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Hi! Here is your final Free Comic Book Day Email with things to clarify and add!

First up, to clarify. Chris Claremont will be signing from 10am to 7pm in the foyer next to the shop, so you will be lining up in a seperate place to see him. He will be taking a lunch break when he needs to and we will cut his line at 6pm, meaning we will add no more people to it at 6pm. Act accordingly!

We had a lot of people ask about having Tom Orzechowski out for Free Comic Book Day. He’s a living legend and likely the most prolific letterer in the history of comics. (And he’s a Wednesday regular now.) Tom lettered Claremont’s X-Men run, and he also has the Guinness World Record for ‘Most issues as a letterer for the same comic book series.’ for Spawn. Tom says he’ll be joining Claremont in the foyer next to the shop around 2pm Saturday if you’d like to meet him too!

In the back of the actual Free Comic Book Room:

From 10am till noon we will have Jameson Campbell signing and giving away 100 free copies of this years 2021 lithograph! We do this every year and are keeping up the tradition. 

From noon until 2pm in the same spot, Leopold and Lenora (our beloved Laura Wimbels) will be signing free 5 x 7 art prints we had made up just for the event by Erin Caruso. Here’s the prints:

We do have an event photographer for this year! Liz Adams will be taking photos out there so keep an eye out for her and be sure to say hi!

Liz Adams has been a photographer and multimedia artist in the Cleveland area for over 20 years. Her latest project consists of 3 separate months driving around the US, documenting the pandemic around the country along with daily life here in Cleveland.

Www.elizabethadamsart.com and @fancypaintsadams for Instagram 

Lastly, and most importantly, CoVid measures. The key to successfully running this event will lie with you. We highly recommend unvacinated people wear masks. We highly recommend staying home if crowds are making you feel uncomfortible. We totally get the stress associated with what was usually a completely fun event. The key is to respect others request of you on the day, if someone asks for a little space, just help them out and oblige. Don’t take it as an insult or a disrespect. Be the better person and try to help them get themselves back together. We love you guys, and we want to have a fun and safe event. To be clear, if you see someone wearing a FCBD staff, artist or volunteer lanyard, they have been vacinated, and you can rest easy. We will keep the doors wide open to create and open air environment, we will sanitize high contact surfaces regularly, we will help keep the Free Comic “Pit” a civil and friendly place, but the rest is up to you. I will be there, my family will be there, and Carol will be there too, and we’re confident in a successful event based on what we know about this culture and it’s awesome people. 

Oh yeah, be sure to tag all event photos #cnjcomics on social media so we can check you out the next day!

Thank you.

John Dudas

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Alright, we’re all getting ready for Free Comic book Day 2019, but here’s a quick email with some updates, new releases and info. Expect the final FCBD email next week. For now you can check all the information we have right Here!


The big news is that we bought a pretty major collection, mostly 50’s and 60’s Batman and Superman DC’s. This includes associated titles like Detective, Action, Adventure, Superboy, World’s Finest, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olson. There’s also lots of other fun stuff like Showcases, Justice Leagues, and lots more.

There were also a handful of Marvel’s like the Fantastic Four, Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense and others. 

Sorry for the shiney pictures, again, we have lots to do here.

We have processed most of the keys and these books are ready to be looked at. About two long boxes are out, and we hope to have three more ready by Free Comic Book Day. These books will not be 50% that weekend, but they will be the standard 25% off, and they’re actually 25% off right now. I’ve had a lot of fun processing them and fine tuning my grading. For the first time ever I brought someone in for a second opinion and I was with .5 of all their grading, so we’re right on target.

This is really exciting stuff for us to have, so if you’re a collector and were thinking about traveling to Cleveland from a distance it’ll be worth it. 


Second, we will have the FCBD John Constantine Pop Funs for sale right at 10 pm when the event starts on May the 3rd. We’ve got 35 so they are limited. Getting them has been tough in the past, so just be ready by the glass cases if you want to buy one.

The beer labels are up and ready, thanks to Kelsey Lynn Cretcher for the art this year!

 Wolverine’s Canadian Ale is made with Cascade, Willamette and Centennial hops and is inspired by the classic Canadian Ale.

