It’s been a while since we’ve had a full on new release email, what with events during the holidays and wrapping up year-end stuff.

So hey! Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.


The big book of the week is Donny Cates’ new Guardians of the Galaxy #1!

With a huge cast of Marvel Cosmic Characters to help fill the lineup! If you can’t get enough of Cates, we’ve got a graphic novel of Cosmic Ghost Rider this week.

If you’ve never read it, Cosmic Ghost Rider is Frank Castle (The Punisher) who became Ghost Rider who became a herald of Galactus who became Thanos’ lackey. It’s great stuff.

BOOM Studios has taken over the beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer license, and under the guidance of Joss Whedon, will be reimagined in the modern day and back in High School.

The core motifs of Buffy are both timeless and very 90’s at the same time, so it’ll be interesting to see this play out.

Bendis’ new ‘WONDER’ imprint from DC had a really great start a few weeks ago with Young Justice and will continue this week with Naomi #1.

Bendis is crafting an entire teen line for DC, that will also include the Wonder Twins next month!

Naomi looks to reveal some secrets about the DC Universe and will be an important read down the line.

Other books we’re looking forward to including Batman #63, just to see Tom King write John Constantine. Batman’s been good but experiencing a bit of a downhill roll since “The Wedding” issue. Selina is supposed to return soon so let hope the slump is over.

Avengers by Jason Aaron has been the best Avengers material in years, and they occasionally do one-shot issues featuring the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC. This week Aaron is joined by Andrea Sorrentino to give of the background on the Iron Fist!

Awful Netflix show aside, I love Iron Fist, and his first appearance is one of my give away picks for Fridays Guest Bartending at Working Class Brewery. (see below)

Another bit of fun that might be overlooked is Geoff Johns writing Shazam #2 this week. Johns is DC’s top creative talent and he only writes stuff he loves.

Plus, you know, there’s a movie is coming…

As mentioned above, the entire CNJ Crew (Jim, Jason, Ben, Kevin, Josh and both John’s) will be guest bartending at Working Class Brewery next to the shop this Friday, January 25th from 5 pm to 9 pm.

We’ll be giving recommendations on Marvel Comics and handing out FREE comics every half hour. Stop by for a beer or two and read some comics! We love to support businesses in our plaza!  All the info is here!

Another cool announcement for us, I was notified that we were chosen to be part of Facebook’s Communities Summit in February!

“There are millions of communities on Facebook representing thousands of interests. They all have one thing in common: a leader who brings people together. To support these leaders and the communities they’ve built, we’re opening applications for the Facebook Communities Summit, which is happening February 7 – 8 at our headquarters in Menlo Park, California. For the first time, we’re inviting leaders of local business and nonprofit communities to the event, in addition to people leading communities on Facebook Groups, Pages and Fundraisers.”

What’s extra cool is that I was also notified that I’ll be speaking at the event as well. Less than a dozen people out of hundreds of submissions were chosen to speak. We get to do this because you are the awesome community that we represent! Collectors, cosplayers, local artists,  people who care about their community and want to make it better.

Thanks for everything you do to make us what we are!

Every January when things slow down a bit we try to put on one cool event to help make the winter in Cleveland more tolerable. 

This time we’ve paired up with Working Class Brewery, located right next to the shop, for a night of FREE comics, good company and craft beer!

On Friday January 25th from 5 pm to 9 pm, the entire CNJ’s crew will be guest bartenders at Working Class Brewery!

Yes everyone, Ben, Josh, Jason, both John’s, Kevin and even Jim. (Not pictured because he’s aloof.)

Starting at 5:30 we’ll be handing out three free Marvel True Believers comics, great reprints of classic Marvel material. 

Every half hour after that we’ll give away three different books, so if you last the whole stretch that’s 24 books. 

So books at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00.

What’s more, all of these comics have been hand-picked by the staff, and we’ll also have that staff member give a quick story about the significance of the book, both to them and in general. 

We were going to have a schedule about who was going to speak and when but we just figured whoever’s ready will dive in. Looking at the staff picks, they are very heavy on Marvel Netflix characters. If you’re looking for direction on what to read after watching the shows then this event is for you. 

In addition to staff members rotating out behind the bar, we’ll also be running a table selling all the different True Believers books for only $1.00 each. There’s just shy of a hundred, so if you want more personal recommendations, go to the table and talk to whoever’s there for more help. 

Our goal is to introduce their customers to comics and ours to craft beer. 


Scratch that, we just want to get drunk and talk comics. I can imagine some great conversations around those stacks of classic Marvels with a few in me. 


Working Class does not have a kitchen, but BBQ 216 will be setting up a pop up space with food for sale that we hear includes Pork Shoulder and Tacos!

Looks to be a fun night! Stop by to just say hi or be in it to win it all night long, one way or another we’ll keep the taps running for ya!

We’d like to thank everyone for a really fun Holiday Party and for all the support for the food drive. 

With your help, we’ll be assisting the Cleveland Food Bank in creating 12,084 meals this year!

We’ve also been informed by the Fitch Family, who take logistical responsibility for the actual food, that the food count was an amazing 1,879!

To put that into perspective, our previous high was 1,207.

Thank you to the artists for all their hard work!

We would like to congratulate Kelsey Cretcher as the artist who collected the most tickets for her artwork. Her ‘mod’ style Fantastic Four cover really hit the mark with a lot of people, and I have donated an extra hundred dollars to the food drive fund in her name. Congrats Kelsey! We look forward to seeing more of your work around the shop.

I’m actually going to give a little shout out to my seven-year-old daughter Zoe, who showed up to the art show with a picture of Stan Lee that she drew.

She looked at a picture of a Stan Lee Pop Fun online and copied it. Good job kiddo.

Thanks to all who came out, we think the first hour of the party was as packed as the shop has ever been, so thank you for bearing with us on that. I think Stan would have been proud, not just of the food drive, but of the camaraderie that revolved around it. We had -zero- issues this year with anything.

We will have a photo gallery of all the artwork going up, as well as some photos from the party when we get the event completely demobilized. 

This will be very small new comic week, almost to the point of being a skip week. Marvel only has four titles and DC just has a handful of graphic novels. 

The big book of the week is Fantastic Four #5, where the Thing finally marries Alicia Masters. 

To quote the parlance of the day, “Not a joke, not a hoax, not an imaginary story.” This one’s an actual wedding folks, and with Marvel Two In One being one of my favorite books as a kid, it’s a long time coming. 

We also have a 2019 Marvel Calendar we’ll be handing out for free this week with any purchase. 

Since it’s such a small week, so what a great time to clear out your file for the new year! Christmas is over, but…

In all seriousness, please make the effort to come in and clear out your file before the new year. Like a car dealership, we have to pay taxes on unsold inventory at year-end. Those books sitting on the shelf are doing double damage to us in they’re still there after the first. 

Finally, since everyone was asking. Winston lost a bunch of weight because he had a rotten tooth that had to be removed. Surgery went fine and he’s be convalescing in his X-Mas robe.

That’s it. We made it another year. Long live the local comic shop!

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