By Christopher Helton
It isn't every day that a comic store makes it to twenty five years, and this past weekend local comic store Emerald City Comics wrapped up a month long celebration of reaching this milestone. This weekend's party was a tie-in to the new Batman-related television show Gotham that aired this past week.
In addition to inviting area cosplayers, the store also had a garage sale of games, comics and action figures, and a sale on Batman comics and merchandise. Emerald City Comics gets a lot right and has become the comics and pop culture destination for the area. The staff is always friendly and helpful, and they always have whatever I have come looking for on hand. Since I returned to the Bay area a few years ago, Emerald City Comics has become my local comic store. A recent consolidation of their two locations into one central location has allowed them to open up a larger store than both of their previous locations, with more room for comics, collections, toys and merchandise of all sorts.
Comic stores can come and go, so it is good to see one that is able to thrive during economic conditions that have killed off other retail operations.
Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc. You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics.