After allowing us to follow along with his adventures in opening a shop for so long, Jason Richards announcesRIOT comics is closing:
It’s Groundhog Day and I didn’t see my shadow this morning so that means spring is coming soon. Unfortunately, it also means that RIOT is closing its doors soon as well.
Yes, the dream comes to an end on Saturday, February 24th.
However, there’s one thing I want to clarify (and thanks to Mr. Matt Fraction for pointing this out to me): RIOT is closing by choice and NOT by necessity. See, I’ve been offered one of those government jobs that would be foolish to refuse…with the easy 9-5 schedule, fully paid benefits, amazing retirement plan and unmatched networking opportunities. I’ll be joining the Democratic Caucus of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in three weeks. And I’m doing it for my family’s future (and my own sanity).
Yeah, it’s been brewing for a while now. And, honestly, I couldn’t be happier.
Don’t get me wrong. I still LOVE comic books (and will continue to buy them by mailorder so I can be a geek in the privacy of my own home), but I’m not sure I was ever in love with selling comic books. There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that I was so blissfully ignorant about, from scheduling problems to freight charges, marketing gimmicks to creator meltdowns, that I’d much prefer to just be a reader again.
I always wanted to own my own comic book store and I did. It may have only been for a year and a half, but that’s better than nothing in my book.
[Thanks to DH for the link.]