All posts by Kevin A. Boyd

Owner of the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery in Toronto, Associate Director of the Joe Shuster Awards for Canadian Comic Book Creators, Overstreet price guide adviser, Clinical Data Coordinator at UHN,

What next?

Updated February 19th – Last date of operations at 587A College Street – Thursday , April 30.

Current plans are for our 3rd Anniversary Sale (Currently 20% off back issues and older books) will continue until our final day of operation.

For new comics shipping in May 2015 and beyond, the Comic Book Lounge will be providing delivery services for preorders on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with pickup options on weekdays and weekends.

If you are interested in carrying on with the subscription and special order services, we’ll need to make arrangements with you individually for days/times for delivery and/or pickups. As well as discuss preferred payment methods and so on.

CGC Shipping Update

Dear customers with CGC books submitted at Fan Expo:

We understand you have been waiting patiently, and at last check, some of the books have been graded and are in Quality Control with the remainder “scheduled for grading”. I should be able to let you know grades soon, when that information is available to me online.

Any Fast Track and Standard Tier Submissions are already done and should be available for pick up at the store within a few days – the FedEx package was sent yesterday (Jan 14) – we will contact you when they arrive.

At this rate we are looking for the remainder of the Fan Expo books to be shipped up in early February.

Beyond the closing of the physical shop in the spring, we will continue to accept submissions and requests at local shows.

UPDATE: (March 1st) still waiting for one invoice to be finished but we should have everything in hand before the Toronto ComiCON on March 20th.

A Note From the Owner

SS 027After a lot of consideration and a review of other properties and possibilities I have come to a decision on the future of the Comic Book Lounge + Gallery.

It is that I will NOT be opening a new retail location when we leave the current spot at the end of our existing lease in the spring, however we WILL be continuing with our subscription service and will continue to exhibit at local shows.

2014 was a rough year for me. In early 2014 we were assessing these same options when my partner of five years, Debra, passed away unexpectedly from an epileptic seizure in her sleep. At the time the fine folks at the Temple of Toys helped me delay making this decision by coming in and leasing the space for an additional year after Guerilla Printing left, but unfortunately this has not proven to be a successful decision. Over the last three years I’ve been working essentially two full-time jobs and I’ve been running the annual Joe Shuster Awards, and to be honest, I need to take things back a notch, I just don’t have it in me at this time to commit to finding, renovating and opening a new retail store. We want to thank you for your support of the Lounge over the last few years. We will miss many of the benefits of having a physical location, especially the many fun events we’ve run over the last few years, but we hope to continue working with you going forward if you choose to continue ordering with us. We will continue to sponsor certain events (not conventions) in the GTA, so we hope to have some exciting news for you on that front after we’ve taken care of these immediate concerns.

SS 049The inventory will be put into storage after 4/30. It will be available for ordering, and as show stock.

Those people who currently have pulls with us will have two options:

1. Move your subscriptions to another retail store. We can help you with this, we can recommend stores that might be a good fit for you and help you transition so you don’t miss an issue.

2. Retain your subscription with the Lounge and we can
(a) arrange for delivery to your home or work, whichever location works best for you or (b) you can pick up your books by appointment on select days and times in North Toronto. This will be the new Comic Book Lounge + Gallery, but it will be less of a retail location and more of a drop-in centre by appointment, or (c) pick up at local conventions and special events.

Those people who choose to transition to our online ordering service will be given additional perks, discounts and specials. Delivery service in the GTA will be free of charge. We will have more on this as the details are finalized.

While we are disappointed to see one chapter end, we are excited about the future of the Comic Book Lounge in this new incarnation, and while we hope you will continue to work with us going forward, we do understand if you decide not to.

Thank you for your support of the Comic Book Lounge.

Kevin A. Boyd

HOLIDAY HOURS – DECEMBER 11-JANUARY 2

Starting December 15th the Comic Book Lounge (but not Temple of Toys or Back Space Toronto) will be open on Mondays. This includes Monday, December 22nd and Monday, December 29th.

Other than that we will still be open every other day from Noon to Seven, except for Sundays (we close at 6 on Sundays).

We are closed on the statutory holidays – Thursday, December 25th (Christmas Day), Friday, December 26th (Boxing Day Stat Holiday), Thursday, January 1st (New Year’s Day)

Changes coming in 2015.

Friends and customers, we are officially leaving 587A College in early 2015. At the moment April will be the final month of operation at this location, unless another tenant is eager to move in before that. A ‘For Lease’ sign will be appearing in our window shortly and the space will be advertised as available on real estate websites.

The former home of the Whippersnapper Gallery, in the spring of 2011 the space was reopened as the home of Guerilla Printing (who moved to Spadina and College in Spring 2014) and the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop (which had it’s last class in early 2013).

It has been the home of The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery (which picked up the reins from Dragon Lady Comics and Paper Nostalgia) since February 2012, and has been our home for nearly three years.

Temple of Toys joined us in November 2013, and Back Space Toronto since May 2014 (taking over the back from Guerilla Printing).

Since the fall of 2011 we’ve hosted many comics related events – art shows, book launches, industry events, award shows and so on.

Unfortunately 2014 has not been a great year for Little Italy. Weather, traffic and construction, et al. have not been favorable for College Street businesses like ours. We certainly do thank our loyal regulars for keeping us going.

As for the future of the Lounge, we’ll keep you posted. For now it is business as usual until we select the crossover date at our new space.

Comic Book Marathon – Special Edition: Saturday November 1, 2014

In January 2014 we lost our dear friend Debra Jane Shelly to SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy). Please join us for a Special Edition of the Toronto Comic Book Marathon in her honour.

The TORONTO COMIC BOOK MARATHONS are held several times a year, organised by Keiren Smith of Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Bootcamp, sponsored and hosted by THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE & GALLERY and BACK SPACE TORONTO, bringing creators together in a community event to make their own comic story, to work together, to inspire each other, to network…producing a page an hour!

The event is open to all who are passionate about creating comics. You may register as an individual or a team. If you wish to collaborate with someone but don’t have a partner, we can assist you in finding one.

**IMPORTANT: HOW TO REGISTER AS A CREATOR OR SPONSOR**

We will be using the event to raise money for Epilepsy Toronto, so please consider making an optional donation when registering.

Space is limited so be sure to register if you wish to participate. Supporters of participating creators do not have to register and are welcome to attend!

CREATORS

Please email backspacetoronto@gmail.com with the subject line “Comic Book Marathon”. Indicate in your email whether you will be participating alone, with a partner (and their full name) or if you wish to be partnered with another creator and would like our assistance finding one (let us know if you are a writer seeking an artist or vice versa). We will send you a confirmation email, along with further details (including set-up information, regulations and tips).

SPONSORSHIP

Donations of food and other refreshments for the duration of the event are greatly appreciated. Please email us at backspacetoronto@gmail.com (subject line “Comic Book Marathon Sponsorship”) and we would be happy to discuss an event partnership with you.