Griffin Kwanjang and Company stopped by for a chat with me at this past September’s Cincinnati Comics Expo:
While continuing to sort through boxes that were packed away after the house flood, I discovered this page from the Dayton Daily News, August 16, 2004, announcing the opening of Comics and Games Emporium — How I got it or why I saved it, I can’t guess, unless it was just my custom at the time to file away articles about any area comic book activity that I stumbled across.
The gentleman in the picture, the owner of the Dayton comics shop, is Jim Broughton, whom I wouldn’t properly meet until a decade later. Jim and I became friends at the bi-monthly ASH Comics and Toy Shows in Indianapolis a few years ago, and until I ran across this newspaper clipping, I never connected him to the comics shop in the story.
I also never did get to Comics and Games Emporium — and apparently I missed my chance — but Jim Broughton, with Dan Taylor, now operate a great store, Jim & Dan’s Comics & Collectibles in West Alexandria, OH, and also host a quarterly comics convention at Wright State University which I enjoy and recommend (the most recent one was this past Sunday!).
Today is also Jim’s birthday, and I wish him a happy one and many more!
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Last minute, but I’ve been asked to guest at the Dayton, Ohio, Hara Arena Collectible Toy & Hobby Show. I’ll mainly be there to do caricatures, but I’ll be doing commissions and selling art, etc. Stop by and say help!
The show runs from 9:00-3:00 this Sunday, March 1, 2016 at Hara Arena, 1001 Shiloh Springs Rd., in Trotwood (Dayton). Admission only $5.00!