So as I sat here staring at the screen, wondering to myself what should I do for a first blog post for Cages Comic Shop. A comic book review? No, I hate writing reviews. A speculation post? Naa, maybe some other time.I thought, and thought some more. Then, right before I was about to give up for the day it hit me. How about a nice, simple introduction to who I am and why Cages Comic Shop? Yea, that'll work.'
My initial introduction to comic books came in the summer of 1987 at the ripe young age of 14. I was at a K&B Drug Store looking at the magazine rack when I glanced over and saw a copy of G.I.Joe #61 sitting on a comic book spinner rack. Having been a huge fan of the cartoon series, this issue really caught my eye. I picked it up, skimmed through the book and decided that I was going to buy it. From that point on I was hooked on comics!
The problem with being hooked on comics at the age of 14 was the fact that I really had no money to purchase anything much less comics so my comic book entertainment came from frequent trips to the local K&B drug store in which I would spend countless hours leaning against the magazine stand reading comic book after comic book. Thankfully the manager was cool and never gave me any grief. Eventually I found a way to earn some money by cutting grass and was able to start purchasing comics on a more regular basis. When I hit 16 I got my first full time job and purchasing comic books became a weekly, if not an almost daily thing thanks to Franks Baseball Cards & Comics and their huge selection of back issues. Up until my discovery of Franks, I was stuck with buying new issues as they came out every Wednesday. Franks opened up a whole new world of comic book collecting for me.
As the years went by my love for comics never went away but they were no longer the most important thing in my life. Girls, work and partying became a much bigger priority than getting my hands on the latest issue of The Uncanny X-Men(which by the way, is one of my all time favorite series, especially the Chris Claremont years).
The 90's came and went, and although I still picked up comics from time to time I wasn't the collector that I once was. Then, in 2001 I rediscovered my passion for collecting comics and began anew. The problem I faced was that there was no local comic book shops( I had since moved to a small town in West Virginia) so I had to place my orders online and have them delivered monthly and if I was in search of a particular back issue it was usually eBay that I would turn to.
A few years later I started selling things on eBay, including comic books. I wasn't to keen on selling comics at first because I was a collector and it was very difficult to let books go(to some extent it still is...lol) but I found that I really enjoyed selling comics for a variety of reasons. Fast forward to this year in which I started selling comics on the Mercari Marketplace under the name Cages Comic Shop (I still sell comics on Mercari). Shortly after, I decided it was time to open my own comic book shop, if it couldn't be brick and mortar(which was always a dream of mine) then it would be an online comic book shop but it would be mine.
One thing I realized, and actually knew coming in, that starting my own comic book website was going to be a lot of work, as I am one of only two employees of Cages Comic Shop(and I work a full time job), so everything from site design to fulfilling orders to purchasing and adding inventory is done by me and my wife. It may be a lot of work but when you are doing something you are passionate about is it really work? No, it's not. It's a blessing.
So with all that said, thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little comic shop, reading this blog, and allowing me to introduce myself to you. Now go buy some comics from me. By the way, my names Gary, what's yours?