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Retailer Spotlight: Comics Adventure

October 21, 2021

BRIAN: First and last name?

BRUCE: My name is Bruce Treat.

BRIAN: How long have you been in business as a comics shop?

BRUCE: I opened Comics Adventure September 1st 2015.

BRIAN: Where was your first location?

BRUCE: Our first location was in Gladstone, Oregon from 2015 until January 2019 when we moved to our current location in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Credit: Comics Adventure

BRIAN: How did you get started in the business?

BRUCE: I had a whole different career that had nothing to do with either retail or comics but would help friends out at their shops and conventions and always had that dream from when I was a little kid to own a comic book store. I also would sell comics periodically out of my garage. Several of my clients today have been with me since the garage days. I thought I would give a retail location a try and here we are 6+ years later.

BRIAN: What is your specialty in this space? What would you say sets you apart from other comic shops?

BRUCE: My specialty is a large selection of back issues as many shops don't carry at all or just have a minimal amount. We have over 80 boxes of back issues. Actually, my specialty is trying to stock a little bit of everything so no one is ever bored. One of my favorite moments was having a husband in doing a deep dive on back issues for an hour or two while his wife carefully looked at everything else. When they went to checkout, she thanked me for having such a diverse shop and said that she wasn't bored at all.

bins of back issues of comics at Comics adventure

BRIAN: What would you say is the coolest, most fun, or most interesting comic you’ve had pass through your hands/shop? Not necessarily the most expensive (although that would be fun to know, also), but…what issue or book stands out to you?

BRUCE: I can't point to any one comic coming in where I'm like, "This is the best thing ever" but I can say it's a great feeling when people get something from our shop and say, "I've been looking for that forever" or "That book you recommended is great. Do you have other suggestions?" Those instances are better than holding an old book or something physical.

BRIAN: If you’re stranded on a desert island and you can have one book/omnibus/collection to have with you, what do you pick?

BRUCE: I can't pick just one book but it'd have to be a story or series and my answer would probably be different every day of the week. Today, I'd say the Criminal series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Today I picked that one because there's a lot of them and they're all intertwined and I haven't finished reading them all so some of them would be a surprise. Tomorrow, my answer would likely be different…

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