Monday Runaround – When The Students Go Home

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Central City Comics owner Gus Foster does what he can to survive slow business in the summer.

"A decent chunk of our business is university-related, and when that chunk is 50 to 60 percent of your business, you do see a slowdown," Foster said.

Foster, who's owned the shop for five years and is the sole employee, said he adjusts his wholesale orders for the summer months.

"If you're on top of it you can decrease the orders of the comic books," he said. "Instead of 10 copies you get six copies — you kind of weather the storm."

To battle slower sales, Foster also extends his hours and has started hosting more gaming tournaments to draw customers. His business, which recently moved to a new location on East Fourth Avenue, also relies on foot traffic from the weekly downtown farmers market and annual events like Jazz in the Valley.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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