Status Report for Wednesday, 1 April 2020 (No foolin’)

I need a more interesting phrase than “status report” but that’s what it is. We’re skipping April Fool’s day. I hope you don’t mind.

There are SEVEN different items in this report! I numbered ’em for clarity.

1. Tony will be IN THE SHOP three days this week: TODAY, Wednesday, from noon-4pm, as well as Friday (4/3), and Saturday (4/4) from noon to 5:30pm to take phone orders and answer questions. And, we are responding to email and voicemail 7 days a week! 617-492-6763 or millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com. Press inquiries WELCOME!

2. Jason Wiser will be running his Intro to Comix Creation ONLINE class for kids AGAIN next week, Monday, 6 April 2020 through Friday, 10 April 2020 from 1-2pm. He’s also considering a next level class! (Let us know via email to millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com if you and your kids might be interested in the next level!) More details on signing up for the basic class here: https://www.themillionyearpicnic.com/intro-to-comix-creation-online-class-for-kids-again/

3. In addition to the classes, Tony is still delivering comics to Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, and Belmont with a minimum purchase of $15. He’s going farther afield for larger orders. We’re also packing comics to ship via USPS to remote locations! Unfortunately, we’ve had to discontinue curbside pickup for the time being.

4. If you want to support us, you can buy a gift certificate via our PayPal using blanton7772000@yahoo.com (again, DO NOT EMAIL that address; you will not get a response). Just put the details in the note section PayPal provides. You have THREE options: (1) we can mail out gift certificates via the United States Postal Service, (2) we can hold them at the shop until we’re open again, or (3) we can put them in with an order of comics/graphic novels and deliver them to your house… let us know your preference in the note.

5. If you’re looking for prose books, we may be able to order them as well since we have access to a couple of distributors that are still open who do both graphic novels and prose books.

6. GREAT NEWS! OUR VOICEMAIL IS FIXED! You can leave us voice messages! We’ll even listen to them!

7. For more up-to-the-minute news and status reports, follow us on the various social media platforms, especially our main Instagram account (mostly Tony) and Twitter (mostly Kelly):

Main Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/myp_comics/

Back issues only Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/mypcomicsonline/

Our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/myp_comics/

Our Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/mypcomics/

Our Etsy account (also for back issues): https://www.etsy.com/shop/MillionYearPicnicMA

Join the MYP email list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/millionyearpicnic

Thank you so much for all of your support! We really appreciate how much people are reaching out and helping us! Stay safe and healthy!

Intro to Comix Creation ONLINE class for kids AGAIN!!!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED! THERE IS STILL ROOM IN THE CLASS! WE’LL BE ACCEPTING REGISTRATION THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT, 4/5/2020!!!

Jason Wiser will be running his Intro to Comix Creation ONLINE class for kids AGAIN next week, Monday, 6 April 2020 through Friday, 10 April 2020 from 1-2pm. He’s also planning a next level class! Jason’s website for the class is here: http://www.yayaplay.com/classes.html

  • Intro to Comix Creation
  • For ages 8+
  • $50 per household – NOT per child! If you have one child or seven, it’s still $50!
  • Monday, 4/6 through Friday, 4/10 at 1pm
  • All your child needs is a pencil and paper!
  • Please provide your email address (for the URL to connect you and your child to the class; no special software is needed) as well as the first name(s) and the age(s) of your child (or children)
  • You’ll receive the link by 12:30pm on Monday, before class starts

Payment can be made via PayPal to blanton7772000@yahoo.com (but please DO NOT email that address; please DO put your email address and the names/ages of your child/children in the “Add a note” section) or on the phone with a credit card (our number is 617-492-6763). Since we’re not in the shop on a regular basis during the current stay-at-home order, if you need to do a credit card transaction, email us at millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com or leave us a voice message with your phone number and a good time to call so that Tony Davis, owner of the MYP, can call you back. (I promise, we’re working on an e-commerce solution.) DO NOT EMAIL US YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.

We will cap this class at 50 students, so act fast! Registration ENDS on SUNDAY, 5 April 2020!

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Jason Wiser is a Harvard Instructor of Comics, Animation, and Game Development. His comics work has been published in the Boston Globe, his animation has appeared on the Disney TV show “Greek” and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his published games include the award-winning cooperative card game for kids “Monsters in the Elevator” (www.YayaPlay.com/MITE).

PLEASE SHARE THIS AROUND! Even if you don’t have kids, your friends might be interested! Jason is kindly letting us keep the proceeds of this venture to raise money for the shop while we’re all practicing social distancing.

EIGHT Ways YOU Can Help the Million Year Picnic Comic Shop

EIGHT Ways To Help The MYP:

IF YOU WANT TO HELP THE MILLION YEAR PICNIC but you don’t want to come into the shop for whatever reason, there are EIGHT WAYS you can do that! TWO of them have deadlines.

1. SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR OUR CLASS! (Sign up by Saturday, 3/21/2020)

Our friend Jason Wiser has been teaching classes on comics for years and has made us a special offer to teach YOUR kids how to draw their own comics! This would be a one-week class, running from Monday, 23 March 2020 through Friday, 27 March 2020, for an hour each day. Each lesson will be recorded so that if you are not available for the live version, you or your child can watch it later.

