Fifty Comic Stores That Have Closed Since January 2017

Posted by January 19, 2018 Comment

Bleeding Cool has been noting the closure of many comic book stores in recent months – as well as celebrating a few that have opened. But the overall trend seems to be downwards. Here’s a list of all the comic stores we could find that closed last year. What’s shocking isn’t how many news stories we ran – but how many we didn’t.

All the thanks goes to Mark Seifert who numbercrunched the hell out of this list. But we know there will be many others that simply closed up shop without fuss. Let us know if we need to add more.

And also, of course, if you know of stores opening. That’s the best news of all.

  1. 7SI Games, Comics, Collectibles of Columbia. News story on Bleeding Cool. Closed comic store, bought, reopening as games store.
  2. Aardvark Books owned by John Hadreas of San Francisco, California. News article on KQED  Bookstore which also sold comics & GNs.
  3. Amazing Fantasy of Crown Point, Indiana. News story on the NW Times. May try to reopen someday, according to article
  4. Beyond Comics Shepherdstown owned by Mike Rhode of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Blog article on Comics DC. Owner has other locations which he says are doing fine.
  5. Biggy’s Comics & Games of Santa Ana, California
  6. The Black Hole owned by George Cordeiro of Dundee, Scotland. Announced here, News story in the Evening Telegraph. 
  7. Black Medicine Comics of Des Moines, Iowa. News article on Bleeding Cool. 
  8. Blast Comics owned by Richard Kayley Braintree, Wirtham UK. News story on Bleeding Cool.
  9. Bonanza Books and Comics owned by Bill Allen and Lillian Allen in Modesto, California. News story on Bleeding Cool. 
  10. Broadway Comics & Cards of Sacramento, California  News story on Bleeding Cool.  
  11. Chapel Hill Comics owned by Ryan Kulikowski of Chapel Hill, North Carolina News story on Bleeding Cool.
  12. Comic Book Collector owned by Tim Morris of London, Canada. News story on Bleeding Cool. 
  13. Comic Book College owned by  Tim Lohn of Uptown, Minnesota. News story on CityPages.
  14. Comic Odyssey of Quezon City, Philippines. News story on Bleeding Cool.  Announced closing of one location.
  15. Comics & Cards Trading Post owned by James P. Remacle of Montgomery, Alabama. Filed for bankruptcy.
  16. Comics by Number owned by Gary E. Gunn of Rosharon, Texas. Filed for bankruptcy.
  17. Dave & Adam’s Tonawanda Store of Tonawanda, NY. Has one other major store still open, and major internet operation
  18. Dark Carnival owned by Jack Rems of Berkeley, California. News story in The Berkeleyside.
  19. Fantasy, owned by Mitch Kersner, of Newport News, Virginia. News story on Daily Press.
  20. Heroes and Villains Comics owned by Jim Cravens and Catherine de Dood of Pleasanton, CA. News story on Patch. 
  21. Heroes Landing owned by Todd Merrick of Clermont, Florid.  News story on Florida Geek Scene.
  22. Juke Joint Comics owned by Mike Swenson of Bismarck, North Dakota. News story on KFRYTV.
  23. Kersplatt Comics owned by Malcolm Semmens of Cairns City, Australia. News story on Bleeding Cool.  
  24. Legacy Comics of Laredo, Texas  News story on Bleeding Cool.
  25. Letterhead Comics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Owner has another location which remains open.
  26. Little Fish Comics and Collectibles owned by Mike Porter ofFredericksburg, Virginia. Announcement and News story on Fredericksburg.  Location closure, business will merge with nearby gaming shop “Sage Mantis Game-Haven”
  27. The Loft Collectibles, Comics, and Games ofCheyenne, Wyoming. News story on KGWNTV.
  28. Magnum Comics and Cards owned by Neil Shatzoff of Bronx, NY. News story on Bleeding Cool.  
  29. Metropolis Comix of Sacramento, California  News story on Bleeding Cool. 
  30. Neptune Comics owned by Craig Lopacinski of Waukesha, Wisconsin. News story on JS Online.
  31. Night Flight Comics owned by Alan Carroll and Mimi Cruz of Salt Lake City, Utah. News story on Utah Stories. Brick and mortar closed, converted to a mail order business
  32. On Comic Ground in Hillcrest, San Diego, going out of business.
  33. Perth Comics Centre of Perth, Western Australia News story on Bleeding Cool.
  34. Pop Culture Utopia of Des Moines, Iowa. News story on Bleeding Cool.
  35. The Reading Place owned by Emma Trowbridge of Charlotte, Michigan. News story on Wilx. “Both owners say the business was doing fine and it was just time to retire.”
  36. Red Sun, Chelmsford, England. News story on Essex Live.
  37. Rising Sun Comics of Mission Valley, San Diego. News story on The Outhousers.
  38. Rising Sun Comics of Pacific Beach, San Diego. News story on The Outhousers.
  39. Rogue’s Hideout Edmonton of Alberta, Canada. Internet store, used a gofundme to boot up to a brick and mortar in 2016. Appears to be closed
  40. RX Comics of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Announced here and thread here. 
  41. South Philly Comics owned by John Foster of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. News story on Bleeding Cool.
  42. South Side Comics of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. News story on Bleeding Cool. Going online, hopes to reopen.
  43. Stone Alley Books & Collectibles own ed by Ben Stomberg. Announcement and News story on The Register-Mail.
  44. A Timeless Journey owned by Paul Salerno of Stamford, Connecticut. News story on Bleeding Cool.
  45. Tramp’s owned by Christopher Roberts Regina of Saskatchewan, Canada. Announcement and News story on Leaderpost. 
  46. Vigilantes Comics & Cafe owned by Larry D. Gaultney and Rosalyn Butzin of Warner Robins, Georgia. Announcement and News Story on Macon.
  47. Villainous Lair owned by Alison Flynn of Normal Heights, San Diego. News story on Bleeding Cool.
  48. Wild Pig Comics of Nww Jersey. News story on Bleeding Cool.
  49. York Comics & Cards of Parma, Ohio. Announcement and Blog Post. 
  50. Zanadu Comics of Seattle. News story on Bleeding Cool. Announced for Jan 2018 closure

(Last Updated January 19, 2018 6:27 am )

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