After two decades, the nationally famous Big Brain Comics is closing as of next month, a blow to lovers of comics as well as graphic novels and zines of all description. Owner Michael Drivas and his staff have been a stalwart resource for those who looked to tap their encyclopedic knowledge, and their recommendations were always friendly and helpful (shattering the stereotype of comics stores as forbidding to those not in the know). Counting the first iteration of Big Brain on Nicollet Mall, as well as the current Washington Avenue store, Big Brain has been in operation for 20 years.
This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day across the country, and Big Brain will offer freebies as it does every year.
In 2014, we profiled Twin Cities comics artist Barbara Schulz on her role as a woman in the male-dominated field of comics.