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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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Hello Creative Friends of Carol & Johns Comic Shop!

We’ve come to that time of year again where caring and community count for everything. We mean the holiday season in general, but more specifically the Carol and John’s Holiday Party and Charity Art Show! We’re reaching out to you to provide all of the pertinent information and solicit your involvement in this tried-and-true annual event celebrating all forms of giving and good cheer.

Artists Wanted

As always Carol and Johns will be directing all charitable donations to The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, with their uncanny ability to turn one dollar into four full meals. Over the past few years our Holiday Party and Art Show has helped to create over 60,000 meals for those in need during this important time of year. We would love for YOU to be a part of creating those meals by submitting artwork to our Charity Art Show! The more artwork we collect the more interest generated, and the more meals we can provide. Here’s how it works:

Just stop by the shop and pick up blank comic covers from us. They are free of charge but please only take as many as you will be using/submitting to the art show. Each cover collected can then be completed and returned to us by 8 pm on Thursday, December 19th. (All forms of media enhancement are okay, we get a lot of questions about digital.) We will display each cover in a standard  sized frame so please stick to the front. Visitors to Carol & John’s Comic Shop on Saturday December 21st will be able to donate to the Food Bank in the form of money or food stuffs, to receive raffle tickets. Raffle tickets will be used in the form of a basket raffle and each winner will be able to take home a great piece of original artwork. (as well as a sense of contribution during the holidays.) It looks like this:

This year’s theme is a Comic Book / Christmas Movie Mash-Up. We’ve noticed over the years that some of the best submissions have been a combination of a classic Christmas movie or special with a comic book or superhero element. Here’s some from previous events.

Art by Keith Allen

Art by Ryan Finley

Art by Craig Worrell

Movies like A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas (and yes, even Die Hard) are an integral part of our yearly holiday experience, and what better way to pay tribute to this than our own Christmas party and art show.

When you stop into the store to pick up your blank covers please make sure to check in with an employee. We will need to make a record of your involvement, including recording your name and contact information, but more importantly we’d like any information that you use to promote yourself as an artist. This can be a website, Facebook page, Instagram handle, or any other way you’d like to use to show your art to the world. After the event we create an online Facebook Gallery of all the artwork and link the artists URL to their artwork!

Cleveland’s Independent Comic Scene

We will also be setting up at Genghis Con this year on December 1st, and we’ll have a large supply of the blank covers there to pick up! (We’ll also be handing out some free stuff, so stop by and say hi.)

There will also be two Drink and Draws down at Goldhorn Brewery this season on November 27th and December 11th. We’ll be at both of those, for both picking up and dropping off covers for your convenience. If you’ve never made it out to a Drink and Draw before stop down and say hi. It’s a great environment for aspiring artists to meet others in a low key social environment. (and drink beer.)

Both Genghis Con and the Drink and Draw Social Club are a huge part of what makes Cleveland’s independent comic art scene incredible, and we greatly encourage everyone to support both of these fantastic organizations. They’re a big part of what makes Cleveland awesome all around.

Everyone wants to help in someway during the holidays, well this can be your thing! Artists, we can turn your talent and artwork into food and have a lot of fun doing it too! Last year alone we were able to collect enough funds to help the food bank create over 12,000 meals while collecting over 1,800 food items! We put a lot of work into the party and to us this is the key day of the year where the community that has formed around the shop comes together for all the right reasons.

We look forward to seeing your artwork this year, and we truly thank you for your support!

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