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Sick of hearing about your friends’ plans for San Diego Comicon? Does your stomach curl when you think about all the photos they’ll be posting on their social media when they get there?

Well let them have their fun, and we’ll have ours too!

It’s time for our Annual NOT-AT-COMICON Sale, culminating on Sunday, July 21st with our second annual Swap Meet in association with NEO-TACC. (The North East Ohio Toy and Collectible Club.)

From Thursday, July 18th till Sunday, July 21st, (the same days San Diego is going on)

  • 50% off all back issues!
  • 20% off all statues, actions figures, and pop funs!
  • 10% off everything else in the shop!

The really big part is, we pull all the books out of our back room and storage locker and make them available for only $1 each. (or 50 cents each if you buy 100 or more!) It’s about 70,000 books.

What’s more, all the Marvel’s and DC’s are in alphabetical order, so bring those lists. The Small Press book are grouped by letter. (So all the “A”‘s are together, etc.)

This is one of only two times we are able to do this each year, so take advantage. Books are in the foyer attached to the shop.

We will also be raffling off a $200 Stan Lee Marvel Treasury Edition, so be sure to fill out that slip when you stop in!

This all leads up to Sunday, July 21st, when we’ll be hosting our Second Annual Swap Meet in the space we use for Free Comic Book Day, 120 feet from the shop. (17430 Lorain Ave, we’re at 17462) The Swap Meet will be from noon until 4 pm, with vendor set up starting at 11 am.

Last year we had 40 tables and attendance was around 500 people!

This year we’re almost doubling the amount of tables by branching off into the parking lot, under the plaza awning, and by adding a few local artists who are affiliated with NEO-TACC!

This is not a Comicon convention! This is a swap meet where people set up to clear out and add to their collections! Imagine a big pop culture garage sale where the prices are great.

We have also encouraged vendors to bring more comics this year!

(Oh yeah, you do not have to swap, this is a Buy Sell Trade group! So even if you’re not set up you’re welcome to purchase items as well as bring stuff in to trade.)

Here’s a look at the set up inside:

As well as a look at what the outside set up will be like:

Tables are all sold out, but we have opened up a 1,000 square foot area outside (uncovered) for anyone that would like to bring a small (six foot max) table into the area and set up in a respectful manner. (ie, in accordance with the NEO-TACC volunteers wishes)

This area is first come first serve and you can drop a table down starting at 11 am.

As mentioned we have also added a few local art vendors who are also members of NEO-TACC:

Also, set up outside the comic shop, will be Erin Schechtman Caruso and the record painting duo of Rick Sans and Sergio Andujar!

We also recommend stopping by a few of the businesses in the plaza for some other important sundries to get yourself through the day, like Ice Cream and Beer.

We couldn’t put these events together without Lisa Kay from the Kamm’s Corner Ice Cream Co, so walk on over to her shop and get some Ice Cream while you’re here.

You can’t have a NEO-TACC meet up without having a few drinks, so we recommend dipping into Working Class Brewery, right between the shop and the event space.

This is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family. Last year my seven-year-old daughters comment was “People’s old junk can be someone’s new treasure.” Bravo Zoe. You never know what treasure you will find…

So remember…

Hope to see you out there!

We’ll have a full email on the NOT-AT-COMICON Sale and Swap Meet coming out this week, but first here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, July 10th, 2019!

Marvel Titles

The big book of the week is the oversized Amazing Spider-Man #25, which begins Nick Spencer’s 2nd year as writer on the book. It’s got some Mysterio in there too, for everyone who dug the character in Spider-Man Far From Home. 

Lots of variant covers too! $7.99 cover price. 

Marvel’s other selections are all over the place, and good summer fare. 

Wolverine Vs Blade One Shot. 

I was going to write this book off but flipping through it today it’s pretty graphic and a good one off selection. 

Wolverine and Captain America Weapon Plus One Shot.

This one looks great! Ethan Sacks wrote Old Man Hawkeye, which was fun. Throw in a 1940’s story expanding on Steve and Logan’s history together and you’ve got a winner.

There’s also a new Invisible Woman mini-series by Mark Waid, the epilogue to War of the Realms with an Omega issue, another Infinity Warps Annual, and a Giant Size X-Static One Shot by the original team of Pete Milligan and Mike Allred. (!)

DC Titles

We detest the decision by DC to publish exclusive Walmart material and hate even more that there was some really great stuff in there. This week comic shops finally get the Batman material in Batman Universe #1, the first in a six issue mini-series.

