So here’s something new: I’ve put out a call to retailers to let me know about their shops that cater to LGBT readers, and am going to run “Retail Spotlights” highlighting them. The goal is to connect queer folks who are already comics readers to shops they can go and find the stuff they want to read, as well as invite LGBT communities around the country to explore what today’s comics shops have to offer by visiting one near them with a great selection and welcoming staff. If you’re looking for a fun place to shop where you can “come as you are”, then look no further!
This week, I’d like to introduce you to Marsha and Alan Giroux and their store called All About Books and Comics in Phoenix, Arizona. The store boasts over one million (!) new and back-issue comics from all publishers, as well as other items such as shirts, coffee mugs, and more. They’ve been serving customers in Arizona and worldwide for 30 years and have “the most knowledgable and friendly staff in Arizona.”
All About Books and Comics offers a free subscription service (so the books you want won’t sell out before you get them), a selection of back issues you can browse on their website, and they make regular updates about sales, promotions and new items on their email list, Facebook, and on Twitter at @AllAboutComics. All About Comics also buys and trades old comics; bring them in to the store so they can check them out!
I asked Marsha and Alan what they thought was the hottest thing in comics right now, and what they would recommend to new readers.
The most exciting thing happening in comics right now begins in September with the launch of DC’s new line of comics. They are relaunching with 52 new number ones. It is the perfect jumping on point for anyone interested in comics. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Batwoman and all the rest of the DC line are all starting fresh with a new modern day relaunch and you can start with the very first issue! All About Books and Comics will have them all! Batwoman is a lesbian and she’s finally getting her own series! For those of you that loved Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman in the 1970’s, we will not only have the first issue of Wonder Woman in September but we also carry a full line of Wonder Woman products from coffee mugs to T-shirts.
Looking for something more independent? We recommend Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel Fun Home, a coming of age story of a young lesbian growing up with her father in a funeral home. Did you grow up reading Archie Comics? They are also becoming much more LGBT friendly with the recent introduction of a new gay character, Kevin. We’ve got them!
Are you watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Walking Dead? These are two of the most popular TV shows that have comics and All About has them all! Did you see any of the great comic book movies this summer? Thor, X-men, Captain America, Green Lantern? We have all the comics and related merchandise.
Have a question? Ask the Professor. He has been collecting comics for over 40 years and can tell you anything you need to know about story lines. You can reach the Professor on the blog at AllAboutComics.com and read reviews of current comics.
So if you’re in Phoenix but haven’t looked at a comic shop in a while because you didn’t think there would be anything for you there, give All About Books and Comics a try. It’s always good to support retailers that welcome everyone and try to offer stuff that appeals to all types of customers. The shop is located at 5060 N. Central in the heart of uptown Phoenix (one block North of Camelback on Central). You can also visit them online at AllAboutComics.com.