January 14, 2015
Star Clipper Comics To Close After 27 Years In Business
One of the nation's foundational comic shops and one of the great second-generation Direct Market, Star Clipper in St. Louis
has announced its impending closure via a mailing linked to through their Facebook presence
. It's local news, as it should be
. AJ and Ben Trujillo owned the store for the last 17 years, and describe the closure as a "natural conclusion."
Star Clipper won the Will Eisner Spirit Of Comics Retailer Award in 1999, and was routinely named the region's best store in local alt-weekly Riverfront Times
' best-of feature. It's certainly the only store in that area with a national reputation; it was one of the stores on the tour list, one you had it in your mind to go see. I don't know the St. Louis scene all that well, but I have to imagine it was a key institution and their relationship was very different than the rest of ours. I have to imagine it will be missed most keenly there.
I wish the owners all the best in a smooth transition, and I imagine thousands of people are thankful for their years in the retail trenches. They'll start selling off product at a discount to lighten inventory this weekend. They urge their subscribers to contact the store, which indicates a reasonably brisk pace on the shutdown.
There's a thorough article with multiple interviews here
posted 10:25 pm PST
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