Acme Comics is piquing everyone’s interest in the world of super heroes


Acme Comics manager, Jermaine Exum stands proud of his successful business. Acme Comics is the largest and oldest comic store in the Triad.

Walking into Acme Comics in Greensboro is like strolling through the set of every super hero and science fiction movie ever made. Colorful covers, action figures and posters coat the walls as local readers browse every genre available.

Acme Comics was established on Lawndale drive in 1983 and is now the oldest and largest comic shop in the Triad. There are over 100,000 issues in store, more than 450 members and numerous creators including Marvel and DC Comics  With a great store comes great responsibility, and store manager, Jermaine Exum knows all about it.

I was shopping as a kid at the same place that I have my hands on the steering wheel for today,” Exum said.

Exum shopped at Acme Comics as a child in 1985 and knows the comics in the store like the back of his hand. He began working at the store 22 years ago and has put all of his effort into it.

Effort is greatly needed, so six workers, including Exum, are necessary for the constant grind. All hands are on deck on tuesday when a new shipment of comics comes in. There are approximately 25 boxes received with 400 items inside each including books, statues and merchandise in each. From the time they get the goods to the time they sell, the workers are organizing, counting and reading the books to help new release wednesday go smoothly.

Anything we can do to get comic books to people,” Exum said. 

Business is good thanks to the store’s loyal members. Acme Comics trusts their members to come by weekly or biweekly to pick up their pre ordered items so Exum can make a profit.

“We don’t want the person to miss an issue, it’s a perfect system and everybody’s happy,” Exum said. 

Northwest senior and president of the comic book club, Vivian Maynard is a local comic lover and is a frequent customer at Acme Comics. She enjoys science fiction comics including “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” and “Transformers: more than meets the eye”.

“(Transformers is) a group of robots that are supposed to save their planet, but they keep doing everything but their mission which is what I found funny,” Maynard said.

Maynard began reading comics when she was 15 because she began reading them online. She uses a free app and website called Webtoon where a wide variety of comics can be found.

“I heard there was a comic store in Greensboro and I had to go check it out,” Maynard said. “I didn’t know any Marvel ones so I wanted to read them and the only place you can get those are at a comic book store.”

In today’s world, comics are exclusively found at comic book stores, this can make it difficult for comic buyers especially when theres not a store like Acme Comics nearby.

Comics used to be in grocery and convenience stores, but now you need to go to a specific store to buy them,” Exum said.

“Avengers Infinity War” recently showed in theaters in May. The movie grossed one billion dollars in 11 days, beating “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by one day. These movies are taking over Hollywood with amazing special effects, actors and actresses, but are these movies helping or hurting the comic book industry?

It took me 25 years to get the basics of Tony Stark down,” Exum said. “Now people can watch the movies, have a basis of the character and then pick up any comic and be caught up.”

Now that Thanos and Captain America are common names among movie goers, new fans will want to know more about their favorite heroes and will pick up a copy of the latest issue.

Netflix is also cranking out comics into shows. “Lucas Cage”, “Supergirl” and “Gotham” are all based off of comic books.

“I think they’re helping because some of the Marvel (movies) are the story script from the comic books,”Maynard said.

Maynard and Exum enjoy the movies and how closely they follow the plot of the original comics.

Comics can be an outlet from the long novels that english teachers assign or they can be a way for one’s imagination to escape into a new galaxy far, far away.

“Comic are like TV shows, books and movies, they can be whatever genre you want and you can read them for 4 dollars or for free online,” Maynard said. “and there’s less words to read.”