Lashawn Colvin opens comic book store in Montgomery, a Halloween game parlor
Lashawn Colvin’s Comics & Geeks store from Montgomery is full of comics. It’s now ready for the geeks, and Colvin plans to greet them in style.
Colvin’s retail store, cafe and game show opens at 1264 Perry Hill Road on Halloween day with a few special guests. The creators of “Tuskegee Heirs”, Greg Burnham and Marcus Williams, will be there to sign their work from 1pm. Their popular sci-fi comic follows a group of talented young aviators who are forced to become Earth’s last line of defense.
“I was really surprised when they contacted me and told me they wanted to come in support,” Colvin said. “I was not excpecting that at all !”
The event will feature Halloween food, music, gifts and candy.
Colvin is a former military kid who graduated from Jefferson Davis High School and went on to become an editor and artist, including creating the comic book “Beautiful Soldiers”. Now, she’s also one of the first black female comic book store owners in the South.
She told the Montgomery Advertiser in August that she wanted a place to spotlight other artists and designers like her. “I know the difficulties of trying to be seen,” Colvin said at the time. “It is very important for my store to represent the community, where we try to help each other to market ourselves.”
His store has a wall of consumer titles and a wall of independent titles. A play zone is being set up for next-gen consoles, and Colvin said those in attendance at the inauguration will be able to sign up for an upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament.
A smoothie and coffee bar is still in the works, but she said she didn’t want to delay opening because of it. The lounge area around the bar is laid out as a relaxation area and surrounded by comic book-themed artwork. Geekwear and accessories are for sale a few steps away.
Usual store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Brad Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.