July 8, 2014

Game Night at the Store

We had our second game night on Saturday, July 5th, and we got to meet some new people which is what I was hoping. Our first night was the weekend before and my friend Les brought up Doctor Who Monopoly. We played that because we were familiar with the rules and it was a franchise that we love. It also helped us hone our knowledge of the Whoverse. I admit, some of the properties (planets) I had never heard of, but I loved letting others fill me in.

Star Realms Box This week we played a card game called Star Realms. Thomas Chick and I picked them up at a distributor event and were told that it was a fun game. This was the first time that we had a chance to sit down and play it. I’ll admit the rules were a little daunting at first, but I had a little experience with other card games such as Magic, and that came in handy. To me, the game was fun and I’d like to play it again, sometime. You might want to ask Thomas what he thought over on his site, www.thefellowshipofthegeeks.com. I’m sure with a few well-placed questions, I can get answers to the few situations that popped up.

Join us next Saturday, July 12th at 7pm at the shop when we’ll do it all again. Have you played Star Realms? What are your thoughts?

July 7, 2014

Gallifrey City

There’s a new Doctor Who/Torchwood convention in the works and we’ve been asked to be a part of it. Gallifrey City will take place November 8-9 in Dallas at the Sterling Hotel off of Regal Row and 183. Tickets are available but there is a cap on the number of attendees. This is a fan-centric con with the emphasis on the Whovian community and should be a lot of fun to get together with other like-minded individuals and geek out about your favorite time traveler. Don’t wait too long to get your tickets and keep checking back as we get more info on the event. You can also follow them on Facebook.

Gallifrey City Convention Banner 2014

July 2, 2014

New Store Details

Location: 1238 Belt Line Rd. #365
We are hoping to open August 13, 2014. Hours will be Sunday Noon until 6pm, Monday and Tuesday 11am until 8pm, and Wednesday through Saturday 11am until 10am.
We can be reached at 972-530-2600. If we don’t answer, leave a message. If you would like to get on our mailing list, which is soon to start being sent out, email us at galaxydallascbc@gmail.com.
You can follow us on Twitter at @GalaxyDallasCBC. This blog will stay up as the blog for the store and will have a link on the store site. You will still be able to access it through the original www.agalaxycalleddallas.com url. The store site will be www.galaxydallascbc.com. I did this because there are some folks who won’t the geek posting that I’ve done for the last five years, but not the comic book store posts. Facebook, you didn’t really get that option, but since you don’t always get all the post from a page on Facebook, I don’t think that you’ll get blasted by the posts. Plus, we’ll try to keep them to a minimum.
Stay tuned for more info.

We’re still here!

It’s been almost a month since our last post, but we’ve been busy! We are located at 1238 Belt Line Rd in suite #365, across from Comic Book Craze. We have started using the building for game nights on Saturday. I’ll be here every Saturday at 7pm with some games and feel free to bring your favorites, also.
We’ve got a nice light blue paint up on the walls. We will be highlighting local artists in a special section, so if you’ve got any favorites you’d like to see, let us know. I want to leave the floor bare concrete but it needs some old tile torn up and then a good scrubbing. I don’t have the machine that it takes to do this and would really rather hire someone who has done it before and can get in here and do it quickly. If you know of someone, holler. Once that job is done, we move in the fixtures and just wait on the product to come in. We are hoping to open doors on August 13, 2014 and then have a grand opening on September 12th or 13th. I’ve been told that I can get the Mayor of Garland to come out. I’m looking for an extra special gift for him if he does.
IMG_20140624_103208To help make for a smooth transition, I will be setting up a pull list and we are shooting to be able to pull August 13th. Stay tuned for details in the next few days about that.
I have plans to do signings, comic book, artist, and author, along with workshops, readings, book clubs, and general meet-ups. I’ve seen some of the things that other shops are doing and they’re awesome. I’ve even got a few ideas of my own and hopefully we can maybe work with other shops in the area for some really great fun!
A lot of people have asked me about Magic, Pokemon, and Yugioh. We are going to sell packs to begin with and maybe even some other card games. We will even have some game nights, but I am new to playing the games as I’m an old-school D&Der. I am willing to learn, though, and I would love to get tournaments going. This is where I may reach out to you guys and have ya’ll come school me on this stuff. I would love to meet some volunteers to help out! Eventually, we will get into buying and selling individuals, just not yet. Same goes with comics, we won’t be buying personal stuff for a few months.
Right now, the doors are open to anyone who wants to come meet me, and my second-in-command, Thomas Chick, and let us tell all about what we’re going to do. We’re not selling anything yet, but you can come by Saturday nights and play a game with us, or you can come by during the week day before 5pm and I’ll be here to chat. I want my store to be a place for all self-professed and even closet geeks to come and feel comfortable browsing, buying, discussing, learning, and most of all, making new friends.IMG_20140621_193057Come see me.

