Have you noticed a new storefront on Taylor recently? First Aid Comics (1142 W. Taylor St.) is one of the newest retail spots to open and is really a pretty cool place! I should start by saying I know nothing about the comic book world other than the names of a few Superheroes through my children. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the ambiance when visiting the store recently. In chatting with Tom Seymour, the owner of First Aid Comics, he was very friendly in guiding a newbie through the stores merchandise and offerings. This location is the second for First Aid, the first being in Hyde Park.
When you walk in, you immediately notice how organized and thoughtfully laid out the store is. There are walled sections dedicated to each brand. You’ll find DC Comics, Indie Comics, Manga, Vertigo Comics, Marvel Comics and an area on Gaming. There’s also an awesome selection of superhero t-shirts. From Catwoman and Supergirl to Captain America and Robin and everything in between, there are some seriously cool tees for purchase. And that’s not all; there’s also a Kids wall! I reminisced a bit about my own childhood seeing comic covers of Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Garfield, Thunder Cats, Star Wars, The Simpsons and much more.
First Aid hosts weekly events at the store, such as “Friday Night Magic,” which occurs on a national level. Each Friday, around 6:30pm, gamers are invited to Magic the Gathering cards tournament. No RSVP necessary; just show up with your cards ready to play! On a less official scale, Tom added that First Aid also hosts weekly to bi-weekly Dungeons & Dragons games when people are available. Just give the store a call for more information on either event (312) 733-208.
For those of you collectors out there, First Aid offers a free pull club service in which store employees will pull a copy of the book on your waiting list as soon as it becomes available. That way you’re sure to get first dibs on new editions. And do you have any old comics collecting dust? Recently engaged? Downsizing? Tom said he is always looking for comics to buy and will gladly take them off our hands. Bonus!
In closing, I have to say I’m pretty excited about this new addition to our community. Even though comic books are not my thing, I now have a cool place to buy gifts for family members who are superhero obsessed. My nephews and young son may have a Captain America nightlight or Spiderman Christmas stocking in their future.
Until next time, Annie
For additional information, please visit: www.firstaidcomics.com