February 20, 2016
|This posts' inspiration! Kat (left) and Paul (Right).|
I don't have a local comic book store in my town. Usually I wait two to three weeks at a time to make the trip to my nearest store (a mere 27 miles across state lines away). In the spirit of the show (and an effort to create some new content for this site... yeah, sorry about that), I decided to document a few recent comic trips of my own and record the loot from each stop.
So I didn't make all these trips in a single day, or in the same week. But after one day of picking up my weekly stash at Limited Figures, I decided to keep going by visiting a nearby Vintage Stock, a store (with several Midwest locations) that deals in buying and selling used and new video games, movies, music and... comics! They have several back issue bins and to be fair I didn't spend a lot of time going through them, but I did find a few gems (see below).
|X-Men #2 & #6, TMNT #48 (variant), Doctor Strange: The Oath #1 and Fantastic Four #220|
But that wasn't really a trip, more like a side stop off a regular visit. So on a day off work my wife Rachael and I decided to drive to the college town of Lawrence, Kansas, to check out a few stores.
The first stop was at Astrokitty Comics, a store I have been to many times before, but this time the first in their new location. The space is twice as big as the previous store, which gave it some much needed browsing room. The comic store was on the second floor above a video game store. The owner Joel mentioned utilizing the basement level for use in gaming such as Warhammer and Magic. I checked around for a few comics but ended up with a few Pop! figures, for which he had quite a large selection.
|My view from the street outside of Astrokitty.|
|Pan and scan from their Facebook page.|
|My loot from Astrokitty. Cousin Eddie Pop! finishing my Christmas Vacation collection.|
Plus two Holy Grail Pops! starting that series.
Next up was a recently opened store I had wanted to check out called Boom! Comics. I had seen pictures of it on social media and really dug what I saw. It is a beautiful looking store, still kinda growing into itself. They had a friendly staff, a great selection of indie and variant books, and a whole room dedicated to Star Wars toys. Not a big haul though as I only walked away with a Looney Toons variant of Aquaman and my wife picked up an expansion pack to Cards Against Humanity.
|Walking in the door of Boom! Comics.|
|Just the independent comics section. Kind of a mess, but all bagged and boarded.|
I love the shelves, they are unique, opposed to the usual slat board walls seen in most stores.
|Darth Maul... the guardian of the Star Wars room.|
|The checkout counter, to which I actually didn't know where to stand at to check out.|
Variant covers to recent issues surround on the shelves below.
|I couldn't pass this up.|
Last stop for the night was at Hastings, a store similar to Vintage Stock but way bigger in scale. Although they have lots of stuff (and I did have my eye on a few Diamond Select figures) we just didn't find anything we couldn't live without, calling it an evening for Lawrence.
|I love this new comics rack at Hastings.|
Oh, there's more.
A week later, Rachael and I took another road trip, this time to a different Vintage Stock in Liberty, Missouri. With a quick walk around the store, Rachael found a NECA Ripley figure I've been wanting/searching for a while. I can't believe I got it in a store, I thought for sure I'd have to buy it online or at a convention for a high price. So right off, the stop was worth it. But then we hit the back issue bins and picked up a lot of $1 and $2 comics.
|A quick stop at Target found this Trinity Pop! completing my Matrix collection.|
|YESSSSS! A lucky find!|
|We did this for a while. Lots of boxes.|
|Odd ball comics including Indiana Jones Temple of Doom issues #2 and #3. New Kids on the Block #1,|
Toxic Avenger #1 and Masters of the Universe #1
|Man of Steel #2 and #4 completing the mini-series. Action Comics #588, Flash #2, Gen13 #21 and Spawn #9|
|Silver Surfer #25, Wolverine #33, Dr. Strange #50, The Mighty Thor #457, Daredevil #300 and DD: Man Without Fear #4|
Rounding out our travels brought me back full circle to my regular comic store Limited Figures. There I found two surprises. First was a copy of Back to the Future #1 the owner Jeff had located for me. I had wanted the original cover drawn by DMI artist Dan Schoening, but it had been sold out at the distributor and was hard to find. And before leaving the store, Rachael noticed one of the new Diamond Select Ghostbuster figures. We ended up picking up the entire first wave, an awesome addition for my figure collection.
|Back to the Future #1|
|First wave of new Ghostbuster figures. Woot!|
So while I look forward to going to the local big conventions every year, I do enjoy checking out what the nearby stores have to offer. You never know what you're going to take home.