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Comic Book Inc Bailout Plan: Comics Over Coffee

by izenmania
on 12/19/2008 @ 12:19pm
Previously on feed>>tacoma: Local comic shop Comic Book Ink is in danger of dying. This would be a true shame in more ways than one. For one thing, John runs a great, community-oriented, family-friendly business, and is an all-around good guy. For another, it's the kind of niche market that doesn't even get covered by the big bookstore chains, so the comic book lovers will be left out in the cold.

Fellow comic geek Stowe proposed this idea, and I think it is good enough to merit posting: replace your coffee with comics.

Not all of it. Start with one cup. You can buy a single comic book for less than the cost of most designer espresso drinks. Instead of going out and buying a cup of coffee during your Christmas shopping, head to 72nd and Portland and ask John (or Alex or whomever is working that day) to recommend you a comic. I guarantee, no matter what your preconceptions of comics are, if you tell them what entertains you they will find a comic for you. Trust me, they're really good at that.

Maybe they'll get you hooked on something and you can start replacing a cup of coffee a month. Maybe you'll like it enough that you'll come back next week for something new. Maybe you'll be utterly disinterested, but all you'll suffer is one less cup of coffee in your life, and move on. Regardless of the outcome, you'll at least have done a little to help a struggling business that loves its product, loves its customers and loves its city, and taken a stab at expanding your own literary horizons a little.

(yes, comic books can be literature. some of them really are that good)

by jamesstoweart on 12/19/2008 @ 12:34pm
Clearly, I support this idea.

I great local comic book store is a diamond in the rough.

I pledge to drink one less coffee and use that money to buy one more comic a week starting today.

Comics over coffee... who is with me?

by Mandiferous on 12/19/2008 @ 3:56pm
Other than Lenore and the occasional Preacher graphic novel, I haven't been much for comics. But I'm always looking for ways to expand on my geekery.

I'm in.

by beerandhotdogs on 12/19/2008 @ 4:16pm
Walking Dead = comic book crack

Although I am an Atomic Comics customer, I frequent Comic Book Ink occasionally when I'm in their 'hood. Any small business needing your help is worth it.


by NineInchNachos on 12/19/2008 @ 8:15pm
I think it would be fun for claw to have a 24hr comic book drawing marathon at Comic Book Ink. it might bring in some spectators and fringe 24hr comic book buying.

hey that reminds me, You think they'd have the new issue of bondage fairies ?

by izenmania on 12/25/2008 @ 1:54am
Although I am an Atomic Comics customer, I frequent Comic Book Ink occasionally when I'm in their 'hood.

Yeah, I am the reverse of that. There are things that Atomic has that CBI does not, and vice versa.

Nachos, the drawing marathon is fairly ingenious. I vote you do it.

by KevinFreitas on 12/25/2008 @ 6:52am
A comic drawing marathon or even just event would bring me there. Great idea Nachos!

by joel413 on 12/25/2008 @ 11:05pm
With Chalk?! Just Kidding.

by Mandiferous on 12/27/2008 @ 11:07am
Dropped by on Christmas Eve for some last minute shopping and had a great experience. John was very nice, had great things to say about Izenmania, and thanked me for being a part of the store's Christmas.

I walked out feeling very warm and fuzzy, with 2 graphic novels and a white elephant gift.