The owner of a Toledo comic-book store celebrated the opening of the shop??s new location on Tuesday, with some famous hard-rocking guests.
About 50 people came out to help James Collins cut the ribbon at the new W. Central Ave. location of JC??s Comics N?? More: Your Pop Culture Super-Store. Among those faces were Randall Blythe and John Campbell, from the Grammy-nominated metal band, Lamb of God. Collins befriended the band at Ozzfest about 10 years ago, and brought them comic books for entertainment while on tour.
??When it turned out that he was getting a new store started up and we were going to be in the area, it made sense to come out and help him celebrate opening the store,?? said Campbell, Lamb of God??s bass guitarist. He added, ??Similar to what we do for a living, he puts his passion and energies into this, and this is a really big step up for him.??
Collins opened the original JC??s Comic Stop in 1985, and focused mainly on selling comics. Collins says the collectibles market has expanded throughout the past 28 years, and now includes action figures, statues, trading cards and memorabilia. The new shop boasts the largest inventory of comics and pop culture collectibles in the tri-state region.
??I just never could have thought for a second when I first opened back in ??85 where I would be 28 years later,?? said Collins. He continued, ??It??s refreshing, I enjoy coming into work again because I??ve got a new toy to play with.??
Collins shook hands with every one of his loyal fans and customers as they filed into the new store. After 28 years, comics are still a labor of love for Collins. His all-time favorite: The Amazing Spider-Man #44, because it??s the first Spider-Man he can remember having.