Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lee's Comics, San Mateo

"Print is dead"---Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters, 1984.

Although we have become accustomed to the disappearance of newspapers, magazines and bookstores, it was nevertheless jarring when Lee's Comics closed its San Mateo store last month. For 29 years Lee's had been a fixture on El Camino Real south, on the way to Hillsdale Shopping Center.

Twice a year Lee's would have a sale, when we would fill a shopping bag with heavily discounted comics and graphic novels; at a list price of $20 or more, graphic novels often cost more than a "real book." Even at the sale prices, our youthful interest waned and our trips to the store--and purchases--grew more infrequent.

Despite unfavorable demographics, the owner has promised to keep the Mountain View store open. We wish him well.

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