By Kylcye Bolden
About two years ago, the Fun Shop branched out and began selling television and movie collectibles in addition to costumes and magic accessories.
The collection includes some older titles including the first appearance of “The Amazing Spider-Man #300” and the entire “X-Men Dark Phoenix Saga.”
Though the collection is mostly comprised of Marvel titles, it also has titles from DC and independent publications like Dark Horse. Despite having more than 1,000 books to sell, Hendrickson is content with serving his primary audience.
“I don’t really want to pretend we’re a comic book shop,” he said. “Comics and Collectibles is the real comic book store in town.”
Right now, comic book and games fans living in the University District have to drive to Comics and Collectibles on Poplar or Comic Cellar on Austin Peay in Raleigh.
Owner of Comic Cellar Jason Prince said it would be difficult to open a new comic book store in the Memphis area. A new shop would have to gather an inventory and customer base. The owner would have to be knowledgeable about the material as well, something Prince said took him years.
Comic Cellar currently hosts game nights and Magic the Gathering events. They also plan to participate in Free Comic Book Day on May 3 and Table Top Day on April 5.