Logan McDonald, owner of the newly opened Odin and Sons Comics and Collectibles, says he’s been working on his new business for about three years now.
The former SCAD student who studied film, animation and illustration, admits he parted ways with comics and collectibles after high school, but a reconnection to his past led him to rediscover his passion to open his own space dedicated to a world he feels doesn’t get the recognition it deserves in the art world.
“When I got into illustration, I realized illustrators are so crazy talented and really don’t get the recognition they deserve,” he said. “You look at galleries and it’s fine arts and that’s it.
“I consider myself a geek and owning my gallery dedicated to illustration was almost the beginning of this.”
He says he eventually lost the gallery and he started to fill his time with drawing comic book characters again.
“I almost gave up comics after high school and I gave up collecting,” McDonald said. “I had this down time and started doing these drawings and it kept connecting me back to my childhood and I started collecting again — and I started thinking this is what I might do.”
But he didn’t want a typical comic shop.
“You typically have two types of comic shops,” he explained. “You’ve got this kind of place when you walk in and it’s this dark terrifying place and the guy behind the counter is staring at you. That can be terrifying if you are starting to get into comics.
“Then you have other places that are like a gallery with white walls and everything is untouchable. I would venture to say when people walk in to my shop, it’s not going to be like anything they expect or what they have seen in a comic book shop.”
For starters, the front of the shop is a bakery that opened in January called Mad Mac’s. And McDonald says the buzz he’s been getting from his bakery regulars has drawn some cool reactions from people he didn’t expect to be into comics.
“And for someone just getting into comics, you need someone to guide you; it’s like being a kid again,” he said. “It's being able to jump into something and enjoy it, and I don’t think you get that from someone who’s done it forever. Someone who is new to it, is trying to figure out what they like by hearing the stories. Our goal is to build that community. We are just trying to make our own thing.
“You become an adult and people start doing other things to unwind and find a vice. You can read comics and act like a kid for maybe for 10 or 20 minutes a day. Why not have that be your vice? It's something that makes people so happy, but they feel they aren’t allowed to. Why not let a comic book or feeling like a kid again be your vice?”
Aside from comics, the walls of the shop are lined with glass cases of some pretty cool collectibles, as well as screen-print artwork and limited-edition posters. McDonald says, “they are just gorgeous.”
He plans to switch out items on a regular basis so you’ll see something different every time you walk in.
“And it’s not going to be what you would expect to see at a comic shop.”