Recently, while working on an interview with Lone Star Comics owner Buddy Saunders, my former boss (and current boss, actually, if you consider my writing work for mycomicshop.com) gave me the grand tour, driving me from his office on Abram Street to the newly relocated Central Arlington store.
Long gone are the dusty, musty mom-and-pop shops I grew up frequenting in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. These days, better comic shops are spacious, clean, brightly light, family-friendly establishments, epitomized by Lone Star's eight comic, game, and gift stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Buddy was one of the first comic book retailers in North Texas (the original store opened in 1977) and remains one of the most powerful forces in the industry. He's also a heck of a nice guy.
For a brief history of Lone Star Comics, click here.