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My Local Comic Shop Closed

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  • My Local Comic Shop Closed

    I've been reading comics for over 30 years, and I've seen the inevitable demise of several comic shops in the numerous places where I've lived. It became an all-too-often occurrence in the late 90s and early 2000s after the speculator bubble burst. But this latest one was different.

    I got married 12 years ago, I have a good job, and I've put down roots in the area. The city in which I live is a small one (about 48,000 people) but with two colleges in the vicinity, there always seemed to be a plethora of comic book fans around. My LCS always seemed to be busy. The owner was a middle-aged, enthusiastic guy, going so far as to name his son "Clark" after a certain famous alien, who was content with running the store. I thought the place had a lot of life left in it, but looks can apparently be deceiving. With my job and 2 kids, life can get pretty hectic, so I missed the announcements about the store closing and subsequent sales. I went to the shop a week ago, with the usual exciting building on the 20-minute drive. I arrived in the parking lot to find the shop ominously dark. When I approached the door, I saw most of the merch gone and the walls stripped of their usual frantic colors. I tried unsuccessfully to convince myself that the shop had just moved. When I arrived back home and checked the store's Facebook page, my fears were confirmed.

    Yes, I'm well aware that there are much worse things happening in the world. I read or watch the news just about every day, and it's often difficult to process the horrors that don't come from a Hollywood effects studio. However, comics have always been a stabilizing force in my life. I feel connected to the past and the unfettered wonder of my childhood thoughts when I read them or when I open an expertly-crafted comic figure. Moreover, I took both of my kids to this shop to give them the unique experience that can't be replicated by a corporate bookstore or comics arriving in the mail. This pill, she is bitter to the tongue.
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  • #2
    I agree, the smell, the feeling, the people is what makes the LCS special. Unfortunately I don't have a LCS for US comics in my area (I have to drive around for an hour to get to one and there's no comic store finder for Germany) so I'm always excited when I have the chance to visit one.

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    • #3
      Why did you even post this in humor? This is sad.
      I would be really bummed if my LCS closed (though being an every-Wednesday guy I would've known sooner). Fortunately for me, there's another shop within 25 minutes, but I would still be upset.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SocializingMogo View Post
        I agree, the smell, the feeling, the people is what makes the LCS special. Unfortunately I don't have a LCS for US comics in my area (I have to drive around for an hour to get to one and there's no comic store finder for Germany) so I'm always excited when I have the chance to visit one.
        That's my situation now: the closest one is about an hour's drive. With young kids, it's going to be a seldom-made trip for a few years.
        Check out my Green Lantern product reviews on Twitter as the Emerald Enthusiast! @EmeraldEnthusi1

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        • #5
          That's rough, dude. I'm sorry.

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          • #6
            Yo.

            like yurself I too have been reading for over 30yrs, and while Ive never had any single place that I ever called "my LCS", I DO understand the sadness that comes with finding out a treasured spot has closed up, and the regret which comes from finding out AFTER THE FACT.

            but then, yurs is compounded by also not being too plentiful in yur immediate area, which just continues to keep ya from enjoying walking into a joint & heading right over to the "New Releases" -wall, to take in the new stories delivered to us fans, and chatting about new OR old topics with fellow fans.

            that suxx for ya man; Y dontcha have them home delivered??





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            Originally posted by Andrew NDB
            Geoff Johns should have a 10 mile restraining order from comic books, let alone films.

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            • #7
              I'm not seeing how this is humor, but okay. Fortunately, I live in an area that has several comic book stores, but a couple of years ago, one closed down where I played TCG's, and that royally sucked, especially when there was no Football to occupy my time on Sunday's. I did get a bunch of good deals on merchandise before they closed, though. I badly wanted their MTG timer/clock, but they wanted too much for it, even at a discounted price.

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              • #8
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