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New comic aims to dispel ‘Comic Book Guy’ retailer stereotype


Every week new comics appear in stores worldwide, and soon a comic will explore how one of the stores came to be.

In the upcoming one-shot comic Number One, writer Gary Scott Beatty and artist Aaron Warner look behind the counter and into the world of comics retailing. Number One follows a budding comics fan named Steve as he transitions from reader to retailer. In a statement, Beatty said the stereotype of comic retailers is “distorted,” and he’s hoping to change that.

“I enjoy the goofy actors on television, but few of the people I know who read comics are like that,” the writer said. “I set out to write a story that, in an personal way, can explain to those outside our community why we love comics.”

From a childhood comic club to working in head shops and flea markets, Steve’s path takes him down an entrepreneurial road when he launches his own store. Beatty and Warner’s story doesn’t gloss over the details, and shows both the positives and negatives of becoming a comics retailer.

“Comics helped Steve through some tough times growing up, and he turned his love of the medium into a comic shop business,” Beatty said. “In Number One we see whether operating the business is worth the toll it takes on his family.”

Here’s a look at what to expect in Number One when it arrives in August:

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Jake Earlewine

May 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Good luck! I hope it’s a success. I like the art shown above, but I do hope the entire comic is not as word-heavy as those sample pages. Let the art tell the story! Plus, those balloon shapes are B-O-R-I-N-G and make the pages look stiff.

Heh… “A hippie named Franklin…”

Ya gotta love the classics!

Looks like you got the reference to Gilbert Shelton’s Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, Cutter! Thanks for the positive review, Chris! Comic shops have been an influence on comics themselves for most of my life and the people who own them are so dedicated to the medium, this story had to be told! This is small press, so please remember to order in July’s Previews from Aazurn Publishing, or you may not be able to buy it!

Captain Haddock

May 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

The art reminds me of Asterix meets Mark Buckingham, pretty cool.

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