I got hundreds to thousands of photos through my life. A lot of which would match up to stories here on Cowabunga Corner, but for one reason or another they are not chosen. This does not mean that these photos are not worth sharing and do not hold stories of their own. I would like to keep sharing what I can here on the site, so whenever I can I will share a photo and a story to go along with the photo. If it’s a part of events that has been shared here, we will link back to the stories of the events themselves as well. Hope everyone enjoys. Today’s photo is from Free Comic Book Day 2011, with Chris Brown.
On Free Comic Book day we like to go to a few of the different Comic Book Stores around us, to see what they do for the Holiday. I remember 2011, I was with my mom and dad as we drove around hitting some stores I never heard of before. One of which is in Madison Heights on John R road. The store’s name is Comics and More. I went in, it was a small shop. We made our way around looking at what they had.
One thing that stood out different was a table set up with an artist signing autographs. After looking around the store, I said hi to the artist. That year Kevin Eastman was signed up to be a guest at Detroit Fan Fair and some how this came up in our conversation. Then I heard from across the room.
“Since you brought it up, I know who you are Michele Ivey” I looked up and there was one of the workers talking to me. We engaged a fun conversation, his name is Chris Brown and he’s the owner of Comics and More. I took this photo with Chris, and another photo with his friend who was working the store. When I left, the friendly conversation and just overall experience of the store, stayed with me.
In June 2011, I returned to the store and got to talk with Chris again. This was the start of a friendship that I still embrace to this day. Comics and More is my favorite Comic Book store, I buy my comics, games, and even toys there. I really enjoy just going there to visit and see how Chris is, anytime I’m in Michigan. Chris has helped me a lot with Cowabunga Corner. And the best thing is, seeing how he’s got this friendship with everyone who comes through the door. He’s happy to see all of his normals, and got this upbeat energy I just don’t normally see at Comic book shops. Making this my favorite Comic Book Store in all of the United States.
Comics and More has grown, at the same location. Though it’s double it’s size. Giving us a lot more good eye candy and room to walk around. Have you ever been to Comics & More? Do you have a favorite Comic Book store? What makes your Comic Book store stand out to you? Please share comments and questions below!