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Hey, Carol and John’s Shoppers! Raf here delivering some of the new releases we have in store this week. We’ve got a lot to cover, including some new number #1s, a few shop favorites finally available in trade, and a raffle opportunity for the rest of the week. Let’s go!

DC Comics

Mark Waid returns to DC Comics this week with the launch of Batman Superman World’s Finest! Set in the not-too-distant past, Metropolis is attacked by Poison Ivy bringing the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, Robin, into the City of Tomorrow. There, they will cross paths with Superman and the villain Metallo, and from then on, all hell breaks loose. Supes gets injected with a dangerous mix of red Kryptonite and causes a number of different reactions inside of the Man of Steel. Batman’s the only one who can save him, but he’ll also enlist the help of the Doom Patrol to bring Clark back from the brink of destruction. This was a fun first issue and has been the most exciting the Batman-Superman team-up books have been in quite some time. We’ve got lots of great variants for this book too this week, including a Jerry Seinfeld cover? You’ll have to see it to believe it.

This past week, we’ve had a lot of readers coming into the shop looking for Frank Miller’s Batman Year One since the new movie came out. The movie takes a lot of inspiration from that book, and if you haven’t read it, you certainly should, but there’s a new Batman origin story ongoing right now that readers should not miss out on either. Chip Zdarsky’s Batman The Knight is a different kind of origin story, not focused on Bruce coming back to the city and taking up the cape and cowl, but about his time away from Gotham learning how to become the Bat. I’m not going to lie, after the first issue, I wasn’t entirely sold on why we needed this book, but issue #2 was fantastic and hooked me in for the rest of this 10-issue miniseries. Issue #3 is brand-new this week and sees young Bruce training with a French cat burglar, but also being caught in a dangerous triangle between Detective Henri Ducard and a serial killer on the loose known as the Foundling. Zdarksy has been knocking it out of the park on almost every book he’s writing, and this series is no different. Batman The Knight is a cool, new Batman miniseries that stands out from all the others that DC has been putting out recently.

DC’s horror imprint has been gaining a lot of traction with some great new titles, and one of their biggest titles, Soul Plumber, wraps up this week with issue #6. A little fewer straight thrills and scares, and with a lot more humor, Soul Plumber really took off when it first came out because of the talent behind the book, the guys behind The Last Podcast On The Left. We didn’t realize just how many fans there were of this podcast, so we were caught off guard with just how popular this series would become. The final issue is this week, and I’ll be excited to finally check out the book when the trade collection comes out hopefully later this summer.

Marvel Comics

“THE BLOODCURDLING CARNAGE SERIES YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! RAM V has carved a perfect home for himself in the symbiote corner of the Marvel U, and in this all-new ongoing series starring Venom’s most notorious offspring, that corner is about to get a little bit bigger… and bloodier! After the revelations of CARNAGE FOREVER, and in a year that’s set to be a celebration of all things CARNAGE, this is one symbiote story you cannot afford to miss!” Let there be Carnage.

Small Press

This week’s new Image #1 is a real treat for fans of the dark and twisted variety. Slumber #1 is a great first issue from some newer names in comics, including rising star and artist Vanessa Cardinali, that reads like the pilot to your new favorite TV show. “Stetson is a nightmare hunter. A dream detective. She runs a shoddy back-alley business where she helps clients sleep at night by entering their dreams and killing their nightmares. But Stetson’s past comes back to haunt her when she tracks down a literal living nightmare – a serial killer that murders people in their sleep.” This may have been my most pleasant surprise this week, I just jumped in seeing it was a new #1 and I really enjoyed it.

FINALLY! Rick Remender’s A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance, a unanimous staff favorite, is collected in trade paperback this week. This first volume of this crime noir story was at the top of our reading stacks every week a new issue came out, and there were plenty of jaw-dropping moments from the first arc, and this is the perfect time to catch up if you aren’t already on top of it. I don’t think there’s been an Image crime book this good since Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Kill Or Be Killed series, and for only $9.99, you definitely should be getting this book this week.

Another staff favorite that is getting the trade paperback treatment this week too, from the artist behind the massively successful Maniac Of New York, Andrea Mutti, Bunny Mask Volume 1 is out from Aftershock Comics. John S. loved this series and just how creepy it was, and he’s been telling all of us to read it too. “Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what’s her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In order to save his life – and his sanity – one man will have to discover the truth of what waits behind the mask.” Bunny Mask is also getting a second volume later this summer and is even getting a Free Comic Book Day special too, so this looks to be the next big series from Aftershock.

Those are just some of the new books we have out this week, but we’ve got one more big book to talk about.

Hero Initiative Fundraiser

In December of 2021, legendary artist George Pérez sadly shared that he had been diagnosed with terminal stage 3 pancreatic cancer. George’s contributions to comics go far beyond just some of the books he’s drawn including Wonder Woman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, The New Teen Titans, and Avengers. A juggernaut of the industry for nearly half a century, George Pérez is recognized as one of the most influential creators in comics. In 2003, Kurt Busiek wrote and George Pérez drew the inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers that has long been out of print since. But in the wake of George’s cancer diagnosis, DC and Marvel as well as the Hero Initiative have joined forces for a very small print run of 7000 to put JLA/Avengers back into fans’ hands, with all the proceeds going to the Hero Initiative, an organization that helps and aids aging comic creators in need. We here at Carol and John’s were lucky enough to get 5 copies of the book, all in perfect shape, and in an effort to raise even more money for the Hero Initiative, we’ll be raffling off all of our copies. Starting this Wednesday, March 16th, and running through Sunday the 20th, you can purchase raffle tickets in the shop to enter to win one of our five copies of the book. Tickets are $5 apiece, and all proceeds will be donated to the Hero Initiative. We are even starting our efforts off with a $500 (ticket free) donation from our shop to H.I. You can purchase as many tickets as you’d like throughout the week and on Sunday the 20th on Facebook Live at 6 pm, we’ll have the drawing. You can only win once, but there are five chances to win. It’s a sad circumstance for the reprint, but it’s a great cause.

