Santa Clarita, California: Home of Suburbia. A small, quiet town filled with tract homes, HOAs, great schools, well kept parks, and sprawling shopping centers.
Overall, a beautiful place. You can really see those tax dollars at work. And no, that’s not sarcasm. But one thing seemingly missing was a way for me and my fellow geek to really indulge in some sweet, sweet nerd culture.
Or so I incorrectly thought until local comic book shop owner Razmik Simonian of Kimzar Kollectables in Saugus, California (a small town in Santa Clarita) reached out to me and invited me to visit his shop. A local nerd shop within a five mile radius from my suburban paradise? Could it be true?
Spoiler: It’s true.
Upon visiting the shop, I learned that Raz and his wife Lisa not only sell comics and collectible toys in their store, but they have an extensive selection of exclusive comic books available on their website. And as a way of building community and a fun, safe place for local nerdy college students to congregate, the store owners dole out a certain amount of space for the NerdHerd to sell their own hand-crafted and locally sourced merchandise. Nerdy folk in the Santa Clarita area can visit the NerdHerd’s Facebook page and see what activities are coming up at Kimzar Kollectable. Activities range from Trivia Nights, Game Nights, and other exciting activities designed to help nerds have a good time.
But the most exciting piece of the puzzle for a toy obsessed convention dweller such as myself was learning about the twice-annual show Raz and Lisa put on in the Santa Clarita area. It’s called the Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo and the next one is coming on Sunday September 30th 2018 and The College of the Canyons in Valencia, California.
Not only are pre-sale tickets only $5 and parking is free (hey, when you’re a big-time convention dweller, free parking is welcomed) but the expo takes place inside the college. Toy vendors are ready to sell all sorts of new and vintage toys, but a blend of comic book vendors and local artists will be at the show, ready to sell prints of their work and talk to fans.
The Santa Clarita Comic and Toy Expo will take place:
Sunday, September 30, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
At the College of the Canyon (EPEK Building)
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
The rest of my visit to Kimzar Kollectables was mellow and fun, as loyal patrons consistently entered and exited the store. PopLurker can’t wait to attend this asset to the community’s toy show, and we look forward to seeing Raz as a vendor in other upcoming shows.
Kimzar Kollectables is located at:
27737 Bouquet Canyon Rd. # 119
Santa Clarita , CA 91350
Phone: (661) 297-2215