Brave New World Comics was started with a large comics collection, a few card tables and a dream. Wade and Bud Wisinski turned that winning combination into the first incarnation of Brave New World in early 1990 and began building an empire. The empire grew into three locations scattered throughout the Los Angeles area – and then came the CRISIS OF INFINITE COMIC BOOK STORES.
With the Watchtower destroyed, the heroes of Brave New World found themselves beset on all sides by a variety of menaces. With the help of Superboy-Prime, Earth-Three’s Alexander Luthor began to merge all of the alternate store locations, trying to create a “perfect” store, until…
OK, that’s not exactly how it happened, but it’s close. Close enough, anyway.
Today, Brave New World is owned and operated by Portlyn, who purchased it from the Wisinskis in May, 2000. In no particular order, she remodeled the whole store, put a car in the middle of it, set a standard for other comic shops in promotional events and community outreach, and moved Brave New World to its current location where she rules with an iron fist, her bestie (and marketing whiz) Autumn at her side.
In 2008, Brave New World received the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award. The award, presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International: San Diego, is given to an individual retailer who has done an outstanding job of supporting the comics art medium both in their own community and within the industry at large. In short, it affirmed what you already suspected: Brave New World is, indeed, one of the best funny book stores in this galaxy.
Brave New World is committed to building a community of not only comics fans, but artists, families, gamers, and geeks of all stripes. (Especially the stripy ones…)