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We recently sold out of print copies of The Lake Erie Monster #2, so we want to make it as easy as possible to download and read the digital versions of both that issue and The Lake Erie Monster #1. The digital version of The Lake Erie Monster Summer Special 2014, featuring the stand alone story The Weight of a Fly by Jake Kelly, is also available for FREE.

As always, you can still purchase the print editions and digital versions of the other issues in the Shiner Comics Store!




ALL FIVE ISSUES of The Lake Erie Monster comic, including the long awaited Issue FIVE, are readily available at the majority of our Cleveland area retailers listed in the BUY THE COMIC page of this site. They are also available to order online at SHINER COMICS, now with no extra charge for shipping!


For a limited time Shiner Comics is offering a SET of ALL FIVE issues, PLUS a FREE copy of The Lake Erie Monster Summer Special! Exclusively at the Shiner Comics Store. This is limited to 10 sets, and they’re going fast!

ALSO: in case you missed it, Shiner Comics now has a sweet tumblr page: Feel free to follow, and spread the word!


The long awaited fifth issue of The Lake Erie Monster, an ongoing rust-belt horror anthology comic book created by Jake Kelly (flier artist and muralist) and John G (poster artist and designer behind MELT Bar & Grilled’s graphics) and self-published under John’s Shiner Comics banner, will be released on Saturday, June 7th. A party and art show will be held at BUCKBUCK Gallery, 3910 Lorain in the bustling Ohio City neighborhood. The issue will hit the stands at their regular retailers on the following Wednesday, June 11th.

Fans of ‘The Lake Erie Monster’ have followed the series of events set in 1970’s Cleveland involving a terrifying humanoid-fish monster that comes ashore to attack unsuspecting hoboes, hippies, journalists, cops and teenagers. The intrepid heroes have converged on the abandoned Euclid Beach Park, having tracked the location as the potential nest of the creature from the polluted depths of Lake Erie. Issue five is a double sized, 30 page action packed finale to the epic saga, wrapping up with a thrilling climax!

As an added bonus for their most loyal readers, Shiner Comics will have available an exclusive limited edition of The Lake Erie Monster Summer Special, free to the first 30 people that buy the fifth issue at the release party. This 12 page comic features the horrifying story called The Weight of a Fly, by Jake Kelly.

BUCKBUCK will also have a special, one-night-only exhibit made up of a selection of the original art from the five issues of The Lake Erie Monster comics, all drawn by John G and Jake Kelly.


It’s DONE. The Lake Erie Monster #5. Stay tuned for full details!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, regular posts are going up over on Shiner Comics new tumblr:!


Finally! The long sold out first issue of The Lake Erie Monster horror anthology comic by J. Kelly and John G is BACK IN PRINT! Copies of this 2nd edition of The Lake Erie Monster #1 are currently available to BUY ONLINE over at the SHINER COMICS STORE. The issue will be hitting all of our fabulous retailers first thing next week!

Mid-Ohioans! Both J. Kelly and John G will be at. SPACE (the Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus, Ohio THIS WEEKEND! They’ll have copies of all four issues of The Lake Erie Monster. This is the first time Shiner comics will have be officially appearing outside the comfy confines of Cleveland, so come say “Hello”!

In other news, the FIFTH issue of The Lake Erie Monster is also finished! We’re still working on the package and designing all the ads, but stay tuned! News about the release is forthcoming!


TONIGHT! The monster movie classic Humanoids From The Deep (the one from 1980) is screening at Midnight at The Capitol Theatre. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, this is THE opportunity to catch it for the first time on the big screen!

Unfortunately, we will not be releasing The Lake Erie Monster #5 at the screening, as we had planned. However, John G had some health issues in April that pushed the drawing process back a little. We’ll be posting again when we have some more details about the release when it’s closer to being finished.

We will be set up there tonight with copies of The Lake Erie Monster issues 2-4, and prints of this Humanoids poster, as well as a few other poster prints from the archives!

Hey Kids! The fourth terrifying issue of The Lake Erie Monster is finally here and available! We’re hard at work on The Lake Erie Monster #5 over here at Shiner Comics HQ, but we’ll be sending our henchmen out to deliver copies to all our awesome local retailers in the coming week. For those non-local loyal readers, you can always order directly from us by way of Shiner Comics Store. Issues #2 and #3 are still available, and we do have a digital version of issue #1 listed (a second print edition will be available very very soon!).


Jake Kelly and John G will also be at this year’s Cinema Wasteland (at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville), the weekend of April 5th-7th, on hand to sell and sign copies of The Lake Erie Monster comics and posters, sharing a booth with Cleveland Cinemas and Phantom Pain Films!

Ahoy there, shipmates! We’re up to our third issue of The Lake Erie Monster, and it’s pretty much a perfect jumping on point if you were lost at sea for the first two issues. To give you an idea of what’s going on in our flagship tale of Cleveland’s treacherous yesteryear, we’ve decided to preview the issue with the first 5 pages.

We’ve updated our list of local retailers over at our Buy The Comic page with our most recent additions, if you’re in the Cleveland area. If not, or ya can’t make it to one of these fine establishments, you can always order the comics through our very own Shiner Comics Store.







And that’s just the start of it! This issue also includes a double page The Commodore’s Cleveland, the introduction of The Commodore’s Parlor, an all new 10 page back up story called The Bumble Run, along with all the zany ads and extras our readers love and clamor for each issue!

Another quick note, The Lake Erie Monster #2 is still available, and though the print edition sold out, and we will be reprinting it shortly, the digital version of The Lake Erie Monster #1 is still only $1!


Scene Magazine’s first annual Comics Issue is out and on the stands this week! They’ve assembled 5 local comic creators to breakdance on the loose theme of Cleveland: Past, Present, Future, including The Lake Erie Monster’s own John G and Jake Kelly, along with Gary and Laura Dumm, MJ Robinson and Kevin Czapiewski!

Jake contributed a Commodore’s Cleveland page to the issue, more of which can be found in the pages on The Lake Erie Monster comics books! (still available online or at select Cleveland area retailers):

John G’s contribution is this odd look into the world of the Gordon’s Square and life of The Non-Temporal Man:

Here’s MJ Robinson’s conversation with surly ol’ Cleveland, The Dog. Be sure to head over to to check out more of her clever and awesome comics:

Gary and Laura Dumm take on our most loved and respected sometimes home for Monsters, but always a source of pride and debate, The LAKE ERIE:

Lastly, but never leastly, Kevin Czap takes us on a walk through the probably future to Perf House with some lovable future youths, I like these kids:sc_010913_czap


The Lake Erie Monster #3 is OUT, and AVAILABLE at all of our retailers! Check the “Buy The Comic” section of this page, we’ll be updating regularly as we add more locations. You can also order the issue from the Shiner Comics Store online, along with many other Shiner Comics products!

Today, December 22nd, 2012, Blue Arrow Records will be throwing a Last Minute Holiday Shopping Party, and both John G and Jake Kelly will be in attendance with copies of The Lake Erie Monster #3, #2, and even a very limited number of copies of the first edition of The Lake Erie Monster #1 that they’ve brought out of their personal reserves!