Mid May Update: Reopening, Comic Book Club, and New Comics

Hey everyone, hope you and the people around you are doing ok. We’ve reached the halfway point through May, and we’re still plugging away to get comics mailed, delivered, and available for pick up here at the shop. We really appreciate all of the genorosity from our customers, whether it was making sure to pick up comics on hold, buying a gift certificate, or placing an order, all of this has helped us keep the doors open and the lights on since the end of March. We will continue to need support in the coming weeks and months as well, so please consider placing any book, comic book, or graphic novels orders through the shop.

Below are some updates to the shop and what’s been happening with us in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

REOPENING?
You may have noticed we have not reopened yet. I am waiting to see what the numbers from COVID-19 tests will look like in early June, roughly two weeks after the partial reopening of businesses in Arizona. I am doing this out of an obvious abundance of caution for my employees, customers, and my own health and wellness. If the numbers do not show a massive spike in tests, or a jump in deaths, I am considering reopening by appointment only. This would mean one customer in the shop during a time they reserve before coming to the shop. This would also require myself and any customer entering the shop to wear a mask while they are shopping, and to continue a social distance practice of six or more feet from each other. If we do open for appointments with customers, I will also continue to offer contact free curbside pickup, as well as delivery and mail order. We will continue keep the business hours of Tuesday through Saturday 11AM-5PM for now

COMIC BOOK CLUB CARRIES ON!
Our Ash Ave Comic Book Club will resume virtually in June, we will be meeting to discuss Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward’s Black Bolt series on Wednesday, June 17. We’ve got Harley Quinn Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh on deck for July’s discussion. Drop us a line at drew@ashavecomics.com if you need to order a copy and would like to participate in the chat.

NEW COMICS!
Yes, there are new comics out right now, and even more to come.  As you may have seen in my posts on social media, we have been receiving new weekly DC Comics for all of May, and beginning next week on May 20 we will have new titles from all of the major publishers with the exception of Marvel (Marvel new releases return on May 27). Check out the list below for what will be available on Wednesday May 20 at the shop. I will post a list of the May 27 releases on the website and Facebook page next week.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ HC
AMERICAN JESUS TP VOL 02 NEW MESSIAH (MR)
BANG #1 (OF 5) 3RD PTG
BATMAN #89 3RD PTG
BATMAN GIANT #4
BATMAN SUPERMAN HC VOL 01 WHO ARE THE SECRET SIX HC
BIRTHRIGHT #43
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 CVR A MAIN
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 CVR B SAUVAGE
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 CVR C TAYLOR ROF
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 FOC SLAYER VAR
CHECK PLEASE HOCKEY GN VOL 02 STICKS & SCONES DC FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL HC
DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 (OF 3)
DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 (OF 3) CARD STOCK DCEASED UNKILLABLES #3 (OF 3) CARD STOCK
DEADLY CLASS #44 CVR A CRAIG
DEADLY CLASS #44 CVR B GALLOWAY
DOLLHOUSE FAMILY #6 (OF 6)
DOLLHOUSE FAMILY #6 (OF 6) JAY ANACLETO VAR ED DRYAD #1 CVR A OLEKSAK
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS INFERNAL TIDES #3 (OF 5)
EX MACHINA COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
FAMOUS FIRST EDITION NEW FUN #1 HC
FIVE YEARS #9
FREEDOM FIGHTERS RISE OF A NATION TP
GHOSTED IN LA #10 (OF 12) CVR A KEENAN
GHOSTED IN LA #10 (OF 12) CVR B GRACE VAR
GOON #10 DARMINI CARDSTOCK VAR CVR
GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 03
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER GHOSTS #2 (OF 4) CVR A
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER GHOSTS #2 (OF 4) CVR B
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK TP VOL 03 THE WITCHING WAR
KILL WHITEY DONOVAN #5 (OF 5) CVR A PEARSON
KILL WHITEY DONOVAN #5 (OF 5) CVR B BARAHONA
KYRRA ALIEN JUNGLE GIRL #1 NONSTOP ED
LOST CARNIVAL A DICK GRAYSON GRAPHIC NOVEL TP
LUDOCRATS #1 (OF 5) CVR A STOKELY
LUDOCRATS #1 (OF 5) CVR B MCKELVIE
LUDOCRATS #1 (OF 5) CVR C APRIL FOOLS VAR
MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS #10 SOMMARIVA
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #5 CVR A MIRKA
MIRKA ANDOLFOS UNSACRED #5 CVR D ANDOLFO CAT
MY VIDEO GAME ATE MY HOMEWORK TP
NIGHTWING #70 2ND PTG
OMEGA MEN BY TOM KING DLX ED HC
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #45
PLUNGE #3 (OF 6)
PLUNGE #3 (OF 6) GARY FRANK VAR ED
PORTRAIT OF A DRUNK HC SCHRAUWEN
RADLANDS SC PINUPS BY EL SUB
RED HOOD OUTLAW #45
RED HOOD OUTLAW #45 PHILIP TAN VAR ED
RED SONJA #15 CVR A LEE
RED SONJA #15 CVR B LINSNER
RED SONJA #15 CVR C BOB Q
RED SONJA #15 CVR D LAMING
SAVAGE DRAGON #248
SNOTGIRL TP VOL 03 IS THIS REAL LIFE
STAR WARS ADVENTURES CLONE WARS #1 (OF 5)
SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN TP
SUPERMAN THE GOLDEN AGE TP VOL 05
SUPERMAN UP IN THE SKY HC
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #10 (OF 12)
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #10 (OF 12) BEN OLIVER VAR
SWAMP THING BY NANCY A COLLINS OMNIBUS HC
TEEN TITANS TP VOL 03 SEEK AND DESTROY
TRANSMETROPOLITAN TP BOOK 03
WEIRD WESTERN TALES JONAH HEX HC VOL 01
WICKED THINGS #1 FOC VAR
WONDER WOMAN & JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK WITCHING WORLDS FINEST GUARDIANS OF THE EARTH HC
YEAR ZERO #1 CVR A ANDREWS
YEAR ZERO #1 CVR B DEODATO JR
YOUNG JUSTICE TP VOL 01 GEMWORLD

