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News Fri Nov 05 2010

Nerds Unite for the Comic Shop Crawl

tn_Passport.jpgThe world of comic books and graphic novels seems like a strange, mystical place to those who don't full comprehend how amazing it can be. I can't even begin to tell you how many sideways glances I've gotten on the bus while reading The Boys. Luckily Chicago has some of the best comic book shops around to combat that train of thought. The comic book community here is booming. And now, the Comic Shop Crawl helps this community join forces to explore the graphic world of the city.

Earlier this week in Merge, we mentioned something about a Comic Shop Crawl. The Comic Shop Crawl is hosted by four local comic book stores: Chicago Comics, Third Coast Comics, First Aid Comics, and Challengers Comics. Each store is scattered across Chicago, literally forming a cross of sorts with their geographic locations. Starting this week, people can stop by any of the four shops and pick up a Comic Shop Passport. Readers have all month to travel to the remaining three locations and get their passport stamped, returning their filled passport to their starter location. It's not all about traveling to other stores though. Each participating store is offering 20% your purchase on that stop! So if you've been eying that Lost Girls deluxe book, this is your chance to save some dough on it. Not only is this a good opportunity to save some money but it also connects comic book lovers to others in the city. We are many but we are scattered, often latching on to one local shop and only befriending people there. The Comic Shop Crawl is an excellent way to connect the community and find others to blabber on about how awesome "The Walking Dead" TV show is.

If you're brave enough to complete your passport, you'll be automatically entered to split a prize pack compiled by all four stores that consists of $1000 worth of comic books, graphic novels, toys, and statues. Kind of hard to pass up, no? Winners will be announced at a huge Comic Shop Party on Saturday, December 4 at the American Legion Hall (1824 W. Cortland St) where all us nerds will party down. Stop by your nearest participating shop and start exploring!

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