Happy Wednesday everybody! Raf here, long time listener first time caller, filling in for John and it’s that magical time of the week, New Comic Book Day! Lots of exciting books out this week, and maybe even some new titles to freshen up your pull lists. Let’s get into it!

MARVEL COMICS

It’s a biggie this week from the House of Ideas as the Death of Doctor Strange miniseries kicks off with issue #1. Stephen hasn’t had his own book in a while, and this is how you treat him, Marvel!? Just a few months ahead of his big screen sequel no less. We’ll have to read and see what writer Jed Mackay of Black Cat and Moon Knight throws his way, but it sets itself up as the last days of the Sorcerer Supreme.

DC COMICS

Gotham’s been a strange sort of place (stranger than usual) this past year under the helm of James Tynion IV, and new this week is Batman #113. And going right along with it is also the first big wave of Fear State tie-ins to really show just how dire things have gotten in town. Tynion’s got two new issues this week with the main Batman title, and also a new Secret Files highlighting one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters to come out of Gotham in recent memory with Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1. 

Promising to detail her never before told origin, she’s sure to be a major player in the events of THE Bat event of 2021. Rounding out things in Gotham too this week are new issues of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing and Catwoman.

Fresh off of his appearances in this year’s Suicide Squad and Free Comic Book Day special, King Shark has a new miniseries starting up with Suicide Squad: King Shark #1. King Shark finds himself in a tournament to the death with some of the deadliest human-animal hybrid creatures of the DC universe? I’ll take a bite.

SMALL PRESS

If you’ve talked to me before at the shop, you probably know that I’m a little all over the place when it comes to what I read, shout out to Omaha, but that’s what I love about the indie books; New stories, new characters, new possibilities. And we’ve got that in spades this week.

From Aftershock we’ve got one of John S’s recent favorites with Scouts Honor finally collected in trade paperback, He Who Fights With Monsters #1 from the artist behind the smash horror hit Something Is Killing the Children, a new Image #1 in Frontiersman, and BY GAWD *Jim Ross voice*, could it be true, a new issue of TMNT Last Ronin also!?!?

Plenty of cool new things to check out this week.

Well that’s it for me. Stop by to be silently judged by Winston, and also to check out our recent restock on the manga section. It’s been tough this year to keep in stock, the whole industry has really exploded in popularity, but we’ve got some awesome stuff back in and more on the way just in time for Spooky Season too. Even some Berserk! You’ll personally make me very happy with that choice. John and I have been working hard to fill it and make it our own. Don’t be like Ben, and give something a shot. J

Peace, Love, and Comics

Rafael Calzada

We’d like to start out by giving everyone a big thanks for supporting our pop up Genghis Con event. We got to raise some funds to help support these three fine individuals in their endevors to keep the con alive in 2022.

We has a great time and I got to buy some art for the shop.

We will continue to give away the Guardians of the Galaxy / Cleveland Guardians prints with a suggested five dollar donation that will go directly to Genghis Con.

In case you don’t know what the con is about here’s a link to check them out!

It’s a touch late, but here’s a fun video we made from our Free Comic Book Day photos!

Also right quick, how about that Hawkeye trailer!

I’ve always said there’s nothing like Christmas in New York! This will be great!

People keep asking and the new printing of the complete Fraction Clint/Kate graphic novel is due out on November 3rd.

On to this week’s new releases! 

MARVL BOOK(s)

Fantastic Four has a huge $9.99 issues that’s really great. It’s the FF story you’ve been waiting for.

The council of Kang’s (hot off their Loki appearance) attack the FF from different points in their timeline. Art by John Romita Jr too!

DC BOOKS

Batman’s war on crime goes worldwide in a new hardcover anthology, Batman: The World. This 160-page book will feature Batman stories by creative teams from across the globe, taking place in their home countries. This back is phenomenal.

Harley and Ivy get a new ADULTS ONLY book to go with their cartoon show.

