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Black Friday & Beyond—Local Style

A Musical Side of Black Friday
By Jennifer Leigh

There’s a good reason to wake up from your turkey coma after Thanksgiving, and it’s Record Store Day.

While people line up outside the mass retailers for TVs and video game systems, participating independent record stores will be carrying limited-edition vinyl; causing an entirely different demographic of people to line up and nerd out.

The Black Friday edition of Record Story Day (RSD) is not as big in scale to the actual Record Story Day (which is always in April), but it still carries out the mission of promoting small, independently-owned record shops.

“It helps get the word out that mp3s, downloading and Pandora aren’t all that,” said Eric Jones, owner of Revolver Records.

The Black Friday RSD list isn’t as long as “the big one” in April, but it still has a good mix for every musical taste and even the festive “Christmas Cheer” by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

“There really aren’t a whole lot of stinkers here, with perhaps the exception of Phil Collins ‘In the Air Tonight,’” Jones said. “Now that was a waste of cardboard and electricity. [Kidding, it's Philvember, the month music fans make fun of schlocky Englishmen.]”

Even stores that aren’t officially participating in RSD are still excited for vinyl-loving shoppers. Remember Wynn Records won’t have new releases, but will have “lots” of $1 records for sale, according to their Facebook page.

When it comes to shopping local, it’s kind of a no-brainer.

“(There’s) better service, less crowds and a plethora of unique yet ‘must have’ gifts you won’t find at Target,” Jones said.

You may not find any holiday-specific deals inside Revolver Records. Instead, Jones said he provides good prices all year round.

“I work hard to keep my everyday prices on all my new releases ridiculously competitive with even the cheapest online retailers,” he said.

RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY
WHEN:  Friday, Nov. 27
WHERE: Participating stores, like Revolver Records (9 E. Gregory St.)
DETAILS: recordstoreday.com for the full list of releases; facebook.com/RevolverFL for hours and information about Revolver Records

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Bookin’ It
By Jennifer Leigh

While storing all of your comics on an iPad seems handy, there’s no substitute for walking into your neighborhood comic shop and grabbing the latest issue of your favorite title.

“Every town needs a good comic shop,” said Harley Orr, owner of Pensacola Pop Comics. “Comics are just a different way to tell a story, and a good shop provides an outlet for people seeking unique storytelling.”

While music fans have Record Store Day, comic fans now have Local Comic Shop Day. More than 300 stores around the country are participating in the inaugural event on Nov. 28—including Pensacola Pop Comics—and 21 limited-edition comics are being released, including “Jughead,” “The Shield,” “Back to the Future” and more.

A longtime comic book fan, Orr opened up his store a year and a half ago to create an inviting space for all kinds of readers.

“I definitely believe there are comics for everyone,” he said. “I’m always happy to recommend books I’ve read and enjoyed, and likewise I’ll warn them if they ask about a stinker.”

For the comic neophyte, Pensacola Pop Comics has a rental library with a few hundred books that can be borrowed or sampled.

“So often now, people are afraid to start on a comic if it’s not the first issue,” he said. “That’s not always the case, though. It’s not like you have to watch 20 years’ worth of ‘Law & Order’ before you watch the latest episode.”

Local artist and avid comic book fan Michael Daw will be joining Orr for Local Comic Shop Day doing a book signing of “A Very Krampus Christmas,” an illustrated story book for adults. The book tells the origin story of Krampus in a modern setting, Daw said.

Daw first developed a love for comics as a kid when his dad brought home an issue of “Sonic the Hedgehog.” Since then, he’s enjoyed the superhero universe of Marvel and, more recently, the independent books and graphic novels—and of course “Star Wars.” He peruses his favorite titles at a handful of local shop; each has unique qualities, he said.

“I think they’re all great in their own way,” he said. “Futurevisions is great if you want back issues or action figures/collectibles. Rich has all of it, and it’s a great place to nerd out. TBS Comics is big on gaming, so that’s a great spot if you’re into that. My favorite local shop is Pensacola Pop Comics. It’s clutter free, they carry a lot more of the indie books that I read, and Harley’s a great, personable owner.”

If you’re doing some holiday shopping, be sure to stop in your local comic book shop — as Orr pointed out, a rolled up comic fits nicely in a stocking.

“And don’t worry about keeping your new comics in mint condition,” he continued. “The biggest value you’ll get is the enjoyment of reading them.”

Since the first modern comic books emerged in the U.S. around the 1930s, they’ve continued to be popular; and it’s safe to say they always will be.

“I sincerely believe that comic books are an art form,” Daw said. “It’s great that comic books have expanded into the digital platform, but nothing beats owning an actual copy of the book, the physical artifact. I am a sucker for nostalgia, so maybe it’s just me, but as long as there are comic shops, I’ll be buying them.”

LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY AT PENSACOLA POP COMICS
WHEN: Nov. 28
WHERE: Pensacola Pop Comics, 909 N. 12th Ave.
DETAILS: localcomicshopday.com

A VERY KRAMPUS CHRISTMAS
You can purchase a signed copy of the illustrated story book at Pensacola Pop Comics during Local Comic Shop Day or order online at etsy.com/shop/JackdawIllustration.

OTHER PENSACOLA COMIC SHOPS
In the spirit of Local Comic Shop Day and shopping local in general, here are some more local shops worth checking out.

TBS Comics, Inc.
6873 N. 9th Ave.

Futurevisions Sci-Fi Books & Collectibles
479 N. Pace Blvd.

Price Busters Games
4771 Bayou Blvd #7 & 3300 N. Pace Blvd.

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#ShopSmallPColaChamber

The Greater Pensacola Chamber is getting into the spirit of Small Business Saturday by signing up as a “Neighborhood Champion.”  Some of their partner locations are even offering coupons and specials to help rally the Pensacola community to shop small.

Here are some of the Chamber’s participating partner locations:

10th Avenue Hair Design
A Bodacious Family of Shops
Angel’s Garden
Atelier Alcaniz International Boutique
Barefoot Gypsy Boutique
Beauty Mark, The Image Specialist
Bellagio Day Spa
Bere Jewelers
Beyond the Grape
Blues Angel Music
Celebrations
Dee McDavid Interiors
Dollarhide’s Music Center
Elebash Jewelry Company
Envie Boutique
Escape Wellness Spa
Fiore
Fletchers Jewelers
Franklin Antiques
Fusion Spa Salon
Gulf Coast Glam House inside The Powder Room
Indigeaux Denim Bar & Boutique
Jewelers Trade Shop
Jim’s Firearms
Just Judy’s Flowers
Kodiak Diamonds
La Bona International Boutique
Luxe Home Interiors
Luxe Sleep
Marty Campbell Gallery
Massage Envy
Mattress Firm
Mattress Outlet
McAlpin Interiors
Miles Antique Mall
Mole Hole
Moonflower Salon
Nail Envy
Poppycock
RejuvaTrim Spa & Aesthetics
Renfroe Pecan Company
Ride More Bicycles
Salty Beach Outfitters
SNOB Salon and Spa
SoBo Boutique
Southern Sisters Boutique & Salon
Still Waters Day & Medical Spa
Studio 98 Salon & Spa
Susan Campbell Jewelry
The Bridal Loft
The Roadrunner’s Daughter
Toad Hall Antiques & Gifts
Urban Objects
Vibe Inc.
Vivian’s Loft
VolumeONE
Waterboyz
West Point Home Bed and Bath Outlet

Details: For more information and to see some of the participating stores specials, visit facebook.com/pensacolachamber.