Cyclop’s Weak Summer Pilsner is feeble and inept just like it’s namesake, but hey, some people like him. Hallertau and Tettnang hops in that one.

In all seriousness, there’s a lot of Wolverine/Cyclops humor going in this year’s theme, and it’s just that, comedy. A lot of people get caught up in characters they like and start to attribute attacks to the character as attacks on them. This is not so. We are a classic comic book shop at heart and we are allowed to have opinions on what we like and do not like. I like Wolverine over Cyclops, and I can skillfully defend my point against debaters using comic book history. I’m also happy to have that debate. That does not mean I get to personally attack people who do like Cyclops, but it’s fun ct to talk about heatedly. Remember, an attack on a character is not an attack on you. Treat real people with respect. 

On that note, to show respect for fans of the terrorist, Cyclops, if you tip at the bar you’ll get to pick out a free Cyclops/Jean Grey centered comic book.

 If you don’t tip at the bar, you’ve kind of muted the value of your opinion anyway. At least in this town. Always tip on a free drink. Bartenders live of tips, and Macklin is the best.


This year from Wednesday April 24th to Tuesday April 30th, you will receive a raffle slip for every full price graphic novel that you buy during that time period. The winner of this raffle will win a VIP package for themselves and the friend of their choice which includes:

  • A set of all 50 FCBD books
  • Early access to the night event an hour ahead of time at 9pm. (you don’t have to wait in line!)
  • First taste of this year’s FCBD beers. (For those over 21)
  • A set of five graphic novels.
  • A coupon for 25% off any one purchase at the shop. 
  • Lithograph Signed by Jameson Campbell. 
  • DC Year of the Villains Cover signed by Erin Schectman Caruso.
  • VIP Lanyard

The only thing more fun than winning is getting to call up a friend and let them know they won as well. All you have to do is buy a graphic novel that you were likely going to buy anyway! Winners will be pulled at 8pm on Tuesday night and announced on Facebook. You do not have to be present to win!


Some quick shout outs to new releases this week. 

There’s a new Thanos mini series telling the history behind him raising Gamora.

Six issues written by Tini Howard with art by Ariel Olivetti.

Can’t wait to see Disney’s New Star Wars set up at Hollywood Studios? Get a sneak peak this week with the New Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Comic!

Get a look at at the history of the Black Spire Outpost in this five issue mini series with Han Solo and Chewbacca!

Immortal Hulk is an incredible book, and this week we have reprints of issues 8.9,10,11,12, and 16. All well worth a look!

And lastly, have fun this weekend, enjoy the movie, and let’s go get them team…

Avengers Assemble!

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We’re cleaning up the shop after an incredibly successful Free Comic Book Day. We’ll have our annual thank you email along with links to a bunch of image galleries, but for now let’s sneak in some featured new releases.

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, May 9th, 2018!

First up is easy, the new Venom series by Donny Cates!

Hot of his run on Thanos and Doctor Strange, Cates has slid over to Venom to give the title some panache before the movie comes out in October this year. Here’s the trailer:

Scott Snyder will be writing the new Justice League ongoing next month, but this week starts a weekly four issue mini series also written by him. 

Justice League No Justice will help define the new format of the team!

We gave out a thousand copies of Brian K Vaughan’s Barrier for FCBD, and issue #2 of this weekly series comes out this week. This was another innovative move by Brian, to combine the release of his series with a FCBD book. The 2nd issue has a physically different format, and you can buy a non FCBD #1 this week that matches it. If you just want to go with the FCBD book that’s cool too. Five issue mini, again weekly. If you got Paper Girls we’ll have it in your file, if you don’t and only get Saga and want it please let us know. 

Barrier is Brian’s take on the border patrol issue, but on an interstellar level.

Deadpool #300 is this week, and this oversized issue has Captain America rounding up every big name hero to give Wade a beat down. Come in early to get the variants!

Oh yeah, sleeper hit this week with Scooby Doo Apocalypse #25, as Fred Dies! (No spoiler, it was well publicised. )

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the magic that was Fred Jones.

I liked to say he was the glue that held the team together but really he was the only one sober enough to drive. 

That’s it! Thanks again for a stellar Free Comic Book Day!

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