My brother would make weekly trips to the comic store, he knew when any new editions were coming out, he categorized the comics he had and kept them in baggies with cardboard sleeves so they wouldn't bend. We always had to be uber careful whenever we walked in his room out of fear of touching one of his precious 'booklets'. He had favourite artists and also did his own renderings and drawings (that were pretty fantastic if I remember correctly). He collected comic related toys and if he doesn't anymore then that's unfortunate because I keep buying him shit. Point is, my whole life my brother has been a total comic guy. Oh sure he has other interests, but if you asked me to think of one thing that describes my brother then I'd immediately say, 'comics'.
So it hasn't come as a huge surprise to me to find out recently that he's this close to opening the doors to his very own comic shop in the region here. This has been an ongoing dream/goal/aspiration for years now. He and a partner have killed many hours discussing the possibility and searching out locations. After some failed attempts, they've finally managed to lock down a location, complete a proper business plan, get financial backing, figure out the staffing requirements, prep the store front and secure their inventory. Maybe there's something to that saying, 'It's all about the timing.' Maybe it just wasn't meant to be until now. Regardless, I'm extremely proud of him and his chance to live out a dream. I'm turning into a braggart about my brother. He's come a long way from that annoying kid who picked on me, in more ways than just this store opening.
They've settled on the name Sketchbook Comics and will have a store in the Cats Caboose/Dollarama plaza on Glenridge Ave. in St. Catharines. They've created a new Facebook page to introduce fellow comic nerds (don't worry, nerds are in right now) to the Niagara Region's new comic supplier. They are also tackling an online store as well for those who aren't within driving distance. So if you're into comics and prefer to buy that stuff from fellow comic fans then you've found your guys. They know a lot of
Congratulations to my brother, Geoff and his partner and friend Joel. I wish you all the best in your future endeavor and hope you find great fulfillment and success. Much love.