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Thursday, February 07, 2008

From the Vault: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 2

Continuing our examination of Comix Connection's 20 year history, we come to this image of the (second) storefront at the Delco Plaza Mall:

That is pretty lackluster looking now, but it seemed like a marquee on Broadway when we first saw it lit up! We're in business!

There are three things I remember looking at this picture:

#1 - The size of our sign was predicated by the amount of frontage we had... it could only be a certain percentage of our storefront, which in this case was only 15' wide (and 100' long. We used to jokingly refer to this store location as "The Archery Range" or "The Spaghetti Factory.")
#2 - Ned and I asked the sign-maker what the best colors were to be seen at a distance, and he said "Green on Yellow", and thus was born Comix Connection's traditional colors.
#3 - Oh, and I think that sign was $450.00, which was an enormous amount of money at that time. Actually, $450.00 still IS an enormous amount of money.

What do you remember about this location?

PLUG: Don't forget the FABULOUS COMIX CONNECTION 20th ANNIVERSARY SALE that is scheduled for February 15th, 16th and 17th (NEXT WEEKEND!) Click HERE for all the details!



At 2/07/2008 4:40 PM, Blogger amoorefan3 said...

what can you tell me about the NEW series Infinity Gauntlet sir?
I saw your posters in the window...

Man i was nine years old and just walked by the that is something!

I can still remember the setup of the store from front to back...and i remember having mysterious red fingertips after leaving.

At 2/08/2008 8:34 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Infinity Gauntlet is over... but next comes INFINITY WAR!

Ahhh, the RED FINGERTIPS! I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to all of you over the years who have suffered this strange malady... and I promise to use less red marker on the tops of those 2/99¢ comics.

At 2/09/2008 8:56 PM, Blogger josh said...

I remember being yelled at for reading comics on the floor in that store. Little did I know years later I would be the one yelling and learning how annoying it is to watch people try to sit on the floor and read. I think this was the first comix connection location I went to and it was totally awesome! First comic I bought myself was here and it was armageddon 2001 #1 because it was the comic with the most heroes in it.

At 2/10/2008 7:39 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Wow josh, that's cool. I wonder how many times I yelled at you, little knowing that I could yell at you at my leisure years later for pretty much the same thing.


At 2/10/2008 8:20 PM, Blogger Tom said...

I remember going through that door to beg you guys to help the Martin Library do something with artist Mark Schulz and our summer reading program for elementary school kids. I've been walking through your doors ever since, God help you....

At 2/11/2008 8:05 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

tom - I hope we helped!

I do remember meeting Mark Schultz... he's awesome!

At 2/11/2008 9:53 PM, Blogger amthcaictm said...

josh -- hey the old and tired among us can't always handle the combined effort of holding open a book and supporting our own weight. for the safety of the book, the reader and nearby patrons we must sometimes collapse to the floor. zimmerframes with a book shelf would take up too much room.

At 2/12/2008 3:05 PM, Blogger Currahee Chris said...

That location looks like a back lot shoot site for a porno!!

Yeah, I can empathize on the costs of signs- people really have no idea how expensive that crap really is. My wife just started her business- her sign is about half that size and went $650!! Still, $450 back then was WAY worse!!

Cool story on the colors and how they got tied in to the store.

At 2/12/2008 7:21 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

The more I look at that picture, the more it looks like a crime scene... just put some yellow police tape around the sidewalk...


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