Mooneyham was pleasantly surprised when she learned an article about her mother was published Wednesday morning on ICv2 ― a nationally-read online publication that covers gaming and comics pop culture.
“Wilson was a visible figure in the industry, one of only a handful of women who owned comic stores in the early ‘80s and a regular attendee of conventions and industry events,” reported ICv2. “Mention ‘Mary Alice,’ and everyone in the business knew who you were talking about.”
“I had no idea they were going to write about her,” Mooneyham said. “It was very gratifying for my kids who didn’t know much about her business years because they were out of the area. They were all like, ‘Wow! I had no idea she was so (well-known).’”
It wasn’t until her late 40s that Wilson became interested in comics after her then high school-aged son began bringing comics home. At the time, Wilson was teaching reading skills at Central State University and started bringing the comic books to class for the students to practice reading.
According to Mooneyham, the administration was puzzled as to why she was encouraging the students to read comic books as a form of education.
“So, she just got frustrated and she ended up doing some comic sales part time and then going to conventions, buying and selling and…eventually just decided to open her own store,” Mooneyham said.
“Mary Alice Wilson broke a lot of ground in her time in the comics business and was a fine human being. We’re sad to see her go, and hope she’s surrounded by books wherever she is,” concluded the ICv2 article.