Earlier in the month, the owners of Monster Comics in Tempe, Arizona posted a closing sale. Liquidating the stock, selling the fixtures and fittings, it seemed the natural way of things for all too many comic stores over the last couple of years.
But it ain’t necessarily so. A week later they posted,
Thank you all so much! It has been a real pleasure to be a part of the comic community for the last six years! The best part of Monster for me was the friendships I made. Timing can make all the difference, and it is now my time to step aside… and let a new Monster rise.
A new Monster rising? And there was a new post by someone called Todd Harvey…
Hello everyone. My name is Todd Harvey, and I am the new owner of Monster Comic Books. I can’t tell you how excited I am to tell you that the Monster is not dead.
Some of you might know me from my shop, Niteowl Comics, located at the Collectors Marketplace at 1945 E. Indian School in Phoenix, AZ. I noticed that Martyn and I share customers, which I’ve always thought was pretty cool.
As you are probably aware, the shop has been closed for a week. I promise you, I am working as fast as I possibly can to change that. My goal is to be open on Tuesday, September 18th. The hours this coming week will be the same as they have been, 5pm to 9pm Tuesday though Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. This will change, as I want to expand the hours, giving you an even better chance to visit me through the week.
Even though there will be changes, it is my goal to make any changes to the shop to YOUR benefit. Want more hours? Done. Want to buy comics on a Facebook livestream on Wednesday’s starting at around 7pm? (Plug plug.) Done. Want new comics? I am working on it. Send me any feedback that you think would make the shop an even better experience than it has been and, if it seems like something I can do, I’ll do what I can to make it happen.
And it opened this week. It can be done…
Bleeding Cool tries to mark the passing of comic stores as well as new arrivals on the scene. We’re more likely to hear about the former rather than the latter due to concerned fans, but do please feel free to let us know the changes in your own local marketplace.