Comic books always have been a place where the language is descriptive, the artwork vivid, the bad guys always bad, and the good guys, no matter the obstacles or tribulations, always seem to come out on top.|
And for the past 30 years you can find just about any comic under the sun in Tim Cederoth's Tim's Corner in Rock Island.
"I see a lot of the people who came in when we were just open who bring their own children in for comics," Mr. Cederoth said. "It's nice, it's a family. That's what we strive for."
Mr. Cederoth will celebrate his 30th anniversary on Jan. 15. When he first started, the store had food and also dealt in used books and trading cards, but over time, the comics took over.
"I got tired of cutting onions," Mr. Cederoth said. "It took a lot to have food, it was popular but it was a lot of work. The books just got squeezed out after a while. The comics were too much."
The comic-book market seems to be enjoying a resurgence of late, with a host of superhero movies like "The Avengers," "Spider-Man," "The X-Men," "Hulk," "Thor," "Green Lantern" and "Iron Man." Comics also are being celebrated through popular TV shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and runaway hits like "The Walking Dead" which started and continues as a comic and graphic novel.
"We have kids come in who say "I love Spider-Man" and they've never held a comic book," Mr. Cederoth said. "They know the story through the movies and they love it."
Mr. Cederoth said a lot of parents like the kids reading comic books over playing video games or being on the Internet.
"It makes your brain work in a different way," Mr. Cederoth said. "It's not passive, it makes your mind work in a different way. I think parents like to put a book in front of them and let them read."
There's also a sense of anticipation that comes with comic books, because many of the stories are serialized, it means they have to wait for the next issue to find out what happens.
Tim's Corner is unique in the world of comic-book stores because the majority of the business is in new titles, as opposed to the older collectibles. Regulars have envelopes with lists of what titles they read. Mr. Cederoth puts new copies into each folder so the regulars never have to worry about missing an issue or the store selling out before they get there.
"It's the people who keep me here," Mr. Cederoth said. "I could be out playing golf or in my senior softball league, but I love the people here. That's how I survive, talking comics, talking family. I've been very blessed here to have these wonderful people here and it's something I really enjoy."
Tim's Corner comic book store is at 2963 14th Ave., Rock Island
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