Just a quick one this week as I’m on the road!

Joker War is heating up and is a great read. Batman #95, Batgirl #47 and Detective #1024 are all a part of it.

Be sure to add crossovers to your file, or talk to a staff member about which ones you want. I’m ordering up but they’re selling out and UCS seems to have little to no reoder capabilities at this time.

Empyre continues at Marvel with issue #2 as well as Empyre Avengers #1 and Empyre X-Men #1.

Spider-Man starts a new story arc with a one shot that gives us some back story on the Sin Eater. (He’s kind of the guy who pissed Eddie Brock off enough to become Venom>

The first Saturday of Free Comic Book Summer went great. There were no bigs lines and it was a slow trickle all day long, which is actually perfect.

Wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and keep your distance! Oh yeah, if you don’t feel well, stay home!

The books left over for the day go out on Sunday too, so you can stop in then as well.

This week we have five books coming out, one is all ages, three are teen and one is adult. (The mature book will be inside the shop, so just ask the person keeping count at the door if you’d like one!)

All Ages include Valiant 2020 Year of Heroes Special:

Teen Selections include Dark Ark Instinct, Spider-Man/Venom (by Donny Cates!!!) and Horizon Zero Dawn.

The Mature Readers book looked interesting at the time, Manhwa: Contempory Korean Comics. I’m all about introducing people to new material from over seas.

Thanks to everyone who bought a print to help fund FCBD this year.

Remember, if you have a file, you can just fill out a checklist and have ten books set aside for you. There has been a little confusion about this. Some people think they have a file when they don’t. If we have held books for you here and there, that does not mean you have a file. I file is set up with the staff and includes holding at least five books a month that are picked up every month. You save 10% on ALL your new comic purchases so set one up!

That’s it for this week!

Well, in case you haven’t heard, Free Comic Book Day is now Free Comic Book Day Summer!

Free Comic Book Summer

Free Comic Book Summer will now stretch out over nine weeks, with five to six books coming out each week.

You can check here for a full list of what’s coming out and when!

If you’re a file customer, no worries, we’ve got you covered. Come in the shop and fill out a checklist and we’ll have ten books of your choice dropped into your file over the course of the nine weeks. Other wise we’ll be releasing the rest of the books each Saturday starting at 10am. These books will be distributed right out side the shop so that we can control and maintain the amount of people allowed in the shop. You can take one of each book, so please do not browse through the copies, just pick them up and you’re good to go.

Three things will keep everyone safe. Families should keep six feet apart on the chalk marks we’ll have lined up on the ground. Everyone must wear a mask to get free books. Everyone should sanitize their hands with the touchless dispenser I built that will be there right before you enter the free comic table.

Here are the books that will be available this Saturday:

(All books are rated All Ages this week except X-men, which is rated Teen.)

Books will be out until supplies are gone, first come first serve. If there’s room in the shop come on in! We’ll have an employee keeping count of our occupancy to keep us legit. If you can’t or don’t feel comfortible coming in no worries, try to come back some time and spend a little with us at your leisure! What can you do to help out with Free Comic Book Day (er, summer) this year? Buy a print like always for $5. (pictured above, an homage to Uncanny X-Men #137 by Jameson Campbell.) Seriously, if everyone bought a print for $5 we’d be fine. Buying the print is our “GoFundMe” for FCBSummer!

Community Updates

But wait, there’s more! We had an amazing partnership going with the Cleveland Public Library and the Ohio Center for the Book to provide programing for this year’s Free Comic Book Day. That fell through but one amazing relic left over was this 11×17 print by Sina Grace, showing the connection a city has to it’s library and comic shop. We’ll be giving this print away FREE during FCBSummer!

Thanks to Valentino for reaching out to Sina to put this piece of artwork together. (It’s incredibly calming to me.)

Please help us to keep FCBD Summer as safe as possible everyone. If you feel sick, stay home. We want our community to be as safe as possible!

New Releases – Marvel and DC

On to this week’s new releases!

The Kree Skrull War is over, they have now teamed up and are headed to Earth in the much awaited Empyre #1!

Written by Immortal Hulk’s Al Ewing, expect a bit of conflict between the Avengers and the Fantastic Four on how to handle the situation.

Dark Nights Death Metal #2 by Snyder and Capullo is here and it’s awesome!

Wonder Woman in a monster truck with Swamp Thing riding shotgun.

Oh yeah, if you’re not reading Strange Adventures by Tom King, you should be. This is shaping up to be the new Mister Miracle.

I’m a connoisseur of Adam Strange stories and this one hits the mark.

Joker War also continues this week in Nightwing #72, with Dick Grayson meeting Punchline.

Okay, that’s it for this week. Thanks everyone!

We’ve got a full week of new comics at the shop, with Marvels, DC’s and Small Press!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, July 8th, 2020!

DC COMICS

As Batman heads into the Joker War, we’ve got two new books to get you there.

If you read Batman #93 you understand why the Joker has become more powerful than ever. Issue #94 continues this revelation.

We also have a new issue of Detective, prominently showcasing the Joker as well.

For fans of DCeased, a new six issue mini series begins this week by the original team of Taylor and Hairsine! DC zombies!

For the kids, there’s a new original DC Superhero Girls original graphic novel.

There’s over 40 episodes of this show out there and they’re a big hit in our household. (We’ve been digging the recent-ish Justice League Action’s too.)

MARVEL COMICS

Over at Marvel we have another opening salvo for Empyre with Fantastic Four Empyre #0.

Witness the end of the Kree/Skrull War!

For fans of Hickman’s X-Men run, the first Marauders graphic novel is out, one of the fan favorite spin-offs from the original run.

Why isn’t Kitty allowed to teleport into Krakoa?

INDEPENDENT COMICS

We have two great Image collections as well, Undiscovered Country by Snyder and Soule, and Killadelphia.

Be sure to add the second issue of Adventureman to your file as well!

Community Update

The big extra news is that as of July 4th, masks are now required in the City of Cleveland.

Please understand that we are doing the things we need to do to keep the shop open and operational while keeping everyone safe. I’m all about personal responsibility until the law of the land decides otherwise. We are complying with that law. We have paper masks for sale at the counter if you need one for a dollar each. Please help us out and come in with your mask on! Be a Hero Cleveland! (art by Emma Munger )

Free Comic Book Summer

We’re getting closer to our first Free Comic Book (Summer) Saturday in two weeks

The books that will be available on Saturday July 18th include X-Men, My Little Pony, Power Rangers, Captain Canuck, Asterik and the Weirn books sampler. You can get all six books for free starting a 10 am on that day. If the shop’s at capacity then please come back and shop some other time. You can also buy a print for $5 to help us out!

Oh yeah, as previously stated, we will NOT by closed from noon till 4 pm on Thursday, July 9th. We will now be closed on Tuesday July 14th from noon until 4 pm.

Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for understanding!

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