Native Realities, the Albuquerque-based company behind the Indigenous Comic Con, opened their store front to the public June 3rd, 2017. The store feature comics, toys, games, kid’s books and pop art from Native and Indigenous artists, as well as new and used books by Indigenous writers from around the world. Located at 1002 Park Avenue SW, the store will operate as the main headquarters for Native Realities and is the only Native American-owned comic shop in the world.
“Albuquerque has one of the largest populations of Native folks and having a specialized storefront adds to the cultural value this population brings to the city,” says Lee Francis 4, owner and CEO of Native Realities. “We want to highlight the amazing work that Native and Indigenous folks are doing in and around pop culture and get folks excited to come visit our shop."
Red Planet also joins a handful of Indigenous book stores are in North America, including Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, Strong Nations in Nanaimo, Canada and Resistencia Books in Austin, Texas.
“Everyone is welcome,” says Francis 4, “we want to create a place where people can hang out, peruse some comics, play some games, and enjoy some time with us."
Red Planet Books and Comics also is engaged in local entrepreneur ventures and helps to support Native goods and merchandise with varied and exciting mini pop-ups in house.