Comic Book Store Clerks of America

Aug. 13, 2009 | 2:07 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America No. 15: Pasadena, Calif.

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. In this special edition of Comic Book Store Clerks of America, the Hero Complex visted the good folks of Comics Factory (1298 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA; [626] 585-0618) as they, along with many other comic-book shops throughout the country, celebrated Marvel Comics’ 70th anniversary. Shops stayed open after 9 p.m. selling “The Marvels Project #1,” a retelling of how it all started for Marvel Comics, centering on two of its stars: the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner.  Many had special guests signing books and making sketches.  Comics […]
July 09, 2009 | 4:39 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 14: Houston

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. The best little comics shop in Texas?  It’s Bedrock City Comics, at least according to Chuck Schiel, 28, who mans the counter at the original location [6517 Westheimer in Houston; (713) 780-0675]. Between shifts, he says, he’s been working on his “Insta-Grill” superpower, which is “the ability to turn teeth gold on a whim.” No, we’re not sure exactly what he’s talking about either. Let’s get on to the questions… If Batman could get one superpower, what would be the most appropriate? I’ll go with resurrection, because he’s dead. You’d […]
June 01, 2009 | 11:55 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 13: New York City, NY

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. It may be our world, but when it comes to comic books it’s Jim Hanley’s Universe. [4 W. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001; (212) 268-7088] The store caters to the comic book connoisseur as well as a fair number of starving comics creators. Just ask Vito DelSante, 36: He’s a mild-mannered store manager by day and covert comic book writer by night. His comic book, FCHS, recounts his last year of high school and will hit the shelves this October. “We foster that kind of creativity here,” DelSante […]
May 22, 2009 | 1:08 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 12: Chicago, Illinois

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. Meet Shane Wallace, 26, from Graham Cracker Comics location in Lincoln Park [2562 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614; (773) 665-2010], where he constantly reminds his customers that comic books aren’t just for kids. “Comics have switched from being for kids to being more for adults. I want to be able to read the comics on the shelves!” You’re preaching to the choir, Shane….now on with the questions… Ghost Rider, Knight Rider, or Speed Racer: Who would be first to the finish line? Speed Racer, because the other two […]
May 15, 2009 | 11:34 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 11: Orlando, Fla.

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in "High Fidelity," bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. If you're looking for that rare back issue of "Destroyer Duck" or "Black Goliath," check in with 33-year-old Shawn Schinault. He's the good egg who keeps things organized at Bad Apple Comics (8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809; [407]859-3422). We pulled him away from the bins to answer a few questions. Who is your favorite "X-Men" mutant? I'd say Havok. He's a well-written, well-rounded character. He's got a good back story, a good forward story and a good, tragic on-again, off-again girlfriend. What after-school cartoon needs to be made into a live-action movie? […]
April 28, 2009 | 10:19 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 10: Tempe, Ariz

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in "High Fidelity," bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. It's a bold statement to claim that you are the Pop Culture Paradise, but co-assistant manager Richard Marshall, 26, believes that his store lives up to its name. The Tempe, Ariz., shop (707 S. Forest Ave. Suite A, 480-557-6640) was part of the campaign to bring the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" premiere to town and PCP also sponsored a comics marathon in which writers and artists had 24 hours to produce a 24-page comic book. "It was about 15 people eating pizza, drawing pictures and watching movies," said Marshall (in the […]
April 21, 2009 | 3:20 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 9: Red Bank, N.J.

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. We mourned the closing of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in Westwood as much as we cried when Superman died for the first time, but luckily the store’s Jersey shore location [35 Broad St., Red Bank, N.J.; (352) 536-1488] is alive and kicking. If you’re ever in town and want to see the best that Jersey has to offer, talk to Michael Zapcic, 41, who has manned the tills for the last nine years. And, yes, Zapcic admits that Jay is just the same lovable goofball with […]
March 14, 2009 | 2:05 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 8: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. If Galactus ever tries to take a bite out of Louisana he’s in for a nasty surprise and we’re not just talking about the Tabasco factory over on Avery Island. It turns out that the Ultimate Nullifer, that crazy Kirby gizmo that Reed Richards used to spook the planet-eater is hidden in plain sight over at School of Comics [660 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, LA; (225)922-9080]. At least that’s what employee Jeff Walley, 33, tells us… Speaking of Ultimate Nullifier, if you could be any member of […]
March 08, 2009 | 12:55 a.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 7: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. He reminds us of Puck from Alpha Flight and his name had us humming “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt,” but there is nothing but respect for Jo Schmidt who at the tender age of 23 is an advanced scholar when it comes to comics. He works at Collector’s Edge Comics (2330 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee, WI; [414] 481-5055), which has four locations and more than a million back issues. What’s the best comic book to snuggle with on a cold day? “Watchmen!” It’s the best comic book of […]
March 02, 2009 | 2:31 p.m.

Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 6: Dayton, Ohio

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in "High Fidelity," bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them. If you’re looking for a pick-up game of Magic: The Gathering or a "Star Wars" role-playing game, enter the domain of Bell, Book & Comic (458 Patterson Road, Dayton, OH; [937] 643-9006). The store (with a name  paying homage to "Bell, Book and Candle") is the site of biweekly and weekly tournaments of World of Warcraft, Yu-Gi-Oh and other games, but don’t forget the comics that line the walls too. We rolled the dice and asked 35-year-old owner Peter Bell a few questions… What comic needs to […]
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