If you are located near Homewood, IL, and want to get started as a comics shop owner, Craig’s list has what you want listed at $25,000 for a fully functioning shop:

Yes .. I am selling a Comic Book and Gaming store..
Everything to run your own business and be your own boss
Vintage back issues and current issues, Yugioh, Magic the Gathering, Heroclix
Set your own Hours and your own days off

This is located in Homewood IL downtown close to the Metra Station
and we have been here for almost 10 years now and well established customer base

I have had a family illness come up and I sadly must give this up to move.
PLEASE serious inquires only Store price is Negotiable

Our own Brandon Schatz might disagree with that “Set … your own days off” pitch but, it’s still a fun business.

A little Googling detective work reveals this is most like The Zone Comics. I don’t know the name of the owner, but it sounds like a tough situation and I wish him (or her) the best.


  1. You’d want to do a lot of looking at the financials, but if it is as represented, that’;s substantially cheaper than a new start-up would be, and you’d have at least some initial clientele to get you over the initial hump.


  2. This breaks my heart. 10 years invested in their passion. I wish this retailer the best for their situation — both financially and for their family illness. Family always comes first.

  3. I’d check with Diamond to see if the new owner qualifies for their “new store” grant.

    From the Small Business Administration:
    The SBA also offers the 7(a) loan program.

    The State of Illinois:

    Zone Comics is located on a main street.
    There is a parochial school nearby, as well as a library.
    Google maps is unclear about access to the train station. How easy is it to cross the railroad tracks?

    The market is robust. The nearest competitor is 15 minutes away by car.

  4. ooooo, near a library. Be still my heart. That’s a huge potential audience of library goers, including the folks who just go there to poop and the people who go there to look at porn.

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