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First Bergen Street and Now Locust Moon, another comics shop that had great taste and led the way to a wider view of comics with not only a great store but a Festival and an award winning Little Nemo anthology. The Philadelphia-based store had a good run, but now as co-owner Joshua O’Neill writes FB, it’s ending. The good news it that, also like Bergen Street, they will be focusing on their publishing activities in the future:
Locust moon comics will be closing down at the end of 2015, exact date tbd.
the last six years have been magical. chris and i have loved being a part of this neighborhood. i’ve never felt as at home anyplace else. i’ve never felt so much a part of a full-hearted & inspiring community. we’ve been very lucky to spend the better half of a decade surrounded by beautiful books and astonishing people. locust moon, for better or worse, has always been less a business than a family.
but it’s an uphill battle, trying to maintain an art-minded independent comic shop in west philly. we did the best we could, and made it this far due to the overwhelming support of so many of you.
as publishers, we’re just getting started. we’ll now be able to focus our attentions on making books full time. we’re incredibly excited about that. locust moon is not dying — it’s still just being born. but our days as comic shop proprietors are coming to an end. and i can’t lie — i’m gonna miss this place.
thanks everybody for everything. i have loved being your personal comic book sherpa. if you feel lost without my spot-on recommendations for awesome books, i’m just an email away.
let’s have some fun in these final days, ok? i’m picturing lots of ink and eggnog…
While comics are holding their own despite some sales slippage, losing forward looking shops like Bergen Street and Locust Moon is a reminder that there are battle still to be fought.
On a more hopeful note, Bergen Street did not close down due to low sales, but rather co-owner Tom Adams desire to move to Europe to be with his wife, co-owner Amy Adams. Word on the street is that a new shop may be opening up in that vicinity soonish.
“On a more hopeful note, Bergen Street did not close down due to low sales, but rather co-owner Tom Adams desire to move to Europe to be with his wife, co-owner Amy Adams.”
Well, if a comic book store owner can marry Amy Adams, then there is hope for all of us! ;-)
I fear January might bring a lot of not-so-hot news for “not forward looking” stores, if half of the undercurrents I hear suck people down. It’s probably harder to be a “Big Two” focused store today than almost any other time in the history of the DM.
Far and away the best shop in the area.
Bergen St and Locus Moon are two stores that inspired me to take the path I’m currently on. This is sad news, but man, those future endeavours sure are bright.
Brian, Locust Moon is as far from a “big two” shop as I’ve ever seen.
Locust Moon rules forever! Tell me more about this Brooklyn store rumor.
Jacob: I know that. What I’m saying is that more mainstream stores are also likely to have a poor first quarter.
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