Comic Book Hideout owner, Glynnes Pruett frequently hears stories from her customers about what got them into comics, but her favorite is her dad’s.
As he was growing up in rural Georgia, he and his grandma used to go to the market and pick them up when they were only 10 cents. Pruett’s father would sit on the floor of the passenger seat with the glove box cracked open as his light when he read.
“That was always such a wonderful image of my dad as a little kid, just really enjoying the hell out of some comic books in a place where your imagination is everything because there’s not a lot of TVs and cell phones and all that nonsense. When you had to experience things tangibly,” Pruett said.
For Pruett, a Cal State Fullerton radio, TV and film alumna, her experiences with comic shops as a kid left something to be desired. She found it crazy that comic shops didn’t feel like an accepting place to walk into as a kid and especially as a girl when comics were a hobby with great potential to be uniting.
“I’ve been reading comics since I could read, and even before that,” Pruett said. “I was kind of bummed out that more shops weren’t friendly to people. So I was like ‘If I had a comic book shop it would be friendly to everybody.’”
She also used to help her dad with their stand at Frank & Sons Collectibles for 15 years, but often found herself sitting there all day helping blank faces of “stinky old” middle-aged comic book collectors.
Comic Book Hideout was opened a little over five years ago on Nov. 11, a date Pruett picked specifically in 2012 in reference to her mother calling 11:11 “open gate time.”
“I thought it was silly but it’s the only …