March 24th, 2020 Letter from John Doan, Owner of Trade A Tape Comic Center
A message from Trade A Tape Comic Center to our customers, past, present, and future.
I am sure some of you out there have heard the news but for those who have not here is the current situation of the comic book industry.
Diamond Comic Distributors announced that after Wednesday, March 25th, there will be no new product delivered to comic book stores for the foreseeable future due to the recent challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This did not come as a surprise to us, and was seriously just a matter of time, due to the nature of the crisis that the world is facing. As jarring as it may be to some, I do not feel this is necessarily a negative, but I see it as a positive. Not only will this give stores the time to adjust to the current situation, where some stores are shut down in their communities and are not able to sell product, but this also gives the customer the chance to try out new product while they wait for the world to get back to some sense of order.
This is the opportune time to try out that series of graphic novels that have been on the back burner, but due to the number of new books out there you never had the chance to pick them up. Perhaps this is also a good time to try to collect a run of single comics for something new, an opportunity to read comics from past and delve into some history of your favorite character or comics? Here at Trade A Tape we have hundreds of graphic novels to choose from and hundreds of thousands of individual comics as well. Don't let the lack of new comics prevent you from reading comics that are new to you.
Here at Trade A Tape we will still be open our normal hours as long as the city lets us, there may be a little adjustment here and there, but that remains to be seen. We have been in business since 1975, and I have worked in a comic book store for 34 years, with just a little over a year in my belt as the owner, so I am not ready to throw in the towel and I have the utmost confidence that we will get past all of this, I owe it to our customers and to Larry to work my hardest through these times. We want all of our customers to feel safe, so we are still offering curb side service, mail order with free shipping with a $20 purchase, and you are all welcome to come in the store and browse, but please practice social distancing, a 15 minute stay, and help keep the store to a 10 person limit, and most importantly, stay safe, stay healthy, be kind to others, support your local businesses, and be confident.
This is not forever, and I hope that comic stores all over the world survive this challenge and we start to see those wonderful comics by such talented people fill our shelves soon.
Thank you all for being understanding, I hope to see you soon.
John Doan - owner Trade A Tape Comic Center
We will have new comics this week 3/25/20 and make sure to pick up your FREE Previews Magazine and see what's available in June or so.