On Wednesday, June 30th we lose another comic book shop.
Allstar Cards, Comics And Collectables, in Brantford, ON, will be closing its doors.
Allstar opened about 20 years ago, when comics were still in a real boom phase. The only comic book shop in Brantford at the time was Comic Connection, having outlasted the late, great Lucky Dragon.
One of the employees, Jim, went off on his own to open up AllStar, a comic book and sports card store, on the other side of town. (I’ll admit, I’m familiar with some of the details as I grew up in Brantford and worked at Comic Connection.)
Comic Connection, owned by Bill, continued in business until about 1995, while AllStar lived on. Jim sold the shop to Derek, who sold the business to the current owner in 2007.
The lease is up and the economy in Brantford in not great. AllStar has struggled the last 18 months and it’s time to close. Alternate Icons, the other comic shop in Brantford, has captured most of the comic fan business in Brantford, feeding the fanboys that sweaty man-cave feel they crave.
So in the final days there is a big sale:
Comics older than 3 years are $1 each and 11 for $10.
Comics from 2008 and newer are 50% off
Everything else is 50% off
Speaking with the owner, AllStar may reopen in the fall but at that point it will be severely scaled back in size and scope, focusing solely on sports cards.
Address: 117 1/2 King George Road, Brantford, ON, N3R 5K7