Time seems to flow differently this year. Believe it or not, it’s time to start shopping for the holidays.
Local Comic Shop Day at Neighborhood Comics gives you the chance to shop for the comic fan on your list and maybe introduce new people to comics as well.
"I believe there’s a comic book out there for everyone," said Lee Heidel, owner of Neighborhood Comics.
The comic shop holiday event is on Wednesday, Nov. 25, with exclusive comics from titles like "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," "Spawn," and "Dune."
In fact, Neighborhood Comics will appear on the back cover of "Spawn" along with other shops participating in Local Comic Shop Day.
Heidel said he’s also excited to introduce people to "The Other History of the DC Universe," which he said tells the story of key figures like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman from the perspective of minority characters.
"We add to that by having lots of deals and specials throughout the store as a way for us to say thank you to our loyal regular customers."
Regular customers certainly came to the rescue earlier this year when the shutdown occurred. Heidel said then that customers both in Savannah and across the country reached out to keep them in business.
Heidel said his customers and the shop are part of the community, and this day is a good way to remind people of that connection.
"In 2020, you can order comic books from any store you want to all around the world, from really big retailers in major cities to other small stores like ours. But the local part of it is about coming in, taking a step outside your front door, and going to meet your neighbors who do this for a living right in your own community and help promote this amazing American art form."
If you’re thinking about introducing someone on your holiday shopping list to comics, Heidel has plenty of suggestions.
"Comics are, of course, great for young people, kids that are learning to read or want to. You want to encourage them to be more excited about reading all the way up to adults who like visuals to go along with their stories.
"The subject matter of comics runs from really light-hearted, fairly funny animal comics all the way to really intense horror books and science fiction and true-life tales from around the world."
Of course, Local Comic Shop Day also covers things besides comic books.
"We have a lot of comic book related things. That includes toys, statues, even greeting cards."
Heidel said they will also have mystery boxes that include eight to ten pounds of comics. Customers will get one for free for every $75 that they spend on that day.
The store is taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID. There will be a limited number of people allowed inside at one time, and employees will be wiping down surfaces frequently.
"We want to make sure people are safe and comfortable, and it’s a positive experience for everybody."
Spoken like a true superhero.