Mike Wellman, Formerly of Comic Bug, Launches Atomic Basement Comics in Long Beach in December

Mike Wellman, formerly of downtown Los Angeles comic book store Comic Bug until that all blew up recently, is opening a new comic book store in Los Angeles as promised, with his business partner and longtime friend Anthony Davies. Atomic Basement Comics & Creator's Lab is opening its doors at 400 East Third Street in Long Beach, CA on Wednesday, December 4th with a grand opening soon to follow.

The store will open from 11am to 7pm seven days a week, with nighttime events to follow, such as podcasts, symposiums with comic book creators and filmmakers and screenings after hours. And every Wednesday from 7-10pm, the Atomic Basement becomes The Lab. A place where writers and artists can convene to experiment and hone their craft of making comic books and graphic novels. Wellman is also a comics publisher and writer and there will be other comic book professionals there to help guide newer creators to bring their books to fruition.

Once a year, Atomic Basement will review and publish a member of The Lab's creation and, in partnership with Long Beach Comic Con, that creator will receive a free booth at their fall show, starting next year.

"I am passionate about comic books and storytelling," said store owner Mike Wellman, "but I am even more passionate about the process of creating and telling stories and supporting others who think like I do. However I can encourage others who have a story to tell and get it out there, that's a big part of what this new store is about!"

Aside from making comic books, customers can expect a steady stream of events and signings from creators both local and afar.

"Part of going to a store is the experience!" said Wellman. "You can order comics online at a pretty good discount and cross your fingers that they arrive in good enough condition. I want to give people a reason to come out and support this amazing comic book community we have here in LA! I want to dazzle your senses and light a fire under the local Indy comic book scene. There is a monthly art walk in our neighbourhood on the second Saturday of every month. I'm excited to feature some of my friends who make amazing art those nights. I love to cook for folks too, so expect a bowl of my Cherry Chocolate Chipotle Chili every so often. I am off my leash and the sky is the limit with Atomic Basement!"

Those who would like to sign up for an early pull list, are encouraged to email atomicbasementcomics@gmail.com with their name, phone number, email address and titles.

You can also call them at (562) 294-4444 once they are open for business…


Mike Wellman, Formerly of Comic Bug, Launches Atomic Basement Comics in Long Beach in December

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