Amazing Fantasy Comics don’t just stock one of the region’s biggest selection of comics, they are truly heroes of small business! After opening their first store in 1992, they have steadily grown and now have two locations, one in Newport News and a second in Yorktown.
It was always the dream of Gary Driver, owner and founder, to own his own business. As a young boy he saw his grandparents work hard in their small country store and would spend his summers helping them out. After High School he initially moved into construction and the heating and air conditioning field for many years but he finally took a leap of faith and worked to make his dream come true.
However, living his dreams and running his own company has its own villains that he had to overcome. “I didn’t realize how much of my life I would have to give up to run Amazing Fantasy Comics.” Says Gary. “It is great to be your own boss but it can come at a high cost to your personal life.” Nonetheless, Gary has conquered his opposition and has now been in business for over 25 years.
“And we have done this through some very weak economic times. I hope it’s because we care about our customers and want to offer them great customer service. Every person who walks through the door is my boss and I want to make them happy or they won’t come back.”
And aside from his customers, Gary also loves comics. And this passion is contagious to his customers. “If you are going to try to start up a retail business, the first thing I would tell you is make sure it is a business that you love. Don’t sell doughnuts if you hate doughnuts. If I didn’t love comics it would be very hard for me to get my customers to love it!”
“We carry all major brands of comics and have a policy that the new comics arriving on Wednesday mornings have to be on the shelf before we open the doors at 11:00AM.”