Welcome to our first email of 2018!

NEW RELEASES

We’ve got a couple cool new projects from Marvel this week, as well as some discount graphic novel selections to help you start the new year with a great story at a great price.

This week starts the release of Marvel’s new “Avengers No Surrender” storyline in the regular ongoing title.

This 16 part story will run weekly and other Avengers titles will be suspended for the next four months. 

This story is being billed as a modern ‘Avengers Disassembled’ so expect a deconstruction of the team featuring every Avenger out there, as well as the introduction of a classic Avenger we’ve never met before. (Remember the alteration of the Avengers Statue in Marvel Legacy #1?)

We’ve even got a giant poster to give away with every copy, that’s a reprint of a classic piece of George Perez artwork. (I actually still have the original poster in the back of the shop from way back when.)

The poster is actually double sided with the reverse side depicting a reimagining of Avengers #1 that includes the missing character.

Another fun book this week is Old Man Hawkeye, a prequel to Old Man Logan set five years before that story.

This will be a twelve parter, and will cover the gradual loss of Hawkeye’s vision as well as his relationship with his daughter. It’s not written by Mark Millar but I just finished reading it and was pretty impressed. Good job Marvel!

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!

We know that finances can be tight after the holidays, so we’ve hand picked ten graphic novels that we bought on liquidation that we’ll be selling to you super cheap so you can start the year with a great read at a great price!

All of these books get a big thumbs up from us and were handed picked by me with some help from the staff.

1.) Marvel Zombies 2

A story that can be read on it’s own with artwork by Sean Phillips. The best part is it’s actually written by Robert Kirkman! Imagine the Marvel Zombies in the hands of the creator of Walking Dead. Zombie Thanos, Dark Phoenix and Hulk!
Regular Price: $15.99 for only $3.00!

2.) Captain America The Epic Collection Dawn’s Early Light

Reprinting Captain America issue #247-#266, which includes the entire classic John Byrne and Roger Stern run, including the legendary Captain America for President story which we based our coin on during the RNC a few years back. You’ll also get a retelling of Cap’s origin, some work by Gene Colon, and the issues where artist Mike Zeck first really developed his artistic style, which would later serve him well on the original Punisher mini series as well as the first Secret Wars!
Regular Price: $34.99 for only $6.00!

3.) Captain Marvel: The Death of Captain Marvel.

Before his work on Thanos Quest and Infinity Gauntlet, cosmic storyteller Jim Starlin killed off a Marvel mainstay in a very unorthodox manner for a comic book, cancer. This story was so important it was printed as Marvel’s very first original graphic novel. Just incredibly drawn and well written, the entire Marvel Universe comes by to say farewell, and a last minute visit from the Skulls turns out to be an inspiring highlight to the story.
Regular Price: $19.99 for only $4.00!

4.) The Punisher Girls in White Dresses.

This is a Punisher MAX story written by Gregg Hurwitz. So many people associate Punisher’s MAX work with Garth Ennis that they over look how great all the stuff that followed was. I’ll go on a limb a say this is a perfect Punisher story. Bad ass Frank Castle helping a small town who’s women are disappearing. A classic villain pops up and using Frank’s worst nightmare against him. This story is brutal and not for kids! (and you have to love the part where Frank silently drags a shark to a swimming pool because it didn’t deserve to die.)
Regular Price: $16.99 for only $3.00!

5.) Marvel First The 1980’s Volume One

A tomb of a time capsule into a very fun time in comic book history. You’ll get first issues of classics like Dazzler, Wolverine by Frank Miller, the Hawkeye mini series, Alpha Flight, Cloak and Dagger, the Falcon and more. It even includes the entire New Mutants Graphic Novel, which contained their first appearance and sets you up for the movie coming out in April. Everyone loves the comics they grew up with the most, so this stuff will always be extra great to me.
Regular Price: $39.99 for only $6.00!

