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January 31st, 2005


I went through a brief phase as a kid where I geeked out on comic books, but in general, I wasn’t a hardcore collector. My collection consists of maybe a hundred or so comics, many from when I was younger, of varying degrees of value. I have the Spider-Man, for instance, where he loses six of his eight arms (they were bare arms, interestingly), but it’s in pretty bad shape. I have a number of Wonder Woman, Super Man, and Batman comics from the early-to-mid-80s as well. And I was also a fan of those super hero groups like JLA and Defenders of the Earth.

I remember a lunch aide in elementary school who promised me her son’s collection of 70s super hero comics. I was really stoked to potentially double or triple my collection, but unfortunately it never came through. After bugging her for several weeks after she first offered it to me, she told me her son had thrown them all out. “Damn it!,” I said in my high-pitched third grader’s voice.

Every so often, I’ll buy a comic or two if it catches my eye. A few years ago, a good comic store in my town was closing down and I stocked up on half-prize zombie comics, for instance. Just for the hell of it, I bought The World’s Greatest Team-Ups to see various super heros in action together fighting crime. It makes me happy to see that standard super hero comics are still being produced alongside more experimental works.

My admittedly small collection is taken good care of now. Everything’s in comic backs with backings and stored in a comic box from Bags Unlimited. I’ve even toyed around with the idea of cataloging my collection.

But, you know, I wouldn’t even know where to go to get comics today. Sure, I could go online, but some of my best memories are of browsing the shelves of Jim’s News Stand (still there!) or the local book store. This looks helpful, but has some out-of-date information (it still shows the aforementioned comic store in my town that closed).

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FROM: Alex C.
DATE: Tuesday February 1, 2005 -- 1:08:19 pm
Hey Ryan, these are the guys to goto if you want to browse:

Phoenix Comics & Toys

They are in Herndon, and have a very nice set-up. The owners are slowly branching out, having bought a second store near GMU.

If and when you go, look for the "Walking Dead" comic / trade collection. Or remind me and I'll lend you mine. GREAT zombie comic series that Ellen and I just discovered.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 1, 2005 -- 3:24:21 pm
I was thinking abouyt stopping by Phoenix sometime.

The first four issues of the Walking Dead were amongst the batch I bought from the one that was closing down (I think you guys were there that day, too), along with a couple of other zombie series.

I wanted to complete the series or at least pick up the two compilations of the first 12 issues.

FROM: Alex C.
DATE: Tuesday February 1, 2005 -- 7:46:47 pm
Cool - the two compilations (and issues 13 and 14) are out now. Issue 14 has a November date, so hopefully 15 will come out soon...

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday February 2, 2005 -- 10:41:51 am
Phoenix is my comic book store of choice. The owners are nice guys and they have a good selection of back issues. And they'll get me anything I want. Well... maybe not ANYthing. But they're still good about getting me my comic fix.

DATE: Thursday March 10, 2005 -- 6:55:04 pm

DATE: Thursday March 10, 2005 -- 6:55:09 pm

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