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October 4, 2018

Infinity Art and Comics opening in Remington

Photos/Cassandra Brown
David Willingham’s five children helped prepare the shop for opening.
Infinity Art and Comics occupies part of this building at 227 E. Main St.
A Captain America painting on the shop floor.
Infinity Art and Comics
• What: Retail store and art gallery selling comic books, action figures, collectibles, artwork and other items.

• Where: 227 E. Main St., Remington

• Owner: David Willingham

• Space: About 850 square feet in former variety store

• Investment: About $30,000

• Opening: Saturday, Oct. 6

• Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; Monday and Tuesday by appointment.

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By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Staff Journalist
He has dreamed of opening a comic book store since age 12.

Almost 30 years later, David Willingham’s dream will come true Saturday, Oct. 6, when he opens Infinity Art and Comics on Main Street in Remington.

“This is home, so I wanted it to be here to give back to the community, give kids something to do,” said Mr. Willingham, who grew up in Remington. “My main goal is to give kids somewhere to be . . . where they can tap into their creative side.”

The 850-square-foot store will sell comic books, action figures, novelty items, artwork and other items.

In the future, Mr. Willingham plans to give youth art lessons and host “sip and paint” events for adults and children. He also hopes to host a comic book convention at the shop.

Paintings of superheroes, villains and Star Wars characters decorate the walls and floors at 227 E. Main St.

Mr. Willingham hopes his shop will “spark imagination” in children.

On a busy corner, the store will also serve as his art studio.

A self-taught, freelance artist, Mr. Willingham, 41, focuses on pop culture drawings, paintings and some landscapes.

He routinely sells his art at comic book conventions in Virginia, Kentucky and other states. He went to 15 conventions last year.

Mr. Willingham’s interest in art started after watching “Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back” as a child. He began drawing Darth Vader and moved on to superheroes.

As a young adult volunteer at Remington’s fire and rescue company, he would read comic books and draw between calls.

Mr. Willingham’s inspiration to open a comic store came up again about two years ago.

“I’ve always pushed my dreams to the side,” said Mr. Willingham, who also owns a general contracting business, Wilderness Homes.

“When my kids started getting heavily into comic books, I knew it was time” to open a shop, he said.

His five children, ranging in age from 10 to 22, helped paint characters that decorate the shop floor.

Other comic book shops in Fredericksburg and Gainesville don’t have artwork, which sets him apart, Mr. Willingham said.

He and his three adult children will run the shop Wednesday through Sunday. Monday and Tuesday the shop will open on an appointment only basis.

He rents the space from Remington resident James Cheatham, who bought the 100-year-old building in June 2017.

Today, a karate studio and two upstairs apartments occupy other parts of the former variety store.

Mr. Willingham invested between almost $30,000 to start the business.

“We (Mr. Cheatham and I) are trying to put Remington back on the map,” he said.

Contact Cassandra Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-878-6007.
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