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My long time favorite local Comic Book store in Boise, The Paper Back Place recently closed down shop….another great comic book store in a line of great comic book stores over the years in Boise to eventually shut their doors. The notion that ‘they will be missed’ is an understatement.

I have now had to go all in with Captain Comics just outside the Boise downtown, and although they have a great set-up and excellent selection, they have a ‘policy’ that over the long term, may prove to become difficult to source solely from them.

All About Comic Book Art

comic book art
Art by Humberto Ramos

I like Comic Art. It’s one of the main reasons, motivators, whatever, that I have in choosing a particular comic. Writing is of course, very important, but everyone has their ‘preference’ and personal quirks, and for me, ART trumps WRITING.

Captain Comics has a ‘policy’ that you must grab staff in the store (of which there are maybe 2 at any one time…), if you want to ‘open’ the plastic, protective covering they place, even newly arrived comic books in. Why would you want to ‘open’ this protective casing? Well, for people like me, that would like to actually SEE the artwork inside, this is pretty much a MUST. Looking at the COVER ART on a comic book does not necessarily mean that is how the artwork ‘INSIDE’ is. I have learned over the MANY years at reading comics that physically taking a quick glance inside is almost always necessary, and ESPECIALLY NOW, with the price of comic books at LUDICRIS levels.

No way I am going to chance grabbing a bunch of titles, at $3-$4 a pop and ‘HOPING’ that when I get home, peel open the protective case, that the art agrees with me.

Problems With Captain Comic’s Policy?

  • It’s Inefficient. You mean to tell me that I have to grab one of the few staff in the store (screw this notion if the store is packed and someone needs to man the register), every time I want to look inside a comic book? No matter that I may look into 4 or 5 books, this individual is to me follow me around like a ‘gas attendant in Oregon’ and open each one for me? Don’t get me wrong, I definitely feel ‘SPECIAL’ having my personal comic book attendant, but this is silly?
  • It’s sort of Annoying? I have to find, wait (for them to finish with someone else), then grab staff, every time I want to do something that maybe takes 10 sec for me to do?

To their credit…I UNDERSTAND, some of the precautions here they would like to take with just anyone going into and out of these sometimes STUNNING collectibles and works of art, but there’s got to be a better way? Yes? No?

Taking Steps Into My OWN Hands…For Now

With no serious options in sight right now with regards to an alternative comic book shop to use (Hastings is an option as their selections have gotten better…), there are things I can do to improve my ‘EXPERIENCE’ at Captain Comics for the time being.

  • Know What I’m Looking For. I have already established a list of artists I like using EVERNOTE. I just need to better organize it and make it more available and usable relatively quickly. With a list of names, I can scan the outside covers of comic books for the artist I prefer. This works for artists I know. However, I don’t KNOW what I don’t KNOW right? So if a new comic is released and I’m not familiar with the artist name on the cover, I’m SOL!

Yes, yes I know….small city problems, but I love BOISE so I’ll just need to figure it out. If any of you reading this have similar pains in your neck of the woods, I’d love to hear about it. Misery loves company right?

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Dave Lawyer is an avid Blogger, Card-Carrying-Geek and Founder of The Geekocracy, with an origin story that includes copious amounts of D & D in the eighties, comics, anime, TV & film. If you would like to connect with David, give him a shout-out on Twitter