6.) Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Ultimate Collection

This one is two stories in one, and really meant for academics on the history of the Avengers. Both stories are written by Joe Casey, and provide background elements to classic time periods. This first is set during Avengers #1-#16, from the rebirth of Captain America to his ascension to leader of the team during it’s loss of Thor and Iron Man and it’s recruitment of the villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Part two is set during the Roy Thomas era, and gives a clearer perspective on Hank Pym’s first nervous breakdown, as well as the introduction of the Vision and the Black Panther. Great material to read alongside the original stories
Regular Price: $34.99 for only $5.00!

7.) Ultimate Comics New Ultimates: Thor Reborn

A fun story set in the Ultimate Universe by Jeph Loeb (Batman Long Halloween, Superman For All Season) with art by cheesecake artist Frank Cho. (Which is really rare for him do an entire series) Full of Asgardian lore including appearances by Loki, Hela And Valkyrie. The best part is the price.
Regular Price: $19.99 for only $1.00!

8.) John Constantine Hellblazer Rare Cuts

Nobody ever knows where to start with Hellblazer, so here’s a good sampler that focuses on short stories from John’s past. Written by Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and others, with art by David Lloyd, Sean Phillip and more! Learn about what really went down in Newcastle. This is one of Jim’s all time favorite titles so he was as excited as Jim can be to have it in here.
Regular Price $14.99 for only $4.00!

9.) Vertigo First Taste

The final two books are Vertigo Samplers, each featuring different first issues. Vertigo might be near it’s end as an imprint, but back in the day it produced and incredible amount of grade A material. Grab this if you’d like to be sucked into a whole new series of graphic novels. This volume has Alan’s Moore’s first Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s Death, Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan, Brian Vaughan’s Y The Last Man, Brian Azzarello’s 100 Bullets, and Books of Magic: Life During Wartime.
Regular Price $4.99 for only $2.00!

10.) Vertigo First Offenses

Same as above but featuring first issues of The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, Fables by Bill Willingham, Preacher by Garth Ennis, Sandman Mystery Theater by Matt Wagner and Lucifer by Mike Carey. All these stories will rope you in for more, so tread lightly!
Regular Price $4.99 for only $2.00!

We’ve got some pretty big stacks of these books but we expect them to go pretty fast. Stop by the shop this week and start the year off right!

Happy 2018!

It’s time for our annual wrap up email, where we thank you for all your support throughout the year, and express our gratitude for the success of this year’s holiday party and fundraiser. 

THANK YOU

Quite simply, thank you. Thank you for choosing to shop here, thank you for telling friends about us, thank you for showing up and supporting our events. Sometimes the rallying call to “Shop Local” can be hollow, but we’re trying to show the actual value to that decision, to show how it can affect your community and your place in it. We have a lot of fun in this shop. Whether we’re brewing beer, working with local artists, buying comic collections, curating your weekly new comic selections. We all really (really) love comic books and what we get to do here. 

I personally will always love a good story, in any form. I feel we’re creating new stories here along the way that involve family, friends and again, community. The amount of friendships I see popping up from interactions at the shop reminds me of what we’re really selling here. The idea of bringing people together over the common respect of the medium. What this shop meant to me got an overhaul when I had children, and I can recognize the connection that comic books can provide between kids and their parents. When you love a story, when a story adds to who you are, you want to share it. You want others to learn from it. You want others to learn a little bit about you from it. We will continue to insure that our shelves are filled with these stories at all time. You tell me your ten favorite comic book stories and I know more about you than you could tell me in a day. My job is easy, to find the balance in things to keep the shop thriving, to take care of my employees and see that their lives are on track, and to meet the needs of my customers. Like anyone, I need to provide for my family, put a roof over their heads, and save for my daughters education. This is where the money goes that you choose to spend in our shop. So again, thank you. 

So, the holiday party / fundraiser went great this year, setting a record for money collected and meals created.

Through everyone’s efforts we were able to fund the creation of 13,200 meals for the Cleveland Food Bank, as well collecting 1,046 food items. This is only possible through the Cleveland Food Bank’s uncanny ability to turn one dollar into four full meals. 

The first people to thank are the artists who donated their time and talents to the cause. 

We had a record number of submissions this year, exactly one hundred. All pieces found their way to a good home at the party.

The best way to thank them is to say this:

Here is a link to all the pieces of artwork in a Facebook Gallery, and you’re find contact information linked to the pieces. 

