Many businesses start from an entrepreneur's passion. This is true for the Comic Book Café. Entrepreneur Kevin Slachciak has more than three decades of experience and opened the unique comic book themed restaurant concept in 2008. He leaned through multiple franchise systems and decided to grow Comic Book Cafe with franchise partners. The passionate entrepreneur has worked with a pizza franchise called Picasso’s Pizza. He loved pizza so much that he started the Say Cheese Pizza Company in 2006. Two years later, he combined his love of pizza and comic books with the Comic Book Café, along with business partner Matt Cole. Franchise owners benefit from a proven system, financing options, and multiple revenue streams including take-out, delivery, dining room, bar, special events and catering, and collectable merchandise sales. The brand has also created its own characters with their own backstories to get customers excited about the brand. These characters include Prism, Blood Fury, Shadow Shifter, Rage, and Eagle Eye.
Prospective candidates ideally have prior business experience or active ownership or franchise ownership groups that include an operating partner. Qualified candidates have at least $250,000 in liquid capital and a net worth of $650,000. In terms of an initial investment, it ranges between $432,500 – $936,000, which includes a franchise fee of $35,000. This investment covers signage, POS equipment and computers, fixtures and equipment, training, grand opening advertising, and more. Frachisees go through an initial training program to learn everything they need to know about the business. This includes marketing and adverting, hiring, the brand's history and culture, and more.