Veteran small business creates stronger community among comic fans
For local comic fans, Rogue City Comics in downtown Medford is much more than a retail store. Owners Steven and Jami Ronda turned their small business into a local hub for comic fans where they can discuss their favorite storylines and characters.
The co-owners, who are also wife and husband, said they get a wide range of customers from long-time fans to new-found comic lovers.
“It’s amazing because we get a mix,” Jami said. “It’s men and women, all different ages. Some people started collecting as seven-year-olds and other people [haven’t].”
In addition to mainstream comics, the store features books written or illustrated by local residents.
"We just have them sharing what they do and if it's something that we feel our customers would really want to get their hands on…we just give them a space in the shop,” Jami said.
Jami said these items are marked with a red clip on display, so people know they are supporting a local artist.
The store is also a locally-owned veteran small business, which brings in a community of veterans to their community events.
Rogue City Comics will occasionally host events, like sip and sketch where guest can grab a drink and practice their drawing skills and a comic book exchange.
The couple said they plan on having more events like this in the future, even one featuring comic legend Jack Kirby.