Chimera's Comics, Oak Lawn

Who We Are


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Carmelo Chimera

Specialty: Action figures, Silver Age Comics

Favorite Comic I’m Reading Now: Mae

Why I Love La Grange: La Grange is a community full of hard working people who followed their dreams and opened dozens of wonderful small businesses. More than that, the citizens of La Grange are unwavering in their support of these small businesses. I’m proud our first store is in La Grange.

Why I Love Oak Lawn: Oak Lawn has been my home for nearly two decades. It was here I grew up, met my best friends, and fell in love with comics and retail. The customers and fans in Oak Lawn make our second location one of the most vibrant environments I’ve ever had the honor to be a part of.

Why I Love Chimera’s Comics: When my friends and I came together to create Chimera’s Comics, we wanted to do more than make a store – we wanted to build a community. And we did – but it depends entirely on the fans, friends, customers, and family that make this business so welcoming and so much fun to be a part of.


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Sara Kirkpatrick

Specialty: Superheroing

Favorite Comic I’m Reading Now:  It’s a tie- Wolverine and the X-men & Superior Spider-man

Why I Love Oak Lawn:  Oak Lawn has been my home all of my life in one way or another.  It’s a pretty cool town with pretty cool people.  Why wouldn’t I love it?

Why I Love Chimera’s Comics:  Chimera’s Comics has ditched the dingy, unfriendly, cramped comic book store look and has come up with a place that is bright, up beat, and friendly.  I enjoy working here because I have loved this stuff since I was a little kid and what better way to keep up with the goings on of the comic book world than to work at a comic shop.  I get to meet new people, see old friends and read all the comics I could ever have dreamed of reading.  It’s just a fun place to be!


Dani Romero of Chimera's Comics

Dani Romero

Specialty: Comic Book History

Favorite Comic I’m Reading Now: So many. SO. MANY. Come to the shop and ask me!

Why I Love La Grange: La Grange has this unique community that is incredibly supportive of the arts and small businesses. People here are so giving, but also inquisitive and fascinated by the possibilities of pop culture and how it affects other media, and so even a walk-in customer will have genuine interest in what comics are, how they relate to the films and shows, and what they can try reading themselves or buy for a friend!

Why I Love Chimera’s Comics: Chimera’s was the shop that actually got me diving back into comics. I’ve had a lifelong love affair with these books and characters, but I never really felt at home, and sometimes not even welcome, at other shops. It was my first experience being treated as a person in this kind of environment, a valued customer, and really as just another friend of the owners to talk about the things we loved. Going from all that to actually working here has been a dream come true!


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