Coffee with Comics Jesse James

"Though the small shop within a shop is called “Coffee with Comics,” it seems it has yet to grow into its name — though coffee will be offered on Wednesdays, or new release day."

Hello, readers! Today’s column is rather timely as, coming off the heels of Phoenix Fan Fusion, there are several comic-related businesses undergoing changes in Glendale. Here they are!

First, Coffee with Comics recently took out a business license, and is subleasing a small space out of Jesse James Comics. Speaking with The Glendale Star, co-owner Jo Thomas, who will run the shop with her husband, Kevin, upon its anticipated opening in early June, estimated it to comprise about 400 square feet of Jesse James Comics’ 8,000 square feet.

“We will do the midnight releases that they do with the new comics occasionally; we’ll have Black Friday sales and of course things like that; we offer box subscriptions, where people can get a box subscription with us where we pull comics for them that they request us to every week, and because of that they do get a discount and other special offers for being a box holder with us,” Thomas explained.

In addition to comics, Thomas said plans are to sell collectibles like Funko Pops! and possibly branded coffee cups.

“We will be selling other merchandise, but it will be limited in the beginning. We don’t want to grow too big to where we set ourselves up to fail,” she said.

Though the small shop within a shop is called “Coffee with Comics,” it seems it has yet to grow into its name — though coffee will be offered on Wednesdays, or new release day.

“When I originally started this I did it out of my home, and I kind of did it where I was just chatting with folks over coffee and talking about comics. So, we just kind of kept the name,” Thomas explained. “Eventually at some point, yes, I would like to have a coffee shop inside of the store. That is the end goal.”

For more information, visit or find it on Facebook and Instagram @coffeewithcomics to keep track of when an official opening is set.

And speaking of Jesse James Comics, it is under renovation — but it is still open. The store’s more than 8,000 square feet will be upgraded, according to a Facebook post, and more comics with better pricing were emphasized. Though Thomas could not speak in detail on behalf of Jesse James Comics, she clarified the renovations essentially mean a redesigned interior and different sections to highlight different publishers. The Briefcase is still working on getting in touch with Jesse James Comics for more details, and will keep you posted in future weeks. In the meantime, visit or find it on Facebook @jjcomics, Twitter @jessejamescomic and Instagram @jessejamescomics.

Jesse James Comics and Coffee with Comics are located at 5140 W. Peoria Avenue, Suites 100 and 102, respectively. This is at the northwest corner of Peoria and 51st avenues.

Finally, let’s throw in an event for good measure.

RE/MAX Professionals is planning for a 3-Hour Business Planning Workshop from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30. The free event is at Urban Margarita, 6685 W. Beardsley Road, Suite 180. A taco bar and margarita happy hour are included in the event, which is hosted by coach, author, speaker and real estate trainer Sarah Michelle Bliss, as well as RE/MAX Professionals’ Nate Martinez. This is a bit of late news, however, as space is limited. So, if there’s any left, don’t hesitate to snatch it up and stop by. For more information or the RSVP, visit

That’s all the briefs for this week. Thanks for reading!