The indie of the week is Primordial #1 from Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Image Comics.

“Mind-bending sci-fi collides with Cold War thriller in this six-issue miniseries by the bestselling and Eisner-winning creative team behind GIDEON FALLS!

In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth’s orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit…they were taken. And now they are coming home.”

DC DAYS HELD

Lastly, Batman Day is supposed to be on Saturday September 18th (my birthday!) Since the whole thing has become a corporate mess intended for big box stores, we will be holding the free books for Halloween this year. (October 21st is supposed to be Wonder Woman Day and we’ll be doing the same thing there.)

So mark your calendars for Saturday, October 30th if you want any of those books! There are no official Halloween ComicFest books this year (again) so we’ll be piecing an event together by doing stuff like this.

Thanks everyone!

Hey everyone! You haven’t heard from us in awhile but we’ve got a great event coming up this Saturday September 11th at the shop!

Genghis Con is a really great independent comic convention that was put on hiatus due to the pandemic, having to cancel both of their yearly events in 2020 and 2021. To get back to where they need to be they’ve been hosting pop up events at different shops in the area and it’s our turn to host one!

We’ll have eight visiting creators setting up tables in the shop and selling their stuff, as well as three of the leaders from the con itself. For the first time in our history we’ll break down the new comic table for a day to make extra room, as well as using the foyer and some tables outside. (Don’t worry, we’ll have all the new comic table stuff in one place off to the side for easy browsing.)

Genghis Con is really important to alot of local creators, and to help with the fund raising we had local artist Tim Switalski  design an 11×17 cardstock print for us featuring a Guardians of the Galaxy / Cleveland Guardians mashup.

When the name of our new baseball team was announced alot of people mentioned we should do something like this, so we did! Rocket and Groot catching a ballgame in Cleveland!

We will be giving this print away for free BUT we strongly encourage making a five dollar donation to Genghis Con. Please do your part to help this awesome convention continue next year and throw them a few bucks. Tim will even be at the event to sign them! (We have lots, so even if you don’t make it in on Saturday you’ll be able to come in and get one later and help them out.)

Genghis Con assembled some new leadership recently, in the form of Sequoia, Amalia and Quill! We’ve wanted to do something fun with cats, plants and comics, so we commisioned all three to create a mini postcard print set we’ll also be giving away for free that day. All three of these fine individuals will be staffing the Genghis Con table outside the foyer so you can get your prints signed there if you like, as well as learn about what’s coming up for the Con.

From Sequoia:

From Amalia:

From Quill:

Other artists who will be setting up include Erin Caruso <from Super Group Hugs>. Erin helps us with a lot of our projects and will have a full set up in our shop for the first time! She is one of my daughter Zoe’s favorite artists so we’re pretty excited to have her be a part of this.

We will also have the legendary Gary Dumm in the shop, who worked with Harvey Pekar on American Splendor back in the day. Gary is a local treasure and has recently completed an original graphic novel with writer Scott MacGregory, who will also be joining us. Gary is a local treasure so be sure to say hi! Here is the book, about a true life disaster in the tunnels under Lake Erie in 1916.

Ashley Ribblett will also be there, and she’s always a welcome addition to any of our events.

 (I’m looking at a piece of Captain America artwork by her on my shelf right now!)

Brian Gliene is a shop regular and his sense of humor permeates all of his artwork nicely.

New to our shop events is Gabby Zemaitis and Leo Covault! We’re always happy to see new faces in the shop and we’re excited to dig through their tables!

All in all this looks to be a great day where you get to meet some amazing local creators, get some cool artwork and help a group of people who add style and culture to our fair city. We need to actively help the things we love to survive and still be around after the pandemic has cleared. We recently purchased two amazing comic collections, and I promise to have some new back issues going up that day, so you have even more cool stuff to look at and another reason to stop by!

Thanks Cleveland, you’re the best!

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