“Comic books are actually a reection of society; you can see the political trends, fashion, electronics—everything that’s going on in America you can see in comic books.” Brian Stuart, Comic Relief owner
Brian and Diane Stuart opened Comic Relief in April 1989. (Photos by Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comic Relief After more than 30 years, the local shop still houses nostalgic comics, baseball cards, collectibles and more in San Marcos BY EVELIN GARCIA B rian and Diane Stuart have supplied San Marcos residents with nostalgic comic books, action gures and collectibles The comic shop hosts two main events a year: Comic Book Day in May and Halloween Fest in October. For both events, Diane bakes brownies or cookies to go along with free comics. For the most recent Halloween Fest, the Stuarts invited artists to play at the comic shop. As a way to keep up with trends, Brian has
Comic Relief oers comic book classics such as: • Batman • Superman • Spider-man • X-Men • Avengers
Comic Relief 1330 Aquarena Springs Drive, Ste. 101, San Marcos 512-353-1138 www.facebook.com/comicreliefsanmarcos Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m-6 p.m, Sun. noon-5 p.m.
at Comic Relief for almost 31 years. The secret to succeeding in both a booming city and in an ever-evolving tech world, according to Brian, is a clean store and customer respect. “I had a vision of how I wanted the store to be,” Brian said. He said he always planned to open a comic book store. Comic Relief rst opened in April 1989 with comic books, baseball cards and action gures that Brian started collecting in the '80s. “Comic books have always been a draw to me; I’ve always enjoyed the storylines,” Brian said. Prior to opening the comic shop, Brian worked in the grocery business for 20 years. After he retired, he decided to open the shop where he now oers vintage sports cards from the 1950s and '60s, comic books, collectibles, action gures and more.
created an online presence for his business on eBay, where he sells antique toys, coins and other items. He said it is a diversied store where he can cater to a larger audience that likes things that people in the store do not; it is “a global giant that [he] can’t ignore,” as he puts it. “Comic books are actually a reection of society; you can see the political trends, fashion, electron- ics—everything that’s going on in America you can see in comic books,” Brian said, noting how dierent eras can be depicted through sports cars, comics and collectibles. “It’s a market that you have to keep tabs on,” Brian said.
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