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March 31, 2016

Go, Read: Profile Piece On Court Street Comics

It makes sense in a time when a lot is made of "legacy heroes" in mainstream comic books as a way of reinforcing a brand and extending the length of bearability on certain properties that we'd start to see comic shops citing older comic shops as an inspiration or at least a proximate spiritual antecedent. This is the case with a new comic shop in Brooklyn, with ties by location and hoped-for fervent customer loyalty to Bergen Street Comics and Rocketship.

I used to despair much more than I do now about the first generation of comic book stores going away and what would replace them. I don't do that as much anymore. One reason is that I mellowed the fuck out some. That's a dumb thing to be worrying about, the continuity of comic book stores. What the hell was wrong with me? I was just making stuff up to raise my blood pressure and kill myself early for a while there. Sheesh. Another reason is I think the comic book store is an attractive enough thing for some young business owners that it will be part of what a lot of people try.

The cultural shift, then, may be measured in terms of "that store was my life" becoming "that was the 11 years we did the shop, remember?" This will certainly have an effect on how shops serve customers, good and bad.
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