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January 28, 2005

Comic Relief Finds New, Larger Home

Here's a happy ending to one of this Fall's items of some concern. imageRory Root of Comic Relief (pictured left), an important Bay Area retailer in terms of supporting a wide variety of comics publications and for his early outreach to bookbuyers such as librarians, has found a new home for his shop. Here is the press release disseminated by Root in its entirety, because I can't find it on their official site:
January 27, 2005

BERKELEY, CA -- Comic Relief: The Comic Bookstore, award-winning Bay Area purveyor of graphic novels and promoter of comic book culture, is moving to a new location at 2026 Shattuck Ave. at the beginning of February.

After 18 years at its current location on University Avenue, the Berkeley institution beloved by art enthusiasts, pop-culture aficionados, geeks, hipsters, cartoonists, iconoclasts, and college students and professors alike is relocating to a bigger, grander site in order to more adequately display its unparalleled inventory of graphic novels, comic books, and cultural ephemera. Only steps from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, the new store is over four times the size of the old shop and only one block away.

Comic Relief has been a leader of the graphic novel revolution for almost two decades, promoting the works of Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, and other masters of the comics medium, and introducing the country to the works of Adrian Tomine, Daniel Clowes, Eddie Campbell, Jeff Smith, and many others. While the rest of the world is finally catching comic book fever, Comic Relief continues to promote the newest and best works the medium has to offer.

Rory Root, founder and owner of the comic bookstore, said of the move, "Our new location is set in the heart of Berkeley burgeoning arts district. It should be a nice fit as we bring 'the ninth art,' as the French say, to a larger audience with the space to finally display the medium that I've always championed in all its diversity."

In order to ease the burden of the move, Comic Relief will be open every day to offer an unprecedented sale at its old location, with discounts from 30% to 50% off on almost all of the store's merchandise. The new location will nevertheless feature an even greater selection in such diverse comic book genres as science fiction, crime noir, literary autobiography, comic strips, manga, European language imports, art comix, historical fiction, 'zines, mini-comics, and, of course, super-hero. The store will also continue to have a fantastic selection of classic issues from the golden and silver ages of comics.

Comic Relief will be expanding its hours and is planning a plethora of signings to inaugurate the new store. Come celebrate the new spot on Saturday, February 19, during the weekend of WonderCon, with a grand opening party from 8:30 to midnight, featuring live music, fine folks, and tasty food and drink.

For further information, you may contact Comic Relief at the old or new location by phone at (510) 843-5002, fax at (510) 843-3137, and email at A map of the new location, including directions from the old store, can be found here.

I slightly altered that last part to hide that gigantic mapquest link. You can get some idea of the kind of stock they routinely display via pictures of the old location found here. I can't imagine this move has been easy, so taking advantage of their sale if you're local is probably a good idea for that reason as well.
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