Business Intel: A comic book store opens in Roanoke | Shop

Business Intel: A comic book store opens in Roanoke |  Shop

Big Lick Comics recently opened in Roanoke’s Market Square East shopping center, located off Orange Avenue.

“My brother and I are huge comic book fans,” Sutphin said. “We’ve loved them as long as I can remember — the characters, the stories, the art, the creativity.”

J.D. Sutphin, whose company Big Lick Entertainment produces Big Lick Comic Con, opened Big Lick Comics along with his brother. Sutphin said since he first brought comic con to Roanoke in 2017, he’s been blown away by the response from the public and the community of people brought together by their love of comics.

A new comic book shop opened this month in Roanoke. Big Lick Comic strives to offer an immersive experience for its customers, said co-owner J.D. Sutphin, noting Easter eggs within the store.

“I just kept thinking to myself, what if we could build something where the feeling of our comic con was open five days a week?” Sutphin said. The COVID-19 pandemic meant there were fewer opportunities for that community to gather in the last year, though Big Lick Comic Con did occur in the fall, with restrictions in place.

Source Sutphin said the store changes its stock regularly, with 140 new titles per month and new comics arriving every Wednesday. Big Lick Comics is not just a store, he said, but offers an immersive experience. Easter eggs, like a trail of ants that leads to a statue of Ant-Man, can be found throughout the store. The 6,000-square-foot space is divided into different sections, with names that refer to the comic book universe, like the Halls of All Knowing.

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