I was noting the other day that only a handful of comic book stores have actually stated they are closing down as a result of the shutdowns. Some are recipients of state aid, others have managed to deal with their landlord productively, others have been able to just put everything on hold. But some have, indeed, closed permanently. Bob Bellman, owner.operator of San Diego Comics of San Diego has announced to his customers that he can't put the decision off any longer. He posts on the store's Facebook page,
It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you I'll be closing San Diego Comics with the end of May. Because of the COVID-19 virus, Diamond will not be distributing any new books until May 20th. I can't hold out that long.
If you have anything in your pull list box you can come pick it up from us at the store Wed., Fri., and Sat. 10:30am-5pm. Curbside service only. Otherwise please bring us your back issue lists for some great deals!
You might want to also give your current pull and hold list to a new store, as all previous orders for April & May have been canceled. Thank you for your loyalty to this store.
The store was taken over by Bellman four years ago but had been running for decades. Two years ago Bellman told the San Diego Business Journal "It's a hard industry. If you own a comic store, it's because you love it. This is a way to make a living by doing what you like." But right now, it is the hardest it has ever been.
Bleeding Cool tries to mark the passing of comics stores as well as their opening. Existing fanbases are likely to make the former more well known, but please let us know if a comic store is opening or closing in your neighbourhood. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.