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Cape & Cowl Comics & Collectibles was founded in May of 2014 by local transgender advocate Jay Aaron Roy, and opened doors on September 28, 2014.

For five years the shop lived at 536 Sackville Drive, and now has been enjoying its new home at 622 Sackville Drive since December 14, 2019 next to the Sackville Library.

With background in volunteering in youth programs and a directing degree from Dalhousie University, Jay put his passions and skills to use. Having a reputation locally for offering great customer service at local geekery shops, and being well known for his directing work on the live local debate theatre show, Geeks VS Nerds, he was eager to create his own space.

Having a keen knowledge of youth in the rainbow community who were not supported in their homes, he created the Leighann Wichman Safe Place inside Cape & Cowl named after the much loved Executive Director of the Youth Project and friend to many who passed away in October, 2014. Knowing that no one would question why a youth would venture into a comic shop setting, Jay is able to help local youth access much needed mental health care and resources through the safe space initiatives without the barriers one might encounter trying to access the larger health system.

Partnerships with organizations including the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Autism Nova Scotia have helped Cape & Cowl offer incredible programming to local youth in need.