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A former health care worker is set to open a comic book shop focused on his four-decade hobby, which will include a portion of his own 29,000-item collection.
Don Myers will open The Comic Signal in February in a 2,500-square-foot storefront in Grand Rapids, at 4318 Plainfield Ave. NE.
Myers will sell comics and graphic novels, including part of the collection he’s gathered since 1973.
The space will also include an area for board and card games.
Myers signed a long-term lease today with the property owner, Vredevelt Properties.
“I’ve loved comic books all my life . . . so naturally, they’re a huge influence on my life,” Myers said. “I love the stories, the characters and the artwork. I love every aspect of comic books, and I’m thrilled I can share my passion for this fantastic storytelling art form with other fans.
“The time is right to open my first store, and my family and I are excited for this opportunity.”
Comic books are big business as movies continue to draw on the medium.
In 2014, six of the year’s top-20-grossing movies were based on comic books.
Comics and graphic novels saw more than 5-percent growth from 2014 to 2015 and more than 20-percent growth between September and October, according to comicbook.com.
“Comic book shops are becoming more and more popular,” said Tom Peterson, an associate with Colliers International | West Michigan who helped broker the space. “Those that have opened appear to be doing very well, some even expanding into new markets.”