The Dungeon, located in Dundas, ON, is one of a handful of new comic book stores to open across Canada last year.
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Owner’s Name: Logan Murray
Number of Employees: 1
Years in Business: 3 Months
Physical Address: 8 King Street East, Dundas, ON, L9H 1B8
Telephone Number: 905-628-6111
How did you choose your store name?
After choosing my location the name became pretty easy: to get into the store you have to walk down a flight of stairs and when you step in you have this large space with no windows and no other exit, a dungeon was the way i would describe it.
Favorite Comic Book, published in the past few months:
Blackest Night has been my favourite story line the last few months, which is saying a lot because I have always lived by the motto “Make Mine Marvel!”
Five all-time classic comics, graphic novels or story arcs:
My favourites story lines have been
The Dark Phoenix Saga
the complete run of The Walking Dead (there hasn’t been a bad story yet)
and the X-Men story introducing The Brood (Uncanny X-Men #155-157, #161-167)
What are you excited about for this coming year? What are your plans for the next 12 months?
I plan on expanding the number of graphic novels and toys I stock and concentrating on taking care of my customers’ needs.
What has been one of the most rewarding parts of running your business?
The customers and the honest interaction you get from people who have the same interests. I’m not just another store owner, I actually enjoy the books and the culture.
What has been one of the biggest challenges?
Letting people know that I’m open. I have tried print ads with very little success and have found word of mouth is by far the best means.
Why are you a comics retailer?
Why not? I couldn’t imagine owning any other type of business. This has been a life long wish!
Product Lines Carried:
We carry a good selection of new release and back issue comics, a large selection of toys/action figures, graphic novels, collectible card games, and some sports cards.
Best selling floppy/monthly books:
Blackest Night right now, but with Siege starting for Marvel, it could be close.
What percentage of your business is comics compared to the peripherals of a ‘culture store’?
What are your Best selling graphic novel books?
Walking Dead is one of my best selling graphic novel/tpb’s and its also a great read
What great comic/manga should everyone under 14 be reading?
Amazing Spider-man; the story lines have been consistently great.
What comic/manga would you recommend for an adult interested in returning to comics?
Either the Walking Dead or Grimm Fairy Tales.
How important is the web to your business?
As a fledgling business, the more ways to get your information out there the better and the web is great for that.
Does your store have an area of expertise? What makes your store unique?
Just a really good overall knowledge of the titles and excellent customer service background.
Do you participate in Free Comic Book Day?
Yes, this May will be my first, but I will be participating.
What aspect of your store are you most proud?
The cleanliness and overall appearance of the store. It’s not your typical overcrowded mess that more and more comic stores have become over the years.
Graphic Novels have been a growth product for large bookstore chains, does this affect your customer base or business?
Large book chains cater to the masses, which for some people may be alright, but they only carry the most popular of titles and have no real knowledge of the books. Where I can communicate with the customers and help them with finding what they are looking for or even offer interesting new titles.
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