Words & Pictures
By YP Contributor

Stand-Up Comics

Rob Clark’s two favourite superheroes are Batman and the Punisher, which is interesting because neither one actually has super powers: they aren’t bulletproof, strong as steel or supersonically fast. And maybe that’s why Rob likes them, because he isn’t those things either. He started Words and Pictures in 1987 after suffering a back injury while working construction. Since then, he’s made the store into a place of legend for comic aficionados.

Words and Pictures specializes in older comics. If you’re looking for the vintage books from the '40s, '50s or '60s, this is your best bet. The store also sells board games, Magic: The Gathering cards, Dungeons and Dragons supplies and comic memorabilia like t-shirts, statues and figures.

I’ve had customers since they were in elementary school that are now married and have kids. - Rob Clark, owner
Words and Pictures: Comics, books, action figures, collectables, trading cards
Words and Pictures specializes in older comics: if you’re looking for the vintage books from the '40s, '50s or '60s, this is your best bet.

Superhero Service

“The people are the best part of the job,” Rob says. “There aren’t any jerks in comic books.” Because of the store’s legacy, Rob says he’s had a chance to watch as his customers grow up. “I’ve had customers since they were in elementary school that are now married and have kids.” Because of this two-generation customer base, about a quarter of Words and Pictures is devoted to young readers. Rob explains that most comic readers nowadays are adults, but he still feels like it’s important to keep books in stock for the younger audience.

Rob’s also willing to go above and beyond in customer service. “If they’re looking for something and we don’t have it, we’ll get on the Internet and order it for them,” he says. The store also has customers who bring in extensive lists of comics they’re missing from their collections. Rob is always happy to go through the store’s entire stock to help shoppers track down the missing pieces.

Words and Pictures: Comics, books, action figures, collectables, trading cards

Golden Age

When asked about his professional values, Rob is quick to say “honesty.” Because the store so frequently buys rare comics, he feels it’s important for sellers to trust the brand. That’s why he always provides accurate grading and pricing for all the books he buys and sells. The store also donates books to local sports teams and The Alberta Children’s hospital. In May and on Halloween, Rob orders extra books from publishers and hosts “free comic day” at the store. It’s exactly what you’d expect and it's been a huge hit with the community.

Rob says his favourite comic of the last several years has been The Walking Dead. He explains that a lot of his old favourites have changed too much over time, but that The Walking Dead has stayed consistent in its storytelling and art style. It’s a lot like Words and Pictures in that respect: enduring, focused on quality and a flagship for the industry.

Words and Pictures: Comics, books, action figures, collectables, trading cards
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