We are proud to announce that with your help our yearly art show for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank has set a new record!

This year we we will be able to assist the Food Bank in creating 20,360 meals to those in need. (The previoud record was 14,276.) To put that record in perspective, they can serve a meal every minute non stop for two weeks straight, so please give yourself a round of applause.)

We learned alot this year and some of the changes that have been made due to CoVid will remain in place next year. Our Facebook Live Show went off without a hitch really, and it was really fun to see everyone in the audience. 

Even if you didn’t win a cover you still win big by being a part of this effort. Thanks to the artists who contributed their time and talents, and thank to everyone who bought tickets or spread the word about the show. We know that even though 2020 left you alot of free time, it didn’t really feel like it, so thanks for taking the time to help us out. 

We look forward to having the Holiday Party again next year, but we’re very happy with how this year worked out. 

Oh yeah! Free Comic Book Day 2021 has an actual date now, August 14th 2021. Let’s see how that goes. <https://www.freecomicbookday.com/>

So! Does the postal service got you down this year? We’re still open! Wednesday AND Thursday will be regular hours, and Ben will stay till 8pm on Christmas Eve for your last minute shopping needs. He says it’s a tradition, so stop by and grab a last minute gift certificate or whatever. 

Up to and including the 24th we still have:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 20% off statues and action figures
  • 20% off graphic novels
  • 10% off everything else in the shop

Thank you for shopping local this holiday season!

Here’s some quick featured new releases for 12-23-2020!

Donny’s Cates’ King in Black continues with issue #2 this week.

King Size Conan is a giant $6.99 one shot full of new short stories including one by Chris Claremont and Turtle’s creator Kevin Eastman’s first offical work for Marvel! (writing and drawing!)

DC has another Death Metal One Shot and I actually really liked it. It’s the first time Superboy Prime has been written as anything other than a jerk.

We cannot stress enough that file customers should fill out a DC Future State checklist to have books held in January and February. Not only are the numbers hard to figure out, but all DC Distribution is moving to Lunar so their work load just doubled. There’s a chance for a system failure outside of our control so help us help you by getting those preorders in!

We also ask that everyone make an effort to completely clear out your file by year end, we do get taxed on unsold protect at year’s end so we need to get it off that shelf and into your hands. 

We will of course be closed on Christmas Day! Happy Holidays from Carol and I and the entire CNJComics staff!

It’s finally here! Our Holiday Art Show / Sale begins this Wednesday December 16th!

Way to go Cleveland artists! We’ve got well over 100 covers in the art show to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

Stop by the shop between Dec 16th to the 20th and check the covers out in the foyer! Covers are won through a basket raffle system where one dollar gets you one ticket towards the cover of your choice! Just buy the tickets at the counter, write your name and contact number on them and drop them into the numbered bag that matches the cover you want! It’s that simple! 

Because the Food Bank is so awesome, each dollar you spend will create four full meals for those in need!

We will draw the winners in a Facebook Live Stream at 6pm on Sunday! You do not need to watch the stream to win, we’ll let you know on Monday. (But hey! pour yourself a drink and tune in! The whole staff will be here to pull the winners.)

Due to popular demand (and a pandemic) we will post a gallery of the books in the show on Saturday evening. You may then buy tickets remotely by calling in a credit card to 216-252-0606 from 12 PM – 5 PM on Sunday. We can also set up a paypal payment over the phone. We will then put the tickets towards the cover(s) that you want. Please have the numbers of the covers ready to go. We are only doing this on Sunday and we will have an employee dedicated to this task alone. 

Here’s a peak at somemore of the covers:

Art by Haley Mortensen – Thistlebury.etsy.com

Art by Gary Dumm – www.Dummart.org

Art by Tim Switalski – @timswit

We are also having our Holiday Sale, which will also start on the 16th but will last all the way to the 24th.

  • 50% off back issues!
  • 20% off statues and action figures!
  • 20% off graphic novels and hardcovers!
  • 10% off everything else in the shop! 

We also have our yearly holiday print in stock! This year’s swank artwork is by Kelsey Cretcher and we’ll be giving them out free with any purchase!

We’re going to miss the holiday party this year but please help us to make the art show shine as brightly as possible! Everyone likes to do something for others during the holidays, and this can be your thing. (and you might just win something too!)

Happy Holidays from the CNJ Staff

Just because we can’t have a Holiday Party doesn’t mean we can’t have an Art Show!

Everyone year we reach out to Cleveland’s Art Community to help us put together an art show to help the Cleveland Food Bank, who have the amazing ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need. (and the need is currently greater than ever.)

Local artists turn blank comic covers into works of art that can be won through a basket raffle system where one dollar gets you one ticket towards the cover of your choice. In the past this has been a one day show where the winners are drawn at the end of the night at our yearly customer appreciation party. 

Due to CoVid-19 this year the show will extend over five days and winners will be drawn on a Facebook Live stream to help offset the traffic in the shop at any one time. 

This year’s theme is ‘The Pandemic’ and artists were tasked with creating covers combining the CoVid-19 life with their favorite comic book characters. 

Here’s a few of this year’s submissions:

Art by Kyle Goers @RubyRoadrash
Art by Sarah Worhrman www.sarahsartlife.com

Stop by the shop between Wednesday December 16th and Sunday December 20th, buy some tickets and check out the artwork!

  • Art is displayed in the foyer attached to the shop
  • One dollar = one ticket. Five dollars = six tickets (you can buy as many tickets as you like.)
  • Each piece of artwork has an associated paper bag to place your tickets into, so you only win the artwork you like. 
  • Winners will be drawn live by the whole staff at 6pm on Sunday December 20th. (you do not need to be watching the stream to win, but it sure will be fun.)
  • We will have some extra prizes and hardcovers to give away for people that are in the live stream.
  • Anyone not in the stream will be notified the next day, so you can pick up your cover and maybe use it as a present for someone. 
  • ALL funds collected go directly to the food bank. (I’ll drive a check over there myself so they don’t lose any of the funds to credit card fees.)
  • If you want to contribute to the fund raiser while sheltering at home, you can call in a credit card for tickets and we will randomly place your tickets in different bags. 
  • After the art show is over we will post an online gallery with all the artwork and contact URL’s for the artists. Please follow think links and check out their other work.
  • Full CoVid protocols will be in place, including mask wearing, social distancing, occupancy limits and regular surface decontamination.

We want everyone who comes in to walk away with a piece of artwork, so we had Kelsey Cretcher create this year’s FREE swank holiday print.

December 16th to the 24th will also be the week of our holiday sale, which includes:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 20% off statues and action figures
  • 20% off graphic novels and hardcovers
  • 10% off everything else in the shop.

Please help us out by shopping local when possible this holiday season!

We cannot thank everyone enough for helping us to keep this traditon alive during these trying times. I’m really going to miss the holiday party this year, but after thinking about it the charity is the heart of the whole event. It’s what needs to be preserved so the event can live again next year under better conditons. Thank you to everyone who contributed a cover this year! Your artwork will be turned into food during the holiday season. You did your part. 

Last year with your help we were able to assist the Cleveland Food Bank in creating 14,276 meals. 

This year we aim to surpass this total. (Why? Because FU 2020, that’s why.)

Thank you as always for your support!

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