Popular comic book store in Mobile looking to expand
99 Issues, one of the best-liked shops in the area, has outgrown its space and is seeking help for an expansion project.
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“We’ve looking to become more than a just a store or a small business,” said Chris Barnett, the owner of 99 Issues in Mobile, one of the area’s top outlets for comics. “We want to create a place where artists can come and showcase themselves to the Mobile and Baldwin County market. We are a strong supporter of artists/writers/creators of all genres.”
In just one year, 99 Issues has become immensely popular. Renowned comic book artists have flown in from New York and driven in from Dallas just to mingle with customers at the shop. The legendary Neal Adams – artist of Superman, Batman and Green Arrow – recently visited the store. It’s also been a place where local and independent artists can sell promote and sell their books.
There’s just one problem. This small business has outgrown its space. So Barnett is looking to expand and for that he needs about $10,000. He’s willing to put up half of that out of his own pocket but is relying on the comic book community to provide the rest.
Toward that end, he has launched an Indiegogo campaign. The page can be viewed at the Indiegogo page.
Backers can support the expansion project by making donations. Depending on their donation levels, contributors can receive comic books signed by the authors, original prints and artwork, and T-shirts.
“If we are able to raise the money needed for expansion, we can continue to grow our events in the Mobile area,” Barnett said. “With a bigger store, we will have the space we need to showcase more local talent as well as bring in more known name artists and creators.”
Barnett fully understands that not everyone can contribute financially. “That doesn’t mean they can’t help,” he said. “People can help us by spreading the word, letting others know about us and what we are trying to do.”
Supporters can also help by ‘Liking’ 99 Issues on its Facebook page.
For further information, visit the Indiegogo project page or the 99 issues company website. Barnett can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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