The Comic Asylum
by Decapitated Dan Royer
Welcome to the Comic Shop Review. With this column we encourage everyone to join in as we try to build on what the Comic Shop Locator Service is doing. These need to be open coverage of all local shops in our areas, to give people a feel of what a shop looks like before going. I am sure we have all looked up a comic shop while on vacation, gone to it and been surprised by what we found, whether good or bad. So I open this to the community, go in get pictures and let the world know what these shops look like and what they have to offer.
The Comic Asylum
6963 West 111th St.
Worth, IL 60482
Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 am
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Over the weekend I was up in the Palos Heights, IL area with some time to spare. I had gone onto the Comic Shop Locator and found a few shops that should have been up in that area. Comic Asylum was the only one I found that was still open. The shop was easy to spot from 111th, located on the south side of the street, with it's giant Spider-Man, Iron Man and Wolverine painted on the doors.
Upon entering the shop I saw tons of toys hanging from the ceiling. I have to say that I really loved this idea. It gave me the opportunity to not only look at what was on the shelves, but also up in the air, a good amount of visual stimulation, almost an overload! The store was also filled with display cases and shelves covered in statues. I thought I walked into the Bowen factory. I can easily suggest that if your looking for any statue this is the store to check out.
The walls were lined with comics. New books, old books, it was honestly wall to wall, which is funny since some where actually on the walls. A great selection of Marvel, DC and Indy was on hand to be bought. Under the new book shelves were tons of magazine boxes that contained old horror titles, Conan titles and even some back issue magazines. The middle of the store was lined with back issue boxes and there was a good selection of them as well.
The store owner, Mark, was very friendly and we struck up a good conversation that allowed me to learn about the shops history and why he got into the business. He was also willing to give anyone who mentioned this article 30% off in his shop. So if you are in the area take him up on this offer. The only downside I had, being a young head out in the world, was that the store is cash only. So my debit card couldn't get me some of those awesome Eerie Pub's magazines he had in those boxes.
Overall this is a nice comic shop. I didn't see much on the gaming side, but in terms of comics and statues this place has what your looking for. If you happen to be in the area, I can recommend this shop without blinking.
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Decapitated Dan Royer / Columnist, Reviewer, Podcaster
Decapitated Dan Royer is a horror comic journalist living in Illinois. He has been covering horror comics since 2009. He hosts three podcasts; Discussions with Decapitated Dan, Tales From the Water Cooler and the ComicMonsters Podcast. Dan is affiliated with numerous websites, most notably FromtheTomb Magazine.tk, ComicRelated.com, ComicMonsters.com and ComicAttack.net and it is on these sites that you can find all of his columns, reviews and audio shows.
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