Why is Maximum Comics my all-time favorite venue? It could be because of the big, clean store with the tremendous selection of comics on the cheap. It could be because of the midnight releases they hold, or the special events like the tuxedo-clad party the staff held for Astonishing X-Men #51. It could be for the free-admission movie nights they host at the local theater, or the fact that the owner, Jay Bosworth, is constantly putting together cool nerd outings, and volunteering his time to read to elementary kids. Could be the artist signings they do in the shop, or the fact that they are a top 20 Vendor, and get all kinds of exclusive goodies from Marvel and DC. Or maybe the 95 unique Heroclix players who came in during the course of the Infinity Gauntlet series, vying for Thanos, and the unprecedented support the shop has given to the gamers here, including sponsoring Heroclix at the Las Vegas Comics Expo.
But really, its all this and more.
Even if all of these cool things didn't happen, Maximum would still remain my home away from home for one reason: Community. Never have I been in a store that had such a vast, supportive network of all walks of nerd life. There are friends to be had here, encouraged in their frivolity by the amazing, knowledgeable staff Maximum boasts, a true network of wonderful, trustworthy people, sharing in their love of comics and everything associated. When I moved to Vegas 3 years ago, I knew no one. And now I can boast a network of people from all across the city, from all different areas, from the unemployed to the highest professionals, and everyone in between. Everyone is welcome here, no matter the background. Truly, Maximum transcends the typical comic shop, giving and giving, and creating something really unique for everyone who comes through those doors. To me, they're family.
And, really, there's nothing I'd rather do than spend 2 or 3 nights a week meeting with a couple dozen of my closest friends, and playing clix till the cows come home. Pound for pound, the best players in the world come from Las Vegas.
Wizard World Texas 2008 King of the Hill 1st Place
GenCon 2011 King of the Hill 2nd Place
GenCon 2012 Street Fighter 2nd Place 12-4 in BR
GenCon 2013 King of the Hill 1st Place
"Strike first, strike fast, strike hard."
Also seeing an X-Factor 1 under glass in the showcase. If that's a big book for them, it's probably not the best place to buy back issues. Everyone has plastic crack, but I won't frequent a store that can't supply my old paper habit.