Supporting Ash Ave Comics

Photo by Jake Oliveira (@jko.pictures)

Moving forward
Arizona has yet to declare in a “stay-in-place” order, or ordered the shut down of non-essential business, as long as this remains we will do our best to keep our doors open from 11 AM to 5 PM daily with some modifications for employee and customer safety. As announced today by Diamond Comics Distributors, there will be no new shipments of weekly comics after this week’s shipment, meaning the last weekly shipment of new comic books go on sale this Tuesday, March 24. We will do our best to remain open after April 1, however we may have to close our doors for the time being if there are not enough sales to justify staying open. It’s the toughest times yet for the comics industry, and we at Ash Ave Comics could really use your support.

Store Pickup
The first, and probably most frustrating change, is that we are no longer allowing customers beyond the door. This means no browsing, however we are willing to pull any items off of the shelf for customers looking for something to read but maybe without a specific idea about what they want.  If there is something specific you are looking for, let us know and one of our staff will check to see if we have it in stock.

Curbside Pickup
If you are not comfortable walking up to the shop door, and would prefer to have comics/graphic novels/toys picked up curbside in your vehicle, we are doing that too. Give us a call or drop us a line through our email, shop social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), or call us to arrange payment and pickup time. When you are arriving at the shop, give us a call (480-858-9447) and we’ll meet you outside with your purchase.

Delivery 
We have offered delivery for the last week and it has been great to see customers make use of this service. Here’s how it works, there’s a $15 minimum order, and in turn we will deliver comics to your doorstep, no human contact required. There is an exception to the fee for our subscription customers who will have the fee waived, but will not have their subscribers discount applied to their purchase. We are willing to deliver same day within 10 miles of the shop, and once again these orders can be placed by phone, email, or through social media.

Subscription Pull List 
Subscribers, we have new comics arriving this week for you, please help us out during this time by purchasing your comics we have pulled along with any other items we may have on hold for you. We desperately want to weather this storm and having our pull list holds cleared out will really help us keep our head above water for the time being.

Gift Cards
We have gift cards available, these can be paid for over the phone, by PayPal, through Venmo, or at the shop. We can mail gift cards to any address provided, and they can also be picked up at the shop or delivered.

We are humbly grateful if you can help us keep our doors open, please reach out to us for follow up through the channels listed above.

Thank you,
Drew

A message from Ash Ave Comics

A lot of things are up in the air this week, but we wanted to reach out to our customers to let you know where we stand right now. The responses from the government and businesses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dominated the news this week, and we have been thinking of ways to talk with our customers about what they can expect from us. We plan on remaining open, barring any major changes in regards to public health and the pandemic, any changes to our hours or days of operation will be posted on our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).

Our plan for now is that we will remain open for our posted hours, seven days a week, unless circumstances change. With the health and safety of our employees and customers in mind we have been regularly cleaning and disinfecting the shop, focusing on the high volume areas such as the door, register, and our employee computer work area.  Our staff members also have latex gloves available to process card and cash transactions. In addition we have hand sanitizer available on request.  We welcome your business in the shop, but we are requesting that if you are feeling ill to please refrain from coming in, drop us a Facebook message, an email, or a phone call if there’s something you would like placed on hold.

To better accommodate our customers, we are offering a drive-up curbside service, as well as comics home delivery if you are within 10 miles of the shop. These options can be arranged with us ahead of time, and we can accept payment over the phone, through Paypal, or through Venmo.  If you have had a sudden life change and cannot afford your comics on hold, please let us know so that we can adjust as well.

Again, our plan for now is to keep our doors open for as long as possible, however the health of our staff and customers come before selling comics. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Any questions can be directed to the shop at ashavecomics@gmail.com, or to owner Drew Sullivan via email at drew@ashavecomics.com. Also feel free to call the shop at 480-858-9447.

Batman Wedding Midnight Release with Mitch Gerads

Batman #50 release party at Ash Ave Comics on Tuesday, July 3 at 11:55 PM – 1:15 AM

Join us for the highly anticipated release of Batman #50, the wedding of Batman and Catwoman, and joining us is artist Mitch Gerads who will be joining us to sign copies of this landmark issue. We’ll open our doors at midnight on July 4th for the special release of Batman #50, Catwoman #1, and Captain America #1; additionally all new titles from Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Boom!, IDW, Dynamite, Archie, Titan.

And if you didn’t know, in addition to his work on Batman #50, Mitch is Eisner nominated artist and colorist of the Eisner nominated DC miniseries Mister Miracle along with Batman writer Tom King. We have lots of his work in stock now.

And check out this lineup of artists with pages in Batman #50

• Mikel Janin

• Neal Adams

• Mitch Gerads

• Rafael Albuquerque

• Joelle Jones

• Lee Bermejo

• Andy Kubert

• Greg Capullo

• Jim Lee & Scott Williams

• Becky Cloonan

• Clay Mann

• Amanda Conner

• Frank Miller

• Tony S. Daniel

• Paul Pope

• Jay Fabok

• Tim Sale

• David Finch

• Ty Templeton

• Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

• Lee Weeks