Local Comic Shop Day and New Releases at CNJComics

Wow. Lots of great stuff coming out and going on this week and beyond! Fun new releases, Local Comic Shop Day on Saturday, and a primer from Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.


First up, here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, November 14th, 2018!

Have the X-Men titles been overwhelming you lately, even when you consider yourself a fairly knowledgeable fan? Well this week is for you, as Uncanny X-Men will be the only X title for the next ten weeks, coming out weekly and starting with issue #1.

Being dubbed “X-Men Disassembled”, the X-Men will be deconstructed and maybe put back together again. Great hop on point, and written by all three X-writers, Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg! Lots of cool covers too, so be ready to pick one out.

Be warned, it’s 72 pages and $7.99. (but that’s not a bad thing.)

Somehow in the world of Marvel math, Avengers #10 is the 700th issue of the Avengers, and they’re celebrating with an over-sized issue. Jason Aaron’s run is worth taking note of anyway, I mean, Ghost Rider is officially on the team! We’re also supposed to get a hint about Wolverine’s current status, as well as a new member. This is the best Avengers run since Remender’s early work on Uncanny Avengers.

So, what’s going on at the other end of the pond? Wonder Woman has a new writer in the ever popular G Willow Wilson!

Artwork by Cary Nord, who you might not know but who did have a killer run on Conan, so I’d say he’s good to go here.

It’s a good week for the Whedonverse, with two new indie titles.

BOOM Studios has the license to Firefly, and a new #1 comes out this week written by Greg Pak of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.

For the first time learn the story behind the War of Unification, as well as Zoe and Mal’s first meeting. Heck, let’s see how he assembles his whole crew as well.

In case you didn’t know, I’m a huge Firefly fan, pretty much just like everyone else I guess. I like to think of the shop as a ship and the employees as it’s crew. So excited to see this play out at BOOM.

Dark Horse may have lost the license for Firefly, but they’re not sweating it. They’ve got Doctor Horrible #0 written by Josh Whedon himself.

It’s a team up! Hourglass is the main villain but expect cameos by everyone. This is another property I can’t get enough of.


Local Comic Shop Day is Saturday November 17th!

Local Comic Shop Day is the Comic Book World’s answer to Record Store Day, with exclusive items for sale you can only get at a brick and mortar independent comic book shop. It’s also meant to remind people about the existence of the local comic shop before the holiday season. If you’re reading this then you pretty much already know about us. Hi! We’re you’re local comic shop.

Since we have such a big Black Friday event, and Small Business Saturday has really come into it’s own, we’re never quite sure what to do on the day but sell the merchandise.

But this year we were contact by local creator Ted Sikora, who has two new comics coming out this week. Apama #5 and Tap Dance Killer #3.

We’ve worked something out with Ted where he’ll be signing and handing out free copies of his two new books starting at noon that day. This is a great time to meet Ted and check out his stuff. If you enjoy the books, please consider adding them to your file. Ted will also have all his other books on hand to sell.

Oh yeah, the Local Comic Shop Day merch! That will be available first come first serve at 10 am on Saturday. Here’s a link to all the stuff with even more info.

Some items are so alarmingly limited, that shops only got one of each book. Specifically the items limited to 500 copies. This includes the Green Lantern #1, the Marvel Knights #1, and the Blackbird #1. So to be fair, we’ll be raffling these items off on Saturday, you get a ticket for every $10 you spend. (These books will likely go for hundreds each in the after market, so it may be worth a trip to the shop to throw your hat into the ring.)

Other cool easier to get items include a Rick and Morty Treasury Edition, an exclusive cover to the aforementioned Uncanny X-Men #1, and a X-O Man O War Deluxe Hardcover with new content. Again, see the link above for all the details.


Next, one of the funnest nights at the shop and out longest running event, our (anti) Black Friday Sale!

Here’s a link to all the info about the whole weekend, including Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!

We can also add that we recently acquired a new collection that will only be in the back room during the Black Friday Sale for only $1.00 each. Always a great night and just another great reason to come up.


Lastly, I’d like to give an official Rest In Peace to Stan Lee at 95 years old.

Joan passed away in July of 2017 at 95 as well, and when that happens the clock really starts to tick. It’s not a sad thing so much as a loss. Every time I feel something about it, like how I wouldn’t have the life I have without Stan, I realize it’s an amazing thing. A beautiful thing. Man, what a life.

The outpouring of stories people have been sharing on social media has been overwhelming. I’ve never seen any celebrity that had such a connection with his fans, that every encounter with him became it’s own story. I even threw mine out there:

“I was 15 years old when I met Stan Lee in June of 1988 at the International Superman Exposition at the Cleveland Convention Center. I waited in line for Stan’s autograph for over an hour. The first three volumes of Marvel’s new Masterworks line had just come out and I wanted to get one signed. I was only a few people away when his handlers shut down the signing and said Mr. Lee was done for the day. I snuck around to the back of the room afterwards and caught him as he left. I asked him if he would sign my book and his handlers replied for him, “Son, Mr Lee is done for the day.” In the best form possible he brushed them away with a,” Nonsense! I always have time for one of my True Believers!” He asked my name, signed my book and said, “What do you have to say for me?!” I went with, ” Make mine Marvel!” He finished with “Exactly! Excelsior!” and wandered off into the convention. I never felt the need to meet him after this. It was a perfect encounter, and it’s the one I get to keep. Thanks for everything Stan. Thanks for giving us all a chance to be a hero.”

I never got a picture with him, but Carol did.

I’ll always think of Peter lifting up that wreckage in ASM #33, something he shouldn’t have been able to do. It’s a metaphor for all the accomplishments in all our lives if we just keep at it, and that’s what Stan meant to me.

To this end, we have decided to shift the theme of this year’s Holiday Art Show to Stan Lee and the Characters he has created. This should still work with anyone who may have started on their X-Men cover already. This will also give our holiday party a theme, where we can celebrate Stan’s overwhelming influence on our culture.

So, one last time, Excelsior!