Q: When exactly did you start collecting comics?
A: I became interested in comics about 1973, when I was 8 years old. They
weren't exactly collectibles, mostly just black market books without covers, but
they were cheap. Back then, the books were sold just like any other magazine,
and the retailers could get credit for returning the cover or top third of the
books. Well, the local drug store would sell the coverless books in bundles of
three for 20 cents. So, I would collect cartons of returnable bottles and cash
them in to buy the books.
Q: Why did you continue to collect books for so long?
A: I've often wondered that myself over the years. The best I can come up with
is that it was a way to escape the concrete and asphalt of city living.
Q: What kinds of books were you interested in?
A: Spiderman, Superman, Batman really anything... Horror comics...I would read
anything if it was 4 color. When I got into it I didn't know at the time but I
was reading books by some of the greats to come: Neal Adams, Berni Wrightson,
Gil Kane, Jim Starlin. But as a little kid I had no idea, I just liked them and
Q: How did your hobby of collecting comics progress?
A: By the time I was 10, I had started finding books, with covers, at flea
markets. Mostly mid to late 60's DC comics. At 13 I had a regular place to get
new comics with covers. What If #3 1978 or so is probably my favorite book of
all time, or it was then. Jim Shooter writer maybe Gil Kane art, it showed a
depth I had never seen before more than 4 color. It was an iron man story, my
favorite character actually. An Avengers story, he was an Avenger and in the end
he died, not backing down when others did going it all alone and dieing for what
he believed in. I still have that book.
Q: What first got you interested in Alan Moore?
A: Well I read swamp thing it was cool enough, but it was Miracleman. After his
16 issue run I would read anything he ever wrote, and did. But it was all
Miracleman, its still my favorite work of his. I tried telling people over the
years to check Miracleman out, but they never did, that was when 15 was cover
price now its 70 to 100 bucks. I have been reading Moore since before he was
Q: When did you first get the idea to have your own comic book store?
A: I was probably about 15. What could be cooler then having your own store?
Q: Why open a store just with only Alan Moore books?
A: In looking for stuff I needed for my own collection I found mostly dead ends.
And forget trying to by a single book on ebay. If it was the only one they had
you needed, a single issue would cost 5 dollars or more. Plus, over the years I
had also bought a lot of multi copies of some Moore stuff, so it seemed a great
way to get what I always wanted: not only a store, but a store that was all
Moore. A place where even an avid Moore collector could find 3 or 4 things he
needed in one place. Plus, in catering to only one creator I can keep my
operation small, charge less, and carry almost all of Moore's books.