Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Big Monkey No More

It's been six years since I started going to Beyond Comics 2, the comic book store now renamed Big Monkey Comics, the first comic community experience I've ever known in my twenty-three years of reading comics. I loved going there on Wednesdays for new comics, Thursdays to record a podcast and Saturdays to play HeroClix. Mostly, I went so often to see my friends who worked and/or shopped there.

It's over now.

Devon Sanders, the manager of the store for many years and owners, has been let go, due to financial mismanaging by the owners and the douchebaggery of one person in particular. With him goes many of the customers who became loyal customers due to the environment Devon encouraged. We became real friends, who talk about our lives, as well as the lives of our favorite superheroes and villains. In good conscience, we cannot support people who would treat Devon so unfairly, when he can basically run the store himself and devotes much of his time to making Big Monkey a great store.

This is my goodbye to the time I spent in that store. I don't regret any of it and only wish the store could remain as the clubhouse we've come to enjoy. But it can't. Not for me. For the foreseeable future, Fantom Comics in Union Station will be my comic book store of choice.


Tom Foss said...

This is too bad; I really enjoyed the podcasts. I hope things go better for you, Devon, and the rest of the ex-BMC flock.

Devon Sanders said...

Thanks, Jon.

Thanks for all of the support.

Rob S. said...

I'm really sorry to hear about this. It sounds like a great community has broken apart.

Good luck to all of you in finding a new clubhouse.

Drew said...

"Douchebaggery" is the new word of 2008.
And the gang will be okay, even if we don't see each and every one of us as often as we used to.