It’s only one more week until out yearly “NOT-AT-COMICON” sale, and this year it’s going to be pretty amazing. It will also be our first annual swap meet in conjunction with the North East Ohio Toy and Collectible Club.

For everyone who is stuck at home and has to endure the unending bombardment of posts from friends at San Diego Comicon, we like to create a safe space for jealous and envious behavior. (I mean, who the heck do they think they are anyway? Out there having fun…)

We also have a sale the same days as the con, July 19th to the 22nd, with:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 20% off Action Figures, Statues, and Pop Funs
  • 10% off Graphic Novels and Hardcovers

This is also one of only two opportunities we have to bring out all the comics from our storage locker for only $1.00 each (or 50 cents each if you buy 50 or more.)

It’s about 60,000 books, with a great deal that are in order and a lot that have never been picked through. These books will be in the foyer next to our shop all four days. 

On the final day, Sunday, July 22nd, we’ll be hosting our first annual swap meet! The backbone of this effort is NEO-TACC, who have been hosting monthly meet-ups for about a couple years now.  This will be hosted in the same space we hold Free Comic Book Day in, 1,000 feet away from the shop near Marc’s in a vacant storefront. It will run from 1 pm to 4 pm, with an after-party at Working Class Brewery from 4 pm to 6 pm!

This event is so important that it’s replaced Lebron James sign downtown:

In all seriousness, we’ve always wanted to hold a classic swap meet. No admission costs, no price gouging, just good people trying to clear out and build their collections at the same time. Expect a very active marketplace, especially at the beginning. 

All table sold out instantly, but you are welcome to bring stuff to barter and trade if you are willing to carry it around. Remember, this is just stuff you want to get rid of cheap and feel good about it going to a good place, it is not a day for high ticket items. If you have comics you want to dump, bring them up and we’ll make a quick offer on them. 

For fun, we polled them membership on the worst G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Master of the Universe figure, then had NEO-TACC member Jeff Ritchie create a 5×7 print that we could hand out at the event. The first 100 people in the door will even have that print signed and number by Jeff, because waiting in line sucks. We should have more than enough for everyone though, and they will also be available down at the shop. 

The winners were:

Wheelie, the Jar-Jar Binks of the Transformers world!

 

The Fridge from GI Joe wins for the convoluted process to obtain, as well as really reaching as far character concepts go. He’s basically their gym teacher. 

…and Fisto from the MOTU wins because, well, Fisto! He looks like classic GI Joe broke into the Bionic Man’s storage locker, took some steroids and tried to reinvent himself. We all have one of those friends. 

As said above the day will conclude at the brewery to reveal in your purchases and sales. There will even be a special beer there just for the event. (Day drinking in small increments by running down to the brewery during the actual swap meet is also sanctioned.)

The Kamms Corner Ice Cream Company, also in the plaza, is bringing back their Infinity Gauntlet Ice Cream just for the day. This was a huge hit on FCBD (they ran out!) so here’s another chance to get some. It has actual Infinity Stones in it!

So there you go. We’ve never done something like this before so cut us some slack and let us know if any issues arise that we can deal with at the event. It might get cramped at first but you’re all collectors here, and the hobby is at it’s best when shared.

No collection should live in a vacuum. 

NEW RELEASES

On to this week’s new releases!

Last week was incredible, and we basically sold out of Batman #50 and Catwoman #1 at our midnight event. We will be getting more copies of both of these books this Wednesday, and if you ordered a copy it will be there as well. 

This week is the new Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Nick Spencer!

Nick Spencer is perfect for the job. His run on the Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a cult classic, and he’s shown he knows the characters. It’s a back to basics approach like all the new Marvel #1’s. Lots of ratio variants too. 

We also have a free book to give you when you buy a copy, the Amazing Spider-Man behind the scenes edition, with full penciled pages of the main story by Invincible’s Ryan Ottley. If you’re looking for old school Peter, it’s here!

Marvel is also releasing X-23 in her own book as…well, X-23. (There’s a thought out there that Laura is a better character as X-23 than as Wolverine, and it’s probably correct.) 

If you enjoyed ‘Logan’ than this one is for you.

After what I would call a successful start on Man of Steel, Brian Bendis’ first issue of the new ongoing Superman series is here. 

Bendis will be writing Action Comics as well! Ivan Reis is doing the artwork!

I really did like his start on Man of Steel, and I was pretty skeptical at first. I like how he handled Superman’s relationships with other heroes, like Batman and Green Lantern.

Well, that’s it for this week!

Hey everyone, I just got back from vacation but I’ve got some important stuff to get out here right quick!

BATMAN 50 MIDNIGHT RELEASE AND OTHERS

First up, we are having a midnight release for Batman #50 at 11:59 pm on Tuesday July 3rd! We’ll be around for a half hour or so and you can pick up all your new comics releases early as per the publishers!

BE WARNED!!! SPOILERS ARE EVERYWHERE! 

The New York Times themselves even published an article with a spoiler in the title, so don’t even dip your head in that direction. 

That being said, I’ve read it, it’s a good read, lots of good one page pin ups by amazing artists. That’s all I’m saying. Zip!

