A look behind the High Desert’s Comic Cult

There is a new comic book store in town.

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The High Desert’s absence of a comic book store is over, our small town between Vegas and L.A. now has Comic Cult HD, located on the corner of Mauna Loa and I Avenue.  This little comic shop is owned by Kathy Henrich and Henry Henrich, a happily married couple living out their dream. They opened Comic Cult HD on Henry Henrich’s fortieth birthday. Kathy tells, “I don’t know how we’re gonna top this birthday gift!” A fun fact is that the “HD” in their store name stands for High Desert. The name Comic Cult sounds different but owner and manager of Comic Cult HD, Kathy Henrich, says that “We got the name from the original store because we wanted to keep the Comic Cult legacy going.” Kathy implied a fondness for the old store where her family used to go in their free time and bond over their love of comic books. 

Their most popular comics are The Amazing Spider Man, Batman, Ironman, and especially Deadpool. Mighty Thor #1 is coming to stores soon! In the next few months they are going to have a Spiderman-Deadpool teamup that will be big. As excited as she is about these new comics, Kathy’s favorites continue to be Grimm Fairy Tales from publisher Zenescope, the Fable series and anything Harley Quinn.

Comic Cult’s business has been better than the family could have hoped for.

“The main age group we get in are late 20s to early 30s,” says Kathy, “but we get everybody; young, old, male, female, there is no discrimination here at Comic Cult everyone is welcome.”  

Orion Seelinger, an Oak Hills Sophomore, speaks out that he loved the comic book store and will most likely be a frequent customer of Comic Cult.

On the other hand, John Porter, an Oak Hills Senior disagrees, “Comic books are cool, but they’re outdated.”file3411293943936

Why did the Henrichs choose to invest everything in a comic book store? Coming from shop owner, Kathy Henrich, the reason is that, he husband has been collecting comics since the nineties and we have just always enjoyed comics for the family and it has been a lifelong dream of my husband’s to own a comic book shop.”

Kathy also states, “We didn’t know what to expect, if there were no comic book stores because nobody wanted any or because that’s just how things turned out but it’s been nothing but positive.”

Their store also hosts tournaments where gamers can come to join together and play.

“Gaming is the biggest at the moment, there is heroclix tournaments that are every Wednesday,” Kathy explains, “These tournaments usually get 10 + players and Saturday night’s are Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments.”

Kathy and Henry’s shop is a big hit due to the friendly and laid back environment. The employees of Comic Cult HD are always willing to help you and suggest a comic book that you may like without pressuring you to buy like most salesmen. Kathy’s favorite part of owning the comic book shop is becoming friends with the people that come to her store and she loves the fact that she has been able to contribute to the community by bringing in a comic book store. On top of all these friendly and new comic shop ideas, Kathy and Henry are providing what they can to the community by giving away their comic posters that decorate their shop at the end of every month when they get a new supply.

In the past, comic book stores have had a bad history in the High Desert, known to close down fairly soon after opening, but based on the large amount of clientele that Comic Cult HD has been receiving and their friendly attitude, the High Desert hopes to have their new family run store for the long haul.

 

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