enough to allow us to grant free weekend passes to four families in our community that exemplify the values of comic book culture. (Stay tuned on that.)

Here’s all the information on this year’s Wizard World!

We’ve even created a sticker to commemorate the occasion, and you can get this sticker FREE with any purchase in the shop starting now. (We are in Westpark after all) Don’t forget to follow Winston on Instagram @comiccatwinston

If you’re not on mobile or Instagram, check him out here.

Lastly, Logan comes out today, and we’re incredibly excited to finally get to see it.


If you enjoy the film, we’ve got two directions for you to go in. Marvel created ten $1.00 comic books reprinting great issues in Wolverine’s history. For only ten bucks you can walk away with a comprehensive history of the characters involved, including X-23.

The other obvious answer is the Old Man Logan graphic novel, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, the team behind Civil War.

While it might not tie directly into the movie, this stand alone story is one of the all time best selling books in the shop. It’s like Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven but with classic Marvel Characters. It also has very 70’s Marvel sensibilities, which I resonate with.  Either way, it’s an epic post apocalyptic story, and a great book no matter how you look at it.  We’ve got it in both hard and soft cover.

Alright’s that’s it. Set your course for fun this month, and we’ll see you at the shop!

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