Everyone involved in our stores collects and cares a great deal about the world of comics. We always emphasize reading and enjoying more than collecting prepackaged graded collectors items. Our current team and a host of Red Shirts (people who work part time for trade, named after all those nameless crewmen extras who died in the classic Star Trek show) welcome you to the world of Stories!
|Owner||Forest Hill Manager||West
|Shipping Assistant||Head Red-Shirt||West End Sub-Manager|
Beginning with setting up at local comic conventions in the late 70's, a store was born. In 1979 during high school, a weekend only operation begun by me and my then girlfriend Cheryl Deel at Richmond Flea Market (originally called Whirlys, Cheryl's one time nick name) with second hand records, paperbacks, comics and other assorted merchandise. We quickly grew from a one booth operation to four booths jammed full of cool items. Eventually with the financial help of caring parents we were ready for the big plunge into a permanent location in the fashionable West End at 9047 West Broad. Our first attempt was less than successful and by the end of the first year (1982) we started a second store after Cheryl's college graduation. This store was at 5067 Forest Hill accross the river in Richmond's South Side. This location had a cheaper rent and more space so we began carrying for the first time new merchandise.
With the success of this enterprise we closed down our Broad
street location, got married
in 1986, sold out all our records, and began building up our surviving comics store. In no time we bought out our next door neighbor's bookstore and doubled our floor space. We also hired our first employee Bart Knowles. Bart brought to our operation a keen eye for detail and construction knowledge (single-handedly creating bookcases, shelves, comic displays etc) which I could write a book about in order to cover completely.