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Raleigh comic book store closing after 24 years

Posted February 4, 2011 1:38 p.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2011 7:02 p.m. EST

— Comic book fans around the North Carolina State University campus are saying goodbye to a landmark.

Capitol Comics has been a fixture at 3027 Hillsborough St. for 24 years, but the economy and changing tastes have hurt the long-running business, according to manager Russ Garwood.

“Sales have been dropping. I knew something would have to change sooner or later,” said Garwood.

The owners decided last fall to close the store and merge it with Capitol Comics' more successful spot on Glenwood Avenue. After 19 years as manager, Garwood is reaching the end of his comic book story.

“(Do you) know anybody looking for a full-time manager? I'm looking for a job,” he said.

As the comic book business changes, it’s becoming easier for readers to find bargains.

“Everybody talks about, ‘I could find it cheaper on Amazon.com, or I could find it cheaper on the Internet,’” Garwood said.

Another reason business is down at comic book stores is because yesterday's comic book reader is more likely to be today's video game player.

“The current generation coming up is going to be the smartest one there's ever been – until the electricity goes out,” Garwood said. “I feel so sorry for these kids. What are they going to do?”

As for what Garwood will do on his final day, he says “we’ll have to wait and see when I lock the door the last time."

Garwood said he thinks the store will close by the end of February. Until then, the Hillsborough Street location is offering steep discounts on comics and other merchandise.