2013-08-16 / Business

Punk Monkey Comics opens in Forest Acres

By Anita Baker

Jeff Blevins moved from Mount Airy, N.C., to South Carolina to work in management for Wal- Mart Stores, Inc. In June 2013, Blevins, then store manager for Wal-Mart in West Columbia, decided, “It was time to do something different.”

Eric Woodard, owner of Scratch & Spin Records in West Columbia, advised Blevins to open a comic book store. Blevins researched the possibility and now is the founder of Punk Monkey Comics at 2711 Forest Drive #24 in Forest Acres. He says, “It is a lifelong dream to have a store like this.”

Punk Monkey Comics sells new, vintage, and collectable comic books, record albums, CDs, DVDs, VHS movies, books, T- shirts, board games, and other table top games, including puzzles. Blevins also repairs CDs, DVDs, and video games and welcomes donations from the public for resale.

Blevins says his business goal for Punk Monkey Comics is to be a family friendly store where his wife and two children would enjoy shopping, and Columbia area families can find music, games, and movies for all ages. He says the comic book industry is still mainly for men ages 16-50 who are interested in new comics and those who are avid c omi c book col- lectors. Punk Monkey Comics has the newest releases in all genres.

Punk Monkey Comics website (www.punkmonkeycomics.com) has the following answer to “What is a comic book?” A comic book or comicbook, also called comic magazine or simply comic, is a publication, first popularized in the United States, of comics art in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Panels are often accompanied by brief descriptive prose and written narrative, usually dialog contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form.

The first comic book appeared in the United States in 1933 and was a reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips which had established many of the story-telling devices used in comics. The term comic book arose because the first book sold as a comic book reprinted humor comic strips.

Despite their name, comic books are not necessarily humorous in tone; comic books tell stories in many genres.

The Punk Monkey Comics website provides extensive information on the history and development of the comic book in the United States and internationally.

The store name, Punk Monkey Comics was created by Blevins with input from family and friends. On the website is a definition for punk monkey: juvenile, neighborhood nuisance, characterized by rudeness and general disregard for other people and property.” An original “Punk Monkey” mascot was also created.

Blevins says he plans to bring young people and adults into the store for “Friday Night Magic Gaming,” a competitive tournament-style table top gaming and board gaming opportunity for the public.

Punk Monkey Comics is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p. m. on Sundays. The store has a Facebook page in addition to its website at www.punkmonkeycomics.com.

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