As we enjoy a much-deserved day off (we are closed Mondays until the weather warms up), we just wanted to say ‘thank you‘ to everyone that came in for the 1st week of operation of The Comic Book Lounge!
Our soft launch was quite well-received and we are gradually filling the space. On Saturday and Sunday we added a number of mini-busts and some statues for sale with more to come this week.
Yesterday, Feb.8th was our first official day of business and what a day it was!
Thanks to Marcus To for joining us from 1-3 for the first TCBL+G signing and to everyone that came in to check out the store!
Dragon Lady Comics at 609 College Street is now officially closed for business.
Work is now underway to prepare the new space for THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE + GALLERY at 587A College Street for our first official day of business — this Wednesday, February 8th — Store hours 11-7 Tuesday through Saturday, 12-6 Sunday, Closed on Mondays.
Joining us for our first official signing at the Lounge will be MARCUS TO as we celebrate the release of THE HUNTRESS #5 (of 6). Marcus will be signing from 1pm – 3pm. Hope to see you there, you never know who may drop in for a visit!
Dragon Lady stayed open successfully as a viable comics retailer for 33 years (half on Queen Street the other half on College) — and managed to maintain a full time manager, as well as many part-time employees. All of whom were going to be jobless in a couple of weeks.
Thankfully, we have some good news in that a form of the store will continue on College Street, just steps away from where Dragon Lady was located:
“THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE”
587A College Street (2nd Floor)
60 Metres (just shy of 200 feet) East of Dragon Lady Comics (609 College). At the intersection of College and Clinton.
This new store will be managed by JOE KILMARTIN (soon to be the former manager of Dragon Lady Comics).
As Dragon Lady closes on Wednesday, February 1st, “THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE” will be opening on Wednesday, February 8th for the next week’s new releases.
“THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE” will start as a subscriber based new comics business so that Dragon Lady customers can continue to pick up their books with the same reliable service that Joe and the Dragon Lady staff have been providing for years.
The end result will be a combination of comics store (with an emphasis on graphic novels and art books as well as a selection of back issues and related merchandise), lounge area, gallery space (for the display and sale of original art) and event space (for signings, book releases, talks and other events). “THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE” will be something new to the comics retail landscape in that it will be both a retail space AND an event space.
It will share the location with the TORONTO CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP, who will continue to operate classes on evenings and weekend afternoons, and GUERILLA PRINTING, experts at providing comic book self-publishers and artist’s needs such as prints, sketchbooks, display signs and posters.
In addition, the store will be working with CGC to make the store a submission centre for collectors in the downtown core who wish to get their comics graded, and “THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE”will host a number of Signature Series signings and events throughout the year and at other events both locally, nationally and internationally.