June 10, 2014

Launch is Imminent!

AGCD FB Cover Deals have been made and money has exchanged hands and work is beginning. A storefront has been leased and we now begin the labor of transforming it into a haven for those that are aimin’ to misbehave. Within reason, that is.
Yes, we are on our way to opening up a new store. This is a very stressful time for me, because all those years of me saying to myself that I know how to run one have come to this moment of me putting up or shutting up. May the Good Lord have mercy on my soul!
First things first, no, I didn’t get Comic Book Craze’s old spot. There was miscommunication on both sides and I just wasn’t getting a warm, fuzzy feeling from the landlord, so I backed out. I hated to do that to Matt & Chris, but this is business and I have a kid to think about. So, if the Spidey sense is tingling, then it’s time to bug out.
We didn’t go far, though. We are across the street on the other side of the Gold’s Gym. We have a daycare right next to us, full of future comic book readers and then down at the other end is a Italian restaurant with great pizza, Sali's Pizza, and the Nickelrama Arcade. The actual address is 1238 N. Belt Line Road, Suite 365. It is a much smaller location, so we won’t be able to have marathon gaming sessions, but we continue to improve the situation. Don’t worry about it too much.
In the meantime, we still have some work to do, so stay tuned to this blog and the Facebook page, and we’ll keep you posted. Be sure and pass this on to any who might be looking for a new store to try out and thank you for the support!

April 9, 2014

Catching Up, Getting Down to Business, and Talking Captain America!

JPEG300_biginvert90I’ve been a little out of touch lately with the blog. Things are happening, have happened, or will soon happen and I’d like to clear some of it up. A lot of you know my back-story and how my wife passed away last February due to a brain tumor. My kid and I made it fine through the holidays, through the Kid’s fourth birthday, and even through the one year anniversary. But shortly after that, I hit a mental wall. It was spurred on by my new business acquisition which was going very slowly. Then, BAM! I lost my little brother about three weeks ago. I could go into a lot more detail, but these were the major factors, and so I wasn’t blogging like I should.

I’m starting to get a little more clear-headed and things are starting to move in the right direction and I’ve gotten to a point where I can start talking about the business acquisition. In short, I’m opening up my own comic book shop. I don’t guess I should call it a comic book shop, though, because it’s going to be so much more. In fact, most comic book shops are actually “pop culture centers.” Look at Collected, the store that bought up some of the Lone Star locations. Their tag line is “Your Pop Culture Headquarters.” As much as we want to think we geeks and nerds are still a niche culture, we’re not. We are now mainstream. We have sold out. And it’s a good thing!

The shop I’m hoping to open, called A Galaxy Called Dallas: Comics, Books, & Collectibles, will be in the location of Comic Book Craze in Garland, Texas. Matt and Chris McIntosh, the original owners, moved off to Florida where they said it was warmer. Really? I guess they meant year round. Anyway, they’ve gone and opened up SuperVillain Comics in Cocoa Beach. New owners were found for CBC and after some problems, the shop was available again, so I’ve decided to step in and try to get it back on track. It’s still going to be about a month before we can open the doors, but during that time, we will be doing inventory, bringing in new product, cleaning up the place, maybe re-arranging some fixtures for more floor space, and etc. If we can get it open sooner then we will. First order of business is to get the comic book buyers back in the doors and show them that they are an important part of the store. Another important part of the store is the gamers. Without either of the two, the store is nothing. But I’ve got to earn your trust and to do that, I’ve got to get the comics back on the wall as quickly as possible and not screw up pull lists, and get the games back on the calendar and make them fun events!

Right now, I’m waiting to sign the lease and that will get us in the door and on our way. We will probably have the windows covered but with signs up explaining everything. Covering windows will afford us the privacy of working without interruption and make it a little bit of a surprise for you when we do open the doors!

In the meantime, stay tuned here for more information about the store and what you can do to help us make it a success.

Oh, yeah. I went to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Les and Thomas from Fellowship of the Geeks and it was awesome. Watch for the next post for a small review and a link to a podcast that I was on about the movie.

March 26, 2014

All-Con Shenanigans

R2D2 at AllCon 2014
For those of you who haven't been to All-Con, you really need to try it at least once. It's the reason I started this blog five years ago. Man. Five years. Doesn't seem like that long ago. But, when you go to this event and see the community that it breeds, you'll see why folks keep coming back.

This is just one of the many reasons I like going. David Petty and the Taffeta Darling were co-hosting the Ms. Star Wars Pageant and to win the sash and crown you have to prove your love for all things Star Wars. One of those ways was "dancing for Jabba."

Here's David's example.

Do you have any great stories to share from All-Con 2014? Tell us!
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