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 Vintage Salvation, a vinyl record stand located inside Dolly Python.
“The store will be a unique mix,” 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.
“Our manga section should be unmatched, spanning decades of the art form and all of its iterations of toys, statues, shirts and books,” Steele said.
Their music section will feature a large and rare selection of vinyl records, new and used, featuring what Steele calls “deep dives” 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.
“We will be a gathering place for the performing arts and showcase local talent in music and entertainment,” Steele said.
Vinyl records have seen a surge in popularity, including a big increase in 2020, when vinyl records first sold since the 1980s, according to a report by 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. “It’s a weird duck space adjacent to Scotty’s booze,” 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.
“The store has been in construction since before COVID-19,” Steele said. “We 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. “