Neighborhood cleanup for the Stony Point area this Saturday

With Stories shutting down years ago, you had to go a lot further to get your comic book fix. This problem is now alleviated with the opening of paper tiger (7522 Forest Hill Ave). The soft opening was last weekend and their current hours are Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm. Hours may change in the future as they find the balance between running a business, raising young children, and balancing family time.

If you’ve eaten at a restaurant in Richmond, especially Carytown, chances are you’ve already been familiar with the work of owner Hamooda Shami. He shrunk his restaurant empire to Don’t Look Back. The observers among you will notice that the address is next to the now closed Don’t Look Back Southside. Initial plans were to make the Paper Tiger space an extension of Don’t Look Back Southside, but the pandemic had other plans. The loss of the restoration communities is the gain of the collectibles community.

Owner Hamooda Shami (L) and Director John Reinhold (R) – John is also CXO – RVA MAG Sales and Communications

In the completely renovated shop, of which Hamooda said he is extremely proud, perhaps his best renovation, you will find all kinds of goodies. It will be easier to show than to say.

The back room held the high end rare comics which were all professionally graded. If you are looking for a rare edition, this is the piece for you.

Currently on the walls are prints by Jay Ryan that are for sale.

First editions ready to go. Paper Girls is awesome by the way. Don’t worry if you need current comics they have that as well, I just didn’t take a pic.

Never Give Up – Never give up on your Star Trek collectibles. There are new and old numbers to be had.

Yes, that’s a David Bowie Barbie you see on the top shelf. Not pictured are a small selection of board games that cover a nice range of age and complexity.

Magna was a late addition to the inventory.

The word that immediately comes to mind is priest. Both Hamooda and store manager John mentioned that they were involved with every item in the store and wanted to make sure customers were getting the best value for money. To that end, comics and cards (Pokemon, Magic, Sports) are categorized so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Rare Pokémon and Magic cards can be added to your deck or to sit on a shelf to admire and taunt other players. There were also plenty of sports cards including a Bo Jackson which was the subject of much discussion while I was there.

Hamooda and John are very welcoming and very knowledgeable about everything in the store. You are looking for something in particular, they will help you find it. If you’ve read this far, you’re definitely the target audience, so you should head over there. Don’t look for an Iron Giant with 16 points of articulation, interchangeable hands/weapons and light up eyes because I bought the last one.

I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out to Carrie Piefur (Karri Peiffer) and link her article on Axios about the opening. Quality work as always and she beat me to it.

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