Extra thank you to Erin Caruso for this year’s print, and Jameson Campbell for the beer label. 

Secondly, thank YOU for showing up and throwing tickets in the bags to make the whole thing work. 

I’d like to give a shout out to our two food vendors, who went above and beyond  with this year’s spread. I like to see other small business thrive, and I like to follow their stories on social media as well. Cassandra over at Fear’s Confections provides a never ending parade of social media drama that’s hard to look aways from, and has built up quite an amazing following and support system for herself and her business. 

Andrea Maile at the Burning River Baking Company is just starting to craft  her story, and it’s being built on the back of some really amazing bakery. Like seriously, the best. We look forward to seeing what she does in the future. She went out of her way to put together Winston Cookies and CNJ branded cupcakes, so if you’re looking to cater an event with some very specific ideas in mind, look her up. 

Thanks goes out to Jason and Justin Fitch from the newly formed P.O.P.C.O.R.N. for taking responsibility for getting those 1,046 food items to the right place. (Not the easiest task.) 

What is POPCORN? 

“POPCORN (Power of Positivity Community Outreach & Resource Network) is a non-profit organization that encourages people to help those in need by using the comic book/pop culture community as an approachable platform. POPCORN was founded on the belief that we can all make a difference with a little effort and a lot of love.”

Sounds good to us. 

If you couldn’t make it to the party you can see what it looked like through the eyes of Laura Wimbels, who came out and took pictures for the night. We’d also like to thank Macklin for bartending and congratulate him on his engagement. Not to Laura though.. 😉

Here’s the gallery of images from the party, many of which we’re using in this email: 

Thank you to my oldest friend Rick, for dressing up as Santa again and adding just the right amount of inappropriateness to the event. Oh yeah! Thanks mom, for 27 years of fun. The comic shop idea did turn out to be a good one. 

Then there’s these guys, who keep everything running like a well oiled machine when I’m not around. They’re the best at what the do and I’d debate that fact in an open forum. 

A special thanks goes out to Ben this year for putting together an artist database, which helps us to insure the artists get the credit they are due for their work. It’ll also make things easier for years to come, so good job Ben. (I heard those millennials like recognition more than anything, so I’m pandering a bit here.)

And you know what, let’s thank Jason just because he’s Jason. Out newest permanent addition turned out to be a pretty good choice. That also makes him the first on the chopping block if things go bad so keep shopping local! (See how we made that personal for you?)

Thanks also to John Woods, who turns my weekly hodge podge of thoughts and images into a well crafted email. (He’s listening right now…..)

And lastly, because I can’t do a yearly thank you email without saying thank you to my best buddy, Mrs. Dudas. Thanks for holding down the fort while all this crazy nonsense is going on. You’re the coolest, and you make me look cooler then I am. 

That’s a wrap 2017. Be safe on New Years Eve and we’ll see you next year!

First off, thanks to all for a very successful Holiday Art Show Fundraiser!

We had one hundred art submissions that you can view here in an online gallery:

We are still collecting food and money so we’ll be posting the results on December 24th, along with our usual round of thank you’s. Stop by the shop before Christmas and buy some books from our dollar stock! All proceeds go to the Cleveland Food Bank!

We have decided to have a Last Minute Holiday Shopping Sale on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th, which will be an extension of last weekend’s sale.

THE INTERNET CANNOT HELP YOU NOW! THE POSTAL SERVICE IS TOO BACKED UP! BRICK AND MORTAR SHOPS TO THE RESCUE! 

We know you procrastinators have no choice, but we still want to give you another good reason to spend your last minute dollars in our shop!

So…

  • 50% off ALL Back Issues
  • 20% of ALL Graphic Novels
  • 20% of ALL Action Figures, Statues and Pop Funs.
  • 10% off EVERYTHING ELSE in the shop.

We are also still giving away copies of this years Holiday Print free with any purchase.

We also have some pretty cool new stickers which make great stocking stuffers at $1.00 each.

And yes, we do have gift certificates!

 We understand the convenience of shopping online and truly appreciate every dollar you spend in the shop! 

From us to you, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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