Time for a change

Jay Aaron Roy en­joys mar­velous times in his comic book store

The City Voice - - Front Page - SH­ERYL DUBOIS SPE­CIAL TO THE CITY VOICE

LOWER SACKVILLE, N.S. — Af­ter five years, en­tre­pre­neur Jay Aaron Roy, cre­ator and owner of Cape & Cowl Comics & Col­lectibles (C & C) in Lower Sackville, N.S. has moved his store to a larger lo­ca­tion. Asked for the se­crets of his suc­cess, Roy re­veals the store’s top 10 su­per­pow­ers in a re­cent tele­phone in­ter­view. “My store is a catchall.” While the su­per­hero/comic book theme is splashed over ev­ery nook and cranny of the freshly painted Cape & Cowl store, cus­tomers can also find graphic nov­els, board games, card games, gam­ing needs, books for all ages, toys, col­lectibles, jewellery, house­hold ac­ces­sories, orig­i­nal art and tex­tiles. Truly, some­thing for ev­ery­one. “I know this com­mu­nity,” he said. Roy is from Fall River and lived his life in the area. Friends from his many net­works sup­port, talk about and visit the store. “I have cool things in my store!” C & C is where to find a POP! Sophia from Golden Girls, a hand­made baby Yoda hat, Poké­mon cards, a Bob Ross ac­tion fig­ure, the Cat Lady game, su­per­hero pil­lows, and much more. “Comic books and col­lect­ing are pop­u­lar right now,” he said. With so many Mar­vel movies and the resur­gence of Dun­geons and Dragons (D & D) in pop­u­lar cul­ture, says Roy, his store is busier, and he sees many new faces. “My age group is hav­ing kids.” Aaron says to­day’s par­ents are ea­ger to in­tro­duce the toys and games they played with in the 1980s to their chil­dren. As a re­sult, notes Roy, some pub­lish­ers have come back with a

new look in comic books like Sheera and Rain­bow Brite. Roy says he gets lots of fam­i­lies com­ing into the store. “The store is a com­mu­nity hub.” Part of Roy's vi­sion was a comic book­store with doors wide open to the com­mu­nity, where peo­ple are wel­come to visit, chat, play a game or hang out. Roy and friends bring loads of ex­pe­ri­ence to the store and spend the time it takes to en­sure a happy cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence. “We have kid-friendly stuff shelved at their level,” he said, adding kids love all the toys, but par­ents want to en­cour­age read­ing, so Roy says he as­sures the books are at kids' eye-level. Favourites with this age group are comic books fea­tur­ing The Hulk, Spi­der-Man and Scooby-Doo. Roy of­fers an am­ple drop-in space named in mem­ory of his friend, Leighann Wich­man. Roy writes on the C & C web­site that Wich­man was pas­sion­ate about “help­ing youth find their geek pride, gen­der ex­pres­sion, and voice.” Like Wich­man, Roy says he be­lieves youth – es­pe­cially rain­bow youth - need a space to be “their au­then­tic self.” The space is “bully-proof,” which is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for kids and youth marginal­ized by their peers and so­ci­ety due to their looks, for ex­am­ple, and/or beliefs. The room of­fers free-play, video game sys­tems and ma­te­ri­als for read­ing, draw­ing or play­ing a game. More­over, Roy has two pri­vate of­fices at the store, both used by men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als to de­liver ser­vices to youth. See de­tails in store. There is also space for events. Cape & Cowl hosts birth­day par­ties (up to 10 kids), fundrais­ers, and free game nights for youth and adults. Some non-prof­its, Autism Nova Sco­tia, for ex­am­ple, run weekly Dun­geons and Dragons events – one for youth, one for adults. Roy ex­plains that D & D is a very pop­u­lar game that any­one can play. There are ad­ven­tures and chal­lenges en­cour­ag­ing dis­cus­sion and team build­ing. “It's a game where ev­ery­one,” adds Roy, “gets a say.” Visit Cape & Cowl at their new lo­ca­tion 622 Sackville Dr. or call 902-252-3452.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The new lo­ca­tion of the Cape & Cowl & col­lecta­bles is 622 Sackville Dr. Op­er­a­tor Jay Aaron Roy en­joys show­ing off some of the store’s items that are pop­u­lar with all ages.

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