The past few years have been primetime for “nerd culture” everywhere, including the Williamson area. There’s been an ever growing interest in comics, video games, science fiction, and more. With that growing interest comes the opportunity for businesses with related merchandise. In December 2022, as part of this growing market, Williamson celebrated the opening of E-Z1COMICS, a family-operated business owned by brothers Eric and Zack Roberts.
Described by the pair as being for “all things Geek”, the shop “buys, sells, and trades comics, toys and collectibles.” They also do consignments for folks that want to sell collectibles but who don’t have the time or exposure to do it themselves. “We thrive on our friendly interaction and conversations with customers,” they say.
For almost 20 years, the brothers sold on eBay as a hobby, and in 2016, they started on the journey to EZ1, when they attended a convention with father Jerome Roberts to see Stan Lee, who “did not disappoint” by the way. They saw a variety of comic book vendors, and got the idea to get into the business of selling at conventions, too. In 2018 and 2019, Eric and Zack tell us they were just getting started, by participating in events like WillCon, the Williamson area’s own pop culture convention. Unfortunately, the pandemic’s beginning in 2020 slowed things down significantly, though they continued to thrive in online sales. Finally, in 2022, they attended a convention for the first time in three years.
Fast forward to November 2022, and they finally had the brick and mortar location they’d been dreaming of, right in downtown Williamson on Logan Street. On December 5, 2022, E-Z1 Comics celebrated their grand opening.
The brothers are excited to carry on the legacy of their father, who sold comics in West End Williamson 30 years ago. “Together, as a family, we are bringing a breath of fresh air into the city of Williamson. We are excited and we are proud to make a change in our community, even if it is a small one. There is no doubt that the store will add character to the city of Williamson.”
Ready to find your new favorite hero or other pop culture merch at EZ1? Visit them on Locan Street in downtown Williamson, and be sure to check out their Facebook page, where they post plenty of updates on weekly deals, new arrivals, and highlights!
All photos from E-Z1 Comics Facebook page.