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Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics - Tinley Park
Product Lines Stocked: New Comics, Back Issue Comics, Graphic Novels, TPB's, Magazines, RPG's, Comic Supplies, Fiction Books, Statues/Models, Action Figures
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Amazing Fantasy operates four stores in the south suburbs outside of Chicago. I've been to two of the locations but frequent the Tinley Park store more (about two-three times a month). If you're looking for a well lit, laid back, mostly friendly staffed comic store with a large variety of newer comics, comic/sci-fi related magazines, sci-fi novels, role-playing, and stash of back issues (more recent comics). then Amazing Fantasy is worth the trip. Here are some of the particulars.
New Comics: They have a wide assortment of new comics. And it's not just Marvel and DC. They carry a good number of independent books/publishers. Unless the issues is super hot (e.g. Death of Captain America), they will usually have it in stock. The newer comics are located on racks along the wall that runs the length of the store. The past 3 to 6 months worth of a title's issues are available on those racks. I know that they have a subscription service, but I have not inquired as to what the details are in terms of discount offered.
Back Issues: There are about 20 long boxes of back issues. These contain mainly newer issues (within the last 10 years). They are priced very reasonably with most being a token $.25 or $.50 above the cover price. An inexpensive way to pick up an unimportant back issue that you may have missed. Older and more expensive back issues are located on the wall above the counter. The bulk of these are from the 70s/80s. Nothing is too costly with most in the $10-$20 range. Something you might find here is an older World's Finest issue with a Neal Adam's cover.
Graphic Novels: They have a large and varied selection of graphic novels - both hard cover and soft cover copies. You name some off the wall publisher or collection, they probably have it. They also have a large manga tbd section. I've had success finding out of print trades at this store (such as the New X-men Omnibus). They used to have a buy 10 trades get one free program. I'm not sure if they still do this as I picked up a trade within the last month and wasn't offered a punch card or asked if I had one. Now, I could have just asked, but it didn't dawn on me until after I left.
Other Items: As noted above, they have a collection of hobby related magazines, role playing books, and sci-fi novels. They also have a small (5-10) group of busts and small selection of action figures.
Staff: The staff on a whole is quite friendly and helpful. They greet you when you come in, but aren't hounding you around the store or trying to stir up awkward conversation. If you can't find something, they'll show you where it is. Or if you are looking for a suggestion or feedback on a series, they are well versed in the hobby. What keeps staff from getting 5 out of 5 stars is one employee. He is reminiscent of the Comic Shop Guy from the Simpsons. Tends to be sarcastic, sometimes to where you think, "that was kind of a jerky thing to say." He's one of those hit or miss people. Sometimes he's okay and other times.you try to avoid conversation.
Sales: Amazing Fantasy does run some good sales throughout the year. Of note is their promotion of Free Comic Book Day. This past year, in addition to allowing patrons to pick up one of every free comic, they ran a sidewalk sale with highly discounted items (Marvel Masterworks selling for $20) and everything in the store was 20% off. Not bad indeed. And it's nice to see a store really making strong attempts to bring in customers/readers (particularly all the kids that are present at these sales). They also run a variety of sales during Christmas time. I think they do a 12 days of Christmas theme where each day something happens (e.g. on the 12th day all trades are 20% off).
Overall this is a great comic store to have around the neighborhood and one that I will continue to shop at. [8/06/08]
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