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Here’s the first of many planned The Lake Erie Monster Minis, this one starring Kenny ad Leon, in a scene we kind of cut from the second issue.

The Lake Erie Monster #2 is still available, and we’re keeping the digital version of The Lake Erie Monster #1 at only $1! Check out the Buy The Comic page.

The Lake Erie Monster #2 is NOW AVAILABLE all over the Cleveland area! Our retailers are listed on the Buy The Comic page (and as of this posting all but Comic Heaven in Willoughby have it). Plus, we’ve added one of our new advertisers, Joy Machines bike shop on West 25th, to the ranks of retailers selling the comic. Please support these retailers! They are all locally owned small businesses and are really really awesome at what they do.

If you are not from Cleveland, The Lake Erie Monster #2 is also available for mail order in the Shiner Comics Store. The print edition of The Lake Erie Monster #1 is SOLD OUT, but the digital version is only ONE DOLLAR. It’s the same exact comic, only as a pdf file you can read on any computer or tablet.

Big Thanks to our friends at Blue Arrow Records, DJ John Neely, and everybody that came to the release party for The Lake Erie Monster #2! We had a blast again, and it was fun meeting some new friends and hanging out with everybody!

The highly anticipated and much feared second issue of Cleveland’s horror anthology comic, The Lake Erie Monster, is coming! The release party is at Blue Arrow Records (16001 Waterloo Rd) on Saturday, July 28th from 6pm to 9pm! J. Kelly and John G have raised the stakes with their sophomore issue by adding pages and upping the print run, after the first issue SOLD OUT in just over one month!

In this issue we continue the gruesome flagship tale with Part 2 of The Lake Erie Monster “movie adaptation” as written by J. Kelly and illustrated by John G. We also have J. Kelly’s terrifying take on the violence of vegetation with our back-up story GREENS. Of course you’ll find another of The Commodore’s Cleveland pages, along with slightly even more artful and zany ads for your favorite local small businesses (often remarked on as a favorite part of the comic)!

Keep your attention focused on this website here for previews and updates as the clock ticks down to July 28th, 2012!

There will be a exclusive limited edition signed and numbered screen print, exquisitely printed by friend of The Commodore Kate Tobin, available for the first 30 people who buy the comic. Also available will be a free Map of Cleveland Oddities, pins, stickers, and more! John Neely, of WCSB’s “The Big O” will return to the turntables to spin only the finest and most revered of Ohio’s own rock n’ roll records.

This release is happening in tandem with the release of Cleveland’s Rock Destroyers ALL DINOSAURS‘ sophomore full length LP, The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior! The band will be playing a release show at The Beachland Tavern with friends and local punk heroes Two Hand Fools, and Natural Disasters (From Kalamazoo, Mi)!

Not only have we heard The Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior, but we’ve have had it absolutely cranked in The Volcano as we’ve been grinding away on The Lake Erie Monster #2 and other mysterious occult projects. You need to own this record! The best way to ensure that you get yourself a copy is to PRE-ORDER it through ALL DINOSAURS’ Kickstarter project page, where there’s multitudes of incentive options from just ordering the digital release ($5), to having the band come play wherever you want ($300). In particular, at the $25 pledge and up, you will get both Paranoid Indigenous (All Dinosaurs’ first record), The Rules of Civility and Decent Beghavior, and an exclusive limited edition print by The Lake Erie Monster’s own John G. Additionally, at the $150 pledge, which there are 2 options for, you will receive one of John G’s original drawings either for the poster for the show of the video premier for “Castle of Uncle Robert” or the poster for Paranoid Indigenous! Please see the post on John G’s blog for further info about that and images of the art!

Another of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings to start the week off right! We are almost sold out of the copies of The Lake Erie Monster #1 left listed in the Shiner Comics online store, so order yours now! All the orders placed over the weekend will be sent out this afternoon.

Check back in later in the week for more of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings and some hype! Plus, maybe a preview of The Lake Erie Monster #2!

The Commodore’s Cleveland Clipping today features Rosamund Wiley at Case Western University back in 1922.

Also wanted to mention that all the online orders for The Lake Erie Monster comic and posters have been shipped! We’ve got some more hype to update on the blog soon, but that will have to wait for a minute. We’re furiously working on ISSUE #2!