Details here:
https://www.themillionyearpicnic.com/intro-to-comix-creation-online-class-for-kids/

PLEASE SHARE THIS AROUND! Even if you don’t have kids, your friends might be interested! Jason is kindly letting us keep the proceeds of this venture to raise money for the shop while we’re all practicing social distancing.

2. FREE HOME DELIVERY SERVICE!

For the next few weeks, while everyone’s practicing social distancing and trying to slow down the spread of COVID-19, we will be offering FREE delivery service to Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, and Belmont on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a minimum purchase of $15. For large orders, we might be willing to expand our delivery area to other nearby communities.

Orders placed via phone (617-492-6763) Thursday through Monday 5pm will be delivered Tuesday and orders placed Tuesday through Wednesday 5pm will be delivered on Thursday. You can also place orders via email.

We’ll ring the doorbell or send a text, but leave the package on the porch.

3. USPS SHIPPING TO YOUR HOUSE!

Call us at 617-492-6763 and ask for your comics to get shipped to your house! If you’re outside our delivery range, we’re happy to pack up your comics into a box and ship them to you! If it’s just graphic novels, we can ship book rate, which is cheap but slow. However, if you want issues, we’ll need to switch to a Priority Mailer. We can get lots of books into a $15 box!

4. CURBSIDE PICKUP!

Call us at 617-492-6763 and pay for your comics, then drive up and pick up your comics curbside! You don’t even need to get out of your car!

5. BUY A GIFT CERTIFICATE!

Call us at 617-492-6763 and order a gift certificate. If you’re a subscriber, we can put it in your folder. Or we can mail it to you or your friends or your family for future use!

6. ORDER BOOKS COMING OUT IN MAY!!! (Order before Wednesday, 3/25/2020!)

You can order books for the FUTURE!!! It’s PREVIEWS time again! Time to order books for May 2020! You can subscribe to anything Diamond offers: t-shirts, toys, action figures, games, trade paperbacks, hardcovers, etc. The digital version of their monthly catalog is https://www.previewsworld.com/. Just keep in mind that they solicit two months in advance, so anything you order from there won’t arrive for at least two months if not longer.

Email your orders to millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com. Pay upon pickup (or delivery).

7. FORWARD/SHARE THE LINK TO THIS POST!

With the untimely death of our old email group, we’ve lost over 300 contacts! Our ability to reach customers and potential customers is greatly diminished! Pass this information along!

ALSO, IF YOU HAVE IDEAS about services or anything you want to see, email us or give us a call. We’d love to hear them! We could use some ideas for how to survive the next few weeks/months. Email us at millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com.

8. FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA! (Or join our email list!)

We’re trying to figure out some online alternatives to the next few shows we were going to attend, perhaps highlighting creators and works we were going to feature on our table.

Main Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/myp_comics/

Back issues only Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/mypcomicsonline/

Our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/myp_comics/

Our Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/mypcomics/

Our Etsy account (also for back issues): https://www.etsy.com/shop/MillionYearPicnicMA

Join the MYP email list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/millionyearpicnic

If you have questions, comments, or subscription updates/changes, we’re still using the Yahoo email as our main email address.

If there’s something you’d like put aside for you or an issue you’d like to discuss, please CALL 617-492-6763. It’s a much more reliable and timely method than emailing or sending us messages over social media.

Intro to Comix Creation ONLINE class for kids!

A young person helps Jason design Traffic Man, a superhero!

Hey friends with kids! We have a SPECIAL OFFER for you!

Since many of us are stuck at home, a friend of the Million Year Picnic — Harvard Instructor Jason Wiser — has offered to teach a class online, Intro to Comix Creation, to kids 8 and older. This would be a one-week class, running from Monday, 23 March 2020 through Friday, 27 March 2020, live at 11am and going for an hour each day. Each lesson will be recorded so that if you are not available for the live version, you or your child can watch it later that day. But note that Jason has already lined up a teaching assistant to help him respond to questions in real time. He’s also hoping to organize the students into small chat groups with kids of the same age (Note this is why we are asking for the names and ages of the children enrolled.)

– Intro to Comix Creation
– $50 per household (five 1-hour classes)
– Monday, 3/23 through Friday, 3/27 at 11am
– Please provide your email address (for the URL to connect you and your child to the class; no special software is needed; you’ll receive the link about a half-hour before class starts at 11am) as well as the first name(s) and the age(s) of your child (or children)

Payment can be made in person at the Million Year Picnic (99 Mt. Auburn Street in Cambridge), on the phone with a credit card (617-492-6763), or via PayPal to blanton7772000@yahoo.com (but please don’t email that address; put your email and the names/ages of your child/children in the “Add a note” section).

We will cap this class at 50 students, so act fast! Registration ENDS on SATURDAY, 21 March 2020!

ABOUT THE TEACHER:
Jason Wiser is a Harvard Instructor of Comics, Animation, and Game Development. His comics work has been published in the Boston Globe, his animation has appeared on the Disney TV show “Greek” and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his published games include the award-winning cooperative card game for kids “Monsters in the Elevator” (www.YayaPlay.com/MITE).

PLEASE SHARE THIS AROUND! Even if you don’t have kids, your friends might be interested! Jason is kindly letting us keep the proceeds of this venture to raise money for the shop while we’re all practicing social distancing.

Thank you,
The MYP Crew
99 MT Auburn ST (downstairs)
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-492-6763
millionyearpicnic@yahoo.com
https://www.themillionyearpicnic.com/