You can also get Joelle Jones’ new Catwoman #1. She’s the artist who designed Selina’s dress and made a name for herself on Lady Killer. 

She’s writing and drawing it so it should be pretty cool. (I’ve met her, she is cool.) As the cover says, read after Batman #50!

To celebrate the 4th of July pick up the new Captain America #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates!

It’s a pretty big deal for an African American political writer to take on Cap and as a big fan of the character I’m excited to see what he does with it. 

Lots of variant covers by past Cap artists! I mean come on! Get your 4th on America!

Donny Cates has two new books this week!

We are all excited about his Cosmic Ghost Rider mini series, branching off of his run on Thanos! How did Frank Castle get to be the Cosmic Ghost Rider anyway??

The sleeper title is his new “Death of the Inhumans” mini series with art by painter Ariel Olivetti!

Marvel keeps trying and failing with the Inhumans but they are great characters and if anyone can make them sing it’s Cates!

Lastly, the $1 True Believer Titles this month are all Fantastic Four, and one of them is one of my favorite classic stories, the wedding of Reed and Sue in FF Annual 3!

I give this issue away as a wedding present regularly! It’s Lee and Kirby at their best! Just but one! It’s a buck! 

That’s it! I have to unpack!

We’ll be around regular hours on Wednesday the 4th as well!

Hey there Comic Shoppers!

Ben here to rep this week’s new comic releases! Yay! Before we get into the new releases for 6/27/18 let’s get you notified about some really exciting upcoming events, shall we?

The Not-at-Comic-Con Sale and Swap Meet / NEOTACC Team-Up – July 19-22nd

This is probably the most excited I’ve been since Free Comic Book Day! Our annual Summer Sale will go on as spectacularly as it always does with sales on back issues, new comics, merchandise, graphic novels, and the huge selection of back stock that we’ll have set up in the extra room (thanks in advance H&R Block).

BUT! This year, as a great cap off to the sale, on Sunday, July 22nd we will be teaming up with The North East Ohio Toy and Collectible Club (NEOTACC) for our first official swap meet! Everyone there will be wheeling and dealing and excited to talk toys and comics. These guys are a great and fast growing Facebook community and they love telling you about their membership and events. You’ll hear a lot more about this later. Feel free ask at the shop now for a flyer as a reminder.

Midnight Release!

Batman’s Wedding (Batman #50)- 7/4/18

That’s right! July 4th is a Wednesday and it’s going to be a BIG one. Batman and Catwoman’s wedding is taking place in Batman #50 and the Joker has some serious opinions on the matter. DC has made it possible for us to have a midnight release of the issue so feel free to join us at 11:59 on the night of Tuesday, July  3rd. Get here early enough to have first shot at the five covers we will have available for the book (including the Jim Lee 1 in 100 copy Pencil Sketch Variant).

Keep your bat-ears perked for more information to come about this wonderful little celebration!

So..onward..,

New Releases for the Week of 6-27-18

The Bat and the Cats’ nuptials are right around the corner and that means there is a new chapter in the Wedding Prelude One-Shots that have been leading up to it. Batman Prelude to the Wedding: Harley vs The Joker gives Harley the spotlight as she defends her gal pals big day from wild disruptions from the dysfunctional relationship she is so familiar with. This book will no doubt be entertaining and I bet we’ll get to see her get a few licks in with that ridiculous hammer too.

Robin, Kid Flash, and Red Arrow have been Teen Titans for years but in this week’s Teen Titans Special #1 they are fed up with the way things have been and the way they’ve been treated. DC is keeping the details of this one pretty well under wraps but they promise a serious turning point in Teen Titans history!

I won’t talk your ear off about this but it’s my email and I’ll do what I want. 

Kill or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is one of the best series Image has put out over the last 10 years. Its narrative style is second to none. Its last issue drops on Wednesday and we have everything in the store to catch you up. Seriously. So Good.

Marvel has a lot of really good reading opportunities for you this week. I’ll Highlight two of them.

Multiple Man #1 comes out on Wednesday!
Multiple Man #1 comes out on Wednesday!
Multiple Man #1 comes out on Wednesday!
(get it?)

A great indie creator, Matthew Rosenberg, has been given a unique opportunity to take on, uh, some peoples’ favorite…X-Man? Based on his work on the quirky Black Mask series 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, this five issue mini-series promises a bit of weird, a dash of confusion, plenty of entertainment, and, most assuredly, a great ending payoff.

Finally. The coup-de-grace:

The Thanos story-arc by Donny Cates is being collected in the Thanos Wins TP this week. It’s a bargain price $19.99 for 7 issues and an oversized annual. If the bargain price didn’t sell you on the Mad Titan then take it from all of us at the shop. It is absolutely one of the coolest, most hard-hitting, “oh heck” saying, things any of us at the shop has ever read. I collected the issues and I’m still going to get the paperback and I’ve never given a hoot about Thanos. Do yourself a favor.

That wraps up the cool and the new for this week. As always keep in touch and we will keep you informed. It’s a great time to be a comic fan!

-Ben
Customer Service Specialist?
Carol and Johns Comic Shop

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