“We’ve got a lot of great customers out there. It’s nice to see regulars and new faces alike, but of course it’s nice to see kids coming in the store. We’re seeing an influx of the younger generation again, and thanks in no small part to the gaming events that we see out there. We get a lot more foot traffic through there now and it’s nice to meet people.”
Downtown Comics is not letting technology leave it behind, recently launching an online store.
“We also have digital comic portals on our front page, so if they don’t have time to come by the store and buy the book, or if they’re on the road, they can always read on their mobile or table,” Himes said. “I guess if anything, the point would be to strike that balance between the traditional comic reader and the modern comic reader, who basically came in because they watch “The Big Bang Theory’ television show.”
Now three stores deep and still going strong, Downtown Comics looks toward the future, many more Free Comic Book Days, and a genre they expect to only keep exploding.
“There will always be a place for the single issue and people who collect them,” Himes said, “and this is purely anecdotal based on observation, but I see readership growing over the next decade. It’s far more accessible. There used to be a stigma that only collectors read them, but I think that’s changing.”
Downtown Comics is at 7301 W. 10th St. The store can be reached by calling 271-7610 or online at www.downtowncomics.com.