I am a geek. It is true, and depending on the time, I wear it loud and proud or I just pretend to be a Norm. I really look and act like a Norm, I promise. I even bathe and brush my hair daily!
Samurai is an awesome store. I can't say enough good things about the place.
It's super user friendly, for one. They have a bunch of regulars that work there who run the place and know their stuff. I have a subscription box, and I love it. You can basically ask them to pull certain comics every time they come out on Wednesday, and come by when you've got enough to purchase and get them all out! And everytime something you subscribe gets put in the box, they email you letting you know it's there. No fighting to make sure you're able to get it, no coming in a month later like I usually do to find out that Jason Pearson's return to Body Bags sold out AGES ago and you can't get any... it's just there. It's dangerous for my pocket book, but in the best sort of way.
I have a lot of history with this place. I went by this store every time I was passing by about 2 years ago. I really stopped going because money was tight, and truthfully, every time I walked in there I was spending more than $50!! Good for them, not so good for me. I wanted to start reading Death Note. They didn't have them, so they ordered it for me. They did the same for multiple TPBs that they didn't have on hand. They will check the other stores to see if they have back issues of an arc you missed, if you're a dork like I am and constantly forget to check when something is coming out. Or if you get on the bandwagon late and want to read something 3 issues in. :P
They were awesome then. They're still awesome now.
Recently I made it a point to wander back in after I had seen things pop up about free comic book day. I wanted to get Becky Cloonan's Conan the Barbarian. I was out of luck, but they put it in my subscription box. And when I stopped by to get it, I see a sweet little note on there saying Welcome Back from Chris! Now that tickles me to the cockles of my wee lil' heart. That is SO awesome.
I love Samurai. I don't live anywhere near you guys, but as long as I'm into comics and live in Phoenix, I'll be coming to you guys. I promise.