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4 Color Fantasies Wins the February Story Spotlight. Nominations Start For March!

We kicked off 2021 with a new initiative to help promote comic shops around the world! Each month we’ll provide free advertising for a comic shop along with worthy non-profits. Yes, free!

February’s winner is 4 Color Fantasies which dominated the voting!

Here’s what was said about the shop in the nomination:

Chris Brady and the team at 4 Color Fantasies have been integral to my comic fandom. Always supportive, accommodating, and kind, the store makes an effort to foster an environment where readers new and old from every demographic, can enjoy comic books. They’re a class act that deserves to be celebrated.

Your favorite shop didn’t win? The nominations are open again for March so get to work!

We’re accepting nominations for shops until the 15th of each month. Then the comic community will vote on who should get the advertising starting on the 16th and going to the end of the month. We’re looking for great shops that help add something positive and special to the comic industry (prefer physical stores).

Nominate a Comic Shop to Get Free Advertising in February

We’re kicking off 2021 with a new initiative to help promote comic shops around the world! Each month we’ll provide free advertising for a comic shop along with worthy non-profits. Yes, free!

We’re accepting nominations for shops until the 15th of each month. Then the comic community will vote on who should get the advertising. We’re looking for great shops that help add something positive and special to the comic industry (prefer physical stores).

Underrated: Your Local Comics Shop

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Your Local Comics Shop


Given the current comics climate, with printers not printing and Diamond not distributing, I wanted to remind us all about one of the things that we’ve all taken for granted at some point or another, and that is the shop you buy your comics from.

I know that some of you prefer to order from DCBS or read digitally, and so don’t have a shop you frequent regularly, but when you want to pick up a board game, statue or toy collectible, then you may go to your LCS rather than Amazon. Ordinarily, at least. Right now, with so many non-essential businesses being closed, going online for our nerd needs is more tempting than ever. But here’s the thing; I know that you’re starving for something to read right now, but this is the time to support the local businesses in your town, city, state/province ahead of a giant company who’s CEO could afford to fund several reading or food programs in our schools.

When all the dust has settled after the Covid 19 pandemic, and it will, you’re going to want to go out and socialize and talk about comics with friends, or strangers, in person and not online. You’re going to want to go to your comic shop.

Right now, you can’t really do that, but there are some idea on how to support your local shop here.

Until you can go back to your LCS, or until you decide to start going to one, spend a minute and think about all small business owners and their employees. Right now they’re worried about lost wages, and potentially a lost business in the future. When this is over, go spend the money you didn’t spend there – if you can.


That’s all we have for this week, folks. Come back next time  when there’s something else Underrated to talk about.