We hope to see you all in the shop this week to pick up some great comics and maybe buy some raffle tickets too. Stay safe.

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Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, December 11th, 2019!

The holiday season kicks into high gear with a pretty big week. We’ve also got the Holiday Party / Art Show / Fund Raiser / Sale about a week and a half away on December 21st!

You can jump to all the info on that right here!

Alright, here’s the featured new releases for Wednesday, December 11th, 2019!

First up, Frank Miller returns to the world of the Dark Knight with The Golden Child One Shot!

Set three years after Master Race and detailing Carrie Kelly’s rise into her new role as Batwoman. Rafeal Grampa’s first comic art in over six years too!

Superman #18 will be a landmark issue as Clark reveals his identity to the world! Written by native Clevelander Brian Michael Bendis!

Yes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have finally reached a 100th issue!

Will the team be able to pull together in time for the finale of City at War? Big $7.99 issue.

If you’ve been waiting, the House and Powers of X Deluxe Hardcover is finally here, and we can’t recommend it enough.

$60 gets you everything. You can even dig through our Facebook page to find the video from the book club we hosted on the matter.

This week is also a new volume of Dog Man!

Laugh all you want, Dog Man is the best selling graphic novel on the market, by far. Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants, is a genius with an incredible backstory.

You may have heard that we got a great new collection in, Marvel Comics from the 60’s and 70’s.

We’re working our way through the books but the stuff we have out is now is 25% off as always.

There’s about nine long boxes out right now with more to come. For the Christmas Sale on December 21st (the day of the Art Show and Holiday Party) to the 24th, these books WILL be 50% off. This is our thank you to you for a great year.

Oh yeah, you also get to use this coupon at the PARTY ONLY from 8 pm to 11 pm on December 21st. (No joke, we love you but there’s no sustainable model for us where we allow 50% off one item whenever.)

Alright, that’s it for this week!

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Here’s all the info on this years’ annual Holiday Party / Art Show / Sale / Fundraiser to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank!

Art and Fundraiser

On Saturday, December 21st from 10 am to 7 pm we’ll be hosting an art show featuring local artists who created custom covers to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank. These covers can be won in a basket raffle system where one food item or one dollar gets you a ticket. You pick which cover your ticket goes to so you can win a one you really like. This year’s art show theme is a comic book character / Christmas movie mashup, which we’ve been having a lot of fun with.

Here are some of the covers from previous years, all based on Uncle Eddie from Christmas Vacation:

By Keith Allen

By Craig Worrell

By Ryan Finley

And here are some of our fantastic artists:

We will shut down the store at 7 PM only to reopen at 8 PM for our annual Holiday Customer Appreciation Party! The party lasts till around 11 PM and features snacks, beverages, and the required holiday cheer. Winners of the basket raffle are drawn promptly at 10:30 PM. Winners need not be present but if you’re there you can take your artwork home with you.

All the money collected during the art show will go to the Cleveland Food Bank, who have the amazing ability to turn one dollar into four full meals for those in need during the holidays.

We will also be having a holiday sale from Saturday, December 21st to Tuesday, December 24th. (We thrive during this time period when it’s too late to successfully order stuff through online. We always have gift certificates!) This sale will absolutely be in effect during the art show.

This sale includes:

  • 50% off all back issues (yes all, even the new collection we just bought. Hey, it’s Christmas right?)
  • 20% off all graphic novels
  • 20% off all action figures, statues and pop funs.
  • 10% off everything else in the shop

The Party

All are welcome to our holiday party which, as previously stated, runs from 8 PM to 11 PM on Saturday, December 21st. Our first party gift to you is this coupon good for 50% off any one item in the shop! Please print this image out or show it to us on your smartphone when you check out.

Coupons MUST be used at the party between 8 PM to 11 PM period. (sorry, no exceptions.) Limit one coupon per person.

We have also brewed two beers just for the party, Thanos’s Ginger “Snap” Ale and Spidey’s Shitter’s Full Christmas Ale.

Labels are being designed by Craig Worrell and will be revealed soon!

These beers are free and go pretty quickly starting right at 8 PM. We’ll also have other beers as well as non-alcoholic refreshments. (For the record, our holiday party is and will always be an all-ages affair.) While refreshments are free, our bartender Macklin works solely on tips, so please do the right thing.

Chocolates will also be provided by Fear’s Confections in Lakewood, one of our favorite small businesses in the area. Thanks Cassandra!

Carol will be there, and hopefully Santa Claus will stop by too! Honestly after a few drinks, anything is possible. We always have photo op areas set up around the shop so be sure to wear your Christmas finest. Wearing stupid holiday clothes makes everything more fun. I know I’ve got my outfit ready. (From Lansky Brothers!)

This is our way of bringing all of our favorite people together to give something back to the community. Over the last six year’s we’ve been able to assist the Cleveland Food Bank in creating over 60,000 meals. All this is only possible with your help, which we are always grateful for. This party is our way of saying thank you for your support year-round! (and it’s a lot of fun to put together too!)

So spread the word Cleveland, and we’ll see you on December 21st!

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