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Alternate Reality Comics in Vegas, NV

Brieanna Brock 01/13/2011 Reviews

Check out this store that will soon be hosting an AA in Vegas event (Arizona Artists in Vegas).  On February 20th you’ll find a big event at this store full of local Arizona talent and a special artist guest from California.  Stay tuned here at ComicBooked.com for more information on the upcoming event.  For now…let me introduce you to my dear friends and co-owners of Alternate Reality Comics in Las Vegas Nevada:

Alternate Reality Comics started in 1995 when , Ralph Mathieu, bought Dungeon Comics (established in 1987). He has read comics since 1975 and always wanted to do something within the comic book industry. So when this opportunity to own a comic store came up, he didn’t have to think twice about whether this was something that he should do.

He got seriously addicted to comic books in 1975, when, while reading titles such as House Of Mystery and House of Secrets, his eyes were drawn to the ads for DC’s superhero titles. So it was off to the local 7-11, where he picked up an issue of Flash and started picking up all of DC’s titles, followed shortly thereafter by getting whichever Marvel Comics he would see at the store, as well as Warren comic magazines such as Creepy, Eerie, 1984, etc.

Owning Alternate Reality Comics has been a delight from the first day, because he gets to share his love of comics with people just about every day and turn them on to the myriad of wonderful new fantastic comics, manga, and graphic novels that this medium has to offer. Additionally he met his wonderful wife, Katherine (Kate), at the store and she shares his passion for this medium.


This is Katherine. She discovered comics in the early 1990s while working at a small chain bookstore which had a couple of spinner racks. They weren’t allowed to read books while on duty, but comics were fine. She picked up Spiderman 2099 and Morbius: The Living Vampire and thought they were way better than about 90% of TV at the time. She has been reading comics ever since.

How delighted she was when she came to Las Vegas to go to school and discovered a nice comic book store right across the street from UNLV!

Through the store, she met Ralph. In 1997, she married him for entertainment value — and is never bored.

In 1998, Katherine helped found Sequential Tart, a webzine by women who love comics.

OUTSTANDING HUH?!  That is just a little about the store and a short bio of these wonderful people.  When in VEGAS, this is a must stop to see what their store has to offer.  You won’t regret it.  You have my word on it. 

Keep your eyes where they should be…in a comic! –take care friends!  Smiles, Brieanna Brock

Alternate Reality Comics

4110 S. Maryland Pkwy. #8
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(Maryland Pkwy & Flamingo intersection, behind Long John Silver’s)

Phone: 702-736-3673      

Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 11am-6pm; Wednesday-Saturday 10am-7pm

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  1. Andy Kirby 01/13/2011 at 4:02 am

    I'm glad to see that there are still (and always) very viable alternatives in the comics world apart from the big three…or so.

  2. ralph mathieu 01/13/2011 at 5:43 am

    Thanks, Brieanna! I started laughing as I read your post here, that I'm (my store) hosting an AA event because the first thing that came to mind when I see those two letters is Alcoholic Anonymous (and wouldn't that be an interesting in store event!?), but maybe some of the Arizona Artists are fans of alcohol also (haha!)!? Speaking of fun with alcohol, remember that couple that came into my store as you were leaving and I was getting ready to close? Well they turned out to be cool comic fans from New York City who got stranded here in Vegas for a couple more days because of the weather back East and they were just having a good time. Thanks again for the great write up here, Brieanna and have a great rest of the week! – Ralph

  3. ted stevens 01/17/2011 at 12:49 pm

    looks like this man is living his dream very nice story. Good to see that one comic book lover is sharin his passion with eveyone else. very nice piece of brieanna really enjoyed this story

  4. Shaw 01/17/2011 at 1:00 pm

    Wow,

    Thanks for the update! I'll have to start shopping at Alternate Reality Comics from now on!

  5. Dan in Dallas 01/17/2011 at 2:38 pm

    Ha! I thought the same thing when I saw 'hosting an AA event'…

  6. Lessa 01/17/2011 at 2:39 pm

    Aw they're so cute! i cant wait to meet them and do an event at the store!!

  7. comic fan 01/17/2011 at 3:01 pm

    Great article, Ralph is a great guy and has a great store.

  8. Derrick 01/17/2011 at 3:13 pm

    I've been there it is a wonderful store. I think your article captured the vibe of Alternate Reality quite well.

  9. BIGCHRISART 01/17/2011 at 3:55 pm

    I have been COMIC BOOKED!!! Thanks for the awesome update… Glad to hear that Vegas is rockin!!!

    Looking forward to hearing more… I will definitely be following this blog!

    -BIGCHRIS-

  10. Ray Griffin 01/21/2011 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the shop review Brieanna, as I will be visiting my daughter at some point out in Vegas it's nice to know I have one place that I need to go already.

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