New comic book store adds some POW to the downtown

Posted on : Friday, February 22, 2013

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With shows like The Big Bang Theory shedding light on the so-called "geek culture," the comic book store is also becoming more popular. Kapow Comics, however, is setting a higher standard for comic book stores right here in downtown Lethbridge. 

The store, owned by Wallie and his wife Kallie Desruisseaux will be playing host to fans of card games, board games, comics, collectables and more. 

Anyone who is into comic books has that dream of one day owning their own store and when the right opportunities fell into place, Wallie jumped in with both feet and has been working hard since to make his dream come true. He hopes to break the stigma that comic book stores are only for "geeks" or "nerds" and has worked hard to make it welcoming for everyone, whether they're a comic noob or an experienced gamer. Willie explains that their demographic includes both males and females and ranges through every age group and as a result, wants to make sure everyone is comfortable coming in. 

The store has a coffee shop feel at the front where patrons can purchase pop, coffee or tea and sit to visit with friends or hang out and read their new comics. Tables at the back allow for gaming events that will be held regularly. Wallie and Kallie see the importance of bringing the gaming community together and plan to hold events throughout the week. Currently in works in Crappy Movie Friday, which is a tradition between Wallie's friends to get together and watch a cheesy movie every Friday. Since the store is open until midnight on Fridays, he plans to set up tables and chairs for customers to come in and watch old family friendly movies. Student Sundays mean any student who shows their ID will receive 10% off on their purchases and Kallie, who just might be one of the only female comic book store owners in Alberta, will be playing host to a ladies gaming night once a week. 

For updates on new stock or events be sure to follow Kapow Comics on Facebook or Twitter or visit them at 320 6th Street South.