Comic Shop Locator: Ultimate Comics, Durham

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Ultimate Comics in Durham, North Carolina.

Vital Stats

OWNER: Alan Gill 

MANAGER: Marta Mickleson

NUMBER OF LOCATIONS: 3

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 20

YEAR OPENED: 2003

STORE SIZE (SQFT): 2,200

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About Our Shop

Favorite Recent Comic Book: Grass Kings

How was your Halloween ComicFest event?  It’s slowly growing.

What has been your best promotion or event?  Our FCBD is HUGE!  We put out a giant tent that covers our parking lot, we host a 5K, get drinks and food, put up a stage and hire live music, and bring in some great creators!

What recent changes have you made in the store?  We just got 3 new bookshelves to hold more graphic novels, and we’ve started spacing them out more.

What steps have you taken to expand your customer base or to reach out to individuals unfamiliar with your store or comics in general?  Our owner, Alan, owns and runs the NCComicon, which helps expose us to a whole new and different audience twice every year!  We’ve run a few events with the local libraries and a few schools too!

What are your plans for the near future?  NCComicon: Oak City is NEXT WEEK!

How did you choose your store name?  Years and years ago, when Alan first moved to the area, after getting poor service from the local shops, he decided that he could just do better, and in doing so, deemed his enterprise the Ultimate Comic shop in the area!

What superpower would you most like to have?  Weather control, just so I could make a dramatic entrance anywhere I go :)

View of interior of store

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Alternate view of interior of store

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Shelves filled with new comics

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Shelves of new trade paperbacks and more

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Displays full of statues and apparel

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Wall of toys

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Shelves of trade paperbacks

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Young readers section

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