New store opens in Dallas dedicated to records and comics: Called Black Cat Records N Comics, it will be a pop culture destination combining music and manga, located at 971, boulevard Botham Jean, scheduled to open in the fall.
Black Cat is a collaboration between Megan Daniel, who has encyclopedic knowledge of anime and manga; and Guy Steele, a longtime collector and movie buff who previously owned well-known stores such as The Movie Collection, Stage & Screen and Hi vintage, a vinyl record holder located inside Dolly Python.
âThe store will be a unique mix,â Steele says. “We will have records and comics, with a wide selection for listeners and readers of all ages, but some with special emphasis.”
They will have the newest and most popular comics, but mostly underground and independent publishers, including foreign print.
âOur manga section should be second to none, spanning decades of the art form and all of its iterations of toys, statues, shirts and books,â Steele said.
âI’m trying to create a space to cultivate nerd culture downtown,â Megan says.
Their music section will feature a large and rare selection of vinyl records, new and used, featuring what Steele calls âdeep divesâ into specific genres, such as:
- Rockabilly / Surf / Cannes
- Japanese pop
Their plan is to feature weekly playlists spinning staff selections, and they’ll also host live music events, from local bands to DJs to podcasts. They will also have spinning stations for customers to listen to records.
âWe will be a gathering place for the performing arts and showcase local talent in music and entertainment,â Steele said.
Vinyl records have seen a surge in popularity, including a big bump in 2020, when vinyl sold more than CDs for the first time since the 1980s, according to one. report of the Recording Industry Association of America.
Having a record store in this Cedars neighborhood of Dallas just south of downtown isn’t unprecedented; Bill’s Records was located a few blocks from Botham Jean Boulevard until it closed in 2020 following the death of founder Bill Wisener.
Black Cat will go to a space near the intersection of I-30 that has been empty for over 20 years. âIt’s a weird duck space adjacent to Scotty’s booze,â Steele says. “The last time it was used it was an additional catering kitchen for Gilley’s.”
Right now, they face prototypical post-pandemic setbacks, from construction delays to supply shortages.
âThe store has been in construction since before COVID-19,â Steele said. âWe know we’ll be a destination for the people of Dallas, but we’re also close to the convention center, the Omni Dallas hotel, and there aren’t a lot of stores in that neighborhood. will be a fun place to visit. “