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Toronto ComiCON complete!

Thanks to everyone that stopped by to see us at the show this past weekend. We had a great time and are now looking forward to Fan Expo Canada in early September 2015!

We’re gearing up for our move at the end of April. As you know, our lease is ending on April 30, so we won’t be a full service location after April 30th (most of our existing inventory is being moved into storage for stock for online orders and conventions), but we are are going to have a small, (by appointment only) retail front at 484 Oriole Parkway, just south of Eglinton Avenue, east of Avenue Road, west of Yonge Street.

This location will double as our receiving and processing centre for weekly releases as we concentrate on our new delivery service model for those existing clients who would prefer this service, but the new location will be a true lounge, with an extended original art gallery, and we hope to have some pictures of the new location for you after the renovations are completed in mid-April 2015.

We’ve already begun to move some inventory off-site. We will continue our sale on selected graphic novels and books right until the end of April.

Unfortunately, due to family commitments on May 2 and the transition to the new system and location, we will not be a full participant in Free Comic Book Day for the first time in four years. Subscribers will receive a sampling of FCBD books with their first pick-up after May 3.

Look for us at the following shows:
Oshawa Comic Con – April 4
HeroFest – April 11/12
Toronto Comic Book Show – April 19

Update from the owner: March-April 2015

10500476_285421854962856_8804103666978402748_nLast date of operations on College Street: Thursday, April 30, 2015

CGC Update:
– all books sent before October 2014 are now graded. To be shipped up in advance of the Toronto Comicon 3/20.

Anniversary Sale Phase 2
– selected books, trade paperbacks: now 30% off US Cover price
– back issue sale – recent releases $2.99 = 1.99, $3.99 = 2.99, stickered comics and other higher priced releases: 30% off
– toys and statues, as priced – some discounted last month

Consignment Items to be retrieved by 4/30
– any items on consignment will need to be picked up from the shop before our final day of operations on College (Thursday, April 30). Any remaining items will be moved into storage and returned by appointment.

Inventory Move
Some graphic novels and back issues have been relocated as future show inventory already. Please note that most of our inventory will be moved into storage the week following the Toronto ComiCON. After March 27 we will have limited stock (mostly new releases) until our last date on College Street.

TORONTO COMICON Weekend (March 20-22)
– store will remain open during these three days.

EASTER WEEKEND – Closed on Friday and Sunday
– the Lounge will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Sunday, April 5. (Store will be open on April 4).

TTC
– No College Streetcar service April 6-April 27 (3 weeks) due to an intersection upgrade at College and Spadina. College Streetcars are being diverted to Dundas Street at Bay and at Ossington. Access to the Lounge – pedestrian and vehicle access only. Transit users will have to walk to College from Dundas, Bathurst, Harbord or Ossington.

Upcoming shows:
Toronto ComiCON – March 20-22
Oshawa Comic Con – April 4
HeroFest (Kingston) – April 11-12
Toronto Comic Book Show – April 19

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.

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.

Happy Canada Day!

Captain_Canuck_Day_AnnualPlease note that the Comic Book Lounge (but not Temple of Toys) will be open on Monday, June 30. We are normally closed on Mondays.

Both the Comic Book Lounge and Temple of Toys will be closed on Tuesday, July 1 because of Canada Day.

Anyone that comes in today gets a copy of the FREE Captain Canuck Canada Day Special.

Wishing everyone all the best on this Canada Day.

Please note: our Canada Day(s) sale continues until July 10 – buy any two older graphic novels or back issue comics and you can get one more of equal or lesser value for FREE!