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Packrat Comics Interview...

Posted On Thursday, July 17, 2008

At the tail end of my involvement with The Co. I came up with my masterplan to focus on the comic shops in the area, creating a sort of quid pro quo scenario where they'd be more apt to support my creative efforts. Part of that plan was a series of interviews I'd conduct, in a varied attempt to introduce people to the comic shops in and around Columbus, OH. I came up with a set of questions and emailed them to few different shops, whose answers will be featured in the upcoming comics from WizWorldInc! But I thought -- TO HELL WITH WAITING! Issue one is still tentatively a few months away! So with no further ado, please allow me to introduce you to the fine folks at Packrat Comics!!!
Shop Name: Packrat Comics Owner (or person to "ask for"): Teresa Colegrove

Shop Address:­­­­ 3872 Lattimer Street Shop Phone #: 614-527-8450
Hilliard, Ohio 43026 Hrs of Operation: 11-7 Mon-Sat, 12-5 Sun


Website or E-mail: http://www.packratcomics.com/

Shop Name: Packrat Comics Owner (or person to "ask for"): Jamie Colegrove

Shop Address:­­­­ 109 East Fifth Street Shop Phone #: 937-642-0492
Marysville, Ohio 43040 Hrs of Operation: 11-7 Wed-Sat, 12-5 Sun

Favorite comic (issue or title) and why? -- "Kingdom Come, the art and story telling are amazing."

Did you always want to be a comic book retailer? -- "No."

What are you currently reading? -- "Green Lantern, Secret Invasion, Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, Final Crisis, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Robin, Nightwing, Teen Titans, Walking Dead, Invincible, Battle Pope,Fables, just about everything..."

What are you top 5 suggested TPB's or GN's, general reading or specifically for new readers? -- "Kingdom Come, Batman the Long Halloween, Batman Hush, Spider-Man The Other, Walking Dead, Battle Pope and Y the Last Man."

How would you like to see your business expanded (would you like to franchise your chain, get a bigger space, etc)? -- "A few more stores are in the works, and continue to increase current store stock of graphic novels."

How do you view the American comic book industry? -- "Fragile."

What would you do (if anything) to change it [the American comic book industry]? -- "More comics for early readers and pre-teens to get them interested and keep them that way. Comics are geared for older audiences which make it difficult to acquire and maintain the younger generation."

To up and coming creators, can you offer any advice from the retailers point of view for how to get their product into stores (like yours) and into the hands of potential fans? -- "Bring it it, show it to us, offer in store signings, but don't expect much in sales, pick a Wednesday when there is typically a larger comic draw."

Many thanks to Teresa Colegrove for taking the time to answer these questions and give us a peek at the good folks at Packrat Comics. If you're out in Hilliard or up in Marysville, stop by and check them out -- it'll be one of the best experiences you've ever had!

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