This is a great story by Brian Bendis and his first work on Batman. He even teamed him up with Green Arrow, who feels like the character he was destined to write. 

Bendis has three other books this week as well, with the second issue of Event Leviathan (great book!), the final issue of Naomi, and a new issue of Young Justice. 

Jeff Lemire is always at his best when he writes about properties he cares about, so we’re pretty sure he’s going to give his all with the Black Hammer/ Justice League mini-series.

If you haven’t explored the world of Dark Horse and Lemire’s Black Hammer before this is a great place to check it out. Conceptually, Lemire is building a universe on par with Mignola’s work on Hellboy. 

“Small” Press Titles

Image had so much success with the ‘My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies” HC, that they’ve collected issues two and three of Criminal into the same format and added new pages and material to thicken it out. 

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are masters at crime noir, and this story has an aging comic creator cruising though the dirty parts of the industry. We even have a FREE signed bookplate for you to go with the purchase of this book. 

To be clear, we cannot recommend this book enough, this is the stuff we love to hand sell. 

Lastly, for the kids, we have another addition to our picture books for kids with the “First Day of Groot” hardcover. 

From the same team as “Night Night Groot”, these books are perfectly paced for a bedtime story, at least in my household.

That’s it for this week! Keep an eye out for that second email!

It’s a fun little week at the comic shop with some unusual new titles.

We’ll also be packing up some of the back issues and heading out to Youngstown for the Youngstown Comic Con this weekend! Another chance to see the amazing Jim Steranko as well as Jason Mewes!

I’ll be attending a Steranko dinner a bit like the one we hosted here for FCBD last year.

Anyway, here’s the featured New Releases coming out this Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019!

“Small” Press Titles

Robert Kirkman always said that Walking Dead would end when Rick died so, well, yeah… Walking Dead #193 comes out this week, as well as a reprint of #192 with a new memorial cover.

If you’re looking for a couple decent Image Comics to replace Walking Dead with, we’ve got new titles from Mark Millar and Jason Aaron this week!

Space Bandits is a five issue mini series from Mark Millar!

“Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal ops, they run heists across the galaxies-hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE.”

Jason Aaron’s new Image title is Sea of Stars!

“Being a space trucker sounds like a cool job, but in reality, it can be boring as hell. So when recently widowed Gil gets a long-haul gig across the universe, he figures it’s safe enough to bring his young son Kadyn along for the ride-that is, until their “big rig” gets bitten in half by a gigantic Space Leviathan! Now separated from his son-with a breached suit that’s venting oxygen at an alarming rate-Gil must defy the odds and stay alive long enough to rescue Kadyn.”

DC Titles

If you’ve been enjoying the new Doom Patrol tv show (it is really good) Gerard Way (who also writes Umbrella Academy) returns to the title with a new ongoing series Doom Patrol The Weight of the World.

Another good read should be Lois Lane #1 by Greg Rucka, who’s known for writing some really powerful female characters in series like Whiteout and Lazarus.

Even our mainstream recommendation is a little off base this week, Superman Up In The Sky #1 is the first of the Walmart books being made available to comic book shops. It only covers the new material and it’s stuff written by Tom King.

It’s the first of a 6 issue mini series, and expect more of these covering the Batman, Wonder Woman and Teen Titans Walmart books. (The Batman has a really great Batman/Green Arrow story by Brian Bendis) (Also, a little flip of the finger to DC for only making these stories available to us now.)

Marvel Titles

Also on the weird mainstream list is the new edition of the Silver Surfer Parable HC.

Not a week goes by (literally) that someone doesn’t ask for material by Moebius, well here’s his big mainstream work from 1988 with a slightly larger trim size. It’s written by Stan Lee too. (remember that scene from Crimson Tide where two sailors are arguing over who was the better Silver Surfer artist, Jack Kirby or Moebius? This is the story they were talking about.) Classic stuff and we’ll try to keep it on the shelf for as long as we can.

Not-at-Comicon and NEO-TACC

Here’s what you can expect at our yearly “Not-At-Comicon” Sale from July 18th to the 21st:


This is one of only two times each year that we get to bring our inventory out from our storage locker, so take advantage of it. Believe it or not, but we actually have all the Marvel and DC dollar stock in order this year. ALL OF THEM!

The sale culminates on Sunday with our second annual Swap Meet with NEO-TACC, and it will be even bigger than last year. We’ll have a few local artists out there as well as an area in the parking lot. Even if you don’t have a table you can bring stuff to sell or trade.

Let the summer of fun continue and we’ll see you soon at the shop!

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