The website is down, the phone has been disconnected and the doors closed on one of Toronto’s better known comic book stores, Grey Region. It’s a shame that I didn’t notice until a month later.
Grey Region was in business just over 20 years, opening on Queen Street West back in 1987. During comics boom period they were part of ‘comics alley’ along with Dragon Lady and the Silver Snail, and a later addition, 3rd Quadrant. Now only the Snail stands, with Dragon Lady long since moved to College Street and 3rd Quadrant moving around the city, with it’s newest location in the North end, let’s call it Thornhill/Vaughn, opening this week.
At one time Grey Region had 4 locations, but only the Yonge Street had lasted. Located on Yonge, just south of Wellesley, Grey Region was down the street from 1,000,000 Comix, giving collectors another reason to walk the Yonge corridor. They seemed to struggle with an identity, moving heavily into used toys and later LAN video gaming. It’s sad to see a staple of the Toronto comics scene slip away quietly.
We have a nifty listing of the comic book shops across Canada in our ‘Links to’ section, listed over there ——>
The goal is to profile brick and mortar stores, provide accurate locations and contact info, as well as some interior photos. So far we have been in contact via personal visit or telephone with about 175 stores, and the goal is to hit everyone by the end of 2009. You can help us keep up to date with the comings and goings of comic shops across Canada by sending us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org and letting us know if you’ve been to the store, if the location is open, heck, give us a review.