Well, the Governor will be laying out his plans for reopening small businesses on Monday, so we’ll wait until his announcement before we make anymore statements on our plans. Suffice it to say that we are working hard to get the shop ready to reopen safely. (There’s a 8 x 4 sheet of Plexiglas waiting to go up on the counter that Winston keeps getting stuck behind.

But for now, here the info on the next Facebook Live Sale:

  • Monday, 4-27-2020 – 6 PM – 8 PM
  • Late Silver/Early Bronze Marvels 50% Off

Thanks to everyone for making these things such a success for us! Last week went off without a hitch and we sold 98% off the books live!

The new system of adding the price to the books seems to be working well but we still had a few people upset about losing claims. All we can say is that everyone is beginning from the same starting point, and everyone’s Wifi connection is different. We had one customer report he was 30 seconds behind the feed on laptop, then he went outside and used his phone and starting winning stuff. The thing to remember is that this is really about trying to keep the shop afloat so we can reopen. We’re doing the best we can. Again, thank you so much for the support. We love just seeing everyone together in the same ‘space’ during the live sales, and double checking the facts for the show has kept me sane. 

This show will be the biggest yet, 200 books, and at the end we’ll even have some surprise items that have been donated to us by customers! 

As always, please contact us at info@cnjcomics.com to connect with us for payment. You can also call 216-252-0606. 

Oh yeah, look for a Gallery only sale sometime this week as well, likely Thursday. 

We did apply for a PPP loan and were one of the businesses who got a bit screwed over, Fox 8 even did a news story about it, here’s a link to that:

However, our paperwork is 100% ready and que’d up for round two starting on Monday to try again. (Monday’s going to be a big day around here.)

The three of us met up again to discuss plans for reopening that would make everyone happy.

“This magnificent feast here represents the last of the petty cash.”

That’s all for now, Look for another email once we find out what the Governor has come up with. 

Till then we’ll be washing our hands, keeping our distance, wearing a mask and keeping an eye on everyone from afar!

Well, we didn’t get a Payroll Protection Loan from the CARES act, what a mess that turned out to be, so it’s time to take care of ourselves again, with a lot of help from you!

FACEBOOK LIVE SALE #4

Our 4th Facebook Live Sale will take us back to the Marvel Comics I love so much.

We’ll have 150 Late Silver / Early Bronze age books at 50% off guide sold live at 6 pm EST this Sunday! Just tune into our Facebook Page!

As always we’ll be posting a gallery of the books ahead of time so you can see the condition. Last week was a technological failure while being a overall success. Due to the storm (?) we had major connection issues that I’m sure were awful for everyone. (It was incredibly stressful for me.) Thanks for hanging in there with us though! We sold 100% of the books, 90% live and the rest in the gallery overnight! The new system worked well, Ben reviewed the video to make sure all the time stamps were correct, then posted a list of the winners that night!

Thanks to everyone for helping to keep Ben and Jim employed. As stated before, until we are open to the public I will not take any money out of the store. It all goes to the basics, rent, utilities, their salary and medical. 

SHOP UPDATES

Hopefully we’ll be able to open in some capacity on May 1st! Who knows? Rest assured we will take every precaution upon reopening. Yes, a plexiglass screen is going up, we’ll have to limit the amount of people in the shop, lots of hand sanitizer lying around, face masks for staff. Whatever it takes, we’ll do it. I even have what may be the first Steranko / Kirby Captain America face mask out there. 

Looks like Diamond is shooting for Mid to late May for new comic releases, which I’m fine with. 

We get to sell back issues and graphic novels until then. (we’ve also sold a record amount of bags and boards, people gotta keep busy.)

Yes, DC has a plan for early distribution, but it’s super slim shady, and we likely won’t participate. Check out the dummy companies used to hide Midtown (who I do like personally) and DCBS (who I do not care for personally.)

It would only be one week’s worth of books spread out over three weeks anyway. We will absolutely get you all your books though, not to worry!

Lastly, please try to contact the shop to clear out any books remaining in your file, we need the money dude!

We also understand if you no longer have the finances for your comics, please just let us know!

Okay everyone, thanks for all the support. Here’s one to grow on:

art by @josephryanhill

It’s another week shuttered up with CNJComics!

Let’s see, where to begin.  We actually got an article in the Wall Street Journal this past Monday about our efforts to keep the boys employeed while we’re closed up. The Wall Street Journal man! Both online and in print! America!

WALL STREET JOURNAL LINK!

We also sent out a bunch of deliveries. Ben’s been busy bringing your comics to you through non contact delivery.

Please continue to email us with your comic book needs. Free delivery within the county for orders over $20 and we ship anywhere too.

You can also call us at 216-252-0606, either Ben or Jim is there most of the time. If no one answers go with email at info@cnjcomics.com

To be clear: No one enters the store, no curbside pickup. We hope restrictions will lighten up on May 1st but who knows?

In general, we’re doing fine. Everyone is keeping busy. I even put a Lego Comic Shop set together in my spare time.

We are doing another Facebook Live Sale on Monday April 13th from 6pm to 7:30pm! This one will be all late Silver / early Bronze ags DC’s so I’m really going to have to stretch my knowledge base to keep it together. (I even dipped into my private collection to put some interesting things in there. Some minor changes after receiving some feedback from everyone.

There will be a gallery of the books going up early on Facebook as always, with no prices on them. During the live sale, when you claim the book, you have to give the price of the book in your claim along with the name of the book. So “Claim Justice League #55 $10”. Since I reveal the price when the book is presented this puts everyone on the same starting ground.

At the end of the show we will rewatch it and make the claims in the order in which the are put in through the time stamp. Then Ben will post of list of all the books with the name of the people who won them, so you’ll have confirmation that night! Then just contact us as always for payment and delivery/shipping options. We’ve had alot of issues with people thinking they won a book but they didn’t for this reason: when you type a claim, it always looks like you won on your computer. It’s like typing your name into Microsoft Word, it’s just there right away. This is not how we wind up seeing it on our end. The best way to see this for yourself is to watch the show after it is posted on our page and you will see the true claim times after your post makes it through cyber verse. We want this to be as fair as possible (shake the box!) and this is the best way to make sure everyone is treated fairly. (Respectfully, we cannot come into your house and speed up your internet.)

To be clear, we are grateful for every purchase you make and it helps to keep us afloat during this period in time. Thank you thank you thank you! The response to this has been amazing, in the last sale we sold 135 out of 139 books! (We even posted a pure gallery sale last week, with no live sale attached to it, and that did really good as well.)

The upcoming schedule for shows will be:

  • Sunday April 19th 6 pm to 7:30 pm Late Silver / Early Bronze Marvels
  • Monday April 27th 6 pm to 7:30 pm Late Silver / Early Bronze Marvels

There will also be another gallery only sale somewhere in between.

Then hopefully, we’ll be open on May 1st! I watch the Governor’s 2pm speech every day it’s on ans things seem optimistic, but again who knows?

Stay safe everyone and remember…

Ever working even as the ship is taking on water…

Yes, yes, we know we’re close to each other in the picture, but it was a rare occurance, and we are all properly sanitized up.

Happy Easter too!

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