By Christopher Helton
We talked about this at the beginning of the week, but Comic World, a comic store that has been in the Largo, Florida area since 1982 is in danger of closing. Yesterday Dc Comics creator Jimmy Palmiotti and Concrete Canvas Studios artist Greg Mattson signed books and did sketches to help raise some money for Patrick Potter and his Comic World store. Potter is still uncertain how close that he is to reaching the goal of the money that they need to pay off their rent and stay open, but in addition to what Palmiotti signed for people he also left additional books signed by himself and by Amanda Connor at the store for people to buy and help out the store.
Comic World began in 1982 as Geppi’s Comic World, owned by Steve Geppi of Diamond Distribution. In October of that year Potter began working for the store behind the counter. In 1992 he purchased the store, dropping the Geppi’s from the name. A couple of moves over the passing years found the store in its present location. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area over the next few days, and in need of your comics fix you might want to check out Comic World.
Christopher Helton is a blogger, podcaster and tabletop RPG publisher who talks about games and other forms of geekery at the long-running Dorkland! blog. He is also the co-publisher at the ENnie Award winning Battlefield Press, Inc. You can find him on Twitter at @dorkland and on G+ at https://plus.google.com/+ChristopherHelton/ where he will talk your ear off about gaming and comics. Christopher has a fundraising page to help offset some of the expenses of his convention season coverage.