June 27, 2012
Go, Read: Chris Butcher's First Comics Shop Experience
The retailer, convention organizer and general industry advocate Chris Butcher writes about his first experiences with comic books and a comic book store
in a way that should be familiar to a lot of readers who enjoy and rely on such outlets. Butcher reminds that one of the great things about comic books stores as they came along a generation ago is that they had all the comics -- it was seriously difficult relying on a newsstand distribution for the basic feature of getting serial comics from month to month in reliable fashion. As Butcher points out, this also extends to past issues with something like MAD
. Can you imagine being a kid into MAD
and discovering a place where you might be able to buy decades of MAD
? Oh man, that would be great.
Direct market shops can be aggravating both individually and as a collective unit, but the collapse of retail in so many areas of consumption that I enjoy has made me stop and realize anew what a great thing it is that there are places to buy so many comics. I hope they never go all the way away.
posted 4:00 pm PST
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