Blastoff Comics is an award-winning retail and warehousing destination devoted to 'offering customers the best and most exciting pieces of comic-book memorabilia, from vintage comics and toys to hard-to-find hardcovers and animation art.' Created by American comics writer Scott Tipton and British comics producer and retailer Jud Meyers seven years ago, they have just announced the closure of their retail location in North Hollywood. And it's all IDW's fault. They posted;
To Our North Hollywood Family
"A thing isn't beautiful because it lasts." – The Vision, Avengers: Age of Ultron
It is with much regret that we announce that Blastoff will be closing its doors at the end of July.
Why? Opportunities arose that could not be passed up, and with Jud's recent move to San Diego to take on the role of Director of Sales at IDW Publishing, the realities of operating the store remotely simply weren't feasible. Jud has always been the beating heart of the store, and with the departure of our faithful manager Chriss on the horizon as well, rather than allowing the store to languish in unfamiliar hands, we have decided to leave the stage instead.
It has been a marvelous and miraculous seven years with you all. We've served an entire city of families, spread the gospel of comics to local schools and libraries, donated tens of thousands of dollars and an unending supply of comic books to dozens of charitable organizations, and we've built reading rooms at hospitals and brought joy to sick children all over the country. We don't regret a single second of it.
And now for the fun part. For the next six weeks, we'll be executing our largest sale ever, with selected trades and hardcovers 60% off, all new comics 50% off, all remaining trade paperbacks and hardcovers 40% off, and all vintage comics, statuary and wall art 30% off. We hope you'll come in, pick up those books or pieces you've always had your eye on, and celebrate our time together with a few more visits.
For our subscribers, we ask that you please come in and pick up your comics as soon as possible, and please note that as of next week, Wednesday, June 26, we will no longer be receiving new books.
Thank you for your fellowship and your support. It has been a privilege to be among you.
Jud Meyers Scott Tipton
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