In November, Gary Buechler, owner of the Comics Outpost store in San Francisco, posted the following:
At the end of the week, the Buechler posted;
The Comic Outpost will live on. It has been sold. This is a good thing!
Later that day, Brian Hibbs of Comix Experience sent this message out:
Dear Awesome Comic Outpost customer!
I want to introduce myself to you: I'm Brian Hibbs, owner of Comix Experience (305 Divisadero St. at Page), and I will be taking over the operations of Comic Outpost, effective 12/16/2013. I'm tremendously excited – Gary is a great guy, and he's built a really special business over the years. I look forward to helping strengthen it going forward.
Comix Experience runs pretty differently from Comic Outpost, but I want to assure you that we have no intention of changing the essential nature of the Outpost. Customers dictate the kind of store that exists, and we'll be dedicated to bringing you the same passionate and engaged love-of-comics service you've received from Gary over the years!
I want to let you know that new comics deliveries will resume being on Wednesday IMMEDIATELY (and I know that Gary and I both want to deeply thank you for your patience during the last few weeks), and that they should not be interrupted going forward.
Because of the extreme haste in which this changeover is happening, there may be a handful of titles that end up shorted from Diamond (Marvel Comics prints extremely close to orders, and we're going to have a few more weeks where Outpost orders will be treated as reorders), but we're absolutely committed to filling all of your subscription orders – even if we have to go and buy them from other stores across the country! I really don't expect any major problems, but I want to be 100% transparent with you: for the next 3-4 weeks there may be the occasional individual comic you may have to wait an extra week or two while we track down more copies.
Even that rare circumstance should be entirely eliminated by Wednesday January 8th at the latest.
I also want to let you know that Comic Outpost will start being open seven days a week starting 12/17. My current plan is for hours to be 11-7 daily, but that's still a little fluid. If there are hours that would suit your life better, please don't hesitate to let me know – for example, I'd be happy to extend Wednesday hours if there's a groundswell of interest.
And I'm very interested in hearing about what you want from Comic Outpost. Are there certain titles you'd like us to carry? Are there new kinds of events you'd like us to try? Even more than Comic Outpost being Gary's store or my store, in many real ways it is YOUR store, and I will do my best to work with your desires.
There may be a few changes in policy going forward, but every change will be made with the goal of keeping Comic Outpost strong for a long time into the future.
Either way, I want to invite you to talk to me, either face-to-face in the store, or you may feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I really look forward to getting to know you, continuing the Comic Outpost tradition of passionate and informed comics fandom, and getting all the comics you love into your hands where they belong!
Head Cheese, Comix Experience AND Comics Outpost
Hibbs is well known as being an outspoken voice of comic book retailing, and at one point led a successful seven million dollar class lawsuit against Marvel Comics for breaking their terms of distribution. So don't expect anything less than passionate…