Since childhood, avid comic book fan Shane Ahlvers dreamed of opening a shop dedicated to the world of caricatures and “geekery.” 

He officially launched Sir Lonebuck’s House of Comics & Geekery in Woodinville on Friday, Oct. 1. The shop, located on 14132 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, offers a boutique pop culture experience. 

“I have been a fan my whole life,” he said, referring to his passion for comics. “Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to have a comic shop. Honestly, I never thought it would happen.”

Ahlvers and his husband, David, co-own the shop together. After getting furloughed during COVID-19, he decided to take the opportunity to “get his ducks in a row” and start working on his business plans.

Ahlvers, who grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, said he got his first comic book from a grocery store at age 6. He bought The Incredible Hulk #284, he said, and has been hooked on comics ever since. In fact, a duplicate copy can be found at the Woodinville shop. 

Aside from curated comic books, Sir Lonebuck’s also offers horror and graphic novels as well as pro wrestling merchandise, toys, collectables and more. 

The shop will be a place for people that love comics, he said. But for those unfamiliar with “geekery,” he wants to show people the whole world beyond comics with graphic novels and Young Adult literature.

“I want people to know that there's actually great forms of literature in the graphic novel or comic book format, and I think a lot of people just don't realize that yet,” he said.

Ahlvers said the shop has a wide variety of books available for purchase. Key genres include niche comic books and horror novels, he added. There are also sections dedicated to insider wrestling books and collective action figures.

A local artist named Crapathy, who specializes in spray paint and stencils, has artwork for sale displayed around the store. Ahlvers said he found the artist online and decided his work fit in well with the atmosphere of the store.  

So far, he said, the comic shop has mostly seen adults at this point. Ahlvers is hopeful students from the two nearby tutoring centers will start expressing interest, he said.

“One takeaway from this week has been how supportive the community is,” he said. “People come in and they're just excited to help out a small business and I really appreciate that. I've loved the customers, and it's been so fun.”

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