Comic Shop Spotlight: Atomic Empire

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Atomic Empire in Durham, North Carolina

Vital Stats

OWNER: Jennifer Bedell




STORE SIZE (SQ. FT): 7,000




About Our Shop

Favorite Recent Comic Book: Ms. Marvel

How was your Halloween ComicFest event?  Great! We had kids and adults alike show up in great costumes.


What has been your best promotion or event?  Free Comic Book Day is always a hit, but we had the most fun when we paired it with a Duck-Rabbit Brewery tap takeover.


What steps have you taken to expand your customer base or to reach out to individuals unfamiliar with your store or comics in general?  We like to help out with events at local museums, libraries, and schools to try to raise awareness of comic books and games alike for kids and their parents.


How did you choose your store name?  Our store was originally called Sci-Fi Genre Comics & Games. We quickly discovered that it was difficult to spell or pronounce! So when we moved into a new location, we decided to change it to something more familiar but still distinctive.


What superpower would you most like to have?  I need Jamie Madrox’s self-replication ability so I can do a bunch of things at once!

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Drinks and snacks are available for hungry gamers New and vintage comics

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Board and card games The new comics wall

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Plushes, trays, and more fun toys Role-Playing games and books

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Star Trek and more  A large selection of trade paperbacks
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