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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!

Another of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings! “The sixties were a crazy time for Wolf-Mans.” –Andy MacDonald, upon being shown this one by The Commodore himself. A crazy time, indeed!

Another of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings!

Another of The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings! These will be running three times a week from now on so make sure you check back Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays!

Also a quick note to for the review of The Lake Erie Monster #1! Read that HERE!

A new feature here at is The Commodore’s Cleveland Clippings! Three times a week we’ll be posting new clippings from The Commodore’s archives of strange and creepy Cleveland happenings throughout the city’s history.

Here’s another preview of The Lake Erie Monster #1, with pages 3-5. You can check out pages 1 and 2 HERE.

The Lake Erie Monster #1 is available online in the Shiner Comics Store, and in the select retail stores in the greater Cleveland area we have listed on the Buy The Comic page here on the site.

Here’s a quick shot of the text of the digital version of The Lake Erie Monster #1 digital version on a Kindle Fire, which we’re still working on but should be available soon!

Just a quick note to mention that copies of The Lake Erie Monster #1 are now in a couple more Cleveland area stores. For the full list, with addresses, check the Retailers page here on the site. If you’re not located in the Cleveland area or you can’t get to one of these fine retail outlets, there’s always the Shiner Comics Store for mail orders! There’s plenty of other great items to browse and choose from in addition to your copy of The Lake Erie Monster #1!

Carol & John’s Comics, in Kamm’s Plaza on the corner of Riverside and Lorain Rd, has a whole lot of copies! It’s right across the street from a Steak & Shake too, so the move is to go buy a bunch of comics, get a milkshake, then read comics and drink a milkshake and have an awesome time. Just a suggestion.

Both Big Fun locations, on Coventry and on Clifton just east of W. 117th St. Big Fun is where you’ll find every single thing you forgot how much you loved as a kid, plus a zillion other things you never even knew existed. It’s a sensory overload of awesome stuff in every direction covering every possible inch of the store. If you go to the Coventry location, you can pop into Tommy’s for a milkshake to drink while you read your comic. If you go to the Clifton store, Sweet Moses is seriously not 7 minutes away on Detroit, you can even sit at the bar and red your comic there.

The coffee/record shop Loop, down in Tremont, has copies. On a personal note, I will just say that I think Loop’s coffee is the best cup of coffee I’ve had in Cleveland. I like other coffee shops too, and I go to other coffee shops more frequently, but every time I get a cup of coffee at Loop I think to myself “This is goddamn good”. I don’t think they serve milkshakes, but Scoops is over on Professor, not too far away.

Comics Are Go way out in Sheffield Village has a bunch of copies now too. If you take I-90 West from Cleveland, you get off at the Rt 254 exit and hang a left. It’s right by Lorain County Community College, off Abby Rd (Rt. 301) in the Drug Mart plaza. Oddly enough, there is also a Steak & Shake right by there, down Abby a little bit. Recipe for a good time.

Blue Arrow Records, just down the way from The Beachland Ballroom, has a bunch of copies on hand. They’ve also got a ton of records to dig through, and some pretty sweet cats hanging out! ANYWAY, we’re going to need some help with this last one, intrepid readers. I have no idea where to get a good milkshake and read comics at in Collinwood, so comment your suggestions, or if you’re bashful, email The Commodore:!

This is the initial drawing of The Commodore, by John G! He’s a ghastly gentleman, but he knows his stuff.

Our friends over at Ideastream were kind enough to have us on Around Noon again yesterday to talk to Dee Perry about The Lake Erie Monster. Listen to the interview: Click HERE!

If you’re really interested and want to delve deep into the origins of this project you can still listen to our first appearance on Around Noon, when we spoke to Dee Perry last January!

Jak Prints put together a short video about The Lake Erie Monster, and posted some great shots from the release party, over on their blog: HERE! Hey, you can see how ridiculous our beards are! It’s a pretty great blog, today’s post is on Typography with a Capital “T”! Check it out:

Thanks to everybody that ordered The Lake Erie Monster via the Shiner Comics Store! Orders have been coming in rapidly, and we’re very grateful for every single one of them. We’re shipping packages out almost as soon as we get them, so if you placed an order- hold fast, it will be arriving soon! If you haven’t ordered yet, but want a copy of the comic or poster- you may want to act fast!

For all the local Clevelanders, we’ve added a Retailers page to the site, where we will update the list of locations that the comic is available! I’ll be writing more about that soon, but the list should grow as we distribute the books!

First and foremost, a big scary monstrous Thank You goes out to all those that came out to Blue Arrow for the release party last night! We had a great time, rapped about comics and movies, and moved quite a few units. A HUGE Thanks to Blue Arrow Records & Boutique for hosting the event, and John Neely for spinning records!

Secondly, The Lake Erie Monster #1 is NOW AVAILABLE through the Shiner Comics store! Operators are standing by and ready to take your order! CLICK HERE!!! For Clevelanders, the issue will be surfacing at various local retail outlets this week, so check back here for updates as to where it’s available. A digital version will be available for download shortly.

Thirdly, also available is The Lake Erie Monster Movie Poster, a 12″ x 18″ version printed on fancy matte card stock. Suitable for framing! Order both the poster and the comic or the full on Lake Erie Monster Effect!

Fourth, and last, the comics podcast Comics Are Go! were nice enough to have us on to talk a little bit about The Lake Erie Monster. There’s a Special Edition Episode listed between episodes 108 (which we are also on) and 109, on the Comics Are Go! iTunes page. Check it out for a little more insight into the comic and hear us say some goofy stuff!