Riverside, California 2021-05-29 16:28:07 –
For 30 years, Comics Plus has provided a place to add collections to Coastal Bend’s comic book collectors.
The independently owned comic shop celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with an all-store sale.
“I wanted to make this my only job, or at least a retired job, but I was able to do it,” said Comic Plus owner Jesse Mendoza.
Mendoza had never dreamed of opening a manga store, but after many years of collecting manga, she decided to open it after spending four years as a 6th and 7th grade teacher.
“I had been collecting for about 10 years before opening the store, but my wife told me that I should probably open the store,” Mendoza said. “Yes, that sounds like a good idea. In the end, as I got older, I became more and more focused. “
The store first opened in Kingsville in 1991 and moved to Corpus Christi about two years later. Since moving from Kingsville, Comics Plus is based in three different locations and can only be found at Everhart near South Padre Island Drive.
According to Mendoza, one of the big changes I’ve noticed since opening my store is the growing acceptance of otaku culture in pop culture.
“It was more geeky when we started. People didn’t talk much about it. Or they talked about being a fan and didn’t express it much,” Mendoza said. “I see it everywhere now. Perhaps everyone has the Captain America logo on their T-shirts and talks about movies.”
Over the years, Mendoza’s two favorites about owning a store are knowing his patrons on a personal level and giving comic fans an outlet to express themselves. I said that.
Comics Plus regular Jason Bond says he’s been a regular at the store for 25 years and is grateful to have a reliable store near his home for a long time.
“I think it was just friendliness at first. They were knowledgeable. They work with customers and provide what they are looking for right away,” says Bond. “One of my favorite things about Jesse is that he’s honest. If you have a comic that he doesn’t enjoy, or if you don’t like art, or if you don’t like something, he’s you The fact that you are not afraid to tell. “
By being a loyal customer, Bond said that Mendoza’s relationship with his family has evolved beyond the normal customer-supplier relationship.
“So I’ve seen his kids grow up from the time he was running around the store like a toddler until he started running the cash register. It’s very pretty.” Said Bond.
Bond was always impressed with the way the store was done, so he couldn’t imagine going elsewhere for his cartoons.
“This is a privately owned manga main store that looks like a professional manga main store,” Bond said. “That’s one of my favorite things.”
For more information on Comics Plus, see the store Facebook page..
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