The Fix is In

Forgot to post this earlier, but if you’re looking for something fun to do tonight, and you want to support an amazing independent local business, head out to Berkeley, to Comic relief.

Comic Relief has been a mecca for comics fans and comics creators. Rory Root has supported small press and indie DIY comics, and been an amazing resource to the comics community for years, and his store is arguably the best in the whole Bay Area.

Unfortunately, they are being evicted from their current premises on University Ave. To help support their move, Comic Icon Warren Ellis will be doing a signing from 5-7 pm tonight at the shop.

There is no cover and no cost, just the opportunity to revel in a store that has won countless awards and been part of Comics history for almost 20 years. Sequential Tart Marcia Allass sums it up beautifully:

Comic Relief is so much more than just a comic store. From the start, it set out to be a comic bookstore – with the emphasis on the ‘book’ – and for twenty years owner Rory Root has worked towards that aim. Rory, together with manager Todd Martinez and the hard-working staff have shaped Comic Relief into one of the most influential and respected stores in the US, and anyone setting foot inside their door can see why. The first store ever to win an Eisner Spirit Of Retailing award, and the only store to win a Friends of Lulu award, they can regularly be found running booths at major comic conventions and book fairs. Sales of graphic novels and trade paperbacks to libraries provide both an additional source of revenue, and an effective outreach programme to those who may not be regular readers of sequential art.

Comic Relief is within blocks from a BART station, and there’s tons of bars and amazing restaurants within walking distance, as well.

Where: Comic Relief, 2138 University Ave.

When: Warren Ellis signs from 5-7 pm, but store hours run until 9 pm.

Why: Help support Comic Relief as they prepare for their impending eviction and imminent move to a new location.

2 Comments so far

  1. Bronwyn (unregistered) on November 4th, 2004 @ 3:43 pm

    From what I understand, the University is kicking them out, which means–and I could be wrong here–that they might kick out Mod Lang as well. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

  2. Nicole Lee (unregistered) on November 4th, 2004 @ 5:48 pm

    There’s also going to be a Comic Salon tomorrow, which Comic Relief hosts. We’ll be heading to that one, and probably make a couple purchases to help the store with the move.

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