By Charla Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
Soon there will be an exciting new business opening in Chelsea for all the comic book fans, collectors and sports fans alike. ClockTower Comix & Collectables will be opening its doors on August 8.
Jason Povlich (who owns Jet’s Pizza in Chelsea) explained how the idea for the comic book store came to life: “It really all started for me in 1984 when the Tigers won the World Series. This caused me to become really passionate about baseball. This same year was the year I actually watched and comprehended Star Wars. These things gave me the love and passion for sports and sci-fi. You can’t sell comic books, collectables in this genre without being passionate about it. In addition to this I grew up in a yard sale/flea market family. I just watched them as I was growing up buying and selling. When I was eight or nine years old I started collecting baseball cards and going to baseball card shows. Actually, selling baseball cards was my first business. After this I just turned into a collector and began doing sports card shows. I have always bought and sold toys and cards. Then around 1997 or 1998 when Star Wars was re-released, I was buying and selling them and this became so big that I had to quit my job. From the time I was 20 until about 24 I ran a collectable toy business. I had a blast doing this and I almost opened a shop then.”
Jason says that the love and passion for comics has always been in his blood, but for him the most important thing is the new shop will be a family affair. Jason and his wife Suzei have five sons. Their 15 year old son Nolan will actually be taking the lead in ClockTower Comix and doing most of the managing and working in the shop. Jason explains: “I have five sons and what does a dad do with five sons? You read comic books, you collect action figures, and you play. So we have always done that. Having a family of all boys, all superhero movies, all of that, I started taking them to Comic Con and they started buying and collecting their own stuff. My son Nolan, who will be the leader here, his favorites are Godzilla and Predator. He was the most passionate about going to shows with me and collecting. We were going to shows every weekend. Then one day I suggested we should open a comic book store together and that Nolan should run it. Nolan has been working at Jet’s Pizza doing dishes for eight years and now he will be running his own comic shop business. All five sons are actually partners and they all pitched in their own money towards the shop. I am really happy about getting to experience this with my sons.”
Nolan is very excited about leading the comic shop: “I am very excited. I never expected for this to actually happen personally, and now that it is happening it is just so exciting. I am most excited about working with my dad and my brothers and once this opens will definitely be working here the most.”
ClockTower Comix will be joining the only other comic book shop in Chelsea, Secret Crisis Comics. Jason says the two shops will actually compliment each other and having two stores will actually draw more comic fans to Chelsea. “There will be items similar or the same that we both will have, but we will be different,” Jason stated. “There is just so much in this genre. One way we are different is that we will have sports cards, which are definitely back.” In addition to this Nolan is very good friends with Todd, the owner of Secret Crisis. Todd has super inspired Nolan.” Nolan adds: “We will definitely work together with Secret Crisis. It will bring a variety to Chelsea.”
ClockTower Comix & Collectables will open Saturday August 8 and will be giving away free comic books on that day. Jason said they will always have deals and specials and they will also be buying and trading. “Our goal is to be the best shop that we can be. I want to do something cool with my sons and teach them business.”
ClockTower Comix is located at 518 North Main Street in Chelsea. Stop in, see all the wonderful items they have to offer, and say hi to Nolan.