Another of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings, this time featuring that friend of The Commodore, Leon “The Thing in The Clock” Hall! There are many more Clippings on deck, so make sure to check back frequently. There have also been many awesome media happenings, so expect a post later with links to mad hype!

The Lake Erie Monster is featured on the cover of this week’s Cleveland Scene Magazine! We made it into this week’s From The Dork Side column by Michael Gallucci! Read the article here: It Came From Cleveland!

Big huge thanks to our dude Aaron Sechrist for doing such an incredible design treatment with our cover art! Check out his own website: OKPants.com!

For new visitors to the site, the best way to grab a copy is by hitting up one of our local retailers we’ve got listed HERE: Buy The Comic! For anybody not local to Cleveland, the best way is still to order it by way of the Shiner Comics Store.

We are still working on getting a digital version available, but it should in the next few days!

Another of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings. This time we’re back at The Terminal Tower, the site for many strange and horrific occurrences.

Just another quick note, The Lake Erie Monster #1 keeps selling out at all our retailers, we we’ll be running around to LOOP, Big Fun, and Blue Arrow Records today to restock them. This first issue is going fast! If you haven’t gotten one yet, don’t sleep!

Just wanted to post an update on The Lake Erie Monster #1 retailers situation. The issue’s been selling out all over the place! Carol & John’s Comics sold out last week, and re-upped for 20 more copies, so they should have it. Comics Are Go! in Sheffield Village out by Lorain County Community College sold out of their initial copies and have been restocked. Above you will see The Lake Erie Monster #1 sharing shelf space with some of our favorite comics, creators, and publishers.

A) B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death #3 by Mike Mignola, John Acrudi, and James Harren, published by Dark Horse. This comic, and the entire Hellboy/BPRD line, is nothing short of amazing. In this issue a Wendigo fights a Were-Jaguar for like, 16 of 22 pages.

B) Reset #1 by Peter Bagge, also published by Dark Horse. Have not read this yet, but Bagge’s comics are a constant source of hilarity and despair.

C) Ragemoor #2 by Jan Strnad the legendary horror comic artist Richard Corben. Again, haven’t read this yet, but Corben is a monumental inspiration.

D) Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant, published by Top Shelf. This is a really beautiful book, and an incredible epilogue to an exceptionally long career of telling stories about a particular place. The Lake Erie Monster is very much indebted to Harvey Pekar for his contribution to both the comics medium and the city we love and call home.

E) Rachel Rising #7 by independent comics legend Terry Moore, who has been creating and publishing his own comics for as long as we can remember. Doing his own thing, going his own way, and crushing it the entire time.

F) The Shadow #1 by Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell, published by Dynamite. While we can’t vouch for this particular comic book, it is interesting to note that The Shadow, one of the OG pulp characters from way back when, keeps coming back for more. It came from an era of disposable culture, and has outlasted most of everything since. In the distant future there will probably be brain-cast holo-comix about The Shadow.

G) The Sixth Gun #21 by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurt, published by Oni Press. Now, this comic, we can vouch for! The Sixth Gun is an awesome horror/western/action comic about supernatural weaponry and the desperadoes who love them. Really great comics!

H) The Walking Dead #96 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn, published by Image Comics. Again, having not read this, it’s of note as maybe the most obvious “Best Case Scenario” for an independently published comic book.

I) Dark Horse Presents #11 by Various, published by Dark Horse. Dark Horse Presents has a long history as the best of comics anthologies going back to the late 80s. This current incarnation has been pretty great, overall. Some stories are hit or miss, but every issue has at least a couple that really stand out. Issue #4 has an amazing piece by friend of Shiner Comics, Dara Naraghi. Issue #7 has a really well done, stand-out piece by another friend of Shiner Comics, Brandon Graham.

There you have it, that’s what The Lake Erie Monster is sharing shelf space with down at Comics Are Go! It’s an honor for us, and we’re stoked to be in such great company. We would also like to thank all of our great retailers, and everyone who’s bought the comic. We’re eternally grateful for all the support. We’re hard at work on issue 2, so mark late June on the calendar. Things are going to be heating up!

If you haven’t gotten a copy yet, and would like one, the best way to find out where they are sold, or to buy one directly from us, is to click on the “Buy The Comic” page at the top of this blog. Thanks Again!

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