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Four-Letter Words

  All this month, we’ll be helping Children’s Hospital Los Angeles‘ Make March Matter campaign, which aims to raise over a million dollars in March alone for CHLA through the efforts of its corporate partners, among which we are proud to be numbered.  Children’s Hospital Los Angeles sees over 528,000 patient visits annually, and is […]

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Step Inside

Hopefully, there’s a comic book store in your town. You step through the doors every week to get your new books and chat with the people working there. You talk about what’s on the shelves, what you like, what you don’t. You leave behind the worries of work, the bills, and relationships and disappear into […]

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An Invitation

“Daddy, can I press the buttons?” My daughter, Hannah, stood on a chair at my counter, reaching out for the cash register. She loved it when the cash drawer popped open. Surprised her every time. She’d spent many hours behind my counter. She was only a year old when we opened our doors and I […]

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Gods & Comics

Since we first opened our shop, we’ve operated with strict posted hours. We open when we say we’ll open and we close on time so we can get home to our families and have a good quality of life. Of course, the first couple of years, I played fast and loose with those rules; you […]

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Three Dollars and Twenty-Four Cents

For a little over three years, Jerry has walked among us. Or, maybe it was just three years ago that I began noticing him. He kind of just appeared on my radar one day as he shuffled along the comic racks, eyes to the floor. I have to admit that he made me a little […]

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Connections

I saw her hovering by the door. She was obviously considering whether to step all the way in or drift back out into the night. The door kept opening and closing and folks rushed passed her on all sides, delaying her decision. I was desperate to run over and rescue her, but I was trapped […]

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The Break-Up

“Listen, I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I really think it’s best if I move on.” “It’s really been great. I’ve loved every minute of the time we’ve spent together, but I just need a change.” “It’s nothing personal. I just want to see what else is out there.” Yes, it’s the dreaded […]

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Number 158

Ready? I no longer consider myself a comic book collector. There, I said it. It’s out in the open. I have no longboxes in my closet. No special “runs.” No complete limited series. It wasn’t always this way. You don’t become a comic retailer unless you’ve got some kind of obsessive history with the medium. […]

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Funny Books

They breezed in one Sunday afternoon, wide eyed and cheerful. Both must have been in their late 70s or early 80s. I watched as they casually walked the floor, browsing and whispering to one another. The one thing that immediately struck me was that they were holding each other’s hands. I remember thinking about how […]

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Tag. You’re It.

Our store lives on a main thoroughfare in the heart of an active city. Over the years, I’ve watched the neighborhood grow, change and grow some more. Corporate buildings going up, houses being built, storefronts expanding. With the growing diversity of infrastructure comes the growing diversity of our neighbors. Race, religion, political bent, wealth, destitution. […]

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The Jabberwock

In walked Dave, towering and foreboding. His arms were muscular, tattooed from shoulder to wrist. Dragons and monsters adorned them, colors blazing. They dared viewers to glance at their majesty, but also intimidated them enough to look away. As with any new customer, their story is important. I can’t pair the book with the man […]

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Don’t X-Plain

They looked like a nice young couple. I’d never seen them before, but it was a casual weekend afternoon and there were lots of new faces milling about the shop. I’m proud to say that we’ve become something of a “couples” store. By that, I mean a store that’s welcoming to both men and women. […]

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In Brightest Day

“Can I help you?” the receptionist said. “Yes.” I replied. “I need to speak with the person who writes Green Lantern.” A smile made its way across the receptionists face. “I’m guessing you don’t have an appointment?” “No.” I said, matter-of-factly. “But it’s important. I just want to say a few things to him. It’ll […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.