August 29, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Jeremy Zoss//
Through his business The Afternoon Company, Ian Anderson runs nine separate companies, including a record label, a printing company and a boutique PR firm. His latest venture, Mead Hall Games & Comics, is the one Anderson describes as his “dream store.” The 400 square-foot shop at 1425 LaSalle Ave., Suite B2, opens on Sept. 15 and will carry comic books, records, games and “nerd apparel.”
“It’s basically catering to all manners of nerdy things,” said Anderson.
Anderson founded Afternoon Records when he was 18. The label is now part of the Warner Music Group and helped launch local performers like Haley Bonar and Night Moves, as well as national acts like John Vanderslice. Anderson said he caught the business bug from founding the label and went on to found his other companies, which have since been consolidated into The Afternoon Company. One of The Afternoon Company’s divisions is a print shop that started out making shirts for bands. The business grew to start supplying uniforms for schools and local businesses, and Anderson needed to move it to a bigger space. He set up a new home for the space on LaSalle Avenue and discovered he had a small area left over, and Mead Hall Games & Comics was born.
While Mead Hall will carry mainstream super hero comics, its focus will be on independent comics, including works from the vibrant local comic book community. The Twin Cities is home to a nationally recognized comic book scene, and Anderson said he has had several discussions with local comic book creator Kevin Cannon about there is no store that focuses on home-grown talent.
“We will carry major titles,” said Anderson. “However, our hearts are not really in that realm. There’s a different vibe and a different feel. When you step outside the superhero comics, there’s a whole world of quality and insightfulness that we really appreciate.”